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by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sat May 16, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistory
Replies: 19
Views: 26237

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistor

I meant that reference as a self-deprecating joke, not a call for an actual anime event. If you want to run that as kind of a casual, funny post-tournament thing, it would be better to organize it privately.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu May 14, 2015 12:40 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistory
Replies: 19
Views: 26237

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Final: An Attempt at a QB Microhistor

Good stuff, Eric. I definitely relate on a couple points - here's what I went through in that 2015 ICT final, which was definitely one of the best matches I've ever played in. CONTEXT Penn rocked us in our playoff match, aside from my out-of-nowhere power on Marcus Theory. I'm pretty worried, but lu...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sat May 09, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 42153

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Regular difficulty events are great but they shouldn't be the sole thing that's offered - my freshman year had QUARK, for instance (which I sadly didn't get to attend) and that went over fine. Actually, QUARK was an abysmal tournament that caused multiple 2nd-years to quit UVA quizbowl, either for ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sat May 09, 2015 1:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 42153

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Historically, we've struggled to fit more than a couple regular difficulty events into the fall semester, given the novice tournaments occurring. It's a bad idea to assign a regular-difficulty slot in that semester to a "regular+" event. Regular difficulty is plenty tough for most teams in the first...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri May 08, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93337

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

You generally want to use spread along with other measures of variance, and Virginia was a very different team in those two years...but I'm pretty sure Ted is talking about stylistic variance rather than the quantity anyway. I'm not sure why you're insistent that the latter captures the former when ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon May 04, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 29582

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

This is silly. Since college quizbowl players are adults, they can deal with civil discussions of their strengths and weaknesses in an adult manner. I've dealt with this myself. The major debate in the 2012 player poll was over whether Eric or I deserved the #1 spot. The older people - Michael Arnol...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93337

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I don't know why you all didn't blow your goddamn gaskets back then because that's a tossup I'm almost positive went dead everywhere.
It did not go dead everywhere.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93337

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Yeah, let's just be clear - I'm not gonna give anyone flack for arguing that finals should not throw difficulty into overdrive mode like that. I've always been a fan of ultra-hard Finals, but it's always a gamble. I certainly think there's a very cogent argument against it. Any editors six complain...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93337

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Okay, I have no sympathy for a very good quizbowl team whining about Editors Six. Here's the tossups in Editors' Six: Fifth Column, Candida, Baudolino, malaria, Oberlin College, Black and Tans, Licinius, Abydos, cross section, arrythmia, metric space, coupling reactions, the Seven Sages, Baba Yaga'...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93337

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

The fact that one packet of the editors' packets was particularly unforgiving, as played, is really tough to account for as editors. I'd venture that, if you posted similar lists of answers from one editors' packet to the next, it would be close to impossible to pick out which ones actually turned ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93337

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Playoff tossups answered per game, presented without significant elaboration: (all stats from http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2976/stats/playoffs/ and http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1641/stats/playoffs/) 2014, top bracket (1-12): 17.15 (1132 through 66 games) 2014, second bracket...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 25314

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

Hey, so, here's a post from 2010 that really shaped the development of my writing style. A lot of the tossups I personally wrote for this tournament (Funeral Oration, Nuremberg Rallies, Ali, the Poor Law) reflect my view for how history tossups should be written. I've argued in military history deba...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93337

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Playoff tossups answered per game, presented without significant elaboration: (all stats from http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2976/stats/playoffs/ and http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1641/stats/playoffs/) 2014, top bracket (1-12): 17.15 (1132 through 66 games) 2014, second bracket...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93337

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

As I said above, the problem isn't that any tossup in isolation is indefensible, it's that the accumulated total of the "pretty hard" canonical tossups and the "noticeable outliers" leads to a subpar set. It's also just boring to have tons of tossups on what Ryan calls "standard upper-level canon fa...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93337

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

And, outside of Billy Sunday, Bela Tarr, Fifth Column, and maybe Patience - every single other question seems like standard fare to me for the upper level canon. I actually agree. The editors' packets were flooded with "standard fare...for the upper-level canon," which, to you, includes answers lik...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93337

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I'll do a more thorough packet-by-packet breakdown of the answer selections you've listed later, Ryan. For now, I'll just note that you're leaving David Dacko, among others, out of your list of extremely hard answers. I don't think the history was as big a problem area as the literature, which was a...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93337

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

The problem is that many of those answers, especially Old Court/New Court, are hard in a pretty dumb way. I know this is the Westbrook style, but snipping out clues from musty hard packets and writing tossups on them is an archaic and primitive style of writing. I just want to speak to this as some...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93337

