Starcraftsmanship: Competition!

Who wants a bona fide crate of StarCraft merchandise? We got in a bit of a fight over here about who could keep it and once the other four decided it should at least go to one of the Hivemind I decided that it would be best to give it away to you, our honest readers. Or at least our honest readers here in the UK. Sorry, rest-of-the-planet.

Details of the haul (not all of which is pictured here) and competition after the jump. Come, come!

So, the lucky winner will be getting:

Collectors’ Edition StarCraft II
StarCraft Jinx T-shirt
Brady game guide
StarCraft poker set
World of Warcraft magazine
StarCraft II Enamel badge
Hardback StarCraft novel- Heaven’s Devils by William C. Dietz
Noobz StarCraft toy
Blizzcon bag
Hardback StarCraft II comic book from Wild Storm
Steel Series StarCraft II Mouse pad

Yes, poker set! Action figure! Magnets! I KNOW! But that’s not all. Also included in the haul is a piece of canvas artwork featuring Arcturus Mengsk and measuring 1.5 feet by 2.5 ft. You can see him below, in all his leathery despotism.

To win all of this just answer the following question in fifty words or less, sending your answer to If you were to craft a star into something, what would it be? And why? Winners will be announced on Monday afternoon. And once again, this prize can only be sent to residents of the UK.

In closing, here’s a choice selection of the companies that came together to make this haul possible. Aw, bless.


  1. Starky says:

    Done and done, fingers crossed.

    • omicron says:

      Into a model prince-and-katamari ball. (US resident, so I can’t answer)

  2. Ging says:

    is there a closing date / time type thing for said compo? If it’s in about 2 minutes, just give me a nod and a wink, ok?

    • Quintin Smith says:

      Oh, good point. Winners will be announced on Monday afternoon! Consider midday on Monday your deadline. Have updated the post accordingly.

    • Ian says:

      Announcing winners? Not the RPS way, Quinns. >D

  3. Meat Circus says:

    Yay for tat.

  4. fishyjoes says:

    damn you imperialists!

    • Meat Circus says:

      If you’d ever been in a British house, you’d know we have a far higher affinity for amassing vast quantities of useless old trinkets and gewgaws than almost everyone else.

      Don’t be like us,

    • Carra says:

      On the down side, I can’t join the competition. But on the plus side, I don’t live in the UK.

    • bildo says:

      @ Carra

      LOL. My thoughts exactly.

    • Duffin says:

      No but you live under British rule muhahahaha….

    • bildo says:

      @ meat circus

      I love these British English words. Gewgaw? haha, awesome. I almost died laughing when my Brit friend from up in the northern parts told me a faggot is a meatball type food. Sweet.

  5. Dyst says:

    I entered, but I forgot to include my address. Will I get an e-mail back if I win (although I highly doubt that I will) so I can reply to it with my details?

    • Starky says:

      Oops same actually, I just assumed I’d be asked for it should I win…

    • Quintin Smith says:

      Sure! That’s no problem at all.

    • Aldehyde says:

      And I hope it will be ok that I did the same thing AND that I ask for it to be sent to my sister living in the UK. That should be fine, right?

  6. Wulf says:

    The problem with a question like this is how one crafts a star without being wasteful. Generally, the most efficient thing we could do with a star at the moment is setup collectors around it, and carefully maintain its balance (even taking it apart when necessary and putting it back together) so that it’ll live a good many more times than it ought to.

    With collectors setup, a continuous supply of power is guaranteed, and when the star finally dies there’s going to be a lot of power to harvest. The thing with stars is that they’re nature’s reactors, and there’s very little we could really do to a star to make them work better than they do, bar a little maintenance, of course.

    So, how does one craft a star into something that isn’t completely wasteful of all the materials used? Since a star would be a horrible thing to waste, and dangerous, too.


    • Nathan says:

      Don’t bring the Collectors into this; they’d undoubtedly destroy the star straight out.

