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by Dominator
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21
Replies: 9
Views: 5260

Re: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21

Episode #8 with Will Alston is out. He and I talk about how leukemia propelled his quizbowl career.

Links here for Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
by Dominator
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: MIKE (Online, Asynchronous Audio Tournament)--February 8-13, 2021
Replies: 14
Views: 2815

Re: Announcement: MIKE (Online, Asynchronous Audio Tournament)--February 8-13, 2021

... so I guess I'm confused as to how I'll actually have access to the games if I never "sign up" for the contest on Qblitz since my teammate registered. That's a great question. (Or concern I suppose - no question mark.) When someone pays for the event, they get a registration code. Each...
by Dominator
Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Another Degen Packet
Replies: 2
Views: 716

Re: Another Degen Packet

Hey, so I wrote this packet a while ago about poker, and then life got busy, and I forgot to read it to anyone. I intend to fix that by reading this packet at 6pm PT in Discord on Monday, January 18 . If you like the game, and especially if you like poker culture, I hope you'll be able to make it.
by Dominator
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 7694

Re: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread

But to understand the state you need to live in the state. I want to make sure this point gets challenged. I do agree that people trying to understand Alabama and its needs is crucial. But I reject that non-Alabamans simply cannot do that. Your description of your state sounded a lot like that of m...
by Dominator
Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21
Replies: 9
Views: 5260

Re: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21

Episode #7 featuring Jess Bowen of AMSA is out now. She and I talk about what it's like coaching high school quizbowl, especially when you're just getting started. It's still available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. Links here . (Apple Podcasts users might not see it yet. You can ...
by Dominator
Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21
Replies: 9
Views: 5260

Re: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21

Episode #6 featuring Mike Cheyne is out now. It's still available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, but it's moved from Google Play to Google Podcasts. You can find links here.

(If you're not seeing it on Apple or Google yet, that's because you're not subscribed. Why not fix that?)
by Dominator
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois 2020-21
Replies: 24
Views: 4162

Re: Illinois 2020-21

Not to be a negative Nelly or anything, but aren't these requirements going to be pretty difficult to meet? Thinking back to the classrooms I taught in, I'm not sure it was mathematically possible to have a moderator and 2 teams of 5 each with a coach in one room while keeping 6 feet apart*. And tha...
by Dominator
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Novice tournament at Qblitz
Replies: 0
Views: 425

Novice tournament at Qblitz

Qblitz is excited to be offering its Novice Open on Sunday, November 8. As the name suggests, this tournament is perfect for newer quizbowlers and will feature introductory-level questions. The tournament is open to any player who has not yet finished high school. The questions for this tournament ...
by Dominator
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Pop Culture Events at Qblitz
Replies: 1
Views: 493

Pop Culture Events at Qblitz

Qblitz is excited to be hosting two pop culture events in November: Pop Culture Open on Sunday, November 1 Pop Culture Championship on Sunday, November 15 The questions for both of these tournaments are being produced by Matt Weiner and promise to be of very high quality. The first of these tournam...
by Dominator
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Collegiate Level Events at Qblitz
Replies: 0
Views: 516

Collegiate Level Events at Qblitz

Qblitz is excited to be hosting two collegiate events in November: Collegiate Novice Open on Sunday, November 1 Collegiate Championship on Sunday, November 8 The questions for both of these tournaments are being produced by Matt Weiner and promise to be of very high quality. Both events are open to...
by Dominator
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qblitz has a blog now
Replies: 1
Views: 485

Qblitz has a blog now

Qblitz just released a new blog covering results, theory, and statistical analysis. If you like quizbowl and reading, please check it out! I'm particularly interested with what people think of these two posts: Quizbowl as a Gunfight , which draws from mathematical game theory The Role of Luck in th...
by Dominator
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Qblitz is back for 2020-2021!
Replies: 1
Views: 359

Qblitz is back for 2020-2021!

(cross-post with high school section) Are you ready to play quizbowl again? Is COVID keeping your tournaments virtual or non-existent? We’ve got some great news for you! Qblitz is better than ever this year, with new events and opportunities for you and your team to get the competition you want and ...
by Dominator
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Qblitz is back for 2020-2021!
Replies: 0
Views: 421

Qblitz is back for 2020-2021!