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

If ACF Nationals wants to be a true national championship for ~50 teams, it can't be just about determining the top ~8 teams in the correct order. As an editor, one of my priorities was distinguishing between the top teams - and I used the middle and hard parts for this. I think that is perfectly o...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93337

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

The problem is that many of those answers, especially Old Court/New Court, are hard in a pretty dumb way. I know this is the Westbrook style, but snipping out clues from musty hard packets and writing tossups on them is an archaic and primitive style of writing. Although there were also some really ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting
Replies: 68
Views: 26249

Re: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting

Jake Sundberg aside, I'm even willing to wager that in the majority of these cases, the expert quizbowl player actually does know better than the question writer who forgot to flesh out the answerline. Sometimes they do. Other times they misheard a clue, or misunderstood the relation of the clue to...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting
Replies: 68
Views: 26249

Re: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting

I don't think even this lone source you've found is completely clear on the question. This example doesn't even approach the level of "it's unsportsmanlike to not insist that the moderator award me points without looking into it." I'm not making the point about the Proust specifics to my overall po...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Praise Song Part II
Replies: 23
Views: 21615

Re: Praise Song Part II

After Will Butler was incapacitated during ICT 2011, UVA had no obvious way of getting home. Will had driven from Charlottesville to Chicago, but Sarah and I really didn't feel capable of driving Will's car all the way back ourselves. Matt came through for us. He cancelled his flight and drove us th...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Mar 06, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Public Announcement About HSAPQ
Replies: 0
Views: 1953

Public Announcement About HSAPQ

Matt Weiner has resigned his position with HSAPQ. We thank Matt for his long years serving as chairman and founder of the company. I will serve as "acting chairman" to guide HSAPQ through the rest of the year. Inquiries about what this transition means should be directed to my email, [email protected]...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Mar 06, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NASAT: June 13-14 @ Ohio State
Replies: 37
Views: 36504

Re: 2015 NASAT: June 13-14 @ Ohio State

In light of recent events, I want to confirm that NASAT will be happening. We hope to see as many states attend as possible this year, since we are confident in our ability to provide a high-quality event.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl 2015 announcement
Replies: 54
Views: 28759

Re: College History Bowl 2015 announcement

My preference would be for a delay.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 21819

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Previous usage, or lack thereof, isn't really a good barometer of difficulty for current events clues. The Nazi women tossup was vague for about half the clues, and answerlines other than [country] _women_ would have been better. I still buzzed pretty confidently from remembering the flak battery st...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 21819

Re: Specific Question Discussion

So, this tournament was a good example of why you shouldn't try to write 90% of a CO-level event by yourself. The relative lack of outside consultation really hurt. The first halves of 75% of tossups were extremely hard, even in areas like Greek myth that I feel I know really well; I think that's a ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2015 Matchmaking
Replies: 47
Views: 19317

Re: CO 2015 Matchmaking

Matt Jackson, Tommy, Auroni, and I will be forming a team.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: the future of regular difficulty
Replies: 14
Views: 7174

Re: the future of regular difficulty

For me, the major advantage of tournaments like MUT is not that they're easier for novices to play without studying. Novices can definitely answer more, but almost no one can answer even 60% of the literature at the MUT level without preparation. However, if you do prepare, you'll see results signif...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT: Trash
Replies: 16
Views: 3857

Re: Trash

I'll keep this brief because I do think we could benefit from a discussion of what trash could be, and I don't want to suffocate that - but Chris, I think your argument is pretty weak. Because you play on a great ACF team, you're used to assuming that bonuses you 10 or 0, or tossups you don't know, ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Feb 08, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT general discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 5341

Re: 2015 SCT general discussion

For one thing (I know how precarious it is to say this), it felt very strongly like there was actually more trash, general knowledge, and current events ("NAQT" stuff) than usual In the most literal sense, this can't really be true - the distribution is the same as it's been in years past. Can you ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PADAWAN, Matt's Categories
Replies: 22
Views: 6462

Re: PADAWAN, Matt's Categories

Not to start a basketball mafia, but I'm pretty sure the Paul Pierce bonus said he yelled after his block in game 7. While he presumably yelled something, he said the quote it was talking about after hitting the dagger shot in game 1. Here's the question: This outburst was caught on mic after its s...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Oct 05, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PADAWAN, Matt's Categories
Replies: 22
Views: 6462

