2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

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2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:56 pm

As summer turns to fall, it's time to announce the first pickup of the 2018-2019 season.

The first pickup will be just over two weeks from now, on Saturday, September 22 at 11 PM HOL! They will take place in the usual place, #quidditch - and we hope to see you there!

(Oh, and by the way, it's not too late to vote HERE on your preferred timings and games for future pickups!)
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:46 am

Today we had the first pickup session of the academic year, and it was a rousing success... with every house well-represented!

We began by getting out our cauldrons for a quick game of Creaothceann, and then we decided to divide into teams by discussing our favorite types of weather. While no one liked "wet" weather, people's weather preferences divided approximately evenly between "hot" (or warm, at least) and "windy". With everyone set up into place, it was time to release the Quod for three exciting games of Quodpot!

The first game took place using the regular set. The Hot team got off to a quick 3-0 lead on the first three questions, but the third of those involved Will exploding on the mere sound of Hermione's bossy voice. The next set of questions saw Tarma tie the score, Emma putting Hot back in the lead, and Tarma reclaiming the lead for the Windy side before the Quod said "I regret it" while exploding on nobody in particular. Three questions later, with the score tied up at 8, Eno exploded on a swallowed fish bone. The lead switched hands two more times (thanks to goals by Emma and Patrick) but then came two straight explosions: Tarma was exploded by the Charms corridor and Katelin found a nest of dead puffskeins exploding at her, while Kendra (on Team Hot) had to fly off the pitch. The next six questions would be answered by Team Windy, letting Pat and Kathren extend their lead to 19-9, but one of those questions saw Kathren defeated to an exploding dustbin. Emma finally broke their streak on the number zero, only to find an exploding Quod giving the victory to Team Windy, 19-9.

Before the second game, Pat (whose weather preferences were right on the border between 'hot' and 'windy') switched over to Team Hot and Scarlet also flew onto the pitch to support that team. Oh, and we switched question sets too - moving onto the randomness of the "Cascade" set. Tarma got the first question of the match for Team Windy, giving them a quick 1-0 lead, but then Will and Emma divided the next 3 questions between them to put the Hot team up ahead 9-1 before the Quod exploded harmlessly in the shape of a Parkin's Pincer. Two questions later, Will exploded holding a Quod from which steam rising in spirals was observed. Five questions later Eno exploded thanks to his canon housemate Ginny Weasley (who wasn't even playing that day), followed by a harmless explosion two questions later that had everyone saying "Balderdash"! (At that point, the Hot team was up 15-5). Four questions later, with the score now 18-8, Tarma was exploded by a statue of Boris the Bewildered; this would be followed by Scarlet facing an explosion from the Irish Beater Connolly (seeking revenge from the summer before last) on the very next question. Pat would get knocked out by George Weasley four questions later, followed a continuation of the tradition of "explosive Gryffindors" when Lupin would cause another Quod to explode harmlessly on the very next question. Five questions later, as Kathren had to fly off the pitch, Katelin got exploded by Cho Chang. At this point, there were only two players standing: Emma of Team Hot and Vanessa of Team Windy (who was just about to fly back onto the pitch), with Hot clinging to a 20-14 lead. Seventeen questions later, with Vanessa having narrowed that lead down to 27-23, it was time for her to encounter a werewolf, Fenrir Greback, knocking her out from the game and making the final score 27-23 in favor of Hot.

Finally it was time for the third game, with Pat back on the Windy side! Will got knocked out on the very first question thanks to an explosive game of Shuntbumps, followed by The Unexpected Task getting out Scarlet on the very next question. With the next three questions split between the teams and the fourth question unanswered, Emma would succumb to surprisingly explosive asphodel. While the score was tied 3-3, things did not look good for Team Hot; they only had Eno remaining while the Windy team had all of their players still in the game. Nevertheless, Eno used Ron Weasley to get Team Hot their first lead of the game, 4-3, on the next question, following by Tarma exploding in a very Dreadful pattern. The next five questions were either answered by a Windy player (namely Pat or Katelin) or unanswered, giving the Windy team an 11-4 lead. After another five questions (only one would be answered, by Katelin), Eno would be exploded in front of some fairy lights to end the game (final score: 12-4, in favor of Team Windy).

The following people showed up: Emma Borg, Eno Thomas, Katelin Ross, Kathren Johnsun, Kendra Givens, Patrick James, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Tarma Amelia Black, Vanessa Tilley, and Will Lestrange!

The next pickup will be in about a week and a half, on...

Thursday, October 4 at 3:30 AM HOL!
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:50 am

Tonight it was time for the second pickup session of the year, and even if the turnout wasn't quite as impressive as last time's, it was still filled with all sorts of excitement and explosions!

We began by testing the limits of the bots with the botting racing game known as Xany (if you're one of the first three people to answer a question correct, you get points). We played two versions of the game: one with the regular question set and one with the Cascade set.

Then, it was time to divide into teams... and we noticed that the three people with the longest names had their IRC nicknames aligned perfectly into seven-letter blocks. So they formed one team, the "Long" named team - and everyone else ended up on the "Short" named team. As usual, it was now time to release the Quod!

The first Quodpot game involved the regular question set. Will got exploded on the first question, despite being fully three feet away from the pot (while everyone else was within eighteen inches). After Scarlet gave the Long team a lead from the safe distance of 100 yards, Sirius answered three questions in a row... but the last one caused an explosion thanks to Penelope Clearwater of Ravenclaw (but not before giving the Short team a 5-1 lead). Scarlet exploded on the very next question thanks to The Tale of The Three Brothers (which the bot thought was "The Tale of Three Brothers"). Five questions later, Katelin was exploded by the ghost of Nearly Headless Nick; when Tarma exploded on the very next question in a shower of gold, Short now clung to a 7-2 lead with only Kathren left on the field (on behalf of Long). Two questions later, though, the Quod had apparently known magic ("it has known magic') of the type that involved explosions, making the final score 7-3 on behalf of the Short team.

We switched to the Cascade set and, for the first time in a while, Will wasn't the first person exploded! In fact, the first four questions were split between Will and Kathren - but the fourth question, thanks to "caput draconis" (a dragon's head, apparently), exploded on Kathren with the score tied 3-3. Will would explode three questions later at The House of Gaunt, followed by Scarlet meeting her match on the very next question in the form of her old captain Marcus Flint. Three questions later, with the Short team leading 7-5, it was Sirius who fell at the hands of The Wandmaker... and Tarma and Katelin were the only two players left standing. Over the next six questions, I was actually accused of being present at the Ministry of Magic in 1996 (despite the fact that Will Lestrange wouldn't even be born for another five years)... but the game actually ended at the Ministry of Magic, where Katelin exploded - giving Short a 12-5 victory.

Just like the second game, the third game began with a fourth-question explosion: this time Will would fall to former GQT captain Harry Potter (though the Short team now had a 5-1 lead). Scarlet then swept the next four questions, giving the Long team an 11-5 lead, followed by a Quaffle exploding in the form of the goblin Ragnok, safely away from the pitch (while everyone tried to speak Gobbledegook instead). Five questions later, Tarma was the victim of The Woes of Mrs. Weasley, with the score 14-6 in favor of Long. When Scarlet was knocked out by a troll two questions later, each team again had one person standing: Kathren from Long (trying to protect a 15-6 lead) and Sirius from Short (trying to come back from the deficit). But Sirius was exploded on the very next question thanks to a Tongue-Tying Curse (Langlock), with the final score 15-6 in favor of Short.

