Scenes of Terror at First Quidditch World Cup

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Scenes of Terror at First Quidditch World Cup

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:34 am

This is a topic designed to hold all of the announcements of each week's broom games! Stay tuned for the exciting recaps... it will make you wish you were there! (Or maybe it will just make you feel relieved that you were far away from all the broom-based mayhem ;))
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Re: Scenes of Terror at First Quidditch World Cup

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:37 am

For the first time this season, the Flanders and Transylvania teams took to their brooms to meet on the pitch for the broom racing and botting game known as "Xany"! There was a little confusion with the first game, thanks to the bot not being able to handle the excitement on the pitch right away.

Once we managed to subdue the bot into submission, we finally managed to start playing for real! When the first game ended with a Reparo, the placement was as follows:

1st place (15 team points): Will Lestrange of Flanders with 150
2nd place (10 team points): Maxim Trevelyan of Flanders with 85
3rd place (5 team points): Tarma Amelia Black of Transylvania with 65

The following other people managed to get on the board that game: Zen McGregor of Flanders, Shiloh Adlar of Transylvania, Vanessa Tilley of Transylvania, and Emma Borg of Flanders!

We then had another game where we asked two players from each team: Maxim Trevelyan and Will Lestrange of Flanders and Shiloh Adlar and Tarma Amelia Black of Transylvania - to step back for a moment and give others their chance to shine.

In an even more exciting game, the placement was as follows:

1st place (8 team points): Patrick James of Flanders with 155
2nd place (5 team points): Zen McGregor of Flanders with 90
3rd place (3 team points): Emma Borg of Flanders with 60

Emma JUST edged out Vanessa Tilley of Transylvania by five points, and the following other people managed to get on the board that game: Silas Hipolito Crist of Transylvania and Gail Allen of Transylvania!

There was time for one last game, where everyone was invited to play Xany on the Cascade question set. The final placement was as follows:

1st place (15 team points): Will Lestrange of Flanders with 150
2nd place (10 team points): Maxim Trevelyan of Flanders with 65
3rd place (5 team points): Patrick James of Flanders with 60
(2nd and 3rd place was really close; Maxim only caught Pat on the last question!)

The following other people managed to get on the board that game: Shiloh Adlar of Transylvania, Tarma Amelia Black of Transylvania, Zen McGregor of Flanders, and Vanessa Tilley of Transylvania!

We should give a shout-out to everyone who played: Askeron Kyle, Emma Borg, Maxim Trevelyan, Patrick James, Will Lestrange, and Zen McGregor for Flanders and Gail Allen, Shiloh Adlar, Silas Hipolito Crist, Tarma Amelia Black, and Vanessa Tilley of Transylvania! In addition to any points they may have earned for placement in the Xany games, everyone who played earned 2 team points for their respective teams.
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Re: Scenes of Terror at First Quidditch World Cup

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:42 am

Yesterday was the first of three times that the Flemish and Transylvanian sides would actually meet on the Quidditch pitch with an actual Quaffle involved! Everyone waited with bated breath before the match began because there were a couple of questions that were unresolved: Would the Chasers, Beaters, or Keepers put on the best show for the crowd? Could Dracula of Transylvania beat Ned of Flanders to the Golden Snitch... or would the Snitch hide in Bodmin Moor for another six months?
And what about our newest Quijudge, Zen McGregor of Flanders?

I would argue that the story of the match was actually the Beaters... of both sides (with the Keepers very close behind)! On the Flemish side, Maxim Trevelyan managed to stop the Transylvanian assault no fewer than twenty-one times - while Patrick James added another four blocks himself. As for Transylvania? The moment Alexander Brighton flew into the Beater position for the Transylvanian side, he actually managed to block Will Lestrange twice in fifteen minutes! The Keepers did a solid job of slowing down the other team's opposition too: Scarlet Leslie-Lewis of Transylvania showed why she is one of the most feared Keepers on the pitch with eight blocks and Sirius Fudge of Flanders managed another four blocks himself.

And on offense? Tarma Amelia Black managed nine goals for the Transylvanian side (including an answer so fast that according to the official bot, it happened only one second after the question; such "1-second" answers are the fastest answers that have ever been recorded in games as no player has ever shown the right combination of skill, luck, and speed to reach a "0-second" answer in a game)... while Will Lestrange had to settle for *tying* Cody Lewis's previous record of twenty-nine goals for a Quaffle game in this format. The final score: Flanders 290, Transylvania 90. And to answer the other questions? Zen did an amazing job as a new Quijudge, and the Snitch has STILL not yet been found. Stay tuned for actual Snitches being caught next week!

