All my dreams come true. May I sign up for this tournament please?hwhite wrote:From a real-life standpoint? Probably not. However, Quizbowl is not meant to be an accurate reflection on real life. While I personally would love to more Astro questions, it's not really that easy to write Quizbowl questions about the subject. If you were to start a tossup with "This galaxy", then you're down to 3-5 realistic answers.
Also, if you gave Astro, CS, Non-comp math, and Geoscience equal showing as the others, you'd end up with 7/7 Science.
Although I think there are lots of tossup answers in astronomy, if you are afraid of transparency, then how about some bonuses? Also, I think the reason we get clues about "this entity" is for the very reason you mention. Valid clues can then be given without immediately giving away the fact that a galaxy is the subject.
To put this in perspective, I just went though the tossup answers of Illinois Open 2008, and got the following:
Computer Science: 2
Earth Science: 2
Astronomy: 1 (and thanks to Matt for letting me pick off "Accretion Disks" on a rebound)
Please put error bars on these, because I was playing poker at the same time and some of the chemistry is probably biochem.
I enjoyed this tournament and look forward to studying the questions in greater detail when I get a chance. And 9 Math is way more than I used to hearing and much appreciated. But one the reasons I enjoy NAQT is that categories like Math, CS, Earth Science, and Astronomy are given some space and not just grudgingly included. I won't bother to argue for equal footing because I know that won't fly. But I personally would appreciate any increase in those subjects.