This past evening featured, possibly, the best pickup of the season!
As people kept on trickling in and out, we decided to play not one... not two... but THREE rounds of Xany. First came a round on the "short" question set (all questions could be answered with three or fewer words)... as exciting as it was, it overwhelmed the bot (to the point that Cody had to jumpstart it multiple times). Part of the excitement was "will the bot come back or won't it?" Often we had to wait for the bot to answer a question that it had never asked; nevertheless, though, we survived the round. Then came a straightforward round on the full question set, and finally a crazier round on the "cascade" question set.
Then, we decided to form our teams in the most Muggle way that we ever have: we asked everyone for their favorite color and sorted people on teams based on the Muggle-style breakdown of their colors into the base colors of red, green, and blue. People with green in this breakdown (e.g. orange is a mixture of red and yellow, and yellow is a mixture of red and green, so orange has green in its breakdown) formed the "Greenish" team; those without green (e.g. purple is a mixture of red and blue with no green) formed the NoGreen team.
The first two games featured the full question set: the Greenish team started out getting the first six points and then, after I exploded, the NoGreen team scored the next twenty-two points. After the last two NoGreen players, Kendra and Vanessa, exploded in a 3 question period, only Shadow remained for Greenish, with Greenish trailing 26-8. Fortunately for us, Shadow has Arithmantic skills that rivals anyone on the pitch - patiently waiting out unfavorable questions. Eight minutes, nineteen questions and twenty-one points later, Shadow's final correct answer, "Holyhead Harpies", gave the Greenish team a 29-26 win! The second match started out even better for Greenish, with that team scoring the first seventeen points of the match. Indeed, they had made it up to a 23-4 lead before a NoGreen run started with 4 points from Tarma and an explosion from me two questions later. By the time the 20-3 run ended, NoGreen had pulled to within 26-24, but then it was Kaitlyn's turn to shine: two well-placed answers extended NoGreen's lead to 33-24, and then Alex, the last NoGreen, correctly answered the last question... only to learn that it was an exploding question. Final score: 33-24, NoGreen!
Then we switched to the Cascade set for the final two matches of the night: while the first match started out with the teams battling 4-4 tie, that was as close as NoGreen would ever get. It was 26-6 to Greenish when Cody (of Greenish) exploded, and still 34-14 to Greenish when I (of Greenish) exploded nine questions later (Tarma of NoGreen had exploded in between). The next three questions featured three more explosions, which caught Scarlet and Alex. It was up to the newest NoGreen, Emma, to save the day for her team. Could she pull off what Shadow had done two games earlier? The answer turned out to be no: four questions later the Quod got her too, with her team down 34-19.
It was time for one last match, though I was thrown off my broom a few times and we had to switch bots from Quiz to Bulgaria's training bot from the summer, Jasper. Would Jasper turn out to be more favorable to the NoGreens than Quiz was... extending the Bulgarian tradition of doing well against teams wearing green? We had to play the match to find out... Greenish went out to a quick 6-0 lead, but then I did something I had never done in a long time - answering a Question 5 with the correct answer and exploding! (Ironically, that made no difference in the match as the next question, "Potterwatch codenames", was one where no one got "Rapier" but the Quod exploded anyway... so I would have gotten out on that question with no extra points for Greenish). Greenish had only one member left, Kaitlyn, who exploded on her next question (though Greenish was still up 6-3 at this time). Tarma then answered the next three questions to put NoGreen up 9-6 with every member of their team still standing, giving them the final match of the night.
The following people showed up: Cody Lewis, Emma Borg, Gail Allen, Kaitlyn Nightingale, Kendra Givens, Maxim Trevelyan, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Shadow Gaunt, Shiloh Adlar, Tarma Amelia Black, Vanessa Tilley, and Will Lestrange!
The next pickup takes place in a week and a half in #quidditch, on...
Thursday, February 8 at 3:30 AM HOL!