GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

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GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

Postby Mike Bentley » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:33 am

This is an announcement for GRAB BAG (Generally Recognized as Being Bentley-esque Answerable Garbage), a pop culture tournament I've written. A Skype mirror will be taking place on Sunday, 11/26/17. You can sign up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing. In-person mirror sites will be posted if they materialize.

It's something of a hodgepodge (or, dare I say, grab bag) of questions I've written over the past few years, which is why it has this eccentric distribution:

6/5 Movies (mainly films released in the last couple of years)
5ish/4ish Music (more on the rock and indie side than if I was writing a full tournament)
3ish/3ish TV (mainly "prestige" television)
2/2ish Sports (mainly other sports)
2ish/2ish Videogames (not a lot of recent vidoegames)
3/4ish Other (don't expect a lot of comics)

Let me emphasize that this wasn't written with a holistic view towards a unified set. So you're going to see a decent number of sub-distributional quirks.

Difficulty wise, it will be similar to trash tournaments I've written in the past such as COLT.

The tournament is 6 rounds with tossups and bonuses and is fully written (but not yet fully edited). There's a slight possibility I'll produce a 7th packet if I have time and it makes the schedules work better.

The Skype mirror will cost $40 per team, with funds going to a TBA charity.

Note: This tournament partially consists of trash questions I've written for University of Washington quizbowl practices over the years. Thus, if your name is Joelle Smart or Alejandro Lopez-Lago you probably shouldn't be playing this tournament.
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Re: GRAB BAG - Fall 2017

Postby Mike Bentley » Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:16 pm

I'll end the date poll tomorrow, so get your vote in.
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Re: GRAB BAG - Fall 2017

Postby Mike Bentley » Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:48 am

Okay, we're going to do a Skype Tournament on Sunday, 11/26 starting at noon eastern time.

Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing

Right now I'm capping the field at 6 teams. Will expand if there's enough interest and moderators.

I'll also offer this tournament up to in-person mirroring from November through around the end of February. E-mail me at bentley.michael.j@gmail.com if you want to mirror it.
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Re: GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

Postby Mike Bentley » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:12 pm

Looks like there will be an in-person mirror of this at University of Ottawa on November 5th. I've also heard there will be a Minnesota mirror but details aren't worked out yet.
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Re: GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

Postby ErikC » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:07 pm

Loved this set! The focus on recent movies was probably my favourite part of the tournament along with the punk representation.
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Re: GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

Postby Mike Bentley » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:13 pm

ErikC wrote:Loved this set! The focus on recent movies was probably my favourite part of the tournament along with the punk representation.


Thanks! If anyone else has feedback or corrections from this mirror, feel free to e-mail me at bentley.michael.j@gmail.com. I probably won't set up a private forum for this, but you can at least get in contact me that way.
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Re: GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

Postby Mike Bentley » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:58 pm

Reminder that this is taking place in about a week. If you're on the fence about signing up as a free agent, please do so soon so I can get a better sense of how many people are playing. If there's not a big surge in people I may turn this into doubles so that the schedule works out better.

Also, if you're interested in moderating please let me know.
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Re: GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

Postby Mike Bentley » Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:40 pm

We'll go with teams of 3 for now. If more people sign up I'll consider expanding it to teams of 4.
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Re: GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

Postby Mike Bentley » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:23 pm

One more heads up: since this tournament has bonuses, it's going to be a real drag if you don't have a headset. These things are available for as little as $10 on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I095OO4/re ... il_2?psc=1). As a result, I'm going to charge a $10 penalty to anyone playing without one.

Edit: Headphones and standalone microphones are also fine.
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Re: GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

Postby Mike Bentley » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:12 am

Looks like we have enough people to have teams of 4. I'm going to pair up any remaining free agents who haven't already formed a team of their own by tonight.
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Re: GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

Postby Mike Bentley » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:56 pm

I just sent a logistics mail. Let me know if you didn't receive it.
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Re: GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

Postby Valefor » Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:47 am

Is it too late to sign up for this and jump on one of the 3 person teams? I wasn't sure if I was going to be free until this morning, but I am.
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Re: GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

Postby Mike Bentley » Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:06 pm

Beef (disambiguation) went 4-1 to win the tournament. All teams played a final consolation match which didn't count towards the final standings. Stats are available here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/4780/

Thanks to Alejandro and Joelle for moderating.

By the way, please let me know in the next two weeks if you plan on mirroring this tournament. If I don't hear back by then I'll be posting it around December 10th.
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Re: GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

Postby Mike Bentley » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:32 am

I've now posted the set.
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