The following people showed up on the pitch for Flanders: Maxim Trevelyan, Patrick James, Sirius Fudge, Will Lestrange, and Zen McGregor!
The following people showed up on the pitch for Transylvania: Alexander Brighton, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Shiloh Adlar, Silas Hipolito Crist, and Tarma Amelia Black!
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Re: Scenes of Terror at First Quidditch World Cup

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:18 pm

Yesterday the Flemish and Transylvanian sides faced off for a pair of fun broom games!

First, we started off by facing off against each other for a game known by the trigraph "CAB"... in which random players from each team were called out for 1-on-1 faceoffs. The first point was scored by Silas Hipolito Crist of Transylvania, but ultimately the match ended up going to Flanders by a score of 17-5.

The next game of the day was a fan favorite known for randomness and explosions... Quodpot! We began with a quick demonstration of the game which began with Will Lestrange of Flanders exploding on the very first question (thanks to the Ravenclaw chasers Bradley, Chambers, and Davies); when Tarma Amelia Black of Transylvania exploded three questions later at "1 AM", the practice session was completed and we all prepared for a full Quodpot game.

When the actual Quodpot game began... once again Will Lestrange exploded on the very first question thanks to jousting! The next fifteen questions, though, only had three explosions... and the first two: Professor McGonagall and the long phrase "the full body-bind curse Albus Dumbledore had placed on him had lifted and that would only happen if the caster was dead" were avoided by everyone on the pitch. But the last of the three explosions got Tarma Amelia Black (because "he has a more decisive and forceful personality"), at which point Flanders now had a 16-10 lead. The next four questions were all answered by Flemish players; while the first three extended the Flemish lead to 22-10, the fourth would get Sirius Fudge thanks to the old Bulgarian rival, Viktor Krum. Two questions later saw Ingvild Ogden of Bulgaria "deletrius"ed out of the game thanks to another explosion. Maxim Trevelyan of Flanders would then get the next three questions right; unfortunately for him, "the night before Harry Potter turns 17" was also "the question that would cause another explosion". Three questions later saw Patrick James of Flanders exploded thanks to Professor Slughorn. At that point, each team had only one player left standing: Aurelia West of Flanders and Silas Hipolito Crist of Transylvania, with Flanders leading 29 to 10. Silas Hipolito Crist got the next question and Aurelia West got the next two, but the next two questions were explosions. The first, on behalf of Fawkes, was avoided by the remaining players, but the next explosion, "snug silken wrappings", exploded Silas Hipolito Crist out of the game leaving only Aurelia West standing. Final score: Flanders 34, Transylvania 11

But of course there will be more Quodpot to be played in two weeks' time!

The following people showed up on the pitch for Flanders: Aurelia West, Maxim Trevelyan, Patrick James, Sirius Fudge, Will Lestrange, and Zen McGregor!
The following people showed up on the pitch for Transylvania: Ingvild Ogden, Silas Hipolito Crist, and Tarma Amelia Black!
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Re: Scenes of Terror at First Quidditch World Cup

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:35 pm

Yesterday was the second Quaffle match between the Flemish and Transylvaian sides! The lineups had changed a bit since the last time these two teams met, starting with the new referee, Marcie Hobber of Transylvania!

The match began with a Chaser toss-up where Will Lestrange of Flanders beat out Cody Lewis of Transylvania for the first question of the match. Eight questions later, Maxim Trevelyan of Flanders managed the first block of the match, giving Flanders a lead they would hold throughout the period. Shortly thereafter, Limine Snidget of Transylvania and Patrick James of Flanders, as Beaters, would make consecutive Beater blocks. Towards the end of the period, Zen McGregor would make a Beater block as well, where the period would end with Flanders leading Transylvania, 130-90.

