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Mata-Nui Weekly, Take 2

Posted by Kughii , in Mata-Nui Weekly, BZPRPG Oct 20 2014 · 827 views
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Return of the Mata Nui Weekly?

Hello fellow players of the BZPRPG. For some time now you've been without the Mata Nui Weekly (or MNW as it's commonly called), and in recent weeks I have seen a growing desire for the OOC news source to return. As busy as I am, I would be happy to bring the MNW back if there is enough player involvement. Please feel free to volunteer for reporting positions in the comments section below, as well as leave your overall opinions and comments regarding how the new MNW could improve or better serve the BZPRPG community. The Weekly is a periodical by the players for the players: do not be shy in offering to help!

Read on to see some of the ideas and changes being implemented for the new MNW.

Staff At The Weekly
I am still the chief editor of the MNW, but I would strongly encourage any of the reporters for the MNW before it collapsed to re-apply or confirm the region they wish to keep monitoring. GearDirector will retain his seat as co-editor unless he otherwise wishes to move on. The current list of available positions at the MNW are:
  • Weekly Reporter, Kentoku: reads and writes weekly OOC reports on their assigned topic.
  • Weekly Reporter, Kini-Nui: reads and writes weekly OOC reports on their assigned topic.
  • Weekly Reporter, Po-Wahi: reads and writes weekly OOC reports on their assigned topic.
  • Weekly Reporter, Onu-Wahi:reads and writes weekly OOC reports on their assigned topic.
  • Weekly Reporter, Ko-Wahi: reads and writes weekly OOC reports on their assigned topic.
  • Weekly Reporter, Ta-Wahi: reads and writes weekly OOC reports on their assigned topic.
  • Weekly Reporter, Ga-Wahi: reads and writes weekly OOC reports on their assigned topic.
  • Weekly Reporter, Le-Wahi: reads and writes weekly OOC reports on their assigned topic.
  • Character Reporter: Browses the Character Profile topic for a featured PC each week
  • Game Involvement Reporter: Follows News and Discussion, topics, and compiles short weekly list for Character Interaction opportunities.
Locations, Reporters, & Deadlines: How It Works

For those interested in applying for a volunteer position with the MNW, your work load is rather minimal. Reporters are responsible for keeping tabs on a selected game region (for example the Weekly Reporter, Kentoku, would be exclusively monitoring the Dasaka Homeland for weekly news) and submitting a synopsis of events on a weekly basis. The length of each synposis is encouraged to be brief, but concrete. Please use past tense for your writing, as if it were a journalistic piece. The Character Reporter has the job of finding a character in the Profiles section to be shown in the Weekly each week, and is encouraged to write a brief to moderate length introduction examining or explaining why the character was chosen. The Game Involvement Reporter's responsibilities are more broad-based: they seek out potential ways for players to have Character Interaction and report to the community via weekly summaries similar to a regional reporter.

All synopses and articles are due in my PM inbox Sunday evenings, PST, for publication the following Monday.

Please leave a comment below regarding ideas for the evolution of the MNW, or to apply for one of the open positions. Thanks!


BZP MEETUP: A librarian, barista, and writer eat potluck... Random Ramblings Ensue

Posted by Kughii , in Life Sep 03 2014 · 522 views
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There are those moments when I feel like writing a post, feel inspired, as if some divinity will give me the perfect and most eloquent passages of self reflection. Most of the time I stall, reflect on whether or not it would be wisest to hold my tongue, and then save myself the embarrassment of the morning after. Not tonight, however... Behold, my ruminations in their rawest form of a small meeting of BZPower fellows:

It was 8:15 in the evening and steam floated up into the vent of my stove. As my glasses returned to normal from their overly fogged state the vegetable side came into view: onions, beats, and zucchini cooked with rosemary. I smiled, took an al dente bite of beet, and then looked back at Kakaru with a gleam of success in my eye. Somehow, between the conversations and laughter I'd managed to get something cooked, and not just cooked but delicious too. Now, on my own I can be a proficient cook, but when prattling on about what makes us as writer's -- or even just as humans -- crave improvement, or how Bionicle has influenced our lives for the past thirteen years, suddenly my dexterity score takes a -2 penalty.

