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by High Dependency Unit
Wed May 30, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 70762

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

If Matt Bruce is not removed by NAQT or NAQT fails to explain their oversight with regards to the very obvious nature of his blog posts, I will do my best to make sure that CTQBA-supported events and any sort of tournament Bowdoin hosts do not use NAQT sets, and I will not in good conscience be able...
by High Dependency Unit
Tue May 29, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Max and Friends Wet N' Wild Summer Fun Playtest at NSC 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 5544

Max and Friends Wet N' Wild Summer Fun Playtest at NSC 2018

This is a brief announcement that there will be a side event/playtest of the Max and Friends packet on Friday night at NSC. The set will not be complete, but we anticipate having 5 packets whose distribution includes 1/1 of the following: Golden Age of Animation Cartoons tropical fruit in history an...
by High Dependency Unit
Tue May 29, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: List of NSC (2018) Side Events
Replies: 22
Views: 13140

Re: List of NSC (2018) Side Events

I will be organizing a Friday Night (after David Riley) playtest of Max and Friends Wet N' Wild Summer Fun Packet(s), a guerrilla set written by moderators of ILQBM. We will likely have about 40/40 or 50/50 of total content ready for play.
by High Dependency Unit
Tue May 15, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 16895

Re: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together

Personally I get really tired of people who have nothing to be afraid of feeling empowered by the reactions of the community to shitty things that happen. I'm sure some of you mean well, but honestly when you say things like you're 'buoyed" by the support blah blah and in the same breath call actua...
by High Dependency Unit
Tue May 15, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 16895

Re: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together

I love this game to death and can't stand by while these incredible people feel hurt by the inaction of the quiz bowl community. As someone in the groupchat referenced above, and an employee of an organization that allowed one of these individuals to staff their national championship, I am a complic...
by High Dependency Unit
Wed May 09, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Open: Organization
Replies: 27
Views: 11239

Re: Side Event Open: Organization

I'm also looking into running a Boston event, with a main event on Saturday (I'm thinking NASAT right now) + smaller events dotted throughout Saturday & Sunday. I'm not sure of the state of the MSU event, but would anyone/site be very against this happening? For reasons of redundancy, too far from ...
by High Dependency Unit
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30188

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Because I'm somewhat bored, here's a shorter ranking of just Freshmen/below this year: 1. Me. I know, I know. 2. Matthew Lehmann 3. Clark Smith 4. Rahul Keyal 5. Luke Tierney 6. Tracy Mirkin 7. James Malouf 8. Annabelle Yang 9. Nitin Rao 10. Jonathan Tran 11. John Waldron 12. Ashwin Ramaswami 13. P...
by High Dependency Unit
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Discussion '17-'18
Replies: 24
Views: 8264

Re: New England Discussion '17-'18

troyharris wrote:Quick correction. AMSA is not the only team going to PACE. Plymouth is also going.
As are Darien and Wilton, to the best of my knowledge.
by High Dependency Unit
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 31281

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

Something the newer members of my team commented about to me at SMT Saturday was how "intense" they found most of the other teams to be. It seems to me that college quiz bowl could do a better job of getting newer teams opportunities against weaker opponents, rather than very experienced collegiate ...
by High Dependency Unit
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 9037

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018

My point is, Harvard was asked to host SMT, as an act of charity to the circuit. From my understanding, Harvard didn't want to, because they would have much rather played it. But they did host it. Considering this seems to be the case for basically every tournament in New England, it might be worth...
by High Dependency Unit
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QuBIT IV (2/24/18) Lincroft, NJ [FACTS]
Replies: 10
Views: 5765

Re: QuBIT IV (2/24/18) Lincroft, NJ [FACTS]

I will speak for myself first as I had an inexcusable role in the breakdown, however my words do not represent the viewpoint of any other members of the FACTS team; I was the sole writer for humanities questions for the 5 Charter packets that were agreed upon (due to the mysterious incident of all ...
by High Dependency Unit
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What is the Best Way to Tell How Good a Player Actually Is?
Replies: 15
Views: 6913

Re: What is the Best Way to Tell How Good a Player Actually

I'm a big fan of powers per game as a base statistic.
by High Dependency Unit
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The new naqt.com
Replies: 14
Views: 6654

Re: The new naqt.com

I don't know if this is possible, but it would be really awesome to be able to sort programs by their "program status," or even if they just have a listed coach/contact as I'm currently going through a list of the 190 CT schools in the database and clicking on the links to get that information.
by High Dependency Unit
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Northeastern University Novice Tournament
Replies: 6
Views: 2675

Re: Northeastern University Novice Tournament

Just want to note that Bowdoin would be interested in fielding 1-2 teams for this tournament if it gets rescheduled to, say, March 3 or April or some date we actually have time to plan for. Maybe you can afford to announce less than 100 hours in advance when you have several Harvard, MIT, Tufts, etc...
by High Dependency Unit
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Northeastern University Novice Tournament
Replies: 6
Views: 2675

