2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

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Post by Cheyenne Roncone » Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:41 pm

Ok. Thank you so much
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Post by Will Lestrange » Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:04 am

Last evening's Quidditch gathering could be considered a birthday celebration for one of our players... except that the bot had a mind of its own.

We began with a round of Creaothceann (on the Cascade set); at the end of the round, Cody gave a bit of foreshadowing by saying 'i've never had this much luck'. Little did he know what the bot would have in store for him when the cauldrons and rocks of Creaothceann were replaced by everyone's favorite Quod!

With Cody, Scarlet, Tarma, and Will on the pitch at that point, we decided that the old standby of Students vs Professors was a reasonable split.

But the Quod had other ideas: we began with a game of Quodpot on the regular set. On the very first question, Will was knocked out by the rival ghost, Nearly Headless Nick. Five questions later, when Scarlet was knocked out by the number 12, the students were still up 7-3. Five questions later, with the score 12-8 (due to Cody and Tarma alternating questions), Cody would get knocked out by a gas explosion. But Tarma, the last one standing, would get the next three questions right to give the Professors a 14-12 win.

Switching to the Cascade set, Will would be knocked out by yet another Gryffindor, Ginny Weasley, three questions in. Five questions later, with the students holding a 7-6 lead, Cody would ironically get knocked out by a game he would later wish there would be more of... Aingingein! And two questions later, Tarma would benefit from rival Quidditch captain Roger Davies to score 2 points, giving the Professors yet another match, 8-7.

The next game went essentially the same way except for a slightly different order of elimination: this time it was Cody who would be exploded in the third question of the game (he was exploded in the Forbidden Forest). Three questions later, Will would be exploded by the Forbidden Forest; although the students led 5-1, the professors had all of their players left and the students had none. Sure enough, although Tarma would be knocked out by Birthday Surprises (ESPECIALLY appropriate!) four questions later with the students still up by one, Scarlet would take two consecutive trips to the Department of Mysteries to clinch a 7-5 win for the professors.

What about the next game? This time it took until question number FOUR for an explosion; Professor Quirrell would explode Will with the score tied 3-3. Four questions later, the tie would become 8-8 followed by two consecutive explosions: exploding fir (dodged by everyone) and Godric's Hollow (where Tarma was exploded). With Cody and Scarlet exchanging answers, four questions later there would be ANOTHER tie - at 12-12, followed by two unanswered uneventful questions and two straight explosions: a Norwegian Ridgeback (everyone avoided this one) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which got Cody). Sure enough, the next question featured Scarlet riding her old house, Ravenclaw, to the fourth straight win, 13-12, for the professors.

At this point, the students got REALLY frustrated: Will slapped the Quod-holding bot Quiz three times with large trouts before Cody decided to temporarily banish the bot from the game room so it could think about its behavior. Would that make a difference for match number five? After a false start with no one voiced, we proceeded to an actual game. Four questions in, with Students up 6-0, it was Scarlet who would get exploded by a troll! And although Cody would follow suit on the very next question thanks to Angelina Johnson (what's up with rival Quidditch captains exploding us?!?!?), the momentum seemed to be towards the students. Will would be exploded two questions later by former Irish teammate Moran, but the score was still 6-1. Tarma would need three consecutive scores to erase that lead, and although she managed two of them, the third one ended up with a Savage explosion, giving the Students their first win of the night, 6-4.

And right at that point, another student, Eve, flew onto the pitch! We decided to play two more matches (for a grand total of seven!)... and it looked like the momentum was on the side of the students. In fact, this time it was Tarma's turn to be exploded on the first question by a badly cast Protego, and just like that, the students outnumbered the professors 3-1. Will quickly answered the next four questions; though the last of them would explode him back to 1918, the students had a 6-0 lead and still outnumbered the professors 2-1. Unfortunately, Cody would explode in Knockturn Alley two questions later. Scarlet then took the Quod and answered the next four questions; giving the professors a 7-6 lead before exploding on Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit. It was up to Eve to see if she could reclaim victory for the students, and two questions later, the oldest, most gnarled, resilient looking tree (s)he could find ended up being the ticket to success! Students won their second game in a row, 8-7.

