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Idea: Constraction Parts Draft

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Feb 28 2014 · 338 views
Sets, Parts Draft, Hero Factory
I've seen lots of events and a few websites do parts drafts over the years, but I've never seen one done with a constraction set. So I thought, 'we should fix that!'

For the uninformed - a parts draft is where you gather a bunch of copies of the same set, open them up, mix all the pieces together, then sort each different type of part into its own pile. Then people take turns picking piles until they're all gone. There's a little more too it, but that's the main gist. In the end, you get a bunch of a few different kinds of pieces, instead of a few of a bunch of different kinds of pieces like if you had just bought one copy of the set. It can help expand the depth of your building collection.

In our case, I was thinking that BZPower would provide a bunch of copies of a single set, probably ten of them. People who want to participate would then pay a set amount, probably around the cost of the set but hopefully a little less, to buy a spot. Once the spots are sold, we'd have the draft.

As far as how we do the draft, I had three ideas:

First option would be to do the whole thing by PM. I would have to sort the sets into lots, tell people what they are, and you'd take turns via PM selecting which lot you want. This could take a while since you have to wait for each person to reply.

Second idea is to do it live online, where everyone is in a video or voice chat taking turns selecting pieces. We could even livestream it for fun.

These two ideas would probably cost more as I'd also have to pay to ship each person their pieces.

Final idea is to just do it at BrickFair Virginia. There's usually enough members there that I think we could get the requisite ten people to do the draft.

What are your thoughts? Would you be interesting in participating? What sets do you think would be good ones to draft?


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Come to a LEGO Con (Or Send Some MOCs)

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con Feb 11 2014 · 279 views
BrickFair, BFNE, Philly and 1 more...
Hey guys, we're almost halfway through February, and before you know it, it's going to be April.

Why April, you ask? Because that's when Philly Brick Fest happens! It's a first time event and we want to make a big splash with Bionicle and constraction there.

If you're thinking about attending, go check out this topic and let us know. I'll be there, and who doesn't want to hang out with Black Six? Did you know that numerous staff promotions have happened over the years at conventions such as this one? It's true!*

Philly too far south for you? Fear not! There's also BrickFair New England a mere two weeks later. BrickFairs are always great and Todd Webb is awesome and puts on a good show.

I just made a topic for that event too. Last year's New England event was pretty epic and probably had one of the funnest nights I've ever had at a LEGO convention. Let's see if we can top it this year!

If you can't make it to either of those, your MOCs still can! Send them on the BZPower Convention Circuit. For the cost of shipping, your creations can go to four LEGO conventions, and we'll even give you some cool stuff for doing it!

Seriously though, I highly encourage attending or sending your MOCs to these events. They're the highlights of my year - you always have a ton of fun, get to meet cool people, and see so many amazing creations. Plus, it's your creations that make the event even better. So the more the merrier, come join us!

*Attending a LEGO convention with Black Six does not guarantee a staff promotion.


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Blind Speed Build

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con Jan 24 2014 · 190 views
BrickFair, Alabama, BFAL and 1 more...
Officially, I came in second. But as you can hear Todd say near the end, the winner actually cheated. I will carry this proud victory in my heart of hearts forever.
 




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From: Convention Coverage Formats

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Jan 02 2014 · 150 views

Please go vote? :)

I didn't have a good track record this year. Let's look at the numbers:

  • BrickFair Alabama ended on January 20, 2013; coverage was posted on February 8, 2013 - difference: 19 days
  • BrickFair New England ended on May 12, 2013; coverage was posted on July 23, 2013 - difference: 72 days
  • BrickFair Virginia ended on August 4, 2013; coverage was posted on December 23, 2013 - difference: 141 days
  • BrickCon ended on October 6, 2013; coverage was posted on January 1, 2014 - difference: 87 days
I want to do better next year, but I also want to make sure the coverage we're giving you is what you want.

Please vote above and leave any other comments you have about how we can improve our coverage below. BrickFair Alabama is a week away, so we'll try to incorporate your feedback then!

For the third question, here are examples of the different types of coverage:Your input is greatly appreciated!


Source: Convention Coverage Formats


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This October...

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con Aug 22 2013 · 377 views
BrickCon, Seattle
Who's got two thumbs and is going to BrickCon?
 

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THIS GUY!


Oh man I'm going to four LEGO conventions this year have I lost my mind?




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Misplaced BrickFair MOC

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con Aug 21 2013 · 965 views
BrickFair, MOC, MIA
It would seem that in the hustle and bustle of packing up all the MOCs at the end of BrickFair that someone's creation ended up in the wrong box. Wasp received a MOC that does not belong to him or his brother.

If this belongs to you or you know whose it is, please let me know ASAP so we can get it returned.

Thanks everyone!


