Quidditch Pickups... the 2017-18 Edition

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Quidditch Pickups... the 2017-18 Edition

Postby Will Lestrange » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:30 am

Now that summer is gone and fall is here, it's time to get back into our #quidditch pickups! The first pickup of the season will be on Sunday, October 1 at 9 PM HOL at the usual place, #quidditch!
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Re: Quidditch Pickups... the 2017-18 Edition

Postby Will Lestrange » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:32 am

We had our first pickup on October 1, and although we didn't have the largest crowd, we still had an exciting time!

First, at the request of Katelin, we played a round of Quodpot on the Cascade set. The bot was still set on the Quidditch World Cup teams, so it was Ireland vs Bulgaria for one last time. Then, I fell off of my broom and had to switch to a toy broom. That made the next game of the day, Creaothceann, very interesting!

The following people showed up: Blade J. Johnson, Katelin Ross, and Will Lestrange!

Let's have another pickup session next week, meeting in #quidditch at a weeknight this time...
Thursday, October 12 at 3:30 AM HOL!
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Re: Quidditch Pickups... the 2017-18 Edition

Postby Will Lestrange » Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:21 am

We had our second pickup of the season last night; it came complete with all sorts of exciting randomness!

We began by playing two games of Xany... on the Cascade set. (Because Xany recognizes first through third place and Cascade randomly chooses an answer out of many, you might not know that you typed the 'right' answer for a few seconds after typing it.) After that, we divided into Arithmancy-inspired teams for four rounds of Quodpot: two on the regular question set and two on the Cascade set. Three of the four matches were decided by a single point, with both teams winning two of the matches.


The following people showed up: Katelin Ross, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Tarma Amelica Black, and Will Lestrange!

We'll meet again in a week and a half in #quidditch, returning to an 'old' weekend timeslot...
Saturday, October 21 at 10 PM HOL!
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Re: Quidditch Pickups... the 2017-18 Edition

Postby Will Lestrange » Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:11 am

Our third pickup last afternoon had the best turnout yet!

We began with an old favorite, strapping cauldrons to our head for Creaothceann. On the final question, I wondered "why does it always take half an hour to get between any two points in the castle?" But then it was time to form teams: we were all asked to name spells of our own choosing. Some chose incantations, some chose spell names, and some even chose potions. But the way we divided our teams was whether or not we chose words ending in A or not; the teams were "EndsInA" and "EndsInOther". Once teams were chosen, the Bludgers came out for two exciting rounds of Bludger Dodgeball! EndsInA comfortably won the first game on the regular set, but when the Cascade came out, EndsInOther took over. Props go to Shiloh Adlar for being the only person to win both games!

The following people showed up: Alexander Brighton, Kaitlyn Nightingale, Limine Snidget, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Shiloh Adlar, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

We'll meet again in a week and a half in #quidditch, taking advantage of our 'weeknight' timeslot...
Thursday, November 2 at 3:30 AM HOL! (Wednesday evening in US timeslots)
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Re: Quidditch Pickups... the 2017-18 Edition

Postby Will Lestrange » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:22 am

Last evening was our fourth pickup of the season, and a good time was had by all!

We began with two quick rounds of Xany (designed to allow three people to get points for any given question). After that, out came the Quods and the special cauldron for a few rounds of Quodpot. We divided our teams based on weather; dividing into "wet" and "dry" teams. (I must note that it was very hard for me to play AGAINST "Team W"!) First we played a game with the regular question set, in which the dry team won. But rain and snow carried the rest of the day: when we switched out the regular question set for one with shorter answers (designed for faster gameplay) for the next two games, the wet team soaked the dry team for both of the next two matches. Even switching to the Cascade set didn't change things out: the wet team won before anyone on dry could even score a point! We finished the evening with one last round of Xany... on the Cascade set.

