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1  --Nerd of the Month-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: August 26, 2016 10:09:40 AM
---Nerd of the Month---
As a way to recognize our fellow nerds who demonstrate exceptional crafty prowess through their posted projects, the Gamemakers will award a special badge to selected players every month during the season.

Current Nerd of the Month:
(In alphabetical order)

name for her titel.










Congratulations!  You have earned the Nerd of the Month badge.

badge

To claim your badge, right click and save to your computer.  Then, you can do whatever you wish with it.  Ideas on how to show-off your badges: use it as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.  



Nerd Shout-outs



Previous Nerd of the Month Recipients:


September




If there is a project or player you would like to nominate for Nerd of the Month, please PM the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.  
Players are not eligible to nominate themselves or their own projects, but if there are projects you're particularly proud of, let it be known in your submission posts!
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2  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: August 26, 2016 08:50:06 AM
Prompt:  Throwback
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  
Bonus Points:  
Project Name:  Easter bags
Brief Description:  I made these a few years ago for Easter...or maybe it was Valentine's Day.  The stickers have me confused.  Cheesy

Project Picture:


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Prompt:  Throwback
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:
Bonus Points:  
Project Name:  The Big Bang Theory notebook cover
Brief Description:  Another cover I never posted.  It's also a Raffle prize.

Project Picture:


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3  --Research Project Lab-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: August 26, 2016 06:06:39 AM
---Research Project Lab---
Research Projects are self-directed projects, similar to independent study.  They are more time-consuming than normal prompts, and are meant to be a personal challenge to the player.  Research Projects must take a minimum of three weeks OR 20 hours to complete.

Research Projects are worth 200 points, and are eligible for10 Giver Bonus Points (if the project is for charity), 10 Engineering Bonus Points (if the project includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe), 10 Community Bonus Points (if project is given its own thread with at least 3 photos, one of which is a progress/process shot), 10 WIP It Bonus Points (if the project is a work-in-progress/un-finished object), 10 Brain Power Bonus Points (if the project involves a new skill/technique), 10 Swaptastic Bonus Points (if the project is for a Swap or the Nerd Games Raffle), and 100 EPIC! Bonus Points (if the project takes more than 45 hours to complete, and at least one progress photo is posted in the Discussion Thread during the course of the project).  More than one set of Bonus Points may be claimed if the project meets the necessary requirements of each.




---RESEARCH PROJECT QUICK GUIDE ---
1. Select what project you would like to complete.  You may have three Research Projects going at a time.  (You may unlock a fourth Research Project spot by completing two Research Projects within one 365 day period.)
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your Research Project.  Using the Research Project Proposal Header below, post your proposal in this thread, or PM it to the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.
3. Begin your project.  Feel free to add progress pics in the Discussion thread as you work on your project(s).
4. Once your project is complete, use the Research Project Submission Header below, and post a picture of your project in this thread.
---GOOD LUCK!---



--RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSAL HEADER--
Use this header when proposing a Research Project.

Research Project Name:
Team:
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, patterns/techniques used, materials, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)


--RESEARCH PROJECT SUBMISSION HEADER--
Use this header when turning in a completed Research Project.

Research Project Name:
Team:
Bonus Points: (include which Bonus Points you think you've earned, e.g., Engineering, Giver, Community, etc.)
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:



---RESEARCH PROJECT FAQ---
How do I do a Research Project?
Research Projects must be proposed before you begin so Gamemakers can keep track of your progress and offer encouragement along the way.  Use the Research Project Proposal Header, available below, to propose your project in this thread.  If your project is a surprise, such as a swap item, you may PM your proposal to the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.  Include relevant information in your proposal, such as materials, plan of action, and a timeline of how your project will fulfill the three week/20 hour crafting requirement.  You may post progress photos in the Discussion thread, but it is not a requirement.

Once your Research Project is complete, you will turn it in using the Research Project Submission Header, available below.  Give details and provide at least one photo of your completed Research Project in your post.  Research Projects should be submitted in this thread.

How long do Research Projects have to take?
Speed and difficulty are very subjective and unique to each individual.  Research projects need to minimally take at least 20 hours OR be in the works for at least three weeks, as well as be a personal challenge to you.

Your crafting time begins when you submit your proposal.  Research projects may take longer than 20 hours/three weeks.  Any unfinished Research Projects at the end of the season will carry over to the next round of the Nerd Battles/Games.

What if I finish early?
Research Projects that do not take the allotted three week/20 hour time limit will not be counted as complete.  If you finish earlier than expected, craft an additional items(s) that corresponds to your Research Project.  Add a note when you turn in your project that you finished early, and include details about your additional crafting.

How do I choose a Research Project?
A Research Project can be anything that will be a personal challenge to you and that takes at least three weeks/20 hours of crafting time. If you decide to change or abandon your Research Project, notify the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss, and your proposal will be deleted from the records.  Each player may have two Research Projects proposed at a time.  If you want to propose a new Research Project, you must make sure one of your slots is free, either by completing or deleting a proposal.

