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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / DO NOT POST: Setting up Summer Nerd Games 2016 on: May 21, 2016 03:25:41 AM
DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD UNTIL THE SEASON OPENS ON JUNE 1, 2016.





Welcome to the Summer Nerd Games 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-can’t-control-yourself love it.  ...When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re 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 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 TWO teams this round:
Team Analog: text;
Team Digital: text.

--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, 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, Team Spirit, 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;
--UFO Sighting:  Completing a UFO (Un-Finished Object/Work-In-Progress);
--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.








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
--Project Tracker: storerboughtcreations
--Badge Creator: bunny1kenobi
--Pinterest Pinner: rockingbearranch


Team Captains
--Analog: Mountains and Clouds
--Digital: ActsofCraftiness


Official Nerd Battles Pinterest Board



Previous seasons:
Summer 2013
Fall 2013
Winter 2013-2014
Spring 2014
Summer 2014
Fall 2014
Winter 2014-2015
Spring 2015
Summer 2015
Fall 2015
Winter 2015-2016
Spring 2016




---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!---
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Five necklaces and a necklace stand on: April 26, 2016 09:44:46 PM
I've started having to dress up for work again, and decided my outfits needed some bling. 

I don't usually wear much purple because it doesn't go well with my skin tone, but I wanted something to wear for #PurpleforPrince, so I made this last week.





A bright a cheerful necklace...this one took quite a while, because all of the tiny pink beads are on their own eye pins.  It is actually quite long; there are more beads hiding behind the necklace stand.



Skulls and flowers.



Double layered.  The depth of the colors is kind of lost in the photo.



And this one, which is prettier in person.  Very sparkly.




I also wanted something to photograph necklaces on, so I made a necklace stand, which is holding all of the necklaces above.

I made the template in Publisher and cut out two layers of foam core.  I only did the slit in the back layer, so the wedge stand could be inserted (see below).



I just gave the layers a quick coat of spray adhesive and covered them in fabric.  I did them separately so I could stick them together, back to back, and the back of the stand would be fully covered.  If I made another, I wouldn't care so much, and would just stick them together, and cover it all as one piece.

 

The little notch in the wedge is to hold the chain/string so the necklace stays in place more easily.  I added a cross bar for more stability, and used hot glue to kind of "weld" the wedge in place.  It works well, and I got to make it all out of stash.  Grin



Thanks for looking!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Game Card on: February 29, 2016 06:09:01 AM
I made this for my s/o a couple of years ago.  I didn't get any good photos so I didn't post it at the time...but I came across it in my project folder recently, and remembered how much I liked it, so I thought I'd share.  It is a matching game, where you pick the correct word heart to go with the Sunny screen cap photo behind each door.  



It was actually kind of complicated getting the layout right, and getting the doors and hearts cut, but it eventually came together.  I made the template for the doors and cut it with my Silhouette.  I ended up cutting the hearts by hand after running them through the Xyron.

Here are the images behind the doors:



And here is a list of the hearts to match to the photos.  It might be offensive out of context, or if you're not a fan of the show.  Tongue
Smashing
Guns
Abortion
Glue
Rum Ham
Pools
The duster
Chimichanga
Green Man
Peter Nincompoop
Hunting man
Welfare
Egg
Mr. Tibbs
Enriched beer
German Shepherds
Child pageantry
Dancing Guy
Trash
Dayman
Organized Choreographed Dance
Wine in a can
America
Garbage Pail Kids
A good hem
Cats
Dirty whores
Nightman
Steroids
Bashing rats
Crack
Birds of War
A man called God
Omni Bot
Milk steak



Of course there are other things I would include if I was making it now, since there have been some great episodes the last few seasons.  Grin
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: February 23, 2016 05:26:48 PM



Welcome to the Spring Nerd Battles 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-can’t-control-yourself love it.  ...When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re 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 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:
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, Team Spirit, 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.  

Throwbacks will earn 20 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Throwbacks can be anything you crafted during a previous Nerd Games season (so anything after May 15, 2013), but did not turn in for points.  Throwback projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  You may submit up to two Throwback 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;
--UFO Sighting:  Completing a UFO (Un-Finished Object/Work-In-Progress);
--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.








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
--Project Tracker:
--Badge Creator: bunny1kenobi
--Pinterest Pinner: rockingbearranch


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

Official Nerd Battles Pinterest Board



Previous seasons:
Summer 2013
Fall 2013
Winter 2013-2014
Spring 2014
Summer 2014
Fall 2014
Winter 2014-2015
Spring 2015
Summer 2015
Fall 2015
Winter 2015-2016




---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!---
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Care Bears wall hanging on: February 15, 2016 09:47:47 PM
I made this for storerboughtcreations in a swap.  I printed out her top three Care Bears on printable fabric and appliqued them onto squares, sashed with pink fabric.









6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Winter Nerd Battles 2015-2016 Swap on: January 29, 2016 10:49:47 PM




SWAPPERS:
LovelyMiss
roler
storerboughtcreations
puzzled-penguin
rockingbearranch
Inselaeffchen



SENT
RECEIVED
SENDING LATE WITH COMMUNICATION
CONTACT ORGANIZER
FEEDBACK GIVEN



PARTNERS:

roler -----> Inselaeffchen
Inselaeffchen -----> roler

rockingbearranch -----> puzzled-penguin
puzzled-penguin -----> rockingbearranch


storerboughtcreations -----> LovelyMiss
LovelyMiss -----> storerboughtcreations



7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Winter Nerd Battles 2015-2016 Swap (Sign up 1/11 - 1/17; Send out 2/15) on: January 11, 2016 11:36:44 AM



Swap name: Winter Nerd Battles 2015-2016 Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  LovelyMiss
Sign-up date range: 1/11/2016-1/17-2016

Date to send item by: 2/15/2016
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO


Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO



Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:

- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES

- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES

- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES

- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

- Is at least 18 years old: YES



Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:

- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES

- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES

- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES

- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES

- If within the US, understands that a tracking number is required for this swap: YES

- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES





Details of swap:


This swap is for participants of the Winter Nerd Battles craftalong ONLY.  If you sign up for this swap and are not a current or past Nerd Games/Nerd Battles player, your questionnaire will not be accepted.  If you would like to join this swap, and are not a current or previous player, please visit the above link and join the current season of the Nerd Games craftalong by reading the rules and posting at least three projects.  After you have joined the craftalong you may then submit a questionnaire for this swap.

