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The following is the schedule for the broom games that will be played this month over IRC! We will meet in #broomgames on the following dates at 9 PM HOL. We will begin with an individual warm-up game, and then divide into teams for a few exciting rounds of Quodpot! Each session is expected to last about 60-90 minutes in total.

IRC session 1: Saturday, August 8 at 9 PM HOL
IRC session 2: Sunday, August 16 at 9 PM HOL
IRC session 3: Saturday, August 22 at 9 PM HOL
IRC session 4: Sunday August 30 at 9 PM HOL
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The individual games we will be playing include the following:

-Creaothceann: This is an ancient Scottish game that derives its name from the old Scottish Gaelic words for "wounded head". Traditionally (until the game was banned in 1762), people would play the game by strapping cauldrons on their heads and trying to catch boulders into their cauldrons; the winner would be the one who caught the most boulders in their cauldron.

Here on the HOL pitch, we catch our boulders with the help of IRC! The game begins with the release of a new boulder; along with a toss-up question, open to everyone, for positioning. The first two people to answer the question correctly are "in position" to catch the boulder; a second question, for scoring, goes out to only those two people. The first one to answer the question "catches" the boulder and scores!
(BE WARNED, though, that the boulders are heavy: after catching a boulder in your cauldron, you are temporarily stunned... which means that you will be unable to get into position for the next boulder. In particular, you are NOT allowed to answer the question asked immediately after you scored!)

-Xany: This is a traditional HOL game named after an old-school Ravenclaw professor, Prof. Romulus "Xany" Xanthos. It works like a regular botting session, but with a twist... multiple people can answer each question for points! Traditionally, the first three people who answer a Xany question can score points - but lately people have been dialing it up... it's not unheard of to let as many as six people score points on a question before moving on to the next one! (You will know before the game starts how many people get to score points on any given question: it might be something like "5 people score: 15 for the first player, 10 for the second, 5 for the third, 2 for the fourth, and 1 for the fifth.")

But the game you're probably most excited to hear about is the one with explosions - which goes by nicknames "everybody goes BOOM!"... Quodpot!
-Quodpot: This is a North American game modeled after Quidditch, but with a ball that started out as a Quaffle and then became randomly explosive after contact with a wand. This ball is known as the "Quod" and you want to score points with it WITHOUT letting it explode on you!

Here's how it works at HOL: before the game begins, we divide up into two teams. A question is asked, and the person who answers the question gets to catch the Quod. If it explodes, the player is eliminated from the game. If not, the player scores some points. But how many points? And how likely is it to explode? Well: the first question is worth 1 point, the second question is worth 2 points, and so on with question n worth n points. And, the first question has a 1/7 chance of exploding (14% or so), the second question has a 2/8 chance (25%), the third question a 3/9 chance (33% or so), and so on - with the general rule being n/(n + 6): imagine a die where the first six sides, numbered 1 through 6, are safe - and all the other sides are deadly. (So the second turn corresponds to a die with safe sides 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and deadly sides 7 and 8). After an explosion, the counter resets: the first question after an explosion goes back to a 1/7 chance of exploding - and is worth 1 point if no explosion. The game ends when the last person on the losing team explodes... it's not unheard of for every single player to explode over the course of a game!
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Re: Return to Flying - Broom Games

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*bumps* the next round of broom games are about 22 hours away: 9 PM HOL on Sunday, August 16 in #broomgames ! Since we didn't get to play Creaothceann last time, we'll start with a round of that before moving to Quodpot.
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*bumps again* Next set of broom games is 23 hours away: 9 PM HOL tomorrow (22 Aug)!

This time we’ll start with a round of Xany before dividing into teams for Quodpot.
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The final broom games of the month are about two days away: Sunday, August 30 at 9 PM HOL! We will be playing Creaothceann and Quodpot; keep in mind that we will also be testing out some modifications to the games that should hopefully make them more accessible!
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The following is the list of participants, complete with the total number of times they participated and the number of beans they earned:

Astor Arensin - 1 session; 50 beans
Carrie Warts - 1 session; 50 beans
Elle Johnson - 0.5 sessions; 25 beans
Emerald Wolvenhowl - 1 session; 50 beans
Kendra Givens - 2 sessions; 100 beans
Katelin Ross - 1 session; 50 beans
Prof. Sky Alton - 1 session; 50 beans
Prof. Tarma Amelia Black - 4 sessions; 200 beans
Savannah Foster - 1 session; 50 beans
Sindor Aloyarc - 2 sessions; 100 beans
Tushar Goyal - 1 session; 50 beans

By popular demand, I will include a writeup for what happened in the two best-attended sessions below.
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Week 2 - Sunday, August 16

Turnout was much better today - and we got to play multiple games!

