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Boston Summer Open I

Postby UlyssesInvictus » Fri May 11, 2018 5:07 pm

This is the official announcement for a Boston Summer Open, as mentioned in the organization thread. Almost all details below are subject to change as staff are acquired or lost.

The tournament will be at MIT, and the tentative dates will be August 4th and 5th. A main event will take the majority of Saturday, with side-events dotted throughout Saturday and Sunday. The initial field cap for the main event will be 8 teams. I expect this to go up as I acquire staff, or people volunteer to staff.

Tournament Logistics

I will be tournament director for both days of the tournament. You can post in this thread with any questions, or email me.

Further details will be coming about the exact room locations, timing, etc.

Set + Field Details

We will be running Cambridge Open as our main event (the link is to the 2017 version, but the distro is the same for 2018). We will be attempting to run a very aggressive seven side-events: FILM, Words and Objects, RAPTURE, Worldstar, FTP 3, Human Use of Human Beings, Imaginary Landscapes 4.

Cambridge Open will be run with the understanding that it may be abbreviated (slightly) to allow for side-events. Not all side-events are guaranteed to be run. I hope this won't be the case, and that we can get to everything, just with some possible lunchtime/after-hours shootouts.

This tournament is open, meaning anyone at any age or level of education can play.

Fee Details

The fee for the Cambridge Open main event will be $90 per team. This is lower than a regular season tournament, but high enough that I can pay staffers a decent amount for two days of reading.

The following discounts will apply:
-$10 per working buzzer system (must have power cord and 8 functional buzzers, maximum three buzzer systems per organization)
-$20 per experienced staffer; must be able to moderate, read, and scorekeep.

Minimum fee is $60 for any team.

The fee for the side-events will range from [$2-$3] + the mirror fee, to be determined by the exact format of the side-event being run.

FYI: you can pay with cash, Venmo (username @Raynor-Kuang), or check (made out to "Raynor Kuang"). If you don't have the money the day of the tournament, then you won't be able to play.
Remember to bring extra money for side events! (Cash or Venmo; please don't include it in your main check and expect me to keep track.) The same rule about no-pay, no-play will apply: if you don't have the money when the event starts, you can't play.

Misc

Feel free to use the thread below to discuss team organization.

See following post for a sign-up sheet.
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby UlyssesInvictus » Fri May 11, 2018 5:07 pm

Signup for both the main event and side-events here.

Note that, for the main event, you are not officially registered until at least one person from your team emails me, officially registering!
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Mon May 14, 2018 2:38 pm

Assuming there is a British main event and a solid side event selection, I'm going to this.

EDIT: Appears that Cambridge Open is confirmed now. See you in Boston, folks!

EDIT 2: Message me if you want to team. Prefer teammates who know literature, science, misc. arts, and Americana.

EDIT 3: Rohith Nagari and I are looking for teammates; prefer literature / NAQT subject specialists.

EDIT 4: We have a team.
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby UlyssesInvictus » Tue May 22, 2018 11:12 am

We'll be running Cambridge Open as our main event, with the expectation that it will be slightly abbreviated to fit in side events, as time requires. We'll be running a very aggressive seven side events, with the understanding that not all events are guaranteed to run, or with some taking place as lunchtime/after-hours quick shootouts. These are the side-events:

  • FILM
  • Words and Objects
  • RAPTURE
  • Worldstar
  • FTP 3
  • Human Use of Human Beings
  • Imaginary Landscapes 4

Cambridge Open, except for the possible shorter rounds, will be run like a normal team-based event. The exact structure of side-events will continue to vary based on sign-ups. (And staffing, I should note!)

You can find sign-ups, and further links to the original threads for main event + side-events in this Google Sheet. Note that, for the main event, you are not signed up as a team until you also email me your registration. You can find my email in my forum profile.

Additionally, the first two posts have been updated with these details, as well as fee details.

I'm willing to change details as necessary, so please voice any serious concerns you have!
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby Skepticism and Animal Feed » Tue May 22, 2018 11:39 am

So you're running a mirror of Cambridge Open in Cambridge, MA but calling it the Boston Open?
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby UlyssesInvictus » Tue May 22, 2018 11:45 am

Skepticism and Animal Feed wrote:So you're running a mirror of Cambridge Open in Cambridge, MA but calling it the Boston Open?


en pointe, monsieur
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby UlyssesInvictus » Tue May 22, 2018 10:31 pm

Some random things I forgot to mention:

- I reserve the right to split up any teams that are too ridiculously OP compared to rest of field
- I'm not tied to the current date. If no one voices serious objections to it by...let's say end of NSC, then it'll be locked in.
- Any free agents not on a team by 5 days before day of tourney will be manually placed in a team.
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby The Stately Rhododendron » Sat May 26, 2018 10:00 pm

I'm working in the White Mountains this summer, so I should be able to come down (perhaps with my better half as well :razz: ).
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby UlyssesInvictus » Sat May 26, 2018 10:43 pm

The Stately Rhododendron wrote:I'm working in the White Mountains this summer, so I should be able to come down (perhaps with my better half as well :razz: ).


Looking forward to having you!
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby mhyee » Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:54 pm

Are there many people who wouldn't be able to attend the weekend of Aug 4-5? I would love to attend, but that weekend doesn't work for me. Unfortunately, I could only attend if the tournament is July 7 or earlier, or August 18 or later. I'm not going to get my hopes up for a drastic date change, but I thought I'd ask.
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby High Dependency Unit » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:41 pm

mhyee wrote:Are there many people who wouldn't be able to attend the weekend of Aug 4-5? I would love to attend, but that weekend doesn't work for me. Unfortunately, I could only attend if the tournament is July 7 or earlier, or August 18 or later. I'm not going to get my hopes up for a drastic date change, but I thought I'd ask.


