Explanation of Pickup Games: the 2019 edition

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Explanation of Pickup Games: the 2019 edition

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon May 13, 2019 2:00 am

"So what do we do in Quidditch pickups if we almost never actually play Quidditch in pickups?"

I'm glad you asked! There are four "standard" games we play in pickups that involve neither Quaffle nor Snitch. In alphabetical order, they are as follows: CAB, Creaothceann, Quodpot, and Xany. Although all of these games have been played before, they may be new to some of you out on the pitch. Moreover, even if you ARE experienced with some of those games, you might not be up to date with the way we have improved these games over the past few years. Therefore, we are explaining the games in a bit more detail so that you can understand them!

1) CAB is actually an acronym, but what it stands for has been lost in the mists of time. It is played as a TEAM GAME: it begins with both teams lining up on the pitch, facing off against each other. The bot will randomly choose ONE PERSON from each team and call out a question. The two people called out will race to answer the question and whoever is first scores a point for their team!

2) Creaothceann is an ancient Scottish game whose name comes from the Scottish Gaelic words for "wounded head". Traditionally, it was played with people strapping cauldrons to their head and running around and catching rocks, but our version is slightly less dangerous. Each of our 'rocks' are caught as follows: a question is asked to everyone on the pitch and the first TWO players to answer it are in position to catch the rock. The rock then takes the form of a new question for those two players; whichever answers that question scores a point! Play continues onto the next question, but with a twist: no one is allowed to catch two rocks in a row! (In other words, if you earned a rock, you will NOT be allowed to attempt the next question.) Whoever catches the most rocks wins!
[Occasionally, the 'no one is allowed to catch two rocks in a row' rule may be slightly changed to allow for more participation. Any such change will be clearly announced before the game begins.]

3) Quodpot is an American game named after its explosive ball, the "Quod". Traditionally, players score by placing the Quod into a "pot" while trying to make sure it doesn't explode. Our version, again, is slightly less dangerous, but still involves explosions! It is played as a TEAM GAME, though the questions are all free-for-all. We are pleased to announce that the Quod has been improved so that no one should ever want to sit out on a question they already know again!

The game will choose with the bot asking a question. Whoever answers the question claims the Quod. But there is a small chance - about 14 or 15 percent - that the Quod will explode! If the Quod explodes, the person who claims it will be ELIMINATED from the game. Otherwise, the person will score a point for their team! Each subsequent question will increase the probability of an explosion - but will also increase the number of points the player would get if the Quod does NOT explode. So Question 1 is worth 1 points if there is no explosion, Question 2 is worth 2 points if there is no explosion, and so on down the line. [Mathematically, the probability that Question N will lead to an exploding Quod is N/(N + 6)].

After each explosion, the Quod 'resets': the next question will have only a 14 or 15 percent chance of exploding - and earn the answerer 1 point if the Quod does NOT explode. From this point, gameplay continues... until the last person on the losing team is eliminated. At that point, the team with the most points wins!

4) Xany is a broom racing game nearly as old as HOL itself! It was named after one of Ravenclaw's earliest professors and Quidditch coaches, Prof. Romulus "Xany" Xanthos. This game functions like regular botting with a twist: after the bot asks a question, the first FIVE players to answer correctly score points (15 for 1st place, 10 for 2nd, 5 for 3rd, 2 for 4th, and 1 for 5th). Everyone keeps on scoring points until someone scores 150; at that point, the game ends and the first person to hit 150 points wins!
[Occasionally we will modify this structure slightly to allow even more than five people to earn points on a given question, but as long as there are at least five people on the pitch, the first five to answer within thirty seconds will definitely get points for each question!]

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