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Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM+TP Housewrite available for Mirrors!
Replies: 42
Views: 13819

Re: RM+TP Housewrite available for Mirrors!

Yeah, so this sounds fine to me. Just a question, though: How are you guys handling formatting for the tournament on Saturday? From what I see, you guys have 24 teams, and we have 12 packets + a good amount of tiebreaker/replacement questions (a little less than 20/20 I think). Unless I'm overlookin...
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics
Replies: 61
Views: 9224

Re: Masonics

Yeah, although some of my strongest subjects were somewhat marginalized at this tournament, I was pleased with the way the questions turned out. There were some legitimately challenging things at this tournament, which is always a good experience when such things come up an appropriate frequency. On...
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Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 87435

Re: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - so is this where i complain?

Hey, Fred. I think you put in Seven Lakes's stats from the Winter Rodeo into Auburn A's entry in the rankings. Nothing major, obviously.

Otherwise, I sincerely thank you for your continued work on these rankings. As you've stated, I can't imagine that they're much fun to put together.
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Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA
Replies: 125
Views: 26709

Re: IHSA

David Riley wrote:it's unfortunate, but under the circumstances, playing well (at Regionals and Sectionals) is the best revenge.
Oh, yeah, I'm not complaining. I was just indicating what I'd heard at practice.
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Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA
Replies: 125
Views: 26709

Re: IHSA

Yeah, what Mike said. Ms. Greene told us today that some coaches used only that statistic for their seedings. As such, one AD (I believe the coach wasn't there) ranked Kaneland as #1, Belvidere North as #2, and Auburn as #3. That wasn't the only reason North got shafted, though... from what Ms. Gree...
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Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

Oh, and for individual categories: Lloyd wrote all of the literature, geography, the vast majority of the RM, nearly all of the music, and a little more than half of the history. I wrote all of the social science, philosophy, current events, visual arts, opera, physics, some "other" science, and a l...
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Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

All right. So, I'll probably have more analysis and things to say following the posting of stats and whatnot, but after being somewhat worried about the way that people would respond to this set, I think I can say that I am reasonably satisfied with the way this set turned out. First of all, I belie...
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Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

Loyola A finished one game ahead of New Trier in the playoffs. New Troer declined to play an advantaged final, so Loyola A won this thing.

I'll follow with a lengthier post commenting on various things a little later.
by abnormal abdomen
Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

So after prelims, Loyola A and IMSA B went undefeated in their respective pools. The other championship bracket teams are Buffalo Grove and New Trier, and AMSA (mystery team) and Macomb made the middle bracket, along with Loyola B and Naperville North.
by abnormal abdomen
Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

Yes, indeed. This means that we have to confirm what format we're using. As of now, I'm leaning towards the third option I posted above, which is: RR off the 2 pools of 6, then break into 4/4/4. By taking top two of each pool, then next two, then then two, to form championship/middle/lower afternoon...
by abnormal abdomen
Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

Well, this is embarrassing. I guess we'll just have the 10. Sorry.
by abnormal abdomen
Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

As a third option, we could do 2 pools of 6 for prelims, and then break into 4/4/4/. The top two from each pool would make the top bracket, next two from each pool would make the middle bracket, and the last two from each bracket would make the lower bracket. Record ties for advancement would be bro...
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Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

So I guess there's a possibility that New Trier will show up. That would cause us to have to add in the Loyola C team (if that's what they would like; otherwise, I'm guessing we'd just go with the Auburn scab team), giving us 12 teams. So basically, we might have 12 packets and 12 teams for RAVE. As...
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

Oh, right, I am indeed aware of that. I just kinda listed it the way I did because I figured they'd be named A&B at the actual tournament, but then again, I could entirely be wrong.
by abnormal abdomen
Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

Okay, so "Lincolnshire Academy" and New Trier are out , and though BG hasn't yet officially entered, I'm told that there is a very high chance that they will. That will leave us with: IMSA A IMSA B Loyola A Loyola B Buffalo Grove Guilford Naperville North Macomb Rolling Meadows Mystery Team That mak...
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Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

At this point, we have, as readers, at least four competent Auburn readers (Lloyd, Mike Kikta, Samantha George, and myself, plus perhaps Jacob Balogh and one or two others). In addition, we have Tom Egan and Paul Gutowski. If we need her to do so, Ms. Greene can also read, though as of now she'll be...
by abnormal abdomen
Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

Field (10): IMSA (2) Loyola (2) Macomb (1) Rolling Meadows (1) New Trier (1) Naperville North (1) Guilford (1) Mystery Team (1) Expressed Interest (2): "Lincolnshire Academy" Bufalo Grove As it stands, the above field is updated. If neither of the "expressed interest" teams are able to play, then we...
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Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Huskie Bowl at NIU 28 Jan 2012
Replies: 37
Views: 9885

