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An overdue apology

So, the big thing I want to do is apologize, I guess.   I haven't been around much these past two years. That's a function of a lot of things: life, stress, good old-fashioned shifts in interest. Maybe I could've "done better" in being more active on general, but when the fire's not there, the fire's not there.   So in some sense I owe apologies to people who relied on me for general BZP stuff, apologies to folks who I got to know years ago and then fell away from for no apparent reason, and i

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Fire Emblem Fates (ask me stuff if you want)

Oh hey! Fire Emblem Fates comes out in English next week, and... I still haven't finished the Japanese version! But I know there's a good chunk of FE fans on BZP, so I thought I'd post a bit about the game and let folks ask questions.   So what happened was, after starting the game back in June, I got stuck on a certain chapter, life happened, and I put the game down until last month. Then I picked it up and started making real progress, and I'm a few chapters away from the end. So, impressions!

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13 Years

Actually missed this one by a few minutes - forgot it was, well, yesterday at this point. Time flies...!   I've been a member on BZP for thirteen years now, even if I spent a good seven of them completely absent. Even with that caveat, that puts me at near the five-year mark for being active here in recent times. And somehow I've wound up a Global Mod? Life is strange indeed.   Truth be told, this wasn't my best year BZP-wise. A lot of that just comes back to, well, real life - this past yea

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2016

I have literally a minute to type this happy New Year's

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The Shadow and the Seaquel, or: I've Got Some Questions

So.   About three years ago I wrote a story called "The Shadow and the Sea". (If you haven't read it, this parenthetical is the obligatory plug - it's got Hahli and Teridax and Takanuva and quite a lot of emotional pain, which is always a good combo in my book.) I'm still not sure exactly where it came from, but somehow it wound up being long enough that I couldn't in good conscience call it a "short story." And folks seemed to like it! I did too, though of course three years on you look back an

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BrickCon

Hey! BrickCon! It's happening this coming weekend!   I might be there Thursday evening, I'll probably be there Friday evening, and I should be there Saturday and Sunday. I'll probably be wandering around with various groups/people, but say hi if you see me!

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Meanwhile, in... they're just making countries up now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqZOzoSEQa4   (As always, annotations = subs)   (Also, if you've been wondering where I've been the past few weeks, the answer is largely 'covering TGS and other Japanese game media'. At least LEGO news is usually in English...)

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Brickfair

I'm very tired and still catching up on work, so the bullet points: Red-eye flight Rooming with Dina and Bossman, whoo hi dviddy, hi nukaya so many mocs, good lord (I brought exactly 0 mocs) Hello tons of other people (ToaTiome, Xaeraz, Sumiki, Lady K, BRex, ChocolateFrogs, Vezok's Friend... seriously too many to list, if I didn't list you I guarantee it is my fault and not yours) I think we ate dinner? Yeah probably, I was running on two hours of sleep that first day. Oh yeah it was Hink

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Fair bricks

Since all the cool kids are doing it (and to explain where I'll be this weekend): I'm going to Brickfair as well! However due to work scheduling stuff and vacation limits I'm only going to be there from about 11 AM on Friday to about 5 PM on Sunday. I'm crashing with Black Six and Dina Saruyama at the inn near the convention center. I'm hoping I can meet as many people as I can during that time, but, we'll see!   See y'all there (who are going)! (See all the rest of y'all back on the internet.

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Ace Attorney streams

Hey! Part of the reason I've been away a bit the past week or two is that I've been working on getting ready for the new Ace Attorney, Dai Gyakuten Saiban, being released. (I help staff an Ace Attorney site as well.)   Today I'm streaming the first two episodes of the game over at Twitch. Right now we're taking a break (having finished the game's first episode), but then we'll be moving to episode two. Join us if you're interested, or take a look at the stream for episode one for some (slightly)

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[Over, archive up] Fire Emblem stream tonight

Just a quick reminder: I'm aiming to stream Fire Emblem Fates at about 7 PM PDT tonight (so 7 hours from now.) We'll see how many folks show up - if only one or two people can make it (or it's a no-show) I'll probably just stream my own playthrough; if a decent number of people make it we'll try and start a new game together.   Channel's over this-away; I'll bump this blog entry when it's live.   Update: Live now! Stop on by if you're interested.   Update 2: It's over now! Archive is available h

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Back from vacation. Also, Fire Emblem streams.

