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Weekly Update - 12/21

Posted by Black Six , Dec 21 2007 · 68 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Welcome back loyal readers (all five of you), except most of you can't read this right now. That's the unfortunate result of cyberterrorism. It seems Google's ad system was compromised and had the result of affecting a number of websites out there. We're hoping things get cleared up soon and we can bring things back online. We have to make sure nothing on the server was damaged before we do that though. So yeah, enjoy the rest of the show.

Updates
This week has been fairly slow, with the forums offline. 2008 sets have been spreading, and there have been sightings across the country, in Canada, and in Europe as well. If you want to find the new sets, get out there and look for them, they should show up soon enough. We should be wrapping up a small part of our 2007 set reviews tomorrow. We hope to start 2008 reviews as soon as our staff are able to pick them up. I'm sure things will pick up once the holiday season has ended.

Mailbag
QUOTE(Omicron)
With the new year coming up, what are your plans for BZPower in the year 2008?

Can we do a BZPCast (Audio and Video)? Would be fun to do live episodes and conventions. tongue.gif

We have a few plans for BZPower over the coming year. There's a lot of things we'd like to do. We'll just have to see if we have enough time to implement it. Expect to see more reviews, weekly updates and other coverage of Bionicle, as always.

The return of the BZPowercast is something I'd like to see. If there seems to be enough interest there's definitely a chance of it coming back.

QUOTE(Setsuna)
What do you like the best about Bzpower?
How did you get into Bionicle?
What is your top three for RPG contest #8?
Wich element is your favorite?
Favorite Tv show, book and game?

The community is definitely the best part. We're fortunate enough to have some great members.
I got into Bionicle in 2001 with the initial ad campaign, like many other people.
There's a lot of great entries out there, things like The Gate, A World Gone Mad, A Midnight Grey, and A City Divided all look to be good competition.
I've always been partial to fire, for whatever reason.
Farscape, The Hobbit, and Halo, among others.

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
For those who celebrate, Christmas is only a few days away, I hope you get everything that's on your wishlist. Everyone else, I hope you enjoy some time off, be sure to spend it with your friends and family. We're doing our best to get the site back online, hopefully you'll get to read this before the holiday. Take care everyone!


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Weekly Update - 12/14

Posted by Black Six , Dec 14 2007 · 39 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
I'm sneaking this one up just in time. Another busy Friday, but hopefully the last one for a while. Maybe I'll go more into that another time. Anyway, we're about to reach the end of that seven day cycle we call a week, and it's time for that BZPower recap-like thing.

Updates
So, one or two things might have happened this week, just maybe. Some more set reviews (with another in the pipe for this weekend hopefully) were posted with much fanfare. A new Blog Assistant was promoted, and told to keep his hands off my blog; I don't want anyone messing around here. wink.gif Congrats Valenti! Of course there was also the announcement of the Post Approvers group. Kex, WaWa and Mak have been doing a great job already helping keep the approval queues low. In an ideal world, we won't have to keep the New Member Approval system around forever, but for the time being, these guys are lifesavers. Thanks again guys!

Oh yeah, and the 2008 sets appeared on S@H; I guess they figured everyone else was doing it, so they wanted a head start. There's still plenty of time left for a certain Santa-based holiday, so get to bugging your parents if that's what you want to see under the tree. It's interesting to note that the first 2007 sets showed up on Shop@Home in early November of 2006, so things actually happened quite a bit later this year. I'm fine with that though, they're 2008 sets, they should release them in 2008, in my opinion. As always, opinions seemed to be mixed on these guys, but I think they'll grom on most people after a while.

Mailbag
Maybe this wasn't such a good idea. Nobody submitted any questions this week. I feel so unloved. sad.gif

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
Only two more Weekly Updates until we hit 2008. Who knows what will happen then, maybe things will change completely, or maybe they'll stay the same. You'll just have to keep checking back to find out. Thanks for reading everyone, and see you again next week!


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Cheating

Posted by Black Six , Dec 12 2007 · 33 views

I hate to have to talk about things like this, because I always try to believe that people are inherently good and can be trusted to follow the rules. And then they let me down.

