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Welcome to Round 1 of the 2017 Middle Earth Lego Olympics!

This is the round in which we determined which talented builders will advance into the elimination rounds.
If you’re not familiar with the rules, please make sure to read through the Rules thread here:
http://www.moc-pages.com/group_conversation.php?id=25974&topicid=105762
We don’t want to see any talented builders being disqualified because they failed to follow the rules carefully. Keep all the rules in mind when working on your entries and posts: they are important!

Round 1 ends 11:59 MOCpages time on the 21st of May. No entries submitted after that time will be accepted. Anyone may participate in the contest and you have a month to build your first entries, which may be submitted any time before the deadline.

Your distinguished judges will be Michael Kringe, Brick Ninja, City Creator, Mark Murphy, Elio Salsano and Johnathan Demers. If necessary, the competent Evan (otherwise known as Beardless Dwarf) shall serve to eliminate ties. Once the round is terminated, each entry shall receive a score of up to 60 points (up to 10 points may be awarded by each judge). Those qualified to advance to the next round shall be those who receive the top 32 scores at the completion of the judging period.

Qualities the judges are seeking are as follows: creative building, outstanding techniques and style, exceptional color-schemes, impressive presentation, adherence to the categories and rules of the contest, and more: in short all the elements of an impressive entry.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: All Round one entries must include the following:
- A title labeled: MELO Round 1 (followed by your title for your MOC).
- A working HTML link to the MELO 2017 group, preferably near the top. Information on how to create this link is located in the fourth Rule (in the Rules Thread)
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With the aforesaid in mind, allow me to present you your category for ROUND 1:

Tolkien is notorious for the deep historical backgrounds and intricate cultural traditions which he weaved into the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and other masterworks of Middle Earth. This round gives you a chance to explore the grand world Tolkien envisioned and its elaborate cultures. For this round, you will be building a scene from one of the many folk-songs and poems weaved in Middle Earth culture. You may use any poem within the books written by J.R.R Tolkien including Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and others.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the vast worlds of Middle Earth and its complex cultures, a list of a few of these songs has been provided in the thread entitled “Round 1: List of Poems”:
http://www.moc-pages.com/group_conversation.php?id=25974&topicid=105954&message=comment_posted
For the explorers among you, you are not by any means limited to those poems in the list provided. Find a poem that speaks to you and spread the wings of your imagination.

Begin BUILDING AND GOOD LUCK!

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| April 22, 2017, 8:10 am
Great category! I can't wait to get building!
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| April 22, 2017, 8:19 am
Awesome!!!!! I am so excited!!!! As soon as I finish my LCBTC entry, I will get right on to this... Good luck competitors, this is gonna be great!! :D
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| April 22, 2017, 8:48 am
I'm getting pretty excited for this :P
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| April 22, 2017, 1:10 pm
AHHHHH SO HYPED! So can I just put a link like: MELO 2017: (link goes here)
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| April 22, 2017, 1:34 pm
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Quoting David Ruler Of The Limbo Pocket
AHHHHH SO HYPED! So can I just put a link like: MELO 2017: (link goes here)

I'm hyped, too!! (And that as a judge :P)

And yes, that would work.
Just add a link in the description, like in this 2016 MELO entry by Carter Witzenburg:
http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/426109

or a more creative one by Ranger Britti to give another example:
http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/427233
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| April 22, 2017, 3:37 pm
So excited! First competition ever! My only problem is choosing what to build! :)
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| April 23, 2017, 8:35 pm
Hype!!!
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| April 24, 2017, 11:47 am
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Quoting Choco Taco
Hype!!!


YEAH BOY!!!
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| April 24, 2017, 7:27 pm
Quoting Jonathan Demers

YEAH BOY!!!

:D :D :D
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| April 24, 2017, 9:41 pm
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Quoting James Brick
:D :D :D


I looked at your homepage, and noticed you joined MP just for MELO 2017! Do you have any questions about MP in general? Anything you need to know about posting MOCs?
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| April 24, 2017, 9:45 pm
Quoting Jonathan Demers

I looked at your homepage, and noticed you joined MP just for MELO 2017! Do you have any questions about MP in general? Anything you need to know about posting MOCs?

