The sixth annual Vancouver Estival Trivia Open (VETO) was held on Saturday, July 17, 2004, at the Harbour Centre Campus of Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver, B.C.
All the question packets are available for free download! (saved on the Stanford Packet Archive)
This was a guerrilla-style tournament, meaning that all questions were written by members of the participating teams, and there was no central editing. Question packets were shared with a mirror tournament (VETO Escapes to Toronto Ontario) being held the same day in Toronto. All staff were drawn from the participating teams during their bye rounds.
We had eight teams, with a total of 27 players. This was the same number of teams as last year, but there were three fewer players. Participating in their first VETO were eight players, including one full team of three.
Teams (with [labels] used below) were:
This time, for once, we worked out the schedule beforehand, and posted copies of it in the hallway. Special considerations in drawing it up were that Paulman of OUTC had written some of the CAWU packet, and that the FARSIDE team would not be able to staff more than one game room by itself.
Despite the 8 a.m. start, every team had representatives who arrived on time. So we didn't have to shift the schedule around to fit in late-coming teams. We also didn't need to modify the schedule because of problems of availability of equipment. The only special equipment required was a tape player for two rounds, and Meeting and Event Services had supplied one for every room.
Here are the scores for the games in the round-robin.
|#||winning team||score||score||losing team||question authors||other byes|
|1||SFU OUTC||155||50||SFU CAWU||SFU Junta||FOMO|
|SFU CAWU||130||110||SFU Junta|
|6||NTC||235||50||SFU CAWU||FOMO||SFU Junta|
|SFU Junta||205||160||SFU OUTC|
|8||FARSIDE||240||95||NTC||SFU CAWU||SFU OUTC|
|9||FOMO||125||80||SFU Junta||Zhan's team (via SFU CAWU)||SFU CAWU, FARSIDE, B2B, NTC|
|10||B2B||165||105||NTC||Matt Bruce (via SFU Junta)||SFU Junta, UBC, SFU OUTC, FOMO|
* The only game that went into overtime was the one between FARSIDE and SFU OUTC in round 5. Three additional tossups were played to break the tie.
ANPPG: Average Normalized Points Per Game
PPG: average Points Per Game
+10: number of tossups answered correctly
-5: number of incorrect interrupts
BAvg: average points per bonus
PA: average Points Against
Diff: average score Difference (= PPG - PA)
Note that if we had used head-to-head instead of ANPPG to break ties, FOMO would have ended up in second place instead of FARSIDE, and FOMO would have faced UBC in the finals.
|winning team||score||score||losing team||question authors|
|UBC||205||55||FARSIDE||University of Ottawa|
Congratulations to UBC for winning the sixth Vancouver Estival Trivia Open!
Here are individual tossup results (+10/-5) and team bonus averages for the
final two games.
UBC: Luka 8/1 (37.5 PPG), Fred 7/1 (32.5 PPG), James 2/0 (10.0 PPG), Mike 2/2 (5.0 PPG); Bonus average 11.3.
FARSIDE: Peter 10/6 (35.0 PPG); Bonus average 7.5.
UBC went on to play in the Trans-Canada Championship Match against some players in Toronto.
The last five columns indicate whether the person had played in any of the five previous VETOs. None of the players in this VETO had been in the Ontario mirrors in Waterloo in '00, in London in '01, or in Toronto in '03.
For leading the individual scoring, Peter retains the title of West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge (WC-DORK).
|Round||Total points||TUs answered||-5's||Bonus average|
|1||3||205||420||420||11||17||17||1||2||3||10.0||15.0||15.3||SFU Fake Junta|
|Best question on popular culture from before 1981, as voted by players||Matt Bruce||tossup about SCTV||Beverly Hillbillies DVD||Brock of B2B|
|Best question, as voted by players||Alt of UWO||Canadian indie rock bonus||NoFrigginClue.com Prize Pack||Braintrust Games|
|Best question on food from non-animal sources||Phil||a question about chili peppers that was so far back in the FOMO packet that it wasn't read, but the author said it was good||a ReBar nutritious organic food bar, made in B.C.||Peter of FARSIDE|
|Worst music question||Hanson||bonus on "Norwegian composers not named Grieg or Sondre Lerche"||a Barbra Streisand biography||Brock of B2B|
|Player most protective of his or her teammates||Peter||his teammates did not show up, perhaps because of his T-shirt; he never allowed them to buzz in or consult on bonuses, but from time to time he did talk out loud as he was thinking of some bonus answers||a VHS copy of The Bodyguard||Brock of B2B|
|Team that takes the longest to answer a bonus question||UBC||taking their time on several bonuses all day, helped by moderators who did not enforce bonus question time limits||a set of Kokanee "do not disturb" hangers||Brock of B2B|
|Team that looks as if it wants to leave but sticks it out anyway||FOMO||?||some stickers||Brock of B2B|
|Best science fiction/fantasy literature question||Hanson of Junta||Stargate SG-1 bonus||a towel||Daniel of NTC|
|Best indie shout-out||UWO alumni||Canadian indie rock bonus||we'll find out||Hanson of Junta|
|Best Daily Show shout-out||withheld||none worked||unknown||Hanson of Junta|
|Best "Mike" Question||Brock||Bruce LaBruce tossup||was going to be a copy of Exclaim, which Brock claimed had a Bruce LaBruce article in it, but it didn't, so nothing||Hanson of Junta|
|Question that everyone thought Brock might write but was written by someone else||Daniel of NTC||Asperger's syndrome tossup||Lord of the Rings poster||Brock of B2B|
"Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!" famous last words
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