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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
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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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Happy Birthday To Me

Posted by Black Six , Aug 04 2006 · 84 views

I know a lot of you tried to wish me Happy Birthday earlier, but it wasn't actually my birthday at that time! Well, now it is, so I figured I'd make a blog entry about it, now that I've finished activating some accounts (yes, an admin's work is never done). The official topic is here (it's the real thing folks, I promise).

I hope you all have a good day on my birthday, and try not to spam too much! smile.gif


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That Darn Sun Is Hot

Posted by Black Six , Aug 02 2006 · 134 views
Real Life
If/when you get a summer job, try to avoid one that involves working outside. In addition to the job I mentioned before, I've been doing some landscape work for a neighbor. With the current heatwave we've been having, it's no fun at all. Getting soaked in one's own sweat while removing bushes and shrubs is not an enjoyable way to spend a summer break, although it pays well. Hopefully the heat will break soon and it won't be as bad. So let this be a warning to you all, outside equals bad; stay inside and surf BZPower. wink.gif

Anyway, had a big Halo 2 LAN party yesterday, which was pretty sweet, bringing back good memories of yester-year. Although I still prefer the original Halo, we all had fun, with fairly balanced teams. I just wish my friend had air conditioning in his basement, lol. Good times, good times...

Well, that's all for now, I had a little time so I figured I'd put something up; enjoy...


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The Trainman Cometh

Posted by Black Six , Jul 30 2006 · 134 views
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Yeah, about the title, don't ask...

Anyway, I booked my train ticket for Brickfest tonight, so I'm all set now, I have transportation, lodging, and most importantly, registration for Brickfest, this is gonna be an awesome way to end my summer before going back to school (I hope)!

Aside from that, the anniversary went pretty well, although it was a chore keeping up in Games & Trivia and Voting Booth, since suddenly everyone could post there; but we managed.

Expect to see another new topic in the Reference Desk soon, though hopefully without the punishment we had to implement in the last one. (At least it seems to have helped the problem somewhat.) For a hint as to what it might be, it was mentioned in both Q&A and VB recently, bum bum bum...

That's about it for now, I know I've been really bad about updating this thing regularly, such is life. Hopefully the future will be better in that regard, but that's what I always say, lol.

Fare thee well...


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Bzpower T-shirts?

Posted by Black Six , Jul 11 2006 · 83 views
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I mentioned the possibility of BZPower T-Shirts at Brickfest, would anyone who knows they are attending be interested in one of these? If you're not attending, would you like to see BZPower sell T-Shirts online? The old Cafepress store is still floating around somewhere, but these would probably be nicer and newer. I was thinking of a simple design, a blue similar to the BZP Classic skin, with a small Hapori Tohu on the left chest with 'BZPower' underneath. There is the possibility of customization with your name on the back, but that increases the price quite a bit. If we want to have them at BF, I'd need to know in advance so I can have them made and you'd need to pay up front. Beyond that you would have to order and pay, then when we get a large enough number of orders, we'd get the shirts and then ship them out. The prices go down the more shirts you order, so the more interest the less cost.
Leave a comment or PM me with suggestions, questions, comments, etc.


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An Update

Posted by Black Six , Jul 10 2006 · 111 views

Well, so much for keeping on top of this thing...
Anyway, finished classes last week, did pretty well I hope. Gotta keep that GPA up. smile.gif
So now I'll be working more, but don't worry, there will still be plenty of time for BZPower, the front page is evidence of that. tongue.gif
In other news, it looks like I'll be going to Brickfest this year, along with quite a few other staff members. So if you can be sure to drop by and give your support to Bionicle! I've been toying around with the idea of having some T-Shirts made to sell at BF, would anybody actually be interested in these?
I'll try to update some more later, but off to work for me now!


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Finals

Posted by Black Six , Jun 29 2006 · 101 views
Real Life
Well, there we go, I knew it wouldn't last. tongue.gif
Anyway, tomorrow begins finals, so this is going to be a short entry. Well, actually, finals have already begun, since one of them is a take-home exam I received on Tuesday; but that's ok, it just gets it done faster. The take home and the exam tomorrow should be pretty easy, it's the one next week that's going to take a lot of studying. It makes me glad I have a week to prepare. smile.gif
Looking back, the summer semester went by really fast. It feels like I've barely missed any summer, and I still have two months left before the fall semester begins, so that works out pretty nicely. To anyone ever considering taking summer classes, here's what I have to say: They go by quickly, they're generally easier, but there's a lot of work, since you have to compress what's normally two weeks worth of work into one. It's a compromise and one that pays off in the end, as far as I'm concerned. In a few days time, I'll be 9 credits or so ahead of most of my peers, and a little closer to that coveted degree.
Now, back to studying, wish me luck! wink.gif


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Rules And Why We Have Them

Posted by Black Six , Jun 26 2006 · 77 views

Three days in a row, I'm amazing myself here. This has got to stop sooner or later.
But until that time, a short essay for tonight.

