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by vcuEvan
Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2013 (10/19/13)
Replies: 27
Views: 14411

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2013 (10/19/13)

Ras superfamily wrote:We are now at 19 to 22 teams. I encourage everyone who wants to register to do so before Sunday night, at which point we will evaluate possible formats and place a hard cap on the field.
Chicago, Yale, let's do this.
by vcuEvan
Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 24404

ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

This is the official global announcement for ACF Regionals 2014, which will take place on February 22, 2014. Editors : Head Editor: Evan Adams Co-Editors: Carsten Gehring, Matt Jackson, Ashvin Srivatsa, Adam Silverman, and Will Nediger Hosts : Note that we are now actively seeking hosts in most regi...
by vcuEvan
Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO 2013-The Thing That Will Not Die
Replies: 16
Views: 4543

Re: VETO 2013-The Thing That Will Not Die

marnold wrote:
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This is great work Marnold.
by vcuEvan
Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 24285

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Reading Harry Byrd, Jr's obituary reminded me that the tossup on Stonewall Jackson dropped the names of towns in the Shenandoah Valley too early. Thanks to the domination of a narrowly-defined set of Virginians, I think those are well known. Maybe, although even if you recognize the name of a town ...
by vcuEvan
Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Triacontakaipentagon: Side Tournament Redemption (8/4/13)
Replies: 25
Views: 9156

Re: Triacontakaipentagon: Side Tournament Redemption (8/4/13)

Since this tournament is happening across multiple sites, the bring-your-packet format doesn't make as much sense. Can someone who's not playing volunteer to compile all the packets and then send them out to the sites on Sunday? You wouldn't have to edit them or anything, just make sure they're name...
by vcuEvan
Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)
Replies: 22
Views: 10310

Re: Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)

This will be run Sunday at VCU Open. It will probably happen after Triacontakaipentagon. Here's a sign-up sheet: Sign-up sheet This is now happening from 10-12 AM in the James Branch Cabell Library, which is just across the street from Harris Hall. Hopefully this will both allow people with afterno...
by vcuEvan
Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)
Replies: 22
Views: 10310

Re: Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)

I'm looking for a teammate for this who can answer questions on things like non-western, renaissance, classical and medieval.
by vcuEvan
Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)
Replies: 22
Views: 10310

Re: Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)

This will be run Sunday at VCU Open. It will probably happen after Triacontakaipentagon. Here's a sign-up sheet:

Sign-up sheet
by vcuEvan
Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13678

Re: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion

Playtester here, I didn't notice anything too egregious in the set while playtesting it. I will say that there were a lot of bonus parts where the answer was something very easy, but the clues were very hard. I found this incredibly annoying, as I always found such bonuses annoying in my playing da...
by vcuEvan
Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2013: 8/3/13 at VCU
Replies: 30
Views: 10904

Re: VCU Open 2013: 8/3/13 at VCU

The field for this could certainly be improved. Maybe a public accounting of how many questions have been written and how many remain would reassure potential players who are worried about the set not being written on time.
by vcuEvan
Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Triacontakaipentagon: Side Tournament Redemption (8/4/13)
Replies: 25
Views: 9156

Re: Triacontakaipentagon: Side Tournament Redemption (8/4/13)

This is a great idea. I'll be writing a packet and playing for sure.
by vcuEvan
Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash
Replies: 75
Views: 26011

Re: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash

This time switch would probably preclude me from playing the last few rounds. This tournament should be run in the morning.
by vcuEvan
Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (July 21, 2013)
Replies: 121
Views: 26379

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (July 21, 2013)

The teams, most of which have already made travel arrangements, had no reason to suspect the arrangement would be any different this year. Declaring by fiat that you're unilaterally postponing CO Trash is unfair to these teams. It's also against the spirit of CO Weekend as a community event. It's c...
by vcuEvan
Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (July 21, 2013)
Replies: 121
Views: 26379

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (July 21, 2013)

If the trash tournament cannot conform itself to a plan that gives it half the available time on Sunday, then there is simply no way the tournaments can be run consecutively. As I've said many times, I've designed this tournament to accommodate that schedule. I can investigate the availability of o...
by vcuEvan
Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (July 21, 2013)
Replies: 121
Views: 26379

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (July 21, 2013)

If the trash tournament cannot conform itself to a plan that gives it half the available time on Sunday, then there is simply no way the tournaments can be run consecutively. As I've said many times, I've designed this tournament to accommodate that schedule. I can investigate the availability of o...
by vcuEvan
Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 56743

