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2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:56 am
by Red Panda Cub
It is an honour to announce the renewal of the Early Fall Tournament for autumn 2018. I shall be head-editing the tournament, with subject assistance from Alex Damisch, Ewan MacAulay, Dylan Minarik, Tejas Raje, Ramapriya Rangaraju and Ryan Rosenberg. Will Alston and Rob Carson will be providing an additional layer of question oversight, though we welcome further input of this sort. The set will be available from the traditional late September date onwards.

This iteration of EFT will be written with the same animating ideas as the last two years’ tournaments, and the difficulty will kept to the same level (between Fall and Regionals, leaning more towards the latter). As such, the set should be able to cater to everyone from ambitious collegiate novices and experienced high school players up, while providing a meaningful experience for stalwarts of the game.

For college teams, all in-person US sites of this tournament will be completely closed. High schoolers may play, and can play on chimera teams with permission, but permission will only be granted if they are unable to play with their school team. Exceptions to these rules may possibly be granted with approval of the head editor. Sites in non-US countries may set different policies, but please alert the head-editor to any changes from what is stated here for US teams. We plan to run an early open play-testing mirror on Skype. All sites should use the advanced/online scorekeeping methods provided.

We intend to keep roughly the same distribution as last year, though changes might be made in the coming months and will be noted here.

4/4 Literature
-1/1 Long Fiction
-1/1 Poetry
-1/1 Drama + Long Fiction (targeting a 2-3:1 split in favour of the former)
-1/1 Short Fiction and Other
4/4 History
-1/1 United States
-1/1 Continental Europe
-1/1 Non-European, Non-Commonwealth (“World”)
-1/1 Classics, Commonwealth, and Other
4/4 Science
-1/1 Biology
-1/1 Chemistry
-1/1 Physics
-1/1 Other Science
3/3 Fine Arts
-1/1 Painting
-1/1 Other Arts
-1/1 Classical Music
2/2 Beliefs
-1/1 Myths and Legends
-1/1 Religion
3/3 Thought and Other
-1/1 Social Science
-1/1 Philosophy, Criticism and “Other Thought”
-1/1 Geography, Current Events and Other Academic

This tournament will comprise 15 packets – 13 main packets and two set aside for finals. As with the last two years, the final packets will be marginally harder than the main tournament packets.

The mirror fee will be a flat $40 for each team. Hosts are free to set the main tournament fee as they please, but are required to provide buzzer discounts of ast least $5 and travel discounts of at least $10 for teams traveling >200 miles.

To arrange a mirror please contact our logistics czar, Alex, at: alexandra [dot] damisch [at] gmail [dot] com

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Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:54 pm
by 100% Clean Comedian Dan Nainan
Are there any updates on mirror sites of this tournament?

Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:59 pm
by Coach Jim
Is there a confirmed DATE for this tournament?

Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:00 pm
by Aaron's Rod
100% Clean Comedian Dan Nainan wrote:Are there any updates on mirror sites of this tournament?
I've been contacted by and am contacting some sites--stay tuned!
Coach Jim wrote:Is there a confirmed DATE for this tournament?
We'd like to have an online mirror on September 22nd, with in-person mirrors starting on September 29th and afterwards.

Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:26 pm
by Aaron's Rod
List of Mirrors
Online mirror (open): Discord, 09/22
Great Lakes: University of Michigan, 09/29
Mid-Atlantic: University of Maryland, 09/29
Lower Midwest: WUSTL, 10/06
Upper Midwest: University of Minnesota, 10/06
New England: Yale, 10/13
Canada: Carleton University, 10/13
Northwest: Boise State, 10/13
Southeast: Georgia Tech, 10/13
Florida: UCF, 10/13
Southern California: UCSD, 10/27 CANCELLED
Northern California: Stanford, 11/10
Virginia: Virginia Tech, 11/10
South: Rice, Sunday 11/18 (announcement pending)
Southern California: UCLA, 12/1
High School (PA): Penn, 12/1
High School (OH): Solon (February)

Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:08 pm
by 1.82
I'd like some clarification with regard to the eligibility rules. Specifically:
Red Panda Cub wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:56 am
High schoolers may play, and can play on chimera teams with permission, but permission will only be granted if they are unable to play with their school team.
Can the editors provide an example of an instance in which a high schooler would be allowed to play on an open team? If a high schooler wants to play this tournament and their classmates do not, would that high schooler then be allowed to play on an open team on the grounds that they are unable to play with their school team? In that case, can you provide an example of an instance in which a high schooler would not be allowed to play on an open team?

Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:13 pm
by Auks Ran Ova
1.82 wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:08 pm
I'd like some clarification with regard to the eligibility rules. Specifically:
Red Panda Cub wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:56 am
High schoolers may play, and can play on chimera teams with permission, but permission will only be granted if they are unable to play with their school team.
Can the editors provide an example of an instance in which a high schooler would be allowed to play on an open team? If a high schooler wants to play this tournament and their classmates do not, would that high schooler then be allowed to play on an open team on the grounds that they are unable to play with their school team? In that case, can you provide an example of an instance in which a high schooler would not be allowed to play on an open team?
Sorry about the delay in response to this! Should this come up, the editors will decide things on a case-by-case basis, taking into account as much context as possible. However, as a general rule, something like "my teammates aren't interested, can I play with this other/an open team instead" will not be sufficient to grant permission. Situations in which an otherwise ineligible team would fill a field to a convenient number (ideally without wildly unbalancing it) are more likely to receive approval. Any such chimera teams may also be declared ineligible to play in tournament finals or otherwise receive prizes.

Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:48 pm
by Aaron's Rod
I hope everyone's enjoyed the first few mirrors of EFT!

We've recently agreed to let a high school tournament at Solon use the set in February, 2019. Please be aware that this set will not be clear for an unusually long amount of time, and refrain from discussing it in public. I'll update our list of mirrors with the exact date when I have it.

Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:12 pm
by Auks Ran Ova
Aaron's Rod wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:48 pm
I hope everyone's enjoyed the first few mirrors of EFT!

We've recently agreed to let a high school tournament at Solon use the set in February, 2019. Please be aware that this set will not be clear for an unusually long amount of time, and refrain from discussing it in public. I'll update our list of mirrors with the exact date when I have it.
There is, however, a private discussion forum that you can request to join once you've played or seen the set!

Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:30 pm
by Nice hockey Cote d'Azur
All of the collegiate mirrors of this set are complete, the only remaining high school mirror is at Solon in February. To reiterate, EFT is not clear until February, so please discuss it only in the private discussion forum. If you are in college and would like a copy of the set, whether you played it or not, please email me.