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by Great Bustard
Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49133

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

2. With a field in the Varsity of 156 this year, and almost certainly a higher # next year , there are lots of logistical limits to having the tournament be double elimination at all levels. Well, at least we've dispensed with the tradition of you saying there will be a field cap the following year...
by Great Bustard
Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 2341

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Bowl Rd. 10 - 10. In 1993, this building was the target of a car bomb set by members of Cosa Nostra. This building was first made public by Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Lorraine. A corridor links this building to the Pitti Palace. This building was originally constructed as an administrative center f...
by Great Bustard
Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49133

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Dave, I think you are missing the point. No one has ever disputed that is what was written on the scoreboard. There are two questions: 1) Were those ACTUALLY the scores of the matches? I wasn't in the room for Centennial's matches except when they played us, so I'm not sure what the scores were. Be...
by Great Bustard
Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49133

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

On the matter of the scoring poster in the Centennial/GDS/Northmont/West Egg bracket, I have found the poster and am looking at it now. If anyone wants a photo of it emailed to them, let me know and I can do that too. Here's what's written on it. Note that all numbers are clearly legible, so this wa...
by Great Bustard
Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49133

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

But considering how packed the entire weekend was, I don't know what else could have been done. one might consider abandoning the Russian nesting doll principle of running tournaments, and, you know, cutting some. I'm sure the nearly 200 people each who signed up for the US History Bee and US Geogr...
by Great Bustard
Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49133

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

I think one difficulty with a number of the alternative schedules being produced is just the length in terms of rounds and time. A 48-team double elimination bracket which rewarded preliminary excellence might give 16 group champions a spot in the winners' bracket while second and third-place teams...
by Great Bustard
Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49133

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

djones wrote: So in an important match in the playoffs, no one staffing in the area really knew what the point situation was, so how were the teams to have any clue? Much more later on all the points people are making, but briefly to this specific point, we had a specially designed scoring poster f...
by Great Bustard
Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 2341

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Amos Doolittle made four engravings depicting this campaign. During the final stages of this campaign, 78-year-old Samuel Whittemore, acting alone, killed three enemy soldiers and miraculously survived being bayoneted multiple times. During this campaign, Jason Russell's house in Menotomy was the ta...
by Great Bustard
Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1831

Re: General Discussion

Hi Everyone, I hope that all players enjoyed the set last weekend at NHBB. I wanted to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved on the project, especially Matt J. and Eric M. for their efforts in coordinating its production and editing it. They completed a set of very high quality in a short amo...
by Great Bustard
Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49133

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Chiming in here very quickly to say that we are setting up a private forum for question discussion. Students and coaches who are not outside the USA can apply to join the usergroup under User Control Panel > Usergroups.
by Great Bustard
Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49133

2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Discuss away here. As usual, I'll probably wait until late next week before giving my thoughts.
by Great Bustard
Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Follow NHBB / USGO Nationals Here
Replies: 0
Views: 1954

Follow NHBB / USGO Nationals Here

Thanks as always to Andrew Feist for his incredible work in putting all this together. Have a great Nationals! Bowl http://historybowl.com/bowl_varsity http://historybowl.com/bowl_jv Bee: http://hs.historybee.com/bee_varsity http://hs.historybee.com/bee_jv USHB http://ushistorybee.org/ushb http://us...
by Great Bustard
Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Registration Closed - Standby Teams Sought
Replies: 1
Views: 1576

Re: NHBB Nationals Registration Closed - Standby Teams Sough

These teams have been found. There are currently 3 Varsity and 1 JV standby teams on the waiting list. If anyone else is interested, please contact me. Updated rankings, including seeds (these are largely though not officially final) are listed here: http://www.historybowl.com/nationals/nationals-te...
by Great Bustard
Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHBB Canadian National Championship (May 2) Wild Card Policy
Replies: 0
Views: 1140

IHBB Canadian National Championship (May 2) Wild Card Policy

The International History Bee and Bowl is looking forward to its first-ever Canadian National Championships on Saturday, May 2 at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. As we only had one regional tournament in each area where tournaments took place in Canada, and many regions did not have any tourn...
by Great Bustard
Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB 2014-2015 C Set Posted
Replies: 1
Views: 1566

