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by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: SCREEN TEST (Visual Film) - Available for mirrors
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: SCREEN TEST (Visual Film) - Available for mirrors

Cheynem wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:52 am
This would be cool if someone were to organize an online mirror (one that kept field sizes to an acceptable amount, as well).
On that note, is Mike Bentley's Microsoft Teams strat the official best way to run these, or have people found success with another presentation method?
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla NASAT @ Columbia
Replies: 15
Views: 1730

Re: Guerilla NASAT @ Rutgers

Honestly, and I don't mean to be rude regarding what seems like a very large amount of logistical effort (I can sympathize), but there is very, very low chance I'd come play, even though I'm in NYC. CONVERSELY, there is a very, very high chance I'd play if this if it were an online mirror. Is there ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament
Replies: 6
Views: 2848

Re: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament

I, for one, really enjoyed hearing Mike's kitty in the background. I'd also: - get someone to post question numbers after each cycle (beyond keep tracking, it makes it easier to scan for answers if your eyes have to move between questions and chat) - make a specific note for people to keep cross"tal...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES Online 8/18
Replies: 19
Views: 1782

Re: MUSES Online 8/17

I'd happily play on someone's team for this, but my availability may be spotty and I might randomly dip in the middle of games. I know some random myth though!
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

Oh, I also wanted to publicly thank the many staffers who helped read throughout the weekend, Harry White for collecting stats, the various writing teams that produced content we were able to mirror, and Columbia (+ ex-Columbia) affiliates for helping me arrange the site after other options fell thr...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Unanswered Question: A 20th Century Fine Arts Tournament
Replies: 19
Views: 5389

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

This was a really fun set. I think something like, 6 out of the 8 games my team played were decided by a single question, which is IMO a pretty good measure of a well-written, competitive set. The painting and conceptual art was especially fun to play, so props to whoever wrote a lot of that.
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)
Replies: 70
Views: 14215

Re: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)

This was a really great set. I think the Final Boss questions ended up being...as advertised (lol), but I really appreciated the lip service paid to both classic and modern gaming throughout. Well, OK, there was a decent chunk of JRPG content, but we were warned :P
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

Just sent out thank you emails and mirror fee followups. If you know I mirrored your event, but you haven't received something yet, let me know. As I mentioned in one of my thank you emails, I'm going to donate all the money I personally made to the Trevor Project. (Inspired by Jason Thompson, who s...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

Raw stats are publicly available, but I will try and soon directly post the summarized stats here (and Daniel Hothem has graciously volunteered to summarize the CANONEXPANSION and Unanswered Question stats). Apologies if it takes 2 or 3 days. Do these raw stats include the GLOBEZ shootout/where mig...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

Hi, thank you to everyone for coming, hopefully quality was up to standard. I will have more detailed thanks in a direct email to you all, and also thank you for bearing with any of the difficulties / stress inducing events over the weekend (it has also given me valuable lessons for the future if th...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

This happened. "Columbia" took first place with a 10-1 record, and "The Death of Cringehoffer" took second with a 9-2 record. You can find full stats at the link Harry posted above. Side events are being run today, and will continue to be run tomorrow. Please continue to check emails for all schedul...
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: TAPIR Set Available for 2020 Mirrors
Replies: 11
Views: 1707

Re: TAPIR Set Available for 2020 Mirrors

The $10 mirror fee norm is a holdover from quite a long time ago, and really should have gone up to $15 by now. If you believe that sets should be cheaper than that, you either believe that producing good questions doesn't deserve even remotely fair compensation, or you don't believe that sets need...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

When is this running until on sunday? This is entirely dependent on 1) how willing people are to compromise on the format in which we run MUSES 2) whether or not the building forces our hand by kicking us out (actually unlikely, i think) 3) when MUSES begins (probably 2:30 to 3:30 range, based on s...
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 9956

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

Um, not to tell people how to post, but just returning to the original topic because it was insightful and I did want to offer hopefully helpful personal insight-- As someone who does a lot of QB stuff (well, I like to think QuizDB is important anyways, with all the bugs I tend to give it, you may c...
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

What time is this starting on Saturday? Hamilton Hall doors unlock at 8 AM*. I encourage you to arrive as soon as possible, and as long as you're not actively bothering anyone setting up, your presence will only help us squat in rooms (I may in fact ask you to distribute yourselves to accommodate t...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 100
Views: 45138

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

- added a feature to hide question answers; you can enable this by default for all questions if you go to the settings page (this setting is itself off by default). Note that, like all settings, this is only locally saved (so it's device specific) This was broken for the last day and a half b/c I s...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 100
Views: 45138

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

Some changes: - updated QuizDB's Resources page with some yet more 3rd-party QuizDB-sourced apps - added a feature written by Noah Bresler that auto-updates the page URL when searching, and will auto-search if you navigate to a URL with a recognizable search params (it'll make more sense when you do...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?
Replies: 9
Views: 1369

Re: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?

