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Baseplate Punch

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Oct 30 2012 · 952 views
Be mindful of the 500 kB filesize limit, young Padawan. ~Valenti

I punched it so hard. And then used the Force to pull it back up. Obviously.




Posted by xccj , in News Oct 26 2012 · 617 views

Yay, good news on the job front!

I applied for a few internships already for January 2013 (you know, considering we all don't go puff in December because of some Mayan god or something.) They're based in Dallas, and I had a phone interview, and now they want an in person interview, so they're flying me out there for a day. At this point they've got to be interested, right? I hope to do my best in said interview, and I'm excited to see what will come of it!

Also I may have mentioned in my resume (AKA specifically stated) that I'm a reporter for BZP. So potentially they might visit the front page, read all my lovely set reviews (I know, right) and then find their way into this blog. So everybody, let them know I'm super responsible and everything! :D (Actually, I was going for more of "part of an online community" and "actually posts news stories once a week" rather than "blogs needlessly about Lego" but I've got to cover all my bases!)

Otherwise, I'm fairly busy with senor stuff for my last semester of classes. No slacking off for the rest of the year for me. (And no buying Lego until I get an income. And there's still so many Ninjago sets that I want...!)



BrickCon People Caption Contest Part 6

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Oct 23 2012 · 373 views
Oh yeah, when I lock an entry, I don't get comments on it. Well, in that case, time to break out more BrickCon Photos!

Post something funny / witty / ironic as a caption for the photo, because you know you want to!

This time, it's Return of the Hat!

Part 6

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BTW, Voted

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, News Oct 22 2012 · 242 views

Actually filled out my ballot last Friday, but got it put in the mail today.

And even tho I watched the full debate, my mind was already made up. (And having watch it, it just made me more determined to vote my way.)

That way being Obama. Also went generally Democrat for the state positions too. Especially hoping to replace my Republican Representative, whom I sent a letter to a year ago and got a response that boiled down to "thanks for contacting me, here is why I'm doing the exact opposite."

I would love to discuss political views because I can't believe how some people out there thing, but alas this is BZPower and it's against the rules because we don't want the equivalent of a food fight with boiling sauce being thrown around. (I think that's a lovely analogy for heated discussions on BZPower. :P )

And as such, entry locked! Make sure to go out and vote!



Bohrok Pens

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Oct 21 2012 · 829 views

Oh god I'm doing it again...

Okay, anybody ever get one of those Bohrok pens from 02? I guess they're like the Toa pens, but they have these smaller Bohrok faceplate elements... and maybe a krana bead?

See, these might be useful pieces for building minifig-scale Bohrok. (Yeah, crazy idea, I know.) But there are so few images of them on the web, and I can't see the kind of detail for how they'd work. So if somebody has ever owned one, could they say what kind of unique pieces the pens includes, and how they connect (are they a clip or an actual bead? Would they be able to connect to standard studs?) Also, if you have one, interesting in selling? :P

But yeah, seriously, any details on these would be nice. Would like to know if they're going to work before I make a potential purchase, rather than buying one and realizing it's useless.




Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Oct 18 2012 · 313 views

While (InLoop){



InLoop = False;


See, when you're outside the loop, you are not in it. But when you are in the loop, you can never escape.

This brought to you be recursion. Now go to the top and start reading again.



Kanoka Game

Posted by xccj , in News Oct 18 2012 · 333 views
Kanoka, Hand Coded Games
I was looking through my collection today, since I have a lot of stuff to put away after the conventions. That aside, I took interest in my collection of glow in the dark Kanoka discs, and I started to remember a game for them that I created back in 04. I know I've hinted about it before, but I've never downright posted the rules. So I spent some time revising the game today, and now have stuff to share with you. :D

Kanoka, of course, were the collectible discs from the Metru Nui saga, There was a code on each disc that described its different attributes. The first digit was the Metru, which determined specific flight patterns. The second was special powers. And the third was overall power level. So you could have a ton of combinations, and you had to "collect them all!" (Granted, not all codes were released in set forms, sadly enough.) I got slightly obsessed with Kanoka after writing a couple of stories with them, and somewhere along the line I came up with this game that matched discs against each other.

So, for the actual game's rules. Basically, you have two opponents, and each has six discs they can select from. There is also a discard pile. Each opponent has twenty life points. One opponent goes on the offensive, and selects a disc to use. The defender can then select a disc to counter the offensive one. The disc powers are matched up (I'll get into more detail on this) and if the offensive player wins, the defensive player loses life points (determined by the difference in disc values.) If there's a tie or the defender wins, no life points are lost on either end. Both players discard their discs (unless a powerup allows them to keep the disc) and then they each pick a new disc from the pile. (This way, they always have six discs in hand, and can go through a wide variety of disc types.)

