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by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 23
Views: 3362

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 Yeah, I made it up. Shoot me. Since tournaments exist to serve players, it seems to me to make sense to run tournaments where they will reach the largest possible appropriate a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 23
Views: 3362

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

This is a hard college-level difficulty tournament whose proceeds are going to charity. It seems like a hard college tournament like ICT would be the best place to run this to maximize audience and that furthermore this should take precedent over events which are not for charity.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

Re: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)

Full stats have been posted here. Congratulations again to WUSTL!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

Re: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)

WUSTL defeated Delaware in a one-game final after both teams went 9-1 in prelims. Thanks to everyone for playing!

Stats and packets will both be up in a few days.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Approach Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 1283

Re: How to Approach Literature

I strongly agree with Jacob Reed here. When I'm trying to learn about a work of literature, for personal edification or for the purpose of writing a question, I find that literary reviews and essays are a really nice way to learn what people consider to be the most moving/salient details of a book, ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

Re: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)

Good question.

Pay me at venmo (@walston) or paypal (william.t.alston@gmail.com)
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

Re: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)

Bumping this - we're still looking for one more staffer, and we'll take a field up to six teams.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite Playtest Discord Mirror December 22, 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 5373

Re: Spartan Housewrite Playtest Discord Mirror December 22, 2018

Thanks to all the readers for putting this event on! There were some hiccups, but the tournament organizers dealt with them in a professional manner. And honestly, 11 rounds in 11 hours isn't great, but it could be much worse Congrats to Matt, Mia, Geoffrey, and Daniel on a really well played final ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 12
Views: 2948

Re: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)

One more thing - please don't share any of your questions with anyone, not even people you're playing with and who your packet will presumably be grouped with! I would really like each packet to feel like a bit of a wild ride and have a minimal amount of coordination, in order for there to be an eve...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 12
Views: 2948

Re: Guerilla History Event (December)

Added to the OP - I'd like to run this event after PIANO. In accordance, I am going to suggest 30-question rounds to not make the tournament go too long. I'd like to make sure the editors get fair compensation as well. EDIT: I've changed the entry fee to $10 to incentivize writing, and to generate e...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 12
Views: 2948

Re: Guerilla History Event (December)

Based on my positive experience with the somewhat guerilla QANTA event, I'd like to modify the format of this tournament. I'd like to have slightly shorter questions and more questions per round - I think 30 would be good. I think this has the effect of making things feel less onerous for teams that...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 46
Views: 8377

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

Thanks to Jordan B-G and co. for putting on an excellent event, and to Jordan, JinAh, and Daniel for being great teammates. More tournaments should offer Krazy Kebab catering for lunch. To speak a bit about the questions and the format: If you get a chance to play this question set online, I recomme...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

Re: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)

Milhouse wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:50 pm
One would think that the sheet shouldn't have a free agents area since this tournament is closed.
Sorry you're right, I'm on autopilot
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

Re: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (Date Poll) - IF YOU CAN'T MAKE A PHYSICAL SITE

By popular demand, the date of December 29th has been chosen. Please sign up here if you're interested in playing or staffing - staffers will be compensated $40 for the day.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires (Side Event)
Replies: 9
Views: 2434

Re: Age of Empires (Side Event)

Pascal Plays Poker wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:01 pm
Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:29 pm
I'll plan to have this ready by CO
Does this mean that there will likely not be a mirror at HSNCT or PACE? (Or online)
There will definitely be an online mirror.

As for PACE / HSNCT, we'll see how productive I am. It could be moved ahead of schedule.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires (Side Event)
Replies: 9
Views: 2434

Re: Age of Empires (Side Event)

I'll plan to have this ready by CO
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 2376

Re: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl

I see you working, Jacob! I probably shouldn't be letting you in on Jesse Gingold's secret improvement strategies, but he's listened to a ton of the BBC "In Our Time" podcasts, which mostly cover literature and history, but also do small dives into science and other topics. Echoing Mike, this is de...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What Constitutes Good Moderating
Replies: 10
Views: 2288

Re: What Constitutes Good Moderating

Just imitate Rob Carson, he's the best mod out there IMO

(Caveat: if you're not able to crack jokes, don't try to)
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God @ Johns Hopkins (11/10/2018)
Replies: 6
Views: 2914

Re: Sun God @ Johns Hopkins (11/10/2018)

Belatedly agreeing with what Weijia said; JHU did a great job!

