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by TylerV
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God @ UIUC (11/10/18)
Replies: 9
Views: 1561

Re: Sun God @ UIUC (11/10/18)

Becuase then I can commandeer a bunch of people to work on it all at once and not have to do merging 6 different SQBS files Doesn't it take more than 6 times longer to input a scoresheet into neg5 than into SQBS? (In fact, much more?) You have to go tossup by tossup (40 numbers) instead of just put...
by TylerV
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 1795

Re: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

Stats through lunch (and also live) can be found here: bit.ly/2018ACFUIUC
by TylerV
Tue May 08, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 44
Views: 10472

Re: Your Favorite Question

The Wei Zhi puts this place 12,000 li north of a place called Dog Slave Country. Xu Fu likely visited this place in his search for the elixir of life and may have claimed one of its mountains to be Mt. Penglai. Red paint used to depict tattooing on haniwa statues is evidence for the claim that some...
by TylerV
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 29614

Re: Illinois '17-'18

If we are allowed to talk about specific questions, then I would agree that the "sword fight" one was strange. I believe I answered "brawl" or something to that effect, and was slightly surprised that I wasn't at least prompted. The only other one that I found strange was the question about the Gat...
by TylerV
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 29614

Re: Illinois '17-'18

What did throw me into a rage however was a lit answerline, which I am unsure if its clear so I won't reveal it, which I felt was overly strict. This ended up not mattering in the room I was in but I think it easily could have caused issues. Was it the "sword fight" answerline? I think it could hav...
by TylerV
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 29614

Re: Illinois '17-'18

Knowing each of the IHSA writers personally, I knew to expect well-crafted passion project, but I was still surprised with how well regionals went. Pros: The math was fantastic and this is coming from somebody who knows next to nothing about math. I've never seen players enjoy math as much as I have...
by TylerV
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Masonics 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 2344

Re: Masonics 2018

Is it just me, or does the 2A field look more stacked than the 3A field? While Southwestern and Latin are both very good teams, which I think are T-2 as far as 2A goes, and I truly think that Uni is the best team in the state when playing 5v5, 3A still blows 2A out of the water. Auburn, Fremd, Stev...
by TylerV
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Exclusivity in Introductory Tournaments
Replies: 7
Views: 1976

Re: Exclusivity in Introductory Tournaments

So, rather than a strict limitation, would a disclaimer stating something like "This tournament is intended for newer teams" suffice to illustrate the idea that schools should consider bringing more inexperienced players over seasoned ones? That will likely keep national contenders from attending b...
by TylerV
Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Exclusivity in Introductory Tournaments
Replies: 7
Views: 1976

Re: Exclusivity in Introductory Tournaments

It is perfectly ethical to restrict fields to protect newer players. Below I will paste the IHSSBCA's guidelines about the varying ways we do this. For IHSSBCA Novice which is held early in the year and uses SCOP: A player must have played fewer than 40 varsity-level matches for his or her school’s ...
by TylerV
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 29614

Re: Illinois '17-'18

The IHSSBCA will be hosting Team Illinois Tryouts on February 11th, the Sunday after NAQT state, in Urbana, IL. If you are interested in attending these tryouts, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/S3F3yKUQ2YdXekUe2 It is important to note that with the continuing uncertainty re...
by TylerV
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 29614

Re: Illinois '17-'18

Hello everyone, The 2018 iteration of the Illinois NAQT State Championships, hosted on February 10th at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is currently seeking staff. We need both moderators as well as scorekeepers. Qualified moderators, who are capable of reading at least 20 toss ups with...
by TylerV
Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:06 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Homewood-Flossmoor Pop Culture Tourney (mirror of OH Trash)
Replies: 9
Views: 2396

Re: Homewood-Flossmoor Pop Culture Tourney (mirror of OH Tra

Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, IL will be mirroring the Ohio Trash 2017 questions on Saturday, January 6th. The tournament will start at 9a, and expect to end around 4p. Entry fee is $15 a player, teams of maximum of 5 players, and can register individually and be placed on a team if ...
by TylerV
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5479

