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by magin
Wed May 16, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 10314

Re: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together

I'm much more skeptical that competitiveness is toxic, or that in-game passion is a symptom of an abuser, or that well-known players are more likely to offend than more anonymous players. Matt, I don't see anyone saying these things. I think Tamara is correct that we still tend to place far too muc...
by magin
Tue May 15, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 61
Views: 18468

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

I'm looking to play this tournament. I'm not bad at sports and good at frauding pop culture questions from academic knowledge.
by magin
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere
Replies: 17
Views: 3762

Re: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere

I am really unhappy with how some people in the collegiate/open community act towards each other, especially on the forums and sometimes on the Discord. After several instances of privately getting people to modulate their public behavior-–sometimes successfully–I’m finally pissed--off about it eno...
by magin
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers
Replies: 20
Views: 3886

Re: ACF and Powers

I like powers as a player, but I think there are a few issues with powers from a set editing perspective that haven't been mentioned in this thread. Although all tossups in a set ideally gradate difficulty the same way, in practice, that doesn't happen most of the time. Powers exacerbate any issues ...
by magin
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 Carper Award: congratulations Mike Bentley!
Replies: 6
Views: 2425

Re: 2018 Carper Award: congratulations Mike Bentley!

Congrats, Mike. This award is incredibly well-deserved.
by magin
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 44
Views: 10906

Your Favorite Question

I think it would be interesting for writers to get a sense of the questions that quizbowl players enjoyed the most and why. So, what is your favorite question that you didn't write? I'm hoping that people don't just respond with questions that they got good buzzes on, but ones that were executed so ...
by magin
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4
Replies: 23
Views: 5417

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 4

I'm extremely excited for this tournament and would pay a large sum of money to play it at Chicago Open this year.
by magin
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 13518

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

I'm planning on writing a hard packet of at least 20 tossups on weird, esoteric Americana.

Edit: My packet is now done.
by magin
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Two Visions of ACF Fall
Replies: 9
Views: 3615

Re: Two Visions of ACF Fall

Jarret, that's fantastic to hear. I've talked to the other editors, and we're very pleased the field at your site seemed to enjoy the set so much. Thanks for letting us know! Also, Will, I understand your issues with past ACF Falls, but I think you're missing a bit of perspective here. If ACF Fall i...
by magin
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Editor Feedback
Replies: 1
Views: 1400

ACF Fall Editor Feedback

The ACF Fall editors will be providing feedback for submitted packets upon request. If your team is interested, please email fall17acf@gmail.com and let us know you'd like feedback on your packet. If we get many requests, it may take longer to provide feedback to everybody, but we will make sure we ...
by magin
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Two Visions of ACF Fall
Replies: 9
Views: 3615

Re: Two Visions of ACF Fall

Thanks, Bruce. I'm honored and touched. I'm not exactly sure how to respond to Will's post, but I would like to clarify a few things. First, the editors attempted to keep difficulty down, but we still left in some tossups on harder material that we thought enough teams would know--Francis I, Ursula ...
by magin
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5809

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

Here's some data for ACF Fall for your perusal:

ACF Fall Stats

Conversion Data for Maryland ACF Fall Site
by magin
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5809

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

I'm sorry for the proofreading errors which were in the final set--as a former professional proofreader, I'm pretty annoyed that I didn't fix them before the set went out. They should all be fixed in the final set now, but that's still too late. I'd also like to talk more broadly about the goals the...
by magin
Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5809

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

I was happy to see some of Auburn's questions included on our first attempt at submitting. Thanks to the editors for putting this tournament together, even if it did have some flaws. Does ACF still do its writer feedback program? The editors will be providing feedback for submitted packets upon req...
by magin
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5809

ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

Welcome to the discussion thread for ACF Fall 2017. I hope you all enjoyed playing the tournament; all the editors are looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts and reactions. Our editors were: Ryan Rosenberg: American literature, European literature, world/genre/other literature, social scienc...
by magin
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall - November 4th, 2017
Replies: 35
Views: 18940

Re: ACF Fall - November 4th, 2017

Here are some difficulty guidelines to help you write your ACF Fall half-packets: * Try to keep tossup answers accessible to new teams. If you want the Fall editors to use your questions, err on the side of easier answers that many players can get by the end. * Late clues and giveaways in tossups an...
by magin
Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to not get overwhelmed by the college canon
Replies: 8
Views: 2891

Re: How to not get overwhelmed by the college canon

At harder college tournaments, even the best players will not know a vast majority of the clues and some of the answers. It's sort of like baseball: the best hitters still make outs around 60 percent of the time. We all spend most tournaments spending most of our time not knowing things and hearing ...
by magin
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 It's Lit: Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 1020

