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CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:19 pm
by Tower Monarch
This is the announcement for Cameron and Tommy Open (aka Tommy and Cameron Open), or CaTO/TaCO to be held on Sunday, August 9, 2009, the day after VCU Open on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Richmond, VA. As the name indicates, this is an open event entirely written by Maggie Walker student Tommy Casalaspi and myself. The current plan for difficulty is Regionals with the expansion common among summer open events.
EDIT: After hearing this year's ACF Regionals and Nationals, I will say that our projected difficulty is closer to the latter, but will aim for accessibility in bonuses (especially the middle parts, which we will actively attempt to make consistent) and in at least 3/4 of tossups (the idea here is not to overwhelm with canon expansion while not limiting the writers to stock answers).

In terms of eligibility, this is of course Open, but depending on numbers (say, at least 3 contenders), we are prepared to recognize the top team consisting only of high schoolers (defined as having been enrolled within the last year), as the original concept for this tournament was the completion of the analogy ICT/ACF Nationals: Chicago Open :: NSC/HSNCT: ______. Therefore, this will obviously be below the difficulty of CO (and VCU Open), but "superteams" are more than welcome.

We will tentatively (and likely) use the same fee structure as VCU Open, copied here for reference:
Base fee $100 per team
Buzzers: -$10 each (no limit)
Staffers: -$20 each (no limit)
Minimum fee: $0

To get a discount, buzzers must actually work for the purpose of a normal quizbowl game; that is, they must have eight working activators, a working control box, and either a working power cord or a fresh battery, as applicable. Don't waste everyone's time bringing broken buzzers to the tournament. That's actually worse than bringing no buzzers at all! Don't bring broken staffers either.

To register, post here or email me at the address below.

As the location and timing will be based on VCU's reservations, I have for now copied the information for VCU Open here:
LOCATION/DIRECTIONS/PARKING: The tournament will take place somewhere on our Monroe Park campus (aka "Academic Campus"). We will have more details once the room reservations come back.

TIMES: Registration will run from 8:45 to 9:00 AM, with the goal of starting Round 1 as soon as possible after 9:00.

The packets will be ACF format with a similar distribution (some notable differences include a near absence of Geography). Since we should have 15 packets ready for the tournament, format will be entirely dependent on number of teams.

Until we straighten out payment information, cash is our preference. If you need to make out a check now or soon, make it out to Cameron Orth and I will make sure it gets to the right people.

If you have any questions, comments or mirroring requests, post here or let me know at outhwest AT gmail DOT com

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:37 pm
by Rompimientos del Centauro
I'm going to play this, but I'm looking for teammates.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:41 pm
by Cheynem
I will assume I am playing this, perhaps with the team I play with on Saturday (?).

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:50 pm
by Self-incompatibility in plants
I'm very interested in playing this, and almost certainly not with CR (meaning I'm on the hunt for a team, if anyone will have me).

edit: clarification

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:54 pm
by Kouign Amann
GlitchYC wrote:I'm going to play this, but I'm looking for teammates.
ImaPC wrote:I'm very interested in playing this, and likely not with my team.
Hey, who's interested in a probably very pathetic high school team? I'm not sure, but I'd kinda like to play this too.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:57 pm
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Prof.Whoopie wrote:
GlitchYC wrote:I'm going to play this, but I'm looking for teammates.
ImaPC wrote:I'm very interested in playing this, and likely not with my team.
Hey, who's interested in a probably very pathetic high school team? I'm not sure, but I'd kinda like to play this too.
Actually Aidan, Trey and i (tentatively) are thinking of playing together for this. You may join our sucky tandem...

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:59 pm
by Self-incompatibility in plants
Actually Aidan, Trey and i (tentatively) are thinking of playing together for this. You may join our sucky tandem...
I need a ride... but yes! rstaraila@gmail.com, if you want to get a hold of me.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:36 pm
by Sir Thopas
Am looking for team, yes sir.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:39 pm
by grapesmoker
Oh look at that, a quizbowl tournament. I'll play this with some assemblage of teammates.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:44 pm
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Caesar Rodney HS wrote:
Prof.Whoopie wrote:
GlitchYC wrote:I'm going to play this, but I'm looking for teammates.
ImaPC wrote:I'm very interested in playing this, and likely not with my team.
Hey, who's interested in a probably very pathetic high school team? I'm not sure, but I'd kinda like to play this too.
Actually Aidan, Trey and i (tentatively) are thinking of playing together for this. You may join our sucky tandem...

May I join this suckfest? I tentatively have gluten-free cookies.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:48 pm
by Self-incompatibility in plants
May I join this suckfest? I tentatively have gluten-free cookies.
Tentatively, yes! The prospect of a CR Anselm hybrid team is pretty intriguing, not to mention fairly convenient. This is working out quite well, assuming things don't utterly fall apart...

