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 on: February 18, 2017 03:43:43 PM 
Started by lindyv321 - Last post by monkey_girl
I received a Valentines Package of love from Gala_Apples! First up this very cute tote bag, that will be  my new lunch bag Smiley

I like the pretty handles and the fact it has different sections Smiley

I also received some popping candy, the packaging is so cute.

The lip gloss I received is also really fun and watermelon flavoured!

Finally, my adorable card! Thanks for being a wonderful partner Smiley

 on: February 18, 2017 02:57:18 PM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by curiousfae
Yes! Neon was a huge deal in the 80's. So funny!

I rec'd the first card from my Creatures ABC theme from Bunny1kenobi and what better way to start it off but with the most infamous of creatures...Bigfoot!
I love her rendition. He's such a looming figure....it's a bit creepy even. 

Thanks Deanna!

 on: February 18, 2017 01:30:17 PM 
Started by vkvhawk - Last post by Wulf
So many bright fun things!

And here are some more, thanks to the LovelyMiss herself. There are quite a few photos here, but it was hard to crowd it all in.

First, she made this amazing bag! I love this kind of batik fabric - the gaudier the better. Even the lining is fabulous, and there's even a pocket!

I could hardly believe it when I pulled out one of the heart-shaped mini-piatas that LovelyMiss posted. I'm going to wait until I need another dose of sunshine to pull the string. Grin

I've also loved the woven hangings that LM has made before, and now I have one of my own. The range of textures and tones is wonderful.

A crazy, gloriously-sunny ribbon decoration, some bright ribbons and trims, a bottle of orange, clear and yellow mirror tiles, and a beautifully-made personal tissue packet.

A bright, yellow folder of paper and ephemera, including stickers, tickets, funny Japanese post-its, a Lotaria card, Monopoly money, dimensional paper embellishments and other paper bits. Plus yellow glow sticks, hand lotion and a balsa glider kit.

Here's a fat quarter of yellow leaf cotton, bottles of paint and Mod Podge, two tins of rub-on gilding wax (I've never seen this kind before!), a sheet of self-adhesive printed cork, two fabric paint pens (yellow, of course!), a roll of gold wire and one of yellow masking tape. Who knew there was such a thing as yellow masking tape? Shocked

Besides this beautiful hand-made card (with a tiny beehive tag), an orange cat with a ballpoint pen inside his butt Cheesy and a roll of glittery gold washi tape, there was a jar of whimsies with everything from a miniature guitar and the smallest deck of cards ever, to some butterflies, beads and a plastic frog. And embroidery floss, of course.

And finally, the treats! Chocolate (the best kind of packaged sunshine), cheesy snacks, gummy worms, apricot fruit leather and a Quasar Bar, which I've never heard of before. Sounds atomic!

Thanks for all this, LovelyMiss! The sun is shining today for the first time in several days, and I think it's all because of your amazing package!


 on: February 18, 2017 01:27:14 PM 
Started by Padester - Last post by Padester
I got the pattern for this cutie pie on Ravelry.com - it's a free download, and is pretty easy to follow!

No flash

With flash:

The one without flash is truer to the actual colors. He was a fun little guy to make, and I have had requests from my daughter and husband(!) for more!

I should say that I'm not counting my baby owls because they are really just spheres that are stitched across the top to create ear-looking points . . . not much involved in them, cute as they are!

 on: February 18, 2017 11:34:34 AM 
Started by Wildfyre - Last post by Eamea
Ugh I caught the creeping crud and have been down for the last week.  Such grand plans I had for this swap and other stuff that didn't get done because I've been feeling puny.  Even just downloading the Cairo pics seemed like a a huge task. Sad

I sent Anana with my mom and her friend to visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx.

He got a great view of the city at Saladin's Citadel.

Anana got to see King Tut at the Egyptian Museum, but there is no photography allowed in that area.  Here he is mildly amused that there aren't any pineapple-shaped canopic jars.

Of course there was much shopping to be done!  Anana thought he'd like to have a galabaya, but we couldn't find anything in his size.

