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Will Lestrange

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  1. It's time for the first graphics challenge of the Winter Fling 2020! For this activity, create a signature (a 250 x 100 graphic) and an avatar (a 100 x 100 graphic) representing the Winter Fling for your use during the remainder of the festivities. In both the signature and avatar, you should find a way to represent the number 2020. You are free to represent the number however you wish; however, if your usage of 2020 is not transparently clear, make sure to include a brief explanation of how you incorporated the number 2020! Post your graphics to this thread by February 28 at 11:59 PM HOL for 5 scales each (PLUS a 5 scale bonus if your two graphics match each other!) NOTE: If you are incorporating the number 2020 through easily visible numbers, and these are either standard 'Arabic' numerals or Roman numerals, you will not need any additional explanation.
  2. All four digits, in that order. (But since the last one is a zero, if you can reach a number with the first three digits, all you need to do to complete the expression is add "+0" to the end!)
  3. If you know me, you'd probably expect me to say something about Dumbledore and how frustrated I am with his actions and the amount he seems to get away with. But I don't even think that's a controversial opinion: too many people agree with me on that! Instead I'll talk about the first Slytherin adult we see in the series: someone we primarily know as a man in his thirties who, as the Head of House, was responsible for being a Slytherin role model for his house since he was barely out of Hogwarts himself. Right before the final battle of the Second Wizarding War (as if there were no wizarding wars before Voldemort) Severus Snape gives Harry some of his memories, which he views through a Pensieve. According to those memories, it seems that Snape's primary motivation was pining over a woman who, as a teenager, completely abandoned him while marrying a man who had added all sorts of misery to his Hogwarts years through bullying! Never mind that the woman in question (as well as the man she married) had been dead for nearly two decades, and neither had a chance to mature past their early twenties... My own thoughts? It's very possible to alter Pensieve memories, as we saw a year earlier in the case of Horace Slughorn. Slughorn may have done so very crudely, but Snape is one of the best known Occlumens in the Wizarding World so it is very possible that he could have altered the memories he gave to Harry! Right before his death, Snape had to know that Harry hated him with a passion, as well as knowing that (if Harry's side survive), Snape's legacy would be largely told through Harry's eyes. So that meant Snape had to present his own memories in the best possible light, as far as Harry was concerned. And what would be the best possible light for Harry? Maybe for his motivation to be driven by the person Harry saw as the purest form of good: his own mother! Harry seemed to be too 'pure' to view Snape's constantly thinking of Lily as anything other than being driven by the same pure good that Harry saw in Lily herself. This means that Snape's true motivation is still largely unknown... but is that really that uncommon for a Slytherin?
  4. Our first puzzle of the Winter Fling will be a number puzzle, based on the digits from the current year, 2020. Your goal is to take the digits "2, 0, 2, 0" and add mathematical operations around them to create each of the integers from 1 to 20. You can use whatever operations you like, as long as you don't change the orders of the digits and you don't add any new numbers other than the 2-0-2-0 that make up the year. EXAMPLE: If you're using the digits "2,0,0,0" for the year 2000 and you want to make the number 13, you can do so as follows: ⌊√(200)⌋ - 0! = 13 Respond with your creations to the email address wlestrange99 @ gmail.com for 1 scale per number found up to a maximum of 20. The deadline for this is February 29 at 11:59 PM HOL.
  5. The Second Annual Winter Fling takes place due to a somewhat controversial belief of mine. In particular, I think that there needs to be a winter celebration in the coldest part of winter (late January and early February in the northern hemisphere) as opposed to having all the winter celebrations concentrated in a six week period focusing on late fall and the very beginning of winter! But I have a feeling you have some controversial opinions of your own! To start off this Winter Fling, reply to this post with at least 60 words about an opinion that you have about the Harry Potter universe that you suspect many people disagree with. (Make sure to keep your opinions focused on the Harry Potter universe as opposed to HOL or the Muggle world!) You can earn 10 scales for this response - and an additional 5 scales if you figure out the relationship between the year (2020) and the number 60 which inspired me to choose 60 as the minimum word requirement for this. The deadline for this is February 29 at 11:59 PM HOL. (Your reasoning as to why I chose 60 should be sent as an email to wlestrange99 @ gmail.com .)
  6. during the break between terms, it's time to celebrate! Sometime over the next week, I will begin posting tasks in the dungeons every 2 to 3 days for the Second Annual Winter Fling. Just like last year, there will be ten tasks in total - and they will be varied in scope: from writing to graphics to puzzles to miscellany. Stay tuned for more details... and, just like last year, there may be an award in it for you!
  7. You may notice that the Winter Fling forum is already up; sometime during the next week I will begin posting challenges in that thread! Expect a fun mix of writing, puzzles, graphics... and maybe a miscellaneous surprise or two.