    • Nallen says:

      Meanwhile, inside Cerberus HQ
      Lois: Okay here we go, “Who is collecting our colonists?”
      Peter: Aww, oh God I always get these. Umm..okay..uhh..all right..colonists..colonists colonists colonists colonists. Who could be the Collectors of those colonists? Uhh..Oh god I can picture them now…they’re collecting and everything.

    • PleasingFungus says:

      Stross’s Wireless suggests a scheme involving switching the sun from fusion over to direct matter annihilation, and then feeding it with brown dwarfs stolen from the near region of the Milky Way before its collision with the Andromeda galaxy.

      This may or may not be practical for your purposes, depending on the resources and technology level available.

    • Sam says:

      You guys are taking this way too seriously.

  7. Jorma says:

    I Would craft a star into an that-is-no-moon-it’s-a-battlestation and use it to blow up UK because I live in Finland and cannot participate.

    After that id dissassemble my not-a-moon and build my own Starcraft collector stuff from the parts.

  8. Anonymous Non-Imperialistic Coward says:

    I concur! Damn you!

    On that note, why UK only? I’d imagine that if someone outside the UK were to enter and win this, they’d gladly pay postage fees.

    • Quintin Smith says:

      It’s not us posting it :(

      If it was, we’d happily pay postage for the rest of the world.

    • Ezhar says:

      It’s a small bit of justice for all the US only competitions with sweet swag that never permit damn foreigners to get the loot. At least in my mind.

  9. Binman88 says:

    Can I enter if I live in Ireland (Republic)? I’m willing to allow Ireland be considered part of the UK for the purposes of entering this competition.

    Seriously though, I’d totally pay the shipping charges if I could enter :)

    • Gundrea says:


      I say we enter anyway. If they refuse we can initiate legal proceedings due to the denial of our rights as Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK(Under the Ireland Act we enjoy the same rights and protected status as Commonwealth citizens in the UK)

  10. Heliosicle says:

    Any specific title we should use on the email?

    • Dyst says:

      I called mine “Starcraftmanship.” Seems appropriate.

    • Heliosicle says:

      Yea its just usually they have a filter on it is all, if not then Starcraft 2 compo will do.

    • bleeters says:

      Huh, really? How vigorous a filter are we talking, here?

    • westyfield says:

      Cricket bat vigourous. You really, really don’t want to annoy it.

  11. [21CW] 2000AD says:

    Oooohh, new idea, can we send in multiple entries or just one per person?

  12. Emphursis says:

    It’s away!

    Heliosicle, I just gave it the subject ‘Starcraft Competition’

  13. Nick says:

    If I win, will I be able to have a monetary equivalent, seeing as I live in New Zealand?

  14. Meat Circus says:

    Since stars are large balls of hydrogen and maybe some helium, you wouldn’t be able to craft it to anything except MORE BALLS OF HYDROGEN AND HELIUM.

    Quinns = Physics Wronger

    • Rinox says:

      Wait, didn’t all heavier elements origin in stars? And therefore, Quinns would eventually be correct?

    • jon_hill987 says:

      Wrong, due to nuclear fusion stars literally crafted (nearly) every element in the universe.

    • jon_hill987 says:

      Damn, beaten to it…

    • AndrewC says:

      Quinns: he will be proven right at some point between now and the end of the universe.

    • CreativeShadows says:

      Well stars can craft anything up to iron in the perodic table (iron being the most stable element)

      Things after iron intrisincly brake down to iron eventually.

      In conclusion everything will become iron eventually.

    • Xercies says:

      Quinns never has enough iron…so that will be beneficial to him definitly.

    • westyfield says:

      @ Xercies: Zing!

      @ CreativeShadows: Heavier elements that iron are formed in supernovae – you need to put in extra energy to synthesise heavier elements, and that energy comes from a supernova.

  15. Alchenar says:

    I would craft Ben Affleck into a talented actor.

  16. Rob says:

    Damn the fact that I live in the US and am ineligible! Would have loved to have been able to participate.

