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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. Some perks of joining include:
  • Create your own topics, participate in existing discussions, and vote in polls
  • Show off your creations, stories, art, music, and movies
  • Enter contests to win free LEGO sets and other prizes
  • Participate in raffles to win LEGO prizes
  • Organize with other members to attend or send your MOCs to LEGO fan events all over the world
  • Much, much more!
Enjoy your visit!

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Graphic Design Help

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Dec 02 2016 · 2,715 views
Twitch, YouTube, Streaming
I'm looking for some help from one of you creative types out there. I would like some overlay images we can use during BZPower's streams, both for builds and games, to help share info for people who tune in part-way through and give them more of a BZPower-feel.

For a visual style, I'm thinking something like the overlays we use for our YouTube thumbnails, with the angled line and the gears, but obviously smaller so it takes up less space. Maybe one in the bottom left and one in the top right. One would have generic BZPower info, the site name, URL, and social media names and icons. The other would be mostly empty to be customized for each stream. For sets it would have the set name, piece count, and price. For games it would have the game name. An overlay with directions for the giveaways we do might be a good idea too.

Resolution should be 1920x1080 minimum and the file format should be something I can easily edit in GIMP to add the required text, so XCF or PSD probably.

I am ready to be wowed. :)


Join the Club

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Nov 12 2016 · 879 views
Xbox, Gaming
Microsoft recently added a new feature to Xbox Live allowing people to make clubs so people who share common interests can get find each other, get together, and play videogames. I figured BZPower was an interest so I made us a club! Give it a join and hopefully it will help you find some like-minded gamers to play videogames with.

Maybe if it gets some momentum we'll do gaming nights? Would that be a cool thing?


Taking Administrative Action

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower May 22 2016 · 1,913 views

I meant to get something like this posted earlier this weekend, but commitments to BrickFair New England prevented that from happening in a more timely manner, so I'm sorry for that.

In light of some recent developments on and off BZP, I think it's important for us to talk briefly about how the staff take action. Sometimes a situation arises and the staff need time to sort things out, so member accounts are suspended to stop further posts until we can get to the bottom of things. This is generally a temporary measure.

At this point there will be a lot of discussion and research before any permanent action is taken. When the staff does finally take administrative action, such as removing Proto or banning someone, we do so using all of the information available to us at the time. Often we have more insight than the general membership: for example there may be private messages, emails, or server logs that can provide information to help us make our decision. Because much of this is personal, we do not usually openly share it out of respect for people's privacy, especially since there may be other members involved apart from the ones action is being taken against.

Of course if more information is brought to light after the fact we can and do reevaluate our decisions and can reverse or take take additional action. We are not all-knowing robots that monitor everyone all the time.

Finally, we take personal threats to the safety of our members and staff very seriously, and this can often have an impact on the action we take.

I hope that helps clear things up. If you have any general questions, I'm always happy to answer them. I will not be going into any specific details about any actions we have taken though.

Thanks as always to all of our members for their understanding and support.



Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, Real Life Aug 05 2015 · 1,607 views
Birthday, Anniversary, Old, Life
The past few days have been full of milestones that really have been putting things in perspective for me.

I was born on August 5th, 1987. Today I turn twenty-eight! Go me for surviving this long!

I joined BZPower on August 2nd, 2001. I've been a member for fourteen years now. This site has become a huge part of my life for so many reasons.

An interesting thing happens when you combine those two dates and do a little math. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet I can tell that I was alive for 5111 days before I joined BZPower.

Similar magic tells us that 5111 days after August 2nd, 2001 was July 31st, 2015. So as of last Friday, I had been a member of BZPower for the same amount of time that I hadn't been a member. That means that as of last Saturday, I've now been a member of this community for over half of my life. That is crazy and scary and awesome.

Tomorrow, August 6th, 2014, will be my fourteenth anniversary of joining the staff. I was not always the most active staffer, but I've managed to hang in here for almost a decade and a half.

This came up at BrickFair this past weekend, but it's worth reiterating here, I think. I just can't imagine what my life would be like without BZPower. There's so many meaningful relationships I've made through this site, both personal and professional, that I wouldn't have otherwise. Without BZPower, I would have likely fallen out of Bionicle and LEGO in general. I probably never would have gone to a LEGO convention, especially as an exhibitor, let alone the twenty-six that I've been to now. (That is scary!) I wouldn't have run a podcast for four years, or be a LEGO Ambassador, or have gone to New York Comic Con to help relaunch Bionicle. So many things that have helped shape my life would not have happened that I'd probably be a different person. All because of one little website.