  8. As a new decade begins, it's time to celebrate with another blast from the past... Ms. Pac-Man! Ms. Pac-Man was one of the best-known games of the golden age of video gaming. Released in 1982, it features a protagonist who looks like a partially eaten Muggle pizza (but with a bow and beauty mark, identifying her as a woman) trying to race around on a grid to clear the board of dots. Meanwhile, she is being pursued by various ghosts, all but one of whose names rhyme ("Pinky, Inky, Blinky, and Sue") who would kill her on contact. But if she touches some of the big dots, she now has the power to eat the ghosts, which is shown by the ghosts changing colour to flashing blue! Meanwhile, there are also fruits to eat for extra points - and true to the 80s theme, some of the "fruits" listed are emphatically NOT fruits! If you are a Third Year or above, you likely remember this game from the Emerald Cup of 2018: "Parzival" managed to get a perfect score in the game which ended up being crucial to him later on... and it was likely the first video game you ran into when racing for the Emerald Keys! For this month's challenge, you want to go to THIS LINK to play Ms. Pac-Man (there are three variants; any one of them is fine). Screencap your best performance (and post it in this thread) by January 31 at 11:59 PM HOL! -Participation at all will earn you 5 scales. -If you score 2020 points or higher - or beat the first stage, your screencap will earn you 10 scales instead of 5. -The top three scores of the month will get extra scales (25, 20, and 15 respectively for the month instead of 5 or 10) as well as special awards! -BONUS: If you can produce a screencap where the screen shows your character eating some type of human food that is NOT fruit (e.g. a piece of chocolate cake), you can get an additional 5 scales. This screencap can be separate from your high score screencap if you want. PS: Feel free to edit your post throughout the month as you improve your score!
  9. FINAL STANDINGS FOR DECEMBER 2019 1st place: Will Lestrange - 9415 points (Gold Joystick) 2nd place: Maxim Trevelyan - 8280 points (Silver Joystick) 3rd place: Prof. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis - 8100 points (Bronze Joystick) But you still have a chance to compete against these scores at the Living High Score Board!
  10. Will there be a way to give/receive gifts for those who can't make that timeslot? (there's a good chance that something might come up for me, for example, that means I might not be able to make that day.)
  11. Welcome Aaron! Have you had the chance to look at SHOP? It gives a step by step introduction to lots of things around HOL and the dungeons.
  12. I think the only two days that work for me this time around are January 4 and 5 at 9 PM HOL. 9 PM HOL on a Friday is almost never a good time for me due to Muggle work obligations, and I expect to be out of town/in transit on Dec 28-29 (though I could probably make the 29th if I ABSOLUTELY had to; the 28th would be harder) so: T1: Jan 4, Jan 5 3: Dec 29 [not really viable] 4: Dec 28 [definitely not viable] T5: Dec 27, Jan 3 [definitely not viable]
  13. Based on my understanding of the Unforgivable Curses, a well placed Imperius could do wonders to ensure my more nervous players wouldn't doubt themselves (in fact, one could use the spell to improve another player's flying speed too, but that's risky when in the air yourself). But this strikes me as way too potent a remedy for the situation - especially in light of current law regarding those curses! I'm feeling drawn to some sort of mind magic: maybe Legilimency to understand the actual issues (there's a possibility that some curse or disease may be blocking his mind from understanding his actual skill level)? Going into a Pensieve memory of the actual tryout so he can see his own past great performance in third person?
  14. WARNING!!! This month’s game features significantly more intense flashing lights than most other games we have played in the Arcade Club. Bright, multicoloured flashing lights feature throughout gameplay and the “THE END” screen after you lose your last city is particularly intense, with a large, rapidly flashing light taking over the entire screen. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Hard to imagine that it's time for the final challenge of the calendar year and the decade! This time, we'll play another Atari game that represented its era well... Missile Command! Missile Command was a 1980 game that was just ahead of the golden age of arcades. But it represents the concerns American Muggles had in the 1980s very well! This is because the gameplay is a very crude simulation of Muggle warfare. In this game, you start out with six cities and three bases. Enemy objects, called 'missiles', race towards your cities and bases like light coming out of a wand - but with much more power! Fortunately, your bases contain missiles of your own; with them, you can create explosions that will destroy enemy missiles nearby before they can cause any damage. Otherwise, enemy missiles can hit your cities (each city is destroyed with a single hit) or bases (which will preclude you from firing missiles out of any hit bases). Oh, and did I mention you only have a limited number of missiles? When you outlast all of the missiles in a stage, though, your bases will get replenished! But a new round awaits, with a fresh crop of faster enemy missiles... along with other flying enemies to boot! Your immediate reaction when playing this game will probably be relief, as in "it's a good thing the Death Eaters didn't have access to these types of Muggle weapons in the eighties or nineties!" For this month's challenge, you want to go to THIS LINK to play Missile Command. Screencap your best performance (and post it in this thread) by December 31 at 11:59 PM HOL! -Participation at all will earn you 5 scales. -If you score 500 points or higher - or beat the first stage, your screencap will earn you 10 scales instead of 5. -The top three scores of the month will get extra scales (25, 20, and 15 respectively for the month instead of 5 or 10) as well as special awards! PS: Feel free to edit your post throughout the month as you improve your score!
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