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by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 4130

Re: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

wang why couldn't your team get 2.9 more ppg :sad:
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 8555

Re: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)

Seems like the Discord option is settled. I'll actually prepare this time and won't be as much of an incompetent doofus with the software as before.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 28966

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Henri Picciotto phrased a problem about these things in terms of boxes of chicken nuggets. Frobenius numbers answer the question "What is the largest amount that can't be made by combining" these things. Balance puzzles ask you to find a cannonball or one of these objects with a (*) different weigh...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open Mirror at UNC-Chapel Hill
Replies: 6
Views: 2419

Re: Oxford Open Mirror at UNC-Chapel Hill

Could the hosts of this tournament create a sign up sheet for people who don't have a team but want to indicate interest? I'd like to play but don't have a team yet
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 8555

Re: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)

Updated OP with fee and registration information
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 8555

Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)

This is the announcement for the playtest mirror of 2018's Sun God Invitational , a medium-difficulty tournament. Please indicate interest and form teams on the following spreadsheet . We are hoping to run a tournament of 8 to 10 rounds and attract participants of a wide range of skill levels and ex...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]
Replies: 14
Views: 11489

Re: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regu

A couple of updates: 3) The Skype playtest mirror will still be in September on a Saturday or Sunday between September 15-29 depending on what I decide once I've actually thought about this--the set will certainly be ready for mirroring by then! 4) The set's over a third done and I think it's p goo...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where does the Commonwealth go?
Replies: 17
Views: 6576

Re: Where does the Commonwealth go?

My preferred geographical history distribution includes 1/1 Continental Europe and 1/1 Anglosphere. This would fit Canada, Australia and New Zealand neatly into the Anglosphere category, along with both Canada's neighbour and former colonial master. American history only gets 1/1 of the distributio...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where does the Commonwealth go?
Replies: 17
Views: 6576

Re: Where does the Commonwealth go?

At least for me, I learned a lot of *old* world history in high school (like all the old Chinese dynasties, even some African empires), and not much recent (most of my "recent" history knowledge actually came from classes like Spanish). I don't know if this is representative or not. This was broadl...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where does the Commonwealth go?
Replies: 17
Views: 6576

Re: Where does the Commonwealth go?

Would you advocate such a distribution for a high school tournament's history distribution as well? I'd probably add more US or world history for a high school tournament in place of some of the topics that don't get as much coverage at the high school level, like archaeology and historiography. St...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where does the Commonwealth go?
Replies: 17
Views: 6576

Re: Where does the Commonwealth go?

This is a very good question and important point to resolve in the history distribution. Since I worked on Cane Ridge Revival, I've used that tournament's history distribution for each tournament I have worked on. That distribution is as follows: 1/1 US History 1/1 Continental European History (i.e....
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature - A Charity Side Event
Replies: 12
Views: 6777

Re: Historature - A Charity Side Event

Some people have expressed interest in using the set at a later date, so I am going to postpone posting this.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]
Replies: 7
Views: 2686

Re: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]

This set is fun and people should play
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 19297

Re: Boston Summer Open I

Echoing the praise for Raynor, who did a wonderful job running everything this weekend. I would like to play another summer event in Boston. For RAPTURE, we played five rounds - one initial game in which buzzes in both game rooms were worth the same number of points, and four subsequent games in whi...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall
Replies: 14
Views: 6513

Re: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall

More generally, I disagree with the original post, for reasons that I've already discussed in the past. Out of the various reasons that this would be inadvisable, I'll list a few here. The first is that ACF is a collegiate quizbowl organization (and, really, the face of the collegiate quizbowl comm...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Late call: Historature at Tusculum (Greeneville TN) on 8-4?
Replies: 2
Views: 952

Re: Late call: Historature at Tusculum (Greeneville TN) on 8

Is this happening? Please feel free to PM me and I can share the set with you.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 10406

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

TTIAC is the best open tournament I've had the pleasure of playing. Bruce did a fantastic job for his first time trying at that level, and Ike, Auroni, and Eddie all wrote delightful questions. Auroni in particular deserves credit for learning from his (well-done, but far too hard) previous executio...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires (Side Event)
Replies: 18
Views: 7445

