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by Mike Bentley
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1964

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

I've increased the field cap to 14 teams. 14 isn't the greatest number since one of the seven games will have to be either a cross-bracket game that doesn't count towards a final record or a bye. (Plan would be 6 prelim games with a bye, then top 3 / bottom 4 playoffs, with 2 packets left for the to...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1964

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

After playtesting today, I think this tournament is going to take more like 5 hours if we end up doing all 11 (or 12, see next paragraph) rounds. To avoid the tournament spilling over to dinner time on the East Coast, I'm moving the starting time up to 12 PM EDT. If you haven't officially registered...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 28
Views: 4370

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

To be clear, will there will be an open playtest, or is your intention that anyone interested in that play the regular online open mirror?
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 5731

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

By the way, is this set now clear? Is there a discussion forum?
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 49
Views: 5903

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

I just can't wait for there to be a Discord Video tournament, as I believe there is to be soon. For 2 months or so I've heard idle speculation about Discord video and how it'll perform well for tournaments, and yet no one seems to have thought to run a proper tournament using it. Will be very inter...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1964

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

I was checking the original post and saw that the distribution was a little ambiguous. Specifically, it may have implied there was more legitimate science in this set than there actually is (i.e. very little). This isn't to say your academic science knowledge won't ever help you in this tournament, ...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 5731

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

Always asking for directed answers is nice in theory, but it really wears you down when literally no answer is being taken without being explicitly directed. I was overall happy with the moderating at the tournament, but there's no reason it couldn't be improved at future events. As one of the mode...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 5731

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

Yeah I had an enjoyable enough experience at this tournament even if there were definitely areas for improvement. I suspect Kevin's impressions were slightly skewed by the last match of the tournament being by far the worst for our team. Stingy answer lines, some bad use of the tag "description acce...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 49
Views: 5903

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Well, I'm not sure anyone has tried a big Discord video tournament yet. I'm planning on doing so for Myth of the Machine. We'll see how it goes and whether it has any problems with scale. I thought logistically Oxford Open went well enough. The delayed start due to not being aware of the 100 person ...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: DECAMERON Packet
Replies: 4
Views: 677

DECAMERON Packet

If you didn't see that other thread, I'll be reading my DECAMERON packet tonight at 8 PM EDT on the Discord. Don't play it if you are going to play a hypothetical future mirror.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups
Replies: 28
Views: 5459

Re: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups

I'm going to read my packet tonight at 8 PM EDT on the Discord. I'll post a link to a separate server to avoid spoilers on the main Discord for anyone who might still play a mirror of this tournament.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1964

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

I'd like to propose two rule changes for this tournament: First, I'll be enforcing my interpretation of the "should have been prompted" replacement rule for this tournament: any such upheld protests will be played off as a replacement tossup open to both teams. Second, I'm going to go with a 20/15/1...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9535

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

Doesn't this list just confirm that a very small number of games are affected by bonuses? In some tournaments as few as 1 or 2 games in the top bracket? Yes this affected who won some national titles. But much, much more impactful was pretty much every team converting that 11th or 12th tossup agains...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9535

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

I'm a little conflicted around whether reducing parity by adding bouncebacks that make it more likely for the better team to win is a good idea or not.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1964

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

Ok this tournament will take place on Saturday, July 18th. More details are in the first post.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1964

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror

And to be clear, this will be a quads event (i.e. teams of up to 4 people).
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1964

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror

Remember to vote in the date poll before Sunday.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1964

Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

I will be running a mirror of my latest technology tournament, The Myth of the Machine , this summer over Discord. The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 18th, 2020 starting at 12 PM EDT. We will be using Discord's video chat features for this tournament. A camera will be required. Registr...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers
Replies: 15
Views: 1340

Re: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers

Also, even within the 2015-2020 range, there's trash that appeals more to younger vs. older demographics and vice versa. I'm guessing that, all else being equal, a current undergraduate is more likely to have watched a Netflix drama like 13 Reason Why than someone my age (who might be more likely to...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers
Replies: 15
Views: 1340

