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by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 23
Views: 1531

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Echoing what Matt said, online tournaments are crucial for keeping this community together at this moment. Even outside of these troubled times, Discord tournaments are an inferior but much welcomed supplement to in-person tournaments, both for letting more teams play tournaments and for helping new...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

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

I foolishly forgot to add Doug Graebner's packet - he's now at the end of Day 1.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

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

Is this be going to run all on the same Discord? I'm assuming that's the case - how will you handle preventing people from seeing other rooms? Assuming this isn't operating on some honor system, you will need to create specific roles with permissions for each room and for each packet, which would b...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)
Replies: 11
Views: 1342

Re: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)

Will bonuses at this event be able to distinguish teams particularly well? I'm wondering if this would be more appropriate as a tossup-only mirror. For most teams involved, I take it that this is mainly going to be buzzer practice for fun, and most bonuses will get quickly 20d or 30d.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

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

FYI you can't sign up to just be a donor; you have to select at least one session. Oops, good catch. Just sign up for Taylor's packet since that's the most popular and we're running five rooms no matter what 😂 no compulsion to attend! I just hit one, forget which. Just hit me up with donation detai...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

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

Thanks Jon! And re: Mike's post, I figured it would be an opportune moment to offer a fuller explanation. Mods - if you have specific preferences for events to read in your time slot, please indicate so on the spreadsheet via comments. People writing their own packets can feel free to request to rea...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

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

AKKOLADE wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:46 am
FYI you can't sign up to just be a donor; you have to select at least one session.
Oops, good catch. Just sign up for Taylor's packet since that's the most popular and we're running five rooms no matter what 😂 no compulsion to attend!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

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

To confirm, is "Tier 1" the room for the most experienced, best players? For the events with two or three rooms, it's pretty straightforward - sort yourself based on what you think is fair competition for you. Anticipate that the Tier 1 room is going to be stacked with the best players on a given s...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

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

Schedule is available here . If you're an experienced moderator (several years' modding experience preferred) and are available / aren't interested in the events for a given time slot, please sign up to mod! No pressure to mod for every single event you don't want to play, but reading 1-2 events wi...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: CamO 2020 available for mirrors
Replies: 6
Views: 804

Re: CamO 2020 available for mirrors

I'm chiming in to express interest in an online mirror of this set. I'm especially interested in hearing tossups and bonuses. Depending upon what readers are available, I would love to play another two-day tournament like TO online. Maybe something in mid- or late-May can be arranged? Yeah, early o...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

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

A slight amendment to the previous post: Based on some preliminary analysis I've done, I'm fairly confident we are going to be able to run ALL of the events across two days - including those which only have one room (~10 signups or so) of interested people! As of right now, plan for 19 packets to be...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

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

Thanks for the continuing sign-ups and survey responses! A note to all writers and players for this tournament: We are going to have multiple reading rooms going simultaneously for most packets in the main event , with players selecting a room based on their self-assessed skill level on the subject ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

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

On a related note, more than 100 people have filled out the survey so far! Thank you so much - this is a ton of help in figuring out. We've gotten enough interest in most events that there will be at least two rooms for each of the ones which are run!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: CamO 2020 available for mirrors
Replies: 6
Views: 804

Re: CamO 2020 available for mirrors

Very interesting in having an online mirror of this, especially since the questions are longer format and more suited to Discord play than older versions of CamO. Definitely want to play with my team though.

Mid-April is pretty crowded, but perhaps we could try April 11 or April 25?
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

Is the registration form intended as a formal commitment to play the selected packets (and you really should play unless something big comes up), or just a "gauging of interest", and it'd be cool to not play some of the selected packets if one gets tired or something. (affects how aggressively I si...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires (Side Event)
Replies: 19
Views: 8588

Re: Age of Empires (Side Event)

This tournament is now posted! I'm in the process of computing stats for the British online mirror and will update this. The tournament was conducted with a seeding round played on the first two packets, in which players could "buzz out" by scoring 30 points. After this, seven rounds were played. To...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 11102

