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Foostival 2015!

FoostivalI know I’m quite late with this. The British Foostival page has been online, announced and advertised for for quite some time already. Us Germans were a bit slower. But we’re finally ready to announce that yes, Foostival is coming to Germany again! Foostival 2015 will take place on March 21 in France, England, Germany and Belgium! Just like last year, the German Foostival will be in the rooms of the SAE institute in Hamburg.

But why am I telling you all this? Well, if you’re German, click here to read the German text as I’ll tell you more about our Foostival down there. If you’re not, but you still want to know what Foostival is (or if you’re close to London and want to participate yourself), read on here. :)

Foostival first took place in 2013. Back then, it was only held in France. Foostival is an offline community meeting made by fans for fans. Watch the next two videos to get a glimpse on what to expect from Foostival. In short: We don’t only want to sit in front of our computers, never knowing who the other people are. We want to actually meet others and get to know them!

After Foostival 2013, the French fansites reached out to other European fansites and in 2014 it took place in France and Germany. It was also organized in-game by Romanian fans. Sadly, bookahnerk and I could not go to the one in Germany as we were too busy with real life, but we helped a bit with the organization already.


This year – *knocks on wood* – it will be different. We fully intend to be there for the German Foostival 2015! And we’re in the middle of organizing everything together with GuildNews and But that’s not the only change. This year, Foostival will also take place in Belgium and in London! They (Black Lion Chest and Healing over Time are the organizers over there) started already with the selling of tickets. They have a slightly different system where you immediately buy your ticket. Go to the English Foostival website to get more information. You will also be able to buy your tickets  there (just look for the link on the top).

quagganBut don’t be sad if you can’t go. There is a “Draw me a Quaggan” contest that you can enter. It’s quite easy to tell what you have to do for this one, right? In case it’s not that obvious: Draw a quaggan. There aren’t that many instructions. Just do some quaggan-related art and send it to (including your GW2 display name). The deadline for this is Monday March 16th, at 10:59PM GMT and the winner will be chosen at the Foostival! But please don’t ask me what you can win, as I don’t know this myself yet. It’s organized by the French fansites.

FoostivalFoostival 2015 wird dieses Jahr wieder wie letztes Jahr auch im SAE-Institut in Hamburg stattfinden.

Vorweg aber erst nochmal ein kurzer historischer Abriss über das Foostival: Foostival ist ein Offline-Community Meeting, welches von Fans (bzw. Fanseiten) für Fans von Guild Wars 2 durchgeführt wird. Es ist ja irgendwie auch das Schöne an Online-Spielen, dass man nicht nur alleine vor dem PC spielt, sondern sich irgendwann auch aufmachen und die ganzen Leute einmal treffen kann, die man sonst nur “virtuell” auf dem Bildschirm sieht.

Zum ersten Mal fand es 2013 in Frankreich statt.

Nach 2013 fragten die französischen Organisatoren bei anderen europäischen Fanseiten an, ob auch bei uns Interesse an der Organisation eines Foostivals bestünde. 2014 gab es das Foostival dann nicht nur in Frankreich, sondern auch bei uns in Deutschland. Rumänische Fans hatten das Foostival immerhin in-game organisiert. Leider konnten damals bookahnerk und ich nicht hier in Deutschland vor Ort sein. Das Real Life hatte uns zu fest im Griff. Bei der Organisation im Vorfeld hatten wir aber schon ein wenig helfen können.


Dieses Jahr (wir klopfen an dieser Stelle wie wild auf Holz) wird es aber anders sein! Dieses Jahr sind wir dabei! Momentan stecken wir mitten in der Organisation des Events mit GuildNews und Daneben wird das Foostival dieses Jahr auch noch in Belgien und in London stattfinden. Die Organisatoren in London (Black Lion Chest und Healing over Time) haben mit dem Ticketverkauf bereits begonnen. Das aber nur am Rande, falls ihr dort eure Tickets kaufen wollt – das ist dann aber natürlich auch nur für das Foostival in London und nicht bei uns. ;)

Das Foostival findet in allen vier Ländern (Frankreich, Belgien, Großbritannien und Deutschland) zur gleichen Zeit statt, nämlich am 21. März 2015.

