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by AGoodMan
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 19873

Re: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament

Hi, I know it's been months since, but I want to leave a personal short letter of gratitude for your team and this set. I played 4 house write sets this year (Harvard Fall I was barely awake, but still). Out of MBAT, GSAC, BHSAT, and Harvard Fall, MBAT was my favorite. My dislike of many house writ...
by AGoodMan
Wed May 23, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Updating old "top 10" lists for best sets and teams?
Replies: 15
Views: 16659

Re: Updating old "top 10" lists for best sets and teams?

A discussion of good sets that were produced recently came up on Discord, and I wanted to bump this thread. I haven't read a lot of sets through, but I really like 2016 Terrapin, 2015 CALI, and 2016 PACE NSC.

As for teams, maybe 2016 LASA?
by AGoodMan
Tue May 22, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Date Claims '18-'19
Replies: 35
Views: 16451

Re: New England Date Claims '18-'19

Harvard would like to reserve November 10th for the HFT Main Site.
by AGoodMan
Wed May 09, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 6475

Re: "How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2

Can this be recorded in some way, shape, or form?
by AGoodMan
Tue May 01, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: State of quizbowl in Mass
Replies: 13
Views: 6557

Re: State of quizbowl in Mass

Perhaps Harvard can run a novice tournament next year (maybe on SCOP or something) - nothing is set in stone of course, but we'll see what we can muster up.
by AGoodMan
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XII is Available for Mirrors
Replies: 8
Views: 7817

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XII is Available for Mirro

HFT has been posted to the packet archives. Thank you to everyone who mirrored this year. Barring any emergencies, the set will return next year as well.
by AGoodMan
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 46622

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

As someone who played ACF Nats for the first time ever, I had a meaningful experience. I feel like sometimes you just need to experience some really hard (good, but hard) questions to gain motivation to study. I think this tournament did that for me.
by AGoodMan
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals logistics and seeding discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 8421

Re: ACF Nationals logistics and seeding discussion

The only gripe I had with this otherwise great tournament was the sloppiness of some of the individual scorekeeping. Going back through the posted stats and comparing them to the stats we kept for ourselves, our team noticed many errors in individual attribution of gets and negs. A misattributed to...
by AGoodMan
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30176

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Because I'm somewhat bored, here's a shorter ranking of just Freshmen/below this year: 1. Me. I know, I know. 2. Matthew Lehmann 3. Clark Smith 4. Rahul Keyal 5. Luke Tierney 6. Tracy Mirkin 7. James Malouf 8. Annabelle Yang 9. Nitin Rao 10. Jonathan Tran 11. Ashwin Ramaswami 12. Pranav Sivakumar 1...
by AGoodMan
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 9029

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018

SQBS stats will be up by the end of the weekend. Please bear with me here, as I navigate exams and general unfamiliarity with the program.
by AGoodMan
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 31160

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

It's really hard to compare two universities that tend to get massive bumper crops of high school players each year to other schools that don't. But it does highlight one issue in college quizbowl--there's a lot of funneling of talent into the top few programs every year that can compound the diffi...
by AGoodMan
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: TDing Resources
Replies: 3
Views: 2245

Re: TDing Resources

I was originally going to post this in the Harvard SMT thread but figured it would better serve its purpose here. One thing I wish had been brought up is that more and more is increasingly being asked of tournament hosts over the years. I remember my days in high school when people would basically ...
by AGoodMan
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 9029

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018

I want to start this by saying that by and large I had a good time today (as did all of my teammates). The tournament was run well and efficiently. Thanks Jon for all the work! That said, there were a few issues: 1. The bye round situation. I know this has been discussed in the thread Max Smiley st...
by AGoodMan
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 9029

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018

Thanks to everyone who came out - I hope you had an enjoyable experience. Stats are here. We lost record of one prelim game due to Neg5 being Neg5. I apologize for that. MIT beat Yale A 320-315 in a thrilling one-game advantaged final. "Neg5 being Neg5" isn't an adequate explanation. If this progra...
by AGoodMan
Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Teams Should Play Equal Number of Games Whenever Possible
Replies: 2
Views: 2241

Re: Teams Should Play Equal Number of Games Whenever Possibl

I thought about this all day, and as the TD of the SMT mirror at Harvard, I want to officially apologize to everyone, and especially to the nine teams who played fewer games. Max and Conor have raised very salient and reasonable points. From my perspective, originally, I planned on having one house ...
by AGoodMan
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 9029

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018

Thanks to everyone who came out - I hope you had an enjoyable experience. Stats are here. We lost record of one prelim game due to Neg5 being Neg5. I apologize for that.

