ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Skepticism and Animal Feed » Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:32 pm

This is an announcement for Spring Offensive, an all-history subject tournament to take place on May 29, 2010, which is the Saturday of HSNCT. The tournament will run after the completion of HSNCT's Saturday rounds and will presumably take place in the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel in beautiful Rosemont, IL.

What to Expect
Spring Offensive will feature rounds of 20 tossups and 20 bonuses, all of which will be in the "History" category. There will be questions on all sub-fields of history (including American, European, World, Political, Military, Social, etc.). The mysterious wide-spread rumor that this will be a military-history only tournament is completely false.

The set should be broadly similar to my previous history subject tournaments, such as July Crisis and EuroFest.

Writing Requirements
There are absolutely no writing requirements. The set will be entirely written by myself and by other editors under my command.

Who Can Play
Spring Offensive is primarily intended for HSNCT moderators and HSNCT players, but will be open to anyone, including coaches and members of the masters circuit.

The rounds will be written so as to both challenge experienced players and be accessible to novices and high school players.

Cost
The tournament will probably cost $10/person, with a 50% discount for HS players and coaches. There will probably also be a discount for players who come in WWI-era historical dress.

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Generalfeldmarschall Bruce von Arthur
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- Hauptmann Ahmad Ragab
-- Unteroffizier Andrew Chrzanowski
-- Unteroffizier Sandy Huang
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Important Bird Area » Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:50 pm

Of course I'll play this.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Ondes Martenot » Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:12 pm

I also will play, assuming I staff HSNCT
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Cheynem » Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:25 pm

I'll give it a whirl.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by at your pleasure » Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:39 pm

Is this singles or doubles?
EDIT:One of my teammates and I will play this if we are at HSNCT.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by cchiego » Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:39 pm

Will play as well. If there are teams of some sort, I'd be in the market to team up with someone who knows their Euro history.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Skepticism and Animal Feed » Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:45 pm

Ideally, I'd like people to form teams beforehand.

Realistically, HSNCT side events tend to be organized ad hoc the night of. We might not know who is playing until right before the tournament starts, and I certainly wouldn't want to exclude anyone just because they only decided to play at the last minute.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Adventure Temple Trail » Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:14 pm

This is right up my alley. I'll play - should be much less crushing than Gaddis, that's for sure.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by dtaylor4 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:09 pm

I'll staff this if I'm there.

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Post by Captain Sinico » Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:25 pm

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:39 pm

We plan on going to Chicago, and I'd actually like to help moderate this event, if possible. Playing would be a hoot but i'd rather let good high school and college players (who are no doubt better than me) play instead. Moderating this might be fun. Let me know if you need the help.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by TheKingInYellow » Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:43 pm

I imagine there will be at least three people from State College (David, Monica, myself)
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Post by Charbroil » Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:53 pm

I'll definitely be playing this.
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Post by Ringil » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:29 pm

I hope to play this if I staff for HSNCT.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Haaaaaaaarry Whiiiiiiiiiite » Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:01 am

I'll play if I can make it to HSNCT.
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Post by Self-incompatibility in plants » Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:01 am

I'm looking forward to maybe playing this.
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Post by Mike Bentley » Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:03 am

I expect to play this. Let me know if you want to team up.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by ... and the chaos of Mexican modernity » Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:08 am

If I can get to HSNCT to staff, then I will more than gladly play at this event.
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Post by Auroni » Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:10 am

i'll certainly play if I'm at hsnct
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Post by Diocletian » Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:30 am

I'll play this.
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Post by btressler » Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:10 am

Provided we are at HSNCT, there are probably at least 4 Charter team members including myself that would like to participate.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Gautam » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:32 am

I wanted to play this. However, since I will not be at the HSNCT, I will have to forego the option.