We will be swapping one medium nerdy item of your choice.

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 1-2 hours

By Price
-Large = $20 or more
-Medium = $10-$20 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Extras are fine ONLY IF you discuss it with your partner first.  If you didn't discuss it, don’t send them.

No one likes a flaker, and there is NO need to be a flaker!  If you sign up and cannot meet the swap requirements, please PM the organizer ASAP (before send outs), so a replacement partner can be found.  If you need to send late, you MUST PM the organizer and your partner BEFORE the send out date.  Failure to meet the rules and requirements of the swap will be reflected in feedback.  If you do not have the time or resources to meet the swap requirements at this time, please wait to sign up until the next round.


Swap Rules:

-You must post in a swap thread at least once per calendar week.
 
-A tracking number is required for all senders in the USA.  If you are mailing internationally, include the customs number in your "sent" PM.  Additionally, international shippers may be asked to upload an image of their receipt if there are shipping issues (so make sure to save it!).

-You must PM the organizer AND your partner when you send AND receive.  Please use the following subject lines for your PMs to help keep the swap running smoothly.
Nerd Games Swap:  Questionnaire
Nerd Games Swap:  Sent
Nerd Games Swap:  Received
Nerd Games Swap:  Question/Other


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:


Name of swap:  Winter Nerd Battles 2015-2016 Swap

Craftster username:

Email address
:
Your real name
:
Mailing address including the country:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (YES/NO):
I have read the Swap Rules above this post (YES/NO):
I am a current or past Nerd Games/Battles player (YES/NO):

Do you have allergies/sensitivities relevant to this swap?
Do you have allergens in your home (dog, cat, smoke, etc)?

Please list AT LEAST five geekdoms/fandoms for which you would be interested in receiving a crafted item.  Feel free to add specific helpful information about your fandoms, such as favorite characters/people, quotes, motifs, themes, etc.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

What types of items might you like to receive?
What types of crafts do you admire?
What types of crafts do you do?
Is there anything you absolutely do not want to receive?
Favorite colors/combos/patterns, etc. that might be helpful to your partner:
Link to your Pinterest and/or other relevant sites:

Any other info you would like the organizer or your partner to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO LovelyMiss VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.




8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mini box of Christmas stuff ornaments on: December 08, 2015 03:30:57 PM
I've been working on this idea for a couple of years, making a few one-offs, but I finally gathered up enough miniatures to make some for gifts.



I just made a quick box template using a 1.25" square, and cut them out of kraft cardstock.



The wrapping paper rolls are actually just wrapping paper I rolled up into tubes.



I made a little cardstock "step" or platform inside the box to glue everything to, and to raise everything up higher in the box.



Overall I think they turned out pretty cute.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CLOSED: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 on: November 25, 2015 06:24:19 AM


Welcome to the Winter Nerd Battles 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-can’t-control-yourself love it.  ...When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re 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 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:
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, and Red Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise denoted.  Challenges, Battles, UFOs, Team Spirit, 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 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.  

Throwbacks will earn 20 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Throwbacks can be anything you crafted during a previous Nerd Games season (so anything after May 15, 2013), but did not turn in for points.  Throwback projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  You may submit up to two Throwback 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 100 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 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
--Project Tracker: Tanath
--Badge Creator: bunny1kenobi
--Pinterest Pinner: rockingbearranch


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

Official Nerd Battles Pinterest Board



Previous seasons:
Summer 2013
Fall 2013
Winter 2013-2014
Spring 2014
Summer 2014
Fall 2014
Winter 2014-2015
Spring 2015
Summer 2015
Fall 2015




---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!---
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff on: November 12, 2015 07:34:53 PM
I found a recipe for this online and made a few adjustments.  I don't normally cook with canned food, but I've been so busy lately, it has been necessary!  Turned out delicious.



Ingredients:
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 cup of milk
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
5 Tbspn of Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbspn garlic powder
3 Tbspn onion powder
2lb beef round roast
20 white mushrooms
2 tabs of butter
Egg noodles

Instructions:
Cut away large pieces of fat on roast, if any.  Brown the roast on the stove top.
Put roast in crock pot on high.
Mix together softened cream cheese, milk, cream of mushroom soup, 4 Tbspn of Worcestershire sauce, and garlic and onion powders.  Pour over roast in crock pot.
Keep crock pot on high for about 4-5 hours.  Meat should shred easily with spoon or fork right in the crock pot.  Mix shredded meat into sauce.


It's hard to make a messy crock pot look pretty.

Wash and slice mushrooms.  Cook in pan along with butter and 1 Tbspn Worcestershire sauce until brown.



Add mushrooms into crock pot and stir into sauce/meat mixture.  Turn heat to low or "keep warm" if that setting is available on your crock pot.
Boil egg noodles per package instructions.
Top noodles with sauce.  Yum.

P.S.  Salt and pepper to taste, of course.  You probably won't need salt!  Also, the sauce really thickened up in the crock pot, so I added about a cup or cup and a half of water shortly before serving, and it worked great.
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