GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

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GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Mike Bentley » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:08 pm

This is a formal announcement for GUERRILLA III, a guerrilla tournament held at the ICT. This year the tournament will take place on Friday, 4/8/11, and will be a guerrilla tournament (e.g. no central editor).

ELIGIBILITY:
Everyone is eligible to play in this tournament, so long as they are on a team that contributes a packet. If you don't write a packet or get on a team that contributes to a packet, you're not playing. There will definitely not be a bracket for teams that did not write this year.

TEAMS:
You'll need to form teams before the tournament because you have to write a packet (see below). In other words, there will not be a draft.

PRICE:
The tournament is free to play.

PACKET GUIDELINES:
Teams will have to write a packet of at least 20 tossups. If you have some great packet idea and want to go crazy and write a 40 question packet, go for it. Just make sure that you have at least 20 tossups.

Themes are encouraged but not required. However, try to write themes that are general and don't lend themselves to figuring questions out (e.g. don't write a Washington State theme packet and have the first tossup be Seattle).

In terms of difficulty, shoot for ACF Nationals level difficulty. The field should be pretty strong, but don't use this as an excuse to write all of your tossups on that would be graded a "6" on the Magin difficulty scale.

Details on where to submit your packets will be forthcoming.

REQUESTS:
It would be great if someone wants to volunteer to collect the packets and eliminate the repeats. If someone wants to step up and offer basic editing service that would be even better, but that's not really expected or required. If you're interested, shoot me an e-mail at bentley.michael.j@gmail.com.

DATE AND LOCATION:
Friday, 4/8/11. 9:30 PM. ICT Hotel Lobby (please try to meet there at 9:15 PM).
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/9/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Mike Bentley » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:08 pm

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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/9/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Mike Bentley » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:09 pm

And, to end this triple post, I'm looking for teammates.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by The Tourist » Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:01 pm

A couple of questions:

-This will be starting 9:30 PM, Friday night, yes? Is there a definitive time commitment associated with it, i.e., would playing this mean playing until 1, 2, 3 AM, such that we might be limited to 7, 6, 5 hours of sleep?
-Do these packets have bonuses? Or is that left to our discretion?

Barring a massive infringement on my sleep schedule, I would be very interested in competing and I imagine we could put together at least one ASU team from the two teams coming to Nationals.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Cheynem » Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:09 pm

Last year it didn't take very long. There were no bonuses.

Depending on time and transport, I'd like to play this. I'd like to play with fun cats whom I haven't played with before.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by DumbJaques » Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:14 pm

I'm interested in playing this and suppose I'm looking for teammates. I'll also request a somewhat earlier start time than 9:30, if possible.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Mike Bentley » Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:50 pm

The reason for the late start time is to accomodate people arriving late. If there ends up being a large number of teams, I'll consider pushing the start time ahead. In the last two years we've had 5 packets each (tossups only), so the tournament finished in like an hour and a half. I don't think end time is going to be a huge concern unless we get more than like 7 teams.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Auks Ran Ova » Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:28 pm

I'm definitely interested in gunning for a threepeat (especially if it means I end up writing my portion of the packet in the car on the way down again) and am looking for awesome people to play with. Willingness to write a wacky theme packet is preferred.

EDIT: I will be playing with the inestimable Matt "Rizzoli" Bollinger. We are, of course, still looking for fellow adventurous types.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Mike Bentley » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:09 pm

Cheynem wrote:Last year it didn't take very long. There were no bonuses.

Depending on time and transport, I'd like to play this. I'd like to play with fun cats whom I haven't played with before.
I can't recall playing on a team with you before--want to team up?
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Sima Guang Hater » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:14 pm

Well, its kind of up in the air whether I can go to ICT at all this year, but assuming I'm there and on time, I'll play.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by rylltraka » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:27 pm

Unless my schedule next quarter doesn't permit this, I'll throw my hat into the ring and write 6/6 for some poor saps.
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Post by Cheynem » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:30 pm

I accept Mike Bentley's offer--other Mikes should join us.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Rufous-capped Thornbill » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:34 pm

I'm interested in riding someone's coattails to victory.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Important Bird Area » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:40 pm

I'll sign up for this event, on the following conditions:

1. I don't get drafted to do ICT logistics stuff after 9:30 (well, I hope not)

2. Prospective teammates are willing to put up with history tossups hastily written Thursday night while ICT is printing
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Post by cvdwightw » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:51 pm

I will play this, assuming that I am in Chicago at the time and that my ICT teammates do not have other things planned.