There was just enough time for one more match... and it was the most exciting of all, with nearly half of the questions being bludgers! Will got the first two questions, but the second one was The Mirror of Erised, which was somehow exploding (apparently the deepest, most desperate desire of SOMEONE'S heart was to see me explode early ;)). Two questions later, the Gorodok Gargoyles exploded the Quod, but since no one was flying anywhere near Lithuania no one was knocked out (the score was tied 1-1 at that point). Two questions later, Tarma was flying over Togo when the Tchamba Charmers knocked her off the pitch, leaving Sirius (who had just given the Short team a 2-1 lead) the only representative of his team on the pitch. After Scarlet answered two questions to give the Long team their first lead of the match, 4-2, Kathren was knocked out by her own House's Seeker, Cho Chang. Three questions later, with the score 5-4 in favor of Long, Scarlet would be knocked out by a Gryffindor captain: Angelina Johnson - leaving Katelin as the last person standing on her team. Of the next four questions, two would be answered by Sirius and two would be unanswered... but the last of those questions involved Sirius getting exploded by RQT rival Bradley, with the score knotted at 5. All the long team needed was one more question to win the match, but the very next question would see Katelin exploded by yet another RQT rival, Chambers, to end the match at 5-5 with EVERYONE having collapsed on the pitch from explosions. (For those playing the home game, there were SEVEN explosions out of sixteen questions in the final game)!

The following people showed up: Katelin Ross, Kathren Johnsun, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Sirius Fudge, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

The next pickup will be in about a week and a half, on...

Saturday, October 13 at 11 PM HOL!
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:30 am

Today it was time for the third pickup of the season! The turnout count wasn't the greatest, but we still had lots of fun nonetheless - and a smaller crowd allowed us to complete more games!

We began with three rounds of Xany: in between our standard rounds with the regular question set and the Cascade set, we had a round with a question set where the answers were only numbers and years!

At that point, there were four people standing: we divided them into HOL graduates and non-graduates to get even teams of two each. Then, of course, it was time to release the Quod for some games!

The first game began with Will knocked out on the first question by the small parasite known as a Chizpurfle. Tarma got three of the next four questions (in between there was one whose answer was "Large, rather clumsily made of what looked like gold, set with a heavy black stone that had cracked down the middle" which went uncaptured); unfortunately for her, the last one of those, "on the edge of the Forbidden Forest", proved Tarma's demise. After Sirius answered a question to extend the Graduates' lead to 5-0, Molly got exploded by a trio of items: a Sneakoscope, a Secrecy Sensor, and a Foe-Glass giving the match to the Graduates, 5-0.

The next match moved to the years set: while Will got the Non-Graduates out to a 6-0 lead three questions in, the next two questions went unanswered - followed by an explosion on the sixth question, knocking Will all the way back to 382 BC! Tarma was "cushioned" out of the game three questions later in 1820, but not before narrowing the lead to 6-3. The very next question saw Sirius knocked back to 1709 thanks to dragon breeding... leaving the Non-Graduates as the winners, 6-3.

We then switched sets again to the Cascade set: how would that change the match? After Will and Molly split the first three questions to give the Non-Graduates another 6-0 lead, Tarma exploded on the fourth question thanks to Fred Weasley. Four questions later, Will succumbed to scenes of terror at the Quidditch World Cup, with the Non-Graduates now up 10-0. That was the final score, though, as Sirius exploded on the very next question at St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries!

There was time for two more matches, which would prove to be the most exciting matches of the evening. The fourth match began with Will exploding on the very first question due to his own beater, Bole, throwing a wayward Bludger/Quod his way. Molly then answered the next two to give the Non-Graduates a 3-0 lead, but Tarma and Sirius answered the two after that to swing the match in the Graduates' favor, 7-3. Two of the next three questions involved explosions; while everyone stayed away from Amycus Carrow, the Unexpected Task was (unfortunately for Sirius) "get exploded by a Quod". Two questions later, Molly tied the score back at 7-7, but Tarma Imperioed her team back in the lead, 10-7, on the next question, before exploding one question later at the Lightning-Struck Tower. Molly was the last person standing; could she reclaim the lead? Although she narrowed the lead to 10-8 in the next question, she waited out the five questions after that... only to finally explode thanks to Aragog the Acromantula! The Graduates therefore won, 10-8.

The final match of the night looked like the Non-Graduates would run away with it, earning the first fifteen points of the match. Even though Molly was the first person exploded, thanks to the RQT captain Roger Davies four questions in, Tarma would be exploded four questions thanks to Dobby's "Reward" (apparently Dobby didn't graduate from Hogwarts either). Three questions after that, Will finally exploded thanks to a Hungarian Horntail dragon - which meant it was up to Sirius to see if he could erase a 15-0 lead. Over the next eight questions, he managed to narrow the gap to 15-12; with the next question potentially worth four points, he now had a 50/50 chance of winning the game on the next question. Unfortunately for him, the Chaser position exploded right in his face, giving the final match of the evening to the Non-Graduates, 15-12!

The following people showed up: Emma Borg, Molly Grabau, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Sirius Fudge, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

The next pickup will be in about a week and a half, on...

Thursday, October 25 at 3:30 AM HOL!
(PS: Most likely, the next weekend pickup will be at a slightly earlier time...)
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:03 am

Last week we all met on the pitch for another pickup! This time, we had all four houses represented - including some new players!

We began by getting out our cauldrons for two rounds of Creaothceann; one with the regular set and one with the Cascade set. Then we asked everyone to pick a number; the smaller numbers were on one team and the larger numbers were on the other (I chose the imaginary number 'i', which was the smallest of the lot...)

Although the first question was answered smoothly, the next two questions both led to explosions; Scarlet ran into exploding gillywater and then Will got knocked out due to Harry Potter being lovesick over Ginny Weasley. And just like that, the Small team lost half its players - with just a single point to show for it. Sirius got the next two questions, but the second of those - serving drinks and cleaning the house - got him out too. So now, despite the Small team answering all of the first five questions correct, they only had Gwen standing, and only had a 2-0 lead. Seven questions later saw the first explosion of the Large team: Tarma fell to Roonil Wazlib, though the Large team now had a 6-2 lead. Three questions later saw Katelin fall to a treacherous bleeder; five questions after that, Pat fell on the number 2, and three questions after that, Kathren succumbed to Bertha Jorkins. At that point, the question on everyone's mind was... can Gwen erase a 15-2 lead all by herself? Eight questions later (the final answer was 'pristine') the answer was... YES! Gwen scored the final seventeen points of the match to win for the Small team, 19-15.

Now we switched to the Cascade set for another round. This time, Will fell on the very first question to Magical Drafts and Potions. Scarlet got the next two questions, but the second involved Rita Skeeter exploding her. The next two questions went to Sirius, ending with Arabella Figg getting her. So far the two games began nearly identically... five questions answered by Team Short, but three explosions caused Gwen to be the last one standing - with only a 2-0 lead. Four questions later, with Team Short up 4-1, Kathren was defeated by Cadmus. Ollivander exploded Pat (possibly with a temperamental wand) on the very next question; three questions later, Vaisey got Tarma - and Team Short still had a 4-3 lead. Each team had only one player left: who would survive? Seventeen questions later (after numerous explosions were dodged), a locket exploded Katelin - but not before her team made it up to a 15-5 lead. Once again, it was up to see if Gwen could close the gap. Nine questions later, Gwen had narrowed the lead to 15-10... but then she exploded on a boar, giving this one to the Large team.

There was time for one last round: this one began a little differently - with no explosions until the fifth question, when Tarma fell due to Mayhem at the Ministry, and the Small team already had an 8-0 lead. Two questions later, Pat got knocked out by Alastor Moody; four questions later, Will got Obliviated... err... exploded... by Magical Me - but the Small team was up 15-0 and had the numerical advantage in players too. Seven questions later, Sirius got exploded by Narcissa (this was not an attack of cousins); two questions later, Katelin finally put the Large team on the board with some Latin ('quid agis'), though the score was still 23-2. Three questions after that, with the score now 30-2, Katelin was exploded by the Woollongong Warriors; after the next three questions were split by the remaining members of the Small team, Gwen and Scarlet, the score stood at 36-2 before Kathren, the last player on Large, had to fly off the pitch. And that ended up being the final score!

