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The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by Auroni » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:23 am

This is an announcement for The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni, a video games doubles tournament taking the second slot on CO Sunday, in between history doubles and Gorilla lit singles. In the interest of it not taking forever, I'm going to produce 8 packets of 21 powermarked tossups (20 tossups, +1 tiebreaker), capped at 8 lines. The difficulty would be "challenging but not impossible" and the distribution would be "as fair a mix of every genre of video game as I can feasibly write." It should go without saying, but if you want to play this, please don't book an early Sunday flight back.

I'm going to go with 50% of the tossups across the set and in each packet will pertain to games released before the year 2000, and 50% afterwards, with stuff straddling the years being slotted into either category as suits the needs of the set. As for genres, I'm going to say that most of the content across the set and in each packet will be on familiar genres: action, adventure, action-adventure, RPG, platformers, horror, strategy, shooters, etc, and the rest of the content will be on other things. Most questions will also be about the PC, major consoles, and major handhelds, with a few questions about weird ones. I really don't want to outright state that I'm going to write 10 shooter tossups, though, because I have no idea a priori if that's too much (although I hate most shooters, so it probably is), or too little, and would like the ability to adjust as I'm writing the tournament. Essentially I'll be thinking about balancing all the major stuff out, writing stuff to correct perceived imbalances, and believe that is approach is much fairer than compartmentalizing heavily by time and genre to the point where i'm stuck looking up answers for 5 pre-1990 sports video game questions.

I'm not going to write anything for this until after ACF Nationals is over. Price for entry is $10/team. Here's a spreadsheet for team formation: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc ... sp=sharing
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Re: 2014 CO Video Games Tournament

Post by Auks Ran Ova » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:23 am

yaaaaaaaaaaaay
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Re: 2014 CO Video Games Tournament

Post by Auroni » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:32 am

Also, this isn't a charity tournament; I'd like $10 per team.
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Re: 2014 CO Video Games Tournament

Post by Mike Bentley » Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:05 pm

I'll play this pending flights.

I hope it's not going to be all JRPG crap.
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Re: 2014 CO Video Games Tournament

Post by Cheynem » Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:30 pm

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Re: 2014 CO Video Games Tournament

Post by Auroni » Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:24 pm

I don't think I've ever written "only JRPG crap" for any of the packets or tournaments I've written with video game components to them before, why would I start now?
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Re: 2014 CO Video Games Tournament

Post by Mike Bentley » Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:44 pm

Kenneth Widmerpool wrote:I don't think I've ever written "only JRPG crap" for any of the packets or tournaments I've written with video game components to them before, why would I start now?
This was mainly a joke. In any event, a distribution would be nice.
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Re: 2014 CO Video Games Tournament

Post by Auroni » Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:14 am

I'm going to go with 50% of the tossups will pertain to games released before the year 2000, and 50% afterwards, with stuff straddling the years being slotted into either category as suits the needs of the set. As for genres, I'm going to say that most of the content will be on familiar genres: action, adventure, action-adventure, RPG, platformers, horror, strategy, shooters, etc, and the rest of the content will be on other things. I really don't want to outright state that I'm going to write 10 shooter tossups, though, because I have no idea a priori if that's too much (although I hate most shooters, so it probably is), or too little, and would like the ability to adjust as I'm writing the tournament. Essentially I'll be thinking about balancing all the major stuff out, writing stuff to correct perceived imbalances, and believe that is approach is much fairer than compartmentalizing heavily by time and genre to the point where i'm stuck looking up answers for 5 pre-1990 sports questions.