Can I propose a work-in-progress as a Research Project?
Yes, as long as you have at least three weeks/20 hours of crafting time left to go on the project before it is finished.  You should include WIP status and timeline information when you fill out the Research Project Proposal Header to demonstrate that your project requires at least three more weeks or 20 hours of work to be complete.

Can I have multiple Research Projects?  
You may have three Research Project going at a time.  If you decide to change or abandon a Research Project, notify the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss, and your proposal will be deleted from the records.  Once a Research Project is completed or deleted, you may propose another, up to three total.  You may unlock a fourth Research Project spot by completing two Research Projects within one 365 day period.  

When can I propose a Research Project?  When are Research Projects due?
You may propose a Research Project at any time during the season. Your crafting time begins when you submit your proposal.  Research Projects can take longer than three weeks/20 hours to complete.  Any unfinished Research Projects at the end of the season will carry over to the next round of the Nerd Battles/Games.
 
How many points are Research Projects worth?
Research Projects will earn 200 points.  Research Projects are also eligible to earn Engineering, Giver, Community, WIP It, Brain Power, Swaptastic, and EPIC! Bonus Points.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/UFO Sighting/Red Alert prompts.  In most cases it is not permissible to "double dip" on individual Research Project elements, so anything included in a Research Project cannot also be turned in for a Nerd Games prompt or other crafting opportunity.


---FOURTH SPOT UNLOCK---
If you complete two Research Projects in one 365 day period (beginning on or after January 1, 2016), you will unlock a fourth Research Project spot, allowing you to have up to four Research Projects proposed at one time.

Unlocked Players:
storerboughtcreations




---RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSALS---
***NOTE:  As of June 1, 2015, if a player has not been active since the Fall 2013 Nerd Games, their Research Project has been removed from this displayed list.  The Research Project is still technically "on file," if players would like to return to them at a future date when they re-join the Games.  This is only to help manage the length of this post, and does not mean we don't want to see those finished projects!***


---ActsofCraftiness: Embroidery Floss Organization, August 9, 2016
---ActsofCraftiness: Fabric Organization - Fabric Mini Bolts, August 9, 2016

---Algeera: The Never Ending Dragon, April 21, 2015

---Ankhored: Dolls House Display Shelf, September 4, 2014

---audio: Epic Fandom Tee Shirt Quilt!, January 3, 2015

---BadWolf314: Creeper Throw, October 6, 2014

---Calabaza: Paper piecing, December 5, 2015
---Calabaza: costume, June 25, 2016

---calliemae: Eagle Rug, August 23, 2014

---coulsenl: Picnic Basket Play Set, December 8, 2013

---craftADDchick: Beaded Kumihimo Bracelets, November 9, 2015
---craftADDchick: Craft Room Overhaul, July 29, 2016

---elliot_anne: "I eat You" Book, May 22, 2013
---elliot_anne: Hexie Quilt, June 9, 2015

---Ezri_B: dude lapghan, September 3, 2014

---FreakieGeekie: Black/Red Mana Blanket, February 14, 2015

---gozer: Four purses, June 6, 2016
---gozer: Extra Junk Room to Indoor Storage Room, July 29, 2016

---Inselaeffchen: Stitch-cation, July 2, 2014

---lilyla19: Nirvana in Fire amigurumi, June 6, 2016

---LovelyMiss: Craft room, September 4, 2015

---Ludi: The Bird Room, September 1, 2015

---mama24boyz: Zelda (maybe Mario too) Teesha Moore bag, June 2, 2013

---Mountains and Clouds: Dollhouse Re-vamp- top floor, December 22, 2015
---Mountains and Clouds: Pierrot Lunaire Altered Playing Cards, June 5, 2016

---notjustasparrow:  Interior Orchid Dollhouse Remodel, June 6, 2016

---pishaw13: African Flower Afghan, August 16, 2015
---pishaw13: 2016 Quilt, December 31, 2015

---puzzled-penguin: Harry Potter Pillow Sampler, July 11, 2015
---puzzled-penguin: Bear and Raspberry Cross-stitch, March 6, 2016

---Quantumphysica: Morgoth/Melkor cosplay armor, September 1, 2015

---rockingbearranch: Craft room redux, August 28, 2015

---roler: Felt Alphabet for Preschool, September 2, 2015

---samash90: Altered Book, March 20, 2014

---Smeddley: Sophie's Universe Afghan, July 12, 2015
---Smeddley: Tetris Afghan, August 1, 2016

---smileyyogini: Teesha Moore Patch Tote/Purse, June 20, 2013

---storerboughtcreations: Bedtime Bear xstitch, May 10, 2016
---storerboughtcreations: Pirate blanket, July 17, 2016

---Tanath: Build a Time Machine, March 8, 2014

---trinalocakary: Craft Witch Alter, March 11, 2015

---vincentvanbuck: Stockings for Friends, December 24, 2014



---COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS---
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4  --Information Center-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: August 26, 2016 06:05:30 AM
---Nerd Battles Information Center---




Nerd Games Navigation

Welcome to the Nerd Games: Information on joining the craftalong, turning in projects, and points.