As a small note, it looks like the finals game is duplicated in the stats.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 71
Views: 13796

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

It seems to me that the particular problem arising here is related to the fact that the axis mundi of the Midwest is found, unsurprisingly, in the state of Illinois, and particularly in Chicago and its environs. The logical solution seems to be to host the Midwest mirror in Chicago. However, this to...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 71
Views: 13796

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Throwing players under the bus to facilitate propping another site (a site mostly being demanded by hosts rather than players) should be avoided even more strenuously. Mirrors exist to afford players a chance to play a tournament. Players do not exist to give mirrors business. This, exactly this. S...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

Re: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (Date Poll) - IF YOU CAN'T MAKE A PHYSICAL SITE

This would be on Discord. To answer a few questions from PMs: 1) If you're playing this as a team, then all members of your team should vote in this poll 2) We'll close the poll in three weeks - this should give us time to confirm whether we'll have a Southeast mirror, let stats filter out so people...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

SGI: CLOSED Online Mirror (12/29)

Hey folks, This is a poll for potential dates for a CLOSED (i.e. single school only) online mirror of SGI. If you are a college team or top high school team, we recommend you play this tournament IF AND ONLY IF only if you have a conflict and/or cannot otherwise make it to a physical site. If you're...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 12
Views: 2948

Re: Guerilla History Event (December)

At this point, are people more interested in playing this as an online event or as an in-person event, with a random other person being asked to edit out repeats? Personally I kind of want to try an online-only event, as I mean for this to be free and I'd like everyone who wrote to play the tourname...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 8012

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

Thought I'd mention a small error I ran into while reading over Editors 1: [10] In 1866, the American steamer General Sherman attempted to emulate Perry’s expedition by visiting this non-Japanese East Asian city; however, the ship was destroyed by this city’s residents. The USS Pueblo was captured o...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 8012

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

I’m not fantastically knowledgeable about music, so I’m not sure if it’s technically correct to call the Große Fuge a string quartet, but I feel like that tossup should have accepted fugue in the first two sentences that were talking about it. Michael Yue negged with fugue on the first clue, and he...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]
Replies: 14
Views: 8822

Re: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]

Progress update: The set is 98% done at this point and mostly packetized. I think we ended up hitting our target difficulty of "about halfway between 2017 EFT and this past year's Regionals" though the set obviously has a different field than an introductory tournament like EFT. I'm obviously biased...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 4519

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

What kinds of note clues were being used? I'd generally agree with Daniel in cautioning against the use of note clues unless you are really careful to provide full context and describe a pretty iconic moment of the piece, and further stipulate that putting clues about specific notes in every tossup ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 4519

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I didn't read the set, but I'm curious in general what people think is "a lot" of Hinduism content in the mythology / legends distribution - as opposed to Hindu religious practices, which can be harder to write fresh questions on - I generally wouldn't go beyond 2-3 total tossups and bonuses on Hind...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite Playtest Discord Mirror December 22, 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 5373

Re: Spartan Housewrite Playtest Discord Mirror Date Poll Inside

The team formation spreadsheet is view only - can you fix this please :grin:
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is World History?
Replies: 11
Views: 2823

Re: What is World History?

