NAREN at TJ (1/30/10)

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Thomas Jefferson's housewritten tournament, NAREN: Just What Is It that Makes Him So Different, So Appealing? will be held at TJ on January 30, 2010. The field will be capped at 24 teams, with no more than 6 players per team and only 4 playing at a time. The format will probably be much like that of TJIAT, with 4 round-robin brackets of 6 for the prelims and rebracketing into another 4 brackets of 6 for the playoffs.

Register at http://activities.tjhsst.edu/quizbowl/tjiat.php, and questions can be emailed to us at [email protected].

Field (18):
Blake
Caesar Rodney
Gonzaga
GDS (3)
Longfellow (2)
Quince Orchard
RM (2)
St. Anselms (2)
St. Annes-Belfield
Walt Whitman (2)
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$60 per team
-$5 for the first functional buzzer set
-$10 for any subsequent buzzer sets
-$5 for the first staffer
-$10 for any subsequent staffers

Distribution:
4/4 History
4/4 Lit
4/4 Science
3/3 Art
2/2 RMP
1/1 Geography
1/1 Social Science
1/1 Trash
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St. Anselm's is interested.
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Blake, or "Isaac Hirsch, what crazy pseudonym school will he think of next?" is interested.
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GDS likes the idea of tournaments within the Beltway.
Therefore, GDS likes the idea of this tournament.
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Whitman is interested.
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WJ is interested but can't think of a witty way to express that.

By the way, does NAREN actually stand for something?
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Yeah, it's actually the Nicely Awesome Rather Excellent iNvitational.
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wexs883198215 wrote:By the way, does NAREN actually stand for something?
Nicely Awesome Rather Excellent iNvitational

EDIT: beaten to it
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I don't see any conflicts for us on this day. Or at least, i will make sure there aren't any. We're definitely coming.
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This set will be available for mirrors occuring between 1/23 and the end of February, for a base price of $10 per team. We would prefer a distance of at least 200 miles from TJ. Please email us at [email protected] if you're interested.

Mirrors:
Robinson Invitational V (1/30/10)
Singles side event at University of Illinois--tossups only (2/27/10)
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I have little to say, except that this may have one of the best names to any tournament I've ever seen.
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Inkana7 wrote:I have little to say, except that this may have one of the best names to any tournament I've ever seen.
Oh God...
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Would like to mod on 1/30
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Sorry to necro this thread, but what's the projected difficulty for this tournament?
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Journey to the Planets and rmgeokid wrote:...what's the projected difficulty for this tournament?
and RM is tentatively interested in sending two teams.
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We're aiming for around the difficulty of HSAPQ #9, so somewhat easier than DAFT, Prison Bowl, or HFT, but harder than last year's HSAPQ sets.
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Also, are you keeping or doing away with the related bonuses? If you're keeping them, I'd recommend making the relations a little more distant than they were last year (i.e. not having a tossup on Oe followed by a bonus on three works by Oe that could have been in the tossup).
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RyuAqua wrote:Also, are you keeping or doing away with the related bonuses? If you're keeping them, I'd recommend making the relations a little more distant than they were last year (i.e. not having a tossup on Oe followed by a bonus on three works by Oe that could have been in the tossup).
Yeah, we practiced on an old TJ set the other day and were a little annoyed at some of the related bonus answers that just got way too hard (i.e. "name these OTHER German chancellors").
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We decided to stop using related bonuses this year, so this shouldn't be a problem.
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Cool, i'm sure it'll be a great set. We'll surely bring our A Team to this.
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reindeer wrote:We're aiming for around the difficulty of HSAPQ #9, so somewhat easier than DAFT, Prison Bowl, or HFT, but harder than last year's HSAPQ sets.
Surely you don't mean to lump Prison Bowl in with the really really hard tournaments of this year?
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2008 Prison Bowl was quite hard.

2009 Prison Bowl was still slightly more difficult than what i believe is "regular difficulty," but i didn't have a problem with it much.

