Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

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Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by Mike Bentley » Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:14 am

This is a re-announcement for the Visual Tournament I announced last year, where tossups are on works of fine arts (mostly painting, sculpture, architecture and photography) and displayed on a projector in a pyramidal fashion. It will probably be a singles tournament because it will be hard to find multiple rooms with projector equipment set up.

Here's an example of what a question might look like (albeit it's pretty easy): http://doc-ent.com/quizbowl/Visual%20To ... xample.ppt

I have the images selected for 45 tossups so far. I'd wager it takes about a minute to do each tossup, since there will be 5 second transitions between 6-11 images per question, and you need to factor in time for people to buzz. This means the tournament will currently take about an hour, maybe less. I'm thinking of writing around 100 tossups, which will result in a tournament that takes about 2 hours to play. I could possibly create some more if there's demand, but I'll probably cap it at that to see how the experiment goes.

The answers range from very easy to very challenging, but for the most part they're pretty accessible.

I'm willing to have this side-event run for free at any tournament that wants to run it. It obviously requires a projector. My initial thoughts would be on the evening after a tournament like Penn Bowl, T-Party or Buzzerfest, or--to attract greater participation--during ICT or Fake ACF.
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Re: Reannouncement: Visual Tournament - Date TBD

Post by Mike Bentley » Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:24 am

Ok, this tournament is going to be run at T-Party (or at least the Minnesota mirror of that tournament). It will be around 100 tossups in length. If you are running a T-Party mirror and are interested in hosting this tournament, please let me know by e-mailing me at uwquizbowl@gmail.com.
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Re: Reannouncement: Visual Tournament - T-Party Side Event

Post by Mike Bentley » Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:28 pm

I anticipate that I should be finished with this tournament in the next two weeks or so. It will be 100 tossups. If you're interested in mirroring it, let me know. It need not be tied to T-Party if you have another event you want to tie this into.
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Re: Reannouncement: Visual Tournament - T-Party Side Event

Post by Mike Bentley » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:11 pm

This tournament should be finished later tonight.

If anyone wants to run this for ACF Winter, it's available.
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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by Mike Bentley » Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:24 pm

Here are the sites running the tournament so far:

ACF Winter:
Texas

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Minnesota
Maybe VCU
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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by cchiego » Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:08 am

This tournament was indeed held at Stanford. I believe Sam from Berkeley edged Ray Luo 220-215 or so with myself coming in a distant third at around 130-140ish.

It was also some of the most fun I've had playing quizbowl in quite awhile. Mike did a great job with it and I encourage people around the country to play it if you can. It definitely tests a different side of your brain and rewards visual learners quite well. I hope to see if more tournaments like this can be written and held. Thanks again to Mike for providing it.
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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by Mike Bentley » Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:42 am

Here are the stats:

Sam - 220
Ray - 215
Chris - 160
Auroni - 155

Everyone else significantly less.
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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by mpellegrini » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:05 pm

Is this set posted anywhere? (Or going to be posted anywhere?)
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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by Kouign Amann » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:14 pm

mpellegrini wrote:Is this set posted anywhere? (Or going to be posted anywhere?)
It is still going to be played at several sites in the near future.
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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by Mike Bentley » Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:28 am

Just as a reminder that this set is still off limits for discussion until 2/27. If you have any specific feedback you want to give me, you can e-mail me at uwquizbowl@gmail.com
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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by Cheynem » Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:33 am

This was a very fun set. There's all sorts of coolness in this set, so play if it you get a chance--I guarantee you will have fun even if you suck at art like me.

At our site, the one and only MICHAEL ARNOLD won it, followed by Rob Carson and Andrew Hart who tied for second. Paul Baker, a Wisconsin graduate, was next.
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Post by Papa's in the House » Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:05 am

Not knowing anything about the visual arts, I enjoyed this set.

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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by powerplant » Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:52 am

Yeah, I just want to mention that running this tournament helped me see some really cool art things I'd never actually seen before, and sparked some interest where there previously hadn't been much. Thanks to Mike for putting this set together.
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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by Captain Sinico » Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:27 pm

I'm pretty sure it was 340-290 as it wound up (TOO MUCH NEGS!) Ike was third with something in the mid-hundreds, I think.

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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by Duncan Idaho » Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:06 pm

Bentley Like Beckham wrote:Just as a reminder that this set is still off limits for discussion until 2/27. If you have any specific feedback you want to give me, you can e-mail me at uwquizbowl@gmail.com
Will this set be posted once all mirrors are complete?
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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by Mike Bentley » Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:11 pm

Ben Cole wrote:
Bentley Like Beckham wrote:Just as a reminder that this set is still off limits for discussion until 2/27. If you have any specific feedback you want to give me, you can e-mail me at uwquizbowl@gmail.com
Will this set be posted once all mirrors are complete?
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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by itsthatoneguy » Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:56 pm

I really enjoyed this. There was a lot of variety and interesting clues. I would love to play something like this again in the future.
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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by marnold » Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:17 pm

This was a great idea and great execution too. I like looking at art, but I'm only sporadically rewarded for doing so in quizbowl (especially compared to a PPG maximizing strategy like, say, rote memorization of a bunch of titles, teachers and students). I really loved this tournament because it did the exact opposite and I'd enthusiastically play another version of this.
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Re: Eyes That Do Not See - Visual Tournament Side Event

Post by Kouign Amann » Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:57 pm

Yeah, even though I only got to play three rounds of this, from what I saw, I thought it was a very cool side event. It rewarded art knowledge in a very different, much realer way than I think quizbowl normally can. I appreciated that. I, too, would play this again.
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