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Welcome to the 2015 MocAthalon! We hope you are all ready, because it’s going to be one crazy ride until the end of March.

This year, we have a lucky 13 teams battling it out for the crown. 30 categories, 30 days, one champion. Good luck and happy building to all of you!

Before you begin, please brush up on the rules:
http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=24931&topicid=100152

We will be happy to answer any questions you have in the questions thread.

Dates:
The contest runs from 12:00 a.m. on March 1, 2015 until 11:59 p.m. MPT on March 30, 2015. You have 30 days to complete as many of the categories as you possibly can.

So, without further ado … the categories:


1) On your MOC cut it loose, with the styling’s of Seuss!: Build us a MOC in Seuss' whimsical style, Think of Whoville and Mount Crumpet from his artistic file.

Then give us a write up in his silly styled rhyme. To not have fun with this would sure be a crime.

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

So give us your take on what Seuss is to you. Any size, any color, you know what to do.

The judges are looking for both writing and build. So give it your all or your score will get killed.

2) Far-Side: Recreate one of Gary Larson's timeless cartoons in LEGO! Choose a specific one. You can keep it authentic to the original or change the context. Bummer of a birthmark in classic space?

3) You're Dethpicable!!! Depict a Loony Tunes character in the throes of an unfortunate slapstick moment.

4) Tree-bucket: Trebuchets, catapults, ballistas, onagers … all were extensively used as siege engines and forms of defense during the Middle Ages to hurl projectiles at enemies and enemy fortifications. Build a working version of one of these feats of medieval engineering. You do not have to include a video of your engine working, but it is recommended.

5) Extinction Exhibit: Build us something that no longer exists. Anything from dinosaurs to woolly mammoths to the dodo bird.

6) Astronomical: Since the dawn of time, humans have been fascinated with the universe and what it might hold. For this category, build something relating to the study of astronomy. For example, Galileo's telescope, a model of the solar system, or even a brick-built planet. There is room for a lot of creativity here, but make sure you don't build anything Sci-fi, futuristic, or non-scientific related.

7) Leonardo da Vinci: A genius of a man with one of the most brilliant minds of his day, Leonardo da Vinci was a remarkable painter, sculptor and inventor, among other things. His scientific inventions, such as the tank, hydraulic pumps, the parachute, and several flying machines, were above and beyond his time. Your task is to recreate one of his inventions (based on his drawings) in bricks. Let's see some Ornithopters and aerial screws!

8) Monumental Masterpiece: Many famous statues are found throughout the world to honour important people, historical events, and many other things. Recreate one of these sculptures in bricks. We don't expect life-size renditions, but feel free to do so!

9) Pageant of the Masters: Build a three dimensional representation of a two dimensional artistic masterpiece. Forced perspective, foreshortening, atmospheric perspective are a must. A link to the reference material is required.

10) On that Note: Replicate a musical instrument as realistically as you can. It doesn't have to be 1:1 scale or playable, but the aesthetic should be as spot on as you can manage!

11) Pass the Salt: Build a life-sized (1:1 scale) model of a common kitchen item, or several items if you dare.

12) Putt-putt: Take any vehicle, be it from, the military, a movie, from the past or the present and build a Steampunk version of it. The possibilities are endless!

13) Sci-Fi Architecture: Create a MOC showing architecture of the future. Make it something in line with Blade Runner, i.e. logical and plausible. The Jetsons is just silly, think this one through as it should be innovative and believable and not simply a square with a bunch of greebles on it. Think about style and appeal. Is it a place you would want to eat at, live in, go to work at, have coffee in, shop at, purchase your new Oldsmobuick hovercar, whatever.

14) Movie Poster: Build any movie poster in LEGO form. Please include at least a link to a reference picture.

15) Bored Game: It’s raining outside, the power is out, and the battery died on your devise. Looking for something to do, you happen across a cupboard full of board games. Build a MOC showing us which one you would choose to play.

16) Planet Earth: Show us a wonder of the natural world.

17) Signifying Nothing! Shakespeare. Create a diorama depicting an epic scene from one of the bard’s celebrated plays.