It has recently come to my attention that for the past few contest, there has been some cheating going on in the RPG Forum. I thank the people that reported the cheating, it will make the contest voting fair, as it should be. Please note, that if someone reports another member of something, we do not blindly accept it. We can see what members voted and where they voted from. So when suddenly you and your 'friends' all cast your votes from the same computer, it raises some obvious flags when we look at it. Please don't be stupid, and play fair.

Thanks everyone.


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'tis The Season

Posted by Black Six , Dec 11 2007 · 43 views
Real Life
For what, you ask? Why all sorts of things. Lots of videogames, for one. Mass Effect has been sucking up my free time, and when I'm not playing that it's either Guitar Hero III or Halo 3. I haven't even been able to touch Hellgate: London for more than a few hours, which is ok, because I hear it needs some patches. Aside from that, my school recently subscribed to Ruckus, which gives me access to a whole lot of music for essentially free. It's covered with DRM, but hey, music is music, and you can't beat the price. Then of course there's the holiday shopping. I did 95% of my shopping online this year, and all that's left is a quick trip to pick up some cards and other miscellaneous gifts. The Internet is amazing.

I'll hopefully be going to the Giants-Redskins game this weekend, unless the weather is bad. The company my dad works for got an entire luxury box and they had extra tickets, so I get to go too. I'd say look for me, but you really wouldn't be able to see me in the box. But if they win they should clinch a wildcard playoff spot, which is better than last year where the last game of the season decided if they got in or not, plus a bunch of other teams losing.

Finally, I'm almost done with my internship with the Army. Next Thursday is my last day, then I have a few weeks off before I go back to school. It will be a nice break.

Oh and if anyone has seen the video of the house with Christmas light synchronized to a Trans-Siberian Orchestra song, I'll be seeing the display live this year in a couple weeks, which should rock. I don't know what music they're doing this year, but it's all an impressive programming feat. I'm looking forward to it.

That's all for now!


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Weekly Update - 12/7

Posted by Black Six , Dec 07 2007 · 48 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Another week done, another update to post. I wanted to try to post this a few hours ago, but a little game called Mass Effect sucked me in. It's a great game I recommend to all Xbox 360 owners. Anyway, time to look at this past week on BZPower.

Updates
So obviously the biggest news this past week is that RPG Contest 8 has begun. Ok, maybe it's not the most important thing, but it's pretty exciting, and if you have any interest in RPGs you should take a look and consider entering. We have over a dozen entries so far and there are about two weeks left to enter, so get working on it! Obviously the real big news is 2008 sets appearing in stores. I've seen reports of them showing up at various Lego stores and outlets, so if you have one near you check it out! With the availability of news sets comes a lot of new images of the winter 2008 and some of the later sets, such as the ones we reported on today. I predict a lot of other news coming out soon too, so keep your eyes peeled on the front page. And speaking of today's news, we're going to be wrapping up our 2007 reviews in the coming weeks as well. Expect to see another review tomorrow. Also, if you hadn't noticed, our usual Holiday Signature Policy is in effect once again. Last but not least, I'm going to stop teasing you guys about new staff announcements. They'll come when they come and I'll talk about the retrospectively from now on. Things come up that delay them, so who knows when the next announcement will be.

Mailbag
Electric Turahk asks:
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Would it be possible to implement something that automatically inserts a preset font (as chosen by the member in their preferences) when a user makes a post?

Possible? Yes. Would it be easy? Not really, so don't expect to see it any time soon.

.::Toa Stheno Nuva::. asks:
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1. Why did you want to create the Bionicle RPG?
2. What is your favorite video game?
3. What was your most favorite staff postition?
4. What is the funniest rank you have given someone?
5. What is your favorite forum to moderate?

1. I had participated in Text-Based RPGs in the past and thought it would be something the members of BZPower would enjoy as well.
2. All time I'd have to say the original Halo, I have a lot of good memories from that. Recently I've been playing a lot of Mass Effect; it's a great game.
3. I enjoyed being a Moderator. It was a lot easier back then (the low number of members might have helped too).
4. There have been so many, it's hard to keep track. Kaiapu's 'Anti-Physicist' was pretty funny though.
5. Another tough one. I was assigned to Promotions for a long time and still check in there regularly. Even though there aren't as many promos as there were in 2001 and 2002, it still holds a sentimental place.

