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by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON mirror at Kansas State - Nov. 9, 2013
Replies: 9
Views: 3073

Re: DRAGOON mirror at Kansas State - Nov. 9, 2013

Are there stats for this? Please be patient about asking for stats, especially if it's the day of or after a tournament. Sorry, I was just sort of over-eager to judge the difficulty of the tournament since the site in the Northeast looks to be super competitive. My bad, I hadn't read that post befo...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 11736

Re: Modern World Tournament

This will be a completely open tournament. Any permutation of players of any sort will be allowed to play, as long as basic quizbowl rules are followed (i.e. tossup-bonus format, teams of up to 4 players at once).
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 11736

Re: Modern World Tournament

There's been a slight distribution change. South and Southeast Asia are each 1/1 now, and International has been reduced.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 11736

Re: Modern World Tournament

If this event were paired with another as part of a two-day affair, would people be interested in playing it? I definitely plan on running an online mirror, but I'm trying to find out what the optimal time/place for this tournament IRL is. Ideally I'd like to run it with something like the Cane Ridg...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Northeast @ Harvard (11/02/13)
Replies: 28
Views: 10483

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Northeast @ Harvard (11/02/13)

I'm going to echo the complements given to the readers and staff at this tournament - you guys did a great job.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 18836

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Patrick: I'm not sure how to account for all the negs on the Serbian ultimatum question, which I agree is a fine topic for a quizbowl question (I 10d it relatively late in my room & don't know about others at our site). I think perhaps the even more salient feature is that no rooms powered the toss...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 5825

Re: General Discussion

He was also in Other Academic, not history or science, as I've mentioned elsewhere. I understand this and should have edited my previous posts accordingly. I also appreciated the fact that the Current Events were focused outside of America. It's refreshing to see questions about important world fig...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 18836

Re: Question Specific Discussion

One member of this dynasty sent an embassy including the diarist Ghiyath al-din Naqqash to the Yongle Emperor. The death of that member of this dynasty allowed Jihan Shah to declare independence for the White Sheep Turkomans. ANSWER: Timurid dynasty [accept answers like Tamerlane’s family, etc] So ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 18836

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Syracuse/Timolian/Hymerae-Timolian and Hymerae strike me as two hard parts at regular difficulty, not middle parts. I had this impression as well, but according to Patrick and others, Timoleon is well known. Well, he would say that! I think your initial impression is more correct. I'm inclined to b...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 18836

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Round 1: Askia Mohammed/Tandebi/Mali-Tandebi seems really hard to me, although I could be wrong. This seemed both very straightforward medium-easy-hard AND incredibly stock to me, i.e. it seems to me that Tondibi is an exceedingly common hard part for Songhai bonuses. A quick search on the packet a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 5825

Re: General Discussion

I think the Islam questions were front-loaded. If anything, Islam seems underrepresented in this distribution given that 23% of the world is Muslim and it's becoming a lot more prominent in Western society.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 5825

Re: General Discussion

Aside from the fact that there seemed to be an unusually high proportion of Islam questions in the religion distribution, there seemed to be a good spread of topics. Looking at the set, there were 28 tossups and bonuses on religion, of which I counted the following: Christianity: 9 Islam: 4 Minor: ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl Roundtable: Call for Topics/Participants
Replies: 38
Views: 14136

Re: Quizbowl Roundtable: Call for Topics/Participants

It is probably too much to ask, but I would really like to see a blow-by-blow analysis of two top teams playing against each other during a round from a past tournament. This would include the sequence of thoughts of each person who got a tossup (what they initially thought after hearing the lead-i...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 26880

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

Would it be possible to change the requirement to "schools/people that have attended X number of tournaments in the past year/two years" instead of "people that have attended college tournaments before time Y"? I feel like this will make sure that "good" teams that aren't discouraged by packet writi...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 11736

Re: Modern World Tournament

This looks absolutely fascinating. One question on the distribution: are the 2/2 on International PES and International Culture about anywhere in the world (i.e., there can be an additional Latin America or Middle East question that comes out of the international distribution, and so on) or focused...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 11736

Re: Modern World Tournament

On a related note, I should give a lot of credit to my inspiration for this tournament to the "modern world" question concept pioneered at this past year's WIT. Kudos to Auroni and the Berkeley/Ohio State teams for that, I really liked that idea and think it worked out pretty well at that tournament.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 11736

