Scattergories (February 2017)

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Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:07 pm

This is the announcement for Scattergories, a tossup-only multi-subject side tournament written by me. As a vanity tournament, it will consist of questions only on categories I like (mostly literature and arts), and will be quite hard (but not, like, Arrabal hard). It will be played after the Michigan site of (This) Tournament Is a Crime, and will be available for mirrors elsewhere starting in February. It'll cost $10 a person to play.

Each packet will consist of 24 tossups. The per-packet distribution is as follows (number of packets to come):

Literature
3 fiction
3 poetry
2 drama
1 non-fiction
1 my choice

Fine arts
3 painting/sculpture
2 film
1 architecture/photography
1 dance/other performance
2 auditory (at least one of which will be classical music)
1 my choice

Other
1 philosophy
1 social science (mostly psychology and linguistics, most likely)
1 religion/mythology (mostly religion, most likely)
1 my choice (this could be anything, even, heaven forfend, science)

I've already written a goodly number of questions on what I think are creative and interesting topics, so I hope lots of people play this.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by Cheynem » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:18 pm

I am assuming this is open, right?
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:25 pm

Yeah, this is very much open.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by Auroni » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:42 pm

For those who have never experienced a Will Nediger random question reading: the man is an insane genius. You'll want to play this.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by kdroge » Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:12 pm

I think that at least part of this event should consist of quizbowl-related Scattergories lists (think of all the points you can get for knowing those alliterative character names from Restoration comedies!)
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by Auks Ran Ova » Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:12 pm

As if I needed more of a reason to attend the main tournament!
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:55 pm

Now that around three packets are done, an update which will surprise precisely nobody who knows me well: the lit and arts in this set will be heavily skewed towards 20th and 21st century stuff, and there will be a lot of common links. Clue-wise, things are shaping up to be rather hard (comparable to this year's CO in terms of early clues), but the preponderance of common links means that there will be a lot of accessible answerlines.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:03 pm

This tournament is completely done, and consists of 10 packets of 24 tossups plus a tiebreaker. So I guess if anybody's interested in holding a mirror earlier than (This) Tournament Is a Crime, feel free to contact me.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by No Rules Westbrook » Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:41 pm

I'll happily play this tournament.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:53 pm

I'm down to play this. Don't expect me to buzz on much literature.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by Ike » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:38 pm

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:I'm down to play this. Don't expect me to buzz on much.
Fixed the obvious typo.

I'm down to play this too.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by Cheynem » Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:15 pm

You got OWNED, Will Alston.

I need a team. I don't know anything Will Nediger likes.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:43 pm

I take it as motivation.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by Jem Casey » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:03 am

pure joy in quizbowl form 10/10
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:12 pm

This weekend's mirrors have wrapped up. If you're interested in holding a mirror, let me know sometime this week, otherwise I'll post the set.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by csheep » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:16 am

women, fire and dangerous things wrote:This weekend's mirrors have wrapped up. If you're interested in holding a mirror, let me know sometime this week, otherwise I'll post the set.
There was some unconfirmed talk about possibly mirroring it at NYU on 3/25 alongside the Oxford Open, which I hope happens since I'd like to play this.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by csheep » Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:36 pm

The two packets of this that I heard were hard but great. Would love a chance to play the other 6 packets if possible.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Sun May 07, 2017 12:28 pm

Now that all mirrors are completed, people are free to post any comments they'd like. I just uploaded it to hsqb, so it should appear soon.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by Banana Stand » Mon May 08, 2017 9:27 am

This was very fun to read through. The annotations are a sweet idea. I would've gladly first line-negged Sonmi-451, forgetting the full name of the section. That priming tossup is also cool since the spreading activation effect should come up more. Wish I could've played!
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by jasongg17 » Mon May 08, 2017 9:50 am

Banana Stand wrote:This was very fun to read through...Wish I could've played!
Even though I would have been a complete buzzer rock on most of it, the above summarizes my feelings. Also, as you can guess from my avatar, I'm super happy that Ubu got tossed up (though to be ridiculously pedantic I should point out that he doesn't throw the royal family into the debraining machine, just every other noble in the country. Doubt that messed anybody up, anyway).

Also, the delightfully nonzero Broadway content was universally masterfully executed.
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Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

Post by Panayot Hitov » Mon May 08, 2017 10:55 pm

Read through a couple of packets at practice today. Great film questions!
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