The following people showed up: Gwenevier Winters, Katelin Ross, Kathren Johnsun, Patrick James, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Sirius Fudge, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

The next pickup will be in about a week and a half, on a different time and place than normal...

Sunday, November 4 at 10:30 PM HOL!
(NOTE: Both North America and Europe will have changed their clocks back by then.)
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:07 am

This evening, we had the first pickup in November... all four houses were represented and we even got to introduce a new player to the Quod!

We began with two different "Xany" races (the first three to answer score points): one with the regular set (possibly the most exciting Xany race I have ever experienced) and one with the special Cascade set.

Then it was time to divide into teams before breaking out the Quod: everyone was asked to name a magical creature - some were rated XXXXX and others weren't. That was how we divided our teams: FiveX versus OneToFourX.

The first game was played with the regular set - and everyone was surprised at how docile the Quod was. It took fourteen questions before anyone was exploded (Scarlet - for the FiveX team - thanks to Nymphadora Tonks). At that point, the FiveX team had a 20-2 lead. Seven questions later, Professor McGonagall exploded Tarma of the OneToFourX team as the score now read 29-2. And then the Quod returned to its usual ways, with Will exploding on the very next question thanks to a Remedial Potions class going wrong. At this point, the FiveX team only had Sirius left while the OneToFourX team featured Katelin, Rowan, and Alex. The Quod became docile again after those consecutive explosions: it took another twelve questions before the next explosion of a player - Sirius was exploded by Durmstrang. Katelin, Rowan, and Alex were the only three left on the pitch, but could they erase a 41-5 lead? After a Portable Swamp went unanswered, Katelin got the next three questions... but the last one involved a Creaothceann cauldron knocking her back to the year 1762, with the score only narrowed to 41-10. Three questions later Rowan was exploded by her housemate Katie Bell, and three questions after that Alex was exploded by an "aparecium" incantation. Final score: FiveX 41, OneToFourX 14.

We then switched onto the Cascade set for the next match as Cody flew onto the pitch riding a phoenix... but the Phoenix's XXXX rating caused us to reclassify all XX rated creatures, such as Bowtruckles, as honorary XXXXX creatures for the purpose of team balance. This meant Katelin would switch onto the FiveX team. But what would happen to the Quod? Would the new set make it as explosive as we remembered it from past matches... or would it stay as docile as it was for most of last match? Four questions later, we got our answer when Cody was knocked out by a Swedish Short-Snout dragon (FiveX was up 5-0 at that point). Three questions later, with the score 6-2, Will would fall thanks to Errol. The next question would see Luna Lovegood explode Rowan; two questions after that Tarma would fall to an unnamed "The Wandmaker". At this point, the FiveX team now had the advantage in players: Katelin, Sirius, and Scarlet were still on the pitch - while the OneX team only had Alex left. The next four questions would be split between the two teams, but because Alex got the two most valuable of them, he managed to tie the score 9-9. After the Quod exploded harmlessly on a dragon, Sirius reclaimed the lead for his team, 10-9, via Magical Law Enforcement... only to succumb to his predecessor as Hufflepuff Seeker, Prefect, and Triwizard Champion... Cedric Diggory - in what would turn out to be the first of FOUR CONSECUTIVE Quod explosions! (For those playing the home game, the probability of a given Quod explosion being the first of four consecutive ones is 0.8 percent.) That's right: after a harmless explosion on Armand Malfoy, Scarlet would be exploded by Nymphadora Tonks (what's up with these explosive Hufflepuffs on the pitch?) and Alex would fall to The Lost Prophecy, ending the game 10-9.

We then flew back onto the pitch for a third match with the Cascade set. This time, the Quod started out even more explosive than before: Will was exploded by a lethifold on the third question of the match! (Brabas, I know you don't want to snuggle anymore because of 'switching from silver to green'... but do you HAVE to get back at me with an explosion? ;)) Cody would get the next two questions, but that would only narrow the lead from 2-0 to 2-1 as recklessness would explode him... literally! The next question saw Tarma succumb to exploding Boomslang skin, followed by Sirius being a casualty of Rita Skeeter's (explosive) Scoop. We had three explosions in a row... would there be a fourth? Surprisingly, no - as the cockroach cluster provided Scarlet with a third point for the FiveX team. Two questions after that, though, with the score at 5-1, Rowan would be knocked out by his housemate Harry Potter. The next question saw Scarlet knocked out by Sirius Black - and now each team only had one player left: Katelin for FiveX and Alex for OneToFourX. Alex would get the next two questions, but because of an explosive Abraxan horse, he couldn't do any more than close the gap to 5-2.

Noting that each game so far had featured an increasingly more explosive Quod, we lined up for one last game to see if a fourth game would be even more exciting than before. And we weren't disappointed! Three questions in, with OneToFourX leading 2-1, Tarma would be exploded by Hagrid's Tale. Will would get the next two questions: tying the score before exploding on a holly wand. Two questions after that, with Scarlet having given FiveX the lead back (3-2), Cody would be exploded by Fleur Delacour (did she forget who had helped lead Beauxbatons to victory one summer in the semi-distant past?) with Rowan exploded by unicorn hair three questions after that. (In the two questions before that, Rowan had tied the score at 3 and Scarlet had given FiveX the lead back.) Two questions later, with the score at 6-3 after a Sirius point, the game ended thanks to Godric's Hollow exploding on Alex. And that's how the game ended!

The following people showed up: Alexander Brighton, Cody Lewis, Katelin Ross, Rowan Wildsmith, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Sirius Fudge, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

The next pickup will be in about a week and a half, in our normal 'weekday night' slot...

Thursday, November 15 at 3:30 AM HOL!
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:56 am

Even though the regular season of Quidditch is already underway (there's another game this Saturday!) pickups have been continuing as scheduled, including this night.

We began by placing cauldrons on our head for a quick round of Creaothceann, but then it was time to divide into teams. Advancing an idea Cody suggested last Saturday, we all named our favorite Beatle (or beetle, whatever worked). Teams were divided by the names we chose: did we choose one syllable names like John, Paul, or George... or polysyllabic names like Ringo or ladybug? This gave an even split of teams between Team M (for Monosyllabic) and Team P (for Polysyllabic).

With our teams set, it was time to release the Quod! Team M started out by answering eight questions correct in a row. However, the very first question had a book with a very explosive Page 394 knocking out Will - and the fourth of those eight caused Tarma to explode in a green pattern. But the score was still 9-0 before BJ put Team P on the board. Katelin answered the next two question; while the first one put Team P within two, the next question saw her exploded by a new broom. Three questions later, Kathren's explosion was brought to us by the number 2 - at which point Team M led 12-7 and each team had only one player standing: Scarlet for Team M and BJ for Team P. Scarlet got the next three questions, but the third of those saw Scarlet meet her end at the hands of an exploding NEWT. The very next question of the game saw BJ exploding in a green pattern; final score: 15-7 to Team M.

We then switched to the Cascade set for the next game. This time it took three questions for Will to explode (thanks to Miriam Strout); four questions later, Kathren met an explosive sherbet lemon. While each team still had two players left, Team M was now up 9-0. The next questions would all be answered by Team M, though the fourth question caused Tarma to be exploded by Peter Pettigrew. The Team M streak was broken by Katelin... except that it involved her meeting an exploding planner (and the score was 25-0 at this point). Eight questions later, Scarlet would be exploded by the bribe (sounds sketchy) with the score at 30-2... so BJ was the last flier on the pitch. He lasted another eleven questions, only to explode at The Quidditch World Cup with the final score of the game 30-6.

There was time left for one more game. The first eight questions all went to Team M, but Scarlet exploded on the third question while flying a double eight loop - and Will exploded on the seventh question, being knocked out by George Weasley. Eight questions after Will's explosion, Neville Longbottom would explode Tarma. At this point, Team M had a 17-3 lead... but all of Team P's fliers were still in the game, and none of Team M's were. Would that be enough to narrow the gap? Over the next six questions, Team P managed to narrow the gap to 17-9 while dodging all exploding Quods, but that perfect dodging wouldn't last forever. The seventh question since Tarma's explosion involved Katelin being exploded by vegetarian cookery, followed by Bill exploding Kathren on the very next question. BJ would fly along for another five questions before finally meeting his end due to an explosive galleon, ending the game at 17-9.

