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by RexSueciae
Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12367

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

Would "Italy defecting to the allies" be okay for the Italy entering WW1 tossup? When modding, I counted it as a neg because I wasn't sure if Italy necessarily "defected" or simply joined, but after reading the relevant history I think it's equivalent to "Italy declares for the Entente" and should ...
by RexSueciae
Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 30565

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

Before anybody else cites my post for rhetorical weight, I'd like to reiterate that I think it'd be an exaggeration to state unequivocally that Penn really needs to do Penn-ance, and I'm not out for anybody's head on a pike and that my points dealt specifically with logistical issues at the main sit...
by RexSueciae
Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12367

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

Notes: I'm not an editor by a long shot, just copying these questions into here for discussion. "Suicide" and "absinthe" were both first-lined in my room, and neither are purely obscure academic references since a few other people in the room seemed to post-buzz recall where they're from. In partic...
by RexSueciae
Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: General Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 4395

Re: PB 2016: General Discussion

Three main points: - difficulty on both tossups and bonuses fluctuated considerably, especially across categories (literature drove hard to the obscure on occasion, history to a lesser extent with answerlines like "Air America," other things that would've been helped considerably by a competent head...
by RexSueciae
Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12367

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

May I see the religion tossup on killing one's self? I remember a lead-in about how practitioners of the mountain-dwelling sect Shugendo sometimes do this (paraphrased), which to me seemed odd because 1) Shugendo practitioners do a lot of things, and 2) the practice of suicide via starvation is not ...
by RexSueciae
Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 30565

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

After a bit of an adventure, UVA's finally home, so I can make this post (I'll be saying other set-specific things in the discussion forum, this'll just be for logistics and stuff at the main site): Personally, I'm not disappointed over not getting our promised 13 rounds. For most events, a guarante...
by RexSueciae
Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Novice HS Tournament @ University of Toronto 03/12/2016
Replies: 6
Views: 3555

Re: Novice HS Tournament @ University of Toronto

Please note that this is not a literal novice tournament -- it is open to ringers, seniors, high school students of any age . The use of the word "novice" is just to convey a sense of the new knowledge and new frontiers that the players are sure to enjoy. ...could you please explain this statement ...
by RexSueciae
Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Virginia universities active in QuizBowl?
Replies: 3
Views: 2080

Re: Virginia universities active in QuizBowl?

From a look at Harry White's search tool, Radford and Longwood have showed up to events hosted by Liberty on NAQT's IS-C sets this year and the year previous. Both of their last regular-difficulty events appear to be the 2014 SCT, which both attended. Southern Virginia University attended the 2014 S...
by RexSueciae
Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 9122

Re: Specific Question Discussion

I don't see a "general discussion" thread so let me just say at the start that this question set met or exceeded every expectation of mine and as a result I had great fun. I would like to personally thank the writers who wrote questions on cool things. Specifically, I was very happy seeing the follo...
by RexSueciae
Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:43 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl
Replies: 28
Views: 16550

Re: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl

Throughout my career, I have watched opponents chug energy drinks, pop pills, and perform all sorts of pregame rituals in order to amp themselves up. I have completely foregone all such measures. This is why opponents may have occasionally witnessed me falling asleep during a game due to fatigue or ...
by RexSueciae
Sat Sep 10, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice @ Virginia (9/10) (IS-158C)
Replies: 6
Views: 3167

Re: NAQT Collegiate Novice @ Virginia (9/10) (IS-158C)

Congratulations to all teams who attended, and to Duke, who beat Virginia A after a two-game advantaged final! Teams played a 9-game round robin, followed by another round for placement purposes (except for the top two teams who obviously played two). I hope that everybody had a good time at this ev...
by RexSueciae
Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Novice Tournament?
Replies: 3
Views: 2338

Re: Novice Tournament?