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I don't actually have any solution, but perhaps people in college quizbowl who defend the difficulty status quo should consider why current high school students actually have these "revolutionary" ideas. Perhaps everyone would be better served by logging off. To put it mildly, this is an uncharitab...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 11102

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Others in this thread have used EFT as an example of a set that has a good balance between accessible and challenging content, and I would agree with that. The problem is that EFT is the only set that consistently hits that balance. This year alone, LIT and MWT were both also at this difficulty, no...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

Reminder to please update the spreadsheet today with your email to indicate you plan to finish completing your event! Only events that are "confirmed" in this manner will be included in the survey for player preferences for events. Thanks!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 11102

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I don't think it's worth arguing that graduate students are not some of the best players in the game, for expectable reasons - experience and studying accumulated over the years makes them consistently valuable contributors, and as long as they keep up their game, they can continue to rely on knowle...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

So I'm a little confused. Is this just a big Festivus-type thing where people read independent packets? Or are you trying to keep score across multiple packets? The latter seems pretty untenable to me--is there much of an audience for 2 weekends worth of incredibly hard vanity packets against some ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

Emily and I have been working on logistic plans for this event. We anticipate that it's going to be two days long and we'd like to optimize this event experience for everyone. Therefore, we have a couple asks: Writers - If you can confidently say you will finish your packet in time for "ICT" then pl...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 11102

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Let's not forget that high school nationals (PACE NSC and HSNCT) are able to distinguish between top teams while still allowing the best teams to regularly score above 20 ppb. It's ludicrous to suggest that college nationals cannot have a difficulty that allows for just as many skilled college team...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 11102

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I agree with others in saying that the point of college nationals isn't to be accessible. Granted, I've never played a college nationals either, but I think Fall Open had a similar environment and difficulty. I didn't expect to win every game and instead just wanted to get a question or two off of ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 1363

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. Yeah - my intention was for this to cater more to people who have id...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

I've added a signup sheet for the poetry tournament. There will be two divisions - a masters division (for the Jordans, Auronis, etc. of the world) and a general interest division (if you don't consider yourself an elite literature player, I recommend this one). This is not intended as an expression...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

I don't know if this feasible or warranted, but I might suggest trying to find some way to limit the field caps for each packet--it's not fun to play an online shootout of like 30 people, particularly if a lot of folks are just randomly mass guessing as tends to happen. Something like entrance fees...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

I'm planning to run my event twice - one master's event and one event for a wider audience. It's still going to be extremely hard.

EDIT: ignore this, room plan will be coming out soon
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

Cheynem wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:30 am
I'm assuming this is completely open, right?
Yeah this would probably be largely a series of shootouts. So I suspect you'd get some of quizbowl's best playing and would want to write your tossups accordingly.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 43
Views: 5881

Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)

On account of the unfortunate but necessary cancellation of this year's Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, I'd very much like to have something happen on that Saturday in its place. I'm proposing an Internet Charity Tournament , something of a Festivus event to be held on the same date on Disc...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 NAQT ICT: CANCELED
Replies: 8
Views: 2147

Re: 2020 NAQT ICT: CANCELED

In theory, we would very much like to reschedule the ICT. However, it involves a lot of planning, especially in this case predicting a time at which travel will once more be possible without the concern of spreading COVID-19. If it is possible for us to reschedule, we will definitely announce that ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 NAQT ICT: CANCELED
Replies: 8
Views: 2147

Re: 2020 NAQT ICT: CANCELED

Is there absolutely no possibility of delaying the event and hosting it over the summer somewhere (perhaps somewhere low-cost, like a university)? [I'm sure there are tons of factors I'm not aware of here - just asking.] Seconded, and I'd definitely be willing to help figure out this plan. If there...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP
Replies: 17
Views: 6876

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP

Shockingly, I don't disagree with any of what Naveed said - I think every Regionals from 2017 has been a real step up from the 2016 and earlier editions in terms of difficulty (I think 2020 was definitely the hardest, though). I was initially uneasy about this, but given that Regionals is officially...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 Chicago Open (July 18th)
Replies: 13
Views: 3165

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (July 18th)