The following people played: Bull J. Johnson, Kathren Johnsun, Katelin Ross, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

The next pickup will be in about a week and a half, on...

Saturday, November 24 at 10:30 PM HOL!
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:46 am

On a cold, dark, rainy evening in late November, a handful of Quidditch diehards took to the pitch for the next round of Quidditch pickups.

Beginning with a regular game of Xany, we deliberated over team selection and ended up going with "Students vs Professors"... but the conditions of the pitch allowed us all to explode even more than usual!

The first two Quodpot matches took place with the regular set. Amazingly, it took until the seventh question, with the Students leading 10-1, for a player to be exploded: Will fell to a very ugly dummy. Tarma got the next three questions, but the last one - an explosion on Grimmauld Place - ended the game at 10-4 in favor of the Students. We suited up for the next game, where Will exploded on the very first question to the sound of Albus Dumbledore saying "Good luck, Harry"! Four questions later Tarma exploded because "he wants to send them flowers", having taken the professors to a 4-0 lead. Kendra then got the next three questions to clinch the game for the Students, 6-4.

Switching to the Cascade set, it took eleven questions for an explosion: Puddlemere United exploded Tarma cementing the game's final score at 20-0 for the Students. The next game went a bit differently... Will exploded on the second question thanks to Nymphadora Tonks, with the Students only up 1-0. Tarma then answered the next four questions to give the Professors a 10-1 lead; three questions later, when Kendra encountered exploding brass, 10-1 Professors became the final score for their first win of the evening.

There was time for one more game, which threatened to be the first-ever scoreless tie in the history of Quodpot as the first three questions all led to explosions! But while Will faced a Royal explosion on the first question and Kendra met an Erumpent that was as explosive as its horn on the next one, Tarma dodged The Firebolt on the third question of the game. That gave her enough time to commit Snitchnip on the fourth question for a 1-0 victory in favor of the professors.

We were all ready to pick up our brooms and fly home at that point, but, in the words of Kendra, "we were all done, until Emma showed up late and SQT had to do their thing". Students vs Professors would have now been completely unbalanced between teams (3-1), as would most other alignments: we tried "science vs nonscience" until we realized that everyone on the pitch was a scientist of some form! In the end, we went with teams that were called science vs non-science (S vs NS) but were better served as Slytherin vs Non Slytherin (also S vs NS). Just like two games earlier, Will exploded on the second question - but in the worst betrayal in Slytherin history, it was actually Bellatrix Lestrange who exploded him! Five questions later, with Team S up 3-1, Tarma encountered some explosive Nosebleed Nougat. The Quod actually went another thirteen questions without any explosions with Emma and Kendra alternating answers with blank space and Team S building up a 10-3 lead. But on the fourteenth question, Kendra found Alecto Carrow exploding her to end the score with a 10-3 lead in favor of Team S (which meant that everyone won at least half of their matches!)

The following people showed up: Emma Borg, Kendra Givens, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

The next pickup will be in about two and a half weeks, on...

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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:16 am

This past evening saw another fun, exciting round of pickups, complete with a returning face and a runaway Quod!

We began with two rounds of Xany: one with the normal set and one with the Cascade set. We then broke into teams based on Shadow's suggestion of "chemistry vs physics" - only to find the teams split 2-2-2: Will and Scarlet chose chemistry, Shadow and Tarma chose Physics, and Katelin and Cody chose neither. So we divided based on who was the first to make their particular choice vs who was second - making Will, Shadow, and Katelin the "first" team while Scarlet, Tarma, and Cody were the "second" team.

And so the Quod appeared, with the first game underway! Three questions in, with First up 3-0, Will exploded thanks to George's broomstick, Fred's box of Filibuster fireworks, AND Ginny's diary. Four questions later, with Second up 5-3 (due to Second answering 3 questions in a row), Scarlet was exploded in an old wardrobe. Two questions after that, Flagrate got Cody; two questions after that, Shadow was exploded by motorcycles. Four questions later, Tarma was exploded by Ravenclaw - and at this point, Katelin was the only person left, trying to get First back from an 11-3 deficit. Katelin got the next three questions right to bring Second within two, and left the next three questions answered. With the next question worth three points, Katelin's answer of 'her gran' should have given the First team a 2/3 chance of winning... but unfortunately for First, the less likely event of explosion happened - so Second won, 11-9.

We switched to the Cascade set for the next game. Everyone dodged an exploding runespoor on the first question, but four questions later, Ariana exploded Will with Second leading 5-1. Five questions later, though Second's lead was expanded further to 13-3, Boomslang skin told "BOOM!" to Tarma, knocking her out. Two questions later, Shadow fell on one of her own house colors, bronze; the very next question saw Cody exploded all the way back to Halloween. (Yes, that's three eliminations in four questions). At this point, Second was up 14-3 with each team having exactly one player left: Katelin and Scarlet. The next ten questions featured two harmless explosions: one involving Fred and one involving "Which came first - the phoenix or the flame?" with the score tied 16-16. Four questions later, with leads traded to make it 20-18 in favor of First, The Quibbler saw the next harmless explosion. But then, the Quod refused to explode any more and instead became worth increasingly more points: three questions in a row by Scarlet caused a 25-21 lead in favor of First to become a 45-25 lead in favor of Second. And that's how that game 'ended'...

We immediately shifted to a third game. First jumped out to a 10-0 lead and, for the second time in two games, there was a harmless explosion involving "Which came first - the phoenix or the flame?" The seventh question saw the first explosion: Astronomy exploded Cody into a sky full of stars with First still up 10-1. Four questions later, with First up 15-2, Will exploded thanks to a rival Quidditch captain, Oliver Wood. Two questions later, tarma was exploded at Malfoy Manor, leaving Scarlet the last person standing on the Second team. Scarlet would survive another fifteen questions and two more harmless explosions (the textbook "The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1", maple, and Viktor Krum) only to be exploded herself by another Slytherin Keeper, Miles Bletchley, with First winning 25-17.

There was time for one more match: the pattern of Slytherins being exploded by housemates continued on Question 3 with Goyle exploding Will. Four questions later, with Second up 5-3, Scarlet met an exploding lynx; three questions later, Cody was exploded by the goblin Bogrod (apparently the goblins have not forgiven him for teaching the rest of HOL their language). Three questions later (and before anyone had the chance to score), Shadow made the mistake of handling the Deathstick, which proved prophetically explosive for him. Now each team had one person left: Katelin for First and Tarma for Second. It would take another twelve questions for Tarma to be exploded - by the Flight of the Prince. Just like the first match, Katelin was left to try to eliminate a large (16-4 this time) deficit for First. Just like the first match, Katelin got First to within one question: 16-13. And just like the first game (but this time, 12 questions after Tarma's explosion), Katelin found herself answering the last question of the match - with Oliver Wood - where a correct answer could clinch the win. But this time, it was equally likely to give points or an explosion (4 point question, 50/50 chance of explosion) and so, just like the first game, the match ended with Katelin taking a Quod to the face (but this time courtesy of Oliver Wood). Final score: Second 16, First 13.


The following people played: Cody Lewis, Katelin Ross, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Shadow Gaunt, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:12 am

Not too many people flew onto the pitch last evening, but those who made it out there had plenty of times to explode!

We began with two rounds of Xany: one with the normal set and one with the Cascade set. With three people there, each was asked to choose a letter for "team" selection: Tarma chose J, Katelin chose K, and Will chose W - making Tarma and Katelin on the "early" side and Will on the "late" side.

