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1  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: July 12, 2014 01:57:40 PM

I knew it was a bad idea to leave the lab just at the end of the month. With all the last minute posts for June's prompts and all the excitement about the new prompts. It took me almost 2 weeks to clean up the mess of cogs and springs that the tracking machine spewed. Had to bribe the minions with frozen banana treats to calm them down.
Once everything was clear, I managed to get the machine to give me a report. So here's what we got:

We are currently up to 193 projects, from 22 active players.
As always, there is not one single prompt that hasn't gotten at least a bit of attention.
Thea leading prompts are currently June's Battle and Flash Mob, with 18 and 17 projects.
I don't remember seeing a battle or mob ever leading in the project count, but who can resist a good game of Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock.
The most prolific players so far this round are calliemae and wincentvanbuck, with 15 projects each, followed by Ludi and sammylouise40, with 14 each. They might run out of prompts before hitting August.
We've seen a lot of food related projects, maybe due to the new Events feature of the games. Reading the posts in the middle of the night has become dangerous (night time kitchen raids usually don't end in salad).

and here are the totals so far:
TeamPointsPlayersProjects
Wordy:1270652
Multimedia:1190655
Textbook:530324
Randomizer:1200547
Fandom:420215

Keep up the awesome crafting, everyone. The games are so much fun to follow (now if I only finish something to actually post...).
Stay safe, where ever you are Smiley
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2  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: June 22, 2014 01:21:18 PM

At 91 projects and 3 weeks into the round, I think it's high time to get a report out there.
So, have at it:

As mentioned about, we got 91 projects already submitted (might be more by the time this is posted).
We have 18 active players. and all teams are represented.
I was a bit worried that Team Textbook might have gotten locked in the library or something, but I guess they were just busy piling up the goods to post, as last week Smeddley and BadWolf314 swooped in and posted a total of 12 projects.
Looks like Team Fandom is mostly busy being adoring fans, as we've only seen projects from pishaw13 so far, but I'm sure that by the end of the month we'll have more players showing up.
I wonder what calliemae will do for the rest of the month, as she's out of prompts for this month (and has the badges to prove it too).

TeamPointsPlayersProjects
Wordy:580628
Multimedia:690632
Textbook:250212
Randomizer:260312
Fandom:22017

I'm sending a link to the tracking sheet to all team captains, if anyone else wants a link, just let me know.
And if there is any interesting random statistic you're just dying to know, post a comment in the thread. I'll throw some numbers in the tracking machine and see what comes out (I hope it won't be purple smoke).
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3  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: June 03, 2014 11:49:03 AM

Spring Nerd Battles 2014 Final Roundup

Final report for the spring round!

We had 24 active players who submitted a total of 334 projects!
(that's 68 more projects than last round)

The uber-crafter award of this season goes to LovelyMiss who completed all 27 prompts, including brownie points and a research project.
she is followed closely by BadWolf314, with 26 completed prompts, meaning everything but brownie points.
Third in the number of prompts is crazyda79, with 25, which is all the prompts, excluding brownie points and research.
bunny1kenobi and Smeddley also contributed many projects, with 24 each.

The most crafted prompts were Friendship is Magic and Luck of the Irish, with 20 projects each, showing we might all just be a bunch of carebears Smiley
The next in line are Idioms and You're the best around, at 18 each.

There is not one single prompt that didn't get some attention (but you already know that if you've been following along, since we have players who completed all the prompts).
We have 4 completed research projects, half of which were completed by Ludi.

March battle - Color VS. Black and White - color won 10 to 6.
April battle - Regular Books VS. Comic Books - Regular Books won 12 to 2.
May battle - Coffee VS. Tea - it's a tie, with 3 points each.

So, this makes us people who like lots of color, but prefer the black on white of a regular book, and any warm drink that comes in a mug (so we can put it on a mug rug?).

Here's a rundown of the prompts:

PromptEntries
- Friendship is Magin20
- Luck of the Irish20
- Idioms18
- You're the best around18
- March flash mob17
- Clone Wars17
- March Battle16
- March Sighting16
- Exterminate16
- Honey, you should see me in a crown15
- April Battle14
- Now we're cooking13
- April Flash Mob12
- April Sighting12
- Shrines12
- Going Postal12
- Pi Day11
- Book Arts11
- Department of the Interior10
- What's your Sign?9
- Right in the feels9
- May Flash Mob8
- May Sighting8
- It's actually pretty easy being green8
- May Battle6
- Research4
- Brownie Points2

Team Score Board
TeamPointsPlayers
Wordy21207
Multimedia14306
Textbook18604
Randomizer16605
Fandom2902

Team Wordy
ActsofCraftiness - 6 projects, 120 points
bunny1kenobi - 24 projects, 510 points
calliemae - 15 projects, 320 points
coulsenl - 3 projects, 60 points
gozer - 18 projects, 380 points
Ludi - 19 projects, 560 points
Ratfinkz - 8 projects, 170 points