Prompt Palace:  View all current Nerd Battles crafting prompts.

Research Project Lab:  Learn about Research Projects, and see current proposed and completed projects.

Badge Center:  View and claim available badges.

Know Your Nerds:  Learn about fellow players through monthly interviews.


Nerd of the Month:  View current and past Nerd of the Month projects and recipients.

G3: Geeky Giver Gang:  Learn about crafting for charity during the Nerd Games, and view players and projects that have be inducted into G3.

TBD:  Information.

Raffle Roundup:  Learn about the Raffle and view available prizes.

Pinterest Board:  Visit the official Nerdalong Pinterest board.

Ongoing Nerd Games Suggestion Collector:  Submit prompt and theme ideas, as well as general suggestions and feedback about the craftalong.  Note: Submissions using this link are anonymous unless you leave your username.

Portals to Team Headquarters
--Team Textbook--
--Team Multimedia--
--Team Wordy--
--Team Fandom--
--Team Randomizer--



Nerd Games FAQ
See the Research Project Lab and the Raffle Roundup posts for FAQs specific to those topics.

DATES & TIMES
What is the Nerd Battles time zone?
The Nerd Battles uses central time.  For month specific prompts (like Battle Royales), have your projects posted by 11:59 p.m. central time on the last day of the month.  The Nerd Battles close at 11:59 p.m. central time on the last day of the season.  

When do the seasons run?
Spring is March - May, Summer is June - August, Fall is September - November, and Winter is December - February.

When can I join?
You can join the Nerd Battles at any time during the season.

When are prompts posted?
New Challenge and Battle Royale prompts are posted each month.  They are usually available by noon on the first day of the month.  UFO and Team Spirit prompts are posted at the start of the season.  Alert prompts are usually posted once or twice a season at unspecific times.

When are projects due?
Battle Royale prompts are due by the end of the month in which it is issued.  Challenge prompts may be turned in any time during the season, regardless of the month in which they are issued.  For example, June Challenges may be turned in during August.  UFO and Team Spirit prompts may be turned in any time during the season.  Any special Alert prompts will indicate their specific due date.


TEAMS
How do I join a team?
You officially join a team and will be added to the roster when you post your first project.

Can I switch teams?
You can choose a new team at the start of each season (or whenever you start playing).  Changing teams during the season is not allowed.


PROJECTS
Do projects have to be nerdy?
No.  As long as you describe how your item fits the prompt, it can be anything that takes at least 30 minutes to craft for Challenges, Battles, Flash Mobs, and Alerts, or three weeks or more for Research Projects.

Do the projects I turn in have to be crafted during a certain time period?
Any projects you turn in should be crafted during the current season of the Nerd Battles/Games.  One exception is for works-in-progress.  In the case of WIPs you may have completed a majority of the work prior to the season starting, but as long as you put in at least 30 minutes of crafting time during the current season to finish the project, it is acceptable to turn it in for a prompt.  Be sure to identify projects as WIPs when you post them, and don't forget to claim UFO Bonus Points for any WIPs you complete.  Prompts you submit do not need to be crafted during the month they are issued, just anytime during the current season (except Battle Royales).  Of course, life happens sometimes, and crafting and internet time don't always fit into perfect deadlines, so if you finished a project within the last three or four days of one season, you can feel free to post the projects in the new season.  We're on the honor system!  But please do try your best to get your projects turned in during the season they were crafted.

If I craft multiples of the same item, can each one be turned in under a separate prompt?
It's up to you how you turn in projects.  Some players post each item under a different prompt, or some players turn like items in as a set under the same prompt.  Both are acceptable, as long at it meets the crafting time requirements.  (To post them as separate prompts, each iteration will need to take at least 30 minutes of crafting time.)

Can a project "count" for more than one Craftalong?
Yes, definitely, as long as it fits the respective prompts or rules for each Craftalong.  For example, a project may be turned in for a Challenge prompt in the Nerd Battles, and the same project may also be turned in for a Class in the HPC.

Is there a minimum number of projects I need to post?  Do I have to keep up in the thread and comment on every project posted?
No. Though some players like to comment on all of the projects, or turn in many projects, it's all just for fun.  Pop in when you can, comment when you're inspired, post projects when you want to, and don't worry when life gets in the way!  There is no need to ever feel guilty about your level of participation in the Nerd Games.

