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by RexSueciae
Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 18794

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

I remember when a number of people (including myself) had the bright idea that world literature was an important thing that people ought to ask about more in high school quizbowl, regardless of difficulty, how well they'd play, or how well the community at large would take this development. Can some...
by RexSueciae
Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 63402

Re: community question clinic

Okay, so for these questions the number-one thing is, "does [clue] apply to only one reasonable answerline?" For example, I have no doubt that the police are testing proprioception when they make you touch your nose, and that this is to identify [alcohol] intoxication in humans, but police officers ...
by RexSueciae
Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 63402

Re: community question clinic

I'm only going to comment on the questions in subjects that I'm deeply familiar with: I like the Italy in religion tossup, and I think the clue progression is good (Bonfire of the Vanities is probably placed correctly given the intended audience) although I admit that when I think of Trent, I don't ...
by RexSueciae
Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 22110

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

There's nothing that says an ACF or a housewrite editor has to listen to feedback or even read criticism. I'll be honest, when you post mathematics or computer science complaints I just skip it over. Other editors are starting to do the same for your complaints in other categories. And you know wha...
by RexSueciae
Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:05 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: I Don't Understand
Replies: 20
Views: 9244

Re: I Don't Understand

I suggest asking them about it.
by RexSueciae
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 53515

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

I will probably have finished at some point a packet on "fictional characters in popular music."
by RexSueciae
Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin XXIX @ UMD (11.19.16)
Replies: 4
Views: 3849

Re: Terrapin XXIX @ UMD (11.19.16)

Terrapin went really well. I had great fun.
by RexSueciae
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:29 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Writing for high school - difficulty?
Replies: 10
Views: 4300

Re: Writing for high school - difficulty?

If these questions are going to be used in the future, you should not discuss them here. Is there accepted protocol, then, for discussing theory and advice? It seems as if providing an example is complicated by this standard. Post questions that you're not planning on selling, or hire a set editor.
by RexSueciae
Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Writing for high school - difficulty?
Replies: 10
Views: 4300

Re: Writing for high school - difficulty?

This leads me to my ultimate question: what difficulty should I be writing high school questions, the average high schooler or the average high school quizbowler? The latter, but you misunderstand what that means. When writing, your benchmark shouldn't be "would I, an intellectually curious young l...
by RexSueciae
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lack of Novice Tournaments
Replies: 8
Views: 4288

Re: Lack of Novice Tournaments

Consider that the high school question business is absolutely huge, with housewrites from both high schools and colleges (with varying results), not to mention NAQT basically printing money and HSAPQ steady with its sets for state-sponsored competitions. Consider also that there are considerably mor...
by RexSueciae
Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 63402

Re: community question clinic

Would posting questions I intend to use for a high school tournament be kosher? Given how strict the community seems to be about leaking questions I'm hesitant. If a question is going to be used a tournament do not post it in an open forum. There is no way to control who would see it and you would ...
by RexSueciae
Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 13518

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: 31519

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: 13518

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: 4894

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: 13518

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: 31519

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: 3854

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: 2243

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: 10225

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: 17314

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: 3364

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: 2457

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: 1046

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: 3432

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: 9370

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: 10928

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: 13007

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: 13007

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: 37840

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: 37840

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: 37840

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: 9789

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: 10928

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: 33705

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: 19286

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: 2785

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: 21102

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: 21102

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: 4613

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: 10787

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: 9053

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: 16508

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: 8136

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: 8136

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: 27402

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: 16304

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: 11383

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: 3217

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: 17591

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.