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by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Hypothetical eligibility question: "Super-Seniors"
Replies: 7
Views: 6787

Re: Hypothetical eligibility question: "Super-Seniors"

This crossed my mind the other day. I don't know how this works in other states, but in NY, someone can, if they do poorly in high school, stay until they turn 21. It's not unheard of for someone to be in their fifth year of high school (repeating the 12th grade), and it actually happens quite a lo...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hand Down, Neg Down: A Basketball Set
Replies: 7
Views: 3369

Re: Hand Down, Neg Down: A Basketball Set

MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE, MR. CHEYNE?

MAMA THERE GOES THAT MAN.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 38948

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

One question I'd ask about submitting packets: do more experienced editors on a submitting team have a responsibility to supervise or edit the submissions of less-experienced teammates? I think that really would lessen the burden on set editors, but it might be undue for the teams sending submission...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 38948

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

Well, we did. I mean, we almost certainly got something far LESS brutal than the tournament we submitted, because A) that's almost always true and B) some of you fucking monsters showed me your submissions and Jesus Christ, what's wrong with you? Look, we can't just whine at the editors about this ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?
Replies: 75
Views: 43464

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?

First off, it seems to be there's this duality where Dave is an employer who expects ridiculous things, but simultaneously lets his employees do whatever they please. Dave does expect results, but by and large he's flexible enough so as long as things get done, there's no issue. I've made mistakes ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 32642

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

The editors have agreed to change the ACF Nationals distribution to have .5/.5 myth instead of 1/1 as a trial run for future events, and because we think it will better test knowledge.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 10249

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

There's an enormous difference between the 1500 or so pages of Greek myth material that 90% of clues are taken from (Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, and Metamorphoses) and a category like American literature. Comparing mythology to quantum mechanics is obviously ridiculous because quantum mechanics takes up...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Jul 29, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 10249

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

It's interesting that when I first started playing quizbowl, I was very offended by many of the Norse myth questions I heard. It seemed like questions existed for no other reason than the fact that Norse culture had the quirk of every damn object having a given name. There's some HSQB post from 200...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 10249

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

I was a pretty good myth player back in my day, though not to the extent of the Matts or Seth. I don't ever recall reading any myth specifically for quizbowl; I mostly read "the classics" because I was into it. I even took a class on Scandinavian mythology at Berkeley, which I'm not sure has helped...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 10249

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

Yeah, as one of a few players who did as much as Matt to dominate the myth canon, I agree with this post unreservedly and have for a while now. To be arrogant for a moment, I think the way I wrote it for VCU Open 2015 was among the best it's been done that I remember, and it still functionally meant...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 38948

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

I suggest drafting Jordan.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 38948

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

Cheynem wrote:Is that foreshadowing anything?
*I'm signing with Maryland next year and Ophir's going to go around kicking people in the balls.

*Not actually happening.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 38948

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

Also Jordan is Steph goddamn Curry.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 38948

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

I don't think it was the suppressed power numbers as much as the clue structure and the bonuses that made the set feel exceptionally hard. I remember a bunch of moments like the "Autobiography of Red" tossup, which Tommy has read and didn't answer until the sixth line because of all the steep clues ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)
Replies: 131
Views: 60127

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)

This tournament was the best and I loved playing it.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Writing Good History Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 16936

Re: Writing Good History Questions

What Ike's argument avoids is that tossups aren't written in a vacuum, they're written in the context of a tournament that has to have 30 or more world history questions, in a year with about 10 collegiate events. To meet that quota, you have to do one of three things: write on the exact same answer...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Writing Good History Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 19768

Re: Writing Good History Questions

What Ike's argument avoids is that tossups aren't written in a vacuum, they're written in the context of a tournament that has to have 30 or more world history questions, in a year with about 10 collegiate events. To meet that quota, you have to do one of three things: write on the exact same answer...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Writing Good History Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 16936

Re: Writing Good History Questions

So, I like all of this, and I'll add that questions from SHEIKH and both the College History Bowls should be exemplars for how to write interesting history. I may have more to say later - but in general, I think this is more useful for experienced writers whose history lags their other categories, t...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Writing Good History Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 19768

Re: Writing Good History Questions

So, I like all of this, and I'll add that questions from SHEIKH and both the College History Bowls should be exemplars for how to write interesting history. I may have more to say later - but in general, I think this is more useful for experienced writers whose history lags their other categories, t...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Building a Successful Club
Replies: 2
Views: 2600

Building a Successful Club

Hi guys, It's taken me far too long to post this, but back during winter break, I interviewed a handful of club leaders on what they'd done to recruit and retain new players. The responses are recorded below. Thanks so much to Marianna Zhang, Sarita Jamil, Brian McPeak, Roxanne Ilagan, and Nick Kara...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: warning: limitless indalecio discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 12341

