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  1. Welcome back to another year of magical schooling on the Hogwarts Express! We hope you all had a lovely summer break and hope your train ride has gotten off to a good start. Please take your seats in your compartments as your House Prefects have some announcements about the new school year and rules for the trip to Hogwarts. As a reminder, here are your Prefects: - @Sleepingbagonthesofa and @ShadowRose - @facingthenorthwind and @MadiMalfoy - @Rumpelstiltskin and @Nix - @Slytherinchica08 and @just.a.willow.tree Starting this Saturday, September 15th at 12:00 pm GMT, you will be asked to complete four tasks on your journey for these next two weeks. First, we'd like you all to catch up with all of your classmates and friends from last year, but also to please get to know your fellow students. This includes those who reside in other Houses and those brand new first years who don't have a House yet. This task will open right away and you can take the full two weeks to complete. The second task we'd like you to do as you introduce yourselves to others is to play some friendly games with each other. This train ride entertainment will open right away as well and will run for the first week until 11:59 pm GMT on September 22nd. The latter half of your journey will be full of Prefects doing their patrols to make sure none of you are coming up with more vexing riddles or goofing off with Weasley's Wizard Wheezes contraband. This will open at 12 am GMT on September 23rd and run to the end of the event on September 30th 11:59 pm GMT. While the Prefects are doing their patrols, they also have friends who did a lot of cool things this summer. This exchange of everyone's summer travels will run for this last week only and should be wrapped up on the 30th as well. Keep an eye out for each thread as they open to learn more about the fun-packed activities planned for the duration of your train ride! Here are the links to your first two activities! +Interhouse Camaraderie, +Ultimate Hangman. Now that the rules and activities have been announced, please bring all arms and hands back inside the windows so that we may leave promptly from Platform 9 and 3/4 to get to Hogwarts on time. Have a safe and fun train ride, and we hope you enjoy this school year at Hogwarts! Your HPFT Prefects
  2. Sleepingbagonthesofa

    The Hogwarts Express: Ultimate Hangman

    Ultimate Hangman You've found a compartment and made some new friends, but there's a long train ride ahead of you to Hogwarts! How about a game of Ultimate Hangman to pass the time? Rules A prefect will post with a series of blanks indicating how many letters there are in the word/phrase to be guessed. After that, guess ONE letter at a time. You can't post immediately after your own housemate! Wait for another house to make a guess first. Points will be awarded to whichever house gets the whole word/phrase correct. In order to give all timezones an equal chance, we'll be posting new words a minimum of eight hours apart, so if you solve it in the first twenty minutes you still have to wait seven and a half hours. This is a guideline only and we may not be right on the dot. Are you ready? 1. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  3. Sleepingbagonthesofa

