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by nurgles_herald
Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Penn State Invitational (University Park, PA, 4/13/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 5086

Re: Penn State Invitational (University Park, PA, 4/13/13)

All of this ad hominem is pretty immature, guys. I don't see what the problem is with swiss; it accomplishes the goal of reducing the chance of a slightly worse team being ranked higher than a slightly better team without requiring people play gazillions of round robin brackets day in and day out. I...
by nurgles_herald
Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Penn State Invitational (University Park, PA, 4/13/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 5086

Re: Penn State Invitational (University Park, PA, 4/13/13)

If you are trying to make the argument that there is no variance in quizbowl- that things like player reaction time or the precise knowledge accessed in each packet is exactly the same in each game- I think you have some explaining to do. I've bothered to stop watching Game of Thrones for like five ...
by nurgles_herald
Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Penn State Invitational (University Park, PA, 4/13/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 5086

Re: Penn State Invitational (University Park, PA, 4/13/13)

Quizbowl is fantastic at skill-testing between mismatched teams- the better team will basically win 100% of the time. This is not the case with closely matched teams. I distinctly remember State College A and Maggie Walker A playing something like 4 times at NAQT nationals over several days in 2006 ...
by nurgles_herald
Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Penn State Invitational (University Park, PA, 4/13/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 5086

Re: Penn State Invitational (University Park, PA, 4/13/13)

While I can appreciate this, I would remind you that Mannheim A got absolutely destroyed in their first match-up against State College A, while they managed to beat State College A in the other two matches they played (thus likely would've been relegated to 3rd place at best). While I understand tha...
by nurgles_herald
Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open mirrors
Replies: 11
Views: 3231

Re: Missouri Open - July 6th, 2013

In addition to our expressed interest in hosting a mirror of this in the fall, Penn State *may* send a team or two to the VTech mirror of this (if it is, in fact, happening). Most of us are out of town over the summer, but we've got a few friends who I imagine I could bully into pitching in for gas ...
by nurgles_herald
Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Penn State Invitational (University Park, PA, 4/13/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 5086

Re: Penn State Invitational (University Park, PA, 4/13/13)

I'd like to thank all of the teams that came, and I'd like to thank the coaches for their patience considering most of the tournament was organized by our underclassmen. We did an interesting combination of Swiss followed by double elimination which, in my opinion, worked almost exactly as I had ima...
by nurgles_herald
Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2300

Re: General discussion

As a quizbowler, I thought that these questions were pretty generally very-well edited. I think I saw a moderator stumble only once or twice throughout the day due to a formatting/spelling/grammar error, which puts ACF tournaments and the like to shame (yeah, Penn State hasn't *been* at an ACF tourn...
by nurgles_herald
Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QUARK Mirror at GWU 11/10/12
Replies: 23
Views: 7367

Re: QUARK Mirror at GWU 11/10/12

Is there an easy way to compute stats for the whole day?
by nurgles_herald
Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn-ance (10/20/2012)
Replies: 22
Views: 10000

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn-ance (10/20/2012)

Is this the appropriate thread for noting that Penn State will be in attendance? I know you guys want an email, but I don't do that stuff. Well, try not to, at least.

At the moment we're looking at 2 teams, though if I can steal my roommates' van we might be able to bring 3.
by nurgles_herald
Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IFT Mirror at Maryland (10/14/12)
Replies: 26
Views: 9122

Re: IFT Mirror at Maryland (10/13/12)

I feel like the boy who cried "TOURNAMENT!" seeing as I have, at least once, posted Penn State's interest in a tournament and then failed to follow up. I'm a terrible person. That said! Penn State requires 30 academic days (!) in order to get funding for a tournament (this is increasing to 40 academ...
by nurgles_herald
Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3
Replies: 17
Views: 8204

Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Any news on a Mid-Atlantic mirror?
by nurgles_herald
Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT) "at" VCU (4/14)
Replies: 11
Views: 5243

Re: Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT) "at" VCU (4/14)

