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by Cheynem
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Let's Remember Some Guys III: Let's Remember Yet More Guys
Replies: 5
Views: 828

Re: Let's Remember Some Guys III: Let's Remember Yet More Guys

I fear an online tournament will not simulate the full experience which requires starting at like 10:30 PM, running past midnight, be played by people who have been up all day, and at some point features a bumbling Cory Haala buzzing while drunk.
by Cheynem
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 38
Views: 3480

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I don't want to to turn this thread into the cheating tribunal, but if it's an open secret that some people cheat...why are they allowed to play? Why aren't they being publicly shamed or called out? I'm not in the know here, so if there's some open secret list of known or suspected cheaters, I'd lik...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 55
Views: 7609

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

To confirm, is "Tier 1" the room for the most experienced, best players?
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: From Tony Taylorism to Pre-Lew Fordism: Baseball in the Second Half of the 20th Century
Replies: 3
Views: 403

From Tony Taylorism to Pre-Lew Fordism: Baseball in the Second Half of the 20th Century

I'm working on a series of 5-6 packets on baseball. As opposed to some previously announced events (comics, basketball, where did they go?), I have the "advantage" here of having literally not much else to do for a month. The packets will be tossups-only. They will all cover the "second half of the ...
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 8346

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

I would probably do something like 1/1 Literature and 1/1 "Popular Culture Literature," with the acknowledgement that the 1/1 Lit can possibly include some popular culture clues. I think there's 1/1 literature to do a novice set on, assuming this isn't too huge a set.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 11158

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

The only solution I could see potentially having merit is something like "you are allowed to play so many years of ACF Nationals or ICT" (so if you didn't start playing until your senior year as an UG, you would have so many years as a grad student). I can see some benefits of this, but also some ne...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Nationals Alternatives?
Replies: 10
Views: 1979

Re: Nationals Alternatives?

The challenge in any sort of online tournament is both on the tech end (ensuring all players have appropriate Internet/tech, to avoid any lag or disconnections), the fact that full online tournaments (w/bonuses) takes significantly longer than in person tournaments, and the ability to easily cheat o...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 11158

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I'd be very interested in seeing what the introduction of ACF Winter (sorry, re-introduction) will do for the college game.

I'd also note that this upcoming college season, assuming, er, there is one, will likely be kind of messy and chaotic since at the very least there's going to be disruptions.
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Nationals Alternatives?
Replies: 10
Views: 1979

Re: Nationals Alternatives?

If people want quizbowl, I suggest like organizing a few scrimmage tournaments on guerrilla packets or by paying homeward bound wage slaves (like myself) to write them. You could do like an invitational online where 5-7 good teams play each other in a round robin.
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Myth of the Machine - 2020 Bentley Tech Tournament
Replies: 3
Views: 494

Re: The Myth of the Machine - 2020 Bentley Tech Tournament

IDK if ranking preferences might have been nice--my basic thought is to go for in-person events before online.
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Pandemic and community
Replies: 2
Views: 826

Re: Pandemic and community

One thing I might suggest is that in quizbowl contexts, unless the topic of discussion is especially relevant (i.e. the cancellation of the tournaments), talk about the pandemic could perhaps be restrained. I'm not saying it shouldn't be talked about--it absolutely should be, and I'm glad the Discor...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 11158

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

My general approach would be basically try and get people to see if they like the game as soon as possible, which means that no matter how you present the game, the proof is in the pudding--do they like playing? They may hate it, they may like it, or they may be unsure. Obviously getting people to a...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Character Actor Packet
Replies: 1
Views: 719

Re: Character Actor Packet

I've sent this packet to the archive.


