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by Mike Bentley
Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: World as It Is - Second Mirror Poll
Replies: 1
Views: 430

Re: World as It Is - Second Mirror Poll

Looks like not enough interest. I'll release the set following the mirror on Sunday.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21
Replies: 8
Views: 2283

Re: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21

Free agents have been assigned to teams. As of today, there's still one open spot for any late joiners.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: World as It Is - Second Mirror Poll
Replies: 1
Views: 430

World as It Is - Second Mirror Poll

I'm gauging interest in a second mirror of The World as It Is. Please vote in this date poll by Thursday. If there's not sufficient interest, I will release the set following the main mirror on Sunday.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21
Replies: 8
Views: 2283

Re: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21

Change of heart, I'm instead setting a field cap of 22 teams. There will be a prelim of 7 games, with some teams having one of those games be a cross-bracket game that mostly won't count. Top 2 teams from each bracket will advance to top bracket. They'll play 4 cross-bracket games for a total of 11 ...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21
Replies: 8
Views: 2283

Re: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21

With about 1.5 weeks until the tournament, there's still some open spots for teams. I'll start assigning free agents on to teams by next Wednesday, so form now. I'm also imposing the following restriction on any teams forming: If you're forming from people currently signed up on the free agent list ...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 ACF Regionals: Playtesting Announcement
Replies: 3
Views: 1087

Re: 2021 ACF Regionals: Playtesting Announcement

Did the email invite go out already? If so, I didn't receive it.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21
Replies: 8
Views: 2283

Re: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21

Quick update: We got a new influx of staffers so I'm officially expanding to 24 teams. I don't expect to move beyond this limit unless there's a huge demand to go to 27 or 28.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21
Replies: 8
Views: 2283

Re: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21

I'm going to increase the staff compensation to $75 on the hope it will convince a few more people to sign up to staff. To compensate, I'm also raising the entry fee per playing by $5 to now be $30 per person. There looks to be enough interest for 24 teams. I don't see the field expanding beyond tha...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: The World As It Is Playtesting
Replies: 3
Views: 705

Re: The World As It Is Playtesting

We're going to try to do the last of the playtesting tonight at 7 PM EST. Social Science, Philosophy and some History bonuses are what remains.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Dec 24, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: TOEJAM III Online Doubles: January 31, 2021
Replies: 3
Views: 702

Re: TOEJAM III Online Doubles: January 31, 2021

It doesn't conflict per se, but ACF Regionals is on the Saturday before this, and The World As It Is is on the Sunday before this. I'd expect you'll get a lot of overlap between those three tournaments in a relatively small amount of time. I'd personally prefer this to be moved back a week or two. (...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Dec 17, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21
Replies: 8
Views: 2283

Re: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21

Looks like there's a lot of interest in this tournament. I'd like to be able to expand the field to 20 teams (in which case we'd likely do two brackets followed by a top-2 from each bracket single elim playoffs) but we'll need more staff to do so. If you're interested, add your name to the above sig...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Dec 14, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: The World As It Is Playtesting
Replies: 3
Views: 705

Re: The World As It Is Playtesting

Also if you have a passion for proofreading and/or adding pronunciation guides, let me know. I'll pay $15 per packet for this for this set.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: The World As It Is Playtesting
Replies: 3
Views: 705

Re: The World As It Is Playtesting

Still looking for some more playtesters. I've also pushed back the first playtesting to next Friday.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21
Replies: 8
Views: 2283

Re: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21

Confirming the tournament will take place on SUNDAY, January 24th. I've increased the field cap to 12 teams and will probably expand again to 16 if there's interest / enough staff.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Dec 02, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Playoff Round Robins
Replies: 3
Views: 736

Playoff Round Robins

I've played a couple of tournaments recently with the following format: -Two prelim brackets. -Top 3 teams from each prelim bracket make the top bracket. -Top bracket plays a full round robin of 5 games. -Winner determined solely based on the record in the 5 playoff games. Both times, this format ha...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21
Replies: 8
Views: 2283

Re: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Date Poll

I'll keep the poll open for two more days. My preferred date right now is Sunday, January 24th since that gives me a bit more time to polish the set over the early January dates. But if holding it on a Sunday is going to be an issue for you, make sure to vote your preferences in the poll.
by Mike Bentley
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: The World As It Is Playtesting
Replies: 3
Views: 705

The World As It Is Playtesting

I'll be doing playtesting of The World As It Is throughout December. If you're interested, please email me at bentley.michael.[email protected].com to get the Discord server invite. Although if you're on the fence about the tournament you should play the actual event and not just do the playtesting. Here's th...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Nov 28, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Miscellaneous Online Quizbowl Tournament Tips
Replies: 2
Views: 596

