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by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Survey
Replies: 13
Views: 1364

Re: ACF Survey

Our goal is to support the entire collegiate community on several different fronts, including the production of high-quality tournaments for a range of different audiences and the development of resources for the benefit of collegiate quizbowl at large. Is this ACF's goal, or your understanding of ...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PSA: Don't Write For PACE
Replies: 15
Views: 7908

Re: PSA: Don't Write For PACE

I don't foresee any further good coming out of this topic as it is, so I've locked it. I will echo Tejas's encouragement to check out the PACE mentorship program in this and future years.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:14 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 think "try to find interesting prizes, when you can" is reasonable advice for TDs, but putting it in such a personally-aggrieved and/or condemnatory context isn't a great way to communicate that. I also agree with Jonathan about Digital Fortress. Thrill as the protagonists struggle to figure out a...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Super ACRONYM 2: Global Announcement
Replies: 4
Views: 5725

Re: Super ACRONYM 2: Global Announcement

Cheynem wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:18 pm
Can a private forum be set up for this?
Can and now has; you can go ahead and request access the normal way.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES Announcement
Replies: 22
Views: 7111

Re: MUSES Announcement

Agreed; I really enjoyed this, highly recommend playing it, and am looking forward to finishing the finals series :smile: I also thought the linked two-part bonuses were a pretty good compromise to avoid the larger time commitment of a full tossup/bonus format.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Unanswered Question: A 20th Century Fine Arts Tournament
Replies: 21
Views: 8222

Re: The Unanswered Question: A 20th Century Fine Arts Tournament

This tournament was a ton of fun! I definitely recommend it.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 18555

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

I too am in search of an Unanswered Question teammate.

EDIT: playing with Auroni!
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: 64-bit Soundbyte - Gaming/Music Mini-Event (Gauging Interest)
Replies: 4
Views: 3581

Re: 64-bit Soundbyte - Gaming/Music Mini-Event (Gauging Interest)

I initially thought this was another video game music tournament and was only mildly enthused, but now that I've read it correctly I'm extremely enthused.
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 18555

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

please don't run muses saturday morning!
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 18555

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Edited my form response to make this clear as well, but I would greatly appreciate Super ACRONYM being held Sunday, since circumstances have made it such that I'm likely going to end up getting into Champaign on Saturday.
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 PACE NSC: Congratulations Thomas Jefferson A!
Replies: 35
Views: 22774

Re: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA

A huge thanks to our 2019 Round Sponsors! Ankit Aggarwal sponsored a Finals Round. Groger Ranks, HSQBRank via Fred Morlan, Alumni of Fisher Catholic Quiz Bowl, SCOP Novice, Greg Peterson, Mike Bentley, Greater Pennsylvania Quiz Bowl, Bryn and Eric Douglass, Peter Schmidt, and Raynor Kuang and QuizD...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 9216

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

This text's prologue mentions a "war-duke" of Thrace named Lorikus, who becomes the foster father of a child born to a man named Munon and a daughter of King Priam named Troan. In its first section, a king gives a wandering woman as much land as four oxen can plow in a day, only for her to plow up ...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires @ Chicago Open (8/4)
Replies: 19
Views: 5163

Re: Age of Empires @ Chicago Open (8/4)

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 5:59 pm
If you'd like to request a specific one, feel free to ask! Here are lists of cheats and taunts that you can pick from.
can we be "to smithereens" please
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed May 29, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 141
Views: 33423

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

I would recommend using an identifier such as "This unnamed location" if you're going to write a tossup on something that doesn't have a reified name. It feels much less hacky than saying "description acceptable." All else equal I would think a simple tag like "description acceptable" would be much...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 14871

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

Gene Harrogate wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:51 pm
Just a thought: maybe people shouldn't get so bent out of shape over the semantics of a meaningless poll the Canadian circuit does every year.
People discussing quizbowl-related things is what the quizbowl discussion forum is for.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:45 pm
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)