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:22 pm
by Mechanical Beasts
I will play this tournament not alone.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:25 am
by naturalistic phallacy
everyday847 wrote:I will play this tournament not alone.
Remember, you, me, Hannah, and Rob are playing this.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:26 am
by Mechanical Beasts
tetragrammatology wrote:
everyday847 wrote:I will play this tournament not alone.
Remember, you, me, Hannah, and Rob are playing this.
I wasn't lying!

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:40 am
by cdcarter
I'm playing this with Charlie R, Sarah, and probably Lily, and it will be exciting.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:50 am
by Auks Ran Ova
tetragrammatology wrote:
everyday847 wrote:I will play this tournament not alone.
Remember, you, me, Hannah, and Rob are playing this.
Oh good, wasn't sure if this was still happening so I was hesitant to post it.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:01 am
by OctagonJoe
I will play this if any team will have me, or staff it as needed.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:22 am
by Cheynem
Okay, so I definitely will need at least two other teammates, maybe three depending on what Silberman is doing. Hook me up either here or at cheyne AT wmis DOT net.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:39 pm
by Kouign Amann
ImaPC wrote:
May I join this suckfest? I tentatively have gluten-free cookies.
Tentatively, yes! The prospect of a CR Anselm hybrid team is pretty intriguing, not to mention fairly convenient. This is working out quite well, assuming things don't utterly fall apart...
Yeah, I'm so down for this.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:45 pm
by Tower Monarch
Since the field magically appeared over the last couple days, here is a tentative field that will (maybe) be updated:
Teams (buzzers):
Andy/Hannah/Rob/Bernadette
Carter/Rosenthal/Angelo/Chen
Taraila/Chrzanowski/Mehigan/Bollinger (1)
TJ "B"
Nathan/York +2
Cheyne/Guy/White (Evan?) +2

(Free) Agents:
Jerry
Carsten
George
Dan

People who will likely show up but haven't said anything:
Evan Adams
Will Butler
Matt Weiner

Staff that definitely won't play:
Cameron
Tommy

I'll try to update this regularly.
EDIT: Difficulty section of the original announcement has been updated. Also, I will announce that virtually all science clues will be coming from textbook knowledge of which advanced students are likely to have heard.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:22 am
by BuzzerZen
Tower Monarch wrote:(the difficulty section, specifically)
Whatever you might say, I am going to assume that this tournament will in fact be harder than VCU Open itself.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:29 am
by Tower Monarch
BuzzerZen wrote:
Tower Monarch wrote:(the difficulty section, specifically)
Whatever you might say, I am going to assume that this tournament will in fact be harder than VCU Open itself.
Hey, I'm writing half of this tournament and editing the other half. If Tommy did the whole thing, then you would probably be correct.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:37 am
by Cheynem
I will happily play with any of the people in the current free agency pool. Evan, are you playing this?

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:07 am
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Put me down as a free agent. (Note: If I end up driving to Richmond that weekend instead of getting a ride, I will have to leave relatively early, no later than 5 or 6. If I do Amtrak, then I'm probably only in for the morning rounds, if I remember their schedule.)

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:14 pm
by lagazzaladra
TJ B would possibly be interested in coming to this.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:36 pm
by Frater Taciturnus
I will either play or staff this.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:40 pm
by I'm a goff (in case you couldn't tell)
Frater Taciturnus wrote:I will either play or staff this.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:56 pm
by Mettius Fufetius
I'm planning to play this, and have currently formed a team with York Chen. We're eagerly looking for other team members; feel free to contact either one of us.

(Edit: also, I should be bringing a buzzer.)

(Edit #2: Carsten Gehring and Zihan Zheng have now completed the team.)

(Edit #3: I'm not bringing a buzzer anymore, because I'm flying, it's a Judge, and I'm worried about airport security.)

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:47 pm
by Cheynem
I'm planning on playing this with at least Guy and perhaps Evan--anyone interested in joining this configuration is welcome to get in touch.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:08 pm
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Cheynem wrote:I'm planning on playing this with at least Guy and perhaps Evan--anyone interested in joining this configuration is welcome to get in touch.
Looks like I'll be the fourth (third?) on this team.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:43 pm
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Tower Monarch wrote:Taraila/Chrzanowski/Mehigan/Bollinger
Oh, we will be bringing a buzzer set, by the way.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:17 pm
by Mechanical Beasts
Since it looks decreasingly likely that I will be able to attend VCU Open, I do not believe I will be able to play this tournament.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:32 pm
by Auks Ran Ova
Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:Since it looks decreasingly likely that I will be able to attend VCU Open, I do not believe I will be able to play this tournament.
:sad:

