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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sat May 22, 2010 2:30 am
by Mechanical Beasts
I am probably going to drop from this tournament; I'll let you know shortly.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sat May 22, 2010 7:13 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Hey guys,

I'm a bit busy finishing this tournament, so I have been unresponsive to posts in this thread. If you posted something for me, I'll try to contact you privately about it in the next day or so.

Surprise last-minute volunteers to write questions would be lovely too.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sat May 22, 2010 9:02 pm
by The Atom Strikes!
It turns out that the Chris Romero team will not be happening. As a result, I am now a free agent for this.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sat May 22, 2010 9:29 pm
by Mechanical Beasts
I am definitely out. Sorry, Guy and Auburn kids who were added.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sat May 22, 2010 9:56 pm
by Sir Thopas
The Atom Strikes! wrote:It turns out that the Chris Romero team will not be happening. As a result, I am now a free agent for this.
Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:I am definitely out. Sorry, Guy and Auburn kids who were added.
I see no problem here.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sun May 23, 2010 8:47 am
by The Atom Strikes!
Sir Thopas wrote:
The Atom Strikes! wrote:It turns out that the Chris Romero team will not be happening. As a result, I am now a free agent for this.
Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:I am definitely out. Sorry, Guy and Auburn kids who were added.
I see no problem here.

I endorse this solution to a situation.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Tue May 25, 2010 4:30 pm
by jonpin
Bergen Academies wishes to register two teams of (students plus me if needed). All told, 6-ish people, I think. I'll try to confirm if I see you in IRC tomorrow or Wednesday.

edit now that i'm in a place where i can read the thread without websense bitching at me: if there's room for 1 team from Bergen Academies, that'd be swell. if not, that's ok.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 8:33 pm
by at your pleasure
I have two teammates who want to play on the same team, so if anyone has two open slots contact them at [email protected] or [email protected].
EDIT: Neither are spectacular but they're both decent players and nice guys to be around.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 7:25 pm
by Diocletian
Unfortunately, Daniel and I must withdraw from this.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 8:23 pm
by at your pleasure
Can we have a field update?

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 9:52 pm
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
I'm having trouble keeping track of the constant field changes myself. What I do know is that there is a hard cap of 20 teams and I will slice, dice, and concatenate teams however much it takes to get the field down to 20 teams.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 2:41 am
by aestheteboy
This is extremely late, but I would like to play; if that's not possible, I would like to help staff.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 5:44 am
by recfreq
sorry i missed this post as well. i'd very much like to play. i offer little knowledge except reconstruction era autobiography, but will attempt to provide good humor and general light-heartedness.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 6:23 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
We are going to need 10 moderators and 10 laptops as well. If people can bring these I would be grateful.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 6:39 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
FIELD UPDATE:

1. Chris Chiego/Dallas Simons
2. Charter
3. Eden Prarie
4. Mike Sorice/Ryan Westbrook/Charles Martin/Doug Graebner
5. Mik Larsen/Mike Cheyne/Harry White
6. Bellarmine A
7. Villa Duchesne
8. Jarret Greene/Jasper Lee/Noe Nutter/Jim Coury
9. Jonathan Thompson/Greg Peterson/Scott Putzig/Ray Luo
10. State College
11. Ben Carbery/Ben Chametzsky/Kevin Malis/Dan-Don
12. Guy Tabachnick/Henry Gorman/Zahed Haseeb/Filip Milovanovich
13. Bergen Acadmies
14. Aaron Cohen/Matt Greenbacker/
15. Jerry Vinokurov/Ben Cohen/David Seal
16. Charlie Dees/Nick Rupel/Alex Gerton
17. Charles Hang/Ikshu Neithaleth/Gabrielle Lachtrup/Charlie Beard
18. Rob Carson/Ian Eppler/Libo
19. Jeff Hoppes/Jonathan Magin/
20. Andrew Hart/Trevor Davis

Joshua Wen
Prithvi Rudrappa
Jamie Ding
Graebner’s friend A
Graebner’s friend B
Daichi

I know Hoppes/Magin have at least one more teammate but I forgot who he is. It was somebody pretty good.

