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by ThisIsMyUsername
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: CAMP Online Film Tournament for Charity (August 8)
Replies: 18
Views: 2495

Re: CAMP I Online Film Tournament for Charity (August 8)

That format works mathematically, but is quite sensitive to initial seeding, which is a potential problem for a tournament like this, in which we don't have tons of data to help us rank teams correctly. Might I make the bold suggestion that we do this as a Swiss tournament? (We have the right number...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: CAMP Online Film Tournament for Charity (August 8)
Replies: 18
Views: 2495

Re: CAMP I Online Film Tournament for Charity (August 8)

The initial announcement says Discord, no?

I am curious, though, what format is going to be used to run a 16-team tournament on only 4-5 packets.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MARCATo (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 4442

Re: MARCATo (Summer 2020)

Thanks to all of you that voted in the poll that I posted earlier in the week. We are going with the option that Mike Sorice originally proposed: After Team A negs, Team B gets the tossup if either player's answer is correct.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Hal Prince Memorial Tournament (July 25)
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Hal Prince Memorial Tournament (July 25)

Assuming this is still happening tomorrow, are you planning on sending out logistical details soon?
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MARCATo (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 4442

Re: MARCATo (Summer 2020)

It appears that there are two proposals on the table for how to handle bouncebacks after negs: (1) After Team A negs, Team B gets the tossup only if their team's first buzz is correct (2) After Team A negs, Team B gets the tossup if either player's answer is correct Some examples: Imagine the tossup...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 18
Views: 3642

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

Thanks, Mike, for a very fun set. And a big thanks to everyone who staffed; I thought this tournament ran amazingly smoothly.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to prepare for College Nationals
Replies: 9
Views: 1372

Re: How to prepare for College Nationals

I have to admit that I'm puzzled by one of the premises of this thread: that studying for nationals is somehow different than studying for any other difficulty level. I haven't found that to be the case in the categories in which I specialize (Arts, Lit, and Thought). That is, when I was just starti...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Hal Prince Memorial Tournament (July 25)
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Hal Prince Memorial Tournament (July 25)

If you can shanghai some people into reading, you could also consider running multiple rooms in a ladder format.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Hal Prince Memorial Tournament (July 25)
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Hal Prince Memorial Tournament (July 25)

Excellent!
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DATE POLL: Scattergories 4 online mirror
Replies: 3
Views: 587

Re: DATE POLL: Scattergories 4 online mirror

Is it your intention that this will be the "main site" of the tournament (akin to what playing this on CO Sunday might have been)? Or are you still planning for there to be an eventual in-person mirror (in 2021, perhaps), whenever that becomes feasible? Put another way, should those of us interested...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MARCATo (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 4442

Re: MARCATo (Summer 2020)

I've received enough interest that I can now confirm that the second mirror (starting August 17th) is officially happening. The field is open, and any teams may e-mail me or PM me (on the forums) to register. Please write "MARCATo Registration" in the subject line.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9815

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

The hotter take is that bonuses end up making a difference in a very small number of games. I've often wondered if anyone has analyzed a tossup/bonus tournament to see how the records change if only the tossup points were in play. Does anyone have data to share? I'm late to this thread. But in as m...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MARCATo (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 4442

Re: MARCATo (Summer 2020)

36 teams have registered. The field is now closed, although you are welcome to contact me to join the waitlist. I am currently working on a delayed mirror (starting on August 17th) that was originally intended for people outside the quizbowl community. Despite that characterization, I am willing to ...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MARCATo (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 4442

Re: MARCATo (Summer 2020)

Currently, 20 teams have registered. Once 24 teams have registered (which I expect to happen), I’m going waitlist teams until/unless we reach 30, then again until/unless we reach 32, then again until/unless we reach 36, at which point the field will close.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MARCATo (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 4442

Re: MARCATo (Summer 2020)

Thanks to all of you that voted in the poll. Based on the results, I am announcing that this tournament is going to begin on Monday, August 3rd, with rounds scheduled once a day until the tournament's conclusion, except for a break on the 8th so as not to conflict with CAMP. (Once a day was the pref...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Before & After Packet
Replies: 3
Views: 4183

Re: Before & After Packet

This happened. Here are the scores:

Alston: 40
Erik: 30
Brad: 20
Finn: 15
Anson: 10
Drew: 10
Eric D: 10
Eric W: 10
Grace: 10
Sam: 10
Stephen: 10
Tracy: 10
Arthur: 5
Eric M: 5
Ganon: 5
Kevin: 0
Basil: -10
Shahar: -10
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MARCATo (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 4442

Re: MARCATo (Summer 2020)

