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Welcome to BZPower!

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!

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Add-on Fundraising for BZPower

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Mar 22 2014 · 504 views
Donation, Add-on, Support
I have recently added a donation goal for the site, in the hopes that we can get some add-ons to help improve the BZPower experience. If you are willing and able to donate, it would be most appreciated.

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.
Our goal is $50, which hopefully isn't too unreasonable. Every little bit helps though - all we need is fifty members to donate one dollar to get us to our goal!

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!

-B6


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Idea: Constraction Parts Draft

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Feb 28 2014 · 457 views
Sets, Parts Draft, Hero Factory
I've seen lots of events and a few websites do parts drafts over the years, but I've never seen one done with a constraction set. So I thought, 'we should fix that!'

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?


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Valentine's Day Unboxing

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Feb 14 2014 · 271 views
CEE Team, Unboxing
The always-generous LEGO CEE Team sent me a package that arrived today, on Valentine's Day of all days. As has become my habit, I did an unboxing video for it. Enjoy!





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Come to a LEGO Con (Or Send Some MOCs)

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con Feb 11 2014 · 386 views
BrickFair, BFNE, Philly and 1 more...
Hey guys, we're almost halfway through February, and before you know it, it's going to be April.

Why April, you ask? Because that's when Philly Brick Fest happens! It's a first time event and we want to make a big splash with Bionicle and constraction there.

If you're thinking about attending, go check out this topic and let us know. I'll be there, and who doesn't want to hang out with Black Six? Did you know that numerous staff promotions have happened over the years at conventions such as this one? It's true!*

Philly too far south for you? Fear not! There's also BrickFair New England a mere two weeks later. BrickFairs are always great and Todd Webb is awesome and puts on a good show.

I just made a topic for that event too. Last year's New England event was pretty epic and probably had one of the funnest nights I've ever had at a LEGO convention. Let's see if we can top it this year!

If you can't make it to either of those, your MOCs still can! Send them on the BZPower Convention Circuit. For the cost of shipping, your creations can go to four LEGO conventions, and we'll even give you some cool stuff for doing it!

Seriously though, I highly encourage attending or sending your MOCs to these events. They're the highlights of my year - you always have a ton of fun, get to meet cool people, and see so many amazing creations. Plus, it's your creations that make the event even better. So the more the merrier, come join us!

*Attending a LEGO convention with Black Six does not guarantee a staff promotion.


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Blind Speed Build

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con Jan 24 2014 · 245 views
BrickFair, Alabama, BFAL and 1 more...
Officially, I came in second. But as you can hear Todd say near the end, the winner actually cheated. I will carry this proud victory in my heart of hearts forever.
 




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CEE Package Unboxing

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Jan 20 2014 · 255 views
LEGO, CEE, Unboxing

LEGO sent BZPower a package today. Let's see what's inside!


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From: Convention Coverage Formats

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Jan 02 2014 · 183 views

Please go vote? :)

I didn't have a good track record this year. Let's look at the numbers:

  • 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
I want to do better next year, but I also want to make sure the coverage we're giving you is what you want.

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:Your input is greatly appreciated!


Source: Convention Coverage Formats


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Missing Contest Prizes

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Dec 23 2013 · 214 views
Contest, Prize, MIA
There were some periods during the past couple of years where I was super busy and wasn't able to send out contest prizes in a timely manner. For the past few months I've been going through my records to get them all squared away. I think I have a majority of them done at this point, except for a couple where I'm waiting to hear back from people.

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.


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Fun in RPG Land

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Dec 19 2013 · 439 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 · 384 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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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):
  • Halo 4
  • Tiny Death Star
  • Plants vs Zombies 2
Currently Playing:
 
 

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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.