With 20 teams, many of them still 2 or 3 people, we can definitely fit the remaining six free agents. I will send this team list to the printers shortly.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 7:04 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
The brackets and schedule are attached.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 8:05 am
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
I certainly will moderate but i actually don't trust the laptop that i'm bringing to work for something like this. It's CR's computer and i'm pretty sure it's 7 years old.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 8:12 am
by Important Bird Area
Morraine Man wrote: I know Hoppes/Magin have at least one more teammate but I forgot who he is.
Last I heard from Jonathan this mystery guest was supposed to be Tommy Casalaspi.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 8:13 am
by Cheynem
This seems to be what the schedule brackets claim to be as well.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 9:00 am
by magin
Actually, I recently received an email from Tommy letting me know that he won't be playing the tournament, so it's just a team of me and Jeff right now.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sat May 29, 2010 1:08 am
by Papa's in the House
My "Check Engine" light went on while returning from what turned out to be an unnecessary drive to the HSNCT hotel yesterday. I will no longer be able to participate in this tournament.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sat May 29, 2010 8:14 am
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Exactly when and where should we be meeting before this tournament? For both moderators and players, that is.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sat May 29, 2010 3:27 pm
by pray for elves
Bruce has asked me to post this information:

"Spring Offensive will operate as scheduled, starting play one hour after HSNCT matches end, which would place the start time at approximately 7 PM Central. If you want to play, please show up to the elevator lobby in the Hyatt, and please bring any available moderators or laptops. We are desperate for both."

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sat May 29, 2010 4:07 pm
by Tees-Exe Line
If anyone is willing to have a teammate, this sounds much better than work, so I'll come up in time for the tournament. Let me know at [email protected]

Marshall

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 1:42 am
by Adventure Temple Trail
Guys, I lost a laptop bag during this. It's green and black and really important. If you found it while cleaning up or see it, please let me know ASAP.

Oh, and Magin/Jeff won this.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 2:17 am
by Papa's in the House
Congrats to Magin/Jeff.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 9:53 am
by Charbroil
RyuAqua wrote: Oh, and Magin/Jeff won this.
They did? I thought we didn't have a cross-bracket game to determine overall winners, so that there was a victorious team in each bracket.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 7:28 pm
by Adventure Temple Trail
The bag has been found.

Also, yes, there were crossover games, sorta. Each bracket had two 8-1 teams, so they played each other within the bracket on one half-packet (Magin/Jeff won one, "State College Plus" (Monica, Graham, David, me) won the other), then the final ended up being a half packet which Magin and Jeff won, 70ish to 5.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 9:10 pm
by No Rules Westbrook
Thanks to Bruce for putting this event on, it was a lot of fun and I'm glad that I attended. Congrats to Jeff and Magin.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 9:14 pm
by Cheynem
Good tournament, good fun. There were a few quirks (like should knowledge of the election of 1940 get you two tossups in consecutive rounds--Taft and Wilkie?), but other than that, very enjoyable. I think the decision to sacrifice bonuses for tossups was a good idea in terms of playability.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 9:17 pm
by magin
Yeah, with the exception of a few crazy questions and a few ones with pretty easy early clues, this set was a lot of fun to play. It was also very enjoyable to watch Jeff systematically destroy the questions.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 12:13 am
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
I loved reading this and i'm glad people seemed to like to set. Magin and Hoppes were pretty great, but i was super impressed with Trevor Davis' knowledge as well.

If it's cleared (i guess it is?), i'll reveal which tossups i wrote.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 12:28 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
The set is clear and has been sent to reputable packet archives for preservation.

I want to thank Shantanu Jha, Andrew Chrzanowski, Sandy Huang, Ahmad Ragab, Matt Bollinger, Brendan Byrne, and Trey Taralia for writing, and I want to thank NAQT for graciously giving me rooms and support.

But most of all I want to thank all of the people who agreed, at the last minute, to moderate or to donate their laptops. Without you this literally could not have happened.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 12:29 am
by Cheynem
Any chance that stats were retained for this? I realize that exigent circumstances made it difficult to cobble together a full staff and even locations for this, so I definitely understand if there isn't.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 12:41 am
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Okay, cool, if anybody wants to talk about them, i wrote the tossups on Anawrahta (apparently this was too hard? i thought he was important), Shah Jahan, Oda Nobunaga, First Bull Run (it was too easy, sorry), Gen. Meade, Red River Rebellion, Kim Il-Sung, Time of Troubles (transparent, i know), Preston Brooks beating Charles Sumner (i admit this might have been transparent but i really really really wanted to write this tossup a lot, sorry for those who couldn't pull off both names), and Caesar Rodney (of course).