Are you ready to play quizbowl again? Is COVID keeping your tournaments virtual or non-existent? We’ve got some great news for you! Qblitz is better than ever this year, with new events and opportunities for you and your team to get the competition you want and the practice you need, all in one plac...
by Dominator
Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Another Degen Packet
Replies: 2
Views: 716

Re: Another Degen Packet

Actually, it makes more sense to have a signup sheet, right?

I'm offering a reading each day of the week to allow for smaller matches. Feel free to reserve one of those timeslots if you and your buddy want to play heads up for rolls.
by Dominator
Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Another Degen Packet
Replies: 2
Views: 716

Another Degen Packet

Remember that Degen Packet that Ike wrote a few months ago? Well, it inspired me to write my own poker-themed packet of 20 superpower tossups. If you'd be down for some poker-themed quizbowl, please reply and let me know if there's a day next week you'd like to hear it. Personally, I'd rather do mul...
by Dominator
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 23
Views: 11915

Re: Announcing Qblitz

Thanks for the suggestions! I'll follow up a bit with each one: 1. Prompts. The writers should be able to specify certain possible answers that trigger a prompt instruction. This is how in-person quizbowl works, and I think an online system should seek to be close to the in-person experience if poss...
by Dominator
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History
Replies: 64
Views: 47970

Re: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History

Zerowaltz wrote: Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:20 am some 🅱️ama 🅱️ois
(1) Congratulations on your victory.
(2) 20 tossups heard?! And 2 of those didn't even need a bonus?!?! I'd have been so tilted!
by Dominator
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MARCATo (Summer 2020)
Replies: 48
Views: 9904

Re: MARCATo (Summer 2020)

For those of you competing in MARCATo, please take some time this week to try the interface out by playing 5 sample questions here. Questions/concerns can be sent to me at [email protected].
by Dominator
Sat Jul 18, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21
Replies: 9
Views: 5260

Re: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21

Episode #5 is out now. It features a continuation of our interview with Alex Damisch talking about misconduct in the community and staffing national tournaments, followed by quizbowl speed runs. You can find links to it here , or search for it on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or Spotify. (There migh...
by Dominator
Sat Jul 18, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 8278

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

I think there's a lot of truth in what you're saying, Vikshar, but I think there's a difference in perspective between, say, Illinois and California. It sounds to me like you're saying that because Illinois has a state organization, it's easier to build a network of coaches and other adults who can ...
by Dominator
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 8278

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

Rohan, I'm not attacking you, but I am attacking poor decisions you've made. The fact that you don't think student safety is a big deal is, in fact, a big deal. You're not alone in feeling the way you do, and you're not the only one who has made bad judgments, and that's what makes the SoCal quizbow...
by Dominator
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 8278

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

When my son started playing quizbowl this year, I was horrified to find that there were teams attending an MS tournament, run by HSers no less, with no adult supervision. As a parent, I cannot let my son continue to play on this circuit, at least in its current form. Every high school in SoCal runn...
by Dominator
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 8278

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

Hi Frederic! I live in Scripps Ranch now. In my former life, I was a quizbowl coach in Illinois, where every team had a coach. When my son started playing quizbowl this year, I was horrified to find that there were teams attending an MS tournament, run by HSers no less, with no adult supervision. As...
by Dominator
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: North County Academic League on Qblitz (May 28, 2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 652

North County Academic League on Qblitz (May 28, 2020)

The North County Academic League (San Diego, CA) held a spring showdown tournament on Qblitz on May 28, 2020. Over 100 players from the 28 member schools registered. The champion was Canyon Crest Academy , followed by Del Norte and Torrey Pines . The top 10 teams were: https://www.noahbprince.com/qb...
by Dominator
Tue May 05, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21
Replies: 9
Views: 5260

Re: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21

Episode #4 is up. It's got an interview with Alex Damisch about Midwestern quizbowl and her Jeopardy run, and a rematch against Mike Sorice in Lodden Thinks.
by Dominator
Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21
Replies: 9
Views: 5260

Re: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21

Episode #3 is out. It's got an interview with Chris Chiego about quizbowl outreach and his road to a national title, and a face-off against Mike Sorice in Lodden Thinks.
by Dominator
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Nationals Alternatives?
Replies: 10
Views: 2917

Re: Nationals Alternatives?