UVA is strongly considering hosting an event on NAQT's Collegiate Novice set sometime in the fall semester. Persons with plans to host a novice event elsewhere in the state of Virginia should probably drop us a line in order to hammer out geographical details and the like. A forum announcement will ...
by RexSueciae
Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Listory 2016: Question Specific Discussion and Errata
Replies: 7
Views: 946

Re: Question Specific Discussion and Errata

I think you are referring to: 14. This country was the site of the first wartime use of herbicides, including a Trioxone mixture that was virtually identical to Agent Orange. Forced resettlement in what is now this country displaced many ethnic Chinese families who were moved to New Villages under t...
by RexSueciae
Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Listory 2016: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 3228

Re: General Discussion

I had fun writing! If anybody has specific feedback on the Asian history (of which I wrote everything but the question on the Meiji Restoration) -- or, for that matter, my part of the European history, the Xhosa question, the Lord Byron question, I forget what else -- let me know! The hardest questi...
by RexSueciae
Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What to do to improve for history
Replies: 8
Views: 8086

Re: What to do to improve for history

Read a book, then read another. This goes faster if you're genuinely interested in the subject. Develop a canon list of important things to learn. For example, go through every American president and note the important things that happened during each administration, or divide a topic into time peri...
by RexSueciae
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bride of the Guerrilla Tournament (Film 2016)
Replies: 26
Views: 10511

Re: Bride of the Guerrilla Tournament (Film 2016)

Is there a final deadline by which the packets are being compiled, or are submissions open until the Side Event Weekend(s)?
by RexSueciae
Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB, the Community, and the Forums
Replies: 27
Views: 12266

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

To be blunt on the geographic expansion principle, I don't see the value of IHBB and its work. At best, you've created islands in the metaphorical sea which might or might not grow a self-sustaining community (but limited by factors like extreme distance from the nearest quizbowl or NHBB region, a d...
by RexSueciae
Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB, the Community, and the Forums
Replies: 27
Views: 12266

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

The nominating committee consisted of Niki Peters, Raynell Cooper, and David Madden. And it's the National QUIZBOWL Awards? Kind of confused on how the nominating committee of NHBB folks extends to the entire realm of quizbowl, but ok. Combined, Raynell, Niki, and I have over 25 years of involvemen...
by RexSueciae
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 36220

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

I'd presume you'd want the people running the tournament to be, you know, running the tournament instead of responding to this thread. It has now been a full week since the incident in question. ACE has more than enough time to provide a response. We've passed the two-week mark with no official res...
by RexSueciae
Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 36220

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

I'm not sure I agree with your logic there, Vasa - what the ACE folks are claiming is just that Hypothetical Solo Eric Xu isn't within the definition of "team." I don't think anyone objects to the idea of eligibility rules in general... certainly, an elementary school team with Jeff Hoppes as its f...
by RexSueciae
Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 36220

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

Teams of significantly smaller numbers of players --- even solo teams --- have been known to win competitions. (See: Eric Xu clearing the field solo at VCU's 2014 MUT while still in high school.) The central tenet of quizbowl is to crown a winner among a field of X number of teams, where the winner ...
by RexSueciae
Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fort Osage Novice Set I (FONS I) available for mirrors!
Replies: 20
Views: 9206

Re: Fort Osage Novice Set I (FONS I) available for mirrors!

We enjoyed writing and hosting the tournament using this set so much that we have decided to do it all over again!! FONS II will be available for schools to mirror for the 2016-17 school year. More details to come. Let me start by saying that I'm glad for your enthusiasm, and I'm very happy that ev...
by RexSueciae
Fri May 27, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bride of the Guerrilla Tournament (Film 2016)
Replies: 26
Views: 10511

Re: Bride of the Guerrilla Tournament (Film 2016)

Someone remind me to write a packet for this.
by RexSueciae
Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 32632

Re: The Second Summer Open

I, for one, look forward to another incarnation of Tricon, provided decent packets get written and a not-unfunny distribution is created. I can write for any packet-submission event or kick in whimsical freelance questions to people as needed. Someone suggested last year doing some sort of event whe...
by RexSueciae
Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2015: Rex Ryan's Revenge
Replies: 37
Views: 18738

