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The all-geography HSNCT side event will be returning for a fifth consecutive year, in its usual timeslot (10 pm to midnight, Friday May 24th, after the conclusion of HSNCT scrimmages).

Edit: I didn't finish writing it in time. This will now be a side event for NSC weekend. My apologies. --JTH

Two changes from last year:

1) Packet submission is optional (but encouraged). I will tentatively plan for five teams; please contact me if you would like to write questions for this event (partial packets and even isolated questions are ok). I will start assembling packets (from submissions and from my stockpile of outrageous geography answers) on Wednesday after HSNCT is at the printers.

2) This year's edition of GM will feature bonuses for the first time. Each packet will be 10/10 (instead of the 20/0 from previous years).

Distribution:

2/2 North America
1/1 Latin America and the Caribbean
2/2 Europe
1/1 Asia
1/1 Africa
3/3 your choice (including: Australia/Oceania/Antarctica, minor islands, common links, fictional geography, exo- and astro-geography, and/or real social science that actual geographers study)

(Editor's packet(s) may vary slightly from this distribution, depending on precisely what obscure geographic features are found in my notebook/haunt my dreams in the next ten days.)

To register, please email me (jeff.hoppes at gmail) or post in this thread.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 5 (May 24, Atlanta)

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This post reserved for field --JTH
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I will tragically not be in Atlanta to help out with this, but I may be able to contribute at least a few tossups.
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Transparent Pudding wrote:I will tragically not be in Atlanta to help out with this, but I may be able to contribute at least a few tossups.
ITT, I learn $5 owed to me isn't forthcoming... :sad:
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I'll play and contribute some questions.
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I will hopefully once again be coming. And maybe some of my teammates who are remotely interested in geography, but I haven't asked them.

I especially like the astro- bit.
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I will play.
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If this is proper etiquette, I'd like to just randomly sign on as a free agent.
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I will play and write a few questions for this. Is there a participation format yet (teams, doubles, singles)?
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Delacroix wrote:If this is proper etiquette, I'd like to just randomly sign on as a free agent.
That is both proper and encouraged; I have added you to the free agents list.
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Standard-winged Nightjar wrote:I will play and write a few questions for this. Is there a participation format yet (teams, doubles, singles)?
We just passed 11 players expressing interest, so the plan for now is teams (of up to five players). Standard five-team schedule. If 26 or more people express interest, I'll make up some kind of ad hoc format and/or find a buzzer system that accommodates more than 10 players at one time.
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I would like to play, preferably on a team with Varun Wadhwa.
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I'll be playing this with assorted DCC people.
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I plan to play this with Rohan Nag and Jacob Reed.
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Weighted Companion Cube wrote:I'll be playing this with assorted DCC people.
Please note that this field is limited to five teams. The six entities listed in the current field should arrange some sort of merger so that everyone gets to play.
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bt_green_warbler wrote:
Weighted Companion Cube wrote:I'll be playing this with assorted DCC people.
Please note that this field is limited to five teams. The six entities listed in the current field should arrange some sort of merger so that everyone gets to play.
In that case, I've been given the o.k. to join the Nag-Reed-Bennett team.
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Very well. Let me know if anyone else from DCC wants to join the free agent list.
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I'd like to join the FA list.
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Me too.
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Anton and I will play together as a team of two.
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Ved Paranjpe from Bellarmine and Kunal from TJ would like to play with Sid Verma and I.
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I'll play if anyone is willing to include me on their team.
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I'm sorry to report that this tournament has been postponed two weeks to NSC weekend because I didn't finish writing it.

My apologies to the teams that wanted to play geography questions today; for those not attending NSC, I will arrange to have the packets read in the irc and at a Bay Area practice (for the Berkeley/Bellarmine contingent).
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If this is now being done at NSC, I'd like to play.
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Any idea when IRC will happen?
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I will totally do it, contingent on PACE extending the field to allow 4+ waiting teams (Carbondale being the fourth) into the brackets.
Please add me as a free agent. I doubt anyone else from my team will be doing it, so...
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Will this still be played on Friday?
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sid96 wrote:Will this still be played on Friday?
Please say Saturday.
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If this is taking place on Saturday or Sunday, I'd be willing to sign up as a free agent.
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Certainly either Saturday or Sunday (and certainly not Friday).

IRC mirror to follow after NSC is over.
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Yeah, either late Saturday or early Sunday would work; science doubles is right after matches Sat, and I should be playing that too.
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I would prefer Sunday
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bt_green_warbler wrote:Certainly either Saturday or Sunday (and certainly not Friday).

IRC mirror to follow after NSC is over.
This means that I, unfortunately, will be unable to attend.
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Has a date for this tournament been determined?
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This will take place Sunday after the NSC is over.
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bt_green_warbler wrote:This will take place Sunday after the NSC is over.
In that case I will have to drop out.
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Weighted Companion Cube wrote:
bt_green_warbler wrote:This will take place Sunday after the NSC is over.
In that case I will have to drop out.
I will also have to most likely drop out.
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shady jawn wrote:
Weighted Companion Cube wrote:
bt_green_warbler wrote:This will take place Sunday after the NSC is over.
In that case I will have to drop out.
I will also have to most likely drop out.
I can still play, though ftr I think Saturday would probably be better for me. Where at UMD will this be held?
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Lawrence Wang, Jesse Bennett, and I are not attending PACE NSC; please remove us. Thanks.
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I will play the Bay Area mirror of this, so I won't play it at NSC.
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bt_green_warbler wrote:My apologies to the teams that wanted to play geography questions today; for those not attending NSC, I will arrange to have the packets read in the irc and at a Bay Area practice (for the Berkeley/Bellarmine contingent).
Some Stanford players would be interested in this Bay Area practice thing.
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shady jawn wrote:
Weighted Companion Cube wrote:
bt_green_warbler wrote:This will take place Sunday after the NSC is over.
In that case I will have to drop out.
I will also have to most likely drop out.
Since it looks like my team is gone, I'll have to drop out as well.
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This tournament took place after the finals of NSC.

The 13 players were divided into two teams, Team Maryland (five Maryland residents plus Vimal Konduri of Cistercian deputized as an honorary Marylander) and Team World (everyone else). The set was played as one 40/40 supergame; in accordance with the NSC setting, the bonuses bounced back. Team Maryland defeated Team World 785-580; David Madden of Team World was the leading scorer.

Stats are here.

This set will be read in the irc at some point in the next few weeks, for interested players who were unable to attend NSC or unable to stay after the finals on Sunday. There will also be a Bay Area mirror early in the fall (at whatever high school tournament draws enough critical mass of interested Berkeley/Stanford/Bellarmine personnel). Anyone interested in the set as practice material should contact me.

Special thanks to Jasper Lee of Ohio State for his contributions to the editor's packets; Jasper, I hope you'll be able to join us in the irc and play those parts of the set that you didn't write.
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I had tons of fun playing this set! Watching a high school freshman get the two hardest questions in the set was a rather humbling moment for all of us, though.
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I am pleased to report two additional instances of Geography Monstrosity 5:

1) By popular demand, it will appear at Ottawa's mirror of VCU Open (August 17th)

2) I will read the packets in the IRC this coming Friday, July 12th at 7 pm Eastern. I expect an international audience of geography players who were unable to attend the 2013 NSC.
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This can also be added to Side Event Sunday at VCU Open's main site, if there is interest from enough people who didn't play it before.
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I would be happy to provide the set for that purpose, if demand exists to play it.
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Reading this now in #geomonstrosity.
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