2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

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2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Post by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:47 pm

I'm please to announce the 2019 iteration of the Early Fall Tournament, a medium-difficulty tournament designed to serve as an introduction to college quizbowl. Our target difficulty is equivalent to the highly acclaimed 2016 edition of this tournament, with fewer "rough" questions.

I will be serving as overall head editor of this tournament. Most of this tournament's writing will be done by Jakob, Rahul, Ankit Aggarwal, and a mix of up-and-coming and established writers: Matt Lehmann, Julia Zhou, Catherine Qian, Rohith Nagari, Aayush Rajasekaran, Rebecca Rosenthal, and Nick Collins.

Subject editing assignments are as follows:
- Rahul Keyal: Literature
- Jakob Myers: History
- Eric Mukherjee: Science
- Will Alston: Everything Else

The 20/20 distribution we will use is as follows, and represents a slight change from earlier versions of this tournament:

Literature (4/4)
- 1/1 Long Fiction
- 1/1 Poetry (non-epic)
- 1/1 Drama and Short Fiction
- 1/1 Misc Lit + More Long Fiction

History (4/4)
- 1/1 US History
- 1/1 Post-Classical European History (including Britain and Ireland)
- 1/1 Commonwealth History, Ancient History, Archaeology/Historiography, and Cross/Miscellaneous
- 1/1 "World" History (as traditionally construed)

Science (4/4)
- 1/1 Biology. This category will include more "biochem" topics that would normally go into Chemistry
- 0.75/0.75 Chemistry
- 0.25/0.25 Applied Math, Data Science, and "Pure Engineering"
- 1/1 Physics. This category will include more borderline "quantum" topics that would normally go into Chemistry
- 1/1 Other Science (roughly as traditionally construed, but with more room freed up for interdisciplinary questions)

Arts (3/3)
- 1/1 Classical Music and Opera (with a decent number of questions blending the two, ala SGI, as well as non-Western "classical" traditions)
- 1/1 Painting and Sculpture (ala SGI, PIANO, and MYSTERIUM)
- 1/1 Other Arts (jazz and non-classical/folk music, architecture, film, ballet, performance, photography, and more)

Beliefs (2/2)
- 1/1 "Myths and Legends." This category will focus more on the narrative aspects of human beliefs, tales, etc. about the supernatural.
- 1/1 "Religion." This category will focus more on theology, practice, and worship-related aspects of human supernatural beliefs.

Philosophy, Social Science, and Other (3/3)
- 1/1 Social Science, per packet
- 10/10 Philosophy, cross-tournament
- 10/10 Geography, cross-tournament (see ACF Nationals 2017/19 and GEODUCK for the main models for this category)
- 10/10 Other Academic, cross-tournament (see ACF Nationals 2017/19 and SGI for the main models for this category)

The mirror fee for this tournament will be $45 per team. Please contact me at william.t.alston@gmail.com if you are interested in mirroring this tournament.

Tentative mirror regions/dates:

Discord playtest: 9/14
New England: TBD
Northeast: Columbia University (date TBD, likely Oct 5 or 12)
Mid-Atlantic:
Southeast:
Florida:
Texas:
Upper Midwest:
Central:
Mountain / PNW:
NorCal:
SoCal:
Britain (open): Ideally mid to late September
Britain (closed):
Canada:
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Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Post by High Dependency Unit » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:39 pm

Do you expect there to be a mirror site further northeast than Columbia?
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Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Post by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:47 pm

High Dependency Unit wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:39 pm
Do you expect there to be a mirror site further northeast than Columbia?
If people want to organize one, I'm open to the possibility, but I would strongly prefer to have a bunch of big tournament sites with people of all different backgrounds and strengths playing. I like large events that can bring the community together this way. I'd like sites to be spaced such that most teams should be able to reach one within 3 to 4 hours of driving.
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Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Post by vinteuil » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:58 pm

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:47 pm
High Dependency Unit wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:39 pm
Do you expect there to be a mirror site further northeast than Columbia?
If people want to organize one, I'm open to the possibility, but I would strongly prefer to have a bunch of big tournament sites with people of all different backgrounds and strengths playing. I like large events that can bring the community together this way. I'd like sites to be spaced such that most teams should be able to reach one within 3 to 4 hours of driving.
(Boston is decidedly over 4 hours' drive from New York)

(For an accessibility-oriented regional tournament, I would urge you to consider maximizing the number of teams that play over the size of individual sites)
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Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Post by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:10 pm

I've never had the Boston-NYC drive take more than 3 to 3.5 hours in practice, but fair enough. We'll be looking for a site in the Boston area as well, and the OP has been updated in accordance.
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Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Post by ArnavS » Sun May 26, 2019 7:57 pm

Has the PNW site for this been decided?

(edit: sorry, saw the edits on OP... do you have a sense of where/when it usually is?)
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Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Post by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Wed May 29, 2019 8:15 pm

depends on who wants to host, but we'll be soliciting sites this summer. Would love to have one in PNW!
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Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Post by ArnavS » Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:56 pm

Cool. UBC was talking about hosting. Ultimately decided we'd rather just field a team, but if there's no suitable site, we could probably host in a pinch.
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Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Post by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:57 pm

Subject editors have been reshuffled a bit; please view OP for additional information
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