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  • 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!
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Fun in RPG Land

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Dec 19 2013 · 368 views
Bionicle, LEGO, RPG
The Bionicle RPG forum has some of our most active topics and the BZPRPG is a pretty popular game.

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.


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BZPower Livestreams

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Dec 05 2013 · 324 views
Livestream, stream
Man, it's been far too long since I last posted here. Things have been, and still are, busy. But I need to get back in the habit of making blog entries, so here we are.

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!


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This October...

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con Aug 22 2013 · 379 views
BrickCon, Seattle
Who's got two thumbs and is going to BrickCon?
 

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THIS GUY!


Oh man I'm going to four LEGO conventions this year have I lost my mind?




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Misplaced BrickFair MOC

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con Aug 21 2013 · 966 views
BrickFair, MOC, MIA
It would seem that in the hustle and bustle of packing up all the MOCs at the end of BrickFair that someone's creation ended up in the wrong box. Wasp received a MOC that does not belong to him or his brother.

If this belongs to you or you know whose it is, please let me know ASAP so we can get it returned.

Thanks everyone!


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BrickFair Party Feedback

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Aug 15 2013 · 168 views
BrickFair, Party, Pizza, Laser and 1 more...
In case you only read the blogs and ignore the forums, I just made a topic about the party we had at BrickFair. Go check it out and give me some feedback. I want to know how we can improve next year!


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Getting Your Stuff From Me

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con, BZPower Aug 14 2013 · 694 views
Prizes, MOCs, Contest, Raffle and 1 more...
I have a lot of stuff to send to people, now that BrickFair is over. I hope to get things sent out as soon as possible, but as you'll see below, there's really a LOT. If you don't see your name on the list below, add a comment or PM me to make sure I'm not missing you. Right now I'm not adding any names (except for a couple exceptions) because I don't have all the MOCs and prizes in front of me. As I have time, they'll all be added to the list.

Convention MOCs
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.
  • Tomaku
  • 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
DeeVee and Nukaya - 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
Set Reviewers
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
BioniLUG Members
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
Raffle Winners
Free sets and videogames.
  • Bionicle Raptor
  • LockmanCapulet
  • Javi
  • Cratak
  • Zrel - Shipped 8/19/13
  • Meiko - Shipped 8/19/13
  • SmoothJazz - Shipped 8/14/13
  • DeeVee - Shipped 8/12/13



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Query Kevin at BrickFair

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Jul 27 2013 · 221 views
BrickFair, BFVA, Kevin, Hinkle
BrickFair Virginia is less than a week away! On Friday, August 2nd at 11:30 AM, Kevin Hinkle will be doing his LEGO Question & Answer panel again. Todd is doing the same thing he did at BrickFair New England where we get to ask our questions over lunch at a nearby restaurant. It'll be interesting to see how it goes with a much larger crowd.

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!


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Support Bionicle and BZPower at LEGO Fan Conventions

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con, BZPower Jul 09 2013 · 1,553 views
BrickFair
The new year is almost here and that means the LEGO convention circuit will be starting soon. The first big event is BrickFair Alabama, taking place January 17-20 in Birmingham. The Bionicle display last year was pretty nonexistent, and we want to change that this year. In fact, we want to make sure the Bionicle display at a bunch of events is amazing - and we need your help. Read on to see what you can do.

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. BrickFair Alabama is right around the corner, so you'll have to act fast to get in on that event. To make all this work, there's a lot of planning that has to happen, so please bear with us and the large paperwork trail required. We need to know what you are sending and what events you would like your creations to appear at. BrickFair Alabama is in January Bricks Cascade is in March BrickFair New England is in May and The last event we're covering, BrickFair Virginia, is in August, so this is a long-term commitment, but we plan to do our best to compensate you. We also have to worry about shipping costs. I've created the below to help organize things for the coordinators and the builders. When you PM me, please include answers to ALL the below questions.

BrickFair AL 2013 - January 17-20, Birmingham, Alabama
How are you sending MOCs?
  • I'm bringing them (in person)
  • I'm shipping them
  • I'm not sending MOCs to this event
How are you getting your MOCs back?
  • 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)
Bricks Cascade 2013 - March 7-10, Portland, Oregon
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
How are you getting your MOCs back?
  • 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)
BrickFair NE 2013 - May 9-12, Manchester, New Hampshire
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
How are you getting your MOCs back?
  • 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)
BrickFair VA 2013 - August 1-4, Chantilly, Virginia
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
How are you getting your MOCs back?
  • I'm taking them (in person)
  • I want them shipped back (include return shipping from Chantilly, VA 20153)
Now you may be saying, "that's a lot of money for shipping and I won't see my MOCs for months, what's in it for me?" Don't worry, we've thought of that.

Perks
  • 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?
But wait, there's more!

Blog Assistant Nukaya has volunteered her time and talent to take professional studio-quality pictures of your MOCs if you send them to three or more events. Here's the scoop:
  • 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.
Please note, the above perks stack, so if you send MOCs to all four events, you will get four prototype parts, a Proto boost, custom rank title, professional photographs, and a Premier Membership. Pretty cool, right?

Money
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)
Any money left over after all shipping is done will go to support BZPower via hosting costs, contest prizes, and future events like this.

Shipping
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.
If you've read the above and want to participate, here's what you need to do:
  • 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:
    Patrick Biggs
    230 NE 99th Avenue
    Portland, OR 97220
    USA
  • PM Black Six to let him know you are sending something to BrickFair NE. MOCs should be shipped to:
    Andrew Bulthaupt
    516 Mast St.
    Bel Air, MD 21014
    USA
  • PM ChocolateFrogs to let him know you are sending something to BrickFair VA. MOCs should be shipped to:
    Benjamin Paczak
    6008 Jan-Mar Dr.
    Falls Church, VA 22041
    USA
  • 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.

