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by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20
Replies: 47
Views: 23450

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

rylltraka wrote:72/0 World
16/0 East Asia
16/0 Middle East
10/0 South/Central Asia
10/0 South/Latin America
10/0 Extra (SE Asia, Indonesia, Oceania, Islands - plus bonus for the previous categories)
Is there supposed to be 10/0 Africa here?
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51094

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

In case people were worried that this wouldn't get completed, over 200 tossups and 200 bonuses are written for this tournament now. Assuming there are no screw-ups with the rooms, this tournament will definitely be happening.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CLEAR (CAHOOTS-Like Event At Rutgers) - April 19th, 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2329

Re: CLEAR (CAHOOTS-Like Event At Rutgers) - April 19th, 2014

EDIT: Never mind, I think the only site I'd be able to attend is the Rutgers one.

I feel like this would work better as a Skype event.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament Playtesting
Replies: 44
Views: 8557

Modern World Tournament Playtesting

With the Modern World Tournament roughly 85% complete, Kirk, Nick, and I are reasonably confident that we can complete the tournament by the end of the month. Playtesting will begin on Monday, April 14th at 9PM EST. If you don't think you can make it to PACE NSC or HSNCT to play and would rather not...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 11770

Re: Modern World Tournament

I'll look into finding volunteers willing to direct a mirror of this at HSNCT.

UPDATE: I miscounted. This tournament is actually about 75% done now and will almost certainly actually happen.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 11770

Re: Modern World Tournament

The tournament is roughly 2/3 done. The distribution has also been slightly altered; check the OP.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 4757

Re: College History Bowl discussion

First, I'd like to begin with a few apologies I would also like to apologize to the Cornell team, who I acted like a complete dick to because I was very frustrated, and especially to my teammates for being annoying, tired, frustrated, aggressive, and overconfident to/with throughout the day. I'd als...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Prediction Thread 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 7800

Re: ICT Prediction Thread 2014

An excellent display of friendliness toward new posters.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cane Ridge Online Mirror - Poll
Replies: 0
Views: 1066

Cane Ridge Online Mirror - Poll

Would people be interested in a Cane Ridge Revival online mirror (by Skype) some time in May? A few of us at Dartmouth would be willing to moderate such a tournament sometime then, after all our regular-season tournaments are done with. I've attached a poll with a couple dates that would work for us...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Mar 23, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Poll: Midseason Edition
Replies: 33
Views: 9676

Re: Poll: Midseason Edition

I did make the write-up, but I don't seem to have gotten front page posting privileges. Here's a log of the discussion: [I deleted this log because it has unclear question content from SCT and Cane Ridge Revival. If you would like the log and are not playing either tournament, please contact Will. O...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why do you love quizbowl?
Replies: 15
Views: 4142

Re: Why do you love quizbowl?

If I didn't do quizbowl, I'd waste a lot more time on Magic the Gathering. What this man said. My time spent on quibowl and Magic over the years are inversely correlated, and I've gotten a lot more out of the former, though the latter's a lot of fun as well. I like learning things, having a strong ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51094

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

To my understanding, we have at least 8 rooms available on Monday - the staff suites. This means I'm going to cap the field at 14 teams for now (7 rooms + 1 control room) until I know for sure that more rooms are available. I'm going to set a target time of having this tournament done by 2PM on Mem...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51094

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

To my understanding, we have at least 8 rooms available on Monday - the staff suites. This means I'm going to cap the field at 14 teams for now (7 rooms + 1 control room) until I know for sure that more rooms are available. I'm going to set a target time of having this tournament done by 2PM on Memo...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51094

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

I would like to run a full tournament if possible, which would probably mean we'd want to extend this into Memorial Day if we don't want to be up 'till all hours. I need to check for room availability, though, so I'll get back to you as soon as I can about that.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Poll: Midseason Edition
Replies: 33
Views: 9676

Re: Poll: Midseason Edition

OK. In this case, I think I'll go from 25 to 1 then, so as to not be anticlimactic and have participants lose interest.

Relevant: would anybody be interested in doing a preview of Hostory Bowl, as well?
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Poll: Midseason Edition
Replies: 33
Views: 9676

Re: Poll: Midseason Edition

True. I'll start with the top teams, then, and move down, so the most important stuff gets covered before History Bowl playtesting happens. There's two and a half hours between the time this starts and when history bowl playtesting starts, so that should be enough time to get through most of the top...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Poll: Midseason Edition
Replies: 33
Views: 9676

Re: Poll: Midseason Edition

This is happening tonight, unless the time is inconvenient for people.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cane Ridge Revival (03/01 and 03/08/2014)
Replies: 20
Views: 8783

Re: Cane Ridge Revival (03/01 and 03/08/2014)

I need to talk with Nick about whether we plan on hosting an online mirror.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51094

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

If somebody wants to organize a mirror, they are free to do so. I will gladly provide the set for an HSNCT mirror for a $10-per-team fee.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51094

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

The tournament is more than half complete now!