I think that title pretty much sums things up, but may as well expand on things. I'm back from vacation! It was nice to get away from things (even if it involved far more travel than I like), but as always, it's over too soon. On the plus side, I now have decent internet again. Back to the grind! (There's also a couple BZP-related projects I hope I can talk more about soon.)   Fire Emblem! Fire Emblem Fates is now out in Japan, and my copy of the game is sitting in a FedEx depot somewhere hav

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Absence

Hey! As you may have seen in my sig, I'm away from my usual digs (and computer) between now and July 22nd. (And if we're being honest - I was swamped enough at work in the leadup to this that I've been less than active the past few weeks as it is.) That's for good reasons - family wedding, vacation - but ones that involve flying across the country.   The end result is I'm going to have much more limited access to BZP during this time. I'll still be around when possible, but just a heads up th

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What if... there were a Fire Emblem livestream

So, moderately-known fact: I am a nerd who's been on the Fire Emblem train since FE7 hit America, and I am also a nerd who speaks Japanese and has a 3DS capture card. One thing led to another led to the FE:if LE getting ordered.   Since I know there's a decent amount of FE fans here, would there be interest in a stream of the game after it releases? Depending on when my copy actually arrives, the stream would probably be the last weekend in June, bleeding over into July. (There will almost certa

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Meanwhile, in - is that a freaking vampire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7fl2xDedO8   No, seriously, it's not just me, right, that prosecutor stepped straight out of Castlevania, right?   (Hyped for this game like you wouldn't believe.)

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Cascade

I am super, super timely with these entries.   Basically: I had a really fun time! I got to see a lot of friends again, and I got to meet a lot of folks IRL for the first time, even if in a few cases that involved slightly awkwardly standing around the Bionicle tables while people we knew better were busy elsewhere.   Also there were some ridiculously good MOCs, and Roa was nice enough to show the gold mask (alongside the MOC that won it) - very cool!   And Kakaru ran through the falling cherry

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Pratchett

I can't quite find the right words for this.   Maybe that's appropriate. I think the only way to truly write about how brilliant Terry Pratchett was would be to use the kinds of words Terry Pratchett could write. And it goes without saying that nobody in the world could write those kinds of words except Terry Pratchett.   He was a genius author and by all accounts a good man. He lived a life true to himself and what he saw in the world. And he left some of the greatest, funniest books in the wor

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And the winners are...

Through the magic of random.org: Dallior Grochi ad Infinitum Crunchyn Chro Mushy the Mushroom Congrats to the winners! I will be sending you a PM shortly to confirm you're still interested. If not, let me know, and I'll pass it on to the next person on the full list.   Thanks to everyone who entered, and I hope one way or another, you all have a good 2015 on BZP!

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Last call for PMship giveaway!

Rounding up the current list of entrants for the Premier Membership giveaway I've been running! Thanks to Xaeraz's generosity, there are five one-year memberships up for grabs!   The current list: Naina The Master Sword Hordaki Pohatu: Master of Stone AZBlue The Forgotten Warrior Grochi ad Infinitum Gravity One-Eyed Construct Dallior Crunchyn Mushy the Mushroom Tyler Durden Chro Dragon11603 Seaborgium Noone urban lego0505 If I've missed someone, let me know!

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Premier Membership Giveaway: 12-Year-BZPversary Edition

Another year, another new spinny! Today marks 12 years since I signed up for a little site called BZPower, and even cutting out the roughly 7-year absence, that's still a pretty good chunk of time with a pretty good community. I'd wonder what 11-year-old me would say if he saw me here now, except that typing this sentence made me realize I've been registered here for more than half my life, and now I need to go lay down.   Before that, though-   In celebration of 12 years on BZP, I'm holding a P

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Calling all Bionicle writers/readers!

With Bionicle back around (that still feels weird to type) and an uptick in library activity, the age-old question has reared its head: should we merge Comedies into Epics and Short Stories?   If you have any thoughts on the matter, please, head over to that tracker ticket and share them! And if you have any other ideas for the library, I'm always open to listen.

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Onwards

There goes 2014. Here comes 2015.   I missed the turn of the year around here due to some bad stuff (family health problems) followed by some good stuff (spending a long weekend with some BZP folks), but I'm back now. In a few weeks I'll be marking my 12th year as a member (even if it's only something like my fifth active one), which continues to be bizarre to think about.   But I'm looking forward to 2015 here! Those prompts people submitted are still coming, no worries - and one or two of them

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