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Win a $103 Amazon.com Gift Certificate in Our Third Anniversary Contest

The Stew turns three today, and we’re celebrating with a contest: Guess how old the gnomes are — in days — and win a $103 Amazon.com gift certificate!

This contest is a way to say thank you to our readers, both old and new, and hopefully have a bit of fun at the same time. Without you, we’d be writing Gnome Stew articles for our cats and pet kobolds, probably in last week’s underwear, from our parents’ basements — thank you for reading the Stew and saving us from that fate!

How to Enter

To enter our third anniversary contest, you need to be a member of Gnome Stew (it’s free, we never spam you, and you can sign up here and post your guess in the comments on this article. That’s it!

Speculate About Our Decrepitude

So what are you guessing, exactly? You’re guessing how old the current 10 authors of Gnome Stew are, collectively, in days, as of May 12, 2011 (including May 12).

The commenter who comes the closest to the correct number without going over will win a $103 Amazon.com gift certificate, delivered via email.

If you just want to post a guess without puzzling over it, here’s a bit of information to go on:

We’re all over 25, there are 10 of us, and there are 365 days in non-leap years.

That means your guess should be at least 91,250 (which is a pretty frightening number of days!).

If you want to put some time into puzzling our a more accurate guess, we salute you! You’re welcome to use any information you have access to, including our Gnome Stew bios. Each gnome has also provided a clue below to get you started:

Don: Don didn’t provide a hint, so here’s one from his bio: “For nearly 30 years role-playing games have been a staple of Don’s life…” — Martin

John: “Ia Ia FHTAGN! Chaosium’s Call of Cthulu roleplaying game was released in John’s second year of life. This was a much more successful attempt than John’s 0th year attempt at influencing game design for his dark masters from the other side — The Creature That Ate Sheboygan.”

Kurt: “I was a senior in high school when Twilight:2000 was released.”

Martin: “I turned 16 in the year that the second edition of the timeless, magnificent masterpiece The World of Synnibarr was released.”

Matt: “Though I wouldn’t cut my teeth on it till 12 years and two revisions later, the DnD basic set and I were born the same year.”

Patrick: “The game Dread won gold for innovation when I was three decades and one year old.”

Phil: “I was a sophomore in college, when I bought the first edition of Vampire:The Masquerade to play with all my goth friends.”

Scott: “I was finally able to legally purchase alcohol the same year that White Wolf published the original Book of Madness. Do you think that mere coincidence?”

Troy: “I was denied entry trying to get into the R-rated “Conan: The Barbarian” motion picture when it was released.”

Walt: “I got married and turned 30 the same year that F.A.T.A.L., the most difficult, detailed, realistic and historically/mythically accurate role-playing game available, was released.”

The Lucky Winner

The reader whose guess is the closest to the actual number without going over will win the $103 gift certificate — the biggest prize we’ve ever offered in a contest!

We’ll contact you through the email address associated with your Gnome Stew account, so please make sure it’s a real email address. We’ll also announce the lucky winner here.

The Rules

You get one guess (although you’re welcome to comment more than once — only your first guess counts), and if multiple people guess the right number the first person to guess will win (IE, make your guess unique!).

This contest is open to any member of the Stew, but please note that the gift certificate will be for Amazon.com, Amazon’s U.S.-based store. If you hate Amazon, or live abroad and don’t want to use the U.S. site, we’re happy to offer a $103 gift certificate to DriveThruRPG as an alternative. (As always, the authors of Gnome Stew aren’t eligible to enter this contest.)

Please do not post any clues or other information about the gnomes in the comments here or elsewhere — don’t spoil the puzzle for anyone else!

This contest will run through 10:00 pm Mountain time on May 20, 2011, with the winner to be announced within a couple of days after that.

Good luck!

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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#1 Comment By TheJollyLlama875 On May 12, 2011 @ 1:43 am

I will say… 12,000 days.

#2 Comment By TheJollyLlama875 On May 12, 2011 @ 1:44 am

Dang, I meant to have another 0 in there. C’est la vie, and let’s hope everybody else guesses high.

#3 Comment By cwhite On May 12, 2011 @ 4:38 am

I rolled 6d12 ten times to come up with each of your ages, and had a custom d365 made to figure out the number of days to add to the age.

The dice don’t lie.


#4 Comment By Clawfoot On May 12, 2011 @ 5:13 am

126,655. I have no idea how I came up with that.

#5 Comment By Mechizmo On May 12, 2011 @ 5:36 am


#6 Comment By RF On May 12, 2011 @ 5:38 am

I am going for 136,055. And not a day over ;-).

#7 Comment By Flynn On May 12, 2011 @ 5:52 am

149,752 days, give or take 10,000. πŸ˜‰

So, 149,752.


#8 Comment By lebkin On May 12, 2011 @ 5:59 am

146329 days.

#9 Comment By MonsterMike On May 12, 2011 @ 7:20 am

All right, I’ve fired up my abacus, oiled my slide rule, put fresh batteries in my HP 11C and fresh vacuum tubes in ENIAC. I compute 136282.

#10 Comment By jakedecourcey On May 12, 2011 @ 7:44 am

I decree:


Thus sayeth the homonculus of knowing.

#11 Comment By granger44 On May 12, 2011 @ 7:47 am

My guess is 140,525 days.

#12 Comment By stoppableforce On May 12, 2011 @ 8:10 am

Let’s go with… 141,620 days.

#13 Comment By Liack On May 12, 2011 @ 9:09 am

My guess would be…mmmmh.. 139,323…give or take a few thousand days πŸ˜‰

#14 Comment By Ischtan On May 12, 2011 @ 9:28 am

And good luck for the next 3 years!