Bei uns kauft ihr aber nicht direkt euer Ticket, sondern ihr meldet euch (und eine weitere Person, wenn ihr nicht alleine kommen mögt) hier an und wenn sich zu viele anmelden sollten (die Räume bieten nur einer begrenzten Anzahl an Personen Platz), wird das Los entscheiden, wer teilnehmen darf und wer nicht. Natürlich müsst ihr aber auch nichts zahlen, wenn ihr gar nicht wisst, ob ihr teilnehmen dürft! Und ihr werdet eine E-Mail erhalten, die euch mitteilen wird, ob ihr einen Platz bekommen habt oder erst einmal auf der Warteliste steht.

Ein Video mit allen Erklärungen gibt es mittlerweile auch dank Durzan:

Bei Fragen könnt ihr jederzeit eine E-Mail an schreiben. Wir helfen euch dort gerne weiter. :)

quagganAber auch wenn ihr nicht zum Foostival kommen könnt, könnt ihr trotzdem vielleicht auf eine andere Art dabei sein. Es gibt den Zeichne mir einen Quaggan-Wettbewerb! Schickt euer Kunstwerk, welches natürlich mindestens einen Quaggan beinhalten sollte, bis spätestens Montag, den 16. März 2015 22:59 GMT (also 23:59 in Deutschland), an Die Teilnehmer des Foostivals werden dann den Gewinner bzw. die Gewinnerin bestimmen. Fragt mich aber bitte nicht, was ihr gewinnen könnt. Ich habe nämlich keine Ahnung. Das organisieren die französischen Fanseiten und das ist wohl erst mal noch eine Überraschung.

Honorary Nerdy Bookahs prize for Bolthound

On Monday, we could finally announce the official winners of ArenaNet’s Wintersday Window Decoration Contest. Unfortunately for us, our favourite stencil did not make it into the top 5. But hey, ArenaNet has nothing against us giving away extra prizes for stencils that we really loved, so this is exactly what we decided to do now.

By Bolthound

By Bolthound

This is our favourite stencil! Amazingly, both bookahnerk and I agreed pretty fast on which stencils we liked and which we didn’t like (couples do tend to get more and more alike with every year, right? I’m just not sure if that shouldn’t actually scare me… :p). This stencil, in our opinion, is really cool especially with the “easy” design and the humourous scene it depicts.

Having said that, we would like to give our honorary prize to Bolthound! You will get – if you choose to accept it – one grey GW2 t-shirt (I’m not sure if those are actually the ones that the top 5 will get, too) in size L or XL (your choice!) and a surprise in-game package with a few items (nothing like a precursor, unfortunately ^^).

Winners of the Wintersday Window Decoration Contest

First of all, thank you to everyone who participated! We saw a lot of great stencils and bookahnerk and I had a hard time choosing our three favourites. Two of the three that we had voted for are also in the top 5.

So, without further ado, congratulations to the winners:

  1. Plume
  2. Chyana
  3. Bibi
  4. The Artist
  5. Razy

ArenaNet will also make an official news post about the winners of the contest soon. They also uploaded the stencils that were sent to the participating fansites. You can see them all in their flickr album. Which one is your favourite? :)


Reminder: Wintersday Window Decoration Contest

As you all probably know already, the next patch will be here tomorrow. We will finally get the last episode of season 2, “Point of No Return”. In case you don’t know what to do with yourself until then – or in case you rush through the story and can’t wait for season 3 and get bored and don’t know what to do with yourself until then, I would like to remind you that ArenaNet’s Wintersday Window Decoration Contest is still going on.

You can win one out of five prizes (e.g. the first prize will give you a Guild Wars 2 signed artbook, a signed Rytlock notebook, an exclusive Guild Wars 2 mousemat, a Black Rytlock T-shirt, a Wintersday card, a Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier and a 400 gems code).

The deadline to send in your Window Decoration stencils is January 20, 2015! Your stencil has to be 300 dpi, minimal size of Din A 4, .JPG, .PNG, .TIFF or .PDF format (this should equal to 2480 * 3508 pixels) and must have never been submitted or published anywhere else before!

The stencil does not have to be Wintersday-themed, but it has to be related to Guild Wars 2 somehow.

Send it in to the following email address (I definitely have to make a fitting image with just our email address on it… ^^):

Please follow this link for the original post here on Nerdy Bookahs (the contest is run by ArenaNet but hosted by several fansites) for the full details and rules! If you have any questions or if anything is unclear, send us an email or leave a comment here. We will try to help you as much as possible. :)

(The above shows examples from Zav)

Happy Holidays!