Sam Brochin won with 100 points, while Matt Lafer and John Lawrence each had 75.
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 11158

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Can I just say that there is no way you can eliminate advantages in quizbowl? A player who has been playing since middle school has an advantage over a grad student who starts playing in masters school. Players who attend well-funded schools with veteran players who can provide wisdom and guidance h...
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (July 19, 2020)
Replies: 10
Views: 3892

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (July 19, 2020)

In the light of recent events, has your policy on Randy Wittman changed?
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Michigan State Quizbowl Championships (East Lansing AND Ann Arbor; 28 March 2020)
Replies: 14
Views: 2188

Re: Michigan State Quizbowl Championships (East Lansing AND Ann Arbor; 28 March 2020)

Conceivably, all of the classes could take place at one location or four separate locations for each class right?
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 1375

Re: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament

In 2008, Culver "hosted" a Goldfish Tournament on NAQT questions. Teams participate at their home schools, making note not only of the questions that are answered correctly, but at the point in the questions where the question is answered. Theoretically, the results will not only permit a ranking of...
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 55
Views: 7609

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 Cheynem
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 55
Views: 7609

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

I'm assuming this is completely open, right?
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 1375

Re: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament

I'd certainly do some questions for this if this came to pass. What is the reasoning behind just tossups? You could conceivably have teams play the bonuses if they get the tossups, but they only get the bonus points for a tossup if they "beat" the other teams in question. This would obviously result...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern
Replies: 25
Views: 10513

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota

(I am not part of ACF, am not running Nationals, and do not plan on being at Nationals) As a faculty member at the U of Minnesota, I received an e-mail from the university president this weekend stating that the university is monitoring all situations, forming plans, but at this point has not formal...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Reforming Tournament and Set Announcements
Replies: 5
Views: 837

Re: Reforming Tournament and Set Announcements

I do think that Emily (and presumably the people she was talking to, I wasn't there) are correct that more centralized announcements are important. On the other hand, I think that the discussion portion in tournament announcements can be very important--they can address issues in difficulty or distr...
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 13
Views: 1394

Re: 5th of March Incident

Might be nice to talk about good quizbowl history, not that there aren't a lot of good things about this particular event.

Like all the Carper winners? Who are they? Where did they come from? Where did they go?
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 13
Views: 1394

Re: 5th of March Incident

I can understand why folks would be interested--I think there was a thread on this topic last year that included some interesting comments.

viewtopic.php?f=63&t=22473
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 Carper Award winners
Replies: 3
Views: 866

Re: 2020 Carper Award winners

Very deserving winners. Alex has had an immeasurable impact on the game at all levels. Mike is a legendary figure. I doubt he remembers, but some of his feedback (not necessarily specific comments, but just encouragement and praising effort/trying) on my early questions was very influential in my ca...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Even GHOTIer (GHOTI II 2020 Announcement)
Replies: 14
Views: 1983

Re: Even GHOTIer (GHOTI II 2020 Announcement)

There already are two full length tournaments at CO, but I suppose you can try to do it after Trash?
by Cheynem
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: MVP (Musical/Visual Packet)
Replies: 5
Views: 1135

Re: MVP (2020 ICT Side Event)

I'd like to play. I need a partner who knows something about opera or fine arts.
by Cheynem
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Basic Steps Towards Quizbowl Professionalization for Tournaments: Cut the Acronyms and Pseudonyms
Replies: 7
Views: 1418

Re: Basic Steps Towards Quizbowl Professionalization for Tournaments: Cut the Acronyms and Pseudonyms

I think a lot of Chris' ideas make sense. I don't think he, as I've heard some people suggest, is calling for like hyper professionalism in which all staffers must wear blazers and khakis, but rather a simple idea that there's many small things quizbowl could do to be more professional in general, w...
by Cheynem
Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 2886

Re: ICT Side Events

I might think that something like "a couple rooms of shootout" for Borglum's film packets could also happen Friday night, leaving Saturday for the Purdue event.
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Answerline Selection Analysis
Replies: 7
Views: 1732

Re: Common Link Advantages / Disadvantages

If all of these clues are just on Lem, then the tossup (which isn't really a common link then, as Will points out) seems like it could have been better as a tossup just on Lem, unless you think Lem is too hard and that "Polish" is easier (which...I don't really buy). Writing such a tossup, in which ...
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Answerline Selection Analysis
Replies: 7
Views: 1732