There was time for one last game. Four questions in, with the students up 6-0, Will would be exploded by three of Gilderoy Lockhart's books working in concert: Magical Me, Break with a Banshee, and Year of the Yeti. Three questions later, with the score now 9-0 to the students, Hermione Granger exploded Cody (once again, house rivalries gone awry). Four questions later, Sirius Black jumped at an opportunity to get back at a relative by exploding Tarma (students still up 9-1). But then, Scarlet answered seven questions in a row, ending in an explosion into 426 pieces... but not before giving the professors a 22-9 lead. Just like last time, Eve had the last shot to score... could she give the Students their third straight win? Four questions in, she had narrowed the gap to 22-15, but the fifth question saw a LONG BLACK explosion that would knock her out of the game as well, ending it as 22-15 to the Professors.

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

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

Saturday, March 16 at 10:30 PM HOL!

Note from Tarma: The Awesome CheekyXVIx!Cosmo made a thing so we can find out when that is, for wherever we live, because HOL time doesn't switch to Daylight Savings until the end of the month. CLICK!
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:28 am

Before this evening's Quidditch pickups could begin, we all needed to vanquish another foe: Muggle clocks that insisted on poor synchronisation on both sides of the pond! But despite the confusion, we still managed a solid turnout, with each house represented.

First we began with two rounds of Xany: one on the regular format and one on the Cascade format. We kept the new rules with FIVE people earning points each question; sure enough, everyone who played managed to make it onto the board for at least one of the games! Then Katelin flew onto the pitch just in time for everyone's favorite game... the struggle for the exploding Quod known as Quodpot!

We all decided to choose animals to split into teams: some people chose mammals (Will became a jaguar, Kathren became a puppy, Scarlet became an orca, and Adaleine became a cat); some chose birds (Shadow became a phoenix and Katelin became a penguin - though Katelin ended up deciding to become a mammalian penguin for the sake of team balance), one chose a reptile (Iverian became a snake), and Tarma tried to choose all of the animals before eventually becoming a thunderbird! We decided to divide our teams based on animal classification: the mammals were to face off against the birds and reptiles.

Tarma got the first question when Will failed to spell Tarma's last name correctly... but then Will got the next four, which ended in him exploding in one of several potential creature-induced injuries (though this one was actually induced by the Quod) with the mammals up 9-1. Six questions later, Tarma had just gotten her third question in a row... causing 'his scar' to explode her with the score much closer at 14-11. Shadow got the next two questions, but the second would cause a leg-locker curse to get him (I didn't think phoenixes HAD legs). The next question saw Puddlemere United knocking out Scarlet (presumably for supporting the Tornados). Kathren and Katelin split most of the next five questions to build a 25-12 lead. After two more questions went unanswered, Iverian got the next two; the first one would narrow the margin to 25-20 but the second would explode in her chest, giving the mammals a 25-20 win.

We then moved onto the Cascade set for the next few Quodpot games. How would that change things? For one, it would take a while for the first explosion: the teams traded off answers for the first nine questions, though the Mammals held a lead for all of that time - ending at 25-20 (the final score of the last match) before Tarma would be exploded by The Ministry of Magic on the tenth question. Two questions later, with the score 25-21, The Pensieve would explode Will. And four questions after that, Katelin would fall to a stag with the score now 28-24. Four questions later, Fred Weasley would explode Kathren - and now there were only three players left: Scarlet for the mammals and Iverian and Shadow for the birds and reptiles (except Iverian was now flying off the pitch). Indeed, Scarlet would explode due to Seamus Finnigan setting the Quod and her on fire... could Shadow come back from a 30-24 deficit? It took five questions for Shadow to tie the game, only to be exploded by a Thestral on the very next question... ending the game as a tie!

