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FLopen 2020

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:15 am
by TaylorH
I am pleased to announce FLopen (“flow-pen”), an open level quiz bowl tournament to be played in the late fall of 2020 or winter 2021. The set will be head edited by me, Taylor Harvey, with Jonathen Settle and Tracy Mirkin co-editing. The set will be written by members of the University of Florida quiz bowl team.

The target difficulty is 3.5 dots the quiz bowl calendar scale, meaning it is similar in difficulty to recent opens like 2019 Fall Open and 2019 PIANO/MO.

The set will consist of 14 power-marked packets of 22/22 (to be played as such, rather than stopping at 20/20). Toss ups will be capped at 8 lines, TNR, 10 pt font.

The slightly experimental distribution is as follows:

Literature (4/4)

1 Poetry
1 Long Fiction
0.5 Drama
0.5 Short Fiction
1 Non-fiction, Criticism, Mixed Genre, or more of the above

History (4/4)

1 United States
1 British and European
1 World
1 Other, Mixed, and Ancient

Science (4/4)

1 Biology
0.75 Chemistry
1 Physics
1.25 Other Science (Math, Astronomy, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering, etc)

Fine Arts (3.5/3.5)

1 Painting and Sculpture
1 Western Classical Music
1.5 Other Arts (Film, Jazz, Opera, Design, Architecture, Photography, World Music, etc)

RMPSS (4/4)

0.5 Mythology
1 Religion
1 Philosophy
1.5 Social Science

Other (2.5/2.5)

0.75 Geography
0.5 Current Events and the Zeitgeist
0.75 Mixed Academic and General Knowledge
0.5 Popular Culture

Total (22/22)

In honor of the 189th anniversary of Hegel's death, the tournament will be available beginning on November 14th, 2020, and will stay available into winter of 2021. Mirror fees will be $50 per non-house team.

If you would like to mirror the set, please email me at [email protected] or PM me on the forums.

Re: FLopen 2020

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:36 am
by Zealots of Stockholm
TaylorH wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:15 am
1.5 Other Arts (Film, Jazz, Opera, Design, Architecture, Photography, World Music, etc)
:party: :party: :party:
Super cool that y'all are writing this, though I do have some concerns about 22/22 at open difficulty resulting in a super long day (though hopefully this will just be communicated well to teams and they'll just deal with it).

EDIT: Also 11/21 is the date for ACF Winter, so this should be moved back or forward one week.

Re: FLopen 2020

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:15 am
by setht
TaylorH wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:15 am
RMPSS (3.5/3.5)

1 Mythology
1 Religion
1 Philosophy
1.5 Social Science
This part adds up to 4.5, not 3.5, and I don't see any compensating mistake elsewhere, so I think the posted distribution actually adds up to 23/23.

Re: FLopen 2020

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:06 am
by ValenciaQBowl
I'll play, but only because you included a pronunciation guide for FLopen.

Re: FLopen 2020

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:24 am
by TaylorH
setht wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:15 am
TaylorH wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:15 am
RMPSS (3.5/3.5)

1 Mythology
1 Religion
1 Philosophy
1.5 Social Science
This part adds up to 4.5, not 3.5, and I don't see any compensating mistake elsewhere, so I think the posted distribution actually adds up to 23/23.
Good catch. This was just my arithmetic goof. The "RMPSS" and "Other" parts of this distro have been tweaked to actually be 22/22

Re: FLopen 2020

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:09 pm
by naan/steak-holding toll
Glad to see the Florida team members continue to produce tournaments. It gives me a ton confidence that the community has "crossed the chasm" and started internally generating more and more motivated writers and editors, helping us sustain the production of excellent tournaments in the long term. Really excited to play this set!

Re: FLopen 2020

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:40 pm
by Mike Bentley
Really looking forward to this tournament! I will note that my open tournament, The World As It Is, is also scheduled for Fall 2020. I think there's room for two such tournaments (especially as this one is listed as late Fall/Winter) but something for hosts to keep in mind.