I could probably attend if it were a week later (and definitely can't do 4-5).
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby CPiGuy » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:46 pm

For what it's worth, I would strongly prefer that the tournament keep its original date.
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:46 pm

CPiGuy wrote:For what it's worth, I would strongly prefer that the tournament keep its original date.


Same
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby Thiccasso's Guernthicca » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:18 pm

I'm just a high schooler who probably doesn't get much of a say, but I'd like to voice my support for keeping it on the original date.

Also, using this as an opportunity to say that I'm also looking for a team. I am an unremarkable high school player, but I will ideally have had a month of summer studying under my belt and can generally pull out some clutch fine arts and literature buzzes once in a while.
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby Fucitol » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:10 pm

If anyone is interested in going to Fenway Sunday night (8PM*) to see the Yankees play the Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball, DM me. It looks like there are still some reasonably priced tickets available directly through the red sox website.

*Assuming that there won't actually be any side events running this late
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby Panayot Hitov » Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:43 pm

The Stately Rhododendron wrote:I'm working in the White Mountains this summer, so I should be able to come down (perhaps with my better half as well :razz: ).


i'm not sure if he means me, but i'll be there as well
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby UlyssesInvictus » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:15 am

Fucitol wrote:If anyone is interested in going to Fenway Sunday night (8PM*) to see the Yankees play the Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball, DM me. It looks like there are still some reasonably priced tickets available directly through the red sox website.

*Assuming that there won't actually be any side events running this late


Just clarifying that this isn't totally out of the realm of possibility, but shouldn't be due to any main side events running long.

Also, on the note of the tournament date, I'll need to talk to my potential staffers again to even move forward on considering a later date. I'd say, at this point, it's 80% that the weekend will be 8/4-8/5. You'll all know by Wednesday.
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby Pablo Picasso 2 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:19 am

fwiw I don’t mind the date, but if it was moved earlier it might be better for me (but not really a big deal)

I would also not mind if it goes for 2 day event so people can do things/run more side events
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby wcheng » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:40 am

I'd be completely unable to attend this tournament if it was moved to any later of a date, so I'm hoping it can stay where it is.
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby Fucitol » Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:31 pm

wcheng wrote:I'd be completely unable to attend this tournament if it was moved to any later of a date, so I'm hoping it can stay where it is.



I can also only attend this date and have already booked travel for this date.
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby CPiGuy » Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:38 am

Fucitol wrote:
wcheng wrote:I'd be completely unable to attend this tournament if it was moved to any later of a date, so I'm hoping it can stay where it is.



I can also only attend this date and have already booked travel for this date.



This is the other reason it'd be a terrible idea to change the date. People who have already arranged travel or lodging (especially a train or plane) may be out some nontrivial amount of money.
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby UlyssesInvictus » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:01 am

CPiGuy wrote:
Fucitol wrote:
wcheng wrote:I'd be completely unable to attend this tournament if it was moved to any later of a date, so I'm hoping it can stay where it is.



I can also only attend this date and have already booked travel for this date.



This is the other reason it'd be a terrible idea to change the date. People who have already arranged travel or lodging (especially a train or plane) may be out some nontrivial amount of money.


From the moment I made the initial post, it had the word "tentative" next to the date; if I ever gave the impression that the date was firmly set, I apologize. However, I'll take into account that people may be out money if I change the date, but I'll still prioritize whatever gets as many people to play as possible.
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby The Billiards Fool » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:44 pm

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:
CPiGuy wrote:For what it's worth, I would strongly prefer that the tournament keep its original date.


Same
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby Panayot Hitov » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:36 pm

The Billiards Fool wrote:
Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:
CPiGuy wrote:For what it's worth, I would strongly prefer that the tournament keep its original date.


Same
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby UlyssesInvictus » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:47 pm

Well, the vox populi has pretty firmly indicated they'd like the date to stay the same, and so it shall.

Expect room details and more logistics to be posted in the next two weeks.
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:03 pm

can we please call this event the Cambridge Open Weekend, since 1) it's in Cambridge 2) it's on the Cambridge Open set
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby The Stately Rhododendron » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:54 pm

The Dunkin Donuts Cambridge Open sponsored by Store 24 and presented by Feral Isaac :twisted:
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby UlyssesInvictus » Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:08 pm

A reminder that the main event is (initially) field capped at 8 teams, and the current # of people signed up comes to about 7 teams. You're not guaranteed a spot in the field unless you're on a team and have registered by emailing me. (So far, that's only "Some Kind of Team Name.")
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby UlyssesInvictus » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:20 am

There are eight teams now listed on the signup form--but only six have officially registered. Reminder that you must email me to officially register!

Once we hit eight (official), I'll add a waitlist section. We should be free to expand to 10 teams whenever, but to avoid the dreaded bye, I won't expand until we have at least TWO teams on the waitlist. (So if you find yourself on the waitlist, convince your friends to come play as well!)
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby The Billiards Fool » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:32 pm

Even though it currently looks like I waited a bit long, JJ Tsai and I are looking for teammates. Science and Literature are preferable to most other things but regardless of speciality if you want to play with us message me!

EDIT: Gabe Brison has joined us. We're still looking for one more!
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Re: Boston Summer Open I

Postby UlyssesInvictus » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:11 pm

FYI: you can pay with cash, Venmo (username @Raynor-Kuang), or check (made out to "Raynor Kuang"). If you don't have the money the day of the tournament, then you won't be able to play.
Remember to bring extra money for side events! (Cash or Venmo; please don't include it in your main check and expect me to keep track.) The same rule about no-pay, no-play will apply: if you don't have the money when the event starts, you can't play.

I've updated the OP with this info.
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