    The Hogwarts Express: Interhouse Camaraderie

    The Interhouse Camaraderie Challenge As you all know, since the end of the Second Wizarding War, here at Hogwarts we have emphasised building relationships between our four houses. But why wait for school to start? Don't sit with your usual group: Introduce yourself to a Slytherin or help a Gryffindor catch their lost toad. Get into a debate about quidditch with the Ravenclaws then head to the front carriage and plan the next school prank with those devious Hufflepuffs. We want you to mix up, and who knows? Your new best friend could be a compartment away. To all HPFT Members and Staff: Your Prefects have set you a challenge. We're looking for you for you to branch out and get to know members from other houses by reviewing their stories, asking them questions and leaving posts on their pages. Below you will find a checklist with activities for you, as a house, to complete over the next two weeks. What to do: Start a new Topic in your CR called The Interhouse Camaraderie Challenge Copy and Paste the checklist into the topic, filling it out as you go. Please remember to include links to all posts/reviews Things to keep in mind: We would prefer that you avoid posting on the page of someone you know well or reviewing authors if you have already read most of their work. Similarly, try to spread the tasks amongst your housemates! While obviously we'll take individual house circumstances into account, the idea is not for one person to go on a huge spree and get everything done in an afternoon. This is not a race. There are no points for finishing first or posting more than anyone else, focus on quality rather than speed or quantity. Be nice, that's the main aim here. And have fun! This challenge will end at Midnight GMT on the 30th September. All details under the spoiler tag. Good luck, students! Also -- did anyone see a black cat? I think one ran past here...
  4. This topic is to provide an OVERVIEW/OUTLINE of the intended schedule. It makes no promise of precise dates, and it is subject to change if necessary. Length and Structure: Just like last year, the 2018-2019 House Cup will run from September 2018 to August 2019. The year has been broken up into four (northern hemisphere) seasons: fall/autumn (September, October, November), winter (December, January, February), spring (March, April, May), and summer (June, July, August). Monthly/Regular Items: Various monthly/regular items, such as Story of the Month, Forum Head Student, and Archive Head Student, will occur. Writing Events: This year, rather than a short-duration staff writing challenge in the spring, we are replacing it with a 6-month collaboration. Prefects still will hold a couple of challenges, so be sure to keep an eye out for those! They are worth more points than member challenges. We've listed them as tentative on this schedule because we are giving them the opportunity to replace a couple with small events instead, or to make a judgement call if things seem too busy around the site. Fall/Autumn Quarter September Prefect will hold the house cup opening event beginning in mid-September. Fall/autumn prefect writing challenge (tentative). October Haunted House activity November NaNoWriMo. Cafe will be open. No HC event. Winter Quarter December Gift exchange event Winter prefect writing challenge (tentative). Collab begins. January Review event in preparation for FROGS February FROGS (must wrap up by end of February) Spring Quarter March Spring prefect writing challenge (tentative). April Camp NaNo. Cafe will be open. No HC event. May No HC event. Summer Quarter June Forum anniversary/birthday will be recognized somehow (no points/HC event). Collab ends. Summer prefect writing challenge (tentative and may be skipped due to the summer being busy already). 6 week window for holding the house cup finale opens in mid-June (it may or may not begin this early...depends on what we plan). July House cup finale August Staff wrap up compiling points for this year and plan for next year. No HC event.
  5. HPFT Forums -- Week 2 assignments for the House Cup Finale have just been announced. They are as follows: Finish writing and submit your Letters to the Editor. Continue working on graphics (ad sig sets, headers, choosing GIFs) and submit the ad sig set. Begin hunting down leads for Articles. Create and submit puzzles. Letters to the Editor Details can be found in this topic. Graphic Design Requirements for the graphic design of your newspaper were released in Week 1. Scavenger Hunt for Article Leads It is time to chase down leads for your newspaper articles! Read more about the scavenger hunt here. Puzzles What newspaper is complete without games and puzzles?! It's your job to create puzzles - but not for your own paper. Instead, it'll be up to you to create the puzzles for the other newspapers. Each house is responsible for creating four (4) puzzles. Choose four (4) of the following categories and create one (1) puzzle from each of your chosen categories: Anagrams, Crosswords, Cryptograms, Rebus Sets, Riddles, Trivia Sets, and Word Searches. The puzzles will then be given to each of the other four houses to solve in Week 3. When making your puzzles, bear in mind that it should be possible to solve twelve (12) puzzles in single week - along with writing and other tasks that will be occurring at the same time. Strive to keep them reasonable in scope. Week 2 ends on Friday, August 3rd.
  6. THIS SCAVENGER HUNT IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE PREVIOUS TWO, SO PAY ATTENTION. INCLUDING THE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM IN THE SECOND SPOILER. Every paper needs a publisher. But how well do you know your publishers? That takes a hunt AND a matching game! Three (3) cards for thirteen (13) of your HPFT staff members have been embedded across the HPFT Archives and Forums in staff related content. To differentiate amongst the cards, there is a well-known attribute of each staff member's written in the top corner--not to be confused with the staff facts matching game. Search carefully for all the cards, keeping in mind that next week, you will be required to write three (3) Staff Profiles. More information regarding expectations for the writing portion of the staff profiles will be provided in a few days. Don't stop your search prematurely. There's a lot of ground to cover and sometimes the most unique - and potentially most valuable - discoveries are timeless treasures that stretch beyond mere staff facts. You'll find two (2) such precious pieces this week if you can find the right places to look--LadyL8's Interview Section challenge and PaulaTheProkaryote's Photography Section challenge. But wait! There's more. In addition to the card hunt, the thirteen (13) participating