The first game ended on just two questions: after Tarma scored on the first question, Will exploded on the second because, in the words of Hermione Granger, "there's provision in the Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery for the use of magic in life-threatening situations" at which point his team was down, 1-0, with no players left. (Fun fact: two questions is literally the shortest possible length of a Quodpot game!) We kept the original set for one more game. This one lasted all the way until the fourth questions before Will exploded despite taking some Felix Felicis and having another go that evening, with Early winning 5-1.

We then switched to the Cascade set for the next game. This time there was no explosion until Sturgis Podmore on Question 5 (which everyone dodged; Late was now up 6-0). It would take another five questions before the first player was knocked out: Katelin tried a Wronski Feint that went badly (and now Late was up 9-0). Two questions later, Will was knocked out on the color Bronze, leaving Tarma to try and erase a 10-0 deficit by herself. Four questions later, with her team still trailing 10-1, Tarma Crucioed herself into an explosion and out of the game, giving Late its first win of the night!

Would that trend continue for the next game? Will's explosion on the second question thanks to Alfred Cattermole (or, if you're a Death Eater occupying the Ministry, an anonymous "brat of Mudblood") only allowed Late to secure one point. The game was tied on the next question, and two questions after that, with the score still tied, Tarma was exploded In Memoriam. Three questions later, after dodging an explosive Vincent Crabbe, Katelin was Victorious on Snape Victorious to win for Early, 2-1.

It looked like there was time for only one more game. The first explosion, on Question 4, was dodged (after all, where your treasure is, there will your heart be also) with Late leading 4-0. Two questions later, Tarma was knocked out by rival Quidditch captain Roger Davies with Late now up 5-0. It only took two more questions for Will to be knocked out by Dumbledore's phoenix Patronus (yet another reason I'm frustrated with that man), but leaving the game with a 6-0 lead for his team. It was up to Katelin to try and see if she could change things. The next five questions featured two dodged explosions in the form of beechwood and a small silver-backed hairbrush; three questions after that, having tied the score 6-6, Katelin dodged another explosion in the form of a porlock. Four questions later, as we all waited, she finally ran into the House-Elf Liberation Front, which promptly exploded her and causing the game to end as a tie!

But then, Shadow, who had found the Quidditch pitch a great place to slumber, woke up to join the rest of us flying. We proceeded to play yet another round of Xany (on the regular question set) before switching back to Cascade; Shadow joining Will on the "late" team. Four questions in, with Late leading 5-1, everyone dodged an exploding yeti. Five questions after that, with Late now up 12-4, The Sacking of Severus Snape was also dodged by all the players. But the Sacking of Severus Snape turned out to be the first of four consecutive explosions; it was immediately followed by SQT journeyman reserve Seeker Harper who, in a particularly nasty act of betrayal, knocked out his current captain Will, an exploding bit of cypress that was about to be used for someone's wand, and an exploding weasel. Three questions later came the next explosion, with Hermione Granger knocking out Shadow. Late was still up 12-4... could Tarma and Katelin change things for their team? Nine questions, ten points, and one dodged explosion (this was the second explosion in a row due to Hermione Granger), we had our answer: yes! Early came from behind to win the final match of the night, 14-12.

The following people played: Katelin Ross, Shadow Gaunt, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

The next pickup (which will be the first one of 2019) will be in about one and a half weeks, on...

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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:21 am

The first pickup of 2019 was a very exciting series of matches, featuring cauldrons, Quods, tridents, and all sorts of other fun things! And every house was represented!

We began with a round of Creaothceann before deciding to split up into teams based on Hunger Games districts. With half of the people choosing inner districts (Shadow - 1, Scarlet - 3, Iverian - 4, Will - 4) and the other half choosing outer districts (Cody - 6, Sirius - 6, Zenix - 11, Tarma - 12), that made our teams. And out came the Quod!

The first game had a very familiar beginning: Will would be exploded on the first question by a team of three centaurs - Ronan, Bane, and Magorian. Two questions later, Cody would run into some explosive mint humbugs after scoring the first point of the game on behalf of the outer districts. The next six questions were either unanswered or claimed by the Inner districts; while the Inner side then led 6-1, Sirius would be exploded by 93 Diagon Alley and then Scarlet would be exploded by being rounded up and tagged. Tarma would get the next three questions to put the Outer districts back in the lead, which would last exactly one question as Shadow would reclaim the lead for the Inner districts (10-7). Four questions later, Tarma would bring the Outer districts up 13-10, folllowed by Shadow exploding two questions after that - "about a foot" away. When the next question saw the slim, hooded figure of Narcissa Malfoy explode Tarma, it was up to Iverian to see if she could save the game for the Inner districts. Six questions later, it was a heavy, black cloak that decided the game by exploding Iverian - giving the Outer districts a 13-10 win.

Zenix flew onto the pitch for the next game, balancing the teams at 4 people each. How would that change gameplay? At the start of the game, things looked great for the Inner districts, with a 6-0 lead on the first three questions and the fourth question seeing Tarma exploded by the black and silver colors of a book. The Inner districts would extend the lead to 9-0 over the next two questions before Cody answered the two after that: narrowing the gap to 9-3 before exploding at Ilkley. Will was exploded by a put-outer on the very next question, completely shifting the momentum of the game. Even though Scarlet would get the next three questions and extend the Inner districts' lead to 12-3, she would be exploded by "someone fussing over him and prescribing useless potions" at the end of that streak... and now each team had two players standing. Four questions later, Shadow would be exploded by her own house (as Zenix began to narrow the gap to 12-6); while Zenix herself would be exploded by Romilda Vane two questions after that, Sirius needed only three more questions to put his team ahead again, 14-12. Four questions later, with Sirius extending the lead further to 17-12, he would be exploded by the wandmaker Ollivander. Once again it would be up to Iverian... this time, she exploded on the very next question thanks to Page 213, home of the Cruciatus Curse and an exploding Quod. The Outer districts won again!

We then moved on to the Cascade set for another match. Once again the Inner districts jumped to a 6-0 lead, but after two straight games of Iverian being the last person standing, the fourth question of this game would see her as the first person exploded, thanks to the color green. Will would be exploded by an election (not surprising; the popular vote of most Quodpot games is "EXPLODE WILL!") on the very next question, and Scarlet would be exploded five questions later by a fire crab. Although the Inner districts still led 8-4, they only had one player standing - Shadow - compared to the Outer districts having everyone. Granted, Zenix would be defeated by Crookshanks on the very next question... but the momentum was changing. The next four questions would involve two lead changes, with the Inner districts now up 12-9. Shadow, who had just scored 4 points (and would extend the lead to 13-9 two questions later), was trying to reclaim the momentum - encouraged by Tarma then falling right after Shadow's 13-9 score to Halloween. Two questions later, Cody would be downed by Amycus - but Sirius would reclaim the lead for the Outer districts, 16-13, by answering three questions in a row. Three questions later, Sirius would be downed by Avery - and now it would be up to Shadow to try and pull out the win for the Inner districts. Unfortunately for her, she would fall on the very next question thanks to The Lost Diadem (of Shadow's house!) exploding on her. Once again the Outer districts had it!

There was enough time for one last game... how would things play out? Two questions in, Will would meet his end at the critic head of the Runespoor, but not before giving the Inner districts a 1-0 lead. Six questions later, after two lead changes (the score now 5-4), Bathilda's Secret turned out to be a way to explode Tarma. Four questions after that, with the Outer districts up 10-5, Zenix would run into an exploding otter; five questions after that, with the Outer districts now up 15-6, Cody baited Scarlet into some explosive Amortentia. Five questions later, Cody himself would run into explosive leeches; two questions after that, Sirius would be downed by Priori Incantatem. The score was now 19-7 in favor of the Outer districts, but the Inner districts had Shadow and Iverian standing and the Outer districts had no one. At that point, Scarlet's Amortentia wore off... but "balderdash!" would explode her again four questions later, leaving Shadow and Iverian to try and play their way past a 19-9 deficit. Twenty-one questions later, including five harmless explosions dodged by both players, Shadow was able to complete a comeback (nine more points for her; two for Iverian) with the help of Hermione Granger. The Inner districts won the last match of the night, 20-19!