I finished a project, but it's for a swap, so I just want to post a link to the photo(s).  How do I create a link to a photo?
Upload the photo as normal, and choose the "Copy and paste this into your Craftster post" link.  In that link change [ img ] to [ url ] and [ / img ] to [ / url ] (without the spaces).  Once your secret project is received, you may want to edit your post so the images appear.  When you do, be sure to announce it in the thread, or send a message to our Pinterest Pinner so that it can be added to the appropriate board!


PROMPTS AND CRAFTING OPPORTUNITIES
What is the Battle Royale and how it is different from other prompts or projects?
The Battle Royale is a prompt that is due by the end of the month in which it is issued.  It is in the format of ____ vs. ____, and you choose a side and craft an item that represents your choice.  It is a separate, stand-alone prompt and does not have anything to do with any other prompts or projects you may submit (expect perhaps in theme).  You may submit one project for each Battle Royale issued.  At the end of each month the total number of projects for each side is tallied, the winner is announced in the thread, and the appropriate badges are posted.

What are Zaps and how are they different than other projects?
Zaps are an extra opportunity to turn in projects to the Nerd Games.  All regular Nerd Games submissions have a crafting time requirement of at least 30 minutes.  Any project that takes fewer than 30 minutes may be turned in as a Zap.  Zaps do not have prompts; it can be anything that takes fewer than 30 minutes to complete.  You may submit up to FIVE Zaps during the season.

What are Big Time projects and how are they different than other projects?
Big Time projects are an extra opportunity to turn in projects to the Nerd Games.  Big Time projects are anything that take at least FIVE HOURS to complete, that you do not turn in under another prompt or crafting opportunity.  You may turn in up to THREE Big Time projects per season.

What is Free-Range Crafting and how is it different than other projects?
Free-Range Crafting is not a prompt, but just an option to turn in extra projects for the Nerd Games.  Free-Range projects can be anything that takes at least 30 minutes to craft.  It is a great option for that project that just won't fit into a prompt, or if you finish the prompts and still want to craft other items.  You may submit TWO Free-Range Crafting projects per season.

What are Team Spirit prompts and why don't I see them in this Fall/Winter/Spring round anywhere?
Team Spirit prompts are only issued during the Summer round of the Nerd Games.  They are prompts based on each Team, and have special Bonus Points associated with them (which are explained in detail when they are posted).  Look for them during the upcoming Summer Nerd Games.


BONUS POINTS
I want to claim Engineering Bonus Points.  What do I have to do?
Engineering Bonus Points can be claimed for a project when you provide a new related recipe, pattern, or tutorial on Craftster.  While it is only specifically necessary to provide the pattern/tutorial/recipe in the Nerd Games thread, you are encouraged to create a post for your project containing photos and your recipe/pattern/tutorial on the appropriate Craftster Board (and provide a link to that post when you submit your project in this thread).  This will allow more members of the community, outside of the Craftalong, to benefit from your work.  Each recipe, pattern, or tutorial you provide may only be submitted for Engineering Bonus Points one time.

I want to claim Giver Bonus Points.  What is considered a "charity?"
Giver Bonus Points may be claimed for projects that are made for organized charities, nonprofits, or groups that assist others in need (items made for fundraisers are acceptable).  Making something for someone specifically in need is definitely in the Giver spirit and eligible for bonus points, but just doing something nice for someone you know, or making something for a friend does not meet the Giver criteria (though those are great reasons to craft, too!).  Please let us know the organization/cause your projects are made for when you post and claim Giver Bonus Points.

I want to claim Community Bonus Points.  What do I have to do?
You may claim Community Bonus Points when you create a post for your project in the appropriate Craftster board.  In that post you must include three photographs of your project.  One of the photographs must be a progress/process shot of your project.  You must then provide a link to that thread when you submit your project to the Nerd Games.

I want to claim WIP It Bonus Points.  What types of projects are considered WIPs/UFOs?
WIPs/UFOs are projects that you have already started but put aside for some reason or another.  Maybe you lost steam or got distracted, or maybe you ran out of an item you needed.  WIPs/UFOs might also be projects that you specifically bought supplies for, but never got around to making.  Simply using up a supply you've had for a while is not a WIP/UFO, unless that supply was bought specifically for that project.  If a project takes a week or more of steady effort, it might also be considered a WIP/UFO.  Please make sure your project fits one of the outlined conditions when you claim WIP It Bonus Points.  If you need help determining whether or not your project is a WIP/UFO, post a description of your item/situation in the Discussion thread. (Note: WIP It Bonus Points were previously named UFO Bonus Points.)

I want to claim Brain Power Bonus Points. What is considered a new skill?
A new crafting skill is learning a new technique within a craft you already know how to do (learning how to knit cables if you already know how to knit, learning how to machine bind a quilt if you already know how to sew, learning encaustic if you do paper crafts/mixed media work) or learning something completely new (learning how to needle felt if youve never done that before).  Of course we are always learning when we make things, but it should be easy to see and explain how it is a separate and standalone skill.  Using a new supply does not count (unless it also involves learning a new skill).  You may only claim Brain Power Bonus Points on the first project you submit that utilizes that new skill.

