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by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 19796

Re: Thanks and general discussion

(As a side note, I went through the scoresheets and calculated conversion stats; I don't have them in front of me right now, but if I recall, teams did very well on the "welfare states" bonus and below average on the mark-to-market bonus, so I'm not sure those are the best examples. I'll follow up ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 19796

Re: Thanks and general discussion

Many thanks to Andrew, Ike, Los Hermanos Kandlikar, and Jacob for a very enjoyable set. It must have taken a lot of hard work to produce a set as polished and accessible as this one. I especially liked the classical myth/lit, such as the well-written and well-timed tossup on Phoenix. I'm going to re...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NASAT Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 19551

Re: 2014 NASAT Discussion

I didn't love the early clues for the Robber's Cave question. I don't think players at any level can practically buzz on them, and the answer itself is pretty hard to begin with, such that that specific question is not one I want to repeat. However, I don't buy many of the arguments people are makin...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2014: August 2
Replies: 57
Views: 29794

Re: VCU Open 2014: August 2

Eric Mukherjee and I will be on a team for this. We're still seeking specialist teammates.

EDIT: Chris Manners and Aaron Rosenberg have joined.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NASAT Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 19551

Re: 2014 NASAT Discussion

Did the tossup on the Cascadia subduction zone actually get used as a tiebreaker in any games? Did it serve that purpose well? Yes. No. That's by far the most egregious tossup answer I remember--I think the set did a great job of making tossups accessible (and interesting and fun) on the whole. I w...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NASAT Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 19551

2014 NASAT Discussion

Since the online mirror is over, NASAT is now cleared for public discussion. I served as head editor of the set in addition to subject editing mythology. The other subject editors were Auroni Gupta for fine arts; Tommy Casalaspi for literature; Matt Weiner for history, social science, religion, phil...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NASAT: June 14-15 at Ohio State
Replies: 46
Views: 56760

Re: 2014 NASAT: June 14-15 at Ohio State

Cheynem wrote:Will there be a private discussion thread for this or by now it is it just easier to wait until after the online mirror and make it public?
I'll post a public thread after the online mirror.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:43 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences
Replies: 77
Views: 58711

Favorite Quizbowl Experiences

Like the rest of us, I've loved getting to read about Zeke's espresso-related mishaps in the Quizbowl Survivor thread. Although I've played too recently to have any such stories people haven't heard, I'd like to make a vague ranking of the tournament experiences I've most enjoyed in my time. Often, ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu May 29, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 36617

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion

Can I see the tossups on mitzvot and first born sons? I got them both early, but I want to both see the rest of the clues as well as see if the content of the mitzvot tossup made commandments as an answer not correct in any sense. Commandments should have been promptable, with anything more specifi...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu May 29, 2014 10:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 36617

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion

I thought that calling the Temple Mount "this area" would indicate that the question was looking for a zone of space and not a specific structure in that zone. Apparently this didn't come across the way I'd intended it to; apologies for that.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE
Replies: 58
Views: 14071

Re: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE

I would give Matt Weiner and John Lawrence the #1 spots in their respective Big Three categories. Matt's individual performance at the CO history events has been better than mine - I've improved since then, but not enough, I think, to overcome Matt's knowledge. Regarding literature, I would say ther...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE
Replies: 58
Views: 14071

Re: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE

Another example: one player who I saw this year had science buzzes that were pretty good, but he made a pretty asinine post about science this year, indicating to me that he has never engaged with science outside of a quizbowl setting; if I had voted, i would have been much inclined to rank him low...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE
Replies: 58
Views: 14071

Re: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE

Well, to start discussion: I think that the voters slightly overrated top players of second-tier teams at the expense of supporting players on contending teams. To be direct, Tommy and Evan should be higher. It's crazy to me that somebody ranked Tommy at 22nd when he overcame the shadow effect to ou...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20
Replies: 47
Views: 24111

Re: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20

My cousin works for the Communist Party of China and told me how to find Charles Tian, but I can't tell you or he'll be given a lethal injection.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What to do after you've been caught cheating at quiz bowl
Replies: 11
Views: 4230

Re: What to do after you've been caught cheating at quiz bow

Apologize. Sincerely. Edit: and then don't do it again Honestly I'm not sure if it's all that straightforward. In most cases that hasn't nearly been enough to reintegrate said person into the QB community, whether or not they were a torrential jerk about it. I know that cheating is pretty much the ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20
Replies: 47
Views: 24111

Re: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20

Charles Tian, I do not know how to contact you. Nevertheless, I would like to play with you. Please reply if you see this.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 61758

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

When did you guys feel relatively certain that cheating was going on? On one hand, it seems unfortunate that this guy wasn't kicked out after say, three rounds of competition; on the other, I'm sympathetic to the idea that a TD needs to be very certain before making any accusations. What's the best ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Late Game
Replies: 16
Views: 4005

