IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

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Post by Auks Ran Ova » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:32 pm

Hello friends,

With the advent of winter, it's once again time to start thinking about Festivus--specifically, the Third Annual All-Feats of Strength Quizbowl IRC Festivus Celebration. What this means is that if you have written, or want to write, any sort of novelty packet, I encourage you to write it by December 23, on which date you'll hopefully have a decent audience waiting in the #quizbowl IRC channel to read it to. Packets can be any length, at any difficulty, on any subject; the important thing is that they be fresh and entertaining.

As with last year, we'll probably start around noon central time on Friday, December 23, which provided a reasonable compromise between getting done by a reasonable time and not having to wake up too ungodly early. Please exhibit common sense when writing your packets; each packet should take somewhere between 30-45 minutes at most. There are many ways to do this--for example, if you want to write a larger number of questions, keep the individual question length down. Relatedly, don't write bonuses--if there's something hard or weird you want to ask about, just write a short tossup on it!

As we did the past two years, scheduling will be on a somewhat ad-hoc basis: we'll have a Google doc to maintain the list of packets to be read and the active queue, and I'll be there through the entire event as your presiding pope to manage things as necessary.

Please post in this thread if you're planning on writing/reading something, or if you have questions about the proceedings. I'll have more information on scheduling and the like as packet announcements come in and as we get closer to the date. Hope to see you there!
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Post by Banned Tiny Toon Adventures Episode » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:33 pm

billy and i will write the wrost science packit
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Post by Amizda Calyx » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:36 pm

I have like 50+ shitty questions mostly in medicine and real science that I could probably read.
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Post by Auks Ran Ova » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:40 pm

ok now someone promise a fun packet
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Post by Progcon » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:46 pm

I hope to have the Pokémon packet done by then. It should be 20 tossups on mostly stuff from the video games.
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Post by RexSueciae » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:59 pm

I will probably have finished at some point a packet on "fictional characters in popular music."
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Post by Mike Bentley » Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:04 am

I'll have some combination of things. Possibly on videogames that skew heavily towards my interest. Possibly some biography questions on academic people.
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Post by Auks Ran Ova » Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:09 am

Mike Bentley wrote:I'll have some combination of things. Possibly on videogames that skew heavily towards my interest. Possibly some biography questions on academic people.
porque no los dos???
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Post by jasongg17 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:59 am

I intend to have a Broadway packet ready to go. I'm about halfway done with it at the moment.
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Post by naturalistic phallacy » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:02 am

RexSueciae wrote:I will probably have finished at some point a packet on "fictional characters in popular music."
I am ready for this
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Post by Your Genie Felon, Me » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:39 am

If I end up having time, I might write a Seinfeld packet. Seems appropriate.
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Post by Wynaut » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:28 am

I'll have either an "Internet content" or a Philippines-themed packet by Festivus since I don't feel like reading two packets this time.
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Post by Guile Island » Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:35 am

might have a vanity packet prepared by then, who knows
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Post by anderson » Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:37 pm

I'll probably have a music packet for this, similar to last year (~10 tossups on 2016 "indie" releases, ~10 tossups on random things).
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Post by Nine-Tenths Ideas » Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:01 am

No promises, but I might write a "fun" packet akin to 1997 ISSAC, but without the 1997 conceit, if people are interested.
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Post by Eddie » Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:23 am

In case Kenji's doesn't come to fruition, I'm also writing an "internet content" (aka memes) packet. There are currently four TUs, hopefully more to come.
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Post by AKKOLADE » Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:30 am

I'm going to say I'll write something, but in reality I won't because I'm too lazy after spending X hours in the hospital.
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Post by Kasper Kaijanen » Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:14 pm

I might have a packet of comic book questions based mostly around the theme of "stuff I liked that wasn't in GRAPHIC"
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Post by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:02 pm

Jason Cheng and I will be writing a packet.
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Post by Mike Bentley » Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:38 pm

Mike Bentley wrote:I'll have some combination of things. Possibly on videogames that skew heavily towards my interest. Possibly some biography questions on academic people.
There's also an off-chance I might write some questions on magazines, although whether I'll be able to finish all of these for Festivus is TBD.
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Post by Silverman » Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:19 pm

I'll hopefully be writing half-packets each on Harry Potter and Star Wars, with the possible addition of a couple vanity questions.
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Post by avp » Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:53 am

I'll probably have a packet on pre-2000 film/television/etc.
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Post by Mike Bentley » Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:19 pm

Mike Bentley wrote:
Mike Bentley wrote:I'll have some combination of things. Possibly on videogames that skew heavily towards my interest. Possibly some biography questions on academic people.
There's also an off-chance I might write some questions on magazines, although whether I'll be able to finish all of these for Festivus is TBD.
I looked through what I already had written and the videogames portion of this is pretty much already done, so that will definitely be happening.
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Post by ThisIsMyUsername » Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:53 pm

I'm writing a packet on animation, live-action films, etc. featuring Batman. There will be no questions related to (or acknowledgment of the existence of) Batman v Superman.
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Post by 1992 in spaceflight » Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:13 pm

ThisIsMyUsername wrote:I'm writing a packet on animation, live-action films, etc. featuring Batman. There will be no questions related to (or acknowledgment of the existence of) Batman v Superman.
In an unrelated note, I'm now really excited for Festivus.
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Post by AGoodMan » Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:01 pm

Time permitting, I want to write a half-soccer, half-baseball packet.
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Post by SpanishSpy » Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:08 am