And at that point Alex had flown onto the pitch in the form of a puppy; to continue the games with any reasonable sense of balance, I decided to transform into a coily anaconda - joining the birds and reptiles team (meanwhile, Kathren had to fly off the pitch too). And so it was time for yet another game! Six questions in, Will and Scarlet were trading answers with the game moving to a 9-9 tie, but Will ended up exploded by Bulgarian Quidditch rival Dimitrov on number seven. Sixteen questions and two consecutive dodged explosions later, the score was 48-17 to the mammals when Scarlet exploded with a mother-of-pearl sheen. Two questions later, The Flaw in the Plan turned out to be Katelin running into an exploding Quod; three questions later, Dudley knocked out Shadow (who had narrowed the gap, but only to 48-20). Three questions later The Phoenix Lament was an elegy for Tarma; seven questions after that, with the score now 49-26, it would be a beetle that would explode Alex. Iverian the snake was the last person standing on the non-mammalian side; could she erase that deficit? She dodged the next eight questions (the third, fifth, and eighth were explosions) before answering the ninth: The Thief turned out to be the second of two consecutive explosions - ending the game!

There was time for one last match: how would it go? With the birds and reptiles up 4-2, Sirius Black would explode Will four questions in. Then everyone dodged an exploding sherbet lemon; two questions later, with the score now 4-3, The Firebolt would explode Katelin. Immediately after, a salamander exploded far away from the crowd! Scarlet and Tarma alternated on the next three questions; though Scarlet would get two out of the three, the birds and reptiles would expand their lead to 6-4 before Scarlet exploded with steam rising in spirals all around her. (At this point, the birds and reptiles had a two point lead with Shadow, Tarma, and Iverian remaining; the mammals only had one player left, Alex.) The very next question, Hippocrates Smethwyck would explode Shadow (I'd make a 'former teammate' reference but this was the wrong Smethwyck). Who would survive? Tarma got the next two questions, but got exploded when haversacking - so the question remaining was: could Alex outlast Iverian to bring the mammals back from a 7-4 deficit? Alex answered two of the next seven questions and dodged an explosion to tie the game... but the eighth question resulted in him being exploded all the way to Azkaban. The next question saw Iverian yelling "Sectumsempra"! to seal a 8-7 win for the birds and reptiles!

The following people played: Adaleine Shuster, Alexander Brighton, Iverian Gnash, Katelin Ross, Katherin Johnsun, 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, March 28 at 3:30 AM HOL! (This is WEDNESDAY in US time zones - though an hour later than you might think in the US.)

Note from Tarma: I (We're) looking to make another converter. However, as of this moment, March 28 3:30 AM HOL time is March 27, 8:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time and March 27, 11:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time.
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:23 am

This evening's pickup may or may not have been affected by an incident involving Muggle clocks working differently in different places. Regardless, there were still plenty of explosions for those of us who were able to make it out there!

We began by casting spells to determine teams: Will was the only person to cast an actual spell (PETRIFICUS TOTALUS!) which made him on Team Spellcasting; when Tarma chose to SMASH and Shadow chose to HULK SMASH, their team became Hulksmashing.

With the regular question set, the Quod came out to play. Six questions in, with Spellcasting up 10-0, the Quod claimed its first casualty; Will was knocked out by Luna "reading the Quibbler upside down". And only Hulksmashing players were left! Four questions later, with the score 10-3, Shadow was exploded all the way to the left - followed immediately after by Fenrir Greyback exploding Tarma. The final score was 10-3 to Spellcasting... at which point Hulksmashing changed their name to Hulkissmashing.

Would the name change make a difference? When Will was exploded by someone looking for Kreacher two questions in, with Spellcasting up only 1-0, the answer seemed to be yes! The next three questions went unanswered, but then The Great Humberto gave Tarma four points to give Hulkissmashing a 4-1 victory with both of their players still standing.

We then switched to the Cascade set for our final two games. In the first one, it took six questions (just like the first one) for an explosion: The Quibbler, Editor X. Lovegood would knock out Will (the second time in three games a Lovegood would do him in) with the Hulkissmashing players trying to erase a 12-3 deficit. Four questions later, with the score 12-7, The Parting of the Ways separated Tarma from the game. Shadow, the last player standing, would answer three of the next four questions to a "balderdash" victory for Hulkissmashing, 15-12.

One last game was to be played that night: this time it took three questions for "Which Broomstick?" to knock out Will; Spellcasting was up 3-0 at this point. Four questions later, Shadow was the second to be defeated by a broomstick (a Swiftstick) with the score tied at 3. But Nott would give Tarma a point on the very next question to give Hulkissmashing the final game of the night, 4-3!

