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 Group admin 
BEFORE YOU ASK...

Please be sure that you have read the rules thoroughly... a couple of times... and then one more time JUST to make SURE that the answer isn't there. After that then...

If you have a question (related to the games of course) then ask here and one of the judges will get back to you as soon as possible.


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| February 9, 2015, 4:55 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson
BEFORE YOU ASK...

Please be sure that you have read the rules thoroughly... a couple of times... and then one more time JUST to make SURE that the answer isn't there. After that then...

If you have a question (related to the games of course) then ask here and one of the judges will get back to you as soon as possible.


You gonna start a judges group, or do you want me to? BTW, because of the admin status, I'm taking it that you've selected me to judge? ;)

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| February 9, 2015, 6:54 pm
For some reason MOCpages is not allowing me to make a group. I've tried multiple times but it always says "Smash, Bonk... Thud". Is anyone else having this problem?
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| February 10, 2015, 9:39 am
Quoting Noel ~
For some reason MOCpages is not allowing me to make a group. I've tried multiple times but it always says "Smash, Bonk... Thud". Is anyone else having this problem?

Wrong group to ask this in. Head over here.

http://mocpages.com/group.php/2600
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| February 10, 2015, 1:06 pm
Quoting Zach Lucia
Wrong group to ask this in. Head over here.

http://mocpages.com/group.php/2600

I would have asked it there, but I couldn't find it :-/
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| February 10, 2015, 1:09 pm
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Quoting Noel ~
For some reason MOCpages is not allowing me to make a group. I've tried multiple times but it always says "Smash, Bonk... Thud". Is anyone else having this problem?


Yeap, that happened to me when I tried to make the judges group a couple of days ago.

I put in an email to Sean about it. Just keep trying and we'll see if the issue works itself out. If it's not working in the next few days I'll send another email to Sean.
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| February 10, 2015, 7:08 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
You gonna start a judges group, or do you want me to? BTW, because of the admin status, I'm taking it that you've selected me to judge? ;)


Yeap, you've been drafted!

As far as the group goes, I ran into the same issue that Noel had. We'll give it another shot tonight and see if it works.
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| February 10, 2015, 7:10 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
As far as the group goes, I ran into the same issue that Noel had. We'll give it another shot tonight and see if it works.

Huh, I created a group with no trouble...I guess the problem is resolved.
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| February 11, 2015, 2:46 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson

Yeap, you've been drafted!

As far as the group goes, I ran into the same issue that Noel had. We'll give it another shot tonight and see if it works.

Great! I'm already working on a logo, which I will run by you first, of course. :)

Hmm. That is strange. When I saw Noel's problem, I tried making a group and it worked for me.
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| February 11, 2015, 5:38 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Great! I'm already working on a logo, which I will run by you first, of course. :)

Hmm. That is strange. When I saw Noel's problem, I tried making a group and it worked for me.



Must have just been bad timing on my part. Good to know everything's working fine now. Thanks!
~Chris.
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| February 12, 2015, 2:17 am
Just curious, but why is "Green-Footed Bear" an admin?
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| February 13, 2015, 9:03 am
Quoting Noel ~
Just curious, but why is "Green-Footed Bear" an admin?

I think he/she is a friend of Chris's and is going to be a judge.
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| February 13, 2015, 9:32 am
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I am an AFOL and I agreed to take on the one task no one wants to do, Score keeper. Don't worry I will not be judging your MOCS.
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| February 13, 2015, 9:59 am
Quoting Timothy Post
I think S/he is a friend of Chris's and is going to be a judge.

OK. That makes sense.
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| February 13, 2015, 10:10 am
when does the contest start ??
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| February 13, 2015, 2:36 pm
Quoting Joel Tyer
when does the contest start ??

March 1st.
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| February 13, 2015, 2:40 pm
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Quoting Noel ~
Just curious, but why is "Green-Footed Bear" an admin?


Short answer... GFB is our official scorekeeper. No judging involved, just counting.

~Chris.
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| February 13, 2015, 4:06 pm
Do you average the score of a creation from all of the judges scores?
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| February 13, 2015, 4:44 pm
Quoting Soccer Socks
Do you average the score of a creation from all of the judges scores?

Here's last years group. http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/23656 It should give you a good idea on how things work. :)
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| February 13, 2015, 5:14 pm
Quoting Soccer Socks
Do you average the score of a creation from all of the judges scores?

No, they add the scores. Each judge gives each entry a score from 0 to 5 and at the end, each team's points are added up.
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| February 14, 2015, 9:24 am
Quoting Kevin Moyer
No, they add the scores. Each judge gives each entry a score from 0 to 5 and at the end, each team's points are added up.

Okay, did the rules explain this? I checked the rules 3 times and didn't find anything too clear.
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| February 14, 2015, 12:20 pm
Quoting Soccer Socks
Okay, did the rules explain this? I checked the rules 3 times and didn't find anything too clear.

They did.

Quoting the rules

DQ: disqualification. Cheating, such as plagiarism or reposting old mocs. Only the player in question will get a DQ, the team will live on.

0 Point: "Clone on a plate" type entries will be laughed at and you will not receive any points. Out of focus pictures, builds that don't match the theme, late entries, etc.

1 point: This is basically for just posting; now come on, you have to put SOME effort into the MOC.

2 points: Good effort put forth. You spent some "actual" time creating the MOC and it doesn't burn our eyes to look at it.

3 points: Nicely done! Pictures in focus, attention paid to details and so on. You put a good effort into this and it shows. (please note, this WILL be your average score. We won't be throwing 5s at every moc so if you get a 3, it's a GOOD thing.)

4 points: Wow man, this is REALLY cool! You put a lot of work into this and we're really impressed here!

5 points: Kelso better watch out because YOU have arrived!

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| February 14, 2015, 12:22 pm
Quoting Timothy Post
They did.

I'm not talking about if they said that they're scoring, I was talking about did they say that all of the judges will be judging each creation. I under stand what I was confused about now. Thank you!
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| February 14, 2015, 12:32 pm
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Quoting Soccer Socks
I'm not talking about if they said that they're scoring, I was talking about did they say that all of the judges will be judging each creation. I under stand what I was confused about now. Thank you!

Yep, each judge gives a score of 0-5, and the scores are totalled for each creation so you end up with a score of x/25.
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| February 14, 2015, 2:20 pm
When will a completed teams thread be made?
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| February 14, 2015, 7:56 pm
Quoting Timothy Post
When will a completed teams thread be made?

Soon hopefully :D
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| February 15, 2015, 6:58 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Yep, each judge gives a score of 0-5, and the scores are totalled for each creation so you end up with a score of x/25.

Ok, thanks!
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| February 15, 2015, 7:41 pm
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Quoting Graeme Straughn
Are there going to be prizes? This sound sounds amazing and I'm hoping to get a couple 4s or 5s... :D

The winning team will receive a prize.
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| February 16, 2015, 12:04 pm
When will the completed teams thread be up?
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| February 16, 2015, 12:09 pm
Quoting Graeme Straughn
Are there going to be prizes? This sound sounds amazing and I'm hoping to get a couple 4s or 5s... :D

I think everybody hopes to get 4s and 5s. ;)
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| February 16, 2015, 12:38 pm
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Quoting Timothy Post
When will a completed teams thread be made?

Quoting Thomas .
When will the completed teams thread be up?


Patience, young padawans. ;) You don't have too much longer to wait, we just don't want people to feel rushed to finalize their teams. I've had people agree to compete with me, only to find that they've not enough time at the last moment, so it's good to stay flexible until you know that everyone's committed.
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| February 16, 2015, 1:31 pm
Quoting David .
I think everybody hopes to get 4s and 5s. ;)

Nah I'm thinking about some 1s and 2s ;)
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| February 16, 2015, 1:39 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Quoting Thomas .
When will the completed teams thread be up?


Patience, young padawans. ;) You don't have too much longer to wait, we just don't want people to feel rushed to finalize their teams. I've had people agree to compete with me, only to find that they've not enough time at the last moment, so it's good to stay flexible until you know that everyone's committed.

Alrighty ;) Can't wait. The Builders of the Brick Table will clean up this year ;)
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| February 16, 2015, 1:51 pm
Can we have a smack thread?
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| February 16, 2015, 1:51 pm
Quoting Mate Paton
Nah I'm thinking about some 1s and 2s ;)

You'd better not be, I'm on a team with you! :P
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| February 16, 2015, 2:14 pm
Quoting David .
You'd better not be, I'm on a team with you! :P

I'll give it my all.
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| February 16, 2015, 2:17 pm
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Quoting Thomas .
Can we have a smack thread?

Ian and I will have to fight over who starts that one, but rest assured we'll have one before the games begin.
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| February 16, 2015, 2:26 pm
Does a team HAVE to have 5 players, or can it be less than that? Like, just two AFOLs on a team or something?
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| February 16, 2015, 3:49 pm
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Quoting Jared .
Does a team HAVE to have 5 players, or can it be less than that? Like, just two AFOLs on a team or something?

All teams must have 5 players.
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| February 16, 2015, 4:02 pm
Will there be a neat chat this year?
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| February 16, 2015, 4:29 pm
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Quoting Timothy Post
Will there be a neat chat this year?

