MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

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MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:21 pm

A lot of this is copied from the general announcement.

UCSD 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.

Questions:

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.

Eligibility:
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).

Price Structure:

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.

Field:

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
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Re: MAGNI - 10/22/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:27 pm

This is in a little over a month. We'd love to see a field come together.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:50 pm

Since there is nothing on the 29th, nobody signed up so far, and a scheduling conflict with Irvine's high school tournament, this tournament is now on Oct. 29.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:07 pm

I've privately contacted several teams that should really be playing this tournament. I implore all other West Coast college tournament hosts to do the same. Collegiate Novice at UCLA today didn't really come together, and that's a shame. We should work together to fix this problem.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:41 pm

The base fee for this tournament is now reduced to $70. This is now something that your team can afford to pay out of pocket.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby cvdwightw » Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:54 pm

Blanford's Fringe-fingered Lizard wrote:Since there is nothing on the 29th, nobody signed up so far, and a scheduling conflict with Irvine's high school tournament, this tournament is now on Oct. 29.
Sorry you guys had to move the date before we found out that we're being charged insane amounts of money to run tournaments. I will do my best to get a team from Irvine there.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Crimson Rosella » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:20 pm

Stanford should be able to send one team to this tournament. At the very least, I'll come and play solo.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Capricious » Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:00 am

We will be able to come to this with one team.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby LucasBrown » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:14 am

I'd like to change Caltech's commitment to one contingent on finding transportation.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Capricious » Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:31 am

As of now, we look to be able to have 2 teams.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby bird bird bird bird bird » Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:29 am

Berkeley expresses interest in sending one team. Auroni, I'll have someone email you once we've made travel plans and can confirm registration.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:45 am

Neat! I'll be very happy if you guys can make it.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:26 pm

Field update. Just a reminder for everyone to register if you haven't already, since this tournament is in just over 10 days.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:31 pm

Also, I will now cap the field at 11 teams, so register before it's too late.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:57 pm

With a week to go, there are two spots left. Register ASAP to claim them. I will send an email out on the listserv with this information.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby LucasBrown » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:50 am

Caltech is having a hard time finding transport, so that could grow to three spots in the next few days.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:35 am

We're at 10 teams. There's 1 spot left.

We have 3 buzzers but will likely need 3 more, so if I don't have you down for one, please try to bring it. Slapbowl sucks.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby LucasBrown » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:40 am

Caltech now has transportation and a buzzer system.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:30 pm

Our field is now capped and the registrations are closed. I talked to the Scheduling Office today -- they will contact me back with rooms and I'll send an email to a representative of every school once I know what's going on with that.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Capricious » Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:57 pm

We'd be able to bring our buzzer, but we haven't used it in like 2 months so I can't guarantee that it will work.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:50 pm

Stats for this are here: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/54/stats/prelims/. Lots of people are withholding scoresheets from me, something I have to fix over lunch.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:13 pm

Stats are updated through lunch.
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:43 pm

UCI cleared the field to win 10-0. Second through sixth places were taken by UCSD, Berkeley, Caltech, ASU A, and Stanford. The stats are here, but lots of lower bracket games are missing: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/54/stats/combined/
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Re: MAGNI - 10/29/11 - UCSD

Postby Auroni » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:57 pm

All of the lower bracket games that I have have been entered.
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