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Random Fact

Posted by Emzee , in BZPower and LEGO Oct 19 2014 · 150 views
10 years, legends of, metru nui
Ten years ago today, the second BIONICLE movie was released. That was also the year I started high school.

...

Gotta love these decade anniversaries that remind me of my age. They're not gonna stop either...


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Bionicle 2015

Posted by Emzee , in BZPower and LEGO Oct 10 2014 · 158 views

Honestly, I'm just happy there gets to be a new generation of kids that'll get to experience this awesome line. I won't pretend like I'm going to buy all the sets (or even just one), but from what I see, the beginning wave of sets mostly look well-built.

Job well done, TLG. ^_^


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Enter the Ninjago Monster Contest!

Posted by Emzee , Sep 18 2014 · 65 views

Entry period ends on September 22nd. There have been some entries from this forum so far, but I'd really love to see more from you guys!

Here's a refresher on the entry requirements:

MUSIC AND MOVIES RULES:

1. There should be one entry per member. All BZPower members are welcome to submit an entry.

2. Entries must adequately fit into the Ninjago theme. For music, that means either stylistically or through lyrics. Don't be afraid to be creative with this if you plan on writing lyrics though!

3. All entries must be your new and original work and cannot have been presented before.

4. You may not modify your entry once posted unless you have instruction to do so to fix a rules violation, or if you have approval to correct a minor error. All such requests should be PMed to Emzee.



FAN CREATED GAMES RULES:


1. Board games, card games, video games, and detailed game ideas are all allowed as entries.

2. All game ideas must be your new and original work and cannot have been presented before, whether on paper or as an actual game or game demo.

3. Entries may not be modified once posted unless you have instruction to do so to fix a rules violation, or if you have approval to correct a minor error. All such requests should be PMed to Emzee.

4. Games must fit into the theme mentioned.

5. If entering a game idea, each entry must include at least the following:

  • An objective of the game (the “win” condition)
  • A genre (First Person Shooter, Action-Adventure, etc.). Board/card games are allowed.
  • A detailed overview of the game controls (keyboard keys, joystick support, etc.)
  • A detailed description of your game’s mechanics or features (i.e. what can the player do?)
  • A description of your game’s artistic style (if applicable)
  • A description of the story and characters (if applicable)

6. If entering a playable game as an entry, make sure to include a short but informative description about the game. You should include screenshots or, if you're submitting a board/card game, pictures of the props, cards, etc.

7. There should be one entry per member. All BZPower members are welcome to submit an entry.


Four days left. Make me proud, y'all.

(I should have maybe posted this sooner and for that I am sorry)



Source: Create, envision, or compose in the name of Ninjago!


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How Well Do You Know Me? AMA!

Posted by Emzee , in BZPower and LEGO Jul 27 2014 · 118 views
ask me anything
I had considered starting this on my membership anniversary, but decided that no one really does these anymore.

This is why I'm not in the stock market.

Anyway, you know the drill? What is something you've always wanted to know about me? Ask away!


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All About that One-Two

Posted by Emzee , in BZPower and LEGO Jul 23 2014 · 87 views
bzpower, anniversary
When I joined BZPower, I twelve years old.

And today marks the twelfth anniversary of that late night decision (I had joined shortly after midnight after my folks were asleep. Still remember that, lol) to join the site I had been lurking for so long. Had it not been for this site, I honestly cannot imagine what kind of person I would have become. It was BZPower that formally introduced me to the glorious geek culture, and made me feel like that was an okay culture to be a part of (actually, it made me feel like it was the best culture to be a part of).

All the best to both the veterans and the newbies. I still can't believe I've been a member of this community for almost as long as I had been alive when I joined.


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RTX Pictures

Posted by Emzee , Jul 12 2014 · 104 views
austin, gaming convention
Hi everyone. For those who wanted to see those pictures, here is the URL.

www.dropbox.com/sh/oza1yocyjnd769a/AADApUVE9tMPKoHZnnO5cgaXa . Sorry there aren't that many, I'm no master photographer by any stretch.

I had a blast at that convention, and being able to sleep in my own bed was so worth going alone. I do really need to find people to go with next year. I also still need to go watch that other stream with the Game Grumps, since I decided to go see the RWBY Vol. 1 screening instead.


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RTX / Fourth of July

Posted by Emzee , Jul 04 2014 · 176 views
gaming convention, austin
First off, I want to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July. Even if that date means nothing to you, it's still a Friday. Go out and party it up tonight! :D

Next up. There were some... unfortunate complications with RTX today. Thus, I'm home earlier than expected. This means I get to talk about my first day at the convention.