Rules. BZPower has lots of them. Each one is there for a reason and is meant to be obeyed. Sometimes there are circumstances when it may not seem fair to the individual. Think of this, however, with over 30,000 members, we have to think of the needs of the many as opposed to the needs of the few, or the one. (A cookie for anyone who knows where that's paraphrased from.) As I have told members asking me about the rules many times, there are a lot of younger members here, and we have to keep the content age appropriate. We also don't want them going to websites they shouldn't be going to and we certainly don't want anything from those sorts of sites showing up on BZPower. That is part of why our rules may seem strict at times.

Sometimes because of this, we are forced to ban or otherwise punish members. Again, this is a few people trying to ruin things for the rest that causes those actions to take place. Every once in a while a banned member is given a second chance, but generally they are banned for good. This means that we don't want to see them back on BZPower with different accounts, sharing someone else's account, having their content posted by someone else, etc. While if you choose to talk to them outside of BZPower, that's your decision, if we hear about them dealing with BZPower-related issues, say a contest or something, action will be taken. I'm sure some of you can guess what I'm alluding to, if you can, that's great; everyone else: you have been warned.

I could go on and on with this topic, and maybe someday I will, but today is not that day, and I'm keeping it short.

We want BZPower to be the best fansite it can be. The requires us to have rules and that they be enforced. I hope you all understand that we're not trying to be mean, just trying to appeal to as broad a range of people as possible, so they can all come here and enjoy discussing everyone's favorite Lego theme, Bionicle.


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And Just As It Begins, So Does It End...

Posted by Black Six , Jun 25 2006 · 102 views
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Well, it's been a fun almost three weeks, but the RPG Contest #2 is finally winding down to a close. Be sure to VOTE in the Final Poll, it's going to be close I'm sure, and the more entries the merrier. Good luck to all the finalists!
I'm really proud to see how the RPG Forum has been growing recently. After I helped to create it around four and a half years ago it was a thriving place; but that slowly changed over time and it became less and less active. The inception of the RPG Contest has helped to change that, along with other members' great Software-RPG projects as well as the continuing BZPRPG. None of this would be possible without our great members, creating fantastic RPG entries that have really stirred up interest in the forum. Thanks guys!
As for general BZPower News, I hear the S&T Contest is coming along nicely, and I can assure you that it won't be the last contest we have on BZP this summer, so if writing isn't your thing, keep watching.
As you can probably guess, I'm trying to update this more often, we'll see how long that lasts...
Until next time...


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Congrats Than!

Posted by Black Six , Jun 23 2006 · 96 views
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I thought I'd dedicate a quick Blog entry to Than: Matoran of Anger, BZPower's newest Forum Leader. If I could tell you the story behind his promotion, you'd be on the floor laughing, but alas, you all are not privy to such information. tongue.gif
Obviously we wouldn't have promoted Than if we weren't sure that he'd continue to do an excellent job helping out on the message boards and represent BZPower in a professional, mature, and slightly crazy manner. You earned it man!
For everyone else, watch what you post, because if you break the rules he'll be on top of you faster than you can say "Hapori Tohu."


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Rpg Contest

Posted by Black Six , Jun 22 2006 · 176 views
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I'm really liking this new contest thing, I should have started it a long time ago. Instead of worrying about RPG requests all the time, there are just four blocks of time during the year when I have to work a little harder and organize everything. And it works out better for you guys too. The competition increases the quality of the entries, and you get to pick the ones you want to play. Win-win situation. smile.gif

Concerning the voting, however, see as how we've had over a 50% increase in the number of entries since the last contest, there's probably going to be three rounds of voting this time, like in many other contests on BZP. The way it's going to be set up, however, is a bit different:

There will be three semi final polls, each with seven entries. The first poll will have the winner from each of the seven preliminary polls. The second will have all the second place winners and the third will have all the third place winners. This way, the third place winners don't have to worry about going up against the first place ones (just yet). But at the same time, we don't want all the top RPGs (first place winners from the Prelims) to get kicked out. So, after the Semi-Final round, the top five RPGs in the First Place poll will go onto the Final Poll, the top three Second place entries, and the top two Third place ones, for a total of ten entries in the final poll. I feel this is fair, as it gives a chance to good RPGs that may have been faced up against a really popular entry in the preliminaries, to at least get into the final poll. And remember, the top three RPGs get to be created and played by all of BZPower, so even at that point it will still be anybody's game.

Let me know what you think about this. I'm still open to suggestions, but like I said, I think this is pretty fair to all contestants.

See you on the boards...






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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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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.