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

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

Sunday, April 7 at 10:30 PM HOL!
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Re: Official Quidditch Schedule, 2018-2019

Post by Amanda Howard » Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:09 pm

I'm so sorry I missed Quidditch pick-ups can I still be on the Gryffindor Quidditch Team
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:15 pm

Amanda Howard wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:09 pm
I'm so sorry I missed Quidditch pick-ups can I still be on the Gryffindor Quidditch Team
We'll be having Quidditch Pickups regularly Amanda.

If you want to be on the Gryffindor Quidditch Team, I suggest you read this topic here and also check out whatever you find in the Gryffindor Common Room for information about how to be on the team.
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Amanda Howard » Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:22 pm

Whenever I try to go on the Gryffindor Common Room Forum it says I don't have an accont but i do please fix this
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:51 pm

Amanda Howard wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:22 pm
Whenever I try to go on the Gryffindor Common Room Forum it says I don't have an accont but i do please fix this
You have posted in Ask A Prefect, here, so I am deferring to that conversation.
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:05 am

This past evening we had the first pickup of 'summer time' for HOL. People from all four houses showed up for the party, though we probably couldn't quite describe the gathering as "2 ickles and 3 nuts".

Instead of flying to a recent Muggle song (as I threatened), we began with the more standard activity of boulder catching in cauldrons, also known as Creaothceann. After two games of that, it was time to divide into teams. We were all asked to name a Harry Potter character. While Cody and Scarlet may have thought they were SURE to end up on this team because they chose the same character... team selection ended up being slightly trickier than that today.
Instead, the teams were divided based on how people wrote the names of the characters. Some people included capital letters in the names they wrote ("Regulus Black" for Will, "Neville longbottom" for Tarma, "Ron Weasley" for Scarlet, and "Hermione Granger" for Shadow) and some used only lower case letters ("ron weasley" for Cody, "ginny weasley" for Adaleine, and "harry potter" for Iverian). This gave us our teams: CapitalLetters vs AllLowercase!

As the Quod went out, the CapitalLetters team built up a 14-7 lead on the first six questions before the seventh question confirmed that "Professor Trelawney's Prediction" was essentially "On the seventh question, Will will be the first casualty of today's Quod." The next question saw Cody out in an explosion that smelled like bad eggs. Six questions later, with the score now 20-12, Scarlet exploded in a metallic way. Two questions after that, Mrs Norris got Tarma; six questions after that, we knew Shadow was exploded because "her skeleton will lie in the Chamber forever". At this point, CapitalLetters had a 24-15 lead, but the only two players left, Adaleine and Iverian, were on the Lowercase side. Two questions after that, Educational Decree Number Twenty-Nine apparently read "Iverian Gnash shall be blasted off the pitch by an exploding Quod." Could Adaleine save the day for the Lowercase side? Within four questions, the margin was 24-21. She then dodged 6 exploding bottles of Butterbeer and an exploding beetle over the next three questions... only to be exploded by Gertie Keddle two questions after that, with the final score 24-22.

We then switched to the Cascade set for the next game. The first explosion happened two questions in; Scarlet was knocked out by former teammate Zograf. The next seven questions went to CapitalLetters players, but the score only went to 16-1 because the sixth question saw Will exploded by scurvy-grass. Two questions later, AllLowercase would see their first casualty: Iverian would get knocked out by a goat. And then the CapitalLetters would extend their lead to 19-1 over the next two questions, but then it was the AllLowercase's turn to get on the board. Within four questions the margin would be narrowed to 23-15, followed immediately by "The Sorting Hat's New Song" apparently being "And Shadow Gaunt will play no more this game". It took eight more questions and a dodged Journey from Platform Nine and Three Quarters for Cody to put the AllLowercase side in the lead, 27-24, thanks to Scorpius. Three questions later, with the score 32-30 to the AllLowercase players, Cody would be exploded by rival Chaser Katie Bell. Six questions and two dodged explosions later, Tarma - the last CapitalLetters player standing - would explode because "(s)he flew like a mad(wo)man"... giving the game to the AllLowercase side, 33-31.