Cheynem wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:01 pm
Looking for teammates in this, especially people who know things I don't like such as fiction, poetry, painting, sculpture, the auditory arts, philosophy, and social science.
Much like TNT, Mike Cheyne knows drama.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: 2019 Trash Player Poll
Replies: 13
Views: 6736

Re: 2019 Trash Player Poll

This seems like a difficult exercise since there's like a hs level trashtournament a year and maybe a total of 50 tus in the regular season There's also been a more difficult trash tournament every year since 2016 (either CO Trash or Super ACRONYM), though maybe that's less helpful for regional ran...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 15638

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

TheIronLadyOfQuizbowl wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:15 pm
What is the rationale between not using head-to-head as a tiebreaker?
Doing so double-counts the game in question.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)
Replies: 73
Views: 23376

Re: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)

you, the general you, should play this tournament
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 52736

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

For the sake of completeness: Not only did we already know that, we already invited him and were already turned down. ACF's official position now is that Gritty is canceled.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CANCELLED: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 12897

Re: GAUGING INTEREST: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue?

I too would very much like to come to a UIUC side event weekend again but would very much like it to not be the weekend after CO.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 31
Views: 15235

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

- And not that tournament, but the regional qualifier for it I remember had just the all-time most amazing lead-in to a toss-up that I've ever answered. It went something like "This book, the most famous in Islam..." (because yes, you can start questions on the Quran like that if you're CBI) I beli...
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 31
Views: 15235

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

Andrew's post is very good but I'm afraid it gets several Pinocchios, which I will present in Andrew's absolute favorite forum-post style. Our team name, or perhaps it was Rob's, was "Coetzee.cx"; it was my joke either way, ok? It was both my team's name and, I'm willing to swear on a stack of copie...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 8846

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

As the years go by I find myself more and more weirded out by the idea of continuing to take this level of self-righteous glee in what was ultimately a really shitty series of events. In particular, And because of Andy's insane knowledge of Thailand, I personally will be celebrating by eating Thai f...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:40 am
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

Again, novel and important content is ok in a hard part, but (a) not all the time and (b) you still want to have some reasonable expectation of someone actually, you know, answering it. If you just want to make people feel humbled, tape-record a monologue instead. I'm looking forward to playing thi...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 8193

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Sure, that's true; more prompt announcements (even if they're of relatively standard practices, or of practices with precedent) would've ameliorated a lot of the confusion. I also tend to overestimate others' ability to be cavalierly flexible with their schedules!
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 8193

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Mike, you're right that I should have been more prompt in figuring this out -- basically, as someone who doesn't check the forums too often, I wasn't aware that these events existed until Tejas sent me messages about them. I also took too long to publicly announce that Sunday events were a possibil...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Chicago Open
Replies: 6
Views: 4299

Re: DATE POLL: Chicago Open

hey uh it's been almost a month, any word on this?
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 11718

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

In my experience, many (in fact, likely the majority) of buzzes that are "on the first sentence" or "on the first clue" have a buzzpoint somewhere in the second sentence or later, because of parsing time/cautiousness/etc. In addition to the many arguments given elsewhere on these forums for the con...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Private Forum Creation
Replies: 3
Views: 4310

Re: Private Forum Creation

These instructions are indeed accurate; sometimes it unfortunately takes the admin staff a few days to get to the requests. (The requested forum is now active.)
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Chicago Open
Replies: 6
Views: 4299

Re: DATE POLL: Chicago Open

The thread seems to have accidentally been double posted; if you voted in the other one, make sure to re-vote in this one.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 52736

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

You can book by clicking here . Or, to make reservations over the phone, call 215-387-1400 and ask for the ACF Nationals Attendee Block. The trailing slash in the url takes you to the general reservations page instead of the event-specific one. Here is the link without it. Thanks for catching this;...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Community Discussion Forum now open!
Replies: 0
Views: 4178

Community Discussion Forum now open!