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
That about wraps it up for this week. As always, questions, comments, and feed back are welcome. Talk to you again soon!


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Weekly Update - 11/30

Posted by Black Six , Nov 30 2007 · 40 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Hey, I'm getting this out on time this week! I'm also going to try some formatting and see how that works out. So sit back, relax and enjoy the read.

Updates
So, the biggest story of the past week was the Senior Staff announcement. I'd like to thank the old fogies again (not that I have any room to talk) for their commitment for all these years. As always, I'm going to tease and say the staff updates aren't done yet, but we don't really have a time frame on when we'll be making anything public. Let's see, what else? We should have a staff set review popping up this weekend, so there's something to look forward to. We're also working on some other ways to stop spammers, nothing as drastic as the New Member Policy, but something that will hopefully be just as effective. Don't want to reveal anymore on that until we're ready though. Other than aht, things have been fairly quiet. Bink has obviously been going great guns over at Bionicle.com, I can't wait to see the new design. Some comic news from Greg too, it should be interesting to see how the new artist works out next year. Oh yeah, RPG contest starts at 12AM tomorrow morning (about 2 hours from now)!

Mailbag
I brought this up last week and got some positive feedback on it, so I figured I'd start it up. PM your questions and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update. Sound good? Great!

Conclusion
That's all for this week. These things may not be too exciting, but I'm trying to let people in on how the site works some. People claim we're very impersonal, and while it's true I don't have time to post a lot on the forums, I will reply to PMs and IMs and Blog Comments. I'm here for you guys, and am always willing to hear from you!


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Weekly Update - 11/24

Posted by Black Six , Nov 24 2007 · 44 views
Weekly Updates
And so it begins, once you start slipping from your schedule, there's no going back, or so I hear. I was busy yesterday with Black Friday and friends home from school, so I didn't get a chance to post an update. I have one here for you now though, so better late than never.

This isn't going to be a long update, the past week was fairly uneventful. We had our usual helping of spammers, but with Tufi's help we were able to take care of them fairly quickly. With Thanksgiving, there wasn't a lot of time to focus on the site, but we've been brainstorming some things based on feedback we've been getting from members. It may take a while before you guys see anything tangible come out of it though. I'm hoping to make a small announcement tomorrow, nothing that will affect any of you, but just another little thing we like to do.

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and is enjoying their weekend.

Feedback is always welcome! Speaking of which, would anyone be interested in a mailbag feature where you guys send me questions and I answer them in the next Weekly Update?

See you next time!


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Contacting Black Six

Posted by Black Six , Nov 22 2007 · 35 views
BZPower
As an Administrator at BZPower, I receive a lot of PMs. Unfortunately, there's a lot of stuff people send me that should be sent elsewhere. In an attempt to set things straight, I'm making this entry.

First off, I enjoy hearing from members. If you have a question or comment or suggestion, don't hesitate to contact me. I'll do my best to get back to you, but I make no promises. If you are reporting something, however, it should NOT be sent to me, we have systems in place to process various reports so that the important ones get to me and the lesser things do not. Here's a list of various things and where they should be reported:
  • News - Send all news reports to news@bzpower.com. I do not read news reports sent to me via PM.
  • Signature & Avatar Violations - These should be sent to any Forum Assistant. They process the reports and the Global Moderators and Administrators take care of them.
  • Advertising Violations - Send all advertising violations to AdvertAlert. Myself and other Admins check this account regularly and handle all reports.
  • Blog Violations - These should be sent to BlogAlert. Blog Assistants will go through the reports and then the Blog Leader and myself will take care of anything that's left.
  • Profile Comment Violations - These should also be sent to Forum Assistants. Again, they process the reports and then higher staff take care of them.
  • Individual Forum Problems - These should be sent to the Forum Leader of the forum in question. If they don't reply in a reasonable amount of time, contact a Global Moderator.
  • Official Topic Requests - Again, these should be sent to the Forum Leader of the forum in question. The Forum Leaders generally have the final decision on things that happen in their forums.

If it's not on this list, feel free to contact me about it. If it should be sent to someone else, I'll either forward it there or let you know, but if it's on the above list, it will likely be ignored.

Thanks everyone, and happy Thanksgiving!


