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by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15506

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Separately, Matt Bollinger has posted about this elsewhere and I can confirm it: it's very difficult to rise that far that fast without absolutely wrecking your mental health and a host of other things about your life. I don't think it's right that quiz bowl should fetishize the Stakhanovite underg...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 7448

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

As you can see, "prologue" was not explicitly mentioned in the answerline precisely because I did not want to make it longer than it already was (and, quite frankly, it's not that long as it stands), and I instead elected to include the phrase "descriptions such as" and allow the moderator to exerc...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 25
Views: 12680

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

Packets have been uploaded to the archive here.
by Victor Prieto
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 5641

Re: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata

Hey Drew and Chandler, just as an example of this from this year's packet, we had 3-4 different submissions from different teams all on Fire Emblem, which was synthesized into one question. Similarly, there were like 3-4 submissions all about Frankenstein, which turned into just one final question....
by Victor Prieto
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 9366

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2019

Two questions: will there be steps taken to ensure the 9 round prelim situation that happened last year does not happen again? How is the set production progressing, since no progress reports have been released yet?
by Victor Prieto
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: STAR BOWL Online
Replies: 4
Views: 5753

Re: STAR BOWL Online

This was played. Final scores: Eric Mukherjee: 1079 (had a 19-point power for dissing one of my favorite shows) Aakash Patel: 580 Charles Hang: 280 Steven Silverman: 230 Ian Dewan: 210 Brick Barrientos: 190 Chinmay Kansara: 80 If you'd still like to hear the set, send me a message sometime in the ne...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: STAR BOWL Online
Replies: 4
Views: 5753

Re: STAR BOWL Online

avp wrote: Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:43 pm
Victor Prieto wrote: Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:44 am Saturday, September 14th, at 7 pm.
To clarify - is this Eastern?
Yes, sorry about that, 7 pm EST.
by Victor Prieto
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: STAR BOWL Online
Replies: 4
Views: 5753

Re: STAR BOWL Online

This will take place on Saturday, September 14th, at 7 pm. The current count is seven people, so we'll stick with one room for the time being. The people who have signed up can expect an email shortly. If you're one of the maybe people and 7:00 pm does not work for you, we'll discuss over email abou...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: STAR BOWL Online
Replies: 4
Views: 5753

STAR BOWL Online

Hello, It was pointed out to me I neglected to post an announcement here about a couple online things happening in relation to STAR BOWL: 1. For people who played the NSC mirror, I am reading 15 questions tonight which were not written in time for the NSC mirror. If you would like to hear them, shoo...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 25
Views: 12680

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

Hello, I'm setting up an online mirror of STAR BOWL, which should last 2.5 hours on one day during the weekend of September 13-15. If you're interested, here is the link to the sign-up spreadsheet . Right now, it's a shootout, but if we get 12 or more people, we're either going to break it up into a...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 25
Views: 12680

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

Hi, just confirming that the set was indeed completed prior to the Michigan shootout. If anybody would like to hold a mirror, please send me an email. Thanks!
by Victor Prieto
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards
Replies: 23
Views: 11087

Re: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards

Fixed!
by Victor Prieto
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards
Replies: 23
Views: 11087

Re: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Players Choice Awards! 4th Scorer of the Year : Matthew Lehmann - Chicago Awarded to the best player who scored the lowest number of points on any team that competed at ICT or ACF Nationals. "Best" is defined as most valuable at securing wins for their t...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards
Replies: 23
Views: 11087

Re: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards

Voting closes tomorrow evening. We have 59 responses, would love to see some more!
by Victor Prieto
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards
Replies: 23
Views: 11087

Re: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards

Voting is now open. The form will close on Wednesday, July 10th.
by Victor Prieto
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards
Replies: 23
Views: 11087

Re: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards

I neglected to post a reminder that nominations were closing yesterday, so I'll extend the nominations period to end tomorrow evening. Polls will be up Tuesday morning. Awards with very low number of nominations that would be nice to see a couple more: Question of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, 4th...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 25
Views: 12680

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

Thanks for the praise, everyone! I'm very happy you enjoyed it. I had a blast writing this set, too. Since I've gotten one request to mirror the set: I technically haven't finished it. My month of May got very hectic with NSC stuff, and I ended up cannibalizing packet 8 to cover some of the gaps in ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards
Replies: 23
Views: 11087

