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EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:29 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Since the other Mizzou Open side events are coming out of the woodwork, I figure I should too.

EuroFest is tournament where all the questions are about European history. Its format will probably be 10 packets of 16/16. The questions will be written by myself and noted media darling Dallas Simons, though other writers may be added later. The event will be held at Mizzou Open weekend, currently scheduled for June 6.

The tournament will be significantly more accessible than my past history tournaments, and the tossups will be shorter on average.

Since I will almost certainly not be at Mizzou Open, I would like somebody to volunteer to TD. Also, since it now seems that Mizzou Open will not be mirrored, I would like to see the tournament mirrored in other parts of the country if possible (not necessarily on the same weekend).

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:54 am
by Mike Bentley
I'll play contingent on me attending this tournament.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:37 am
by Auks Ran Ova
Yeah, I'll play again.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:20 am
by millionwaves
Hey,

I don't have much interest playing a tournament entirely composed of European history, but I plan to be at Missouri Open. I can direct this on site, if you like.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:07 am
by grapesmoker
I love European history. If I am there, I will definitely play.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:52 pm
by Important Bird Area
Whig's Boson wrote:I would like to see the tournament mirrored in other parts of the country if possible (not necessarily on the same weekend).
Anyone else up for a west coast mirror?

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:29 pm
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Also, just to clarify - I have nothing against a general mirror of Mizzou Open on either coast, so I'm not exactly sure that what Bruce posted is right.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:20 pm
by No Rules Westbrook
You know, the usual...if I'm there,I'll play.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:32 pm
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
I have followed up with Trygve, and he will be the director for this tournament at our site.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:51 pm
by Schweizerkas
bt_green_warbler wrote:
Whig's Boson wrote:I would like to see the tournament mirrored in other parts of the country if possible (not necessarily on the same weekend).
Anyone else up for a west coast mirror?
I'd certainly play a mirror of this if it were in the Bay Area.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:04 pm
by millionwaves
Hey, everyone,

As Charlie noted, I'll be serving as the Tournament Director for the Mizzou site. It sounds like the current plan is to play the main event on Saturday, and then both this and Asian lit on Sunday. If you have any questions, or want to sign up, you can feel free to e-mail me at trygvemeade@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you all there,
Trygve Meade

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:40 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Bump. This is still happening.

Since there is now a very active discussion about History writing on the other forum and therefore a lot of people have History writing on the mind right now, I'd just like to take this chance to announce that we are still happy to accept people who want to write a few (or a lot!) of questions for this event. Please email me if you're interested!

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:12 am
by Auroni
Schweizerkas wrote:
bt_green_warbler wrote:
Whig's Boson wrote:I would like to see the tournament mirrored in other parts of the country if possible (not necessarily on the same weekend).
Anyone else up for a west coast mirror?
I'd certainly play a mirror of this if it were in the Bay Area.
There's a west coast mirror, but it's in San Diego:

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=7394

I encourage everyone to come to this, I'll mirror it if there is sufficient interest.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:43 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
I am happy to announce that Phil Graves and Jeff Hoppes have been added to the writing team for EuroFest.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:29 pm
by dxdtdemon
Is this tournament also going to be a side event at the Maryland mirror?

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 4:20 pm
by DumbJaques
Yeah, the Maryland mirror will be running every event available.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sun May 17, 2009 2:33 pm
by EncyclopediaCDRom
Assuming that I will fly to DC and drive to UMCP, I would definitely play in these EuroFest doubles/triples/quadruples on that Saturday night, for I also love to study Western Civilization.

Happy early 65th anniversary of the definitive D-Day,
Rom Masrour
CPS/UIC

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sun May 17, 2009 3:28 pm
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Yeah, this event is still happening (at Mizzou at least, I haven't heard from UMD).

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sun May 17, 2009 4:03 pm
by DumbJaques
We'll run all the side events Missouri Open runs (which, at the moment, is pretty much just this one, I think). So, yeah, it's happening at Maryland.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sun May 17, 2009 7:22 pm
by Mike Bentley
This is also happening in San Diego, right?

