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Furlough Fundays

Posted by Black Six , in Real Life Jun 16 2013 · 643 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 · 445 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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For Sale: Nerf Guns

Posted by Black Six , in Real Life May 04 2013 · 1,267 views
Nerf, For Sale
Somehow over the past few years I've accumulated a bunch of Nerf guns that have been taking up a lot of space. I'm looking to remedy that issue by getting rid of some. Most of the below were bought used, but they all work and I've cleaned them all up to the best of my ability (in some cases that includes taking them apart and running the plastic pieces through the dishwasher). I've removed the air restrictors from several of the spring guns. No ammo is included.

UPDATE: The Titan, Hornet, and orange Hyperfire have been sold. All the rest are still available.

Make an offer, I'm really open to anything. Just note that you'll also be paying for shipping on top of whatever you offer.

Thanks!

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Ask LEGO Questions

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Apr 30 2013 · 313 views
BrickFair, BFNE, Kevin, Hinkle
BrickFair New England is right around the corner, taking place from May 9th to the 12th in Manchester, New Hampshire.

LEGO Community Coordinator for North America Kevin Hinkle (kevinhink on BZPower) will be there representing the company. On Friday he's holding a Q&A session where attendees get to ask questions. I love thinking up questions to ask Kevin, but I can only ask about light grey 9 volt Bionicle monorails so many times.

That's where you come in.

Give me some questions to ask Kevin about LEGO - they can be funny or they can be serious (or somewhere in between). I'll pick a few and ask them during the Q&A, and provide you all with the answers (hopefully). If there's a lot of good serious ones, I'll ask him those during other parts of the weekend and get you the answers too.

You have until Tuesday, May 7th to submit them here!


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An Apology and a Clarification

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Mar 29 2013 · 598 views

I recently made a comment in a blog that was worded very poorly. It did not properly convey my thoughts and I apologize to anyone who felt offended or restricted by the statement I made. I have since edited the comment to try to be more clear, but have been contacted by people who still have questions.

It is the view of the Administration (and my personal view as well) that everyone should be afforded the same natural rights regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, political views, or however you'd like to categorize people. I would say anyone who disagrees with that and expresses views as such would be considered intolerant and/or discriminatory.

In the specific context here, I want to be clear that you can talk about marriage on BZPower. You can say who you want to marry, who you're married to, what kind of person you'd like to marry, whatever, no matter your gender, race, creed, sexual orientation, etc...

On the flip side, you cannot talk about political or legal cases of any kind on BZPower. Nor can you talk about political activist or lobbyist groups. Politics as a whole are not allowed to be discussed on BZPower.

So if there is a legal case about marriage, such as United States v. Windsor, or a lobbying group, like the Human Rights Campaign, you cannot discuss them on this site. The same goes for any case or group, no matter what they are supporting. No politics are allowed.

Remember, we are a site about a children's building toy. That is our focus here. I understand and appreciate that many of you have strong views about such cases and the causes they affect. But BZPower is not the place to talk about those things.

Again, I apologize for my poor choice of words in the situation. It was not my intent to offend and did not reflect my views. I simply want to keep BZPower a safe, family-friendly website for everyone.


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Bulbasaur, I Choose You

Posted by Black Six , in Real Life Mar 05 2013 · 781 views
Videogames, Pokemon, Retro
That's what I said almost a month ago when I decided to dig out my Gameboy Advance and copy of Pokemon Blue. I kept reading people talking about the newer games and it made me recall the fond memories I had playing the original back in the day. I've been going through the game again, having a lot of fun the whole way. I even picked up a used GBA SP because how did we ever live without backlit screen? I mean seriously you expect me to play in only the most ideal lighting conditions?

Anyway, I'm currently in Celadon working my way through the basement of the totally-not-a-casino fighting off the evil Team Rocket. Then I'll be taking on Erika assuming I'm leveled up enough. My current team consists of:
-Bulbasaur
-Pikachu
-Geodude
-Gyrados
-Drowzee
-Machop

I really wish I had a fire Pokemon to help out with Erika, but I've yet to come across any. I've been working on training up Drowzee so hopefully he'll be enough to carry the team.

I've also ordered copies of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, so I get to try out some more recent (only a decade old) Pokemon games. I can't really justify a DS, so nothing past that for me, unless I get really into it.

