Scenes of Terror at Race for the Quods

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Scenes of Terror at Race for the Quods

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:37 am

The Race for the Quods had its first broom event today with a Quaffle match! Five players showed up to the pitch today: Tarma Amelia Black (Chaser) and Astor Arensin (Keeper) would represent Team E (as in "even numbers") while Vanessa Tilley (Chaser), Elena Galatas (Beater, then Keeper) and Arianna Stonewater (Keeper) would represent Team O (as in "odd numbers").

The game began with Teams E and O exchanging three quick goals; after a few great blocks by Astor, Vanessa finally got one in to tie the game up at 20. With three more Keeper blocks (two by Astor and one by Arianna), Tarma finally got through Arianna thanks to a Mass Breakout from Azkaban: Ministry Fears Black is 'Rallying Point' for Old Death Eaters. Two blocks by Astor and two goals by Tarma later, Team E was now fully in control of the match, 50-20, ten minutes in. In the final five minutes of play in the first period, Tarma and Vanessa would manage two goals each, causing the period to end 70-40 in favour of Team E.

The next period began with three straight scores (two by Tarma and one by Vanessa) followed by four defensive blocks (two by Astor and one each by Arianna and Elena). Vanessa then seized control of the Quaffle to get two goals in a row... it would have been three if not for the word 'perseverance'. But the rest of the period would belong to Team E as Tarma would score on each of her final four possessions while Astor would block all but one of Vanessa's, giving Team E a 130-80 lead.

At this point, Arianna had to tag out of the game - causing Elena to replace her as Keeper. How would this change things? Tarma's streak would last another two goals before Elena would stop her (the score was now 150-90). Over the rest of the game, Astor and Elena would each manage three more blocks; with Tarma scoring six more times, Vanessa scoring five more times, and one Quaffle accidentally going loose.

Final score: Team E 210, Team O 140.

The game would have been VERY different if not for a brand-new player who made all the difference for the match. In her first ever time on the pitch, Astor Arensin managed to block no fewer than TWENTY ONE out of thirty-five shots on goal; with the match only determined by seventy points, this is a particularly impressive feat!
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Re: Scenes of Terror at Race for the Quods

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:50 pm

This past evening we all took to our brooms for two different games: Xany and Quodpot!

We started out with two rounds of Xany racing among the four players who had arrived: Astor Arensin, Patrick James, Tarma Amelia Black, and Vanessa Tilley.

The first round featured the regular Quidditch set used during the year; Vanessa took a quick lead thanks to a fire crab but Dolores Jane Umbridge gave the lead to Tarma on the very next question. Three questions later Pat would take over thanks to the location of Abergavenny... although Tarma and Pat would trade the lead once more each, the last three questions would all go to Pat - who rode an Exceeds Expectations for the win!
Final score: Pat 159, Tarma 134, Nessa 114, Astor 70.

We then switched to the 'short' question set (all answers 3 words or shorter) to see if things would be different. Once again Vanessa took the early lead thanks to a lion - but then Pat would jump out in front on the very next question thanks to 'reparo' (ironically, Tarma won that question, but Pat had gotten second place on both of the first two.) Then the color green would give Tarma the lead, but Perkins gave Pat the lead right after. The baton would then pass to Tarma (Dobby), Vanessa (wood), Tarma again (the color green again!), and Pat (with two out of the final three answers at #1 thanks to an eagle)!
Final score: Pat 152, Tarma 140, Nessa 139, Astor 77.

It was time to switch into teams for Quodpot, but not before two more people entered the pitch! Will Lestrange got to start flying for the first time this season, and Katelin Ross flew in specifically to help see Will go BOOM. The teams were chosen by people's preferred broom games: some people chose Aingingein (Pat and Tarma, though Tarma may have chosen Quidditch - it was unclear), Will chose Creaothceann, Astor chose Monarch, Katelin chose Quodpot, and Vanessa chose Shuntbumps. Those who chose Aingingein (or games beginning with a Q) were on team Aingingein and those who chose other games were on OtherGames.

