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by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (11/14/2020) LONE STAR Main Site
Replies: 2
Views: 1025

Re: (11/14/2020) LONE STAR Main Site

Our preliminary field cap is going to be set at 16 teams.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (11/14/2020) LONE STAR Main Site
Replies: 2
Views: 1025

Re: (11/14/2020) LONE STAR Main Site

FIELD (14)

TAG A
TAG B
TAG C
TAG D
Russellville A
Russellville B
Strake Jesuit A
Strake Jesuit B
Kinkaid
Karl's Nursery for Smol Brains
K.J. Henry Science and Math Academy A
K.J. Henry Science and Math Academy B
Boulder
Lambert

Staff: 10

Last updated 11/10/2020 at 2340 EST
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff
Replies: 14
Views: 2651

Re: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff

LONE STAR has been Platinum Certified by PACE, meaning that the top 25% of the field, or 8 finishers, have qualified for the PACE NSC.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty
Replies: 12
Views: 4179

Re: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty

Our Main Site mirror is on 11/14 and is announced here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=24597
We are also planning to run a Florida mirror on 1/9. Details to come.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (11/14/2020) LONE STAR Main Site
Replies: 2
Views: 1025

(11/14/2020) LONE STAR Main Site

Hello all, LONE STAR is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our “Main Site” mirror on Saturday, 11/14/2020! All teams from the the following states may play: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Arizona. We are also accepting teams from the Southeastern US who were not able ...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: 2020-21 IAC Varsity/JV Online League Events [REGISTRATION OPEN]
Replies: 2
Views: 1079

Re: 2020-21 IAC Varsity/JV Online League Events [REGISTRATION OPEN]

After hearing about another night of delays and cancelled events, I would suggest running future events with an individual Zoom link for each room/game rather than using a single large Zoom room with breakout rooms. This would both speed up rounds starting and substantially decrease burden on the TD...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff
Replies: 14
Views: 2651

Re: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff

Thank you so much for playing the 2020 Northeast Regional Kickoff tournament, hosted by LONE STAR! We hope all teams had an enjoyable experience with both the questions and the tournament itself. Congratulations to Hunter A for winning the tournament after winning a thrilling final 435-295 against P...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff
Replies: 14
Views: 2651

Re: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff

Yes. Four players at once, and each player should have their own Discord account. I'll detail this and some other online-specific logistical things in an email soon
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Sat Oct 03, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff
Replies: 14
Views: 2651

Re: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff

Expanded to 30. This is likely to be the final cap.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff
Replies: 14
Views: 2651

Re: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff

In accordance with PACE regulations, all players will be required to have cameras on.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff
Replies: 14
Views: 2651

Re: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff

Field full! Future registrations will be placed on the waitlist and will be added to the tournament as we get more staffers.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff
Replies: 14
Views: 2651

Re: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff

Only a few spots left! The field cap is not rising until we get more mods, so get those registrations in soon!
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff
Replies: 14
Views: 2651

Re: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff

Information is forthcoming on a Great Lakes Mirror. We're still looking at local hosts and seeing whether a house-run mirror is feasible. Apologies for any delay.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: DC Metro Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: DC Metro Date Claim for 2020-2021
Replies: 24
Views: 3961

Re: DC Metro Date Claim for 2020-2021

EDIT: LONE STAR will be on a later date
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff
Replies: 14
Views: 2651

Re: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff

Ah yes. Sorry for my oversight; the rest of New York is welcome to play as well. Eastern Pennsylvania may play as well. On the other hand, western Pennsylvania will be included in the Great Lakes mirror.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff
Replies: 14
Views: 2651

Re: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff

FIELD (30 of 30) Ridgewood (2) Belmont (2) Phillips Andover (2) Livingston (3) Ithaca (2) Staples Lexington 2) "Democritus" (2) Northview* Choate (2) Hunter (4) Manheim Wilton Phillips Exeter Hotchkiss Darien East Brunswick (2) STAFF: 26 of 30 Field expansion possible given sufficient staff and tea...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: (10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff
Replies: 14
Views: 2651