staff members have each submitted three (3) facts about themselves! Each fact you successfully match to the correct staff member will earn you points. In order to claim a staff member to write a profile about, you must find ALL three (3) of their cards as well as correctly match them to two (2) of their facts. However, because LadyL8 and PaulaTheProkaryote have chosen this week's wild cards, to claim either of them, you must find all three (3) of their cards and match them to all three (3) of their facts. Houses are not permitted to double up on staff profiles, so the competition will be fierce! (See second post in this thread to see which wild card is which.) Once you believe you are ready to claim a staff member, reply to this thread stating who you are claiming. A staff member will go to your common room and check that you have found all three cards and matched enough facts, and then will reply letting you know if your claim is successful or not. You have until the end of Week 3 (August 10th) to locate all the staff cards and match all the facts. The more of the search you complete and the more matches you make, the more your paper will be worth. But don't get scooped! When it comes to the press, those who finish fastest reap extra rewards. SPOILER 1: THE LIST SPOILER 2: IMPORTANT FACTS SUMMARIZED HERE - READ THEM OR ELSE AN ERUMPENT HORN MAY EXPLODE IN YOUR COMMON ROOM.
  7. To: All Columnists From: HPFT Staff Now that you have claimed three (3) publishers, it's time to write a profile for each one! Each staff profile must be between 250-750 words long, be accompanied by a picspam, and contain the facts you matched with that staff member. It just so happens that we are also presently evaluating the quality of work being performed at each paper and will be reviewing each submission accordingly. Specifically, we'll be scrutinizing them for: Inclusion of The Matched Facts; Writing Mechanics and; Overall Quality & Creativity As usual, for each Staff Profile completed, your paper will receive points.The four (4) best Staff Profiles as judged by the above criteria will receive extra points. Make sure to make the most of this opportunity for yourselves and your papers! As always, you're on a deadline...ALL STAFF PROFILES (WITH ACCOMPANYING PICSPAMS) ARE DUE NO LATER THAN END OF DAY 17 AUGUST 2018.
  8. To: All Columnists From: HPFT Staff We have reviewed the proposed leads that you've identified and are happy to report that they meet with our initial approval. For those of you still on the hunt for any leads, do carry on your search! Unfortunately, whatever your situation, your publishers have indicated that you will each be restricted to using three (3) of the leads applicable to your particular paper. Each article must be between 500-1000 words long. As you know, these leads focus on important issues of our time(s)! The meat of any newspaper is its articles, so this is the most important task you are facing. Show us those investigative and journalistic chops! For each Article completed, your paper will receive points. It just so happens that we are also presently evaluating the quality of work being performed at each paper and will be reviewing each submission accordingly. Specifically, we'll be scrutinizing them for: Inclusion of Canon and/or Historical Information; Writing Mechanics; Does It Read Like A Newspaper Article; and Overall Quality & Creativity The four (4) best Articles as judged by the above criteria will receive extra points. Make sure to make the most of this opportunity for yourselves and your papers! As always, you're on a deadline...ALL ARTICLES ARE DUE NO LATER THAN END OF DAY 10 AUGUST 2018.
  9. HPFT Forums -- Week 1 assignments for the House Cup Finale have just been announced. They are as follows: Select an era Name your newspaper Begin graphic design for your newspaper Write 2-3 obituaries Start gathering prompts for Letters to the Editor Era Selection Houses are expected to select one of the following eras: Founders, First Wizarding War, Between Wars, or Second Wizarding War. Each newspaper will be centered around the chosen era. HPFT staff report that eras will be claimed on a first come, first served basis. Once an era is selected, no other house can use it, and switching is not permitted. Staff are looking forward to seeing how houses will strategize their era selection, either snatching their preferred era right away or waiting to see what prompts they like best. Reply to this thread by Friday, July 26 to claim an era. Graphic Design There are several graphic design elements to incorporate into the newspapers. They should be completed by the end of Week 3, except where noted otherwise. Advertisement: Signature/avatar set that advertises a house's newspaper. These should be completed and displayed by reporters by the end of Week 2. Newspaper Header: Must include the newspaper's name and should be designed around the era and newspaper itself, not the house creating it. Section Headers: Each section (obits, letters to the editor, and other yet-to-be-revealed sections) must each have a header GIFS: Articles/content in each section must be accompanies by GIFS Picspams: To accompany a yet-to-be-revealed section. Due by the end of Week 4. Obituaries Write at least two but no more than three obituaries about canon characters who died in the chosen era. Each obituary must be 500-750 words long and will be worth 100 points each. Staff will vote on their favorites and award bonuses to the top four favorites. Week 1 ends at 11:59 PM PDT (US) to maximize the length of time.
  10. HPFT Forums -- HPFT staff report that throughout this month-long newspaper assignment, there will be four wild cards up for grabs. The wild cards are associated with special extra sections of your newspapers. There will be four categories of extra sections. If a house has found the wild card associated with a section, they can claim that extra section. Only one house can claim each section--once it is claimed, it cannot be claimed by any other house. An extra section can be claimed at any point after its associated wild card is found, provided no other house has yet claimed it. Further details on the requirements of the extra sections are not yet available, but staff expect an announcement to be made in the coming weeks. The extra section associated with the wild card up for grabs in Scavenger Hunt #1 (the Letters to the Editor hunt) is "Critique Section." Please reply to this topic to claim extra sections. Wild Card #1 (Critique Section) - claimed by Slytherin Wild Card #2 (Divination Section) - claimed by Hufflepuff Wild Card #3 (Interview Section) - claimed by Ravenclaw Wild Card #4 (Photography Section) - claimed by Ravenclaw