I'll also put this info in the opening post.
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Re: 2014 CO Video Games Tournament

Post by Auroni » Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:22 am

First post now has a spreadsheet for team formation if you want to get a jump on doing that.
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Re: 2014 CO Video Games Tournament

Post by Auroni » Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:03 pm

Due to recent fuckery, I have made the sign-up spreadsheet for this tournament editable only by people who request access to edit it.
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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by AKKOLADE » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:31 pm

please add me and my teammate seymour heinies to your list
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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by Auroni » Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:54 pm

Just bumping this thread to ask people to sign up on the spreadsheet if you want to play. 12 and 18 are good final field sizes, 15 is okay. Also, we have 5 moderators right now, so if you're around and this tournament doesn't interest you, consider reading for it; I'll buy you a soda if you do.
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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by Lagotto Romagnolo » Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:41 pm

Still looking for a teammate; message me if you're interested (all the more if you know FPS, sports, and RTS games).

EDIT: Found one.
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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by The Time Keeper » Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:28 am

I need a teammate for this. I have semi-decent knowledge of everything from 16-bit and before, I'm okay at the generation after, and only really bad on modern stuff, with random deep pockets sparsely scattered everywhere. The main draw is that I'm awesome to be around.
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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by grapesmoker » Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:41 pm

Sparks Nevada wrote:I need a teammate for this. I have semi-decent knowledge of everything from 16-bit and before, I'm okay at the generation after, and only really bad on modern stuff, with random deep pockets sparsely scattered everywhere. The main draw is that I'm awesome to be around.
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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by The Time Keeper » Sun Jul 13, 2014 12:35 am

grapesmoker wrote:
Sparks Nevada wrote:I need a teammate for this. I have semi-decent knowledge of everything from 16-bit and before, I'm okay at the generation after, and only really bad on modern stuff, with random deep pockets sparsely scattered everywhere. The main draw is that I'm awesome to be around.
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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by Auroni » Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:16 am

Sparks Nevada wrote:
grapesmoker wrote:
Sparks Nevada wrote:I need a teammate for this. I have semi-decent knowledge of everything from 16-bit and before, I'm okay at the generation after, and only really bad on modern stuff, with random deep pockets sparsely scattered everywhere. The main draw is that I'm awesome to be around.
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With this match made in heaven, we're at 14 teams. I'd really like two more teams to sign up so we can have a straightforward tournament without byes, but if nobody else signs up by midnight Friday morning, then I'll make this the field cap.
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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by Windows ME » Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:33 pm

I will read or play*. Depending on what works best for Auroni's schedule/total number of teams.

* I'm really, really bad at this topic.
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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by Auroni » Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:05 am

Field's officially closed at 14 teams. We'll be splitting into two groups of 7 and playing a round robin within each group. The teams that have the bye each round will play each other for an uncounted game (unless they don't want to hear any more of my splendid questions, I guess). The top one team from each bracket will throw down on the last packet. I went for broke with extremely arcane, dumb team names for teams that didn't already have them.

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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by Benin Rebirth Party » Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:55 pm

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... deo_games/

A one game cross bracket final was played. Rob 1/6/2, Mike 1/0/0 = 80 lost to Mik 1/3/0 , Tejas 0/5/1 = 90.
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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by Auroni » Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:08 pm

That did indeed happen. Congratulations to Mik and Tejas.
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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by grapesmoker » Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:45 pm

pandabear555 wrote:http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... deo_games/

A one game cross bracket final was played. Rob 1/6/2, Mike 1/0/0 = 80 lost to Mik 1/3/0 , Tejas 0/5/1 = 90.
Owing to a protest of ours being upheld, we actually beat Eric and Ike, and thus our record should be 3-3.
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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by Sima Guang Hater » Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:07 pm

grapesmoker wrote:
pandabear555 wrote:http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... deo_games/

A one game cross bracket final was played. Rob 1/6/2, Mike 1/0/0 = 80 lost to Mik 1/3/0 , Tejas 0/5/1 = 90.
Owing to a protest of ours being upheld, we actually beat Eric and Ike, and thus our record should be 3-3.
He wouldn't have taken your answer of "Mario 2" for "Super Mario Bros 2" though :party: :party: :party:
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Re: The Secret Island of Dr. Auroni

Post by grapesmoker » Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:41 pm

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote: He wouldn't have taken your answer of "Mario 2" for "Super Mario Bros 2" though :party: :party: :party:
That's bullshit and you fucking know it.
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