Let me know if you have some suggestions for my team. Also - what should I evolve my Eevee into?


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Toy Fair 2013 Coverage

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con, BZPower Feb 10 2013 · 360 views
Toy Fair
Toy Fair was a blast this year. I have a lot of things to say on the matter but that will have to wait until I get you all the coverage of what LEGO is releasing this year. I'm still in the hotel working on editing pictures and getting ready to leave tomorrow, so while I'm busy with that you should head over to this poll and vote for what you want to see first. I'll be listening to what you all have to say, so get to it!


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Cue Killer Keyboard Riff

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Feb 04 2013 · 350 views
Final, Countdown
It's time for another new feature! I spent probably too much time recently looking through addons for BZP after our fundraiser blew away our expectations. This one caught my eye and after some discussions and testing, you all get to see it.

There's still a lot of other cool things out there, but we don't want to overdo it. But there's always some planning and scheming going on behind the scenes, don't worry.


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Black Six Goes to Disney

Posted by Black Six , in Real Life Feb 02 2013 · 355 views
Vacation, Orlando, Disney
As I mentioned near the end of this entry, once I was done with BrickFair Alabama I didn't head back home. Instead, I hopped on a plane and headed for sunny Orlando, Florida for a real, live vacation.

I can't remember the last time I took a trip of more than one night that wasn't for a LEGO convention or PAX East. Sometime back in high school I just kind of stopped going on normal vacations. So this was the first time I had done something like this in a while, probably closer to a decade than I'd care to admit. Also, I hadn't been to Florida since I was in second grade, which was about eighteen years ago, making this even more of a big deal.

Back when I started planning to go to BFAL, I was talking to a friend of mine who now works at Disney and mentioned the idea of stopping by on the way since I would already be down south. It turned out the plane ticket would only be about $50 more, they could get me 50% off a hotel room, and into all the parks for free! With a deal like that, I couldn't pass it up. So I took a few more days off from work and made my plans to hit up Walt Disney World.

I had a lot of fun, and going with someone who knows the parks really well was like having my own personal tour guide. We knew which rides had long lines that we should get to early or Fast Pass, the best order of doing things, and where everything even was. We crammed a lot into the almost four days I was there. We did most of what Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom had to offer, and spent some time in Downtown Disney as well. Unfortunately we didn't make it to Epcot - next time!

Some of the highlights for me were Star Tours, Disney Quest (so many videogames - if you go and play some Guitar Hero Arcade, see if you can beat any of my high scores), Festival of the Lion King (my favorite Disney movie), Space Mountain, Muppet*Vision 3D, and Toy Story Midway Mania. There were lots of other fun things too though, so many I've probably forgotten some of them.

If you've never made it to Disney, definitely put it on your to-do list - it's a blast no matter how old you are, as long as you're a kid at heart. Big thanks to my friend for organizing things and being my guide while I was there.


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New Profile Settings!

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Jan 30 2013 · 491 views
Features
Thanks to your incredible generosity, we have some additional funds that we can use to add some new features to BZP. We started off by closing a couple Tracker tickets.

The first one is Add Default Font Feature. If you head over to your profile settings you can define how all your posts and other content look by default. No more playing with the RTE or adding BBCode tags every time you post! This is never something I've really been interested in, so I'll let you all tell me how it works out.

The other ticket is Block users from profile feed. Again, if you head over to your profile settings, you can now control who can view your profile (Everyone, Registered Users, or just Friends), who can view your contact information (Everyone, Registered Users, or just Friends), and who can comment on your profile feed (Registered Users, Friends, or people who are allowed to message you). So if you want to block someone from commenting on your profile, you can choose the last option and then just block them from sending you PMs. There are some additional privacy settings we could enable if we decide to, but I think those should be sufficient.

There's certainly still some funds leftover, and they definitely won't go to waste supporting our hosting and licensing costs. But we are certainly open to adding some more cool things. If you know of any addons for Invision that you think would improve the site, feel free to open a Tracker ticket so we can look it over and get feedback from others.

Thank you all again for donating and helping make BZP a better site!






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):
  • Halo 4
  • Tiny Death Star
  • Plants vs Zombies 2
Currently Playing:
 
 

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