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by castrioti
Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Geography Front
Replies: 6
Views: 1323

Re: The Geography Front

Since three votes is not minimally statistically viable, I will extend voting on this tournament's date for one more week. As a note on tournament length, I have timed reading of the rounds to 33 minutes per round, adding in 5 seconds until the timer per question (assuming the tiebreakers are needed...
by castrioti
Sat Jun 05, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest
Replies: 35
Views: 6257

Re: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest

This tournament is ready and the tentative announcement for it is at

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=25125

Vote for your preferred date.
by castrioti
Thu Jun 03, 2021 1:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Geography Front
Replies: 6
Views: 1323

Re: The Geography Front

All, As previously suggested, pending sufficient interest, this round robin singles tournament will likely be run on Friday, August 20, 2021 or Monday, August 23 as a side event to the Chicago Open. Please vote on your preference with the knowledge that I expect it to last about 12 hours (something ...
by castrioti
Sat May 29, 2021 12:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Geography Front
Replies: 6
Views: 1323

Re: The Geography Front

I can't imagine the demand for this tournament as written is so high to basically take all of the Sunday slot. No, and I do not expect it to. I don't want to push aside or compete with other events, as the CO weekend has always been about playing as much quality quiz bowl as possible. As others hav...
by castrioti
Fri May 28, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Geography Front
Replies: 6
Views: 1323

The Geography Front

All-- The Geography Front is complete and ready to play. Provided the Chicago Open time space isn't too crowded (I see two other side events), I would like to run this tournament as yet another side event. I am seeking staffers, and will buy you lunch should you decide to moderate this tournament. T...
by castrioti
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:40 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: The Geography Front - Exhibition Packet Playtest
Replies: 3
Views: 1440

Re: The Geography Front - Exhibition Packet Playtest

All, The questions from the exhibition packet are now posted at https://collegiate.quizbowlpackets.com/2612/ . Some thoughts: First, I apologize to anyone who wanted to play who was confused by the announcement that the event would occur on Mountain Standard Time. I am glad I logged in early and was...
by castrioti
Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest
Replies: 35
Views: 6257

Re: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest

All, Here is the text of the exhibition packet read this morning for discussion. THE GEOGRAPHY FRONT - A World Geography Tournament Exhibition Packet 1. Among the nearly 30 people groups that inhabited this city are the Tharawal and the Dharag, many of whom still live in its suburb of Redfern. Its N...
by castrioti
Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: The Geography Front - Exhibition Packet Playtest
Replies: 3
Views: 1440

Re: The Geography Front - Exhibition Packet Playtest

The first packet of the Geography Front was read this morning, with the following results. Michael Coates 0 Josh Rubel 0 Min Kanh Phung 10 Alex Li 10 Victor Pavao 20 Stephen Eltinge 60 Daniel Ma 40 Max Yang 0 Nick Jensen 100 Conor 10 Alex Jenkins 30 Thank you all for participating, your feedback and...
by castrioti
Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: The Geography Front - Exhibition Packet Playtest
Replies: 3
Views: 1440

Re: The Geography Front - Exhibition Packet Playtest

All, Thank you for expressing interest. We have a quorum, but could always use more. I've replied to each of you that has expressed interest in a PM with the Discord link, and will send a final e-mail out tomorrow night to each of you. If you don't have the link, let me know. I will send the Buzzin ...
by castrioti
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest
Replies: 35
Views: 6257

Re: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest

The Exhibition Match is happening and the announcement is here:

viewtopic.php?f=311&t=24986
by castrioti
Sun Mar 21, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: The Geography Front - Exhibition Packet Playtest
Replies: 3
Views: 1440

The Geography Front - Exhibition Packet Playtest

All, As requested I will be offering the reading of an exhibition packet for my TBA tournament, the Geography Front, on Saturday April 3, 2021 at 9:00AM Mountain Standard Time. I will use a special Discord link for this reading. PM me on this site with the e-mail ID you intend to use for the link if...
by castrioti
Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest
Replies: 35
Views: 6257

Re: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest

Given how hard most of those sample questions are and the sheer quantity of questions here, any consideration of making a version of this set just with the easier answers? I suspect that would get a much bigger interest. I'm personally uninterested in playing 600 tossups if 450 of them are going to...
by castrioti
Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest
Replies: 35
Views: 6257

Re: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest

I would be delighted to play and appreciate the hard work on what I think is an underrepresented subject in quizbowl. I just wanted to ask: are there powers and/or superpowers on this set? I've gone back and forth on this idea, and haven't decided yet. Once I have every question finished and edited...
by castrioti
Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest
Replies: 35
Views: 6257

Re: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest

Absolutely. I will post them Sunday night, one from each difficulty level. I will also likely be in a position to do a scrimmage round or something like it by mid-March. I am editing continent-by-continent / sea-by-sea, work full overtime and have a family, thus the slow-burn approach to this. Here...
by castrioti
Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest
Replies: 35
Views: 6257

