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by Carlos Be
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IO SATURNALIA (easy college, Fall 2020)
Replies: 12
Views: 1671

IO SATURNALIA (easy college, Fall 2020)

I am pleased to announce IO SATURNALIA , an easy college set that will be available for mirrors beginning September 12, 2020 . Difficulty-wise, IO SATURNALIA will be within the range of recent iterations of ACF Fall. IO SATURNALIA will be converted from the high school set SATURNALIA . By expanding ...
by Carlos Be
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: SATURNALIA (Hard HS, 2020-2021)
Replies: 2
Views: 869

Re: SATURNALIA (Hard HS, 2020-2021)

(post reserved for list of mirrors)
by Carlos Be
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: SATURNALIA (Hard HS, 2020-2021)
Replies: 2
Views: 869

SATURNALIA (Hard HS, 2020-2021)

I am pleased to announce SATURNALIA , a hard ("regs+" difficulty) high school set that will be available for mirrors beginning September 12, 2020 . Writers/Editors I, Justine French, will be head editor. The set will be produced by a diverse group of high school and college writers who were selected...
by Carlos Be
Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Call of SATURNALIA for writers and editors
Replies: 4
Views: 1466

Re: Call of SATURNALIA for writers and editors

Thank you for everyone who applied. A set announcement will be up shortly.
by Carlos Be
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Call of SATURNALIA for writers and editors
Replies: 4
Views: 1466

Re: Call of SATURNALIA for writers and editors

Thank you for everyone who applied! We will no longer be reading general applications at this point. However, we are still looking for editors in the following categories: - Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science - Philosophy - Psychology - Economics - Other Social Science - Popular Culture We only r...
by Carlos Be
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ideal Host Cities for a Nationals Event
Replies: 10
Views: 1746

Re: Ideal Host Cities for a Nationals Event

There were 23 teams at last year’s NASAT. Only one was a west coast team. There were 29 teams teams at the previous NASAT. Two were west coast teams, three if you count China. Specifically for NASAT, the west coast is not a feasible option at this point due to a lack of teams. The primary reason we...
by Carlos Be
Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy
Replies: 16
Views: 2680

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 repres...
by Carlos Be
Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Call of SATURNALIA for writers and editors
Replies: 4
Views: 1466

Re: Call of SATURNALIA for writers and editors

Thank you for everyone who has applied so far! If you have submitted an application, we will respond by February 23rd.

We are still looking for more editor applications in every category. If you have written many questions, either for sets or for practice, you should consider applying to edit.
by Carlos Be
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy
Replies: 16
Views: 2680

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

I think this would have a noticeable benefit for the version of the set read at a tournament or posted on the archives. Furthermore, I think it would have an enormous benefit for set production. On every set I've worked on, the most ubiquitous type of comment is stuff along the lines of "is this emh...
by Carlos Be
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Call of SATURNALIA for writers and editors
Replies: 4
Views: 1466

Call of SATURNALIA for writers and editors

This is a preliminary announcement for SATURNALIA, which will be ready for mirrors by Fall 2020. I will be head editor. We are targeting a "hard high school / easy college" difficulty, around ACF Fall or HFT. SATURNALIA is primarily a high school set; however, a version of SATURNALIA will be edited ...
by Carlos Be
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 5071

Re: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata

Curiously, the Camus bonus in packet C that mentioned Algerian author Kamel Daoud was still classified as "European Lit." Yeah, this is similar to the Garcia Lorca/Neruda/Ginsberg bonus I mentioned above. Justin was responsible for British/European, and I don't think he knew bonuses like this were ...
by Carlos Be
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 22
Views: 7317

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

This post was prompted by my experience at Michigan's Penn Bowl mirror this past weekend, but my intent isn't so much to call them out as to raise this issue more broadly: that was far from the first time that I've seen a selection of books that frankly nobody wants handed out as "prizes." Don't do...
by Carlos Be
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]
Replies: 28
Views: 14905

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

Will ACF Nationals 2020 target the same difficulty as last year?
by Carlos Be
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RULFO at PACE NSC
Replies: 26
Views: 7741

Re: RULFO at PACE NSC

Thanks to everyone that just paid! If you still haven't paid, please pay! If you believe that you have already paid, send a message to me or Anson so that we can take you off the list.
by Carlos Be
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES II (Summer 2021)
Replies: 9
Views: 2126

Re: MUSES II (Summer 2020)

Illinois Admin wrote: Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:30 pm 2 Polyhymnia
-1 Ancient Hymns/Prayers/Musical Rituals
-1 Non-Ancient Hymns/Prayers/Musical Rituals
Are there really enough hymns for a second set with this many hymns?
by Carlos Be
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17
Replies: 6
Views: 2160

Re: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17

The following people still have not paid for RULFO online: Andre Wong Chansol Park Zhirou Gao Samuel Foo Chris Sims Please venmo $10 to @Justin-French-7. If you are international, please paypal $11 to [email protected].com. If you believe your name is here by mistake, message me (and if possibl...
by Carlos Be
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RULFO at PACE NSC
Replies: 26
Views: 7741