Team Multimedia
FreakieGeekie - 6 projects, 140 points
Inselaeffchen - 14 projects, 280 points
Krafty_Karasu - 1 project, 20 points
pishaw13 - 18 projects, 380 points
sammylouise40 - 12 projects, 250 points
vincentvanbuck - 18 projects, 360 points

Team Textbook
artsycandice - 20 projects, 410 points
BadWolf314 - 26 projects, 660 points
craftADDchick - 14 projects, 290 points
Smeddley - 24 projects, 500 points

Team Randomizer
Amaranth_in_oz - 12 projects, 240 points
Calabaza - 9 projects, 200 points
crazyda79 - 25 projects, 530 points
Linakins - 1 project, 20 points
LovelyMiss - 27 projects, 670 points

Team Fandom
samash90 - 7 projects, 140 points
Tanath - 7 project, 150 points

Let me know if I missed anything, or if there is any special random fact you want to know Smiley
If anyone wants to see the glamorous tracking worksheet to grab random facts by yourselves, just let me know and I'll send you a link.

The machine is being upgraded to withstand the summer heat (and we're adding a sunroof and ice-cream dispenser to it). Let me know if you want a link to the tracking sheet (wrote tracking sheep, wonder what that is). Team captains - this might be useful for you , but anyone is welcome to it if they want.
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4  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Tanath on: May 31, 2014 01:38:08 PM
Everybody is crafting away, I guess (either that or just enjoying other relaxing weekend stuff, I hope).
I got 3 more things to post, one completed a while ago and 2 completed this week.

Battle/Challenge: Now we're cooking
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Spinach bites/casserole- 2 ways
Brief Description:
My daughter's kindergarten was having a bonfire to celebrate Lag BaOmer, and each family is asked to bring something (food, drink, plates...). Most people spring for the easy stuff, but why should I?
I usually make this spinach, cheese and noodles casserole, and it disappears almost as soon as it hits the table. So, I thought I would switch it up a little bit and bake it in my mini muffin pans, making for more servings (and mini is cute). I used a thinner type of noodles, so they would fit better in the pans. It still disappeared almost as soon as I placed it on the table Smiley
I had left over ingredients that had to be used up, so the next day we made a batch in a regular dish, and it wasn't bad either (although, for the regular size, I think the larger noodles might be better).
Project Picture:
bite size version

regular dish version, as my dinner a few days ago, with a green papaya salad my mom made


Battle/Challenge: Clone Wars
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Purple spiral anklet
Project Page Link (if available): original project link
Brief Description:
I do a lot of beading and always like learning new techniques. I came across this Russian (I think) site, that has a lot of pretty things, and I check it once in a while to see what's new. If I find anything I want to make, I ask my friend Google to translate it for me and just go for it.
My niece asked me for an anklet, now that it's summer, and I thought she might like this style (and purple is her favorite color).
I didn't add the chips at this point, maybe in a future project. The technique itself is very easy and works up pretty quickly. It's a good project for me to take on the train.
Project Picture:


Battle/Challenge: Luck of the Irish
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: green bracelet
Brief Description:
this is a combination of 2 techniques, the beaded spiral, and the simpled beaded chain. I thought they looked pretty cool worn together, so I just connected the 2. I might add more in the future for that layered bracelet look.
Project Picture:


I guess that's it from me for this round of the games.
Off to upgrade the tracking machine for the summer round Smiley

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5  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Tanath on: May 24, 2014 03:23:44 PM
Battle/Challenge: March UFO sighting
TeamFandom
Bonus Points: 10 for yellow
Project Name: chain bracelet
Brief Description:
A while ago I borrowed bits of my brother's chainmail stash and equipment. I noticed that my seed beads fit in the jump rings, so I played around a bit and made myself a simple bracelet. I decided to post it for the yellow UFO sighting, because the yellow beads were giving me the most trouble when trying to get them onto the rings (seems their holes are a tiny bit smaller than the other colors). They are probably why I put it aside for a while and only now finished it.
Project Picture:
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6  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: May 12, 2014 01:28:10 PM

*** Tanath steps out of what appears to be a washing machine connected to a bicycle, with strange wires and pipes sticking out all over ***
I think my time machine is glitching, how did I get to the middle of May? Also, why are there piles of laundry next to the laundry basket?

Anyway, a long overdue tracking report, coming right at you.
As of the writing of this post, we have 231 projects, from 24 players.

It seems we are a friendly bunch, as the most popular prompt at this point is Friendship is Magic, with 19 submissions (and I'm sure we would have seen a lot more, if we could do more than one project per prompt, what with all the swap items flying around the world).
Ludi has again thrown off the calculations in the tracking machine, filling the lab with sparks and purple smoke, as she has already completed 2 research projects, and is researching on (don't worry, I fixed it, and it was special purple smoke, not harmful).
Besides researching everything, Ludi is also the one with the most prompts completed at the moment, with 18 projects.
Following closely after are crazyda79, bunny1kenobi, gozer and LovelyMiss with 17 projects each, and artsycandice with 16 projects.

