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PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO

Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:34 am

This is a preliminary announcement for Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles (MELD) to be held at the University of Western Ontario at some date TBA during the second semester. There will be 10-12 packets of 20 tossups, no bonuses, with powers and negs, all written by me. As the name indicates, it will be a doubles tournament (though I'm not wedded to that format).

It's mildly experimental in the sense that there will be canon-expanding answers, but in the form of a) things that expand the canon inwards (characters in canonical works, secondary works by canonical authors, etc.) and b) things that haven't been tossed up before, but which I think are important or just plain awesome.

The distribution will be divided equally among American/Canadian, British, Euro, and World; in terms of time period, it will probably skew towards the 20th and 21st centuries. I'm writing almost exclusively on works that I've read, so it'll also skew towards my literary tastes.

There will be book prizes galore, since my shelves are overflowing and in need of a good cleaning.

Details about fees and stuff are forthcoming, after I get a sense of how much interest there is.
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Re: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO

Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:51 pm

Bumping the thread to note that this is going to take place on March 6. An official announcement is coming soon. This set is going to be awesome, and I encourage anyone who is interested in mirroring this (either as an event in itself or a side event) to contact me.
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Post by bsmith » Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:40 pm

My trips to southern Ontario next semester will be SCT and a hopeful mirror of MUT. Since I (and some others) would have to be staff at a MUT mirror, a pairing of this as a side event would give me some buzzer time on the weekend. That being said, I pulled -7.5 PPG at RMP Fest, and I consider myself even worse at literature than RMP...
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Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:22 pm

I kind of wanted to run this as an event unto itself, but if an Ontario MUT mirror happens, I'd be fine with appending it as a side event.
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Post by Camelopardalis » Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:07 pm

I'm not that great at literature outside of the fairly small subset of English Rennaisance Drama, but I'd love to play this.

Guelph has been discussing hosting MUT (we probably will, but we need to iron out some hitches with our booking department), so if you'd like to run this tournament that weekend, then that would be cool. If you want to make it stand alone that weekend, then we could certainly do a delayed MUT mirror, with permission from the editors.
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Re: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO

Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:28 pm

Actually, I think playing MELD at the MUT mirror is more likely to attract more players to both, so I think it's a good idea for all concerned.
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Post by gentleunwashed » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:23 pm

Count me as another mediocre lit player who still likes the sound of this.
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Post by the third garrideb » Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:52 am

I'm going to see how much interest there is from Waterloo, but we'll have at least one player at this.

Any details on fees and stuff? (Are you keeping this a doubles tournament?)
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Post by sds » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:29 pm

Michigan will be sending people to MUT at Guelph, and I'm pretty sure quite a lot of us will stick around for this.
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Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:38 pm

the third garrideb wrote:Any details on fees and stuff? (Are you keeping this a doubles tournament?)
The fee will be $5 per player. As for the format, I'll leave it up to the people at Guelph running it to decide how they want to do it, depending on how many players sign up. I think doubles would be the best format, though.
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Post by adosreme » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:15 pm

the third garrideb wrote:I'm going to see how much interest there is from Waterloo, but we'll have at least one player at this.
I figured as much. Waterloo will have at least two players for this.
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Post by neil.walford » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:59 pm

I won't be playing Minnesota Undergrad, but I'm definitely interested in a literature doubles.

When is the deadline for a final confirmation for this event?
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Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:59 pm

neil.walford wrote:When is the deadline for a final confirmation for this event?
Assuming this is fine with the people at Guelph, this will be run similarly to how RMPFest II was - i.e. after MUT, whoever is interested can sign up and form teams.

On another note, even though the original announcement says I will be providing book prizes galore, it turns out UWO won't actually be there, so that's no longer happening.
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Re: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO

Post by Camelopardalis » Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:04 pm

women, fire and dangerous things wrote:Assuming this is fine with the people at Guelph, this will be run similarly to how RMPFest II was - i.e. after MUT, whoever is interested can sign up and form teams.
Sorry about the late response. Yeah, that's fine with us. I'll double-check with Tom, and we'll have a more formal update with pricing, timing, field list and such after practice on Tuesday.
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Post by Cheynem » Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:26 pm

Is this set done and available for mirroring?
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Post by Camelopardalis » Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:24 pm

This will happen right after the conclusion of the MUT, and as mentioned above, doubles teams can be made from whoever is left and wants to play. The schedule formal will largely depend on how many teams we have, but I would expect some form of round robin, possibly followed by another round robin, as is the norm. Following Will's suggestion, the pricing for this event will be $5/person. The field list so far is:

Huma Zafar
Aaron Dos Remedios
Neil Walford
Ben Smith
Jeremy Levick
Chris Greenwood
Assorted Michigan players (5-6)
Assorted Ottawa players
Assorted Toronto players
Total: 11+
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Post by Windows ME » Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:24 pm

Toronto will almost certainly have several players playing this.
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Post by sds » Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:24 pm

So you know, it's looking like we'll have 5-6.
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Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:20 pm

Cheynem wrote:Is this set done and available for mirroring?
I only have five tossups left to write, so it's practically done. Anyone who's interested in mirroring it is welcome to message me.
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Post by millionwaves » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:46 pm

We played this last night as a shootout after MCMNT, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Thanks for producing a great set!
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Post by Tom007 » Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:48 pm

I'll do my best to scavenge up some books as prizes for this, although they may or may not garner a "galore." I'll see what I can do.

If you are still interested in attending, please let me know. However, I'm sure that last minute registration won't be a problem at all.
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Post by Cheynem » Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:08 pm

This was an entertaining if somewhat oddball (I should talk, right?) set. The difficulty swings from question to question got a little disorienting, but it was definitely fun to play. The ending packet was probably way way too hard, but I guess you said it would be.
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Post by Windows ME » Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:43 pm

Tom007 wrote:I'll do my best to scavenge up some books as prizes for this, although they may or may not garner a "galore." I'll see what I can do.

If you are still interested in attending, please let me know. However, I'm sure that last minute registration won't be a problem at all.

erm what happened to the MUT Central Canada thread?

(Toronto should finalize its numbers sometime tonight - just haven't had practice this week yet)
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Post by Tom007 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:07 pm

fourplustwo wrote:
Tom007 wrote:I'll do my best to scavenge up some books as prizes for this, although they may or may not garner a "galore." I'll see what I can do.

If you are still interested in attending, please let me know. However, I'm sure that last minute registration won't be a problem at all.

erm what happened to the MUT Central Canada thread?

(Toronto should finalize its numbers sometime tonight - just haven't had practice this week yet)
Sorry about that. I updated the thread with the confirmed location (MacKinnon building), and it is currently awaiting moderator approval and is not visible currently. Hopefully it will be back up soon. In the meantime, email me if you have any questions at all.
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Post by the third garrideb » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:48 am

This was indeed as awesome as previously indicated. Thanks for writing this! (And thanks to Guelph for running it.)
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Post by Camelopardalis » Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:38 am

Stats available here: http://results.scobo.net/SQBS.aspx?org= ... =standings.

Cross-posted with MUT Guelph thread.
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Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:33 pm

Now that HI has happened, people are free to make question-specific comments if they want.
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Post by grapesmoker » Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:23 pm

This set was fun. It was a nice mix of familiar and new stuff. A few questions jumped the gun to easy clues a little too fast, but there was also a lot of exciting stuff. Thanks for writing this.
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Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:51 pm

Bumping this thread to note that Minnesota is still the only site that I've received a cheque from. If you represent a site other than Minnesota, you may want to get on that.
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