If you intend to play this tournament and haven't yet filled out the poll, please do so in the next few days, as I'm hoping to announce the dates, format, etc. this weekend.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 19
Views: 2886

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

For college tournaments, I would like to see "pop culture" as a category removed, but large swaths of what is currently relegated to trash being added to the fine arts canon. I think quizbowl is often too conservative about what kinds of films can tossed up, with college film studies classes coveri...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sun May 31, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Before & After Packet
Replies: 3
Views: 4183

Re: Before & After Packet

Unless there is something else going on that conflicts with this, I'm planning to read my annual Before & After packet in the Discord this coming Tuesday (06/02) starting at 9:30 PM Eastern.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed May 27, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MARCATo (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 4442

Re: MARCATo (Summer 2020)

adosreme wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 3:22 am
In a similar vein, let's say player X (on team XY) negs but player A on the other team gets it correct on the clue before. Does X still get charged with a neg?
Nope. As in an in-person game, Player A got the tossup before Player X had the chance to neg.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed May 27, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MARCATo (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 4442

Re: MARCATo (Summer 2020)

To clarify the rules, if Player X negs and Player Y gets the question on the next clue immediately after, that counts as a neg for Team XY, right? (I suppose this would be entirely true in a real life scenario) Correct. Likewise, if Player X says the correct answer and Player Y negs on the next clu...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed May 27, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 6
Replies: 2
Views: 910

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 6

I'm scrapping this to write MARCATo instead.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed May 27, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MARCATo (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 4442

MARCATo (Summer 2020)

I am pleased to announce MARCATo ( M usical A rts R emote C ooperation A udio To urnament) an online music doubles tournament written by myself and Wonyoung Jang, to be played in late July or early August of this year. It will be hosted by Qblitz, and Noah Prince is modifying their existing platform...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu May 21, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5151

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

Auks Ran Ova wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 5:57 pm
just posting memes/image macros is technically against the rules, so you'll have to start accusing each other of cowardice/posting extreme cringe the old-fashioned way
Even in AHAN Jr.? I assume that's where Will meant to post this whole thread.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu May 21, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5151

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

Mike Bentley wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 4:04 pm
So is this going to happen?
Of course not.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed May 20, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What makes a good tiebreaker?
Replies: 6
Views: 895

Re: What makes a good tiebreaker?

Like others, I heartily agree with Bradley's three criteria for a good tiebreaker, as stated in his original post. (Although, I should note that his first two criteria should be true of any question that makes its way into a set!) If you're in the position in which you're carefully considering which...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed May 20, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CAMP Online Film Tournament for Charity (August 8)
Replies: 18
Views: 2495

Re: CAMP I Online Film Tournament for Charity (August 2020)

Ooh, exciting!

Any projection of what the trash/art, English/foreign-language, old/new balances will be?
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri May 08, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5151

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

naan/steak-holding toll wrote: I doubt people needed more proof as to which Alston was better at quizbowl but I'd be happy to oblige in any case.
Um, you do realize that (a) you'd be playing in teams, and (b) your team has a tied record against our B team, right?
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 11610

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)

I thought that this tournament was a triumph! Thank you to Will, Emily, and the many writers/readers for what was a very enjoyable weekend of quizbowl and something of a logistical marvel (at least for the portions I was present for), given all of the moving pieces involved. Naturally, I hope that s...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 32998

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Alston, Justin(e), and Vishwa are correct: the irresponsibility of this approach is pretty astonishing. I don't think anyone in this thread is disputing the value of saying something along the lines of: in recent months, there have been rumors of cheating at Discord tournaments; we are now moving to...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Vanity Audiovisual Other Arts Packet (3/27, 9 PM ET)
Replies: 6
Views: 914

Re: Vanity Audiovisual Other Arts Packet

Grace wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:41 pm
Friday 3/27 at 9 PM
Eastern time (I assume)?
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 1638

Re: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament

This got a low response rate. So, I'm scrapping this plan due to lack of interest. I'll scheme to write something else simpler instead.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your nationals stories—no title teams allowed
Replies: 11
Views: 1633

Re: Your nationals stories—no title teams allowed

Banned Tiny Toon Adventures Episode wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:35 pm
I remember John attempting to use the vowel rule to get points on an answer of "clostrodium" for a tossup early on
That's right, I totally forgot about that! That definitely should have been accepted! Argh, my precious science points!
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Underappreciated Supporting Performances
Replies: 4
Views: 1903