Re: Huskie Bowl at NIU 28 Jan 2012

Hey, as Diana Gerr said last year following TJ's incredible show of class at the NSC, being a good sport about things is a lot more important than winning a game. This does, of course, apply to most everyone who was at this tournament; IMSA and others who were in the running for the championship dea...
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Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

Minor field update's been made. We're hoping to get a few more teams; if you're interested or have any questions, let us know.
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Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)
Replies: 23
Views: 4563

Re: BARGE Mirror at Bellarmine (David Hu Memorial)

I dunno if it has anything to do with this being a college tournament (I would guess not?), but I think it's fairly incredible that Sameer Rai of Bellarmine, a sophomore (I believe), was outscoring Nikhil through three rounds (when, you know, Nikhil is easily one of the best players in the country)....
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Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL) - 1/21/12
Replies: 71
Views: 23389

Re: Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL) - 1/21/12

Wow, every team in the upper division except one broke 20 PPB. And Barrington came very close.
by abnormal abdomen
Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

IMSA and New trier have joined the field. On another note, I dunno how necessary it'll be, considering that we'll have at least, like, 6 competent moderators just from Auburn's players, but if you're interested in graciously staffing for us, contact me. This will especially be the case if the field ...
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Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

Update's been made. Loyola's in, while Carbondale and Fenton are unable to attend.
by abnormal abdomen
Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

Minor field update has been made. Obviously, we're going to need more teams if this is going to actually happen. If you're interested, let us know!
by abnormal abdomen
Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

Field (10):

IMSA (2)
Loyola (2)
Macomb (1)
Rolling Meadows (1)
New Trier (1)
Naperville North (1)
Guilford (1)
Mystery Team (1)


Expressed Interest (2):

"Lincolnshire Academy"
Bufalo Grove
by abnormal abdomen
Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rockford Auburn's RAVE set is looking for mirrors!
Replies: 5
Views: 2824

Re: Rockford Auburn's RAVE set is looking for mirrors!

We are pleased to announce that the RAVE set will be used at Greenville's Comet Open on February 11, 2012.
by abnormal abdomen
Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

Re: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

Just as an update, this tournament is currently gold certified by PACE, which means that the top 20% of teams will qualify for the NSC. The set is nearing completion and we should be done within the next week or so, at which point we'll be looking to playtest and make more revisions. If you're at al...
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '11-'12
Replies: 211
Views: 38859

Re: Illinois '11-'12

I'm glad to hear all this. Tristan, what did you think of the set? Is there any comparison you can make to a different set we've mutually played this year as far as difficulty goes? I'm fairly excited to play the set, as it appears that it has a pretty good collection of writers on board.
by abnormal abdomen
Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Knights' Challenge at Rockford Auburn, 1/7
Replies: 5
Views: 2126

Re: Knights' Challenge at Rockford Auburn, 1/7

Yeah, Stevenson A won the first game of an advantaged final over Carbondale, 320-280. Stevenson A had the advantage. From there, St. Viator A got 3rd, and Auburn A got 4th.

I don't have much more information. Stats should presumably be posted at some point.
by abnormal abdomen
Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:20 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Convincing Teammates to Specialize
Replies: 7
Views: 3616

Re: Convincing Teammates to Specialize

I'm just gonna preface this by saying that (a) I'm not some sort of expert on building an excellent team, and (b) I'm not claiming to have some sort of epic rags-to-riches quiz bowl story. Basically, from my perspective, specializing in quiz bowl was precisely the thing that made me enjoy quiz bowl....
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Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Knights' Challenge at Rockford Auburn, 1/7
Replies: 5
Views: 2126

Knights' Challenge at Rockford Auburn, 1/7

The 13th Annual Knights' Challenge Tournament is a 4 on 4 quiz bowl event, using modified ACF rules, with 20 TUs and three-part bonuses per round. Every team will play 8 to 10 matches. As was the case last year, there will be a frosh/soph division and a novice varsity division. Questions: We'll be u...
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Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '11-'12
Replies: 211
Views: 38859

Re: Illinois '11-'12

Dude, studying Minnesota Novice would make you a machine at Knights Challenge, considering that's precisely the set being used that day.
by abnormal abdomen
Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The IHSSBCA Website
Replies: 9
Views: 1442

Re: The IHSSBCA Website

I agree with Nolan's sentiments.
by abnormal abdomen
Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XIX at Maggie Walker (12/3/11) - Seeking Mirrors
Replies: 24
Views: 14956

Re: GSAC XIX at Maggie Walker (12/3/11) - Seeking Mirrors

Look at that Andrew Hart Grail for St. Anselm's. Anyways, I take it that the set was well-received? What do the participating teams have to say about the relative difficulty of this set? I'm pretty interested in that. I'm also interested in how the increased difficulty of the finals packet(s) played...
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Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Mirror at Rockford Auburn 12/3/11
Replies: 36
Views: 9017

Re: Harvard Fall Mirror at Rockford Auburn 12/3/11

Uhh I don't have very much, unfortunately. Just tossup info, and only Auburn's: #6 v. Belvidere North A Abid 5-1 Alex 1-1 Lloyd 5-0 Filip 1-0 Jacob 0-0 #7 v. Loyola Abid 2-0 Alex 0-0 Lloyd 8-2 Filip 1-0 Jacob 0-0 #8 v. Macomb Abid 6-0 Alex 1-0 Lloyd 5-0 Filip 3-1 Jacob 0-0 #9 v. IMSA A Abid 2-0 Alex...
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Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Mirror at Rockford Auburn 12/3/11
Replies: 36
Views: 9017

Re: Harvard Fall Mirror at Rockford Auburn 12/3/11

I think that's right.

