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XENOPHON

Postby nour hijazi » Sat May 06, 2017 7:56 pm

Hari Parameswaran and I are pleased to announce XENOPHON (eXtensive Edification Nebulously Over Particularly Historiography On Nations), a tournament similar to Kurtis Droge's "Listory" tournament. It will have about 5-6 packets of 24 tossups each. The difficulty is approximately Regs+ (similar to Penn Bowl in the last few years) to around Nats-, though most of tossups should be answerable by players with only a year or so of experience. There are no bonuses, and as part of the experimental nature of any tournament that advertises having a larger than normal section on historiography, this tournament will have powers and superpowers. The format will be a doubles tournament, though mirrors are welcome to host it as a shootout if they wish. The cost per player is $10.

In order to truly ascertain the relevance and importance of historiographers in academia, Hari and I will do research into college syllabi and exams to see who students should be familiar with, but more importantly what eras (i.e. historiographers from the the medieval Muslim world, early Christian writers during the Byzantine empire) that are actually important. In doing so, we may tossup someone without a lot of prevalence in the quizbowl world that our tossup will hopefully justify by informing players as to why they are more important than someone more prevalent in the quizbowl world.

Distribution:
8/0 Literature (2 American, 2 World, 2 British, 2 Misc (common links, literary criticism, anything that does not fit well into the other categories, etc.)

8/0 History (2 American, 2 World, 2 European, 2 Ancient)

8/0 "Listory"
- 4 Historical lit (with a greater focus on events/rulers/conflicts/kingdoms/etc rather than merely "this specific novel is set during Conflict X")
- 4 Lit about history (mostly historiography, with ample inclusion of sociology and philosophy of history)

Logistics:
This tournament should be done a few days before NASAT, since the first packet is nearly finished. Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio will host this set following which ever tournament we host during the 2017-2018 academic year, hopefully in the fall. Hari and I will almost definitely not being attending Chicago Open or any other large summer tournaments, but as this set should be done by then, anyone interested in hosting it there (or more generally, at any other point in the year) should PM me to work out details.

Edit: Myers beat me to mentioning it, but he has agreed to edit this tournament.
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Re: XENOPHON

Postby Pascal Plays Poker » Sat May 06, 2017 8:29 pm

You can PM or email me as well.
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Re: XENOPHON

Postby Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Sat May 06, 2017 8:30 pm

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Re: XENOPHON

Postby Sit Room Guy » Sun May 07, 2017 8:44 pm

I'm so excited for this I decided to go to a university that's one state away from where this tournament will be happening instead of two.
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Re: XENOPHON

Postby Sit Room Guy » Sun May 07, 2017 9:46 pm

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be editing XENOPHON. Don't worry; this will go better than JAKOB probably
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Re: XENOPHON

Postby Pascal Plays Poker » Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:40 am

Here is an example of how a tossup would be (Difficulty and Structure wise; this is NOT an actual tossup):

One cartoon depicting this battle shows a “gallant charge of the Kentuckians”, who are depicted wearing Roman helmets. William Bliss denied one side’s surrender terms before this battle after they had advanced to the Carnero Pass. (+) Francisco Mejia led this battle’s opening charge against the opponent’s left flank. Among the dead at this battle included Henry Clay’s son and former governor of Arkansas Archibald Yell. One general’s order at this battle to “give them a little more grape, Captain Bragg” was used as a campaign slogan by the winner of the Election of (*) 1848. After winning this battle and the Battle of Monterey, the winning side was able to march on Chapultepec Castle. For 10 points, name this loss for Santa Anna’s forces during the Mexican-American War at which Zachary Taylor became a war hero.
ANSWER: Battle of Buena Vista (accept Battle of Angostura)
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Re: XENOPHON

Postby nour hijazi » Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:10 pm

Studying for PACE NSC and NASAT has pushed our estimated time of completion date to approximately July 14 as to give us enough time to finish and playtest the set. As of right now, the people who have approached me to playtest it are Jacob Reed, Aaron Jensen, and Ben Anthony. Anyone who thinks they will not be able to attend a mirror of this, including the one at Wright State whenever it is held, but is interested in hearing it should PM me to be included in the Skype playtesting sessions. Those should hopefully take place in early July.
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Re: XENOPHON

Postby nour hijazi » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:10 pm

In order to have a sufficient of time to review and implement playtesters' comments, Hari and I would like to playtest the first two packets tomorrow night as packet 3 is 50% complete. Anyone else interested in participating should send me their skype name no later than 6:00 PM EST.

Edit: different time
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Re: XENOPHON

Postby Sit Room Guy » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:25 pm

This is about 80% finished. It should be ready for any events the weekend after CO or after that. So far this set is being run at the following sites:
VCU
Berkeley
Wright State
Toronto

There are no mirror sites in the Southeast, so if you'd be interested in filling this vacancy please PM myself or Nour.

A Skype (or Discord/IRC if people prefer) mirror will also probably be in the offing; further details later.
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Re: XENOPHON

Postby Pascal Plays Poker » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:35 am

A Skype mirror of XENOPHON will be held on September 15. The cost will be $10/player. If you are interested, please sign up using the sheet below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing
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Re: XENOPHON

Postby Mike Bentley » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:44 pm

When in the day would the Skype mirror be starting?
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Re: XENOPHON

Postby Sit Room Guy » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:14 pm

Mike Bentley wrote:When in the day would the Skype mirror be starting?

when we're about 2 or 3 weeks out we'll set up a poll asking when the best time is.
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Re: XENOPHON

Postby everdiso » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:16 pm

Just played this in Toronto and had a great time! It was an excellent tournament. Well-written questions, good choices of answerlines. I thought the classics content was excessive, and the AmHis was, too (as it usually is in American tournaments), but good topics were chosen within both of those. As a history player, I especially enjoyed the "literature about history" distribution. Trying to figure out the answer from references to history throughout the lit clues was really fun: it felt great to occasionally put it together, and even when I didn't it kept me involved in lit tossups that I'd usually have zoned out of.
Overall, dope tournament, had a sick time.
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Re: XENOPHON

Postby csheep » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:19 pm

Looking for a teammate for the Skype mirror; if you're OK with covering pretty much the entirety of the history distribution feel free to message me.

edit: I am teaming with Austin Foos for this.
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