Hello and welcome to my new blog, I know this is a long post but I feel I need to type all this up to really explain what I'm doing. If you want a shorter explanation of how my contests work you can try this post on my main blog.
All contests will be held on either my YouTube channel or my Facebook page. You should follow these social media pages if you want to stay up to date on what I'm doing and so you can be ready for any future contests. This blog will mainly be used to show off cards and sealed packs I have available as prizes and as a way to raise a little extra cash to make future purchases to keep the contests running.
There are three types of contests I will be running. In addition to these contest types there will be other sub contests like free packs to random YouTube subscribers who comment on a video or a drawing for an additional prize for contestants that did not win one of the first 5 or 10-20 spots but still completed a minimum amount of data crunching. Never give up running the program because you think you won't get one of the prize spots because you never know when I'm going to add additional prizes for hard work. Sometimes I do this after a contest is over if I see people working hard to earn the last spot.
Type I - Worldwide Open World Community Grid Or Folding@home Contest
This contest will be open to anyone in the world. You will need to be a member of my world community grid team or my folding@home team depending on which project I am supporting at the time. Learn what WCG and F@H is here. Once you are running the program and crunching data I can see how much data you are completing every day. There will be several prizes offered to the top data crunchers. If you complete the most data within a contest period you will be considered the 1st place winner and you will get first pick of the prizes. 2nd place gets second pick and so on. Usual prize packages will be available for 5 to 10 winners but occasionally I will do much bigger contests if I can get funding to make purchases and pay shipping costs. All contests will start on the first day of the month and run until the last day of that month unless otherwise stated in advance. The grid programs usually collect their last work units a few hours before midnight central U.S time so technically the contest ends just before the change to a new month. I will count all data from your username you use on team endthedisease. Here are some tips that will help you win in one of my contests. These contests will be run through my YouTube or Facebook page so be sure to follow them. Sometimes I may do more than one contest at the same time but usually I will only do one contest every 1-3 months. I will also do simple comment contest where a randomizing program will used to give small prizes to people who comment on my YouTube video or Facebook posts. This will be a way for me to build up traffic and get more team members for the main data crunching competition.
Type II - Limited/Closed World Community Grid Or Folding@home Contest
Same thing as above except I will only ship prizes to certain countries or a specific state in the USA. This is a good way for me to get fresh blood into my team and spread the word about the work world community grid is doing. Some of these contests might also be closed to only a few people. I might decide to run a contest through a comic book shop in New York or a hobby store in Florida. Maybe I will just do a contest through your organizations Facebook page and only let your followers sign up. Closed contests have very strict registration rules to keep people who have won in previous open contests from competing. If I suspect cheating or false identity in a type II contest I reserve the right to withhold a prize from a suspected cheater.
Type III - Charity Raffle Contest
In this type of contest you will donate money to a charity of my choice and your name will be added to a raffle for a prize. In some cases larger donation amounts will get you more entries into the raffle. At the end of the fundraiser a randomizer program will be used to do the drawing and a video will be posted on YouTube or FB to show who won.
Basically this will be a contest just like any other. I will set up a group of prizes for everyone to choose from. If you are the top data cruncher you will get first pick, 2nd highest cruncher gets 2nd pick and so on. In many cases there will also be a second contest running that will be just for commenting. It will be a raffle contest. You will get one entry for each comment you make in the forum contest thread. This will usually be for 1 to 3 sealed packs or certain cards. Could be one winner selected or as many as 10. Sometimes each forum user will be allowed to make one comment and get one entry during the entire one month run of the contest. Some contest might allow each user to comment once every day or every even numbered day, perhaps only comments added on a weekend will be allowed. Some contest may have mini contest consisting of sports related questions you have to answer or maybe a short story must be submitted as to why you deserve to win a particular card. What ever makes these contests more fun, we will try it.
I might think of a lot of other ways to run these. The main thing to remember is that you must be a member of my world community grid team or my folding@home team to win the bulk of the prizes. Although I am giving away some sealed packs and random cards this is just to build more traffic for the main grid crunching project.
What You Need To Do To Be Ready
Download the WCG program here. After you install the software you must click this second link and click the button that says join team.
Keep visiting this blog for future information on what prizes are available and to see when the next contest is starting. I will be giving away hundreds of dollars worth of sealed product and many autograph and relic cards from every popular sport. I tend to stick mostly to football and baseball but I will also have basketball, hockey, racing, wrestling, UFC and benchwarmer cards. Almost everything will be a signature card and some cards will be worth over $50. I also have tons of sealed packs of magic the gathering so bookmark this blog for future reference.