6 Pickup Games
Thanks to Slytherin’s very own Quidditch enthusiast Will Lestrange, pickups have been revived. Since October, Quidditch fans have met in #quidditch on IRC two to three times a month for casual Quidditch-related fun and games. Haven’t made it to a pickup yet? Well, here are six of the games you might find yourself playing at a Quidditch pickup!
The second best half of HOL Quidditch is, of course, the classic Quidditch pickup game. Quaffle requires less preparation than Snitch and many more people can play at once. Players are divided into two teams and engage in friendly Quaffleplay, typically to 50 points.
This variation of Quaffle selects two random players on each team to go head-to-head. Find out how you fare in 1v1 situations against different types of people. You must be ready and prepared to answer questions at all times.
Based on the children’s game King of the Hill, all players compete to become the monarch. Once one person becomes the monarch, all other players attempt to knock the monarch off and take his or her place. In Monarch, you can only earn trivia points if you are holding the title of monarch. Since you must answer two questions in a row to score, Monarch is great training for Chasing.
Taken from the Muggle sport of basketball, players must answer trivia questions on their own. If they do not know the answer, they will receive a letter. Any player that receives all the letters is eliminated from the game until there is one winner. Gaps in trivia knowledge are highlighted by H-O-R-S-E.
In Creaothceann, all players answer a trivia question. The first two to answer correctly then go against each other and compete to earn a boulder. How many boulders? Up to 100, of course! Our version of Creaothceann was the brainchild of Ryan Granger. I left Ryan’s idea in a PM to Cody Lewis and all three of us were testing out Creaothceann the very next day.
The American version of Quidditch requires a little bit of luck. Everyone answers questions to earn points for their team… unless the Quod explodes and knocks them out of the game!
All these games, along with others that weren’t mentioned, can be varied further by changing question sets. I’ve heard that cascade qset is quite fun. Pickups are always more exciting with more people. Stop by to test your skills and meet people of all houses. See you on the pitch!