First off, I'd like to thank everyone who came to the event - players, moderators, staffers, everyone. I sincerely hope everyone had a good time playing even more question after 12+ rounds of PACE on a very eventful Saturday.
In particular, there are a BUNCH of people who really helped me out with this. Thanks to Dylan Minarik, Scott Blish/Ian Drayer, High Tech, and Nicholas Karas for letting us use your rooms for the 3-4 hours the tournament was running - there is literally no way the tournament could have run without your generosity. Thanks to the awesome readers we had - Marianna Zhang, Billy Busse, Eric Mukherjee, Ian Drayer/Scott Blish, Dylan Minarik, and Nicholas Karas. Though the tournament started a lot later than I had intended, it finished mostly on time thanks to the excellent moderating crew we had. Thank you to David Madden and NHBB for providing us with buzzers to run this tournament. Thanks to everyone else that helped staff - members of my own team who scorekept, people who had signed on to moderate and instead ended up keeping score, everyone - thank you for being so understanding and working with us to make the event work. Thank you to the members of the "exhibition teams" that signed on to help fill the spaces that last-minute cancellations left. Special thanks go to Esther Sun, who helped me keep individual stats for the first three rounds, Ben Zhang, who helped me figure out a multitude of logistical things before and during the tournament, and Ian Drayer, who donated quite a few college textbooks as prizes for top scorers, the top two teams, and (of course) the neg prize, which was actually a pretty cool Anatomy coloring book. Ian also gave me some much-needed help with rebracketing.
The set was written by four members of my team: Baasit Jamal, who wrote chemistry and some bio, Ashwin Kannan, who wrote earth science, computer science, some common links, the tiebreakers, and some physics, Avik Laha, who wrote astronomy, math, and some common links, and myself, who wrote some physics, a bit of bio, and reworked a lot of chemistry, physics, and astronomy.
The set was edited by five people: Abid Haseeb, who edited much of the chemistry, Billy Busse, who edited all the physics, Andrew Wang, who helped out with some physics and bio, Nicholas Karas, who helped with astronomy and math, and Eric Mukherjee, who edited some bio, some compsci, some earth sci, and some common links.
As for how the tournament ran, I apologize that it started around 8:15. I didn't know the staffer meeting on Saturday would go so late, and the multitude of logistical things required to do before a tournament took much longer than I had anticipated. It was my first time running a quizbowl event in any sense, so again, I apologize with how we started off and I'm grateful to everyone who helped us move as quickly as possible towards the end. After that, though, the tournament seemed to run quickly and smoothly, with a small hitch when it came to rebracketing (though I hope the pizza and good company was enough to entertain people during that period). This is largely due to the excellence of the moderators and staffers, but it's also a product of how good the players were (the Roach-Kumar Condensate put together a 150-20 win in a Round 2 match that was reportedly six minutes long).
I am interested to hear people's opinions about the set. This was the first time three of our four writers had ever written questions, and I am definitely not what most would consider "experienced" at this point, so feedback is welcome and greatly appreciated. I asked a couple of people throughout the tournament, and I pretty much received two responses - "they were pretty good, with the occasional 'eh' question" or "they were pretty bad, with the occasional 'eh' question." I'm extremely curious as to what people though of this set, what questions they liked, what questions they hated, which common links weren't as ill-conceived as the rest, etc. One complaint I did hear consistently was that the set could have been harder. Though we did make clear that it would be ACF Fall level, I think the depth of the field warranted questions that were tougher, so I apologize for that. The set will be posted online sometime in the coming days.
Columbia University '17
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