24 Festive Tasks 2020: The Statistics

24 FESTIVE TASKS: FINAL RESULTS — AND THANKS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!

So, with the end of 2020, Festive Tasks has come to an end as well” 🙁 A big Thank You to everybody who joined the game and participated so actively: Collectively, we achieved a total score of

501 POINTS

… which is only 4 points less than last year’s total! That’s a phenomenal result — in and of itself, but even more so considering everything that went along with our forced move to GR, the necessary changes of format etc. Go us: well done everybody! Thank you so much from this year’s hosts: Christine PNW, Melissa (TeaStitchRead), Darth Pedant — who again did a fabulous job hosting the Melbourne Cup Day “Pick You Ponies” task –, MbD, and me. Once again, it’s been great fun watching the truly amazing things that everybody came up with to complete to the various tasks.

A special thank you, moreover to everybody who reported their points using the Google form and / or creating master update posts in the respective joint thread — I can’t say often enough how much easier this made tracking the status of the game.

The Figures:
Number of active participants: 16
(“Active” = completed at least one book or other task for the game)
Average number of points collected: 31.3
Number of card blackouts: 4
(“Blackout” = completed at least one book or other task per square)

Results by Squares / Holidays:

With a whopping 37.5%, overall the book tasks were the most popular tasks of the game again this year, followed by Tasks 1 and 2 on an almost equal footing (26.7% and 23.1%, respectively). But even the bonus tasks came in at a respectable total of 12.7%.

Solidly over 50% of all tasks completed were the second or further task completed for the square in question. In most cases, the first task completed was either Task 1 or the book task, but again Task 2 fared very respectably, and again even the bonus tasks fully pulled their weight.

As is evident from the above charts, and as I already noted in my statistics update at the end of November, revealing the holidays the way we did this time, on an even footing throughout November, has caused tasks being completed for the game to be spread more evenly throughout the game than in previous years.

* On no fewer than 22 of the 24 squares, one or more participants completed this game’s full standard set of 3 tasks (book and 2 non-book tasks or 2 “regular” tasks and 1 bonus task).
* On all 12 squares where we had made the option to gain bonus points available, one or more players collected 1 or more “actual” bonus points (Pick your Ponies, Gävle Goat guess, or completed bonus task(s) in excess of 3 “standard” tasks for that square).
* On a staggering 19 of the 24 squares, one or more players even completed all tasks for that particular square.

Given that we had an uneven number of tasks for the game’s squares this time around, maybe it’s not entirely fair to list the highest and lowest points-earning squares, but anyway — just take these with a minor grain of salt:

Biggest individual point-earning square, including bonus points: Winter Solstice — 40 points total
Biggest individual point-earning square, excluding bonus points: Winter Solstice (again) — 30 points total

Runner-up, including bonus points: Melbourne Cup Day — 30 points total
Runner-up, excluding bonus points: Día de los Muertos – 29 points total

Joint third place, including bonus points: Día de los Muertos and Thanksgiving — 29 points total each
Third place, excluding bonus points: Thanksgiving — 23 points total

Least point-earning square: Calan Gaeaf — 9 points total

Average number points per square, including bonus points: 20.9
Average number of points per square, excluding bonus points: 18.9

Square with the highest number of bonus points: Winter Solstice — 10 bonus points
Runner-up: Melbourne Cup Day — 8 bonus points
Third place: Thanksgiving — 6 bonus points

Average number of bonus points: 3.92

       

Breakdown of Books and Tasks per Square

       

The Books

Square for which the highest number of participants read a book: Armistice / Veterans’ Day — 11 participants
Runner-up: International Human Rights Day – 10 participants
Shared Third Place: International Children’s Day and Diwali — 9 participants each
Fewest books read for: World Philosophy Day and Hogswatch — 4 participants each
Average number of book points accrued per square: 7

       

The Tasks

Square with the overall highest number of points collected for all non-book tasks, including bonus points: Winter Solstice — 32 points
Square with the overall highest number of points collected for all non-book tasks, excluding bonus points: Winter Solstice (again) — 22 points

Runner-up, including bonus points: Thanksgiving — 24 points
Runner-up, excluding bonus points: Día de los Muertos — 21 points

Third place, including bonus points: Melbourne Cup Day — 23 points
Third place, excluding bonus points: Thanksgiving — 18 points

Least number of non-book points, including bonus points: Calan Gaeaf — 3 points

Average number of points accrued for non-book tasks per square, including bonus points: 14
Average number of points accrued for non-book tasks per square, excluding bonus points: 12

Most popular individual task, including bonus points: Melbourne Cup Day, Task 1 (Pick Your Ponies) — 19 points
Most popular individual task, excluding bonus points: Winter Solstice, Task 2 (Bibliomancy) — 12 points

Runner-up, including bonus points: St. Lucia’s Day, Task 2 (Gävle Goat Guess) — 13 points
Joint runners-up, excluding bonus points: Día de los Muertos, Task 1 (Epitaph for Least-Liked Book) and Melbourne Cup Day, Task 1 (Pick Your Ponies) — 11 points each

Third place, including bonus points: Winter Solstice, Task 2 (Bibliomancy) — 12 points
Joint third place, excluding bonus points: Día de los Muertos, Task 2 (Mexican Food) and Thanksgiving, Task 1 (New Book Treat)

Least popular: Calan Gaeaf, Task 2 (Apple Peel), First Day of Carnival, Bonus Task #1 (3 Women’s Jobs on Women’s Carnival), International Children’s Day, Task 2 (Children’s Games), Thanksgiving, Bonus Task #3 (Favorite Turkey (Day) Recipe), and Festivus, Bonus Task #1 (3 Personal Festivus Miracles) — all 1 point each.

Average number of points accrued for individual non-book tasks, including bonus points: 5.11
Average number of points accrued for individual non-book tasks, excluding bonus points: 4.42

       

Congratulations, everybody, and thank you all so much again for making this such a fun and successful game!

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