Re: Northeastern University Novice Tournament

Tornrak wrote:What set is this on?
Looks like IS-174, based on NAQT's website.
by High Dependency Unit
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England date claims '17-'18
Replies: 45
Views: 25826

Re: New England date claims '17-'18

Harvard is almost certainly going to mirror the Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) in March/April. While it is geared for college students, we also encourage high schools to consider playing as it will be good practice for nationals. Pending final approval from the school, we plan on hosting SMT o...
by High Dependency Unit
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Exclusivity in Introductory Tournaments
Replies: 7
Views: 3814

Re: Exclusivity in Introductory Tournaments

So, rather than a strict limitation, would a disclaimer stating something like "This tournament is intended for newer teams" suffice to illustrate the idea that schools should consider bringing more inexperienced players over seasoned ones? That will likely keep national contenders from attending b...
by High Dependency Unit
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: HSNCT vs. NSC
Replies: 3
Views: 5064

Re: HSNCT vs. NSC

NSC probably does a better job of determining the best team in the country on an annual basis, but the flip side of that is HSNCT is just a much more exciting tournament to be a part of. The vast majority of the top 200 teams in Morlan Rank will play HSNCT, while NSC's field will lean more top-heavy...
by High Dependency Unit
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2017-18: Now with a Patreon page!
Replies: 122
Views: 64379

Re: HSQBRank 2017-18: Now with a Patreon page!

Do you have Columbia Fall on there? No, because they never posted combined stats and I've yet to try to calculate those myself. Speaking of this: if you know anyone at the following tournaments who could post combined stats, it'd help me out greatly. Darien Invitational VCU Winter Hunter SCOP Picke...
by High Dependency Unit
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Discussion '17-'18
Replies: 24
Views: 8264

Re: New England Discussion '17-'18

Since Connecticut is also part of New England: Darien is not as good as in the past 2 years, but is very likely the second-best team in New England (to a full Lexington A). Julia Tong is a very talented player, but the team's younger players will need to step up if the team wants to be in the nation...
by High Dependency Unit
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?
Replies: 49
Views: 14247

Re: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?

I think an important question is whether the individual's presence would make tournament participants feel threatened or extremely uncomfortable. For example, a member of our team was often bullied at tournaments by a student at another school, and I've been prepared to ban said student from our tou...
by High Dependency Unit
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT CLOSED Skype Mirror (12/26)
Replies: 6
Views: 2873

Re: EFT CLOSED Skype Mirror - Date TBD (likely 12/26)

Never mind, mods please FZ this.
by High Dependency Unit
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)
Replies: 25
Views: 12905

Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

It's probably worth noting that Hunter A held a 165-point halftime lead in the final before one of their players had to leave.
by High Dependency Unit
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Darien Invitational III at Darien (October 21st)
Replies: 5
Views: 3249

Re: Darien Invitational III at Darien (October 21st)

Updated Field:
Greens Farms (2)
Suffield (2)
West Egg (1)
Wilton (1)
Middlesex Middle (2)
Hunter (1)
Kellenberg (3-4)
by High Dependency Unit
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall @ MIT (11/4/17)
Replies: 8
Views: 4294

Re: ACF Fall @ MIT (11/4/17)

Field update?
by High Dependency Unit
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 18689

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

IMPORTANT: High school players may not staff (or observe) SCTs. (NAQT is expanding the use of the Division II SCT set for spring-semester high school tournaments.) Just for avoidance of doubt: this also applies to high school coaches, correct? Correct. (This one isn't a change and applied last year...
by High Dependency Unit
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 18689

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

IMPORTANT: High school players may not staff (or observe) SCTs. (NAQT is expanding the use of the Division II SCT set for spring-semester high school tournaments.) Just for avoidance of doubt: this also applies to high school coaches, correct? Correct. (This one isn't a change and applied last year...
by High Dependency Unit
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Recruiting Members
Replies: 5
Views: 6640

Recruiting Members

My school has its activities fair on Tuesday and I'm attempting to recruit members, but I really do not have a base of former qb players to recruit/rely on. Could anyone give me advice on how I should pitch quiz bowl?
by High Dependency Unit
Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Preseason Predictions
Replies: 20
Views: 16314

Re: Preseason Predictions

It's worth noting that Darien is not underrated and is definitely in rebuild mode, though the A team remain in the top 50. As for top tier predictions, I think Dublin Scioto and DCC should be the favorites at NSC (Dublin over DCC) and Hunter and Taylor should be the favorites at HSNCT. TJ will be to...
by High Dependency Unit
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How do you read packets?
Replies: 3
Views: 3287

Re: How do you read packets?