When the second period began, two new players would fly onto the pitch for that period: Emma Borg of Flanders and Scarlet Leslie-Lewis of Transylvania. In fact, Scarlet would block Will on her very first attempt as a Beater! Shortly thereafter was the most defensively-fruitful period of the match in which Chasers were blocked on FIVE consecutive questions: Tarma blocked Will and then Zen and Limine would alternate with two consecutive correct answers each. While Flanders would still have the lead for most of the period, the rest of the period would belong to Cody, who wouldn't miss a single question for the remainder of the quarter. By contrast, Will would be blocked three more times: twice by Limine and once by Tarma, so Transylvania would get its first lead by the end of the period. The period ended with Transylvania up, 200-190 as Katelin wrested her Beater bat back from Scarlet in time for the final period.

Although the third period began with Will quickly tying the score back up at 200, Cody's run would continue for another seven straight goals during which Will would be blocked another three times: twice by Tarma and once by Limine. This would extend Transylvania's lead to 270-230. Momentum changed with a block from Pat (and a later block from Maxim) as Will would begin a scoring run of his own, narrowing the gap to 300-290. After Will's twenty-ninth goal, there was only one minute left to play; would that be enough to tie the game back up? When Pat appeared to land another block, it looked like that might happen, but upon further inspection it turned out the Quaffle was defective, giving Cody a chance to score his thirty-first goal of the match. There was time for one last Flemish possession... but that ended with a block by Tarma.

Final score: Transylvania 310, Flanders 290.

The following people showed up on the pitch for Flanders: Emma Borg, Maxim Trevelyan, Patrick James, Will Lestrange, and Zen McGregor!
The following people showed up on the pitch for Transylvania: Alexander Brighton, Cody Lewis, Ingvild Ogden, Katelin Ross, Limine Snidget, Marcie Hobber, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, and Tarma Amelia Black!
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Re: Scenes of Terror at First Quidditch World Cup

Post by Will Lestrange » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:25 pm

Yesterday the Flemish and Transylvanian sides faced off for the final broom games in the Quidditch World Cup!

We began with two rounds of Creaothceann; after three practice boulders, each of which went to a different player, the game began for real. The boulders had been specifically charmed so that no player could catch two boulders in a row in their cauldron... and, so, the first game - on the regular set, actually ended in a tie! The placement was as follows:

1st place (15 team points): Will Lestrange of Flanders and Cody Lewis of Transylvania, each with 7
3rd place (5 team points): Scarlet Leslie-Lewis of Transylvania with 2
(the other person to catch a boulder was Tarma Amelia Black of Transylvania )

Then we played another round of Creaothceann on the Cascade set. When the dust settled, placement was as follows:

1st place (15 team points): Will Lestrange of Flanders with 9
2nd place (10 team points) Scarlet Leslie-Lewis of Transylvania with 4
3rd place (5 team points): Marcie Hobber of Transylvania with 3
(the other person to catch a boulder was Cody Lewis of Transylvania; honorable mention goes to Patrick James of Flanders for coming in second place on FIVE boulders).

Then it was time for two rounds of the most exciting game on the pitch... Quodpot! Just like last time, we began with a quick demonstration of the game. Unlike last time, though, Will did not explode on the first question; it took him until the second question (it was Bane, Ronan, and Magorian who did him in)! The very next question saw Scarlet exploded thanks to "vivid crimson flecked with gold" eggs... and then we were off for the real games!

Just like as the practice game, Will got out on the second question (thanks to a "small jewelled" mirror) but not before giving Flanders a narrow 1-0 lead. Just like in the practice game, Scarlet proceeded to explode on the very next question, at 8 PM. Of the next eight questions, three went unanswered (including a Minerva McGonagall explosion) and the other five went to Transylvania (giving them an 8-1 lead)... but one of those five was a grandfather clock which exploded Tarma. Three questions later, Alex exploded on Albus Dumbledore followed by Marcie exploding on "Potter really stinks" four questions after that. When Cody was exploded two questions after that "to induce an elevated frame of mind", there were only three players left standing: Pat for Flanders and Katelin and Ingvild for Transylvania, with Transylvania leading 14-9. Two answers by Pat got Flanders within one, and then when Katelin exploded on "buttocks" it was anybody's match. Pat would get the next two questions; while the first one tied the game at 15, the second - "6 or 7", exploded him. Ingvild then used brass (in the form of a telescope) to score the final point of the match for Transylvania, which would win the first game 16-15.

