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1  Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: January 17, 2019 12:37:11 PM
Hey, friends!  It has been a while since I have posted projects.  Life has been really hard and non-stop stress for quite a while.  A few things are going to be easing up in the next 4-5 months, so I'm hoping that I'll have more time to be around again, and be active!  

In the meantime, I have some projects from the end of the year to post.  I put together another gift buffet for the holidays (actually, two of them!), and crafted a bunch of things.  I drafted to my mom to help with some of it, as I knew there was no way I was going to have enough time to finish everything on my own.  All of the things I'm submitting I crafted myself, or did more than 30 minutes of work on.

SORRY ABOUT THE BAD PHOTOS!  

Prompt:  January - Coffee Shop AU
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name:  Notebook covers
Brief Description:  Yes, more notebook covers.  It's good to be back. Tongue  Several of these went to various retail workers.  I'm splitting them half and half for this and the next prompt.

Project Picture:


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Prompt:  January - Hurt/Comfort
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name:  Notebook covers
Brief Description:  Journaling can be a way that people get comfort.  People are also comforted by things they like and that are familiar to them, which accounts for most of the fabrics I used.

Project Picture:

See above.
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Prompt:  January - Drabble
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name:  Rebatch Soap
Brief Description:  I made a few different types of soap, which are physically small.  An activated charcoal bar, and then just a plain unscented bar with chucks of color.

Project Picture:


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Prompt:  January - Series
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name:  Rice bags
Brief Description:  You have seen my rice bags before!  Here are a bunch more.  I think I made 24 in total, split between the two holiday events.

Project Picture:


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Prompt:  January - Slash
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name:  Junk Journals
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:  I'm going to use half of these for this prompt, and half for the Battle Royale, even though I only got one photo of them all together.  These are a bunch of different junk journals, all comprised of lots of random things and techniques that don't normally go together, such as sewing and papercrafting.  Even though junk journals are one of my favorite things to make, they take a really long time.  My mom did a lot of the work on these (I did some of the page embellishments - sewing edges, adding rub-ons, making paperclips, etc., and helped with assembly and binding).  That is why I am submitting them as two groups instead of individually as Big Time projects! Smiley

Project Picture:


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Prompt:  Battle Royale:  Crack
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name:  Junk Journals
Brief Description:  More junk journals.  Crack because junk journals break the norm of usual journals or books.

Project Picture:

See above.
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Prompt:  January - Free Range
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name:  Crocheted Scarf
Brief Description:  Another group photo.  This one is for the purple scarf in the middle.  It is crocheted chain, with a cuff and button.

Project Picture:


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Prompt:  January - Free Range
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name: Crocheted Scarf
Brief Description:  Green crocheted scarf, with cuff and button.

Project Picture:

See above.
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Prompt:  Throwback
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Crocheted Scarf
Brief Description:  Yellow scarf, with cuff and bird button.

Project Picture:

See above.
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Prompt:  RED ALERT - New Year's Revolution
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name:
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:  A change I would like to see is one away from waste, and more toward sustainability.  I made a bunch of plastic bag holders, so hopefully they can get some extra use before being thrown away or recycled. I was particularly excited about these because I got to use my Kamsnaps. Cheesy

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Prompt:  Big Time
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Pillows
Brief Description:  I made a bunch of pillows as well.  Or, rather, I made a bunch of pillow covers, and used pillow forms.  They are envelope style.

Project Picture:


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Prompt:  Big Time
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Candles
Brief Description:  I made soy wax candles again this year.  I went with black jars, which I really love.  I also designed the labels.  They are scented, but not colored.  The scents I did this time were "Fraser Fir" (everyone's fave), "Citrus Cylcone," "Remedy" (which is an amber/tea tree kind of scent), and "Clean Cotton."  I also tried out wooden wicks.  I like them, but I'm waiting to hear the verdict from other people.

Project Picture:



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Prompt:  Big Time
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Hand Towels
Brief Description:  Though only 10 of them are pictured here, I also made 18 different hand towels.

Project Picture:




Here is a photo of one of the gift buffets all set up.  I didn't get photos of some of the jewelry I made, but oh well!  Some of the things that I didn't submit were older items than December/already submitted, or were made by my mom.



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2  --Information Center-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: January 01, 2019 01:14:13 PM
---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.

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

How to Turn in a Project:  Get the all the details on how to turn in a project for the Nerd Battles.

Point System:  Learn about points and scoring for the Nerd Battles.

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

Special Event:  Learn about the current Special Event happening.

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.

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

When do the seasons run?
The Nerd Battles season is one calendar year.  The Summer Nerd Games event runs from June - August.

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, when available.  Alert prompts are posted 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.  Any special Alert prompts will indicate their specific due date.