I'm sure this year's set will be good.
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wexs883198215 wrote:
reindeer wrote:We're aiming for around the difficulty of HSAPQ #9, so somewhat easier than DAFT, Prison Bowl, or HFT, but harder than last year's HSAPQ sets.
Surely you don't mean to lump Prison Bowl in with the really really hard tournaments of this year?
Yeah, you're right that Prison Bowl wasn't as hard as DAFT or HFT. However, it was certainly harder than last year's HSAPQ sets, and we want to hit a mark slightly below it.
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:smile: Alright. Looking forward to this.
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This tournament is now about six weeks away. We only have three teams signed up officially so far, so it'd be great if we could get in more registration earlier rather than later like at TJIAT.
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lagazzaladra wrote:This tournament is now about six weeks away. We only have three teams signed up officially so far, so it'd be great if we could get in more registration earlier rather than later like at TJIAT.
Done. I don't think i'll be bringing multiple teams here, but i'll just keep that option open. I'll talk to kids about it to gauge interest.
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Raleigh Charter is planning to bring one.
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Thread bump to remind everyone, with four weeks to go, to please sign up at http://activities.tjhsst.edu/quizbowl/tjiat.php.
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We're now an NSC qualifier. Please register at http://activities.tjhsst.edu/quizbowl/tjiat.php
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Posting to thread bump. Please register guys, nobody likes doing brackets for 20 teams.
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Frankly i'm a little baffled as to why more teams haven't signed up. Perhaps it's Penn Bowl on the same day? Is there a prevalence of It's Academic tapings this day, as well?
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Dr. Isaac Yankem, DDS wrote:Frankly i'm a little baffled as to why more teams haven't signed up.
Maybe they're intimidated--it's a wicked field. :)
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Dr. Isaac Yankem, DDS wrote:Frankly i'm a little baffled as to why more teams haven't signed up.
Maybe they're intimidated--it's a wicked field. :)
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I hope getting (insert awful ppb) on the DAFT set isn't causing some of the teams that typically come to TJ to skip it this time around.
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Considering that i trust that this set will be written 1) with plenty of editing, 2) without two-line quotes that give you no information whatsoever, 3) not in increasing difficulty by round to the point where they are not convertible, and 4) by a team that's been doing them for years... i think we should be in for a good conversion rate.
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I just hope that the other teams who don't typically do that well are aware of that as well.

Anyways I think this will be a good set to play on, and I'm pretty excited about the field.
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Yikes, this field.

Now all we need are surprise guest appearances from Hunter and State College and we'll be all set huh?
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How about a surprise guest appearance from the formidable St. Anselm's B?

So, I may be able to get together another team for this. I'll try to know for sure by the middle of the week.
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We're only at 22 teams now, so it looks like we're going to cap our field at 24 instead of 36 and do four brackets of six.
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The second St. Anselm's team is now definite. I don't know our registration password, so could someone at TJ just take note of that?
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Prof.Whoopie wrote:The second St. Anselm's team is now definite. I don't know our registration password, so could someone at TJ just take note of that?
Done. We're now at 24 teams, but there'll be a waiting list if more teams are interested (email us at [email protected]).
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ATTN: Matt Bollinger and presumably other people too! Over lunch, we will be reading some packets from TIDUS, a collegiate-level video game tournament written by the University of Maryland's Jeremy Eaton. If you or someone on your team is interested in playing, please let us know at [email protected] so we know how many people to arrange logistics for.

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Oh hey, assuming Blake isn't doing something crazy for lunch I'll definitely play, and see if any of my teammates are interested.
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I am comically bad at video game questions.

So I'll play.
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Upon further consultation, my esteemed teammate Tim Yee would also like to play.
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Richard Montgomery would like to unregister one team to brings us to two. (I misplaced our password so I couldn't really do it the official way, sorry)
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I will probably not play, but my teammate Todd Pollack and possibly other Whitman people will play.
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Weather is calling for snow on Saturday. What are your contingency plans? At what point would you postpone/cancel?
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Oh, crap... yeah if it snows, like actually snows and not just flurries, i really don't think we can make it to this, considering all the back roads we have to travel on in Delaware just to get to Route 301. Or i'll just say this; my fiancee will kill me if i tell her i'm going to drive a 200-mile round trip during the snow.

Let us know about plans to postpone, if possible.
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jbarnes112358 wrote:Weather is calling for snow on Saturday. What are your contingency plans? At what point would you postpone/cancel?
We'll lose our hotel money anyway, so we're coming unless I-95 is closed. Damn the torpedoes!
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