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One day left to vote in Caveat Scriptor!

Posted by Lyichir , Jan 22 2014 · 74 views

Have you voted in Caveat Scriptor yet? If not, drop everything you're doing and go vote. Right now. There's only one day left and so far only 16 people have voted; and I know there's far more than 16 active members here.
Currently, my entry, The Lego Movie: Primetime Pitch, is in second place by a small margin. You don't have to vote for it! But I would feel MUCH better, whether I win or lose, if more people voted in the contest whatsoever. If I lose when only 16 people have voted, I'll have to continue to wonder if I might have won had more people cared about the contest at all. If we can just get double that many votes—even if none of them vote for my entry—I'll at least be able to rest easy knowing that the winner was chosen by a representative sample of BZPers, rather than just a small number of members who cared enough to read the stories and pick a favorite.

The contest ends tomorrow at 11:59 p.m. EST! So get over there and place your votes!


Movies and Mad Loot

Posted by Lyichir , Jan 19 2014 · 128 views
My Little Pony, Lego and 3 more...
So yesterday after watching an AMAZING episode of My Little Pony, Aanchir, Meiko and I went up to Potomac Mills to see Catching Fire before it left theaters for good. As I expected, it was excellent. And as a bonus, we got to visit the Lego store! My haul was as follows:

70803 Cloud Cuckoo Palace
70724 NinjaCopter
President Business Collectible Minifigure
Emmet Poster, Wyldstyle Poster (which I missed last week), and Benny Poster
Pick-a-Brick Cup (including, among other things, more than a hundred each of Olive Green cheese slopes and Light Bley 1x1 round tiles)
Uni-Kitty Key Light (not from the Lego store, but from the Books-a-Million which a Lego store employee helpfully informed me had two in stock)
Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare (also from Books-a-Million, obviously)

Meiko also picked up 71006 The Simpsons House to review, as well as 70808 Super Cycle Chase. All in all, a good day. And I'm now the proud owner of two Uni-Kittys (the fig itself and a light-up keychain). It was a somewhat modest haul for a trip to the Lego store, but it was satisfying, and I'll be able to pick up the slack next month when I visit as part of the BZPower Lego Movie Meetup!


Attention, members from Northern Virginia and the surrounding area!

Posted by Lyichir , Jan 13 2014 · 150 views
The Lego Movie, BZPower, Meetup and 1 more...
Are you super-psyched for The Lego Movie? Would you like a chance to hang out with some fellow BZP members? Has it been too long since you've visited a Lego store? Well, check it out! I'm trying to arrange a meetup for a bunch of us to get together at Tyson's Corner or Potomac Mills and watch the movie, visit the Lego store, and just generally have a good time. If that sounds like something you'd be interested in, head over to the topic! I need all of your input to make this meetup as cool as possible!


Whatever Happened to the Comedies Subforum?

Posted by Lyichir , Jan 03 2014 · 231 views
Comedies, Caveat Scriptor
I'll make a confession. I have pretty much ignored the comedies subforum for years now. Checking it regularly was one of the casualties of the Great Downtime, since so many of the great comedic minds of BZPower moved on from the site, and what was left (in my eyes) was a wasteland of long-form Bionicle parodies (which I had had my fill of, like I had with Bionicle in general) and stories about flanderized Bionicle characters in decidedly non-Bionicle situations (The Toa Try To Run an Establishment of the Author's Choice, etc.).
I guess I thought it the subforum would survive whether or not I checked it, as it had before I discovered BZP comedies in the first place. Plenty of other subforums do, after all. I've never had any interest in RPGs, for instance, but the RPG subforum remains one of the most active parts of BZP. But now that I've written a comedy of my own (gasp!), I can see that that wasn't really the case. Not only has my Caveat Scriptor entry gone without comments, but in the course of keeping track of it I couldn't help but notice that not much else is happening in that subforum, either. I hope more people contribute to the ongoing contest, because currently the forum seems to be the deadest part of BZP.


My Caveat Scriptor Entry

Posted by Lyichir , Dec 31 2013 · 80 views
The Lego Movie, Caveat Scriptor
So I read about the Caveat Scriptor contest BZPower was running in the comedies subforum. And I, a person who mostly avoids the comedies subforum, thought to myself, "Ah, this sounds like the kind of thing I could actually enter." So I did. You can read my entry, The Lego Movie: Primetime Pitch, here.
Now for this blog entry to get buried under 2013 retrospectives!


I am not the Chosen One

Posted by Lyichir , Dec 08 2013 · 249 views

Because if I were, than Emkay would only be one of the Chosen Two.
Reply at your own risk.


From: The Lego Movie

Posted by Lyichir , Dec 04 2013 · 197 views
The Lego Movie


So, with less than two months to go until The Lego Movie hits theaters, I thought it would be worth it to start a topic and see if I could get some discussion going.
The Lego Movie is being developed by Warner Bros. It's got some big-name stars (Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, and Liam Neeson, among others). The trailers we've seen so far are gorgeous, with stop motion animation blended perfectly with CGI to create the first full-length Lego movie where EVERYTHING is made out of Lego elements (up to and including water, lasers, and explosions). There's going to be a large accompanying line of sets, pictures of which give us more of a taste of what we can expect from the movie, as well as a full series of 16 collectible minifigures.
How excited am I? Ridiculously excited. I could prattle on and on about how awesome this looks, but let's leave that up to everyone to discuss. What are you most excited about in regards to the movie? What's your impression of the trailers we've seen so far? What Lego themes or characters do you hope to see featured in the movie? This is an open discussion, so have at it!

So, in the hopes of kickstarting some more discussion here on BZPower, I just started a topic for discussing the upcoming Lego movie! Head on over there and share your thoughts!
Source: The Lego Movie


Comic Book Haul!