No.
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| February 17, 2015, 1:10 am
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Quoting Graeme Straughn

Coool! Thanks! Any ideas on what that prize might be???

Patience. :)

Also, don't forget to invite us judges to your team.
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| February 17, 2015, 12:07 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
Patience. :)


Best prize of all, I'm definitely lacking that. :)
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| February 17, 2015, 12:19 pm
I would like to give a big thank you to all the judges (Especial Green footed bear the scorekeeper.) for running this contest.


I know this isn't a question but I wanted to make sure the judges saw this. :P
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| February 17, 2015, 1:55 pm
Tfol = 18? 19?

Please be 19 ;)
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| February 17, 2015, 5:42 pm
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Quoting Grant Davis
Tfol = 18? 19?

Please be 19 ;)

Technically, you are a TFOL until you're 20. For the MA, I believe it's 18.
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| February 17, 2015, 5:53 pm
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Quoting Grant Davis
Tfol = 18? 19?

Please be 19 ;)

Yep, as Mark said. And by 18, we mean that even if you turn 18 on March 30, you still count as an AFOL for this contest. If you're 17 or under throughout, you're a TFOL.
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| February 17, 2015, 6:00 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Yep, as Mark said. And by 18, we mean that even if you turn 18 on March 30, you still count as an AFOL for this contest. If you're 17 or under throughout, you're a TFOL.

Kinda counter intuitive, it being called NineTEEN and all ;) Well back to the search I go. Need just one more Tfol.
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| February 17, 2015, 6:02 pm
Help! I need to be part of someones group! I know there is still about ten days but does anybody need another member to have a whole team?
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| February 17, 2015, 10:17 pm
Quoting John Smith
Try this: http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/24932


THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
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| February 17, 2015, 10:55 pm
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Quoting Graeme Straughn
Any ideas on what that prize might be???


I have the prizes. I picked up some Chima sets but I don't remember WHICH Chima set they were. Once I'm able to dig them out I'll let you all know.

~Chris.
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| February 18, 2015, 3:59 am
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Yep, as Mark said. And by 18, we mean that even if you turn 18 on March 30, you still count as an AFOL for this contest. If you're 17 or under throughout, you're a TFOL.

Last year was March 1 for the cutoff for AFOLdom. Not to be a monkey in the wrench, but could you make certain please.

Here's Chris' response to the question last year:
http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=23656&topicid=94202#comment-1332736

Thank you, Luke.
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| February 18, 2015, 10:04 am
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Quoting matt rowntRee
Last year was March 1 for the cutoff for AFOLdom. Not to be a monkey in the wrench, but could you make certain please.

Here's Chris' response to the question last year:
http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=23656&topicid=94202#comment-1332736

Thank you, Luke.

Thanks for bringing that up, we'll go with that then. I was going by MocOlympics rules, where if you turn 15 at any point during the contest you no longer count as a TFOL. Just one more interesting difference to remember, I guess.
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| February 18, 2015, 4:47 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Thanks for bringing that up, we'll go with that then. I was going by MocOlympics rules, where if you turn 15 at any point during the contest you no longer count as a TFOL. Just one more interesting difference to remember, I guess.

Thank you Luke, much appreciated!
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| February 18, 2015, 5:09 pm
When are we supposed to invite the judges to our team groups?
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| February 19, 2015, 11:05 am
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
I was going by MocOlympics rules, where if you turn 15 at any point during the contest you no longer count as a TFOL.


Just to be sure... did you mean 18?
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| February 19, 2015, 12:00 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Toa Jaton
When are we supposed to invite the judges to our team groups?

Right away. ;)
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| February 19, 2015, 12:07 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting The Royal Brick
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
I was going by MocOlympics rules, where if you turn 15 at any point during the contest you no longer count as a TFOL.


Just to be sure... did you mean 18?
The MAs are different. If you are 17 or younger on March 1st then you are a TFOL.

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| February 19, 2015, 1:25 pm
Quoting Green Footed Bear
Quoting The Royal Brick
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
I was going by MocOlympics rules, where if you turn 15 at any point during the contest you no longer count as a TFOL.


Just to be sure... did you mean 18?
The MAs are different. If you are 17 or younger on March 1st then you are a TFOL.

OK Thanks!
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| February 20, 2015, 7:29 am
Hm, i read through the rules, and I am confused. does a Team have to have 5 members or may it have less?
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| February 21, 2015, 10:36 am
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Quoting Dead Frog inc.
Hm, i read through the rules, and I am confused. does a Team have to have 5 members or may it have less?

No, it has to have five. No more, no less; five.
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| February 21, 2015, 10:38 am
Why is this group 2014 suddenly?
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| February 22, 2015, 9:23 am
Quoting Dead Frog inc.
Why is this group 2014 suddenly?

Probably the same jokester who gave LOM an... INTERESTING new picture.

Edit: I can't find the 2015 logo on Flickr, but all the dates should be correct now.
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| February 22, 2015, 9:28 am
Quoting Bane of Spongebob
Probably the same jokester who gave LOM an... INTERESTING new picture.

Edit: I can't find the 2015 logo on Flickr, but all the dates should be correct now.

And I fixed the pictures. Hopefully I won't get banned for editing the group. :P
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| February 22, 2015, 4:23 pm
Quoting ARCtrooper Argo
Are there any teams left for me to join? I just foudn the group and have wanted to be apart of it since 2013.
-Argo

Join the official team building group and make a thread, you'll have some luck there.

http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/24932
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| February 23, 2015, 6:07 pm
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Quoting Dead Frog inc.
Why is this group 2014 suddenly?

Just so you know, your team group is public, not private. Might want to fix that. Also, don't forget to register! :)
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| February 23, 2015, 6:53 pm
I know that we are supposed to invite all the judges to our private group, but what about the scorekeeper? I'm guessing you want us to, but I thought I'd ask.
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| February 23, 2015, 8:54 pm
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Quoting Legomania .
I know that we are supposed to invite all the judges to our private group, but what about the scorekeeper? I'm guessing you want us to, but I thought I'd ask.

Yes I also need to be invited into your group. If you want to Wait until the 28th that is fine but it is easier to keep track of points for a group if I have access to it.
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| February 23, 2015, 10:17 pm
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Quoting Legomania .
I know that we are supposed to invite all the judges to our private group, but what about the scorekeeper? I'm guessing you want us to, but I thought I'd ask.

Yup.
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| February 23, 2015, 10:17 pm
How important is it to list the FOL age statuses on team members in the completed team thread?Because what if you couldn't find out about it from all your team members by the time the contest is supposed to start?(I'm pretty sure most of the people on my team are TFOLs,though one said he would be by the time the contest started.)
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| February 24, 2015, 10:47 am
Quoting Mark McPeek
Just so you know, your team group is public, not private. Might want to fix that. Also, don't forget to register! :)


fixed it.. but didn't P. Andrei allready register it in the teams thread?
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| February 24, 2015, 12:13 pm
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Quoting Toa Jaton
How important is it to list the FOL age statuses on team members in the completed team thread?Because what if you couldn't find out about it from all your team members by the time the contest is supposed to start?(I'm pretty sure most of the people on my team are TFOLs,though one said he would be by the time the contest started.)

Just put down TFOL if you don't know. I think it is safe to say that all your members are TFOLs.

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| February 24, 2015, 12:14 pm
I'm having trouble figuring out how to make a "link" I have looked at the help section on MOCpages but I really want a simple looking answer.
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| February 27, 2015, 8:22 pm
Quoting Joshua Quint
I'm having trouble figuring out how to make a "link" I have looked at the help section on MOCpages but I really want a simple looking answer.

This should help.
http://www.mocpages.com/help/html_tips.php#8
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| February 27, 2015, 8:30 pm
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Quoting Joshua Quint
I'm having trouble figuring out how to make a "link" I have looked at the help section on MOCpages but I really want a simple looking answer.


Links are not required for this game. You may add them if you wish but they are not needed.

(They ARE needed in the MocOlympics but that's a different contest).
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| February 27, 2015, 10:29 pm
Will the categories be posted early tomorrow morning, or late tomorrow evening?
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| February 27, 2015, 10:33 pm
IS IT TOO LATE TO JOIN?
I forgot about the MOCalathon and remembered last minute! :/
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| February 28, 2015, 1:55 am
Can I write the final team roster on Monday since I'll be gone the rest of today? And I have some people who haven't accepted yet, so?
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| February 28, 2015, 6:09 am
What does "Clone on a Plate." mean?
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| February 28, 2015, 8:25 am
Quoting Joshua Quint
What does "Clone on a Plate." mean?

Taking a minifigure, putting it on a plate.
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| February 28, 2015, 8:28 am
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Quoting W Navarre
Can I write the final team roster on Monday since I'll be gone the rest of today? And I have some people who haven't accepted yet, so?

No, the deadline is today, sorry. The team must be completed by tonight at 9:00 MOCpages time.
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| February 28, 2015, 9:58 am
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Quoting Kenji !
IS IT TOO LATE TO JOIN?
I forgot about the MOCalathon and remembered last minute! :/

You got about 11 hours. Find a team. :)
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| February 28, 2015, 9:58 am
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Quoting Thomas .
Will the categories be posted early tomorrow morning, or late tomorrow evening?

