Welcome to nickelsearcher 10,000 post contest!The contest
- Guess the number of nickels in an open container.The prizes
- Three hand-made objects of Fine American craft. All three were designed by me and personally built by hand in my woodworking shop. All three have retail value of $110 or more. Prize photos and description at the end of this introduction.Eligibility
- All CCF members with 50 or more posts are encouraged to play, including residents of countries beyond the USA. The only prize eligibility restriction is that I'm prohibited by law from shipping items to a few countries. If you happen to be a resident of one of those countries you can still play - but your only potential prize will be bragging rights.
I also welcome CCF moderators and admins to play. Your hard work keeps this tremendous forum alive and I would welcome the opportunity to perhaps share one of my woodworking gifts with you - if you accumulate enough points that is.Rules
- This contest is based on the rules established for the long running CCF game Guess the Price
hosted by jbuck and will be familiar to players of that best of all internet coin games.Rounds
- There will be 5 rounds of guesses. Each round will last minimum one week in duration unless I determine in my sole judgement that guesses have stopped and give minimum 1 day notification that the round will be closing.
New rounds will begin at my discretion based on work and life schedule. There might be a gap in time between some rounds if life or work obligations dictate so. Guessing Visual Clues
- Each new round will start with a photograph of nickels contained in an open top container. Each photo will also contain an 'everyday' object to help you gauge scale. For the 5-round game there will be 5 different photos, each with a different size container and a different everyday object. I will endeavor to make the challenge level increase in the later rounds.
As a nickelsearcher, I assure you that all of the nickels were found by me CRH and all are dated 1959 or prior. Guessing Rules
•You are, obviously, offering a single whole number guess of the number of actual nickels in the container.
•You are allowed one guess per round.
•You are not allowed to edit your guess. Any edited post will not be eligible
for bonus points and will be awarded only participation points. I can't tell if you edit a post to correct spelling, change your guess or any other reason, so simply do not edit your post.
•Only the first person to guess a specific nickel count will get credit for that specific amount of nickels guessed. Duplicate guesses for the same nickel count are not eligible for bonus points, so PAY ATTENTION!
There will be no ties during the rounds!
•If your guess is a duplicate, you will be given a chance to correct it; anyone can post a warning to the player and they will have until the round finishes to correct it. Be mindful of the rule prohibiting edits. If you need to correct a duplicate guess then please do so with a new guess referencing the old one.
•All uncorrected duplicate or otherwise invalid guesses will only receive five points for participation.Awarding of Points
•The person guessing the closest will receive 20 points. In the event of a tie, the lower guess will win.
•The four people with the next closest guesses will each receive 10 points.
•Every other person who gives a guess (even uncorrected duplicates or edits) will receive 5 points.
•The minimum score possible for someone who plays all 5 rounds is therefore 25 points.
•The maximum possible score for someone who plays (and wins) all 5 rounds is therefore 100 points.
•The score necessary to win any of the 3 lovely prizes is .. we'll see at the end!Score Keeping
•I will provide occasional guess updates as each round progresses, including notification of any duplicate guesses.
•In a reasonable amount of time at the conclusion of each round I will announce the correct number of nickels for the container, award points based on the rules above and post a leaderboard showing to-date scores of the players.
•I will then announce the start date for the next round.
•Be mindful this is a multi-round cumulative points contest so if you find yourself falling behind in the early rounds well then sharpen up your guesses and score some bonus points!Tiebreaker Rules
•These tiebreaker rules apply to each final contest podium position; i.e., there will only be 3 prizes awarded.
•If two (or more) players are tied for any podium position after the five rounds, the first tiebreaker will be the number of winning (20 point) rounds
•If two (or more) of the tied players have the same number of winning rounds, then the second tiebreaker will be the number of runner-up (10 point) rounds.
•If two (or more) of the tied players have the same number of winning and runner-up rounds, then the final tiebreaker will be the accuracy of guesses (starting with Winning guesses). Accuracy will be defined as the actual numerical difference and not the percentage difference. Awarding of Prizes
•The contest winners podium will consist of the 3 players with the most points at the end of the 5-round duration.
•The Champion is awarded their choice of the three available prizes.
•The 2nd place finisher is awarded their choice of the two remaining prizes
•The 3rd place finisher is awarded the final remaining prize.
•Contest winners agree to send me their complete mailing address and email contact via PM through the CCF email system. Otherwise - how am I supposed to get the prizes to you?Now is the time to ask any questions about the rules!
And Now - The Available Prizes:
These are photos I took of the actual prizes the winners may select from. The colors and surfaces are as accurate as my camera skills allow. I set these pieces aside from my Gallery work in order to offer what are hopefully exciting, hand-made heirloom quality prizes for the contest.Prize 1: Mitered Laminate Clock with Seiko Quartz Movement
This clock is made from Birdseye Maple, Cherry and Purpleheart with a Purpleheart top and bottom. All of the colors are natural and the finish is shellac followed by hand rubbed oils. It measures approximately 5-1/2" x 4" x 1-1/2". The clock is impressive in hand and is a popular item retailing for $120 at the Gallery that represents my work. Prize #2: Lift Lid Box with Curved Handle
This box is made from Cherry and Quilted Big Leaf Maple. It has a curved handle that is a lamination of the same woods as the body and top. I placed dual laminated miter keys in each corner for visual interest. The lid lifts off to reveal a fully finished interior with the bottom lined with purple color micro-velvet.
All of the colors are natural and the finish is shellac followed by hand rubbed oils. The box measures approximately 5-1/2" x 4" x 3". The box is impressive in hand and is a popular item retailing for $110 at the Gallery that represents my work.Prize #3: Cherry Hinged Box with Sterling Silver and Decorative Inlay
This box is made from Cherry with Purpleheart ends. It uses an inlaid section of Sterling Silver to serve as a thumb pull. The top is inlaid with a decorative strip of mixed woods built to show an attractive repeating pattern.
The lid opens on two nearly invisible 5mm pin hinges. It reveals a fully finished interior with the bottom lined with matching purple color micro-velvet.
All of the colors are natural and the finish is shellac followed by hand rubbed oils. The box measures approximately 9-1/2" x 4" x 2". The box is impressive in hand and is a popular item retailing for $125 at the Gallery that represents my work.
For some additional insight into my "other hobby", refer to this thread I wrote over 8 years ago. http://goccf.com/t/216548I hope those prizes now have you ready to guess some nickels!
The initial round will begin on Monday May 1
, so check back then and let the guessing begin!