We started out on the short question set... what would happen? Two questions in, with the score 1-0, Will would be exploded by Hermes. Tarma would get the next four questions to give Aingingein a 6-1 lead; the last one would see her exploded in a sea of blood. Six questions later, with the score 14-8, Katelin would be exploded by the number 80. Two questions after that, at 15-8 to Aingingein, Vanessa would be exploded by the number 50. With each team having one player left (Pat for Aingingein and Astor for OtherGames) it was unclear how things would resolve. Pat and Astor traded questions until five questions later, with the score 20-13 to Aingingein, Astor would meet her end thanks to an explosive knife. Final score: 20-13 to Aingingein.

We moved to the Cascade question set (multiple possible answers; guess what the bot is thinking) for the next game. This time it took THREE questions for an explosion; with Aingingein up 2-1, Will would be exploded by the Bulgarian chaser Levski - for some reason, the Bulgarians still have a problem with him (in his own words: "But Levski couldn't even SCORE!") Pat would then get the next two questions only to be exploded by a fire crab (but that was an impressive answer on the hardest question in the Quodpot set involving all XXX creatures!) Two questions later, with Aingingein now up 4-1, Vanessa would be exploded by rival substitute Beater Jack Sloper. Astor was the last person standing on OtherGames - and had to take her team back from a 3 point deficit! Could she do it? Within four questions, she was riding 'brass' to an 8-5 advantage; the very next question saw Fleur Delacour explode Tarma. Astor then got the next three questions to extend the OtherGames lead to 14-5; the next question saw Katelin exploded at Gambol and Japes... which meant 14-5 to OtherGames was how it ended!

We were ready to fly home for the day... except Iverian Gnash had just arrived at the pitch! So we decided to play one last game on the regular set (for the record, she also chose Quodpot as a game and therefore ended up on the Aingingein team). Just like the first game, Will was exploded on the second question by a small, silver-backed hairbrush. Four questions later, with Aingingein up 6-1, Tarma was exploded by the number 3. Three questions later, with the score 7-3, silk would explode Vanessa. Seven questions later, without explosions, that lead would be extended all the way to 30-8... but then that eighth question saw Iverian exploded by a 'sister'. Four questions later, the score was 36-8 and Katelin would be exploded by old-fashioned gas lamps. So that left only one player left on each team: Pat for Aingingein and Astor for OtherGames. Two questions later, with Pat exploded by a Flitterbloom, it was time to see if Astor could lead her team from a deficit like she did in the first game of the day. She was the only one on the pitch, but could a 27 point (36-9) deficit prove too much to handle? The next question, which made FOOLS of all of us, proved the answer to be YES; Astor's explosion gave the game to Aingingein, 36-9!

Our next IRC session will be on Saturday, July 20 at 9 PM HOL; the game of the day will be Quidditch!
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Re: Scenes of Terror at Race for the Quods

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:07 am

This past evening, the Race for the Quods featured its second Quaffle match. Once again, five playeres showed up at the start of the match... and we decided to separate into teams based onto blood status! The only problem was that everyone but one (in particular: Astor Arensin, Iverian Gnash, Patrick James, and Vanessa Tilley) identified as half-bloods while only Tarma Amelia Black considered herself a pureblood! In order to make teams more balanced, it was decided to reexamine Astor's blood status; it turned out that her blood was purer than originally thought. And so, Vanessa (Chaser), Iverian (Beater), and Patrick (Keeper) would represent Team H (Halfblood) while Astor (Chaser) and Tarma (Beater) would represent Team P (Pureblood).

The game began as a real defensive battle thanks to skillful blocks by Ivey, Pat, and Tarma. It would be more than three minutes before Astor finally scored. Vanessa equalized two questions later thanks to the silver hilt of a knife, and the teams would continue trading goals and blocks until the period ended deadlocked, 30-30.

The second period began with Astor using the year 1927 to get into position to score, but thanks to a block by Pat and two quick answers by Nessa, the Halfblood team would get their first lead of the game, 40-30. It took a licorice wand to halt their momentum, after which Astor would equalize again at 40 "for answering his questions correctly". After another quick goal by each team, Pat and Tarma each managed two straight blocks before Astor finally got one through thanks to a bad case of Spattergroit. The Purebloods continued their momentum for another goal... but then the Halfbloods took control to equalize at 70. Although Ivey had to fly off the pitch at that point, the period would end with seven straight blocks: four by Pat and three by Tarma to keep the game tied at 70.

