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by Auroni
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM - (This) Tournament is a Crime main site - 2/26/17
Replies: 8
Views: 4210

Re: ACRONYM - (This) Tournament is a Crime main site - 2/26/

More people who formed teams on the spreadsheet should email me to actually register.
by Auroni
Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 32129

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Mich

The staffing situation has improved, and we are on the cusp of being able to expand the field to 18 teams, but it would be ideal if another team expressed interest in signing up so that we reach that even number.
by Auroni
Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 13235

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

One final distributional change: 1/1 CE/Geo is now 1/1 CE/Geo/Other
by Auroni
Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 48676

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Auroni wrote:May have a 20/0 Ace Attorney packet ready for this.
Won't have time to write this, sadly.
by Auroni
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:29 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM - (This) Tournament is a Crime main site - 2/26/17
Replies: 8
Views: 4210

ACRONYM - (This) Tournament is a Crime main site - 2/26/17

I guess I'm directing this now. Copying from the main announcement: Play Quiz Bowl LLC is excited to announce the inevitable existence of ACRONYM X, an all pop-culture tournament for high school students that will be available beginning in late February of next year. While the production will again ...
by Auroni
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 32129

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Mich

I've now switched ACRONYM and HIT on Sunday (they are now in that order) to help my staffing situation.
by Auroni
Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 16499

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

I'm opposed to this distributional change, because it doesn't seem to acknowledge that distribution space is a finite resource, and that to set a space aside for something, some space has to be taken away from something else. The practical effect of carving into the "other" category with what has, f...
by Auroni
Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Six-Point Program for Writing Better Visual Arts
Replies: 4
Views: 2237

Re: A Six-Point Program for Writing Better Visual Arts

I'll fully cop to overstepping the bounds of NASAT difficulty at points (such as in the Graces question) in my drive to showcase how interesting arts can be. I also don't think that a little bit of unobtrusive editorializing to make questions 1% more interesting to read and to hear is that harmful, ...
by Auroni
Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 17358

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

There are two goals, I guess: Make a tournament happen at all, and make the field reasonably healthy and competitive. I am fully in support of bending eligibility restrictions about the former, and lean toward supporting the latter. (I have no doubts that the UCSD A team with Will and Eddie enticed ...
by Auroni
Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 17358

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

Having been a tournament director for the SoCal college quizbowl circuit, and having at times directed both strict closed tournaments and "relaxed" closed tournaments, I can declare with authority that tournaments above EFT/MUT difficulty have at times been literally impossible to run without some l...
by Auroni
Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Six-Point Program for Writing Better Visual Arts
Replies: 4
Views: 2237

A Six-Point Program for Writing Better Visual Arts

I originally posted this thread a while ago in the private discussion forum for the 2016 NASAT. After some requests, I'm reposting it here for a wider audience now that the set is clear, because it offers some very clear pointers to writers and editors for producing better visual arts. As the visua...
by Auroni
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 32129

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Mich

Preliminary field cap has been reached. I've put out entreaties for additional staffers, so we may be able to expand further, but it's not guaranteed. Feel free to still email me to register to be on the wait list.
by Auroni
Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 32129

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Mich

I will set a preliminary field cap of 16 for the main tournament. Don't forget to email me to actually register.
by Auroni
Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 48676

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

May have a 20/0 Ace Attorney packet ready for this.
by Auroni
Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 32129

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Mich

It'd be nice if someone planning to come could volunteer to direct ACRONYM, since I'll be busy with the main tournament production and logistics.
by Auroni
Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 32129

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Mich

A shadowy consortium of voters has decided upon the event schedule for the weekend, which has been edited into the opening post.
by Auroni
Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 13235

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

Distribution is updated. We've decided to do 1/1 each R, L, and T, and to roll myths drawing from literary texts such as the Iliad and the Eddas back into "legends."
by Auroni
Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 22591

Re: It's Lit

Since it's apparently too much to ask people to trust my deep understanding of and connection with the playing field, here is my heuristic for team permissibility: I mentally sort good literature players into four tiers of increasing size. A handful of people make up Tier 1 and Tier 2. I won't allow...
by Auroni
Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 22591

Re: It's Lit

After some consideration, I have decided against using the advancing room system at RILKE and Guerrila Lit, in favor of the traditional doubles/triples/quads format. However, I am introducing a novel policy: in the interest of keeping this tournament competitive, I reserve the right to disallow tea...
by Auroni
Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 22591

Re: It's Lit

The initial post has been updated with a fuller announcement.
by Auroni
Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 13235

