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ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:44 pm
by Mr. Kwalter
As per what was discussed, Chicago Open 2009 will be held on Saturday, July 25th, 2009 (technically pending university approval), with side events being run on Saturday night and Sunday. Those events will be announced separately. The fee schedule is as follows:

Base Fee: $120

If your packet is submitted to ekwartler at gmail dot com by 11:59 PM CST on:

May 16th: -$40
May 23rd: -$20
May 30th: no penalty
June 7th: +$20
June 14th: +$40

If your packet is received after June 14th, the fee is $200 and you are ineligible to receive any of the discounts listed below. Acceptance of your packet at all is subject to the discretion of the editors. If you don't submit a packet or it's unbelievably late, the penalty will be some large and arbitrary amount of money, and you will become my enemy.

Discounts

Buzzers: -$5 for every buzzer used
Moderators: I am dubious of any chicago open team's claim to have "brought" a moderator, but if that somehow legitimately happens, -$10 per moderator used.
Laptops: -$10, limit of one discount per team, though teams are welcome to provide more than one should we need them.
Incomplete teams: I will lower the base entry fee for any team composed of fewer than four players, but such teams are still responsible for submitting full packets.

Distribution and Difficulty

EDIT: The distribution will be standard ACF with one exception: teams are not required to include geography questions. Instead, we're going to have a 1/1 "academic other" category. This can include geography, but teams are encouraged to use the 1/1 "other" to get creative with their subjects. Cross-disciplinary questions, things that don't really fit anywhere else but are worth asking about, etc.

Most of you know the approximate difficulty level Chicago Open packets should be, so I'll only say this: fun and exciting extra-difficult answers are welcomed and even encouraged, but don't fill your packet with them (I'm looking at you, Andrew Hart). Also, if you don't adhere to the standard formatting guidelines, your packet will be returned and my wrath will know no bounds. You may correct and resubmit the packet, and your fee will be determined by the date of resubmission. If you repeatedly fail to comply, you will be charged more money for your douchebaggery. If you have questions about how your packet should be formatted, feel free to ask. Seriously, people, it's ridiculous that we have to keep mentioning formatting. There's no excuse for getting it wrong.

As soon as you have a team put together, please email me to let me know. You may select a team name or we can provide one for you. Also feel free to use this thread to discuss possible team configurations. I'll post field updates as I have them.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:45 pm
by Auroni
I'm currently playing with Charlie Dees and Aaron Rosenberg, and we are looking for a fourth.

EDIT: A sciency fourth, I should have specified earlier.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:06 pm
by cornfused
JelloBiafra wrote:I'm currently playing with Charlie Dees and Aaron Rosenberg, and we are looking for a fourth.
I'd like to take that spot if you'll have me.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:10 pm
by Cheynem
I plan on going to this. I would like to play with someone who can write acceptable science questions. In terms of knowledge, I don't have a whole lot, but I am an okay Americanist.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:11 pm
by dtaylor4
I'll probably come up and staff.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:22 pm
by OctagonJoe
Frank Firke and I are looking for teammates, I think, so talk to me at my username @gmail.com or elsewhere if you're interested. A spot will be reserved for Quentin Roper if he wants to team up/take care of science again.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:24 pm
by theMoMA
Mr. Kwalter wrote:(I'm looking at you, Andrew Hart)
This vicious slander will not stand.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:24 pm
by cornfused
cornfused wrote:
JelloBiafra wrote:I'm currently playing with Charlie Dees and Aaron Rosenberg, and we are looking for a fourth.
I'd like to take that spot if you'll have me.
OK, as it looks like this isn't going to happen, let me officially say:

I'm looking for a team on which I'd be the #3 or #4 scorer. I know some stuff and am probably deepest in Russia content, then music, then lit. Let me know if you're interested.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:38 pm
by Mike Bentley
I'm also looking for a team.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:40 pm
by Mr. Kwalter
Field update (will be edited continually):

Auroni Gupta, Charlie Dees, Aaron Rosenberg, ?
Carsten Gehring, Frank Firke, (Quentin Roper), ?

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:42 pm
by Mr. Kwalter
I'd also like to announce that Trygve Meade will be editing social science and philosophy. That brings the group to me, Gautam Kandlikar, Wesley Matthews, and Trygve. I still want a history editor; email me if you're interested.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:46 pm
by millionwaves
Hey, I made this to keep track of the ever-evolving field and free agent pool:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key= ... iOmqbZggOQ

If everyone uses it, it should be really useful, so please don't ignore it!