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

I only managed to hear a few of the packets but it was clear this was a much much better effort than last year. The questions were engaging and worked even for lower-level high school teams. My only real issue, and this is a nit-picky single question concern, is the Berlin Airlift tossup, which I ha...
by TylerV
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: A, B, C teams
Replies: 13
Views: 4400

Re: A, B, C teams

Generally, I don't have a problem with schools not conforming to the standard A (strongest) to Z (weakest) as long as they make it known ahead of time and back it up with full rosters. This guarentees that the only real issue I have with it, messing up the seeds, doesn't happen. That being said I wo...
by TylerV
Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Book Prizes-Where to Find Them
Replies: 7
Views: 2134

Re: Book Prizes-Where to Find Them

If you have a half price books outlet near you, consider yourself spoiled. I am under the impression that their normal stores have fantastic deals as well but have never actually been to one.
by TylerV
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good books for studying history
Replies: 7
Views: 3782

Re: Good books for studying history

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553382403/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918. I absolutely adore this book. It is easy to read, engaging, and throws a ton of fun and useful information at you. While its limited to World War I it wi...
by TylerV
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS Help Thread
Replies: 44
Views: 20254

Re: SQBS Help Thread

Can two people working on the same tournament/division on different devices merge their files into one? In principle, yes, but it's somewhat error-prone. It's better to divide tournaments and scoresheets such that there will be no need to merge except perhaps at a rebracket. If you have to merge, h...
by TylerV
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: New AMSQG announcement
Replies: 15
Views: 3852

Re: New AMSQG announcement

Where can this sample be found? I've been looking to potentially send my team to a mirror. As of now, it is still uncompiled. The sample packet, after we finish our distribution related discussions, will be posted in this thread. There is no current timetable for when this sample packet will be com...
by TylerV
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: New AMSQG announcement
Replies: 15
Views: 3852

Re: New AMSQG announcement

I'll preface this post by stating that my role in this project is only feedback based. I am not receiving, nor seeking, financial compensation for my work and as a result am not directly writing or editing any tossups but rather providing guidance to the writers and editors and keeping the answerlin...
by TylerV
Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Top five college teams for 2017–18
Replies: 17
Views: 6875

Re: Top five college teams for 2017–18

Here are some D2 teams to watch out for, based on what/who I know. Teams are in no particular order. Returning D2 eligible : 1. Illinois (Cole Timmerwilke, Mike Etzkorn) - Give him a couple years, and Mike will become one of the best literature/FA players in the game. You heard it (publicly declare...
by TylerV
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Recap
Replies: 10
Views: 4277

Re: NHBB Nationals Recap

is there a private forum set up now? It doesn't look like it, at least from my end. You can check if it is set up, and eventually join it, by clicking on "User Control Panel", located near the top left of your screen, then clicking on "Usergroups", before finally scrolling down and clicking on 2017...
by TylerV
Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 9567

Re: IHSA 2017

With regards to the Athens tossup, that was mea culpa and I ill this as a moment to discuss my regionals writing philosophy has a whole, how I failed in this specific instance, and other issues with the question. The Athens tossup was originally written with the idea of it being slotted in Round 0, ...
by TylerV
Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '16-'17
Replies: 145
Views: 38807

Re: Illinois '16-'17

JakobeanEra wrote:
nsb2 wrote:I didn't expect anything particularly great from the set, but some of the questions looked like they were taken straight from Wikipedia, like IHSA questions have been in the past.
ftfy
For what it's worth, the Mass Effect clue in the radians tossup comes directly from Simple Wikipedia.
by TylerV
Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion - 2017 FRENCH
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Re: Specific Question Discussion - 2017 FRENCH