Re: IRC Festivus 2015: Rex Ryan's Revenge

I should have finished the packet I've been writing about the life and times of W. H. Auden. Featuring absurd difficulty and, at this point, 5 out of a planned 20 or so questions.
by RexSueciae
Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Question Sets
Replies: 2
Views: 2640

Re: Best Question Sets

Yeah, NAQT-specific stuff isn't really stuff you can study for, especially since whatever's in popular culture or the national headlines tends to change from year to year. Your best bet is just to read stuff and play packets like you would for any other quizbowl event. The question sets whose names ...
by RexSueciae
Mon Nov 09, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 20444

Re: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion

The South Africa tossup that used non-deep clues is a perfect example - is anyone here really knowing anything about Breyten Breytenbach outside of those who have been with QB for a while? According to the TV show Spitting Image , Breyten Breytenbach is the only person who could've been called a "n...
by RexSueciae
Mon Nov 09, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 20444

Re: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion

This set was decent. Most of the questions were pretty cool, solid answer choices and difficulty was alright. Nothing really out of left field. There were a few things that I thought were kinda weird - there were some repeats, if I'm remembering correctly (and even when an answerline is used in two ...
by RexSueciae
Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Southern Teams Attending Northern Tournaments
Replies: 11
Views: 4348

Re: Southern Teams Attending Northern Tournaments

You can attend any tournament you want--I should think that nobody will actively prevent you from travelling long distances in order to play an event that's really far away. If there's a more local site for that particular set of questions, though, it'd be advisable to just go there, since you'd sav...
by RexSueciae
Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good Teams Playing A Sets
Replies: 24
Views: 10163

Re: Good Teams Playing A Sets

Some programs might use their A-team members to corset largely novice teams in order to introduce large numbers of new players to quizbowl with one or more experienced players alongside them to give direction. Individual tournament directors are free to do as they wish, but I don't see any need for ...
by RexSueciae
Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 8737

Re: 2014-15 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

You know, this brings up a tangential theory point I've always wondered about when writing questions. I technically have to agree with the people saying not to prompt--"divine wind" is definitely not a "word." But I've also always held that if you can demonstrate you know within a narrow margin wha...
by RexSueciae
Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 15792

Re: "This Things I Believe"

Not to take this off-topic (although the thread seems to be verging in that direction), but on the specific subject of what constitutes "fun," I think the following quote from the 2012 thread for Ridgewood's abortive 3 Day Summer Invitational is pretty relevant, given the circumstances: So, some qui...
by RexSueciae
Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 7833

Re: Quizbowl on social media

In the interest of clarifying things, I've made a few comments on most of the points made above. Beyond what people have already mentioned, I can guarantee you that the number of people who have connections to a community who actively are on Facebook in any given day (and are thus in a position bett...
by RexSueciae
Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 7833

Re: Quizbowl on social media

Public Facebook pages for quizbowl organizations are a good thing. They provide visibility and quick publicity--also, when one's team does well at some competition, there's something about sharing [congratulatory post from impressive-sounding organization] that appeals to that grandmother who finall...
by RexSueciae
Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tricon: The Next Generation
Replies: 50
Views: 26592

Re: Tricon: The Next Generation

Out of curiosity, how many packets have been completed for this event? Right now, the answer should be "more than one," because I just emailed mine.
by RexSueciae
Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:56 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 15303

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

I pretty much agree with everything that Charlie said, with the note that (like any other kind of question) finding uniquely identifying and interesting clues should be a priority instead of doing a "let's pack more diversity into this question by mentioning that the author was gay without any conte...
by RexSueciae
Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Individual Writers Seeking Projects to Join, Post Here
Replies: 11
Views: 10071

Re: Individual Writers Seeking Projects to Join, Post Here

If anyone's planning another tournament for the fall, I volunteer my mediocre writing services.
by RexSueciae
Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Nonfiction Books in the Distribution
Replies: 4
Views: 3033