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 2:02 am
by mastaloo
I appreciated how some answers showed up in Sunday rounds (Liberal Democrats, anyone?)

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 3:55 am
by DumbJaques
Anawrahta
Andrew, good cartwheeling christ!

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 10:55 am
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
DumbJaques wrote:
Anawrahta
Andrew, good cartwheeling christ!
Ha, okay, i teach him to freshmen though in a little lesson on pre-colonial empires in Southeast Asia... Pagan, Khmer, and Srivijaya. But, now i know.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 1:53 pm
by dtaylor4
Cheynem wrote:Any chance that stats were retained for this? I realize that exigent circumstances made it difficult to cobble together a full staff and even locations for this, so I definitely understand if there isn't.
Due to circumstances surrounding room mix-ups, I may or may not have all of the scoresheets. The ones that I did not enter but did manage to gather are with me.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:10 am
by Dan-Don
I had a lot of fun at this, mostly as a result of getting to mess around in Hyatt suites with friends until 12:30. From what I could tell (with my 0/3/3 statline), the set was pretty darn good. Congratulations to Bruce and all the writers for a great side event that made my NAQT weekend even more fun.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:57 am
by Rufous-capped Thornbill
I really enjoyed what I did play in this tournament. I didn't want to retire early, since Joe and I were just getting into a groove, but we had playoffs in the morning and I was feeling seriously drained. Good job on the set, Bruce. It was fun.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:19 pm
by Rufous-capped Thornbill
Carangoides ciliarius wrote:Preston Brooks beating Charles Sumner (i admit this might have been transparent but i really really really wanted to write this tossup a lot, sorry for those who couldn't pull off both names)
Henry Gorman buzzed in with "that dude beating that other dude with a cane!" before putting it together.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:03 pm
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
Inkana7 wrote:
Carangoides ciliarius wrote:Preston Brooks beating Charles Sumner (i admit this might have been transparent but i really really really wanted to write this tossup a lot, sorry for those who couldn't pull off both names)
Henry Gorman buzzed in with "that dude beating that other dude with a cane!" before putting it together.
Very promptable! I know i made it hard by requiring both names but i thought it would be fun to see who could come up with it.

EDIT: To add, i think these sort of hard side-events should be full of questions like these, if anything for fun, but also to assess knowledge of things that are important but almost never asked about because they don't have perfect names. In the same time period, for example, one could have "John Brown's anti-slavery raid on Pottawatomie Creek" as an answer, or something like that ("for ten points, name this May 1856 event, in which an extreme northern abolitionist, along with his four sons, killed several pro-slavery men in a Kansas town"). These sorts of events are perfect for trying stuff out like that.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:21 pm
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
You mean noted named thing the Pottawatomie Massacre?

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:27 pm
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
I've seen it described without actually using that term, so i wasn't aware that it was a name most people really used for it. But, okay, sure. Poor example i suppose.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:48 pm
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
the set appears to be available at the packet archive:
http://collegiate.quizbowlpackets.com/a ... ensive.zip

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:56 pm
by Cheynem
In reading over the packets, I note that the Guatemala one claims that the CIA brought Jacobo Arbenz to power, when it was the other way around, as far as I know.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:28 pm
by Kyle
Cheynem wrote:In reading over the packets, I note that the Guatemala one claims that the CIA brought Jacobo Arbenz to power, when it was the other way around, as far as I know.
Jacobo Arbenz brought the CIA to power?

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:33 pm
by Cheynem
Heh. Well you could argue that overthrowing Arbenz was one of the things (along with overthrowing Mossadegh) that helped establish the CIA as powerful, but yeah, I meant to say that it was the opposite, the CIA removed Arbenz from power.

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:00 pm
by Ringil
This tournament was pretty epic with crazy stuff like the Hui revolt. I was only a little sad at the hose on the Hulagu TU of him losing at Ain Jalut when it was Kitbuqa.