We had a lot of fun at this tournament. I'll probably have more to say in a discussion thread on the set.

Kudos to Greg Peterson, who moderated quite well in the finals. Filip notably said something like, "I really like this guy. He says things properly."
by abnormal abdomen
Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament VI (11/12/11)
Replies: 164
Views: 55957

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament VI (11/12/11)

Hey, I apologize if this has already been addressed, but could Dallas, Stephen, Ted, or someone else who was involved with this set post the distribution, if possible? Thanks!
by abnormal abdomen
Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Kickoff
Replies: 24
Views: 4108

Re: IHSSBCA Kickoff

jonah wrote:Wheaton Warrenville South A just beat Auburn A. What?
Yeah, Lloyd told me they negged like six times.
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Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rockford Auburn's RAVE set is looking for mirrors!
Replies: 5
Views: 2824

Rockford Auburn's RAVE set is looking for mirrors!

Rockford Auburn's RAVE set is looking for potential mirror sites around the nation! Lloyd and I will be serving as head editors of this set. Between the two of us, we've written questions for Fall Novice, ACF Novice, NAQT, SCOP Novice, and the Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial at the 2010 Chicago Open, a...
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Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11
Replies: 29
Views: 5572

Re: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11

I'm pleased to announce that we've been platinum-certified. As such, Auburn, Loyola A, IMSA A, Carbondale, Latin A, and Belvidere North have all qualified for PACE!
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Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What We Talk About When We Talk About Difficulty
Replies: 11
Views: 2465

Re: What We Talk About When We Talk About Difficulty

The second fallacy is the conventional wisdom that tournaments run on regular sets are "illegitimate." By design, national sets will produce a more precise gradation between the very best teams than a regular set might. Opening up the answer space also provides a greater and more interesting challe...
by abnormal abdomen
Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What We Talk About When We Talk About Difficulty
Replies: 11
Views: 2465

Re: What We Talk About When We Talk About Difficulty

I think also possibly worth discussing in the same vein is whether or not "9. Difficult questions are needed to adequately distinguish between top teams." is true. I'm not sure who it was, but I once read a post by someone (I believe it was someone generally held in high regard within the quizbowl ...
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Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12
Replies: 32
Views: 24239

RAVE @ Rockford Auburn, 2/4/12

This is a formal announcement for RAVE: Rockford Auburn’s Varsity Event , a high school quiz bowl tournament which will take place at Rockford Auburn High School in Rockford, IL, on February 4th, 2011. Lloyd and I will be serving as head editors of this set. Between the two of us, we've written ques...
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Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11
Replies: 29
Views: 5572

Re: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11

Yeah, seedings did not end up being very good, it seems. Auburn's division featured 4 teams topping 20 PPB, Loyola's 3, Carbondale's 2, and IMSA's 1. Obviously, PPB isn't a perfect metric of a team's strength, but the discrepancy you allude to is real and obviously some teams were underestimated. In...
by abnormal abdomen
Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11
Replies: 29
Views: 5572

Re: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11

whitesoxfan wrote:A question about the set: Why was there 0/0 math at the tournament?
0/1, actually. And I'm not a math guy or anything, but I did notice this.
by abnormal abdomen
Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11
Replies: 29
Views: 5572

Re: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11

I could be wrong, but I'm almost certain that Loyola and IMSA had the same win-loss. IMSA A lost to us and Loyola, and Loyola lost to Latin A and us. Loyola beat IMSA A. Ah well. We'll just wait for statistics.
by abnormal abdomen
Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11
Replies: 29
Views: 5572

Re: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11

Speaking of which, a team consisting of myself, Ben Chametzky, and an Auburn student vanquished my little brother, another Auburn student, and Donald Taylor, 11-8. Donald will get his rematch in due time. As for quizbowl, I had a lot of fun today, and our wins against IMSA and Loyola were real nail-...
by abnormal abdomen
Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11
Replies: 29
Views: 5572

Re: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11

Auburn cleared the championship bracket by two games at this tournament. Loyola and IMSA both finished 4-2 in the inal bracket. I dunno about others. More on all this later.
by abnormal abdomen
Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11
Replies: 29
Views: 5572

Re: Loyburn at Rockford Auburn, 11/12/11

That's a very good question. We didn't explicitly discuss that. I would be in favor of having 20 point powers in order to make it the NSC format. Obviously, it'll be Ms. Greene's decision.