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

For what it's worth, I'm not inexplicably less concerned with those teams; I was relying on Matt's statement above that the problem was teams that "have continued to add themselves to the team spreadsheet since I closed the field." In case this wasn't clear, I think it's unfair to exclude the class...
by vcuEvan
Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 56743

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

My second position is that "first packet in" is not actually a very good decider of who gets the spot because: (1) It doesn't really help the editor to get packets that little bit sooner, (2) It creates very suspicious incentives where teams are rushing to submit crap questions just so they can "ge...
by vcuEvan
Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 56743

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

I think the best option generally in this situation is to raise the cap. However, assuming that this is not doable, Matt's current plan is the best option. John Lawrence laid out the many reasons why enforcing the spreadsheet(s) is a terrible idea. Every team relied on the lack of a cap in the origi...
by vcuEvan
Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - July 6th, 2013
Replies: 34
Views: 12657

Re: Missouri Open - July 6th, 2013

Someone should mirror this in the Philadelphia to New York area.
by vcuEvan
Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: MATE II - Arrested Development
Replies: 32
Views: 7241

Re: Announcement: MATE II - Arrested Development

Some of us may want to play this at NSC. Any chance someone who has this can email it to me?
by vcuEvan
Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 40430

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

I've got a room I can staff out of for this if it runs at not the same time as Science EDIT: unless you didn't mean hotel rooms This tournament will almost certainly be run at the same time as science. I have four people listed as staffers [Matt Bollinger, Auroni Gupta, Nicholas Karas, and Dylan Mi...
by vcuEvan
Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 40430

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

Are teams going to be formed on the spot or will there be some registration process? In any case, I'm interested in playing. Here's the link to the team signup for NSC. If I don't get much more interest over the next couple of days, this will just be played shootout style in the staff hotel. Google...
by vcuEvan
Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 40430

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

With six and a half teams signed up including free agents, this tournament will happen as planned. The field is capped at 8. If we get eight teams it will be a full round robin. If we don't get eight teams we will collapse to six teams and do a full round robin, with finals and some sort of scrimmag...
by vcuEvan
Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 40430

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

njsbling wrote:What day/time will this take place at PACE? I can staff if it doesn't conflict with the Science event.
Saturday night.
by vcuEvan
Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 40430

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

Here's the link to the team signup for NSC. If I don't get much more interest over the next couple of days, this will just be played shootout style in the staff hotel.

Google doc for making teams
by vcuEvan
Fri May 31, 2013 8:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 40430

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

njsbling wrote:If it does not conflict with the science side tournament I can help staff it at NSC. FYI, the google doc is listed as view only.
Fixed.
by vcuEvan
Fri May 31, 2013 7:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 40430

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

Cody Voight and I will be running a mirror of this event at NSC. It will either happen in the UMD classrooms after the tournament on Saturday night, or in the main staff hotel also on Saturday night. (I'll try to get a definitive answer on this ASAP). It is doubles for now, but teams may be combined...
by vcuEvan
Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greg Bossick's Resignation from NHBB & Some Issues it Raises
Replies: 19
Views: 8629

Re: Greg Bossick's Resignation from NHBB & Some Issues it Raises

Maybe the Ohio people defending Bossick know something the rest of us don't, but if anything Madden's actions seem pretty restrained. If someone I know takes thousands of dollars of my property and refuses all contact with me for weeks, I'm calling the cops.
by vcuEvan
Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin Invitational Tournament 2013 (3/24/13)
Replies: 57
Views: 27609

Re: Terrapin Invitational Tournament 2013 (3/24/13)

It's a good idea Matt, but too late. UVA has also made plans based on the announcement, and notice is way too short at this point.
by vcuEvan
Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 36-team ICT
Replies: 53
Views: 9126

Re: 36-team ICT

I really like the 6x6 into 3x12. The prospect of a full round robin between the top 12 teams in the country is really exciting.
by vcuEvan
Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)
Replies: 69
Views: 22664

Re: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)

Is it possible to make a schedule with more than 10 games even without a 12th team? Rounds are capped at 20 minutes, and some teams are travelling from pretty far away to play just a little over three hours of quizbowl.
by vcuEvan
Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: discuss randomization here
Replies: 20
Views: 6130

Re: discuss randomization here

So when I wrote BATE 2 (and maybe I did the same for the first BATE but I honestly don't remember) I made a template so that every five questions would have one question from each of the big 3. I made four such templates which I repeated three times over the 12 rounds of the tournament. No one seem...
by vcuEvan
Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to make a team more than mediocre?
Replies: 26
Views: 20596

Re: How to make a team more than mediocre?