18) Ancient Civilization: Be it Egyptian, Greek, Chinese, Roman, or barbarian, give us your take on ancient civilization. This is an historical category, so your MOC must be as historically accurate as is possible.

19) Lego Optical Illusions: Both Dave Roberts and Lego Jim have been experimenting with optical Illusions in LEGO (making an item appear different than what it really is. Try your hand at creating an optical illusion.

20) "That's Just Not Right": LEGO bricks lend themselves very well to sharp angles but what about the elusive curve? Build us a MOC with NO right angles! you can build whatever you'd like. Castle, space, town. Any genre will do but the trick is to not have a single right angle ANYWHERE. There isn't a "hard and fast" size restriction on this one but we'd REALLY like it to be larger than say ... 16 by 16 studs.

21) "Only the Shadow Knows": Not everything is what it seems.... Build us a MOC where when you look at it from one direction it looks like any normal, everyday LEGO build. However, when you hit it with a direct light, the shadow of the MOC shows something totally different on the wall (or paper or posterboard... whatever your background is). Alex Eylar did a version of this concept with words a while ago and you can use this for your inspiration and kinda what we're going for. It doesn't have to be "words" by any means. Feel free to have your shadow cast be whatever you'd like it to be.

22) Underground World: We’ve seen MOCs showing an underwater scene, show us an under the earth scene.

23) Decade of Choice: Build a collage of events that will represent a decade.

24) What does this button do? You know you want to push it. Go ahead; what’s the worst that could happen? Build a scene detailing the outcome of a simple push of a tiny little button

25) Rest in Pieces: It's the end of the world! Brick separators are running rampant in the streets! Geysers of Kragle are erupting everywhere! How would you depict the end of the LEGO universe?

26) "Who's creepin' round the berry patch?" We all know garden gnomes are tricky little rascals. What mischief are they causing now? Depict some gnomes making trouble around the house/yard!

27) Who-done-it! The late Sir Bertram Bartholomew Brick IV last invited several guests to his estate for an evening of cards and champagne. The following morning, he was found dead. Was it the butler?! Show us your take on a classic who-done-it scenario!

28) The Human Cyborg: Think of this as another "LEGO wear" category. Your job is to build an extension of the human body, turning yourself into a LEGO-human cyborg. You can go as little or as big as you'd like. Anything from just a glove/arm extension, to a helmet to an entire body prosthesis (if you have the time). What sort of upgrades would you give yourself?

29) Apocalypse New: We've seen dozens of zombie apocalypse MOCs, fallout bunkers, and decrepit urban landscapes. Let's see your creative interpretation of the apocalypse, but no nuclear catastrophes or zombie epidemics.

30) Lovecraftian Lore: H.P. Lovecraft was one of the most influential horror/sci-fi writers, creating the infamous Cthulhu and inspiring the popular Alien films. Build a Lovecraftian MOC, be it a scene from one of his novels, one of the many things he inspired, or even something of your own in his style.

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| February 28, 2015, 9:16 pm
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We thought we'd be nice and give you some extra time to divide the categories. ;)
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| February 28, 2015, 9:19 pm
Almost no medieval categories... just like last time. I would usually be fine with that, but I need to make a medieval build for another contest and there is no way it will fit in here.

EDIT: I love the category "on that note" though. Actually, most of the categories are really good. I just wished there was more opportunity for medieval stuff.

EDIT #2: I mean there are almost no Fantasy Medieval categories. I know there are some others, but almost no fantasy.
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| February 28, 2015, 9:56 pm
A standing ovation to you judges! Outstanding categories with amazing diversity. Thank you guys, and gal.

Now, which one to start with. :D

Good luck everyone! Can't wait to see what comes down the pike.
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| February 28, 2015, 10:43 pm
Dog lovers beware! If all goes well... I get the Far Side category. Oh crud.