Christmas treeBookahnerk and I want to wish you all Happy Holidays and, of course, a Happy New Year!

Looking back at 2014, I can say that it was a very busy and stressful year: More hours at work (getting paid for those, of course, so this is a very good thing!), we moved to a new place (a tiny part of which can be seen in the picture on the left :p), I got sick and now apparently have to deal with neurodermatitis.

Altogether, I can still say it’s been one of the best years I’ve had so far. But that is “just” the real life part. As you know, we usually keep away the “real life” stuff from this blog as much as possible, because this place is about the gaming side of our lives. Gaming-wise, it’s been a good year, too, though. We are still playing Guild Wars 2, but added Rift, Trove and a few other multiplayer and/or offline games.

My personal regrets are spending money on Tropico 5 and Warlock 2 at launch. I was so disappointed with both games that it seems like a waste of money. I could have waited for the games to become cheaper and buy them then – and I would still be disappointed, but at least, I wouldn’t have spent as much money on them. Warlock 2 added an in-game store and got rid of it again by now. However, I am not a fan of those small land parts (called shards, I think?). Other than that, I think I can’t complain about the game too much. I just wish I had bought it a bit later. :p Tropico 5, on the other hand, added a few nice things (being able to see which types of buildings you have already built, for example), but there is just so much stuff I don’t like (e.g., the seemingly very low population limit and having to go through all the eras with buildings being locked or becoming obsolete later on). So from now on, I’ll be more careful with buying games on release day… oh, who am I kidding, I am much too impatient for that. ;)

My gaming highlight was probably the Rift expansion and definitely Trove. The expansion is okay-ish when you look at the maps they added. I’m just not a fan of watery areas for questing. It did get me to play a lot more Rift, though, and that’s great. Especially with their minions system that they added and the enormous influx of dimension items which means that my dimension is slowly getting filled with furniture. Trove, on the other hand, was a positive surprise for me. When I had first seen it, I knew I wanted to try it out, but I didn’t think I would have that much fun playing it!

Anyway, enough rambling for now. Thank you for sticking with us through another year of blogging and gaming! As you may know, we still have two giveaways going: Win colourful in-game items and win a charrlie plushie or a mini llama. We are also hosting ArenaNet’s Window Decoration Contest along with other fansites.

Directly after Christmas, we will be away visiting family in another part of the country. So we won’t be too active here. We will, of course, roll for the winners of the giveaways. So don’t worry about that! :)

Enjoy the holidays and hopefully, you can also use the time to recharge your batteries.

Bloggy XMAS 12: Connecting with friends through games

Blogg XMasThis post is part of “Bloggy Xmas” – an event where bloggers who signed up were assigned one day to provide a blog post about “Gaming and Community” and write about it.

At first, I didn’t know what I would want to write about, but then it hit me: I actually already had a draft sitting in my endless pile of unfinished drafts that fits the topic. It’s not that I didn’t like it, I simply forgot it was there.

Before Guild Wars 2 got released, we had wondered whether we wanted to create our own guild or join another one. We had also considered whether to make a German guild (seeing how we are Germans and us German-speaking folks often get their own set of servers to play on) or an international one. We ended up joining Dragon Season instead. With the exception of Lord of the Rings Online, we had previously always been in German guilds in MMOs. My game clients had usually been set to “English” (if that was the original language the game was made in), but within the game, I had played on German servers with German people. It’s not just because it’s easier to communicate if you’re all native speakers. It’s also because you do share a common culture and Germany itself isn’t such a big country. If you get to know people that you like, meeting them in real life isn’t usually too difficult to do.

So, being in the international (with mostly EU folks, as GW2 does separate their player base like that) guild that Dragon Season is, meeting people from the guild is much more difficult to do. We were lucky to meet a few fellow guildies at gamescom last year, but that’s about it. Still, you want to do more than “just” playing the game as you’re doing that every day anyway. Talking on voice chat is one thing and always fun. But what we do in the guild is to have a guild party at least once a year.

A few weeks ago, we had our summer party in Guild Wars 2… yes, it was just a few weeks ago, as we actually did it when it was autumn already or close to autumn. :p As is always the case with such things, a few people could not be there, but all in all, I would say it was a success as usual. I did not have as much time preparing as I would have liked, though.

