Announcement: SHAWARMA II (visual movies) [winter 2019]

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Announcement: SHAWARMA II (visual movies) [winter 2019]

Post by Beast Mode » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:18 pm

Since we already have FILM and Chomping Down at Shoney's running in August, and BUMPY II running in the fall, I think we're pretty set on film side events for the rest of 2018, and I'm therefore announcing SHAWARMA II for the 2019 winter semester. I'd love for this to be run as part of what's become the annual weekend of quiz bowl accompanying a spring open (and Jacob Reed has kindly penciled it in for the Yale mirror of PIANO), but it'll be ready by January 19 EDIT: February 16 (the weekend after SCT). It'll be completely free to play (i.e. hosts won't owe me any money, and aren't to charge players any money).

Background:

If you never played it, SHAWARMA I was a visual tournament I wrote in 2015 about movies I like from 1991 to the present. SHAWARMA II is the sequel (prequel?), covering movies I like from before 1991.

Gameplay:

-The gameplay of SHAWARMA II will be much the same as the gameplay of SHAWARMA I (8 slides per regulation tossup, slide backgrounds of various colors, 1-slide joke tiebreakers on movies I dislike, etc.), except that this time there will be 7 packets of 15 tossups each. Of course, hosts don't have to run this as a ladder if they don't want to or if it doesn't work for their mirror.

-Each round has the following chronological distribution:
  • 3 tossups on movies from pre-1951
  • 3 tossups on movies from 1951-1960
  • 3 tossups on movies from 1961-1970
  • 3 tossups on movies from 1971-1980
  • 3 tossups on movies from 1981-1990
  • 1 joke/tiebreaker tossup on a movie from any year pre-1991
-I think my tastes are known by now. Nearly all the movies in this tournament are American, and they get generally trashier as we get closer to 1991. However, every round has one foreign-language film tossup, and a good balance of genres among the American films. As with SHAWARMA I, the name of this tournament belies the fact that these are mostly mainstream films.

-There are no repeats with TAMIL, The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, or BUMPY I. I'll try to play BUMPY II this fall and make sure there are no repeats with that set. EDIT: I won't be playing BUMPY II before I finish SHAWARMA II, so there may be repeats between the two.

-I don't think any tossups this time around merit a warning to players under 17. EDIT: I lied. One tossup displays a four-letter word. There are also a few naked ladies, but nothing of note is actually visible. Consider yourselves warned.

-I'm once again making some answerlines more generous than those of a real quiz bowl tournament, and empowering moderators to pile on their own generosity.

Progress:

I'll edit this post from time to time with updates on the set's progress. As of February 15, it's 100% done.

To ask questions about the set, request the set for a mirror, or give feedback:

Email me at saul [dot] hankin [at] gmail [dot] com to request the set. You can also email me with questions and feedback, or post here if your concern is one that others might have (and doesn't spoil answers).
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Post by funkdaddio » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:51 am

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Re: Announcement: SHAWARMA II (visual movies) [winter 2019]

Post by Beast Mode » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:28 am

Bumping this thread to remind everyone that SHAWARMA II is a thing and that it's free to play. It's now done, and available for your tournaments/practices/parties starting tomorrow, February 16. (I want to give it a last once-over tonight.) Hit me up.

EDIT: Let's say the set will be available for mirrors through NSC weekend (June 8-9), and then I'll send it off to the archive.
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Re: Announcement: SHAWARMA II (visual movies) [winter 2019]

Post by Cheynem » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:45 am

I'm not sure if this will be run in the Midwest at anywhere that's not PIANO, but I certainly would be interested (perhaps an informal running at ICT?).
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Re: Announcement: SHAWARMA II (visual movies) [winter 2019]

Post by Beast Mode » Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:14 pm

Cheynem wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:45 am
I'm not sure if this will be run in the Midwest at anywhere that's not PIANO, but I certainly would be interested (perhaps an informal running at ICT?).
I'd be glad to run this at ICT for those who haven't played it by then, ideally at a time that doesn't conflict with Lederberg Trinity, GOLBEZ, or STAR BOWL (if that happens).
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Re: Announcement: SHAWARMA II (visual movies) [winter 2019]

Post by UlyssesInvictus » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:05 pm

Thanks for writing/running this, Saul! I would disagree with the set title, it's not weird at all and had a really good distribution of content (the lack of post-1991 does present itself a little, but that's what it says on the tin) and was really fun to play. Also disagreed with some of the soapbox opinions to be found in the TB slides, but what can you do :P
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