Does anyone have a list of what QB blogs exist currently? This might just be a 1-to-1 mapping of regions to their websites, but it would be cool to know what sites are currently maintained. This might even include FB group pages. (If I do get a list, I'll probably sticky it inside of QuizDB somewher...
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

We're still stuck at nine teams, and if we remain stuck, then we have no choice but to play with some ugly bye systems. If you're a free agent, please form a team sooner rather than later.
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

nycaqb1999 wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:32 pm
Is there an approximate start time planned for Sunday side events?
Should be a little after 9. I'll send an email with more details later today or tomorrow.
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

This is two weeks away, and we have a very conspicuous empty team slot, and 8 free agents (albeit many "probably" FAs). Please take that team slot now if you can! I have decided it will be *very* unlikely that I'll increase the field cap further, so... Meanwhile, I'll probably be sending out the fir...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Tournament Atlantic Mirrors 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 2119

Re: Oxford Open Tournament Atlantic Mirrors 2019

UlyssesInvictus wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:13 pm
Hi, would love to mirror this event and have some questions about it. I've emailed but haven't received a response yet. Could someone let me know what the best contact info would be to get those questions answered? Thanks!
This got handled, I just misplaced the original reply! Thanks for the set!
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Tournament Atlantic Mirrors 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 2119

Re: Oxford Open Tournament Atlantic Mirrors 2019

Hi, would love to mirror this event and have some questions about it. I've emailed but haven't received a response yet. Could someone let me know what the best contact info would be to get those questions answered? Thanks!
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

The team of me, Anson, and Steven are no longer able to go, so I've removed our names from the spreadsheet. If this applies to your side event participation, just please remember to remove yourself from that as well. In response to this drop, I have moved a team off the waitlist and into the field....
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Unanswered Question: A 20th Century Fine Arts Tournament
Replies: 19
Views: 5389

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

Is there an email address I can contact for further questions about the set / eventually getting packets when they're ready? Feel free to PM me. (I'd much prefer email over forum communication.)
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

Thanks! I've modified your entry on the spreadsheet.
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

Also--it looks like buzzers have charged back into the fray as another cap on field size. We're probably going to have to lock the field at 12 until I can get at least another buzzer, but I'd prefer two.
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

Also, Dogeville West & East, please add your contact emails, there is no reason to not have done so yet. I'll start emailing teams prelim. info this week, and if I don't have your emails by then, I'll move you out of the field. (Consider this a warning to a warning.)
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

I've increased the field size to 12. I would really like to avoid field sizes of 13, as it is particular ugly, and 14 and 15 are not great either. If you are a free agent, or in an undersized team not yet in the field, I would encourage you to either recruit your friends so that we can get new teams...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

That's actually one of my reasons for putting it last--if we play it first, I have to guess to see whether we should play fewer packets or not (at the risk of severely delaying the other events). If we play it last, there's always the option to play the full 12 packets. (And, yes, there is a chance ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 100
Views: 45138

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

https://www.quizdb.org/reader

This isn't admitting defeat, it's just...acknowledging setbacks. Thanks to Ashwin for his great website, and I hope people keep using the QuizDB API to make these great 3rd-party clients.
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

I have increased the field size to 10 teams, and edited the sheet accordingly. I expect the field size to increase further. However, please note that, after some consideration, I am probably going to hard cap the field size at 16 entirely, because of concerns I have about managing anything larger th...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

Anyone traveling from the Boston area, I plan on driving to NYC that Friday night. Feel free to DM me if you would like to carpool or share a hotel, it would be great if we could lower everyone’s costs. You are free to make whatever calculated decisions you'd like--and I'm really only repeating thi...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

I'm interested in staffing* (seeing that staff constraints seem to be the main impediment to increasing field size), however, I need to know that I will not be out of pocket at the end of the weekend after my travel and food expenses. In other words, I need a concrete number, not a vague promise of...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

Aaron's Rod wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:53 pm
Yikes.