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BrickFair Party Feedback

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Aug 15 2013 · 168 views
BrickFair, Party, Pizza, Laser and 1 more...
In case you only read the blogs and ignore the forums, I just made a topic about the party we had at BrickFair. Go check it out and give me some feedback. I want to know how we can improve next year!


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Getting Your Stuff From Me

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con, BZPower Aug 14 2013 · 688 views
Prizes, MOCs, Contest, Raffle and 1 more...
I have a lot of stuff to send to people, now that BrickFair is over. I hope to get things sent out as soon as possible, but as you'll see below, there's really a LOT. If you don't see your name on the list below, add a comment or PM me to make sure I'm not missing you. Right now I'm not adding any names (except for a couple exceptions) because I don't have all the MOCs and prizes in front of me. As I have time, they'll all be added to the list.

Convention MOCs
All the people who sent MOCs that were displayed at BrickFair Alabama, Bricks Cascade, BrickFair New England, and BrickFair Virginia and have not gotten them back yet.
  • Tomaku
  • Wasp - Shipped 8/19/13
  • Obsessionist - Shipped 8/12/13
  • Takua Dragonstar7 - Shipped 8/12/13
  • Klatix the Fire Agori - Shipped 8/12/13
  • Atamai - Shipped 8/12/13
  • Bfahome - Shipped 8/12/13
  • Imatron - Shipped 8/12/13
  • Great being Velika - Shipped 8/12/13
  • Soldier 1st class Voxumo - Shipped 8/12/13
  • Malignus - Shipped 8/12/13
DeeVee and Nukaya - Shipped 8/12/13
I have a box full of stuff for them that wouldn't fit in their luggage.

BBCC 65 Finalists
I'm keeping them separate from the convention MOCs because I can.
  • Ballom - Shipped 8/15/13
  • Mushy the Mushroom - Shipped 8/14/13
  • Force_UnBleached - Shipped 8/14/13
  • Arpy - Shipped 8/14/13
  • Bundalings - Shipped 8/14/13
  • ghidora131 - Shipped 8/14/13
Set Reviewers
I have no idea what you're talking about.
  • ChocolateFrogs - Shipped 8/17/13
  • Nuju Metru - Shipped 8/16/13
  • xccj - Shipped 8/16/13
  • Sisen - Shipped 8/16/13
  • Bfahome - Shipped 8/12/13
  • DeeVee - Shipped 8/12/13
BioniLUG Members
Some members still need stuff.
  • Jedi Master J. - Shipped 8/21/13
  • EmperorWhenua - Shipped 8/21/13
  • Trydeltix - Shipped 8/21/13
  • Klatix the fire Agori - Shipped 8/12/13
  • Brickthing - Shipped 8/12/13
  • GBV - Shipped 8/12/13
  • Bfahome - Shipped 8/12/13
Raffle Winners
Free sets and videogames.
  • Bionicle Raptor
  • LockmanCapulet
  • Javi
  • Cratak
  • Zrel - Shipped 8/19/13
  • Meiko - Shipped 8/19/13
  • SmoothJazz - Shipped 8/14/13
  • DeeVee - Shipped 8/12/13



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Query Kevin at BrickFair

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Jul 27 2013 · 221 views
BrickFair, BFVA, Kevin, Hinkle
BrickFair Virginia is less than a week away! On Friday, August 2nd at 11:30 AM, Kevin Hinkle will be doing his LEGO Question & Answer panel again. Todd is doing the same thing he did at BrickFair New England where we get to ask our questions over lunch at a nearby restaurant. It'll be interesting to see how it goes with a much larger crowd.

Anyway, I know a lot of you unfortunately won't be able to make it, so once again I'm giving you the chance to come up with some questions to ask Kevin about LEGO and the community. All questions are welcome, whether they're serious or silly (or somewhere in between). Leave them in the comments below.

I'll do my best to ask as many as I can during the convention and see if I can steal some of his time later to ask the remaining ones.

For those of you who are going to BrickFair Virginia - I can't wait to see you all!


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Support Bionicle and BZPower at LEGO Fan Conventions

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con, BZPower Jul 09 2013 · 1,551 views
BrickFair
The new year is almost here and that means the LEGO convention circuit will be starting soon. The first big event is BrickFair Alabama, taking place January 17-20 in Birmingham. The Bionicle display last year was pretty nonexistent, and we want to change that this year. In fact, we want to make sure the Bionicle display at a bunch of events is amazing - and we need your help. Read on to see what you can do.

UPDATE: BrickFair Alabama is over, so this article has been updated for Bricks Cascade. You can ignore anything that has been struck out.

UPDATE 2: Bricks Cascade is now done too. Our new focus is on BrickFair New England in Manchester, NH. You can still ignore anything that has been struck out.