Penn State also had a lot of fun, and several of us independently stated that we had the most fun in our rounds against you, VT! So be on the lookout- we're comin' after ya!
by nurgles_herald
Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI Mirror at Ohio State (10/22/11)
Replies: 36
Views: 19898

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI Mirror at Ohio State (10/22/11)

I'll send an email to confirm tomorrow afternoon, but Penn state will be there with two teams. Hooray!
by nurgles_herald
Sun Oct 09, 2011 1:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missiles of October Mirror at UVA, 10/8
Replies: 24
Views: 8573

Re: Missiles of October Mirror at UVA, 10/8

Lots of fun! Exceptionally fast for 11 rounds, and I even get to go to sleep before 2 am! I expect that Penn State will be back next year, hopefully with two teams!
by nurgles_herald
Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Events that are on the docket
Replies: 110
Views: 23844

Re: Events that are on the docket

Sorry to derail the thread, but is there any more information floating around about Spring 2012 tournaments? I wanna get some good old quizbowl on before I graduate. Or the apocalypse hits. Or both.
by nurgles_herald
Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missiles of October Mirror at UVA, 10/8
Replies: 24
Views: 8573

Re: Missiles of October Mirror at UVA, 10/8

We are coming, but my email isn't working right now so the Treasurer is gonna send you guys an email.
by nurgles_herald
Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: BARGE at Maryland (1/14/12)
Replies: 107
Views: 38108

Re: DATE CHANGE: BARGE at Maryland (1/14/12)

Penn State (read: me personally) is interested, but not sure about funding. The university is a bit of a dick when it comes to funding student activities, and paying a bunch of money so the little 'uns can get killed seems sub-optimal. I'll let you know what the deal is once I've talked to the treas...
by nurgles_herald
Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin Invitation Tournament (12/3/11) at Maryland
Replies: 33
Views: 7861

Re: Terrapin Invitation Tournament (12/3/11) at Maryland

Well, Penn State may be interesting in attending this; it'll depend on if I can strong-arm enough people into playing with me. Hooray! Quizbowl! It's so exciting!
by nurgles_herald
Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missiles of October Mirror at UVA, 10/8
Replies: 24
Views: 8573

Re: Missiles of October Mirror at UVA, 10/8

Penn state will be there with one team, two buzzers, no moderators, and the 200-399 miles travel discount. I'll send an email confirming this later.
by nurgles_herald
Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UMD (10/1/11)
Replies: 21
Views: 6794

Re: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UMD (10/1/11)

So we were relying on a taxi service to take us into campus, and they flaked so Penn State is likely going to be late. How late is going to be up to the cab company, I suppose.
by nurgles_herald
Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF history distribution?
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

Re: ACF history distribution?

The gist I got from that thread is that, although there's no good answer, 20% MAX on World history was absolutely the *wrong* answer which, when getting ready to write our school's packet for ACF fall, I am starting to feel very strongly about. Either the distribution should be shifted slightly away...
by nurgles_herald
Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF history distribution?
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

ACF history distribution?

I couldn't find a thread appropriate for this, but if there is one please feel free to edit this post into said thread. Taking a look at the history distribution, it is no wonder to me why I felt there were too many damned Europeans at last year's ACF fall and not nearly enough African, Middle-Easte...
by nurgles_herald
Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI Mirror at Ohio State (10/22/11)
Replies: 36
Views: 19898

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI Mirror at Ohio State (10/22/11)

We're still looking for hotel rooms, but we have two drivers lined up so we'll be able to bring 3 teams, 2 buzzers, and one moderator. And 100% awesome. Oh, and we're like 330 miles away or so.
by nurgles_herald
Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UMD (10/1/11)
Replies: 21
Views: 6794

Re: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UMD (10/1/11)

Okay, it's looking like we will be here, but apparently October 1st corresponds to the first canning weekend for THON (and one of our two drivers is heavily involved with THON), so unless there's a canning location *near* UMD, we'll only have one team. But we'll be there!
by nurgles_herald
Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missiles of October Mirror at UVA, 10/8
Replies: 24
Views: 8573