Yeah, even I'm not looking forward to what maniacal evilness my mind will think up, I've found the strip and everything. Incidentally, the strip I chose was banned from newspapers.
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| February 28, 2015, 10:45 pm
What does does this button do sounds very appealing to me. Good luck to everyone! Can't wait to see what y'all build!
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| February 28, 2015, 10:53 pm
Quoting Mr. Cab
Almost no medieval categories... just like last time. I would usually be fine with that, but I need to make a medieval build for another contest and there is no way it will fit in here.

EDIT: I love the category "on that note" though. Actually, most of the categories are really good. I just wished there was more opportunity for medieval stuff.

EDIT #2: I mean there are almost no Fantasy Medieval categories. I know there are some others, but almost no fantasy.


Don't forget the ballista!
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| February 28, 2015, 11:03 pm
Quoting Commander Bricks

Don't forget the ballista!

The ballista is the only real fantasy medieval category.
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| February 28, 2015, 11:11 pm
Quoting Mr. Cab
The ballista is the only real fantasy medieval category.

Yup. Sadly even medieval too because I wanted to hone my medieval skills.
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| February 28, 2015, 11:29 pm
Awesome categories! The diversity between each of them will make this MA interesting..
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| February 28, 2015, 11:52 pm
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Quoting Mr. Cab
Almost no medieval categories... just like last time. I would usually be fine with that, but I need to make a medieval build for another contest and there is no way it will fit in here.

EDIT: I love the category "on that note" though. Actually, most of the categories are really good. I just wished there was more opportunity for medieval stuff.

EDIT #2: I mean there are almost no Fantasy Medieval categories. I know there are some others, but almost no fantasy.

Yes, I noticed that as well. I had a fantasy/medieval category, but we decided not to include it.

Also, there have been a lot of medieval themed contest lately.

Just be sure to use the trebuchet category well!
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| March 1, 2015, 12:12 am
1) Interesting, required write up. Not a huge fan of writing stuff myself :/ Building crooked and stuff will be fun if I get to that category first.
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| March 1, 2015, 1:41 am
Quoting Grant Davis
1) Interesting, required write up. Not a huge fan of writing stuff myself :/ Building crooked and stuff will be fun if I get to that category first.

Yeah, be sure to have a nice write up. I got docked points a few years back...
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| March 1, 2015, 1:50 am
Quoting Mark McPeek

4) Tree-bucket: Trebuchets, catapults, ballistas, onagers … all were extensively used as siege engines and forms of defense during the Middle Ages to hurl projectiles at enemies and enemy fortifications. Build a working version of one of these feats of medieval engineering. You do not have to include a video of your engine working, but it is recommended.


Wasn't this in the Tourney?

Awesome categories guys.

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| March 1, 2015, 9:30 am
If this contest was a year long, I would love to build for every single one of these categories... Rule change, please? :P
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| March 1, 2015, 9:45 am
No Bookends or Pair Dare...?

But really, these are just great. Gotta get building! :)
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| March 1, 2015, 10:50 am
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Quoting Thomas of Tortuga
If this contest was a year long, I would love to build for every single one of these categories... Rule change, please? :P

Interestingly, you used to be able to repeat the categories up to 5 times, but since this promoted quantity over quality (and took up a lot of judging time) it was changed to what the rules are now.
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| March 1, 2015, 11:00 am
I seriously love these categories. There isn't one that I wouldn't be willing to build. To the judge(s) who came up with them, I say you did a fantastic job.
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| March 1, 2015, 11:07 am
Quoting Kevin Moyer
I seriously love these categories. There isn't one that I wouldn't be willing to build. To the judge(s) who came up with them, I say you did a fantastic job.

Concur.
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| March 1, 2015, 11:19 am
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Quoting Nathan Pownell

Wasn't this in the Tourney?

Awesome categories guys.

I am also a judge of the Tourney....
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| March 1, 2015, 2:14 pm
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Quoting Graham Gidman
No Bookends or Pair Dare...?

But really, these are just great. Gotta get building! :)

Originally, we had that and Goldberg in here. But we thought that they have been used quite a bit lately, so we decided to change it up this year with some fresh stuff.
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| March 1, 2015, 2:15 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
Originally, we had that and Goldberg in here. But we thought that they have been used quite a bit lately, so we decided to change it up this year with some fresh stuff.