I'm not sure how far away you are from UVA Eric, but you and your teammates are welcome to UVA practices at any time. Let me or Matt Bollinger know if you want to be put on the mailing list.
by vcuEvan
Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 40389

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

Will has written his questions. I'll do mine by tomorrow.
by vcuEvan
Sun May 13, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)
Replies: 65
Views: 18348

Re: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)

Matt Weiner wrote:
vcuEvan wrote:I'm playing this with Chris Ray.
Does this mean all the questions will be parody tossups on "elephants in literature" written by Ted?
I legitimately hope so.
by vcuEvan
Sun May 13, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)
Replies: 65
Views: 18348

Re: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)

I'm playing this with Chris Ray.
by vcuEvan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 40389

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

Will Butler and I are playing this.
by vcuEvan
Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event Wrangling
Replies: 38
Views: 8443

Re: CO Side Event Wrangling

1. Will's lit tournament
2. Saajid's lit tournament
3. tournaments I wouldn't have to write questions for
4. other tournaments
by vcuEvan
Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Less-Used Topics (And Why?)
Replies: 55
Views: 9033

Re: Less-Used Topics (And Why?)

I agree with Andrew. This thread is complaining about a problem that doesn't even exist. Read more questions.
by vcuEvan
Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The New Oberhausen Manifesto: Film Question Reform
Replies: 28
Views: 13060

Re: The New Oberhausen Manifesto: Film Question Reform

I can see why Tommy's list of foreign directors might be giving people concerns about dead questions. I think the most important part of the post, and the one I hope people really take to heart, is the point that movies people actually watch can be in the arts distribution. Asking questions on films...
by vcuEvan
Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Peaceful Resolution at George Mason University (3/3/2012)
Replies: 22
Views: 8667

Re: Peaceful Resolution at George Mason University (3/3/2012)

Since this is such a small field how would people feel about running a brief tournament (like a single round robin) and then doing a draft or some other exciting reconfiguration of teams?
by vcuEvan
Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MAGNI General Thoughts
Replies: 64
Views: 7212

Re: General Thoughts

This was a solid tournament, and there were some good things about it that haven't really been praised. Both the tossup line limits and the 1/1 trash per round are standards that I would like to see implemented by most, if not all, regular tournaments. Also, the tossup difficulty seemed about right....
by vcuEvan
Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prompt and Anti-Prompt: A Tale of Woe
Replies: 24
Views: 6711

Re: Prompt and Anti-Prompt: A Tale of Woe

I think that a lot of this could be avoided by making sure to list alternate answers; if the clue refers to a scimitar and the answer is "sword," making sure to say "accept scimitar" on that clue is pretty important. I also agree with Chris that if a player gives an answer which is correct for a cl...
by vcuEvan
Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prompt and Anti-Prompt: A Tale of Woe
Replies: 24
Views: 6711

Re: Prompt and Anti-Prompt: A Tale of Woe

I think that a lot of this could be avoided by making sure to list alternate answers; if the clue refers to a scimitar and the answer is "sword," making sure to say "accept scimitar" on that clue is pretty important. I also agree with Chris that if a player gives an answer which is correct for a cl...
by vcuEvan
Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: TDB help thread
Replies: 79
Views: 52092

Re: TDB help thread

I think it'd be helpful and maybe increase usage if there was a link to the db along the top of the forum.
by vcuEvan
Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: BARGE at Maryland (1/14/12)
Replies: 107
Views: 44218

Re: BARGE at Maryland (12/03/11)

Hilarius Bookbinder wrote:I would probably attend this were it not in the middle of finals.
Ditto.
by vcuEvan
Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: World Literature and Time-Subdistribution
Replies: 20
Views: 5773

Re: World Literature and Time-Subdistribution

As I mentioned in some thread long ago, Kathy Acker hasn't ever come up that I've heard, nor does she appear as a hit in the databases. But her post-feminist, punk-influenced work was assigned in all kinds of literature classes in both undergrad and grad school in the late 80s and early 90s. Don't ...
by vcuEvan
Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2011 Thanks & Discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 24425

Re: VCU Open 2011 Thanks & Discussion

I'm guessing that the tossup on parrots, which strikes me as a bit below ideal (though by no means the worst question ever written, because it seems pyramidal and contains clues from works that people read), began from Flaubert's Parrot / Coeur Simple and led the writer (I'm assuming Evan) to think...
by vcuEvan
Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2011 Thanks & Discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 24425

Re: VCU Open 2011 Thanks & Discussion

The point is you are asking someone to name a minor detail, which is much much different than remembering what work it comes from if you hear it. The issue is the answer line not the clues. The whole point is that all the clues are good and would be completely valid in a tossup on a work or author,...