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The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:33 am
by Cheynem
In honor of the end of my active playing career, I will be "organizing" a mostly trash side event that appropriately plays tribute to me. This is basically an event like Tricon in which participants will write a packet with a very specific distribution, in this case, a distribution that reflects the themes of the IRC packets I have written throughout my career.

What I hope to do is coalesce the packets into an IRC (or I guess, Skype) event that will be read some night or weekend during which nothing is going on (or alternatively, attached to some tournament, but a slapdash IRC format seems most appropriate, given the tournament's theme). I will write a packet and will also read the packets of those who submit them but will not be present--otherwise, I'll play. I have no idea who, if any, plan on submitting packets to this, but I'll offer details as to when and where it will take place when I start getting some other packets (probably not for a while).

DISTRIBUTION (30 tossups--in keeping with a Mike Cheyne packet, these should be short and use as many flavorful anecdotes as possible)

1. 1 tossup on any aspect of American history
2. 1 tossup on American history that only covers the years 1900-1980
3. 1 tossup on American history that only covers the years 1980-2000
4. 1 tossup on American history that involves the concept of "thought"
5. 1 tossup on American history where the answerline is a person
6. 1 tossup on American "political and/or social history"
7. 1 tossup related to memes that were spawned from American or British political or cultural history
8. 1 tossup related to political scandals (don't have to be American)
9. 1 tossup about Disney things
10. 1 tossup about the 1950's (any aspect/country)
11. 1 tossup on any trash topic of your choice
12. 1 tossup on any trash topic of your choice
13. 1 tossup related to the show Saturday Night Live
14. 1 tossup related to the usage of music in film
15. 1 tossup related to the usage of music in film
16. 1 tossup about sports, which should use a clue about injuries
17. 1 tossup related to the show Phineas and Ferb
18. 1 tossup about how a person died
19. 1 tossup where the answerline is a manner of death
20. 1 tossup related to professional wrestling
21. 1 tossup where the answerline is the episode of a TV show (I would suggest making this a common link if possible)
22. 1 tossup related to horror movies
23. 1 tossup that you would expect John Lawrence to do well on but is not about classical music
24. 1 tossup on movies in general
25. 1 tossup on television in general
26. 1 tossup on comic books in general
27. 1 tossup that is a mash-up
28. 1 tossup on either a short story or a play written in the English language
29. 1 tossup on NES/SNES/Sega Genesis video games (can include Game Gear and Game Boy and perhaps Virtual Boy)
30. 1 tossup related to "cultural studies and/or communication theory"

Feel free to use your imagination in writing these tossups. Like obviously you don't have to write on something from Phineas and Ferb, but just use a clue from the show that points to some other answerline.

The following topics are banned from any packet:
-the Aroostook War
-Thomas Merton and/or The Seven Storey Mountain

I don't obviously anticipate mass interest in this, but I'll definitely write at least one, maybe more, packets for it, and I think if at least a few people contribute some things, we could have a fun little event.

COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED PACKETS (10)
Auroni Gupta
Brian McNamara
Connor Teevens and Co.
Cory Haala
Evan Adams and Co.
Joe Nutter and Adam Sperber
Matt Weiner and Carsten Gehring
Mike Cheyne
Rob Carson and Bernadette Spencer
Will Holub-Moorman

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:35 am
by AKKOLADE
If my Facebook wall is any indication, only 1/30 of this being devoted to wrestling is underdoing it by a factor of about 25.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:00 pm
by Mike Bentley
Depending on when this is, I'd write a packet for it.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:04 pm
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
I'll write a packet for this.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:08 pm
by Bartleby
I would write for and play this tournament.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:25 pm
by The Bold Ideas of Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
As would I.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:41 pm
by Cheynem
When you have completed a packet, send it to me at chey0004 AT umn DOT edu. When I have a non-one amount of packets, I'll see what time/setting works best.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:55 pm
by The Bold Ideas of Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Cheynem wrote:When you have completed a packet, send it to me at chey0004 AT umn DOT edu. When I have a non-one amount of packets, I'll see what time/setting works best.
Is there any unofficial deadline or just a soon-as-you-can deal?

