VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

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VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Matt Weiner » Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:18 am

This is the formal announcement for this year's VCU Open, to be held at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond on Saturday, August 8, 2009. This tournament will be accompanied by a quite exciting singles event on Saturday night and another standard-format academic tournament on Sunday, which I leave to the organizers of those events to announce.

The tournament will be written by myself (everything except science) and some qualified science writer (contact me by e-mail if you wish to be this person). It will be pretty damn hard, along the lines of the 2008 Chicago Open or the median level of the 2008 VCU Open. The packets will also be finished before the tournament begins, which is always good.

FEES:
Base fee $100 per team
Buzzers: -$10 each (no limit)
Staffers: -$20 each (no limit)
Minimum fee: $0

To get a discount, buzzers must actually work for the purpose of a normal quizbowl game; that is, they must have eight working activators, a working control box, and either a working power cord or a fresh battery, as applicable. Don't waste everyone's time bringing broken buzzers to the tournament. That's actually worse than bringing no buzzers at all! Don't bring broken staffers either.

ELIGIBILITY: As indicated by the name, this is an open tournament. Play with anyone you want.

REGISTRATION: To register, post in this thread or mail me at mattweiner.vcu@gmail.com with the number of teams, buzzers, and staffers you want to bring, and an email address where you can be contacted with details.

LOCATION/DIRECTIONS/PARKING: The tournament will take place somewhere on our Monroe Park campus (aka "Academic Campus"). We will have more details once the room reservations come back.

TIMES: Registration will run from 8:45 to 9:00 AM, with the goal of starting Round 1 as soon as possible after 9:00.

FORMAT: Packets will be ACF-format; tournament format will be determined by the number of teams present, but we hope to have somewhere between 12 and 16 teams and thus do a simple round-robin followed by ACF-format finals.

FREELANCE STAFFERS: We love you. Contact me if you want to staff the tournament.

PAYMENT: I don't know who you should make checks out to just yet because I don't know who the VCU club president will be for 2009-2010; if you actually are cutting checks in February for a tournament in August, then you're very efficient, and I guess you can make them out to me and I'll see that they get routed to the right person. I'll have the real information as soon as possible.

MIRRORS: If you want to mirror this somewhere else, just let me know and we'll discuss the arrangements.

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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Tower Monarch » Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:23 pm

Matt Weiner wrote: This tournament will be accompanied by a quite exciting singles event on Saturday night and another standard-format academic tournament on Sunday, which I leave to the organizers of those events to announce.
And now that I've done so, here they are:
Music
CaTO/TaCO
Sorry for the delay.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Mechanical Beasts » Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:25 pm

Tower Monarch wrote:
Matt Weiner wrote: This tournament will be accompanied by a quite exciting singles event on Saturday night and another standard-format academic tournament on Sunday, which I leave to the organizers of those events to announce.
And now that I've done so, here they are:
Music
CaTO/TaCO
Sorry for the delay.
Jesus this will be a good weekend. Also, reverse those links.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Tower Monarch » Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:28 pm

everyday847 wrote:Jesus this will be a good weekend. Also, reverse those links.
Fixed. Thanks.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by cdcarter » Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:38 pm

everyday847 wrote:Jesus this will be a good weekend.
All this needs is a half hour of meta pyramid and a good comedy lunch packet!

But yea, these all sound really exciting!
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Mike Bentley » Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:58 pm

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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by BuzzerZen » Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:08 am

Assuming recent IRC conversations are to be taken seriously, Silberman, Watkins, Kirsch, and Cheyne will be playing together under a clever name to be determined.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by naturalistic phallacy » Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:40 am

I am excitedly looking for a team for this.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by grapesmoker » Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:17 am

I'll totally be coming to this; rides for other New Englanders may be available.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by OctagonJoe » Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:09 pm

I need teammates and can be contacted at my username @gmail.com, on IRC, here, by telepathy, etc.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Sir Thopas » Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:20 pm

Soliciting teammates; contact me through various channels like IRC, mets fan 0 0 1 @ gmail.com, and so on.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Frater Taciturnus » Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:26 pm

It seems reasonable to expect me to be here in some capacity.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by naturalistic phallacy » Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:53 pm

OctagonJoe wrote:I need teammates and can be contacted at my username @gmail.com, on IRC, here, by telepathy, etc.
Let's play together!
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by OctagonJoe » Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:28 pm

tetragrammatology wrote:
OctagonJoe wrote:I need teammates and can be contacted at my username @gmail.com, on IRC, here, by telepathy, etc.
Let's play together!
Sounds like a plan
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Cheynem » Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:32 pm

BuzzerZen wrote:Assuming recent IRC conversations are to be taken seriously, Silberman, Watkins, Kirsch, and Cheyne will be playing together under a clever name to be determined.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Lapego1 » Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:13 pm

There's a good chance I'm attending. I am soliciting teammates at the moment.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by I'm a goff (in case you couldn't tell) » Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:43 pm

I can't promise that I'll actually know much at this tournament, but consider me a free agent as well.