Re: Late Game

If you're in a situation where the game is within 15 or so, and whichever team answers the tossup probably wins, you should try your best to play that question like you would any other. The major difference is that both teams are going to be under a lot of stress and perhaps prone to jittery buzzes ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg
Replies: 169
Views: 108207

Re: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg

Andrew's third option ("Who, if plucked out of their era with a time machine, would fare best at a hypothetical tournament on 2014 ACF nationals-type questions, assuming hypothetically that the team was first allowed to 'get up to speed' on modern question styles and the contemporary canon") articul...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: specific questions
Replies: 72
Views: 11592

Re: 2014 ICT: specific questions

Yeah, I mean, I"m sure it is--I just wonder if asking about the show and not a character from the show might be better, just as Phoenix Wright is a popular video game series but I'm not sure if we needed to ask about a character from it (lest I sound self-interested, I'll say this applies to any tr...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 4908

Re: College History Bowl discussion

This was a very high-quality set where most of the "flavorful" answers really worked out well. Many thanks to Mike, Matt, and the other writers for producing such an enjoyable tournament.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: JL's Categories: Literature, Fine Arts, & Philosophy
Replies: 8
Views: 1876

Re: JL's Categories: Literature, Fine Arts, & Philosophy

Hmm, I thought somebody would have posted by now...I guess I'll jump in with the first comment. These parts of the set were all very high quality. The literature was written pretty much according to the principles you've laid out elsewhere, and it was probably better than any other tournament this y...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4719

Re: Biology and Chemistry

I'll refrain from commenting on question content here, but the answerlines to many biology and chemistry questions were about as long as, or longer than, the tossups themselves. Although the set avoided the common problem of not including obvious alternate answers, it created a different problem by ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 7218

Re: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

Tiberius and Gaius had extraordinarily similar careers and are always taught in unison. Well...yes, they had similar careers and you'll often encounter them in the same class, but nobody ever has a problem with tossups on Robert F. Kennedy for that reason. The bulk of the question was about Gaius' ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Don't power-mark question sets without the editors' consent
Replies: 44
Views: 7012

Re: Don't power-mark question sets without the editors' cons

A very pompous performance by the Matts in this thread. I agree with those who say that if you have strong opinions about what people should or should not do with your packets, you should make these clear before giving your packets to anyone. You should not assume that there are universal or even m...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Don't power-mark question sets without the editors' consent
Replies: 44
Views: 7012

Re: Don't power-mark question sets without the editors' cons

I'm going to keep this short, since it's a pretty simple, unassailable point. Sometimes, editors don't, or don't want to, power-mark their question sets. If your tournament is running an un-powermarked set, you do not get to power-mark it, or award powers at your tournament, without the consent and...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: general discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5836

Re: 2014 SCT: general discussion

The current events questions in this set seemed less well-written than those in last year's SCT. Was there a change in editorship? There was no change in CE editorship. Do you have more specific comments on what seemed better last year/worse this year? -Seth The world current events questions seem ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: general discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5836

Re: 2014 SCT: general discussion

Overall I liked the tournament; the literature in particular seemed very good. Writers made good use of the limited question space by avoiding un-buzzable clues, which have been a stumbling point in some earlier NAQT sets. The history sometimes went too far in the other direction by leading off with...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Natl History Bowl College Nationals: Sun 3/30 Northwestern U
Replies: 60
Views: 23274

Re: Natl. History Bowl College Nationals: Sun. 3/30, Chicago

There is also no discount for having signed up last year; Matt had asked teams who were financially affected last year to contact him, and no one did, so at this point, we're starting from a clean slate for all. This is basically unacceptable given the costs incurred by every team that stayed an ex...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Likelihood of NAQT Champion.
Replies: 116
Views: 23960

Re: Likelihood of NAQT Champion.

I'll make some poorly-informed guesses based on past ICT winners. The frontrunner, Virginia, is maybe 30% to win, and the chance of a team outside of [Will's top-5 + Harvard + Michigan] winning is probably under 5%. Ways a surprise team could win ICT, in order of plausibility: 1. An elite player jo...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Arrabal discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 4030

Re: Arrabal discussion

I don't have time to post extensively about the set, which I had fun playing, and rejoice to hear will not resemble ACF Nationals. However, I do think it's worth considering the place of "thought" in the distribution. As advertised, this tournament asked a lot of those questions in place of geograph...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 6403

Re: General Discussion

It seems like the answers you're claiming are analogous between categories are not remotely equivalent in difficulty. Lysozyme seems much harder than something really basic like "the weak force."
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 19780

Re: Question Specific Discussion

If you're going to say that a tossup is good because you knew an early clue, then Matt Jackson should really like that one round he got like 10 tossups, while Evan Adams should like significantly less than that.
The hell?
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl Roundtable: Call for Topics/Participants
Replies: 38
Views: 14692