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

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


PROJECTS
Do projects have to be nerdy?
No.  As long as you describe how your item fits the prompt, it can be anything that meets the noted crafting time requirements.

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 WIP It 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.


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

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 24 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 20 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 month.

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


BONUS POINTS
I want to claim Timely Bonus Points.  What do I have to do?
Timely Bonus Points can be claimed when you submit a prompt in the month it was issued.  For example, if a Challenge Prompt was issued in January, and you submit it on January 28, you can claim Timely Bonus Points.  If you submit a prompt that was issued in January on February 28, you would not be able to claim Timely Bonus Points for the January prompt.

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 one high-qaulity photograph 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.  There is no required amount of time that a project needs to have been on "hold" to be considered a WIP/UFO (but probably more than a single day).  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 Participation Bonus Points.  What do I have to do?
Participation Bonus Points can be claimed when you submit a project for a Craftster Challenge.  The Challenge may be a site-wide Craftster Challenge, or a board/thread specific Challenge.

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 create a post for your project in the appropriate Craftster board.  You are qualified to claim Community Bonus Points when you complete the posting requirements for and EPIC! Project.  Make sure to claim them on your Completed Project Header (the Community Bonus Points are not automatic, and will not be added to your score unless you claim them specifically in addition to your EPIC! Bonus Points).

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 storerboughtcreations 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.

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 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 month (for instance, winter themes in winter months).

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 the rest of the year, 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, or Deputy Gamemaker, storerboughtcreations.  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.







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
Summer 2016
Fall 2016
Winter 2016-2017
Spring 2017
Summer 2017
Fall 2017
Winter 2017-2018
Spring 2018
Summer 2018
Fall 2018
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3  --Point System-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: January 01, 2019 12:36:40 PM
---Point System---

Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise noted.  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 20 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 meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.There is no limit on the number of Random Acts projects you may submit 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 month.  

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 20 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 24 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/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/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...
--Timely: Submitting a Prompt in the month it was issued;
--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 one clear, good-quality photo;
--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;
--Participation: Entering a project into a Craftster Challenge (site-wide, or board-specific);
--EPIC!:  Completing an item that takes more than 45 hours of crafting time, and creating a post for the project in the appropriate Craftster board;
--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.
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4  2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: December 31, 2018 12:24:10 PM


Welcome to the 2019 Nerd Battles Arena!

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

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




Rules of Engagement
--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).  
--Never hesitate in contacting the Gamemakers with your questions, concerns, or ideas.


Nerd Battles Staff
--Head Gamemaker: LovelyMiss
--Deputy Gamemaker: storerboughtcreations
--Badge Creator: bunny1kenobi
--Pinterest Pinner: rockingbearranch
--Nerdy News Newt: Smeddley


--How to Join the Nerd Games--
It is easy to join in the Nerd Games 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 Games 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.


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.


Official Nerd Games Pinterest Board




---This thread is for submitting and commenting on Completed Projects, and making Research Project declarations.  Check out the Discussion Thread to chat with fellow Nerds, keep up with Nerd Battles news, and view/post progress pictures.---
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5  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 9 (Signups by 10/22, send by 11/19) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by LovelyMiss on: October 22, 2018 01:35:20 PM
I sent my questionnaire!  I'm doing small fused glass trees.  The glass parts are done.  I'll be adding hooks and a ribbon.  There will be three of each kind, with the millefiori glass (the circles), and with the green and red frit glass.

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6  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: September 07, 2018 07:38:11 PM
The Raffle is open!  Check out the Raffle Roundup post to find out how many tickets you have, the list of prizes, entry form, and more information.

The Raffle entry period is September 5 - September 7th, 2018.

--Spend Your Tickets--
--On September 4, 2018 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 Friday, September 7, 2018.
--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 8, 2018, 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 20, 2018 your prize may be forfeited.




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7  --Information Center-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: September 03, 2018 12:07:42 PM
---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.

TBD:  TBD.

TBD:  TBD.

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.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

I want to claim Community Bonus Points.  What do I have to do?
You may claim Community Bonus Points when you create a post for your project in the appropriate Craftster board.  In that post you must include three photographs of your project.  One of the photographs must be a progress/process shot of your project.  You must then provide a link to that thread when you submit your project to the Nerd Games.  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 Community Bonus Points.  What does "progress/process shot" mean?
To claim Community Bonus Points you need to include three photos in your board post, and one of those photos needs to be a progress/process shot.  Progress shots can or will look different depending on the project.  The purpose is really about showing how something is made, instead of just posting the shiny final project, since Craftster is about sharing knowledge and inspiration.  If you can do that with photos that aren't or weren't technically taken during the construction part of your project, that's fine.  To get Community points it just needs to have at least one photo that highlights a specific step in the process, shows how you made a certain feature, highlights a technique or supply/supplies, etc.  Not tutorial level, just a glimpse behind the scenes, or that provides some insight into your thinking or making.  If it's a cross-stitch project, for example, you might show the piece when it's half done, or you might post a picture of the back of it so we can see how you kept it neat and tidy (or a hot mess, like mine usually look).  Or you might have a picture of all of the supplies you used set out before you started.  Or you might share a before and after if you painted an element for a larger project.  So, yes, it's a progress shot, but progress can look different, and mean different things, depending on your project or your interpretation.  Please post in the Discussion Thread or PM LovelyMiss or storerboughtcreations if you need assistance determining if something would count as a progress shot for this purpose.