I can also offer floor/couch space to anyone in need.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Demonic Leftovers » Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:16 pm

I believe Shantanu and I are playing together and Shantanu is asking a couple of people about joining our team.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by lchen » Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:33 pm

Does anyone need some high schoolers on their team? York Chen and I are probably coming to this and would like to join a team. My email is lilychen3.14159 [at] gmail [dot] com and York's is yc0210 [at] gmail [dot] com.
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Post by Theory Of The Leisure Flask » Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:30 am

I should be coming to this; I'd love some teammates.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by lagazzaladra » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:19 pm

TJ B might be interested in coming to this also.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Mettius Fufetius » Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:58 am

I'm planning to go to this, although transportation is an issue; I may or may not be able to afford the flight. If you can offer me a ride or need teammates, e-mail me.

(Edit: I will also bring a buzzer.)

(Edit #2: I'm not bringing a buzzer anymore, because I'm flying, it's a Judge, and I'm worried about airport security.)
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Mettius Fufetius » Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:55 pm

Update: I am no longer looking to join existing teams as an individual; as of right right now, it looks like I'm playing with York Chen and (for this tournament only) Lily Chen, and we do need a fourth. Feel free to contact any of us.

(Edit: Zihan Zheng has joined as our fourth.)
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Mechanical Beasts » Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:16 pm

It looks decreasingly likely that I will be able to play this tournament.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Cheynem » Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:14 pm

I still plan on coming to this--I was tentatively playing this with Evan Silberman, Andy, and Hannah Kirsch--I don't know what their status for this tournament is, so who knows, I may need teammates or I may be a free agent. But I do plan on coming.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Not That Kind of Christian!! » Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:40 pm

It is also decreasingly likely that I will be able to come to this, unfortunately. Apologies to Mike and Evan if that is the case.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Cheynem » Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:22 pm

I am assuming Andy and Hannah will sadly be unable to play. Sarah Angelo has expressed interest in playing with myself and Evan (who I assume...will be there?...). If anyone else would like to be the fourth member of this team, post in this thread or e-mail me at cheyne AT wmis DOT net, bearing in mind that this is contingent on Andy and Hannah not being there.
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Post by Auks Ran Ova » Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:44 pm

Jerry and I are playing this together and are probably looking for some teammates!
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Not That Kind of Christian!! » Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:28 pm

Times have changed, and I will in fact be here. If Sarah Angelo does not want to play on your team, Mike, I'm up for it.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Mechanical Beasts » Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:32 pm

I apparently no longer need to fly to Colorado Springs this weekend, so I will be in attendance. This may confuse you, but I am probably at least as confused.

So yeah, here's the most important thing: I guess I'm coming to this tournament. I had never really said anything about whether or not I wanted to be on this Cheyne'Silberman/Kirsch team (I think that was generated from some offhand IRC remarks or something). I'm quite content to rejoin that team, but I'm slightly more interested in another; further updates as events warrant.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Theory Of The Leisure Flask » Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:42 pm

Ukonvasara wrote:Jerry and I are playing this together and are probably looking for some teammates!
This might be a convenient time to mention that Guy Tabatchinck and I are playing this together, and are also (as far as I know) looking for two more teammates.
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Post by magin » Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:06 pm

I'm also looking for a team for this (and Tommy and Cameron's tournament). Email me if interested.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Galstaff, Sorceror of Light » Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:13 pm

HKirsch wrote:Times have changed, and I will in fact be here. If Sarah Angelo does not want to play on your team, Mike, I'm up for it.
You can have your spot back, Hannah. I suppose I am now once again looking for a team...
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Not That Kind of Christian!! » Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:41 pm

MLWGS-Gir wrote:
HKirsch wrote:Times have changed, and I will in fact be here. If Sarah Angelo does not want to play on your team, Mike, I'm up for it.
You can have your spot back, Hannah. I suppose I am now once again looking for a team...
Well, since I just got an alternate offer in the space between re-signing up and reading this post, you can feel free to take my spot.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Terrible Shorts Depot » Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:51 pm