Also, somebody needs to assemble a squad to take down that Mukherjee/Bollinger/Steinbaum/Bailey superteam. Get on that, people.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT) 2014 Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 10990

Re: Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT) 2014 Announceme

Is there a particular reason for the reduced world history distribution, or is it just the writers' taste/preference?
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Poll: Midseason Edition
Replies: 33
Views: 9676

Re: Poll: Midseason Edition

I'm going to set Wednesday, March 19th as the date for doing this. For now I'll pick 8PM ET as the time to begin discussion, but if that's inconvenient for people, I can push it earlier or later as needed.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Errata
Replies: 31
Views: 4154

Re: Errata

I do see your concern (his book is called History of the Incas ) but I think it's well known that the Inca Empire did not exist any longer in 1664, and the question explicitly states that the polity in question was in existence then. During a quizbowl match, people are unlikely to say to themselves...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: JL's Categories: Literature, Fine Arts, & Philosophy
Replies: 8
Views: 1766

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

theMoMA wrote:Belloc
If I recall correctly, this was actually a medium part in one of my history bonuses.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Biology and Chemistry
Replies: 30
Views: 4464

Re: Biology and Chemistry

As a side note, if you're going to deviate significantly from what people are expecting, you probably should announce that beforehand. If there's one thing people don't like, it's being surprised by subdistributions or entirely missing distributions, like VCU Open's choice of removing chem to 1/0 o...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Errata
Replies: 31
Views: 4154

Re: Errata

Here's the question as I wrote it (and as appears in the packets): The bandeirantes were groups that crossed the eastern border of this polity, in which the Ordinance of Manufacturers was passed in 1664 and the Battle of Jaquijahuana was fought. Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa wrote a history of the peopl...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Trash Day (Richmond, VA) - 03/15/2014
Replies: 16
Views: 5508

Re: VCU Trash Day (Richmond, VA) - 03/15/2014

Do you have to have submitted a packet to Ottawa Hybrid to play this mirror? I'd definitely like to play since I get back to the DC area the day before.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Poll: Midseason Edition
Replies: 33
Views: 9676

Re: Poll: Midseason Edition

As per Matt Jackson's suggestion:

http://doodle.com/vacupmiexsww8ucp (apologies for the typo)

Fill out what days are convenient for you. I'd like to run this sometime in the evening, say 8:00 PM or so.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Poll: Midseason Edition
Replies: 33
Views: 9676

Re: Poll: Midseason Edition

I'll be contacting people individually about their teams for the purpose of compiling my report, but I'd like to schedule a time for a big discussion of this in the IRC. I'm busy with exams until the end of next week, but should have plenty of time for this starting Saturday, March 15th. What times ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Errata
Replies: 31
Views: 4154

Re: Errata

18. WARNING: DESCRIPTION ACCEPTABLE The “twenty-five thousanders” volunteered to aid this initiative, which resulted in the creation of institutions protected in the Law of Spikelets. The film Earth, successor to its director’s Arsenal, depicts resistance to this initiative, which involved the impo...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution
Replies: 98
Views: 27382

Re: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution

What if tournaments required, like, 2/2 of non-western stuff, and it didn't matter what subjects that came from? Also 2/2 of stuff involving women would be cool to have. Do you mean per packet? I don't think quizbowl has ever intentionally avoided asking questions about women, and I don't think imp...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution
Replies: 98
Views: 27382

Re: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution

I like the idea of working mythology, as well as the litany of biblical character/book questions, into the literature distribution. Things like the Mahabharata, Illiad, Bible, Kalevala, and Eddas are important works of literature and, though they are often studied in a religious context, can be defi...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Feedback Request
Replies: 0
Views: 681

Question Feedback Request

So, this was my first time writing for a regular season house write, and I wanted to gauge peoples' opinion of how good a job I did and where my work could use some improving. I tried to have a "bell curve" of answer line difficulty in my tossups, or at least a good balance of easy, medium, and hard...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cane Ridge Revival at UChicago: 2014-03-08
Replies: 56
Views: 22564