Right at that point, Emma Borg had flown onto the pitch. Despite her proper pride and dignity of her pure blood, it made sense for Emma to join Pat's team and fly for the Halfbloods... taking Ivey's old spot as a beater. The Purebloods began the period with seven straight answers, building up to a 90-70 lead before Emma managed her first block, thanks to Kreacher. Though Pat and Emma would manage a few more blocks, that did nothing to halt the Purebloods' newfound momentum as Astor would score five more unanswered goals (including that moment where Tarma completed her own name by answering with "black"). It took ten minutes of play before the Halfbloods would light up the scoreboard, thanks to Nessa 'nudging gently on the sides of their foreheads'. Six questions later, Nessa would score again at 5 PM (which was approximately the time in the Eastern US, ironically enough). Each team would score one more time to end the game.

Final score: Team P 150, Team H 100.

Although Astor continues to impress (and the Arensin-Black teamwork remains legendary), I feel that Patrick James's defensive performance deserves mention as well; his eighteen blocks (winning the head-to-head, despite the last period really belonging to Astor) made the game very interesting!
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Re: Scenes of Terror at Race for the Quods

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:19 am

This past evening began with everyone putting cauldrons on their heads: the five people who were there to start the game were Astor Arensin, Kendra Givens, Patrick James, Sobe Magesblood, and Tarma Amelia Black.

The first round featured the 'short' question set - and the first five boulders were split among four players! The game stayed just as close five questions later, with Pat and Tarma tied at 3 and Astor and Kendra just behind at 2. Tarma started pulling ahead, getting the first two-boulder lead of the match at 5 points... except then Pat and Kendra started catching up. The seventeenth boulder saw Kendra answering with the number '8' to join a 3 way tie with Pat and Tarma for first place. Astor also earned third place points for the game, despite technically coming in fourth.

We decided to switch to the Cascade set for the next game as Emma Borg flew onto the pitch. Amazingly, ten boulders in (out of 14) the score was identical to what had happened the game before, with Pat and Tarma tied at 3 and Astor and Kendra at 2. Then Emma entered the scoreboard thanks to The Unbreakable Vow, followed by Tarma getting the next question to take the lead. But Astor took the final two boulders to tie with Tarma at 4! When all was said and done, Tarma and Astor were tied for first at 4 and Pat took third place at 3.

But now it was time for the team games: we all chose Harry Potter characters - mostly from Gryffindor or Slytherin as it turned out. Some of the characters were still alive today (Kendra chose Ginny Weasley; Astor chose Astoria Greengrass) but some had fallen in combat (Pat chose Fred Weasley, Tarma chose Remus Lupin, and Emma chose Bellatrix Lestrange). Will initially chose Bellatrix Lestrange too, but switched to her daughter Delphini (who is still alive) to balance out the teams.

The first game involved the teams facing off each other for "CAB" (random 1 on 1s until one team hits 17)... the final score was 17-4 in favor of the living (Will may or may not have drowned the 'dead' team in enormous amounts of unidentified liquid to finish things off: first 10 gallons and then 10,000 gallons.) As a side note, even though we used the full question set only two of the questions wouldn't have appeared on the short set!

But then it was time for the highlight of the evening: Quodpot! Unfortunately, this was the point Kendra had to fly off the pitch. Switching to the short question set, we saw Tarma take the first two questions. Will got the next four, bringing the living to a 12-3 lead before being exploded all the way to Tibet. Two questions later, Tarma would get exploded by snakes; seven questions later, with the Alive side clinging to a 19-18 lead, Astor would be sent out by "Cissy". The only two players remaining, Emma and Pat, were on the Dead side. Pat would then take two colors, red and black, to bring Dead to a 21-19 lead giving them the win.

There really was NOT time for one more game, except that Sobe flew back onto the pitch and was immediately assigned to the 'alive' team before we even gave her a chance to choose a character (we needed that for team balance). We switched back to the regular set... but how would that affect play? Will got the first five questions this time, bringing the Alive side to a 10-0 lead before being exploded by Gryffindor Quidditch rival Dean Thomas. Two questions later, with the score 10-1, Emma would be defeated by some sort of disease. The Dead side would then get six of the next eight questions, powering their way to a 21-10 lead before Tarma was made to explode 'from left to right'. But the living players had a manpower advantage for the first time: Astor and Sobe represented the living and only Pat represented the dead. When Pat was exploded by an old head of his rival house, Professor Slughorn two questions later, it seemed reasonable that the living could erase their current 21-11 deficit. But Sobe was sent rolling to her doom on the very next question and Astor would turn purple two questions after that, giving the Dead side another victory, 21-12.

