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by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 18
Views: 1745

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Edited my form response to make this clear as well, but I would greatly appreciate Super ACRONYM being held Sunday, since circumstances have made it such that I'm likely going to end up getting into Champaign on Saturday.
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 PACE NSC: Congratulations Thomas Jefferson A!
Replies: 31
Views: 12036

Re: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA

A huge thanks to our 2019 Round Sponsors! Ankit Aggarwal sponsored a Finals Round. Groger Ranks, HSQBRank via Fred Morlan, Alumni of Fisher Catholic Quiz Bowl, SCOP Novice, Greg Peterson, Mike Bentley, Greater Pennsylvania Quiz Bowl, Bryn and Eric Douglass, Peter Schmidt, and Raynor Kuang and QuizD...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 2224

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

This text's prologue mentions a "war-duke" of Thrace named Lorikus, who becomes the foster father of a child born to a man named Munon and a daughter of King Priam named Troan. In its first section, a king gives a wandering woman as much land as four oxen can plow in a day, only for her to plow up ...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires @ Chicago Open (8/4)
Replies: 3
Views: 601

Re: Age of Empires @ Chicago Open (8/4)

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 5:59 pm
If you'd like to request a specific one, feel free to ask! Here are lists of cheats and taunts that you can pick from.
can we be "to smithereens" please
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed May 29, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 78
Views: 4204

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

I would recommend using an identifier such as "This unnamed location" if you're going to write a tossup on something that doesn't have a reified name. It feels much less hacky than saying "description acceptable." All else equal I would think a simple tag like "description acceptable" would be much...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 6249

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

Gene Harrogate wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:51 pm
Just a thought: maybe people shouldn't get so bent out of shape over the semantics of a meaningless poll the Canadian circuit does every year.
People discussing quizbowl-related things is what the quizbowl discussion forum is for.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)
Replies: 11
Views: 1960

Re: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)

Cheynem wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:01 pm
Looking for teammates in this, especially people who know things I don't like such as fiction, poetry, painting, sculpture, the auditory arts, philosophy, and social science.
Much like TNT, Mike Cheyne knows drama.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: 2019 Trash Player Poll
Replies: 13
Views: 2309

Re: 2019 Trash Player Poll

This seems like a difficult exercise since there's like a hs level trashtournament a year and maybe a total of 50 tus in the regular season There's also been a more difficult trash tournament every year since 2016 (either CO Trash or Super ACRONYM), though maybe that's less helpful for regional ran...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5680

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

TheIronLadyOfQuizbowl wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:15 pm
What is the rationale between not using head-to-head as a tiebreaker?
Doing so double-counts the game in question.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)
Replies: 68
Views: 11484

Re: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)

you, the general you, should play this tournament
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 36084

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

For the sake of completeness: Not only did we already know that, we already invited him and were already turned down. ACF's official position now is that Gritty is canceled.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 4138

Re: GAUGING INTEREST: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue?

I too would very much like to come to a UIUC side event weekend again but would very much like it to not be the weekend after CO.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 29
Views: 6255

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

- And not that tournament, but the regional qualifier for it I remember had just the all-time most amazing lead-in to a toss-up that I've ever answered. It went something like "This book, the most famous in Islam..." (because yes, you can start questions on the Quran like that if you're CBI) I beli...
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 29
Views: 6255

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

Andrew's post is very good but I'm afraid it gets several Pinocchios, which I will present in Andrew's absolute favorite forum-post style. Our team name, or perhaps it was Rob's, was "Coetzee.cx"; it was my joke either way, ok? It was both my team's name and, I'm willing to swear on a stack of copie...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 3601

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

As the years go by I find myself more and more weirded out by the idea of continuing to take this level of self-righteous glee in what was ultimately a really shitty series of events. In particular, And because of Andy's insane knowledge of Thailand, I personally will be celebrating by eating Thai f...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 41
Views: 9171

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

Again, novel and important content is ok in a hard part, but (a) not all the time and (b) you still want to have some reasonable expectation of someone actually, you know, answering it. If you just want to make people feel humbled, tape-record a monologue instead. I'm looking forward to playing thi...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 5813

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Sure, that's true; more prompt announcements (even if they're of relatively standard practices, or of practices with precedent) would've ameliorated a lot of the confusion. I also tend to overestimate others' ability to be cavalierly flexible with their schedules!
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 5813