The current totals are as follows:
Team Score Board
TeamPointsPlayers
Wordy16907
Multimedia8206
Textbook11604
Randomizer12805
Fandom2002

Till next time, keep crafting!

*** Tanath puts on her googles and bravely climbs into her time machine ***
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7  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Tanath on: April 06, 2014 01:10:17 PM
Hmm, maybe I could whip up a quick tutorial for the rings. It's basically just simple peyote, but I haven't seen many done this specific way. I wonder if my schedule and my camera would be willing to cooperate.

Got another prompt done.

Battle/Challenge: March Idioms
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Cute as a button cookies
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:
My daughter (who is cute as a button herself) got a set of alphabet cookie cutters for her birthday, and we used it a few days ago to make a batch of cookies. We ran out of space on the cookie sheet before we ran out of dough, so I stored the rest of it in the fridge. I had a bit of free time today (free as in avoiding the list of things that need to be done around the house), so I decided to try this idea I had running in my head for a while. I dug around in the kitchen to find items that would create the proper size circles and set to work. This is the result of 2 shot cups, a straw and a bit of time in the oven. I'm pretty happy with these and would probably make more. They even taste ok, for a very basic recipe.
Project Picture:

with thread, for size:
 
Stackable:
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8  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: April 01, 2014 03:34:05 PM

Hello to all players, new and old, and welcome to a special crunchy edition of project tracks.

The Spring 2014 round has been exciting so far.
22 players, from all five teams. And just today we broke the 100 project barrier, craftADD's last post whooshed the count right over the mark. The current count is 101 (but that could change by the time this is posted).
As always, no prompt has been neglected, with the highest submission count going to the "by the end of the month" prompts.
March's Flash Mob had 17 players showing their love of spring, and March's Battle had 16 players picking sides, 10 went for color and 6 for black and white. (I sat that one out, how can I choose between them? Both are awesome, as evident by the projects submitted).

We've had 2 research projects completed this month. BadWolf314 made an awesome Lego Quilt, and Ludi submitted a very intricate looking Mystery Fish.

Good thing we ran out of month, because some of our members were pretty close to running out of prompts. Leading the way with the most projects are artsycandice from team Textbook, and crazyda79 and LovelyMiss from team Randomizer, each with 8 projects.


Keep on crafting (I hear a jar of peanut butter calling my name).
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9  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Tanath on: March 31, 2014 04:37:47 PM
samash90 - glad to see I'm not playing solo this round. You're crafting up a storm, your pages are great, I'll try to keep up Smiley
Inselaaffchen - mini pies for the little ones is a great idea, much easier to handle.
calliemae - welcome to the games! There's nothing like handmade cardigans, kids always look so cute in them.
ActasofCraftiness - Great hooplas and the pushpins would sure keep things in place, who would dare take a note guarded by a monster? I love the buttons, and I remember playing Oregon Trail when I was a kid too. I didn't know it was a common game played in schools in the states, I only lived there for a bit.

Managed to get one more thing done for March:
Battle/Challenge: March Mob
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Rainbow Flower
Brief Description: Flowers are always a symbol of spring, not that we lack flowers during winter (it's very mild here). So, I took this oppurtunity to try a technique I've bookmarked. Not sure how happy I am with it, it kept acting all wonky (see my needle doing an impression of it), but it's not too bad.
This is the tutorial I followed (thanks, Google): http://biserok.org/podveski-v-tehnike-mozaika/
Project Pictures:



And that's March for me. Brace yourselves for an interesting day tomorrow  Grin
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10  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Tanath on: March 29, 2014 12:16:02 PM
Oh boy, I haven't posted in a while, and there's so much lovely stuff going on. I'll try to do a tracking report tomorrow.
We had a huge project at work that threatened to swallow me whole, but it made due with just eating up most of my waking hours this week (don't worry, I get paid for all that time it ate, so it's not all bad).
Anyway, here's my first submission for this round.

Battle/Challenge: March - Friendship is Magic
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: little hands, little rings, big hearts
Brief Description: My nieces are some of my favorite customers. They are always polite when requesting things, always interested to see what I'm making, and such a joy to watch as they happily show off whatever new piece of jewelry I made them. I got a few requests for rings, so I got their measurements and whenever I had a bit of time, I made a ring. They take about 20 minutes each, and the project is super portable, making it a perfect train project. I made over 15 rings and let them pick and choose in our last family gathering. MY daughter also got a couple of rings. Although they don't meet often my daughter and my nieces are very good friends, so I think this fits the prompt nicely.
Project Pictures:

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