MIT beat Yale A 320-315 in a thrilling one-game advantaged final.
by AGoodMan
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 54551

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I honestly thought Govind would make First Team. He is one of the best high school history players anywhere in the country.
by AGoodMan
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 54551

Re: Illinois '17-'18

Out of sheer curiosity, would stats from this year's sectionals and state be posted anywhere?
by AGoodMan
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 9029

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018

AGoodMan wrote:
AGoodMan wrote:We are almost nearing our initial cap of 16 teams. Once we reach the cap, all other teams will be put on a waitlist as we work out the staffing situation.
The field is now tentatively capped at 18.
We are now at 20.
by AGoodMan
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 10322

Re: The looming crisis

I do think that there is definitely interest among younger players (I would count myself as one of those) to write and maybe even eventually edit at the college level. But I would also appreciate a bit more guidance/encouragement. I've volunteered to contribute to sets before but have on several occ...
by AGoodMan
Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 9029

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018

AGoodMan wrote:We are almost nearing our initial cap of 16 teams. Once we reach the cap, all other teams will be put on a waitlist as we work out the staffing situation.
The field is now tentatively capped at 18.
by AGoodMan
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: All-World Predictions
Replies: 15
Views: 10554

Re: All-World Predictions

Just noting, I think Alex Schmidt (LVA) is a really really big miss after being a first team member last year and staying roughly on par this year. I'm not sure how the teams weight generalists vs. specialists, but I also think Geoffery Chen (Wayzata) is worth looking at, because he has had really ...
by AGoodMan
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: All-World Predictions
Replies: 15
Views: 10554

All-World Predictions

What are people's HSQB All-World predictions for this year? For me, in no particular order, here are some players that come to mind: Jack Lewis (Battle Ground Academy) Tora Husar (Wayzata) Joe Kammann (Wayzata) Hari Parameswaran (Beavercreek) Robert Crawford (DCC) Clark Smith (Dublin Scioto) William...
by AGoodMan
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 NASAT Predictions
Replies: 3
Views: 6867

Re: 2018 NASAT Predictions

Obviously I want IL to three-peat, but I'm not sure we can... Texas will be strong.
by AGoodMan
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 9029

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018

We are almost nearing our initial cap of 16 teams. Once we reach the cap, all other teams will be put on a waitlist as we work out the staffing situation.
by AGoodMan
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 6246

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

I'd be willing to write a few questions, especially for Scobol Solo.
by AGoodMan
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 9029

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018

Current Field (Team/Buzzer/Staff/Distance): NYU (3/1/0/Y) Bowdoin (1/0/0) Yale (3/1*/0) "Team Vincent" (1/2/0) Rutgers (2/0/0/Y) "The Big Four" (1/0/0/Y) "The James Family" (1/2/1*/Y) MIT (1/1/0) "Downingtown High School" (1/2/0/Y) Penn (2/1/0/Y) Harvard (House) (2/many/many) Amherst (1/0/0) Boston...
by AGoodMan
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England date claims '17-'18
Replies: 45
Views: 25752

Re: New England date claims '17-'18

Harvard is almost certainly going to mirror the Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) in March/April. While it is geared for college students, we also encourage high schools to consider playing as it will be good practice for nationals. Pending final approval from the school, we plan on hosting SMT o...
by AGoodMan
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 9029

Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)

Hello everyone, On behalf of the Harvard Quiz Bowl team, I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting a mirror of Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 . Logistics: The tournament will be held in Sever Hall in historic Tercentenary Theatre, which is located right next...
by AGoodMan
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Northeastern University Novice Tournament
Replies: 6
Views: 2673

Re: Northeastern University Novice Tournament

What are the field restrictions, specifically?
by AGoodMan
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 9011

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

* These sentiments are those of a sophomore with limited college reg-level exposure. I thought overall the tossups of this set were more difficult than last year's. One packet that included Charles Bukowski as an answerline stuck out to me as a particular difficult round (4 tossups went dead). Over...
by AGoodMan
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 31630

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

One thing that really irritated me is other people saying "yeah that's a stock" on a clue I correctly buzzed on.
by AGoodMan
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Studying History and Art
Replies: 5
Views: 6991

Re: Studying History and Art

Many people have spoken on questions like this, but my personal take at least for history at the HS level would be something like this: 1. Read packets. - This helps you gauge what kinds of things come up again and again. - I believe Max Schindler said this once, but don't just read tossups - also r...
by AGoodMan
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 13268