There was just enough time for one last game. Three questions in, with CapitalLetters up 2-1, Tarma would meet an exploding Thestral. Six questions later, it would be Veritaserum that knocked Scarlet out (and now CapitalLetters was up 13-5). Four questions later, with the score 14-10, Cody would be knocked out by the Patonga Proudsticks. The next three questions would go to Will, but the third of those, with the score 17-10, would see him exploded by a cat. Shadow, the last CapitalLetters player standing, would get three of the next four questions right; building the lead to 21-10 before exploding in a sea of copper. Just like in the first match, it would be up to Iverian and Adaleine to bridge the gap; could they pull it off? Within six questions, the gap was already narrowed to 21-16, but the seventh question saw "The Seer Overheard" to foresee Iverian's demise by explosion. And that was how the match would end: the seventh question, following a dodged explosion in a sea of ebony, would see Adaleine exploded by Quidditch rival Harry Potter!

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

The next pickup will be returning to one of our standard weekend slots, on...

Sunday, May 5 at 10:30 PM HOL!
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon May 06, 2019 1:35 am

After a few failed attempts, pickups finally returned to HOL this past evening. The turnout was pretty good - including all four houses and some brand new players!

This time, we began with two different rounds of Xany - and in order to allow more people to get on the board, we even included 0.5 points as a score for the sixth person to answer a question correct! After the Xany rounds, it was time to divide into teams for Quodpot. The question to divide teams was: "What did you think of Cursed Child?" Opinions varied, but that was not how teams were divided. About half of the people (Annabella Grinaldi, Camie Clarkson, Elena Galatas, and Will Lestrange) included a capital letter in their answer - going on the "CapitalLetters" team, and the other half (Adaleine Shuster, Iverian Gnash, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Tarma Amelia Black) wrote their answers in all lowercase (or didn't write answers at all) and ended up in the "AllLowercase" team. And so things were set up for play.

Adaleine wasn't on the pitch for most of the first game, which meant that it looked like CapitalLetters would have an advantage... but would that be the case? Two questions in, with the score 1-0, featured the first explosion of the day: with Dumbledore's old Transfiguration class knocking out Will. Five of the next six questions would go to the AllLowercase side, allowing them to build a 14-1 lead before Tarma was exploded all the way to Greece. Then, Scarlet was exploded by Mad-Eye Moody three questions later, and the very next question featured a team from Luxembourg, the Bigonville Bombers, visiting HOL just for the purpose of exploding Camie! At this point, the score was 14-2 with only Annabella, Elena, and Iverian left on the pitch. Four questions later, Iverian was exploded by the phrase "he was ashamed of what he remembered" - so the question was: could Annabella and Elena erase a 15-7 deficit? But Harry Potter exploded Elena two questions later, and Annabella was exploded by someone whose goal was "keeping the dragon population under control" - with the final score 15-10 to the AllLowercase team.
This past evening we had the first pickup of 'summer time' for HOL. People from all four houses showed up for the party, though we probably couldn't quite describe the gathering as "2 ickles and 3 nuts".

Adaleine flew onto the pitch in time for the next game... which began a little differently. This time it took six questions for Will to be exploded (by the number 3) giving the CapitalLetters side an 11-4 lead. The next THIRTEEN questions went to the AllLowercase side though, putting AllLowercase ahead 27-11, but three explosions happened along the way: first Scarlet was exploded by a carpet-muffled footstep, then Tarma was exploded by Remus Lupin, and finally Adaleine was exploded by Aberforth. The next four questions would go to the CapitalLetters side; while that narrowed the margin to 27-19, Elena was still exploded "once every 10 years". Then Iverian got the next two questions only to be exploded all the way to Saturn. It was up to Annabella and Camie to see if they could erase a 29-17 deficit. Six questions later, with the score 29-23, The Keeper of the Keys would knock out Annabella. While Camie dodged an explosion three questions later that would have sent her all the way back to the 13th century - and tied the game two questions later via Haversacking, she then would be exploded to History of Magic class with the final score a 29-29 tie.

There was time for more games, but Camie and Scarlet had to leave - keeping the teams even with 3 people each. Three questions in, with 3 points scored so far by the CapitalLetters side, saw Will succumb to an "insolent, ungrateful, little" three-word explosion. Four questions later, with the score 6-3 to the CapitalLetters, "he hopes to meet Harry" would knock out Tarma. And two questions after that, with the score 7-3, Alastor Moody would take out his second victim of the night... Elena Galatas. When Annabella succumbed to an exploding unicorn hair on the very next question, it was up to Adaleine and Iverian to see if they could narrow the gap. And four questions later, Iverian took a trip to Spinner's End to claim the match for AllLowercase, 10-7!