Tonight before midnight.
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| February 28, 2015, 9:58 am
Quoting Mark McPeek
Tonight before midnight.

Meh! I was hoping we'd have time to divide them before building begins :P
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| February 28, 2015, 10:07 am
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Quoting Thomas .
Meh! I was hoping we'd have time to divide them before building begins :P

You have two hours. ;)
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| February 28, 2015, 10:16 am
Quoting Mark McPeek
You have two hours. ;)

Oh goody :P
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| February 28, 2015, 10:16 am
Greetings judges.

I just want to inform you that the Announcement thread has been mistakenly left open. If I were on the more mischievous side I would have written a sarcastic reply in the thread, but I for one don't want a penalty before the games even begin. Just a friendly heads up! :)
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| February 28, 2015, 12:12 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
Tonight before midnight.

Yes!!
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| February 28, 2015, 12:34 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
BEFORE YOU ASK...

Please be sure that you have read the rules thoroughly... a couple of times... and then one more time JUST to make SURE that the answer isn't there. After that then...
When is the exact posting time for the categories?
If you have a question (related to the games of course) then ask here and one of the judges will get back to you as soon as possible.



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| February 28, 2015, 12:34 pm
Quoting Commander Bricks

10:00 PM MOCPages time

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| February 28, 2015, 12:37 pm
Quoting Asad .
10:00 PM MOCPages time

Ok back to the most recent RoboCop for Lego robot inspiration!
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| February 28, 2015, 1:38 pm
For the "No right angles" category, are minor right angles OK? Like 1x2 tiles in stonework or small edges in landscaping? I sure hope so.
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| February 28, 2015, 10:10 pm
Will my team still be able to participate if we only have four members and the contest starts?
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| February 28, 2015, 10:25 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
BEFORE YOU ASK...

Please be sure that you have read the rules thoroughly... a couple of times... and then one more time JUST to make SURE that the answer isn't there. After that then...

If you have a question (related to the games of course) then ask here and one of the judges will get back to you as soon as possible.


Excuse me but for the Sci-Fi Architecture category is micro scale aloud?

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| February 28, 2015, 11:36 pm
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Quoting Commander Bricks
Excuse me but for the Sci-Fi Architecture category is micro scale aloud?

Yes micro scale is fine.
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| February 28, 2015, 11:39 pm
Quoting Green Footed Bear
Yes micro scale is fine.

OK one more thing will microscale get points deducted?
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| February 28, 2015, 11:40 pm
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Quoting Commander Bricks
OK one more thing will microscale get points deducted?

No it can be in any scale.
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| February 28, 2015, 11:45 pm
Quoting Green Footed Bear
No it can be in any scale.

OK thank you.
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| February 28, 2015, 11:48 pm
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Quoting Mr. Cab
For the "No right angles" category, are minor right angles OK? Like 1x2 tiles in stonework or small edges in landscaping? I sure hope so.

Well, I'd just go with no right angles. Category is pretty explicit.
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| March 1, 2015, 12:10 am
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Quoting Noric Warrenson
Will my team still be able to participate if we only have four members and the contest starts?

No, unfortunately not. Registration closed tonight. Sorry about that. But be sure to come back next year!
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| March 1, 2015, 12:10 am
Quoting Mark McPeek
Well, I'd just go with no right angles. Category is pretty explicit.

So minor stuff like edges in Landscaping is not allowed?
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| March 1, 2015, 1:30 am
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Quoting Mr. Cab
So minor stuff like edges in Landscaping is not allowed?

Maybe a really minor one, but I'd be careful. Look at Mr. X's Dr. Who Tardis consol. That's what we're looking for.
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| March 1, 2015, 1:37 am
For the two dimensional artistic masterpiece, what can the source be? Strictly paintings or anything (comics, video games, cartoons, etc)
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| March 1, 2015, 3:24 am
Quoting Mark McPeek
Maybe a really minor one, but I'd be careful. Look at Mr. X's Dr. Who Tardis consol. That's what we're looking for.

I see quite a few right angles in there...
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| March 1, 2015, 5:59 am
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Quoting P. Andrei
For the two dimensional artistic masterpiece, what can the source be? Strictly paintings or anything (comics, video games, cartoons, etc)

The idea was for historical masterpieces, like a painting by Van Gogh. However, provided that the source image is sufficiently excellent/well-known, another 2-dimensional piece of art would be acceptable. Just so long as it's on the same level as the most famous paintings.

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| March 1, 2015, 9:22 am
For the "Underground World" category does the build have to be completely underground? Kind of like this here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/393143 So basically can I have topsoil and grass be the roof of my MOC?
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| March 1, 2015, 9:29 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Thomas .
For the "Underground World" category does the build have to be completely underground? Kind of like this here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/393143 So basically can I have topsoil and grass be the roof of my MOC?

The concept is the same as the under the sea from years past. It is fine to have topsoil and grass as the roof but make your focus be what is under ground.
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| March 1, 2015, 9:44 am
Quoting Green Footed Bear
The concept is the same as the under the sea from years past. It is fine to have topsoil and grass as the roof but make your focus be what is under ground.

OK thanks! The main focus of the build is underground I just thought using topsoil as the roof of the build would look better than a bunch of dark bley plates :P
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| March 1, 2015, 9:49 am
Quoting Mark McPeek
Maybe a really minor one, but I'd be careful. Look at Mr. X's Dr. Who Tardis consol. That's what we're looking for.

That one still has some right angles... But anyways, are only physical right angles off limits, or also right angles in coloration?
For example this (http://walkerzangerblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Mondrian-lego-flat550x550075f.jpg) has no physical right angles, but lots of right angles in the coloration, so would that be allowed?
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| March 1, 2015, 10:17 am
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Quoting Mr. Cab
That one still has some right angles... But anyways, are only physical right angles off limits, or also right angles in coloration?
For example this (http://walkerzangerblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Mondrian-lego-flat550x550075f.jpg) has no physical right angles, but lots of right angles in the coloration, so would that be allowed?

Right angles of colouration are fine, but a mosaic won't go over well.
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| March 1, 2015, 10:32 am
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Quoting Mr. Cab
That one still has some right angles... But anyways, are only physical right angles off limits, or also right angles in coloration?
For example this (http://walkerzangerblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Mondrian-lego-flat550x550075f.jpg) has no physical right angles, but lots of right angles in the coloration, so would that be allowed?
I think the intent was more of the brick bending like what green ghost does where there are no right angles. I personally think the color blocking screams of right angles.

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| March 1, 2015, 10:36 am
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Quoting Green Footed Bear
Quoting Mr. Cab
That one still has some right angles... But anyways, are only physical right angles off limits, or also right angles in coloration?
For example this (http://walkerzangerblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Mondrian-lego-flat550x550075f.jpg) has no physical right angles, but lots of right angles in the coloration, so would that be allowed?
I think the intent was more of the brick bending like what green ghost does where there are no right angles. I personally think the color blocking screams of right angles.
I would go with Luke as he will actually be judging however I think each judge will have their own expectations so be wise about it.

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| March 1, 2015, 10:39 am
Quoting Mr. Cab
That one still has some right angles... But anyways, are only physical right angles off limits, or also right angles in coloration?
For example this (http://walkerzangerblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Mondrian-lego-flat550x550075f.jpg) has no physical right angles, but lots of right angles in the coloration, so would that be allowed?
If you try that, I will LAUGH at you when you get a 1.
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| March 1, 2015, 10:40 am
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga
Quoting Mr. Cab
That one still has some right angles... But anyways, are only physical right angles off limits, or also right angles in coloration?
For example this (http://walkerzangerblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Mondrian-lego-flat550x550075f.jpg) has no physical right angles, but lots of right angles in the coloration, so would that be allowed?
If you try that, I will LAUGH at you when you get a 1.

A 1 would be generous considering the Mondrian example is nothing but right angles. o_O
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| March 1, 2015, 11:01 am
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Quoting Green Footed Bear
I think the intent was more of the brick bending like what green ghost does where there are no right angles. I personally think the color blocking screams of right angles.

I find the colour blocking okay, since LEGO bricks are rectangular and if someone wanted to use multiple colours in a panel it would be impossible not to have right angles of colouration. And then you get into looking at the seams between bricks, which form right angles, and it's impossible to use any normal bricks at all. However, relying on colours like the example mosaic would not be wise - it's just something that can be incorporated here and there in the masterpiece of curvature.
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| March 1, 2015, 11:04 am
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga
If you try that, I will LAUGH at you when you get a 1.

It was just an example. :P
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| March 1, 2015, 11:15 am
Wondering, are entries supposed to be G-rated? What I have in mind for the Apocalypse New isn't inappropriate, but it might be a tad bit scary for some.
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| March 1, 2015, 1:07 pm
Quoting Julia LeeP
Wondering, are entries supposed to be G-rated? What I have in mind for the Apocalypse New isn't inappropriate, but it might be a tad bit scary for some.