Re: Cane Ridge Revival at UChicago: 2014-03-08

We may host an online mirror of this sometime later in the spring. Since our spring term goes a lot later than most peoples', we could probably do this after most peoples' academic years have ended, and I would expect that we could get decent attendance if we allowed for people to form Skype teams f...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution
Replies: 98
Views: 27382

Re: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution

I'm sure the expansion of British history could be done, and that it would come at the expense of questions on other European countries that would probably be more accessible to the vast majority of newer college players, who largely have a background in European history that consists of AP Euro and...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution
Replies: 98
Views: 27382

Re: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution

1/1 British history seems very high. At non-nationals tournaments, this will descend into kings-and-queens-and-nobles bowl pretty quickly, I'd imagine. Granted, I would probably personally benefit from this, but I'd rather not see it happen.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution
Replies: 98
Views: 27382

Re: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution

Personally I'd rather see current events role be expanded ahead of trash, especially since packet-submission collegiate trash tends to end up being terrible questions on writers' favorite pop stars, video games that most adults have never heard of, and Deadspin articles. EDIT: I know this make me s...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Poll: Midseason Edition
Replies: 33
Views: 9676

Re: Poll: Midseason Edition

I was very impressed by his PPB at DRAGOON, and I know he's a very seasoned and capable player (he put up more than 40 PPG at Nationals next to Will Butler!). I'm more concerned by the fact that the quality of mid-tier teams seems to have beefed up a fair bit this year, and playing tossups against s...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Poll: Midseason Edition
Replies: 33
Views: 9676

Re: Poll: Midseason Edition

In the very off chance anyone actually cares, full strength for UCF might actually be Cody Johansen over Michael Tichy. On a more relevant note, I feel like Georgia Tech might be very underrepresented if you look at the set of stats given above. Georgia Tech did win on average 583-89 and only had 8...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 6805

Re: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

2) Poor subdistributions: I won't talk about the large amount of film as I'm not so versed in that stuff, but I'll talk about the non-American history. Looking at the Penn packet: We have tossups on British children, Morocco, and Aegospotami. Bonuses are on: Cyprus, Ecuadorian independence, South S...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 6805

Re: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

I think Aaron's onto something here. I think easy and medium parts were in general similar to DRAGOON in terms of difficulty, but hard parts often asked for rather deep knowledge in order to get a 30 on a bonus. I suspect that this disproportionately hurt teams that have patchy coverage but relative...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Poll: Midseason Edition
Replies: 33
Views: 9676

Re: Poll: Midseason Edition

I wouldn't mind writing up a Sinan-style rundown of the top-ranked teams after the poll closes.

On a more selfish note, I would like to note that we haven't actually played a "full" A-Team at any events this year (the closest we came was SUBMIT), so hopefully people will keep that in mind.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion of Specific Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 3979

Re: Concerns with Specific Questions

I don't have the set in front of me, so these are some general impressions/commentary with regards to specific tossups. In general, the set seemed to have a number of ill-conceived questions that I suspect originated from submissions, and I'm disappointed that the editors chose to use these question...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 6805

Re: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

I liked playing the questions in every category in this set, except for the history. In general, I think the editors did a good job making a solid set with seven-line questions (as I gather from the round I spent reading, the questions were capped to roughly that length). I felt the religion, myth, ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Trash Day (Richmond, VA) - 03/15/2014
Replies: 16
Views: 5508

Re: VCU Trash Day (Richmond, VA) - 03/15/2014

This is over my spring break, so I'd be interested in finding a team to play with.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 36
Views: 11303

Re: CO Matchmaking

Willing to write questions for early deadlines. I'm a solid player at European and world history and a few areas of world religion and mythology.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51094

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

Sulawesi Myzomela wrote:Is there any chance this could be mirrored at HSNCT too?
I will gladly let the set be mirrored at HSNCT, though I can't make it out there personally due to finals.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Northeast @ Yale (New Haven, CT, 2/22/14)
Replies: 12
Views: 5752

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Northeast @ Yale (New Haven, CT, 2/22

Couldn't Yale also field one or two house teams? I suppose Matt Jackson playing solo isn't an option this time, but surely something's possible.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT ICT: March 29, Chicago
Replies: 19
Views: 9928

Re: 2014 NAQT ICT: March 29, Chicago

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I counted 33 teams listed as having bids. Two of them have been declined. We will be issuing another invitation soon, likely tomorrow. My issue is that I thought ICT was a 32-team field, and I'm confused as to why 33 bids would be issued initially. It's irrelevant, but ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT ICT: March 29, Chicago
Replies: 19
Views: 9928

Re: 2014 NAQT ICT: March 29, Chicago

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I counted 33 teams listed as having bids.