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Mike, you're right that I should have been more prompt in figuring this out -- basically, as someone who doesn't check the forums too often, I wasn't aware that these events existed until Tejas sent me messages about them. I also took too long to publicly announce that Sunday events were a possibil...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Chicago Open
Replies: 6
Views: 2943

Re: DATE POLL: Chicago Open

hey uh it's been almost a month, any word on this?
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 6685

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

In my experience, many (in fact, likely the majority) of buzzes that are "on the first sentence" or "on the first clue" have a buzzpoint somewhere in the second sentence or later, because of parsing time/cautiousness/etc. In addition to the many arguments given elsewhere on these forums for the con...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Private Forum Creation
Replies: 3
Views: 1143

Re: Private Forum Creation

These instructions are indeed accurate; sometimes it unfortunately takes the admin staff a few days to get to the requests. (The requested forum is now active.)
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Chicago Open
Replies: 6
Views: 2943

Re: DATE POLL: Chicago Open

The thread seems to have accidentally been double posted; if you voted in the other one, make sure to re-vote in this one.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 36084

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

You can book by clicking here . Or, to make reservations over the phone, call 215-387-1400 and ask for the ACF Nationals Attendee Block. The trailing slash in the url takes you to the general reservations page instead of the event-specific one. Here is the link without it. Thanks for catching this;...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Community Discussion Forum now open!
Replies: 0
Views: 1295

Community Discussion Forum now open!

Hello friends, The Community Discussion Forum is now open! It's in the college section mostly for rules convenience but is absolutely for everyone, so don't hesitate to join in--though do please take discussion there seriously; rules regarding respectful posting are in even more effect than normal. ...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mythology
Replies: 10
Views: 3041

Re: Mythology

This book seems like a good scholarly introduction to Chinese mythology but, uh, maybe a bit overambitious for a high schooler looking to pick up the stuff that gets asked about in quizbowl (not that anyone should feel a need to limit their learning, of course--if something interests you, go nuts!)....
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 14493

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Would people be open to running something Friday night of ICT, or do teams generally get in too late for that? Eric what do you think about this? ICT Friday night events (GUERRILLA, actual tournament prelim games, etc.) have been run fairly successfully in the past, and the earlier people know abou...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 14493

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Also there's not a lot of stuff announced for CO this year, so there's certainly room there; however, Seth is also right that we could probably run both events at ICT fairly easily.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 14493

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Even if this argument about charity giving an event precedence was an agreed-upon thing and not something you just made up:
GOLBEZ announcement wrote:Half of all the money I receive from this "pay what you think it's worth" fee structure will be donated to the Bounceback Foundation.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 29212

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

That is a good question. The UMN team has to pay for Sunday rooms, which means it's often a poor financial decision for us to host Sunday side events. I'll talk it over with our board; perhaps we can find an alternate venue for side events. (To be honest, I'm also out-of-the-loop to the extent that...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 19
Views: 4030

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

Victor Prieto wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:37 pm
? Star Wars (TV)
2 Star Wars (films)
:sad:
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Rules and global announcements
Topic: December 2018 board staff changes
Replies: 0
Views: 3366

December 2018 board staff changes

Hello, friends. I'm proud to announce the following changes to the board staff, effective today! Sarah Angelo and Dylan Minarik have been promoted to administrator. Alex Damisch , Halle Friedman , and Olivia Lamberti have joined the staff as moderators. Max Schindler and Tanay Kothari have resigned;...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 36084

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Send an email to both me and the ACF Nationals email address Auroni just gave with the subject line "ACF Nationals staffing".
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Rules and global announcements
Topic: Requesting private forum creation
Replies: 3
Views: 8319

Re: Requesting private forum creation

Another brief request from your friendly forums admins: when requesting the creation of a private forum, please include the forums account name of at least one person (generally some subset of the editing team) to be assigned as a leader of the usergroup, who will be responsible for approving join r...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 14606

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

1.82 wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:09 pm
"rumpsringa".
a traditional amish rite of assage
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 29212

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I can't help but think it's a little bit selfish for Minnesotans to want to host the tournament themselves, exclusively, even when doing so would prevent several teams from playing the set at all! Similarly, I can't help but think it's a little selfish for various teams to take the position that oc...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 29212

