DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD UNTIL THE SEASON BEGINS ON MARCH 1, 2017.
Welcome to the Spring Nerd Battles Arena!
I, LovelyMiss, shall be your host and Head Gamemaker.
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 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.
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)
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, Community, WIP It, Swaptastic, Brain Power, EPIC!)
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
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.
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.
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
--Special Projects: Calabaza
--Fandom: Open. Please volunteer!
--Randomizer: Open. Please volunteer!
Official Nerd Battles Pinterest Board
Have feedback or ideas for the Nerd Games?
Click here for the ongoing Nerd Games suggestion collector.
Note: Submissions using the above link are anonymous unless you submit your username with the survey.
---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!---