UPDATE 3: BrickFair New England is also over. Our last event, BrickFair Virginia, is coming fast. Focus on the parts that have not been struck out.

The Bionicle theme coordinators from four events are collaborating to help make sure Bionicle is well-represented. We want to make it easy for you guys to have your MOCs on display at as many events as possible, and we'll do our best to reward you for doing so. BrickFair Alabama is right around the corner, so you'll have to act fast to get in on that event. To make all this work, there's a lot of planning that has to happen, so please bear with us and the large paperwork trail required. We need to know what you are sending and what events you would like your creations to appear at. BrickFair Alabama is in January Bricks Cascade is in March BrickFair New England is in May and The last event we're covering, BrickFair Virginia, is in August, so this is a long-term commitment, but we plan to do our best to compensate you. We also have to worry about shipping costs. I've created the below to help organize things for the coordinators and the builders. When you PM me, please include answers to ALL the below questions.

BrickFair AL 2013 - January 17-20, Birmingham, Alabama
How are you sending MOCs?
  • I'm bringing them (in person)
  • I'm shipping them
  • I'm not sending MOCs to this event
How are you getting your MOCs back?
  • I'm taking them (in person)
  • I want them shipped back (include return shipping from Birmingham, AL 35203)
  • I want them shipped to Bricks Cascade (include $4 per Toa-sized MOC, $8 per Titan-sized MOC, or total cost of shipping you paid for BrickFair AL, whichever is less)
Bricks Cascade 2013 - March 7-10, Portland, Oregon
How are you sending MOCs?
  • I'm bringing them (in person)
  • I'm shipping them
  • They're being shipped from BrickFair AL 2013
  • I'm not sending MOCs to this event
How are you getting your MOCs back?
  • I'm taking them (in person)
  • I want them shipped back (include return shipping from Portland, OR 97232)
  • I want them shipped to BrickFair NE 2013 (include $4 per Toa-sized MOC, $8 per Titan-sized MOC, or total cost of shipping you paid for Bricks Cascade, whichever is less)
  • I want them brought to BrickFair VA 2013 (include $5 to cover baggage fees)
BrickFair NE 2013 - May 9-12, Manchester, New Hampshire
How are you sending MOCs?
  • I'm bringing them (in person)
  • I'm shipping them
  • They're being shipped from Bricks Cascade 2013
  • I'm not sending MOCs to this event
How are you getting your MOCs back?
  • I'm taking them (in person)
  • I want them shipped back (include return shipping from Bel Air, MD 21014)
  • I want them brought to BrickFair VA 2013 (free)
BrickFair VA 2013 - August 1-4, Chantilly, Virginia
How are you sending MOCs?
  • I'm bringing them (in person)
  • I'm shipping them
  • They're being brought from Bricks Cascade 2013
  • They're being brought from BrickFair NE 2013
  • I'm not sending MOCs to this event
How are you getting your MOCs back?
  • I'm taking them (in person)
  • I want them shipped back (include return shipping from Chantilly, VA 20153)
Now you may be saying, "that's a lot of money for shipping and I won't see my MOCs for months, what's in it for me?" Don't worry, we've thought of that.

Perks
  • For each event your MOCs appear at, you get one prototype part
  • If your MOCs appear at two or more events, you get a Proto boost
  • If your MOCs appear at three or more events, you get a custom rank title of your choice (to be approved by the Administration)
  • If your MOCs appear at four or more events, you get a free six month Premier Membership (No longer available except to those who shipped their MOCs to BrickFair Alabama.)
  • Your MOCs will be seen by tens of thousands of people, inspiring children and adults around the country
  • Many awesome pictures will be taken of your MOCs by BZPower staff and members and will appear on the front page
  • We will try to get other goodies to return with your MOCs if we can - who doesn't like surprises?
But wait, there's more!

Blog Assistant Nukaya has volunteered her time and talent to take professional studio-quality pictures of your MOCs if you send them to three or more events. Here's the scoop:
  • You can have up to three pictures taken. The pictures can be of three different MOCs, the same MOC in three different poses, or some combination therof.
  • If she has the time/is feeling generous, you might get more pictures.
  • Pictures can be standard photographs (Example) or fancy (Example).
  • Only one MOC can be in each photo. No group shots of multiple MOCs will be taken.
  • PM Nukaya to let her know which MOCs you want pictures of and if you want standard or fancy.
  • Any questions about the process can be directed to Nukaya as well.
Please note, the above perks stack, so if you send MOCs to all four events, you will get four prototype parts, a Proto boost, custom rank title, professional photographs, and a Premier Membership. Pretty cool, right?

