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by Mike Bentley
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: 2019 Bentley Videogame Packet - 12/20/19 10 PM EST
Replies: 1
Views: 242

2019 Bentley Videogame Packet - 12/20/19 10 PM EST

Hi, I have another 40 or so tossups on videogames. These are similar to my previous packets in that they're often on some combination of: 1. Dumb common links (e.g. games set in the human mouth) 2. Old 3. Disproportionately on Nintendo 4. With clues that are much more likely to be about the technolo...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Super Acronym 2 at Washington - 1/11/20
Replies: 0
Views: 200

Super Acronym 2 at Washington - 1/11/20

The Quizbowl Team at the University of Washington will be hosting a mirror of Super Acronym 2 on Saturday, January 11th, 2020. This is an open tournament. Fee will be $25 per player. To register, email me at bentley.michael.j@gmail.com.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla Social Science (HSNCT/Pace/Summer Side Event)
Replies: 7
Views: 3047

Re: Guerilla Social Science (Terrapin Open Side Event)

I might be able to contribute a few questions but don't have time to write a full packet. Email me if you want to collaborate. Which I guess goes against the spirit of the rules here but this is a guerilla tournament after all.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Fall Open at Stanford, 11/16
Replies: 4
Views: 2168

Re: Fall Open at Stanford, 11/16

Thanks for hosting, this tournament was a lot of fun!
by Mike Bentley
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-2020 Illinois Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 8971

Re: 2019-2020 Illinois Discussion

I think not. There are precisely zero mentions of Earlybird on this page; http://www.pace-nsc.org/2020-nsc-qualifying-tournaments/ Tournaments get in our system by either (a) being added to the hsquizbowl tournament database or (2) filling out the form listed at our qualification guidelines here: h...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Fall Open at Stanford, 11/16
Replies: 4
Views: 2168

Re: Fall Open at Stanford, 11/16

The field is looking pretty anemic right now. Are there other teams waiting to register?
by Mike Bentley
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3441

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

I should also note that I personally like submitting packets for tournaments and wished more higher-level tournaments were packet-sub.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3441

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

3) This is personal, but without packet submission, I would never have stayed with quizbowl or edited any tournaments. When I started playing in 2006, the Maryland team was pretty isolated from the good quizbowl in-crowd back then, and I didn't really know anyone on any other teams. If I only atten...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 20
Views: 5724

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

I have some sympathy for Jacob's post. I think it's true that TDs shouldn't provide book prizes that are falling apart or obsolete, and that they should ideally provide a varied selection of books. On the other hand (and I don't think this was a claim Jacob was making), individual players can't nec...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19
Replies: 7
Views: 2795

Re: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19

In past years I've been a bit more involved in getting new players to come out to a fall tournament in Boise, but it's never especially easy given the distances and the relative paucity of peoe with high school quiz bowl experience. The UW team also didn't retain very many experienced players from l...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The World As It Is - Fall 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 4077

Re: The World As It Is - Fall 2020

We're upping the packets in this tournament to 14. Still shooting for this to be the traditional Fall Open for 2020.
by Mike Bentley
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 6615

Re: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament

Is anyone familiar with Discord's Server Boost feature? As far as I can tell it does things like increase fidelity for audio quality after a number of boosts (only available to people with paid Nitro subscriptions). If it improves latency or audio quality, I think having two people temporarily pony ...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open Penn Bowl Mirror at University of Washington - 11/30/19
Replies: 2
Views: 2660

Open Penn Bowl Mirror at University of Washington - 11/30/19

The Quizbowl Team at the University of Washington will be hosting an open* mirror of Penn Bowl on Saturday, November 30th, 2019.

Entry fee will be around $25 per person. To register, e-mail me at uwquizbowl@gmail.com.