Re: Missiles of October Mirror at UVA, 10/8

This is apparently Yom Kippur! So I'll be there, but I dunno how many more of us will be, as we've got a lot of Jews on the team, including the other driver.
by nurgles_herald
Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI Mirror at Ohio State (10/22/11)
Replies: 36
Views: 19898

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: MAGNI Mirror at Ohio State (10/22/11)

It is quite possible that Penn State will be attending; I can confirm or deny this rumor within a week, depending on how or first meeting and finances go. We would have 2-3 teams, hopefully.
by nurgles_herald
Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 2
Replies: 13
Views: 8669

Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 2

Any news on when Maryland is planning on hosting this? We *may* be in attendance, though I might have to convince the president that we should totally go.
by nurgles_herald
Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Region 3 and 4
Replies: 26
Views: 7346

Re: NAQT SCT Region 3 and 4

Lots of fun, looking forward to next year!
by nurgles_herald
Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin Invitational Tournament (1/22/11) at Maryland
Replies: 55
Views: 17981

Re: Terrapin Invitational Tournament (1/22/11) at Maryland

I'm *fairly certain* that Penn State will be attending this, hopefully with two teams. We played our first tournament at ACF Fall 2009, so I don't think we'll be submitting a packet... unless I decide to write one next weekend. Which I might. Who the hell knows.

Also I need to get a new costume.
by nurgles_herald
Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER II at Penn 12/4/10
Replies: 48
Views: 13291

Re: THUNDER II at Penn 12/4/10

Not to sound naggy, but I, Cow, definitely got some TUs during Penn State's game against Princeton B. That said, great tournament, lots of fun, and Penn State looks forward to attending the next one! Great work, folks!
by nurgles_herald
Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER II - 12/4/10 - UCSD/UPenn/??
Replies: 37
Views: 13380

Re: THUNDER II - 12/4/10 - UCSD/UPenn/??

TheKingInYellow wrote:State College will bring a team to Penn
&%#$ you Graham Moyer.
by nurgles_herald
Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER II at Penn 12/4/10
Replies: 48
Views: 13291

Re: THUNDER II at Penn 12/4/10

Oh, right, Zydney already posted.
by nurgles_herald
Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Attention must be paid
Replies: 31
Views: 3686

Re: Attention must be paid

Obviously, this might be considered necromancy, but I'd figure I'd add my two cents. If we assume that quizbowl exists to reward knowledge, the buzz on Safavids for Seljuks was bad, bad, bad. It was not a hose. Without conferring with any sort of notes, I can tell you that the Safavids 1.) defeated ...
by nurgles_herald
Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Mid-Atlantic at VCU (Richmond) - October 31, 2009
Replies: 60
Views: 24904

Re: ACF Fall Mid-Atlantic at VCU (Richmond) - October 31, 2009

DIE GRAHAM MOYER DIE. It was an excellent experience, and I'm happy with Penn State's performance, considering that I was the only player who'd actually been to more than five tournaments, and one of two who had been to any. We only lost four games by a giant margin, so I'd say that's far from disap...
by nurgles_herald
Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania 2009-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 2948

Re: Pennsylvania 2009-2010

TheKingInYellow wrote:I'll bet out B team is better than your B team Walker... you're on for ACF Fall
I LOVE YOU GRAHAM.

It sounds like we won't have a B team. It's going to be me and Zydney, basically. Kicking ass and taking names. Expect me to look a little off the deep end.
by nurgles_herald
Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania 2009-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 2948

Re: Pennsylvania 2009-2010

State College B is very beatable. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, there are only like 12 people at State College practices whenever I decide to drop in. Of course, State College A is still a monstrosity, but there's not a whole lot of depth. Right now, at least. I STILL LOVE YOU STATE COLLEGE B ...
by nurgles_herald
Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania '08-'09
Replies: 39
Views: 4405

Re: Pennsylvania '08-'09

Penn State is holding the State Championship, as far as I know. Considering that Zydney and I (okay, mostly Zydney... or entirely Zydney) are organizing it, and we have 26 registered teams, I'd say that it's going down. In the most awesome show of awesome ever. Did I mention awesome?
by nurgles_herald
Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How To Get Better at Quizbowl
Replies: 26
Views: 27265

