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Rejected (Maybe) Distillery and Pub

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Aug 03 2013 · 422 views

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Cause my team would rather have blood sacrifices than parties with lightshows. :P I think. I dunno, it's not like we communicate or anything.

That one image totally isn't someone drinking; it's somebody tazing themselves in the mouth. Who it is is still up in the air.



Chima Fig Swap?

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Aug 02 2013 · 191 views

So I guess the latest round of Chima system sets is out.  There are a lot of cool fig characters that I'm interested in, and some that I'm not so much.  I'm assuming other people are interested in collecting Chima figs, and I know myself I'm uninterested in the BrickLink prices they fetch for.  I'm considering buying one of the larger sets (like that one wolf car / moving fortress one) which has some cool figs and some that I'd be willing to part with.
So is there anybody here who'd be willing to swap Chima figs at all?
Specifically, I want to get the female versions, and currently I haven't bought a larger set yet so I can't trade em right away... but potentially in the future?  Eh, thought I'd at least put this out there.  Thanks for reading.



Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jul 23 2013 · 309 views

We make a team of elemental Toa.
Who's with me?


Why I Like Being a Lifetime Premier

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jul 21 2013 · 163 views

Back when I first bought premier membership, 6 months was like $6, 1 year was $10, and lifetime was $25.
So if it lasted for more than 4 six month periods (2 years) or the equivalent of 2.5 years, then lifetime membership would pay for itself.  (Assuming that BZP's life was greater than said 2.5 years.)
I've had it for 10 years.  Yeah, it's paid for itself.  :P
And that was before price increases!
Also, I clearly have very little of what some call "a life."
Anyway, probably won't blog too much cause it'll get lost in the oncoming flood anyway.  Enjoy the perks, everybody!


Find the Masks Game: Feedback

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jun 25 2013 · 641 views

Please leave feedback about the game here. Thanks.

Bionicle: Find the Masks Game


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The premise of the game is pretty simple. Each of the Toa need to locate five other Kanohi masks of power in order to defeat Makuta. You can visit each region and help locate the five masks. Once youve found all five masks for a Toa, they will receive their golden Kanohi. And when youve found the masks for all the Toa, youll win the game!

All the masks are hidden, although some are more difficult to locate than others. Some will be carried by the vicious Rahi. Others can be retrieved with the help of the local Matoran. Some will require an event to happen multiple times before theyre revealed, and others will require the use of specific tools that can be found in different regions. See if you can locate them all!


The quest for the masks was one of my favorite aspects of Bionicle in the early days, and so it seemed natural to want to make a game out of it. The game made using Flash ActionScript, and all the drawings, animations, and coding were done by me. (But to be fair, by draw I do mean trace out characters based on their set images or their appearance in the MNOLG) Honestly, the MNOLG was a big inspiration for me to try this. The game isnt nearly as complex as it or some of the other fan games Ive seen in this form, but I had fun making it and I hope you can have fun playing it too.

Please feel free to leave comments on the game play or any coding bugs you notice. (Ive tried to make it uncool-dude-proof, and Im a fairly big uncool-dude myself so I was a great tester, but I still mightve missed some things.) I also have help from Swert, Kakaru, 55555, and Velox, who all tested the various stages for me and gave me helpful advice. Please report any issues and Ill either try to fix them or explain how I cant fix them. (Laziness is an important factor in this too. :P )

If you want to discuss the various locations of the masks and such, please do so in spoiler tags, because honestly thats the whole point of the game play and I dont want it ruined for new players who start by reading the topic first. But I dont mind giving hints either, since some of the masks are a bit tricky to locate, depending on your skill at these kinds of Flash games. ;)

You can also leave feedback in the topic for now, but eventually it's going to die, and so I'm channeling feedback here because blog entries can always be revived. Yay.

So anyway, this is what Ive been working on for the last month or so. Have fun, and again, feel free to leave any comments. Thanks!

Xccj ~ Jason



Lame Archive

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jun 18 2013 · 248 views

For a reference, I wanted to go back and look at one of my older Bionicle stories, one that had actually gotten a decent response on BZPower back in the day. But for the life of me, I couldn't find it saved on my computer. (But having looked up the date, I realize that it was probably written in the brief period where I owned my own laptop... which was stolen after six months, along with a whole bunch of my work that I had neglected to save elsewhere. Well, that's one mystery solved.)