If you feel something isn't suitable for the little ones, there is a PG warning you can add when you are posting your entry. Just check the box saying "this may not be suitable for young children" when posting your creation and it'll be all good.
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| March 1, 2015, 1:13 pm
For the Sci-Fi Archtechure category, can the setting be an alien planet?
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| March 1, 2015, 2:04 pm
Quoting Mate Paton
For the Sci-Fi Archtechure category, can the setting be an alien planet?

Or the moon? Like I was planning.
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| March 1, 2015, 2:13 pm
Quoting Mate Paton
For the Sci-Fi Archtechure category, can the setting be an alien planet?

With aliens to.
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| March 1, 2015, 2:15 pm
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Quoting Asad .
I see quite a few right angles in there...

I didn't say that his build didn't have right angles. I just said to look at what he did for inspiration/to get the idea of what we're looking for.
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| March 1, 2015, 2:16 pm
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Quoting Mate Paton
For the Sci-Fi Archtechure category, can the setting be an alien planet?

Totally. It does say "Sci-Fi", so you can be creative. Micro-scale is also encouraged.
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| March 1, 2015, 2:20 pm
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Quoting Julia LeeP
Wondering, are entries supposed to be G-rated? What I have in mind for the Apocalypse New isn't inappropriate, but it might be a tad bit scary for some.

Nope. Try to keep it within the MOCpages rules. If it's a bit inappropriate, use the PG warning (Kyle also pointed this out).
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| March 1, 2015, 2:21 pm
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Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
I find the colour blocking okay, since LEGO bricks are rectangular and if someone wanted to use multiple colours in a panel it would be impossible not to have right angles of colouration. And then you get into looking at the seams between bricks, which form right angles, and it's impossible to use any normal bricks at all. However, relying on colours like the example mosaic would not be wise - it's just something that can be incorporated here and there in the masterpiece of curvature.

I think this sums it up the best. Thank you, Luke.
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| March 1, 2015, 2:21 pm
Will we have to build something for today?
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| March 1, 2015, 4:00 pm
A couple of questions.

First,in the trebuchet catagory,are you supposed to build only one thing,or can you make more?If so,will you get extra points for doing so?

Also,could you explain the decade of choice catagory?I don't quite understand it.
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| March 1, 2015, 4:10 pm
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Quoting Joshua Quint
Will we have to build something for today?

Nope, you can post your builds whenever. There's no need to post one build a day, you could do them all on the last day if you wanted.
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| March 1, 2015, 4:26 pm
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Quoting Toa Jaton
A couple of questions.

First,in the trebuchet catagory,are you supposed to build only one thing,or can you make more?If so,will you get extra points for doing so?

Also,could you explain the decade of choice catagory?I don't quite understand it.

I would recommend building a single siege engine, as the category states "build a working version of one of these." Plus, quality always wins over quantity.

For the decade of choice, we want you to build a number of creations depicting events from a certain decade. The number of events you build, and how you present it is up to you. For example, you might choose the 1960s, and build the moon landing, war in Vietnam, a Beatles concert, and celebrations of Canada's 100th anniversary.
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| March 1, 2015, 4:32 pm
What are the prizes?
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| March 1, 2015, 4:45 pm
Quoting Joshua Quint
What are the prizes?

Chris said some Chima sets. No idea which ones.
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| March 1, 2015, 5:32 pm
Would something like this http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/384938 work for the cyborg category? It says "helmet" in the category description, but a helmet doesn't necessarily mean the person wearing it is a cyborg. Would it have to be more integrated with the person to count as a "cyborg"?
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| March 1, 2015, 5:33 pm
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Quoting Kevin Moyer
Would it have to be more integrated with the person to count as a "cyborg"?

I'd say so. That's my definition of cyborg.

It isn't my category, so hopefully Chris will see this and give you the definitive answer.
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| March 1, 2015, 6:34 pm
@the no right angles discussion ^

Could you give us an example of a moc that does fit the category? Are there any? :P
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| March 1, 2015, 11:07 pm
Quoting Grant Davis
@the no right angles discussion ^

Could you give us an example of a moc that does fit the category? Are there any? :P

Here's a link to what GFB described above:

http://www.mocpages.com/folder.php/162719

Maybe something along those lines?
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| March 1, 2015, 11:44 pm
Quoting matt rowntRee
Here's a link to what GFB described above:

http://www.mocpages.com/folder.php/162719

Maybe something along those lines?


All of those still have right angles, if you look at them from the side, and realize the Top to Right or Left side is 90*

Even so I get what you are going for, thanks!
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| March 1, 2015, 11:58 pm
Quoting Kevin Moyer
Would something like this http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/384938 work for the cyborg category? It says "helmet" in the category description, but a helmet doesn't necessarily mean the person wearing it is a cyborg. Would it have to be more integrated with the person to count as a "cyborg"?

The way I interpreted it was something like this, is this what you were asking about? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m29GjstJAbA

Obviously a judge can give you a better answer, but I imagined something that is motorized/controlled by the wearer would count.

Quoting Grant Davis


My bad, replied to the wrong comment!
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| March 2, 2015, 12:04 am
I have a question, for the Movie poster cat. can you do a poster for The LEGO movie :P ? Not that I would, just curious.
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| March 2, 2015, 8:25 am
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Quoting W Navarre
I have a question, for the Movie poster cat. can you do a poster for The LEGO movie :P ? Not that I would, just curious.

You can build any movie poster.
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| March 2, 2015, 9:04 am
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Quoting Grant Davis

All of those still have right angles, if you look at them from the side, and realize the Top to Right or Left side is 90*

Even so I get what you are going for, thanks!
there are other examples on the pages as well of people using sharp angles vs right angles. That is another way to approach it. You do not need to do curved you can use slopes. Look around the pages for some inspiration. There's lots of examples out there.

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| March 2, 2015, 9:11 am
Most Bionicle creations would easily fit the no right angles category.
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| March 2, 2015, 11:48 am
Just in case... for the Button cat., the button doesn't have to really make something happen IRL, right?
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| March 2, 2015, 12:43 pm
Quoting W Navarre
Just in case... for the Button cat., the button doesn't have to really make something happen IRL, right?

That category was used in the M.O, and did not require a working button.
So, no it does not have to.
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| March 2, 2015, 2:31 pm
The TARDIS counts as a vehicle, right?
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| March 2, 2015, 3:12 pm
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Quoting W Navarre
Just in case... for the Button cat., the button doesn't have to really make something happen IRL, right?
The button does not have to do anything.

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| March 2, 2015, 3:53 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
BEFORE YOU ASK...

Please be sure that you have read the rules thoroughly... a couple of times... and then one more time JUST to make SURE that the answer isn't there. After that then...

If you have a question (related to the games of course) then ask here and one of the judges will get back to you as soon as possible.


I went over this section. In the rules but I still don't understand is background editing aloud?
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| March 2, 2015, 4:31 pm
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Quoting Commander Bricks
I went over this section. In the rules but I still don't understand is background editing aloud?

You can do the basic stuff, like cutting out the backdrop and making it white. Please avoid anything more elaborate than a monochromatic background or simple gradient though - we'd rather not see MOCs set against dramatic photos and such. If you want a more elaborate backdrop, photograph the MOC there. ;)
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| March 2, 2015, 4:52 pm
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Quoting Noel ~
The TARDIS counts as a vehicle, right?

I would say so, since it carries people around.
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| March 2, 2015, 4:53 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
You can do the basic stuff, like cutting out the backdrop and making it white. Please avoid anything more elaborate than a monochromatic background or simple gradient though - we'd rather not see MOCs set against dramatic photos and such. If you want a more elaborate backdrop, photograph the MOC there. ;)

So would Cropping photos be ok?
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| March 2, 2015, 4:54 pm
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Quoting Timothy Post
So would Cropping photos be ok?

Yes, cropping the image is allowed, as long as you do not remove any bricks.
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| March 2, 2015, 5:11 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
I would say so, since it carries people around.

Yes!
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| March 2, 2015, 5:21 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
Yes, cropping the image is allowed, as long as you do not remove any bricks.

What do you mean by removing bricks? Do you mean editing them out or cropping the photo so you can't see them?
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| March 2, 2015, 5:28 pm
Ok I don't know if this has been answered or not but for no right angles in "That's just not right" does that also go for minifigs too? Ifmso this is going to be a lot harder than I thought.
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| March 2, 2015, 6:11 pm
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Quoting Timothy Post
What do you mean by removing bricks? Do you mean editing them out or cropping the photo so you can't see them?

Both. Cropping the photo to remove bricks is not allowed. Now, if you are editing a main picture and want to cut half of it out, that would be fine, as long as you have a picture of the whole MOC below.
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| March 2, 2015, 6:33 pm
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Quoting (: Alexrules99 :)
Ok I don't know if this has been answered or not but for no right angles in "That's just not right" does that also go for minifigs too? Ifmso this is going to be a lot harder than I thought.