Kakaru wasn't the only BZPower member to crowd around my little kitchen island and share the meal. Arpy made his lonesome journey southward to my little home with a bowl of his famous [We don't use that kind o' language 'round here, son. -Takuma Nuva] riding shotgun with a bag of corn chips. The meal was rounded out with some fabulous short ribs, broiled to perfection earlier and spiced with rosemary and other lovely garden herbs (I'm on a bit of a rosemary kick, maybe it's because there's a plant right around the corner I can snip sprigs off with scissors?), and some lovely bread I'd picked up in the afternoon from the store. The food was good, but of course as might be expected the conversation turned out to be far more the highlight of the evening.

Never mind our initial prattling on about life's hardships, or how things in the community have turned sour over the years or could have been done differently. Those we covered quickly and with a vengeance suitable to a crusade, but in a few moments (read: an hour) realized the futility of attempting to change the past (i.e. Greg's attempt at Lovecraftian Horror) and instead turned our eyes to the future: where is Lego in 2015, is Bionicle 2015 a thing (yes, Kakaru seemed adamant on it being a reboot), and what sort of socio-political/cultural topics effect the way in which Lego would proceed with the theme. One interesting thought to come out of those topics was the decreasing age at which internet technology is dispersed. Back when Bionicle started perhaps we (the twenty to thirty somethings of today), had more of a relational connection to the jungle paradise as those early characters did, but as we grew the next generation of fans had more of a basis in technology and so that was potentially reflected in the settings and amount of digitization of the story as a whole.

By the end of the night we were sipping tea, laughing at some vaguely disturbing artistic representations of Nocturn and Carapar, and discussing faith and religion. You know, the big questions most people seem to want to talk about but don't for fear of offending a friend: equality, government, pro life/choice, whether to use rahkshi heads as breasts, etc... I could keep going on and on about the evening, but I'll leave that for a later addition. Now it's time for me to crash, seek the respite of a feathery pillow, and let the chilies and potatoes of Arpy's fantastic dish rip through my gut like Kopaka through Tahu's fire cage.

And in the spirit of tradition...

Pipes. Large, hard, galvanized pipes you find in the plumbing aisle of your local hardware store.


PS: Sorry GSR for yelling at you through Kakaru's phone. I was asking you to say hi to Demi and all those artistic peeps.


Mata Nui Weekly, June 19th-26th 2014

Posted by Kughii , in Mata-Nui Weekly Jul 01 2014 · 837 views
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A bit dismal in the journaling department this week. Never fear though, once life is taken care of the MNW crew will be ship shape giving you the best OOC plot network. ~Kughii

Kentoku Archipelago
  • Awaiting information from our regional reporter. Will update soon.
  • J'con and Syvra left Kini-nui and headed for J'con's cove in Ga-koro.
  • Ishi attempted to beguile Echelon and his companions. It failed.
  • Awaiting information from our regional reporter. Will update soon.
  • Raknar began assembling a crew for his ship, Southern Charm. If you want on a pirate ship, now's your chance!
  • Awaiting information from our regional reporter. Will update soon.
  • Awaiting information from our regional reporter. Will update soon.
  • Krell and Iagasa talk about tea, life, and the meaning of all things.
  • Four Skakdi formed a mercenary guild.
  • Vail violently killed a skakdi in the warehouse fight.
  • Krazov found one of Jokara’s posters and then Jokara himself.
  • 88 decided he will pay back Vhohan for the house.