Money
Obviously this is all going to cost something, and information on shipping costs to be included are mentioned above. There are several ways you can send us the money:
  • Include cash in your package (not recommended for international shippers)
  • Include check or money order in your package (PM Black Six for information on who to make it out to)
  • Send money via PayPal (PM Black Six for PayPal account information)
Any money left over after all shipping is done will go to support BZPower via hosting costs, contest prizes, and future events like this.

Shipping
Here are some requirements and tips for shipping your MOCs:
  • All MOCs MUST be shipped inside a ziploc bag, one MOC per bag, unless they are small, simple MOCs.
  • MOCs often break in transit and a ziploc bag will contain the parts and keep them from getting mixed up.
  • If your MOC is especially large, break it up into sections and put each in a bag.
  • Each ziploc should have your username and the name of your MOC. This can either be written on the bag in permanent marker or written on a slip of paper and inserted in the bag.
  • DO NOT use packing peanuts or similar packing - they make a big mess. Bubble wrap and tissue paper or newsprint are best.
  • Include two copies of your return address in the box.
  • Pictures of the completed MOC should be included, as well as a few simple building steps if necessary.
    Put your username and the MOC name on the pictures to help keep things from getting mixed up.
If you've read the above and want to participate, here's what you need to do:
  • PM Watashi Wa for his address if you are shipping for stuff to BrickFair Alabama.
  • If you don't want to send things to BrickFair Alabama, we'll have shipping information for future events soon.
  • PM DeeVee to let him know you are sending something to Bricks Cascade. MOCs should be shipped to:
    Patrick Biggs
    230 NE 99th Avenue
    Portland, OR 97220
    USA
  • PM Black Six to let him know you are sending something to BrickFair NE. MOCs should be shipped to:
    Andrew Bulthaupt
    516 Mast St.
    Bel Air, MD 21014
    USA
  • PM ChocolateFrogs to let him know you are sending something to BrickFair VA. MOCs should be shipped to:
    Benjamin Paczak
    6008 Jan-Mar Dr.
    Falls Church, VA 22041
    USA
  • PM Black Six with your answers to the above questions so I can keep track of everyone's MOCs.
  • Also include what MOCs you are sending, as well as descriptions of the creations (for MOC cards), links to BZPower topics, Brickshelf galleries, or any other pictures or info on your MOC.
  • Figure out how much money you need to include/send.
  • Package up your MOCs, along with pictures, return address info, and money (if not sending via PayPal)
  • Ship the packages. Confirm that they will arrive at their destination by Friday, July 26, 2013.
  • Send payment via PayPal if applicable.
  • Please note: failure to follow the above instructions and recommendations could significantly delay the time it takes to get your MOCs back. We will do our best to return everything, but if we are missing information or payment, it will take longer.

    FAQ

    Can I send art?
    Yes! Follow the same process as above. If you are sending artwork, we suggest getting a large printout from somewhere like Staples or Kinkos and send it in a shipping tube

    I want to build something new, but don't have enough time for BrickFair Alabama. What do I do?
    You can send some existing MOCs you have to BFAL and then your new stuff to the next event you're able to. If there's enough room, we'll combine everything and send you one box back, otherwise you'll recieve multiple packages when all is said and done.


    I want to send stuff but don't want to wait until August to see it again. Can I get it back after each event?
    Yes, if you include return shipping we can send it back to you after an event and you can then ship it to the next one. This will likely be more expensive though, and we do not recommend it.

    Where do I ship things if I don't want to send them to BrickFair Alabama Bricks Cascade BrickFair NE?
    We will have shipping information for other events in the near future.


    Can I just send one MOC and still get the perks?
    Yes, you aren't required to send multiple MOCs. But the more the merrier!

    Will perks be rewarded to pieces of art?
    You bet!

    Do we get perks if we bring MOCs in person to multiple events?
    Yes, if you bring them it still counts as long as you let us know in advance so we can keep track of them.

    My printer is broken so I can't include pictures, what do I do?
    While we really prefer it if you include at least a couple actual pictures, you can send us links to them on the Internet. In fact, we suggest everyone sends us additional pictures digitally, via BZP topics, Brickshelf galleries, or otherwise. We'll have smart phones and laptops on hand to look them up on, and having more angles will make it easier to reassemble your MOCs.

    I live in (insert country here). Can I participate? How much do I have to pay?
    Yes, everyone is welcome to participate! Please note, all costs above are in US Dollars. You will be responsible for paying the shipping costs from your country to the first event your MOCs will be displayed at. Then you need to include the appropriate amount based on the rules above to get your MOCs to additional events. Finally, you will need to include the same amount it cost you to send your MOCs to us, but converted to US Dollars. We suggest using PayPal for sending the money as it's less of a pain to deal with customs and will handle the conversions for you. Most importantly - check with your post office to find out how long it will take your MOCs to be delivered and send them with as much time to spare as you can.

    I'm still confused...
    PM Black Six or post in the comments.







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