(10/10/2020) LONE STAR Northeast Kickoff

Hello all, LONE STAR is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Northeast mirror on Saturday, 10/10/2020 as the first regular high school difficulty tournament in the area! All teams from the NYC region and further northeast, as well as western New York, may play. If you are unsure of whethe...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC Fall - Online (10/31/2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 1941

Re: Vanderbilt ABC Fall - Online (10/31/2020)

The additional (currently unstated) geographic restriction is that teams from the DC area circuit and further north should play the DC area mirror that we will announce soon.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Tri-State Area Date Claims 2020-2021
Replies: 14
Views: 2295

Re: Tri-State Area Date Claims 2020-2021

LONE STAR will be mirroring in the NE on 10/10. Details to come.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty
Replies: 12
Views: 4179

Re: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty

Provisionally, we will be running our own regional online mirrors for the Northeast, DC Area, Illinois, Texas, California, and perhaps the eastern Midwest (Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/Indiana/Michigan etc). Dates are being determined.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR
Replies: 18
Views: 2915

Re: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR

Ah of course, I did not intend to imply that you were unappreciative or anything; apologies if it came off that way. I know that other people had also been surprised by the length of the tournament, so I wished to explain publicly before getting more questions. Indeed, 9 hours online does feel longe...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR
Replies: 18
Views: 2915

Re: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR

Wrap-up post: Congratulations to Churchill A for winning the tournament with a perfect 10-0 record! Middlesex got 2nd place after an impressive series of victories, winning their final game over Churchill B to qualify for the 2nd place tiebreaker as the 4th seed and then winning both stages of it. C...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR
Replies: 18
Views: 2915

Re: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR

The tournament indeed lasted longer than anticipated, and we truly apologize for that. There are some lessons I've learned from this experience that I will apply to future mirrors. Most of the delay resulted from delays at the start and a very low-probability and complicated tie that we had to break...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR
Replies: 18
Views: 2915

Re: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR

Emails are going out tonight, and I am drafting them now. I sincerely apologize for the delay.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR
Replies: 18
Views: 2915

Re: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR

The field is currently closed at 12, but new teams are still welcome to register and be on a waitlist in case other teams drop or more teams sign up.
Logistics emails about payment, how to play, rules, etc. will be sent out shortly as soon as we finalize our plans for the field.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR
Replies: 18
Views: 2915

Re: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR

Our field is at 10 teams and counting! We're aiming for a field of at least 12 teams and preferably 16, or we may have to postpone the tournament for a later date.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: On the Abundance of High School Sets During the Pandemic [And Its Problems]
Replies: 13
Views: 3117

Re: On the Abundance of High School Sets During the Pandemic [And Its Problems]

At least for the fall, when presumably no in-person tournaments will be occurring, the dates of basically all tournaments are going to be controlled by a small number of people, namely those who are logistics managers for each housewrite, plus NAQT and AQBL. This issue of too many sets has only gott...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR
Replies: 18
Views: 2915

Re: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR

FIELD: (14)
Midtown Classical A
Midtown Classical B
Monrovia
Greenhill A
Greenhill B
Churchill A
Churchill B
Churchill C
West Point
Arab
Middlesex
Herberger Young Scholars Academy
Howard
Hazel McCallion

Last updated 8/19/2020 1430 EDT
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: (8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR
Replies: 18
Views: 2915

(8/22/2020) 2020 MS Kickoff Tournament, hosted by LONE STAR

Hello all! LONE STAR is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the first mirror of our set, as well as the first mirror of this new season, on 8/22/2020, open to ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY . The tournament will be held online on Discord on 8/22/2020, starting at 10 AM EDT. At le...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty
Replies: 12
Views: 4179

Re: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty

Two announcements:
1. Michael Yue is joining us as a literature editor and general advisor for the set!
2. Our first mirror (to be announced soon in more detail) will be a national online middle school mirror held on 8/22. Get excited to be playing the first tournament of the new season!
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why am I not improving?
Replies: 4
Views: 1151

Re: Why am I not improving?