*I reserve the right to break up any potential super teams.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Plea for No More Excuses
Replies: 11
Views: 4862

Re: A Plea for No More Excuses

It's not really been my observation that people who flake out in a major way on producing a set then sign up for a major commitment on another set. Although I don't pay especially close attention to these things. Obviously it would be great if everyone always fulfilled their commitments. But it shou...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: EFT Discord Mirror (9/21)
Replies: 4
Views: 4400

Re: EFT Discord Mirror (9/21)

This was a fun tournament, thanks for running it!
by Mike Bentley
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: TOEJAM III (Video Games, Fall 2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 2404

Re: TOEJAM III (Video Games, Fall 2020)

Looking forward to this!
by Mike Bentley
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES II (Summer 2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 1294

Re: MUSES II (Summer 2020)

Looking forward to this, although I wonder if you're wasting a lot of effort by producing 12 packets with bonuses. That's an awful lot for something most likely to be run as a summer side event. I suspect most of your mirrors will do no more than 8 packets, with others closer to 6. Actually what I ...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES II (Summer 2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 1294

Re: MUSES II (Summer 2020)

Looking forward to this, although I wonder if you're wasting a lot of effort by producing 12 packets with bonuses. That's an awful lot for something most likely to be run as a summer side event. I suspect most of your mirrors will do no more than 8 packets, with others closer to 6.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Eyes X - December 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 2589

Re: Eyes X - December 2018

While I figure out how to upload large files to the packet archive, you can access the set here: https://1drv.ms/f/s!Ag6r4laHo3wdjelAPn-EsK-8e73OEg
by Mike Bentley
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Lenscapes
Replies: 7
Views: 2311

Re: Imaginary Lenscapes

oslo wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:07 am
I hope so!
Just to be clear, Summer Open is a tournament happening this November.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Lenscapes
Replies: 7
Views: 2311

Re: Imaginary Lenscapes

Do you think you'll have this ready for mirrors of Summer Open?
by Mike Bentley
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: PACE NSC 2020 Qualification Guidelines
Replies: 4
Views: 4731

Re: PACE NSC 2020 Qualification Guidelines

Quick update: Due to an oversight on my part, I forgot to update the number of rounds needed for a tournament to qualify as a gold qualifier. This has increased from 7 to 8 rounds.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT Officer Changes for 2019-20
Replies: 1
Views: 4163

Re: NAQT Officer Changes for 2019-20

Late to this thread, but since no one else has said it here, let me give thanks to R. and Emily for all the work they've done for the quizbowl community. It's impressive how much NAQT has evolved since the first NAQT tournament I played in 2005. 21 years is a long time to do anything, and as someone...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: PACE NSC 2020 Qualification Guidelines
Replies: 4
Views: 4731

Re: PACE NSC 2020 Qualification Guidelines

The form asks about usage of A-sets or novice packets. Are you able to specify what impact usage of these sets will have on potential certification if all other conditions are met or exceeded? Sorry if this wasn't spelled out clearly in the guidelines. A-Sets and Novice sets are eligible for gold q...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT Outreach Grants for 2019-20
Replies: 1
Views: 2771

Re: NAQT Outreach Grants for 2019-20

Important Bird Area wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:05 pm
naqt.com wrote:NAQT is now accepting proposals for $1,000 grants designed to help members of the quiz bowl community expand the game in their area. Proposals are due by October 15, 2019.
Full details
Was there a list of grant recipients from the 2018-2019 program posted anywhere?
by Mike Bentley
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Lenscapes
Replies: 7
Views: 2311

Re: Imaginary Lenscapes

Cool!
by Mike Bentley
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 16952

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

There's already a pretty strong correlation between the money spent on transportation for a national quizbowl tournament (by both teams and the organization hosting the tournament for staff) and the total carbon produced from this transportation. All quizbowl organizations are already optimizing tow...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Difficulty Metrics
Replies: 4
Views: 4596

Re: Difficulty Metrics

For books and authors, a rough metric can be "is this author/book in the cultural zeitgeist?" For instance, have there been new editions, translations, re-evaluations published recently? Have those works been widely reviewed? Sometimes something as arbitrary as an author's 100th birthday can spark a...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: PACE NSC 2020 Qualification Guidelines
Replies: 4
Views: 4731

PACE NSC 2020 Qualification Guidelines

Hi everyone, the guidelines for qualifying for the 2020 PACE NSC have been posted to our website: http://www.pace-nsc.org/2020-nsc-qualification-guidelines/ They're mostly the same as last year, with the main difference being that the minimum number of games for a regular qualifier has increased fro...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES Online 8/18
Replies: 19
Views: 3806