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

Now that the announcement for the main site is up, I'd like to remind people to email me if you are interested in mirroring this tournament! It's not spoiling much to say that the appeal of this set will be pretty broad.
by Auroni
Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 32129

(This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan

This is the official announcement of the main site for (This) Tournament is a Crime (more details about the question set can be found here ). As this is an open tournament, there are no eligibility restrictions. Location and Time The tournament will be held at Mason Hall, the usual location for our ...
by Auroni
Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 13235

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

The main site will run on February 25, 2017.
by Auroni
Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The 70 Greatest Players of the Last Eight Years: A Ranking
Replies: 56
Views: 28198

Re: The 70 Greatest Players of the Last Eight Years: A Ranki

I've been skeptical about the poll and people's fondness for ranking discussions mostly because we can't seem to agree on any of the above. Polls are unsatisfying for the litany of reasons you describe, but more to the point, they're boring! Threads like this are great because, even if the rankings...
by Auroni
Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The 70 Greatest Players of the Last Eight Years: A Ranking
Replies: 56
Views: 28198

Re: The 70 Greatest Players of the Last Eight Years: A Ranki

I've been thinking a lot about this, but I feel like ranking threads all run into the same pitfall: nobody can agree upon a set of basic axioms about what makes one player better than another. Below are some examples of these axioms: -- Is a generalist on a lower level (second, or third bracket team...
by Auroni
Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ARTSEE 2016: Apologies and General Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2043

Re: Apologies and General Discussion

I think that it's less productive to frame this discussion in terms of "importance," a devalued and overused term, because you can make the case that nearly everyone is important, and don't really accomplish anything by, for example, arguing about the relative importance of Hals v Leyster. An ever-...
by Auroni
Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ARTSEE 2016: Specific Question Discussion & Review Requests
Replies: 35
Views: 3054

Re: Specific Question Discussion and Review Requests

A couple of scattered thoughts: Honestly, it's possible if I were writing the same tossup that I would have made the same error and would be giving out ~mea culpas~ like Athena is right now, but I would just use as it a lesson to try harder to write a less baity TU. I think it's very hard to predict...
by Auroni
Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ARTSEE 2016: Apologies and General Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2043

Re: Apologies and General Discussion

Going back to a more generalizable point: I view canon expansion in quizbowl, fundamentally, as a means of correcting the disparity that exists between "what comes up" and "what people actually know" (in whatever form that knowledge may take). Defined as such, there is absolutely and obviously room ...
by Auroni
Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Scattergories (February 2017)
Replies: 20
Views: 9193

Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

For those who have never experienced a Will Nediger random question reading: the man is an insane genius. You'll want to play this.
by Auroni
Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Eternal Sonata discussion
Replies: 2
Views: 1658

Re: Eternal Sonata discussion

This was great fun, and I will enjoy my two first-clue buzzes until the day I die. The only suggestion I have, for future writers of these sorts of questions, is to do away with the "name the composer" tossups altogether. There's a very limited answer space, there's great potential for vanity questi...
by Auroni
Sat Aug 06, 2016 2:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event Weekend 2016 (Michigan) 8/5-8/7
Replies: 34
Views: 14120

Re: Side Event Weekend 2016 (Michigan) 8/5-8/7

Mike Cheyne won GRAPHIC decisively. Here are the scores:

Mike C - 21/39/5 = 680
Will - 3/5/1 = 90
Matt - 6/9/5 = 155
Chris - 2/4/3 = 55
Tamara - 2/3/1 = 55
Athena - 10/4/6 = 160
Mike E - 0/1/0 = 10
by Auroni
Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 274301

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have received permission to read my CO team's edited packet, which I will do on IRC (#quizbowl) tomorrow at 9 PM EST, along with outtakes.

EDIT: see below post
by Auroni
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 13235

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

I guess the editors are free to do what they want, but I'm a little confused why Legends gives up 0.25/0.25 to Religion when Legends already incorporates a lot of religious material (a "prudent mixture"). Do we really need over 1.5/1.5 Religion (traditionally defined) in a tournament? This tourname...
by Auroni
Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 13235

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

With the addition of Bruce Lou from Berkeley, the editing team for this tournament is finalized.
by Auroni
Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Writing Good History Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 15596

Re: Writing Good History Questions

Who exactly are these hypothetical "new teams" who are "really confused" by a tossup on Muslim s? Without wading into this morass, I can confidently say that across my time spent reading for lots of new players at tournaments and at practices, there is definitely a component of "oh, that's all they...
by Auroni
Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Writing Good History Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 13420