Well, I for one would have been happy to see the RG, but I'm also liking all the new categories.
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| March 1, 2015, 3:10 pm
Quick question: for "That's just not right" I know it means it can't have a right angle but does it also go for minifigs standing up? Or will I have to put them at a Leaning angle.
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| March 1, 2015, 3:43 pm
Quoting (: Alexrules99 :)
Quick question: for "That's just not right" I know it means it can't have a right angle but does it also go for minifigs standing up? Or will I have to put them at a Leaning angle.

Question thread was made for questions. Use it.
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| March 1, 2015, 5:29 pm
Nice categories! It isn't required to have a team, right? I'm in a team, but I don't remember if it has enough members. I have been wanting to be in the MocAthalon since 2013!
-Argo
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| March 2, 2015, 12:49 pm
Quoting ARCtrooper Argo
Nice categories! It isn't required to have a team, right? I'm in a team, but I don't remember if it has enough members. I have been wanting to be in the MocAthalon since 2013!
-Argo
It is required to have a team, and it's also required to register your team before March 1st to participate, which has already passed.

Sorry about that, but hopefully you can play next year :)
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| March 2, 2015, 12:57 pm
Quoting Julia LeeP
Quoting ARCtrooper Argo
Nice categories! It isn't required to have a team, right? I'm in a team, but I don't remember if it has enough members. I have been wanting to be in the MocAthalon since 2013!
-Argo
It is required to have a team, and it's also required to register your team before March 1st to participate, which has already passed.

Sorry about that, but hopefully you can play next year :)

Oh. That's okay.
-Argo
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| March 2, 2015, 3:55 pm
For Category 22 I thought it said do and underwater or underground scene! It wasn't till I'd built and had ready an Underwater scene that I noticed that I had misread it! So now I have to go and redo that all over again.
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| March 4, 2015, 6:11 pm
Does the red button one have to be a physical red button?
Say, for example, can it be like a sacrificial kinda thing that releases some monster?
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| March 7, 2015, 12:06 pm
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Quoting Bane Of Seagulls (James)
Does the red button one have to be a physical red button?
Say, for example, can it be like a sacrificial kinda thing that releases some monster?

Red button? I don't think I follow.
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| March 7, 2015, 3:18 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
Red button? I don't think I follow.

"what does this button do?"
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| March 7, 2015, 7:51 pm
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Quoting Mr. Cab
"what does this button do?"

I knew that, I just didn't know what he meant by "red button". ;)

As I recall, there is no mention of red in the category.

Quoting Bane Of Seagulls (James)
Does the red button one have to be a physical red button?
Say, for example, can it be like a sacrificial kinda thing that releases some monster?

Firstly, the button doesn't have to be red - that's your call.

Second, it has to be a button. It can release a monsters, destroy the world, turn off your night light, etc., but there has to be a physical button of sorts.

Please note that the button doesn't have to actually "work", but if you make a functioning button, I'm sure you'll get extra points. ;)

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| March 7, 2015, 8:14 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
I knew that, I just didn't know what he meant by "red button". ;)

As I recall, there is no mention of red in the category.

Quoting Bane Of Seagulls (James)
Does the red button one have to be a physical red button?
Say, for example, can it be like a sacrificial kinda thing that releases some monster?

Firstly, the button doesn't have to be red - that's your call.

Second, it has to be a button. It can release a monsters, destroy the world, turn off your night light, etc., but there has to be a physical button of sorts.

Please note that the button doesn't have to actually "work", but if you make a functioning button, I'm sure you'll get extra points. ;)

Cool, I thought it was supposed to be the classic big red button xD
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| March 8, 2015, 3:31 am
Even though I'm not entering, I'm really inspired by the categories have some ideas for some builds. I'm thinking about a steampunk version of The Milano, Starlord's ship in Guardian of the Galaxy.
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| March 8, 2015, 5:00 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek

it’s going to be one crazy ride until the end of March.


Oh yeah you got that right...XP

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| April 7, 2015, 7:07 pm
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