Geography Monstrosity 4 (June 8th, St. Louis)

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Geography Monstrosity 4 (June 8th, St. Louis)

Post by Important Bird Area » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:05 am

This is the announcement for Geography Monstrosity 4: Shotgun shell loaded with Tajik place names.

This fourth annual all-geography-tossup tournament will be held at 10 pm on Friday, May 25th, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. (This is, as usual, after the conclusion of HSNCT scrimmages.)

The submission deadline is midnight on Sunday, May 20th; before that I will be busy editing HSNCT itself. Please don't use this as an excuse to put off writing until the last minute.

Format: I will write an editor's packet of 24 tossups. If 10 or fewer people wish to play, we will have a single-room shootout format like last year's. If 20 or more people with to play, we'll form teams and have a normal tournament format. If 11-19 people wish to play, I will make up some kind of ad hoc format.

The style will be similar to the previous 3 sets, to include 20-point superpowers, 15-point powers, and the absence of minus-fives. The distribution will be somewhat different from last year's (to encourage people to sign up first and deal with team-formation drama later).
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Important Bird Area » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:14 am

Distribution:

Each player should submit six tossups.

Please select six subcategories from the following list:

-United States and Canada
-Latin America and the Caribbean
-Europe
-Africa
-Asia
-Australia and Oceania
-Other (including but not limited to: Antarctica, minor islands, and astrogeography that would make Seth Teitler shed a single tear)

and six subcategories from the following list:

-cities
-countries
-sub-national regions (eg, states, provinces, territories, autonomous okrugs)
-islands
-mountains
-bodies of water
-other (including all features not listed in previous categories, common-link tossups, fictional geography, earth science, cartography, and basically whatever else you think people might be interested in hearing tossups about)
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Important Bird Area » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:15 am

Submitted questions (8):
Andrew Chrzanowski
Raynell Cooper
Sam Donow
Ron Enson
Andrew Hart
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Jonathan Meckler
Jacob Wasserman

Expressed interest (6):
Aaron Cohen
Steve Fontenot
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Vimal Konduri
Colin McNamara

Updated 5/25 -JTH
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Angry Babies in Love » Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:36 am

I can probably help write for this but I'm not sure I can make it down to ATL.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Ondes Martenot » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:51 pm

I'll attend if I help staff HSNCT
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Great Bustard » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:13 am

All over this. Will start writing packet on the Magical History Tour. Look for some NHBB team to show up. That includes you, Raynell. No lame excuses like you're stranded on Rockall.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Important Bird Area » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:47 pm

David, you're ruining question security for the Rockall mirror of this tournament.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by RealMadrid314 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:01 pm

I may be able to write, but I'm not sure about making it to Atlanta
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by RealMadrid314 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:46 pm

also, just to be clear, it's 6/6 per player, regardless of whether we have teammates, are currently lone wolf, or not even participating, correct?
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Important Bird Area » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:55 pm

6 per player, no bonuses. I'll organize the lone wolves in Atlanta.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Great Bustard » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:33 pm

Can the 2011 packets be posted to quizbowlpackets.com?
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Important Bird Area » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:41 pm

You'll have to ask George.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by tiwonge » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:41 pm

I'll play, pending attending the HSNCT.

I'll write (something), even if I don't play.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Frater Taciturnus » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:15 am

bt_green_warbler wrote:You'll have to ask George.
http://collegiate.quizbowlpackets.com/archive/GM3.zip
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by madviking » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:51 am

I'll be staffing and I would like to participate in this.

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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:50 am

I'm interested in this, if that's okay. I'd like to write questions, and i might play. Can i decide later if i'd like to participate? I can start writing tossups though.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Important Bird Area » Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:50 am

List of villages in West Virginia wrote:Can i decide later if i'd like to participate?
Sure, that's fine.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Adventure Temple Trail » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:55 pm

Hereby expressing interest. Out of curiosity, is anything happening Saturday at all?
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Post by Mike Bentley » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:09 pm

RyuAqua wrote:Hereby expressing interest. Out of curiosity, is anything happening Saturday at all?
Wasn't Ryan planning that tournament with variable difficulty?
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by 1992 in spaceflight » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:52 pm

I could certainly staff this if you need readers for it.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Gautam » Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:08 pm

I'll play this dealio.
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Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:39 pm

What's the goal for the length of these questions? I don't want to get out of control here. But in 10-pt. TNR font... like, around 7 lines at most?
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Post by Important Bird Area » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:54 pm

List of villages in West Virginia wrote:What's the goal for the length of these questions? I don't want to get out of control here. But in 10-pt. TNR font... like, around 7 lines at most?
That sounds fine; I've usually been writing around eight lines of 11-pt. TNR for the editors' packets.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Unicolored Jay » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:38 pm

