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This is the announcement for Geography Monstrosity 2: Driving Directions to Iqaluit.

What: The second edition of the experimental all-geography-tossup tournament. I will be the head editor.

When and where: 10 pm, Friday May 28, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.

The packet deadline is midnight on Sunday, May 23; before that I will be busy editing HSNCT itself. Please don't use this as an excuse to put off packet-writing until the last minute.

Format: I will write an editors' packet. Depending on the level of interest, the following formats will take place:

-If four or more teams submit packets, we'll run a normal tournament format like last year's.
-If one to three teams submit packets, we'll run some kind of crazy anarcho-geography bowl.
-If zero teams submit packets, the tournament will be cancelled and the editor's packet will be disassembled to provide the hard parts of the geography bonuses for the 2011 ICT.

The distribution and style will be similar to last year's set. If you'd like to see something changed, post in this thread.
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Distribution:

Note that there are two distributions listed below. Packets are expected to follow both of them to ensure both geographic and subject balance. There should be enough your choice/miscellaneous in both of these that you shouldn't be boxed into writing something crazy.

1. Geographic distribution.

-5 United States and Canada (preferably 1 Canadian, but no more than one)
-3 Latin America and the Caribbean (at least 2 South America)
-4 Europe
-4 Asia (at least 1 each Middle East, South/Southeast Asia, and East Asia)
-3 Africa
-2 Australia/Oceania
-3 Your Choice (more of the above, things not required above like Antarctica and minor islands, catchall home for non-specific things like common link tossups)

2. Subject distribution.

-10 physical geography
including:
-1 to 3 bodies of water
-1 to 3 islands
-1 to 3 mountains

-10 political/human geography
including:
-max 4 polities
-1 to 3 cities

-up to 4 parageography and metageography

-including but not limited to such topics as:

-earth science
-biogeography
-cartography
-historical geography

-up to 4 your choice
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Teams:
Chris Chiego/Mike Cheyne/Aaron Cohen/Matt Greenbacker (packet 5/16)
Charles Hang/Ikshu Neithaleth/Gabrielle Lachtrup/Charlie Beard (packet 5/27)
Bobby Dorigo Jones/Chris Wolfe/Tanay Kothari/Nikhil Desai (packet 4/29, 5/23, and 5/27)
Dallas Simons/Guy Tabachnick/Marshall Steinbaum/Ray Luo (packet 5/23)
Josh Wen et al (packet 5/23)

Free agents:
Ian Eppler
Douglas Graebner
Andrew Hart
Michael Knapp
Mik Larsen
Graham Moyer (?)
Scot Putzig
Mike Sorice
Steven Wellstead
Ryan Westbrook
Harry White

Staff:
Dan Donohue
Bryce Durgin
Jeff Geringer
Charles Martin
Donald Taylor

Edit: three and a half hours before play begins and I'm still updating this thing
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I'm all in for this, let me know if anyone else wants to join me on a team. I'll write up to a full packet if needed.
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Assuming I'm there, I'm in. Can write as much or as little as needed.
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Cheynem wrote:Assuming I'm there, I'm in. Can write as much or as little as needed.
Same here.
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Assuming I'm there, I'm in. Can write as much or as little as needed.
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Provided I help out at HSNCT again (which is pretty likely), I would love to play this and am definately willing to contribute to a packet.
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I'll play again. The first version was pretty entertaining.
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Is this open to high school students (sorry, I'm new to the whole singles tournament thing)? If so, I (as well as others on my squad) might be interested.
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tk447 wrote:Is this open to high school students (sorry, I'm new to the whole singles tournament thing)? If so, I (as well as others on my squad) might be interested.
Sure, absolutely. Although note that:

1. Everyone needs to write a packet

and

2. This tournament will probably end around midnight, so make sure your coach is ok with that (I know we had some people leave early for this reason last year.)
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I will write a packet for this and possibly play.
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Jeff -

Assuming I'm at HSNCT, I'm willing to help out again, in whatever capacity you would like.
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If I somehow end up there for HSNCT, I would like to play and help out with writing a packet.
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evilmonkey wrote:Jeff -

Assuming I'm at HSNCT, I'm willing to help out, in whatever capacity you would like.
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One of my teammates is interested and I am willing to either play or staff as needed.
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Provided I'm in town (and don't have to work), I can help staff this.
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If I wind up there, I'll play, and I'd like to be on a hypothetical team.
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I'll play, if I'm there.
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If I go, I really really really would love to play in this
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Bumped for a field update and a draft distribution. Please feel free to comment.

Also: there is some chance that we will have room for a team to play without submitting a packet (such as: 4 or 6 teams submit packets). I will give priority to high school players; college players staffing the tournament should be able to write six tossups. So: if you're a high school player interested in this deal, post in this thread.
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Matt Greenbacker and I are looking for 2 teammates. We'll obviously be working on a packet.
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Think I'm playing this with at least Chris Chiego.
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Think I'm playing this with at least Chris Chiego.
Want to team up with Matt and I?
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I'm fine with it, you probably should check with Chris, who has written a lot of the packet already.
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I am now going to be at hsnct and looking for a team to join. I can write as many questions as needed.
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I'm going to be on a team with Ikshu Neithaleth, Gabrielle Lachtrup, and Charlie Beard.
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I am filing for free agency. I can write, but only after May 5.
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Now that I can confirm my physical presence, I'll staff.
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I will probably play in this tournament with some of my teammates. I have some tossups to contribute as well.
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Chris Chiego/Mike Cheyne et al
Aaron Cohen/Matt Greenbacker
Have now teamed up to form one team. Packet is currently around 2/3 done and should be in well by the deadline.
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I am interested and looking for a team.
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Jeff, I assume this is scheduled to begin after scrimmages end. I know last year this sort of caused some confusion.
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Yes. Hence:
bt_green_warbler wrote:When and where: 10 pm, Friday May 28, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.
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So this event will at least partially happen because our team's packet is finished (?). I'd like to announce I am going to write a comedy geography packet (outrageously insane answers, trash clues for real answers, maybe some fictional places) for this event if anyone is interested in playing it. I'll probably just bring this packet with me on a flash drive though rather than submit it.
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Cheynem wrote:So this event will at least partially happen because our team's packet is finished (?).
Finished. At least, it arrived in my inbox recently and I've started editing it.