Re: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers

What's the rationale behind no "extremely online" content? I personally don't like many of these questions but my sense is that this type of content is a very important part of the culture of the age group you're targeting. For instance, would questions on eSports fall into this ban? 2015 also seems...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Trash Questions in College Sets
Replies: 19
Views: 1978

Re: Trash Questions in College Sets

I love trash quiz bowl probably as much as I love traditional quiz bowl, but honestly I wouldn't mind the category deletion from most tournaments if and only if categories are thereafter liberalized in their definitions. As has been alluded to several times already, Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, and...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 19
Views: 2702

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

I endorse the two posts above entirely, and it's good that this something being talked about instead of people doing the big "oh well" shrug. I actually think ACF Regionals 2020 was a great example of diversifying and trying to include more stuff with the bonus on the WNBA because in general, I fou...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 19
Views: 2702

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

For college tournaments, I would like to see "pop culture" as a category removed, but large swaths of what is currently relegated to trash being added to the fine arts canon. I think quizbowl is often too conservative about what kinds of films can tossed up, with college film studies classes coveri...
by Mike Bentley
Fri May 29, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 19
Views: 2702

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

I definitely agree that if you're going to include trash in an academic tournament, it really behooves you to pay as much attention to the sub-distribution as any other category. I've probably been harping on this for over 10 years now. Any category included in a distribution should be taken serious...
by Mike Bentley
Wed May 27, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups
Replies: 28
Views: 5459

Re: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups

This has been okay. It's more enjoyable than other guerilla tournaments I've played in the past but I wouldn't want to oversell it. Probably in part because our team came in late, getting games scheduled has been something of a hassle. I also personally get worked up over quizbowl games (even for a...
by Mike Bentley
Tue May 26, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 49
Views: 5903

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

For what it's worth we've run some online events in the past for the Pacific Northwest on a West Coast time schedule. But I stand by my assertion that late start times for national tournaments are bad. I'm not sure there's a single online tournament I've played where it's gotten past 8 PM Eastern ti...
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 25, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 49
Views: 5903

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

You can pop out the Discord video window to see both that and the chat, although it's a bit hard to find.
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 25, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 49
Views: 5903

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Zoom's chat interface is not as good as Discord. The main disadvantage is the lack of sound notifications when someone types (or at least that's what was implied by moderators). This meant that moderators missed buzzes a lot more than in a Discord tournament (where this isn't perfect either) and te...
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 25, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups
Replies: 28
Views: 5459

Re: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups

This has been okay. It's more enjoyable than other guerilla tournaments I've played in the past but I wouldn't want to oversell it. Probably in part because our team came in late, getting games scheduled has been something of a hassle. I also personally get worked up over quizbowl games (even for a ...
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 25, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 49
Views: 5903

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Some of my thoughts after playing Cambridge Open on Zoom. Things I liked better about Zoom tournaments than a standard Discord audio-only tournament: It's still a small sample size, but the audio for all our matches was pretty good. Usually in a Discord match you get at least one moderator who is cu...
by Mike Bentley
Thu May 21, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9535

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

The hotter take is that bonuses end up making a difference in a very small number of games. A large portion of a quizbowl match is devoted to them. As I've argued elsewhere, I'd love to see new approaches to bonuses that preserve the teamwork element but make them more engaging, especially for a tea...
by Mike Bentley
Thu May 21, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9535

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

I don't have very strong opinions about paired bonuses. I don't necessarily see how they would lead to moderators not making errors anymore unless you make them inline after the tossup. And even then you're still going to have some errors that show up because the moderator accidentally skipped a tos...
by Mike Bentley
Wed May 20, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 15
Views: 2940

Re: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy

John Lawrence's post reminded me that this terrible rule is still in place. Quizbowl must change this rule. I think the current policy is also too generous, but also the "drop to 50% chance of getting the question" policy is too penalizing. Without speculating as to the chance of "what is the likel...
by Mike Bentley
Wed May 20, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 15
Views: 2940

