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40 Years of Star Wars

Posted by Toa Smoke Monster in The Island., May 25 2017 · 16 views
Star Wars, 40th, Anniversary

So today is the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. It was on this day, back in 1977, that the first Star Wars film came out, giving the world one of the best sci-fi movies ever made.

And since then, we've gotten seven more Star Wars film with more on the way, comics, books, video games, multiple TV shows, and tons of merchandise. (Many of it being Lego sets. :) ) While the quality of these things depends on the person, there's no argument that Star Wars holds a special place in many people's hearts. And with the franchise moving forward, it will no doubt do the same for generations to come.

Here's to another 40 years of Star Wars! B-)

What are some of your favorite Star Wars films, books, TV shows, comics, video games, and/or merchandise?

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Art or Writing?

Posted by Lady Kopaka in Lady K's Blog, May 25 2017 · 39 views

I'm kinda excited for 'The Legend Continues' contests. Usually I'm not very competitive...but guys...that prize is an artbook. I'm a sucker for those. Bionicle artbook? Welp.

Curious...should I enter the art or writing contest? I honestly have good ideas for both, but guess it depends what I'm feeling or what will be best suited for the idea in the end. I'd appreciate any input or what you'd be most interested in from me. Art would likely be the obvious one, but writing still holds a special place in my heart.

Hint on my rough idea: it involved thunder and lightning. Any guesses?

Cheers guys! I also can't wait to see all the entries!!!

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I guess I'm going through with this

Posted by Bfahome in You're attacked by a Repair Nektann, May 24 2017 · 46 views

I guess I'm going through with this tired: building solid, stable figures with a wide range of motion

wired: building figures that are so weak and unstable they need a stand

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Alien or Aliens?

Posted by Jean Valjean in Kraggh's Works ♫♪, May 24 2017 · 25 views
Alien, Aliens

:kaukau: They're both so perfect. One is the perfect horror movie, and the other is the perfect action movie, which also manages to stay pretty horrifying at many times. Aliens is one of those movies that is in contention for being the best sequel of all time, because it's so good. I love how it evolves Ripley.

Both films manage to do something incredible. I think that one of the hardest things to ever do is to come up with a legitimately scary horror movie that gives you nightmares. Alien is arguably the only horror movie to do that. Although personally, I actually find Aliens to be even scarier. Aliens managed to do something almost just as rare, to come up with an action movie that had just the right amount of acting, just the right acting, just the right effects, just the right tone, just the right music, just the right cinematography, just the right editing. You do a side-by-side comparison with other actions films, and you'll see that others simply don't nail the style that James Cameron somehow perfected so early on in his career. He managed to master the feel without even being stylized, which is what really impresses me. Alien is a work of art, but it's stylized, and I think that sometimes it's a little bit easier to great a magnificent work of art that's distinguished from everything else if you stylize it a bit.

For those reasons, I used to prefer Aliens. However, I've noticed that I actually tend to watch the original Alien more, and just appreciate the film making that went into it. It's interesting to think that it was actually Ridley Scott's second film, and his first to gain any recognition, so he wasn't a prestigious director at the time. I also just love the original H.R. Giger design of the alien. It's just so entrancing compared to the aliens in Aliens. It's also so mysterious, and if you ignore Prometheus and Covenant, you can marvel in the additional horror of how little you know about it, how mysterious it is, and get a tingle from the theme that there are some places, far enough out in space, where man simply isn't meant to go. There's an element of H.P. Lovecraft cosmic horror to that. I think that that's why it's my favorite.

But I still love Aliens. The queen is simply so good, and like everyone else my heart melts for Newt.

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Stupid Thought

Posted by Trijhak in I Have No Idea, May 24 2017 · 40 views

What if volcanoes were actually living creatures that tried to eat people

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A Year Of Reading

Posted by Ta-metru_defender in TMD's Creatively Named Blog, May 24 2017 · 16 views

By virtue of being in NYU Gallatin, I read a lot in college, sometimes getting through a book every two weeks. Post-graduation I realized that that that was a habit I wanted to keep up. So I’ve made an effort to read more over the past year, and to read different things by different people (with the fun book mixed in there). With that, here’s the list of the books I’ve read over the past year:
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Pawn’s Gambit by Timothy Zahn
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • The Chinese in America by Iris Chang
  • Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn
  • Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman
  • X-Wing: Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole
  • The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck
  • X-Wing: Wedge’s Gambit by Michael Stackpole
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Way of The Knife by Mark Manzzetti
  • A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
  • X-Wing: The Krytos Trap by Michael Stackpole
  • Shared Fantasy: Role Playing Games as Social Worlds by Gary Alan Fine
  • Born A Crime by Trevor Noah (Well, audiobook)
  • Ashley’s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemon
  • Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehsi Coates
  • One Kick by Chelsea Cain
  • The End Of War by John Horgan
  • X-Wing: The Bacta War by Michael Stackpole


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Meeting the CEO of LEGO

Posted by ChocolateFrogs in Scientific Progress Goes "Boink", May 23 2017 · 59 views
LEGO, BrickFair, Bali Padda and 1 more...