  17. Seraphim2150 says:

    They haven’t mentioned that it also includes a broodling in the collectors edition

  18. Dexemplu says:

    Oh come on, what about Europe. There’s no ocean to fly stuff over.

  19. Nathan says:

    Is the winner going to be randomly drawn, or will the RPS hivemind going to pass judgement on our collective plans for Star-manship?

  20. Coins says:

    Arg, only a bit of water away. Ah well, good luck, UK-folk!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Too bad only for UK residents. How about EU?

  22. abigbat says:


    God, I hope I get it.
    I hope I get it.
    How many people does he need?


  23. Auspex says:

    I hope that that WoW magazine has not had your grubby fingers flicking through it Quinns!

  24. Barts says:

    This sucks. Why UK only? It is not much more expensive to ship to the rest of UE.

  25. Cat says:

    Damn, I was slightly over 50 words :(

  26. Piispa says:

    Damn those huge invisible walls blocking the UK from the rest of the world and thus preventing any mail from reaching anyone else in this Earth via plane, ship nor penguin! Damn them!

  27. Malagate says:

    Quinns is clearly working through a U.K. branch of the company/companies that’s only willing to ship within ze U.K., probably because it looks like it’s going to be a huge crate o’stuff and even european shipping would probably be extortionately expensive (also their company, their choice, Quinns probably cannot strong arm them into expanding their shipping area).

    Also might not want to forget this handy link link to
    Not that it really applies to this competition, it’s more of a reassurance that RPS isn’t going to use your address to steal your house, abduct your house-cat and sell you as extra filling to the actual Spam company.

  28. Stormtamer says:

    Any limit on the number of entrys per email/overall? Have 2 really good ones I can’t pick between

  29. Loke says:

    Only form UK Residents? Damn…

  30. RC-1290'Dreadnought' says:

    What is this Starcraft you are talking about? Didn’t you mean to say Minecraft?

  31. Jerricho says:

    One word: UNOBTANIUM

  32. Hesp says:

    I made the same mistake! D:

  33. hesp says:

    posted in teh wrong bloody place, but same

  34. alm says:

    Ich habe geentered.

  35. Tei says:

    More Warhammer 40.000 novels…

  36. Hannes says:

    I presume we Dutchies are the most British of this terrific mainland. And, I’ll happily pay postage, no problem at all. I understand that the prizes can’t be send to the US, Tadzjikistan, Singapore or Micronesia, but why should the EU be a logistical problem?

  37. Navagon says:

    A pretty fine haul of merch! I’ll give it a go.

  38. Polysynchronicity says:

    If Quinns doesn’t ever have enough iron, does that mean he’s anemic?

  39. danarchist says:

    If I agree not to punch the next Brit that jokingly refers to my country as “The Colonies” will you let me have the sc loot? :)

  40. Nathan says:

    If anyone in Europe wants to enter and get it sent to my address, they’re more than welcome ;)

  41. lumberjack_wannabe says:

    If I could craft anything out of a star I would craft some way of being eligible for this contest.

    With any star materials left for crafting other items, I would create a better spam blocker than CAPTCHA.

  42. Kirrus says:

    Dyson Sphere. :D

  43. Jimbo says:

    This is Jimmy.

  44. Davie says:

    ARGH! Damn whatever laws make this only available to Brits! The American gaming sites never hold competitions with prizes this good.

  45. WiPa says:

    Would “it’s” be classed as one word?

  46. TheCentralGovernment says:

    What about former colonies of the UK ? Can we participate? Am from India … still part of the commonwealth (and hosting the commonwealth games this time (hopefully!))… so is that good enough ? or will i have to ask our president to cede our independence back to you guys? (c’mon…. its a small price to pay for all of that swag!)

  47. Stabby says:

    Canada is part of the Commonwealth, and we sure love the Queen! Does that mean I can take part in this contest?

  48. KingKio says:

    Entered! :D