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by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu May 03, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 8397

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

I think it's fairly universally agreed here that the proper mantra for a good literature distribution (much as the proper mantra for a good history distribution I laid out here ) is: "diversity, diversity, diversity." This goes for across a whole tournament as well as within packets. The vagaries of...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Postseason poll
Replies: 19
Views: 7869

Re: Postseason poll

For what it's worth I think Berkeley B might have a slight edge over Minnesota (based on playing both teams at both Nationals). While I think Berkeley B deserves the spot you gave them (or a higher one), I'm really confused by this: Berkeley B (top bracket at both Nationals, and ahead of Maryland a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Postseason poll
Replies: 19
Views: 7869

Re: Postseason poll

I'm pretty set on this part of my ballot: 1. Yale (don't think this is a contest) 2. Chicago (most improved top team as well) 3. Penn 4. Columbia (lower average finish than Berkeley, but I think the magnitude of their superiority at ACF is higher than Berkeley's at ICT) 5. Berkeley A 6. Cambridge 7....
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 28678

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Coming out of self-imposed nonage to discuss three players who I think are roughly comparable this year: Rafael K, Chris R, and Itamar Naveh-Benjamin. I think each of these players is certainly better than Aseem, Jason G, Myers, or Adam Silverman (incidentally, I would place those four in that order...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

Stats are up now. Mind Crush (Brownstein et al.) won the tournament, with Screw the Rules, I Have Money! (Reed et al.) taking second place.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 9475

Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

This is a preliminary announcement for a mirror of Historature, a charity tournament, at the 2018 PACE NSC, to be held on Saturday night of the main event. Parents, players, and staff are all encouraged to play. If you are not interested in playing, but wish to contribute to the fundraiser, you may ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

I'm very busy today; I hopefully will have time to get the stats together tomorrow. In the meantime, detailed stats have indeed been posted in the private discussion.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Historature 2018: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 3106

Re: Specific Question Discussion

It seems my comment in the other thread about decreasing quality of work is being reflected in the sloppy errors people pointed out. I'll make those corrections immediately.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Historature 2018: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 3106

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Geriatric trauma wrote:The footnotes/endnotes tossup mentioned Ibid: A Life in the first line. Regardless of the difficulty of the work, it's probably not advisable to drop the name of a very common footnote mark in the lead-in.
LOL how did we miss this...definitely will remove that title
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Historature 2018: Detailed Stats
Replies: 2
Views: 833

Re: Detailed Stats

Please feel free to PM me any corrections.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Historature 2018: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 3
Views: 1035

Historature 2018: Thanks and General Discussion

Hi folks, Thank you all for playing Historature. This tournament means a lot more to me than just the content - every one of you who played is contributing to a cause I care about deeply, and so I thank you a lot. Thanks also go to my co-writers Sameen, Eric, Jaimie, and Ankit, whose great questions...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Historature 2018: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 3106

Historature 2018: Specific Question Discussion

Discuss specific questions here. There are a few tossups that had misplaced clues (swans, buffalo, shields) and a few that were transparent (manuscript, stone) that I have already noted and will make changes to.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

Mods say they are busy, one will be set up on Monday
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

Sincere thanks to everyone who played yesterday :smile:

I offer my deepest apologies for the poor logistics and my frantic and irked manner and accept full responsibility for the flaws. I do hope there is some understanding regarding the circumstances and the set was enjoyable regardless of this.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

Meet in Logan at 8:30
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

Here is the schedule for tomorrow's event. We still need two buzzers and four staff, plus a stats person. Please let me know if you'd be available!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GHOTI - Another Geo Side Event (Winter 2017/18?)
Replies: 21
Views: 8151

Re: GHOTI - Another Geo Side Event (Winter 2017/18?)

Senator_Jay wrote:Hey all, if there's any interest in doing this set at ICT this weekend, I'll be available Saturday evening. hmu if you're interested in racking your brains even more after the main event!
I'd be happy to do this Friday evening; there's a big side event Saturday evening already.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

The field is closed. If you'd like to join an existing team, please PM me.

