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[11 DAYS LEFT TO ENTER!]The Clipboard Blog Contest #1: Lego's True Potential

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ENTRY DEADLINE: MAY 19, 2016

 

For shame, Lego. Seriously, you missed the opportunity for a good villain in Von Nebula, you forgot about what good comic art was when you hired Sayger, and darn it, that battle with Skull Basher was waaaay too short. Fortunately, you have your loyal fans to tell you all about it. And now they are going to fix it for you.

 

That's right, for this contest you are going to take a moment where Lego had so much potential and threw it out the door, and instead use that potential for your own creations. You shall develop Von Nebula, redraw that ugly Sayger scene, and give Skull Basher the battle he deserves - or whatever else you saw a potential for greatness that was trashed in the name of the almighty dollar.

 

The winner will receive ONE 2016 Winter Wave set of their choice. I will make every reasonable effort to ensure that you get your prize. (If you are in some country not named the United States, you are responsible for telling me about any problems I might have delivering your prize if you win that UPS won't tell me about. If you know that it will cost over $100 to ship your prize to your country, don't enter.)

 

HOW TO ENTER:

 

Post your entry in a topic on the BZPower forums, and link the topic to this blog entry by posting a comment on this blog entry below.

 

RULES:

 

READ THEM, ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU HAVE ANY

1. MoCs, games, stories, artwork, comics, and basically anything you can post in the Creative Outlet will be accepted as an entry. However, your entry does not have to perfectly fit there - if you have some other lack of potential you would like to address, go for it. (Bionicle website redesign, anyone? :P)

 

2. Entries MUST be posted in a topic on BZPower forums, which MUST be linked to this blog entries' comment section. The actual entry may be hosted offsite, but there must be a topic linking to it and drawing attention to it. This is required for this contest - I know, it's weird, just live with it.

 

3. Entries must have never been posted on BZPower before the contest began - March 3, 2016. Anything after that is fair game. Posting it anywhere else doesn't disqualify you, period.

 

4. Entries must USE Lego's untapped potential for something CREATIVE. Whining on the forums about Lego's lack of ambition is NOT an entry.

 

5. Unlimited Entries are allowed per person, but PLEASE do not post 10 MoC topics in one day and enter them all. Please be courteous to your fellow forum browsers. Otherwise, go to town.

 

6. All Lego themes, past and present, are fair game for entries.

 

7. Every BZPower member, from new members to staff members, are allowed to enter. Having a higher site rank or popularity will not increase your chances of winning - so yes, new member, you can win too.

 

Except for me. fishers64, as this contest's host, may not enter.

 

8. Collaborative Entries ARE ALLOWED, with the following IMPORTANT WARNINGS:

     A. MAXIMUM of 3 PEOPLE. You are NOT allowed to recruit the entire site against one person; that's just wrong.

     B. You are responsible among yourselves for deciding who gets the prize of the Bionicle set. I will assume that the person who starts the topic for your project is the one who will get the prize, unless you specifically tell me otherwise. If you argue over who gets what in front of me, you both get nothing.

 

If you are a lone contributor, you do not get the right to complain if a collaborative team wins. Someone convinced someone else to work for them for free, or they bribed them somehow. That's called life skills. Learn them. :P

 

9. For Fan Created Games, your epic plan to redesign a boring Lego game will be accepted as an entry. However, entries must reflect actual capability of developing the game described - you must have an actually feasible plan. Renders and screenshots of partially completed games do help. (An exception to rule #2 will be made in this case - you can post the full text in a comment here, since planning topics are not allowed in FCM. For collaborative teams, the name on the comment is getting the prize unless otherwise indicated.)

 

10. RPGs need to be approved and running by the end of the entry period to qualify as an entry, as per rule #2. Don't make an RPG for this contest that you have no intention of running; that's just cruel. I expect you to run your game; otherwise it will be DQed. If you're stuck in the middle of the process, you may ask me for an extension - I tried to make the entry period long enough for you to get through the approvals and into running the game.

 

HOW WINNERS WILL BE DETERMINED:

 

IF YOU CARE, READ ON

The entries will be judged by me on the following criteria:

 

1. Validity of the potential squandering. Think less of "I want this from Lego and they didn't give it to me waaah" and more of "They could have done this, and it would've been more fantastic than what they did, but they didn't, so now I'm doing it."

 

A less valid example than the ones in the top paragraph would be if you handed me the plans for a BIONICLE MMORPG. We don't have a good case that Lego has the potential to do that. Again, this is partly subjective - and it doesn't have to live up to chir-brother standards of potential, just that the lack of the potential's use resonates with some people.

 

Generally, smaller remakes are better than large ones. Remaking Sayger's artwork is better than remaking the entirety of the Lego Group's corporate direction. (XD)

 

2. How well your work actually uses the potential Lego squandered.

3. Quality of the resulting work. (Epicly Awesome? YES GO FOR IT.)

 

If I get a high number of high-quality entries that are high in all of the above attributes, a poll will be held. However, you will not be able to throw a low-quality entry in here and expect to capitalize on your popularity or rank.

 

This is an open contest across all forums - I'm looking for a wide variety of entries. The more the merrier!

 

ENTRY DEADLINE: MAY 19, 2016 - GO!