Here is the tossup in question. Large statues of overweight men on the shoulders of naked servants have been found at the archaeological site of Barriles in this country. Soldier and conman Gregor McGregor tricked hundreds of people into investing in bonds for the fictional country of Poyais, suppos...
by TylerV
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 9567

Re: IHSA 2017

Regionals was definitely a step down from the Prince-led effort of last year but i was surprisingly unrepulsed by many of the questions. I wrote a decent number of the history questions, as well as the film, and, save a few that were the victim of sub-optimal packetizing, they seem to have went well...
by TylerV
Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion - 2017 FRENCH
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Specific Question Discussion - 2017 FRENCH

Please post any comments regarding specific questions, including errata, here.
by TylerV
Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion - 2017 FRENCH
Replies: 2
Views: 172

General Discussion - 2017 FRENCH

Since Fregeau isn't often active on the forums I am going to go ahead and make the necessary threads for discussion. Please give your general thoughts and opinions about FRENCH in this thread.
by TylerV
Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: FRENCH Open
Replies: 9
Views: 2662

Re: FRENCH Open

I had a great time seeing this set evolve from a few questions Fregeau wrote and we played at UIUC practices to a final product. This was a great first writing effort and, based what I heard in the hallway, people had a blast playing it. EDIT: I also hope final stats are up soon! :) I've already tal...
by TylerV
Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 3881

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

Hi everyone, What, and on which clue, did people neg Mount Ida with? What, and on which clue, did people neg introduction of fire to humanity with? What, and on which clue, did people neg snake (in Chinese mythology) with? I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this one, but I'd like to confi...
by TylerV
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division II SCT: specific question discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 1548

Re: 2017 Division II SCT: specific question discussion

So just now hearing the Div II set, since it was played at Illinois State, I have some problems with the Tale of Genji tossup. The lead-in gives the literal translation of mono no aware, the "pathos of things", and then gives some slight background information about the Kokugaku. My problems with th...
by TylerV
Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Huskie Bowl @ NIU (January 28, 2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 3112

Re: Huskie Bowl @ NIU (January 28, 2017)

Prelim stats can be found here
by TylerV
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Delta Burke 2016 Discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 1301

Re: Delta Burke 2016 Discussion

Assassinating JFK - "This struck me as kinda hard" What is hard? The answer line, or the clues, or...? I thought the clues were hard compared to standard Assassinating JFK tossups. However, I think the clues used were important and that it was a good question. Colin Kaepernick - "this question is t...
by TylerV
Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Delta Burke 2016 Discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 1301

Re: Delta Burke 2016 Discussion

Accidental Double Post
by TylerV
Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Delta Burke 2016 Discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 1301

Re: Delta Burke 2016 Discussion

So I'll preface this by saying that I am obviously not the intended target for this set and as such will avoid making any comments about specific questions being too easy, instead aiming to make broad comments about the set itself and commenting where answerlines were too hard. The first thing I am ...
by TylerV
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall packet submission reform
Replies: 17
Views: 5009

Re: ACF Fall packet submission reform

I haven't spent much time thinking about packet submission in general but I think an ACF Fall with packet submission remains better than an ACF Fall without. However, since it seems there are far more packets than there are rounds, I think it would make sense to allow schools to collaborate on with ...
by TylerV
Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 13607

Re: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion

I get that a lot of cool people came out of France, but should we really be tossing it up (at least) three times? I'll probably have more to say once the set is posted. There was at least four, with one being film, one social science, one philosophy, and one history. I also believe |France| was an ...
by TylerV
Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 84
Views: 33951

Re: community question clinic

Would posting questions I intend to use for a high school tournament be kosher? Given how strict the community seems to be about leaking questions I'm hesitant. If a question is going to be used a tournament do not post it in an open forum. There is no way to control who would see it and you would ...
by TylerV
Sat Sep 17, 2016 3:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird @ UIUC (10/1/16) -NO LONGER A NOVICE-
Replies: 3
Views: 2114