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:12 pm
by Cody
Cheynem wrote:When you have completed a packet, send it to me at chey0004 AT umn DOT edu. When I have a non-one amount of packets, I'll see what time/setting works best.
If the "deadline" was after Triacontakaipentagon, I'd contribute a packet (probably with someone).

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:31 pm
by Sima Guang Hater
I'd love to contribute to and/or play this

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:35 pm
by ThisIsMyUsername
I wouldn't be able to contribute to this till at least a week after VCU Open. But for very obvious reasons, I would love to participate in this tournament.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:30 pm
by Nice hockey Cote d'Azur
I'd like to collaborate on a packet for this.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:08 pm
by Cheynem
There is no real deadline for this right now; we'll see how things go. I know folks probably have a lot on their plates right now with VCUO and Tricon.

What I will probably do is when I finish my packet and start getting a few (?), I will set a firmer deadline, and then try to attach it to something/announce an IRC date. I'm guessing that at least in my neck of the woods, it will be run as like a CAHOOTS-esque informal event.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:17 am
by Banana Stand
I'll be writing a packet for this. Possibly two packets, since U.S. history and trash are my favorite things to write about.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:19 am
by Auroni
against my better judgment i'm in

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:11 pm
by Cheynem
The winner will receive an autographed copy of my dissertation.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:36 pm
by ryanrosenberg
I'll play and possibly write, depending on how much time I end up having.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:23 pm
by Holla!
I'm in, if only for the copy of your dissertation.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:37 pm
by Cheynem
I said winner, not last place.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:47 pm
by Auks Ran Ova
I will write for this.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:03 pm
by Steeve Ho You Fat
I would like to split the writing of a packet with someone. Note: I already have a wrestling tossup, if you are worried about having to write that.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:30 am
by Cheynem
Again, just e-mail me any completed packet. I have added in a "packets completed/received" section in the first post.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:42 am
by AKKOLADE
Do you not want to write a wrestling tossup? I'll offer my services as a giant nerd in exchange for any questions you will write for the Introductory Collaborative Collegiate Set. If you commit to write any questions for ICCS, I will write your wrestling question.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:02 pm
by Ethnic history of the Vilnius region
I definitely want to write and play for this.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:05 am
by Cheynem
A reminder to powermark your packets. You don't have to superpower your stuff, but you can if you want.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:26 am
by Cheynem
I have Will's packet and can finish mine pretty soon. Once I get five, I will set a date for final submissions.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:31 am
by AKKOLADE
Cheynem wrote:Once I get five

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:43 am
by theMoMA
If I can get some other things lined up, I'll put together a packet before the week's out.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:45 am
by Cheynem
There will be at least two packets completed for this by the Michigan VCUO. If you are almost done with a packet, please complete it this week so we can run at least the initial version of this event then (future packets of course will be played elsewhere).

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:34 am
by Bartleby
Cheynem wrote:There will be at least two packets completed for this by the Michigan VCUO. If you are almost done with a packet, please complete it this week so we can run at least the initial version of this event then (future packets of course will be played elsewhere).
I won't be done by then, but could probably have something together by the 23rd.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:15 pm
by Cheynem
Since Michigan VCUO schedule is now pretty stacked and I haven't received any more packets, I'm going to postpone a full running of this until August 23 at UMN (with online reading accompanying). Please submit a packet by that date. If you are definitely writing a packet but won't have it done until then, let me know.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:38 am
by Cheynem
To clear up any confusion:

*The (in person) playing of this tournament will take place on August 24 on the Sunday following Minnesota's VCU Open mirror. Packets should hopefully be in by then.
*Some time after that (the week/weekend) afterwards, I will host an online iteration of it for those who are not in the Minnesota area.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:11 am
by Cheynem
A reminder that if at all possible please get these packets into me by Sunday morning. I currently have three. I know that at least packets from Rob Carson et al, Joe Nutter et al, Will Nediger et al, Matt Weiner et al, and maybe a few others (Andrew Hart? Auroni Gupta?) are in some state of completeness, so for the actual event we should be looking at probably 6+ packets.

