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Hi there, while we hope you enjoy browsing through the site, there's a lot more you can do if you register. The process is easy and you can use your Google, Facebook, or Twitter account to make it even faster. Some perks of joining include:
  • Create your own topics, participate in existing discussions, and vote in polls
  • Show off your creations, stories, art, music, and movies and play member and staff-run games
  • Enter contests to win free LEGO sets and other prizes, and vote to decide the winners
  • Participate in raffles, including exclusive raffles for new members, and win free LEGO sets
  • Send private messages to other members
  • Organize with other members to attend or send your MOCs to LEGO fan events all over the world
  • Much, much more!
Enjoy your visit!

Bio of a BZP Admin



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New Feature Incoming

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Nov 14 2012 · 1,046 views
BZP, Upgrade
We're currently entering the final phases of prepping a new feature for BZPower. It's something I've had in mind for a while and finally found a tool we could use to accomplish it. I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys think and hope it will help in determining how we can continue to improve BZPower.

I need you guys to help me out though. The feature will only help if you actually use it and use it as intended, so you all have to promise not to be silly.

Think you can do that?

Didn't think so. :P

But I'll keep my fingers crossed.


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Name my Bricks

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con, BZPower Sep 27 2012 · 657 views
BrickFair, Badge
BrickFair VA 2012 was the tenth LEGO fan event I've attended. As a result, I'm accumulated a lot of engraved bricks, most of which have my name, Black Six, and the places I've lived. I need to start mixing things up, and I need your help.

Suggest some fun nicknames, phrases, and other things I could put on a badge.

Bricks I already have include:
  • Black Six
  • Sixboss
  • Mandrew
  • DON'T PANIC

Let's see what you can come up with!

Edit: Alright, nice! Here's the current frontrunners:
  • KEEP IT CLEAN
  • Prince Andrew
  • Bossman

Some other ideas I've had:
  • Thread closed
  • Bodyguard of the King



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The Colors Duke, the Colors

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Aug 31 2012 · 307 views
BZP, Staff, Colors
Just so everyone is aware, the colors for some of the groups have changed. Now that the Reference Team is no more, the Reporters have adopted the old RK yellow. Retired Staff, meanwhile, have taken the Reporter orange. This makes them look similar to OBZPCs but still stand out (as opposed to the ugly-ish gray from before).

Yep, so that happened.


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What Do You Want to Ask LEGO?

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Aug 21 2012 · 545 views
BZPowercast, Powercast, LEGO and 2 more...
If you had the opportunity to ask LEGO a question, what would you ask?

Similarly, is there anything you'd like to ask TLG's very own Kevin Hinkle? I hear he's a pretty big deal.

Post in the comments or send me a PM with your question. No guarantees that you'll get and answer (or one you'll like) but I'll try.


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Milestones

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con, Real Life Aug 01 2012 · 444 views
BrickFair, BFVA12, BZP, 11 years
Tomorrow is August 2, 2012. That will be the eleventh anniversary of my joining BZPower.

It is also the first day of BrickFair 2012 Virginia, the fifth such event held. (Congrats Todd!)

BrickFair 2012 Viriginia will be the tenth AFOL fan convention that I've attended.

Sunday, August 5 is my twenty-fifth birthday. A quarter-century!

Monday, August 6, will mark my eleventh year as a member of the BZPower Staff.

All this right after BZPower celebrated its eleventh anniversary.

It's crazy to think about all that - I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it all.

But I know one thing - I couldn't ask for a better group of people to celebrate it with than my friends from BZPower. I just wish more of you all could be there!


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Life on the Internet

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Jul 23 2012 · 356 views
Anniversary, Internet
I can't believe how long our little corner of the Internet has been chugging along. I'm kind of proud that we've continued on despite downtime, attacks, and all the changes in our audience and the Internet as a whole.

It made me think about how long I've actually been on the Internet (it's a long time) and the things I've taken part of and the people I've interacted with. Here's a quick list of some of the communities I have been or am still a part of:
  • Super Soakers
  • Nerf
  • Warcraft II
  • Star Trek TBRPGs
  • Turn-based online role-playing games
  • MUSHes (look that one up, kiddos :P)
  • Console portablization
  • Red vs Blue
  • Halo
  • Bionicle communities before BZPower

I look at that list and it's like, 'wow, what have I wasted my time on?' But really, the experiences I had and people I talked to on each of those definitely helped shape me over the years.

Since August of 2001 though, BZPower has been my home-on-the-Internet.

How about you all, have you been a part of other places out there, or has BZPower been your only foray into the wilds of the Internet?