I'll be playing with Carsten Gehring, Bernadette Spencer, and Chris Carter.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

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HKirsch wrote:
MLWGS-Gir wrote:
HKirsch wrote:Times have changed, and I will in fact be here. If Sarah Angelo does not want to play on your team, Mike, I'm up for it.
You can have your spot back, Hannah. I suppose I am now once again looking for a team...
Well, since I just got an alternate offer in the space between re-signing up and reading this post, you can feel free to take my spot.
In that case I will. Thanks.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Cheynem » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:36 pm

I don't want this thread to turn into a hijack of my team shuffling, but for those who don't want to parse the above posts, the short of it is: I am (CONFIRMED!) playing with Evan Silberman and Sarah Angelo and we need a fourth. Sorry about the confusion.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by I'm a goff (in case you couldn't tell) » Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:17 am

Verhoeven's Giant Tree Rat wrote:
Ukonvasara wrote:Jerry and I are playing this together and are probably looking for some teammates!
This might be a convenient time to mention that Guy Tabatchinck and I are playing this together, and are also (as far as I know) looking for two more teammates.
I'd be willing to play if you'll have me. I can't promise that I'll contribute much.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by cdcarter » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:11 pm

Would anybody traveling to VCU for this be willing to split a hotel room with Charlie Rosenthal and I for Saturday night? Or anybody generally have housing available?
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Theory Of The Leisure Flask » Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:34 pm

Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies wrote:
Verhoeven's Giant Tree Rat wrote:
Ukonvasara wrote:Jerry and I are playing this together and are probably looking for some teammates!
This might be a convenient time to mention that Guy Tabatchinck and I are playing this together, and are also (as far as I know) looking for two more teammates.
I'd be willing to play if you'll have me. I can't promise that I'll contribute much.
Sure! I can promise not to confuse you with Andy Goss again.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Maximus » Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:15 pm

two people from yale will be coming, myself and John Lawrence. We would appreciate teammates.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Matt Weiner » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:05 pm

Hey, I still need a science writer for this if people wish there to be science in this tournament, so if anyone's interested let me know.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Auks Ran Ova » Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:01 am

Ukonvasara wrote:Jerry and I are playing this together and are probably looking for some teammates!
Due to CIRCUMSTANCES, Jerry won't be attending. Instead, I'll be playing with Andy Watkins, Hannah Kirsch, and probably Trevor Davis.

please find a science writer so my teammates will play
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Theory Of The Leisure Flask » Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:27 pm

Two questions:

1. Can we get an updated field for this?
2. Is there, by any chance, a caravan coming from the north which I might be able to hitch a ride with?
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by DumbJaques » Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:58 pm

Eric Mukherjee, Ted Gioia, and I are playing this event together, I'm pretty sure. Not sure if we have a fourth. Offer has been extended to recombinant beard lice.
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Cheynem » Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:06 pm

For various reasons, if I am attending this tournament, I will be flying there now, so in order to cut costs on the lodging part, I'm requesting if anyone attending this tournament (and the Sunday events) has a hotel room/floor (preferably airport accessible) or any other sort of lodging I can crash in for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. I would pay this person what he or she deems fair and/or buy various meals. If anyone can help me out in this regard, I would be most appreciative--e-mail me at cheyne AT wmis DOT net.

(Note to Evan and Sarah, and for Sunday, Guy and Chris: This means there is a strong possibility I will NOT be at this tournament, so keep that in mind. Sorry!)
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Not That Kind of Christian!! » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:05 pm

What's the word on science for this tournament? Is it a definite no?
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Mechanical Beasts » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:34 pm

HKirsch wrote:What's the word on science for this tournament? Is it a definite no?
And if so, Susan, please recommend some used book stores and restaurants; we know you know what they are!
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Auks Ran Ova » Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:08 pm

Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:
HKirsch wrote:What's the word on science for this tournament? Is it a definite no?
And if so, Susan, please recommend some used book stores and restaurants; we know you know what they are!
Yeah, I'd appreciate knowing whether or not there'll be science, so I know whether or not I'll need to find two new teammates. Alternately, help peer pressure these two into playing anyway!
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Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Post by Matt Weiner » Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:11 pm

There will be at least some science in every packet of this tournament. I cannot guarantee there will be 4/4 science in every packet until I hear back from all the people I talked to about possibly writing questions. I will keep the thread updated when my information is more solid.
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