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Gathering and Games

Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:02 am

Announcing Gathering and Games! This is the perfect opportunity to kick back, relax and have fun with other HOLers.

Every month, we’ll be hosting an informal weekend get-together on IRC where we’ll play games and chat. The idea is for everyone to enjoy some time with other HOLers and get to know people they might not ordinarily have a chance to speak to. Professors, Students, Postgraduates, ghosts, Giant Squids: everyone is welcome! It doesn’t matter if you have experience with IRC or will be trying it out for the first time, come join us.

For more information on how to access IRC, please visit the HOL Chatrooms section of the Handbook.

Events will take place in the dedicated channel: #gamesroom. We’ll be doing our best to announce the dates here as early as possible. You can find explanations for our range of games via this link - we’ll keep adding to it and hope to keep the programme varied and exciting.

The next event is on Sunday the 17th of December between 5pm and 8pm HOL time. We’ll be aiming to play a different game every hour and we’d love to see you there, whenever you can make it. We understand this is kind of early for certain time-zones but we’re trying to compromise so it’s suitable for as many people in as many places as possible.

Please note that everyone will be expected to conform to all HOL rules and in particular the IRC guidelines at all times. The channel will be moderated for the duration of the event, after that we ask that you move back to #hol to continue chatting.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact either Prof. Amy Lupin or Sky Alton

Hope to see you between 5pm and 8pm on the 17th!
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Re: Gathering and Games

Postby Shadow Gaunt » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:31 am

This sounds so cool, I can't wait!
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Re: Gathering and Games

Postby Sky Alton » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:12 pm

Just under 24 hours to go. Hope to see you in #gamesroom between 5 and 8 PM HOL-time tomorrow!
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Re: Gathering and Games

Postby Sky Alton » Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:12 pm

We had a brilliant turn out from all houses and an amazing event yesterday!

We kicked things off with ‘Who Am I’, with Prof. Tarma Black’s Dedalus Diggle proving the most devious and Will Lestrange’s Lucius Malfoy the most dramatic. Shadow Gaunt was the best detective out of all of us, rumbling two people while putting in a very strong performance as Hermione.

We moved onto a game of Cursebreakers after that, presided over by the fabulous Amy. The explorers successfully traversed the ruins for the first few rounds, avoiding groups of fierce bandits, answering sphinx’s riddles and fighting their way through purple mists to gather plenty of treasure. When the first artefact was discovered during round 3, it was a tense moment to see who would leave with it: Will or Prof. Zenix James. In the end, Will carried off the artefact and Zenix carried on the round alone, a move which massively paid off as she discovered a large amount of treasure which she got to keep to herself. Unfortunately, two fwoopers in quick succession put pay to round 4 and everyone had to beat a rapid retreat. They were brave enough to venture in one last time though and Zenix (thanks to what she terms her ‘typical Gryffindor recklessness’) emerged the winner, having collected 61 pieces of treasure to Will’s 39, Tarma and Shadow’s 20 and Kendra Givens’ 17. I'm not entirely sure I've ever seen that many people yelling 'gooooold' before.

After that adventurous interlude, we rounded off the evening with Articulate. In a stunning collective performance, everyone who played scored at least 2 points. Will emerged the victor with 13 but the prize for answer of the night has to go to Shadow for guessing Filiu flitciwck and making my week with her avant garde typing.

We’ll be meeting again next month on Sunday December 17th between 5 and 8 PM HOL! Hope to see you there.
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Re: Gathering and Games

Postby Sky Alton » Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:50 pm

Quick reminder that we'll be in #gamesroom between 5 and 8 PM HOL-time tomorrow (the 17th)-hope to see you there!
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Re: Gathering and Games

Postby Sky Alton » Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:57 pm

We had an absolutely wild time in the Gamesroom on Sunday and a great turnout from students and professors

Most of the chaos resulted from THE MOST difficult rounds of 20 questions we’ve ever had. The game started out relatively calmly with a round from Prof. Tarma Black, won by Prof. Cody Lewis. After that, I’m not entirely sure what happened. Suffice to say, thanks to some tricky questioning by Amy, Cody had to resort to those stalwart options from TV’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire: 50 50, phone a friend and ‘Ask Sky’. After a lot more confusion, desperate guessing and a new QM, to everyone’s relief (not least Cody’s), Will Lestrange guessed “nosebleed nougat” and we could all collapse, exhausted.