Re: RULFO at PACE NSC

The following people still have not paid for [email protected]: Auroni Gupta Michael Yue Dylan Minarik Julia Tong Ryan Golant Ryan Rosenberg Alex Howe Sharath Narayan Ramapriya Rangaraju Please venmo $10 to @Justin-French-7. If you believe that your name is here by mistake, message either me or Anson (and i...
by Carlos Be
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUSES Online 8/18
Replies: 19
Views: 4342

Re: MUSES Online 8/18

Is it safe to assume that this event will start in the early to mid-afternoon on Sunday, to avoid conflicts with Age of Empires? Yes it is, we will start at 2 pm. Sorry for not posting this sooner, had to get a new laptop and updating this slipped my mind. Free agents should form teams now: by the ...
by Carlos Be
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17
Replies: 6
Views: 2160

Re: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17

There are 8 packets, so it will probably finish around 12.
by Carlos Be
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17
Replies: 6
Views: 2160

Re: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17

Unless anyone has any problems, I plan to start RULFO online at 8:00 AM PST on Saturday morning. If you haven't officially registered and/or are a free agent, please email me so that I can send you the discord invite and assign free agents to teams.
by Carlos Be
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17
Replies: 6
Views: 2160

Re: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17

Barring a sudden increase in interest in the next few days, I will close the field at 4 teams. Remember to register by emailing [email protected].com if you haven't done so already. Free agents will be assigned to teams shortly— this will likely include at least one 5 person team in order to ac...
by Carlos Be
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17
Replies: 6
Views: 2160

Re: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17

Remember to sign up for RULFO online!
by Carlos Be
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 7733

Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

The first time I ever heard my questions played was one of, if not the most, gratifying moments of my undergraduate quizbowl career. I agree that writing questions and hearing them played is a very gratifying experience. However, packet submission is a really bad way to write questions. There are l...
by Carlos Be
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUSES Online 8/18
Replies: 19
Views: 4342

Re: MUSES Online 8/17

This is the same day that was selected via poll for the RULFO online mirror. Seeing as there is probably a good amount of people who want to play both sets, I will ask MUSES to find a different date for their online mirror.
by Carlos Be
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17
Replies: 6
Views: 2160

RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17

The online mirror of RULFO will happen on Saturday, August 17. The fee will be $10 per player. When you have a team, register by emailing me at [email protected].com. Here is a team formation spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Nx3yy7lRSWEfWrVNaoV8dbkRIs4mWLPeEJAflzrmPtE/edit?u...
by Carlos Be
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RULFO online date poll
Replies: 2
Views: 864

Re: RULFO online date poll

wjg wrote: Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:55 am Hi,

Do you happen to know if/when this is likely going to happen yet? Thanks!
This will happen on August 17. I will post a full announcement shortly.
by Carlos Be
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Stop putting "Quiet Night Thought" in power for Li Bai
Replies: 5
Views: 4802

Stop putting "Quiet Night Thought" in power for Li Bai

In general an entire post about a specific clue placement would be absurd. However, cluing "Quiet Night Thought" too early is an epidemic that must be stopped. Any line from "Quiet Night Thought" should not be in power at any difficulty above HS regs. For the vast majority of people who play quiz bo...
by Carlos Be
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)
Replies: 12
Views: 8839

Re: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

In my admittedly limited opinion, this might not be a good idea. Geography, Current Events, and Trash aren't really taught in school. There is a lot of extracurricular interest in these categories (and also in math and parts of social science), unlike philosophy, which has a fairly small amount of ...
by Carlos Be
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)
Replies: 12
Views: 8839

Re: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

Can you comment on the reasoning behind the unorthodox distribution of this tournament? We elected to have a smaller than usual amount of philosophy (.25/.25) because we believe that philosophy is not commonly learned in high school classes and is not a large area of amateur interest among high sch...
by Carlos Be
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 72
Views: 38598

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

A NASAT private discussion forum has been opened. You can access it by going to your User Control Panel, going to the tab Usergroups, and then scrolling down to 2019 NASAT and selecting the option to request access to that forum.
by Carlos Be
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RULFO online date poll
Replies: 2
Views: 864

RULFO online date poll

There will likely be an online mirror of RULFO: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=22039&p=353847 . The fee will be $10 a player. The field cap and structure will be determined based on interest. If you are interested in playing RULFO online, vote in the poll. Vote on every day on whic...
by Carlos Be
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 10569

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

This text's prologue mentions a "war-duke" of Thrace named Lorikus, who becomes the foster father of a child born to a man named Munon and a daughter of King Priam named Troan. In its first section, a king gives a wandering woman as much land as four oxen can plow in a day, only for her to plow up ...
by Carlos Be
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 10569