The following people played: Cody Lewis, Iverian Gnash, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Shadow Gaunt, Sirius Fudge, Tarma Amelia Black, Will Lestrange, and Zenix James!

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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:33 am

This evening's pickup was exciting - complete with new blood and a new Quod to test out!

We began with two rounds of Xany: one with the regular set and one with the Cascade set. Then it was time to divide among teams - upon realizing nearly half of us (Katelin, Kathren, Kendra) had names beginning with "K" and one of the others began with "A" (Adaleine)... we could make a team called "AK" - or "Avada Kedavra"; for the rest of us: Shadow, Tarma, and Will, another Unforgivable - Cruciatus - was a better fit.

But before the battle of Unforgivables, it was time to test out a new Quod! In addition to the "Classic" Quod we all know and love, everyone's favorite broom game inventor Cody Lewis has come up with a new "Dynamic" Quod designed to be exactly as explosive as the Bludger from Bludger Dodgeball! (Spoiler alert: the first question rarely explodes, the second question sometimes explodes, and later questions usually explode.)

Those who read the spoiler should not be surprised to learn that the first explosion of the first game happened two questions in: Will was exploded by Xenophilius Lovegood (which is also not surprising when you realize that the Lovegoods are some of the most famous supporters of one of Will's Quidditch rivals.) It actually took four questions for the next explosion: Shadow was exploded at the "1 hour" mark. The Cruciatus team, with just Tarma left, was now clinging to a very narrow 4-3 lead. As people got used to the Quod, the next four questions went "safe, explode, safe, explode" with the explosions untouched. Then the pattern switched to "safe, safe, explode, safe, safe, safe, explode" with the last of those explosions taking out Tarma on 3 heads! At this point, the Avada Kedavra team had all their members left (except that Adaleine had flown off the pitch) and were trying to erase a 9-6 lead of Cruciatus. But with Buckbeak exploding Kathren four questions later, Katelin being beaten by the number '3' three questions after that, and Kendra being defeated by a surprisingly 'oppressive, unnerving' Quod two questions after that, 9-6 to Cruciatus was how the game was going to remain and end.

We then took a vote: switch with the new 'dynamic' Quod or return to the 'classic' Quod for the remainder of the evening? The 'classic' Quod won in a landslide so, as we returned to the usual Quod, we geared up for another game. This time, Will was exploded on the very first question thanks to ten explosive Galleons! The next question exploded too, but everyone stayed safe and unexploded as Dudley Dursley jerked his hand upwards to cover his mouth (explosively). It took eight more questions before an explosion would actually take someone out: 'our new celebrity' knocked out Kendra - and Cruciatus now had an 8-0 lead. Five questions later, with Cruciatus up 12-4, Katelin was exploded by Sirius Black. Two questions later, Tarma would be exploded by the number '6'; the very next question would see Shadow exploded by Horcruxes. The question of the game was now: could Kathren, the last flier standing, erase a 12-5 lead to bring Avada Kedavra victory? Four questions later, we had our answer: YES! It was a walking stick that would vault Avada Kedavra to a 14-12 lead.

And with that, we switched to the Cascade set for the remainder of the evening. This time, Will would be exploded on the second question thanks to unspeakable treason from The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black. And Adaleine flew back onto the pitch just in time to see Will explode! Three questions later, The Woes of Mrs. Weasley would include "exploding Tarma" - the score was tied 1-1 but Cruciatus had just Shadow left and Avada Kedavra had their entire team. Shadow would get 3 of the next questions, building a 4-1 lead for Cruciatus... but the color 'gold' would get her. While Adaleine would explode two questions later at Diagon Alley, it would only take two questions after that for the game to end: Kendra would ride a Beater to a 5-4 win for Avada Kedavra.

There was time left for one last game: how would it end? Four questions in, Shadow would be exploded by a Squib (Arabella Figg), but Cruciatus already had a 6-0 lead. Five questions after that, Fleur would explode Will; Cruciatus had only Tarma left to defend their 12-0 lead and Avada Kedavra had everyone. But had Will dodged Fleur, he likely would have succumbed to an Imp on the next question which ended up exploding harmlessly! The next three questions would have Tarma extend the Cruciatus lead to 18-0 followed, two questions later, by a harmless exploding lethifold. It would take another eleven questions (featuring Adaleine scoring all four points for her team and five explosions, four of which were consecutive) before a player would be exploded again: in another example of in-house betrayal, Kendra was exploded by Michael Corner! Four questions later, Harry Potter would explode Tarma. While Cruciatus had no players left and Avada Kedavra had three of theirs, they were looking up from a 24-4 hole. Could they erase it? Well, it didn't help when Katelin was exploded all the way back to 1163 on the very next question. Two questions after that, Sirius Black would explode Kathren. But over the next six questions, Adaleine would score six points and dodge two questions, making us wonder whether she (who had scored all ten of her team's points this game) could pull out the win. The answer, though, was NO: the seventh question would see Adaleine exploded at The Triwizard Tournament, giving Cruciatus their second win of the night, 24-10!


The following people played: Adaleine Shuster, Katelin Ross, Kathren Johnsun, Kendra Givens, Shadow Gaunt, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:20 am

Tonight's pickups might have been the most exciting one yet! After the experiments from ten days earlier, Cody now knew exactly how to create a TRUE 'dynamic' Quod. In fact, he managed to create the first-ever real dynamic Quod in the hour before pickups - and we were all excited to try it out!

But we began with two other broom games on the full set: everyone put on our cauldrons for Creaothceann and then a few of us sat out while the rest of us raced on our brooms for Xany.

In order to play with our new Quod, though, we had to pick teams - so we all had to choose colours. Some of those colours had the letter "R" in them (purple for Tarma and me; grey for Dexter) and some did not (teal for Cody, blue for Scarlet and Sirius) - this would place the players on teams R and NoR, respectively. As we started to play, everyone waited for the first explosion, but it didn't happen on the first question... or the second... or the third. It took the fourth question for Cody to explode via Engorgement, with Team R up 6-0. Three questions later, with the lead knocked down to 6-3, Will exploded thanks to the Augurey (marking the first time in a millennium that this particular bird foretold death instead of "approach of rain"). In fact, the Quod exploded on the next question as well, taking out Scarlet by throwing her in the air (or "throws it in the air") - and the question after that saw a third consecutive explosion, which may have been the first time ever that an ACTUAL Crumple-Horned Snorkack's horn would explode (No, it was NOT an Erumpent's horn this time). Since Sirius was the last player remaining on team NoR, Team R would win this match 6-3.

FUN FACT: The probability that an explosion will be immediately followed by two more explosions from the dynamic Quod is 1/49, or just over two percent.

This was right about the time that Katelin Ross flew onto the pitch! Her colour choice, pink, placed her on team NoR... but first we had a quick half-round of Xany on the Cascade set to "introduce" that set. As for the second Quodpot game of the night? The first six questions saw two lead changes but no explosions. The seventh question, with Team R up 14-7, though, saw Will exploded by Sirius... but NOT by Sirius Fudge, who was playing against him, but by Sirius Black. Three questions later, Sirius would be exploded... by Harry Potter. And three questions after that (with a harmless exploding Fwooper in the middle), Dexter would be exploded all the way to the year 1612. Two questions after that, with the R lead narrowed to 14-11, Scarlet would be exploded all the way to London! The score would be tied over the next two questions, but Cody would then succumb to Avery the question after that. Team R had one person left standing - Tarma - who would answer four of the next five questions to give them their largest lead yet, 23-14, but the fifth question was an explosion that took her all the way to Durmstrang. Katelin was the final player remaining on Team NoR; could she bring her team back for the win? Seven questions later, featuring three unanswered questions, a dodged explosion, and then four straight answers, we had our answer: Katelin would wield the Elder Wand for a 24-23 victory for NoR!