Re: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest

vishalsareddy wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:08 pm Would high schoolers be allowed to play this (assuming it's online and not in-person at a collegiate tournament)?
Yes. I will turn away no one.
by castrioti
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest
Replies: 35
Views: 6257

Re: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest

Would it be possible to post a couple of sample questions? Absolutely. I will post them Sunday night, one from each difficulty level. I will also likely be in a position to do a scrimmage round or something like it by mid-March. I am editing continent-by-continent / sea-by-sea, work full overtime a...
by castrioti
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest
Replies: 35
Views: 6257

The Geography Front - Gauging Interest

I am gauging interest in the format, location and timing for an open level geography tournament. The tournament will be called The Geography Front. I started writing this tournament in 2007, but then entropy happened, life happened, and the set was lost. I found it again last May, and over the cours...
by castrioti
Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 24894

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

It appears that my attempts to produce a quality set of physics questions has ended in disaster once again. I chose to help Eric and Gautam out because it seemed that no one better wanted to. I believed I could do it based on Seth's and Jerry's suggestions from a year ago and and an improved databas...
by castrioti
Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 24894

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

Since I have the set of blind tossups I wrote in front of me: Physics Tossups Thevenin's Theorem Liouville's Theorem Einstein's Field Equations neutrino oscillations dispersion Aharonov-Bohm effect albedo Type II Superconductivity Langmuir Waves ferrimagnetism (extra) Lyman effect (extra) Auger effe...
by castrioti
Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF nationals discussion
Replies: 89
Views: 15800

Re: ACF nationals discussion

I wrote the following physics tossups for ACF Nationals: Glashow-Weinberg-Salam interferometer Reissner-Nordstrom vorticity Wigner Energy Ranking these from most difficult (in my mind) to least, they would have been: Wigner, Reissner-Nordstrom, Glashow-Weinberg-Salam, interferometer and vorticity. M...
by castrioti
Fri Dec 16, 2005 2:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: geography
Replies: 36
Views: 19376

In my opinion, if you're going to write physical geography questions, don't write them on specific mountains, rivers, lakes, etc; rather, write them on non-specific physical features of the Earth. Careful; if we put this into practice, especially along the lines of underlying processes then what we...
by castrioti
Wed Dec 14, 2005 7:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: geography
Replies: 36
Views: 19376

By the way: While I know "geography" is an academic discipline, I can't imagine that it has much in common with the tossups on rivers, mountains, and countries which fill up the geography distribution at qb tournaments. You're exactly right here. You're also right that it doesn't need to ...
by castrioti
Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: geography
Replies: 36
Views: 19376

My own opinions stand thus: I do not believe that there is a problem with geography remaining a part of the ACF distribution. 1/1, or 0/1 or 1/0 is fine. To answer my own questions: N1: I believe that geography is important as an academic discipline because it attempts to understand patterns of huma...
by castrioti
Wed Dec 14, 2005 2:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: geography
Replies: 36
Views: 19376

geography

Greetings, I've done a search of these fora for geography discussion, and can't seem to find much actual discussion on the boards specific to the unimportance or importance of the subject in collegiate QB. I've heard a lot of groaning at tournaments (especially NAQT) about how much of it there is, b...
by castrioti
Sat Oct 15, 2005 6:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Brief results--Hoover Invitational
Replies: 8
Views: 4500

Brief results--Hoover Invitational

The Hoover Invitational Tournament (ASCA format) was held today at Hoover High School in Alabama. Here are brief results (for those who don't/can't read the ASCA website): Varsity Division (3 pools, round robin, followed by playoffs) 1: ASFA 2: Brindlee Mountain 3: Indian Springs Also in the top 5, ...
by castrioti
Sat Jul 09, 2005 1:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: singles poll
Replies: 4
Views: 3517

singles poll

Since people are talking about various singles formats, and my history singles idea has been getting a much cooler reception than I anticipated, I thought I'd try posting this poll. I don't mean it to be binding for myself or anyone else, I'll likely simply continue cranking out history questions be...
by castrioti
Mon May 16, 2005 1:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 05 discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 20283

setht wrote: History singles: Is this happening? I was half-expecting to get this done by this summer, but much of my effort has been directed other projects, such as trying (and as yet failing) to gain my humble masters degree while not in-residence. And, since 1: at the time I was deciding yea or ...
by castrioti
Mon Feb 23, 2004 10:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Prognostication Time
Replies: 100
Views: 73084

Well, for a lot of the teams that declined, there's a closer national tournament (being held at Maryland a week later). Also, $195 may neither be here nor there after you've paid airfare, but since a lot of schools tend to fund entry fees, but not travel, and entry fees are typically on the order of...