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Mailbag

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Jun 22 2012 · 280 views
mailbag, sports
Man, it's been a while since I made an entry here, hasn't it? I remembered I had this PM waiting for a reply, so it's as good a reason as any for a blog entry:

  • Who's your favorite pro football team?
  • Pro Basketball?
  • Pro hockey?
  • Pro Baseball?


Without question, my favorite team is the New York Football Giants. Football is really to only pro sport I follow. I like it because there's only sixteen games (plus playoffs) so there's a fairly limited commitment compared to other sports. Plus it give me something to talk about with my coworkers.

I used to follow basketball pretty closely, but not so much anymore. My team was always the New York Knickerbockers, and I fondly remember the days when Patrick Ewing was the big man in charge.

I've never been a huge hockey fan, but I did follow it a bit in the 90s. Back then my favorite team was the New Jersey Devils, so I'll go with them.

Baseball is probably my least favorite professional sport. And my least favorite team is by far the New York Yankees. So if I had to pick a favorite it would be the Boston Red Sox or the New York Mets, just to spite all the Yankees fans. I could also say the Baltimore Orioles since they're the local team for me nowadays and I don't really have any loyalty to another team.


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Rob Is Okay

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Jun 04 2012 · 425 views
Bricks Cascade
I don't know what the big deal is. He's a nice guy I suppose, unless he's being dumb. I have no idea how Becca puts up with him though, honestly. He's just always talking, even in his sleep!

Love you bud!


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Forum Upgrade Hiccup

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower May 19 2012 · 508 views

So I mentioned over here about some hiccups during the upgrade. Nothing major, but it was all your fault. Yes you, the blogging populace of BZPower.

Here's a quote from the IPS rep we worked with:

The long and short of all this is that the problem was with converting the tags in the blog. We've.. Still got problems there, and you have.. Somewhere around 69k tags.. Normally, I hit a site with 500 or 5000 tags.. Ok.. I can deal with that.. The sheer numbers here.. I had to get.. Shall we say.. Creative.


Geez guys, you got a little carried away over here, you think? :P

Anyway, they got through all the tags in the end, and hopefully it won't cause any problems in the future.

As a result of this, however, I have changed some settings for tags:
Maximum length per tag: 20 characters
Maximum tags per item: 5 tags

I think this should still be plenty for all your tagging needs.

We're not going to implement any new rules other than the above, but please try to take it easy with the tags.

Thanks!


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New Feature - Calendar R S V Ping

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Apr 15 2012 · 241 views
Calendar, RSVP, BrickFair and 1 more...
BZPower has had a Calendar for a while now. It's seen intermittent use over the years depending on how the staff feel at the time.

I just discovered a new feature that must have been added with the recent upgrade - RSVPing. Now events can be created with the option to allow members to RSVP to them. So now for real life kind of meetups, or even for contests on BZPower, we can keep a running tally of who is going. To test it out, I've added two upcoming LEGO Conventions:

Bricks Cascade 2012
BrickFair 2012 VA

Do you guys think this is cool/useful? Right now only Staff can create events - should we open it up to Premier Members or OBZPCs?

Also, there's an option to be able to comment on events that is currently disabled. I'm not keen on enabling it (more work for the Staff), but thought I'd get everyone's input on that too.

Let me know what you think!






Welcome To My Blog

I'm glad to see you made the trip intact.

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Name:
Andrew
Alias:
Black Six
Join Date:
August 2, 2001
Staff Since:
August 6, 2001
Position:
BZPower Administrator
Forums Currently Moderated:
Bionicle RPG, LEGO RPG, News Discussion
Forums Previously Moderated:
Fan-Created Games, Promotions, Marketplace Banter, Storyline & Theories, Buy/Sell/Trade, probably some others
Other Responsibilities:
Making sure news is posted, keeping the forums running smoothly, learning the ways of server-burping.

Video Games!

Most Played Games (as of late):
  • Fantasia: Music Evolved
  • Destiny
  • Tiny Death Star
  • Plants vs Zombies 2
Currently Playing:




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Comment Approval


Please note, due to people posting inappropriate comments in my blog in the past, I have chosen to approve all comments before they become publicly visible.

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BZPower Prize Status

Contest:
RPG Contest #18 - On hold
Library Summer Olympics - On hold
RPG Contest #19 - On hold
RPG Contest #20 - On hold
BBC Contest #61 - Sorted
RPG Contest #21 - On hold
BBC Contest #62 - On hold
Short Stories Contest #8 - On hold
RPG Contest #22 - On hold
Comics Contest #1 - On hold

Key:
Shipped! - Prizes are on their way!
Packaged - Prizes have been boxed up.
Sorted - Prizes have been separated from my stash and are ready to be packaged.
Pending - Prizes are the next to be shipped.
On hold - Prizes are waiting for other contest prizes to be shipped.