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
But there's definitely a good chance that I have missed or overlooked some contests and prizes, and I'd like to resolve that.
So if I still owe you or someone you know a contest prize, please send me a PM or leave a comment here. Spread the word so as many people as possible hear about this. I really want to make sure everyone gets their prizes.
Thanks for your help, and if I owe you something, I'm sorry it's taken so long.
The LEGO RPG forum, not so much.
I've been thinking a little bit about what we can do about that. I'm open to suggestions. I have considered merging the two, but then we'd have to figure out what to do with Bionicle RPGs selected via contests and LEGO RPGs selected via judging. Certainly not an insurmountable problem, but something to consider.
I'd like to hear what you guys have to think about the state of the RPG forums and how to run things moving forward.
Back in September, we hosted a livestream celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Mask of Light's release. Despite not going entirely as we planned, it was still a lot of fun and I think everyone enjoyed it.
I'd like to do more of them - would you like us to? What would you like us to stream? Other LEGO movies and videos like Hero Factory and Ninjago? Playing games like MNOLG or the TT Games?
Does anyone have a suggestion for a platform to use? Should we stay with YouTube or looking into something like Twitch or Ustream?
Let me know and we'll see what we can do!
All the people who sent MOCs that were displayed at BrickFair Alabama, Bricks Cascade, BrickFair New England, and BrickFair Virginia and have not gotten them back yet.
Wasp- Shipped 8/19/13 Obsessionist- Shipped 8/12/13 Takua Dragonstar7- Shipped 8/12/13 Klatix the Fire Agori- Shipped 8/12/13 Atamai- Shipped 8/12/13 Bfahome- Shipped 8/12/13 Imatron- Shipped 8/12/13 Great being Velika- Shipped 8/12/13 Soldier 1st class Voxumo- Shipped 8/12/13 Malignus- Shipped 8/12/13
I have a box full of stuff for them that wouldn't fit in their luggage.
BBCC 65 Finalists
I'm keeping them separate from the convention MOCs because I can.
Ballom- Shipped 8/15/13 Mushy the Mushroom- Shipped 8/14/13 Force_UnBleached- Shipped 8/14/13 Arpy- Shipped 8/14/13 Bundalings- Shipped 8/14/13 ghidora131- Shipped 8/14/13
I have no idea what you're talking about.
ChocolateFrogs- Shipped 8/17/13 Nuju Metru- Shipped 8/16/13 xccj- Shipped 8/16/13 Sisen- Shipped 8/16/13 Bfahome- Shipped 8/12/13 DeeVee- Shipped 8/12/13
Some members still need stuff.
Jedi Master J.- Shipped 8/21/13 EmperorWhenua- Shipped 8/21/13 Trydeltix- Shipped 8/21/13 Klatix the fire Agori- Shipped 8/12/13 Brickthing- Shipped 8/12/13 GBV- Shipped 8/12/13 Bfahome- Shipped 8/12/13
Free sets and videogames.
- Bionicle Raptor
Zrel- Shipped 8/19/13 Meiko- Shipped 8/19/13 SmoothJazz- Shipped 8/14/13 DeeVee- Shipped 8/12/13
Anyway, I know a lot of you unfortunately won't be able to make it, so once again I'm giving you the chance to come up with some questions to ask Kevin about LEGO and the community. All questions are welcome, whether they're serious or silly (or somewhere in between). Leave them in the comments below.
I'll do my best to ask as many as I can during the convention and see if I can steal some of his time later to ask the remaining ones.
For those of you who are going to BrickFair Virginia - I can't wait to see you all!
UPDATE: BrickFair Alabama is over, so this article has been updated for Bricks Cascade. You can ignore anything that has been struck out.
UPDATE 2: Bricks Cascade is now done too. Our new focus is on BrickFair New England in Manchester, NH. You can still ignore anything that has been struck out.
UPDATE 3: BrickFair New England is also over. Our last event, BrickFair Virginia, is coming fast. Focus on the parts that have not been struck out.
The Bionicle theme coordinators from four events are collaborating to help make sure Bionicle is well-represented. We want to make it easy for you guys to have your MOCs on display at as many events as possible, and we'll do our best to reward you for doing so.
How are you sending MOCs?
I'm bringing them (in person) I'm shipping them I'm not sending MOCs to this event I'm taking them (in person) I want them shipped back (include return shipping from Birmingham, AL 35203) I want them shipped to Bricks Cascade (include $4 per Toa-sized MOC, $8 per Titan-sized MOC, or total cost of shipping you paid for BrickFair AL, whichever is less)
How are you sending MOCs?
I'm bringing them (in person) I'm shipping them They're being shipped from BrickFair AL 2013 I'm not sending MOCs to this event I'm taking them (in person) I want them shipped back (include return shipping from Portland, OR 97232) I want them shipped to BrickFair NE 2013 (include $4 per Toa-sized MOC, $8 per Titan-sized MOC, or total cost of shipping you paid for Bricks Cascade, whichever is less) I want them brought to BrickFair VA 2013 (include $5 to cover baggage fees)
How are you sending MOCs?
I'm bringing them (in person) I'm shipping them They're being shipped from Bricks Cascade 2013 I'm not sending MOCs to this event I'm taking them (in person) I want them shipped back (include return shipping from Bel Air, MD 21014) I want them brought to BrickFair VA 2013 (free)
How are you sending MOCs?