As for the team aspect: would the players on each team have to log on and play the questions simultaneously, or would players play tossups individually (like the current Qblitz system) and have the earliest buzz points count for the team? I'm assuming no bonuses, unless the Qblitz software has been...
by Dominator
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Nationals Alternatives?
Replies: 10
Views: 2917

Re: Nationals Alternatives?

I don't think postponed tournaments have any real chance of being successful. There is no guarantee that a suitable venue will be available, especially considering all the other postponed events that will be competing for space. Also, once the year is over, the title doesn't quite mean the same thin...
by Dominator
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: IMSADNESS 2 exists
Replies: 0
Views: 924

IMSADNESS 2 exists

The team that brought the world IMSADNESS has put together another installment. I was hoping to read it to staffers at some nationals this year, but ... Anyway, I suppose someone should hear it. Maybe Thursday? Maybe in some Discord? If you want to play, let me know. I'm happy to schedule multiple r...
by Dominator
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Degen Packet
Replies: 6
Views: 1518

Re: Degen Packet

I am looking forward to this. Thanks, Ike.
by Dominator
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Qblitz HS Tournaments 2019-20
Replies: 5
Views: 2588

Re: Qblitz HS Tournaments 2019-20

In light of the recent spate of tournament cancellations, Qblitz wants to remind everyone that its tournaments are still happening. Qblitz events are played from your home computer, so we are not affected by travel restrictions or social distancing. Two tournaments we're planning for later this spri...
by Dominator
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 1986

Re: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament

If you're looking for someone who can help with the logistical and technical aspects of running a goldfish tournament, I know a guy.
by Dominator
Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qblitz Player Ratings
Replies: 0
Views: 745

Qblitz Player Ratings

Qblitz is thrilled to announce its newest feature, player ratings . Our rating system gives players a rating in each category based on their performance in Qblitz events. It also gives an overall rating taking all categories into account. https://www.qblitz.online/qblitz-images/samples/PlayerRating....
by Dominator
Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Qblitz HS Tournaments 2019-20
Replies: 5
Views: 2588

Re: Qblitz HS Tournaments 2019-20

It's almost February, which means it's almost time for the Qblitz History 1 tournament! This event helps students prepare for competitions like National History Bee and Bowl, and they don't even have to leave home to do it! Qblitz History 1 will take place on Sunday, February 16 . To register, sign ...
by Dominator
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: An incident of intentional content-leaking from an unclear set
Replies: 18
Views: 3370

Re: An incident of intentional content-leaking from an unclear set

Packetizor currently does not allow users to do the kind of bulk downloading that happened in this case. But I wouldn’t exactly call that a feature, and it’s not really clear if it’s desirable. As Cody correctly points out, it is very difficult for writers if they don’t know what clues and answer li...
by Dominator
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Qblitz MS Tournaments 2019-20
Replies: 1
Views: 4031

Re: Qblitz MS Tournaments 2019-20

Middle schoolers have been playing Qblitz events all year and crushing it! Just last week, these three MSers competed in the Varsity-level Qblitz Winter 2 and took home top MS honors: https://www.qblitz.online/qblitz-images/medal-blue.png C Y (Barrington, IL) https://www.qblitz.online/qblitz-images/...
by Dominator
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Qblitz HS Tournaments 2019-20
Replies: 5
Views: 2588

Re: Qblitz HS Tournaments 2019-20

Qblitz Winter 2 happened this last week. After 5 rounds of competition, our winner was Y T of Barrington, IL. https://www.qblitz.online/qblitz-images/medal-gold.png Y T (Barrington, IL) https://www.qblitz.online/qblitz-images/medal-silver.png N S (somewhere in MA) https://www.qblitz.online/qblitz-im...
by Dominator
Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21
Replies: 9
Views: 5260