Modern World Tournament

I’m pleased to announce the Modern World Tournament, a side I hope to have run as an open event at various quizbowl events in 2014. The tournament will consist of rounds of 20 pyramidal, power-marked tossups and 20 three-part bonuses, with questions focusing on worldwide politics, economics, social ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 18836

Re: Question Specific Discussion

No, I don't recall other ambiguous military clues in the set. Using ambiguous clues is just a trend I've seen in various questions. For example, at MFT the second Punic War leadin had a vague description of Hannibal's tactics, I think, but it was kind of hard to buzz on. As much as I'm in favor of a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 18836

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I really like the idea of using legit military history clues on military history questions, but the problem is that these clues often aren't uniquely identifying (with some exceptions, like the very famous double envelopment at Cannae). Consider the following: The defense-in-depth strategy of Kuriba...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 5825

Re: General Discussion

The Timurids are pretty history-notable. If anything, I thought the question was transparent. I buzzed in on White Sheep Turkomans and almost 15'd it with almost no knowledge about the Timurids since I could go "well, it's clearly in Central Asia, Muslim, and a dynasty. Only tossupable ones are the...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 18836

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Curzon - Cool tossup, but really really really damn hard. I suspect I can count the number of people who converted this on my right-hand. Don't think it was appropriate for the difficulty level. This is a kind of guy who comes up in a hard part in a bonus about Poland/USSR. For the actual difficult...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 5825

Re: General Discussion

Actually, these questions were the ones in Stephen's post that were definitely fine in terms of answerline/clue space as regular difficulty answers (disregarding for a second the bell-curve idea of difficulty). While some of the questions Stephen mentioned were poor ideas for other reasons, having ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 5825

Re: General Discussion

R1 - history tossup on Edward Teller, bladder, the Yazoo land scandal, Thermopylae's secret pass R2 - Kruskal's algorithm, Curzon R3 - organizational psychology, Timurid dynasty R4 - Carter-Reagan debate R5 - caryatids R11 - Ganges river in myth, Lenski experiment, firebombing of Tokyo R12 - End of...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 5825

Re: General Discussion

I thought this set was a fair bit more difficult than last year's iteration of Penn Bowl, and I think the stats bear me out on this one - UVA topped 25 PPB last year, while an improved UVA team (with MattBo getting more 15s than 10s) got about 24 PPB on this one. Not that this is necessarily a bad t...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3987

Re: Question-specific discussion

Muriel Axon wrote:I would like to personally thank Dartmouth for mentioning a building the entire MSU team walks past every day in their Michigan architecture question.
You can also credit Nick with the grasslands tossup (at least I think he told me after the tournament that he wrote that).
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 82598

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

Off To See The Lizard wrote:
Lawrence Simon wrote:I seriously underestimated WA
I think you may have been the only person in the DC-Area to do this.
The preseason rankings agree.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Fall Tournament at Brown, 10/5/13
Replies: 14
Views: 6341

Re: Michigan Fall Tournament at Brown, 10/5/13

Just noticed this, but the stats for this tournament seem to indicate that MIT A defeated MIT B 440-130, but MIT B lost to MIT A 0-0. Also, apparently neither team heard any tossups in this game.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transitioning from Being a Specialist to a Generalist
Replies: 3
Views: 1302

Re: Transitioning from Being a Specialist to a Generalist

I have a bad habit of zoning out on a lot of literature, painting, bio, and chem, because Nick is infinitely better at these categories than I am. I suppose kicking that habit should be the first step. And yeah, I've found writing questions to be helpful whenever I do it, though I still don't write ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transitioning from Being a Specialist to a Generalist
Replies: 3
Views: 1302

Transitioning from Being a Specialist to a Generalist

I was wondering if anybody here had any experience transitioning from being a specialist to a generalist at the college level, since I'm considering doing that myself (and probably am already in the process of doing so). For a little backstory: I played as a (very mediocre) generalist in high school...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3987

Re: Question-specific discussion

In retrospect, that tossup seems fairly transparent.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3987

Re: Question-specific discussion

I don't want to entirely derail this thread into science discussion, so I'll just briefly note that I found the first equations in both the diode and tunneling tossups to be parseable, useful, and buzzable. I'm not really a science person, but I took an accelerated introductory physics course seque...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 3531