There would be time for only one more match that day. It began exactly like the last one - with Will exploding on the third question (with CapitalLetters up 3-0) due to The Second Task being a little too explody. Three questions later, with the score 5-1 to the CapitalLetters, Tarma would succumb to an exploding terrier. And three questions after that, with the score 7-1, Elena would be exploded 50 feet away! The order of explosions changed slightly from last game though... it would take eight questions (with the score 8-5) for another explosion, with Iverian falling "in a car crash which killed his parents" (the Quod isn't the best at recognizing gender). Adaleine and Annabella were the last two standing... four questions later, with the score 9-8, Annabella was exploded back to the preceding month (April). And four questions later, even though "her tortoise looked more like a turtle", it was still enough for Adaleine to claim the match for the AllLowercase side, 12-9!


The following people played: Adaleine Shuster, Annabella Grinaldi, Camie Clarkson, Elena Galatas, Iverian Gnash, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

The next pickup will happen at the 'usual' time and place...

Sunday, May 19 at 10:30 PM HOL!
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon May 20, 2019 3:52 am

This evening featured weather possibly as hot as it was during the first recorded Quidditch match (remember: Gertie Keddle's first word describing Quidditch was "hot".) Nevertheless, we still saw all four houses show up to play today!

We began with a quick 11-boulder round of Creaothceann... and then switched to racing Xany-style for a round before switching to teams.

This time we made our decision Pottermore-style: asking the simple question "Forest or River"? And everyone answered in accordance with our HOL houses: the Gryffindor (Iverian) and the Hufflepuffs (Adaleine and Tarma) chose 'forest'; the Ravenclaw (Kendra) and Slytherin (Will) chose 'river'. Despite this making teams unbalanced 3-2, we decided to go with Forest and River as the teams (there is no way to divide five evenly after all!) So how would things look when the Quod came out?

Starting with the regular set, it took only two questions for Will to be exploded by some wet tar. On the very next question, Tarma was exploded by the gloomy basement kitchen. Two questions after that, Iverian was exploded by a woman named Marsh. At that point, the score was tied 1-1 with only one person standing on each team: Adaleine for Forest and Kendra for River. Kendra got the next two questions to give River a 4-1 lead, but Adaleine answered the next three to give Forest a 13-4 lead. The next question went to Kendra, except that she was exploded right at 7:50 PM to end the game 13-4 in favor of Forest!

We played another game on the regular set, and this time it took five questions for Will to be exploded by the color green (with River leading 6-4). Just like the game before, Tarma followed with an explosion on the very next question: apparently the Quod was now male because 'he gets stuck' was how Tarma ended up exploding! Five questions later, with River now up 12-8, Eldred Worple exploded Iverian; two questions after that, with the score unchanged, The Keeper of the Keys exploded Kendra. Could Adaleine, the last player standing, bring Forest back from a 12-8 deficit? The next question gave our answer: Remus Lupin would explode Adaleine out of the game, ending the score at 12-8 to River.

We then switched to the Cascade set for the final two Quodpot games of the evening: would that break the deadlock between the teams? This time Will lasted as long as the sixth question before running into some exploding Merpeople (though Will speaks Parseltongue and Gobbledegook, he has not learned Mermish yet)... with River up 11-4. Tarma lasted four more questions before being exploded in "The Forest Again" (which could arguably be seen as an act of betrayal by the woods); the score was now 14-7. Iverian got the next three questions to get Forest within 14-13, before everyone dodged an exploding Romanian Longhorn dragon. Three questions later, Iverian took The Invitation to give Forest their first lead of the game (16-14) and would extend it to 20-14 on the next question. Everyone dodged exploding hawthorn two questions later, but the question after that saw Iverian brought down by the giant Karkus. Four questions later, the score was now 20-19 to River thanks to two answers by Kendra; each side now had one person left: Adaleine for Forest, and Kendra for River. The next three questions saw three lead changes, ending with River up 31-26. Adaleine would get the next question... only to end up on the wrong end of an exploding, small, silver-backed hairbrush. Final score: River 31, Forest 26.

