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Outlandish Swap V: The Fiery Cross

Scottish clans were originally a Highland way of life. The Highland clan was, above all things, a family; a family in which everybody believed they were all, from chief to blacksmith, descended from one founder or progenitor. They regarded themselves as very close kinsmen. This Swap is dedicated to such clan families and will be organized into four clans.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Highland Game Final Standings

Sorry for no pictures. My camera and computer aren't on speaking terms at the moment and I'm left as the go-between.

For the final round of the Highland Games we had the fewest participants: 13. Surprisingly, the majority – 10 individuals – were included in the hand-knit felted cloche drawing.

Those in the drawing: Nemetona (tandemsandy), Shaylee (soniacolleen), Morven (BessE) and Murron (lovestoknit) of Clan Beauchamp; Catrionia (Neila), Mrs. FitzGibbons (jules 1960) and Kinley (Rehnbo) of Clan Mackenzie; Marsali (mommaowie) of Clan Murray and Jocasta Walkley (Anne) and Morgana (Cluxewe). The Murrays and Frasers did particularly well. All participants that met the deadline had perfect scores.
Winner: Jocasta Walkley (Anne) of Clan Fraser. She earns an additional 5 points for her clan.

Round 7 Clan Standings:
Beauchamp: 65
Fraser: 29
Mackenzie: 45
Murray: 12

Highland Games Winners:
Beauchamp: 524 (First Place)
Fraser: 314 (Fourth Place)
Mackenzie: 399 (Third Place)
Murray: 429 (Second Place)

Additional awards: (for bragging rights)
Early Bird Award: Mordag E. McLean of Clan Mackenzie. She submitted her answers first. Her e-mail was dated 11:47 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27.
Sneaker Award: Elspeth of Clan Beauchamp.She submitted her answers last and her e-mail was dated 10:52 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 that means they had 8 minutes to spare.

13 of 36 participated in Highland Games Round 7, that’s 36 percent
10 people got every question right or 77 percent of those who participated.
Clan Beauchamp had 66 percent or 6 of 9 members participate, earning 65 points
Clan Fraser had 22 percent or 2 of 9 members participate, earning 29 points
Clan Mackenzie had 44 percent or 4 of 9 members participate, earning 45 points
Clan Murray had 11 percent or 1 of 9 members participate, earning 12 points

Perfect Participation:
(knittingalone), Muirne (bwarnergroup), Morven (BesseE) of Clan Beauchamp; Jocasta Walkley (Anne) and Morgana (Cluxewe) of Clan Fraser; Catrionia (Neila), Mrs. FitzGibbons (jules1960), Mordag Elsbeth McLean (abitknottie) and Kinley (Rehnbo) of Clan Mackenzie.

Perfect Scores: (which means they had perfect participation, too)
(mommaowie) of Clan Murray and Murron (lovestoknit) of Clan Beauchamp.
We had seven other clan members who missed three or fewer questions throughout the entire games.

I re-evaluated the Round 6 answers since there was a question about the question of Murtagh’s identity. After reflecting, digging through the book I decided that stating Murtagh is a Fraser and has known Jamie all his life does not correctly answer the question. I based this decision on the fact that every one else who submitted an answer to this question got it correct, by stating that Murtagh was yes a Fraser, and had sworn an oath to Jamie or was his god parent. Knowing someone for your life isn’t enough to trust them with your life – especially during the 18th Century.

I spent a lot of time reviewing my decision on this question and looked at everyone’s answers, which is how I discovered a couple mistakes I made in correcting Clan Frasers answers (sorry ladies). The scores for the Highland Games Winners is accurate. The Frasers earned six extra points, one point each for the mistake made, plus the two additional points for earning a perfect score in the round.

Comments Wanted:
Leave a comment and tell me what you think we did well or what could be improved or changed in the administration of the Highland Games for the next swap.
Did you like the timing?
Do you like the games and answers posted on the blog?
Do want different types of games? If so what type?
Was it too time consuming?
How could we make it easier for everyone to participate?
Should the games be mandatory?
Let us know your thoughts. We won't be able to make changes or improvments if we don't hear from you.


Julie said...

I think making the games mandatory might scare some people away from the swap. Not everyone has the time or likes games.

Also I think having two weeks to complete the quizes is better than just one.

The trivia questions were fun. Some of the things I saw on the Chieftess games were less so IMHO. I would dread getting the one that had you searching all over Rav for the anwers.

I did like the one where you had to translate the poem, but I knew that poem fairly well and have a copy of it set to music.

Just my thoughts,others will have different ideas.

Anne said...

The games were fun! The ones concentrated on one section of the book were definitely easier to manage -- but I am sure that making up the questions was easier when the answers came from different parts of the novel.

thanks for all the hard work that went into this!

(I agree that making the games mandatory might scare some folks away).

Cinnamonamon said...

I thought the timing (you mean length of time for the swap/challenges?) was okay & I enjoyed being able to see the q's & a's on the blog.

I suspect that the trivia challenges got a little time consuming. Perhaps only 3-4 q's. Or trivia one week, scavenger hunt the next, crypto the one after that, etc. I like the idea of each clan being in charge of one challenge.

I don't think the games should be mandatory, but I think it should be made a little more clear that they are a big part of the swap...

All in all I had a great time!!!

sassenach said...

I agree that the games shouldn't be mandatory. Earlier in the swap I didn't have as much free time and it was intimidating to see all the questions each week. I had to set aside time to answer all the questions.

That said, the games kept most everyone active in the swap--I just think they should be optional. People have different expectations from a swap and not everyone wants to be super involved.

Agree that two weeks for quizzes is better than one per week!

Kathleen said...

I think Kellan did an absolutely fabulous job with the Games. I honestly don't know how you could have done them better. I wish I had participated in the full games but only made it for a few weeks and didn't even answer all of the questions several weeks. Thank you so much for doing this and keeping such good track of the scores.

MommaOwie said...

I had a fantastic time! I love the trivia but I really hate scavenger hunts or anything that ties me to the computer. I dont get a lot of computer time. The trivia questions were easy to print out and carry around with me. I tucked them in my copy of the book and worked on them whenever I had time.

I also liked going through the book kinda in order... I felt a bit like we never really got to the end in this trivia. I kept looking for questions about time at the Abby and such. It really made me think so much about little things in the book and if possible made me enjoy the story even more. When we jumped around I became more detached from the story.

Maybe fewer questions... like 5. but stay with the one week time. I feel like the two weeks on the last one was too much. By the time the deadline rolled around I had almost forgotten. I think too much time in between would lead to less actual participation. Maybe we could ask people to either commit to the games or not but not make it mandatory. That way a clan is not penalized if a lot of their members dont want to do it.

I would like other ideas for communication between clans. This was my first swap so I was just trying to follow everyone's lead. I have to admit I became a bit clan bound.. other than talking to my spoilee.

Otherwise it was great.
I cant wait for the next one!

THank you for all the hard work guys!

oh and l love the stuff on the blog. It was nice and easy to check.