The determining factor for a disc to win is its power level. Initially, this is determined by the third digit, so higher numbers (7 or 8) are obviously more powerful discs. However, disc type and special powers can also provide bonuses, depending on the situation. This way, there's some strategy to choosing the discs to use in offense or defense. Here's a list of the various bonuses.

First Digit: Region
[1] Ta-Metru: 2+ Offense
[2] Ga-Metru: Do Not Discard Disc if Win on Offense
[3] Po-Metru: 2+ Defense
[4] Ko-Metru: 1+ Offense, or 2+ Offense against Po-Metru
[5] Le-Metru: 1+ Defense, or 2+ Defense against Ta-Metru
[6] Onu-Metru: Do Not Discard Disc if Win on Defense

Second Digit: Powers
[1] Reconstruct at Random: Random 1+ or 1- Offense and Defense
[2] Freeze: 1+ Offense
[3] Weaken: 2+ Offense
[4] Removes Poison: 2+ Defense
[5] Enlarge: 1+ Offense, or 1+ Defense against Shrink
[6] Shrink: 1+ Defense against Enlarge
[7] Regenerate: 1+ Defense, or 2+ Defense against Weaken
[8] Teleport: 1+ Offense and Defense

I could go into all the reasons why I chose specific bonuses, but that would increase my babbling even more, so if you have a question about one, go ahead and ask. But I did try to make some counter each other, like the Ko-Metru and Po-Metru discs. And I also liked the idea of Reconstruct at Random discs either giving you positive or negative points. :D

So yeah, that's my game. I guess it's comparable to other card games or whatever. And despite everything, it doesn't actually require any shooting of discs when played with on the floor, so accuracy or skill doesn't really factor into the outcomes. I'm not completely against tweaking some of the rules or powers, because I did play it against myself with mixed results.

But don't have anyone to play with / don't want to play by yourself / don't actually own a large collection of Kanoka discs?? Well, then you can also check out my WIP online game version. Yes, right now it's text only, but I think I've worked the code out right to make the game play logically and everything. It needs work, obviously, but if you have any suggestions on it, let me know. (And it's also a little more fun than my Slizer game, because it requires a bit more strategy rather than blind luck. The luck part comes in the fact that I kept getting all the lame discs and the computer opponent got all the good ones!)

Aaaaaaaaaand that's what I obsessed over today. Night, folks!



BrickCon People Caption Contest Part 5

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Oct 16 2012 · 553 views
Pro: Getting a call about an interview. Yayz!
Con: They did it at 8 AM. Don't they know that night owls are asleep until at least 11?

Enough about me, more BrickCon Captions...

I have a lot of cool people pictures from our fun times at BrickCon. Instead of just posting them all at once, I'll stagger them out into multiple blog entries, and let you submit captions for each of them / comment on em. No prize other than sharing your wit with the community.

Part 5

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Man, I have like 20 of these so I could keep doing this all month.



BrickCon People Caption Contest Part 4

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Oct 13 2012 · 491 views
What's this? A front page news story on BrickCon? That's right, a one week turnaround! (Okay, I know Black Six has gotten stuff posted up quicker for some conventions, but a week is still better than average for speedy convention coverage, and probably also a personal best.)

Anyway, back to caption contest...

I have a lot of cool people pictures from our fun times at BrickCon. Instead of just posting them all at once, I'll stagger them out into multiple blog entries, and let you submit captions for each of them / comment on em. No prize other than sharing your wit with the community.

Now we turn to the theme of Micah...

Part 4

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Posted by xccj , in Review Oct 12 2012 · 353 views
Helms Deep
Just finished building the LotR Helm's Deep Set.

:inlove: :OMG: :br:

Oh man, oh man, oh man, such an awesome, awesome set. Love the curved walls. Love the many pieces. Love the minifigs! If anything, I'm sad that it's so large and full of awesome because I don't have a shelf large enough to display it on. :(

I also added by Legolas fig (traded from Swert's boss) and my Eowyn fig (custom made by Nuju Metru) to make the castle even more awesome. Since the orcs were getting outnumbers, I also reinforced their ranks with Serpentine. :P But still, the set as a whole is so... SO FULL OF WIN!

Worth not buying any more Lego for the rest of the year? Totally!!


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