ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by naturalistic phallacy » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:39 pm

I will probably want to play this if I am at PACE :)
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by grapesmoker » Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:06 pm

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myamphigory wrote:Jerry is going to design an eHarmony-style website to choose the ideal teams from the pool of players who will be attending.
Wouldn't this grant Jerry the power to also prevent people from playing?
Since unlike eHarmony I discriminate against no one (except people who like bad quizbowl, and who will not be attending this tournament anyway) I would not abuse my powers to prevent anyone from participating.

Seriously, my attitude towards team formation is that you should form whatever teams you like and would enjoy playing on. I have enough work as it is without doing it for you, and I don't like drafts because I think they are silly and time-consuming, so it's up to you to pick your own teammates.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by Matt Weiner » Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:18 pm

grapesmoker wrote:Seriously, my attitude towards team formation is that you should form whatever teams you like and would enjoy playing on. I have enough work as it is without doing it for you, and I don't like drafts because I think they are silly and time-consuming, so it's up to you to pick your own teammates.
Perhaps a compromise that would achieve the goals of a draft without requiring so much time or effort is for Jerry to make a list of N players, after seeing who's coming to this, and prohibit people on that list from playing on the same team. (I am assuming that the purpose of all this is to avoid the formation of super-teams.)
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by grapesmoker » Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:29 pm

Matt Weiner wrote:
grapesmoker wrote:Seriously, my attitude towards team formation is that you should form whatever teams you like and would enjoy playing on. I have enough work as it is without doing it for you, and I don't like drafts because I think they are silly and time-consuming, so it's up to you to pick your own teammates.
Perhaps a compromise that would achieve the goals of a draft without requiring so much time or effort is for Jerry to make a list of N players, after seeing who's coming to this, and prohibit people on that list from playing on the same team. (I am assuming that the purpose of all this is to avoid the formation of super-teams.)
Is there a strong driver to prevent to formation of super-teams? Again, I really don't care how people choose to organize themselves, but my not-so-secret wish (indeed, the very idea of this tournament) is to have all the best players in the country (perhaps even elder statesmen like Zeke or Andrew) come out to play this tournament, and if they want to form a certain team then I'm not sure I would feel comfortable forbidding them to do so. However, if the populace clamors for no super-teams and such a policy won't drive anyone away, then I guess we could do that too.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN) » Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:33 pm

Not that I would be a member of one, but I kinda like superteams.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by Captain Sinico » Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:54 pm

I guess I'll probably be at PACE and therefore play this thing.
I, for one, am in favor of a draft, though I'm certainly not averse to super-teams (how could I be, after all?) I think you could perform a draft without too much difficulty on IRC or something the night before, when your attendees will be relatively fixed. Perhaps you could run a short supplemental draft before the event in case more people unexpectedly sign up at the last minute.

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by Mike Bentley » Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:59 pm

I would prefer a draft and would like to note that the Gunpei draft took about 15 minutes, which certainly wasn't some outrageous amount of time.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by Skepticism and Animal Feed » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:05 pm

Would Jerry be opposed to Susan's eHarmony idea if somebody else did all the work?
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by grapesmoker » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:49 am

Whig's Boson wrote:Would Jerry be opposed to Susan's eHarmony idea if somebody else did all the work?
I'm not opposed to any specific configuration provided it does not keep away anyone who wants to play. If people want to do what Susan suggested, it would be easy for met to set that up.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by No Rules Westbrook » Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:12 pm

There's a pretty good chance I can make it to PACE, and if so, of course I'd play this.

For the record, I'd prefer a draft, but whatever gets set up is fine with me. Like Jerry, I'm just a fan of big awesome fields.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by Lagotto Romagnolo » Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:55 am

I'll be around for PACE, so of course I'd love to play this.

Susan's eHarmony idea sounds interesting; we could certainly give that a shot.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by Susan » Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:17 pm

Hey, Jerry and people running things at PACE--there is general curiosity about whether ROBOT will be done early enough for people to fly out on Monday evening.
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Post by Mike Bentley » Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:21 pm

I'm also curious about it's length because if it finishes relatively early I might try to organize a trash version of GEURRILLA.
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Post by at your pleasure » Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:41 pm

Assuming this is held at GMU and that it ends after NSC wraps up, I am provisionally interested. How long should this run?
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Post by No Rules Westbrook » Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:47 pm

Yeah, is it possible to get a feel for probable start time and ending time for this?
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by BuzzerZen » Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:05 pm

The rooms at GMU for ROBOT are reserved for 8am-7pm. Beyond that, I am unable to comment.
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Post by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN) » Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:36 pm

Perhaps if time is a concern, we could do something like play 4 games of this on Sunday night? If the final gets out at about the same time it did last year, there's certainly plenty of time to start doing this.
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Post by BuzzerZen » Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:58 pm

Jeremy Gibbs Free Energy wrote:Perhaps if time is a concern, we could do something like play 4 games of this on Sunday night? If the final gets out at about the same time it did last year, there's certainly plenty of time to start doing this.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ROBOT I (Washington DC, 5/24/09)

Post by grapesmoker » Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:14 pm

So, I'm sorry to say that my research commitments, which I didn't think I'd have when I announced ROBOT, are going to make it impossible for me to produce the tournament I would like to produce. With that in mind, I'm going to shelve ROBOT until the fall and instead we'll have a tournament I am designating The Emergency. An announcement is going to be posted shortly.
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