Re: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy

John Lawrence's post reminded me that this terrible rule is still in place. Quizbowl must change this rule.
by Mike Bentley
Wed May 20, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)
Replies: 35
Views: 5280

Re: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)

[*] Please remember that a webcam is required to play this tournament. If you do not currently own a webcam, please work on getting one. [/list] I'm assuming that this is intended to prevent cheating, but how would it do that? If someone is googling, the webcam won't pick that up. The webcam will p...
by Mike Bentley
Tue May 19, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)
Replies: 35
Views: 5280

Re: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)

Friendly reminder to everyone that this tournament is on a Sunday. That caused some problems for the last online tournament on a Sunday.
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 18, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Summer Events?
Replies: 7
Views: 1406

Summer Events?

With CO cancelled this year, it's looking pretty likely there won't be any in-person summer events. That's a long time without quizbowl. Most online open tournaments since the lockdown have largely been late mirrors of tournaments that already happened to some capacity in person. Unless I'm missing ...
by Mike Bentley
Tue May 12, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 49
Views: 5903

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Apart from potential buginess with Discord video, is there any other benefit to Zoom over Discord? Reading sections in this document about having to go back to the lobby to talk to the TD about technical issues, using another platform for communicating about packets, push to talk not working that we...
by Mike Bentley
Fri May 08, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 4930

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

Jokes aside, I'd be happy to contribute a couple of questions to this.
by Mike Bentley
Thu May 07, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)
Replies: 35
Views: 5280

Re: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)

By the way, there was a 2019 iteration of this tournament, right? Is there a reason the questions haven't been posted to the archive?
by Mike Bentley
Thu May 07, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals Cancellation Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 1089

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]

I wonder if there's an option for a shorter, 2020-eligible tournament tacked on to the 2021 event. An event before and/or after the main event open only to teams based on 2020 eligibility. Since this is likely to be niche in the teams it attracts, perhaps ACF can make this event invite-only so that ...
by Mike Bentley
Thu May 07, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)
Replies: 35
Views: 5280

Re: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)

naan/steak-holding toll wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 12:50 am
LeoLaw wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 11:27 pm
I've never played a Zoom tournament before, is a webcam required?
Video will be mandatory for all participants.
I'd suggest emphasizing this about 100 times given how good quizbowl players are at paying attention to requirements.
by Mike Bentley
Tue May 05, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Directing bonus answers in Discord tournaments
Replies: 4
Views: 1152

Re: Directing bonus answers in Discord tournaments

I personally find the caret to be the best option when conferring via text. It saves you from having to type the answer again and avoids accidental giving of an answer for something that is naturally capitalized (like when someone types "PA" to mean "Pennsylvania"). With vocal conferring it's easies...
by Mike Bentley
Tue May 05, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 23
Views: 5540

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (POSTPONED)

With CO postponed, any plans to reschedule Age of Empires or that social science tournament?
by Mike Bentley
Tue May 05, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups
Replies: 28
Views: 5459

Re: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups

Ok looks like I'm leading a replacement packet team. Email me if you want to join, especially if you want to write science.
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 04, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups
Replies: 28
Views: 5459

Re: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups

One of the teams (beepbeep, i'm a sheep) has contacted me about dropping out because they haven't been able to finish their packet; I have proposed that instead they absorb some of the unteamed free agents into a large team to finish the packet (and not require a new team to write from scratch). Yo...
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 04, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl by Radio
Replies: 7
Views: 1052

Re: Quizbowl by Radio

I got around to listening to about a dozen of these episodes over the weekend. A few observations: As you'd expect, the distribution and sub-distributions are very different than today. For one, there's almost no science. Instead, there's a lot more poetry (in particular, completing lines of poetry ...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: POLL - Cambridge Open Online (May 24th)
Replies: 20
Views: 2125

Re: POLL - Cambridge Open Online (May 24th or 23rd/24th)

7:00 am pacific is very early. Assuming that most people wake up between 8 and 10 am, you're asking west coast people to wake up over an hour before their usual wakeup time. On the other hand, if the tournament starts at 8 am pacific, then even if it lasts 10 hours it will still end at 9 pm eastern...