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:36 pm
by Mechanical Beasts
JelloBiafra wrote:I'm currently playing with Charlie Dees and Aaron Rosenberg, and we are looking for a fourth.

EDIT: A sciency fourth, I should have specified earlier.
If you'll have me (and if you're not looking for a super-duper science fourth), I will play on your team if I can make it (which looks increasingly likely as rejections continue).

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:38 pm
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
I'm still trying to decide whether I want to go to CO, but if I do, I'm also offering my free-agent services.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:42 pm
by Auroni
everyday847 wrote:
JelloBiafra wrote:I'm currently playing with Charlie Dees and Aaron Rosenberg, and we are looking for a fourth.

EDIT: A sciency fourth, I should have specified earlier.
If you'll have me (and if you're not looking for a super-duper science fourth), I will play on your team if I can make it (which looks increasingly likely as rejections continue).
after HI science, yes.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:32 am
by cornfused
Want to play together, Guy?

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:02 am
by Mike Bentley
cornfused wrote:Want to play together, Guy?
I'd be interested in being a part of this team, especially if someone who knew science joined it.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:50 am
by Auroni
if I didn't make it clear enough, the fourth on our team is now Andy Watkins

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:17 pm
by cornfused
Bentley Like Beckham wrote:
cornfused wrote:Want to play together, Guy?
I'd be interested in being a part of this team, especially if someone who knew science joined it.
Yes. I'd do that whether or not our fourth knows science.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 2:54 pm
by evilmonkey
After the eye-opening experience of last year's CO, I realized that I need another couple of years before I can compete on that level. So I will staff.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:08 pm
by Mr. Kwalter
evilmonkey wrote:After the eye-opening experience of last year's CO, I realized that I need another couple of years before I can compete on that level. So I will staff.
If you want to staff that's fine, but as someone who has scored 10 ppg or lower at several masters tournaments, I personally don't think "not being able to compete on that level" should preclude someone from playing the tournament.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:14 pm
by fleurdelivre
evilmonkey wrote:After the eye-opening experience of last year's CO, I realized that I need another couple of years before I can compete on that level. So I will staff.
As a 10ppg player at much lower levels, I'll say that staffing is also great fun. Enjoy!

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:21 pm
by Birdofredum Sawin
I'm guessing most readers of this thread will be aware of this, but I wanted to underscore the fact that I've announced this year's CO trash event -- the Ferdinand Tönnies Memorial Trash Tournament ("Gemeinschaft und Abfall") -- in the Trash forum.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:10 pm
by ValenciaQBowl
Billy Beyer, Ahmad Ragab, and myself will be a team, and we'll be paging a certain semi-retired dinosaur for our fourth.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:13 pm
by Cheynem
Okay, I've now joined Carsten Gehring's team.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:34 pm
by vcuEvan
Andrew Alexander, Will Butler, and I are planning a team for this and are currently looking for a fourth. A history player would be great other people are great too.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 6:49 pm
by rylltraka
I'm a history player who's looking for a team. Pretty much history only, though I pick things up here and there. Ideally I might be also looking for a spot for Nick Polk, who provides some history, lit, art, and judaica.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:03 pm
by Jeremy Gibbs Lemma
I plan to beef up on my science this summer so by the time this tournament roles around, I would probably call myself a "science player." I also pretty much only know Latin American and Spanish history/literature, but that can get a few points here and there.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:41 pm
by Mike Bentley
cornfused wrote:
Bentley Like Beckham wrote:
cornfused wrote:Want to play together, Guy?
I'd be interested in being a part of this team, especially if someone who knew science joined it.
Yes. I'd do that whether or not our fourth knows science.
Ok, do you want to do this, Guy?

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:57 pm
by OctagonJoe
Jeremy Gibbs Lemma wrote:I plan to beef up on my science this summer so by the time this tournament roles around, I would probably call myself a "science player." I also pretty much only know Latin American and Spanish history/literature, but that can get a few points here and there.
If you don't care much about winning and enjoy writing 5/5 science, then the Cheyne/Firke/Gehring team should have a spot for you.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:17 pm
by Jeremy Gibbs Lemma
That sounds good to me... I demand FUN from teammates... can you meet that requirement?

I have to make sure I can get the money to come and that it doesn't interfere at all with the courses I am taking this summer but I will definitely write the 5/5 science. I'll let you know ASAP but I don't think money will be a huge issue as I should have a friend to stay with.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:18 pm
by MicroEStudent
I am seeing if I can get my teammates from NAQT interested in going. This would be our first circuit event and first tournament using and writing ACF-style questions. If we participate, be prepared to have to edit our packet a lot!