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Uhm, JHU is still a pretty great distance from Michigan -- I think it'd be over eight hours' drive, and therefore almost ten for MSU. Ten hours is a conservative estimate of the drive time from Minnesota to Michigan and is markedly less than potential drives to Michigan State or, to pick another Mi...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 29212

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Do not hold two Midwest mirrors, period, full stop. Nobody wants to play in the fractured fields that would result, and I implore the editors to cancel one of them immediately. Agreed. The Midwest can't support substantial fields at two sites for a tournament of this difficulty. Traditionally editi...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 29212

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Do not hold two Midwest mirrors, period, full stop. Nobody wants to play in the fractured fields that would result, and I implore the editors to cancel one of them immediately. Agreed. The Midwest can't support substantial fields at two sites for a tournament of this difficulty. Traditionally editi...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 29212

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

vinteuil wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:26 pm
Lower Midwest: OSU (date TBD)
wait what

EDIT: to be clear, this will have the same field-decimating problem that the second Midwest mirror of CMST would have had.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 7863

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I thought the set did a great job hitting its difficulty and accessibility goals, and especially appreciated the consistently-controlled tossup length. All of the editors should take pride in that, and keep working on stuff! You're a very promising young group of writers and your skill warms my aged...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 14606

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

Here's a couple more I took note of: -Doctor Faustus is by Christopher Marlowe, not Charles Marlowe -sulfuric acid is produced in the contact process, not the compound process -the Hong Kong film from which The Departed was adapted is titled Infernal Affairs, not Internal Affairs -the Sherman Alexie...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Rules and global announcements
Topic: Requesting private forum creation
Replies: 3
Views: 8319

Re: Requesting private forum creation

When requesting to join private discussion groups, even if you don't plan on posting, please make sure that you have enabled a signature containing your name and affiliation (in accordance with board rules). People approving membership requests need to be able to see who you are in order to make sur...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Matt Laird [content warning]
Replies: 1
Views: 4242

Matt Laird [content warning]

Chicago Tribune : Former North Shore teacher charged with sexual assault, child pornography Due to the nature of these charges, Matt Laird has been banned from the hsquizbowl forums. The board staff would like to request that there be no further discussion of this story on hsquizbowl. In particular...
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 8993

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

Might as well join the chorus here--I have no idea what problem this is intended to solve and think it will do much more harm than good.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 11
Views: 9195

Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

I hope everyone's enjoyed the first few mirrors of EFT! We've recently agreed to let a high school tournament at Solon use the set in February, 2019 . Please be aware that this set will not be clear for an unusually long amount of time, and refrain from discussing it in public. I'll update our list...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 5377

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

Nice hockey Cote d'Azur wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:23 am
Please discuss specific questions or request to see questions here, with your reason for requesting them.
(doing this generally helps promote discussion in threads such as these, avoiding degeneration into a stream of contextless requests for, and texts of, questions)
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 7493

Re: Player tossup etiquette

On a similar topic, is bonus stalling allowed? As in, waiting to answer the bonus until asked by the moderator to prevent a comeback from the other team. Yes, it is the best strategy in a situation when you're playing timed rounds. Waiting until you're prompted by the moderator and then deferring o...
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)
Replies: 22
Views: 7436

Re: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)

Hey folks -- I am still looking to play this, and will gladly be placed on a free agent team if necessary, but if anyone would like to team up, I co-wrote CO Trash in 2014, Don't let him fool you. This misrepresentation won't stand. It was 2013 CO Trash. forgetting what years tournaments happened i...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 11
Views: 9195

Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

I'd like some clarification with regard to the eligibility rules. Specifically: High schoolers may play, and can play on chimera teams with permission, but permission will only be granted if they are unable to play with their school team. Can the editors provide an example of an instance in which a...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chomping Down at Shoney's Memorial Tournament (Film)
Replies: 10
Views: 6506

Re: Chomping Down at Shoney's Memorial Tournament (Film)

As is my wont, it's inexplicably taken me several days to post the stats from the mirror of this we ran at the UMN NASAT site. Just like at the main site, we did one seeding round, then 7 rounds of promotion/relegation with only points scored in the top room counting towards the actual title. Here a...