One supplier enjoyed having him in the shop so much he put him on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Moustafa-GLASS-1514468848847348/

 on: February 18, 2017 09:07:41 AM 
Started by spiderlady - Last post by spiderlady
Haven't been able to sew in ages. Rectified that omission yesterday.

 on: February 18, 2017 08:10:26 AM 
Started by wdicwg - Last post by wdicwg
Here is the awesome steampunk tin made for me by Onyxnox!

It has lots of layers of colors and textures.

The bottom is also decorated

The top also has a beautiful hanging paper ornament.

She also included a cool ATC.

Thank you Onyxnox!

 on: February 18, 2017 07:49:22 AM 
Started by pottermouth - Last post by Patraw
Purrfectly precious!  All three paper kitty scenarios are wonderful, but I'm most partial to the Cinderella one (I particularly dig the little fairy cat godmother figure.)  I also liked that the Aladdin set has more of an Asian flair, because, if memory serves, I believe the original story in 1001 Arabian Nights was set in China, or another Asian country, not the Middle East, contrary to what popular culture, and Disney in particular, would have us believe.  I adore that rotating kitty head on the front cover too, such a clever little bonus touch that adds a lot of personality to the mini tome.  The whole affair is very professionally and creatively done--I love cats, paper dolls, and books, so it hits on all three of those interests simultaneously--thank you very much for your fabulous feline creation!  I shall doubtlessly spend a considerable amount of time trying to set up the perfect display arrangement for them over the next couple of days or so.

I'm still at the beginning of the process of shooting/scanning images for Pottermouth's project, but here's some of the silliness I made this morning before I left the house; I'll probably post some more Monday:

 on: February 18, 2017 05:54:29 AM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by LovelyMiss
---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.

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!---

Use this header when proposing a Research Project.

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

Use this header when turning in a completed Research Project.

Research Project Name:
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:

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.

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:

***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: Fabric Organization - Fabric Mini Bolts, August 9, 2016
---ActsofCraftiness: ABC Quilt, September 1, 2016
---ActsofCraftiness: Stitchy Project Organization, September 1, 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: costume, February 6, 2017

---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
---craftADDchick: T-shirt & Jeans Quilt, September 13, 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: 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
---LovelyMiss: Quilt, January 7, 2016

---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

---primrosepetunia: Heather Vest, February 8, 2017

---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

---scaramouche: Victorian ensemble, September 9, 2016

---Smeddley: Sophie's Universe Afghan, July 12, 2015
---Smeddley: Tetris Afghan, August 1, 2016
---Smeddley: Zentangle Postcard Project, September 11, 2016

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

---storerboughtcreations: Bedtime Bear xstitch, May 10, 2016
---storerboughtcreations: Pirate blanket, July 17, 2016
---storerboughtcreations: Craft Room Organization, September 10, 2016
---storerboughtcreations: Hannah xstitch, September 10, 2016

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

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

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


 on: February 18, 2017 05:51:15 AM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by LovelyMiss
---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.

Data Depot:  See a list of current players, and find other tracking data about the Games.

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.

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.

Come to the Dark Side Recruitment Contest:  Learn about the Nerd Games recruiting contest.

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

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.

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.

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!

I made an item for my craft shop or for a commission.  Can I post it to the Nerd Games?
Yes, of course!  There are some general Crafster rules about mentioning sales and commissions when posting a project, which also apply to the Craftalong/Nerd Games threads.  Basically, just don't mention that the item was/is/or will be fore sale when you post.  You might say things like, "This was a custom request," or, "I made an agreement with a friend to make this item," instead of saying, "This was for a commission," or, "A customer requested this special order."  This is all in an effort to avoid subtle advertising and unintentional fishing for sales.  Check out Crafster rules for more information, or feel free to PM the Head Gamemaker with any questions.

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.

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.  If you make a "master post" for a specific project in the correct Craftster board, where you post multiple iterations that project, and then submit each iteration separately in the Nerd Games, you may claim Community Bonus Points on each separate project submission/iteration.  So, for example, if you make six purses and post them all together in the Purses category (and include three photos, one of which is a progress shot), and then submit each purse separately when you post them in the Nerd Games, each purse would qualify claim Community Bonus Points (so you could claim Community Bonus Points six different times for that one master post).

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.

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.

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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