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Missouri Open - Fall 2015 (Regular difficulty)

Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:06 pm

I’m pleased to announce Missouri Open 2015, a regular difficulty college tournament planned for the fall of 2015. Questions will be written and edited by Will Alston, Itamar Naveh-Benjamin, and Shan Kothari, with additional writing contributions from Rohith Nagari and Ewan Macaulay. We are aiming for mirrors of this tournament to be run throughout October and November 2015.

This tournament’s distribution and questions are inspired by those of National Academic Quiz Tournaments, but they will not use the exact distribution or format that NAQT uses. Packets will consist of 24 tossups and 24 bonuses according to the distribution we have outlined and will be played in their entirety. To ensure that games do not take too long, and to stick with the NAQT-inspired theme, tossups will be capped at five lines in length (before power-marks and guides) and bonus parts will be capped at two lines apiece.

The distribution is as follows:

4/4 Literature (1/1 US, 1/1 British, 1/1 Euro, 1/1 World and Other)
4/4 History (1/1 US, 1/1 Continental Euro, 1/1 World, 1/1 British, Classics, and Other)
4/4 Science (1/1 Biology, 1/1 Chemistry, 1/1 Physics, 1/1 Other Science)
3/3 Fine Arts (1/1 Visual, 1/1 Audio (including jazz) , 1/1 Other)
2/2 “Beliefs” (1/1 Religion, 1/1 Myth)
2/2 “Thought” (1/1 Social Science, 1/1 Philosophy)
1/1 Trash
1/1 Geography
1/1 Modern Politics/Institutions
1/1 Mixed and Other (an anything-goes category ala NAQT inspirations)
1/1 Additional Big Three + Other Arts

A separate packet of tiebreakers will be provided. In the event of a tie, a single question should be read from this packet in order to break the tie.

As the tournament’s name suggests, this tournament will be open-eligibility as previously discussed. We strongly encourage participation by veterans and strong high school players in this tournament. However, a discount is provided for teams who choose to compete consisting entirely of players from a single school: the mirror fee for this tournament will be $45 per open team and $25 per single-school team. This discounted single-school fee will apply to both collegiate teams and high school teams.

List of Sites

UCSD (10/25/15)
University of Missouri-Columbia (10/31/15)
Brown University (11/14/15)
VCU (11/14/15)
University of Minnesota (11/14/15)
Michigan State University (11/21/15)
McMaster University (11/21/15)
Tulane University (11/21/15)
Berkeley (12/5/15)

Please contact us with bids or any other questions at missouriopen2015@gmail.com.
Last edited by Make sure your seatbelt is fastened on Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:31 pm, edited 12 times in total.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:38 pm

We've decided to make a change to the distribution. The "Mixed Big Three" category is now going to be "Mixed History, Literature, Other Science, and Other Arts" with all four of those categories roughly equally represented. The additional Other Science will mostly comprise additional math questions.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:07 am

I'll be posting updates about the set's rough completion here. Currently, the set is about 93% complete. (as of 10/19)
Last edited by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea on Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:35 pm, edited 4 times in total.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:09 pm

The first post has been updated to reflect that the single-school discount will apply to teams from a single college OR teams from a single high school.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:12 pm

Make sure your seatbelt is fastened wrote:The first post has been updated to reflect that the single-school discount will apply to teams from a single college OR teams from a single high school.


Do you have a list of sites (and if possible, what dates those sites are hosting on) yet?

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:14 pm

We have confirmed mirrors at Brown, VCU, Cambridge, and Mizzou. We're working on getting mirrors at Berkeley, Michigan State, McMaster, and Minnesota. We're open to other mirrors as well, particularly in the Southeast.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:07 pm

Any update on a southern mirror?

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:14 pm

To my understanding, Itamar hasn't been contacted by anyone interested in organizing one yet. I'm busy this week but I'll look into it.

EDIT: I lied, he in fact has. Once we confirm that things are more than tentative, we will post what the mirror sites are.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:45 pm

Is Minnesota still hosting this? Is there an overlap with the Missouri and/or MSU fields?

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:25 pm

Minnesota will indeed host a mirror -- Shan mentioned 10/24, but I'll confirm before listing it.

There will be some overlap between MSU and Mizzou (for example, I believe UIUC intends to attend the MSU mirror), but we never expected the Mizzou mirror would attract that many teams in the first place.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:04 am

Make sure your seatbelt is fastened wrote:Minnesota will indeed host a mirror -- Shan mentioned 10/24, but I'll confirm before listing it.


That's the plan. Barring a compelling objection, I'll put up an announcement soon, so if you do object, let me know right away. The only other options for us are after ACF Fall on November 7 (e.g. Nov 14, 21).

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Fri Sep 25, 2015 2:47 pm

For what it's worth, I would almost certainly play a Minnesota mirror on Nov 14.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Fri Sep 25, 2015 2:55 pm

Pilgrim wrote:For what it's worth, I would almost certainly play a Minnesota mirror on Nov 14.


I'd play as well.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:07 pm

I'd play whenever, as long as I know the date well enough in advance.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:52 pm

I would prefer 10/24

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:50 pm

I sent an email out to a bunch of Minnesota folks and schools from nearby states to get input about a date. I'll decide for sure, and put up a forum post, by Thursday morning at the latest. If you didn't get the email, and would attend the Minnesota mirror either 10/24 or 11/14 but not the other, please DM me.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:01 am

I should make one final note about the distribution: Jazz is now part of Other Arts, and not the 1/1 audio arts distribution (which should be thought of as "classical music" now) since we've expanded the Other Arts distribution as part of the rotating extra 0.25/0.25 per packet.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015 (Regular difficulty)

Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:39 pm

The set is now complete and packetization is nearly finished.

I'll be reminding individual hosts, but once again the set is meant to be played as 24/24 - like DEES, but with 24 tossups instead.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015 (Regular difficulty)

Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:25 pm

There was a mirror at Texas A&M last weekend. Texas A won, Rice came in second.

Stats are posted here:

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... all_games/

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015 (Regular difficulty)

Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:07 am

When this set be posted?

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015 (Regular difficulty)

Tue Dec 22, 2015 3:02 am

Cody owns the set entry - I'll ask him to upload it.

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015 (Regular difficulty)

Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:28 pm

I've just uploaded the set after receiving ownership from Cody. It will hopefully be available to download online soon.
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