We always celebrate by doing a few games and handing out prizes to the winners. Unfortunately, games always restrict you in what you can or can’t do compared to the real world. For example, I would love to put the prizes in wrapping paper to have a few extra seconds of the winner wondering what it is. But the games themselves are quite limited as well, as everybody who has ever tried to organize some or participated can probably imagine.

Costume Brawl

GW2 Guild Party 2014After having done three of those parties, I have found that costume brawl is actually a fun way to battle for a prize. There may not be much skill involved, but it’s fun to watch, at least. Some costume brawl items come with extra skills, though, especially the ones bought on the gem store. Also, some people may not have costume brawl items to participate (if that is the case, here is our only slightly old guide to get them without spending gems). So, I put down the cauldron that I can summon with the broom from the witch’s outfit (bought in the gem store). I love the cauldron, because everybody who just passes by can click on it, gets transformed and can participate in costume brawl. There are five possible transformations and this makes it a little more even.

Our rules for costume brawl: You become a costume brawl champion if you have scored 25 points. That champion then has to run to a predetermined spot to be declared the winner in our game. I chose to do it that way, because with the POWs and BAMs, it’s sometimes hard to spot who became a champion first. That way, they not only need to become a champion, they also need to realize they did and get their character over to the spot. Much easier for us to judge who is the winner. It may be a problem in larger groups or if you put the predetermined spot far away from the group, because some characters walk faster than others with special skills or items. So far, this hasn’t been an issue for us.

Find the NPC

This year, we did not play “Find bookahnerk” as we usually do. Bookahnerk could not actively participate in the guild party due to some exams he had had to study for. In the past, he went to a certain spot or a certain NPC in the town we were having our party in (Lion’s Arch and Hoelbrak were used for this). I gave out one hint (e.g., when we had our party in Lion’s Arch: “The sour loser…“) and the participants had to find the NPC and /bow at it. This is done, so we know for sure they aren’t just passing the NPC without knowing it’s the one they are looking for. Bookahnerk standing near the NPC also helps the participants because they know they are in the right spot – and it helps me to see who is there first without having to go there myself. Of course, nobody is allowed to party with bookahnerk or they can see his position on the map. It is also advised to turn off your commander’s tag if you’ve got it. ;) The downside of this game is that as long as the participants are looking for the NPC, communication is limited. You can use map chat or guild chat – but the latter only works if every participant is also in your guild and the first one means taking over communication space with people who may not be interested in what you are doing.

Trivia game

The classic game we always play is the easiest of them all: A trivia quiz. I think of questions I can ask, usually related to Guild Wars 2 in some way. Some are funny, some are lore-related, some belong to the “real life part” of the game – e.g. “When did Guild Wars 2 get released?”. The tricky part here is how to gather the answers. In-game mail gets restricted after sending two mails. So, if you have more than two questions at a time, you need to pause for quite a while in between. If you tell people to just use “say”, it’s less fun for everybody as one person shouts the right answer while the others may still be trying to guess. Another issue is typing speed. Some people can just type faster than others and I don’t really like having to exclude people from winning because they type slower than others. Latency may be an issue as well. So, no replying in “say”. I chose whispers during our last party and for me at least, it worked quite well. I sometimes missed a whisper, but altogether, it did not cause any issues: I have one extra chat tab only for whispers, so scrolling up, I could see all messages. Because of the aforementioned reasons, I also don’t take the first correct reply for the winner. Instead, I say that the first four or five correct replies will get thrown into the pool and the winner will be randomly selected. I know people have not been happy about this in the past, but I like to think it’s more inclusive and gives more players a chance at winning something.

Guess the NPC

GW2 Guild Party 2014This quiz also works quite nicely with NPCs: Instead of having players run to an NPC that I hinted at, they only need to tell me the NPC’s name. This also doesn’t limit you to NPC standing in the same map (so in order to avoid issues with people getting onto the same map again when they return). Last time, I changed that game a bit and gave out hints with decreasing difficulty. I started with some very vague hint: “We do not know that NPC’s hair colour.” – The next hint limited the possible answers a bit more: “The NPC is a human.” – For this game, I let players write in “/say” who they think I’m talking about. One guess per player per hint. So, when a new hint is given, everybody can write one more guess. This makes it a bit easier, as everybody can see the guesses that were already said and they know which NPC is not the correct one.