  11. HPFT Forums - The meat of any good newspaper is, of course, the news articles it contains. Readers expect a newspaper to keep them abreast of the news of the day. Once again, you'll have to undertake a hunt to track down leads. Seven (7) leads from each of the four (4) eras have been embedded across the HPFT Archives and Forums. These are the leads the HPFT staff will expect you to chase down and report on when the time comes to publish your articles. Search carefully for the leads, keeping in mind that next week, you will be required to write three (3) Articles chosen from the leads you find this week for your era. Specific information regarding expectations for the writing portion of this important component of your paper will be provided soon. As before, there is one (1) special treasure hidden. Discovering this treasure will unlock the opportunity to publish an extra section in your newspaper - a Divination section. You have until the end of Week 2 (August 3rd, when this topic locks) to locate all the prompts - even those that do not apply to your specific era. The more of the search you complete, the more your paper will be worth. But don't get scooped! When it comes to the press, those who finish fastest reap extra rewards. Here is an example of what you're looking for: http://archive.hpfanfictalk.com/viewstory.php?sid=520&textsize=0&chapter=3 Details and plain English explanation beneath the spoiler tags. Read it - seriously. We'll be less generous answering questions covered below than last week, especially since you already have one of these hunts under your belts.
  12. Any paper worth its ink contains more than merely the news of the day. It also delivers readers powerful opinions on the issues of the day. As the architects of your paper, it will be up to you to separate the wheat from the chaff, selecting for publication only the most intriguing and timely issues. That takes a hunt. Five (5) prompts from each of the four (4) eras have been embedded across the HPFT Archives and Forums, representing the very issues on which the HPFT Staff will expect you to focus when the time comes to publish your Letters to the Editor. Search carefully for all the prompts, keeping in mind that next week, you will be required to write two (2) Letters to the Editor chosen from just two (2) of the prompts you will find this week. More information regarding expectations for the writing portion of this important component of your paper will be provided at the beginning of Week 2 (on July 27th or 28th). But don't stop your search prematurely. There's a lot of ground to cover and sometimes the most unique - and potentially most valuable - discoveries are timeless treasures that stretch beyond mere prompts. You'll find at least one (1) such precious piece this week if you can find the right place to look. You have until the end of Week 1 (July 27th) to locate all the prompts - even those that do not apply to your specific era. The more of the search you complete, the more your paper will be worth. But don't get scooped! When it comes to the press, those who finish fastest reap extra rewards. Here is an example of what you're looking for (scroll to the bottom): http://archive.hpfanfictalk.com/viewstory.php?sid=520&chapter=2
  13. To: All Columnists From: HPFT Staff We have reviewed the proposed prompts that you've identified and are happy to report that they meet with our initial approval. For those of you still on the hunt for any prompts, do carry on your search! Unfortunately, whatever your situation, your publishers have indicated that you will each be restricted to using two (2) of the prompts applicable to your particular paper. Each letter must be between 500-750 words long. As you know, these prompts focus on important issues of our time(s)! Sadly, given that it isn't covered in standard wizarding education, the general population is not terribly adept at persuasive writing. This means we'll be expecting you to ghost write your paper's perspective on the chosen issues as if you were a citizen rather than a columnist. We'll be selling these as that old newspaper staple - the Letter to the Editor. Take your position! Be authentic! Be convincing! For each Letter completed, your paper will receive points. It just so happens that we are also presently evaluating the quality of work being performed at each paper and will be reviewing each submission accordingly. Specifically, we'll be scrutinizing them for: Inclusion of Canon and/or Historical Information; Writing Mechanics; Persuasive Ability; and Overall Quality & Creativity The four (4) best Letters as judged by the above criteria will receive extra points. Make sure to make the most of this opportunity for yourselves and your papers! As always, you're on a deadline...ALL LETTERS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN END OF DAY 3 AUGUST 2018.
  14. To make things less confusing, we're making this masterlist of deadlines. As we release more activities, we'll update this list--so be sure to check back if you're confused! Settle on newspaper name - July 27 Submit the text component of your obituaries - July 27 Points will be counted for however many prompts you found for Scavenger Hunt 1 - July 27 Submit your advertisement signature set - August 3 Submit the text component of your letters to the editor - August 3 Points will be counted for however many leads you found for Scavenger Hunt 2 - August 3 Submit four puzzles - August 3 Submit your newspaper header and section sub-headers - August 10 Choose the GIFs that will accompany all the articles/items you've written so far - August 10 Note: If you finish something early, you can submit it early (by using the submission threads you've created in your CRs). Deadlines are at end of day on the dates listed, with end-of-day meaning get it done by 11:59 PM GMT to be safe, but realistically many staff are in the US and won't check for sure until evening time zones in the US.
  15. HPFT Forums -- HPFT's staff announced today that the 2nd Annual House Cup Finale has just commenced! To cover this event, we are seeking teams of dedicated journalists to produce a special edition newspaper! This is a temporary assignment beginning immediately and lasting one month. Throughout the month, you will be expected to meet deadlines and work with the rest of your team to chase down leads and complete tasks in order to produce the required sections of the newspaper. HPFT's staff expect that this finale should provide plenty of excitement, as there are more than enough points up for grabs that the outcome is anyone's game. Will Hufflepuff maintain their lead? Will Slytherin come from behind to steal it all? Join us for this nail-biting finale to find out! Put on your reporter caps and head over to the Week 1 Assignment thread to get started! (Also, if you have general questions, post them here.)
  16. Alopex

