A lot of this is copied from the general
will be hosting MAGNI
, a regular-difficulty mACF tournament on Saturday, Oct. 29
. MAGNI is a collaboration between Chris Chiego and Auroni Gupta at UCSD, Matt Jackson, John Lawrence, and Kevin Koai at Yale, and Jerry Vinokurov. Several newer writers from UCSD will also be contributing to the project.
We expect to write the entirety of 14 packets between us; as such, teams may play this tournament without writing questions or submitting packets.
Difficulty and Length:
MAGNI aims to invest the concept of “regular difficulty set” with a new or rediscovered meaning: We intend to write a set that we can earnestly encourage all collegiate teams to play and get points on. On one end, we are working hard to ensure that new / improving teams and former high school players still get plenty of points in some competitive games; on the other, prospective national championship teams and grizzled veterans will still be able to make a statement about how good they are by playing this set against one another. To this end, answer selection will be rooted deeply in real-world importance and across-the-board answerability. Tossups should feature enough early and middle clues to distinguish between the best full-strength teams while still being straightforward enough at their ends for the rest of the field to show what it knows at every opportunity. All bonuses will have an easy part that we expect to be answerable with little effort by the overwhelming majority of the nationwide field, a middle part that we expect half the field to know, and a hard part which will test deep knowledge of the subject matter among the top teams at each regional site.
In addition to controlling difficulty, we will also be controlling length. No tossup in this set will go past the seventh full line of text (measured in 10 point Times New Roman with 1-inch margins). We seek to ensure that individual bonus parts rarely exceed two lines in length.
If one needs a reference to previous tournaments as to what we aim for, ACF Regionals 2011, T-Party 2010, and Penn Bowl 2007 through 2010 (but not 2011) are decent reference points. If we err from those reference points, we seek to err slightly on the side of increased conversion. MAGNI will not be power-marked.
This is a tournament for collegiate quizbowl teams. To that end, any teams consisting entirely of students (undergrad or grad) who attend the same school may play this tournament. Interested high school teams are eligible to play, as are solo players and teams which must play unaffiliated / unsponsored for whatever reason, but all such teams must consist entirely of students who attend one school. High schoolers enrolled in for-credit classes at a community college, college, or university may play for either school in which they are enrolled. Separate campuses of an overarching university count as separate schools.NO open teams or non-students may register to play at any site of this tournament. This editors' decision is non-negotiable.
If you are still unclear as to whether you’re eligible to play on a given team, email Auroni Gupta (auronigupta AT gmail DOT com).
As an addendum to that, I will be putting in work to try to draw some of the less-active teams in our region to this tournament, which in many respects is being written with them in mind, so I will be mailing invitations to people I know on quizbowl teams from around the area. If you know anyone in other colleges around the area that might be interested in playing quizbowl, please tell them about our tournament. Enterprising high school teams are encouraged to attend, but be aware that there will be no additional discounts for doing so. (High school teams may still qualify for travel, buzzer, and moderator discounts just like any other team).
Base fee: $70 per team, -$10 per subsequent team (3 teams thus being 100 + 90 + 80 = $270)
Buzzer discount: -$10 per working
buzzer (at least 4 lights on each side)
Moderator discount: -$10 per competent moderator
Travel discount: -$10 per 200 miles traveled
To register: Email auronigupta AT gmail DOT com in order to register. Posting in this thread is enough to indicate interest, but is not enough to sign up.
House (1 team, 1 buzzer)
Claremont (3 teams, 1 buzzer)
Caltech (1 team, 1 buzzer)
ASU (2 teams)
Stanford (1 team, 1 buzzer)
Berkeley (1 team)
UCLA (1 team)
UCI (1 team, 1 buzzer)
Expressing Interest (email me to register!):
Total: 11 teams, 5 buzzers