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by RexSueciae
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Indulge me a moment...
Replies: 18
Views: 3778

Re: Indulge me a moment...

There have been occasional attempts over the years to produce open tournaments that aren't on very hard questions. Some of these have been good, while some haven't. I'm certain that if done well, such a product would generate a lot of interest, especially in the summer. If someone wants to do a dif...
by RexSueciae
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mythology
Replies: 10
Views: 3037

Re: Mythology

I've also found OverlySarcasticProductions (https://www.youtube.com/user/RedEyesTakeWarning) to be an excellent source for basic descriptions of myths from all sorts of backgrounds, with the humor and some Shakespeare summaries being a nice bonus. I second the recommendation of OverlySarcasticProdu...
by RexSueciae
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Is Festivus happening?
Replies: 11
Views: 3952

Re: Is Festivus happening?

If this happens, I can definitely read a short packet consisting of RAPTURE rejects / ideas I had after it was over / funny things that deserve their time in the spotlight.
by RexSueciae
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 14603

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

Small quibble: Hestia didn't give up her divinity for Dionysus, anybody who says that is relying on secondary sources which draw a frankly dubious inference from the discrepancy between ancient lists of the Twelve Olympians. Different sources (some contemporaneous with each other) list different god...
by RexSueciae
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: This Must Be The Place
Replies: 5
Views: 2971

Re: This Must Be The Place

I would like to subscribe to your educational newsletter.
by RexSueciae
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: JaMES: How well do you know your Bible? (Summer 2020)
Replies: 8
Views: 3095

Re: JaMES: How well do you know your Bible? (Summer 2020)

I look forward to playing this question set. Good luck.
by RexSueciae
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: we should be doing religion better
Replies: 26
Views: 8119

Re: we should be doing religion better

Now that RAPTURE has no further mirrors planned (as all summer side event weekends have concluded) I thought I should revive this thread -- a year in the future! -- and leave a few words on the planning and writing of a religion tournament. This may or may not have an impact on the writing of the re...
by RexSueciae
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]
Replies: 23
Views: 8588

Re: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]

Hey all, As nobody has officially contacted me requesting use of RAPTURE for a future mirror, I am going to officially declare this question set to be clear for public discussion. I am actually typing up more extensive comments on the process of writing religion in quizbowl, which I will make availa...
by RexSueciae
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where are the TV-style questions here?
Replies: 2
Views: 2358

Re: Where are the TV-style questions here?

The short answer is that they don't exist. The long answer is that, occasionally on the archives (or more often on the forums) someone will have written a packet or two of "speedcheck" questions that are shorter than typical quizbowl questions, often on a favorite pet topic. These are somewhat rare,...
by RexSueciae
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]
Replies: 23
Views: 8588

Re: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]

This weekend marks the last mirrors of this question set. If you would like to host an event using these questions, let me know within the week because otherwise I'll be uploading them to the archive when September comes. Meanwhile, the private discussion forum is around, so if you'd like to leave a...
by RexSueciae
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]
Replies: 7
Views: 2395

Re: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]

Round 1 Austin 0 (1/0/3) Hidehiro 50 (1/4/1) Moses 65 (3/2/0) Zhenglin 5 (0/1/1) John 35 (1/5/6) Round 2 Austin 25 (0/3/1) Hidehiro 55 (0/6/1) Moses 55 (4/0/1) Zhenglin 50 (0/5/0) John 0 (1/1/5) Round 3 Austin -15 (0/1/5) Hidehiro 45 (1/4/2) Moses 45 (2/3/3) Zhenglin 45 (2/2/1) John 50 (2/3/2) Roun...
by RexSueciae
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]
Replies: 7
Views: 2395

Re: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]

Everyone who's signed up to play as of right now should have just received an email with a link to the Discord. Additionally, at least one person has expressed interest in spectating. If you've already played this and would like to quietly watch, I'll probably also share the link in the main quizbow...
by RexSueciae
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]
Replies: 7
Views: 2395

Re: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]

Everyone signed up to play should have received an email to the effect of "this is happening I'll send a Discord invite Friday." If you did not receive such an email, let me know.

In other news, this is still happening and I'll send a Discord invite Friday. It's not too late to sign up!
by RexSueciae
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Mirror at Valencia College: August 18
Replies: 17
Views: 4704

Re: NASAT Mirror at Valencia College: August 18

I've heard from more than one Florida person about reading RAPTURE at some point after the main event or otherwise using the questions. Whoever's organizing this, e-mail me before the weekend and I'll send you a .zip of the packets so it can happen!
by RexSueciae
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 22789

Re: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18

I've been forgetting to plug this, but for people who played RAPTURE and would like to say things about it there is a private discussion forum for doing that! I hope people had fun at the last RAPTURE mirror before the online event.
by RexSueciae
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where does the Commonwealth go?
Replies: 17
Views: 5796

Re: Where does the Commonwealth go?