    House Cup Point Updates

    This thread will be used to post house cup point updates. This will usually be done around the middle of a month, but it may also be done after an event. We have just wrapped up our House Cup opening event for the 2017-2018 season, MAGIC, and here are the final results--which are also the HC point totals at this moment. Houses earned points for submitting tasks, getting special MAGIC patterns, and getting the blackout/coverall MAGIC. We (wrongly) believed the points would be spread more evenly amongst houses with four patterns up for grabs in addition to the blackout over three rounds, but this did not prove to be the case. Therefore, we decided to award 3rd and 4th place points to the two houses (Gryffindor and Ravenclaw) that did not earn any MAGICs at all, using the 100-75-50-25 point structure we have often used in the past, to recognize their participation and work. Hufflepuff and Slytherin earned MAGICs and will keep the points they earned for that (in lieu of the 100 and 75 points). Keep your eyes peeled for the next event! We'll be having something in the second half of October. Points Earned for MAGIC House Cup Opener Task Submissions Hufflepuff - 207 Gryffindor - 139 Slytherin - 115 Ravenclaw - 3 Round 1 Slytherin - 135 points (total) Blackout (75) Special S (40) Special G (40) Purchase Card (-20) Round 2 Slytherin - 40 points (total) Wand (40) Goblet (40) Purchase Card x 2 (-40) Hufflepuff - 95 points (total) Blackout (75) Timeturner (40) Purchase Card (-20) Round 3 Slytherin - 60 points (total) Lightning (40) Number 7 (40) Purchase Card (-20) Hufflepuff - 135 points (total) Blackout (75) Chess Board (40) Quidditch Goal (40) Purchase Card (-20) "Placing" for the two houses that didn't earn any MAGICs. Ravenclaw (50) for completing over 90 tasks Gryffindor (25) for completing over 70 tasks Overall Totals Hufflepuff - 437 Gryffindor - 164 Slytherin - 350 Ravenclaw - 53
  17. Alopex