Re: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21

Episode #2 is out. It's got an interview with Matt Weiner about quizbowl forums and feats, and a rematch against Brad Fischer in Lodden Thinks.
by Dominator
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: David Reinstein Improver Scholarship (Qblitz)
Replies: 2
Views: 4476

Re: David Reinstein Improver Scholarship (Qblitz)

Qblitz is excited to announce that the recipient of the 2019-2020 David Reinstein Improver Scholarship is Eric Yin of Ladue Horton Watkins High School! Congratulations, Eric!
by Dominator
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Qblitz Novice 1 (Sunday, November 17)
Replies: 1
Views: 2025

Re: Qblitz Novice 1 (Sunday, November 17)

This tournament happened, and the champion was C Y of Barrington, IL . The full podium is: (1) C Y (Barrington, IL) (2) S Gollamudi (Hoffman Estates, IL) (3) Michael K (Barrington, IL) You can also watch the final match by visiting this page . Thanks to everyone who made it out! We hope to see you a...
by Dominator
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: David Reinstein Improver Scholarship (Qblitz)
Replies: 2
Views: 4476

Re: David Reinstein Improver Scholarship (Qblitz)

I should have mentioned the due date for applications. Since this scholarship is for events this year, the application deadline is November 10.

The application is short - just 2000 characters or less in response to this question:
the David Reinstein Improver Scholarship wrote:What do you plan to do to improve quizbowl over the next year?
by Dominator
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Qblitz Novice 1 (Sunday, November 17)
Replies: 1
Views: 2025

Qblitz Novice 1 (Sunday, November 17)

Qblitz is kicking off its second season of competition with a FREE novice event, to be held on Sunday, November 17! How Does It Work?: All players will log in to their computers on November 17 and play a double-round (40 tossups) of novice-level questions. Gameplay will be in the Qblitz system, whi...
by Dominator
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?
Replies: 14
Views: 5641

Re: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?

Maybe I'm reading Bruce's post wrong, but it seems like the advice that was most valuable to him (warnings about particular players and team strengths) are both: not the sort of thing the TD's email was proposed to contain (or should contain, given that the TD should maintain some neutrality and bia...
by Dominator
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Qblitz HS Tournaments 2019-20
Replies: 5
Views: 2588

Re: Qblitz HS Tournaments 2019-20

Thanks for pointing that out, Dylan. That page is up and working again.
by Dominator
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: David Reinstein Improver Scholarship (Qblitz)
Replies: 2
Views: 4476

David Reinstein Improver Scholarship (Qblitz)

Qblitz is launching its second season offering online quizbowl competition against players across the country. This year, we are proud to offer the David Reinstein Improver Scholarship , named in honor of one of quizbowl's most indefatigable advocates. David Reinstein is a quizbowl pioneer and inno...
by Dominator
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Qblitz MS Tournaments 2019-20
Replies: 1
Views: 4031

Qblitz MS Tournaments 2019-20

Qblitz is excited to announce its second season of online quizbowl competition! Qblitzers can compete against players across the country from their home computers. This year, we are thrilled to offer a FREE one-day middle school event on February 2, 2020. Additionally, middle schoolers can play any...
by Dominator
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Qblitz HS Tournaments 2019-20
Replies: 5
Views: 2588

Qblitz HS Tournaments 2019-20

Qblitz is excited to announce its second season of online quizbowl competition! Qblitzers can compete against players across the country from their home computers. This year, we are offering more events and more variety. Novice , a FREE one-day tournament for anyone new to high school quizbowl. (No...
by Dominator
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21
Replies: 9
Views: 5260

New Quizbowl Podcast: Tossup 21

I've launched a new quizbowl podcast called Tossup 21 . It's about quizbowl stories and the people who lived them. https://www.qblitz.org/images/tossup21_logo_small.png The first episode features an interview with David Reinstein. Please give it a listen and let me know what you think. Tossup 21 is ...
by Dominator
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Call for writers: Before-and-Afters
Replies: 1
Views: 2869

Call for writers: Before-and-Afters

Four years ago, I called for writers for a set of before-and-afters, like those end-of-year ones written by John Lawrence or those found here , to be read at moderator scrimmages or nationals or whatever. That effort produced the attached set. I think it's time for some fresh material. I am looking ...