I woke up bright and early since I regrettably could not get off work early enough for the pre-registration. How they arranged the process was a little complicated, but the (very kind and helpful) Guardians were posted everywhere to direct people and answer questions, so I'm very grateful for that. While in line for registration, I caught a glimpse of Gus rushing by. This was only within like 15 minutes of walking into the convention center.

I would have been ready to enter the con proper at about 9 -- only an hour after the registration opened. Only issue was that the con starts at 12, so I had some waiting to do in that regard (but I at least was near the front of the line to enter the exhibit hall).

Unfortunately, I missed the call for people waiting for the exhibit hall to open to leave the line to go to the RWBY panel waiting hall. They had apparently announced it at about 10 am.

The panel was at 1 pm.

One thing that definitely stands out is how much earlier I have to get in line for things as opposed to PAX East. Attendance has doubled this year at RTX, which means rooms fill up faster than you would think humanly possible. So yeah, I can't talk about RWBY because the hall was filled up long before I even made it to the correct line.

A positive thing from this is that I had plenty of time to explore the exhibit hall and some lunch at one of the few Austin food trucks open on 4th of July. I learned my lesson for the RTAA panel (which was at 3pm) and got in line at about 1:30pm. RTAA isn't quite as popular as RWBY, so I got to sit near the front for that one. Saw Gus Bot, and chuckled at the some of the very ... awkward questions con-goers asked Jordan, Gus, and Burnie (nothing I'm not used to at this point).

After the RTAA panel, I went back to the exhibit hall and picked up Munchkin: Apocalypse. I've been wanting to pick up one of the Munchkin games for awhile and when the lady and the booth talked about it, I knew Apocalypse was the one I wanted.

I went back up to where the main hall was at about 5:30 just to make sure I could get a good seat for the Game Grumps event (which was to be at 8 pm). Line was already packed and I think the Guardians had prepare the waiting room earlier than anticipated, but yeah. I was about in the center of the waiting room

The next highlight was going to be see the Game Grumps play Cards Against Humanity, but then the unfortunate complication happened. All in all, I had a great time, but no lie: it's really not the same going to a convention yourself unless you're the life-of-the-party type. I talked to plenty of people, but it was clear that a lot of us were overextending ourselves to be talkative, and it's just so much effort when you're a huge introvert (coming up with something to talk about is hard). The events and booths are cool, but at every con, the true draw is really just hanging out with your friends.

That's enough rambling. Here are the few pictures I managed to take.

Looking forward to tomorrow (which will be boosted by a good night's sleep tonight!)


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Nonononononono

Posted by Emzee , Jun 25 2014 · 167 views
steam summer sale and 2 more...
^ As said by my wallet. Yeah, that's right.

They got me too. :(

Batman: Arkhan Origins
BioShock Infinite
TES: Skyrim
Mirror's Edge
Saints Row IV
Serious Sam (all the games)
Star Wars: Battlefront 2
Dragon Age: Origins
DmC Devil May Cry
...
AND COUNTING!

(This money is supposed to go towards adult things!!)
Posted Image<- also my wallet.


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Starstruck

Posted by Emzee , Jun 15 2014 · 174 views
rooster teeth, austin and 2 more...
Starstruck Okay, so she didn't sing Creeping in my Soul, but Rooster Teeth's Barbara Dunkelman does do the voice of Yang on RWBY. She's really nice and down to earth, even given the fact that she the RT community manager -- she's really good at what she does. 
 
Photo was taken just this afternoon. 


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From: Amazing Deal on RPG Maker

Posted by Emzee , in Game Dev May 30 2014 · 104 views
rpg maker, game development and 1 more...

To all you game makers out there, you want to check out this week's Humble Bundle. You can pay as much or as little as you want for a copy of RPG Maker VX Ace, plus some additional DLC and a couple of games. Pay at least $6 and you get RPG Maker XP, some more resources, and a few more games. Pay $12 or more and you get the Game Character Hub, more game resources, and another game. It's a great deal, and you can send the money to charity, the developers, or any combination.

This has been a Public Service Announcement from the FCG Staff.



Source: Amazing Deal on RPG Maker






My Bio

Age: 25
Gender: Male
Location: Austin, TX
Favorite color: Cyan
Occupation: Software developer
Games I'm current playing: TES: Morrowind
TV shows I'm watching: House of Cards, Community, 24: Live Another Day
Interests: Bionicle, Ninjago, Game Grumps, RWBY (Rooster Teeth in general), assorted genres of music (electronica, alt. rock, classic rock, instrumental, classical, and hip-hop), music composition/remixing, programming, and game development.
Attended Brickfair VA 2009 and 2013, Brickfair AL 2012, Brick Fiesta 2011 and 2013, Bricks Cascade 2014
Also attended PAX East 2013 and RTX 2014.
Lactose Intolerant
Pumping more iron than I probably should
Actually a liberal arts guy who just majored in Software Engineering

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