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also

Posted by Nathan Evo in Moonbase Alpha, Dec 27 2014 · 4 views

got the Protectors of Earth and Stone

the Earth one is a really solid set well worthy of accompanying Onua

the Stone one is pretty lame in comparison, and no one will ever be able to convince me that burnt orange and transparent neon lime green is in any way a good color scheme, especially when blurry leaked images actually made them look more like the flatter transparent yellow

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Asterisk Guide: Valkyrie

Posted by Pahrak #0579 in Vista Point, Dec 27 2014 · 15 views

Asterisk Holder: Einheria Venus (in Bravely Default)

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Origin: Final Fantasy II (character), Final Fantasy III (Job) (called “Dragoon” in both)

Was It In Bravely Default?: Yes

Overview: Heavily-armored lance-specialists known for their jumping ability. Valkyrie is a powerful Job, starting out with an ability that allows it to attack the entire field at once, and then learning various jump attacks that prevents it from taking damage for a time before unleashing a powerful move. They also have a variety of nifty ways to manipulate MP and BP, as well as learning how to pierce Default, making them a tricky foe to take down.

Personal Thoughts: Crescent Moon alone is enough to make this Job worth equipping as soon as you get it, and it only gets better from there. Jump and its variants have always been interesting: while you will avoid all damage while you’re in the air, you also can’t be healed, so it can be risky in a tough fight. Still, I’m sure many players find Jump very nostalgic and are perfectly willing to spam it, and hey, if it works, it works. Visually they’re a bit brighter than what I’ve come to expect from Dragoons, and then there’s the matter of the ridiculous skirt spears on the female costume. It looks weird at first, but you get used to it. I'm looking forward to using it again.

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Happenthings

Posted by farmstink buttlass in incredibly silly and just a little bit rude, Dec 27 2014 · 32 views
lego

I went to Target to push my luck and try to find some new sets. Kind of hilariously, the whole store seemed emptied out and messy all over the place, especially the toys section....except literally just for the Lego aisle... Man. Never seen so many clearance stickers. Would be a good way to stock up on Mixel joints, there were so many discounted legend beasts. Anyway, it was pretty filled out so I don't expect them to have to restock for a bit, no new sets.

Series 13 was there though, so I got a couple of minifigs! I was going to get 3, but that price is just awful. So awful. I can't stomach paying 12 bucks for just 3 minifigures. It just isn't happening. So many better things to spend money on.... So I had to drop the samurai, unfortunately. I got the paleontologist and unicorn girl. They're pretty nice. I did not know the latter had a tail. That's pretty great. The colors on my paleontologist's hat are kinda ehhh. Still pretty solid minifigs though. But really. The price increase turned me off from series 12 (didn't get any of those) and I think it will keep me to just buying one or two from each series from now on. At least until they up the price to five bucks a fig, which will eventually probably happen. At that point I'm probably just going to stop bothering.

Anyway later on I went to TRU to try to get stuff sorted out.It took a bit, but the staff there were really nice, and we got everything worked out in the end. They re-ordered Bat Strike again, gave me free shipping, and even threw in a little discount for the inconvenience. Pretty satisfied with that. (No new sets at TRU either, though. Well, except for like one or two Star Wars sets. Nothing that interested me, though.) Anyway, as long as I manage to get my Blista, I'll be happy.


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the fun of theme names

Posted by Strange Festive Xaeraz in Challenge Kourok, Dec 27 2014 · 44 views

making your profile fit

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Downtime

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex in Extermination is Coming, Dec 26 2014 · 82 views

Hopefully it'll be done by the end of next week

If it takes too long or we lose a bunch of stuff... well, it would depend on both what we lose and how much
I guess we shouldn't lose anything, but

Things never go wrong on purpose

Anyway

Crossing fingers

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Stumbling through songwriting

Posted by Aanchir in A Golden-Red Horizon, Dec 26 2014 · 61 views

I was just catching up on BZPower blogs and came across Windrider's recent blog entry where she came out as transgender. At some point after I finished reading it I felt inspired, so I started typing on my phone until I had some decent-sounding song lyrics. Unfortunately, I neither write nor play music, so the chance of turning this into a finished song is extremely uncertain. But I figured I'd share them here.

The song is actually BIONICLE-related, written from the perspective of Takanuva after his transformation. But it's also meant to be able to be read from the perspective of a transgender person who is admitting their true gender identity for the first time. I apologize in advance if it sounds patronizing. I've never had to struggle to understand my own identity, but there's still something truly inspiring about a person who has acknowledging that their true identity is different than the one that was assigned to them at birth. Anyway, here goes.