There was just enough time left for one more game... how would things end up? This time it took THREE questions to explode Will - an act of betrayal from a former SQT captain, Montague. River was up 2-0 at that point. Tarma took four questions to explode due to Owl Post Again, but not before giving Forest a 4-2 lead. That turned out to be the first of three explosions: after the explosive owl post, everyone dodged an exploding Nicolas (Malfoy) before Kendra was exploded by The Second Task - and Forest would win the final game of the night, 4-2!

The following people played: Adaleine Shuster, Iverian Gnash, Kendra Givens, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

The next pickup will happen in two weeks, at a slightly different time than usual... THREE weeks, at the usual time...

Sunday, June 9 at 10:30 PM HOL!

NOTE: This is one hour later than our normal weekend pickup time - to account for my own travels/availability.
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:40 am

Following the "hot" weather in the last pickup, this evening matched Gertie Keddle's second weather report with a "wet" day, which nonetheless still allowed Quidditch to happen! Will the next pickup, the last one of the season, end up "windy"?

In any event, we had four people to show up - divided amongst three houses. We began with two rounds of racing Xany-style before everyone was asked to name a direction. The team selection mirrored the dimensional structure of "Flatland" by "A Square": two people named two-dimensional Flatland directions (north for Tarma and west for Scarlet) and two people named directions which only made sense in three-dimensional Spaceland (both Iverian and Will chose up). And this became our teams. Would the new source material for team selection lead to different results on the Quodpot pitch?

We started flying with a very standard result: Will was exploded on the first question by the number zero (or maybe the lack of girls on his own house team)! The next nine questions would go to the Flatlanders, but although this gave them a 22-0 lead, the seventh of those nine saw Scarlet exploded by a sleeping bag and the ninth saw Tarma exploded by three X's (or maybe a Streeler). Could Iverian, the last person standing, bring the Spacelanders back from the dead? Five questions later, we had our answer: with Flatland up 22-10, Iverian was exploded by the head of a rival house, Filius!

We then switched over to the Cascade set to see if things would change up. This time it took seven questions, with Spaceland up 20-1, for an explosion: Scarlet would be exploded by Roger Davies (fun fact: Scarlet used to play Quidditch for Roger Davies's house, so maybe that had a role). Three questions later, with the score now 22-1, Will would be knocked out by an Invisibility Cloak. Seven questions later, Tarma (the last person standing for Flatland) had narrowed the gap all the way to 27-24... except the next question saw her felled by the Death Eater Nott (what is it with people getting exploded by people from rival houses?) so that was how it ended (with a Spaceland win).

The third game saw Will exploded by a bad batch of Felix Felicis on the third question, with Spaceland up 3-0. The next five questions went to the two-dimensional denizens of Flatland; while the first three of those would give them a 6-3 lead, the next two would see Susan Bones exploding Tarma (did she realize she was exploding a housemate?) and Ryan exploding Scarlet (possibly in revenge for the summer of 2017, when Scarlet helped represent the Bulgarian side). Could Iverian, the last person standing, give Spaceland a comeback win? Five seconds later, after dodging an exploding Savage, we had our answer: Iverian rode Hermione's Helping Hand (helping out a housemate no less!) to an 8-6 Spaceland victory!

There was only time for one more match: how would things go down? It took five questions for an explosion: with Spaceland up 8-2, Tarma would succumb to a Quidditch match that did not involve her as it was Gryffindor versus Ravenclaw. Two questions later, with the score now 8-3, Will would be exploded at Gringotts. After Scarlet got the next two questions, she had pulled the Flatlanders to within 8-6, essentially one question away from reclaiming the lead. But no one could manage a Hawkshead Attacking Formation on the next question, and although Scarlet would get the question after that, she would be exploded by a Gryffindor Keeper (Ron) to end the game at the exact same score as the one before: 8-6 to Spaceland!

The following people played: Iverian Gnash, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

The final pickup of the season will happen in two weeks, at our usual time...

Sunday, June 23 at 10:30 PM HOL!

