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Hi! I'm doing the heaving lifting/planning for Magical University Challenge, a game show scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Worldcon. It's a version of University Challenge, which is itself a version of College Bowl. The twist is that the teams will be representing four schools of magic: Hogwarts, Unseen University, Miskatonic University, and Brakebills College. The questions will be a mix of soft/medium general kinds of University Challenge questions, mixed with questions appropriate to the respective magical universes. (So, for example, Sports questions could be about curling, but also about welters or quidditch.) Our host will be Campbell nominee Lev Grossman.

My hope is that we'll have audience participation in the form of cheering sections for each team as well as general enthusiasm. We're much more concerned about being entertaining than high scoring. As a result, I'm looking to build teams of 4-6 members for each school, preferably of costumed participants who can portray classic tropes of their respective books/teams. It's not necessary for team members to represent characters in the books. So, for example, the Hogwarts team could have a Hufflepuff player who repeatedly buzzes in with the wrong answer, and cheating, sycophantic Slytherin. The Miskatonic team needs at least one visibly mentally unstable member, and random outbursts concerning unseen horrors.

Teams usually have 4 players, but we can have 1-2 extra as backups and to put in at half-time, if there are enough people interested. I'd especially like to get players from beyond the San Francisco bay area & California fandom, so if you know someone you think would be good, tell me. Costuming is flexible -- it would be nice, but I bet we can fake some of that, if need be.

Interested? Know someone who would be a good fit? Let me know! When you respond, please tell me what team you feel called to represent.


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Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
I like playing trivia contests. Only thing I only occasionally dabble in costuming and nothing from the universes you mentioned.
Jun. 7th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
I would love to participate!
Jun. 7th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Participating
DM me for contact info? I'm hesitant to post my info here, but this sounds like a blast.
Jun. 8th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Participating
Hi! DM on Twitter doesn't work that way. You can't DM a stranger, so I have no way to contact you because you don't follow me, and you protect your tweets.
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