- I'm bringing them (in person)
- I'm shipping them
They're being brought from Bricks Cascade 2013 They're being brought from BrickFair NE 2013 I'm not sending MOCs to this event
- I'm taking them (in person)
- I want them shipped back (include return shipping from Chantilly, VA 20153)
- For each event your MOCs appear at, you get one prototype part
If your MOCs appear at two or more events, you get a Proto boost If your MOCs appear at three or more events, you get a custom rank title of your choice (to be approved by the Administration) If your MOCs appear at four or more events, you get a free six month Premier Membership (No longer available except to those who shipped their MOCs to BrickFair Alabama.)
- Your MOCs will be seen by tens of thousands of people, inspiring children and adults around the country
- Many awesome pictures will be taken of your MOCs by BZPower staff and members and will appear on the front page
- We will try to get other goodies to return with your MOCs if we can - who doesn't like surprises?
You can have up to three pictures taken. The pictures can be of three different MOCs, the same MOC in three different poses, or some combination therof. If she has the time/is feeling generous, you might get more pictures. Pictures can be standard photographs (Example) or fancy (Example). Only one MOC can be in each photo. No group shots of multiple MOCs will be taken. PM Nukaya to let her know which MOCs you want pictures of and if you want standard or fancy. Any questions about the process can be directed to Nukaya as well.
Obviously this is all going to cost something, and information on shipping costs to be included are mentioned above. There are several ways you can send us the money:
- Include cash in your package (not recommended for international shippers)
- Include check or money order in your package (PM Black Six for information on who to make it out to)
- Send money via PayPal (PM Black Six for PayPal account information)
Here are some requirements and tips for shipping your MOCs:
- All MOCs MUST be shipped inside a ziploc bag, one MOC per bag, unless they are small, simple MOCs.
- MOCs often break in transit and a ziploc bag will contain the parts and keep them from getting mixed up.
- If your MOC is especially large, break it up into sections and put each in a bag.
- Each ziploc should have your username and the name of your MOC. This can either be written on the bag in permanent marker or written on a slip of paper and inserted in the bag.
- DO NOT use packing peanuts or similar packing - they make a big mess. Bubble wrap and tissue paper or newsprint are best.
- Include two copies of your return address in the box.
- Pictures of the completed MOC should be included, as well as a few simple building steps if necessary.
Put your username and the MOC name on the pictures to help keep things from getting mixed up.
PM Watashi Wa for his address if you are shipping for stuff to BrickFair Alabama. If you don't want to send things to BrickFair Alabama, we'll have shipping information for future events soon. PM DeeVee to let him know you are sending something to Bricks Cascade. MOCs should be shipped to:
230 NE 99th Avenue
Portland, OR 97220
PM Black Six to let him know you are sending something to BrickFair NE. MOCs should be shipped to:
516 Mast St.
Bel Air, MD 21014
- PM ChocolateFrogs to let him know you are sending something to BrickFair VA. MOCs should be shipped to:
6008 Jan-Mar Dr.
Falls Church, VA 22041
- PM Black Six with your answers to the above questions so I can keep track of everyone's MOCs.
- Also include what MOCs you are sending, as well as descriptions of the creations (for MOC cards), links to BZPower topics, Brickshelf galleries, or any other pictures or info on your MOC.
- Figure out how much money you need to include/send.
- Package up your MOCs, along with pictures, return address info, and money (if not sending via PayPal)
- Ship the packages. Confirm that they will arrive at their destination by Friday, July 26, 2013.
- Send payment via PayPal if applicable.
- Please note: failure to follow the above instructions and recommendations could significantly delay the time it takes to get your MOCs back. We will do our best to return everything, but if we are missing information or payment, it will take longer.
Can I send art?
Yes! Follow the same process as above. If you are sending artwork, we suggest getting a large printout from somewhere like Staples or Kinkos and send it in a shipping tube
I want to build something new, but don't have enough time for BrickFair Alabama. What do I do?
You can send some existing MOCs you have to BFAL and then your new stuff to the next event you're able to. If there's enough room, we'll combine everything and send you one box back, otherwise you'll recieve multiple packages when all is said and done.
I want to send stuff but don't want to wait until August to see it again. Can I get it back after each event?
Yes, if you include return shipping we can send it back to you after an event and you can then ship it to the next one. This will likely be more expensive though, and we do not recommend it.
Where do I ship things if I don't want to send them to BrickFair Alabama Bricks Cascade BrickFair NE?
We will have shipping information for other events in the near future.
Can I just send one MOC and still get the perks?
Yes, you aren't required to send multiple MOCs. But the more the merrier!
Will perks be rewarded to pieces of art?
Do we get perks if we bring MOCs in person to multiple events?
Yes, if you bring them it still counts as long as you let us know in advance so we can keep track of them.
My printer is broken so I can't include pictures, what do I do?
While we really prefer it if you include at least a couple actual pictures, you can send us links to them on the Internet. In fact, we suggest everyone sends us additional pictures digitally, via BZP topics, Brickshelf galleries, or otherwise. We'll have smart phones and laptops on hand to look them up on, and having more angles will make it easier to reassemble your MOCs.
I live in (insert country here). Can I participate? How much do I have to pay?
Yes, everyone is welcome to participate! Please note, all costs above are in US Dollars. You will be responsible for paying the shipping costs from your country to the first event your MOCs will be displayed at. Then you need to include the appropriate amount based on the rules above to get your MOCs to additional events. Finally, you will need to include the same amount it cost you to send your MOCs to us, but converted to US Dollars. We suggest using PayPal for sending the money as it's less of a pain to deal with customs and will handle the conversions for you. Most importantly - check with your post office to find out how long it will take your MOCs to be delivered and send them with as much time to spare as you can.
I'm still confused...
PM Black Six or post in the comments.
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