The problems with games is most of all the awkward limitation Guild Wars 2 poses on its players when it comes to communication. 2 mails only within a short amount of time and then you’re blocked from sending more mail for what seems like an eternity. Another issue I’ve ran into in the past was that I was muted from the public chats, because I had been too spammy, apparently. Of course, organizing and hosting the party and its games means that I write a lot in /say and getting muted quite frankly sucks. The alternative would be using a voice chat, but this would exclude those who cannot use voice chat for whatever reason and the random guests who were just passing by and decided to stop and play with us. Additionally, this is about building a community within a game.

In closing…

Playing games together would be much easier and probably also more fun if we could all just sit together in a room and do so. However, being in an international guild with players from lots of different countries, this is simply not an option. The second best is trying to work with what a game is giving you in order to play together and have fun. Guild Wars 2 could probably have a bit more to help with that, but it does have enough to make it a worthwhile and fun evening.

I think having guild parties like this does help to feel just a little bit closer together, even if we’re actually really far apart from each other. It’s by far not the same as being in the same room and playing a game like spin-the-bottle or whatever, you can still do something fun together. For me, these are always important events as they also remind me of why I have chosen this particular guild and why I’m still in there and help keep it running.

Nerdy Bookahs Wintersday Window Decoration Contest

Update: If you’ve got any questions about this competition, just leave a comment here on this blog post and I’ll try to answer it as fast as possible!
Update 2: The stencil has to be big: 300 dpi, minimal size of Din A 4, .JPG, .PNG, .TIFF or .PDF format – This should equal to 2480 * 3508 pixel.

ArenaNet is organizing a competition where you are asked to design Guild Wars 2-related window stencils and several fansites are playing hosts. What this means is that while ArenaNet is behind everything, you will send in your stencil design to one of the participating fansites. We are here to hold your hand, maybe answer questions if the FAQ isn’t helpful enough, cheer you on if you want us to and where, in the end, you will send in your stencil and hope that us fansite hosts will like it enough to put in our vote for you to win. Oh yeah, also, there are English (with Dragon Season also releasing their article in Greek), German, French and Spanish articles, so we can reach a wider audience of possible participants.

A short summary of the most important information (if you do decide you want to participate, then please read the whole entry):

What do you have to make?

A window stencil with a GW2-related wintersday design, 300 dpi, minimal size of Din A 4, .JPG, .PNG, .TIFF or .PDF format; never released or published anywhere else! Update: This should equal to 2480 * 3508 pixel. A graphics programme should let you choose the Din A4 format with also giving you an option to choose a resolution of 300 dots per inch (which would then give you an image with the aforementioned pixels).

Where do you have to send it in?

You’ve already come to the right place. See the image below and send your submission to our email address. We will handle the rest for you!

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When is the deadline?

January 20th, 2015, 9 am PDT (Go here to see the deadline in the different time zones). This is 6 pm Berlin/Paris time, by the way.

What are the prizes?

ArenaNet will hand out 5 prizes to the top 5 competitors:

  1. place: A Guild Wars 2 signed artbook, a signed Rytlock notebook, an exclusive Guild Wars 2 mousemat, a Black Rytlock T-shirt, a Wintersday card, a Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier and a 400 gems code.
  2. place: A Guild Wars 2 artbook, a Rytlock notebook, an exclusive Guild Wars 2 mousemat, a Guild Wars 2 Grey T-shirt, a Wintersday card and a Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier.
  3. place: A Guild Wars 2 artbook, an exclusive Guild Wars 2 mousemat, a Guild Wars 2 Grey T-shirt, a Wintersday card and a Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier.
  4. place: A Wintersday card, a Guild Wars 2 Grey T-shirt and a Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier.
  5. place: A Wintersday card, a Guild Wars 2 Grey T-shirt and a Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier.

These five places will be awarded to 5 winners out of ALL entries, no matter which fansite you choose to use to enter your stencil.

Look at Zav’s images to get some ideas of what you could do:

Please read the whole list of rules including eligible countries (don’t hurt us! There are some countries that are not legally allowed to participate…) before sending in your contribution. By sending us an email with a stencil, you agree to abide by the rules found below.

