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by RexSueciae
Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 8835

Re: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?

I have participated in several Model UN competitions and most of the top programs in the nation have an elective class for Model UN where students prepare for conferences, do research on their countries, etc. (Centennial's MUN program is one of the few that doesn't have a serious class for it). Deb...
by RexSueciae
Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:11 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Red Tape
Replies: 8
Views: 4834

Re: Red Tape

Your team(s) could play under pseudonyms. Take a weekend to represent Browery Flanch High School at a tournament and carpool to your heart's content. Individual players don't really have to change their names unless your team faces legal trouble or something (which I doubt is the case), and not chan...
by RexSueciae
Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Triacontakaipentagon 2.5: August 2014
Replies: 29
Views: 15339

Re: Triacontakaipentagon 2.5: August 2014

This was fantastic, and I really wish I'd had the opportunity to do this last year. My only concern about this event is that somehow, I cannot recall the Voight et al. packet ever being played--the only coherent memory I have of that timespan seems to be of John Lawrence bouncing with glee as he got...
by RexSueciae
Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Triacontakaipentagon 2.5: August 2014
Replies: 29
Views: 15339

Re: Triacontakaipentagon 2.5: August 2014

Several current and former Maggie Walker players are collaborating on a packet for this event. Our final lineup has not yet been determined, but will probably consist of myself, Connor Wood, Patrick Canteros, and Kevin Yuan.
by RexSueciae
Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement: Collegiate Novice 5
Replies: 18
Views: 5860

Re: Global Announcement: Collegiate Novice 5

I have written a quantity of history, literature, and geography questions that have not been viewed by anyone who would have been eligible for Collegiate Novice. I could contribute those, and would gladly write more as necessary.
by RexSueciae
Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Preparing for NAC format
Replies: 8
Views: 4371

Re: Preparing for NAC format

I recommend a frontal lobotomy.
by RexSueciae
Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 65656

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

Could I see the tossup on absinthe (and, if possible, its conversion rate)?
by RexSueciae
Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 65656

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

If I might comment on Michael Romanov, this year's HSNCT marks the fourth time I've heard Treaty of Stolbovo as a lead-in clue, and the third time this year it's happened (at the National History Bowl and the NSC). Two of those times, a teammate negged after incorrectly guessing either Gustavus Adol...
by RexSueciae
Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:17 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New Team Inquiry About Tournaments In General
Replies: 9
Views: 4617

Re: New Team Inquiry About Tournaments In General

Going off what I can remember about quizbowl in this state, Virginia Commonwealth University annually hosts at least four very well-attended high school tournaments (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Season Finale); this year, I believe, they were all held at New Kent High School. Virginia Tech and the Univ...
by RexSueciae
Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New Team Inquiry About Tournaments In General
Replies: 9
Views: 4617

Re: New Team Inquiry About Tournaments In General

If you're looking to take a day trip for a one-day tournament, it might be worth noting that Maggie Walker Governor's School hosts their housewritten tournament GSAC ( G overnor's S chool A cademic C ompetition) each year around the first or second Saturday of December. We're in Richmond, Virginia, ...
by RexSueciae
Fri May 23, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Writing MS Sets
Replies: 28
Views: 5957

Re: Writing MS Sets

Enlist teammates to help you write so that you all learn stuff. Make it a tradition to have new players write so that they learn stuff. Use it as proof of your abilities to land you a job with NAQT or HSAPQ. Here's another idea: host a promotional open tournament at your school to draw better awaren...
by RexSueciae
Thu May 22, 2014 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Writing MS Sets
Replies: 28
Views: 5957

Re: Writing MS Sets

An idea: find a tossup answerline and make that one bonus part--say, the medium one. For the other two bonus parts, take a middle clue from the tossup for your hard part and something else related to the topic that's somewhat easier than your first bonus part (depending on how hard the first answerl...
by RexSueciae
Tue May 20, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Writing MS Sets
Replies: 28
Views: 5957

Re: Writing MS Sets

What do you mean, "When is it appropriate for powers"? Are you asking when in the question you should put them (it depends, but generally after the first clue or so--if your powers are "too difficult to get," use easier clues) or if it's appropriate to use them for middle school (sure, you don't hav...
by RexSueciae
Tue May 13, 2014 4:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Leadership positions on the team
Replies: 8
Views: 3311

Re: Leadership positions on the team

Is it necessary to have a leader on the team who decides everything about the team? No. As long as you've agreed on someone to direct bonus answers to the moderator for each game at a tournament, you're golden. Your team doesn't really need a full-time captain--it's logical that you'll need someone...
by RexSueciae
Sun May 11, 2014 3:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Online mirror of College History Bowl
Replies: 49
Views: 16275

Re: Online mirror of College History Bowl

Out of curiosity, what time is this planned for? If it's not in the afternoon or later (Eastern Standard Time) I'd like to give this a go.
by RexSueciae
Mon May 05, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 135953

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Senegalese Quizbowl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GEn1ajKQBU Whoa. You know, this reminds me, there's got to be at least some members of this community who can write passably in French. If NAQT or HSAPQ opened up a French division, they could tap into a lot of the Francophone Canadian market, at...
by RexSueciae
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Will You Be Going To College Next Year? 2013-14
Replies: 45
Views: 18050