2018-19 Players Choice Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2018-19 Players Choice Awards. The nominations form will close Saturday, June 29th. If you would like to suggest new awards, send me a private message or an email with your idea by Saturday, June 22nd, and I'll consider it. Voting is now open. The form will close on...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 31413

Re: Players Choice Awards

This year's edition of the Players Choice awards will take place after the last mirror of FST on May 11th, at which point all collegiate sets from the year should be clear (unless the online ILLIAC tournament takes place the following weekend, in which case it'll be pushed back another week).
by Victor Prieto
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 31413

Re: Players Choice Awards

Yes. I was considering waiting until Chicago Open, but it's all the way in August. Sometime after ACF Nationals, for sure.
by Victor Prieto
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 25
Views: 12680

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

Based on what I've heard so far, I think there will be too few for full fledged teams, but too many for a shootout. I'm going to temporarily set this as triples (because it's cool). Field cap will be increased when staff sign up.

I've created a matchmaking spreadsheet here.
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 56602

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Can someone from Penn please post a list of reliable lunch places that they would recommend for a speedy, close by lunch? We’ve been several times, but this is partly for the benefit of other teams, and partly to see if there’s any hidden gems that Penn would recommend that we haven’t gone to before.
by Victor Prieto
Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 25
Views: 12680

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

Yes, this is still happening. I knew that I was not going to be attending ICT some time ago, so I've been taking my time with it. I still would like to run this on NSC Saturday, after rounds are over. Few other things: 1) In an attempt to appease the masses, I've increased Star Wars content to 4 tos...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 7397

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

The PACE tournament concluded with a thrilling final that came down to the last tossup. Congratulations to Ithaca for winning both halves of the tournament! The combined stats are posted here . Final order of finish: 1. Ithaca 2. Rope Meadows 3. Allderdice A 4. State College B 5. Great Valley 6. All...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 7397

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

Full stats for the NAQT tournament have been posted. Congratulations to Ithaca for winning the championship! The stats file linked above list all teams in order of finish - the playoff tracker linked above may also be helpful in determining how the playoffs worked. We apologize that we ran an hour ...
by Victor Prieto
Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 7397

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

Prelim stats have been posted here.

A tracker for playoff W-L record will be updated here.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 4/20/19 - JHU Blue Jay Bowl
Replies: 7
Views: 3147

Re: 4/20/19 - JHU Blue Jay Bowl

This is the second time this semester that Johns Hopkins has cancelled/rescheduled within two weeks of the tournament. That's a huge inconvenience for high school teams seeking to make travel arrangements with their administration. In addition, it precludes any sort of make up event being scheduled ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 7397

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

The field cap has raised to 18 teams.
by Victor Prieto
Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 7397

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

NAQT tournament field is now full. Any further teams that register will be placed on a waitlist.
by Victor Prieto
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 7397

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

The field for the NAQT tournament is nearly full. Any teams that register past the 16th will be placed on a waitlist until we can expand the field (I can't guarantee that we will be able to do so). Also, if there is anybody nearby interested in staffing, please let me know.
by Victor Prieto
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PSSAB 2019 @ Penn State (3/16/19)
Replies: 2
Views: 2547

Re: PSSAB 2019 @ Penn State (3/16/19)

The field is full at 18 teams, with 3 teams on the waitlist. Any other teams interested in registering should go ahead, as we are doing our best to expand the field. The only barrier for us to expand is staff - if there's anybody nearby that is open to helping out that I haven't already contacted, p...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)
Replies: 9
Views: 4876

Re: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)

Thanks to Carnegie Mellon, who did a great job of hosting. All the readers were good, things moved along very smoothly, and we were able to get home at a very reasonable hour. We look forward to the next time CMU hosts a tournament. I would like to know one thing, though - the prelim seeding was ver...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 56602

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

We will continue to offer an additional $50 dollar discount to any team that writes at least 20/20 that doesn’t need any major editing (packets requiring relatively few changes to clues, answer lines, or grammar will qualify). I have a few questions about this discount. It's been offered at least s...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25591

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

I was also hoping to run STAR BOWL at ICT (as well as play Lederberg and GOLBEZ), but I can't be sure if I'll be there until after qualifications from SCT have been released, nor do I know if it will be possible to squeeze everything in. I also recognize I announced last, so I guess I get last dibs ...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 7397

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

Registration is now open for out-of-state teams.
by Victor Prieto
Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 25
Views: 12680

