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1  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 29, 2015 01:41:35 AM
Prompt:  May Battle Royale - Planes
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Coin/card purse
Brief Description:  This fabric is from a line called Germania (as in germ-ania, not german-ia Tongue).  I just thought it was kind of cool and weird so I grabbed a couple yards at a decent price.  There are a lot of germs on planes.  So many germs.

Project Picture:


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Prompt:  April - The Beatles
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Coin/card purse
Brief Description:  "Rock the cat-spa, rock the cat-spa."  Those are the lyrics, right?

Project Picture:


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Prompt:  April - Downton Abbey
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Coin/card purse
Brief Description:  Another purse, gilded in gold, just like things inside of British castles.

Project Picture:


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Prompt:  May - Tricyle
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Coin/card purse
Brief Description:  This fabric reminded me a little of the Triforce and of playing a lot of Zelda as a child.

Project Picture:


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Prompt:  May - Boat
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Polyclay bowls
Brief Description:  I had a large stash of Sculpey from a few years ago.  I figured I should start using it before it gets too brittle to salvage.  I was just messing around and made these bowls...lots of problems.  The outsides and rims are painted with bright pink acrylic paint, which requires water to thin and rinse.

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Prompt:  May - Gilder
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Cards
Brief Description:  I just make a card whenever I need one (most of the time), definitely a breezy project.  One was for a bridal shower and the other was for a birthday (bet you can't tell which is which Tongue).  The birthday one was made with Martha Stewart Glitter transfers.  They are like rub-ons, and then you dump glitter on top.  Fun.  I intended to include the Mother's Day cards I made, too, but I forgot to take pictures.  Oh well! 

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Hopefully I'll have less boring/repeatative projects and better photos this Summer!  Cheesy
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2  --Raffle Roundup-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 23, 2015 07:15:42 PM
---Raffle Roundup---
"Raffle" prize drawings will be held at the end of the season.  Earn tickets by submitting projects to the craftalong.
"Tickets" will be given out at the end of the season, and there will be a three day window where players can choose which Raffle drawings to enter.

--Donate a Prize--
Anyone is free to donate a prize for the end of season Raffle.
--Prize items should have a minimum value of about $7-10.
--Prize items may need to be shipped internationally, so take that into consideration when choosing or crafting your prize items.
--Prizes may be crafted items, supplies, or other craft related goods.
--Submit a photo (link) and description of your prize donation to LovelyMiss via PM by the end of the day on Monday, May 25, 2015.



--Earn Tickets--
--For every FIVE projects you submit, you will earn ONE Raffle ticket.
--Completed Research Projects will earn ONE ticket each.  
--TICKET SPECIAL: Check back for special opportunities to earn Raffle tickets.





--Raffle Prizes--

Title
Donated by member

Description:  





**More prizes will be added periodically throughout the season.**





The Raffle entry period is September 2nd - September 5th, 2015.

--Ticket Table--
This is the final count of Raffle tickets awarded to each player.  If a player did not earn any Raffle tickets, their name will not appear on the list. Players earned ONE Raffle ticket for every FIVE projects submitted.  Players also earned ONE Raffle ticket for each Research Project they completed.  Additionally, players earned ONE Raffle ticket if they completed both available Bounties.  Players also earned ONE ticket for each of the Bonus Opportunities completed (Ultimate Pi Day, National Craft Month, and May the Fourth).

**Check back at the end of the season for the final Raffle count.**

***IF YOU THINK THERE IS AN ERROR IN YOUR FINAL TICKET COUNT, PLEASE PM LovelyMiss IMMEDIATELY!***



--Spend Your Tickets--
--By September 2, 2015 a list of players and the number of Raffle ticket entries they have earned will be posted.
--Using the form below, PM your Raffle entries to LovelyMiss by 11:59 pm central time on September 5, 2015.
--You may enter up to FIVE Raffle tickets into each prize drawing.  If you enter more than FIVE tickets into the same drawing, any entries above five will be disregarded, and you will not have the chance to enter them into other drawings.
--Raffle drawings will take place on September 6, 2015, and winners will be announced the same day.
--Prizes will be sent directly from the player that donated them.  WINNERS must contact the person that donated their prize in order to provide shipping and other necessary information.  If you do not claim your prize by contacting the person who donated it by September 15, 2015 your prize may be forfeited.




RAFFLE ENTRY FORM
Indicate the number of tickets you wish to enter into each Raffle drawing.

PRIZE (Number of Entries = _____ )

**Check back for an updated form during the Raffle entry week.**
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3  --G3: Geeky Giver Gang-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 23, 2015 07:09:15 PM
---G3: Geeky Giver Gang---
The Nerd Battles encourage crafting for causes that speak to you!  
Anyone who crafts a project for charity during the season will be inducted into the Geeky Giver Gang.