Re: Where Will You Be Going To College Next Year? 2013-14

Hopefully the University of Virginia has a spot open on its quizbowl team.
by RexSueciae
Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 10753

Re: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread

...huh. I must have been mistaken. On further reflection, I remember when Eisenstein came up, although I still don't remember hearing the rest (which doesn't mean anything, since my memory is fallible).
by RexSueciae
Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 10753

Re: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread

I'd like to ask two questions about the history question sets (which were both marvelous, to be clear, and a nice capstone on what's been an incredible four years I've had playing NHBB): one broad, one narrow. Broad question: Was there any Soviet history tossed up that weekend? I remember the Holodo...
by RexSueciae
Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 43368

Re: It's Academic discussion

Strange Fascination wrote:Maggie Walker has Dr. Barnes
Not anymore. He retired at the end of last year. Maggie Walker is now led by Ms. Hana Reed.

Quibbles aside, I completely agree with everything you said.
by RexSueciae
Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 74148

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

The WUSTL buzzer control unit held hostage by unknown person or persons. Location of photograph believed to be a Richmond, VA high school.

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by RexSueciae
Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 43368

Re: It's Academic discussion

Just look at schools like B-CC and Whitman that have stopped going to tournaments, instead only appearing on the show. This happened after a period of relevance on the circuit. After people graduated, they basically stopped going to good tournaments. If the MD/DC area had a more stable circuit, one...
by RexSueciae
Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 43368

Re: It's Academic discussion

At this point, I would go so far as to say that in Virginia, Illinois, and Missouri, good quizbowl has never been accepted by any of their respective statewide athletic governing bodies. Still, it's definitely made a LOT of progress in the next few years. and despite the glaring flaws these formats...
by RexSueciae
Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 43368

Re: It's Academic discussion

I think this is more just a failure on the part of quizbowl to intruct new players and teams on how to do play. It seems like there are enough younger players that don't have a clue how to do well in quizbowl to make me suspect that coaches and advisors don't give the guidance they should. Most of ...
by RexSueciae
Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 43368

Re: It's Academic discussion

Let's put it this way: Questions on It's Academic test knowledge to an extent. You know, for instance, that the player who just buzzed in with the correct answer is aware that Henry VIII's first wife was Catherine of Aragon. What It's Academic is bad at is testing depth of knowledge (questions are t...
by RexSueciae
Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 43368

Re: Beginner-level competition in DC/MD/VA area

This is going to be controversial maybe, but an idea is for you is to use the It's Academic TV Show or its questions as a preliminary training ground for your students to get into the concept of trivia first, before entering the DC area's daunting and difficult quiz bowl circuit. That's a horrible ...
by RexSueciae
Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Possible Lexington House Write 2014-15 Season
Replies: 7
Views: 2046

Re: Possible Lexington House Write 2014-15 Season

Several things to keep in mind: Writing an entire tournament is time-intensive. Unbelievably, mind-numbingly time-intensive. It's even worse if you procrastinate. You'll need to write maybe 12 rounds (unless your field size is small) to give teams a good number of games--which, assuming that you're ...
by RexSueciae
Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 BELLOCO Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 3321

Re: 2014 BELLOCO Specific Question Discussion

Could someone post the D major and IQ tossups?
by RexSueciae
Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville, MD)
Replies: 39
Views: 17543

Re: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville,

This is a really trivial thing that I'm about to bring up, and probably matters even less now that the tournament is over, but: is it typical for book prizes to be awarded in reverse order? Like, top scorer picks last? Because if I remember correctly, that's what happened on Saturday, and I'm not su...
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Role of a Moderator
Replies: 41
Views: 9848

Re: The Role of a Moderator

Nick wrote:If we are trying to promote respect in (and for) quizbowl, we may want to start by disallowing names like "#CashCrew."
I...what? Maybe I'm missing a cultural reference, but what's wrong with that pseudonym?
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville, MD)
Replies: 39
Views: 17543

Re: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville,

Out of curiosity, and it doesn't really matter at this point, but was the moderator error of reading the replacement question to both teams protested by #CashCrew A at the tournament?
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville, MD)
Replies: 39
Views: 17543

Re: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville,

To be honest, that whole game was rather irregular, now that I think about it. The moderator was a really nice bloke but gave both teams extraordinary amounts of time to respond to bonuses, which probably affected the score.
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 BELLOCO Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 3321

Re: 2014 BELLOCO Specific Question Discussion

I still think Hutt Valley is something of a hose, but that makes a lot more sense than Hutt River.
by RexSueciae
Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 BELLOCO General Discussion
Replies: 3
Views: 1250

Re: 2014 BELLOCO General Discussion

Was it just me, or was there a massive dearth of sports trash? I'm not complaining because sports are silly but I was kinda surprised. Some of the bonuses felt like they had two easy parts, especially literature (name the work, name the author, name another work by this author that's of pretty much ...
by RexSueciae
Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 BELLOCO Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 3321