Re: Quizbowl Roundtable: Call for Topics/Participants

I think we could most productively discuss hosting, outreach, and retention, as proposed earlier in this thread. I would add that I might enjoy more discussions of strategy in studying, team-building and gameplay, since the forums have only dealt with those topics on the very most basic level.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 6403

Re: General Discussion

Ras superfamily wrote:
Renesmee LaHotdog Voight wrote:I think we heard three bonuses on World War I poetry, for instance.
There was a bonus on Wilfred Owen and one on WWI poetry in general, so there were two such bonuses
There was also a Paul Fussell bonus, I think?
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 19780

Re: Question Specific Discussion

For example, Myrtilus died because his chariot was sabotaged, and then he fell into the sea.
Just a note that Myrtilus sabotaged somebody else's chariot; he didn't die because his own chariot was sabotaged.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism
Replies: 83
Views: 19529

Re: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism

Do you have examples of the character attacks you're thinking of? I'd like to know what you're thinking of and in what way this can be improved. As a moderator on these boards, I have tried to treat people with respect, even though I may critique them, so I'd like to know if I can do better. Absolu...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: State of the board discussion thread
Replies: 39
Views: 17470

Re: State of the board discussion thread

I might be interested in perhaps collaborating with some prominent players or writers in doing some productive roundtable threads (either a thread or like posting an on-task discussion) about various aspects of playing or writing or whatever. Needless to say we're both busy right now, but I'd be ha...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism
Replies: 83
Views: 19529

Re: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism

Hi. I'm Connie, and I've provided the Chicago team with quite a lot of my time and energy in order to make sure that we can go to all of the tournaments every year, so I'll choose to ignore any claim that I do not care about quizbowl just because I don't frequent the board. Feel free to make those ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism
Replies: 83
Views: 19529

Re: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism

So, I'd like to know how, in good conscience, I'm to recommend my students post here. As much as we've talked about this forum being a free exchange of ideas, it isn't. I tell my students about the forum because there are great resources here. At the same time, I tell them to not post because I see...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: State of the board discussion thread
Replies: 39
Views: 17470

Re: State of the board discussion thread

I think we could do a bit more to make Collegiate Discussion more engaging - we don't have many interesting threads about preparation, gameplay, or question-writing, and I think that's a bit of a shame. Although people have gone ballistic in those threads in the past, I think there are useful and in...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism
Replies: 83
Views: 19529

Re: State of the board discussion thread

Anything that toxifies the forums environment ("vituperation" for instance) is a turn-off for both men and women. Well, yes, but this thread was presented as an opportunity to discuss whether and how the forum is or is not accomplishing its goal of improving quizbowl at all levels. I think I'm not ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A second is a defined length of time
Replies: 26
Views: 8785

Re: A second is a defined length of time

The only thing that irks me is when a moderator chooses not to say something like "got something?" or "answer please?" - he just says "time" and refuses to let me answer, or he just says the answer outright. If you do prompt with some phrase, and the player doesn't respond within the normal time th...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: What protests are for & why you should make less of them
Replies: 17
Views: 5114

Re: What protests are for & why you should make less of them

After talking about this on the IRC a bit, I think a major problem is that H.7 (where protest resolutions are laid out) is dangerously ambiguous about when you should throw a question out and when you should award points to the team that buzzed in - specifically, it says the following: 7.1. For a te...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Who wrote what
Replies: 32
Views: 3759

Re: Who wrote what

I think there are borderline cases where a film could arguably go under either art or trash, such as the trash tossup on Network from ACF Regionals 2013; in those cases an editor has to take care not to let that area take over. In this case, I suspect that someone interested in Werner Herzog's Nosfe...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Who wrote what
Replies: 32
Views: 3759

Re: Who wrote what

Cody, 6/6 of the 15/15 other arts questions were film. My team probably benefitted from this more than any other, but that doesn't change the need to balance out subdistributions. It's poor practice to give one area of the vast category of other arts over a third of the distribution and try to cram ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 79
Views: 22341

Re: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule

I too think the circuit would be better served by a controlled regular event, like WIT was last year.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Favorite Books or Other Works of Literature?
Replies: 31
Views: 6710

Re: Favorite Books or Other Works of Literature?

I'm struggling a bit to come up with something that won't turn this thread into "name all the quizbowl-relevant books you've read." But, I will agree that if you're a high schooler with some free time, most Latin American magical realist* novels are a pretty good route to go. Garcia Marquez's collec...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Updating old "top 10" lists for best sets and teams?
Replies: 15
Views: 16691

Re: Updating old "top 10" lists for best sets and teams?

I don't know if MAGNI makes the list, but I read through it again recently and it was far better than I'd remembered. I think I'd stand by most of the individual criticisms I made - music questions being more top-heavy than the rest of the set, paintings that could be better described, significant v...