When writing for high school events (particularly back when 1/1 World Lit was still a thing -- for obvious reasons, few if any question sets continue the practice in the present day), I used to lump any literature not from the US / UK / Europe into "World" because it was a struggle to get answerline...
by RexSueciae
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]
Replies: 7
Views: 2395

Re: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]

Now that I think about it, doing this Saturday morning EST would be pretty silly. Much better to do this afternoon or evening, but I am still open to suggestions.
by RexSueciae
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]
Replies: 7
Views: 2395

Re: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]

The original post has been updated with details on the online mirror.
by RexSueciae
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]
Replies: 23
Views: 8588

Re: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]

VCU's mirror happened, Boston and Illinois and the online mirror are left (I swear I'll update the thread for the latter tomorrow afternoon). Once you've heard this tournament, there's a private forum created to discuss it! Go to your Usergroups and apply to join if you are a person who is clear to ...
by RexSueciae
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]
Replies: 23
Views: 8588

Re: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]

Another update to the original post -- this side event has solidified at six packets of 20 tossups plus maybe some extras for tiebreakers. Also, an online mirror! August 25 (probably?) run by me (I guess?) on Discord, and I'll add a spreadsheet for signups once I finish all the business of actually ...
by RexSueciae
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]
Replies: 7
Views: 2395

Re: RAPTURE Online Mirror [date selection]

Given the results so far, this event will probably happen on August 25. Details to follow.
by RexSueciae
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]
Replies: 7
Views: 2395

RAPTURE Online Mirror [August 25]

Poll's closed; date chosen was August 25 There will be an online mirror of RAPTURE on August 25 to be held on a to-be-announced Discord channel. This date can change if enough people request (e.g. there's a nationwide political protest that everybody wants to attend, or the actual rapture takes pla...
by RexSueciae
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]
Replies: 23
Views: 8588

Re: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]

Another update just to prove that this project is still active. The original post now has links to those upcoming events which have indicated that they'll be running RAPTURE. I will not schedule any events earlier than the VCU site, where RAPTURE will be played for the first time. I've heard whispe...
by RexSueciae
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]
Replies: 23
Views: 8588

Re: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]

Another update just to prove that this project is still active. The original post now has links to those upcoming events which have indicated that they'll be running RAPTURE. I will not schedule any events earlier than the VCU site, where RAPTURE will be played for the first time. I've heard whisper...
by RexSueciae
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Open: Organization
Replies: 27
Views: 10051

Re: Side Event Open: Organization

I'd hoped for a Virginia site to materialize, but I haven't heard anything from my friends and I don't have the time (or the classrooms) to organize something myself. If there isn't a RAPTURE site within easy distance of me I'll look into doing an online mirror or something, and similarly I wouldn't...
by RexSueciae
Mon May 21, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]
Replies: 23
Views: 8588

Re: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]

Just as an update, since I've been a bit busy lately, this question set is still on track to be finished by August. Please reach out to me if you're looking to organize a mirror (presumably, once your local Side Event Weekend schedule coalesces) or if you have any questions!
by RexSueciae
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 35325

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

gnosticism Hey, I wrote that one! As this may very well be the last ACF Nationals that I play, I want to thank all the writers, editors, and staffers who made this event thoroughly enjoyable despite my waking up with a severe cold Sunday morning and playing the second half of Nats feeling very much...
by RexSueciae
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Historature 2018: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2434

Re: Specific Question Discussion

there was precedent for using "tribe" to refer to the Iroquois Confederacy from last year's EMT Heh. Oops. Something I just remembered -- may I see the tossup on "Caliban"? I was very happy to hear it (and asking about Caliban from adaptations of The Tempest was a brilliant idea), but I think I rem...
by RexSueciae
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 11565

Re: Historature at ICT

That DCC guy wrote:So when will stats be posted?
Detailed stats have been available in the private discussion forum since Sunday evening.
by RexSueciae
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Historature 2018: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 3
Views: 867

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

Killers of the Flower Moon. I saw that in an airport bookstand! It was located near a staggering number of quizbowl-notable books (mostly modern literature that had come up at recent practices). I actually don't remember very much of the main event after the first few rounds due to being very tired...
by RexSueciae
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Historature 2018: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2434

Re: Specific Question Discussion

I think I remember the question on Powhatan refer to them as a "tribe." To be fair, I don't know of many non-transparent ways to refer to them (a similar problem exists with questions on the Iroquois / Haudenosaunee) and it didn't affect my enjoyment of the question (it was good to see that answerli...
by RexSueciae
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 11565

Re: Historature at ICT

This was fun. I think the questions were good. People should play this set.
by RexSueciae
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)
Replies: 27
Views: 15083