Re: 2014 BELLOCO Specific Question Discussion

Off the top of my head: Tossing up Langston Hughes and mentioning "Mother to Son" really early was probably a bad idea. Tossing up John Marshall and mentioning Gibbons v. Ogden in the second clue was an invitation to a massive buzzer race. Tossing up the Bahá'í Faith and mentioning the Báb in litera...
by RexSueciae
Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville, MD)
Replies: 39
Views: 17543

Re: A Richard Montgomery BELLOCO Mirror 3/29/14 (Rockville,

This was a great tournament, although I'd like to clear up a few misunderstandings that I fear may have arisen: To the coach of Hammond High School: "St. Luke" is not, in fact, a parochial school. "St. Luke Penny Savings Bank" is a pseudonym occasionally used by students from the Maggie Walker Gover...
by RexSueciae
Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How does a team make money?
Replies: 13
Views: 5822

Re: How does a team make money?

If you have a fair number of people and a decent local field, you could host a tournament and take in revenue that way. NAQT and HSAPQ are both national-level question distributors that will gladly sell you a packet of questions for affordable costs. That being said, you'll need people to staff the ...
by RexSueciae
Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Todds Getting Feenised: A Timeline
Replies: 15
Views: 12106

Re: Todds Getting Feenised: A Timeline

Muriel Axon wrote:We should all take a moment to express how thankful we are for the Wikipedia article on "March 13."
Woned in teh fase.
by RexSueciae
Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:42 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Todds Getting Feenised: A Timeline
Replies: 15
Views: 12106

Re: Todds Getting Feenised: A Timeline

Alexander II of Russia got his todds feenised by the People's Will on March 13, 1881... :cry:
by RexSueciae
Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Montana - Torch Bowl Tourney
Replies: 10
Views: 2114

Re: Montana - Torch Bowl Tourney

I've been hearing a lot about pyramidal vs. non-pyramidal questions lately, and most people just say "they don't use pyramidal questions, how could they not use pyramidal questions, blah, blah, blah," but it's helpful to know you understand why they're better instead of being an alarm-system that g...
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Good ways to improve literature knowledge?
Replies: 15
Views: 6251

Re: Good ways to improve literature knowledge?

I've used Shmoop.com a few times for picking up literature knowledge, although I think it's a bit limited in scope (certainly not in depth, though--its summaries are very nice). You can find most public-domain literature online at Project Gutenberg, just in case you want to actually read books, and ...
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Spring Tournament VI (03/01/2014; New Kent, VA)
Replies: 9
Views: 5439

Re: VCU Spring Tournament VI (03/01/2014; New Kent, VA)

If those pages are to be believed, then the entire Cave Spring A team at VCU Spring--James Cole, Ethan Mackey, Ethan Hoeffner, and Elyssa McMaster--played at both Bonfire of the Manatees and VCU Spring. :shock:
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accidental Buzzes
Replies: 17
Views: 4361

Re: Accidental Buzzes

As I recall, the buzz occurred and was quickly stated to be an accident, the moderator cleared, several people on our side of the room looked quizzically at him and/or threw their hands in the air, and the moderator (who didn't appear to be very familiar with this particular rule) ruled the buzz to ...
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific Discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 3008

Re: Question-specific Discussion

EDIT: Never mind, I'm silly.
by RexSueciae
Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What are the main criticisms of pyramidal Quizbowl?
Replies: 36
Views: 8993

Re: What are the main criticisms of pyramidal Quizbowl?

The overuse of quizbowlese might turn off new teams; then again, the use of certain turns of phrase isn't unique to pyramidal questions, and I'm not sure if teams unfamiliar with the culture would be able to articulate the specific notion of "quizbowlese." Fake knowledge triumphs in pyramidal way to...
by RexSueciae
Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 4096

Re: General Discussion

Was it just me, or was there an extraordinary number of answerlines on colors? (Blue, red x2, white x2 if you count "white people," Black Sea, perhaps others.) There were answerlines that came up in multiple categories but with different information. (I think I heard Egypt and maybe China, but I can...
by RexSueciae
Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al
Replies: 33
Views: 11959

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al

...before we continue, could we take a moment to define "regular difficulty" and/or identify where specific question sets stand on the big scale?
by RexSueciae
Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al
Replies: 33
Views: 11959

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al

Saying that since there are more than six answerlines in a subcategory THEREFORE we can make it 1/1 is a nonsequitur. A tournament needs roughly 15 tossups and 15 bonuses to make up a 1/1 subdistribution, which involves 60 separate answerlines. This is all not to mention that categories should have...
by RexSueciae
Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al
Replies: 33
Views: 11959

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al

I don't think reducing the amount of World Lit or social science in the distribution of a regular high school set to less than 1/1 is "neutering" quizbowl. People keep bringing up intellectual curiosity [or intellectual curiosity's inbred cousin, "spending an hour skimming science articles on Wikip...
by RexSueciae
Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al
Replies: 33
Views: 11959

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al

Information learned outside the classroom is fair game, as long as there's a decent chance that people will know it from a source besides random packets on Protobowl. This. With things like, say, world lit, I'd assume there's at least one person out there who actually likes reading books. You get a...