Re: Discussion

Yeah, this was a blast. My favorite questions by far were the tossups on well-known answers like Frost and Melville, which I greatly appreciated. Thanks to all the writers for producing a fun set!
by magin
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 13331

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

I'm interested in signing up. Put me on the waitlist.
by magin
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2017 Team Formation
Replies: 23
Views: 9626

Re: CO 2017 Team Formation

I just discovered that I can make CO this year, so if you want a humanities player and/or need someone to write a bunch of questions for your packet, shoot me an email.
by magin
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 18998

Re: It's Lit

I'd like to play. If you know world literature and/or modernist poetry, I'm interested in teaming up with you.
by magin
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 5199

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

In the late 20-aughts and into the start of this decade, it was orthodox, or at least common, to have challenging finals packets at nearly every tournament that specifically designated finals. Although I haven't done a scientific survey of this, my recollection is that these tournaments typically e...
by magin
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 4802

Re: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

I don't know anything about mythology, but this thread is interesting to me. Although I don't have anything to contribute about the specifics of writing great myth questions, I have two more general points I think are germane here. 1) If you have some expertise in an area and want to see quizbowl qu...
by magin
Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:09 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Improving as a Literature Writer
Replies: 5
Views: 2796

Re: Improving as a Literature Writer

Thanks Jon(and Jacob), that's some really useful advice. I definitely agree that good/playable questions are better than no questions, and that not every question has to be perfect or even close to it. Reading excerpts is definitely something I've utilized before and will definitely continue, espec...
by magin
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Improving as a Literature Writer
Replies: 5
Views: 2796

Re: Improving as a Literature Writer

This is a really good thread. It's very hard to write a great question on a work of literature you haven't read, but it's much easier to write a good, non-awful question. And while there's nothing like playing a really great question, I think most literature players would be thrilled to play a tourn...
by magin
Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How To Avoid Running Out Of Question Ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 6986

Re: How To Avoid Running Out Of Question Ideas

Putting ideas down beforehand: When I'm working on tournaments, I usually list out my subdistributions well ahead of time and fill them in with ideas (elaborated upon with comments indicating clues I want to use) as they come to me, such that I'll often have some idea listed a couple months before ...
by magin
Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How To Avoid Running Out Of Question Ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 6986

Re: How To Avoid Running Out Of Question Ideas

Putting ideas down beforehand: When I'm working on tournaments, I usually list out my subdistributions well ahead of time and fill them in with ideas (elaborated upon with comments indicating clues I want to use) as they come to me, such that I'll often have some idea listed a couple months before ...
by magin
Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Bride of the Guerrilla Tournament (Film 2016)
Replies: 26
Views: 7602

Re: Bride of the Guerrilla Tournament (Film 2016)

I'm writing a packet also.
by magin
Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 4612

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion

the miscellaneous tossups on Woody Guthrie. What all were the clues in this one? We were looking for the lyricist, right? That tossup had the room in knots. I was thinking Guthrie the whole time, but I finally risked the neg on This Land is Your Land because I was pretty sure he had a hand in writi...
by magin
Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 4612

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion

I thought Eddie Kim did a great job as head editor for this set, and I think it's as good, if not better, than the first two Imaginary Landscapes. Eddie and Rebecca wrote almost all of the classical music/opera for this set, although I contributed the tossups on Borodin, Ives, Karl Jenkins, Lyric Pi...
by magin
Mon May 30, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 4612

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion

Ben, Glad you liked the tournament. I wrote the Karl Jenkins tossup, I apologize for the Benedictus clue causing a huge buzzer race; I didn't think it was famous, and during playtesting, no one answered the tossup until the Palladio clues. Certainly would have put it later if I thought that might ha...
by magin
Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)
Replies: 67
Views: 22259

Re: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)

Cody, when have you scheduled the remaining CO packets? Also, do people want to just hear the tossups, or to split into teams and play the packets that way?
by magin
Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)
Replies: 67
Views: 22259

Re: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)

Is there any interest in playing the three remaining CO packets at this site, like what Jerry is running in Michigan? I just found out that I'll be able to come to VCU, and I'd like to read them, either in some sort of draft format or just to interested players.
by magin
Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?
Replies: 25
Views: 6644

Re: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?