You’d never have thought that a dramatic game where we sniff out secret agents would have been relaxing but after that first one, Codenames seemed like a very good cool down. At the climax of a fun battle of wordy wits between the Purple and Orange teams, encompassing leprechauns, Star Wars and fragrant herbs, the Orange team emerged victorious.

Due to the overrunning of the other two games, we didn’t have time for our scheduled game and decided to give 20 questions another chance. Shadow Gaunt stepped up to the plate this time with Gail Allen asking the questions. It became pretty obvious early on that Shadow was a formidable thinker: who else would answer in riddles? We had got to around question 15 and were no closer to working out ‘which’ plant-based thing Shadow was thinking of when she had to leave and hand off answering duties to me. I don’t think my sudden blank about the colour of the thing and subsequent backpedalling helped the confusion much! We’d reached question 20 and only one person had one guess left. In a truly spectacular move, Amy managed to light on the correct answer of "crystallised pineapple", wowing us all.

We’ll be meeting again in just under a month in #gamesroom on the 21st of January, between 5 and 8 PM HOL-time! Come join us and chase the end-of-term-not-quite-next-term-yet blues away!
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Re: Gathering and Games

Postby Sky Alton » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:17 am

Remember we're meeting today at 5 PM HOL in #gamesroom. Hope to see you there!
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Re: Gathering and Games

Postby Sky Alton » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:02 pm

Now that I’ve recovered my score sheet from a very mischievous fwooper, I can recap last Month’s gathering and Games. And bring you the joyous news that this month’s is on 25th February!

January’s session was a wild ride as we were road testing two new games, as well as introducing everyone to a supercharged version of one we’d already seen before.

We started off with ‘Spell it Out’ where everyone had 5 spells and a range of scenarios to use them in. Emanuel Hines won our first round for the innovative use of the patronus against a grasping venomous tentacula, Gail Allen won round 2for using her position as a Disney princess to complete her homework, Prof. Cody Lewis won round 3 for avoiding the situation entirely, Amy won round 4 by daydreaming her way through and finally Emanuel rounded the game off nicely with another win, this time for clever use of the compass

Next everyone donned their best fedoras and followed in the footsteps of Indiana Jones, exploring the tombs in a game of Cursebreakers. Unlike the version played previously, they now found themselves confronted by riddles and other challenges in order to win their way past threats. Initially, the first round went very smoothly with a lot of gold discovered and bandits evaded. They managed to stave off the fwooper’s cry once by singing a Disney classic but were scared off by the second
Round 2 began equally well but then they encountered a sphynx and her riddle (what do cats, dogs, birds and turtles all have in common). While not everyone got the answer (the letter S) totally right, they all managed an approximation and the vegetarian sphynx let them by. They discovered a huge hoard of treasure and Will Lestrange decided to play tactically and take his share to safety. Aurelia West and Cody battled through a bat bogey hex only for Cody to decide to leave, with Aurelia carrying on alone. She too left after scooping up a few more gold pieces.
They entered the tombs one last time but were immediately confronted by a bandit; after much discussion about what my maths questions had to do with bandits, they got passed him. They went on but unfortunately encountered some purple mist which defeated Kendra Givens; Will left, leaving Cody, Prof. Tarma Black and Aurelia to carry on alone. Unfortunately the game ended in disappointment as, in spite of desperate cries of ‘I can do maths for you, Mr Bandit’, a brigand robbed them of their treasure (though he did let them leave alive)

We finished off the night with a quick round of 20 Questions in reverse. Everyone else in the room knew what item from the Harry Potter universe Cody was: it was up to him to ask questions in order to find out. After 19 questions and plenty of chaos, he lit upon the correct answer and declared himself a chocolate frog.

Looking forward to seeing you for more hijinks on the 25th of February between 5 and 8 PM HOL time in #gamesroom!
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