Geography Monstrosity 4 (June 8th, St. Louis)

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Geography Monstrosity 4 (June 8th, St. Louis)

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This is the announcement for Geography Monstrosity 4: Shotgun shell loaded with Tajik place names.

This fourth annual all-geography-tossup tournament will be held at 10 pm on Friday, May 25th, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. (This is, as usual, after the conclusion of HSNCT scrimmages.)

The submission deadline is midnight on Sunday, May 20th; before that I will be busy editing HSNCT itself. Please don't use this as an excuse to put off writing until the last minute.

Format: I will write an editor's packet of 24 tossups. If 10 or fewer people wish to play, we will have a single-room shootout format like last year's. If 20 or more people with to play, we'll form teams and have a normal tournament format. If 11-19 people wish to play, I will make up some kind of ad hoc format.

The style will be similar to the previous 3 sets, to include 20-point superpowers, 15-point powers, and the absence of minus-fives. The distribution will be somewhat different from last year's (to encourage people to sign up first and deal with team-formation drama later).
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Distribution:

Each player should submit six tossups.

Please select six subcategories from the following list:

-United States and Canada
-Latin America and the Caribbean
-Europe
-Africa
-Asia
-Australia and Oceania
-Other (including but not limited to: Antarctica, minor islands, and astrogeography that would make Seth Teitler shed a single tear)

and six subcategories from the following list:

-cities
-countries
-sub-national regions (eg, states, provinces, territories, autonomous okrugs)
-islands
-mountains
-bodies of water
-other (including all features not listed in previous categories, common-link tossups, fictional geography, earth science, cartography, and basically whatever else you think people might be interested in hearing tossups about)
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

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Submitted questions (8):
Andrew Chrzanowski
Raynell Cooper
Sam Donow
Ron Enson
Andrew Hart
Jasper Lee
Jonathan Meckler
Jacob Wasserman

Expressed interest (6):
Aaron Cohen
Steve Fontenot
Daniel Galitsky
Charles Hang
Vimal Konduri
Colin McNamara

Updated 5/25 -JTH
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I can probably help write for this but I'm not sure I can make it down to ATL.
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I'll attend if I help staff HSNCT
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All over this. Will start writing packet on the Magical History Tour. Look for some NHBB team to show up. That includes you, Raynell. No lame excuses like you're stranded on Rockall.
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David, you're ruining question security for the Rockall mirror of this tournament.
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I may be able to write, but I'm not sure about making it to Atlanta
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also, just to be clear, it's 6/6 per player, regardless of whether we have teammates, are currently lone wolf, or not even participating, correct?
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6 per player, no bonuses. I'll organize the lone wolves in Atlanta.
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Can the 2011 packets be posted to quizbowlpackets.com?
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You'll have to ask George.
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I'll play, pending attending the HSNCT.

I'll write (something), even if I don't play.
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bt_green_warbler wrote:You'll have to ask George.
http://collegiate.quizbowlpackets.com/archive/GM3.zip
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I'll be staffing and I would like to participate in this.

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I'm interested in this, if that's okay. I'd like to write questions, and i might play. Can i decide later if i'd like to participate? I can start writing tossups though.
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List of villages in West Virginia wrote:Can i decide later if i'd like to participate?
Sure, that's fine.
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Hereby expressing interest. Out of curiosity, is anything happening Saturday at all?
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RyuAqua wrote:Hereby expressing interest. Out of curiosity, is anything happening Saturday at all?
Wasn't Ryan planning that tournament with variable difficulty?
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I could certainly staff this if you need readers for it.
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I'll play this dealio.
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What's the goal for the length of these questions? I don't want to get out of control here. But in 10-pt. TNR font... like, around 7 lines at most?
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List of villages in West Virginia wrote:What's the goal for the length of these questions? I don't want to get out of control here. But in 10-pt. TNR font... like, around 7 lines at most?
That sounds fine; I've usually been writing around eight lines of 11-pt. TNR for the editors' packets.
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I might play this.
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I'm still not sure if i will/can play this, but we'll be in Atlanta so there's a chance. I will, however, write those 6 tossups. I'm about halfway there so i'll try to do the rest this weekend.
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I'm definitely interested in playing.
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Okay, i decided that i'd like to play, unless you definitely need help moderating or something. Otherwise, playing and trying to beat some of these other guys will be fun.
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I'm far too late to write any questions, but I could help staff or something.
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So, I actually won't be at this, but would be keenly interested in playing via skype from halfway around the world. Is that possible? Also, what's the format, and if I were to play, do I need a team? How many packets are there for this? I presume, Jeff, you can enlighten me at my nuptuals on Saturday, but thought I'd throw the general queries out there.
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nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote:So, I actually won't be at this, but would be keenly interested in playing via skype from halfway around the world. Is that possible?
You'd lose all your buzzer races due to delay
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I express interest
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Yeah, that's a thing wrote:
nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote:So, I actually won't be at this, but would be keenly interested in playing via skype from halfway around the world. Is that possible?
You'd lose all your buzzer races due to delay
Not if I'm second lining Anticosti Island as I did in 2009. Want to take me on, Teevens?
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nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote:
Yeah, that's a thing wrote:
nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote:So, I actually won't be at this, but would be keenly interested in playing via skype from halfway around the world. Is that possible?
You'd lose all your buzzer races due to delay
Not if I'm second lining Anticosti Island as I did in 2009. Want to take me on, Teevens?
It's not fine arts so he'll lose no matter what
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Sorry to say I'll have to back out of this, since there wasn't a way to write good enough questions on time.
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Black-throated Antshrike wrote:It's not fine arts so he'll lose no matter what
Yup.
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HA just noticed the submission deadline. I can try to get some done but have other priorities on the question front. Will do my best to get some written.
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I haven't had the opportunity to write questions for this. Hereby withdrawing from this tournament.

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Any chance you still want questions past the deadline?
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Welcome and encouraged.
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theMoMA wrote:I will have questions for you tomorrow.
As will I. Maybe today even!
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Meet outside Lenox at 10 pm tomorrow. People who didn't submit questions can still come play, but might be turned away if we don't have enough staff to run multiple rooms at a time.

Right now the plan is to have 3 packets; if people are interested in writing more questions, I would welcome guerrilla-style submissions.
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I'll staff if I can catch an earlier flight.
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Stats.

If there's interest, I could read this set at NSC.
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I'm interested.
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Thanks to Jeff for hosting/editing.
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This was really hard, and i did terribly, but it was still mostly fun. The favorite part was just having my questions read. I know i'm not a good question writer, and Jeff did edit them, but it made me feel a little more legitimate compared to all the real players and quizbowl elite surrounding me in that room.

If i do it again, i probably won't play, but i'd be happy to write questions next time.
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Yeah, this was fun, even though I didn't do well in my first side event ever (!!!???). I hope everyone enjoyed the questions I wrote. Thanks to Jeff for doing this, and I hope it comes around again next year.

(also what/who was "Thunk")
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Alliance in the Alps wrote: (also what/who was "Thunk")
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

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