Re: NHBB 2014-2015 C Set Posted

Round 10 is not posted here as it will be used for scrimmages at Nationals. It will get posted afterwards.
by Great Bustard
Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB 2014-2015 C Set Posted
Replies: 1
Views: 1566

NHBB 2014-2015 C Set Posted

http://www.historybowl.com/resources/study-guides-resources/2014-15-question-sets/ Approximate Dates other sets will be posted: USHB & USGO National Qualifying Quiz Tournament Sets - April 15 USHB & USGO National Qualifying Exams - April 17 B Set - May 17 A Set & Nationals Set - June 15 Candadian Ch...
by Great Bustard
Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Registration Closed - Standby Teams Sought
Replies: 1
Views: 1576

NHBB Nationals Registration Closed - Standby Teams Sought

NHBB's 2015 Nationals Field has closed at 156 Varsity Teams and 86 Junior Varsity Teams. Due to the need for a multiple of 6 teams per division, we are seeking 4 Junior Varsity teams to round out the draw. You do not need to have played at NHBB this year to sign up. Please email me at director@histo...
by Great Bustard
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing
Replies: 22
Views: 9876

Re: Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing

You simply have no clue what you're talking about and I'm going to leave it at that for now.
by Great Bustard
Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing
Replies: 22
Views: 9876

Re: Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing

As for our international championships sets, those will be crafted out of the US high school and middle school Nationals sets, along with our A Set, and various other regional/country specific contributions where needed to augment the distribution (e.g. commissioning extra Canadian history question...
by Great Bustard
Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing
Replies: 22
Views: 9876

Re: Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing

As I mentioned towards the end of my post, we’re not going to have a single writer producing all our sets – we’ve learned our lesson there. I do still think though that just because for whatever reason Matt Weiner couldn’t handle being a full-time writer, it still would be possible for someone to ha...
by Great Bustard
Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing
Replies: 22
Views: 9876

Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing

First off, thanks again to the dozens of writers and editors who stepped in on a moment's notice to make the A Set happen last month, and to all those who contributed to our National Championships set as well. I'd like to particularly thank Matt Jackson and Eric Mukherjee for heading up the coordina...
by Great Bustard
Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & USGO Nationals Deadline Extended Through April 13
Replies: 1
Views: 1285

Re: NHBB & USGO Nationals Deadline Extended Through April 13

Note also that the hotel (Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA) group rate is only available through April 9 as well, and that there are very few rooms remaining for Thursday night. Contact me if you run into booking issues - information on how to book and general nationals information is at ht...
by Great Bustard
Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & USGO Nationals Deadline Extended Through April 13
Replies: 1
Views: 1285

NHBB & USGO Nationals Deadline Extended Through April 13

NHBB / USGO has extended its Nationals registration deadline through 11:59pm EDT on Monday, April 13. After this date, there is no guarantee that your registration will be accepted, especially for the National History Bowl, for which we will then begin looking for filler teams and wild card teams to...
by Great Bustard
Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Unique Question Writing Opportunity
Replies: 2
Views: 2163

Re: Unique Question Writing Opportunity

These questions sort of got lost in the shuffle of the A Set Blitz, but a thank you to those who pitched in. I'm in the process of getting all needed checks out, so if people who wrote for this could let me know how many questions they submitted, along with their address, that would be great. Checks...
by Great Bustard
Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes
Replies: 25
Views: 9117

Re: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes

Antrobus63 wrote:Just curious: any prizes for the Sports and Entertainment event?
Yes, there will be some prizes here (maybe a small cash amount and/or in kind prizes). But something for sure (and the usual medals).
by Great Bustard
Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB High School Nationals 2015 Wild Card Policy
Replies: 0
Views: 1242

NHBB High School Nationals 2015 Wild Card Policy

As NHBB Nationals qualification rules for Nationals are already relatively open compared to other national championships, we do not typically allow wild card bids except in the following extenuating circumstances for which we will consider allowing wild card teams into the draw: -Your regional tourn...
by Great Bustard
Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Update on 2015 International History Olympiad Field
Replies: 6
Views: 4647