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:41 pm
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Ukonvasara wrote:
Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:Since it looks decreasingly likely that I will be able to attend VCU Open, I do not believe I will be able to play this tournament.
:sad:
This is true for me as well.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:17 pm
by naturalistic phallacy
HKirsch wrote:
Ukonvasara wrote:
Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:Since it looks decreasingly likely that I will be able to attend VCU Open, I do not believe I will be able to play this tournament.
:sad:
This is true for me as well.
Double :sad:

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:24 pm
by Auks Ran Ova
tetragrammatology wrote:
HKirsch wrote:
Ukonvasara wrote:
Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:Since it looks decreasingly likely that I will be able to attend VCU Open, I do not believe I will be able to play this tournament.
:sad:
This is true for me as well.
Double :sad:
So I guess B and I are looking for some teammates now! (assuming, of course, that Andy and Hannah will be sadly unable to come.)

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:27 pm
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Happily, things worked out, and the two of us will be coming! False alarm...

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:34 pm
by Mechanical Beasts
Forgive me, Rob and Bernadette; Colorado Springs knew not what it did. I'm coming!

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:13 am
by at your pleasure
I'm officially declaring free agency.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 12:08 pm
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Two weeks to go. Is there a field update to this, and maybe specifics on locations and stuff?

Also what time can we expect to be finished? We've got a long drive back to Dover and a couple guys i gotta drop off on the way.

Really looking forward to going, and i know i can speak for Trey (actually and Matt and Aidan) on that one as well.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:17 pm
by Kouign Amann
BuzzerZen wrote:
Tower Monarch wrote:(the difficulty section, specifically)
Whatever you might say, I am going to assume that this tournament will in fact be harder than VCU Open itself.
Matt Weiner wrote:For various reasons, the difficulty for this tournament is now "between normal/Regionals and Nationals" rather than "CO level." Take that into account if you are writing a packet. The harder end of Cardinal Classic, Terrapin, etc is what I have in mind here.
Considering this tournament is supposed to be pretty close to Nationals in difficulty, Evan may end up being right. Wow.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:12 pm
by Magister Ludi
I'm looking for a team for this tournament. Email me if you are interested in playing with me.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:47 am
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Prof.Whoopie wrote:
BuzzerZen wrote:
Tower Monarch wrote:(the difficulty section, specifically)
Whatever you might say, I am going to assume that this tournament will in fact be harder than VCU Open itself.
Matt Weiner wrote:For various reasons, the difficulty for this tournament is now "between normal/Regionals and Nationals" rather than "CO level." Take that into account if you are writing a packet. The harder end of Cardinal Classic, Terrapin, etc is what I have in mind here.
Considering this tournament is supposed to be pretty close to Nationals in difficulty, Evan may end up being right. Wow.
Oy. Let's just do our best, Aidan. If it helps, Trey really has gotten good over the last couple months... he's our best hope on a lot of the impossible history questions here (yeah, he's better than me, probably, at least in terms of depth of knowledge, but as a history teacher i guess i have more breadth). We'll see what happens.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:50 am
by Self-incompatibility in plants
Oy. Let's just do our best, Aidan. If it helps, Trey really has gotten good over the last couple months... he's our best hope on a lot of the impossible history questions here (yeah, he's better than me, probably, at least in terms of depth of knowledge, but as a history teacher i guess i have more breadth). We'll see what happens.
Uhhh... probably not... I'm just hoping to have a stats in the black.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:28 pm
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Magister Ludi wrote:I'm looking for a team for this tournament. Email me if you are interested in playing with me.

Wow, this just gets worse and worse. My goal: get 2-3 myth questions over the course of the entire tournament.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:55 pm
by Pilgrim
Hey, I guess I need a team for this. Email me if you're interested.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:08 am
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew wrote:Two weeks to go. Is there a field update to this, and maybe specifics on locations and stuff?

Also what time can we expect to be finished? We've got a long drive back to Dover and a couple guys i gotta drop off on the way.

Really looking forward to going, and i know i can speak for Trey (actually and Matt and Aidan) on that one as well.
Alright, no update then? Cool. Hopefully things are all coming together.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:47 am
by Matt Weiner
If this tournament is fully staffed I will play, likely solo. Otherwise I will read.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:26 pm
by Jeremy Gibbs-Marangoni Effect
Charlie Dees, Phil George, and I are tentatively playing this and looking for a fourth.

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:42 pm
by felgon123
Current Field:

York / Carsten / Nathan / Zheng
Caesar Rodney / St. Anselm
Guy / White / Silberman / Cheyne
Andy / Hannah / Rob / Bernadette
Chris Carter / Charlie Rosenthal / Sarah Angelo / Lily Chen
Charlie Dees / Phil George / Jason Loy / Trevor Davis
Jonathan / Richard Mason
Byrne / Graebner / Evan Adams
Matt Weiner / Will Butler
Dan Goff / Morlan / Ike