Cambridge Open 2017 (CamO)

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Cambridge Open 2017 (CamO)

Post by Ewan MacAulay » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:35 pm

I've already mentioned this in the "Scheduling Reform" part of the forums but posting here to improve visibility.

Cambridge University Quiz Society have finished the 2017 Cambridge Open set. The set was generally well-received at the UK mirror ("Magnificently quirky" - Ben Salter, 2017), and we've been working to improve the set since then.

We're hoping to open the set up to being mirrored in the US and Canada over the spring and summer. At the moment, however, there are bits of the distribution which will require some adaptation if they're to play well across the pond. It'd be great if a team could be formed to Americanise the set - we can work out a cut of the mirror fees as compensation.

The set is slightly harder than last year's Missouri Open or SCT, probably on the order of this year's Penn Bowl. It consists of 14 packets of 24/24, with tossups powermarked and soft-capped at 5 lines.

(1/1) British Literature
(1/1) American Literature
(1/1) European Literature
(1/1) World + Other (including multi-area common links) Literature
(1/1) British History
(1/1) European History
(1/1) Anglosphere (Including American) History
(1/1) World + Ancient History
(1/1) Biology
(1/1) Chemistry
(1/1) Physics
(1/1) Other Science
(1/1) Painting
(1/1) Classical Music
(1/1) Other Fine Arts
(1/1) Mythology
(1/1) Religion
(1/1) Philosophy
(1/1) Social Science
(1/1) Modern World & Current Events
(1/1) Geography
(1/1) Trash
(1/1) Mixed and Other (Including GK)
(1/1) Extra Lit / Hist / Biology/ OArts (distributed equally between the four)

We're hoping to charge £25 per team as a mirror fee.

Any other questions, post 'em on here or drop me a line at the e-mail address on my profile.
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Re: Cambridge Open 2017 (CamO)

Post by Edmund » Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:46 pm

The general opinion of those who played CamO was that this set was very good. Without wishing to diminish the achievements of any other prior tournament, I think that quite a few people would view it as the best British tournament set yet written. It was inventive and fun, with a lot of attention paid to balance, and questions that played well. It was also refreshing to get a newly written tournament in an NAQT style.

I would recommend its being played "as is" at US mirrors, if anyone is interested to do so. We have had reports in two years now of flawed attempts at Americanisation of OOT; why not take a British set and just play it, cricket questions and all, just as Brits have done often with US sets?
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Re: Cambridge Open 2017 (CamO)

Post by CPiGuy » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:37 pm

Edmund wrote:The general opinion of those who played CamO was that this set was very good. Without wishing to diminish the achievements of any other prior tournament, I think that quite a few people would view it as the best British tournament set yet written. It was inventive and fun, with a lot of attention paid to balance, and questions that played well. It was also refreshing to get a newly written tournament in an NAQT style.

I would recommend its being played "as is" at US mirrors, if anyone is interested to do so. We have had reports in two years now of flawed attempts at Americanisation of OOT; why not take a British set and just play it, cricket questions and all, just as Brits have done often with US sets?
This sounds like great fun. I'd love to have this run as a summer open.
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Re: Cambridge Open 2017 (CamO)

Post by adosreme » Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:36 pm

Edmund wrote:I would recommend its being played "as is" at US mirrors, if anyone is interested to do so. We have had reports in two years now of flawed attempts at Americanisation of OOT; why not take a British set and just play it, cricket questions and all, just as Brits have done often with US sets?
I'm always in favour of doing it this way.
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Re: Cambridge Open 2017 (CamO)

Post by Ewan MacAulay » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:14 am

To my knowledge, all the planned mirrors of CamO have now been completed.

If you were planning on holding another mirror, please drop me a line as soon as possible with details, otherwise we'll clear the set this week, set up a discussion thread, and properly get some handbags out.

Thanks to everyone who played and helped to mirror this set - hope y'all enjoyed it.
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Re: Cambridge Open 2017 (CamO)

Post by ericlgame » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:46 pm

Will this set be posted on the packet archive?
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Re: Cambridge Open 2017 (CamO)

Post by UlyssesInvictus » Fri May 11, 2018 3:28 pm

Just a heads up that there's very active discussion about possibility using this set (among others) for the various summer events, so could any release of this set wait until the Illinois and Boston events have confirmed what sets they're using? Thanks!

(Side events thread here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21233)
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Re: Cambridge Open 2017 (CamO)

Post by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:26 pm

UlyssesInvictus wrote:Just a heads up that there's very active discussion about possibility using this set (among others) for the various summer events, so could any release of this set wait until the Illinois and Boston events have confirmed what sets they're using? Thanks!

(Side events thread here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21233)
I think you're posting in the wrong thread - we should use the most recent Cambridge open set
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Re: Cambridge Open 2017 (CamO)

Post by UlyssesInvictus » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:16 am

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:
UlyssesInvictus wrote:Just a heads up that there's very active discussion about possibility using this set (among others) for the various summer events, so could any release of this set wait until the Illinois and Boston events have confirmed what sets they're using? Thanks!

(Side events thread here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21233)
I think you're posting in the wrong thread - we should use the most recent Cambridge open set
Yeah, this has already been rectified over email. Although, I must then double the request for 2017's set to be posted on the archives.
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Re: Cambridge Open 2017 (CamO)

Post by That DCC guy » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:23 am

Will there be an online mirror of this ?
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