Re: Update on 2015 International History Olympiad Field

This is now also being maintained here: http://www.historyolympiad.com/about/whos-attending/ (accessible under the "About" tab on the menu bar under "Who's Attending")
by Great Bustard
Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Update on 2015 International History Olympiad Field
Replies: 6
Views: 4647

Update on 2015 International History Olympiad Field

Final list of students registered for the International History Olympiad: Last updated on July 2 Current Varsity Students: 29 Current Junior Varsity Students: 40 Current Middle School Students: 43 ******************************************** 1. Dashiell C. Yeatts-Lonske, Richard Montgomery High Sch...
by Great Bustard
Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Update on NHBB Nationals Field
Replies: 0
Views: 1391

Update on NHBB Nationals Field

1. Madden Rankings (i.e. present seeds, though these are not at all confirmed) have just been updated at: http://www.historybowl.com/nationals/nationals-teams/ - all teams who have signed up are listed at this point. 2. We're at 132 teams, and will likely end up between 234-260 - 246 is a best guess...
by Great Bustard
Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic Championships 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 4258

Re: Mid-Atlantic Championships 2015

In other news, who won & etc.? Just received stats from Ben Zhang who directed: Varsity Bowl High Tech over E. Brunswick 270-240 in final High Tech over Hunter College 280-230 in semifinal E. Brunswick over Bethlehem Central 290-240 in semifinal Junior Varsity Bowl Hunter College over St. Joseph 29...
by Great Bustard
Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:24 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quizbowl in Foreign Languages?
Replies: 15
Views: 7401

Re: Quizbowl in Foreign Languages?

In all seriousness, I don't think that quizbowl in foreign languages is as difficult a prospect, per se, as some people are making it out to be. Coming up with a distribution that works internationally requires some thought (and study guides so people know what could possibly come up), but the game ...
by Great Bustard
Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quizbowl in Foreign Languages?
Replies: 15
Views: 7401

Re: Quizbowl in Foreign Languages?

Genau dies werden wir sicher bald organisieren; ich schaetze mit einem Start in 2017 oder so. Ich kann sicher Fragen ins Deutsch uebersetzen, sowie meine Ehefrau fuer Franzoesisch. Wir koennen dann auch irgendwelche Leute um die ganze Welt zwecks andere Fremdsprachen finden. Bzw. - ich habe gerade e...
by Great Bustard
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed (RESOLVED)
Replies: 28
Views: 13130

Re: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed (RESOLVED)

Hi Everyone, Glad to hear the reviews of A Set are mostly positive - thanks again to those who put this together in record time. I will add that I have not had (and will not have) a chance to edit this set; but then again, it seems as if there's overall not that much editing that would be needed on ...
by Great Bustard
Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General NHBB Writing Advice
Replies: 0
Views: 1324

General NHBB Writing Advice

This was originally posted elsewhere, but this is a better spot for it, as this holds for all NHBB sets: NHBB "cultural history" and otherwise questions not usually considered under the history heading should nevertheless have a historical focus. A geography question in our sets should be about the ...
by Great Bustard
Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals: Call for Writers
Replies: 1
Views: 2000

Re: NHBB Nationals: Call for Writers

Writers accepted by Eric for this will be compensated at the rate of $5 per free-standing tossup of any sort, $6 for tossup / bonus pair, and $7 per 60 second round. Writers will be paid by me within a few weeks of the use of the set at Nationals. Note that all tossups written become the property of...
by Great Bustard
Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed (RESOLVED)
Replies: 28
Views: 13130

Re: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed (RESOLVED)

I’d like to again thank everyone who contributed to the NHBB A Set last week. I’m glad that the initial reports from where it was played were positive – that’s truly testament to the support of the community. If people who wrote for the set could send me a private message (not an email – it’s easier...
by Great Bustard
Sun Mar 08, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes
Replies: 25
Views: 9117

Re: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes

I understand why people like the idea of free admission at regionals, but this isn't happening. That is the bread and butter of how 7 people will make a living next year, plus the fact that again, for the reasons I mentioned above, there's a need to support the launch of the Olympiad this year. It's...
by Great Bustard
Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl 2015 announcement
Replies: 54
Views: 27233

