Is there anything you would like us to ask him, or any topics we should bring up?
What questions would you like to ask him?
I was getting worried because no one had been sending anything in, but last Friday I got three boxes (two of them were huge) and today I got four more! By my count, there will be over FORTY BZPower member MOCs on display (not including mine or any others that show up from other exhibitors). We should have a great Karda-Nui display, and BioniLUG will have a special display too.
I'm really excited to put them all on display and show a new city what BZPower is capable of. You guys rock!
And if you missed Philly Brick Fest, there's still time to send them to BrickFair New England, which is only a couple weeks from now. Check out this topic for more info. And please, if you send something - no styrofoam peanuts! I will take them out of your box and replace them with pain and suffering, which won't protect your MOCs nearly as well.
I was talking to someone recently, and we were wondering who the most well-known people in the Bionicle community were. Not just the best builders, but the most dedicated fans - those who are known throughout the community for different things, maybe their stories, artwork, videos, websites they run, etc. Are they still active, or have they stepped away from the community and moved on to other things? Do they hang out on BZPower or elsewhere?
Some names that come to mind when I think about it might be:
DeeVee, Brickthing, Roa McToa, and Retinence - some of the biggest Bionicle/constraction/fusion builders
Swert - that guy's been running BS01 for ages now
InnerRayg - I hear people still talk about his sprite kit
Gatanui - have you seen how many times his name has been on the front page?
Do you agree or disagree with the people on my list? Who's on your list of most well-known Bionicle fans? Why?
Source: Biggest Names in the Bionicle Fandom
Even if only some of these things apply, we want to hear from you! BZPower has some ideas in the works and are looking for some Chima people to help out. Leave a comment here or send me a PM with what makes you a huge Chima fan, and if you've got what we're looking for, I'll let you know!
I don't want to reveal what the add-ons are, as that would spoil the surprise for some of them, but I'll give some (hopefully) tantalizing hints:
- One will help bring back an old feature of the site that you once saw represented in many members' signatures.
- A couple others will be part of a process to help encourage more people to join the site.
- Another one will help people find content that lots of other people like on the forums.
Please be aware, once we hit the goal, it will take some time for us to buy, install, and set-up all the add-ons, so don't expect to see them overnight.
Thanks so much for reading, and thank you even more for donating if you're able!
For the uninformed - a parts draft is where you gather a bunch of copies of the same set, open them up, mix all the pieces together, then sort each different type of part into its own pile. Then people take turns picking piles until they're all gone. There's a little more too it, but that's the main gist. In the end, you get a bunch of a few different kinds of pieces, instead of a few of a bunch of different kinds of pieces like if you had just bought one copy of the set. It can help expand the depth of your building collection.
In our case, I was thinking that BZPower would provide a bunch of copies of a single set, probably ten of them. People who want to participate would then pay a set amount, probably around the cost of the set but hopefully a little less, to buy a spot. Once the spots are sold, we'd have the draft.
As far as how we do the draft, I had three ideas:
First option would be to do the whole thing by PM. I would have to sort the sets into lots, tell people what they are, and you'd take turns via PM selecting which lot you want. This could take a while since you have to wait for each person to reply.
Second idea is to do it live online, where everyone is in a video or voice chat taking turns selecting pieces. We could even livestream it for fun.
These two ideas would probably cost more as I'd also have to pay to ship each person their pieces.
Final idea is to just do it at BrickFair Virginia. There's usually enough members there that I think we could get the requisite ten people to do the draft.
What are your thoughts? Would you be interesting in participating? What sets do you think would be good ones to draft?
I didn't have a good track record this year. Let's look at the numbers:
I want to do better next year, but I also want to make sure the coverage we're giving you is what you want.
- BrickFair Alabama ended on January 20, 2013; coverage was posted on February 8, 2013 - difference: 19 days
- BrickFair New England ended on May 12, 2013; coverage was posted on July 23, 2013 - difference: 72 days
- BrickFair Virginia ended on August 4, 2013; coverage was posted on December 23, 2013 - difference: 141 days
- BrickCon ended on October 6, 2013; coverage was posted on January 1, 2014 - difference: 87 days
Please vote above and leave any other comments you have about how we can improve our coverage below. BrickFair Alabama is a week away, so we'll try to incorporate your feedback then!
For the third question, here are examples of the different types of coverage:
Source: Convention Coverage Formats
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