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by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed May 29, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 27
Views: 8521

Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

depends on who wants to host, but we'll be soliciting sites this summer. Would love to have one in PNW!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue May 28, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 6/1 (postponed indefinitely)
Replies: 9
Views: 3229

Re: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 6/1

Since I've taken on additional PACE duties, I don't think it would be responsible for me to take a few hours to run this event anymore. Am looking for a volunteer to take my place.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue May 28, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires @ Chicago Open (8/4)
Replies: 19
Views: 2934

Age of Empires @ Chicago Open (8/4)

This is the official announcement for the mirror of Age of Empires at Chicago Open. This tournament will be run the Sunday after the main Chicago Open tournament, in some order with Scattergories. More details about this tournament can be found at this link . For those who may be hesitant about play...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun May 26, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: META at HSNCT
Replies: 13
Views: 4356

Re: META at HSNCT

This was a very fun tournament and quite well run considering the circumstances. If you're into criticism or secondary literature, or cool under asked history, I highly recommend playing this set if you can!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue May 14, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NYC Summer Open date poll
Replies: 45
Views: 7562

Re: NYC Summer Open date poll

Would prefer to play either Oxford Open or NASAT at this event. I'm indifferent between the two.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri May 10, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 6/1 (postponed indefinitely)
Replies: 9
Views: 3229

Re: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 5/11

I'm postponing this tournament until 6/1 - a couple of our players had to drop due to complications, and one of our previous staff was not available.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu May 09, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 6/1 (postponed indefinitely)
Replies: 9
Views: 3229

Re: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 5/11

Will group free agents and send out information by mid afternoon tomorrow.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon May 06, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 6/1 (postponed indefinitely)
Replies: 9
Views: 3229

Re: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - 5/11

This is still happening if we can get at least four teams!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat May 04, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)
Replies: 9
Views: 2685

Re: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)

Thanks to all for logging in to play today, and to Eric and Aidan for volunteering their time to mod! We were able to get through 9 rounds in under 7 hours despite some Discord technical issues, which I'll consider a victory. As for tournament results, the Andrew Wang Fan Club defeated Lehmann et al...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat May 04, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: California Summer Weekend o' Quizbowl (8/10-11)
Replies: 25
Views: 4720

Re: California Summer Weekend o' Quizbowl at Cal State, Long Beach (Date TBD)

It might be better to run two separate "main event" tournaments across the two Cali sites. Oxford Open got good reviews this year, so I'd be good with playing that tournament, though CamO would also work.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri May 03, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 10347

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

The fact that statistics (to use just one example), a tool used across the social sciences and sciences (and even in history) gets asked about in the average lower level college difficulty tournament less than say Greco-Roman myth is just plain odd, even if we ignore all the other areas of maths wh...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri May 03, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)
Replies: 9
Views: 2685

Re: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)

Each team representative who put their name down should have received an email from me with the Discord link. If your team has not distributed the link, please message me and I will provide one for you. We will start at 10AM EST. Please arrive fifteen minutes early so that we can make sure teams and...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri May 03, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 10347

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

The fact that maths, a tool used in a large range of scientific and social scientific subjects, as well as a subject that is studied by a lot of people in and of itself, gets significantly less of the distribution than mythology (and, at lower college difficulties, almost certainly less than Greek/...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu May 02, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: California Summer Weekend o' Quizbowl (8/10-11)
Replies: 25
Views: 4720

Re: California Summer Weekend o' Quizbowl at Cal State, Long Beach (Date TBD)

If we can have this in late July on a date I can attend, I am happy to have Age of Empires ready by then, since I take it most people at this site won't be attending CO.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu May 02, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: California Summer Open(s)?
Replies: 15
Views: 4128

Re: California Summer Open(s)?

rylltraka wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 6:13 pm
I will be making a tournament announcement like, right away, but I wanted to let the thread know that I've been taking point on this thing, sort of, and am looking toward to hosting this at Cal State Long Beach.
:party: :party: :party:
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu May 02, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 10347

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

(or "legends", as people now call it, as if this actually changes anything) In fact, it does change things (or at least it should!) - "legends" is a more neutral term than "mythology," which is often used as a derogatory term to dismiss non-monotheistic religious beliefs. The logical conclusion of ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)
Replies: 9
Views: 2685

Re: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)