Hey thanks for asking! So far I've been able to upload a few builds with only a bit of struggle, lol. I find it rather frustrating that MOC pages won't let you save creations before you upload them or at least give a warning if you miss click to a different page, so that you don't lose everything. Other then that I think I'm getting the hang of it though. :P
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| April 24, 2017, 10:13 pm
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Quoting James Brick
Quoting Jonathan Demers

I looked at your homepage, and noticed you joined MP just for MELO 2017! Do you have any questions about MP in general? Anything you need to know about posting MOCs?

Hey thanks for asking! So far I've been able to upload a few builds with only a bit of struggle, lol. I find it rather frustrating that MOC pages won't let you save creations before you upload them or at least give a warning if you miss click to a different page, so that you don't lose everything. Other then that I think I'm getting the hang of it though. :P


Okay, great! Agreed, that has happened to me several times.



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| April 24, 2017, 10:15 pm
Moin, moin! (That's say "hi everybody" in Northern Germany...) I like to join here with my entry of Tom: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/438705. hope you've FUN and enjoy it a little bit... ;)
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| April 25, 2017, 8:24 pm
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Quoting Oliver Becker
Moin, moin! (That's say "hi everybody" in Northern Germany...) I like to join here with my entry of Tom: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/438705. hope you've FUN and enjoy it a little bit... ;)

Er sieht fantastisch aus! And hey, you added the first entry! :P
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| April 26, 2017, 8:42 am
Haha, sometimes I'm late (...to post at LOTR groups...) and sometimes... ;) Last weekend we watched the 1. Hobbit- movie with our youngest son(11 years / his premiere...) and so this was maybe a teaser for me and this idea, LOL! Danke Michael, auch für die Einladung! :)
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| April 26, 2017, 11:35 am
I think I may go into shock if I get past round one... lol
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| April 30, 2017, 4:52 pm
I started my entry today, I like the idea, and if it works out, it will be about 60x30x30 or so, and it will be an all Lego scene!!! I am liking it so far!!! :D MELO is great!!! :D
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| April 30, 2017, 5:32 pm
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Quoting Roanoke Handybuck
I started my entry today, I like the idea, and if it works out, it will be about 60x30x30 or so, and it will be an all Lego scene!!! I am liking it so far!!! :D MELO is great!!! :D


Hey that's great!
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| May 2, 2017, 10:19 am
Although my poem isn't overly knowledgeable of Middle Earth, I think my build is good so far, I am loving this contest so much right now! :D I literally can't stop working on it! :P Thanks guys! :D
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| May 2, 2017, 12:42 pm
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Quoting Roanoke Handybuck
Although my poem isn't overly knowledgeable of Middle Earth, I think my build is good so far, I am loving this contest so much right now! :D I literally can't stop working on it! :P Thanks guys! :D


Great to hear that!

We approach the halfway point, and only 1.5 brave souls have stepped up and posted an entry so far...
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| May 3, 2017, 12:20 pm
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Quoting City Creator

Great to hear that!

We approach the halfway point, and only 1.5 brave souls have stepped up and posted an entry so far...


We're probably going to see most of the creations the very last day of the contest...that's how it usually goes.


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| May 3, 2017, 11:00 pm
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We got a second entry today! :P
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| May 4, 2017, 10:28 am
I'm new at this site and submitted and created an entry for the first round. Can you please check f everything is ok?

Regards
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| May 14, 2017, 4:30 pm
My MELO entry is finished!!! :D Now all I gotta do is post, which I will do later today!!! It was super fun to build! :D
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| May 18, 2017, 10:55 am
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Quoting Roanoke Handybuck
My MELO entry is finished!!! :D Now all I gotta do is post, which I will do later today!!! It was super fun to build! :D

Congrats! Can't wait to see it!

Let's hope we'll get more than 30 entries in the remaining 3 days!
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| May 18, 2017, 11:42 am
Quoting Michael Kringe
Congrats! Can't wait to see it!

Let's hope we'll get more than 30 entries in the remaining 3 days!

Haha! Yes, I definitely hope we do! :D
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| May 18, 2017, 12:33 pm
Can someone please review my entry for Round 1.
I posted it last Sunday and still have no activity or feedback.