I might play this.
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Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Fri May 11, 2012 7:13 pm

I'm still not sure if i will/can play this, but we'll be in Atlanta so there's a chance. I will, however, write those 6 tossups. I'm about halfway there so i'll try to do the rest this weekend.
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Post by pleasewalkforward » Mon May 14, 2012 10:17 pm

I'm definitely interested in playing.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Wed May 16, 2012 10:23 pm

Okay, i decided that i'd like to play, unless you definitely need help moderating or something. Otherwise, playing and trying to beat some of these other guys will be fun.
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Post by the return of AHAN » Wed May 16, 2012 10:38 pm

I'm far too late to write any questions, but I could help staff or something.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Great Bustard » Thu May 17, 2012 3:21 am

So, I actually won't be at this, but would be keenly interested in playing via skype from halfway around the world. Is that possible? Also, what's the format, and if I were to play, do I need a team? How many packets are there for this? I presume, Jeff, you can enlighten me at my nuptuals on Saturday, but thought I'd throw the general queries out there.
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Post by Yeah, that's a thing » Thu May 17, 2012 10:57 am

nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote:So, I actually won't be at this, but would be keenly interested in playing via skype from halfway around the world. Is that possible?
You'd lose all your buzzer races due to delay
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I express interest
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Post by Great Bustard » Thu May 17, 2012 11:23 pm

Yeah, that's a thing wrote:
nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote:So, I actually won't be at this, but would be keenly interested in playing via skype from halfway around the world. Is that possible?
You'd lose all your buzzer races due to delay
Not if I'm second lining Anticosti Island as I did in 2009. Want to take me on, Teevens?
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

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nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote:
Yeah, that's a thing wrote:
nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote:So, I actually won't be at this, but would be keenly interested in playing via skype from halfway around the world. Is that possible?
You'd lose all your buzzer races due to delay
Not if I'm second lining Anticosti Island as I did in 2009. Want to take me on, Teevens?
It's not fine arts so he'll lose no matter what
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Adventure Temple Trail » Fri May 18, 2012 2:04 am

Sorry to say I'll have to back out of this, since there wasn't a way to write good enough questions on time.
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Black-throated Antshrike wrote:It's not fine arts so he'll lose no matter what
Yup.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Angry Babies in Love » Sat May 19, 2012 11:01 pm

HA just noticed the submission deadline. I can try to get some done but have other priorities on the question front. Will do my best to get some written.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Gautam » Sat May 19, 2012 11:26 pm

I haven't had the opportunity to write questions for this. Hereby withdrawing from this tournament.

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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Angry Babies in Love » Wed May 23, 2012 12:38 am

Any chance you still want questions past the deadline?
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Post by Important Bird Area » Wed May 23, 2012 12:39 am

Welcome and encouraged.
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Post by theMoMA » Wed May 23, 2012 12:49 am

I will have questions for you tomorrow.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Angry Babies in Love » Wed May 23, 2012 12:09 pm

theMoMA wrote:I will have questions for you tomorrow.
As will I. Maybe today even!
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Important Bird Area » Thu May 24, 2012 10:25 pm

Meet outside Lenox at 10 pm tomorrow. People who didn't submit questions can still come play, but might be turned away if we don't have enough staff to run multiple rooms at a time.

Right now the plan is to have 3 packets; if people are interested in writing more questions, I would welcome guerrilla-style submissions.
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Post by mhayes » Thu May 24, 2012 10:44 pm

I'll staff if I can catch an earlier flight.
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Post by Important Bird Area » Mon May 28, 2012 5:10 pm

Stats.

If there's interest, I could read this set at NSC.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Tees-Exe Line » Mon May 28, 2012 5:29 pm

I'm interested.
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Post by madviking » Mon May 28, 2012 8:42 pm

Thanks to Jeff for hosting/editing.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Mon May 28, 2012 10:08 pm

This was really hard, and i did terribly, but it was still mostly fun. The favorite part was just having my questions read. I know i'm not a good question writer, and Jeff did edit them, but it made me feel a little more legitimate compared to all the real players and quizbowl elite surrounding me in that room.

If i do it again, i probably won't play, but i'd be happy to write questions next time.
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Unicolored Jay » Mon May 28, 2012 10:39 pm

Yeah, this was fun, even though I didn't do well in my first side event ever (!!!???). I hope everyone enjoyed the questions I wrote. Thanks to Jeff for doing this, and I hope it comes around again next year.

(also what/who was "Thunk")
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Important Bird Area » Mon May 28, 2012 10:44 pm

Alliance in the Alps wrote: (also what/who was "Thunk")
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Re: Geography Monstrosity 4 (May 25th, Atlanta)

Post by Yeah, that's a thing » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:07 am

Has this been posted yet?
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