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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? :)

 

Guild Wars 2 at PAX

Less than 48 hours now until we finally hear what ArenaNet has planned for Guild Wars 2 with “Heart of Thorns”. They also seem to want to celebrate this by giving us players a double XP weekend.

GW2 Heart of Thorns

They also linked to the channels with the livestreams. Quite obviously, the official international – and English-speaking – channel is the official Guild Wars 2 one. If you want the German one, head over to Honeyball tomorrow who is going to broadcast together with GuildNews. They are going to start on Saturday, 4.30 pm (German time). The PAX panel will start an hour later. There are also going to be a French and a Spanish channel.

Additionally, if you – or somebody you know – wants to buy a copy of Guild Wars 2, wait for the weekend. Their announcement post also mentions a 75 % sale on January 24 and 25!

This does indeed sound big if you ask me. I can’t wait to find out what they are going to announce!

Guild Wars 2 – Heart of Thorns speculation

I assume most of you have heard about “Heart of Thorns” by now. I will try to keep this mostly spoiler-free, but if you haven’t played the latest story bit, you will at least not want to click on the play button of the video. Other than that, I’m not mentioning the latest story bits in this post.

We will get to hear more – or anything other than the title “Heart of Thorns” – on January 24 (either at PAX or online on Twitch). Until then, there’s not much left for us to do than speculate. I guess in my case, it’s not so much speculation as rather a whole lot of wishful thinking. :p

Who here remembers World of Warcraft’s Cataclysm? In case you have no idea what that was, it is their third expansion. And not just any expansion. In the beginning when the game launched, there were two continents (Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms). With time, new zones, raids, instances etc. were added. Every bit of that also added story and continued the world’s timeline. But the old zones remained mostly static and stayed in its original time. So, if something big happened with the introduction of a new zone, this mostly did not reflect on the old ones. NPCs were still going around their daily routines just as if time stood still. Quests you did there stayed the same and were set “before” whatever happened in a new zone. Cataclysm changed that. Not only did the whole world get changed in appearance, Blizzard also used this opportunity to bring all zones to present time. No more confusing “this zone was here before the other zone, so what happens here is actually taking place 2 years before what happens in that other zone”. For one short moment, it felt like Azeroth was “alive”. It changed and evolved.

With the Living Story in Guild Wars 2, we have already seen something like this. Lion’s Arch got destroyed and is now slowly getting rebuild (look here for several screenshot galleries of the old, intermediate and destroyed Lion’s Arch). At the same time, however, when we do a Personal Story part that takes place in Lion’s Arch, we get to see the present time Lion’s Arch and not the old one anymore (this is due to technical limitations, actually, which doesn’t make it easy for them to have the new LA present as a map and an old LA present for when you enter that zone for your personal story). This makes it quite confusing, but it also shows that ArenaNet is dedicated more to the living story and the world evolving than in keeping the personal story in its own time frame.

Now wouldn’t an expansion (I am certain that this is what “Heart of Thorns” is going to be) be the perfect opportunity for ArenaNet to bring all zones to the current time again? Again, I don’t think personal story – which can’t just be brought to the current time – is a limiting factor for ArenaNet, as can be seen with story bits taking place on the Lion’s Arch map.

Lion’s Arch (and parts of other maps) has been changed already, but other parts of the world haven’t been. NPCs are still concerned about Zhaitan, even though we already killed him. Scarlet came and left. ArenaNet could bring the whole world to a post-Scarlet state including new dynamic events everywhere which would make the whole “old world” much more interesting again for those of us who have seen everything by now anyway. They could change all NPCs accordingly, so the stories, concerns, thoughts reflect what has happened in the last 2,5 years. I think this would definitely make the game world feel much more alive than it currently does.