I am looking for teammates who are as much interested in the creation of wacky theme packets as they are in playing this tournament. I assure you I have already concocted a sufficiently wacky theme (I have a reputation to uphold, you know).
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Sun Devil Student » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:40 pm

Cheynem wrote:I accept Mike Bentley's offer--other Mikes should join us.
Unfortunately it looks like my D1 team's chances of qualifying are very slim this year... otherwise I'd offer you an additional Mike (with his permission, of course), whom I'm pretty sure you haven't been on a team with before :)
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by theMoMA » Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:26 am

I may boycott this tournament this year, as last year's iteration was quite possibly the worst tournament I've ever played.
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Post by Edmund » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:51 am

I think I can say with certainty that all four of the Oxford team will be interested. This was a great way to get to meet some bona fide Americans last year and those of us who took part thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

In the interest of being sociable and getting to know people, I think it might be more fun if we split ourselves up with different teams rather than enter as a unit, so if anyone is assembling a team and wants to recruit, school playground-style:

Me (Chemistry / F1 Racing specialist)
George (History specialist, confused by all things American, esp. baseball)
Aaron (all things Canadian and Social / Env Science specialist)
Alex (Eng Lit specialist, former winner of the UK's "University Challenge")

then speak up. We'd all be happy to write some questions to contribute, obviously.
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Post by ... and the chaos of Mexican modernity » Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:01 pm

If we can make it out to ICT, I definitely will be up for playing this.
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Post by Skepticism and Animal Feed » Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:29 pm

I don't yet know how I'll spend my last night as a reigning ICT Champion, but I know it won't be in Chicago, so I won't play this. However, I do enjoy writing wacky questions and would be happy to help some team - or even multiple teams! - write packets for this.
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Post by Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat » Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:56 pm

Cheynem wrote:I accept Mike Bentley's offer--other Mikes should join us.
Assuming I can make it to ICT, this sounds fun. Would you be interested in me being the third?
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Post by dtaylor4 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:09 pm

Morraine Man wrote:I don't yet know how I'll spend my last night as a reigning ICT Champion, but I know it won't be in Chicago, so I won't play this. However, I do enjoy writing wacky questions and would be happy to help some team - or even multiple teams! - write packets for this.
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Post by Kwang the Ninja » Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:31 pm

I enjoyed this last year. I'll write my portion of the packet in plenty of time, so just hit me up if you want to form a team.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Auroni » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:43 pm

I won't be there, but I have an idea for a packet that I've been mulling over for a while now, so I'll probably freelance a packet.
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Post by Mike Bentley » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:50 pm

Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat wrote:
Cheynem wrote:I accept Mike Bentley's offer--other Mikes should join us.
Assuming I can make it to ICT, this sounds fun. Would you be interested in me being the third?
Fine with me. Is there a fourth eligible Mike/Michael interested in joining our team?
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Post by Edward Elric » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:48 pm

Bentley Like Beckham wrote:
Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat wrote:
Cheynem wrote:I accept Mike Bentley's offer--other Mikes should join us.
Assuming I can make it to ICT, this sounds fun. Would you be interested in me being the third?
Fine with me. Is there a fourth eligible Mike/Michael interested in joining our team?
I'd have to see if I can make it to ICT, but i could possibly be the fourth. Don't write me in as a definite teammate yet.
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Post by marnold » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:37 pm

I plan on being on being covered up to my elbows in Harold's grease the Friday of ICT, so I will not be part of the Sch-Michael-dic League.
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Post by Mike Bentley » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:57 pm

marnold wrote:I plan on being on being covered up to my elbows in Harold's grease the Friday of ICT, so I will not be part of the Sch-Michael-dic League.
Well you've certainly contributed to our team name.
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Post by The Tourist » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:51 am

Might there be examples of packets from previous years, so as to give an idea as to what a themed packet should be like and to approximate the ideal balance of academic and silly in a packet?
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Post by Mike Bentley » Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:56 am

Last year's packets are at http://doc-ent.com/quizbowl/GUERRILLA%20II.rar. I would encourage you to write more along the lines of Kandlikar packet (NAQT parody) and less along the lines of the Watkins packet (British theme, with several of the answers easy to figure out, and also 6 questions missing).
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Post by mhayes » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:46 pm

I'll be at ICT, so I may be interested in this. However, I'm not a great player, so I'll play with whomever will have me.
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Post by The Ununtiable Twine » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:56 pm

I'll be joining you.
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Post by mhayes » Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:00 pm

DarkMatter wrote:I'll be joining you.
Awesome. Let me know how you want to break down the packet.
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Post by tiwonge » Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:42 pm