(Any of you who have the means should just come to Illinois. If you can find your way to Chicago, you can probably get a ride. And it's not hard for them to get rooms.)
I heartily endorse this!
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

I'd like to suggest expanding the field to 9 teams and at worst committing to run a 9 team round robin. That will, for now, solve the demand issue while also guaranteeing enough staffers to run the event. If more staffers sign up, then we can readjust. If not, we've at least got 50% more people pla...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

If you are a full team and contact me first, and I can successfully contact/commit your associated staffer, you will be taken off the waitlist first when full team spots open up. If you are a free agent, you will get priority when I start forcing people to join existing teams. This is actually a goo...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

Perhaps this is because I'm not super interested in a ton of the side events, but is there a reason side events are prioritized over a full main event? (I don't remember the poll, so maybe it was a question on the poll?). I'd personally prefer not to abbreviate the main event, but obviously whateve...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

Demand for the main event seems like it's far outstripping the six teams. The current method of allocating spots based on who happened to be online and saw this thread first seems incredibly unfair to me, given how drawn out this scheduling process has been. I would be very annoyed if I don't get t...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NYC Summer Open date poll
Replies: 45
Views: 7335

Re: NYC Summer Open date poll

I have posted the official tournament logistics thread here: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=22827

Please post in there moving forward.
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

Re: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

This is a separate post to increase visibility of the signup sheet, which, again, is here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... 2109749004
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 6067

GUERILLA NYC Summer Open Main Thread

Hi Friends, Please find full details for the NYC Summer Open below. I will continue to update this thread, then move to email as the tournament approaches. DISCLAIMER You may notice the big "GUERILLA" in the title now. This is to emphasize that a lot of this tournament is ad hoc, more than I like; b...
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NYC Summer Open date poll
Replies: 45
Views: 7335

Re: NYC Summer Open date poll

As an editor on this year's NASAT, I'm glad we decided on OxO. I just hope OxO is more properly Americanized unlike CamO from last year, which included rather odd questions like the death of Edward II and some obscure British geography questions. Of course, some oddball questions in a set is basica...
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NYC Summer Open date poll
Replies: 45
Views: 7335

Re: NYC Summer Open date poll

Please give me some time to formally write up a new post with tournament details, but just so you'll pay attention to the important stuff in that, I can say that, yes, the people have spoken, and we'll run Oxford Open as the main event. (I hope anyone who has already played that set isn't too disapp...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NYC Summer Open date poll
Replies: 45
Views: 7335

Re: NYC Summer Open date poll

I agree with Will's point regarding not wanting to play a truncated set. Just in case it's an important point, hopefully "truncated" here refers to potentially playing 20/24 given questions from the CamO packets. Whether we play NASAT, OxO, or CamO, we will definitely not play all the packets we ar...
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Groger Ranks Awards [WINNERS ANNOUNCED]
Replies: 34
Views: 6494

Re: 2018-19 Groger Ranks Awards

I'll stan for my brother (James Kuang) and point out this absurd statline of 21/7/5, and perhaps more impressively, getting this statline at a college tournament (one that was 6 months ago, no less). I'll let his performance in the finals at NSC speak for itself on how good he is at lit (Cervantes a...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NYC Summer Open date poll
Replies: 45
Views: 7335

Re: NYC Summer Open date poll

As a player, I'm personally agnostic between NASAT and Oxford Open Just to re-tread this point--please change your vote if you feel swayed by this conversation, and have a similar opinion! Again, I'm literally just going off votes right now. (In the future I'll have ranked choice voting, I guess :e...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 3467

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:34 pm
I also tried to work more "world" content into the fine arts than in previous sets.
Off the top of your head, do you remember (and can you post the content of) which questions these might have been? I remember the (Middle Eastern) rugs tossup, which I enjoyed, wondering if there were others.
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 3467

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

I'm not sure if there's a separate difficulty discussion, but I was talking to some people about perceived difficulty in the set, so I decided to do some quick analysis: PPB: Quartile data: 13.2, 15.2, 18.2 St Dev: 3.6 Powers: Quartile data: 8, 12, 18.2 St Dev: 9.9 PPG: Quartile data: 211.4, 291.4, ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NYC Summer Open date poll
Replies: 45
Views: 7335

Re: NYC Summer Open date poll

How close was the public vote on the main event set? Because I have a feeling that people voted pro-NASAT and anti-NASAT, with anti-NASAT people splitting the vote between Cambridge Open and Oxford Open. I did consider this, but NASAT won even when the votes for those sets were combined (albeit, by...