    FAQ

    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?
    You bet!

    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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Furlough Fundays

Posted by Black Six , in Real Life Jun 16 2013 · 486 views
videogames
For better or worse starting July 8th I'm going to be off every Monday for eleven weeks. As those of you who have spent time with me on days off know, they're usually spent on the phone or replying to emails for various work-related things. For the government furloughs, however, we are expressly forbidden from doing any work-related activities. What am I going to do with my extra day off then? I know, maybe finally play some of the many videogames I have acquired over the years but never finished or in some cases even played.

And you're going to help.

Below is a list of games and series that I need to play to some varying degree, with descriptions. You tell me what I should play.
  • Halo - I never did beat Halo Wars, and there's plenty more achievements to get in the others. I never got all the way through Anniversary either, come to think of it...
  • Mass Effect - I need one more achievement in the first game, then I need to bring my character through the second game again, and I haven't even played the third game yet.
  • Dragon Age - I played the first one all the way through but never got through all the DLC. Only played the demo of the second one.
  • Bioshock - I played the first one, would probably play it again to harvest instead of save. Haven't played the second one or Infinite.
  • Gears of War - I've played the first game multiple times and used to LAN it. Only played Horde Mode on the second. Never played the third or Judgement.
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - I have the Ultimate Sith Edition but never played it. Don't have the sequel though.
  • Batman Arkham Asylum - Own it but haven't played it.
  • Fable - Beat the first one, own the second and the third (it's free on Games on Demand!) but never played them.
  • Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - Heard this was pretty good, picked it up cheap but never played.
  • Ghostbusters - Same as above.
  • Watchmen: The End is Nigh - Ditto.
  • Dead Rising - Fourpeat.
  • Guitar Hero/Rock Band - There's always more songs to play and more achievements to get.
Have at it!


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Kevin Hinkle Chats With BZPower

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con, BZPower May 18 2013 · 325 views
Kevin, Hinkle, Kevinhink
I'm still catching up on a lot of things after BrickFair New England, which was a blast. I had some of the most fun there that I've had at any other convention, met a bunch of awesome people, and caught up with some old friends.

But before the convention, I asked you guys for some questions. At Kevin Hinkle's TLG Q&A I asked a few, but wasn't able to get them all in. So on Saturday during the public hours we sat down away from the crowds for a little bit to chat and go through some others. What you see below are not exact quotes, they're sentences constructed from the notes I was taking on my tablet typing away as fast as I could. Please do not treat them like infallible quotes that could not possibly be wrong and must certainly represent LEGO perfectly.

Questions are in italics, responses are in bold.

How long until Galidor comes out on DVD?
When you find it and burn it to a disc.

How are you doing?
A little overwhelmed lately due to the changes on the team - really just trying to continue to deliver on the expectations of the community and assume the new responsibilities. It's tough but I'm hanging in there.

When are we getting old fire back?
[Kevin had a really clever reply for this that I forgot to write down. :(]

Who's your favorite Toa?
Lhikan.

What year of BIONICLE was your favorite?
2006 because of the cartoony styles of the Piraka.

Were Bionicle-themed sandwiches ever considered a viable option during the theme's 9-year long run?
I can neither confirm nor deny. Sandwiches? Really?

Q: THANK YOU FOR THE PIZZA
Q: ALSO YOU'RE RIGHT THE SUPERMAN: RED SON ARC IS BRILLIANT
Q: YOU ARE MY HERO KEVIN

I'm glad to know you read that.

How is the Hero Factory theme doing in terms of sales?
Okay, not stellar, but not 'oh my god get rid of this line right now.'

How is the constraction category as a whole doing?
We're still trying new things to see what we can do with it.

Is there ever any chance of bringing Christoffer Raundahl or another Hero Factory designer to a convention in the United States?
That would be awesome but I do not get a say. I just decide which event gets designers - only one or two a year to spread across the conventions.

What has The LEGO Group's experience with their expanding social media presence been like?
They've learned a lot from it - testing new waters and expanding. They're trying to rope it into a single voice/channel of communication.

What kind of considerations go into determining whether a theme gets a page on a social networking site? As an example, currently LEGO Ninjago, Duplo, and Legends of Chima all have official pages on facebook, whereas LEGO Friends does not and the LEGO Hero Factory one has not been updated in over two years.
It's based on marketing drive - what does the company want to push and when?

What can expect from the future of LEGO Digital Building?
It will still be in existence, we're still exploring that realm of the LEGO experience.

How Chima doing? Is doing as well as LEGO has hoped?
It is doing well; there's still a lot more data to collect.

What sort of opportunities are there within LEGO for mechanical engineers?
Most likely in the Czech Republic and Mexico where a lot of the moulds are made and manufacturing is done.

How successful is the Collectible Minifigure line lately? Are they going to continue?
Extremely successful and has introduced LEGO to other retailers. Definitely going to continue.

Have you guys made any strides in the color purple? I've seen purple in a considerable number of new sets, so I'm wondering if there's anything behind that (new science, heightened demand, market research, etc).
It's a little of all of those. If it's a licensed set it's going to have it, but otherwise they're always making improvements in quality and color consistency.

I'd like to thank the BZPower Community for all their love and support and have very much enjoyed meeting the staff and members at conventions. I enjoy talking to you all - keep up the great stuff and keep Bionicle alive!

As always I want to thank Kevin for supporting BZPower (and now BioniLUG). We really appreciate all your hard work and look forward to hanging out with you whenever we can!






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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
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Making sure news is posted, keeping the forums running smoothly, learning the ways of server-burping.

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