Our next IRC session will be on Saturday, August 3 at 9 PM HOL for more rounds of IRC games (Monarch and Quodpot)!
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Re: Scenes of Terror at Race for the Quods

Post by Will Lestrange » Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:16 pm

This evening was the final round of IRC games for the summer! We began with two free-for-all Chaser races otherwise known as "Monarch"; the four people who were there to start the game were Astor Arensin, Emma Borg, Patrick James, and Tarma Amelia Black.

The first round featured the 'regular' question set; with the winning score set at eleven it looked like Tarma would run away with it when she earned nine of the first ten points. After Astor got on the board, though, Emma would earn ten points in a row (thirteen out of sixteen questions right) to claim the win! This placed Emma in first place with 11, Tarma in second place with 9, and Astor in third place with 1.

We moved to the 'cascade' set for the second round; in the interest of time we reduced the winning total to seven.
Although Emma and Pat got two points each this time (earning them second place points), Tarma won comfortably with seven - shouting "Oddsbodikins!" to win. Astor was awarded third place points this round as well.

Then it was time to split into teams for explosions! We were all asked to give directions, but when three players in a row gave the same direction - "north" - this was corrected to "a direction other than north". Some people included a direction with east-west movement involved (Will: southwest; Pat: west; Astor: northeast) and others did not (Emma: south; Tarma: 'north-ish'). They would make up teams EastWest and NorthSouth respectively.

We began with the regular question set and it took only four questions for an explosion, but whoever decided to explode Will apparently showed 'remorse' in the process. Three questions later, with EastWest up 8-1, Tarma exploded even though - in her own words - "c'est impossible!" Two questions later came the final NorthSouth explosion of the match: Emma exploded into TWELVE hand-shaped pieces. The game went to EastWest, 9-1.

For the next round we switched to the 'short' question set to see if things changed. This time it only took two questions for Will to explode (into 2, apparently); four questions later with the score tied AT 2, Emma would explode thanks to the XXXXX rating of the Nundu. The next four questions featured four straight lead changes (counting going from 2-2 to 3-2 EastWest as a lead change) but then, with EastWest 8-6, Tarma would be defeated by an exploding owl giving EastWest the game, 8-6.

There was time for one last game, again on the 'short' set. This time it took FIVE questions for the first explosion: Will would be boomed by the XXXX rating of the Erkling - but not before taking EastWest to a 10-0 lead. Four questions later with the score now 12-4, Pat would meet an exploding Mason. And now for the first time, NorthSouth would have a numbers advantage: both Emma and Tarma remained airborne for them while only Astor was still flying for EastWest. Would that be enough to give NorthSouth the win? They did get the next five questions, but unfortunately for them the third of those five saw Tarma exploded into vapor and the last one saw Emma defeated by an exploding rune marked with a mistranslated 'ehwaz' on it. The final score was 12-8 to EastWest.

Our final IRC session will be in TWO WEEKS' TIME, on Saturday, August 17 at 9 PM HOL for the final Quaffle match of the summer!
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Re: Scenes of Terror at Race for the Quods

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:23 am

Last evening, The Race for the Quods finished the IRC broom events the way it started it... with a Quaffle match! For a while, there was talk about replacing the game with 1 on 1 due to the limited turnout... but eventually Bella Coupland joined Astor Arensin, Iverian Gaunt, and Tarma Amelia Black on the pitch.

People were asked to choose a number between 1 and 13 for a Hunger Games district; while Iverian represented District 4 (a Career district) and Bella chose 13 (a Rebellion district), Astor and Tarma both chose District 12; it was decided that Astor would be a Career-affiliated 12 and Tarma would be a Rebellion-affiliated 12. When the game started, Tarma and Iverian decided to Chase for their respective teams, while both Astor and Bella were to Beat.

Both teams scored on their first possession, followed by two straight Beater blocks before the game continued on. Play stayed close for a while with the game tied at 10, 20 and 30... but then the Rebellion began pulling ahead. At the end of the first period, the Rebellion had opened up a 90-60 lead.