But anyway, failing to find my copy, I decided to look up BZP's. Cause, y'know, I posted it here way back in the day, and when you post something on the internet, it never disappears. NEVAH! (Oh wait, I guess that only applies to embarrassing stuff and not work I'm proud of.)

So I dove into the BZPower Archive. After some searching and browsing and logging in again, I found the topic. :D Then I opened the topic. No posts were saved, just the topic and it's meta data (date, title, author, ext).

I looked up more of my old stories, as well as my review topics. Only a few of them had anything saved, and most was incomplete.

So really not much of an archive as far as I'm concerned. :P Oh well. (Google isn't any help either; their "cached" version is only a month old so it's the same blank page.)

I'm not complaining or anything: I know how much data there was to save on the old BZP forums, and I'm amazed that any survived at all. But yeah, just posting my findings. And anyway, why live in the past?



Palm Pilot

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, Stories May 23 2013 · 412 views

So, way back in the day, there were these devices called Palm Pilots or something.  They could include calendars and notepads and other stuff on them.  Basically, I always saw them as hand held computers, although clearly they were limited compared to desktops.  This was like in the early 2000s.  I know a couple of my classmates had some.
And back in 2003 or 2004 (I forget when) I wrote this adventure story that I'm sure I've mentioned here before.  It was about four friends getting trapped in a virtual game, where if they die there they die for real, and the only way out was to win the game.  (Rip off of Sword Art Online?  No, I finished this before then.  It was a rip-off of some other cartoon idea.  :P )  But one guy was able to keep out of the game, and he spend the story hacking into the program and trying to free the friends.  At one point, his desktop is compromised, so he downloads the data onto his palm pilot and goes mobile.  The palm pilot is integral to him finally figuring out the coding in the end.
The problem?  Well, I'm updating the story again, and something occurred to me.  Palm Pilots totally want out of style, and were never quite the extravagant hand held computers anyway.  But... well, what I described does sound familiar, doesn't it?  Oh yeah, smart phones.  Everybody and their dog has one nowadays, and they're clearly not a passing fad.
So, should I replace the palm pilot in the story with a smart phone?  It would be a little more accurate and true to current technology.  But it's also a classic part of my story which follows the technology of that era.  So, opinions?
(I know, first world dilemma for sure!)


Black Female Fig Head

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, News Mar 15 2013 · 644 views

So since Lego has started making realistic skin tone heads, we've started wanting more shades.  Characters from Indiana Jones and Super Heroes got these cool shades of black or dark flesh, but they were all male.  Why couldn't we have a larger palette of female heads?  After all, there are so many characters that could be made (Zoe from Firefly, Leena from WH13, Cassie from Animorphs... some examples I've been wanting anyway.)  Now there have been some female heads in light flesh, but when would we get more?
I got excited when I first saw the Lone Ranger mine set.  It has this one Indian fig, and based on the hairpiece, I assumed it must be a female.  When I saw some slightly more detailed picts, it started to look like an older woman.  Not as versatile, but still good.  Now, having seen box art, I guess it's actually supposed to be an older male chief.  So that was disappointing.
But then... I happened to be browsing through images of the summer Star Wars set.  In particular, the Spider Droid set.  Ordinarily, I would quickly overlook it.  Design isn't that amazing, pieces aren't great, and it's not quite the iconic ship either.  But then I saw an image of the figs, and the jedi gal has a female face printed on a brown head.
So okay, maybe I'll be picking up this set.  (Because I know going for that one piece second hand is going to be horridly costly.)  But yes, good for Lego for finally diversifying the female figs... even if this one came as a surprise to me.
Oh... and yeah, then there's life going on and such, but the realization of minifig distribution is so much more important to blog about, no?  (And it's not technically even new news either, just me going "HEY!")


Grumble Grumble

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Mar 09 2013 · 255 views

Stupid spring break. <_<


Next Word Game Challenge

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Mar 01 2013 · 1,010 views

Name a character whose name doesn't have vowels (A, E, I, O, U) or the letters T, N, S, H, R.  The letter Y can be in the name, but it cannot be the second letter or the last letter.
The character doesn't necessarily have to be Bionicle. 
Go!  B-)

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