No, I don't think mini-figs are a problem. We are looking for the actual build here.
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| March 2, 2015, 6:34 pm
For #24: What does this button do? Are multiple builds allowed, for let's say a kind of story? I didn't see anything against it in the rules, but maybe I missed it.
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| March 2, 2015, 6:38 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
Both. Cropping the photo to remove bricks is not allowed. Now, if you are editing a main picture and want to cut half of it out, that would be fine, as long as you have a picture of the whole MOC below.

So if you do a scene, you have to include a picture of the whole thing below?
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| March 2, 2015, 7:23 pm
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Quoting The Dunedain98
For #24: What does this button do? Are multiple builds allowed, for let's say a kind of story? I didn't see anything against it in the rules, but maybe I missed it.

For a story, yes. Just building a bunch of random MOCs wouldn't be okay though.
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| March 2, 2015, 7:27 pm
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Quoting W Navarre
So if you do a scene, you have to include a picture of the whole thing below?

Ideally, yes. There's no rule stating that you must show the entirety of your creation, but it helps us judges when we're considering the MOC as a whole. Let's just say it can never hurt to show the whole thing.
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| March 2, 2015, 7:29 pm
For Category #12: Put Put, would it be alright if I maybe built Optimus Prime and have him transform into a steam locomotive?
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| March 2, 2015, 8:32 pm
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Quoting Kevin Moyer
Would something like this http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/384938 work for the cyborg category? It says "helmet" in the category description, but a helmet doesn't necessarily mean the person wearing it is a cyborg. Would it have to be more integrated with the person to count as a "cyborg"?


What I was looking for here was something that is an extension of the human. While building just a helmet wouldn't qualify, building something that goes on the head and "looks like" it is integrated into the person's anatomy would.

I know this category is very tricky but the closer you can get to making it look like it's "attached" to the person the better.
~Chris.

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| March 2, 2015, 11:23 pm
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Quoting Timothy Post
So would Cropping photos be ok?


If you crop out bricks that are used to hold up a portion of the build that would NOT be allowed. We want to see the ENTIRE build, supports and all. The ONLY thing you can use photo editing for is to clean up the background of the shot to make it clean. My advice is to not touch ANY brick using photo enhancement.
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| March 3, 2015, 12:05 am
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Quoting Mister Lego ~
For Category #12: Put Put, would it be alright if I maybe built Optimus Prime and have him transform into a steam locomotive?

Yes, that should be fine. Just remember that "vehicle" and "Steam punk" are the key words.
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| March 3, 2015, 12:12 am
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We're in the process of clarifying what we're looking for with "That's Just Not Right."

So please be patient with that one, move on to some other categories in the mean time and we'll have an answer for you in the next day or two.

Thanks.
~Chris.
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| March 3, 2015, 12:24 am
Quoting Mark McPeek
Yes, that should be fine. Just remember that "vehicle" and "Steam punk" are the key words.

Alright, sweet :)

Thanks
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| March 3, 2015, 12:33 am
Just double-checking... cutting LEGO stickers is fine right?
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| March 3, 2015, 9:52 am
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Quoting gid617 (Kai NRG)
Just double-checking... cutting LEGO stickers is fine right?

Yes. Cutting things like flex pipes and stickers is allowed. Just no cutting bricks.
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| March 3, 2015, 12:13 pm
Quoting ARCtrooper Argo
...I always find the group to late.

Look for it in mid-February. That's usually when the group starts up, and there'll be enough time for you to find a team then.
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| March 3, 2015, 3:58 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
Yes. Cutting things like flex pipes and stickers is allowed. Just no cutting bricks.

Okay, thanks!
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| March 3, 2015, 5:38 pm
I've got a question regarding Category #6 - Astronomical. For my build, I had planned on making a Soviet lander, and I had one idea regarding it that I wasn't sure would be allowed. Would I be allowed to use a small set of decals saying "CCCP," which would be placed on the side of the build, to make it better look like it's real-life counterpart?

It would look like this: http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/image/venera_7_capsule.jpg

I just wasn't sure if this was possible, if I can't use waterslide decals for the text then I can just try and figure something out with Lego stickers.
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| March 3, 2015, 7:06 pm
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Quoting Kyle Peckham
I've got a question regarding Category #6 - Astronomical. For my build, I had planned on making a Soviet lander, and I had one idea regarding it that I wasn't sure would be allowed. Would I be allowed to use a small set of decals saying "CCCP," which would be placed on the side of the build, to make it better look like it's real-life counterpart?

It would look like this: http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/image/venera_7_capsule.jpg

I just wasn't sure if this was possible, if I can't use waterslide decals for the text then I can just try and figure something out with Lego stickers.

I could be mistaken, but I'd say this is fine. I know that the MocOlympics aren't strictly purist, so long as the non-LEGO element is minimal and genuinely improves the build, so if the MocAthalon's the same you're good.
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| March 3, 2015, 7:10 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
I could be mistaken, but I'd say this is fine. I know that the MocOlympics aren't strictly purist, so long as the non-LEGO element is minimal and genuinely improves the build, so if the MocAthalon's the same you're good.

Alright, cool. Thank you!
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| March 3, 2015, 7:13 pm
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On the subject of "That's just not right"

Ok... I know it's a bit confusing but here's the concept I had in mind when writing the category. I was looking for the overall shape of the build. I completely understand that INSIDE the build there are going to be right angles. Where the bricks fit together and so on there's almost no way around it.

Here's where it'll get a little tricky... (and if you can imagine me rewriting this response about 14 times to get the wording right you'd be on the money...)

I'm looking for no "OVERT" right angles here. If a TINY spot where a tile covers a stud and the tile itself is the only right angle then that would be permissible. Now... if you have 10 of those in a row, making kind of "steps" then that would NOT be allowed.

The examples linked to by Rowntree are excellent examples. While it's true that if viewed from the side they would definitely all have "right angles" the spirit of the build is that the build appears to be a fluid curve without sharp angles.

Just to put the debate to rest, let's put it this way...

You will NOT be DQd if there is a SMALL angle due to a tile or plate. Personally, I'm more about the "spirit" of the build and the effort you put into trying EVERYTHING in your power to not have sharp "visible" right angles.

A good example... Pretend you wanted to build a hobbit hole. The doors and windows are rounded, the hill that the "home" is built under is all slopes. Trees can be built with bionicle pieces to avoid hard right angles within plants and round tiles can be used as stepping stones. Now, is there going to be a right angle SOMEWHERE in this build? Yes, I'm sure there are. Now, how do you, the builder, come up with a way to cover and or conceal those right angles so that we, the judges, don't see them?

Let's take this build for example: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/402795

Ok, so there ARE right angles in this build so don't think I'm trying to say there aren't. But let's go through a few of the angles in question...

Starting on the bat symbol on the chest. The right angles on the bottom are stark angles and would result in docking points. Above where the cowl meets the skin line, that would result in docking points. Under that on her face however, her chin is made of two slopes. Now, personally If that was built for this category, I would simply continue the chin using cheese slopes. Also, where her hair comes out of her cowl the hair creates a sharp right angle in the neck area. Simply putting a cheese slope instead of a tile would have made this particular angle acceptable. Moving on, the "bat ears" are a good example on the outside curve. Now while “technically” the inner curve of the ear has a right angle at the top, there’s really no piece that ends in a rounded curve. Personally, if I were judging this build, I MIGHT let that one example slide if it were the only one visible in the build while the example of the hair at the neck line would surly result in point loss. But taking the ENTIRE build as a whole into consideration would NOT (in my mind) result in a zero or DQ, the build on its own would probably be a 4 pointer, I’d knock off a point or two for the relatively few, minor infractions of the “no right angles” rule.

Moving on to Xeno’s Dr. Who console room… http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/407252

Another good example but let’s take a closer look shall we? The stairs would be the first obvious point deduction. Had he had ramps perhaps that would be allowed to slide a bit. The catwalks, again are “truly” right angle prone but had there been curved and or rounded edges along the sides… meh, maybe it could slide a bit. The door on the side with tan? Point deduction there. If it had been built with a sloped opening instead of the hard rights then again… maybe a slide. The door leading to the exterior (blue and white one) would of course be a point deduction as it’s very clearly “all right angle” there. Also, while the tan walls have good examples with the holes as being rounded, the top of the wall there is also a point deduction because of the right angles there. So, using this exact build as an example my personal score would be a 3. Of COURSE the build by itself is an EASY five, but using the rules as my guide I’d deduct points for the catwalks, doors, stairs, oh, and all those rectangles above the center console (building the same TYPE of round piece would be fine but would need round tiles in place of the rectangles to pass).

So… I hope this (very) long winded response helps to show what I was hoping to see when I came up with this category. Short version, right angles exist in Lego. There’s no getting around that. How FEW you can allow to show in your moc (without using photoshop people, don’t get cute here), is where the real trick lies.
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| March 4, 2015, 2:48 am
OK, that helps a lot, but one question, do you mind sloped right angles? Or is it better not to have any of those either? And for the "Decade of Choice" category what exactly do you want, does it have to be historical, or could it be the future?
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| March 4, 2015, 6:14 am
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Quoting W Navarre
OK, that helps a lot, but one question, do you mind sloped right angles? Or is it better not to have any of those either? And for the "Decade of Choice" category what exactly do you want, does it have to be historical, or could it be the future?