The next game began with everyone forgetting about Augustus Rookwood, but Will exploded on Question 3 thanks to an obnoxious Tebo. The 2-0 lead Team R had at that point threatened to be the last lead they would see that match, as Cody would answer five questions to give Team NoR a 15-2 lead. Tarma would answer the next question, only to be exploded at the Riddle House (so Team R was not only behind, but had just one player left while Team NoR had everyone left!) Sirius would meet an exploding fate three questions later at the Quidditch World Cup (score 18-2); while Scarlet would get exploded by Fridwulfa five questions after that, NoR had extended their lead even further to 26-2. Four questions later (score: 32-2), Katelin would be exploded by Gryffindor House; four questions after that, Cody would be exploded by Anthony Goldstein. Dexter was the last person left on either team; could he bring Team R back from a 36-4 deficit? For a while it looked like he could; six questions later, the score was already 36-16. The question after that, though, saw him exploded by Wormtail and the game ended 36-16 to NoR!

There was just enough time left for one more match. How would it go? It took eight questions for this Quod to explode, with Tarma defeated by the nearly-immortal Nicolas Flamel, but by that time Team R had already built up a 21-7 lead. In what would turn out to be a battle of Heads of Slytherin House past and present, Scarlet would be exploded on the very next question by Horace Slughorn. Five questions after that, with the score now 29-9, Cody would be exploded by Lachlan the Lanky. And two questions after that, Will was exploded by the Appleby Arrows. Each team had lost two players; Team R had Dexter left while Team NoR had Katelin and Sirius. While Sirius was narrowing the lead down to 31-20 over the next five questions, their momentum was stopped when Cedric Diggory then exploded Katelin (yet another example of in-house betrayal). Sirius then answered the next three questions; while the first two got the score closer, to 31-23, the last question saw The Phoenix Lament exploding him, making the final game end 31-23 to Team R.

And so, our first games with the dynamic Quod proved that this Quod was definitely a ball worth keeping!

The following people played: Cody Lewis, Dexter York, Katelin Ross, Limine Snidget, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Sirius Fudge, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:27 pm

Yesterday, a number of us assembled onto the pitch for another round of exciting pickups!

We began with two and a half broom races in the game of "Xany" and then it was time to play with everyone's favorite dynamic Quod again!

To pick teams, we asked everyone to give the year they started out here at HOL: some have been around for more than a decade (2003 for Tarma; 2006 for Katelin), some have been around for five to ten years (2010 for Cody; 2011 for Emma; 2013 for Will), and some were a bit more recent (2017 for Shadow; 2018 for Adaleine). We divided teams based on whether those years were odd or even, but because I sometimes have to be a bit fancy with math, we called them "prime" and "composite" (based on the LAST TWO DIGITS of those years only; for those mathematically inclined readers, I'm fully aware that 2013 is divisible by 3 ;))

Those of you familiar with other forms of Quodpot will not be surprised that on the first game (with the standard question set), Will was the first person to be knocked out, thanks to Eldred Worple. But they may be surprised to learn that it took five questions for this explosion to happen! (Primes was up 6-4 at the time). Nine questions and four lead changes later (Primes being up 25-21), Tarma would be exploded by the approach of rain (one of the VERY few times that someone "died" when the Augurey cried). The very next question, Cody met up with an exploding tortoise and now the teams were at even strength again: Emma and Shadow representing the primes while Katelin and Adaleine represented the composites. Six questions later, Katelin was exploded by Snape Victorious (as this was the only question of the six that Composite members had answered correctly, the score was now 32-21). Four questions away, with the score 35-21, Emma tried and failed to "run away" but met an exploding Quod nonetheless. And the very next question saw Shadow exploded while putting out the milk bottles! The question now: could Adaleine erase a 35-21 deficit? Four questions later, Adaleine dodged a Quod that had exploded due to "the weather"; nine questions after that, she checked into The Magical Menagerie to put the Composite team ahead, 38-35.

When Scarlet flew onto the pitch for the next game, her 2003 joining year threatened to make teams uneven... until we agreed to pretend that December 2003, when Tarma joined HOL, was actually part of 2004, for the purposes of the game making her Composite. Three questions into the game, Cody found The Journey From Platform Nine and Three-Quarters a bit too explosive for him. Three questions after that, Scarlet was blasted by an exploding Tinderblast that proved to live up to its name. And three questions after that (notice a pattern?) Will was exploded by the former wand maker Gregorovitch. Not much scoring had gone on; Primes was up by the margin of 7-2. Four questions later, after two unanswered questions, Tarma found that Snape's Worst Memory was so bad because it ended with her explosion (which meant that once again, it was Emma and Shadow versus Katelin and Adaleine). Four questions later, though, with the score now 10-6, Katelin ran into an exploding stag. Three questions after that, though, it was a badly produced batch of The Polyjuice Potion that would defeat Adaleine, giving this one to the Prime team, 10-7.

There was just enough time for one last game, though Shadow and Adaleine had to leave the pitch at that point (teams were still even, though - so no new rearrangement had to be made). Five questions in, with the score 6-4 to Primes, Emma would be exploded by fellow SQT member Derrick (I am NOT a fan of in-house Slytherin betrayal). Four questions later, with Primes now leading 11-5, Will would be exploded by the Latin phrase "quid agis". It would be another five questions (by which point the Primes would extend their lead to 18-8) before a Composite player would succumb to the Quod; he was exploded by Luna Lovegood (which, remembering her behaviour as a Quidditch fan in the books, should not be surprising). Three questions later, everyone dodged an exploding Doxy; while Scarlet answered the next two questions, the second ended up with her ALSO being knocked out by a Quidditch rival from a different house... George Weasley! Could Katelin and Tarma erase a 21-9 deficit to put the Composites in the lead? Four questions later, they had narrowed the gap to 21-12, but Tarma was sent OUT of the game by "pig snout". Now it was up to Katelin: two questions in, she dodged an exploding Melinda Bobbin. But three questions later, with the score now 21-14, it was her turn to be felled by a Quidditch rival; it was Draco Malfoy that exploded her - giving the final match to the Primes, 21-14. (Ironically enough, the Composite team would be the only one to end a match with a prime score!)

The following people played: Adaleine Shuster, Cody Lewis, Emma Borg, Katelin Ross, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Shadow Gaunt, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

The next pickup will be in about one and a half weeks, on...

Thursday, February 14 at 3:30 AM HOL!
(NOTE: This is Wednesday evening in US time zones.)
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

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Cheyenne Roncone wrote:
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How do I sign up for it? <_< <_< <_< <_<
You do not sign up, Cheyenne. Just show up and play.
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:05 am

This night featured another fun gathering of Quidditch players for some fun with cauldrons and Quods!

First we put our cauldrons on for Creaothceann as players trickled in; then it was time to divide teams. Everyone was asked to choose spells of their choice: some of us chose dueling spells ending in "Sempra" (Cody - Sectumsempra; Scarlet - Rictusempra) and others chose one of the Unforgivable Curses (Kendra - Imperius; Will - Cruciatus; Tarma _ Avada Kedavra). As such, the players were assigned to the teams "Unforgivables" or "SempraSpells" based on their choices.

We began by bringing back the 'classic' Quod (the one that explodes on Question 5)... it only took two questions for Aingingein to explode Cody. Will would explode on baubles on the very next question, at which point the Unforgivables team had a narrow 1-0 lead. But that was how the game would end; after two unanswered questions, Scarlet would get exploded by a teddy bear! (And at this point, Kendra had to fly off the pitch for the night.)

Keeping the normal question set, we switched back to the new 'dynamic' quod with special explosion rates. Nevertheless, the first few explosions were at the exact same game positions as with the 'classic' quod: just like the last game, the second, third, and sixth questions featured explosions. But this time, it was Will who exploded on Question 2 (because he thought he could see his family again), Cody on Question 3 (the clock struck MIDNIGHT on him), and Tarma on Question 6 (due to an attack by the Department of International Magical Cooperation). Once again the game ended on the sixth question; this time, it was 4-0 to SempraSpells.