I want to claim Swaptastic Bonus Points.  What is considered a swap item?
Any project that you make for an organized swap may claim the Swaptastic Bonus Points (whether the swap is on Craftster or another site).  Please share some details of the swap when you post your project so we can better understand your inspiration.  You may also claim Swaptastic Bonus Points for any items you make for the Nerd Games Raffle.  Additionally, you may claim Swaptastic Bonus if you participate in a personal swap that is facilitated through a group or website, if you share the name of the group or website, and the swap arrangement you had with your partner.

I want to claim EPIC! Bonus Points.  What do I have to do?
EPIC! Bonus Points are for projects that take at least 45 hours of crafting time to complete.  In order to claim EPIC! Bonus Points, you must post at least one progress photo during the course of your project.  The progress photo should be posted in the Discussion Thread.

What if I need to modify a post to add Bonus Points after the fact?
If you ever go back and modify an entry to add Bonus Points, please make it known in this thread by posting a link to your modified post and describing what you did, OR PM the info to LovelyMiss to make sure you are credited with the proper points.


BADGES & AWARDS
How do I get the badge images to show up in my Craftster profile?
Just upload the badge image under My Picture Hosting.  Once it's uploaded, you will have two options, "Copy and paste this into your Craftster post," or "To show a small linked thumbnail instead, copy and paste this."  Copy the thumbnail link and paste it under the "Brief Bio" section on your profile.  That's it!

Where is the ______ badge? It's not showing up in the Badge Center.
Badges are revealed the first time a project is submitted for a particular prompt or opportunity.  Badges are posted/revealed once or twice a week throughout the season, so it may take a few days once the project has been posted.  Battle Roayle badges are posted during the following month, once the winner of the Battle has been determined.

What and when is the Award Ceremony?
At the end of each season special awards are given for different accomplishments.  That process is called the Award Ceremony.  The Award Ceremony is usually posted within 5-10 days after a season ends.

How do I earn the Golden, Diamond, and Platinum Nerd Awards?
Golden, Diamond, and Platinum Nerd Awards are awarded based on the total number of projects submitted to all rounds of the Nerd Games/Battles, starting with the inaugural round in Summer 2013.  Each of the awards is only presented to players one time, during the season when they reach the landmark number of projects (50, 75, 100, respectively).  Additionally, the Double Diamond Nerd Award is given for 150 projects, and the Double Platinum Nerd Award for 200.

What are medals?
Medals are extra awards that are available during the Summer round of the Nerdalong only.  All earned Medals are awarded at the end of the season during the Award Ceremony.


OTHER
Do I have to sign-up to play?
No.  The only thing you have to do is start posting projects!  See the "How to join the Nerd Battles" section in the post above for more information.

How are monthly themes or prompts chosen?
Most themes are submitted by players to LovelyMiss via PM.  If you have any ideas, please feel free to send them along.  Themes are then assigned to each month in a season, generally with "harder" themes in the earlier month(s), and "easier" themes in the later month(s).  This is so there is maximum time to think and craft on prompts that might require a little more creativity to fulfill.  Themes are selected for each season based on a lot of things, including the number of times it has been suggested, the creativity of the theme, available prompt ideas to fit within the theme, and even the particular season (for instance, winter themes in winter rounds).

I've heard Nerd Battles, Nerd Games, and Nerdalong.  Are they different?
In short, no.  Technically the Nerd Games happen during the Summer, and Nerd Battles in Fall, Winter, and Spring, but they all fall under the Nerd Games umbrella and are used interchangeably.  "Nerdalong" is another all-encompassing moniker for the Nerd Battles/Games (which comes from Nerd+Craftalong).

What if I have a problem or questions?
If you have an issue or question feel free to contact the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.  If you have a general question about the Nerd Games, you might want to head over the the Discussion Board.  We have wonderfully friendly and helpful players who would love to share their wisdom!

---Nerd News Updates---
Updates are issued periodically to announce new features, or provide players with information about the Nerd Battles/Games.  All updates issued during the current season can be found below.




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5  DO NOT POST: Setting up Fall Nerd Battles 2016 in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: August 26, 2016 06:04:35 AM
DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD UNTIL THE SEASON OPENS ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2016.




Welcome to the Fall Nerd Battles Arena!
I, LovelyMiss, shall be your host and Head Gamemaker.

The Nerd Games welcome all players from the Nerdyverse to join! The games are to inspire, encourage, and motivate your crafting adventure.  Players can join anytime during the season.

Are you wondering if you are part of the Nerdyverse?  John Green describes it quite well...
Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff  Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-cant-control-yourself love it.  ...When people call people nerds, mostly what theyre saying is you like stuff.  Which is just not a good insult at all.  Like, You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.