Also, please get your payment in before the tournament or you will not be allowed to play. Cash and PayPal/Venmo are accepted.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

Based on NAQT's publicly posted schedule and the fact that we will have game rooms available, I'm going to say for now that this tournament will start at 8:30 PM. If there is a multi-stage final, then it will start at 9:00 PM instead.

Please make dinner plans accordingly.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Gauging Interest for Historature at HSNCT and/or PACE
Replies: 6
Views: 4697

Re: Gauging Interest for Historature at HSNCT and/or PACE

Bumping this thread.

If folks are interesting in organizing an HSNCT mirror of this, or any other sort of "side events weekend" mirror, I'm happy to let someone use the set. I'll be organizing PACE and online mirrors later.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

The field for this tournament will be capped at 20 teams. There will be online mirrors, a PACE mirror, and potentially side event weekend mirrors as well.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to make college quizbowl less insular
Replies: 22
Views: 9367

Re: How to make college quizbowl less insular

Cheynem wrote:Is "What a Digital Dummy" an improvement in team name? :wink:
You are lucky that you guys chose an amazing team name, otherwise I'd give you "Ineffectual Minor Characters" now
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to make college quizbowl less insular
Replies: 22
Views: 9367

Re: How to make college quizbowl less insular

My impetus for posting on this thread is a bit odd: it's a team name from the Historature sign-up sheet for ICT. A few days ago, Justin Hawkins, Jack Lewis (a freshman coming in to Maryland next year), and I decided to form a team for Historature. I put in a name for our team, but found a day or tw...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

Update: Here is payment information

Venmo: @walston
PayPal: historature@gmail.com
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

There will be at least one online mirror and possibly multiple. I'd like to give as many people as possible the chance to play (and maximize donations)
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

NAQT has graciously allowed us to use ICT / IPNCT game rooms for this event. We still need buzzers, though. If we can use your team's buzzer, please indicate so on the signup sheet!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

Since this tournament is two weeks away, I'd like to start making preliminary plans. I think eighteen teams would be a good number to ensure this. With such numbers, I think there are two solid formats available with this number: Option A: Prelim groups of 9 teams each. The top two teams from each p...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

As Mike said, I'm anticipating the ICT to run later due to the field expansion. I'll adjust depending on what schedule information comes, but I'd like to give teams some time to get food.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

When you say "pay in cash before the tournament begins," do you mean before that weekend, or if as we register/check-in, we give you the money? Also, I still need a team, but I don't know how accurate the spreadsheet is anymore, so if you need a teammate(s), let me know. I have seen all of the firs...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

Would anyone be interested in putting together a collective food order of some sort? I would like this to begin by 8PM so that we can finish by midnight or so. There will be ten packets, with 24 tossup questions and zero bonuses per packet, and I'd like to give people a chance to play as many of tne...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SMT Open Online Test Mirror (2/24)
Replies: 41
Views: 12536

Re: SMT Open Skype Test Mirror (2/24)

In gross violation of a post I made earlier in this thread, I'm now playing with Stephen Liu With all due respect, this seems like a...very strong team, given that a 10th team still needs to be created. I would have no issue with my team being split up. For what it's worth, this team is tentative -...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SMT Open Online Test Mirror (2/24)
Replies: 41
Views: 12536

Re: SMT Open Skype Test Mirror (2/24)

In gross violation of a post I made earlier in this thread, I'm now playing with Stephen Liu (EDIT: heavily depending on his availability)
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature - A Charity Side Event
Replies: 12
Views: 6861

Re: Historature - A Charity Side Event

Jaimie Carlson has joined our writing team
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SMT Open Online Test Mirror (2/24)
Replies: 41
Views: 12536

Re: SMT Open Skype Test Mirror (2/24)

If needed, I can drop instead. Also happy to take on more folks if more teams want to join to expand field size beyond ten.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 12378

