The World As It Is - Fall 2020

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The World As It Is - Fall 2020

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I'm pleased to announce The World As It Is, a tossup and bonus general-subject open tournament that covers topics from 1990 until the present day. The closest equivalent to this tournament is Modern World, although this tournament will hopefully avoid most of the aspects that people did not like about that tournament. The target difficulty for the tournament is around pre-nationals level but see below for more details.

I'm editing this tournament with help from Will Alston. We could use one or two more collaborators, so if you're interested send me an e-mail at [email protected].

This tournament will be available for mirroring in late 2020. We're shooting for 14 packets. As of October 2019, the set is about half written.

This tournament is sponsored by PACE, with my portion of the mirror fees ($40 per team) being donated to PACE. Note that although PACE is sponsoring this tournament, we do not necessarily plan on running it with the NSC. There will also not be any PACE members beyond those listed in this post involved in the production of this set.

Mirrors:

Since this is a tossup and bonus event, we hope that this tournament will be run as a main event (or at least a Sunday event) rather than in the evening after another tournament.

We will host a Discord mirror for playtesting. More details on that and in-person mirror sites TBA. If you're interested in mirroring, send me an e-mail at [email protected]. The likely last date for mirroring this tournament will be December 31, 2020.

Distribution:

Each 20/20 packet will have the following distribution:

3/3 Literature (1.5/1.5 Long Fiction, 1/1 Non-Fiction, 0.5/0.5 other)
4/4 History (1/1 American, 1/1 Asian, 1/1 Euro/African/Latin American, 1/1 Other)
3/3 Arts (a little less than 1/1 Film and TV, a little less than 1/1 art and pop music, a bit more than 1/1 other)
3/3 Science (1/1 Academic, 1/1 Technology, 1/1 Culture - these last two are similar to what you'd see in one of my tech tournaments)
2/2 Geography
1/1 Business and Law
2/2 Social Science and Philosophy (weighted much more towards SS than Philosophy)
2/2 Misc.

While the tournament goes back to 1990, most of the answer and clues will shade more toward the present day.

If you want a flavor of the types of current event questions to expect in this tournament, take a look at the current events questions I've written the past couple of NSCs and that Will has written for sets such as Sun God. And the questions on more recent topics from tournaments like The Human Use of Human Beings. For the literature distribution, we’re taking some inspiration from the lit questions in Will Nediger’s excellent Scattegories sets and the treatment of recent authors in It’s Lit.

Difficulty:

For tossups, we're using this scale:

1 - An answer line that can be used at the easiest tournaments in quizbowl, such as ACF Fall (at least 30%)
2 - An answer line that's too hard for ACF Fall but is fine at a "regular difficulty" tournament (at least 30%)
3 - An answer line that can be used at a pre-nats tournament or above (at most 20%)
4 - An answer line that can be used only at a nationals or open tournament (at most 20%)

Looking at what we've written so far, we're comfortably in the range of 60% of the tossups being level 2 or lower based on answer lines. Clues are generally more challenging than what you'd see at these types of lower-difficulty tournaments. Right now some subjects are more difficult than others in terms of answer lines. We'll decide later how much we want to correct this and will make a post about it if we end up having an outlier (along with a justification for why we're doing it).

We're shooting for a pre-nationals level of bonus difficulty.
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Re: The World As It Is - Fall 2020

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I'm postponing this tournament to Fall 2020 to focus on editing the 2020 NSC. It will still be an open tournament--hopefully something that can slot into the Fall open slot. I'm still looking for a few more contributors. If you're interested, e-mail me at [email protected].
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Re: The World As It Is - Fall 2020

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Nick Jensen has joined the writing team for this tournament.
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We're upping the packets in this tournament to 14. Still shooting for this to be the traditional Fall Open for 2020.
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Re: The World As It Is - Fall 2020

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Given the other open events that will potentially be delayed into the Fall, it's likely that this tournament will get postponed until Spring or Summer 2021 so as to not overcrowd the schedule. I'll make that decision once I get a better sense of when tournaments like Chicago Open and ACF Nationals are happening.

If this tournament is delayed, there's an off chance I may squeeze in another tech tournament similar to The Human Use of Human Beings in the summer or fall (perhaps with an eye to being mainly played over Discord, but we'll see how the world is by then).
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Re: The World As It Is - Fall 2020

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Mike Bentley wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:39 pm
If this tournament is delayed, there's an off chance I may squeeze in another tech tournament similar to The Human Use of Human Beings in the summer or fall (perhaps with an eye to being mainly played over Discord, but we'll see how the world is by then).
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