NOTE: We may be trying out some new ideas on the 23rd; make sure to come if this sounds exciting!
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Re: 2018-2019 Quidditch Pickups Thread!

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:47 am

Although the weather this time was much more "hot" than "windy" for our final pickup of the year, we still had a great time anyway!

This time we had five people turn up, again divided amongst three houses. This worked well for the games, which were themed based on a preview of SQL 2019! First, we did a Xany-style race using a special question set... where all questions could be answered with three questions or fewer. (We will be using this set in the summer's Snitch tournament.)

We then divided into teams based on the months people chose: Adaleine and Kendra chose April while Tarma chose January and Scarlet chose September. The team division was based on the following question: does the first letter of your name match the first letter of the month you chose? So Adaleine and Scarlet went on the Matching team (as offense and defense respectively); Tarma and Kendra went on the NonMatching team (again, offense and defense respectively). But for the first time in a long time, the game involved an actual Quaffle! Moreover, we were testing out a new question set as well: some of the questions involved re-typing strings of text!

With the score tied 20-20, the final twist was introduced: if no one knew an answer 15 seconds in, the answer would be revealed (and players would have another 15 seconds to answer). After that, only one question in the remainder of play would go to All Chasers! The final score: NonMatching 60, Matching 40.

We finished the evening with four rounds of Quodpot; Will, who had been refereeing the Quaffle match, automatically got added to the NonMatching team because... well... no month begins with a "W". The first game, with Kendra away, would be balanced evenly among players... until the first question, where Will was knocked out by the crying of Draco. Two questions later, with the NonMatching side up 1-0, Scarlet would be exploded by the number '10'. Tarma got the next two questions, but the second question would see her exploded by her recently-exploded opponent, 'Scarlet'. Adaleine was the last person standing; could she erase a 2-0 deficit? Three questions later, she rode the name 'Selwyn' to a 4-2 win for the Matching side.

Kendra flew onto the pitch for the next game, which was played on the normal question set (the first one used the short set). This time, it took 3 questions for Will to be exploded by three X's (with NonMatching up 3-0). Scarlet exploded the very next question due to 'homorphus' and Tarma followed two questions later thanks to Professor Sprout (ironically, it was her own Head of House that did her in there). Two questions after that, with the score 4-0, Kendra would continue the sequence of Quidditch players being exploded by housemates; for some reason Luna Lovegood felt the need to explode her. Just like the game before, it was up to Adaleine... but unlike the game before, she would be exploded three questions later by Dean Thomas. The score was the same 4-2 as the game before; only this time it would go to the NonMatching side.

We returned to the short question set for the final two matches. What would go down? Two questions in, with the score still tied at 0, Will would be exploded by the letter "C". Five questions later, with the NonMatching side up 7-1, Scarlet would be defeated by an exploding color NOT found in her name: "greyish". The very next question would see the spell "Erecto" knock out Tarma; six questions after that, with the score now 11-10 to NonMatching (two well-chosen questions by Adaleine nearly erased an 11-1 deficit) the spell 'sonorous' would unleash a deafening explosion to knock out Kendra. Two questions and '1 week' later, Adaleine would claim another match, 13-11, to the Matching side... having scored the last twelve points of the match!

And there was only time for one more match. Just like the last one, Will would be exploded on the second question by the word 'top' (NonMatching up 1-0). Tarma would get the next six questions, building the NonMatching lead up to 16-0 before being exploded all the way back to the year 1799. The very next question saw everyone dodge an explosion that would have taken someone back to April 9 had it made contact. And 6 questions later, with NonMatching up 25-6, 1 knut (a single copper coin) proved to be explosive when it was claimed by Scarlet! Seven questions later, with the score now 35-12, Kendra would meet her end upon some volatile wood. Adaleine then answered the next three questions correct, dodged an exploding stump, and finally managed another six questions straight in a row to ride the color 'blue' to a 39-35 victory for the Matching side! This might be the greatest comeback ever in Quodpot history for an individual; Adaleine had actually managed to score the last thirty-three points of the match! (Fun fact: Of the last twelve questions of the match, two were explosive. Adaleine answered the other ten.)

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

There will be no more pickups this season because the school year is over. However, with summer comes a new game...

SQL 2019: THE RACE FOR THE QUODS!
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