Re: Historature at ICT

Hey folks - it's awesome to see so many sign-ups! Keep them coming. There are a few things we will need to make this run smoothly: 1) Rooms. If your team is okay with volunteering its room, or you are a staffer and all people in your room are okay with it being used as a game room, please indicate a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Close Reading Session
Replies: 0
Views: 1814

2018 ACF Regionals Close Reading Session

Hi all, A close reading session of two Regionals packets was held on Google Hangouts. It seems like not all of it got recorded, but what did record can be found here . Participants included Dylan Minarik, Ryan Bilger, Jason Cheng, Sebastien La Duca, Wang "Eric" Anshi, Itamar Naveh-Benjamin, and myse...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Gauging Interest for Historature at HSNCT and/or PACE
Replies: 6
Views: 4697

Re: Gauging Interest for Historature at HSNCT and/or PACE

If you're interested in playing at either of these events (or both) please indicate so by marking your name in the "Free Agents" column on the signup sheets of the PACE and HSNCT sites of this sheet . We are currently talking with other people who want to run side events in order to avoid eating up ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Gauging Interest for Historature at HSNCT and/or PACE
Replies: 6
Views: 4697

Gauging Interest for Historature at HSNCT and/or PACE

Hi all, With the Nationals season quickly approaching, I figured it would be a good time to see how many people would be interested in a mirror of Historature at HSNCT. Historature is a charity side event to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. The cost to enter is $15 per player and 1...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 30894

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

In response to various people criticizing my post as seeming to aim more at personal aesthetic than general professional presentation - it was indeed something of a scattershot, a bit afield of the initial thrust of this thread towards presentability (particularly on the comment related to dietary i...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 30894

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

cut down on your sucrose consumption Oh I'm sorry, (straight) men of quiz bowl, are you grossed out by men who don't cut down on their sucrose consumption? Are overweight teammates something that would cause you to not play quiz bowl? I think we can all agree showering is a universally nice thing a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 30894

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

And honestly, I do think it could do a lot for improving the game's gender balance. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? You honestly think that this is why women play quiz bowl? That we're just bimbos who are here to stare at men who play quiz bowl, and not because, oh, I dunno, we like playing quiz bowl o...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SMT Open Online Test Mirror (2/24)
Replies: 41
Views: 12536

Re: SMT Open Skype Test Mirror (2/24)

Discord is generally far more reliable for audio than Skype in my opinion, especially for handling more than 1 - 2 people, as is the case with a a quiz bowl match that can easily involved 5 -10. I will also say the downloaded and installed desktop Discord client is far more reliable than the browse...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 30894

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

I'd presumably allow for more variety than Charlie when it comes to hairstyle expression, not just considering that I've been guilty of bad hair myself many, many, many times, but also that it definitely is an important form of self expression and people have different tastes. Nonetheless, I do thin...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 8309

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

What about looking at SCT ppb only? I've strongly suspected this for years now while looking at recently underranked teams like Chicago B. PPB is a good but not perfect measure because teams are often able to outperform their PPB by nailing a few categories and playing strategically elsewhere to ge...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 16264

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

Stupid question, but are the stats actually posted anywhere? We have not released them publicly yet - we were hoping to get numerous voices from within the community, at many levels of skill, to voice their opinions and ask questions. In the interest of fostering this sort of discussion, we've with...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 16264

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

This isn’t exactly accurate. While I’ve periodically heard of NAQT “theoretically” aiming for a 15-20% power rate, in practice, the median HSNCT and SCT power rates tend to cluster around 20-25%. So purely from a powers basis, this set would probably count as marginally harder than SCT. (ICT is mor...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship
Replies: 37
Views: 18521

Re: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship

Cheynem wrote:I'm not recommending turning away sponsors; I'm just curious as to what the sponsorship relationship is. I would offer the same question if the sponsor was Pepsi or Amazon.
Oh, my mistake, the post wasn't directed in response to your questions - these seem very reasonable and relevant.