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:19 pm
by Cheynem
I think I'm a pretty fun guy. I mean I like watching TV Land and Game Show Network. How fun is that?

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:33 pm
by Jeremy Gibbs Lemma
TV Land shows Boy Meets World, doesn't it? If so, I approve.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:51 am
by Mike Bentley
Bentley Like Beckham wrote:
cornfused wrote:
Bentley Like Beckham wrote:
cornfused wrote:Want to play together, Guy?
I'd be interested in being a part of this team, especially if someone who knew science joined it.
Yes. I'd do that whether or not our fourth knows science.
Ok, do you want to do this, Guy?
I've heard through the grapevine that Guy is looking for a different team, so maybe that Evan Adams et al team wants me as a fourth? If not I'll continue looking for teammates with you, Greg.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:54 am
by vcuEvan
Bentley Like Beckham wrote: I've heard through the grapevine that Guy is looking for a different team, so maybe that Evan Adams et al team wants me as a fourth? If not I'll continue looking for teammates with you, Greg.
That would be great Mike. I'll get in touch with you about the packet soon.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:58 am
by AKKOLADE
There is a chance I'll be at this, low it may be...

Edit: If you want to win, do not ask for me to be on your team.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:03 am
by Mike Bentley
Adamantium Claws wrote:
Bentley Like Beckham wrote: I've heard through the grapevine that Guy is looking for a different team, so maybe that Evan Adams et al team wants me as a fourth? If not I'll continue looking for teammates with you, Greg.
That would be great Mike. I'll get in touch with you about the packet soon.
Cool. Also, sorry for bailing on you, Greg. I'll buy you lunch at CO or something.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:35 am
by cornfused
Bentley Like Beckham wrote:
Adamantium Claws wrote:
Bentley Like Beckham wrote: I've heard through the grapevine that Guy is looking for a different team, so maybe that Evan Adams et al team wants me as a fourth? If not I'll continue looking for teammates with you, Greg.
That would be great Mike. I'll get in touch with you about the packet soon.
Cool. Also, sorry for bailing on you, Greg. I'll buy you lunch at CO or something.
Damn, really? And it was looking so promising...

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:40 am
by Sir Thopas
Bentley Like Beckham wrote:I've heard through the grapevine that Guy is looking for a different team, so maybe that Evan Adams et al team wants me as a fourth? If not I'll continue looking for teammates with you, Greg.
Yeah, sorry for not getting back to you. It does, in fact, look like I'll be playing with someone else.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:33 am
by EncyclopediaCDRom
Tim Hartman (doc student at Madison but from Chicago burbs) and I (native Chicagoan) do not want to compete like last year without two other teammates, but we are working on our packet nevertheless. Tim is best at science, and I am the most competent at lit and geo. For side events, I have heard about lit and social science/philosophy. Pending room confirmation, would they run Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday evenings/nights?

Happy Patriots' Day,
Rom Masrour
CPS/UIC

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:38 am
by BuzzerZen
EncyclopediaCDRom wrote:Happy Patriots' Day
Whatever this is, my Umass class is canceled for it, so woooo.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:43 am
by Cheynem
It's to honor Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, fool.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:02 pm
by Mr. Kwalter
Side Event Schedule: as of now, the only side events officially scheduled are Weiner's lit tournament on Saturday night and Andrew's trash event on Sunday. There may be a competition involving large quantities of meat on Friday night, but there will be no official CO side events scheduled for that time. There is theoretically a slot open after trash on Sunday, but I'm not sure whether that will be filled.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:05 pm
by millionwaves
Mr. Kwalter wrote:There is theoretically a slot open after trash on Sunday, but I'm not sure whether that will be filled.
As it happens, I believe Jerry, Chris, and I were hoping to run the Social Science/Philosophy event that evening. I'm not sure if we're competing with anything or not.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:10 pm
by grapesmoker
millionwaves wrote:
Mr. Kwalter wrote:There is theoretically a slot open after trash on Sunday, but I'm not sure whether that will be filled.
As it happens, I believe Jerry, Chris, and I were hoping to run the Social Science/Philosophy event that evening. I'm not sure if we're competing with anything or not.
Yeah, I would definitely like to have this event actually happen.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:57 pm
by Mr. Kwalter
So it shall be. SS/phil tournament Sunday after trash.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:09 pm
by JackGlerum
Basketball?

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:33 pm
by Jeremy Gibbs Lemma
I would definitely play basketball....

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:35 pm
by dtaylor4
I too would like to partake in basketball, but I doubt it would be feasible.