TRICON 5: COMING SUMMER 2017

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TRICON 5: COMING SUMMER 2017

Post by Frater Taciturnus » Fri May 05, 2017 7:05 am

it is with a heavy heart that i must announce that the tricon is at it again
This is the announcement for Tricon 5: ACF Memes for Canonical Teens, the latest in the Tricon series of whimsy-filled side events. The intended timeframe for this event to run is as part of the "Second Open" weekend in summer 2017.

This will be a totally guerilla (that is, 100% unedited, free of charge, and whatever "casual" may mean) tournament.

This tournament will require you to write a 30-tossup, no-bonus packet, containing 1 question representing each of the 30 categories below. As always, the distribution has changed from last time to reflect new and exciting possibilities in question topics.

The mantra here is: "Write on creative and difficult things that are too weird or too hard to include in any other quizbowl tournament, but that you still might expect someone, somewhere to answer." Don't go too far in either the standard-ACF-Nationals canon or in the "let's just write on things that I know the best players in quizbowl can't get to prove I can do it" directions. The Hirsch, Weiner, Adams, Douglass, and Carson packets from the original set are the best examples of the tone we are going for here.

DISTRIBUTION

Academic (11)

A question about a specific American short story whose answer is the title of that short story
A history question focusing heavily on wacky/surreal aspects of life under some sort of totalitarian regime
A question on a specific city or town in the U.S. that is not a state capital and has a population of less than 50,000
A question on classical/fine art music by an American composer
A good question on a hard current events topic
A question on the second-most famous creative work by someone who is only famous for one thing
A question from any academic category whose answer is something without a Wikipedia page and which contains no clues that can be learned from Wikipedia
A science history question
A question on comic books or graphical novels with literary merit
A good question on international relations or "thought about world politics" on an answer that hasn't come up 100 times
A question on something from a non-science academic category that you think every room at Tricon has a chance at answering but you are pretty sure Jordan Brownstein doesn't know

Trash (9)

A question directly related to Twitter
A question about standup comedy
A question on a specific TV episode
A question on country, gospel, or bluegrass music
A question about a specific scene from a movie or TV show
An “in popular culture” question (a question where the answer is something academic but all the clues are trash)
A question on a thing from baseball that isn’t the name of a player or team
A question on something stereotypical of the 2000s as a decade
A question about fonts or typesetting

Mixed/GK/your choice of whether to use academic or trash content (10)

A question relating directly to stupid beliefs that were faddish in the 1970s
A question whose answer is a number greater than 100
A circa-2002 bad NAQT question conceit
A question written from memory
A question involving copyright law
A question involving vigilante justice
A question involving the sum of $45 in some way
A question on something that rhymes with “Tron” where power is awarded for answering in the form of Matt Morrison
A list tossup of at least 6 lines
A question related to "collectibles" in some way

Note -- due to overuse at the first Tricon, the following topics are completely banned from this tournament and may not appear in your questions in any way:
*Anime
*The painter Duccio
*The early 90s rap group Arrested Development
*The Salman Rushdie novel The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Also, you should not write more than 1 tossup in your packet whose answer is the name of an album of music.

No “theme packets” are permitted. You know what this means.

Please write and randomize a packet containing precisely 1 of each question above (or two where noted).

Be as creative as possible and write on whatever difficulty or particular subject you want within the stated parameters. What constitutes a question "on" or "pertaining to" some thing is totally up to your interpretation within the limits of common sense, good faith, and not trying to be more clever than you are, as specified above. Questions should contain superpowers and powers, and probably be around 7 lines long on average, but do what makes sense for each category.

This tournament costs $0 to play and will be edited by no one. There will be a central collator (name and email TBA) whose job is solely to collect the packets from each participating team across the various sites and send out the full compilation of packets for use.

Use this thread to form teams and let people know that you are writing or have completed a packet.
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Post by Cheynem » Fri May 05, 2017 9:26 am

Last year, there were only four packets for this, so I guess I'll advocate if there is any interest in this tournament, people actually contribute packets.
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Post by Wynaut » Fri May 05, 2017 4:23 pm

Cheynem wrote:Last year, there were only four packets for this, so I guess I'll advocate if there is any interest in this tournament, people actually contribute packets.
Speaking of those packets, are those gonna be uploaded to the archive any time soon?
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Post by Cheynem » Fri May 05, 2017 4:24 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot about those and the guerrilla film set...I can probably do that when I find the computer I saved them on.
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Post by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Sun May 28, 2017 12:46 pm

If I want to write a packet for this and have no clue what a category is referring to, is it up to my own interpretation?

