Did you enjoy the weekend, students? I trust you’re all getting along. For some reason, we’re going to intentionally cause conflict and see which of you can resolve it the best.

Your house, between those of you still around, is aiming to grab supplies from ten Diagon Alley shops:

Gringotts Bank
Flourish and Blotts
Twilfitt and Tatting’s
Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions
Slug and Jiggers Apothecary
Scribbulous Writing Instruments
Quality Quidditch Supplies
Gambol and Japes Joke Shop
Whizz Hard Books
The Leaky Cauldron (for butterbeer)

The more you visit, the better your house will do. Each student will either visit shops or block certain students from entering shops, but each house can only block a maximum one person from each other house. (You can also do neither of these things, but have to tell me you’re doing so to avoid a nonsub).

So, for instance, this would be a legal entry for Gryffindor:

Harry visits Gringotts, Flourish and Blotts and Twilfill and Tatting’s.
Ron blocks Draco Malfoy from entering shops.
Hermione visits Malkin’s, Slug and Jiggers, Scribbulous and Quidditch Supplies.
Ginny visits Gambol and Japes, Whizz Hard Books, and The Leaky Cauldron.
Neville blocks Terry Boot from visiting shops.
Lavender blocks Hannah Abbot from visiting shops.

They would each have to send me their own submission.

In the end, the house that successfully visits the fewest shops will have to vote someone out of school (it’s really hard to reconcile Potter with Survivor, eh?). In the case of this being a tie, the tied house who had the largest number of students successfully visit shops will be safe. That is, if the worst two houses only visited six shops but one of them got all their visits from one student and one spread them out over three, the team with just one successful student will vote someone out.

Nonsubs will override everything. If there are any nonsubs, then only the houses (but all the houses) with nonsubs will vote someone out. I want to play these challenges through, but I want to make sure that players who want to play are being allowed to. However, yeah, I did want a simpler, one-submission challenge.

These are due tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 9pm Central. I’ll try to remember to give some warning before that if we aren’t at 100%.

Also, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw would be at an advantage if they were able to use all seven players, so at random, Zacharias Smith and Michael Corner will sit out. Zacharias didn’t get to submit in the last challenge, so it’s been easy breezy for him so far. Of course, both these guys are allowed to talk through strategy with the group.

There you go, gang. Prepare for the year ahead, whatever the hell year it is. I guess we’re in a magical vacuum where all the students are the same age – and, you know, alive.

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