Is it just me, or is anyone else a little irritated by a question on 'Morocco' where the clues are mainly about the Almoravids and Almohads? Yes, both dynasties originated in modern-day Morocco, but the polities they ruled extended far beyond its modern boundaries, and the rulers were fairly itiner...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature - A Charity Side Event
Replies: 12
Views: 5606

Re: Historature - A Charity Side Event

I've uploaded the packets to the archive. They should be up soon.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 46
Views: 8377

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

I should add one thing: I realize that you need to submit questions through the write.qanta.org site - however, in my experience teams usually compile submitted packets on something like Google Docs before they submit them, to help figure out who's writing what, etc. In this context, a visually simp...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 46
Views: 8377

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

600 characters I think is fine - that's about 5.5/6 lines of 10/11 Times New Roman font, respectively. If the worry is that questions will go for too long and bore viewers, I genuinely do suspect that most of these tossups will go within the first couple sentences if they're written at the advertise...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 46
Views: 8377

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

Is there a length guideline for submitted questions? Try not to go over 500 characters of questions, and unless the question is exquisitely crafted, try not to go under 400 characters. This is a really important point, thanks! We'll update the question submission interface to reflect this and also ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 6144

Re: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)

I'll be hosting a reading of the finals packets this Friday (previously: Wednesday) at 9PM EST in the Discord server used for the tournament
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT
Replies: 8
Views: 2430

Re: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT

Are you going to have people sign up to be on the bailout brigade? I'm not trying to be snarky--I wonder how many tournaments would be better if instead of issuing a blanket call for help, they had a few people who knew that in cases of emergencies they could be called upon (of course, they might a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT
Replies: 8
Views: 2430

Re: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT

At this point we're most interested in folks writing history and science, particularly the latter.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT
Replies: 8
Views: 2430

Re: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT

I expect this set to be at least 25% complete by the end of April 2019, at least 50% complete by the end of June 2019, and entirely complete by the end of August 2019. All writers will be expected to have completed the same proportions of their committed questions by the stated times or will face f...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT
Replies: 8
Views: 2430

Re: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT

I expect this set to be at least 25% complete by the end of April 2019, at least 50% complete by the end of June 2019, and entirely complete by the end of August 2019. All writers will be expected to have completed the same proportions of their committed questions by the stated times or will face fi...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT
Replies: 8
Views: 2430

Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT

Hi folks, I'm planning to head edit EFT again next year and am looking for people interested in contributing. Interested writers should be willing to: - Commit to at least 30 questions - Commit to a highly aggressive production schedule, including possibility of losing monetary reward from the set f...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: EFT @ Virginia Tech (11/10/18)
Replies: 5
Views: 2261

Re: EFT @ Virginia Tech (11/10/18)

Just as a heads-up, the SGI mirror at Hopkins is also scheduled for this time.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 6144

Re: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)

My bad on not doing this before, but I've added a team contact field to the original spreadsheet. If you don't put one, I'll just email whatever address(es) I have on file for team members.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 6144

Re: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)

I've assigned remaining free agents to teams. We'll close the field at 8, but if there are more than 32 players, you can ask permission to play as a fifth player on an existing team.

We'll aim to start at 10AM EST sharp on Saturday and run 10 rounds, with a break after 5 rounds of prelims.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 6144

Re: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)

It seems like we've got just about the right number of folks for an eight-team mirror, so I'm going to re-cap things at that for now, since that will let us playtest all ten prelims packet we'll have prepared. We will also have two finals packets ready for this mirror. For those concerned about the ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Mirror at UNC-Chapel Hill
Replies: 6
Views: 1707

Re: Oxford Open Mirror at UNC-Chapel Hill

Are there any updates on this? If the UNC team were to postpone this to another weekend (say, maybe late November, to give people a breather after SGI/Fall) then I'd consider traveling. Might bring a caravan of other folks.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 46
Views: 8377

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

Jordan Brownstein, Daniel Hothem, and I are looking for teammates. Preferable those who know science.

EDIT to reflect Daniel Hothem joining our team! Looking for one more.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Collegiate Novice @ Georgia Tech (9/15)
Replies: 3
Views: 1005

Re: Collegiate Novice @ Georgia Tech (9/15)

At the risk of stealing Naveed's hobbyhorse, I'm a bit puzzled as to why several experienced college players on Georgia A were playing a tournament explicitly meant for collegiate novices. The same goes for the lead scorer on the team that won SSNCT playing on Georgia Tech A. Are these players novic...