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sun May 17, 2009 10:23 pm
by Auroni
Yes, I just need to talk to Bruce about it.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 12:13 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Just a warning: I am strongly considering changing the format to make it packets of 20/0, rather than packets of 16/16. I am not looking forward to writing, say, 20 bonuses on French history that have no repeats with my already-written 20 tossups on French history and still keeping everything accessible.

The tournament would still be 10 packets regardless of what format I settle on.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 1:03 am
by DumbJaques
I actually prefer 20/0 to 16/16, although I would think that the time tradeoff would be comparable to at least switching to like 24/0. I like forward to the event regardless.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 8:11 pm
by Mike Bentley
Yeah I think these tournaments end up being better when they're tossup only.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sun May 31, 2009 8:11 pm
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
At this time, I can confirm that EuroFest will stick to the 16/16 format. The distribution will be as follows:

2/2 Britain
2/2 France
2/2 German Speaking World (defined as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland)
1/1 Iberian Peninsula
1/1 Italy
1/1 Scandinavia + Low Countries
1/1 Eastern Europe (defined as Baltic States, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia)
1/1 Russia (defined as former USSR)
1/1 Byzantium + Post Classical Greece + Albania
1/1 Classical Greece
1/1 Classical Rome
1/1 European Culture (books, thought, fine arts)
1/1 Grab Bag (could be anything!)

The distribution refers only to geographic scope; thus, when I say that the 1/1 Russia distribution is defined as "former USSR", this does not mean that questions will be restricted to Soviet-era history, but that any question about the history of a territory that was part of the USSR will fall under the Russia distribution. Within each category, I have of course made an effort to create a balance as to time and type of question.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:21 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
The tournament's done. I will randomize the set and then send it to representatives of each of the three sites.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:43 am
by Cheynem
As with Harvard International, I have written 1 (one) question for this. See if you can spot it.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:07 am
by BuzzerZen
Cheynem wrote:1 (one)
You're doing it wrong!

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:58 am
by naturalistic phallacy
Cheynem wrote:As with Harvard International, I have written 1 (one) question for this. See if you can spot it.
We should form a club!

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:37 pm
by Auks Ran Ova
tetragrammatology wrote:
Cheynem wrote:As with Harvard International, I have written 1 (one) question for this. See if you can spot it.
We should form a club!
I am better than both of you, but only as good as the two of you combined, since I wrote two (2) questions for this tournament. Hope you enjoyed [REDACTED] and [REDACTED]!

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:49 pm
by AKKOLADE
Ukonvasara wrote:
tetragrammatology wrote:
Cheynem wrote:As with Harvard International, I have written 1 (one) question for this. See if you can spot it.
We should form a club!
I am better than both of you, but only as good as the two of you combined, since I wrote two (2) questions for this tournament. Hope you enjoyed [REDACTED] and [REDACTED]!
pfft, write 3 then we'll talk about impressing me

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:01 pm
by millionwaves
Hey, everyone,

We ran this tournament yesterday following the completion of Mizzou Open. At first, four people wanted to play, so we ran a round robin among Matt Weiner, Mike Sorice, Trevor Davis, and Gautam Kandlikar. That went as:

1 - Matt Weiner (3-0)
2 - Trevor Davis (2-1)
3 - Mike Sorice (1-2)
4 - Gautam Kandlikar (0-3)

Then we decided that the best thing to do would be to play the rest of the packets in a free for all singles format, tossups only. Charlie Dees and James Sanner joined in. That worked out like this:

1: Matt Weiner (four hundred and some)
2: Trevor Davis (170)
3: Mike Sorice (165)
4: Charlie Dees
5: Gautam Kandlikar
6: James Sanner

To be honest, I can't remember between Gautam and Charlie who came out ahead, but I believe that that's correct. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the packets, and I think everyone had a good time. Thanks to Bruce et al for providing a good set, to everyone who helped me write questions for my slice of the distribution, and to everyone who played.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 3:45 pm
by dtaylor4
For those who care:

Here are the stats for the three rounds.

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:23 pm
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
For clarity's sake, I only played for 1/20th of a game, and I only got that one tossup right. Not 2 and 1 neg.