The following people showed up: Blade J. Johnson, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Shiloh Adlar, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

We'll meet again in a week and a half in #quidditch, but we don't want to conflict with league matches. Therefore, we'll be meeting a day AFTER the first match of the season, on...
Sunday, November 12 at 10 PM HOL!
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Re: Quidditch Pickups... the 2017-18 Edition

Postby Will Lestrange » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:31 am

Last afternoon was probably the most exciting pickup of the season; with eight people showing up, it was our best turnout yet!

Just as last time, we began with two quick rounds of Xany. Based on a suggestion from Sky Alton, we divided the teams based on our coffee preferences: those of us who had the good sense to prefer chocolaty drinks on one side, those who somehow prefer less chocolaty beverages on the other.

First we lined up against each other in the one-on-one random dueling style known as "CAB", in which the chocolate lovers barely came out on top, 30-28. Then, as usual, out came the Quods for three exploding games: first one with the regular set and then two more with the infamous "Cascade" set. The chocolate-avoiders won the first and the last of the three games, and I must admit I always got out in or near the very first question (looks like we need a new Quod!)


The following people showed up: Blade J. Johnson, Katelin Ross, Limine Snidget, Shadow Gaunt, Shiloh Adlar, Sirius Fudge, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

We'll meet again in a week and a half in #quidditch, but we don't want to conflict with the worst of Thanksgiving travel. Therefore, we'll be meeting in a bit over a week, on...
Wednesday, November 22 at 3:30 AM HOL!
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Re: Quidditch Pickups... the 2017-18 Edition

Postby Will Lestrange » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:18 pm

Last evening's pickups gave us our second best turnout of the season with seven people (even if only two houses were represented).

This was actually a themed night of play with two separate themes: "Goblet of Fire" (in honor of our readalong) and "Thanksgiving Travel" for team placement!

Just like last time, we began with two rounds of Xany... using a question set for the night that only asked questions from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We then grouped into teams based on which direction people were traveling for Thanksgiving (or their next trip after Thanksgiving). Since as many people were headed northwards as not, we made that our divide into two teams.

It was then time for the Quods to come out! The first round was extremely explosion-intensive, with the last explosion ending the game in a 2-2 tie. The next two games were decided in favor of the North team, but still had their full complement of explosions. Finally, it was time for the last game of the night: Quodpot with the infamous Cascade set. When the last person on the North team exploded, North clung to a narrow 11-8 lead, with only Blade representing the Other team. He managed to bring the game to 11-10, but got no further before it was his turn to meet the exploding Quod.

The following people showed up: Amy Lupin, Blade J. Johnson, Cody Lewis, Katelin Ross, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

We'll meet again in a week and a half in #quidditch back to our 'standard' weekend slot...

Saturday, December 2 at 10 PM HOL!
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Re: Quidditch Pickups... the 2017-18 Edition

Postby Will Lestrange » Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:55 am

Today was another fun round of pickups, with turnout equally balanced between three houses!

We began by getting out our cauldrons for two rounds of Creaothceann: first with the regular question set and then with our special "Cascade" set. Then it came time for exploding Quods: our team selection was based on everyone choosing their favorite Quidditch fouls. Those whose chosen foul contained a double letter (like "Stooging" or "Quaffle-pocking"); those who chose a foul with only single letters (my favorite, for example, was Snitchnip because I secretly dream of Chasing and Seeking simultaneously) formed the other team. And the question set? Each game started with the Cascade set and moved to the regular set when people weren't exploding fast enough.

Both matches started out the same way: the Single letter team started out jumping off to a large lead (9-0 in the first match; 11-0 in the second) until all or almost all their players exploded, letting the Double letter team try to catch up. The first game had the Double team exploded out with only two points scored, but in the second match, Katelin scored the final two points to put the Double team out in front... so each team won one of the two matches.

The following people showed up: Darcey Goode, Katelin Ross, Kendra Givens, Shadow Gaunt, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

We'll meet again in a week and a half in #quidditch at our usual weeknight slot...

Thursday, December 14 at 3:30 AM HOL!
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