Who I Am

I've been wandering aimlessly
For what was really in me all along
I wasn't sure what I was meant to be,
Like my identity was written wrong

People said I should settle down
And stop questioning what I should be
But I knew settling would just amount
To never knowing my true destiny

{chorus}
I always felt out of place
With the mask on my face
And I hope you all understand
That the mask that I've worn
since the day I was born
is not the measure of who I am

I may seem like a stranger, now
With a name that you have not known before,
A face and body that are changed somehow
From the familiar ones you knew me for

Underneath, though, I haven't changed,
And now I'm surer than I've ever been
That I've found just what I was looking for,
The me that long was hidden deep within

{chorus}
I always felt out of place
With the mask on my face
And I hope you all understand
That the mask that I've worn
since the day I was born
is not the measure of who I am
Who I am

Please accept the new name I chose
The path that finally I know is mine,
Don't insist that I am just confused,
Or that the name I had before was fine

United with the friends I have made,
My duty to myself and all will be
To chart a future where we're not afraid
To shine a light upon our destinies!

{chorus}
I always felt out of place
With the mask on my face
And I hope you all understand
That the mask that I've worn
since the day I was born
is not the measure of who I am
Who I am
Who I am
Who I am
This is who I am

~~~~~~

Anyway, it feels a bit silly to post this, knowing that I have no experience with songwriting and it's probably not any good. But I also would feel terrible to put all that work into it and never even share it. Hopefully I did a better job than I give myself credit for...

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Regarding the oncoming downtime.

Posted by Strange Festive Luroka in I am Luroka, Makuta Luroka, Dec 26 2014 · 55 views
Hydranus Log

I made a commitment to update my epic weekly. In case BZPower is still down while I post the next few chapters or so, I have also begun posting it on Codrex Magna as well.

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PROTECTORS

Posted by KITTENS FOR FISTS in NEGATIVE CONDIMENTS, Dec 26 2014 · 63 views
stone, jungle

The more I look at the protectors of [ELEMENT], the more I like them.

They just look so good for their size. The Protectors of Jungle and Stone especially.

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A Christmas Gift for BZPers

Posted by GSR in Defendant Lobby no. 42, Dec 26 2014 · 185 views
writing

First off: Merry Christmas, or otherwise good December 25th!

Inspired by something off-site, I am doing what is probably a bad idea given my schedule and offering to write drabbles for people! Leave a prompt in the comments (or over PM if you prefer anonymity) and at some point in the semi-near future I'll write a (probably very) short story based off it. I'll leave requests open for about 36 hours (until the end of the 26th). I haven't decided how exactly I'm going to post these yet - probably just blog entries, but it depends on what requests I get and how long they end up being.

Go nuts! (But maybe not too nuts.)

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My Christmas Loot

Posted by The Xinlo in Language Of The Mad, Dec 26 2014 · 46 views

Well merry christmas to eeryne! Hope you all had a great day yesterday. As I do every year, here is a list of the tings I received from my family:

-1600 pc. Tower Of Creation lego parts box
-Anakin's green jedi starfighter lego set
-Death Star trooper expansion lego set
-Simpsons minifigure (scratchy)
-Series 12 minifigure (space miner guy)
-Pink Floyd shirt
-Other cool blue shirt
-Lots of socks
-$30 7/11 gift card
-$50 gift card for local record store
-ipod emergency charger thing
-Lots of chocolate
-$140

yeah. so hopefully I'll get to go down to the US soon and hunt target for new bionicles, as well as more TV show dvds and records and stuff. presents aside I also had a nice day, playing monopoly and having a great family dinner and being super tired because I was up for 32.75 hours lol. again, hope everyone had fun as well and that the rest of the holidays treat you well.

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Gimme dat loot

Posted by Dorek in Bond of Flame, Dec 26 2014 · 49 views
xmas

Pseudo-traditional gift posting:

*DualShock 4 - Magma Red (imported at the same price as a normal one, if you can believe it; there's a scam in there somewhere)
*DS4 Charging station (because I'm lazy and they have terrible battery life)
*Books! Too many to list, but a Robert Ludlum novel and Amy Poheler's newest book spring to mind
*iPhone charging cables (yes, plural; these tend not to last...)
*ALL OF THE CANDY AND CHOCOLATE
*Oh and a new computer
**Also Microsoft Office which I was unreasonably excited about because it's been forever since I've used a proper word processing system

Wasn't expecting the new computer, but I definitely needed one. Still haven't set it up yet, though; too busy setting up my dad's new soundbar, which is half for me anyway :P