BrickFair New England (AKA Massachusetts) happened a few weeks ago, and hoo boy was there much going on! I easily doubled the amount of sets in my "to be built" pile--and didn't pay for any of them! That's the power of playing games and volunteering. I also met a few new people that will be good to see again at BFVA. Plenty of inspiring MOCs and fun ideas.

But what really stood out was meeting all the LEGO Group folks that came to visit from Enfield, CT, which is pretty close by. I met a few people from the social media team, chatted with an employee who handles LEGO Brand Retail Stores about what gets me into the store (like promotions), talked with Strategy Director Jack Clarke for about 20 minutes (and even showed him a few Space MOCs), went to panels by folks like Paul Striefler (AFOL liason) and Tim Courney (LEGO Ideas) Sara Moore (LEGO Rebrick), and attended a very special panel by LEGO CEO Bali Padda who just happened to be in the States this week and was able to spare about an hour on his way to the airport for a Q&A and meet and greet.

While Danny is still holding my photo with Bali Padda for ransom, I was lucky enough to get his minifig business card:
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So I'm pretty pleased with my takeaway from BrickFair NE.

-CF :kakama:

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What a Nice Surprise, Bring Your Alibis

Posted by Lab Member 0579 in Mt. Coronet, May 23 2017 · 44 views
game advert, mafia

I’m hosting Mafia XXXIX: Hotel of Okoto!

Come play if you want.

It’ll be fun.

Seriously, you can keep voting even if you die.*

Try it out.

*Offer open to certain roles only, restrictions apply, results may vary

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Twin Peaks: The Return

Posted by Astaroth in VA-11 HALL-A, May 23 2017 · 49 views

I want to get off Mr. Lynch's wild ride

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Bionifight One

Posted by Kuan in I am Luroka, Makuta Luroka, May 22 2017 · 47 views

You guys, Voltex graciously deferred hosting of Bionifight One to me, and so the new topic is here. Incidentally, signups are now open for the next three rounds!



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Thank You's & New Tales

Posted by AZBlue in Okoto-Nui, May 22 2017 · 49 views
Author, Writing, Thanks, BZP and 1 more...

I know I said I was rewriting Bionicle Legacies, but that project has stopped yet again. After having a few false starts and ruined campaigns, the group I role play with on Mondays has found a campaign that is working for us. We've done various Pathfinder system games in the past, but none of them has had the same full world feel that this one has. It is set in a world inspired by Forgotten Realms, but has been dreamed up by one of my friends. We'd already talked about chronicling the adventures of the characters with previous games, but this one has piqued my creativity more than the others. I wrote out a rough backstory for my character just prior to the first session. I've also put more work into this game than any prior characters, and it shows.

​The funny thing about this game, is that the mythos that's been created has a chance of leading into the plot of the Novel that I started a year ago. The campaign theoretically takes place in the distant past of that book, and that in turn has got me started on filling out my character's backstory even more. On May 15th, 2017 (Technically the 16th) I started a second novel based on this Pathfinder campaign. In the three or four hours I worked on it, I put out around 2000 words, a new conscious record for me. The opening is a bit rough, but as the tale progresses, so to does the potential repairs to the intro.

I just wanted to let the small community we still have here know of my gratitude for this website. Back in 2003, when I joined, I had only written a small Star Wars fanfiction. That was in 2000, when I was in 4th grade. I hadn't really picked up a pencil for more than the small bit of homework I'd actually get around to doing. Reading the Epics and Short Stories forums, which were populated by authors such as Daydreamer, Korobound, and GaliGee, gave me the inspiration to begin writing. By the end of 7th grade, I had written a handful of poems, a cringeworthy short story that was never posted here, a screenplay, and a pair of attempted epics. The next four years were full of more writing. In 2005 I discovered High Fantasy through Terry Brooks' Sword of Shannara. I wrote an unfinished story called Takori-Metru. It was based on the screenplay from a few years prior. I then began my first world-building attempt for a novel. That summer I started another epic called The Fall of Darkness. It was an attempt at an edgy tale of lost love and revenge. Let's just say that Takori-Metru had more potential than this Takanuva and Nixie pairing that started with the death of Gali. I worked on that epic throughout my Sophomore year of High School, a time in which I gained my first girlfriend, a goth girl that I briefly reunited with last year. It was a strange time!