Re:

I can recommend computer games, specifically historical ones. This would include: Civilization IV Crusader Kings Europa Universalis II (better for historical events) Europa Universalis III (better gameplay) Victoria Hearts of Iron II Rome Total War : Europa Barbarorum mod Not only can you learn his...
by nurgles_herald
Thu May 31, 2007 2:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Maggie Walker wins 2007 HSNCT!
Replies: 138
Views: 44632

Feel free to discuss question specifics. The mirror attending populace knows not to read this I'm sure. Alrighty then. Mods, if this is incorrect, feel free to delete this post. I rang in with "Freya", and was prompted. The correct answer was "Frig". They ruled that Freya was acceptable enough to b...
by nurgles_herald
Thu May 31, 2007 2:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ZERG RUSH!!!!
Replies: 46
Views: 17616

Um, why is there hatred being directed at Winter Fox? It's not like this thread was being all that productive before hand...

(I suppose it has something to do with copyright infringement... or, at least, so I hope)
by nurgles_herald
Thu May 31, 2007 2:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 89
Views: 28922

I'd say for top teams the list looks something like TJ (which hopefully will be better organized so that A Team is no longer run by seniority/Evan's irrational will), Dorman (which is returning all of its top scorers from Nationals) and Whitman (which is returning its full lineup). I hesitate to ad...
by nurgles_herald
Tue May 29, 2007 8:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Maggie Walker wins 2007 HSNCT!
Replies: 138
Views: 44632

Yup. I'm trying to get a Penn State knowledge masters team back together, although it'll be in a larval phase, so don't expect Penn State Quizbowl to be something scary next year. Or the year after that. Or the year after that.
by nurgles_herald
Mon May 28, 2007 4:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 89
Views: 28922

Our A-team next year is really kinda up in the air, at this point. The personal stats for the player "Kaylee" (aka Laura) were greatly deflated at this tournament by the presence of "River" (aka Alison), because they are both very good at literature, though River is, obviously, faster. Don't count K...
by nurgles_herald
Mon Oct 09, 2006 7:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 308843

Two answers required

Given: Dead Sea Scrolls
Actual: Romulus and Remus
by nurgles_herald
Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Teams In The Country '06-07?
Replies: 105
Views: 43113

Well, the cat is out of the bag- RM may have graduated Chris Ray, but it certainly didn't hold them back. If anything, it may have improved their playing style, as now there isn't some god-like figure for the rest of their A-team to defer tossups to. We attended the TJ tournament yesterday and, goin...
by nurgles_herald
Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 128638

I'm going to go completely off-topic here for a second, but I think this needs to be asked:

What happened to Grosse Pointe North High School? They beat RM and Gov, and were presumably a very powerful team as a result. Where did they go in the elimination rounds?
by nurgles_herald
Mon Jun 05, 2006 7:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 128638

Judging by the championship round, you're absolutely correct. RM was certainly not a one-player team in the two games against State College, and, indeed, poor Chris seemed to be stumbling around a bit for the first game before dominating the last half of the 2nd game, sealing the deal against State ...
by nurgles_herald
Mon Jun 05, 2006 5:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 308843

My team captain at NAQT Championships (for State College B) negged on this:

Given Answer: INCORRECT!
Correct Answer: CORRECT!

o_O

All of us were stunned for a moment, and then we had to fight the impulse to laugh uproariously.


~Edited due to a mirror or something
by nurgles_herald
Mon Jun 05, 2006 5:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 128638

Maybe this is just me being bitter, but did anyone else notice that there seemed to be an usually high distribution of current events/politics and pop culture? I think that and the always high geography distribution did us in in the playoffs. Well, that and the fact that we played like crap. In any...
by nurgles_herald
Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 128638

How did State College B do? Yo, Chandragupta. We did alright in the pre-lims, finishing with 7-3. Ben totally crushed everyone else on the team for personal stats, ranking 51st in individual stats or something (after the prelims, I think), but I averaged about 20 ppg, I think. In the playoffs we st...