Try to avoid right angles as much as you can, whichever way they're facing.

For the decade it has to be historic.

~Chris.
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| March 4, 2015, 7:29 am
For the Civilization category--category 18 to be more specific--would it be fine if I did something with the Jews? I was thinking the Crossing of the Red Sea, if that would be fine for me to build.
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| March 4, 2015, 9:34 am
Btw, I presume you aren't allowed to do one MOC for two different categories?
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| March 4, 2015, 1:01 pm
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Quoting Griffin .
For the Civilization category--category 18 to be more specific--would it be fine if I did something with the Jews? I was thinking the Crossing of the Red Sea, if that would be fine for me to build.

I'd say yes, that is a historical event in Jewish civilization.
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| March 4, 2015, 1:21 pm
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Quoting W Navarre
Btw, I presume you aren't allowed to do one MOC for two different categories?

Right.
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| March 4, 2015, 1:21 pm
Is it all right if I do some photo editing that does not change the LEGO in any way? (Specifically, blurring out a location name on my t-shirt to protect privacy)
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| March 4, 2015, 8:42 pm
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Quoting Kevin Moyer
Is it all right if I do some photo editing that does not change the LEGO in any way? (Specifically, blurring out a location name on my t-shirt to protect privacy)

Yeah, don't worry about that. We just don't want people editing in/out bricks or doing other things which may make a creation look better than it is.
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| March 4, 2015, 9:45 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Yeah, don't worry about that. We just don't want people editing in/out bricks or doing other things which may make a creation look better than it is.

Thanks. That's what I thought, but I figured it would be better to ask. :)
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| March 4, 2015, 9:56 pm
Is non-LEGO string permissible?
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| March 5, 2015, 6:04 am
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Quoting gid617 (Kai NRG)
Is non-LEGO string permissible?


Yes
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| March 5, 2015, 6:20 am
OK, I know this has been talked about before, but more specifically: How much editing is allowed for the Movie Poster category? This one might NEED photoshoping to look at all good or at least accurate to the movie poster copied, if the answer is the same as before some posters might be very difficult to do nicely, thus limiting the scope of possible posters.
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| March 5, 2015, 10:56 am
Can I use paint?
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| March 5, 2015, 2:05 pm
Quoting Benaiah N.
Can I use paint?

Microsoft Paint, or actual paint? :)
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| March 5, 2015, 2:31 pm
Quoting Kevin Moyer
Microsoft Paint, or actual paint? :)

Real paint. :-)
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| March 5, 2015, 2:32 pm
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Quoting W Navarre
OK, I know this has been talked about before, but more specifically: How much editing is allowed for the Movie Poster category? This one might NEED photoshoping to look at all good or at least accurate to the movie poster copied, if the answer is the same as before some posters might be very difficult to do nicely, thus limiting the scope of possible posters.

All LEGO bricks, no editing, except background cleanup. It's supposed to be challenging and we're trying to see how accurate you can be without editing, just bricks.
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| March 5, 2015, 2:48 pm
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Quoting Benaiah N.
Can I use paint?

This is not a purist contest, so it's allowed, but only in moderation. For example, Jake Andrews painting feet for his hobbits or drawing an eye on a brick. We don't want large sections painted, though.
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| March 5, 2015, 2:50 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
This is not a purist contest, so it's allowed, but only in moderation. For example, Jake Andrews painting feet for his hobbits or drawing an eye on a brick. We don't want large sections painted, though.

Okay, good! Thanks!
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| March 5, 2015, 2:51 pm
For category 16 you're looking for something like Niagara Falls, and not something like the Pyramids of Giza, right?
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| March 5, 2015, 3:34 pm
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Quoting Legomania .
For category 16 you're looking for something like Niagara Falls, and not something like the Pyramids of Giza, right?

Yeah, the less man-influenced the better.
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| March 5, 2015, 4:00 pm
For the category Extinction Exhibit what if the animal has unconfirmed sightings? Like the Tasmanian tiger.
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| March 5, 2015, 5:13 pm
Do we have to write the full description of the category, or just the title.
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| March 5, 2015, 5:45 pm
I'm having trouble uploading my video with Flicker, help anyone?
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| March 5, 2015, 5:46 pm
Quoting Benaiah N.
I'm having trouble uploading my video with Flicker, help anyone?

Putting it on MocPages? This should help. http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=2600&topicid=97067#comment-1528890
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| March 5, 2015, 5:49 pm
Quoting Kevin Moyer
Putting it on MocPages? This should help. http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=2600&topicid=97067#comment-1528890

No, Flicker just doesn't want to upload my video what so ever.
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| March 5, 2015, 5:54 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
All LEGO bricks, no editing, except background cleanup. It's supposed to be challenging and we're trying to see how accurate you can be without editing, just bricks.

Well what I meant was more combining two photos to create the perspective the poster has, which usually is the main character's head big, but his body blocked by a mountain with another him on it but small, as seen from far away, the only way to do that with LEGO is by combining two or more photos. So can I combine two photos?
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| March 5, 2015, 5:58 pm
Can I post my entry now, and edit it later?
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| March 5, 2015, 6:17 pm
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Quoting Timothy Post
For the category Extinction Exhibit what if the animal has unconfirmed sightings? Like the Tasmanian tiger.

I'd say yes. Like the Loch Ness Monster has unconfirmed sightings, but chances are it's not around right now.
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| March 5, 2015, 7:13 pm
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Quoting Mate Paton
Do we have to write the full description of the category, or just the title.

Just the title's fine.
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| March 5, 2015, 7:13 pm
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Quoting Benaiah N.
I'm having trouble uploading my video with Flicker, help anyone?

How long is it? Flickr likes videos under 1.5 minutes.
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| March 5, 2015, 7:14 pm
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Quoting W Navarre
Well what I meant was more combining two photos to create the perspective the poster has, which usually is the main character's head big, but his body blocked by a mountain with another him on it but small, as seen from far away, the only way to do that with LEGO is by combining two or more photos. So can I combine two photos?

I'm pretty sure you could do something like that with forced perspective - I'd say that that much editing would be too much, especially for the movie poster category. We want things as LEGO-y as possible.
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| March 5, 2015, 7:16 pm
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Quoting Benaiah N.
Can I post my entry now, and edit it later?

Yes, but don't add it to this group. After you've edited it, add it to the group for judging. Once added to the 2015 MocAthalon group, no editing is allowed.
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| March 5, 2015, 7:17 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
How long is it? Flickr likes videos under 1.5 minutes.

It's like 10 seconds
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| March 5, 2015, 7:52 pm
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Quoting Benaiah N.
It's like 10 seconds

Hmm... Is it a mp4 file?
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| March 5, 2015, 8:44 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Hmm... Is it a mp4 file?

Nope, it's MOV
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| March 5, 2015, 9:03 pm
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Quoting Benaiah N.
Nope, it's MOV

I feel like that should work... Maybe Flickr's just having issues right now. If it doesn't work tomorrow, try saving it as an mp4 file and see if it works then.
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| March 5, 2015, 9:06 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
I feel like that should work... Maybe Flickr's just having issues right now. If it doesn't work tomorrow, try saving it as an mp4 file and see if it works then.

K, just... (This might be a stupId question) How do I save it as a mp4?
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| March 5, 2015, 9:09 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
I feel like that should work... Maybe Flickr's just having issues right now. If it doesn't work tomorrow, try saving it as an mp4 file and see if it works then.

Okay, just (This might be a stup1d question) How do I save it as a mp4?
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| March 5, 2015, 9:13 pm
For category 12) Putt-putt, can we create our own vehicle? For example, build a steampunk mech from imagination?
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| March 5, 2015, 9:29 pm
Quoting Benaiah N.
Okay, just (This might be a stup1d question) How do I save it as a mp4?

These might be able to help.
https://help.yahoo.com/kb/index?page=answers&startover=y&y=PROD_FLICKR&source=product.landing_search&locale=en_US&question_box=video%20upload
https://help.yahoo.com/kb/flickr/SLN7693.html?impressions=true
If they don't, you can ask some other Flickr members here (or search in the other links). https://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/
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| March 5, 2015, 9:36 pm
last year we had a convo for entries with perfect scores... will that be happening again this year?
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| March 6, 2015, 7:03 am
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Quoting Mister Lego ~
For category 12) Putt-putt, can we create our own vehicle? For example, build a steampunk mech from imagination?

Well, the category doesn't seem to imply that...

We want to see a recreation of something that "exists" in Steampunk form.
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| March 6, 2015, 9:25 am
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Quoting The Timinater !
last year we had a convo for entries with perfect scores... will that be happening again this year?

Yup, once we get a perfect score. :)
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| March 6, 2015, 9:25 am
Quoting Mark McPeek
Yup, once we get a perfect score. :)

Fine! I'll post soon. jeeesh. XD
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| March 6, 2015, 10:15 am
Quoting Mark McPeek
Well, the category doesn't seem to imply that...

We want to see a recreation of something that "exists" in Steampunk form.

Okay, that's what I thought. Thanks for the clarification.
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| March 6, 2015, 10:40 am
One more question about editing, can I put words in (not on any bricks, just onto the background)?
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| March 6, 2015, 4:54 pm
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Quoting W Navarre
One more question about editing, can I put words in (not on any bricks, just onto the background)?