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.  There is no required amount of time that a project needs to have been on "hold" to be considered a WIP/UFO (but probably more than a single day).  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 create a post for your project in the appropriate Craftster board.  You are qualified to claim Community Bonus Points when you complete the posting requirements for and EPIC! Project.  Make sure to claim them on your Completed Project Header (the Community Bonus Points are not automatic, and will not be added to your score unless you claim them specifically in addition to your EPIC! Bonus Points).

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 storerboughtcreations to make sure you are credited with the proper points.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

What if I have a problem or questions?
If you have an issue or question feel free to contact the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss, or Deputy Gamemaker, storerboughtcreations.  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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8  CLOSED: Fall Nerd Battles 2018: September 1 - November 30, 2018 in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: September 03, 2018 12:06:56 PM


Welcome to the Fall Nerd Battles Arena!

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

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




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



--How to Join the Nerd Games--
It is easy to join in the Nerd Games 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 Games thread (that's where you are now!).  Make sure to include the Completed Project Header (see How to turn in a project) with each project you post.  In the Header of your first completed project you will declare your team. (You do not need to choose a team before you post your first project.)  You officially join a team when your first project is submitted.

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

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



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

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

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

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

For the Research Project Proposal and Submission Headers can be found in the Research Project Lab.



---Point System---
Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise noted.  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 one clear, good-quality photo;
--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 creating a post for the project in the appropriate Craftster board;
--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
--Deputy Gamemaker: storerboughtcreations
--Badge Creator: bunny1kenobi
--Pinterest Pinner: rockingbearranch
--Nerdy News Newt: Smeddley


Official Nerd Games 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.


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
Summer 2016
Fall 2016
Winter 2016-2017
Spring 2017
Summer 2017
Fall 2017
Winter 2017-2018
Spring 2018
Summer 2018



---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 tidy.---
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9  --Raffle Roundup-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 31, 2018 07:56:02 PM
---Raffle Roundup---
"Raffle" prize drawings will be held at the end of the Summer and Winter seasons.  You may earn tickets year round by submitting projects to the craftalong.  
Tickets earned in Spring and Fall will carry over to the next round (Spring ---> Summer; Fall ---> Winter).  
"Tickets" will be given out at the end of the Summer and Winter seasons, and there will be a three day window where players can choose which Raffle drawings to enter.

The Raffle entry period has ended.

--RAFFLE WINNERS LIST--

Chunky Knit Cowl donated by Smeddley
WINNER:  LovelyMiss

Dragonfly Sharpie Tile Coasters donated by craftADDchick
WINNER:  QueenHobo

Fabric Scrap Pack donated by LovelyMiss
WINNER:  gozer

Notebook Cover donated by LovelyMiss
WINNER:  Smeddley

Precut Fabric Charm Pack 1 donated by LovelyMiss
WINNER:  craftADDchick

Precut Fabric Charm Pack 2 donated by LovelyMiss
WINNER:  roler

Set of 4 DPN Holders donated by Smeddley
WINNER:  storerboughtcreations

Instructions to claim your prize: Contact the member who donated your prize via PM by Thursday, September 20, 2018.  If you do not contact the player who donated your prize by that date, your prize may be forfeited.  

Those who donated prizes: You will arrange shipping (and customization of the prize, where applicable) when the winner contacts you.  If you do not hear from the listed winner of the prize(s) you donated by Thursday, September 20, 2018, please PM LovelyMiss.  You may decide if you would like another winner to be drawn, or if you would like to keep or make other arrangements for the item.



--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 participating, ONE Raffle ticket for every five projects submitted, TWO Raffle tickets for each Research Project completed, ONE Raffle ticket for each Giver Bonus claimed, ONE Raffle ticket for each Throwback Bonus Opportunity project, and ONE Raffle ticket for each extra ticket opportunity completed.



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



--Spend Your Tickets--
--On September 4, 2018 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 7, 2018.
--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 8, 2018, 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 20, 2018 your prize may be forfeited.