Re: Miscellaneous Online Quizbowl Tournament Tips

The advantage of text is that it gives people a backup when their microphone isn't working. It also makes it easier in some circumstances to collaborate on bonuses since you can type while the moderator is still reading. But you can probably do a tournament without text channels so long as it's plan...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Nov 28, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21
Replies: 8
Views: 2283

The World As It Is - Online Mirror - Sun, 1/24/21

This post is for the main online mirror of The World As It Is , the Modern World tournament I'm writing. This will be an open mirror. There may be other mirrors of this tournament but this is the main event. The tournament will take place on Sunday , January 24th, 2021. The tournament will start at ...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved
Replies: 14
Views: 3246

Re: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved

Some quick thoughts after playing ACRO-DEMIA this weekend: I was reminded that buzzer apps generally work well, but have the disadvantage of requiring the window to be focused for your buzz to work. Since you typically don't have a great visual indication of this when you have it opened side-by-side...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRO-Demia: Global Announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 6979

Re: ACRO-Demia: Global Announcement

This was a lot of fun, thanks for writing it! As someone whose trash interest has waned over the years, having each question be tied to an academic subject was a fun hook for me.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved
Replies: 14
Views: 3246

Re: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved

A few thoughts: I agree that Zoom is the simpler platform to host a tournament on. It also generally has better audio and video, although it's a relatively small difference and I've anecdotally heard some people having better experience with one vs. the other. I do like Discord's chat features, plac...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: FRENCH II on Discord (11/14)
Replies: 10
Views: 3302

Re: FRENCH II on Discord (11/14)

Has the logistics mail been sent?
by Mike Bentley
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The World As It Is - Winter 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 6413

Re: The World As It Is - Winter 2021

Hi everyone, this much-delayed tournament is finally getting close to completion. It's about 95% written and 60% edited. There will be 11 packets of 20/20. There is an 875 character cap on tossups and 750 character cap on bonuses. The majority of questions are written by either myself or Nick Jensen...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 Festivus [20 December 2020]
Replies: 18
Views: 3757

Re: 2020 Festivus [Date TBD, please answer the poll]

I'll also mention that I have no problem with having both this event on a different date and a more traditional Festivus. There's some danger that it would dilute the number of packets for both events but my suspicion is that there will be more packets available this year than last year given the la...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 Festivus [20 December 2020]
Replies: 18
Views: 3757

Re: 2020 Festivus [Date TBD, please answer the poll]

On Discord there's been some pushback to this. As someone who I think suggested that Em take the lead in organizing this, let me mostly offer a defense. I agree that there's some charm in last-minute Festivus submissions. As such, I think it makes sense to push back the packet deadlines and to expli...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Why Doesn't Quizbowl Use Citations?
Replies: 2
Views: 664

Re: Why Doesn't Quizbowl Use Citations?

I suspect one reason is that citations offer no direct benefit to the main purpose of quizbowl questions, playing them in a game. And in fact I suspect they'd actually make the in-game experience worse if you end up getting delays for people asking "what was the citation for that leadin" i...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Expanding Online Quizbowl and Improving the Online Tournament Experience
Replies: 3
Views: 780

Re: Expanding Online Quizbowl and Improving the Online Tournament Experience

Having sent a lot of emails (to both established teams and less established teams), there seems to be a few things restricting teams from joining online. 1. A lot of teams only have school issued chrome-books for computers to use, which generally cannot be used for discord tournaments. This and sti...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: PACE Online Tournament Training Sessions
Replies: 4
Views: 855

Re: PACE Online Tournament Training Sessiosn

JA01 wrote: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:08 pm Have you considered recording the training sessions for those who cannot attend on the given dates?
Yes I'm hoping to record this one.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: PACE Online Tournament Training Sessions
Replies: 4
Views: 855

Re: PACE Online Tournament Training Sessiosn

The second (and for the moment final) training session is coming up this Saturday. Sign up via the link above if you're interested.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 11473

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Came across two articles today on how to setup equipment for optimal online meetings: https://jonpurdy.com/2020/03/how-to-improve-your-zoomskype-teleconferencing-game/ https://www.benkuhn.net/vc/ They're both overkill for meeting the basic requirements of reading/playing an online tournament but hav...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 11473

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

I've heard some tournaments are going with an approach where each room (and room/round pair?) is a separate Zoom meeting which is linked on the schedule. Does anyone have details about how that works? To me, it seems like such an approach would alleviate some of the headaches with moving people betw...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Sep 27, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Wider camera requirements for online quiz bowl
Replies: 11
Views: 2302