(Disclaimer: this is not to enable a "theme packet")
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Post by Mike Bentley » Sun May 28, 2017 2:26 pm

I don't have the energy to write a full packet but if you want a couple of contributions to your packet let me know.
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Post by An Economic Ignoramus » Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:36 pm

William Golden and I are co-authoring a packet for this.
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Post by Picasso's Middle Name » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:11 pm

Finn Bender and I are about 50% finished with a packet for this.
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Post by stanjast » Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:16 pm

Any word on where this might be held? I have no idea if there's enough interest in this, but we here at Purdue could probably host this at some point this summer, if there are enough Midwesterners who'd be interested in coming to West Lafayette.
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Post by saintanthony » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:00 pm

I'm going to have a packet ready for this.
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Post by CPiGuy » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:30 pm

I'll be writing a packet. I've finished eleven tossups so far.
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Post by AKKOLADE » Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:25 pm

Mike Cheyne calls himself a broadcast journalist, but he's not even a real journalism. I have the REAL scoops around here: this is intended to be played at the August Side Event Weekend.
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Post by CPiGuy » Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:07 pm

CPiGuy wrote:I'll be writing a packet. I've finished eleven tossups so far.
Yeah, so I probably won't be able to finish this packet on my own, so now seems like a good point to see if anyone wants to collaborate.
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Post by Guile Island » Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:07 pm

Tejas and I are writing a packet for this.
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Post by AKKOLADE » Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:09 pm

I'm collecting packets for this! Make sure you email me your packet by 7 p.m. Eastern on 8/4. If it's sent any later, I will not be able to guarantee its timely inclusion with the set.

Please include Tricon in your email subject. If you don't and I misplace your packet, it's your fault, not mine.
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Post by eliza.grames » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:07 pm

I wrote an unbelievably bad packet for this, so, uh, do the opposite of get excited for it.
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Post by An Economic Ignoramus » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:13 am

William and I won't be able to finish on time. We have like ten questions done if anyone wants to play them.
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Post by No Rules Westbrook » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:21 pm

I'll have a packet to you on 8/4 before that time, Fred.
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Post by Cheynem » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:23 pm

I won't have a packet by the 5th but I might have one by the time of the Michigan mirror.
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Post by AKKOLADE » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:40 pm

I currently have one packet, from Eliza.
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Post by Auks Ran Ova » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:57 pm

Our packet will be done by the Michigan mirror.
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Post by rylltraka » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:48 pm

I am pondering the possibility of cranking out a packet over the course of an upcoming seven-hour bus ride tomorrow. Let me know if you want in on a fever dream of a packet for a tournament I will never play.
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Post by CPiGuy » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:50 pm

Sit Room Guy wrote:William and I won't be able to finish on time. We have like ten questions done if anyone wants to play them.
I have twelve, so if you read these online perhaps I could read mine afterwards.
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Post by AKKOLADE » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:11 pm

CPiGuy wrote:
Sit Room Guy wrote:William and I won't be able to finish on time. We have like ten questions done if anyone wants to play them.
I have twelve, so if you read these online perhaps I could read mine afterwards.
Could you combine these half packets? Because, again, I have one total packet as of right now.
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Post by Kasper Kaijanen » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:24 pm

The packet written by Tracey and me is coming in tonight.
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Post by Picasso's Middle Name » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:56 pm

Tibetan literature wrote:The packet written by Tracey and me is coming in tonight.
Just sent this in. Fred, can you confirm that you received it?
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Post by No Rules Westbrook » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:26 am

I just sent my packet in to Fred.
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Post by saintanthony » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:06 am

My packet will be ready in time for Michigan Side Event Weekend.
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Post by RexSueciae » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:58 am

You can expect a packet from me at some point tonight after I discharge a few of my other responsibilities.
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Post by AKKOLADE » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:10 pm

With the deadline for guaranteed delivery coming up in 2 hours, I have packets from:

Eliza Grames
Ryan Westbrook
Tracey Hickman
Eric Douglass (partial)

Remember that the deadline for me to guarantee that I will be available to forward packets on to sites in a timely fashion is 7 p.m. Eastern on 8/4.
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Post by rylltraka » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:26 pm

I will have a packet done tonight (not in the next 30 minutes, however) and will send it along.
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Post by AKKOLADE » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:55 pm

I have four packets now. I'll forward them on; anyone that sends one at this point will have theirs forwarded in the morning when I get around to it.
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Post by CPiGuy » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:37 pm

Where should we send our packets if we intend to have them ready by the Michigan weekend (myself, William Golden, and Jakob Myers have almost finished a packet?)
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Post by Kasper Kaijanen » Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:46 pm

Yo Fred can these be posted to the archive?
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Post by AKKOLADE » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:53 am

I guess I could! I’ll make sure I have them all and then I’ll post them.
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Post by AKKOLADE » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:49 am

I was reminded (again) to upload these. Once approved, they should appear here. So sorry for forgetting to do this.
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