    Fic Feud Partners & Sabotages

    ~~ Fic Feud!! ~~ All right, feuders, it is time to reveal partners and get started with planning and writing! First, about the requirements. Stories must be 2 to 4 chapters long, with each chapter 1000 to 4000 words long. Stories must be posted to the HPFT archive by April 15, with both you and your partner listed as an author. You must contribute at least 1000 words. You may collaborate with your partner on chapters, but we must be able to tell who wrote what. Each chapter must be based around 4 elements from at least 3 different categories (so you will use a minimum of 8 elements for your story). The categories: Sentence(s) to include - any EXCEPT the one you submitted; you can edit tenses/pronouns to make it fit your story Character(s) - any canon Genre(s) - from our archive, EXCEPT general and micro-fiction Inclusivity(ies) - from our archive Theme(s) - from our archive As a reminder, you can obviously go the easy route with picking elements that very easily fit together (e.g. questioning identity with genderfluid/genderqueer, marriage with romance, war with PTSD). However, we challenge you to step outside the most obvious choices and blow us away with more creative combinations! About the sabotages: You have two choices here. You and your partner must decide if you want to force your sabotagees to include 1 element OR block them from including 3 elements. Post the sabotage you are giving in this thread by March 12. Then, taking into account the sabotage you received, post your final choice about which elements you will use by March 15. About scoring: Each chapter written will receive participation points just like challenges do. In addition, each person will be judged on creativity, focus on elements, plot cohesiveness, characterization, and mechanics. (If you write more than one chapter, your scores will be averaged.) Your story's score will be the sum of your score and your partner's score. About teamwork: If you are having difficulty communicating with your partner, and it doesn't seem like they will be able to follow through, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE contact me or any other staff member with your concerns. Likewise, if something comes up in your life and you need to drop out, let us know. We do have some lovely back-up writer volunteers, so we should be able to find a new partner if it comes to that. Now, without further ado, here finally are the partners! You will be sabotaging the group BELOW you on the list. @Alexis Black & @NPE @Aphoride & @Dojh167 @clevernotbrilliant & @MalfoysAngel @just.a.willow.tree & @StarFeather @Levana & @pookha @Phoenix Potioneer & @Pixileanin @Rumpelstiltskin & @victoria_anne @ShazaLupin & @Unwritten Curse (you sabotage Alexis Black & NPE) If these forms are helpful, have at 'em. Sabotages due by March 12 Your choices on elements are due March 15
  18. Alopex

    Fic Feud!

    ~~ Fic Feud!! ~~ Welcome to Fic Feud! Last year's Throw Down the Gauntlet was a very popular event, so we have brought you yet another exciting partner-based writing competition! With your assigned partner, you must write a story between 2 and 4 chapters long by April 15. Individually, you must contribute at least 1000 words. (If you read that and felt intimidated and like this isn't the event for you, you can still submit a sentence (keep reading for details). We also want some back-up writers, so if you're more of a "maybe" than a "taker" at the moment, consider signing up for that.) Here is how it will work: Stories must be posted on our archive with both you and your partner listed as an author. Each chapter must be between 1000 and 4000 words in length and be based around 4 elements from at least 3 different categories. The twist is that you will be assigning another group a sabotage (and receiving one yourself), to force or prevent choosing certain elements. For your reference, the five categories will be: Sentence(s) to include - to be submitted by members; you can edit tenses/pronouns to make it fit your story Character(s) - any canon Genre(s) - from our archive, EXCEPT general and micro-fiction Inclusivity(ies) - from our archive Theme(s) - from our archive We will list this out in more detail once the sentences are submitted, when we announce partners and who you will be sabotaging. Obviously, you can go the easy route with picking elements that very easily fit together (e.g. questioning identity with genderfluid/genderqueer, marriage with romance, war with PTSD). However, we don't want to see you stick to the easy route! We challenge you to step outside the most obvious choices and blow us away with more creative combinations! Creativity will be a component of your score, so don't give away those points by playing it safe. A quick overview about points: Points will be awarded two ways—for participation and placement/winning. The participation points will be given for every completed chapter, whereas placement will be determined by judging each story. Annnnd the schedule: March 1 - 8 Click here to fill out a form to submit a sentence participants may choose to include in their stories (you may only submit one). You do NOT need to participate as a writer to submit a sentence! March 1 - 8 If you would like to participate, reply to this topic to sign up. Remember, THIS IS NOT A SOLO ACTIVITY, so it is very important that you are able to FOLLOW THROUGH FOR YOUR PARTNER. You can also sign up as a back-up writer. These are the people we will be asking to help out should anyone have something come up and need to drop out of the competition. Just reply to this topic saying you wish to be a back-up writer rather than a full participant. March 10 Partners will be announced. You will also learn which other pair you will get to sabotage. You can start writing right away if you wish, but just remember that you may need to alter your plan depending on what sabotage you receive. March 12 Sabotages are due. If you don't post your sabotages in time, the group you are sabotaging can pick whatever elements they want without restriction. March 15 Final decisions about your elements are due. We do need you to post these up front because it's too easy to write something and pick what fits afterward. April 15 Competition ends! There is no sign-up form. Just reply to this topic saying if you are a participant or a back-up writer.
  19. Alopex