I'm so thankful that I stumbled upon this place fourteen years ago and that the community has been so open and welcoming to all the fans that have come joined me here since then. You all make it worth coming back to each day and working to do better and make the site even more awesome.

Here's to another fourteen years?


BZPower Members in Dallas or Texas?

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Jun 05 2015 · 769 views
Dallas, Texas, BrickUniverse
I'm putting out a call to all of our BZPower members out there - who lives in the Dallas area or Texas in general?

BrickUniverse Dallas is happening this November and the organizer has been in touch and wants it to be a big event with lots of AFOLs and a big Bionicle presence. If you register as part of BZPower or BioniLUG we can probably get your registration fee waived as long as you bring at least one MOC for the display.

So let me know if you live in the area and might be interested in coming this fall!


From: What 2015 Themes Should We Cover First?

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Feb 14 2015 · 817 views
Toy Fair, 2015, LEGO

I'm sitting on the train after Toy Fair, going through all the pictures I took, and figured I should ask everyone's input as to what we should focus on for our coverage. Bionicle will obviously be first up, but what comes after that? Cast your vote here to let us know what you're most looking forward to!

Additionally, we're considering posting our pictures on Flickr as we have been for our convention coverage (see our BrickFair Alabama wrapup for an example). Would you prefer that or our 'classic' style (like last year's Hero Factory coverage)? Let us know!

Source: What 2015 Themes Should We Cover First?


New York City BZPower Meetup?

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Jan 29 2015 · 1,086 views
NYC, ToyFair, Meetup
Next month I'll be heading up to New York City for ToyFair. Because of the train schedules, I'll have quite a bit of time to kill on Friday, February 13th before ToyFair starts on Saturday.

Would people be interested in meeting up somewhere, perhaps one of the LEGO stores, to hang out? It's always fun to meet and chat with members, and this seems like it could be a good opportunity.

If you're interested, let me know!


From: Ask the LEGO CEO

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Sep 18 2014 · 576 views
LEGO, Question, Jorgen, Knudstorp

If you could ask Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, the CEO of The LEGO Group, one question, what would it be?

Would you ask about his leadership style? What it takes to run a huge international company? What his thoughts are on the fan community? What his involvement with the community is? Or maybe what his favorite set is? Those are just some ideas, and I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Source: Ask the LEGO CEO


Bravo Zulu Posse (Destiny Clan)

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Sep 08 2014 · 1,041 views
Destiny, Bungie, Gaming
So Destiny comes out tonight and I am super excited. I won't be at a midnight release unfortunately, but I'll be picking up my Ghost edition after work tomorrow.

I figure there's probably quite a few of you out there who will be playing it too, so I made a clan for us. Feel free to join and represent BZP on Bungie.net!


From: BZPower Set Review Feedback

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Aug 14 2014 · 715 views
Review, Feedback, Video and 1 more...

Hey everyone! Set reviews have been a fixture of the BZPower front page for a long time now, and we're always looking for ways to make them better. Today we're turning to you guys to get some feedback to help with that process.

To help clarify, a text/image review is the 'classic' BZP review format, for example xccj's review of 76022 X-Men vs The Sentinel.

A video review is fairly self-explanatory, for example my review of 41056 Heartlake News Van.

A lot of times we try to do both a text/image review and a video review for each set. But sometimes, due to time constraints or reviewer preference, we only do one (as in the examples above).

We want to get an idea of which you like more so we can make sure we're providing you with the content you want the most. As an aside, we'd also like to hear your thoughts on the speed-building some video reviews feature.

Moving aside from the poll questions, we're open to any feedback you'd like to provide on reviews in general. Do you like the formats we use? Is there anything we can do better? What parts do you like the best that we should keep doing?

We appreciate your help in improving BZPower!

Source: BZPower Set Review Feedback

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Black Six
Join Date:
August 2, 2001
Staff Since:
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BZPower Administrator
Forums Currently Moderated:
Bionicle RPG, LEGO RPG, News Discussion
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Fan-Created Games, Promotions, Marketplace Banter, Storyline & Theories, Buy/Sell/Trade, probably some others
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Making sure news is posted, keeping the forums running smoothly, learning the ways of server-burping.

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