Official Rules


Eligibility: “Nerdy Bookahs Guild Wars 2 Wintersday Window Decoration Contest” Contest (“Contest”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including District of Columbia), Canada (excluding Quebec) and Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus , Czech Republic , Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg , Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom, who are at least eighteen (18) years or age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, whichever is older, at the time of entry. Void in Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories and possessions, Quebec and any jurisdiction not listed above and where prohibited by law. The writers of Nerdy Bookahs and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, representatives, and members of the immediate families (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse, regardless of where they reside) or households of such employees are not eligible (collectively, “Sponsors”). Employees of ArenaNet, Inc., NC Interactive, Inc., NCsoft Europe Ltd., and NCsoft Corporation, and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, advertising, promotion and publicity agencies, and members of the immediate families (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse, regardless of where they reside) or households of such employees are not eligible. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes participant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsors’ decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

Contest Period: The Contest begins on December the 10th, 2014 at 09:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends on January 20th, 2015 at 09:00 a.m. PT (“Contest Period”). Sponsors’ computer is the official time keeping device for this Contest.

How to Enter: During the Contest Period, to enter, create a Guild Wars 2 themed Wintersday window decoration stencil. Once you have created your stencil, send it digitally the following e-mail address in 300dpi using .JPG, .PNG, TIFF or PDF format. Update: This should equal to 2480 * 3508 pixel. A graphics programme should let you choose the Din A4 format with also giving you an option to choose a resolution of 300 dots per inch (which would then give you an image with the aforementioned pixels). Note: The minimal size for all entries is A4 format and each entry must be the original digital version of the stencil that can be printed, cut and used directly on a window: email addressemail_blogOnly one entry per person allowed. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted; all such entries will be void.

Stencil Restrictions: Stencil may not contain, as determined by the Sponsors, in their sole discretion, any content that:

  • is not Guild Wars 2 themed;
  • is sexually explicit or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; contains nudity;
  • promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message;
  • is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group;
  • appears to duplicate any other submitted stencils;
  • contains the name, trademarks, logos or images for any of Sponsors’ competitors or their products or services;
  • defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about Sponsors or their products or services, other people or companies;
  • contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress owned by others (with the exception of Guild War and Guild War 2 assets that have generally been made available pursuant to, and subject to, ArenaNet’s Terms of Use located at, without permission, to the extent permission is necessary; contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
  • contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media), without permission, to the extent permission is necessary;
  • contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, without permission;
  • contains look-alikes of celebrities or other public or private figures, living or dead;
  • communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will with to which Sponsors wishes to associate; and/or
  • violates any law.

Sponsors reserve the right to allow for minor fluctuations from these Official Rules, based on clear intent to comply with these Official Rules, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion.

Stencil must be the original work of the participant, may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If the Stencil contains any material or elements that are not owned by the participant (with the exception of Guild War and Guild War 2 assets that have generally been made available pursuant to, and subject to, ArenaNet’s Terms of Use located at, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the participant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Stencil, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Stencil by Sponsors in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Stencil. Sponsors reserve the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsors from any participant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Stencil null and void. By submitting a Stencil, participant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Stencil consent to the submission and use of the Stencil in the Contest and to their use as otherwise set forth herein.

By submitting a Stencil, participant hereby grants permission for the Stencil to be posted on Sponsors’ website and social media pages and to otherwise be used as set forth below. Participant agrees that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Stencil by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any Stencil. Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may disqualify, take down and/or not post a Stencil if they determine, in their sole discretion, that the Stencil fails to conform to these Official Rules in any way or otherwise contains unacceptable content, as determined by Sponsors, in their sole discretion. Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for late, illegible, incomplete, inaccurate, damaged, irregular, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered, garbled, mechanically or electronically reproduced entries, Stencils, links or emails, or for Stencils that are tampered with in any way or submitted in any manner which subverts the entry process; all of which will be void.

Grant of Rights to Use Stencil: Each participant agrees and hereby grants to Sponsors and their successors, licensees and assigns an unlimited, perpetual, irrevocable, assignable, royalty-free, fully paid-up license to reproduce, distribute, perform, create derivative works of, edit, alter, display, exhibit, combine with other materials, exploit and otherwise use the Stencils, and all elements embodied therein, in any manner and in any and all media now known or hereafter devised throughout the universe for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation, for commercial purposes, without compensation or notification to, or permission from, participant or any third party and hereby waives any moral rights in the Stencils. Without limiting the foregoing, participant understands and agrees that if Stencil is used by Sponsors that participant shall not receive any compensation from such use. Sponsors have no obligation to make use of the rights granted herein. PARTICIPANT REPRESENTS AND WARRANTS THAT HE/SHE HAS ALL RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST NECESSARY TO GRANT THE RIGHTS TO SPONSORS SET FORTH HEREIN.