In light of the recent coronavirus epidemic, we are monitoring the situation and hope to make a definitive determination as to whether the date and/or location of this tournament needs to be moved within the next month. However, we will make all efforts necessary to ensure that Chicago Open is run t...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: CANCELLED: 2020 LIT at Johns Hopkins (3/28/20)
Replies: 1
Views: 730

Re: 2020 LIT at Johns Hopkins (3/28/20)

Would it be possible to get a field update? Thanks!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 34
Views: 16754

Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

edit: im dum set is on archives now pending approval
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IO SATURNALIA (easy college, Fall 2020)
Replies: 11
Views: 913

Re: IO SATURNALIA (easy college, Fall 2020)

AP world is one of the most commonly taken APs and the quizbowl audience comes from a diverse array of cultural backgrounds. 1.5/1.5 world is fine.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Terrapin Open @ Brown (2/29)
Replies: 6
Views: 2375

Re: Terrapin Open @ Brown (2/29)

Congratulations to Columbia A for defeating Chicago C+ in the first game of an advantaged final to win the tournament. Stats are already posted. I’d like to once again thank everyone that came and helped staff. Hopefully the tournament was enjoyable to everyone and I hope Brown can become a more re...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 Chicago Open (July 18th)
Replies: 13
Views: 3165

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (July 18th)

Made a few clarifications to the OP, specifically nothing that every packet will have exactly one question (tossup or bonus) on each of Geography, "Modern World," and Other Academic. I very much look forward to continuing the trends of recent tournaments which have had excellent questions in all of ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 34
Views: 16754

Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

SparkleOyster wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:29 pm
Is this set going on quizbowlpackets.com?
This has been delayed too long and I apologize. I'll upload it soon.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Answerline Selection Analysis
Replies: 7
Views: 1729

Re: Answerline Selection Analysis

I've changed the title of this thread to reflect more accurately what the initial post was dissecting, since it's really not about common links. Thanks for the feedback, folks.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Answerline Selection Analysis
Replies: 7
Views: 1729

Answerline Selection Analysis

A lot of folks have been talking recently about how they'd like to see more productive discussions on the forums. Since PIANO is clear now, I wanted to see if I could get something going by posting an analysis I did for a PIANO tossup and see if we could build on it. In particular, I'm curious to se...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: FLopen 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 1033

Re: FLopen 2020

Glad to see the Florida team members continue to produce tournaments. It gives me a ton confidence that the community has "crossed the chasm" and started internally generating more and more motivated writers and editors, helping us sustain the production of excellent tournaments in the long term. Re...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Terrapin Open @ Brown (2/29)
Replies: 6
Views: 2375

Re: Terrapin Open @ Brown (2/29)

Could we get a field update? Just curious because "Chicago B" is listed on the Purdue site now. Thanks!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 2358

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

Personally, I'd like to keep the clock at ICT - I still think its very important to keep a brisk pace of play and discourage excess chatter.

I think a pilot of 3/3/5 at ICT would be very welcome.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 Chicago Open (July 18th)
Replies: 13
Views: 3165

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (July 18th)

Ike Jose is now co-head editing this tournament with me. The vision of the tournament will continue to be the same as outlined in the original post, including difficulty and "feel" of the tournament, and we are greatly looking forward to receiving your submissions!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 2358

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

I think the bigger factor is, as others have noted, the moderator hesitancy. Negging people after two seconds, especially without the clock, just "seems wrong" to many people. There was at least one instance where I was talking through an answer out loud at SCT and gave it but the moderator insisted...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 Chicago Open (July 18th)
Replies: 13
Views: 3165

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (July 18th)

Packet submission deadlines have been added to the original post, as well as a contact email
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 2358

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

players should be ready to answer as soon as they buzz in I think this counter-argument that Jonah mentions (though does not make) is probably the least meritorious - expecting players to be 100% ready all time to buzz in - especially when clues can be particularly hard to process in a fast-paced i...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 2358

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

Perhaps NAQT would be more amenable to changing the rule for college quizbowl only? I don't think high schoolers have similar complaints, especially because NAQT timing rules are pretty standard for high school, whereas the vast majority of college tournaments use different timing rules (5/5/5). Th...