Re: Common Link Advantages / Disadvantages

Can I see the original PIANO question on "Polish"?
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1265

Re: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20

Thanks for the tournament--hopefully you are not dead.
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1265

Re: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20

Can there be some more logistical information?
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy
Replies: 16
Views: 2358

Re: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy

I think this would be an interesting thing, but I would urge people to treat the markings like the ordering of clues in tossups--they represent what the writers/editors think are the proper difficulty. They probably are "correct" for the most part, but not always. In other words, they do not represe...
by Cheynem
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 2886

Re: ICT Side Events

Too sweet, bruh.
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 2366

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

My thoughts: 1. I don't believe any NAQT college tournament needs to be timed. SCT doesn't use the timer and ICT, which attracts excellent staffers and logistics people, doesn't need to use the clock. 2. Because of that, I would be fine with NAQT's college tournaments adopting 5/5/5 (well, I don't r...
by Cheynem
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Regionals and SCT Fee Schedules
Replies: 6
Views: 557

Re: ACF Regionals and SCT Fee Schedules

Some of the discounts might also be holdovers from the clock format in which you needed even more staffers (and a scorekeeper would not inherently have to be a good reader).
by Cheynem
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Michigan State Quizbowl Championships (East Lansing AND Ann Arbor; 28 March 2020)
Replies: 14
Views: 2188

Re: Michigan State Quizbowl Championships (East Lansing AND Ann Arbor; 28 March 2020)

I'm glad Michigan/Michigan State has come together on this and that this tournament will (basically) be continuing.
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 2886

Re: ICT Side Events

Unless there's not a ton of people for the film thing (which, depending on time and other events being run, might be true), I'd prefer like doubles or small teams (which, yes, I know is hard to do if there's only 5 packets).
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 2886

Re: ICT Side Events

Yes, I would like that.
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 2886

Re: ICT Side Events

I think Jay said "GHOTI II" would be ready for ICT.

I wouldn't be opposed to some guerrilla shenanigans.
by Cheynem
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What are you allowed to talk about? (re: set content)
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Re: What are you allowed to talk about? (re: set content)

Here's another scenario: You just wrote a question and in another context, get a buzz on something off that knowledge, which probably makes it obvious to "those in the know" that you are going to ask about that material in one of your tournaments. I remember for CO 2016 editing/writing a question on...
by Cheynem
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Guardian article on quizzing
Replies: 3
Views: 738

Re: Guardian article on quizzing

In the US, the more academic style of Quiz Bowl was supplemented in the late 1990s by Trash tournaments
Makes sense to me.
by Cheynem
Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Losing Steam and Motivation in College
Replies: 4
Views: 1219

Re: Losing Steam and Motivation in College

My advice to you is think about: Do you still like quizbowl? Like, do you enjoy playing the game (or staffing, or being part of the team, or whatever)? If not, if you feel like you're just playing because that's what you did in high school and what you're expected to do, then maybe you want to take ...
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: An incident of intentional content-leaking from an unclear set
Replies: 18
Views: 2279

Re: An incident of intentional content-leaking from an unclear set

In my experience, having used numerous systems of writing questions, Packetizor works best if you have very proactive editors who have assigned answers or provide specific assignments (more of a top down system). QEMS is going to be better if you don't do a top down system, and do more of a reactive...
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Character Actor Packet
Replies: 1
Views: 719

Character Actor Packet

Inspired by Jonathan Magin's excellent packet on character actors for Festivus, I have written a packet on character actors as well. I think mine, give or take a few tossups, is slightly easier than his (like his packet, the conceit is you must actually know the character actor's name, though, so it...
by Cheynem
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 Chicago Open (July 18th)
Replies: 13
Views: 3176

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (Please Vote for Date in Poll)

Do these dates work for Northwestern and/or U Chicago?
by Cheynem
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1265

Re: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20

People should come to this, especially since I have replaced that awful Rob Carson.