Before the second period began, Kendra Givens flew onto the pitch and was automatically dubbed a Career. In preparation for Iverian's departure from the pitch, Iverian moved to Keeper to begin the second period and Kendra became the new Chaser. The period began with Tarma and Kendra alternating goals after a block from Bella... but that was the last goal Kendra would score that period. In fact, Bella managed eleven straight blocks to end the period - bringing the score to 180-70 by period's end.

It was time for one last period, and to nobody's surprise... another player flew onto the pitch in time to start the period! Emma Borg chose District 1, which was a Career district - and therefore became that team's new Keeper. Although she did manage three blocks in a row towards the end of the game, in addition to five blocks from Astor, that was still dwarfed by the fourteen blocks (on sixteen attempts) made by Bella for the rebellion.

The final score of the match: Rebellion 260, Careers 90.

It is worth noting that Bella Coupland, returning to the pitch for the first time in five years, managed to block 31 out of 41 shots on goal! That is ABOVE 75 percent, for those keeping track.

Remember that although the IRC events are over, there are still forum activities to do and playoffs for the Snitch tournament... there's still more fun to be had in SQL 2019!
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Re: Scenes of Terror at Race for the Quods

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:46 am

The IRC games are done and the forum activities have all been graded (with solutions posted)! There is only ONE event left before the Race for the Quods: a Snitch match between Arianna Stonewater and Emma Borg. Who will snag the last Golden Snitch of the summer? Stay tuned to find out!
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Re: Scenes of Terror at Race for the Quods

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:13 am

The Race for the Quods is now over! Every last Quod has been caught, and while there has been a strange incident with a Golden Snitch, a motorbike, and a couple of brooms, it has been decided to wait until the fall to track down that Snitch.

As for now, the winners of the Snitch tournament are: Arianna Stonewater and Emma Borg! The two other semifinalists were Elena Galatas and Vanessa Tilley. But what you're here for right now is finding out how many Quods you won and which awards you won, so let's get to it!

The total Quods awarded to each of the 20 participants are as follows (each of which Untransfigured back to a Bean the moment it hit your vault):
Adaleine Shuster - 50
Annabella Grinaldi - 10
Arabella Ollivander -10
Arianna Stonewater - 320
Astor Arensin - 312
Bella Coupland - 265
Elena Galatas - 275
Emma Borg - 163
Iverian Gnash - 230
Katelin Ross - 55
Kendra Givens - 310
Maxim Trevelyan - 30
Patrick James - 154
Prof. Fumei Spookie - 210
Prof. Limine Snidget - 90
Prof. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis - 120
Prof. Tarma Amelia Black - 199
Sobe Magesblood - 15
Vanessa Tilley - 317
Will Lestrange - 380

Although we promised that there were two awards to give out, we lied... there are actually THREE awards that you may have won for your participation.

First, the basic SQL 2019 award goes to everyone who earned at least 150 Quods, at least one of which came from an IRC activity...
Arianna Stonewater, Astor Arensin, Bella Coupland, Elena Galatas, Emma Borg, Iverian Gnash, Kendra Givens, Patrick James, Prof. Tarma Amelia Black, Vanessa Tilley, and Will Lestrange!

The SQL 2019 Standout award goes to everyone who impressed the organisers in one of several ways: either by an MVP-caliber performance during a Quaffle match, winning the Snitch tournament, or showing exemplary leadership/refereeing throughout the summer...
Arianna Stonewater, Astor Arensin, Bella Coupland, Emma Borg, Patrick James, Prof. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Prof. Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

Finally, the SQL 2019 Seeker Trainee award goes to everyone who played in a Snitch match during the 2019 Snitch tournament (and thank you everyone for braving that side of the pitch)...
Adaleine Shuster, Arianna Stonewater, Elena Galatas, Emma Borg, Iverian Gnash, Kendra Givens, and Vanessa Tilley!

Thanks for a great summer, and if any Quods have escaped from our grasp (especially while we were spending time as puzzle pieces or teapots), please let us know so we can properly retrieve and store them!
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Re: Scenes of Terror at Race for the Quods

Post by Arianna Stonewater » Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:06 pm

SURPRISE SHINIES?!?!?! Thank you so much for another great summer of fun!!
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Post by Iverian Gnash » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:40 pm

Thanks Everyone! I had a ton of fun :D
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