Re: Age of Empires (Side Event)

The distribution has been modified slightly - I've moved Modern Historiography to the "History" section in order to make room for more Religion/Mythology. Note that there will be a number of time-period-appropriate questions on Christianity and Judaism.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 18039

Re: Quizbowl and Mental Health

Recent I experienced the worst crossover between depression and quizbowl that I've ever had. For those who don't know, I've suffered from chronic depression since sixth grade, for which I've been on medication on and off - it runs in my family and has had extremely severe consequences for other fami...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 19297

Re: Boston Summer Open I

Rohith had to drop so we need a fourth as well. Happy to play with anyone (EDIT: tentatively Ophir has joined)
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 19
Views: 7095

Re: Guerilla History Event (December)

Cheynem wrote:Can this event also be run as an actual in person event?
I'm open to doing so for an event such as PIANO or mirrors of SGI, providing sufficient interest.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 19
Views: 7095

Re: Guerilla History Event (December)

Postponing this until December to hopefully get more signups and planned submissions.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7156

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

Copied from other thread: I'd like to make a few comments on the decision to include more art questions from outside of the traditional Western art canon. I personally would have favored a more gradualistic approach to introducing such questions, but it was nonetheless exciting to see a number of su...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 10591

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

I'd like to make a few comments on the decision to include more art questions from outside of the traditional Western art canon. I personally would have favored a more gradualistic approach to introducing such questions, but it was nonetheless exciting to see a number of such questions - both becaus...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 51134

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Inspired by a suggestion from Alex Damisch, I shall have a packet with the theme of "annoying / mean / horrible things to make people say" - not in the sense of the answers being offensive words, but in the sense of the answer being hard to give, or pertaining to making someone say something that's...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires (Side Event)
Replies: 18
Views: 7445

Re: Age of Empires (Side Event)

Cheynem wrote:Are there questions on the "Photon Man"?
I was going to put in a trash distribution until I realized it would be way too predictable.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires (Side Event)
Replies: 18
Views: 7445

Age of Empires (Side Event)

I'm pleased to announce Age of Empires , a side event that will be available at some point in 2019. This tournament's subject material will be entirely drawn from time periods before 500 AD (exception: Americas content will go up to 1000 AD, to cover the entire era of Classic Maya and more Andean ci...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Appropriate Use of Potentially Ambiguous Identifiers
Replies: 5
Views: 3178

Re: Appropriate Use of Potentially Ambiguous Identifiers

For the second type of question you showed, do you feel that the bonus would have been made more clear if it had been prefaced with something along the lines of "Note: adjective and noun required" (or maybe "adjective and type of animal")? I've seen music tossups that explicitly mention at the begi...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 24847

Re: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18

Words and Objects is a pretty well controlled and concise event - I definitely think you can comfortably fit it in after a main event.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Appropriate Use of Potentially Ambiguous Identifiers
Replies: 5
Views: 3178

Appropriate Use of Potentially Ambiguous Identifiers

This post addresses the increasing use of identifiers such as "this type" and "this sort" in questions. I believe these identifiers have a place in quizbowl if they can be employed in a fairly unambiguous manner, as they allow testing of knowledge that other types (heh) of questions may not allow. H...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 19
Views: 7095

Re: Guerilla History Event (late August)

I will tentatively express interest, as I, too, am dismayed at the relative lack of history tournaments these days. My actual participation in this, however, is dependent on time. Will, do you have some idea of when you would start this and how long it would run? Also, are you planning for singles ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Discussion forums for old sets
Replies: 10
Views: 4337

Re: Discussion forums for old sets

I've started cleaning some of these up (moving the threads to College Area Archives, deleting the subforums, and deleting any associated usergroups that are still hanging around). One thing I'll note is that I would be very grateful if, as we move forward, private forum administrators would begin a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 14942

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

It would also be nice to have clear criteria regarding what the awards are specifically looking for. Does this consider PPG? Power count? Leadership ability? Finish at nationals? I think the area of confusion for many of us is inconsistent criteria- an indefensible omission in the mind of someone j...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 14942