Re: Nonfiction Books in the Distrobution

So this question might have an obvious answer, but where do books like "The Columbian Exchange" by Alfred Crosby or books like "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" fit in the distribution. I am just wondering because I just finished reading the latter and thought both due to the material it contains as ...
by RexSueciae
Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17033

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

Santa Claus wrote:
RexSueciae wrote:Andrew Huang from Arcadia
That's Andrew Leung, not Andrew Huang; Andrew Huang is from High Tech.
Whoops. The wrong Andrew is currently listed in the IHO field thread.
by RexSueciae
Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17033

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

To make the field you'd have to qualify in the top 50% at NHBB or an IHBB or win a regional/state bee. Also, with the American competitors, you have JV stars like Alex Schmidt and Luke Tierney, senior studs like Ben Koppel, and of course the bee champion himself Bruce Lou. These are four players, b...
by RexSueciae
Thu Jun 18, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17033

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

I really shouldn't keep wading into this, but--I don't think the sheer scale of this enterprise has quite gotten through yet. Just the Olympiad, too--if the Blitz (and the creation of the rest of the History Bowl and Bee standbys) hadn't happened, then this event alone would have been one of the mos...
by RexSueciae
Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17033

so I've got a few questions about this

I'll respond to Cody's points when I respond to the whole NHBB thread next week, but in response to the above, the "good of the game" argument held to a point during the Blitz when I had been repeatedly lied to by someone the community trusted who then totally flaked out two days before a set was n...
by RexSueciae
Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging interest for before-and-after contributions
Replies: 13
Views: 6281

Re: Gauging interest for before-and-after contributions

I'm interested in writing and/or playing this event.
by RexSueciae
Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: NHBB High School Nationals Dates for 2020-2025
Replies: 8
Views: 15017

Re: NHBB High School Nationals Dates for 2015-2019

Great Bustard wrote: 2016 Weekend of April 22th-24th
It probably bears mention that in 2016, Passover begins in the evening of April 22nd and continues until April 30th. This may be a problem.
by RexSueciae
Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?
Replies: 24
Views: 11998

Re: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Nee

I agree broadly with the idea that it's a bad idea on its face for people to be producing more question sets just because it sounds like a good way to raise funds / acquire prestige / learn knowledge / have fun. However, I'm not quite sure about the math on how many question sets total currently exi...
by RexSueciae
Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Natl. Quiz Bowl Awards: Congratulations to the Winners!
Replies: 34
Views: 22389

Re: 2015 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Voting Open

I'm curious about the reasoning behind the exclusion of any Detroit Catholic Central coach from the ballot. Just wondering, why was a certain Lexington (MA) sophomore not part of the top 4? The answer, of course, is that Dave Madden harbors a personal burning hatred for all things related to DCC an...
by RexSueciae
Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accurate Timing during Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 8784

Re: Accurate Timing during Tournaments

To the best of my knowledge, the only organization in my area that mandates the use of an official timekeeper during regular quizbowl tournaments is the VHSL Scholastic Bowl (i.e. the ineptly run state-sponsored academic competition that somehow grew to be part of the athletic program). Scholastic B...
by RexSueciae
Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 52568

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

As it is written, I don't think the Chesapeake Bay tossup has anything wrong with it at all. That being said, I'm wary of how qualified I am to judge the clue placement of this particular question. I grew up in the Tidewater of Virginia (along the Rappahannock River, no less) and thus learned about ...
by RexSueciae
Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications
Replies: 17
Views: 10097

Re: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications

I'll probably write essays about them, but should I leave them under extracurriculars since I'm History Bowl President at our school and run everything? Or should I put our competition results under awards/honors and emphasize the club and community aspect under extracurriculars? Go ahead and list ...
by RexSueciae
Tue May 26, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 6025

Re: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion

I might have missed the memo, but will the question set(s) be made publicly available? I can't remember what NHBB policy is for middle school questions.

Also, out of curiosity, how were the questions for the Middle School National History Bowl produced this year?