Thanks
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| May 18, 2017, 2:56 pm
Posted! Here it is: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/439279!!! I am so excited, cause this is my first MELO ever! :D
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| May 18, 2017, 5:03 pm
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Quoting Hugo Teixeira
Can someone please review my entry for Round 1.
I posted it last Sunday and still have no activity or feedback.

Thanks


I'm sorry Hugo, but your creation isn't showing up on your homepage. Maybe you should try uploading it again...or it may be waiting to get approved.


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| May 18, 2017, 5:05 pm
Quoting Jonathan Demers

I'm sorry Hugo, but your creation isn't showing up on your homepage. Maybe you should try uploading it again...or it may be waiting to get approved.



I've made a new post and added it to the group. Can you see it?
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| May 18, 2017, 5:45 pm
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Quoting Hugo Teixeira
Can someone please review my entry for Round 1.
I posted it last Sunday and still have no activity or feedback.

Thanks

Sorry, but MOCpages doesn't seem to show up your entry. If you still have that problem til Sunday, please send me your entry per e-mail:

kringe-michael@t-online.de
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| May 18, 2017, 6:04 pm
Quoting Michael Kringe
Sorry, but MOCpages doesn't seem to show up your entry. If you still have that problem til Sunday, please send me your entry per e-mail:

kringe-michael@t-online.de


This is his entry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/88457810@N05/34529769391/in/pool-3307963@N23/) it's in this group but you can't view it.
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| May 18, 2017, 6:19 pm
Quoting Jonathan Demers

I'm sorry Hugo, but your creation isn't showing up on your homepage. Maybe you should try uploading it again...or it may be waiting to get approved.



It's waiting to be approved. It's in the group, if you look at the latest MELO entry and look in the list of groups it's in then it shows a small picture of it
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| May 18, 2017, 6:21 pm
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Quoting Carter Witzenburg

This is his entry (https://www.flickr.com/photos/88457810@N05/34529769391/in/pool-3307963@N23/) it's in this group but you can't view it.

It looks great! Flickr is ok too, if MOCpages has trouble showing it up.
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| May 18, 2017, 6:27 pm
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Hugo's entry is working on MOCpages now!
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| May 18, 2017, 7:24 pm
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That's it people! Hit us with your wave of last-minute entries!
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| May 19, 2017, 1:15 am
Quoting City Creator
That's it people! Hit us with your wave of last-minute entries!

Working on it... :P
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| May 19, 2017, 10:04 am
I just posted mine let me know what you think
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| May 19, 2017, 12:48 pm
Here is my entry! http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/439306

Good luck to everyone!!
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| May 19, 2017, 1:55 pm
Guess what creation is taking last place? well here it is: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/439310

Good luck everyone! :D
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| May 19, 2017, 7:25 pm
Quoting -{ Emperor Neron }- (David.H)
Guess what creation is taking last place? well here it is: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/439310

Good luck everyone! :D


Man, stop beating yourself up. Its amazing! Don't worry about past mistakes. You're doing better than you realize.

Good luck to you, too!
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| May 19, 2017, 8:17 pm
Uhh... how is it gonna work if we don't even have 32 people? xD
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| May 19, 2017, 8:26 pm
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Quoting -{ Emperor Neron }- (David.H)
Uhh... how is it gonna work if we don't even have 32 people? xD


Well, at this rate, we probably won't need to worry about that.

However, if we have less than 32, we can just shorten it by one round.
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| May 20, 2017, 12:27 am
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Quoting -{ Emperor Neron }- (David.H)
Uhh... how is it gonna work if we don't even have 32 people? xD

As City Creator said: We would have to shorten the contest by one round then so that 16 instead of 32 people move on, but other than that it would still continue as planned. :)
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| May 20, 2017, 8:04 am
Can I please get a couple days extension? Like next Saturday, as I'll be busy the whole week.
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| May 20, 2017, 8:41 am
Hello, I just noticed the invite for the group and I am very thankful. I saw round 1 has already begun, but
has not yet finished so my question is: is it too late to start now? Thanks.
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| May 20, 2017, 12:01 pm
Quoting Future L. Designer
Hello, I just noticed the invite for the group and I am very thankful. I saw round 1 has already begun, but
has not yet finished so my question is: is it too late to start now? Thanks.