It looks like we've got at least two West Coast participants, assuming Michael is still at Berkeley, so I'm fine with the 11AM Eastern start time. I'd request that people show up in the Discord server, which I will email to participants, fifteen minutes before start time so we can test things and ma...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 10347

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

I guess some of this comes from the way the academy is currently structured ("history" questions are accessible to people with majors like Asian Studies, straight History, International Relations, etc.; whereas literature will generally be concentrated in a major called "English" or "Great Works.")...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 10347

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

But it nevertheless strikes me as odd that so much space is devoted to literature. I'd guess that it could be cut in half, and we'd still have a vibrant selection of literature questions. Why exactly is it odd? Even beyond the constraints I've laid out above, lots of people read books or are famili...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 10347

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

Yeah, this is incidentally good reason to do what someone else suggested and take a hard look at the lit distribution. What do we mean by "take a hard look at the lit distribution?" Perhaps the literature distribution could stand to have a bit more non-fiction than it currently does, but in general...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 19531

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

As of about a month ago, I'm planning to run AoE on CO Sunday unless there are any strong objections. I would be able to run it Friday as I won't have any work obligations and will likely be in Chicago at least a day in advance, but since I suspect a lot of the audience will have such obligations an...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO at PACE NSC
Replies: 26
Views: 5966

Re: RULFO at PACE NSC

Message me if you'd like to team up! Happy to play with anyone, ideally some new folks who I haven't played with before.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)
Replies: 9
Views: 2685

Re: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)

May I ask why this is happening on May 4th, when May 18/19 (which would not conflict with an NCT) had more votes in the date poll than every other option combined? Because I asked for permission to run a separate tournament of my own accord and can't make any other dates (the only other one under c...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)
Replies: 9
Views: 2685

ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)

Hi folks, The members of the Illinois team have graciously allowed me to plan an open Discord mirror of ILLIAC for Saturday, May 4th. Anybody can play this mirror, but it is intended mainly for a more traditional "Discord Open" audience of experienced players. I have no influence as to what other mi...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)
Replies: 21
Views: 4625

Re: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)

Will happily sit through this tournament, get mediocre buzzes and try my best to not neg stupidly, if you'll have me
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror
Replies: 16
Views: 4028

Re: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror

I'm interested in playing this tournament either solo or with some of my future teammates - maybe we could have two separate mirrors? One for the traditional "Discord Open" audience and another for a less intimidating field?

I can only play this coming weekend and the following one, though.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires (Side Event)
Replies: 18
Views: 7323

Re: Age of Empires (Side Event)

A few updates: This tournament is now about 30% complete! There are plenty of easy answers and fun new topics, so I'd strongly encourage playing it even if you don't typically think of yourself as an "ancient stuff" person. Since this tournament is 24 tossups per round instead of 20 tossups, and sin...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 21103

Re: Player Poll 2019

Since I don't have any teammates to shill for, I'm going to add one (1) hot take, and one (1) observation: 1) Jakob Myers is the second-best active player in the game right now. I think his main competition in this regard is John Lawrence, and I think Jakob gets the edge on account of the following:...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 21103

Re: Player Poll 2019

He wasn't at either Nationals and didn't play PIANO, presumably due to being a very busy JHU med student, but Robert Chu is the best player on Johns Hopkins and deserves a look. He's very good at painting, music, and bio/chem, and can reliably pick up strong generalist buzzes elsewhere. Consult Penn...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?
Replies: 7
Views: 3164

Re: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?

Rama's very right that it's super hard, even for a team of four elite players, to cover the entire college canon. Based on what I've heard in some Discord and private conversations, it seems the general consensus is that we could stand to have PPBs be one to two points higher - I haven't really seen...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 18538

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Could the question be posted? IIRC the question said something like "The White Buses operated in this country" which would be a clue that's more correct for Denmark than Sweden (though probably could stand some clarification)
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 18538

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Not prompting on "(East) Iranians" was an error, and I apologize if anyone buzzed with that (though I'd be surprised to hear that this happened). Unfortunately, though, answers of "Bactrians" and other Central Asian people are wrong, however related they may be; the tossups clues, respectively on t...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 18538

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

For starters, to clarify - covering all phonological variants of an answerline is probably an unreasonable task to expect from editors, and I apologize is this is immediate reading of my post - a team of editors lacking knowledge of this particular phonological feature of Cantonese would not have no...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 18538