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

I'm not sure how you can just say that all the other nominees are not as skilled and that's that. Let's take the comparison of Chloe Levine (who appears on both the top All-World Team and the above list of nominees) and Fred Zhang (who appears on neither of these). Chloe is a very skilled player wh...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 14942

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

I like rankings or awards and I like that they generate discussion. I don't mind people necessarily discussing or disputing the rankings or awards. I do think Fred is correct in that (some) people were unnecessarily rude or angry about his rankings. I didn't find the rankings discussion here necess...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature - A Charity Side Event
Replies: 12
Views: 6777

Re: Historature - A Charity Side Event

So, would mirroring this be just as easy as getting the packets from you, and sending $15 a head either directly to you, or to the aforementioned charitable organization? Please send the money via to historature@gmail.com via PayPal or to my Venmo account (@walston). But yes, otherwise this is corr...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 19
Views: 7095

Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)

Inspired by Ophir's Imaginary Landscape and moderately dismayed by the relative lack of history tournaments recently, I propose to host a Guerilla History Event that will be played after PIANO at sites where people want to play it. It will also be available to play online at a later date. Players of...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature - A Charity Side Event
Replies: 12
Views: 6777

Re: Historature - A Charity Side Event

Scipio wrote:Is this tossup only?
Yes
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: META - Summer 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 5821

Re: META - Summer 2019

EDIT: post previously said XENOPHON. classics schmassics

EDIT 2: I am extremely illiterate. mods pls delet
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature - A Charity Side Event
Replies: 12
Views: 6777

Re: Historature - A Charity Side Event

I'm keeping this set private until the end of summer in case people want to use it for some side event weekends. It will be posted sometime late August.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: HS Player Poll Results
Replies: 21
Views: 10593

Re: HS Player Poll Results

In a player poll like this, we wouldn't expect players such as Shripad or any of the other players we mentioned to crack the top 40. However, each of these players probably deserved to receive at least a couple votes. These players had better overall numbers than some of those in the "others receiv...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature Online - June 23rd
Replies: 14
Views: 4350

Re: Historature Online - June 23rd

I'll have stats up later today. Thanks to everyone who played and congratulations to Richard Yu, Jack Mehr, Chinmay Kansara, and Kirk Jing for clearing the field with a record of 7-2!

EDIT: Stats here
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature Online - June 23rd
Replies: 14
Views: 4350

Re: Historature Online - June 23rd

Sincere apologies for the ongoing delays :(

Need to get more competent with Discord in the future
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature Online - June 23rd
Replies: 14
Views: 4350

Re: Historature Online - June 23rd

People playing - please join this Discord server. Since it's not a full day event and I don't think anything tournaments are going on to conflict, I'm going to push the start time to 12 PM EST / 9 AM PST - so Eastern Time folks should get some food before we start.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature Online - June 23rd
Replies: 14
Views: 4350

Re: Historature Online - June 23rd

I've resolved the conflict. The tournament will happen as planned. I'll randomize teams (if people don't have them) and send out logistical information tomorrow.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature Online - June 23rd
Replies: 14
Views: 4350

Re: Historature Online - June 23rd

Because of a conflict, it looks like I won't be able to run this tournament at the planned time. If anyone is willing to take volunteer to direct this, please let me know. Also, we still need readers!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 7799

Re: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

Sorry for being so late with this - thank you so much to everyone who played this tournament! Stats can be found here.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 19297

Re: Boston Summer Open I

can we please call this event the Cambridge Open Weekend, since 1) it's in Cambridge 2) it's on the Cambridge Open set
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 8969

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

Will, I'm not sure where you get that impression. I've found a gazillion instances in the past few years of exciting new material that I thought I was breaking into the canon actually getting scooped by the previous year's NSC. (I'm also not at all clear on what you mean by tabula rasa here.) I'll ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 8969

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

I wonder how much of this apparent gap in perceptions of transparency has to do with the "filter-down" effect from the college canon. To detail this a bit: The writers of the PACE NSC, understandably, often draw a very large number of their topics and clues from the college canon, and then permute t...