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Master Of The Axe

Posted by Black Six , Nov 18 2007 · 40 views
Real Life
And by 'axe' I of course mean guitar, as any rock fan knows; and by 'guitar' I mean guitar-shaped controller, as anyone who knows me and my complete inability to play any musical instrument can tell you. Anyway, I finally received Guitar Hero III last Wednesday, and have been enjoying it immensely. Having read some things about it previously I started out on Easy so I could get the appropriate Achievements and money from the store (apparently if you beat a song on a higher difficulty you don't get the money for the lower difficulty like you did in GH2). I breezed through that in a night, five-starring everything, with quite a few perfects, no shock there. Next night I started on Medium and was going through with no problems until the first boss battle against Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. On Easy, you can basically use the attack powers as soon as you get them and be guaranteed a win, but on harder difficulties, it turns out, you need to use some strategy and save them up so you can hit him with a bunch one after another. It took me a couple tries before I figured this out. After that though, it was smooth sailing. Five-starred everything except Barracuda and Raining Blood. Then it was onto Hard. There's something about this difficulty, not the orange button anymore, just the crazy things they do that makes it so much harder. I've been able to pass every song so far until the seventh level, where I've gotten stuck now. One thing I noticed is that compared to GH2, GH3 tends to use long streaks of the same note and lots of three note chords on the harder songs rather than making the movements complex. I find it very frustrating. I've bumped it up to Expert now and am starting on the second level, figuring maybe playing on there will help prepare me for level seven on Hard. Oh yeah, I also went back and five-starred those last two Medium songs.

As far as the music goes, overall I like it, but I think I like GH2's track list better. There are whole sections of GH3's list that just leave me uninspired, although as a change there are no songs I don't like at all (such as Who Was In My Room Last Night? in GH2), just songs that are bland. Although I wish their rendition of The Devil Went Down to Georgia was better, it could use a lot of help. The master tracks are nice though, the real song instead of covers. I wish they could have done this for more bands, especially ones like Cream and The Who.

Overall, I recommend the game if you enjoy rock music and rhythm games, unless you'd rather wait until Rock Band comes out, in which case you may want to save your money.


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Weekly Update - 11/16

Posted by Black Six , Nov 16 2007 · 43 views
Weekly Updates
So another Friday, and another day I've manged to do a weekly update. Last week was pretty busy. The biggest news of course was the appointment of Tufi Piyufi as a Forum Administrator. Let me congratulate her here again. The other Admins and I had talked about the idea for a bit before finally deciding the extra help would be most useful. We're definitely glad we made the choice after the many years Jen's been helping us out as a staff member here on BZP.

In other news, obviously the New Member policy I talked about last week went into implementation, with a few hitches. Unfortunately, to make it so that all new members automatically got put into the new Members group, what we did was actually rename the Members group to New Members and then make a new Members group. This is why everyone who had previously been a member became a New Member after the change. Once you made a post (in a forum where your post count was incremented) the system would see you had more than ten posts and bump you back into the normal Members group. Yes it was a pain for you all, but think of this, there were over 35,000 accounts in the Members group. A whole bunch of them have been posting over the past week, and we've had to approve at least one post of each of those members (more of some who didn't post in one of the right forums). That's a huge load on all the staff. Again, thanks go to Tufi who was a huge part of helping us stay on top of that. We're thinking of ways to speed up the process in the future, so stay tuned to hear about that.

And obviously, PMs are back for most members now, as I'm reminded every time I log on and see more messages in my inbox.

Oh yeah, and you know how last week I hinted at some changes in the staff, and then how Tufi got promoted? Well, we may or may not be done. tongue.gif You'll see more when we're ready to talk.

I think that's about it for the week. All of my non-work and non-BZP time has been filled up by Hellgate: London and Guitar Hero III (plus some Halo 3, of course). All great games I highly recommend if you enjoy those particular genres.

As always, I want to hear your feedback, so leave it. Ask questions too, I'll answer them as best I can.

Until next week!






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Name:
Andrew
Alias:
Black Six
Join Date:
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Staff Since:
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Position:
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Forums Currently Moderated:
Bionicle RPG, LEGO RPG, News Discussion
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Fan-Created Games, Promotions, Marketplace Banter, Storyline & Theories, Buy/Sell/Trade, probably some others
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