Well, I kinda intended that to be done with bricks. I know that's difficult, but we want to see as much LEGO as possible.

Short answer: I'm OK with it, but you'll probably get a higher score if you use bricks.
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| March 6, 2015, 7:35 pm
Might defer the photoeditting question to Chris as it may disqualify the build.
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| March 6, 2015, 7:39 pm
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Quoting matt rowntRee
Might defer the photoeditting question to Chris as it may disqualify the build.

Already did. ;)
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| March 6, 2015, 7:49 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
Already did. ;)

Good lad. ;)
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| March 6, 2015, 8:54 pm
it says it does not have to be purist, but may we use non lego Strings/rubber bands, for example for the siege weapon category?
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| March 7, 2015, 11:57 am
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Quoting Dead Frog inc.
it says it does not have to be purist, but may we use non lego Strings/rubber bands, for example for the siege weapon category?

Yes, but we like them to be incorporated aesthetically, and ideally they not be critical to the functioning of the design.

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| March 7, 2015, 2:36 pm
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Quoting Dead Frog inc.
it says it does not have to be purist, but may we use non lego Strings/rubber bands, for example for the siege weapon category?

This question was asked and answered above. Please look prior to asking. Non lego string/rubber bands are fine.
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| March 7, 2015, 2:40 pm
okay, that could make things more tricky.

Just another question about the category "Bored Game". Does it have to be a board game, or may it be a card game?
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| March 7, 2015, 2:40 pm
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Quoting Dead Frog inc.
okay, that could make things more tricky.

Just another question about the category "Bored Game". Does it have to be a board game, or may it be a card game?

The game must include a board of some kind.
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| March 7, 2015, 3:17 pm
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Quoting W Navarre
One more question about editing, can I put words in (not on any bricks, just onto the background)?


If you're talking about "word balloons" for comic type entries or a "title" for the build then that would be fine.

If the words are intended to be a PART of the build in some way (Say... skywriting trails coming off of a plane) then no, that we'd want to see done in brick.

Hope that helps.
~Chris.
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| March 7, 2015, 10:54 pm
So, in the Futuristic Architecture category, I'm a bit confused as to what the judges want. THe referance picture is good, but I saw a builder get marked down for a build quite similar to what I saw in the referance picture. What do you guys want me to build? A box of greebles or a "not futuristic enough" building like seen in the referance picture?
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| March 8, 2015, 12:13 pm
For the Pageant of the Masters category, we do have to build the whole piece, right? I am assuming we do, I just want to double-check.
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| March 8, 2015, 12:28 pm
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Quoting Mr. Cab
For the Pageant of the Masters category, we do have to build the whole piece, right? I am assuming we do, I just want to double-check.

Yes the whole piece.
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| March 8, 2015, 12:37 pm
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Quoting Asad .
So, in the Futuristic Architecture category, I'm a bit confused as to what the judges want. THe referance picture is good, but I saw a builder get marked down for a build quite similar to what I saw in the referance picture. What do you guys want me to build? A box of greebles or a "not futuristic enough" building like seen in the referance picture?
I am not judging but I have read the comments. Having one small building is pretty simple. Having a large detailed build or an environment that helps put you into the futuristic environment will help with the score.

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| March 8, 2015, 12:43 pm
Quoting Green Footed Bear
Quoting Asad .
So, in the Futuristic Architecture category, I'm a bit confused as to what the judges want. THe referance picture is good, but I saw a builder get marked down for a build quite similar to what I saw in the referance picture. What do you guys want me to build? A box of greebles or a "not futuristic enough" building like seen in the referance picture?
I am not judging but I have read the comments. Having one small building is pretty simple. Having a large detailed build or an environment that helps put you into the futuristic environment will help with the score.

Thanks.
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| March 8, 2015, 1:28 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
...drawing an eye on a brick.

So this is legal? Sorry if it's supposed to be obvious, I just want to be doubly sure.
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| March 8, 2015, 9:01 pm
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Quoting Kevin Moyer
So this is legal? Sorry if it's supposed to be obvious, I just want to be doubly sure.

It is legal but be careful. If you are creating your image by drawing on the bricks it will be frowned upon. A simple eye is fine.
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| March 8, 2015, 9:24 pm
In the "pass the salt" category, am I allowed to build a piece of food along with the kitchen item?
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| March 8, 2015, 9:27 pm
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Quoting Soccer Socks
In the "pass the salt" category, am I allowed to build a piece of food along with the kitchen item?


Sure! Just be sure the appliance is the focus and you should be good.
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| March 8, 2015, 10:03 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Sure! Just be sure the appliance is the focus and you should be good.

Okay, I think my thing will work in that case.
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| March 9, 2015, 3:19 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

If you're talking about "word balloons" for comic type entries or a "title" for the build then that would be fine.

If the words are intended to be a PART of the build in some way (Say... skywriting trails coming off of a plane) then no, that we'd want to see done in brick.

Hope that helps.
~Chris.

I was talking specifically about the movie poster category, I wanted to know if editing in words which are on the original poster is allowed, it doesn't matter now though, I went ahead and built the words :D .
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| March 9, 2015, 3:33 pm
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Quoting W Navarre
I was talking specifically about the movie poster category, I wanted to know if editing in words which are on the original poster is allowed, it doesn't matter now though, I went ahead and built the words :D .

Good man! :)
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| March 9, 2015, 8:24 pm
For "Bored Game" if you were to build a chess board and pieces in a theme like Star Wars or something, would you have to recreate a retail version or could you make one from imagination?
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| March 9, 2015, 9:46 pm
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Quoting Tim W.
For "Bored Game" if you were to build a chess board and pieces in a theme like Star Wars or something, would you have to recreate a retail version or could you make one from imagination?

We're aiming for real games here, so I'd say recreate a retail version.
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| March 9, 2015, 11:24 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
We're aiming for real games here, so I'd say recreate a retail version.

Ok, thanks Mark!
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| March 9, 2015, 11:28 pm
Quick question about photo editing (Yeah, I know, beating a dead horse.) Can we take a black and white photo if it doesn't edit out any bricks, only color?
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| March 9, 2015, 11:30 pm
For the Movie Poster category, can I do a build off of a fan made movie poster?
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| March 10, 2015, 1:01 am
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Quoting matt rowntRee
Quick question about photo editing (Yeah, I know, beating a dead horse.) Can we take a black and white photo if it doesn't edit out any bricks, only color?

I'll let Chris deal with you.... ;)
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| March 10, 2015, 10:45 am
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Quoting Legomania .
For the Movie Poster category, can I do a build off of a fan made movie poster?

I'd stick to official movie posters.
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| March 10, 2015, 10:47 am
Quoting Mark McPeek
I'll let Chris deal with you.... ;)

Hopefully that won't involve a spatula. This time.
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| March 10, 2015, 10:50 am
About the "bored game" category, obviously games like Monopoly and Sorry would fit, and card games wouldn't, but would games such as Battleship or Guess Who fit? I mean, they're technically on boards...
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| March 10, 2015, 10:55 am
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Quoting Julia LeeP
About the "bored game" category, obviously games like Monopoly and Sorry would fit, and card games wouldn't, but would games such as Battleship or Guess Who fit? I mean, they're technically on boards...

Never heard of the last one, but Battleship should work, at least the modern version.

Basically, the only rule for this category is that it must be a real game that uses a board.
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| March 10, 2015, 2:06 pm
Quoting Julia LeeP
About the "bored game" category, obviously games like Monopoly and Sorry would fit, and card games wouldn't, but would games such as Battleship or Guess Who fit? I mean, they're technically on boards...

I don't consider guess who a board game.
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| March 10, 2015, 3:14 pm
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Quoting matt rowntRee
Quick question about photo editing (Yeah, I know, beating a dead horse.) Can we take a black and white photo if it doesn't edit out any bricks, only color?


Sure, you can use a black and white photo. Just please include a color photo somewhere in the post so we can see the original.

The only time a b/w pic wouldn't be allowed would be in like a "50 shades of bley" category where you're judged on having your color picture LOOK like it's black and white.

~Chris.
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| March 10, 2015, 6:27 pm
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Quoting Julia LeeP
About the "bored game" category, obviously games like Monopoly and Sorry would fit, and card games wouldn't, but would games such as Battleship or Guess Who fit? I mean, they're technically on boards...


Guess Who and Battleship would both count as far as I'm concerned.

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| March 10, 2015, 6:28 pm
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Quoting matt rowntRee
Hopefully that won't involve a spatula. This time.


Spatula's old school, but I have an icing bag with a star attachment I've been meaning to try...
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| March 10, 2015, 6:29 pm
Thank you Chris! And I'll bring the Cool Hwip.
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| March 10, 2015, 7:36 pm
Ok. I am completely puzzled.

20) "That's Just Not Right"

This category is extremely difficult depending on how literal you take it. Can there be any right angles on parts individually, but other parts smooth it out? What about parts hidden in a model to connect to non-right angle parts?