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

Is the Star Wars TV distribution just 8 questions on the Star Wars Holiday Special? There was also one or two Star Wars cartoon series in the late 2000s, I hear. But, I haven't watched those, which explains ? Star Wars (TV) 2 Star Wars (films) :sad: ...because 16 questions on the 10 released Star W...
by Victor Prieto
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 25
Views: 12680

STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

Update, July 16th: 100% complete. ________ I’m pleased to formally announce STAR BOWL, a side event available from May (?) 2019 until October 2019. This will be an all-tossup event on things related to "space," mostly science fiction in film, TV and video games. Each tossup will consist of 6-7 line...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PSSAB 2019 @ Penn State (3/16/19)
Replies: 2
Views: 2547

Re: PSSAB 2019 @ Penn State (3/16/19)

PACE has designated Penn State Spring Academic Bowl 2019 as a gold qualifier: Congratulations! PACE (the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence) has designated your tournament, Penn State Spring Academic Tournament 2019, as a gold NSC qualifier. This means that the top 20% of teams in your ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 7397

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

PACE has designated both halves of KSI as platinum qualifiers: Congratulations! PACE (the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence) has designated your tournament, Keystone State Invitational, as a platinum NSC qualifier. This means that the top 25% of teams in your tournament (rounded up to ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 NAQT ICT: April 6, Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 11772

Re: 2019 NAQT ICT: April 6, Chicago

Last five SCT announcements, with site announcement timelines reconstructed as best as I can determine: 2014 : sites announced starting mid October to early December 2015 : sites announced starting early November through... January, kind of (weird stuff happened this year) 2016 : sites announced sta...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PSSAB 2019 @ Penn State (3/16/19)
Replies: 2
Views: 2547

PSSAB 2019 @ Penn State (3/16/19)

Penn State Quiz Bowl will be hosting Penn State Spring Academic Bowl 2019 on March 16th, 2019. We will be using NAQT's IS-184A question set. Unlike our previous tournament, Nittany Lion Novice IV, there will not be eligibility restrictions on who may play. We will be seeking PACE qualifier status fo...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 7397

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

The second event for this tournament will use the Florida Spring Tournament question set.
by Victor Prieto
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 7397

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

Penn State Spring Academic Bowl (March 16th) will be a separate tournament from KSI, both hosted by Penn State. I just hadn't posted an announcement for Penn State Spring yet on the forums, but did set up the registration system with NAQT. The GPQB regional calendar is up to date and has the relevan...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PA Tournaments 2018-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 4251

Re: PA Tournaments 2018-2019

We have decided to move Penn State Spring back a week to March 16th, and just announced Keystone State Invitational for March 30-31.
by Victor Prieto
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 7397

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

This post reserved for field updates. Both fields are capped at 18 teams. NAQT Tournament Field (Teams/Buzzers/Moderators) Allderdice (2/1/1) Delaware Valley (1/0/0) Downingtown East (1/1/0) Great Valley (1/1/0) Henderson (1/1/1) Huntingdon (1/1/0) Ithaca (NY) (1/2/0) Kanadesaga Academy (NY) (1/2/0)...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 7397

Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

Penn State Quiz Bowl is pleased to announce the inaugural Keystone State Invitational (KSI), taking place on March 30th and 31st, 2019. We hope that this event will provide an opportunity for teams in the two halves of the state to play one another, in a way that has been long discussed but never pu...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament
Replies: 23
Views: 9095

Re: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament

...just because people who are not enrolled in school are ineligible to play regular season tournaments does not mean that the TD has to verify that all contestants are actually enrolled in school. The burden of verifying eligibility is on the team. If the tournament director has reason to suspect ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Collegiate outreach ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 3382

Re: Collegiate outreach ideas

One thing that worked out pretty well for us this year is to hold a tiny intramural tournament that lasted only three rounds between four teams. It wasn't at all an official event, we were just trying to simulate the upcoming novice tournament at Carnegie Mellon in a very compressed timeframe. We pu...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 6
Views: 5476

Re: PACE Writing Mentorship Program

There are 30 days left to apply for the program. If you're interested in participating, you should apply soon - we cannot accommodate many more mentees in the program, and your chances of being accepted do depend on the number of applicants previously accepted. Thank you!
by Victor Prieto
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 13732

Re: Player tossup etiquette

I would only recommend for close matches, when there's less than a 200 point margin. I personally find it rude/insulting if your trying to stall against a comeback when you up 300 points and their are 3 toss-ups left. This is absolutely true. This isn't pro football, this is quizbowl, where players...