Rules of Engagement
--There is a list of prompts for you to complete. You complete a prompt with a crafty item you think fulfills it.  You can use your description to make it clear on how the craft fits the prompt (feel free to get creative).
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission, unless otherwise noted.  
--A project can only be submitted for one prompt or crafting opportunity.
--A project does NOT have to be "nerdy, it only has to fulfill the prompt as you see it.
--Submitted projects must be started and completed during the current season, unless otherwise noted.
--There is SO MUCH to do in the Nerd Games.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Do what inspires you.
--We welcome all players from the Nerdyverse, no matter their Geekdom.  
--We are never mean.  
--We never exclude someone.
--We will keep it clean-ish (PG-13).  
--We will follow all Craftster guidelines, this includes staying on-topic (serious OT goes in FOC OT boards).  
--You will be asked to join a team.
--Never hesitate in contacting the Head Gamemaker with your questions, concerns, or ideas.



--How to Join the Nerd Battles--
It is easy to join in the Nerd Battles craftalong!  Simply craft an item that fits one of the posted prompts and take photos of your finished project.  Post your project photos in the official Nerd Battles thread (that's where you are now!).  Make sure to include the Completed Project Header (see How to turn in a project) with each project you post.  In the Header of your first completed project you will declare your team. (You do not need to choose a team before you post your first project.)  You officially join a team when your first project is submitted.

About Teams
There are five teams:
Team Textbook: Geekdom of Logic, Knowledge, Science, and Math;
Team Multimedia: Geekdom of Movies, TV, Music, and Gamers;
Team Wordy: Geekdom of Readers, Books, and Wondrous Words;
Team Fandom: Geekdom of Fanfics, Conventions, Midnight Openings, and Beacons of the Nerdyverse;
Team Randomizer: Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers.

--Teams are where like-minded players join to work together.
--There is no limit to the number of people in a team.
--Though you may feel at home on more than one team, pick the one that draws you the most.
--You may choose a new team at the beginning of each season, but you cannot change teams during a season.



---How To Turn in a Project---
Spend at least 30 minutes crafting a project that fits the requirements of a posted prompt.  Take a photo of your finished project.  Post your project photo(s), along with the Completed Project Header, in this thread.

--COMPLETED PROJECT HEADER--
Use this header for each project you submit. Research Projects have a special header, which can be found in the Research Project Lab.

Prompt:  (please include month & category)
Team:
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, Community, WIP It, Swaptastic, Brain Power, EPIC!)
Project Name:
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:

You may add more than one project to your post, but a Completed Project Header must be used for each project you submit.

For the Research Project Proposal and Submission Headers, visit the Research Project Lab.



---Point System---
Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise denoted.  Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts are eligible for additional Bonus Points.  All projects submitted under these prompts must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.

Brownie Points Projects will earn 20 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Brownie Points Projects are items crafted for charity during the season that are NOT turned in as a prompt or Research Project.  Brownie Points Projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  There is no limit on the number of Brownie Points projects you may submit during a season.  Be sure to claim Giver Bonus Points on any Projects (including Brownie Points) you complete!

Random Acts projects will earn 25 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Random Acts projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt that would be considered a random act of kindness/craftiness.  This might be things like abandoned art or public art/crafting.  You must submit photos of both the completed project AND an "action" shot of the act being conducted.  Random Acts projects must involve at least a two hour time commitment (crafting+action combined).  You may submit up to TWO Random Acts projects per season.  

Free-Range Crafting projects will earn 20 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Free-Range Crafting projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt.  Free-Range projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  You may submit up to two Free-Range Crafting projects per season.  

Big Time projects will earn 50 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Big Time projects are anything that takes at least five hours of crafting time, and that you do not turn in under another prompt or crafting opportunity.  You may turn in up to three Big Time projects per season.

Zaps will earn 5 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Zaps are any projects that take fewer than 30 minutes to complete.  You may turn in up to five Zaps per season.

Research Projects will earn 200 points.  Research Projects are projects that take at least three weeks OR 20 hours to complete.  You must submit a proposal for a Research Project to count.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/UFO/Alert prompts.  In most cases it is not permissible to "double dip" on individual Research Project elements, so anything included in a Research Project cannot also be turned in for a Nerd Games Challenge/Battle/UFO/Alert prompt, or as a Non-Prompt Crafting Opportunity.  Research Projects are eligible for additional Bonus Points.
Visit the Research Project Lab for more information on completing a Research Project.




You can earn 10 Bonus Points for...
--Engineering: Turning in a project that includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe;
--Giver:  Crafting a project for charity;
--Community:  Creating a post for your project on the appropriate Craftster board and including at least three photos in your post, one of which must be a progress/process shot;
--WIP It:  Completing a WIP/UFO (Work-In-Progress/Unfinished Object);
--Brain Power: Completing a project that required you to learn a new skill or technique;
--Swaptastic: Completing a project for a swap, or that will be donated to the Nerd Games Raffle;
--EPIC!:  Completing an item that takes more than 45 hours of crafting time, and posting at least one progress shot during the course of project (post progress shot in the Discussion Thread);
--Prompt specific:  Some prompts may include the opportunity for special bonus points.  This information will be included in the text for the prompt.
You may earn more than one set of bonus points for your project.








