The Quaffle didn't come out this weekend (though quite a few Snitches did). Instead, we all suited up for two of the most exciting broom games the bots had to offer!
On Saturday, in the words of an unidentifiable Gaelic poet, "the players assembled, not quite twelve hearty; then//they strapped on their cauldrons, stood poised to fly//At the sound of the horn, they were swiftly airbourne//but ten of their number were fated to death." Yes, that's right: the name of the game was Creaothceann!
We first played using the regular question set, with seventeen boulders released into the air. At first, the game seemed to be going Will Lestrange's way, with nine of the first thirteen boulders landing in his cauldron. But Cody Lewis then went on a run, with the final four boulders landing in his cauldron. Tarma Amelia Black also had a fine game, being the only other person to land a boulder in a cauldron. The final standings were as follows for the game:
1st - Will Lestrange; 2nd - Cody Lewis; 3rd - Tarma Amelia Black
The course changed to the turbulent, waterfall-filled terrain corresponding to the "Cascade" set in time for the next seventeen boulders. There were a few questions where the boulder shattered before it could reach a cauldron (namely, ones requiring us to spam XXX-rated creatures ad nauseam). When the game began, though, it was Patrick James and Katelin Ross who were in position to catch the first boulder; a race in which Patrick won. Due to the exciting nature of the Cascade set, the majority of players managed to get themselves in position to catch boulders: there was one question where Kendra Givens managed to identify a chapter title ahead of everyone who actually scored a point during the game, for example. With one question to go, though, Will Lestrange was out to a comfortable lead, with Cody Lewis solidly holding onto second, yet there was a three way tie for third, between Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Katelin Ross, and Patrick James. When Patrick identified both daisy roots and Vaisey in the final question, he secured third place! The final standings were as follows:
1st - Will Lestrange; 2nd - Cody Lewis; 3rd - Patrick James
The following people played Creaothceann for Ireland: Patrick James, Sirius Fudge, Tarma Amelia Black, Vanessa Tilley, and Will Lestrange!
The following people played Creaothceann for Bulgaria: Cody Lewis, Katelin Ross, Kendra Givens, Maxim Trevelyan, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, and Shiloh Adlar!
Then on Sunday it was time to play a new, exciting game: bludger dodgeball. Think "Quodpot with extra randomness, mixed with broom races, standard bludgers, and other trivia fun!"
The first game began with Ireland getting up to a 3-0 lead on the first two questions. It was the only lead Ireland would see that game; Scarlet Leslie-Lewis tied it up on the next question but was knocked out immediately after. After Cody Lewis took the lead on the next three questions, Will Lestrange was Bludgered after getting Ireland within two. Cody then got the next eight questions (and dodged THREE Bludgers) to build a 25-7 lead; though the next question went to Tarma Amelia Black, so did a Bludger to her face. The next five questions went to Bulgaria, with two Bludgers targeting Cody... one of which actually knocked him out (though Bulgaria had a 34-9 lead by that point). While Ireland got two of the next three, Sirius Fudge got Bludgered after closing the gap to 35-14. Then came Patrick James's turn five questions later (38-18 Bulgaria)... and then, after the next four questions went to Bulgaria, Arielle Lemoyne dodged successfully but Maxim Trevelyan did not. Two questions later, though, Arielle did get Bludgered... but not before giving her team a 46-19 lead. At that point, Alexander Brighton, Amy Lupin and Aurelia West were left standing for Ireland while Shiloh Adlar stood alone for Bulgaria, but Shiloh managed to dodge no fewer than three Bludgers while Alexander, Amy, and Aurelia all got hit (though Amy did manage to dodge one of the Bludgers in that part of the match). Final score: Bulgaria 72, Ireland 45.
We flew from California to the UK for the second game: in other words, we switched servers. With everyone a bit familiar with the game, it was time for a more exciting match! It began like the last match in reverse: Bulgaria got the first 2 questions and Ireland got the third to tie the game 3-3 before a Bludger knocked Will Lestrange out. The next three repeated the same way: 2 for Bulgaria, one for Ireland, and a Bludger knocked out Aurelia West with a 6-6 tie. Bulgaria got the next five questions in a row, building up to a 15-6 lead, along with two Bludgers to target Cody Lewis; he dodged the first one but not the second one. Maxim Trevelyan would draw two bludgers over the next five questions and dodge them both, but the next one out would be Sirius Fudge, at which point Bulgaria led 22-11. Five questions later, after a successful dodge by Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Maxim Trevelyan was finally bludgered out of the game, and Bulgaria now led 28-14. The next three questions went to Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, but so did another Bludger. Ireland got the next two questions to 'close the gap' to 31-17, but Patrick James was Bludgered out, as was Tarma Amelia Black three questions later. At that point, with Bulgaria leading 33-18, only Arielle Lemoyne and Shiloh Adlar were standing for Ireland while Alexander Brighton, Amy Lupin, and Gail Allen were left for Bulgaria. When Shiloh Adlar, possibly the most nimble dodger in the game, finally saw the bad side of a Bludger, Bulgaria was up 37-23. Finally Arielle Lemoyne was hit by the next Bludger four questions later, but not before bringing Bulgaria to a 44-26 lead. At this point, only Irish players were left standing, but that didn't mean Bulgaria couldn't make their presence known! The next four questions saw two Bludgers, taking out Amy Lupin and Alexander Brighton respectively (at which point Bulgaria was still up by twelve, 44-32). Gail Allen would have to be even more nimble than Shiloh in order to erase a twelve point gap! But the game dragged on, slowly, and it looked like Gail would pull out the win nonetheless. With Ireland within one point of victory, though... the Bludgers exploded into a fireworks display and everyone celebrated. After the celebration, the match was ultimately awarded to Ireland... but stay tuned; we here on Quidditch Board are working day and night to rebuild the Bludgers into an even better game!
The following people played Bludger Dodgeball for Ireland: Alexander Brighton, Amy Lupin, Aurelia West, Gail Allen, Patrick James, Sirius Fudge, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!
The following people played Bludger Dodgeball for Bulgaria: Arielle Lemoyne, Cody Lewis, Maxim Trevelyan, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, and Shiloh Adlar!