Re: MUSES Online 8/18

Yeah this tournament was a lot more fun than the distribution would have led me to expect. There's also a ton of content here--with 12 packets and bonuses it's pretty much a full tournament.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 14514

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

Match recordings are here: http://doc-ent.com/co2019/
by Mike Bentley
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Fall Open 2019 (November 2019)
Replies: 10
Views: 7406

Re: "Summer" Open 2019 (November 2019)

Given that Aseem is editing this, I assume there's going to be a California mirror? Would be great if that and other sites besides the New York one can get announced soon. Would also be nice to know if there's going to be any consensus main site.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QEMS2 Appears to be down
Replies: 6
Views: 3575

Re: QEMS2 Appears to be down

Yeah sorry, this has been a long-standing issue that I need to fix. If you can't get it working e-mail me and I can manually fix it.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 6615

Re: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament

Regarding PTT, moderators should also hold down the push to talk button a little bit after they stop talking. If you release the button right away, sometimes the end of the sentence is cut off. I've had this problem a couple of times. Teams should use push-to-talk, but for moderators, I think it's ...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 6615

Re: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament

Here's a more organized version of how to run a good Discord tournament. This post is missing some of the very basics of how such a tournament works. I'll add that when I get a chance. Before the tournament: Tournament Directors: -Send out frequent reminders that the tournament is coming up to your ...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: This Mess of a Place - Date Poll
Replies: 4
Views: 3900

Re: This Mess of a Place - Date Poll

Reminder this is happening tonight at 10 PM EDT on Discord.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 14514

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

Modern World: What we did: 1/1 per packet, effectively replacing the "current events/geography/whatever" slot, with an expansive definition that encompasses contemporary politics, world culture, geography, and most importantly, thought about the modern world. Did that shit work?: I really think so....
by Mike Bentley
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing QuizDroid PacketBuilder (qems csv --> packetized LaTeX pdfs)
Replies: 9
Views: 5395

Re: Introducing QuizDroid PacketBuilder (qems csv --> packetized LaTeX pdfs)

Am I missing the link to the tool? I scanned the post a few times and don't see it. It sounds like you're taking the high-level category (i.e. Fine Arts) and then randomly choosing questions to put into the packet. While this will work decently for some categories, it won't work for a category like ...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Suggestion: Pin the Rules for Online Packets
Replies: 1
Views: 3249

Re: Suggestion: Pin the Rules for Online Packets

I wonder if some of this is just due to the inherent limitations of the shootout format with a lot of people. I've never personally found shootouts to be very enjoyable once you get over maybe 10 people which is why I largely avoid Discord packet readings (team-based Discord events are another matte...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 9
Views: 4791

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

At the risk both of iconoclasm and derailing this thread, surely the simplest significant quality-of-life improvement to be made in quizbowl packets would be to put bonuses between tossups and have the bonuses associated with dead tossups be skipped; this would both prevent readers from having to s...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: This Mess of a Place - Date Poll
Replies: 4
Views: 3900

Re: This Mess of a Place - Date Poll

Apologies, need to move this back to Thursday, August 8th at 10 PM EDT.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines
Replies: 6
Views: 4512

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

I think it would be an interesting exercise for someone to do a top-down review of the quizbowl packet / scoresheet from a design perspective. There have been a lot of small "quality of life" improvements to the reading experience in recent years but I bet there are lots more out there if you really...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 31987

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

A question for local Evanston/Chicago folks: Friday night I'll be interested in hitting a local brewpub or two. It looks like Sketchbook is definitely interesting, and maybe Smylie Brothers and Temperance (the last of which looks to be further away?). Are those good calls, and if not, other suggest...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: This Mess of a Place - Date Poll
Replies: 4
Views: 3900

Re: This Mess of a Place - Date Poll

This will be on Wednesday August 7th.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)
Replies: 21
Views: 6905

Re: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)

I've been to a couple of tournaments recently where a side event started later than needed because the TDs announced a time for people to be there later than was necessary. Can this tournament have a policy that it will start as early as possible with respect to Age of Empires ending (and a presumed...