The 17th annual Vancouver Estival Trivia Open (VETO) was held on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the University of British Columbia.
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's Eastern Trivia Open: full stats available) being held the same day at the University of Toronto.
Thanks to Mischa for getting us space at UBC and for moderating some games. Other games were staffed by players.
We had four teams, matching 1999
and 2000 for the lowest number ever
recorded at VETO, and a total of 11 players, the fewest since the
first one in 1999.
Team rosters were as follows.
Mischa was available to moderate in the morning, but had another obligation in the afternoon. Since none of the four teams had seen any of the Toronto questions, we could play two games on each Toronto packet. I suggested that when Mischa was around, he could moderate the first game on a Toronto packet between two of the teams while the other two teams were sequestered, and then the second game on the same packet could be played between the two teams that had just been sequestered, to be staffed by the two teams that had just played the packet. The UBC alumni + C Music Factory team then offered that instead of this system of having two consecutive games on the same packet, they could give up one of their team members to moderate one game on that packet while Mischa moderated the other game between the team's other members and whichever opponent they have. This concurrency would allow us all to save time, at the expense of the UBC alumni + C Music Factory team's performance, but they didn't mind making that tradeoff.
Another factor that went into making up the morning schedule was that the team of new UBC students should have the chance to watch a game before playing one. So we started with a locally-written packet.
Mischa returned before the end of the day, so the final round was played on a Toronto packet with Mischa moderating one game between SFU alumni and UBC alumni + C Music Factory, while Carlos of UBC alumni + C Music Factory went to the other room to moderate a game between FARSIDE and the new UBC students.
Room 207 Room 209 pack other byes ========= ========= ==== ========== 9:30 [S]-[U] | [F] [N] 10:00 [F]-[S] [N]-[U] | Toronto Adam from [U] 10:30 [F]-[U] [N]-[S] | Toronto Lindsey from [U] 11:00 [F]-[N] | [U] [S] ------------------------------------------------------------- Lunch at the Student Union Building ------------------------------------------------------------- 1:30 [N]-[U] | [S] [F] 2:00 [F]-[S] | Toronto [N], [U] 2:30 [N]-[S] | Toronto [F], [U] 3:00 [F]-[U] | Toronto [N], [S] 3:30 [F]-[N] [S]-[U] | Toronto Carlos from [U]
Here are the standings for the round-robin
(full SQBS tables are available).
Teams were ranked by win-loss record, with average points per game as tie-breaker. It turned out that every higher-ranked team listed here beat every lower-ranked team whenever they played each other.
|2||UBC alumni + C Music Factory||4||2||0||0.667||264.2||130.0||134.2||65||13||120||13.21||5.00||65||1000||15.38|
At the beginning of the day, we had planned to have Page playoffs after the double round-robin, but it turned out that at this time we had time to play only one more round. Since the top team had gone undefeated and had beaten the second-place team twice, it didn't seem fair that one more game between these two teams should decide the tournament champion, so no finals were held.
This was a real comeback for the FARSIDE team, which won only one game at VETO in 2014, and didn't win any games the year before. In the first three years of VETO (1999 to 2001), the FARSIDE team won every single game it played, but this year is the first time it has won the championship since 2001.
The UBC students did very well for a team that has never even played quiz bowl before. Though they didn't win any games, they correctly answered more than half as many tossups as the first-place team, 28 vs. 54 (over the same number of games), and only 3 of those 28 were obtained after incorrect interrupts from the opposing team. The UBC student team should take note that their G/N ratio (of "gets", meaning tossups answered correctly, to "negs", meaning incorrect interrupts) is the lowest recorded by any team at VETO since 2002. But I'm sure they'll get better with practice.
For leading in the individual stats, Peter retains the title of West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge.
Note from the attendance records in the table above that Carlos, Brittany, and Jo were all playing in their 10th VETO.
|West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge||Peter of FARSIDE||handcuffs||scoring 86.67 points per game||Peter of FARSIDE|
|Fastest buzz||Brendan of UBC students||a pistol||giving a quick correct answer to a tossup on Singapore||Peter of FARSIDE|
|Best science question||Lindsey of UBC alumni + C Music Factory||a candy-making kit||writing a question on scientific taxonomy||Jo of SFU alumni|
|Worst repeat||Lindsey of UBC alumni + C Music Factory||a broken record||forgetting to remove from her packet a question that she had written on Rachel Notley, when some of the same clues with the same answer had come up in an earlier packet||Peter of FARSIDE|
1999: 6 (2 x RR4), 12 2000: 6 (2 x RR4), 12 2001: 6 (RR7), 11 2002: 9 (RR10), 14 2003: 7 (RR8), 12 2004: 7 (RR8), 12 2005: 6 (RR7), 12 2006: 6 (RR7), 11 2007: 8 (2 x RR5), 10 2008: 7 (RR8), 11 2009: 7 (RR6 + sRR3), 11 2010: 8 (RR9), 10 2011: 7 (RR8), 11 2012: 6 (RR7), 11 2013: 6 (RR7), 11 2014: 6 (RR7), 12 2015: 6 (2 x RR4), 9So every team had the same number of pre-playoff games this year as in the past three years. But in the past, we had always been able to get through more rounds in the day. Interestingly enough, back in 1999 and 2000, when we played 12 rounds all in the same room, we didn't even start until noon! But this was in an era of shorter questions, which makes a big difference. In 2002, we had 14 rounds of play, but that was almost a 12-hour day, and we don't want to repeat that.
number TEAMS year PLAYERS number 4 1322 1999 00000000 8 4 2244 2000 110100000100 12 7 1444543 2001 2210000201001000002000000 25 10 3441446334 2002 300300000113011030000110011020301100 36 8 41445444 2003 442411121210210140002023010012 30 8 41443344 2004 502302553201300022130512301 27 7 3531443 2005 60166330102141324322020 23 7 4441434 2006 712732430725425021337004 24 5 44143 2007 8042524633514000 16 8 54334341 2008 903935950340621002074160000 27 6 431443 2009 A01A630418076555227 19 9 443144433 2010 B764A431185007B900640030156000 30 8 44414333 2011 C257026212859CA84010100081 26 7 4451443 2012 D3184073D13A640B191151010 25 7 4433441 2013 4E0149B1024087072102061 23 7 4444412 2014 F64A1553255C81C92801301 23 4 1433 2015 G3AB9092090 11We can see from this graphic that peak VETO was reached in 2002. However, it would be inaccurate to say there's been a steady decline since then, because on some occasions, turnout has risen from one year to the next.
"Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!" famous last words
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