#15 Comment By BryanB On May 12, 2011 @ 9:28 am

142,001 Days

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#17 Comment By Amakaze On May 12, 2011 @ 9:45 am

I’m going to go with 152,000 even.

You old fogies!

#18 Comment By Patrick Benson On May 12, 2011 @ 10:01 am

I forgot to mention to Martin that I am a being who traveled to this planet at the speed of light. Therefore I have aged slower, and I am chronologically older then I am biologically. I hope that doesn’t screw up anyone’s guess!


Good luck to all of you!

#19 Comment By Lilkev On May 12, 2011 @ 10:33 am

I will make a guess of 140,052.

#20 Comment By drow On May 12, 2011 @ 10:52 am

ONE MILLION DAYS. geezers. πŸ˜‰

#21 Comment By BishopOfBattle On May 12, 2011 @ 11:14 am

Hm… I’m going to have to go with 145,549… and a half.

#22 Comment By JohnnyBravo On May 12, 2011 @ 11:15 am

OK “Gnomes of a Certain Age,” I’m going with 137,869 days of gnomey goodness. And here’s to 137,869 days more!

#23 Comment By philipstephen On May 12, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

I will guess 139,400 days…

which is a respectable age for one gnome, let alone 10 of them, all barely able to grow beards…

impressive work for such young’uns.

#24 Comment By raistlin50201 On May 12, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

I will go with 129675.

Keep the Gnome wisdom flowing for all these other young’uns to learn from.

#25 Comment By lemoocow On May 12, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

134,000 days.

#26 Comment By Revil Fox On May 12, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

I’m going to say…153,219

#27 Comment By evil On May 12, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

Through purely illogical means, I’ve come up with 127,780.

#28 Comment By atomicpenguin12 On May 12, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

I’m going to guess 133,541 days.

#29 Comment By itliaf On May 12, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

140,467. Half the fun was guessing what year all this mostly-before-my-RPG-time stuff came out.

#30 Comment By dwashba On May 12, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

Here saying…137,940
oh you gnomes sure no how to mess with us.

#31 Comment By ZedZed77 On May 12, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

124,600, depending on how good a student Phil was.

#32 Comment By Achan_hiarusa On May 12, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

After some research, a few WAGs, and a bit of statistical fudging (I will assume your birthdays are evenly distributed throughout the year), I get approximately:

135,547 days

#33 Comment By Crushnaut On May 12, 2011 @ 8:50 pm


#34 Comment By Controller On May 12, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

I shall go with 142,653 Days old. No reason for that number, I just thought it sounded nice.

#35 Comment By Alnakar On May 12, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

150,000 is my guess. I was going to do a bunch of math, but I’m feeling lazy tonight.

#36 Comment By Godspiel On May 13, 2011 @ 5:07 am


#37 Comment By edcalaban On May 13, 2011 @ 7:30 am

Random guess of the day: 151,630

#38 Comment By zenchristo On May 13, 2011 @ 10:24 am


#39 Comment By Opisthokont On May 13, 2011 @ 11:26 am


#40 Comment By rocketlettuce On May 13, 2011 @ 11:52 am


#41 Comment By raineym On May 13, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

My guess is:


#42 Comment By AndrewG On May 13, 2011 @ 7:36 pm


#43 Comment By DrFacekick On May 13, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

127 837.5

#44 Comment By Drake1977 On May 13, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

I’m just taking a stab at it, but I’d say somewhere around 175,000.

#45 Comment By narro87 On May 14, 2011 @ 10:27 am

142,142 days.

#46 Comment By garden_gm On May 14, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

132,001 days!

#47 Comment By Mackleby On May 15, 2011 @ 10:16 am

160,042 days.

#48 Comment By Alex On May 15, 2011 @ 11:53 am

125, 342 days.

#49 Comment By Pjack On May 15, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

133,303 solar days.

#50 Comment By hellibrarian On May 15, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

137,581 days, not accounting for the leap years.

#51 Comment By amnuxoll On May 15, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

37601 days

#52 Comment By normanthesquid On May 15, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

I vote 149007.6 days

#53 Comment By natepancakes On May 15, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

113113 days

#54 Comment By valadil On May 16, 2011 @ 9:02 am


#55 Comment By Enchelion On May 17, 2011 @ 12:14 am

After sacrificing no less than three goats and a litre of Red Bull (the most Dark-Sorcerous energy drink) the fell spirits whispered to me… 140156 days! or maybe that was my stomach growling, who knows!

#56 Comment By gmonkey On May 17, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

137,666 days

#57 Comment By Longshadow On May 18, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

146741 days, assuming about 40.2 years average (and a smidgeon).

#58 Comment By KarimThandril On May 18, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

Hmmm, I shall cast the rune-stones to divine the answer.
The stones have spoken; the Gnomes days number 135,725

#59 Comment By PWheat23 On May 18, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

138,942 days

#60 Comment By Frodie On May 18, 2011 @ 9:19 pm


#61 Comment By Rophan On May 18, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

143,297 days

#62 Comment By jasales On May 19, 2011 @ 10:45 am

112,497 days

#63 Comment By MountZionRyan On May 19, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

I’m going with 143,577.

#64 Comment By carolinacharlie On May 20, 2011 @ 8:31 am

164,755 days.

#65 Comment By Raist On May 20, 2011 @ 9:36 am


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#67 Comment By Martin Ralya On May 20, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

And we’re closed! It’s 10:00 Mountain here in sunny Utah (OK, it’s dark, but…), and our contest has ended. Thank you to everyone who entered!

The winner will be revealed soon. :-)