The summer of 2006 came around, and just a few days before my birthday I began work on my Bionicle Magnum Opus, The Return. I worked on it and it's accompanying short stories for the next several years. The epic itself was finished in January 2008, and was completely posted by my Graduation that May. The one short story that I still cherish was "The Light's Love". It was the first time I had written a story that connected events unseen in the main story. I entered college that fall, and ironically never passed English 101, also known as 121 at the college I was at. After a year and a half, my writing fell mostly by the wayside after the second failure at that English class. A few more false starts at novels would come, before I started looking at some of the ideas I'd already written. I took on the project of rewriting The Return as something publishable for a bit before I had some really bad things happen to me.
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I actually took a break from writing this post because of my need to write down some of what happened to me. I'll link to my facebook once I feel comfortable posting it, if I post it. Anyways, there was a physically, psychologically, and socially abusive person in my life for a year, and what he did to me killed my writing for several years.


The things I went through then and during high school, were softened as they happened, because of this community. Just seeing my peers grow up made me have hope, even if there was a hint of jealousy at some of you guys! I'm sad to see that the community here has become so small, and that there are now days without activity in most of the forums, but I'll always cherish the things I learned and memories I made here, even if this site eventually vanishes. I'm not leaving, in fact I plan to stay until the very end, whenever that comes. But I wanted to say my thanks to everyone here.
Even SPIRIT and his awesome brand of crazy.

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goodbye jack.

Posted by Monado Girl in Beyond the Blue Sky, May 20 2017 · 50 views

*ahem*

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

THE ENDING WAS JUST

IT WAS JUST

Spoiler


If you had any doubts of watching Samurai Jack season 5 before

give them up

watch it now.

16 years...and it's finally over...

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Bionicle Stars

Posted by Actually Kulta in An Imitation of Life, May 20 2017 · 84 views

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Samurai

Posted by JAG18 in The JAG18 Stronghold, May 20 2017 · 49 views



Samurai/don't die
You're the only one/you're the only one


After sixteen years of waiting it all ends tonight.

THE ANTICIPATION!

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Sidorak

Posted by SPIRIT in SPIRIT's Blog, May 20 2017 · 80 views

Did you ever hear the tragedy of King Sidorak the Wise?

I thought not. It's not a story the Toa would tell you. It's a Brotherhood legend. Sidorak was a King of the Visorak Horde, so powerful and so wise he could use his Herding Blade to influence the Visorak to steal life... He had such a knowledge of the Visorak that he could even keep the ones he cared about from Keetongu...

The Brotherhood of Makuta is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural...

He became so powerful... the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his queen everything he knew, then his queen killed him with Keetongu. Ironic, he could save others from Keetongu, but not himself.

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Boredom

Posted by -ToaD- in Terrible Things for a ToaDally Low Cost, May 18 2017 · 64 views

Was bored at work so I drew the Mask of the Father.

Was pretty much from memory and got it drawn pretty fast.



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No Needles

Posted by Xaeraz in Tim Mcgraw's What if? TRUCKS: fates, May 18 2017 · 77 views
prey 2017

It's incredibly satisfying to beat a game without ever upgrading your character, ain't it.

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Why did I never notice this before?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz in Through the Eyes of Madness, May 17 2017 · 84 views

I've heard people try and compare Bionicle with Transformers. Thinking about that, I just realised that Bionicle's baterra are literally "Transformers, robots in disguise"! IT TOOK ME THIS LONG TO FIGURE THAT OUT!!!

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Final Chapter

Posted by Tolkien in In a hole in the ground there lived..., May 14 2017 · 68 views

Chapter 11 of Mask Maker has been posted, and that's all folks! It's a pretty bittersweet ending...not just for the story, but also for myself, since this is actually the largest piece of Bionicle fanfiction I've completed, and it'll likely be the last (for a good long while at least).

In a sense, this story is an attempt at bringing closure to the somewhat open-ended state in which G1 has remained since 2010, as well as a way of transitioning from G1 into G2 and beyond. That's what it is for me, at least. Thanks to everyone who has read it, and thanks to those who took the time to respond. =)

JRRT

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You all asked for this.

Posted by Dr. Akano in Akano's Blog, May 14 2017 · 120 views

I changed my username.

Come at me with the puns/jokes. I'm ready.

(Also, I graduated yesterday, so it's actually official now. :P)

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