Re: Writing Good History Questions

Who exactly are these hypothetical "new teams" who are "really confused" by a tossup on Muslim s? Without wading into this morass, I can confidently say that across my time spent reading for lots of new players at tournaments and at practices, there is definitely a component of "oh, that's all they...
by Auroni
Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 13235

(This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

This is an announcement for (This) Tournament is a Crime, a Nats-minus mid-season open to be written by February 25th next competition year. It will adhere very closely to the difficulty and stylistic feel of last season's critically-acclaimed "stanford housewrite" set. I will be the head editor of ...
by Auroni
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Visual Arts
Replies: 9
Views: 704

Re: Visual Arts

Did you one further and changed it to "In another painting, details found in this specific place include..."
by Auroni
Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Visual Arts
Replies: 9
Views: 704

Re: Visual Arts

13. This place is depicted in the bottom left of four small circles surrounding a larger circle styled as the Eye of God in a "tabletop" at the Prado. A doorway leading to this place is lined with toads in another painting. In a depiction of this place, a figure carrying mortar scales a ladder to c...
by Auroni
Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Visual Arts
Replies: 9
Views: 704

Re: Visual Arts

13. This place is depicted in the bottom left of four small circles surrounding a larger circle styled as the Eye of God in a "tabletop" at the Prado. A doorway leading to this place is lined with toads in another painting. In a depiction of this place, a figure carrying mortar scales a ladder to c...
by Auroni
Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2233

Re: Specific Question Discussion

16. A fire god enlists a hero's usage of this skill in order to burn down a forest being subject to a torrent of rain. A low-born youth masters this talent by practicing in front of a statue of a famed instructor who once refused to teach him this skill. This ability is used to subvert a fatal curs...
by Auroni
Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: General Discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 777

Re: General Discussion

I edited this tournament's arts and myth. I largely deputized Eddie Kim, who has a preternatural command of the classical music canon and what people might be expected to know about it, to complete the auditory arts section. I took a laissez-faire approach to editing the mythology, which was chock f...
by Auroni
Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Visual Arts
Replies: 9
Views: 704

NASAT 2016: Visual Arts

As the visual arts subject editor, I wanted to make NASAT the platform for my creative manifesto illustrating how I feel this category should be written. As such, I took an extremely heavy hand with the questions that were submitted by writers. Below are a few key components of my approach: - Situat...
by Auroni
Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: warning: limitless indalecio discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 11082

Re: warning: limitless indalecio discussion

I think there's a reasonable point to be extracted from Ike's posts, and that is that writers of questions on niche topics should still remember that people are going to hear and try to answer them. Considerations of clue and answer choice should not just be thrown out the window in these circumstan...
by Auroni
Mon May 16, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) 2016
Replies: 45
Views: 24773

Re: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) 2016

I'll just note that for some circuits (SoCal for pretty much as long as I was there), Pacific Northwest, and the UK, to list a few, it is often impossible to get a decent 6 or even 4 team tournament together without some "bending" of eligibility rules, at times, despite the best efforts at outreach....
by Auroni
Sun May 08, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)
Replies: 40
Views: 12333

Re: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)

An important aspect of a good "regular-difficulty" set is its ability to inspire, or maintain, in players the idea that if you study and put some time in quizbowl, you will get better at the game. I'm not saying there shouldn't be tossups on Picasso that focus on his sculpture, but if the majority ...
by Auroni
Sun May 08, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)
Replies: 40
Views: 12333

Re: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)

Or, since not every answerline can be creative, taking a fresh approach or choosing a self-evident theme with your standard answerlines goes a long way in improving the quality of your set. For instance, at MLK this year, Will wrote a tossup on Picasso focusing on his sculptures, which was unquanti...
by Auroni
Sun May 08, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)
Replies: 40
Views: 12333

Re: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)

Or, since not every answerline can be creative, taking a fresh approach or choosing a self-evident theme with your standard answerlines goes a long way in improving the quality of your set. For instance, at MLK this year, Will wrote a tossup on Picasso focusing on his sculptures, which was unquantif...
by Auroni
Sat May 07, 2016 3:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 21519

Re: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer

I won't be voting, but keep in mind that this is a player poll, not a poll about who is the best player at certain categories. Therefore when you're filling out the top 10, I would urge you to look at the total number of tossups candidate players are getting in the playoffs (or if you want, in key g...
by Auroni
Mon May 02, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 11315

Re: Specific question discussion

I don't want to mount a comprehensive defense of that question (although I guess I did), but I will note that, when I read it to Wisconsin, it drew a solid buzz on "wood frogs" (which is something that I knew prior to writing this question and suspected others did as well). Yes, this is the excepti...