    Fic Feud

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    Fic Feud is a partner based writing competition. See this thread for details and to sign up!
  20. toomanycurls

    Cluedo! Postmortem

    Hello HPFanficTalk Fam! Last weekend we rallied together to solve the tragic muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurder of Tasha! We had many clues which included: Murder Scenes: Suspects: Weapons: Wow!! That was quite a lot of clues to go through! In Round One, correctly sleuthed that toomanycurls used a 1st Year's Botched Potion to off Tasha in the Quidditch Pitch! In Round Two, correctly determined that Veritaserum27 offed Tasha with a 1st Year's Botched Potion in the Library. In Round Three, correctly deduced that TidalDragon used a Crystal Ball to slay Tasha in Greenhouse Three! In Round Four, correctly suspected that paulatheprokaryote blasted Tasha with a Wand in the Hufflepuff Common Room. With so much murrrrrrrder and intrigue -- where did each house land for this event?? The Results: First place: with 200 points! Second place: with 150 points! Third place: with 100 points! Fourth place: with 50 points! Places were determined by the number of correct guesses, the number of total clues eliminated per game, and the number of points found on the archives. Well done, everyone, thanks for helping us crack this case wide open! And a very special thanks to clevernotbrilliant for making those beautiful playing cards, and to toomanycurls for making the check-off sheets that were provided for each house to use.
  21. Veritaserum27

    Cluedo - Round 3

    Welcome to the third round of murderrrrrrrrrrrr and intrigue. We've shuffled around the suspects, locations, and weapons but poor Tasha is still the murder victim. Turns this round will go in the following order: Ravenclaw Hufflepuff Slytherin Gryffindor Clues for each post are in the common rooms -- happy sleuthing!
  22. toomanycurls

    Cluedo! Round 2

    Welcome to the second round of murderrrrrrrrrrrr and intrigue. We've shuffled around the suspects, locations, and weapons but poor Tasha is still the murder victim. Turns this round will go in the following order: Gryffindor Ravenclaw Hufflepuff Slytherin Clues for each post are in the common rooms -- happy sleuthing! Please make your guesses and disprove in this thread.
  23. Veritaserum27

    Cluedo!