Underappreciated Supporting Performances

I found this comment by Jarret an ironic choice of vacuous framing in a thread that was explicitly part of an effort to acknowledge people and games cut from prevailing narratives: My very first ACF Nationals was in 2011, which is an, uh, infamous tournament where only the packets and Matt Jackson t...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your nationals stories—no title teams allowed
Replies: 11
Views: 1633

Re: Your nationals stories—no title teams allowed

Since Andrew Hart has opened up the door to reminiscing about playing ACF Nationals 2013 solo... Just how much of a wacky roller coaster that tournament was going to be for me was forecast by my first game (my first ever encounter with Andrew Wang): he beat me to a tossup on "Erlkönig" (the only mus...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 1638

Re: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament

I was unaware of plans for the Internet Charity Tournament when I proposed this. However, seeing as that tournament seems like it's going to be for individuals rather than teams, and not all-subject, I hope there is room for both. Let's say that my Google Form will remain open until this Saturday (0...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 1638

A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament

It appears that recent events may cause this season’s spring tournament schedule to be bare, to put it mildly. Given this, I wonder whether it might be possible to use advanced stats to run a tournament of sorts—admittedly one that is not a fully adequate substitute, but which should be more fun tha...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: JORDU: A Jazz Side Event (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 2229

Re: JORDU: A Jazz Side Event (Summer 2020)

Having now read the first post more carefully, I'm alarmed to discover that the tossups are going to be 10-11 lines long. What is the reasoning behind this? This would be concerning for any sort of tournament, but especially for one that's on a fairly specialized topic (by the standards of quizbowl).
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: JORDU: A Jazz Side Event (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 2229

Re: JORDU: A Jazz Side Event (Summer 2020)

I eagerly await playing this.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 6
Replies: 2
Views: 910

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 6

Wonyoung Jang has agreed to be my co-writer.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 6
Replies: 2
Views: 910

Imaginary Landscape No. 6

I am writing another iteration of Imaginary Landscape, an 8-packet set of auditory tossups. I'm not sure when/where I will try to run this. It will definitely be ready by PACE NSC. But if there is a particular site that wants to run it earlier than this, I can have this completed earlier. The overal...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 43
Views: 10301

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

The target difficulty of Terrapin Open is halfway between ACF Regionals and ACF Nationals... no more than a third will be above ACF Regionals difficulty (with at most one CO-only answerline per category). How can you write a Nats-minus tossup on a CO-only answerline? It's called VCUO 2015 (EDIT: to...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Potential Post-CO Sunday Stuff
Replies: 4
Views: 4321

Re: Potential Post-CO Sunday Stuff

This happened. We played three events: BUMPY II, Look at This Photograph, and Matt Weiner's audio tournament. (I'm sorry. I don't know its name.) Given the informality of the occasion, I didn't keep statlines but I kept a running score, and it was as follows (below the line indicates that the player...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 20596

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Many thanks to the folks at Illinois for running an excellent Side Event Weekend--for being so accommodating about packing in so many events, for keeping everything moving at a good pace, and for helping to staff all of the events. Further results/stats from various events will trickle in over the c...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Before & After Packet
Replies: 3
Views: 4183

Before & After Packet

Unless there's something else going on with which it would conflict, I'm planning to read my annual Before & After packet on the Discord tomorrow night (Wednesday 06/19), starting at 9:30 PM Eastern time.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Unanswered Question: A 20th Century Fine Arts Tournament
Replies: 21
Views: 8994

Re: The Unanswered Question: A 20th Century Fine Arts Tournament

I'm not monitoring the Visual Arts, but the Auditory Arts is 1/3 done, and the writing pace has really picked up now that people are finishing (or have finished) their finals. The set will be done in time for Illinois Side Event Weekend on July 20th.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu May 02, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Guerilla Imaginary Landscape
Replies: 19
Views: 11318

Re: Guerilla Imaginary Landscape

If you (the community) can quickly propose a distribution that submissions would “aim for” rather than a strictly enforced requirement, and that would be easy for submitters to keep track of, and easy for the editor to remedy imbalance by adding a few more questions to the editor’s packet, then sur...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu May 02, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Guerilla Imaginary Landscape
Replies: 19
Views: 11318

Re: Guerilla Imaginary Landscape

I am delighted by the announcement of another edition of this. But this time, could we maybe set some basic distributional requirements? (Even just very broad ones about genre or time period.) This is a quite normal thing for guerrilla tournaments to do, and might iron out some of the more extreme i...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 12728

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

I will surprise no one by saying that I disagree with Andrew's claims about what he calls "coherent" and "hodgepodge" tossups. (I find these terms already unfairly loaded. I will call these "themed" and "unthemed.") Like him, I want to leave aside the aesthetic questions, and focus on the practical ...