 

ENTRY LIST:

 

1. Slizer Dome by Pahrak #0579 (Games and Trivia game)

 

2. Hero Factory: Contagion by Timeimageness (Epic)

 

3. Strakk's Best Friend by ZippyWharrgarbl. (One-shot comedy)

 

4. Toa 2015 - Worth the money? by Ghidora (MoCs)

 

5. RoboRiders Re:Start by Pahrak #0579 (Epic)

 

6. Spybotics Playsets by Disty Says Hi



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Oh man, what to choose...cancelling the 01 PC game still irritates me, but I don't know I could do that without rehashing 01, which would be boring.  Something else then...

 

...Just for curiosity's sake: Slizers and RoboRiders are legal for this, right?

 

And an obligatory Galidor joke for fun

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Oh man, what to choose...cancelling the 01 PC game still irritates me, but I don't know I could do that without rehashing 01, which would be boring.  Something else then...

 

...Just for curiosity's sake: Slizers and RoboRiders are legal for this, right?

 

And an obligatory Galidor joke for fun

Oh, I knew I had forgotten something. All Lego themes past and present are fair game. 

 

I am totally entering this.

 

Do we post links to the entries on this blog post?

Yes. It says that in the rules, specifically #2.

 

Also,

you both get nothing.

What if it's three people?

 

You all get nothing.

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Oh man, what to choose...cancelling the 01 PC game still irritates me, but I don't know I could do that without rehashing 01, which would be boring.  Something else then...

 

...Just for curiosity's sake: Slizers and RoboRiders are legal for this, right?

 

And an obligatory Galidor joke for fun

Oh, I knew I had forgotten something. All Lego themes past and present are fair game. 

 

 

Hmm...what about future? :P

 

Anyway, this gives me ideas.  I must now retreat and let these ideas battle to death to decide a victor, but assuming nothing terrible happens, I'll almost definitely be entering.  Eventually.

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Wait, where do you live again?

 

If it's something crazy like Kazakhstan, I think we can manage.

It's the U.S. of A. 

 

Crud

 

I don't think this'll work...

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While this looks like it could be fun. :)

 

While I won't have time to make an entry anytime soon, I may be able throw something together close to the due date. I'll see when that time comes. :P

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Question: how can we be sure that a game is eligible?  I have an idea for a Slizer-based game, but I'm not completely sure it qualifies for the theme.

I'll admit that this can be tricky for G&T (is that what we're dealing with here?).

 

The idea I was thinking of dealing with there is how MoUP tries to improve on existing Bionicle G2 story, but if there was like an old Slizer game way-back-when that was eh and you want to improve on it with a G&T game, that would be okay too. 

 

But if there's something I haven't thought of in forms of potential improvement that a G&T game can address, I welcome it. PM me the idea and I'll look it over. 

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If someone outside the US wins, I would advise against using UPS or any other courier. Use USPS. UPS legally has to charge import taxes, and they have their own processing fees which are paid upon receipt, so the winner will end up paying as much as they would by just buying the set themselves. UPS is also completely incompetent and there's a good chance the prize will never be seen again.

 

-L

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If someone outside the US wins, I would advise against using UPS or any other courier. Use USPS. UPS legally has to charge import taxes, and they have their own processing fees which are paid upon receipt, so the winner will end up paying as much as they would by just buying the set themselves. UPS is also completely incompetent and there's a good chance the prize will never be seen again.

 

-L

I thought USPS doesn't ship internationally, being the USPS. If it does, then I'm using them no matter what - they're cheaper. 

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So... basically we just post what we think lego should of done differently in this topic?

No, you take what Lego should of done differently and actually do it. 

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Nah, it's more that this give me a reason to continue working on this project of mine

 

I /really/ don't have the time but darn it I want to do it now

 

That is why darn it. Do I adult or not?

 

IDK, haha

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Slizer Dome has been posted in the Games & Trivia forum.  It aims to make use of the world of the Slizer line and immerse players in it, letting them all be Slizers rather than implying there are only eight living beings on the whole planet (aside from the elemental monsters).

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General comment : Me playing your game is not going to increase your chances of winning the contest, but since I have to keep track of the game anyway, sometimes I might decide to play if it interests me. :P

 

Also yay first entry!

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Forsooth, now I have a reason to revive Drome Racers and possibly learn more programming.  I think I have a deadline for something else around May 19th, but now I can't remember what it was.

 

Fortunately, I'm sick, so I get all the time off I want.

 

(Goin' to the Drome, BRB)

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Is this contest just for fixing bad story choices or does something like the canceling of the LEGO Lord of the Rings count?  Such missed opportunities for amazing sets.  It still baffles me how you can make the Lord of the Rings without making the Lord of the rings aka Sauron.

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Is this contest just for fixing bad story choices or does something like the canceling of the LEGO Lord of the Rings count?  Such missed opportunities for amazing sets.  It still baffles me how you can make the Lord of the Rings without making the Lord of the rings aka Sauron.

It counts - any poor decisions or missed opportunities. 

 

(If you want to make MoCs or concept art of the sets that could have been, that would be an acceptable entry,  or you might have a different angle on it. :shrugs:)

 

I have a series of Mocs that would go perfectly for this.

Welp, then put 'em in a topic and shoot me a link. What are you waiting for?

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