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6  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: August 25, 2016 01:44:13 PM
Prompt:  August - Archery
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Yarnology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Woven wall hanging
Brief Description:  My coworker saw my wall hanging in my office and liked it, and hinted at needing decor for her office, so voila.  Cheesy

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Prompt:  August Battle Royale - The World
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Craftology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Neckalce
Brief Description:  Colorful like the world.

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Prompt:  Big Time
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Paperology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Binder cover
Brief Description:  One of the requirements for my grad program is to complete a portfolio proving you met the stated outcomes/objectives for the degree.  This binder contains over 400 pages hopefully doing that! Smiley  (Seriously, I hope.  I just turned it in today.  Yikes!)  I did write all 400+ pages at one point, but luckily only about 50 original pages were required for the project.  The rest are old papers as "proofs."  The theme of my portfolio is patchwork, so I made this cover.  It is 44 squares of different fabric.  The page dividers have some little patchwork pieces on them as well, but I just glued them in place instead of sewing.

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Prompt:  Free Range
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Craftology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Magnets
Brief Description:  A set of magnets I made for a friend.

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7  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: August 17, 2016 09:44:02 PM
Prompt:  UFO - Edwards Air Force Base
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Yarnology
Bonus Points:  UFO
Project Name:  Woven wall hanging
Brief Description:  I bought these large metal bead-type things a while a go with the intention of weaving them into some of these wall hangings I make/have made.  The one is for my work office.  Sorry for the photo.  I forgot to take photos before I took it to work.

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Prompt:  June - A la carte
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Yarnology
Bonus Points:  UFO
Project Name:  Woven wall hanging
Brief Description:  Another wall hanging. This one is for my work friend.  

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Prompt:  July - Golden Gate Bridge
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Craftology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Necklace
Brief Description:  This item was for the same work friend.  She is starting a different job, so I put together some things as a going away present.

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Prompt:  August - Football
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Foodology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Fried zucchini
Brief Description:  I got a huge number of zucchini and summer squash from my CSA and my mom.  One of my favorite ways to eat it is fried, so I did a huge batch.  

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Prompt:  July - Gymnastics
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Craftology
Bonus Points:  UFO, Brain Power
Project Name:  That's Numberwang sign
Brief Description:  One of my favorite comedic duos is Mitchell & Webb.  I've had the supplies and intention for this sign for way over a year.  Actually I stripped and painted the sign white over a year ago.  I finally got the lettering done.  I wish the pink was a little more fluorescent/hot/neon-looking, and might try to do that in the future.  It was my first time cutting/using vinyl and transfer paper with my Silhouette.  I'm so behind the times.

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Prompt:  July -Table Tennis
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Fabricology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Notebook cover
Brief Description:  I know, another notebook cover.  Boring.  This one was made for my same work friend.  She hasn't seen them before, so hopefully not so boring for her.

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Prompt:  July - Swimming
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Craftology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Necklace
Brief Description:  Jewelry making is hugely repetitive, especially with lots of little beads on eye/head pins.  This is one I made for myself.

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Prompt:  Red Alert
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Craftology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Positive word art
Brief Description:  I have a bunch of float frames that I stopped using (because they're bad for artwork, I guess), and needed art for my office, so voila.  I just pondered a bunch of therapy-ish words and cut them out with my Silhouette.  I'm not in love with it, but it's fine.  Sorry for the photo, forgot to take pictures before I brought it into work.  Inspired by one of my favorite artists, Ed Ruscha.

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Prompt:  Zap
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Yarnology
Bonus Points:  UFO
Project Name:  Wall hangings
Brief Description:  I added the beads to these wall hangings I already made.

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Prompt:  Zap
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Paperology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Card
Brief Description:  A quick card I made for my grandma's birthday.  If you've noticed, I have an easy card design now that is versatile and cute with the paper, washi tape, and a focal item.  Cheesy

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Prompt:  Free Range
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Craftology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Slider door signs
Brief Description:  I made these signs for our offices at work, so we know when people are in session with clients, or just working with their doors closed and can be bothered.  I did the background colors to match some of the general office colors.  The slider part is clear acrylic that I added vinyl to so that it's opaque.

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Prompt:  Big Time
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Paperology
Bonus Points:  Swaptastic, Brain Power
Project Name:  Craftster trading cards
Brief Description:  These were for the Craftster Card Swap.  Man-o-man was that a much bigger project than I expected. Luckily I got to use my Silhouette to cut out the sides, or I would have gone nutty (and even so, it was still frustration-inducing).  It was my first time making my own print and cut files, and was both easier and harder than I expected to make it work.  It was also my first time trying edge-painting.