For example. The end of a flex tube is a right angle. A technic bushing has tiny right angles on the sides. The lip of a cheese slope/tile is a right angle. Even curved slopes have right angles on the sides!

This category is ridiculous and I am kinda bummed this is the ONLY piece challenge category. I just want some clarification as I find the only parts I can even use are limited, but also I can't connect them to each other though.

~JU
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| March 11, 2015, 12:03 am
Quoting jamesuniverse .
Ok. I am completely puzzled.

20) "That's Just Not Right"

This category is extremely difficult depending on how literal you take it. Can there be any right angles on parts individually, but other parts smooth it out? What about parts hidden in a model to connect to non-right angle parts?

For example. The end of a flex tube is a right angle. A technic bushing has tiny right angles on the sides. The lip of a cheese slope/tile is a right angle. Even curved slopes have right angles on the sides!

This category is ridiculous and I am kinda bummed this is the ONLY piece challenge category. I just want some clarification as I find the only parts I can even use are limited, but also I can't connect them to each other though.

~JU


Quoting The almighty Chris Phipson There has been some confusion with this category...


Scroll up, Mr. Phipson has already covered that topic in great detail, find his 20 something paragraph essay and read through it. That should clear things up for you.
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| March 11, 2015, 12:18 am
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Thank you Zach.
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| March 11, 2015, 12:21 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Thank you Zach.

You're welcome. :)
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| March 11, 2015, 12:21 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Thank you Zach.



Ah sorry about. Been a long day and I apparently didn't read that one. Still a very "grey area" category.

~JU
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| March 11, 2015, 12:30 am
For the "Decade of Choice" category, are multiple builds (no bigger than vigs) allowed connected like this http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=404316&id=/user_images/106296/14209204435

I've already started assuming this is fine, and hopefully it is. Let me know.
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| March 11, 2015, 2:56 pm
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Quoting Thomas .
For the "Decade of Choice" category, are multiple builds (no bigger than vigs) allowed connected like this http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=404316&id=/user_images/106296/14209204435

I've already started assuming this is fine, and hopefully it is. Let me know.
I would say no to your example above. The key word in this category is collage. This is not a collage. A Collage means: to glue and is a technique where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. In other words this needs to be one image not several different images.

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| March 11, 2015, 4:14 pm
For the Dr. Seuss category (Number 1), do you have to make up your own story, or can you use one of Seuss's books??
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| March 11, 2015, 4:27 pm
Quoting Benaiah N.
For the Dr. Seuss category (Number 1), do you have to make up your own story, or can you use one of Seuss's books??

You can make a book version but it will cost you points.
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| March 11, 2015, 4:37 pm
Ya know I had an idea; since you guys said we could photoshop in words, can we photoshop in our LEGO words ;) (specifically for the movie poster category)?
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| March 11, 2015, 4:38 pm
Quoting Benaiah N.
For the Dr. Seuss category (Number 1), do you have to make up your own story, or can you use one of Seuss's books??

Quoting the Categories
It can't be one straight out of his books, but I'd check some out just to get the right looks.

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| March 11, 2015, 4:38 pm
Quoting Zach Lucia
Quoting the Categories
It can't be one straight out of his books, but I'd check some out just to get the right looks.

Okay, thanks!
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| March 11, 2015, 4:40 pm
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Quoting W Navarre
Ya know I had an idea; since you guys said we could photoshop in words, can we photoshop in our LEGO words ;) (specifically for the movie poster category)?

Chris already answered this for you above - you may want to re-read his answer for clarification. In short if the wording on the Movie Poster is part of the image that you are trying to recreate then it should be built in Lego.
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| March 11, 2015, 4:50 pm
Quoting Green Footed Bear
Quoting Thomas .
For the "Decade of Choice" category, are multiple builds (no bigger than vigs) allowed connected like this http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=404316&id=/user_images/106296/14209204435

I've already started assuming this is fine, and hopefully it is. Let me know.
I would say no to your example above. The key word in this category is collage. This is not a collage. A Collage means: to glue and is a technique where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. In other words this needs to be one image not several different images.

There would be one pic with all the vigs next to each other in order of a decade of life. I wouldn't be building vigs one at a time, and posting them all together. If that's still not allowed, I'll scrap the main vig and start a connected version.

--EDIT--I'm just going to scrap what I've got, and start something else.
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| March 11, 2015, 5:28 pm
Quoting Green Footed Bear
Chris already answered this for you above - you may want to re-read his answer for clarification. In short if the wording on the Movie Poster is part of the image that you are trying to recreate then it should be built in Lego.

You don't seem to get it, I already built words in LEGO but if I don't edit them in then they shall be super blurry, so can I take a separate picture of them and edit it in (please?)?
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| March 11, 2015, 5:59 pm
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Quoting Thomas .
There would be one pic with all the vigs next to each other in order of a decade of life. I wouldn't be building vigs one at a time, and posting them all together. If that's still not allowed, I'll scrap the main vig and start a connected version.

--EDIT--I'm just going to scrap what I've got, and start something else.
You may want to try saving all the main builds and then organizing them into one shot so you do not loose all your hard work. You may also want to look up collage in pinterest or wikipedia to understand what we are looking for.

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| March 11, 2015, 6:01 pm
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Quoting W Navarre
You don't seem to get it, I already built words in LEGO but if I don't edit them in then they shall be super blurry, so can I take a separate picture of them and edit it in (please?)?

I would say no. All the conversations above state "The ONLY thing you can use photo editing for is to clean up the background of the shot to make it clean" and that they do not want photo editing done to add or remove bricks or to make the build look better then it is. I will ask the other judges but I do not think so.
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| March 11, 2015, 6:24 pm
Quoting Green Footed Bear
I would say no. All the conversations above state "The ONLY thing you can use photo editing for is to clean up the background of the shot to make it clean" and that they do not want photo editing done to add or remove bricks or to make the build look better then it is. I will ask the other judges but I do not think so.

I'll wait for their answer but at least one said that editing in words would be OK(talking about non LEGO word), however Chris might disagree, I'll wait!
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| March 11, 2015, 7:06 pm
Quoting W Navarre
I'll wait for their answer but at least one said that editing in words would be OK(talking about non LEGO word), however Chris might disagree, I'll wait!

Would it be possible to rebuild the letters to work in the main pic? Smaller or larger? I know how tempting it is to 'shop two separate pics together (trust me!) but I know that would alter the bricks (as equal comparators without forced perspective) and I think that's what is at primary issue here.

If it's not possible to rework the letters, then I think that's where the judges are allowing non-Lego fonts to be added, or even stickers. But just as in Jared's Kill Bill poster, points were deducted for that.

You might want to get your teammates to weigh in with some constructive critiques, it is after all the most valuable tool in any artist's repertoire. See if they can get you some good suggestions and deflect future deductions. It's rather difficult to guide you further without being able to see it, but that's why ya got a team. Use 'em.

Good luck!
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| March 11, 2015, 8:40 pm
For the optical illusion category, would impossible objects work? Like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impossible_object

Or are you looking for things more like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_illusion ?
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| March 11, 2015, 10:01 pm
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Quoting Kevin Moyer
For the optical illusion category, would impossible objects work? Like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impossible_object

Or are you looking for things more like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_illusion ?
both examples would work just fine.

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| March 11, 2015, 10:13 pm
I know the no right angles category has been discussed a lot, but this issue hasn't been addressed yet: can there be a right angle at the bottom of the build where it touches the floor? Both of the builds that Chris used in his big speech had that, but he never said that would be a minus point, so I wanted to bring it up to make sure.
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| March 11, 2015, 10:15 pm
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Quoting W Navarre
You don't seem to get it, I already built words in LEGO but if I don't edit them in then they shall be super blurry, so can I take a separate picture of them and edit it in (please?)?


I'm going to say no to that one. One of the two reasons I started the whole "no photoshop" rule waaaaay back when was to avoid having two images shopped into one (the other main issue was "special effects like laser blasts and so on).

For this, especially since you already built the words, I'd MUCH rather see the words be a little out of focus. Just include some images zoomed in on the words so we can see the detail further down and you'll be good.

~Chris.
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| March 12, 2015, 2:17 am
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Quoting Mr. Cab
I know the no right angles category has been discussed a lot, but this issue hasn't been addressed yet: can there be a right angle at the bottom of the build where it touches the floor? Both of the builds that Chris used in his big speech had that, but he never said that would be a minus point, so I wanted to bring it up to make sure.


Hmmm... good point. For me personally, I'd try to avoid that if at all possible. It really depends on the overall presentation for me. I can't promise that it wouldn't mean a point deduction if you go with this idea (mainly because I haven't seen your moc yet and don't yet know what the finished product would look like).

Now, if you think your moc would get all fives and that is going to be your ONLY area and you don't mind getting fours... then that's your decision.

So closing thought... if you don't mind possibly taking the point hit then go ahead and do it. But technically, it WOULD count as right angles. So if (possibly) sacrificing a few points is ok with you then please, be our guest. It'll be up to each individual judge as to how far they're willing to let the spirit of the category go before they think it's too far over the "spirit" edge and dips into "Against the rules" area.

Good luck
~Chris.
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| March 12, 2015, 2:24 am
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