For those not in Minnesota, I will read the packet I wrote tonight if there's interest as a preview of this event and also so you can see the level of spice I'm looking for in these.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:42 am
by theMoMA
I will write a packet today/tonight (or at least the bulk of one to be finished on Saturday).

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:14 pm
by Bartleby
Cheynem wrote:A reminder that if at all possible please get these packets into me by Sunday morning. I currently have three. I know that at least packets from Rob Carson et al, Joe Nutter et al, Will Nediger et al, Matt Weiner et al, and maybe a few others (Andrew Hart? Auroni Gupta?) are in some state of completeness, so for the actual event we should be looking at probably 6+ packets.

For those not in Minnesota, I will read the packet I wrote tonight if there's interest as a preview of this event and also so you can see the level of spice I'm looking for in these.
I am sitting in Starbucks writing my packet currently, and should be finished with it by the end of the day tomorrow.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:59 pm
by Coelacanth
Cheynem wrote:To clear up any confusion:

*The (in person) playing of this tournament will take place on August 24 on the Sunday following Minnesota's VCU Open mirror. Packets should hopefully be in by then.
Do we know when this is going to happen on Sunday? I might wander by.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:27 pm
by Cheynem
We're starting Tricon at noon or so and then doing these packets after that, probably 3 PM?

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:06 pm
by Auroni
My packet is half-done, you'll have it by tomorrow afternoon maybe.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:16 pm
by Nice hockey Cote d'Azur
What time are you planning on reading tonight?

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:55 pm
by Cheynem
Around 8:30 CST

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:09 am
by Auroni
For people not playing the physical mirror of this event, I will read my packet on IRC at 3:30 PM EST Saturday.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:39 am
by Cheynem
Don't forget it to send it to me by Early Sunday Morning.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:46 am
by Auroni
Auroni wrote:For people not playing the physical mirror of this event, I will read my packet on IRC at 3:30 PM EST Saturday.
Two readings of this happened today. Sam and Matt Weiner won them, and here are the rest of the scores.

tejas - 65
sam - 90
dylan - 0
adam - 35
john - 65
stephen - 20
gabriel - 20
york - 20
ted - 15

mattw - 205
doug - -10
alejandro - 15
manners - 20
mattb - 40
eric - 15

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:56 pm
by Cheynem
Here is the schedule for the reading of these packets if you have not played them (or all of them) so far. I will read them.


FRIDAY (starting at 7 PM CST)
1. Brian McNamara packet
2. Mike Cheyne packet
3. Evan Adams/Cody Voight/Tommy Casalaspi packet
4. Cory Haala packet
5. Rob Carson/Bernadette Spencer packet

SATURDAY (starting at 7 PM CST)
1. Andrew Hart packet
2. Matt Weiner/Carsten Gehring packet
3. Will Holub-Moorman packet
4. Will Nediger/Connor Teevens/Saul Hankin/Drew Scheeler packet
5. Auroni Gupta/Joelle Smart packet
6. Joe Nutter/Adam Sperber packet

The packets will be read in the order you see here in #mcm in the IRC, so come and go as you wish if you have already played some of them. The entire set will be posted afterwards.

Some ground rules:
1. Since there are a lot of packets, we will proceed as quickly as possible. That means, general timing rules will be enforced (i.e., don't buzz in and sit there for 30 seconds, I'll neg you).
2. Do not buzz in and then withdraw; I'll neg you (unless someone else has buzzed in before you and said your answer).
3. The schedule will not be changed in any way. I will not start a packet later, rearrange the order of the packets being read, etc.
4. Many of these packets were read in the IRC at some haphazard point. If there happens to be a packet in which by far the vast majority of the room has heard, I reserve the right to skip it.
5. If you win a packet, you win a Slammy Award.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:09 pm
by Cheynem
Tonight's packets will be in #mcmbr, not #mcm. I'll see how many people have not heard Auroni's packet; he read it enough that we might skip it.

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:38 pm
by Adventure Temple Trail
Are the packets from this event available and/or collected somewhere?

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:26 pm
by Bloodwych

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:26 pm
by Nice hockey Cote d'Azur