I was going to post something about difficulty in the CO thread, but now that this one exists, I'll do it here. First of all, I've always strongly believed that editors should strongly control the difficulty of tournaments. Even at hard opens like CO, if you don't exercise strict discipline over you...
by magin
Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 75197

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I think the "send in easier questions if you want easier questions" argument is a bit of a copout. Yes, in some sense the submissions guide how the tournament will look, and you want to reward teams for writing good questions by altering them as little as possible. But if you're an editor for a nat...
by magin
Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 75197

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I think the "send in easier questions if you want easier questions" argument is a bit of a copout. Yes, in some sense the submissions guide how the tournament will look, and you want to reward teams for writing good questions by altering them as little as possible. But if you're an editor for a nati...
by magin
Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Becoming Part of the Community
Replies: 43
Views: 21285

Becoming Part of the Community

In response to Mike's thread about people's lowest point, I thought it would be interesting for people to share how they became a part of the larger quizbowl community, what encouraged or discouraged them along the way, and anything that might have sped up or smoothed the process had it occurred. I ...
by magin
Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015
Replies: 95
Views: 36674

Re: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015

I'd like to play this tournament.
by magin
Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape no. 2 Discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 3443

Re: Imaginary Landscape no. 2 Discussion

I realized I forgot to post links to the packets, so here they are: Packet 1: https://app.box.com/s/9cjrh6f96um752scc4vk Packet 2: https://app.box.com/s/apg3kusvq0iiqfvcwfj9 Packet 3: https://app.box.com/s/l66tytwjmejq7pzi1ukj Packet 4: https://app.box.com/s/2w2ztx8ze9x6jvu5u67f Packet 5: https://ap...
by magin
Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape no. 2 Discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 3443

Imaginary Landscape no. 2 Discussion

Imaginary Landscape no. 2 is now clear for discussion. I'd especially like to thank my co-writers: Dave Letzler, Rebecca Maxfield, and Jacob Reed. They came up with many good ideas and provided great feedback on many questions, and really improved the tournament. The distribution was: 5 Composers 4 ...
by magin
Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape no. 2 at VCU Open
Replies: 11
Views: 4289

Re: Imaginary Landscape no. 2 at VCU Open

This will be held Saturday, in case that wasn't clear.

Also, if you are not Will Nediger and would like to mirror this set, please email me at jonathan.magin@gmail.com and I will send you the set tomorrow.
by magin
Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NASAT Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 16373

Re: 2014 NASAT Discussion

I think there's an erroneous premise here about what NASAT is -- the "intended audience" is "people playing at the level of an ACF Regionals type set." It's a tournament played by high schoolers, but not a "high school tournament" in the way most high school sets are. It's not intended to be a clon...
by magin
Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NASAT Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 16373

Re: 2014 NASAT Discussion

I think what Rob's saying is true, but as a practical matter, I do see an important distinction between two kinds of difficulty modulation when writing for really good high school players. In broad strokes, it seems like you can write difficult questions for high schoolers in two ways (which can ob...
by magin
Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape no. 2 at VCU Open
Replies: 11
Views: 4289

Imaginary Landscape no. 2 at VCU Open

I'm pleased to announce that Imaginary Landscape no. 2 will be held Saturday, August 2 after VCU Open. This edition was written by me, Dave Letzler, Jacob Reed, and Rebecca Maxfield, and it's a good tournament. You should play it. The tournament format will depend on the number of people who sign up...
by magin
Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Poll to gauge interest in Imaginary Landscape at VCU Open
Replies: 2
Views: 1721

Re: Poll to gauge interest in Imaginary Landscape at VCU Ope

Cheynem wrote:I'm interested in playing it, but I also will probably not be at the main site, so I'm not sure what you want us folks to do.
Just don't fill that part out and put it in the Notes section.
by magin
Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Poll to gauge interest in Imaginary Landscape at VCU Open
Replies: 2
Views: 1721

Poll to gauge interest in Imaginary Landscape at VCU Open

Hey everyone, I've created a poll to gauge interest in holding the second edition of everyone's favorite all-audio tournament, Imaginary Landscape no. 2, at VCU Open in August. Please fill it out if you're interested in playing it. Thanks! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kO2nV59hIHhISfDSeJAoMXkJwyG...
by magin
Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open/second summer open this year
Replies: 44
Views: 15988

Re: VCU Open/second summer open this year

That's true; maybe I assumed more awareness than actually exists. Should I make a separate thread?
by magin
Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open/second summer open this year
Replies: 44
Views: 15988

Re: VCU Open/second summer open this year

Hey, so people have asked about playing Imaginary Landscape no. 2 at VCU Open. Would there be interest in that? The tournament is very nearly all edited, and should be done well before August. Matt W. told me that a Sunday slot was still available after the Texas tournament; would that work for int...
by magin
Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open/second summer open this year
Replies: 44
Views: 15988

Re: VCU Open/second summer open this year

Hey, so people have asked about playing Imaginary Landscape no. 2 at VCU Open. Would there be interest in that? The tournament is very nearly all edited, and should be done well before August. Matt W. told me that a Sunday slot was still available after the Texas tournament; would that work for inte...
by magin
Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Praise Song
Replies: 35
Views: 8143

Praise Song

Now that the poll threads have predictably resulted in slap fights and bickering, I thought it would be a good idea to make a thread to praise people for working hard to keep the circuit running. After all, the glory of PPG is nice, but those accomplishments are all made possible by the labor of peo...