Re: College History Bowl 2015 announcement

Yeah, if people are really interested in writing history questions, I think: a. writing your CO History packet b. writing for NHBB HS Nationals c. writing for NSC/NASAT/anything else is probably a better use of your time. I agree, and while I remain grateful for the support of the community and the...
by Great Bustard
Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes
Replies: 25
Views: 9117

Re: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes

So, some explanations here for our thinking behind having the prize money at Nationals this year take the form of scholarships for the Olympiad. First, I'll note that last year, NHBB received $25,000 from our sponsors for prizing for our National Championships - $12,000 of this was from Houghton Mif...
by Great Bustard
Sat Mar 07, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl 2015 announcement
Replies: 54
Views: 27233

Re: College History Bowl 2015 announcement

As mentioned, I'll respond when I have more time next week. There were a lot more specifics here, and at the risk of telling people how to post, I kindly ask that people reserve judgment until all the pertinent facts are aired.
by Great Bustard
Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl 2015 announcement
Replies: 54
Views: 27233

Re: College History Bowl 2015 announcement

I have received permission to relay the following official message from David Madden, who does not have access to the forums at this juncture: Hi guys, Three points here: 1. The first is that if a critical mass of people have booked flights and non refundable hotel rooms to play the set on Sunday, ...
by Great Bustard
Fri Mar 06, 2015 6:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed (RESOLVED)
Replies: 28
Views: 13130

Re: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed

Hi Everyone, I would just like to express my utmost thanks and gratitude to anyone who had a hand in pulling this set together in record time. It's amazing to see the force of the community in action this way, and I am tremendously appreciative of this (and hundreds of students are now happy they ha...
by Great Bustard
Fri Mar 06, 2015 6:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes
Replies: 25
Views: 9117

Re: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes

Will the credit be transferable between students? That is, if a team of four got third in its evening group, could all the credit be used to decrease a single student's cost by $800? No, the amounts listed for each team are the maximum discount per student (i.e. a student cannot have more than that...
by Great Bustard
Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Directors Needed for Various Remaining NHBB Events
Replies: 1
Views: 1572

Directors Needed for Various Remaining NHBB Events

Hi All, In light of Matt Weiner’s resignation from NHBB, we’re looking for directors for two events that he was supposed to run for us. The first is on March 14 at East Chapel Hill HS in Chapel Hill, NC and the second is for March 28 at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, VA. Also, we are sti...
by Great Bustard
Thu Mar 05, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes
Replies: 25
Views: 9117

Re: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes

Students are entitled to a discount corresponding to the highest amount obtained in any one competition at Nationals. Does this mean that if a student placed in both the bowl and the bee, they would only receive one discount - discounts would not be cumulative through different competitions? For ex...
by Great Bustard
Thu Mar 05, 2015 4:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed (RESOLVED)
Replies: 28
Views: 13130

Re: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed

Just to clarify - only college (and obviously older, non-affiliated) writers should submit questions for this to Eric. However, in normal circumstances, NHBB (like NAQT) will gladly accept questions from high school writers for use overseas and/or after you graduate. We will need a staggering volume...
by Great Bustard
Thu Mar 05, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed (RESOLVED)
Replies: 28
Views: 13130

Re: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed

To answer Andrew's question, Matt wrote 80 tossups which he sent about an hour before his resignation email. To answer Bruce's point re style - the best place to look is at hsapq.com/samples and scroll down to the NHBB sets. Obviously, looking at past A Sets for the rough question length and difficu...
by Great Bustard
Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed (RESOLVED)
Replies: 28
Views: 13130

Re: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed

Michael, yes, I had forgotten in the haste of things that we need it then too. But - that said, that's slightly less of a concern, since we have 24 more hours to sort that out. If you want to write for this (or anyone playing the set on Sunday), we'll add your tossups to a round where they're all in...
by Great Bustard
Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed (RESOLVED)
Replies: 28
Views: 13130

Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed (RESOLVED)

To the world of quizbowl - This is a mind-boggling forum post to have to write. A full and detailed explanation will be forthcoming next week of all the myriad events that have led to this point. For now, these are the facts: 1. Matt Weiner has had sole responsibility for production for NHBB sets si...