We then switched to the Cascade set for the final game of the evening as Sirius flew onto the pitch! Will lasted longer than he had for any Quodpot game this season... this time it took him until the third question to get exploded by an ashwinder (at which point Flanders had a 3-0 lead). Pat then extended the Flemish lead to 4-0, but then two quick answers by Scarlet would put Transylvania out in front, 5-4. After two questions were unanswered, Scarlet would explode on a "royal" codename! With the game tied at 6-6 thanks to Sirius, Tarma would explode three questions later with the explosion looking a lot like powdered moonstone. The next question saw Ingvild exploding thanks to Draco Malfoy, with Cody exploded two questions after that thanks to a Chinese Fireball dragon. (Transylvania had regained the lead, but only by a 7-6 margin.) When Pat re-tied the game up at 8, things looked hopeful for the Flemish team... but they didn't stay that way for long. Marcie quickly regained the lead for Transylvania, followed by Katelin exploding, ironically enough, on the Resurrection Stone. Five of the next six questions would go unanswered, followed by a four question period in which Marcie would get three (for a total of eleven unanswered points for Transylvania, giving them a 19-8 lead) and the fourth, involving an ashwinder, would involve another explosion. Pat appeared to break the Transylvanian scoring streak with elder (as a wand wood), only to find that answer explode on him (with this being the second Deathly Hallow to explode a Quodpot player, maybe they should be called the "Deadly Hallows" instead!). Marcie succumbed to the very next question, but then Alex continued the scoring for the Transylvanian side - with two quick answers to extend their lead to 22-8. Sirius finally reached out for some Nosebleed Nougat only to see it explode in his face; as he was the last Flemish player standing, Transylvania won 22-8.

The following people showed up on the pitch for Flanders: Patrick James, Sirius Fudge, and Will Lestrange!
The following people showed up on the pitch for Transylvania: Alexander Brighton, Cody Lewis, Ingvild Ogden, Katelin Ross, Marcie Hobber, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, and Tarma Amelia Black!
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Re: Scenes of Terror at First Quidditch World Cup

Post by Will Lestrange » Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:33 am

Yesterday was the final Quaffle match between the Flemish and Transylvaian sides! With each team having won one Quaffle match previously, the Flemish side knew they could put themselves back in contention with a win... while the Transylvaian side knew that a win would essentially seal the championship for them. Just like last match, Marcie Hobber of Transylvania would serve as Quijudge!

The beginning of the match completely belonged to Cody Lewis of Transylvania who answered fifteen questions in a row as Chaser, while Will Lestrange of Flanders would be blocked twice in addition to the initial tossup: once by Tarma Amelia Black and once by Alexander Brighton. At that point, Transylvania had worked their way up to a 70-50 lead when Arnora Eleniel managed a block on Cody. The Chaser duel continued with Will and Cody alternating for four straight goals each, but while Cody would extend his streak to 6 to end the period, Will would be blocked on his final two runs of the quarter: first by Alexander and then by Tarma. At the end of the period, Transylvania was up 120-90, along with now having possession of the Quaffle.

The second period began with Cody extending Transylvania's lead to 4 goals, before a well-placed block by Arnora allowed Will to narrow the margin to 130-110, potentially swinging the momentum... until the first missed question of the match (the fourth subject of Ron's fifth year is DOUBLE Defense Against the Dark Arts) caused the Quaffle to escape from all of the players, staying loose for a total of three minutes (it is believed that lizards and birds of various sizes took part in the middle of its disappearance)! Finally, the Quaffle revealed itself back in the hands of Cody which, paired with another block by Alexander gave Transylvania their biggest Quaffle lead this season: 160-110. This was followed up by two straight Beater blocks by Alexander and Arnora. It would take six more posessions (at which point the score was 180-140) for another block... this time a pair of consecutive blocks by Zen McGregor and Alexander. There would only be two more blocks that period, both by the Keepers: one by Sirius Fudge and one by Tarma. Though Will scored to end the period, Transylvania now led 200-160 with just one period to go.

The first four possessions of the third period ended in goals, though the second goal for Flanders that period was scored by Patrick James for his first goal of the match! After an Arnora block, Will and Cody would then score six times each, making the score 280-240. Tarma then managed a block for Transylvania; after one more goal for each side, Arnora and Tarma would block consecutive possessions by Cody and Will respectively. After Cody scored again to extend, Transylvania's lead to 300-250, the end of the game would actually belong to Flanders - which would never miss another question. Unfortunately for Flanders, there was only time for five more questions to end the game... two goals by Will sandwiching a block by Zen would only be enough to narrow the final margin to 300-270 in favor of Transylvania!