Mata-Nui Weekly, June 11th to 18th, 2014

Posted by Kughii , in Mata-Nui Weekly, BZPRPG Jun 20 2014 · 718 views
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Apologies for the lateness of this MNW. ~Kughii
  • Awaiting information from the reporter.
  • Karnakie tamed a kraata of chain lightning.
  • Ishi Polzin pretended to be Ahkmou.
  • Ryzen left for Ga-Wahi after a long nap in search of a job.
  • The Treasure Hunters fought the Giant Scorpion, now trying to get the stone out from under it.
  • The Infernavika crew boarded the larger pirate ship, quickly joined by Gray. The Fowadi bombarded the Pirate Vessels.
  • Leah attacked Reidak with the water pipes of Ta-Koro.
  • Rhea and Nero left the Nui-Jaga battle for Ga-Koro.
  • Vezok found the cellar door in the Lavapool, and quickly formed a plan to deal with the defenders waiting outside.
  • Inu attempted to save Oreius on his own accord.
  • Awaiting information from the reporter.
  • Dia, Asuno and Jrahann searched for the Reveler’s tournament.
  • Aparangi and Lekua arrived separately at the tournament site under their own power.
  • Kaihoro Mutungakore and his bodyguard arrived at the Suva Nui.
  • Vyartha Vena avenged her wounded pride before heading to the Suva Nui.
  • Komae and Beosach struggled across the jungle floor.
  • Utu and Praggos discussed how to open the temple in Xa-Koro.
  • Ashiem picked up the bracelet she ordered from Ferron.
  • Ferron left Tuli at the forge while he went to settle some personal business.
  • Almanacia was disturbed in her cell.
  • Xaron got philosophical about a wall.
  • Krios spoke with Iegasa at the MNRH.
  • Hari searched for clues of her parents' killer in the Sentinel archives.

  • Vail recovered from his injuries in time to help Voulge finish the fight.

  • Kaheri and Shomdud met.

There was no media this week.


Mata-Nui Weekly, June 4th to 10th, 2014

Posted by Kughii , in Mata-Nui Weekly, BZPRPG Jun 20 2014 · 595 views
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The MNW apologies for the lateness in this issue being published. Enjoy the game!
  • The party continued, dominating events.
  • Korae Inokio's Toroshu scolded him on his continued bachelorhood, but he succeeded in silencing her.
  • Plangori Morie requested that her daughter Shuuan be admitted into the military, in order to improve her discipline.
  • Desdemona was frustrated with Yumiwa's inebriation.
  • Conversations continued on a range of topics, including Toroshu Noshima's unusual speech patterns.
  • Jiyu confided his claim to be Toroshu to Hanako, who supported her brother, but was troubled by the ramifications.
  • Jasik, First Son of the Dastana, approached the Chojo and began to speak with her. Not having sobered up, Yumiwa was not particularly subtle.
  • Dastana Arsix exchanged verbal barbs with Plangori Shuuan.
  • Echelon sent J'con and Syvra to find the location of the Brotherhood of Ak'rei'an. After bickering between the two toa they left for Ga-wahi.
  • Updating with sufficient information soon.
  • Aeolus and Arden were stuck in the same body.
  • Liara and Tillian reunited.
  • Dekaton was captured during an attempted mugging.
  • Updating with sufficient information soon.
  • Updating with sufficient information soon.
  • Updating with sufficient information soon.
-Akree found a poster and questioned Jokara, who put it up.

-Ryjak, Kriigata and Jaaku sparred in Blackrock Canyon.

-Wokodin brought his guests to his home for refreshments. Later, he asked them to make a delivery in Ga-Koro.

-Kaheri, after stumbling through the wastes of Po-Wahi, reached the gate of Po-Koro.

-Elotsa the Lesterin wandered through the Tech Expo, inspecting various pieces of machinery.

-Shomdud, a Turaga, after arriving in Ostia, hitched a ride to Po-Koro.

-Vail was taken out in the warehouse, and Voulge burst in to protect his ally.

-Rannin ran into Elotsa and peddled knives to the Lesterin.

There was no media this week.

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Editor in Chief: Kughii 
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