Re: PADAWAN, Matt's Categories

That was harder than ideal, but I decided it was enough of a recent point of discussion to be OK. The term was used a bit in the sports media this summer during discussions of the World Cup, exploitation of labor to build the stadiums, Brazilian culture in general, et cetera. For what it's worth, it...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PADAWAN, Matt's Categories
Replies: 22
Views: 6462

PADAWAN, Matt's Categories

Discuss the history and religion here. My major goal in editing this set was to control difficulty without sacrificing interesting content. I'm happy with the way most of the questions turned out, especially in the religion, where Emma Laslett of Oxford submitted quality tossups. I also wanted to pr...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 74060

Re: Preseason Poll

It's unfortunate that people are coy about their playing status. If you don't know if you'll be in school or things are still up in the air, that's fine. If you do know where you'll be and that you're likely to play, why not just make it common knowledge? In my case, there were some prereqs I had t...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 29095

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

I don't think a few semantics issues speak to any broad disagreement within the quizbowl community.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 21567

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

I don't think a few semantics issues speak to any broad disagreement within the quizbowl community.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 74060

Re: Preseason Poll

grapesmoker wrote:I heard rumors this weekend that Matt Bollinger was going to be back at UVA for a one-year master's. Is that true, or am I merely playing my usual role as the erstwhile conduit for some lies?
This is accurate assuming no disasters over the next couple days.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 19788

Re: Thanks and general discussion

I don't think there's much substance to a critique of the music questions in this set that begins with the premise that it was somehow illegitimately written. Different people are going to make different aesthetic choices, especially for a tournament like Chicago Open, so if you didn't love Jacob's...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 19788

Re: Thanks and general discussion

I don't think there's much substance to a critique of the music questions in this set that begins with the premise that it was somehow illegitimately written. Different people are going to make different aesthetic choices, especially for a tournament like Chicago Open, so if you didn't love Jacob's...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Superteam Regulation?
Replies: 17
Views: 7098

Re: Superteam Regulation?

You've been on the best team in the country for a couple of years now, smashing the Mid-Atlantic with aplomb, and doing a pretty nice job carving up the national field. This year, you decide to play MFT with your full A team, even though it was the spiritual successor to EFT, and therefore exactly ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Superteam Regulation?
Replies: 17
Views: 7098

Re: Superteam Regulation?

The idea wouldn't be that you'd get your ass kicked by five teams with a top 10 player - unless it's a really big tournament, most people would end up playing with a top 10 player. You'd have a chance to win nearly every game. It's kind of important to me because I'm getting tired of playing against...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2014 discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 4491

Re: VCU Open 2014 discussion

Frankly, I'm not sure how anyone could consider not hearing a physics tossup a problem
Heh, that's not what you thought at ACF Nats 2012!
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Superteam Regulation?
Replies: 17
Views: 7098

Superteam Regulation?

Last night, Evan, Tommy and I contentiously debated Evan's team arrangements for VCU Open Sunday. Tommy and I were a bit angry that Evan had united Eric, John, AND Matt Jackson on the same team against his friends; we felt that Evan had ruined our shot at competing, on an HSNCT prep set, to ensure t...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2014 discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 4491

Re: VCU Open 2014 discussion

All right, well, I'll start this discussion if nobody else will. It was pretty disappointing to arrive in the morning and see the editing team planning how they were going to finish the tournament. Even though the set wasn't disastrously bad or anything, it seemed kinda phoned-in pretty often. Some ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2014: August 2
Replies: 57
Views: 29777

Re: VCU Open 2014: August 2

This weekend suffered from enough issues that I think it's time to open up a larger conversation about side event scheduling. For those of you who weren't there, I'll provide a basic recap of what happened. Before the tournament, Matt announced that the weekend's schedule would be VCU Open, then Ima...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!
Replies: 105
Views: 73271

Re: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!

Please continue this liveblog up through the tournament itself. Update between rounds, during the other team's bonus, and during biology tossups that you neg on the first clue.

Thanks,
Motbo
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 19788

Re: Thanks and general discussion

To be clear, NASAT tossups are almost always written directly into QEMS - it's not really possible for that to happen, which is why I read more into your post than you'd meant. Sorry. It looks like there's one clue early in the Artemio Cruz tossup that comes up a bit - I forgot to search my hard dri...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu Jul 24, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 19788

Re: Thanks and general discussion

I'll get to the rest of your post later...but no, I'm not the kind of person who steals compromised questions from HSAPQ sets and puts them in my packet submissions. NASAT doesn't have powers, by the way.