I'll contribute questions, and might play if we arrive early enough (or at all). I'm not very good, so it's not going to be a huge difference to your team if I miss it. :)
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Post by Sir Thopas » Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:34 pm

Assuming we don't have any travel catastrophes this year, I'd like to get in on this.
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Post by Sima Guang Hater » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:29 am

Sir Thopas wrote:Assuming we don't have any travel catastrophes this year
That phenomenon was associated with my presence.
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Post by Sir Thopas » Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:21 pm

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:
Sir Thopas wrote:Assuming we don't have any travel catastrophes this year
That phenomenon was associated with my presence.
Sleeping in Logan sucks, man. IT CONTINUES
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Post by grapesmoker » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:48 am

Sir Thopas wrote:Sleeping in Logan sucks, man. IT CONTINUES
Is it worse than sleeping in Philadelphia though?

edit: the Detroit airport is the best place to sleep.
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Post by ... and the chaos of Mexican modernity » Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:22 am

ValenciaQBowl wrote:Dallin Kelson has agreed to prop up this aging dinosaur and dinosaur-to-be Ahmad Ragab at this shindig.
If you all have not claimed a fourth, I as a native Floridian would like to join this team, of course if that's okay with you guys.

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Post by at your pleasure » Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:55 am

I'd be happy to join any team and will write non-science stuff.
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Post by bmcke » Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:53 pm

Another non-sciencer here. Are there enough orphans to just make a team of orphans?
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Post by ValenciaQBowl » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:29 pm

If you all have not claimed a fourth, I as a native Floridian would like to join this team, of course if that's okay with you guys.
Sorry, Zach--I'm afraid that since I posted our original three-man line-up, Billy Beyer has affixed himself to us, like a barnacle to the hull of a a slowly listing industrial barge. I hope you find another good option, but if not, and this thing is like past years, you're welcome to be part of a five-person agglomeration with us if that ends up being acceptable. Good luck!
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Post by dessert1111 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:20 pm

I wouldn't mind playing this and will offer myself up for anyone who wants me. I'm not a strong player compared to the majority of the ICT lineup, but I'm pretty decent at psychology and poetry. I am also alright at literature overall and can do some fine arts, social sciences and RMP. I can write toss ups on any of those things.
Let me know if anyone needs a player.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by MicroEStudent » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:05 pm

I'm now staffing ICT, so I'm up for this. My strengths include physics, physical chemistry, economics and current events/trash. My weaknesses are pretty much everything else.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by ... and the chaos of Mexican modernity » Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:33 pm

I guess if someone is interesting in having me on their team for this please e-mail me at commshepn2@yahoo.com. My strengths include history, visual arts, and certain trash subjects (Video games, sports questions that are hockey and soccer).

Edit: I forgot to say that I also have three tossups written for this
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Sun Devil Student » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:25 pm

How big can teams be for this?

I'm now staffing for ICT, so I would like to play, possibly alongside my D2 team if they decide to play (making a 5-person team), or as a free agent. If I become a free agent, I can contribute 6 super-creative and accessible tossups which have rarely/never been answer lines before (to my knowledge).

Two of my D1 players are also considering coming to staff (I don't know if they are; I told them to contact Joel Gluskin.) One of them (if he does attend as a staffer) might be willing to join the team of Mikes if they're still looking for a fourth Mike.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Mike Bentley » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:25 pm

4 players only for teams.

By the way, if you've formed a team and are definitely writing a packet for this tournament (the only way you can actually play in this tournament), please post in the thread with the members of that team so I can get a sense of what the final field size will be. Since we most likely need to have an odd number of teams, I'll be closing registration for this tournament this Sunday unless we have an even number of teams.

Here is the current field update (as of 4/4):
Mike Bentley, Mike Cheyne, Michael Hausinger, Guy Tabachnick
Chris Borglum, Ahmad Ragab, Dalin Kelson, Billy Beyer
Oxford
Rob Carson, Matt Bollinger, Will Butler, Chris Ray
Matt Hayes, Jake Sundberg, Nate Kane, Jeff Hoppes
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by Edmund » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:39 pm

Since it doesn't like Oxford are going to be able to partition ourselves into different teams, we'll probably enter as a four and write a packet. I'll confirm in the next couple of days.
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Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Post by mhayes » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:52 pm

The deadline makes things interesting. I have to speak with Jake to see what our plans are. So far, the team is just me and him and I still have to write 16 more tossups.

So for now, I am tentatively committing to play in this event. The team is myself and Jake Sundberg, though we are certainly looking to add teammates if anyone would like to join.
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