Posted by Lyichir , Nov 05 2013 · 144 views
My Little Pony, Avatar, Sandman and 1 more...
On Friday, Aanchir and I got out to our local comic book store, and left with one of the biggest comic hauls we've ever gotten in a single outing.

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Pretty sweet, huh? They had run out of My Little Pony Issue 12, but we did get quite a few other things.

The Search, Part Three is good (as I've come to expect from the Avatar comics), and does a good job of resolving the search for Zuko's mother, as well as providing some sense of closure in regards to Azula.

The Sandman Overture #1 is beautiful. It's a bit hard to get a sense of where the story is going this early in (this being the first time I've had to read the series issue by issue rather than in compiled graphic novel form). But every single page is stunning, and I don't expect Neil Gaiman to disappoint me as the series goes on.

The MLP Annual 2013, which is Equestria Girls themed, is pretty excellent as well. I was one of those fans who never really had a problem with Equestria Girls (besides the fact that the toys are even less like their show counterparts than the normal pony toys are), but even so, I'd recommend this even to fans who disliked the movie. Both parts of the annual (The Fall of Sunset Shimmer and the redundantly titled "Equestria Girls") tell a more complex and nuanced story than the movie did. The latter story, for those who were wondering, is also a prequel to the movie, telling the story of how the "Main Five" first met, and helping to build up the world of Canterlot High beyond the cursory look at it we got in the movie.

Axe Cop: President of the World did disappoint me somewhat, if only because it tells a less cohesive story than the series' previous print outing, Bad Guy Earth. There's no lack of the wild imagination that makes Axe Cop unique, though, so even with a slightly worse story it's still a thrill to read.

The last comic was a Halloween exclusive preview of the MLP comic series. It only features an excerpt from issue #4, which I already owned and had read, but it was free, and thus worth it if only to add to my collection of MLP comics.

I hadn't been able to get out to the comic shop with any regularity compared to when I was up in Boston and the nearest comic shop was within walking distance. But after today's haul, I'm more optimistic about future visits.


Big McIntosh Dating Sim (From: Official My Little Pony topic)

Posted by Lyichir , Aug 21 2013 · 287 views

Sooooo... I finally broke down and started a silly little project I'd been contemplating for a while. It's a Visual Novel-style Dating Sim, where you play as Big McIntosh and get to date each of the Mane Six (except Applejack, of course). The catch is that your only choices for responding to questions are "Eeyup", "Nnope", and "...", and partly due to that each date ends rather poorly regardless of what decisions you make.

Story-wise, I'm trying to keep the whole thing in-character and close to the spirit of the show. There'll be some minor mature themes, mostly expressed through innuendo, but in general I'm trying to keep it about as lighthearted and innocent as a game that revolves around heartbreak can be. The sensuality that is there will be mostly for the purpose of tracking progression and enhancing the disappointment when things don't work out in the end.

For example, in Twilight's story she goes on a dinner date with Big McIntosh, while reading from a book about dating. Afterwards, she invites him home with her, since the book recommends that after a good date. Just as she finishes preparing a bed for the two of them, she starts to ask him some questions that don't have yes or no answers. When she realizes that Big McIntosh has such a limited vocabulary, she points out that it wouldn't work out between them and sends him home.

I'm putting it together in Microsoft Powerpoint (which is probably the worst tool I could use for the job, but it's also the easiest for a non-programmer like myself to figure out), and it's coming along well. I have the Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy routes fully scripted; Twilight's and Rarity's are mostly scripted though I'll need to go back to them and make them longer; I'm making progress on Pinkie Pie's, but it's been the hardest for me so far and I still am unsure exactly where I'm going with it. I have color coded text boxes but no art, although a friend who worked on Double Rainboom says she told some of the folks she worked with about it and some of them expressed interest, so fingers crossed.

I've been trying to keep it low key. It's just a silly little thing I'm doing to see whether I have what it takes, as well as to poke fun at a lot of the shipping involved. I hope some people might play it and be impressed, but the last thing I want is a disproportionate amount of hype that the finished game (which is ultimately more about the illusion of choice than a true variety of choices) will never be able to live up to. Nonetheless, I felt I could share this idea with you pony folks here at BZPower.

So, does anyone have any questions? Opinions? Suggestions? Diagnoses of lunacy? I'm all ears.

Source: Official My Little Pony topic



Posted by Lyichir , Jun 27 2013 · 203 views

Guys guys guys.
I just wanted to say I'm generally proud of what's been going on in the blogs lately.
People have been making entries (at least partially) about politics. And the staff has, from what I've seen, been VERY lenient about letting them live so long as they stay civil. And for the most part, they have.
That said, there are some things I'd like to talk about.
Most of us know what happened in Texas. A lot of (generally agreed upon to be) bad stuff went on. Remember that that was in response to (generally agreed upon to be good) stuff happened there too. Remember that both sides of the debate there have Texans arguing them, so even if the guys in charge act like cool dudes sometimes, I don't think the people who stood there for 15 hours would like you slandering their state after they tried their very hardest to change the status quo there for the better.
Also, I've seen some off-site mumblings with people complaining about the staff. And I think that's not that cool. The staff have been awesome lately at letting members express themselves (particularly here in the blogs) and only step in when things start to get vitriolic. Five or six years ago I don't think I'd have seen this sort of open discussion about gender politics or gender identity here. That's not to say the staff did the wrong thing back then. But we've matured as a userbase, and I think B6 has been generally awesome at letting us explore the boundaries of where the politics rule needs/doesn't need to be enforced. So don't be hatin'.
But in general, y'all keep doing how you're doing. That's part of what keeps me coming back to this section of BZPower.

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