Just wondering what the best use of my time is with packets. Just reading through seems like it wouldn't really promote any learning unless certain things come up over and over and the canon is just too big for that. However, is looking up every single clue a good use of my time? How have you guys ...
by High Dependency Unit
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Caught in difficulty limbo
Replies: 14
Views: 6165

Re: Caught in difficulty limbo

As an extension to this post, what college packets would be the best to practice for teams trying to get good at PACE/HSNCT level? The answerlines in ACF Regs and MUT seem a bit too obscure (especially towards the end) while ACF Fall seems a bit easier than HS nationals... MUT and EMT are probably ...
by High Dependency Unit
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tiebreaker Distro
Replies: 6
Views: 3308

Re: Tiebreaker Distro

Why should the tiebreaker be any different from the rest of the match? Every tossup in an ultimately tied match matters, so why should we nitpick tossup 21?
by High Dependency Unit
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 43450

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

An update to this may be a good idea.
by High Dependency Unit
Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors
Replies: 7
Views: 6569

Re: Darien's DEFT Available for Mirrors

A couple notes about the set: -Tossups will be 5-6 lines of 12-point Times New Roman, though we'll probably shrink the size to 10 or 11-point in the final version of the set -The two finals packets will probably be around flat regular difficulty (a bit harder than the rest of the set), but the set s...
by High Dependency Unit
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 50252

Re: 2017 HSNCT discussion

Ness actually isn't terribly easy -- I had absolutely no idea who he was and I like to think I know history. Can I see the tossups on Brueghel and Benedict? Not surprised about the others on the list.
by High Dependency Unit
Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 50252

Re: 2017 HSNCT discussion

Any chance we could hear which questions were the least converted? I'd also like to see conversion on Chinese Remainder Theorem and Titus Andronicus.
by High Dependency Unit
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to attract new members
Replies: 11
Views: 11295

Re: How to attract new members

Hi, I am now working at La Salle Academy in NYC and want to start a quiz bowl team. I am open to suggestions but want to know if there are any leagues in or near the City with regular tournaments. Thanks Johann User was reminded to enable a signature. --Mgmt. As far as I know there are no leagues i...
by High Dependency Unit
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging Interest in New England NASAT Mirror
Replies: 8
Views: 3155

Re: Gauging Interest in New England NASAT Mirror

I am interested (edit: in playing) and could potentially supply a buzzer.
by High Dependency Unit
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England date claims '17-'18
Replies: 45
Views: 25826

Re: New England date claims '17-'18

Darien is tentatively changing the date of Darien Invitational III (using DEFT, just want to make the clarification) to October 21.
by High Dependency Unit
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims '17-'18
Replies: 38
Views: 20213

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims '17-'18

Given Bardbowl's move, Darien is tentatively moving its tournament to October 21 (if rooms for the 21st don't work out expect us to host on the 11th).
by High Dependency Unit
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What tournaments are "must-attend" events, and why?
Replies: 16
Views: 9107

Re: What tournaments are "must-attend" events, and why?

(Doing my duty to sell Harvard Fall, but fairly:) the trip up to New England can be more expensive for non-East Coast teams, so you (speaking to some abstract "you") should decide for yourself if the value your specific team would get by playing that level of competition merits the cost of travel. ...
by High Dependency Unit
Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 12818

Re: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017

You have Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk listed as an MSA without quiz bowl but we're in the area (you have our tournaments listed under NYC, which is also an MSA we're in). Just saying.
by High Dependency Unit
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 39202

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

Will the All-Star packet be included when the set is posted? I want to remark that while I thought the set was well-written, it skewed very difficult, particularly in the history distribution (Stephen Decatur, Navarre, Uighirs, etc -- I didn't write down answerlines, so this is all from memory). I'd...
by High Dependency Unit
Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England date claims '17-'18
Replies: 45
Views: 25826

Re: New England date claims '17-'18

As stated on the NY/NJ claims, Darien is tentatively planning on hosting its to be announced housewrite on November 11.
by High Dependency Unit
Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read
Replies: 37
Views: 20495

Re: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read

I really enjoyed Foucault's Pendulum and The Name of the Rose, though it takes someone who really likes the minutiae of history to enjoy those books. I also really enjoyed Things Fall Apart, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Kurt Vonnegut.
by High Dependency Unit
Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims '17-'18
Replies: 38
Views: 20213

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims '17-'18

Darien is tentatively claiming November 11 for its housewritten set, based on testing dates and Hunter likely using October 28 for SCOP Novice. We'd hope Harvard Fall is not that weekend but could manage if there is a conflict.
by High Dependency Unit
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims '17-'18
Replies: 38
Views: 20213

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims '17-'18

Darien is likely going to host a housewrite in late October or early November. Expect to hear more from Julia.
by High Dependency Unit
Mon May 29, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Set Writing Collaboration Thread-2017-2018 Season
Replies: 21
Views: 8308

Re: Set Writing Collaboration Thread-2017-2018 Season

So we're about a week away from HSNCT, and I'd really like for us to start getting some more concrete plans made. Michael, have you found any science writers/editors? Have you found an experienced person for oversight of Darien's set? Harris, have you heard from any schools about co-writing POMMSS ...
by High Dependency Unit
Wed May 24, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Pre-Nats Poll
Replies: 14
Views: 12701

Re: Pre-Nats Poll

I'm going to take some time to explain any significant differences (10+ spots) my ballot has with the overall poll. LASA (#11 actual, #21 my ballot): LASA is good, but I was not particularly impressed by their statistics and they were 4th at TQBA states (I still ranked them above St. John's). St. Jo...