Hello friends, The Community Discussion Forum is now open! It's in the college section mostly for rules convenience but is absolutely for everyone, so don't hesitate to join in--though do please take discussion there seriously; rules regarding respectful posting are in even more effect than normal. ...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mythology
Replies: 10
Views: 6795

Re: Mythology

This book seems like a good scholarly introduction to Chinese mythology but, uh, maybe a bit overambitious for a high schooler looking to pick up the stuff that gets asked about in quizbowl (not that anyone should feel a need to limit their learning, of course--if something interests you, go nuts!)....
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 23276

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Would people be open to running something Friday night of ICT, or do teams generally get in too late for that? Eric what do you think about this? ICT Friday night events (GUERRILLA, actual tournament prelim games, etc.) have been run fairly successfully in the past, and the earlier people know abou...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 23276

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Also there's not a lot of stuff announced for CO this year, so there's certainly room there; however, Seth is also right that we could probably run both events at ICT fairly easily.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 23276

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Even if this argument about charity giving an event precedence was an agreed-upon thing and not something you just made up:
GOLBEZ announcement wrote:Half of all the money I receive from this "pay what you think it's worth" fee structure will be donated to the Bounceback Foundation.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 36110

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

That is a good question. The UMN team has to pay for Sunday rooms, which means it's often a poor financial decision for us to host Sunday side events. I'll talk it over with our board; perhaps we can find an alternate venue for side events. (To be honest, I'm also out-of-the-loop to the extent that...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 24
Views: 10718

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

Victor Prieto wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:37 pm
? Star Wars (TV)
2 Star Wars (films)
:sad:
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Rules and global announcements
Topic: December 2018 board staff changes
Replies: 0
Views: 6759

December 2018 board staff changes

Hello, friends. I'm proud to announce the following changes to the board staff, effective today! Sarah Angelo and Dylan Minarik have been promoted to administrator. Alex Damisch , Halle Friedman , and Olivia Lamberti have joined the staff as moderators. Max Schindler and Tanay Kothari have resigned;...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 52736

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Send an email to both me and the ACF Nationals email address Auroni just gave with the subject line "ACF Nationals staffing".
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Rules and global announcements
Topic: Requesting private forum creation
Replies: 4
Views: 18058

Re: Requesting private forum creation

Another brief request from your friendly forums admins: when requesting the creation of a private forum, please include the forums account name of at least one person (generally some subset of the editing team) to be assigned as a leader of the usergroup, who will be responsible for approving join r...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 18873

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

1.82 wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:09 pm
"rumpsringa".
a traditional amish rite of assage
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 36110

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I can't help but think it's a little bit selfish for Minnesotans to want to host the tournament themselves, exclusively, even when doing so would prevent several teams from playing the set at all! Similarly, I can't help but think it's a little selfish for various teams to take the position that oc...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 36110

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Uhm, JHU is still a pretty great distance from Michigan -- I think it'd be over eight hours' drive, and therefore almost ten for MSU. Ten hours is a conservative estimate of the drive time from Minnesota to Michigan and is markedly less than potential drives to Michigan State or, to pick another Mi...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 36110

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Do not hold two Midwest mirrors, period, full stop. Nobody wants to play in the fractured fields that would result, and I implore the editors to cancel one of them immediately. Agreed. The Midwest can't support substantial fields at two sites for a tournament of this difficulty. Traditionally editi...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 36110

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Do not hold two Midwest mirrors, period, full stop. Nobody wants to play in the fractured fields that would result, and I implore the editors to cancel one of them immediately. Agreed. The Midwest can't support substantial fields at two sites for a tournament of this difficulty. Traditionally editi...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 36110

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

vinteuil wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:26 pm
Lower Midwest: OSU (date TBD)
wait what

EDIT: to be clear, this will have the same field-decimating problem that the second Midwest mirror of CMST would have had.