Final score: Transylvania 300, Flanders 270.

The following people showed up on the pitch for Flanders: Arnora Eleniel, Patrick James, Sirius Fudge, Will Lestrange, and Zen McGregor!
The following people showed up on the pitch for Transylvania: Alexander Brighton, Cody Lewis, Katelin Ross, Marcie Hobber, and Tarma Amelia Black!
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Re: Scenes of Terror at First Quidditch World Cup

Post by Will Lestrange » Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:29 am

The 2018 SQL matches have finally come to an end! By a final score of 969-863 - click to see totals for individual players - it was determined that Transylvania won that first Quidditch World Cup all the way back in 1473. The first few weeks of the league actually had belonged to Flanders, who had managed to work their way up to a 166-point lead by the end of Week 3... until it was discovered that two crucial Transylvanian players, Shiloh Adlar and Vanessa Tilley, were unable to continue in the tournament. After some judicious 'trading' of top players, Cody Lewis and Marcie Hobber were added to the Transylvanian side and Pavel Lagrange was added to the Flemish side. Once Cody started playing on the Quaffle side and Marcie started Seeking, the balance of power shifted strongly towards Transylvania's favor!

Let us pause briefly to note the top five individual scores:
1) Scarlet Leslie-Lewis of Transylvania (with 185 points)
2) Will Lestrange of Flanders (with 156 points)
3) Arianna Stonewater of Transylvania (with 110 points)
4) Maxim Trevelyan of Flanders (with 100 points)
5) Faye Roderick of Flanders (with 97 points)

One area we haven't discussed in our weekly write-ups, though, was the quest for the Golden Snitch! The most dominant Seeker of summer 2018 has to be Scarlet Leslie-Lewis; not many people can face a Seeking gauntlet consisting of Will Lestrange, Faye Roderick, and Maxim Trevelyan and expect to win more than one match or so... yet Scarlet caught every Snitch that came her way, continuing a perfect 2018 for her on that side of the pitch!

Despite her impressive accomplishments, though, the fastest solve of the season goes to someone totally different... Emma Borg! In the final Snitch match of the summer season, Emma managed to erase a substantial board deficit by solving a challenging puzzle in just 84 seconds, giving her just enough time to catch the Golden Snitch for Flanders!

However, the 2018 SQL season would not be such a success if it wasn't for the people who signed up to play IRC games (including Quaffle), engage in creative and puzzle tasks, catch Golden Snitches, and serve as referees! In all, 26 people signed up for either the Flemish or Transylvanian sides, of which 25 people ended up participating.

Of those people, 6 of them served as Quijudges with either the Quaffle or the Snitch: Katelin Ross, Marcie Hobber, Maxim Trevelyan, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Will Lestrange, and Zen McGregor!

And we get to finish everything off with tangible thank-yous in the form of beans and awards (as soon as it becomes us possible for us to hand them out)! As promised, everyone who was involved with SQL will be awarded beans:

Flanders:
Arnora Eleniel
Askeron Kyle
Aurelia West
Emma Borg
Faye Roderick
Kendra Givens
Maxim Trevelyan
Patrick James
Rorey Padfoot (Prof.)
Sirius Fudge
Will Lestrange
Zen McGregor


Transylvania
Alexander Brighton
Arianna Stonewater
Cody Lewis (Prof.)
Gail Allen
Ingvild Ogden
Katelin Ross
Limine Snidget (Prof.)
Marcie Hobber
Scarlet Leslie-Lewis (Prof.)
Shiloh Adlar
Silas Hipolito Crist
Tarma Amelia Black (Prof.)
Vanessa Tilley


And finally, also as promised, the SQL 2018 award (which looks like this: Image) will be awarded to the people who participated in at least 11 total events, including one from each of at least three of the four major categories (IRC games, Quaffle, Snitch, and Forum Activities). There were 8 people who met the requirements: Ingvild Ogden, Katelin Ross, Maxim Trevelyan, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Silas Hipolito Crist, Sirius Fudge, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!

EDIT (20180908): BEANS HAVE NOW BEEN AWARDED!
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