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)

I will be attending William and Mary as a law student starting in the fall. I will likely go on hiatus for at least a year as I flounder my way through education, but may be available to staff events at William and Mary if needed.
by RexSueciae
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 45
Views: 17036

Re: Your Favorite Question

Works of architecture located in this country include a pair of belfries known colloquially as the "Towers of the Teeth", which are connected by a structure called the Morannon. This country's agricultural center is the southern region of Nurn, and most transit across this country's borders is cond...
by RexSueciae
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 10084

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

:grin: I don't remember many other specific questions (I suppose I could check my notebook sometime) but I remember that this question set, despite occasionally erratic difficulty, had quite a few answerlines and clues that were Cool Things to hear in a tournament. (On a related note, could I see th...
by RexSueciae
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 10084

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

Whoever wrote the bonus part on the Na Nachs: you are perfect and I love you.
by RexSueciae
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WAO II & Delta Burke @ VCU (02/17/2018; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 23
Views: 7543

Re: WAO II & Delta Burke @ VCU (02/17/2018; Richmond, VA)

Frauny Von Smiley wrote:As of right now, the field consist of:

Delaware
Gettysburg
I believe Virginia should also be registered?
by RexSueciae
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 26036

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

I get my hair cut at the same barbershop that my father's gone to for decades. My most recent haircut came from a fellow by the name of Nick B. Styles, which is the best damn name I have ever heard (especially appropriate for a barber). If you're ever in Richmond and in need of a trim, look him up, ...
by RexSueciae
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT SCT at Georgetown (2/3/18)
Replies: 3
Views: 2145

Re: NAQT SCT at Georgetown (2/3/18)

Thank you to Georgetown for running a very enjoyable tournament!
by RexSueciae
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 10210

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

As an addendum to my previous post, I ought to note that there were lots of cool ideas in submitted and editor-produced content. I liked, for example, the specific tossup on James Longstreet that focused on his Reconstruction career as a good example of military history (sorta) beyond the sort of "X...
by RexSueciae
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 10210

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

I enjoyed reading this set, and echo the general themes made in the general discussion thread. I would like to highlight two specific questions. There is a bonus part in Editors 1 on "Orthodox Churches" whose third part asks for the Coptic Church, which is identified as an Orthodox Church. I don't r...
by RexSueciae
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 19562

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

4:30 is crazy late. I'd like to report that while one bracket of the Virginia Regs site got delayed and took longer to get through than the other, Ophir's stats system allowed us to keep moving so that after those issues were ironed out we were able to conclude seven prelim rounds and release all te...
by RexSueciae
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]
Replies: 23
Views: 8588

RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]

I am pleased to announce an all-religion side event to be played sometime over summer 2018! RAPTURE [the R eally A cademic P rocedure T o U nderstand R eligious E xperience] is slated to be a tossups-only side event of somewhere between five and ten packets, or however much I manage to finish before...
by RexSueciae
Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Book Prizes-Where to Find Them
Replies: 7
Views: 2918

Re: Book Prizes-Where to Find Them

Oh boy. Here's a list of the books which I brought to UVA's site of the Early Fall Tournament for book prizes: Eisenhower and the Cold War (Robert A. Divine) History of Russia (I forget the author) The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic of the United States [2nd ed.] (Theodore J. Lowi) Democracy...
by RexSueciae
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 19562

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

(although now that I think about it, the video could also just be shown to staffers in the morning all at once before they're given room assignments). That's what we did! Although to be fair, the UVA site had both Ophir and, like, most of the writing/editing staff personally present. Allow me to ad...
by RexSueciae
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: getting paid for the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament
Replies: 1
Views: 1249

getting paid for the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament

Hey guys! Out of the mirror sites for the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament, the following have sent in payments: WUSTL, Washington, BYU, Texas Invitational, VCU, Minnesota, Berkeley, Cambridge, Chicago, and Valencia. Special thanks goes to Valencia for being very helpful in navigating their payment sy...
by RexSueciae
Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: TRICON 5: COMING SUMMER 2017
Replies: 35
Views: 13967

Re: TRICON 5: COMING SUMMER 2017

You can expect a packet from me at some point tonight after I discharge a few of my other responsibilities.
by RexSueciae
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 29362

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

Hey, Ike, I emailed you about this four days ago, but the team of Clarke, Mehr, Xu, and Simon will unfortunately not be in attendance (despite having already submitted a packet).
by RexSueciae
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)
Replies: 58
Views: 23812

Re: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)

Eddie wrote: Also, how do I upload files onto forum posts? The "Upload attachment" tab is completely blank for me.
From my computer, it looks like the file upload thing is already there under Options, and clicking "Upload attachment" then clicking back makes it disappear for me.