Congratulations, members, you have earned the G3 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.  

--Members--
member text Title.



--REMEMBER--
--If you submit a prompt or Research Project for charity, you are eligible to claim Giver Bonus Points!
--If you craft a project for charity that is NOT for a prompt or Research Project, submit it as a Brownie Points Project and claim Giver Bonus Points for it, too!


Looking for places that can use your crafty skills for good?
--pinkleo put together an awesome list on the HPC S.P.E.W. thread of charities that can use your crafty donations!
--Check out Craftster's Crafting for Good and Not Evil category!
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4  --Nerd of the Week-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 23, 2015 07:08:02 PM
---Nerd of the Week---
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 few weeks during the season.

Current Nerd of the Week:
(In alphabetical order)

Name text title.





Congratulations!  You have earned the Nerd of the Week 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.  



Previous Nerd of the Week Recipients:

Date



Nerd Shout-outs
Member text text.




If there is a project or player you would like to nominate for Nerd of the Week, 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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5  --Research Project Lab-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 23, 2015 06:59:00 PM
---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 to complete.

Research Projects are worth 100 points, and are eligible for 10 Giver Bonus Points (if the project is for charity), 10 Community Bonus Points is the project is given it's own thread that contains at least three photos (one of which is a progress/process shot), and 10 Engineering Bonus Points (if the project includes a new attack, pile of flesh, or recipe).  More than one set of Bonus Points may be claimed if the project meets the necessary requirements of each.  Research Projects are NOT eligible to claim UFO Sighting Bonus Points.




---RESEARCH PROJECT QUICK GUIDE ---
1. Select what project you would like to complete.  You may have two Research Projects going at a time.
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, pile of flesh/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:
Event:
Bonus Points: (include which Bonus Points you think you've earned - Giver, Engineering, or N/A)
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pile of flesh/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 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.  There is no set number of hours that you must put into a Research Project, but it needs to be in the works for at least three weeks, and be a personal challenge to you.

Your crafting time begins when you submit your proposal.  Three weeks from that date is the earliest you would be able to turn in your Research Project.  Research Projects can take longer than 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 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 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 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 of work to be complete.

Can I have multiple Research Projects?  
You may have two 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 two total.

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.  Three weeks from that date is the earliest you would be able to turn in your Research Project.  Research Projects can take longer than three weeks.  As soon as you finish a Research Project, you may submit another Research Project Proposal.  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?
Reseach Projects will earn 100 points.  Research Projects are also eligible to earn Engineering, Giver, and Community Bonus Points.  Research Projects are NOT eligible for UFO Bonus Points.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/UFO/Team Spirit/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.




---RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSALS---
---2leftfeet: Cthulhu Felted Pillow, September 5, 2013
---Abbeeroad: Teesha Moore Patch Sewing Machine Cover, May 14, 2013
---Algeera: The Never Ending Dragon, April 21, 2015
---alwaysinmyroom: Crochet Shrug/Sweater, May 24, 2013
---Ankhored: Dolls House Display Shelf, September 4, 2014
---BadWolf314: Creeper Throw, October 6, 2014
---Calabaza: dress, April 29, 2015
---calliemae: Eagle Rug, August 23, 2014
---coulsenl: Picnic Basket Play Set, December 8, 2013
---craftADDchick: Grandmother's Cutting Garden Quilt, November 9, 2014
---docnessie: Renaissance Festival Clothing, September 5, 2013
---elliot_anne: "I eat You" Book, May 22, 2013
---Ezri_B: dude lapghan, September 3, 2014
---FiberAlchemist: Do you know the way?, July 30, 2013
---FreakieGeekie: Black/Red Mana Blanket, February 14, 2015
---Ffrogg526: 9 Patch Musical Quilt, July 13, 2013
---gozer: Seven Scrappy Scarves, April 14, 2015
---Inselaeffchen: Stitch-cation, July 2, 2014
---jennieingram: 3 Baby Quilts, June 5, 2013
---Krafty_Karasu: Maryilyn Manson cross stitch, June 8, 2014
---LovelyMiss:  Fabric organization, April 19, 2015
---lozzieozzie: De-manning our new home; part one of many, September 10, 2013
---Ludi: Laundry Room Renovation, May 3, 2015
---mama24boyz: Zelda (maybe Mario too) Teesha Moore bag, June 2, 2013
---misskohaku: Nerdy Lolita, August 13, 2013
---Mountains and Clouds: Coloring Book for all, March 7, 2015
---ohiodiygirl: Clint Eastwood comic art print, June 29, 2013
---pinkleo: Capturing Hearts Comfort Ghan, August 18, 2013
---pishaw13: Crochet Checkerboard Textured Throw, March 22, 2015
---rockingbearranch: TV Credenza, April 15, 2015
---roler: TM Patch Sewing Machine Cover, March 9, 2015
---Ruby Copperhead: Crochet summer dress, May 15, 2013
---samash90: Altered Book, March 20, 2014
---Smeddley: Odd-n-Ends knitted rug, April 19, 2015
---smileyyogini: Teesha Moore Patch Tote/Purse, June 20, 2013
---stefaniegk: Rainbow Brite and Twink Costumes, September 3, 2013
---StickerChic87: Dress Recreation, June 2, 2013
---storerboughtcreations: Grocery food play set, February 6, 2015
---Tanath: Build a Time Machine, March 8, 2014
---trinalocakary: Craft Witch Alter, March 11, 2015
---vincentvanbuck: Stockings for Friends, December 24, 2014
---Wyked: Exterminate Skirt, May 20, 2013
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6  --Information Center-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 23, 2015 06:50:46 PM
---Summer Nerd Games Information Center---




