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Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Postby CPiGuy » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:24 pm

This is an announcement for Entirely Real Landscapes (name subject to change if I or anyone else thinks of a sufficiently witty acronym), a visual geography tournament.

That is, this is a tournament along the lines of Eyes That Do Not See or TAMIL, in which questions will consist of a series of images. Each tossup will have 8 slides which contain visual clues for a certain place, country, city, sort of building, or what have you. Questions will be powermarked.

There will be somewhere between 3 and 10 packets, depending on when this is held and how many good ideas I have. I already have two packets almost completely written.

The distribution will be as follows, totaling to 16 tossups per round:

3 USA/Canada
3 Europe
2 Other Americas
2 Asia (not Middle East)
2 Africa
2 common links / miscellaneous
1 Australia / Oceania
1 Middle East

To borrow Kenji's classification:
Wynaut wrote:The “common link” distribution is only for common links that do not neatly fit into any other part of the distribution. For example, the "dolphins" tossup from 2015 USGO, which uses clues from the Caribbean, Brazil, and China, would fit here, but the "Buddha statues" tossup from the same tournament, which uses clues from Japan and southeast Asia, would fit perfectly in the Asia distribution.


I think this would be a good side event to run at CMST or perhaps some other spring tournament, and I can also bring it to one or both nationals assuming there is interest (or send it if I don't go). If you're interested in using the set, PM or email me. There will also eventually be an online mirror, after all physical sites are done and I figure out how to use Discord screensharing to run it.
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Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Postby Geriatric trauma » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:37 pm

This sounds fun! Someone should come up with a backronym for GEOGUESSR.
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Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Postby An Economic Ignoramus » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:51 pm

Where has this tournament been all my life
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Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Postby ErikC » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:03 pm

Please don't change an amazing meta-name with some trash acronym.

This looks amazing.
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Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Postby Car » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:34 am

Yes, please.
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Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Postby Beetle » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:15 pm

Sounds excellent, and it's about time -- I was talking with some people about how epic a visual geography tournament would be. And now it's here.
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Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Postby CPiGuy » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:19 am

I am almost done with Packet 5. I may produce more, but no guarantees.

This will be run at Minnesota's CMST and Michigan's FST (and maybe SMT, who knows?). I'll also be at ICT and likely at ACF Nats, and would be willing to run it there modulo time and interest. If you'd like to run it, let me know!
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Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Postby Aaron's Rod » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:10 pm

There were some suboptimal choices in both answer lines and pronouns, but this was very fun to casually shoot out after CMST. If packets 8-10 emerge at some point, I'd love to play those, too.

There are also some simple conventions for visual tournaments that this tournament would do well to heed, such as putting the answer lines in a document other than a spreadsheet, and making the last slide of every tossup a different background color than the rest of the tossup (power-marking in different colors helps the players figure out where they are in a tossup). But overall I think we enjoyed it a lot.
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Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Postby CPiGuy » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:13 pm

Aaron's Rod wrote:There were some suboptimal choices in both answer lines and pronouns, but this was very fun to casually shoot out after CMST. If packets 8-10 emerge at some point, I'd love to play those, too.

There are also some simple conventions for visual tournaments that this tournament would do well to heed, such as putting the answer lines in a document other than a spreadsheet, and making the last slide of every tossup a different background color than the rest of the tossup (power-marking in different colors helps the players figure out where they are in a tossup). But overall I think we enjoyed it a lot.


If you have any feedback, feel free to shoot me a PM or email -- I'd love to hear what people thought!

Marking power and last clue is in fact something I was planning on doing before Saturday night, but travel shenanigans made that impossible. I'll definitely be indicating this visually before it's next run.
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Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Postby CPiGuy » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:50 pm

I've now produced six packets in total, which are all marked for 15s and last clues.
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Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Postby Beetle » Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:14 am

Will this be played at HSNCT? My reticence to play the online mirror was predicated on the idea that it would be.
EDIT: It seems I won't be at HSNCT, carry on.
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Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Postby CPiGuy » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:33 pm

I have heard from people about holding another mirror, so this isn't going to be posted yet.
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Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Postby Milhouse » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:36 pm

Do you know if there will be any more mirrors of this?
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