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  1. Looks like the site is back up now, but the games directory is gone. If you want to reach out to Templar (without tweeting) you can try sending a message to info at templar.com.
  2. It looks like MNOG isn't accessible right now because templar.com as a whole is down, not because Templar removed the game. Edit: Misread the original post, sorry. I haven't seen any indication that the company's closing, so I imagine this is temporary. They may not even realize the site is offline--if you want to get their attention try tweeting @TemplarStudios.
  3. Cool contest idea! Here are a few more resources that may be helpful: BS01's artbook gallery for easier browsing of the artbook concept art (courtesy of Dorek)BS01's main concept art galleryThe BioMedia Project's image gallery, which has some concept artGood luck everyone!
  4. Umbra and Melding Teridax probably could since they have no inner shadow.
  5. It may help to think about which cause you want to advance, rather than which organization. What societal issues particularly resonate with you? What struggles have you, your family, or your friends faced that you wouldn't want others to experience? (No need to answer an internet stranger of course, but thinking about answers might help get the ball rolling.)
  6. Then why does it say on BS01 that some left the island to go on their own adventures? The reinforcement Toa from the Toa/Dark Hunter War I understand, but the article specified the Toa Mangai, which I assume meant the ones who fought the Kanohi Dragon. I think it's all self-consistent, although BS01's Toa Mangai article could afford a rewrite. As I understand it, the adventures that BS01 alludes to are different from the missions that Makuta sent the Toa Mangai on. If that's true, then the timeline goes like this: The 11 Toa Mangai showed up to defeat the Kanohi Dragon ~3,500 years ago. Then 8 of the Toa Mangai left to go on their own adventures, which is why Tuyet, Nidhiki, and Lhikan were the only Toa around Metru Nui ~2,500 years ago during "The Many Deaths of Toa Tuyet." Tuyet was sent to the Pit then, leaving 10 total Toa Mangai and 2 on Metru Nui. Over the next 500 years, the 8 Toa Mangai who left came back. (We know that because all the Toa Mangai were on Metru Nui during the Toa-Dark Hunter War.) Nidhiki defected during the war, leaving 9 Toa Mangai, who were all on Metru Nui. By the time of the 2004 story, Eliminator had killed 8 of them, leaving just Lhikan. There's a relevant discussion on BS01 here.
  7. Antroz's claws fit the design fairly well.
  8. I've never seen an artbook, so I can't speak to whether or not it's real. A (quite incomplete!) list of who won which artbook is available here. Unfortunately #65 is not accounted for on that list. That said, from the list it's clear that if your book is a legitimate copy, the seller didn't win it from BS01 or BZPower.
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    Hatpile 2018

    Fun isn't something one considers when balancing the hatpile. But this... does put a smile on my face.
  10. As far as I know all the purple Kaukaus are fanmade. Flintsmith is a BZP member known for making them.
  11. Lots of good stuff in there. Thanks for putting it together! One more quote you may find of interest is this exchange with Greg about Noble masks. It's a bit older than the one in the doc, so maybe Greg changed his mind after he wrote this (and maybe you saw this already), but it provides another explanation for why the Mata didn't use noble masks.
  12. If you're on Windows, you may still be able to download it here (can't verify that it still runs as I'm on Mac): http://bzpower.com/story.php?ID=4483
  13. It's also worth noting that the Matoran Universe is often just called "the universe." The term comes up in Shadow Stealer's article in the Dark Hunters guide: "Some whisper that he was a hero long before the first Toa ever appeared in the universe, possibly a crusader of a completely different type." The book came out in June 2006, so a few months before the Greg quote mentioned earlier. I wouldn't be surprised if "the universe" was used before that.
  14. To add on, I think the official MU map is not at all to scale. The islands are shown way bigger than they actually would be. That's because according to BS01's Metru Nui article, Metru Nui is ~40 miles long from north to south, but per lordofthesquids (language is nsfbzp) the MU is ~7,600 miles or ~3,300 miles tall depending on what you go by (~7,600 is the official number and ~3,300 is from Faber's concept art, which is supposedly more consistent with other media). Either way, based on that map, Metru Nui looks way way longer than 40 miles. Also, Mata Nui just about covers the Great Sprit Robot's face, but the map makes it look like the much smaller Metru Nui fills the robot's whole head. All of which is to say that the islands are way smaller than they appear on the map, so there's way more ocean to navigate, and MUans had a much smaller chance of happening on Artakha than the map would suggest. Also I'm convinced that the map only shows major islands. There are several locations listed on BS01's Locations/Other Locations page that don't reasonably correspond to any islands on the map. Some that stick out are the "Island near Metru Nui" that Naho swam to, the "Island near Stelt," and the "Wooded Island." My bet is that the MU has a whole bunch of minor islands. Even if you made it into Artakha's dome, if there were other islands around you might be less likely to question Artakha on the horizon than if it were the only island around in supposedly empty waters. tl;dr Don't trust the map.
  15. Thanks for the feedback! Fair point about the arms—to be honest I wanted to use those pieces so they'd be out of the bin. As for proportions, do you think longer arms would improve things?
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