Cheynem wrote:I'd like to announce I am going to write a comedy geography packet (outrageously insane answers, trash clues for real answers, maybe some fictional places) for this event if anyone is interested in playing it. I'll probably just bring this packet with me on a flash drive though rather than submit it.
Count me in for playing this.
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Cheynem wrote:So this event will at least partially happen because our team's packet is finished (?). I'd like to announce I am going to write a comedy geography packet (outrageously insane answers, trash clues for real answers, maybe some fictional places) for this event if anyone is interested in playing it. I'll probably just bring this packet with me on a flash drive though rather than submit it.
At least some elements of my team (me, at the very least) should be playing this.
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If anyone needs solid knowledge of country capital names, I'll probably be there to provide it
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Our team is looking for two people who would be willing to write a few questions before the deadline this Sunday. Let me know at [email protected] if you are interested in joining.
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If there is an open spot, I would like to participate and offer my vast and diverse knowledge of the islands in the western Great Lakes.
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The packet deadline is today. I now have four submitted packets plus some extra tossups, so we have enough to run an actual tournament format. Thanks to everyone who has sent me questions; more details to follow.
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Comedy geo packet is done--20 tossups, generally pretty long ones. Too lazy to write a tiebreaker, but I anticipate this as a shootout anyway.

It turned out approximately half "completely fake places" and half "real places, some crazy answer lines, some easy answer lines with weird clues, some answer lines with all trash clues." It probably skews American a bit too much, but that's what I like. I'll bring this to the tournament myself.
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Cheynem wrote:Comedy geo packet is done--20 tossups, generally pretty long ones. Too lazy to write a tiebreaker, but I anticipate this as a shootout anyway.

It turned out approximately half "completely fake places" and half "real places, some crazy answer lines, some easy answer lines with weird clues, some answer lines with all trash clues." It probably skews American a bit too much, but that's what I like. I'll bring this to the tournament myself.
I'll be staffing GM2, but I'd love to play this packet.
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Posting to officially cap the field at seven teams. Remaining free agents should attach themselves to the existing teams; if that means five-player teams, so be it.
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Is there any way to get a list of parking locations nearby this hotel (preferably ones that don't need to be paid for)?

EDIT: Now that the right string of words was entered, I have answered my own question. This map of the Skybridge shows the closest parking locations. So far as I'm aware, the Rosemont Public Parking Garage is $13/day (I don't know if they have any hourly rates) and I don't know what the rate is for the parking lot affixed to the convention center itself. Some of the hotels have their own parking lots, but they seem to be more expensive. If anyone happens to know any more information (or lives nearby and can offer me a spot on their driveway for a few hours), I'd appreciate it, since I'll be traveling from Gurnee and would prefer to have my own car if at all possible.
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Papa's in the House wrote:Is there any way to get a list of parking locations nearby this hotel (preferably ones that don't need to be paid for)?

EDIT: Now that the right string of words was entered, I have answered my own question. This map of the Skybridge shows the closest parking locations. So far as I'm aware, the Rosemont Public Parking Garage is $13/day (I don't know if they have any hourly rates) and I don't know what the rate is for the parking lot affixed to the convention center itself. Some of the hotels have their own parking lots, but they seem to be more expensive. If anyone happens to know any more information (or lives nearby and can offer me a spot on their driveway for a few hours), I'd appreciate it, since I'll be traveling from Gurnee and would prefer to have my own car if at all possible.
About two blocks away from the hotel on Bryn Mawr there is a CTA station with what I remember to be like $5 or $6 per day parking in a big lot. I usually park there.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Geography Monstrosity 2

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Bump with a field update. I've combined the DCC and Bellarmine teams, so there is now a vacancy for a free agent mystery team. Get in touch with me to claim this spot; I will give priority to people who have written questions (any questions whatsoever), as that makes my life a bit easier assembling these packets this afternoon.

Edit: reading all 26 HSNCT packets in the last 72 hours before printing made Jeff unable to spell
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Geography Monstrosity 2

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Posting from the HSNCT control room to note that we are down to five teams.

People playing this tournament should meet me at 10 pm in front of the HSNCT registration desk (ie, the space currently occupied by a large crowd of teams). We have rooms reserved on the ninth floor.
Jeff Hoppes
President, Northern California Quiz Bowl Alliance
former HSQB Chief Admin (2012-13)
VP for Communication and history subject editor, NAQT
Editor emeritus, ACF

"I wish to make some kind of joke about Jeff's love of birds, but I always fear he'll turn them on me Hitchcock-style." -Fred
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