Re: warning: limitless indalecio discussion

This much angst over a single vanity packet seems excessive. Ike, I also don't understand why you're angry that people got excited about nerdy things while playing a jRPG event where you chose to participate. The second half of your post is very confusing. To be clear: like, "we should have fewer/no...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu May 19, 2016 8:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl Podcast
Replies: 2
Views: 1578

Re: Quizbowl Podcast

Jordan is awesome, but the argument that Jordan right now is better than I was in my senior year seems like some severe recency bias. I accept that Jordan's better than I was at any other point in my career. If we're talking peak, though, please give credit where credit is due.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri May 13, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 32642

ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

Hey, folks. Logistical details still need to be filled in, but this will serve as the main announcement thread for ACF Nationals 2017, to take place on the weekend of April 22 at Columbia University. I'll be head editor for this tournament, assisted by select Virginians Tommy Casalaspi and Evan Adam...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players
Replies: 29
Views: 22387

Re: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players

The Gioia style of writing gained some traction, but thankfully not all, then the style of tossup most closely associated with John Lawrence started to become popular. John Lawrence writes great questions, but for the sake of the historical record, Evan was writing and recommending those two-work a...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Make your questions interesting!
Replies: 9
Views: 4142

Re: Make your questions interesting!

I very much endorse Ike's post (and strive to achieve its goals in my writing, as Ike has kindly mentioned), but I'd like to point out one thing, especially regarding situations where you're submitting questions to be edited by someone else: especially if you're not a super-experienced writer, it's...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players
Replies: 29
Views: 22387

Re: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players

The Gioia style of writing gained some traction, but thankfully not all, then the style of tossup most closely associated with John Lawrence started to become popular. John Lawrence writes great questions, but for the sake of the historical record, Evan was writing and recommending those two-work a...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016
Replies: 104
Views: 52556

Re: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016

Sing, Goddess, of the pique of Brownstein, Mild and mostly equitable, which cost Chicago Unending grief, pitched countless souls Of heroes into the second bracket, And left their bodies to reek in Ann Arbor In hot game rooms, for they had not showered. Begin with the clash between Ray - The warlord ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Nats Predictions
Replies: 9
Views: 4407

Re: Nats Predictions

Maryland stuns Chicago, wins ICT behind a magisterial final game from Mr. Brownstein. Chicago gets the crying Jordan treatment:

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by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Today is the Anniversary of Watkinsgate
Replies: 18
Views: 8771

Re: Today is the Anniversary of Watkinsgate

I think it's important to reiterate that, uniquely among cheating assholes, Andy was one of us. We'd planned tournaments with him. We'd gone on road trips with him. Some of us had even gotten drunk and laughed with him. Even when he messed shit up a lot, most of us treated him in "good faith" and to...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Today is the Anniversary of Watkinsgate
Replies: 18
Views: 8771

Re: Today is the Anniversary of Watkinsgate

Now change the fucking tournament summary . The tournament summaries have been updated for the 2009 , 2010 , and 2011 ICTs. Sorry about missing that before. Yeah needless to say that Watkins cheating isn't the only story about how terrible he is, but Jonah Greenthal won't let me put the good stuff ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 12581

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion

Rather, where I chose to indulge my editorial side was in the leadins to tossups/bonuses that added humorous anecdotes to clues that probably could have been a bit shorter and more concise. But I find this to be a perfectly definsible trade-off, if done unobtrusively (which I think the other editor...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Can We Stop Doing This Tossup 0 Thing?
Replies: 26
Views: 9261

Re: Can We Stop Doing This Tossup 0 Thing?

And if you have a really good trash question, or a really funny question...put it under trash, in the real set! Honestly, there's enough debate about what trash is "important" and what isn't, with a lot of it essentially boiling down to peoples' random personal interests and cultural backgrounds (a...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Feb 14, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Can We Stop Doing This Tossup 0 Thing?
Replies: 26
Views: 9261

Re: Can We Stop Doing This Tossup 0 Thing?

I don't think the issue here is that tossup 0's suck moreso than the fact that people suck at writing it. If people write tossup 0s so that they're more of an aperitif rather than an unappetizing piece of day old sauerkraut, then sure, we should have more tossup 0s. As an example of what I'm trying...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Can We Stop Doing This Tossup 0 Thing?
Replies: 26
Views: 9261

Can We Stop Doing This Tossup 0 Thing?