No, at least if you're a fast builder, you can for sure still enter: the round ends tomorrow night.
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| May 20, 2017, 12:06 pm
Quoting W Navarre
No, at least if you're a fast builder, you can for sure still enter: the round ends tomorrow night.

Thanks. What time zone is the competition using?

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| May 20, 2017, 12:39 pm
Quoting Future L. Designer
Quoting W Navarre
No, at least if you're a fast builder, you can for sure still enter: the round ends tomorrow night.

Thanks. What time zone is the competition using?

I don't know for sure (it's MOCpages time...).
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| May 20, 2017, 12:51 pm
 Group admin 
I think it's EST. Let me confirm that.

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| May 20, 2017, 1:09 pm
 Group admin 
Yup, MOCPages uses Eastern Standard Time.
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| May 20, 2017, 1:10 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Future L. Designer
Hello, I just noticed the invite for the group and I am very thankful. I saw round 1 has already begun, but
has not yet finished so my question is: is it too late to start now? Thanks.

Welcome to the contest! Luckily you still have some time left, so if you decide to add an entry: Good luck! :)
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| May 20, 2017, 1:38 pm
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Quoting Sir Flexalot
Can I please get a couple days extension? Like next Saturday, as I'll be busy the whole week.

No, because it would be unfair to the other contestants who added their entries before the deadline.

I hope you understand that we can't make any exceptions. Good luck!
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| May 20, 2017, 1:42 pm
So, how long does the judging take..? 4 days?
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| May 20, 2017, 1:53 pm
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Quoting -{ Emperor Neron }- (David.H)
So, how long does the judging take..? 4 days?


we will judge individually on every build. We probably will have some entries with the same amount of points. The tie-breaker will decide which one then will be higher. The next round is due to start on the 25th of may, so that's a max of 4 days. No garanties of course.
Greetz,
Elio

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| May 20, 2017, 3:32 pm
21st of May... I guess I should start building. :P
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| May 20, 2017, 4:27 pm
Here is my entry:
http://moc-pages.com/moc.php/439345
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| May 20, 2017, 7:40 pm
Here's my meh entry!
http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/439331
Tho meh is probably the worst an entry can be based on the competition
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| May 20, 2017, 7:48 pm
Here my entry!

http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/439349
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| May 20, 2017, 9:35 pm
Darn it! Just realised this ends on the 21st not the 26th! :(
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| May 21, 2017, 12:26 am
I'm currently unable to use the MOCpages uploadr...
I've added my creation to the Flickr group, is that fine for now?
I'll try to use the Uploadr again soon, but as of now I don't have time to work out what's wrong with it.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/132269459@N05/33952400444/in/dateposted-public/
My entry is based from the Song of Durin, and is a brick-built Durin fig
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| May 21, 2017, 7:22 am
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Quoting Jacob Syrups
Darn it! Just realised this ends on the 21st not the 26th! :(


Hurry! Build!
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| May 21, 2017, 8:15 am
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Quoting Ed Rekishi
I'm currently unable to use the MOCpages uploadr...
I've added my creation to the Flickr group, is that fine for now?
I'll try to use the Uploadr again soon, but as of now I don't have time to work out what's wrong with it.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/132269459@N05/33952400444/in/dateposted-public/
My entry is based from the Song of Durin, and is a brick-built Durin fig

Did you also try the old uploader?
If that also doesn't work you can use flickr, but please add a working link to the contest.