Re: Wider camera requirements for online quiz bowl

I'm in general in favor of an approach like this for "serious" tournaments. It's a relatively low barrier to entry and will make a lot of cheating more difficult. Of course, in practice it's going to be hard to get through to people that you need to do this setup and stick with it through...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Wider camera requirements for online quiz bowl
Replies: 11
Views: 2302

Re: Wider camera requirements for online quiz bowl

I'll also note that I personally find the USB Extension Cord + Web Cam much easier to set up than a separate phone rig with multiple accounts. It's a one-time thing you do and then it basically works forever if you're playing tournaments from the same room.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Wider camera requirements for online quiz bowl
Replies: 11
Views: 2302

Re: Wider camera requirements for online quiz bowl

I'm in general in favor of an approach like this for "serious" tournaments. It's a relatively low barrier to entry and will make a lot of cheating more difficult. Of course, in practice it's going to be hard to get through to people that you need to do this setup and stick with it through ...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Protected Cheating Subforum
Replies: 1
Views: 994

Protected Cheating Subforum

There's been some discussion on Discord recently about how it's better to discuss cheating allegations there to avoid showing up in search engine results. Aalok suggested, and I agree, that a separate protected sub-forum should be set up so that these discussions can be had here without this search ...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Internet Archive Books
Replies: 0
Views: 520

Internet Archive Books

I've long used Google Books when writing quizbowl questions. In March, I remember reading some headlines about the Internet Archive offering books from its virtual library for free during the Covid-19 pandemic. It didn't really dawn on me until now that this would be extremely useful alternative to ...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20
Replies: 22
Views: 2451

Re: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20

Also I'm not going to set up a separate thread to discuss the set but feel free to post any thoughts here or on the quizbowl Discord if you want.
by Mike Bentley
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 11473

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

I'm becoming more convinced that Zoom tournaments need something other than the Zoom chat to handle buzzes. I was trying my hardest to notice buzzes but Zoom's minimalist chat interface makes it really hard to see them without just taking your eye from the packet every few seconds.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20
Replies: 22
Views: 2451

Re: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20

Super Mario Mr Judge 2018 won in a one-game final. Stats are here: https://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/6596/

Thanks to Nick, Mia and Ethan for staffing!
by Mike Bentley
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 174
Views: 102494

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Is there a way to turn off bonuses for a tossup-only event? Also, I tried creating a tournament with both 20 point and 15 point powers. When I go to the scoresheet tab and hit the "20" button it also registers every "20" as a "15". I assume this is a bug. Is there some ...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20
Replies: 22
Views: 2451

Re: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20

Just sent out a logistics mail to the contacts listed on the sign-up sheet. If you need it forwarded let me know.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20
Replies: 22
Views: 2451

Re: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20

Cheynem wrote: Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:37 pm I am not totally sure how Zoom works--what is the camera policy for this tournament?
Video will be required. If you think your connection may be an issue, we'll do a few tests in the waiting room before the tournament starts where I'll grant exemptions if needed.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20
Replies: 22
Views: 2451

Re: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20

Ok, I've confirmed that we're moving to Friday, 9/25 at 8 PM EDT. I could still use one or two more staffers if anyone is available.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 14
Views: 4302

Re: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN

Any additional details about how you're going to handle bouncebacks online? In an in-person tournament you can confer with your teammates while the other team is answering. This is hard to do online without using a separate channel for your team. I'd personally be in favor of having that go on, but ...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20
Replies: 22
Views: 2451

Re: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/26/20

Here's a link to the Doodle poll about switching timing: https://doodle.com/poll/sguwzcffparxds6b

At this point, it looks like we'll either stick with the original time or try Friday, September 25th at 8 PM Eastern.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: PACE Online Tournament Training Sessions
Replies: 4
Views: 855

Re: PACE Online Tournament Training Sessiosn

I've emailed the details to people who signed up for this Sunday's session. It's still not too late to sign up though. Use the form linked above.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20
Replies: 22
Views: 2451

Re: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/26/20

(mentioned this on Discord briefly, but thought it would be better here) Since LIT Northeast is being played during the day next Saturday, is there any chance this tournament could be played at night à la traditional trash side events? I was not aware this tournament existed before last night, so I...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20
Replies: 22
Views: 2451

Re: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/26/20

(mentioned this on Discord briefly, but thought it would be better here) Since LIT Northeast is being played during the day next Saturday, is there any chance this tournament could be played at night à la traditional trash side events? I was not aware this tournament existed before last night, so I...