Re: General discussion

This is a damaging attitude. This tournament didn't have any eligibility restrictions because the editors wanted everyone to play it. Just because the difficulty of this tournament was regular minus doesn't mean that elite players shouldn't play it, nor does it mean that the experience of new teams...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3987

Re: Question-specific discussion

The planned resettlement of Jews in this country was the subject of the Five Ministers’ Conference. A religion originating in this country contains a list of transgressions called the Eight Dusts and believes that physical bodies are borrowed to live the Joyous Life. The patron saint of Mexico City...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3987

Re: Question-specific discussion

Here's what I have from my round-by-round notes: Round 1 -The Tokugawa Shogunate tossup was very easy -This is a very good Aztec myth tossup (no names until the end, good buzzable clues throughout) -I stupidly did not power the poverty tossup because I blanked on what Amartya Sen is best known for, ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 3531

Re: General discussion

I really liked the difficulty of this tournament; it was just easy enough that I didn't feel overwhelmed playing on a two-man team with my friend, but just hard enough that I felt reasonably challenged by the questions. I also liked the hard parts of bonuses, which got pretty hard at times but weren...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Fall Tournament at Brown, 10/5/13
Replies: 14
Views: 6341

Re: Michigan Fall Tournament at Brown, 10/5/13

This tournament was a blast to play as a two-man team, and I had some really intense and fun games (I'm looking at you, Yale B and MIT B). Thanks to everyone who showed up, and thanks to Brown for running an excellent event.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Fall Tournament: 10/12/13
Replies: 33
Views: 15566

Re: Michigan Fall Tournament: 10/12/13

Are there any plans for a New England mirror of this tournament?
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Northeast @ Harvard (11/02/13)
Replies: 28
Views: 10483

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Northeast @ Harvard (11/02/13)

Some number of Dartmouth teams will show up.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: World History Packets
Replies: 0
Views: 898

World History Packets

Earlier this month, I said that I would make several world history packets available as a side event for VCU Open. After these weren't read at either the Michigan or VCU sites, Kirk and I decided to hold on to them and add bonuses to them, something we're still in the process of doing. After some di...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 54
Views: 18841

Re: Preseason Poll

fourplustwo wrote:The summary of the chat has been posted to the frontpage. I'm happy to listen to any feedback if you want. I hope the preview was entertaining.
Does someone have a log of the full chat up until it went off-topic after the history bowl discussion? I kind of want to see the full discussion.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 54
Views: 18841

Re: Preseason Poll

Looking back on my ballot, I think I may have unfairly ignored B teams that didn't exist last year (or rather, didn't exist at DI ICT/ACF Nats). I wonder if, even in the overall poll results, Yale B (to take an example) might be underranked. I'd certainly say so. Our A-team's games against Yale at ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 79
Views: 21522

Re: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule

Having another MUT/MFT-like event between MFT and MUT would be great. Having only regular and higher difficulty events (apart from D2 SCT, which is extremely competitive) during winter makes it difficult to get new members of your club to tournaments that are appropriate for them. Events like MUT an...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 54
Views: 18841

Re: Preseason Poll

Emily Krok wrote:Crud, I forgot UNC.

Anyway, here's your obligatory plug for Maryland B, which will totally be a top 25 team next year.
Watch out for as-of-now quizbowl dark horses Jordan Brownstein and Adam Hussain.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Who wrote what
Replies: 32
Views: 3654

Re: Who wrote what

I have mixed feelings about this tournament. I had similar expectations to John coming into this tournament in terms of difficulty, but was not unhappy with it being shifted to a difficulty comparable to Nationals. On the one hand, I thought the history was pretty good - both tossups and bonuses. Th...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT podcasts and scoresheets
Replies: 7
Views: 1977

Re: 2014 NAQT ICT: March 29, Chicago

2013 ICT podcasts In the seeming absence of a recording of the final, is there anyone who kept a digital scoresheet of the final or otherwise kept track as the game was running (IRC liveblog or similar)? If so, please send me a PM. Thanks! Oh, whoops, did the final not get uploaded? I have that som...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)
Replies: 22
Views: 10256

Re: Architecture Side Event (but actually this time)

The stats for this are definitely wrong, because I didn't play this event. I'm pretty sure that should be Will Holub-Moorman in the stats, not me.