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Happy Holidays!

Posted by Jedi Master J. in The Library That Never Was, Dec 26 2014 · 52 views

Hey, BZPers. I thought I should pop in really quick and wish you all a Happy Holiday this week (I probably should did this yesterday, but I was kinda busy celebrating the holiday with my family, so I wasn't at my computer much.).

So yeah...Happy Holidays. BZPower! I hope you all have a great week.

I guess, while I am here, I'll share what I got yesterday. Its not much really, but I don't really need anything.

Here's what I got:
- Three pairs of Sweatpants (Blue, Light Grey, Dark Grey) (Which I think is a pretty nice gift as I could use more sweatpants.)
- A Grey Short Sleeve Shirt
- Winter Gloves (Which will be useful for shoveling snow next year. XD)
- A Light Green Pair of Work Pants (Again like the sweatpants, I certainly don't mind having more of those.)
- A flashlight and some candy (From a co-worker, who is literally the nicest person I know as she had gifts for everyone at my workplace!)
- A bonus check from work (You don't need to know how much that was. =P)
- A Target Gift Card from work (Which is 25 dollars...I have no idea what I am going to use it on.)
- Some cash from family

That's pretty much everything I got. And well, I have a pretty good holiday with my family yesterday (Mashed Potatoes are best!).

Not sure what else to say really, so I guess I'll call this an entry and post it. Thanks for taking time to read this and I hope you all have a great day. Talk to you later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2014

P.S. - I still have Steam Keys up for grab for these games. Let me know if you want any of them.

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What I got for Christmas this year

Posted by TNTOS in A Writerly Blog, Dec 26 2014 · 58 views
Christmas

Hey, everyone! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas yesterday (including those who don't celebrate it; after all, would you rather I wish you a bad Christmas?).

I thought I'd share my loot with y'all because that's what all the cool kids do. Without further ado, I got:

-A brand new Acer E 15 laptop. It's not the fanciest laptop around, but it has amazing battery life (almost 8 hours when fully charged) and can do everything I need it to do, so I'm happy with it
-A Logitech mouse to go along with the Acer laptop above
-Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. It's an awesome game so far. Really brings back memories of the original Sapphire, which I played years ago. I may blog more about this later on
-The Shining, by Stephen King. Some of you may not know this, but I'm a Stephen King fan, so getting this book, which I haven't read yet, was pretty great
-The Blood of Olympus, by Rick Riordan, which I have not yet gotten around to reading but which I will do as soon as possible (so no spoilers, please)
-A $20 Walmart gift card

Best present is probably the laptop (which I am currently posting this entry from, in fact), but all of them are great. Definitely a good haul this year.

-TNTOS-

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A Mystery Explored - Chapter 4

Posted by Zatth in Zatth Blag, Dec 26 2014 · 35 views

I'm shocked and happy that I've been able to stick with this for so long :)

Anywho, here's the new chapter! Again, any comments and criticisms are appreciated and welcome

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Eleven Years

Posted by Ta-metru_defender in TMD's Creatively Named Blog, Dec 26 2014 · 40 views

It's been eleven years since I joined BZP.

Woah.

That's over a decade.

I was in Peru, the day after Christmas — or was it late Christmas night? — looking for stuff on 2004 sets when I decided to go back to BZP and register. Actually, I registered Christmas night but decided I wanted a more contemporary username so, um, I registered again (this time not capitalizing what came after the Ta-, oops) on the 26th and now here I am.

Did a lot those first couple years. Made Metru-Nui Adventures (which you can see here if you're so inclined), first three episodes were posted when I was in the Dominican Republic, Brickshelf tells me fourth and fifth were from Antigua, and by the time the sixth went up I was in Trinidad. How's that for a multinational production, haha.
There was a comedy too, Good Makuta, Bad Toa that's forever lost. And who knows what else.

Eleven years. Craaaaaazy.

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Merry Christmas all!

Posted by ~Shockwave~ in The Aurora's Edge, Dec 26 2014 · 34 views

And happy holidays! (I'm a bit late...) I hope it was a good one for everyone!
It sure was for me.

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Xmas Loot

Posted by Actually... I'm Santa in The Titanic or someplace, I dunno ♫♪, Dec 26 2014 · 61 views

A belated happy holidays to all!

So, I could go on about how I'm not depressed during the winter and how that makes me, like, super insanely happy thus far, but I'm sure people were expecting some actual loot of mine to share here. (But, like, seriously, I feel fantastic and it makes me feel fantastic).