At this point the field shifted again: we moved to the special Cascade set for the third Quod game of the night. The Unforgivables jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead on the first four questions. Because of the new Quod, Will thought he could get away with answering the fifth question, but it ended up having GQT rival James Potter knock him out of the game. Five questions later, with the score now 12-8, Cody was caught Haversacking and exploded as a result (you wouldn't think of the dynamic quod as being the one that explodes on every fifth question, but that's what happened so far!) Breaking the pattern, the next explosion took four questions - not five. With the Unforgivables leading 14-9, Scarlet would get exploded by Adrian Pucey (an act of SQT treason; I'll need to have a long talk with Adrian on house loyalty) to end the game at that score.

There was time for one more match. Three questions in, Will reminded everyone exactly why he hated hospitals: he was exploded by the visitor's tearoom and hospital shop! Four questions later, with SempraSpells up 6-3, Scarlet would be exploded by RQT rival Anthony Goldstein. Cody would get the next two questions, extending SempraSpells's lead up to 7-3 only to succumb thanks to exploding Horcruxes. The remaining question: could Tarma erase a 7-3 lead? Three questions later (with the score 7-5), we had our answer: Gryffindor Head of House Minerva McGonagall was willing to work across House lines to give Tarma the winning points! Final score: 8-7 to Unforgivables.


The following people played: Cody Lewis, Kendra Givens, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:35 am

Today's Quidditch gathering was one of the best attended ones yet - with all houses represented by multiple people!

We began by racing around for Xany, but with a twist... instead of only three people getting points per question, we changed things so the first FIVE people to answer a question would get points! We played two rounds this way: one on the regular set and one on the Cascade set. Then we asked everyone to name a Quidditch player to switch into various teams. The most common choice was Viktor Krum (chosen by both Tarma and Adaleine; passing up the opportunity to choose the pride of their House, Cedric Diggory, they chose an international Seeker instead.) Four other people chose Seekers: Regulus Black (Will), Eunice Murray (Cody), Draco Malfoy (Iverian), and Ginny Weasley (Shadow). Of the position players: Zenix chose Katie Bell, Sirius chose Fred Weasley, and Scarlet chose Meghan McCormack. We divided teams based on who chose a Hogwarts Seeker and who chose a professional Seeker. I know what you're thinking right now: "What team did Shadow end up on? Ginny played both for Gryffindor and the Holyhead Harpies." Since we only SAW her play for Gryffindor in the books, Shadow ended up on the Hogwarts team.

And so we geared up for our first game of Quodpot, on the regular question set! Will (of the Hogwarts team) got the first two questions, but the second one caused him to explode in the city of Dijon. The next ELEVEN questions would go to the pros, but two of them - the eighth and the tenth - would end up in explosions: Cody would get exploded by Hermione Granger (not even a Quidditch player, but a house rival nonetheless) and Scarlet would get exploded by Armando Dippet (we don't know what house Armando was in, but we DO know it wasn't the same as Scarlet!) So the streak ended with the pros 'only' up 30-1. Sirius would get four of the next five questions, narrowing the lead slightly to 34-6 before getting exploded by his namesake, Cornelius Fudge (if you can't even trust your blood relatives...) and three questions later, Tarma would get exploded at 5:07 AM - which meant only Adaleine, Iverian, Shadow, and Zenix remained in the game. After Adaleine got one using her HANDS, Shadow got the next three in a row, narrowing the score to 37-16 before exploding on Pius Thicknesse (who may have been a housemate of Shadow; no one knows for sure). Bertha Jorkins exploded Adaleine on the next question (we don't know if they were housemates either) leaving only Hogwarts players remaining. When Dedalus Diggle (again, maybe a housemate) exploded Iverian, it was up to Zenix to see if she could erase a 37-16 deficit by herself. Three questions later, with the score 37-18, someone clicked his fingers to explode Zenix out of the game - making the final score 37-18 to the pros.

We then switched question sets (to the Cascade set) for the next game: would it make a difference? Five questions into the game, with Hogwarts up 8-2, Cody was the first casualty of the game, losing to an exploding Nogtail. Three questions later, with the score now 11-2, Scarlet ran into a batch of exploding Veritaserum. It would take six more questions to explode a Hogwarts player: Will would meet an exploding Graphorn after helping extend the Hogwarts lead to 25-3. Tarma would get three of the next four questions, but despite dodging an exploding Flibbertigibbet (what does that even look like?) she would get exploded Back to the Burrow with the score 25-6 and Adaleine the last pro remaining. Four questions later, Sirius would be knocked out by Quidditch rival Oliver Wood (score: 25-9) - and though Shadow would get the next three questions, she would fall victim to the Quidditch World Cup with the score 30-9. At this point only three players remained: Iverian and Zenix for Hogwarts and Adaleine for the pros. The next four questions went unanswered (it's a good thing, because two of them were explosions); six questions later, Padfoot (the Marauder, not anyone else of the same name) would explode Iverian with the score now 33-15. It would take another twelve questions for another explosion: Adaleine would fall to Rowena Ravenclaw to end the game at 38-22 to the Hogwarts side.

There was enough time for one last game, but before it started two of the Hogwarts players (Shadow and Zenix) had to fly off the pitch giving the numerical advantage to the pros. Would it be enough? Six questions in, with the score 8-7 to the Hogwarts team, Cody was exploded by The Polyjuice Potion. Seven questions later, after two lead changes (Hogwarts now up 20-16), Will would be exploded by Abraxas (a Malfoy, in an act of betrayal of House loyalty). Two questions later, with the score 20-17, Bane would explode Tarma (who would note the irony that Bane was the centaur who had the least respect for two leggers). Six questions later, with the score tied at 23, it would be Scarlet's turn to explode - with Neville Longbottom the culprit. At this time, the Hogwarts team had only Iverian and Sirius while the pros would have only Adaleine. Who would pull off the win? While dodging an exploding yeti, Sirius would get four of the next seven questions, giving Hogwarts a 28-25 lead before being exploded all the way to Beyond the Veil (Hogwarts fans will remember another Sirius getting sent beyond the veil back in 1996... by a Lestrange, no less!) The next three questions went Iverian-Adaleine-Adaleine, which would have been enough to give the pros another lead... except that Adaleine was knocked off in 1996 as well, when The Second War Begins. The closest match of the night ended 29-27 to the Hogwarts side!

The following people played: Adaleine Shuster, Cody Lewis, Iverian Gnash, Kendra Givens, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Shadow Gaunt, Sirius Fudge, Tarma Amelia Black, Will Lestrange, and Zenix James!

The next pickup will be in about one and a half weeks, on...

Thursday, March 7 at 3:30 AM HOL!
NOTE: This is WEDNESDAY in US time zones - though I had previously said it would have to be a slightly different day.
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Cheyenne Roncone » Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:33 pm

Prof. Tarma Amelia Black wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:09 pm
Cheyenne Roncone wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:12 pm
How do I sign up for it? <_< <_< <_< <_<
You do not sign up, Cheyenne. Just show up and play.
The games we play will be explained, with words, ahead of time, and then we have a warm-up 'explanatory' game of each too.
What do I have to do then seeing I don't have to sign up?
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:46 pm

Cheyenne Roncone wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:33 pm
Prof. Tarma Amelia Black wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:09 pm
Cheyenne Roncone wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:12 pm
How do I sign up for it? <_< <_< <_< <_<
You do not sign up, Cheyenne. Just show up and play.
The games we play will be explained, with words, ahead of time, and then we have a warm-up 'explanatory' game of each too.
What do I have to do then seeing I don't have to sign up?
Get on IRC and go to #quidditch. :)
Find out about IRC in the Handbook. click Go down to the place which talks about Chatrooms and you will find a lot of information in there about the Chatrooms - an Introduction, Chat Rules, Chat Clients and Basic Commands.
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