Other than that, I guess I am hoping for “the usual” that other MMOs offer with their expansions. A new race would be nice, but even though everything seemed to hint at the Tengu in the beginning with them hiding behind their wall near Lion’s Arch, I’m not sure they are still in the focus and I don’t know what other race could become playable. A new profession would be great. I always loved the dervish in Guild Wars (I started with Nightfall, after all) and would love to see something similar in style in Guild Wars 2. But even though I am wishing for a new profession, I do not think we will get one, to be honest. Instead, I think we will rather get new weapons for existing professions. Maybe even only already existing weapons – I have wanted my mesmer to be able to dual-wield pistols from the very beginning. And why can’t my engineer wield a hammer or a spanner? New weapons for the professions or existing ones but new to that specific profession, I don’t really care. I just want more choices! :)

I am also expecting them to deliver guild halls. This is a feature that’s been asked for even before launch. I don’t know what they will include or what we’re going to be able to do there, but there you go. Guild halls! :p I would love to see housing, but to be honest, I don’t think we will ever see it in Guild Wars 2. It just doesn’t really seem to fit the direction they are going with the game.

 More legendary weapons is another thing I would love to see (mostly because I don’t like any of the current ones enough to get into the grind). But again, I am not sure this is their focus now.

In the end, I think the expansion will mostly be about new zones and more living story. I like to keep my expectations low, so that I won’t be easily disappointed. Anyway, we will know more soon! Less than a week from now.

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… ^^):

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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)

Bookahneer’s Geekwatch (December 15, 2014)

Guild Wars 2 Bookahneer's GeekwatchWelcome to today’s Bookahneer’s Geekwatch! The place about miscellaneous interesting gaming news.

I am mainly using this column – and with it, this charming asura you can see on the left – to announce that the winners of our first week’s giveaway have been chosen. Once again, congratulations to Wedge and Kalabajooie!

Don’t forget that week 2 is still going on! If you want to own a mini llama, here is your chance to win one of the two we are giving away! Also, here is a hint: We actually have three codes… one is… waiting for a special moment. ;) Speaking of hints: I added two more to the llama giveaway. Here is the full text:

This NPC has blonde hair.
Okay, maybe it’s fur.
And not all of the fur is blonde.
There is some white added into the mix.
This NPC was a Tribune once in the Blood Legion.

And the German translation (because I don’t have the time to translate this very article here):

Dieser NPC hat blondes Haar.
Okay, vielleicht ist es Fell.
Und nicht das komplette Fell ist blond.
Weiß ist auch dabei.
Dieser NPC war einmal Tribun bei der Blut-Legion.

Just remember: Leave a comment on the actual giveaway’s post and give us the name of the NPC (English OR German) in order to enter!

Week 3 will be starting tomorrow, so check back here for a chance to win some more stuff (no, no mini llama this week…).

And last but not least, we are also participating as a host for Guild Wars 2’s Window Decoration Contest. Check our blog post for more information and don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you’ve got any questions about this contest!

We have also just recently changed the layout and the colour scheme of this blog a bit. I have to admit, I got bored with the dark red background and the blog text being squished in between two sidebars. I do, however, love having so much space on the sidebars, so you can now find both of them on the right. We will be working on making it actually look a bit better… so be patient if you don’t like the look with the two sidebars right now. I promise it will look better soon. ;)

On personal gaming news: I have finally hit level 65 with Meffanda, my main character in Rift!

Level 65 with Meffanda

I’m still in love with that game. If only the combat wasn’t so old-fashioned. Although movement is important, I just miss my dodge rolls from GW2… or double-jumps like you can do in Trove (well okay, I think my character is up to 10 jumps in a row now).

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

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY.

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 https://www.guildwars2.com/en/legal/guild-wars-2-content-terms-of-use/), 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 https://www.guildwars2.com/en/legal/guild-wars-2-content-terms-of-use/), 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 https://www.guildwars2.com/en/legal.

Winners List: The winners of this Contest will be posted on http://www.guildwars2.com on or around Friday, January 23rd, 2015.

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