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

Chunky Knit Cowl  (Number of Entries = _____ )
Dragonfly Sharpie Tile Coasters  (Number of Entries = _____ )
Fabric Scrap Pack  (Number of Entries = _____ )
Notebook Cover  (Number of Entries = _____ )
Precut Fabric Charm Pack 1  (Number of Entries = _____ )
Precut Fabric Charm Pack 2  (Number of Entries = _____ )
Set of 4 DPN Holders  (Number of Entries = _____ )


--Raffle Prizes--

Chunky Knit Cowl
Donated by Smeddley

Description:  Made with yarn dyed by Craftster Kwality570 and "purchased" in the STS swap!




Dragonfly Sharpie Tile Coasters
Donated by craftADDchick

Description:  The winner will get to choose which 4 they want, and I'll add their backing of choice.




Fabric Scrap Pack
Donated by LovelyMiss

Description:  A large pack of random fabric pieces in various sizes.  Great for quilting, Teesha Moore patches, or other small projects.  The photo is just a representation, and does not show the actual pieces that will be included.




Notebook Cover
Donated by LovelyMiss

Description:  A cute fabric notebook cover.  Composition book included.




Precut Fabric Charm Pack 1
Donated by LovelyMiss

Description:  A large pack of over 100 5" fabric squares.  A fun pack for quilting, Teesha Moore patches, or other small projects.  The photo is just a representation, and does not show the actual pieces that will be included.




Precut Fabric Charm Pack 2
Donated by LovelyMiss

Description:  A large pack of over 100 5" fabric squares.  A fun pack for quilting, Teesha Moore patches, or other small projects.  The photo is just a representation, and does not show the actual pieces that will be included.




Set of 4 DPN Holders
Donated by Smeddley

Description:  





The next Raffle will take place in the Summer 2018 round.  You may donate prizes at anytime.


--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 Sunday, September 2, 2018.



--Earn Tickets--
*NOTE: Tickets you earned during the Spring round will carry over to the Summer Raffle.*
--Each active player this season will automatically earn ONE Raffle ticket.
--For every FIVE projects you submit, you will earn ONE Raffle ticket.
--Completed Research Projects will earn TWO tickets each.  
--Any project that claims Giver Bonus Points will earn ONE ticket.
--Each Throwback project submitted will earn ONE ticket.  You may submit three Throwback projects during the season.  See the Prompt Palace post for more information.
--TICKET SPECIAL:  Check back for ticket specials.  See the Prompt Palace post for more information.










--RAFFLE FAQ--
What are Raffles, and how do I earn tickets?
Raffles are drawings that take place at the end of the some seasons the Nerd Battles.  You can earn Raffle tickets by completing prompts or Research Projects, or by completing special Raffle Ticket Bonus Opportunities.  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.

When are Raffles held?
Raffles are held during the Summer and Winter rounds of the Nerd Games.  You earn tickets year round.  Tickets earned in Spring and Fall carry over to the next round (Spring ---> Summer; Fall ---> Winter).

How do I donate a prize?
Just send a PM to LovelyMiss by the date noted at the top of this post.  In the PM please include a description of your prize, and a link to a photo of your prize.  (You can not embed/include photographs in PMs, which is why a link to the photo is requested instead.)  Prizes should have a minimum value of about $7-10 USD.  Prizes may include crafted items, craft supplies, or any other items that are crafty in nature.  The person who donates a prize is responsible for sending it to the winner and all associated shipping costs (which may included international postage).

How are prizes claimed?
Once the Raffle is complete, a list of winners will be posted.  The list includes the username of the person who donated the prize.  The winner must contact the person who donated their prize by the 15th of the month with their name and mailing address.  If the winner does not make contact within that time period, the prize may be forfeited and awarded to someone else.

What are Raffle Ticket Bonus Opportunities?
Each season, special opportunities to earn extra Raffle tickets are available.  There is one ongoing Bonus Opportunity called Throwback projects.

What is a Throwback project?
Throwbacks are projects you crafted, but never turned into the Nerd Games for points, or posted anywhere else on Craftster.  There is no time period when the projects need to have been crafted, but they must have taken at least 30 minute to complete.  You may submit THREE Throwback projects per season.  Each Throwback project will earn ONE Raffle ticket.  Throwbacks do not qualify for points or Bonus Points, and do not count toward Medal Events.
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10  Re: Fukubukuro Lucky Bag Swap round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LovelyMiss on: May 31, 2018 07:32:01 PM
I received a fabulous package from SevsOnlyGirl today!

I got TWO beautiful and fun bags.  Great prints, and I love that flower button closure!



And, of course, they were filled with lots of wonderful things.  Many of these items will go to work with me for use in creative therapy projects with clients.  The two flowers in the back of the first photo are headbands.  LOVE!







Thank you so much, again, SevsOnlyGirl!  Your package will be in the mail on Monday.  I hope you like it as much as I like mine! 
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