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

Difficulty is always a tricky thing. I think everyone in quizbowl wants the set to be only as hard as necessary. But sometimes I feel that it's necessary to stretch difficulty in the service of other goals. To bring up something that Olivia astutely pointed out -- the inclusion of women in quizbowl...
by Carlos Be
Sun May 26, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: NASAT playtesting
Replies: 0
Views: 3481

NASAT playtesting

We are looking for volunteers to playtest NASAT. If you are interested, message me on here or on discord with a list of the categories you are interested in playtesting. You can also email me at [email protected].com. Note that for question security purposes playtesters must have graduated high...
by Carlos Be
Mon May 20, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 37561

Re: Player Poll 2019

Dropping the highest and lowest rank usually does a good job of making up for silly mistakes like forgetting Shan, although obviously this requires more votes.
by Carlos Be
Thu May 16, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 12
Views: 7225

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

The first mirror of RULFO has been played: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5782/. I have requested a discussion forum. In the mean-time, anyone who has played the sets should feel free to pm me with questions or comments about specific tossups or the set in general. I have no idea if I screwed...
by Carlos Be
Sun May 12, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 12
Views: 7225

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

The first mirror of RULFO has been played: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5782/.

I have requested a discussion forum. In the mean-time, anyone who has played the sets should feel free to pm me with questions or comments about specific tossups or the set in general.
by Carlos Be
Fri May 10, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9261

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

I have edited out all references to specific people in my posts and suggest that the other people in this discussion do the same at least until they actually speak to the people involved in running the tournament.
by Carlos Be
Fri May 10, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9261

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Suggesting that the stats Rama put up are in the same neighborhood of implausiblity as those Jakob cited is idiocy at best and intellectual dishonesty at worst. Yes, I agree that saying Rama cheated would be absurd, but nonetheless people did say he cheated, so I was using it as an example of why a...
by Carlos Be
Fri May 10, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9261

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Suggesting that the stats Rama put up are in the same neighborhood of implausiblity as those Jakob cited is idiocy at best and intellectual dishonesty at worst. Yes, I agree that saying ____ cheated would be absurd, but nonetheless people did say he cheated, so I was using it as an example of why a...
by Carlos Be
Fri May 10, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9261

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Yeah, I think winning ICT versus not even making top bracket at states is dramatically different. Also, did the Andy Watkins story emerge because people looked at the stats again, or did it emerge because NAQT found actual evidence that was a smoking gun?
by Carlos Be
Fri May 10, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9261

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Hitherto, I've kept things anonymous, but here I'll cite a specific example: _____. _____ is well known to have cheated on diverse occasions on discord readings, and lo and behold, further investigation has uncovered a highly statistically anomalous performance on _______. While there is no smoking...
by Carlos Be
Wed May 08, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: ART NOUVEAU Sample Pack
Replies: 6
Views: 4769

Re: ART NOUVEAU Sample Pack

Packets are the packets of packets.
by Carlos Be
Tue May 07, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 37561

Re: Player Poll 2019

Banned Tiny Toon Adventures Episode wrote: Tue May 07, 2019 12:57 am My sources lead me to believe that wolfram poh of Ucla 30d a bunch of science bonuses at nats And should be consideration for your science ballot so
can confirm that wolfram is very good at science
by Carlos Be
Sun May 05, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UPDATE - All the Lit We Cannot See (2020)
Replies: 10
Views: 2894

Re: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)

fwiw i'm excited for a large amount of postmodern/contemporary poetry and I don't think the current quantity would require cuts too much deeper than what one would expect for this sort of tournament
by Carlos Be
Sun May 05, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UPDATE - All the Lit We Cannot See (2020)
Replies: 10
Views: 2894

Re: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)

ivanilyich wrote: Sun May 05, 2019 5:17 am 2.5 Brit / 3 Anglo / 2.5 Euro / 2 World.
what is anglo?
by Carlos Be
Fri May 03, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: California Summer Weekend o' Quizbowl (8/10-11)
Replies: 25
Views: 6791

Re: California Summer Weekend o' Quizbowl at Cal State, Long Beach (Date TBD)

is this event in place of the usual norcal weekend of quiz bowl or is it a separate thing
by Carlos Be
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 12
Views: 7225

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

I would very much like to play this at NASAT, if at all possible. I don't think NASAT typically has side side events, unless you're referring to a NASAT mirror other than the main site, in which case a mirror of RULFO would absolutely be possible assuming that the site requests it. There will be an...
by Carlos Be
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 34101

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

I have no idea why we won the protest against Oklahoma, but what is ironic about the situation is that the protest actually ended up having a negative effect on our final standing. Since we had the PPG tiebreaker over both Michigan and Oklahoma, the protest only determined whether we would carry ove...
by Carlos Be
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CamO 2019 available for mirrors
Replies: 2
Views: 1245

Re: CamO 2019 available for mirrors

krollo wrote: Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:49 pm (1/1) Other Anglosphere Literature (US-dominated)
(1/1) European Literature
(0.8/0.8) World/CL Literature
Will things like English-language Nigerian literature go under "Anglosphere" or "World"?

Also, will US literature not written in English be under Anglosphere?