Today, after a challenging work week, I woke up at 7 and drove to College Park to spend 8 hours staffing a quizbowl tournament. And it was worth it! It was fun to see people and teams I don't get to spend much time with anymore. But because this is an activity I really care about, and made a real ef...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Feb 01, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections
Replies: 38
Views: 11171

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections

Edit: ah. And the Kierkegaard question should include the pseduonyms for any work mentioned in the question. So, I understand that this is common practice, SOP for Kierkegaard questions, etc. But here's a broader complaint I have: do we really have to keep doing this? Does anybody buzz in on Kierke...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to nail down clues
Replies: 7
Views: 4161

Re: How to nail down clues

Another (slightly controversial) way of doing this: using good fucking clues. EDIT: To be slightly less snarky, I think this is a problem that arises a lot in clues that are generally pretty dumb. In my experience, specificity most needs to be added when a clue clearly refers to a very small number...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK at Maryland (February 13, 2016)
Replies: 7
Views: 5854

Re: MLK at Maryland (January 23, 2016)

Dead Parrot wrote:
The King's Flight to the Scots wrote:Hey, it's time to start thinking about rescheduling this, before anybody leaves on Friday night.
Naveed sent everyone an email yesterday about postponing this to Sunday. We're still waiting for confirmation.
Good to hear, but Sunday sounds dicey too.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MLK at Maryland (February 13, 2016)
Replies: 7
Views: 5854

Re: MLK at Maryland (January 23, 2016)

Hey, it's time to start thinking about rescheduling this, before anybody leaves on Friday night.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on category boundaries and difficulty
Replies: 11
Views: 4525

Re: Thoughts on category boundaries and difficulty

I agree with Andrew that questions on fundamental topics in fringier categories will sometimes be tough for quizbowlers, and that's okay. I tend to think quizbowl's role is to reward active engagement with academic subjects, so I support avoiding topics you can easily osmose from pop culture, like T...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Understanding science topics
Replies: 18
Views: 8025

Re: Understanding science topics

to be honest that method just seems like just flashcarding definitions and doing word association? Absolutely. There's no way a high school student without knowledge of linear algebra is going to gain a profound understanding of graduate student-level mathematics just by clicking around on Wikipedi...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:00 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Understanding science topics
Replies: 18
Views: 8025

Re: Understanding science topics

I don't really think college quantum mechanics textbooks are gonna be the way to go for a high school player.

EDIT: These Matt Jackson gifs are terrifying, jesus people, trigger warnings please
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Discussion of quizbowl game theory
Replies: 10
Views: 3682

Re: Summa contra potestates

Max's heuristic is useful precisely because it's simplified. Maybe it only captures 80% of the situation, but it takes 20% of the effort to calculate, which is vital in a fast-moving match.

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by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 16
Views: 2531

Re: VCU Open ‘15: Question-specific discussion

I'd also like to see the tossup on Robin Lopez again. I seem to remember it being hard to understand the middle clues, but that may have been due to the mod not being understandable. This question was so bad. I get it, Robin Lopez has a sideshow (haha) as a man who "feuds" with mascots. I don't und...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 4037

Re: VCU Open ‘15: Thanks and General Discussion

The answerline to the Christianization tossup instructs the moderator to prompt on "end of paganism" or equivalents. It played well at our site.

The intended difficulty was "hard tournament in between Regionals and Chicago Open," fwiw.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 16
Views: 2531

Re: VCU Open ‘15: Question-specific discussion

OK - unless I'm missing something, that lead-in definitely isn't uniquely identifying. Since the Chettiars are best known as moneylenders, they were probably financing economic expansion anywhere that they happened to be. Theoretically yes, but in practice more famously in Burma than anywhere else....
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 4037

Re: VCU Open ‘15: Thanks and General Discussion

I have mixed feelings about this set. On the one hand, this tournament did a really good job in its science distribution and was generally pretty interesting. On the other hand, it had a bunch of questions that just fell off cliffs in a really bad way ("Nazarenes" well in power in a tossup on Germa...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 17789

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

I don't have as much to say as Matt, but I'd like to draw on my own college experiences to give a couple points of advice. Quizbowl is a game I devoted many hundreds of hours to in college; it was an important part of my process of growing up. It gave me my first opportunity to really channel my int...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: HSAPQ's Tournament Set
Replies: 0
Views: 1605

HSAPQ's Tournament Set

Hello, Since people are already claiming tournament dates, I wanted to announce that HSAPQ will not be continuing its mACF tournament set next year due to a glut in the market for such tournaments. We will happily continue producing NASAT and the modified VHSL events. Any questions can be directed t...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue May 19, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 28146

Re: your official Canadian cavalry regiment discussion threa

I tend to think that clues in bonus parts only have a responsibility to convey sufficient information to answer the bonus part; i.e., the concerns Matt listed above. I don't buy that clue-selection alone can be offensive or "insulting." If that question had said "This stupid and unimportant military...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun May 17, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 25317

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

I just don't think the "quizbowl bookclub" effect that Ryan's describing actually happens with any frequency. As I understand it, Ryan's complaining about times when books or articles popular on quizbowl social media become "fair game" for questions for no other reason than that. I think there was o...