Re: Earlybird @ UIUC (10/1/16) -NO LONGER A NOVICE-

This tournament has recently been made Gold Certified meaning that the top 2 teams will qualify for PACE NSC in the Spring. Additionally, I am announcing a field cap of 16 teams and asking that anybody that is interested in the tournament, but has not yet reached out to me, to register as soon as po...
by TylerV
Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird @ UIUC (10/1/16) -NO LONGER A NOVICE-
Replies: 3
Views: 2114

Re: Earlybird @ UIUC (10/1/16) -NO LONGER A NOVICE-

After receiving feedback from several people within the community I had decided that, as with past iterations, Earlybird will be a regular difficulty tournament. This, however, comes at a price. The tournament will be using NAQT's IS-156, a set which was created and played in the last academic year....
by TylerV
Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird @ UIUC (10/1/16) -NO LONGER A NOVICE-
Replies: 3
Views: 2114

Earlybird @ UIUC (10/1/16) -NO LONGER A NOVICE-

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Academic Buzzer Team is happy to announce The Earlybird Tournament. The tournament will be held on the campus the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. I, Tyler Vaughan, will serve as the tournament director. The tourna...
by TylerV
Sat Jul 30, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?
Replies: 75
Views: 29943

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?

For editing the Ancient History Bee—130 questions in total—I will be paid less than a dollar per tossup I edited. This is particularly little considering the quality of submissions I had to edit. As someone who served in a very similar position that you did, I don't see where this sentiment is comi...
by TylerV
Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?
Replies: 75
Views: 29943

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?

This topic has grown far broader than I am qualified to talk about but I will give a brief summary of what my time in NHBB was like. In the past year, I was key in the production of three major events; IHO 2015, NHBB Nationals 2016, and IHO 2016. In the course of working on those events, I wrote the...
by TylerV
Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: HIGS Invitational
Replies: 17
Views: 5751

Re: HIGS Invitational

1.5/1.5 Math (1/1 Computation; 0.5/0.5 Math) Can you elaborate on your decision to include comp math into the set? The only other place I have seen comp math in recent memory is certain NAQT sets and even then most of the tournaments I've staffed have instructed us to just skip them and go onto the...
by TylerV
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Pete Rose Reinstatement Scholarship Tournament
Replies: 32
Views: 11587

Re: Pete Rose Reinstatement Scholarship Tournament

Collin has informed me that this set is being postponed until next year.

Apologies to those were anticipating it this summer.
by TylerV
Thu May 12, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 6838

Re: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2107

Is there any chance of sample questions being posted or provided to respective hosts? My experience with the first SMART was poor with both the players and some staffers at the tournament I staffed having numerous complaints.
by TylerV
Sun May 01, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 NHBB Nats: Factual Errors
Replies: 9
Views: 340

Re: Factual Errors

In Round 5 of the US History Bee, the James Madison tossup mentions that "Paul Jennings purchased his freedom from this man". Daniel Webster was the one who bought Jennings' freedom (and Jennings worked for Webster to pay him off), so this clue doesn't really make any sense (I buzzed at this point ...
by TylerV
Sun May 01, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 United States Geography Olympiad Test Discussion.
Replies: 1
Views: 116

2016 United States Geography Olympiad Test Discussion.

Although I did not personally work on the USGO Tests, I understand that the people that wrote them worked extremely hard. Please share any feedback here.
by TylerV
Sun May 01, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 NHBB Nats: Factual Errors
Replies: 9
Views: 340

2016 NHBB Nats: Factual Errors

Factual errors are the worst kind of mistake we can make as a writing team, as such I wish that any mistakes you noticed be brought up specifically in this thread so they are sure to be noticed. This is also the place to discuss incomplete answerlines.
by TylerV
Sun May 01, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 United States Geo Olympiad Buzzer Portion Discussion
Replies: 0
Views: 84

2016 United States Geo Olympiad Buzzer Portion Discussion

Please discuss the buzzer portion of the United States Geography Olympiad here.