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Joshua Rutsky
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Old trash packets?

Post by Joshua Rutsky » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:02 am

Does anyone happen to have a copy of ACRONYM from 2014 or previous? Not currently archived on the trash site.
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Re: Old trash packets?

Post by InvadErGII » Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:52 pm

I can send you the one from 2014, but fair warning - it isn't great. That's also the first ACRONYM I had a hand in, so I don't have anything earlier - see Matt Quinn’s post below on how to obtain those.

[edited to remove unnecessary editorializing re: sets I wasn’t involved with]
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Erik Nelson
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Re: Old trash packets?

Post by mrichardquinn » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:24 pm

As the coach of Armstrong Quiz Bowl, I started the ACRONYM tournament as a fundraiser for our program in 2008, so to provide a little more information and context...

ACRONYM I and II were both played on NAQT questions. Neither of these tournaments managed to attract more than a dozen or so teams, so to boost attendance we switched to house writing a pop culture tournament.

I was in charge of editing and compiling ACRONYM III-VI. While Erik is correct that the quality and professionalism of ACRONYM increased tremendously with his involvement to his credit, I would argue that there is still some value in those old tournaments. Yes, the questions vary wildly in difficulty level, they could have been more thoroughly edited, and they were composed by some inexperienced writers. They were also from 2010-2013 so they would be quite dated. But I am still proud of a lot of the questions in terms of creatively considered topics and ways to ask about them. When we ran these tournaments, we got lots of positive feedback from players in the Minnesota circuit who enjoyed playing the questions quite a lot.

I haven't uploaded them and don't plan to do so mostly because I have not taken the time to learn how website/packet archives/uploading works since retiring, but also because I wouldn't want to present them as a polished and finished product that meets the high standards that Play Quiz Bowl has set for the ACRONYM brand.

If you are interested in them for personal or private use, you may send me an e-mail at matt_quinn@rdale.org and I will send them your way.

Thanks for your interest,
Matt Quinn
Armstrong Quiz Bowl Coach 2000-2016

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