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And the Guess the Pile O’ Dice Contest Winners Are…

Posted By Martin Ralya On January 14, 2009 @ 6:32 am In Gnome Gnews | 16 Comments

Gnome Stew is happy to announce the winners of our recent contest. But first, let me tell you about my character…

Flandag is a wizard, but not just ANY wizard — the greatest wizard who ever lived. He is centuries old, and has a magical horse named Shadowemail. His most powerful spell, oddly enough, is Light, or maybe Telekinesis. Either way, he’s badass.

Flandag travels with a friend — a Tibboh, kind of like a halfling — named Bingo. (I was originally thinking of naming him Bilbo — boy did I dodge a bullet there! *) I plan on having them save the world by not using the most powerful magic item ever created. I am literally awestruck by my originality — can you believe that Flandag just came to me? I can’t. I mean, BAM — just like that.

Just kidding, of course — I just needed to fill up enough space to keep the winner’s names from showing up on the front page of the site. (* For the record, Bilbo was originally named Bingo; Tolkien — thankfully — changed his mind.)

Dice Set Winners

Courtesy of Game Master Dice, two dice sets will shortly be winging their way to…

Gold Marble Dice Set: Gnome Stew reader BlueDress! Congrats, BlueDress — some saucy dice will be headed your way.

Gold Glitter Dice Set: The Flame Beneath the Ice! Congratulations to Flame, and enjoy your dice.

Custom Gnome Stew Dice Bag Winner

It was awesome to see how all over the map folks were on this one. The lowest guess was 202 (from brcarl), the highest was 4,234 (from Tallarn). There were, in fact, 1,687 dice in that picture.

The Winner: With thanks to Marsbarn Designs, we’re pleased to announce the winner of the custom Gnome Stew dice bag: TheEmrys, with an amazingly accurate guess of 1,654 dice — just 33 under!

Dice winners BlueDress and The Flame Beneath the Ice, I’ve sent out your email info to the fellow who’s handling your prizes. He’ll get in touch with you directly for more details. TheEmrys, I’ve emailed you requesting your mailing address.

Our thanks to everyone who entered, and I hope you had fun with this contest!

About  Martin Ralya

A father, husband, writer, small-press publisher, former RPG industry freelancer, and lifelong geek, Martin has been gaming since 1987 and GMing since 1989. He lives in Utah with his amazing wife Alysia and their awesome daughter Lark in a house full of books and games.




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16 Comments To "And the Guess the Pile O’ Dice Contest Winners Are…"

#1 Comment By Rafe On January 14, 2009 @ 8:03 am

Congrats, all!!

#2 Comment By Walt Ciechanowski On January 14, 2009 @ 8:32 am

Shouldn’t that be “Fladnag?” LOL

For the record, my first AD&D 1e character was a Ranger named Stalker, which had nothing to do with a GI:Joe action figure commercial that introduced a toy with “Ranger, codenamed Stalker.”

#3 Comment By Martin Ralya On January 14, 2009 @ 8:47 am

@Walt Ciechanowski – Oh, what, you expect quality now? Psssh. ;)

#4 Comment By Scot Newbury On January 14, 2009 @ 9:24 am

Congrats to all the winners!

#5 Comment By drow On January 14, 2009 @ 10:40 am

can we demand a recount? ;) :D
congrats to the winners!

#6 Comment By Bluedress On January 14, 2009 @ 11:04 am

Oh! I am delighted! Thank you!

Take THAT, ex-roommates! Maybe you have my old dice, but my new collection shall become more powerful than ever before! :)

#7 Comment By itliaf On January 14, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

Flandag reminds me of Baron Edgar Polishedbackstory. He was a vampire and undisputed champion of night waterskiing. He carried around a set of dueling pistols called ‘The Moldovan Caper’ that never needed to be reloaded and if fired simultaneously could actually hit three targets at once. His eyes smoldered with animal sexuality he used bring down three rival clans of Lycan tubers. His eternal (and awesome) torment was ended when he tried to ski across a river that some had convinced him was just a skinny lake.

Also… How many d30s were there?

#8 Comment By Symbolis On January 14, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

Congrats! Guess you haven’t been on a dice-buying spree. :)

http://www.enworld.org/forum/general-rpg-discussion/133631-your-original-die-2.html(Search for ‘Martin’ on that page)

#9 Comment By Kurt “Telas” Schneider On January 14, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

@Symbolis – Nice work! And thanks for keeping a secret.

#10 Comment By Martin Ralya On January 14, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

@Symbolis – I’d forgotten about that post! The one I had in mind was also on EN World, but it was a poll asking how many dice people had; that was the first time I counted my collection. I think the timeframe was similar.

And no, not a spree — although picking up an additional 350+ dice since then is like, what, 100 dice a year? That’s…actually a little bit scary. Maybe I need therapy? ;)

#11 Comment By Symbolis On January 15, 2009 @ 6:44 am

Maybe you need more dice! ;)

#12 Comment By Martin Ralya On January 15, 2009 @ 7:59 am

@Symbolis – That IS a compelling argument! I concur and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

#13 Comment By The Flame Beneath The Ice On January 16, 2009 @ 5:36 am

OMG, I entered because I had nothing better to do at the moment and… I’ve won a set of dice?! I can’t believe it O.O

Anyway… I’m “a bit” far… Italy… will you send them here as well? :P

#14 Comment By Wordman On January 19, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

What was the mean guess? If the book “Wisdom of Crowds” is correct, it should be pretty close.

#15 Comment By cybersavant On January 23, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

@Martin Ralya picking up an additional 350+

That all? Do you surf eBay for dice????????
Hmmm???

NOW who needs therapy??

#16 Comment By theEmrys On January 30, 2009 @ 8:02 am

BTW, I got my dice bag the other day! It’s AWESOME!!!! Thanks again!!!


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