Working the holiday is weird. I love and hate it at the same time. So weird.

Anyway, my family decided to wait up for me, so we opened gifts around seven at night after I got back from work. Before I go on about what I got, I need to explain what I got for my brothers and the stories behind the gifts because I am so proud of myself this year!

I got Akano a really nice insect/bug/anything-with-an-exoskeleton collection. All the way from a crab and shrimp to all cycles of a silkworm's life, it came in a briefcase. All specimens were labeled with both English and Latin names and were preserved in clear plastic blocks which could be removed for closer observation. He's into entomology, though his primary study is physics. Found this gem in an antique shop, and knew he didn't have anything quite like it. He seemed to appreciate it. ^^

As for KK, I got him Benny's Spaceship Spaceship SPACESHIP! Now, I got this for him a while back. We went to Toys R Us with our friend Super Utmost Enthusiest or, as I am dubbing her to respect her privacy, SUE. We all went to the LEGO section to check out minifigs and sets. I knew he wanted the ship, and while at the store he did comment on it. Then SUE mentioned she wanted to check out My Little Pony toys because she's awesome. Once those two wandered off, I sprang into action. I grabbed the set, ran to the nearest cashier ajd explained that I was getting a gift for someone who was in the store with me. Being amazingly cooperative, she checked out the set and kept it behind the counter. I explained I would purchase my selection of Minifigs later when we went to check out. After that, I rejoined them and eventually we were all set. I was first to check out, thanks to our amazing cashier. She discretely handed me the bag, and I slipped my figs in. Then, keeping the bag longways against my leg, I quickly rounded the counter. SUE, thankfully, checked out second and joined me. I motioned to the bag and whispered that I got something for KK, and asked if we could quickly tuck it away in the trunk of her car. While KK purchased his soda, we sprang into action. He met us in the lot right as I closed the trunk. After she dropped us off at home, she popped the trunk and distracted him while I stuffed the gift into our garage.

A few months of worrying later, I discovered today that he was none the wiser. SUE and I are part ninja. He likes the set, but he loves the story more, which makes me happy. This Xmas gift giving was a success as far as my brothers are concerned. Am I awesome? I think I am.

So! Onto my loot

Gravity Falls Dipper hat (dad)
Caramel Baileys (dad)
Bazinga shirt (dad)
Bazinga Batman socks (dad, and the socks have capes, omg)
Disappearing TARDIS mug (dad)
Moss decal (dad. Moss from The IT Crowd)
Portable phone charger (mom)
Ceramic hand-painted cross storage box (my aunt <3)
Custom made lightsaber (KK)
Castle dark knight minifig expansion LEGO set (KK)
Something coming in the mail (Akano).

So, my dad was kinda awesome this year. Though, honestly, he's pretty awesome every year. He once got us an Xbox 360 when we didn't even ask for one.

We spent the rest of the night having dinner, chatting and laughing. Good Xmas.

~Junpei <3

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Merry Christmas! - The Haul

Posted by Ektris in Bleeding Blue, Dec 25 2014 · 57 views
Star Wars, Game of Thrones and 3 more...

Hope everybody who celebrates had a wonderful day. :)

So amidst the mountain of clothes and treats and literal large empty boxes with names written on the side for things to buy soon and ship directly to Texas instead of doing it ourselves (those were fun to open :P), I think I did get some haul-worthy stuff heh.

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LEGO Movie and GTAV from the fiancée, books and Wolf Among Us from parents, and Xbox Live cards from future in-laws. ^_^

Overall I think I had a pretty enjoyable Christmas (and Eve). Spent a lot of time with family and ate way too much.

~|ET|~


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Hope Everyone Had a Good Christmastimes!

Posted by Toru Acura: The Saboteur in Maverick Hunter Lobby No. 0, Dec 25 2014 · 39 views
holiday, yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

My sister returned from college for the break. Woo-hoo! And I got four free game apps thanks to a Christmas Eve deal from Amazon, which would be Sonic 2, Terraria, RPG: Soul Historica and Five Nights at Freddys (which I doubt I will play but if I feel like scarring myself for life, I know where to turn to). Overall, pretty good break so far!

What about you gentlementlepeople? Are your breaks okay too?

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The Real Death of Vitruvius

Posted by xccj in Team J.A.F., Dec 25 2014 · 60 views

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Whoopsi.

Read set review here. Spoiler: you should buy this set. Also, Vitruvius dies, in case you didn't catch onto that already.

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