Excellent build btw!
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| May 21, 2017, 10:17 am
 Group admin 
Only a a little less than 9 hours left!
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| May 21, 2017, 3:02 pm
 Group admin 
Hurry hurry hurry! Line right up folks! Round 1 ends today!
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| May 21, 2017, 3:22 pm
Almost done...
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| May 21, 2017, 3:55 pm
Finally got it working!
Turns out my image resolution was too high for the uploadr...
Here's my entry: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/439379
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| May 21, 2017, 6:56 pm
Hey guys, my brother and I are having some problems. So I posted my creation a while ago and logged off of my family's shared computer. My brother, snappinbricks, (who has a MELO entry) tried to log in to post HIS entry, but mocpages would not allow him, for some reason. he does not have a Flickr account, but I do. So can I post HIS entry on my Flickr and post a link to it here?
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| May 21, 2017, 8:18 pm
Well since we're running short on time,
I'll just do it anyway.
Here is Snappin Brick's entry: https://www.flickr.com/photos/150229384@N02/34770328016/in/dateposted-public/
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| May 21, 2017, 8:29 pm
Finally got my first BBF uploaded:
http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/439383
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| May 21, 2017, 8:45 pm
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Quoting Soccer Socks
Well since we're running short on time, I'll just do it anyway. Here is Snappin Brick's entry: https://www.flickr.com/photos/150229384@N02/34770328016/in/dateposted-public/

Since I gave Ed Rekishi my permission to post his entry on flickr because he had uploading trouble, you other guys are allowed to do the same thing (but only! if MOCpages doesn't work!).
Good luck!
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| May 21, 2017, 8:46 pm
Okay, thanks. Just remember
"The Crownless" entry is
Snappin brick's. And the "I
sit beside the fire" entry
is Soccersock's
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| May 21, 2017, 8:58 pm
 Group admin 
1 hour left!
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| May 21, 2017, 10:42 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Soccer Socks
Okay, thanks. Just remember
"The Crownless" entry is
Snappin brick's. And the "I
sit beside the fire" entry
is Soccersock's


Yup, we'll remember! ;)

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| May 21, 2017, 11:06 pm
Gah! So close to 32.
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| May 21, 2017, 11:58 pm
My entry
http://moc-pages.com/moc.php/439391
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| May 22, 2017, 12:25 am
Man..... 31... one off
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| May 22, 2017, 12:30 am
Quoting -{ Emperor Neron }- (David.H)
Man..... 31... one off

There's at least one entry on Flickr. Yeah! We made 32. :P
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| May 22, 2017, 4:26 am
Quoting C Stucky
There's at least one entry on Flickr. Yeah! We made 32. :P

:D :P
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| May 22, 2017, 8:14 am
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Quoting Rum Ham
My entry
http://moc-pages.com/moc.php/439391

Your entry is still invisible for the judges, so please add it either on flickr or send the entry per e-mail

kringe-michael@t-online.de
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| May 22, 2017, 9:18 am
Quoting -{ Emperor Neron }- (David.H)
Man..... 31... one off

Yeah, we have Snappin Bricks entry on Flickr, so we got at least 32... :D
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| May 22, 2017, 9:18 am
Quoting Roanoke Handybuck
Yeah, we have Snappin Bricks entry on Flickr, so we got at least 32... :D

That is if the judges allow the one that was 15 minutes late...
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| May 22, 2017, 12:01 pm
When do you announce who gets to continue in the competition
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| May 22, 2017, 1:56 pm
Quoting Michael Kringe
Your entry is still invisible for the judges, so please add it either on flickr or send the entry per e-mail

kringe-michael@t-online.de


I emailed you.
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| May 22, 2017, 4:45 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting jacob moon
When do you announce who gets to continue in the competition


We are still waiting for one more judge. You will know very soon, hopefully.
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| May 22, 2017, 9:28 pm
Quoting City Creator

We are still waiting for one more judge. You will know very soon, hopefully.

Think we will know by tonight?
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| May 22, 2017, 10:53 pm
I submitted a creation to the group before the deadline, but I was wondering if my entry will be counted into Round 1, although it is still invisible?

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| May 23, 2017, 12:20 am
Congrats to everyone who completed the qualifying round. Some awesome builds here!
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| May 23, 2017, 4:57 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Razzle Jazzle
I submitted a creation to the group before the deadline, but I was wondering if my entry will be counted into Round 1, although it is still invisible?


Please send the photos to Michael's email (can be found in the announcements thread) so he can forward them to the other judges. You can send it to me too at buildernetworkmc@gmail.com
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| May 23, 2017, 9:57 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Razzle Jazzle
I submitted a creation to the group before the deadline, but I was wondering if my entry will be counted into Round 1, although it is still invisible?

Your entry is now visible and we counted it!
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| May 28, 2017, 8:21 am
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