We started with Creaothceann, attended by the following people:
Astor Arensin
Carrie Warts
Kendra Givens
Prof. Tarma Amelia Black
Tushar Goyal (left partway through)

We then divided into teams where the remaining players chose a letter: Astor chose P, Carrie chose E, and Tarma spelled T (spelling the word PET). The teams divided as vowels vs consonants, but Carrie got an extra life to balance out the teams. (Emerald Wolvenhowl was there to watch instead of play).


These ended up being the teams for Quodpot: Carrie didn't even need the extra life for the first game (which was 2-1 to the Vowels), and the second one ended in a 1-1 tie with everyone exploding.

There was time for one last game, on the Cascade set... it involved multiple lead changes and a new player, Savannah Foster, coming in and taking one of Carrie's spots. At the end of the game, Savannah was the last person standing, and she rode 'copper' to eight pivotal points at the end of the game, giving the Vowels a 14-10 win!

The following people played Quodpot:
Astor Arensin
Carrie Warts
Prof. Tarma Amelia Black
Savannah Foster

(in all sessions, I reffed the games instead of playing them). But we still got 6 players - and 8 total attendees!
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Week 4 - Sunday, August 30

This week featured tests for accessibility modifications for the game: questions would be broadcast in one room and people would answer them in another room.

We started with Creaothceann - with the following players:

Katelin Ross
Prof. Sky Alton
Prof. Tarma Amelia Black
Sindor Aloyarc
(Two others were there at the start of the hour but did not stay long enough to actually play: while Kendra Givens actually was able to test the accessibility modifications with Bludgers, Elle Johnson left too early even for that).

The four remaining players divided into teams for Quodpot by choosing something from the magical world:
some people chose living things (Katelin chose a Niffler; Tarma chose Remus Lupin) and the others chose nonliving things (Sindor chose the Department of Magical Games and Sports); Sky chose a Lunascope) and the teams became living vs nonliving.

When the Quod came out: Katelin was taken down by a hag three questions in (Living was up 3-0 though); six questions later, with that lead 10-0, Tarma was exploded by a tinted form of her name: "greenish black". Could the Nonliving side make up the gap? Five questions later, they had narrowed the gap to 10-7, but Sindor was taken down by another color: yellowish green. And though Sky got the next two questions, she would be exploded by a former holder of her current Head of House position: Minerva (McGonagall), giving the Living side a 10-8 win.

We then tried broadcasting the questions in two different rooms before releasing the Quod: five questions in, Sky would be the first to explode (with Nonliving up 4-3) because... well... "Narcissa hexed her" (I have no idea why she had any issue with Sky). Five questions later, the Living side had claimed a 10-4 lead, but Tarma would explode due to a crown thrown by a king: "he threw the crown at Harry's feet". Five questions later, a silver explosion would take Sindor - and Living would win this game 14-4.

There was time for one last game: it would be played with the Cascade set. The Nonliving side took a quick 6-0 lead three questions in, but then everyone dodged exploding merpeople. Four questions later, with the score 6-5, Sindor would be the first to explode for real: apparently he somehow exploded due to a Quaffle (which is actually a NON-exploding version of a Quod). Then everyone dodged an exploding phoenix - and four questions later, Tarma would fall to her own mascot, an exploding badger (Nonliving was still up, 9-7). Four questions later came an exploding werewolf, but now the Living side was up 10-9. After everyone dodged an exploding Norwegian Ridgeback dragon three questions later (the lead of the Living was 11-9): Katelin got to the Quod just in time to get taken down by a Demiguise... and Sky would fall on the very next question thanks to a barn owl. The last game of the night went to the living: 11-9.


(For completeness: Prof. Tarma Amelia Black was the only person to play during Week 1; Prof. Tarma Amelia Black and Sindor Aloyarc were the two participants during Week 3.)
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