Winner Selection: Five (5) potential winners will be selected from all eligible Stencils received by a panel of judges based on the following equally-weighted judging criteria: creativity, style, and originality. In the event of a tie, an additional tie-breaking judge will determine the winner(s) from among those tied using the judging criteria set forth herein. Sponsors reserve the right to not award all prizes if, in their sole discretion, they do not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Stencils. All decisions of the Sponsors and judges are final and binding. Sponsors will not reveal the judging scores for any entry.

Potential Winner Notification and Verification: Potential winners will be notified by email and required to sign and return, where legal, an Affidavit (or Declaration) of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (“Affidavit/Release”) within five (5) days of date of prize notification. If any winner is considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, Affidavit/Release must be signed by his/her parent or legal guardian. If any potential winner cannot be contacted within five (5) calendar days of first notification attempt, if any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if any potential winner rejects his/her prize or in the event of noncompliance with these rules and requirements, such prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsors’ discretion, a runner-up will be notified. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given.

Prizes: 1st place (1): First Prize includes one (1) Guild Wars 2 signed artbook, one (1) signed Guild Wars 2 Rytlock notebook, one (1) Guild Wars 2 mousemat, one (1) Guild Wars 2 Black Rytlock T-shirt, one (1) Guild Wars 2 Wintersday card, one (1) Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier and one (1) Guild Wars 2 400 gems code. 2nd place (2): Second Prize includes one (1) Guild Wars 2 artbook, one (1) Guild Wars 2 Rytlock notebook, one (1) Guild Wars 2 mousemat, one (1) Guild Wars 2 Grey T-shirt, one (1) Guild Wars 2 Wintersday card and one (1) Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier. 3rd place (3): Third Prize includes one (1) Guild Wars 2 artbook, one (1) Guild Wars 2 mousemat, one (1) Guild Wars 2 Grey T-shirt, one (1) Guild Wars 2 Wintersday card and one (1) Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier. 4th place (4): Fourth Prize includes one (1) Guild Wars 2 Wintersday card, one (1) Guild Wars 2 Grey T-shirt and one (1) Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier. 5th place (5): Fifth Prize includes one (1) Guild Wars 2 Wintersday card, one (1) Guild Wars 2 Grey T-shirt and one (1) Guild Wars 2 Griffon Mail Carrier.

Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitutions or cash redemptions. Prizes listed above are part of a single prize pool shared by all of the fansites hosting the contest. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of comparable or greater value, in their sole discretion. All costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided are the responsibility of winners. Federal, state and local taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winners. Limit one (1) prize per person/email address for the entire Contest. All prize details are at Sponsors’ sole discretion.

Publicity: Except where prohibited by law, participation in the Contest constitutes participant’s consent to Sponsors’ and their respective agents’ or designees’ use of participant’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state/province for advertising, promotional and other purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter devised, in any manner, worldwide in perpetuity, without further payment or consideration, notification or permission.

Release: By entering, each participant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Contest; and (b) release, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsors, and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, advertising, promotion and publicity agencies, and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents, successors, assigns, and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to participation in the Contest, acceptance or use or misuse of any prize.

General Conditions: Sponsors reserve the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. If terminated, Sponsors may, at their discretion, award the prizes from among all non-suspect, eligible Stencils received up to the time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsors. Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual they find to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and void all associated entries. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages (including, without limitation attorneys’ fees) and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsors’ failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. In the event of a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the participant and he/she must comply with these rules. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.

Limitations of Liability: Released Parties are not responsible for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by participants, printing, typographical errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (b) lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (c) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (d) other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, the judging of Stencils, the announcement of the prizes, or in any Contest-related materials; or (e) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from participant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.

Disputes: Participant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Contest or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action with Nerdy Bookahs; (b) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by the United States District Court or the appropriate Washington State Court; (c) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, and in no event will participant be permitted to obtain attorneys’ fees or other legal costs; and (d) under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the participant and Sponsors in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Washington, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Washington or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Washington.

Participant’s Personal Information: Information collected from participants is subject to the Sponsors’ Privacy Policy which is available at

Winners List: The winners of this Contest will be posted on on or around Friday, January 23rd, 2015.

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