Nerd Games Navigation

Welcome to the Nerd Battles: 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.

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

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

Medal Central:  Learn about Bounties and see available Bounty opportunities.

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

Team Registry:  View Team rosters, and find link to the current Tracking Report.


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

Pinterest Board:  Visit the official Nerdalong Pinterest board.



Nerd Battles FAQ

DATES & TIMES
What is the Nerd Battles time zone?
The Nerd Battles uses central time.  For month specific prompts (like Flash Mobs and 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.


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.

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.

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 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.

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 send the link of your edited post to our Pinterest Princess, Calabaza, so your projects can be pinned to our official Nerd Games Pinterest Board.


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 UFO 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 UFO Sighting 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.

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 Tanath and LovelyMiss to make sure you are credited with the proper points.


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.

What are medals?
Medals are extra awards that are available during the Summer round of the Nerdalong only.

What are Raffles, and how do I earn tickets?
Raffles are drawings that will take place at the end of the some seasons the Nerd Battles.  You can earn Raffle tickets by completing prompts or Research Projects.  At the end of the season you will be awarded your tickets and have the chance to enter them into the prize drawings of your choice.

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).

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!

I've heard Nerd Battles and Nerd Games.  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.

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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7  DO NOT POST - Setting up the Summer Nerd Games 2013 in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 23, 2015 06:49:55 PM
DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD UNTIL THE GAMES OPEN ON JUNE 1, 2015.



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

The Nerd Battles 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.
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission.  
--A project can only be submitted for one Challenge/Flash Mob/Battle Royale/Alert prompt.
--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 cleanish (PG-PG13).  
--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:
Event:
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, Community, UFO)
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, Team Spirit, 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 10 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 craftin time requirement.  Be sure to claim Giver Bonus Points on any Projects (including Brownie Points) you complete!

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.  

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 100 points.  Research Projects are projects that take three or more weeks 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 Brownie Points, Free-Range, or Zaps project.  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;
--UFO Sighting:  Completing a UFO (Un-Finished Object/Work-In-Progress);
--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.








At the End Game, there will be Winners (but really no losers)
--Team Winners: average taken from number of players & point scored
--Special Awards: given by gamemakers
Winnings will include bragging rights, badges, and possible prizes.



Nerd Battles Staff
--Head Gamemaker: LovelyMiss
--Gamemaker Emeritus: pinkleo
--Project Tracker: Tanath
--Battle Badge Creator: rockingbearranch
--Pinterest Pinster: Calabaza
--Special Projects: Smeddley

Team Captains
--Textbook: Smeddley
--Multimedia: roler
--Wordy: bunny1kenobi
--Fandom: FreakieGeekie
--Randomizer: Calabaza

Official Nerd Battles Pinterest Board



---This is the home for Completed Projects, Research Project Declarations, and "Oooos & Ahhhs."  For discussions, chatting, and progress pics, head over to the Nerd Discussion thread.  Posts will be moved to appropriate location when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Games in order!---
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8  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 19, 2015 06:48:25 PM
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9  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 19, 2015 06:48:18 PM
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10  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 19, 2015 05:29:40 PM
Looking good, Ludi!

I've made a little progress on my fabric organization.  I'm estimating that is about a third of it, but I really don't know.  I'm kind of shocked at how much I have accumulated.  I'm trying to use it for projects now, though, instead of just hoarding it, so hopefully it will start to thin out soon.



This process is making me wish I never bought more than a yard of anything.  So unwieldy!  I don't know what I'm going to do with the under one yard pieces since they won't fold up to this uniform size.
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