    Something terrible has happened!!! Someone has murdered our sweet, kind MalfoysAngel! THE VICTIM: @MalfoysAngel - A Slytherin who loves her Tacos, Tasha is known for surrounding herself with people who share her interests; which is why she was so excited to join the staff team back in August. While she is still the newcomer, she thought she had become friends with all of the staffers, and decided to throw a party for Halloween. That decision would cost her dearly..... At the height of the party, everything went dark and the party-goers panicked. When the light returned, Tasha was nowhere to be found. That is, until her lifeless body was soon discovered a short time later... Apparently, someone wasn’t as excited about her joining the staff team as she was. She was found in the entrance hall at our beloved Hogwarts, but it was obvious her body had been moved. It’s your job to find figure out who committed this heinous crime. You must also uncover where she was killed and discern the murder weapon. It won’t be easy, the list of suspects is long and full of the darkest witches and one (1) wizard alive today. @toomanycurls -- Slytherin to the core with Ravenclaw tendencies, Rose has a penchant for murder (but has managed to keep this limited to her writing... for the most part). Rose uses her ambition and cunning in her career in the muggle world. When not at work or running her online empire, Rose enjoys spending time with her minion son, Julian. @LadyL8 -- A quiet and friendly Hufflepuff, Lotte might just be one the last people you’d ever suspect to be a killer. But as a criminal law student with a love for true crime shows, she knows more about murders than most. And you know what they say, you’ve gotta watch out for the quiet ones. @BellaLestrange87 -- A committed Ravenclaw, Olivia is minoring in criminology, providing her with insight into the functioning of the criminal justice system. She seems quiet and unassuming, but as far as anyone knows this could all be a plan to slip under the radar. @PaulaTheProkaryote -- A calculating Ravenclaw who appreciates the finer aspects of Slytherin, Paula enjoys researching topics such as true crime, philosophical discourse, and anatomy (her day job). Thanks to the several courses she's taken on biological agents and her knowledge of the human body, she has murder down to a science. @TidalDragon -- As a practicing lawyer, this Gryffindor with a mighty streak of Hufflepuff is no stranger to a courtroom. He's a keen shot from his many hours playing Call of Duty and Destiny, but uses baseball and soccer to stay active. There's nothing he wouldn't do for his son, Ryan. With his courthouse experience, legal connections, and running ability, could he be the killer? @RoxiMalfoy -- With true Slytherin loyalty like no other, there is nothing Deana wouldn't do for those who are closest to her. She works very hard to stay ahead in her career as a Medical Assistant, and is extremely dedicated to her job. A born leader with the outgoing personality and firm moral compass of a Gryffindor; not too many people would suspect her of being capable of anything even remotely close to something like murder! But with her vast knowledge of the medical field, it is probably best not to overlook the fact that Deana does know of several ways to kill a man and make it look like an accident... With her quick temper and well-known thirst for revenge against those who have wronged her, could it be possible that a secret killer has been hiding underneath that innocent exterior of hers all along? @Veritaserum27 -- She’s always working late in the potions lab, but what exactly is she working on? Beth is veeery secretive about what she calls her ‘life’s work.’ When she’s not carting her three kids through the floo to their various activities, every spare minute is devoted to her latest discovery. There’s nothing she wouldn’t do to see her work come to fruition. But does that include murder? The Aurors have scoured Hogwarts in search of any clues as to how Ms. Angel was killed. They’ve come up with these possible weapons: Wand First Year's Botched Potion Knife Curse Crystal Ball Devil's Snare Fireleg And these possible locations: Gryffindor CR - costs 6 points to move here Hufflepuff CR - costs 6 points to move here Ravenclaw CR - costs 6 points to move here Slytherin CR - costs 6 points to move here Astronomy Tower - costs 7 points to move here Library - costs 8 points to move here Room of Requirement - costs 9 points to move here Quidditch Pitch - costs 10 points to move here Green House - costs 12 points to move here Houses will take turns guessing in the following, randomly determined order. Slytherin Gryffindor Ravenclaw Hufflepuff Each house begins play in their own common room, and makes their first guess from there. As in the traditional Cluedo game, you will be given five cards and a special chart to keep track of clues you can eliminate. On your turn, you will do the following, in order: Spend your points to move to a new location. You may stay in the location you are in, if you choose. Whatever the location you’re in, that location is your guess. Post in the Cluedo main thread your guess for location, suspect and weapon. Wait for the house below you on the list to prove you wrong. They will reveal ALL cards they have that can disprove your guess. These will be revealed in your common room so the other houses can’t see. If the house below you can’t prove you wrong, then it goes to the house listed after them, and so on. If it’s your turn to make a guess, your house has 30 minutes to post your guess in the main thread. If it’s your turn to prove a house wrong by revealing your cards, you have 10 minutes to post in the main thread that you can prove the guessers wrong. What are these points, you ask? The points have been hidden around the archives. You must search for them, and post the links to where you’ve found them in the designated thread in your common room. You can spend the points to move to a new location at the beginning of each turn and make a guess. A screenshot of one of the Point Cards is attached. You and your housemates must look high and low across the archives to find as many points as possible. There will be four rounds of play, with the game resetting each time. The first game starts at 8:00 PM GMT on Thursday, October 19th. It will run until 4:00 AM on October 20th or until one team correctly identifies the suspect, weapon, and location. If no one from your house is online to make guess within the one hour time limit, then you forfeit your turn and play continues on to the next house. If no one is online to disprove a guess that the house above you made, then a staffer will reveal your cards for you so play can continue. Game #2 will begin on Friday night at 11:59 PM GMT and the Gryffindors get to go first. Game #3 will begin on Saturday at 2:00 PM GMT and the Ravenclaws will go first. Game #4 will begin on Sunday at 4:00 PM GMT and the Hufflepuffs will go first. It will take all of your wit, cunning, bravery and hard work to solve this crime! Best of luck to you all, but don’t forget… there’s a MURDERER among us!! Feel free to post any questions below!
  24. Rumpelstiltskin

    Cluedo! Round 1

    Okay, so Slytherin's first guess: BellaLestrange87Crystal BallSlytherin CR
  25. Alopex

    MAGIC - Round 3

    The third and final round of MAGIC is set to commence Saturday (before 5 p.m. GMT). As with round 2, please start a thread in your common room ASAP so we can deliver your cards to you. If you wish to purchase additional cards, you may do so any time between now and the end of the round. Just let us know. This round will work the same way as the previous two, so I imagine you've all got the hang of it by now. If not, the rules are posted here. Please also don't forget that when you MAGIC, if you are using an off-site spreadsheet or document to track your answers, you need to screenshot it at that time just so we can confirm you MAGICed at the time you said. The special patterns for this round are:
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