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

You're right, sorry we didn't do our due diligence by consulting with a panel of white guys who are extremely into Asian culture. I thought the point of quizbowl was to reward you for being interested in learning about lots of cultures, and that the entire point of this tournament was to try to rep...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 18538

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

A few important answerline related notes that I wanted to mention: 1) Please include Cantonese answers in tossups on Chinese mythology . I used moderator discretion at this tournament to accept a Cantonese variant of "Nezha" pronounced with an "L," as a lot of younger speakers of Cantonese merge N ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 18538

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

A few important answerline related notes that I wanted to mention: 1) Please include Cantonese answers in tossups on Chinese mythology . I used moderator discretion at this tournament to accept a Cantonese variant of "Nezha" pronounced with an "L," as a lot of younger speakers of Cantonese merge N a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?
Replies: 7
Views: 3164

Re: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?

I spoke with Jacob Reed regarding this issue, since without commenting on the easy and hard parts, I think PIANO middle parts generally did a good job of hitting a similar happy medium of difficulty to this past year's ICT. Jacob offered a vision of middle parts as [paraphrased] "something you think...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 18538

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

First, there was a pattern in several tossups of dropping (very good, but hence very recognizable) descriptions of giveaway-level material around the middle third, which made these tossups tough to buzz on (because it feels just a bit too early for such material). The following is not an exhaustive...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?
Replies: 7
Views: 3164

What is a collegiate nationals middle part?

I had a fairly short, but illuminating exchange with John Lawrence at this past weekend's ACF Nationals during the prelims in which we were both discussing how the tournament was "eta" harder than previous ACF Nationals. (Personally, I thought it was the hardest I've played/moderated). John offered ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 27
Views: 8521

Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

I've never had the Boston-NYC drive take more than 3 to 3.5 hours in practice, but fair enough. We'll be looking for a site in the Boston area as well, and the OP has been updated in accordance.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 27
Views: 8521

Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Do you expect there to be a mirror site further northeast than Columbia? If people want to organize one, I'm open to the possibility, but I would strongly prefer to have a bunch of big tournament sites with people of all different backgrounds and strengths playing. I like large events that can brin...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 27
Views: 8521

2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

I'm please to announce the 2019 iteration of the Early Fall Tournament , a medium-difficulty tournament designed to serve as an introduction to college quizbowl. Our target difficulty is equivalent to the highly acclaimed 2016 edition of this tournament, with fewer "rough" questions. I will be servi...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: California Summer Open(s)?
Replies: 15
Views: 4128

Re: California Summer Open(s)?

Would love to play a NASAT mirror in the Bay Area and fulfill as-yet-unrealized plans to play an open out there. Am out of town most of late June and start school in mid August - would prefer something in the middle there that doesn't clash with CO too badly.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 10347

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

Do we really need more than 4/4 science in a constrained 20/20 distribution? Again, people should feel free to experiment with distributions as they see fit, but I definitely think science suffers more than most categories of locking out amateurs, and quizbowl is fundamentally a game played by amate...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 18538

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

I don't mean to pick on Alex too much here, since I understand she was very busy, but I was disappointed that this tournament did not follow established practice of avoiding the use of evasive identifiers such "work" in tossups when better, more specific identifiers (symphony, piano sonata, oratorio...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 10347

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

For starters, people who want a tournament with 1/1 math should feel free to write tournaments with 1/1 math! There is no one "correct" distribution. As a non-science player who likes learning about science, my sympathies are with James' argument. Pure math already shows up fairly heavily in other a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 18538

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

This tournament was fun to read and, like many other staffers, I really wish I could have played it! The history, religion, and current events in this tournament were the best I've seen at the ACF Nationals level and their writers should be really proud. I wish there were more myth because the myth ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 15467

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I think one possible takeaway from this discussion, as others have suggested, is that D-value (and A-value at ACF Regionals) are acceptable measures for determining qualification - since you have to use something and the statistics will still allow good teams to qualify - but that extrapolating from...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 41471

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

I misread the schedule. At some point I heard something about super playoffs as well and this appears to be untrue.

This being said the tiebreaker thing still seems bizarre to me.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 15467

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

It's probably worth noting that the community also under-ranked Columbia on the assumption that their full A team, as it showed up to ICT, was not going to exist in any form. In any case, this same Columbia A team put up better results than OSU at both Nationals last year and nonetheless got a lower...