There are two ways people get better at quizbowl, in general. The way I like to analogize this is with a landscape of sand. New learning is represented by adding sand. Every point on the landscape is a particular topic, and the height of the point is how deeply you know that topic. In general, peopl...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 46
Views: 22758

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

By contrast, I included Arizona (also Mountain Time) in West Coast because I don't know of any instances where Arizona players really go too far outside Arizona / SoCal or try to do so and so that grouping made sense to me. If this is being run before Daylight Savings ends, as intended, most of Ari...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty
Replies: 12
Views: 4179

Re: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty

We're over 2/3 done and have started rapidly editing. We expect to have playtesting sessions in the near future for people not eligible to play the set (i.e. people older than HS) and perhaps a middle school online mirror in late August, specifics TBD.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 7668

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

I think there's a distinction to be made here between "coaches" and "adult supervision". It should probably be the case that all HS and MS teams attending tournaments be required to have some adult supervision (NAQT's chaperone policies at NCTs are a good model for this). However, I think it's pret...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty
Replies: 12
Views: 4179

Re: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty

First mirror request received! [EDIT: First two mirror requests received! Thanks so much for all your support!] MIRRORS 8/22: National Middle School Mirror, Online 10/10: Northeast Regional Kickoff (online regional mirror) 10/31: Vanderbilt University (online regional mirror) 11/14: UCSD (online reg...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: On the Abundance of High School Sets During the Pandemic [And Its Problems]
Replies: 13
Views: 3117

Re: On the Abundance of High School Sets During the Pandemic [And Its Problems]

It is seeming like, at least for a substantial part of the season, in-person mirrors won't be allowed (even if they're technically allowed within the reopening, I doubt many schools would like the liability issues and actually let them be held). For example, if in-person college classes of people fr...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: How do I study for quizbowl in a fun way?
Replies: 8
Views: 1006

Re: How do I study for quizbowl in a fun way?

I have found that truly engaging with material taught in classes is a great and easy way to become at least above average regionally at most categories, although unfortunately none of the categories you've named are really taught in school (not to worry; this will make you good at the other categori...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty
Replies: 12
Views: 4179

Re: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty

There will be computer science as a small part of the math distribution; I forgot to mention this. Thanks for the catch!
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty
Replies: 12
Views: 4179

Re: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty

We have been writing at a remarkably efficient rate and have done 40% of the set in 20 days. As such, we are taking mirror requests for tournaments occurring at any point in the season.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: National Charity QB Tournament
Replies: 20
Views: 3200

Re: National Charity QB Tournament

EDIT: Message reminding players about the date of the tournament no longer applies; feel free to delete
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty
Replies: 12
Views: 4179

Re: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty

Nikita Nair and Eric Mukherjee have joined the set team, and the original post has been updated to reflect this. Eric will be editing science.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Fri May 29, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty
Replies: 12
Views: 4179

LONE STAR ready for mirrors, 2020-21, HS Regular Difficulty

LONE STAR (Look Out, a New and Exciting Set of Texan Academic Rigor) will be ready for mirrors from the start of the entire 2020-21 season! I, Daniel Ma, am head editing this set; besides Dr. Mukherjee and Michael Yue, all other set members, as of now, are Texans, hence the name. The set team is cur...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Fri May 22, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10517

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

To clarify, I don't think tossup/bonus cycles should be intentionally of the same category (that does indeed help extreme specialism too much, as Alistair has said), but I don't think they should be intentionally different categories either. It's very discouraging if you're a team that's relatively ...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Thu May 21, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10517

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

Adding to Eric's points, paired bonuses would make tracking conversion data a lot easier. Currently, moderators often skip bonuses (either by mistake or misunderstanding), making it difficult to tell what bonus was read in a given tossup/bonus cycle, therefore making it difficult to read bonus conv...
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open 'SHOP: An open WORKSHOP online mirror (4/25/2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 3304

Re: Open 'SHOP: An open WORKSHOP online mirror (4/25/2020)

Is this Tossups + Bonuses or Tossups only? I assume the former, since nothing in particular has been said, but just wanted to make sure. I was also wondering how many rounds might be used/how long this tournament will take.
by Subotai the Valiant, Final Dog of War
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: NY/NJ/CT/PA/DE Discussion '20-21
Replies: 16
Views: 3618

Re: NY/NJ/CT/PA/DE Discussion '20-21

Agree with Michael; Hunter 2014 and 2015 won no legit tournaments so far as I can remember, and Hunter 2016 won only a few. Certainly not undisputed number 1.