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Papa's in the House » Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:03 pm

starwarsguy6 wrote:Provided I'm in town (and don't have to work), I [would like to play] this.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by goblue16 » Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:00 pm

I also hope to play this depending on what I am doing around then and if I staff for HSNCT.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Pilgrim » Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:29 pm

I currently plan on being at HSNCT, in which case I will definitely play this.
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Post by No Rules Westbrook » Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:29 pm

Of course, if I'm there.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by theMoMA » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:08 pm

Looking forward to it.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by cchiego » Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:48 am

I received a facebook message indicating that Jonathan Thompson is interested in having his name added to the list of players for this. Thought I might pass it along.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Tanay » Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:50 am

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Tanay » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:10 am

Is there another tournament of comparable difficulty we can look at to get a general idea of how hard the questions will be?
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Post by Important Bird Area » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:35 am

Whig's Boson wrote:The set should be broadly similar to my previous history subject tournaments, such as July Crisis and EuroFest.
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Post by nafitzgerald » Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:03 pm

I intend to play this, most likely along with Gaurav or somebody else from EP.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Skepticism and Animal Feed » Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:15 pm

I should note that I'm aware that the bonuses in July Crisis and Euro Fest were far too difficult and will be working to fix that. So you should expect bonus conversion to increase at this event.

For tossup difficulty, you should expect a mix of the following:

* a pinch of tossups on really hard things (i.e., that previous were only mid-level clues) that are still somewhat canonical, but that would be too hard for ACF Nats
* a generous helping of ACF Nationals-level tossups
* a substantial amount of hard tossups on easy things; i.e., difficult and never-before-heard early clues, but the words after "ANSWER:" will be something that pretty much everyone has heard of

So there should be something for everybody. I want this to be remembered as the finest history subject tournament that ever existed, and part of that will be ensuring that everyone -- from hardcore masters circuit types to casual high school players -- can get some enjoyment and points out of this set.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Mechanical Beasts » Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:48 pm

I don't know jack about history; that should probably change. Sign me up.
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Post by Duncan Idaho » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:50 pm

Ming Lin and I will probably play this if we attend HSNCT.
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Post by alexdz » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:05 am

If I come to staff HSNCT, I'd like to play.
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Post by Diocletian » Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:36 pm

It looks like I will play with my teammate Daniel Chupin.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Skepticism and Animal Feed » Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:13 pm

Bump.

This event is still happening and writing has begun in earnest.

I am pleased to announce that Sandy Huang and Andrew Chrzanowski have been commissioned as members of the tournament's General Staff, each with the initial rank of Unteroffizier. I've gotten in touch with some of the other people who volunteered to write to see if they're still interested, so my hope is that the General Staff will expand.

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Post by Auks Ran Ova » Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:14 pm

Whig's Boson wrote:my hope is that the...Staff will expand.
tee hee hee
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Post by Skepticism and Animal Feed » Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:17 pm

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Post by rylltraka » Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:34 pm

If I am accepted as staff for HSNCT, I will play. Expecting several tossups on the Battle of Drepana.
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Post by Rufous-capped Thornbill » Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:11 pm

I will play with a teammate TBD.
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Post by SnookerUSF » Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:44 pm

Provided I am invited to staff HSNCT, I would like to offer my STAFFING services for this fine tournament...
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN) » Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:52 pm

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by evilmonkey » Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:05 pm

Provided that I am at HSNCT, I'll staff or, if there is an excess of staff, play.

EDIT: I will not be at HSNCT, so disregard.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Important Bird Area » Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:21 pm

Jeremy Gibbs Freesy Does It wrote:I will lead the Gruppe Gayl to assist Oskar von Hutier to ensure my beloved Kaiser a glorious victory for the Teutonic people over this set.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Cheynem » Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:24 pm

Hey, Mik, if I'm there and you're there, you want to team up for this?
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by Skepticism and Animal Feed » Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:48 pm

A note on this:

As with my two previous CO History tournaments, all teams at this event will have names that refer to World War One. If you do not email me a chosen name for your team by May 24, one created by me will be assigned to you.
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Post by rylltraka » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:59 pm

Of course I would, Mike Cheyne!

I anticipate your fondness for American history will fit well with my general loathing of the subject.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Post by magin » Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:01 pm

I plan on playing this, and I'm looking for a teammate who knows European, military, and classical history. Email me (at jonathan.magin at gmail.com) if you think you'd fit the bill.
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