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8  Re: Craftster Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LovelyMiss on: August 05, 2016 02:55:03 PM
My spot!

Received from

1. underthemountain

2. gozer
3. craftylittlemonkey
4. PromisedHeartbrk
5. edelC
6. Onyxnox
7. cmarion3
8. Sharalee
9. SonjaBoo
10. Belladune
11. Abbeeroad
12. phoenixfiredesigns
13. kbrison
14. curiousfae
15. BigBangMomma
16. Wulf
17. craftADDchick
18. alwaysinmyroom
19. bunny1kenobi
20. emilywilde
21. alteredmommy
22. Smmarrt
23. audio
24. teag
25. seeuudee
26. LovelyMiss
27. mountains and clouds
28. Mistress Jennie


Here is the card I sent.  I did the layout in Publisher.  I used my Silhouette's print and cut ability to make everything kind of even and line up correctly.  The sides are printed on card stock, and there is a middle layer of watercolor paper for sturdiness.  I used my Scotch ATG for adhesive.



Once they were assembled I (attempted) to add some gold edge painting.  



The cartoon images are just some digital doodles I did a long time ago that I found in my crafty folder.  And the photo on the card is of me on Halloween when I was about 4 years old.  I wanted to go as as a punk rocker, but in my naive-speech impediment ways, I called them "butt walkers."  My family always thought that was funny.
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9  Re: Mini Junk Journals in The Swap Gallery by LovelyMiss on: July 28, 2016 08:27:31 PM
I received my junk journal from greybird and I absolutely love it!  She really did well stalking me and included lots of subtle references to my different nerdoms. Grin  From the color themes to the junk, she definitely nailed my tastes and preferences.

















































Thank you so much, greybird.  I really love it!  You have been a great partner, and this has been such a fantastic swap.  Thanks to geekgirl1000100 for hosting and proposing such a fun swap idea! 
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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: July 27, 2016 07:30:18 PM
Great stuff, everyone!  I'm hoping to do a big project praise post at the end of the Games after I finish my thesis project for this degree, which is currently sucking the life out of me.  Anyway, project dump!

Research Project Submission

Research Project Name:  Junk Journal
Team:  Digital
Medal Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points:  Community, Swaptastic
Project Link:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449790
Brief Description:  I finished the junk journal for greybird and it was successsfully delivered.  Grin  I love how it turned out.  Lots of photos in the project and swap threads.  I used yarn to decorate some pages in the book and a crochet yarn/thread to bind the book.

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Prompt:  July Battle Royale - Roadside Attractions
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Craftology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Triptych
Brief Description: We needed some art to fill an awkward wall in an office at work.  I whipped up this...abstract...painting in the room colors.  I'm not in love with it, but it's fine and works for the neutral office feel.  Kinda weird, like roadside attractions.

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Prompt:  June - Lemonade
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Notebook cover
Brief Description:  I screwed up this stupid cover so many times!  I had to resew a couple parts of it FOUR times.  Seriously, I don't know what the problem was; it was like the 50th one I've made, you'd think it would be easier.  Anyway, salvaged and gone to live in a good home.

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Prompt:  June - Route 66
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Notebook cover
Brief Description: Another notebook cover.  Bright and colorful like neon signs.

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Prompt:  July - Niagra Falls
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Foodology
Bonus Points: Community, Engineering
Project Link:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449791
Project Name:  Cheese Curds
Brief Description:  I got some cheese curds from my CSA.  They were a little tangy straight up, so we decided to fair-i-fy them and batter and fry them.  They were kind of gross.  Haha.  The batter just didn't match the cheese flavor very well.

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Prompt:  July - Mount Rushmore
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Notebook cover
Brief Description:  Another cover.  Sorry so boring.  This one has lots of owl faces.

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Prompt:  July - Grand Canyon
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Notebook cover
Brief Description:  This one has flowers in orange, yellow, and pink, very deserty colors.

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Prompt:  Big Time
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Craftology
Bonus Points:  Swaptastic
Project Name:  Strange Doll
Brief Description:  This was made for JoyfulClover in the Strange Doll Swap.  I really love how he turned out, but once I saw the true artfulness in the gallery I wished I would have gone more art than craft with him.  Alas, he took a long time, so Big Time points!  Smiley

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Prompt:  Zap
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Paperology
Bonus Points: Swaptastic
Project Name:  Note card
Brief Description:  Note card for a swap.

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Prompt:  Zap
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Paperology
Bonus Points: Swaptastic
Project Name:  Note card
Brief Description:  Another swap card.

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Prompt:  Zap
Team:  Digital
Medal Event:  Foodology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Candy bags
Brief Description:  Along with the notebook covers, I brought in some candy bags for my school friends on our last day.

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