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

Cheynem wrote:I haven't seen the stats and SCT is still unclear, but how would people who played both tournaments compare the difficulty between ACF Regionals and (DI) SCT, which I think ideally should be around similar difficulty?
In my opinion, Regs was a bit harder than SCT D1 in terms of tossup difficulty.
by AGoodMan
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 61002

Re: community question clinic

I'd like to revive this thread by posting my submissions for ACF Regionals. Just for the record, none of my questions made it on the set (with good reason!) and I would appreciate constructive feedback to improve as a writer. This man’s Secretary of the Interior, Carl Schurz, dealt with the court ca...
by AGoodMan
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England date claims '17-'18
Replies: 45
Views: 25752

Re: New England date claims '17-'18

Harvard is almost certainly going to mirror the Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) in March/April. While it is geared for college students, we also encourage high schools to consider playing as it will be good practice for nationals. Pending final approval from the school, we plan on hosting SMT o...
by AGoodMan
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England date claims '17-'18
Replies: 45
Views: 25752

Re: New England date claims '17-'18

Harvard is almost certainly going to mirror the Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) in March/April. While it is geared for college students, we also encourage high schools to consider playing as it will be good practice for nationals.
by AGoodMan
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 12466

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Can I see the Pauline Epistles tossup? I remember being slightly thrown off near the beginning but I don't remember why specifically.
by AGoodMan
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 9011

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

I heard a number of comments along the lines of "huh, I thought I knew a lot about X basic answerline" (i.e. Khmer Rouge, Three Kingdoms, Idi Amin - all things I'd happily toss up at a high school regular difficulty set) I liked the Idi Amin tossup, though the Barbet Schroeder opening clue was also...
by AGoodMan
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 9011

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

* These sentiments are those of a sophomore with limited college reg-level exposure. I thought overall the tossups of this set were more difficult than last year's. One packet that included Charles Bukowski as an answerline stuck out to me as a particular difficult round (4 tossups went dead). Overa...
by AGoodMan
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]
Replies: 23
Views: 10038

Re: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]

Really excited about this! I'll do my best to play this somewhere, somehow.
by AGoodMan
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)
Replies: 25
Views: 12896

Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

CGismondiCC wrote:The score was 460-120 DCC B.
Stats have been updated to reflect the DCC match. Thanks for the information!
by AGoodMan
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)
Replies: 25
Views: 12896

Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Stats are up. We were able to recover the complete information for all of our matches except for a Round 3 game between DCC B vs. Naples A. We were able to recover the individual stats, but not the bonus conversions. Once again, we apologize for this lack of oversight. DCC B won the game by an unkn...
by AGoodMan
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Philly Fall Tournament: FSS Open & Carver HS Novice 11/11/17
Replies: 2
Views: 1670

Re: Philly Fall Tournament: FSS Open & Carver HS Novice 11/1

The private set discussion forum has been created. Feel free to join and leave any feedback you have about the set!
by AGoodMan
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XII is Available for Mirrors
Replies: 8
Views: 7817

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XII is Available for Mirro

Now that the first two mirrors of this set have concluded, mods, can we please get a private forum for set discussion? The private forum has been created. For those who are not familiar with them, go to User Control Panel -> Usergroups -> Select "2017 Harvard Fall Discussion" -> Click "Submit". Onc...
by AGoodMan
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)
Replies: 25
Views: 12896

Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

The private forum has been created. For those who are not familiar with them, go to User Control Panel -> Usergroups -> Select "2017 Harvard Fall Discussion" -> Click "Submit".
by AGoodMan
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 165
Views: 95886

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

It sure looks better - but your (-5) and (15) labels are switched, and therefore the total points scored calculation is off. To further clarify, this is when I try to add a new match or edit an old one. When I increase the number of powers for a player, the total points they scored drop by incremen...
by AGoodMan
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 165
Views: 95886

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

It sure looks better - but your (-5) and (15) labels are switched, and therefore the total points scored calculation is off.
by AGoodMan
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XII is Available for Mirrors
Replies: 8
Views: 7817

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XII is Available for Mirro

Now that the first two mirrors of this set have concluded, mods, can we please get a private forum for set discussion?
by AGoodMan
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)
Replies: 25
Views: 12896

Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Before I say anything else, I first want to thank everyone who played the tournament (including teams from Michigan, Alabama, Florida, etc.). We hope you guys enjoyed the set as much as we enjoyed writing it. We are hoping to set up a private discussion forum for the set in the near future, so pleas...