I wrote a stupid packet called Alex Wallace's Terrific Trash Packet. We could use that. It has internet nonsense, video games, movies, some music, and other stuff.
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Post by CPiGuy » Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:41 pm

I might write an "other sports" packet about sports other than the American Big Four (baseball, basketball, football, hockey).
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Post by eliza.grames » Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:35 pm

I'll have some myth packets (or maybe just one big packet of ~50 questions) ranging from regular difficulty to "why would you write that" without all that Greco-Roman crap.
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Post by Thaumatibis gigantea » Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:04 pm

I have a "things that could reasonably be tossed up with normal clues but instead all the clues are musical theater" packet that has been seen by some folks but (hopefully?) not too many.
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Post by DeepakM » Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:42 pm

True Hindu Govind Prabhakar and I will be writing a Hindu Myth/Religion packet, ranging from College Reg- to ACF Nats difficulty.
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Post by Shashmaqam » Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:21 am

eliza.grames wrote:without all that Greco-Roman crap.
This sounds amazing.
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Post by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen » Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:28 pm

For real this time: I will have a short packet of <20 before and after tossups.
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Post by Auroni » Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:37 pm

May have a 20/0 Ace Attorney packet ready for this.
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Post by Unicolored Jay » Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:54 pm

I have a non-zero number of Clickhole Clickventure TUs that I could read for this.
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Post by CPiGuy » Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:00 am

CPiGuy wrote:I might write an "other sports" packet about sports other than the American Big Four (baseball, basketball, football, hockey).
This packet has been written to 20/0.
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Post by dhumphreys17 » Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:44 am

Auroni wrote:May have a 20/0 Ace Attorney packet ready for this.
I am officially excited for Festivus. I may write a "chain reaction" packet for this, where each answer derives from the last.
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Post by El Salvadoreno » Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:46 pm

One of the reasons I joined the forums was to improve my writing (I hope to get a gig writing questions when I get out of high school) so I might practice by writing some questions for this. I've already made an answer list for the Tricon distribution, but finals are coming up so I will see if I get a chance to write it or not.
That being said, I will definitely try and join the party and play some packets.
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EDIT #1: My Tricon set (entitled TRICON: The Realest In Cool Original Nonsense) is now 100% written with 35, 5-6 line tossups in TNR 10 (which from what I know is fairly par for the course) though I will give it one hard edit before Festivus.

EDIT #2: This is now in its final form and is ready for Friday. It has a couple of cameos from famous QBers which I hope they like.
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Post by kitakule » Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:54 pm

randomguy1997 wrote:Time permitting, I want to write a half-soccer, half-baseball packet.

Nice!
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Post by mozzarella » Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:42 pm

I can do a the-fun-parts-only Election 2016 packet!
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Post by Aaron's Rod » Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:30 pm

I should be free that day, and I've been encouraged to read my 20 academic/trash mashup tossups, where the academics basically follow an ACF distribution, and the trash distribution is "some stuff I like, some deplorable TV trash."
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Post by Too Late » Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:16 pm

I have ~20 ASOIAF/GOT tossups if people are interested.
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Post by jasongg17 » Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:20 pm

Quantumhovercraft wrote:I have ~20 ASOIAF/GOT tossups if people are interested.
Seven hells, yes.
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Post by The Bold Ideas of Bernie Sanders (I-VT) » Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:17 pm

jasongg17 wrote:
Quantumhovercraft wrote:I have ~20 ASOIAF/GOT tossups if people are interested.
Seven hells, yes.
Guess my side project will be read much later then.
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Post by jasongg17 » Sun Dec 11, 2016 5:54 pm

jasongg17 wrote:I intend to have a Broadway packet ready to go. I'm about halfway done with it at the moment.
Right, so my Broadway packet is now two questions from completion (one actual question and the tiebreaker), so it'll definitely be good to go for Festivus and will follow the following answerline distribution:

5 Musicals
5 Composers
4 Common Link
2 Songs
2 Characters
2 Other/Weird Things

There are two or three answer-lines that I would consider quite difficult, but they are on things where the questions are (I think) worth hearing on account of either the importance of the subject to the history of Broadway or the sheer wackiness of the question. I've also tried my best to vary the timeframes of the question, such that there is a reasonable amount of modern stuff that doesn't get asked a lot without sacrificing the classics.
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Post by That DCC guy » Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:52 pm

mozzarella wrote:I can do a the-fun-parts-only Election 2016 packet!
All parts are fun and I can't wait to play this.
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Post by noobynoob » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:44 pm

I have 14 orgo tossups that I would like to read, but that number will probably go up, hopefully to 20. They're maybe nats minus level.
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Post by Ethnic history of the Vilnius region » Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:20 am

I'm going to write a sequel to a packet a wrote a few years ago for this thing called The Pain of Quizbowl Past. This year's iteration will be more of the same. Basically 20 or so questions playing around with incidents in my personal and quizbowl life that have caused me pain. I think the last iteration included questions on things like Zaxby's, robot competitions, and the death of Chewbacca the Wookie. It's funner than it sounds!
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Post by CPiGuy » Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:45 pm

CPiGuy wrote:
CPiGuy wrote:I might write an "other sports" packet about sports other than the American Big Four (baseball, basketball, football, hockey).
This packet has been written to 20/0.
This packet has been written to 25/0, and now includes powers.
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Post by Knot Gneiss » Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:46 pm

Nathan Weiser and I have written a packet of ~20 film tossups, the vast majority of which are ill-conceived common links. It's potentially a preview for a future tournament. I'm not 100% sure I'll be around but if I'm available, I'd be happy to read it.
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