Yup… it’s been two years now. Welcome to my second Mociversary!
Actually, my Mociversary is on the tenth, but better late than never, right?
To celebrate the occasion, I revisited my very first moc on Mocpages. It seems like the Zoz have moved onto the big stage! :D
If you know my online persona well, you also know that I love reading Mociversary posts. So that I love writing them too should be no surprise. In any case, this is going to be a lot of writing, so if you just came for the Moc, feel free to skip right to the end of the post.
First, I’ll start off with some numbers.
-I posted 35 Mocs this year. That means that I posted roughly 2.92 mocs a month, 0.67 mocs a week and 0.10 mocs a day. That’s as pretty big decrease from last year, where I posted 67 mocs, but still not too bad.
-all the mocs I posted this year have a combined like count of 1024, which means an average of 29.26 likes per mocs. That is a definite improvement over last year.
-Over the last two years, I have posted 102 mocs, for an average of 51 mocs a year, 4.25 mocs a month, 0.98 mocs a week and 0.14 mocs a day.
-Over the last two years, six of my mocs have reached over 50 likes, and 49 mocs have reached over 1000 views, including some really bad ones.
Now for a runthrough of the year’s important events! This is my favorite part of any Mociversary post.
I started off the year by posting my first Mociversary five days late. It got a very surprising reaction, getting 40 likes and almost becoming one of my most popular mocs.
Next was Round Two of the MocOlympics. I had placed tenth in round one, so I was pretty excited and wanted to show just what I could do. My category was “Worst Movie Ever”, and I built the wookie house from the Star Wars Holiday Special. It used up about 300 tan cheeses and fell apart during the picture taking process, but more importantly, it got even more attention than my Mociversary, and almost got to be my 3rd most popular moc (it was literally one like away). This build was completely out of my comfort zone, had a very unique style, and was extremely challenging technically. It was also my last sci-fi creation of the year, which is kind of sad.
Round Three of the MOs! Unfortunately, my opponent that round didn’t enter, but even so, I put a lot of effort into this moc, and I think that it’s one of the more creative pair dares out there. This build was also out of my comfort zone. (And it gets the most fragile build of the year award.)
Round Four! In Round Four of the MOs, I was up against Li Li. It was an extremely close decision, with a 2-1 verdict putting me out of the MOs. I still love this build, and if my entries for rounds 2 and 3 were out of my comfort zone, then this was out all the way to space.
This is also about the time that I was promoted to the LOM staff, which was a major gamechanger for me. I now get to help come up with all those challenges that I loved participating in, and it’s been a great experience.
But the MOs weren’t over for me yet! It turned out that I was one of four TFOLs under 14 who had made it to Round 4, and that we would have a Fatal Four-Way match to determine who would win the prize for best YFOL of the MOs. With my entry “Fall”, I managed to edge out the competition, winning my first prize! :D I still have the set built. This also became my 3rd most popular, and my first moc of the year to pass 50 likes.
Now that the MOs were over, I decided to focus more on the LOM. This was a turning point for me in two senses. First, this is when I started getting good scores in the LOM monthly challenges. This moc got second place, and I went on to get 1 more second place, 2 third places and two first places. Second, this is when I started focusing almost completely on Medieval building. All my mocs from here on out up until the MocAthalon were medieval.
This moc is another important step in my development. It was the first time I spent more than a month on one moc, making this my first long-term project. It was constructed in fits and starts, started in between my second and third MO entries and finished in December. Also, this is where I really started focusing on my storywriting. This build has one of my best stories to date, IMO.
This was also around the time that “The Dirt and Pollution in a Single Second of Energy”, which I had posted last year and had recently renamed to just “Energy”, reached 100 likes. This was another big step for me (wow, a bunch of big steps in a row). When it reached 100 likes, I edited the description, saying “I never thought this would happen. Thanks to everybody who supported this Moc. It is still by far my best, and I am happy that others think so too.” I’m still incredulous that I managed to reach 100 likes, since I’ve never gotten anywhere close since, and I still think that this is my best build to date, better than any builds I posted this year.
Then came the Tourney. My tourney intro got 3rd place in the LOM challenge, and featured a building with exterior and interior above a cave. It was very fun to build, and recently reached 50 likes. It was my first timber building, and the last time this year that I tried my hand at rockwork. :P I’ve come to realize that there are some faults with the build, but I still like it.
For the first round of the Tourney, I chose the Functions bracket. The result was my first motorized build of the year, made with my first BL order (and the only one so far). This was the first time I really managed to integrate a function well into a build. It also placed first in the functions bracket, putting me in a favorable position for Round 2.
My Round 2 Tourney entry was my worst one. I had little time to build, but I decided to experiment with new color combinations, rounded whitewash and round stonework, and because I didn’t have much time I had to rush my experiments and the result was not the best. Still, it was enough to get me to Round 3.
Round 3! One of the two categories we could choose from was to build a statue, and I loved it. The Great Rider is one of my most Unique builds to date. I remember having an incredible amount of fun building this one.
Then came Round 4 of the Tourney. Round 4 is the top 8, and with 50 competitors, getting to Round 4 was a huge accomplishment for me. I knew that if I got to Round 5, I would get a prize, and I gave my absolute best. The result got me to Round 5, passed 50 likes and became my 3rd most popular moc of the time. I believe that the brick-build background, though it had some flaws, tapped into a style of medieval building that hasn’t been explored much, and I intend to try similar things in the future.
Round 5 was, unfortunately, the end of my Tourney run. I was up against Infernum, the same guy who beat me last year, and of course he managed it again. I blame that in part on the fact that I had to build 3 builds and was trying to get them all to fit MocAthalon categories as well, which didn’t work in my favor. Still, I got a prize, and 3rd place in the Tourney is probably my best achievement to date.
Speaking of the MocAthalon… This is my entry to the Dr. Seuss category. It’s notable for several reasons. First, it was my first non-medieval moc in about four months. Yup, that’s how long I was focused just on the Tourney and the LOM. And that even though medieval building is arguably not what I’m best at. Second, this build almost got a perfect score in the MA. 24 out of 25. I knew I would do better in the MA than I did last year, but I never expected scoring so high. This build also has a great story which was tons of fun to write.
And the Accolade, another MA build. This also scored pretty well, as did my third MA build, and although my team was on the lower end of the scoring range because we all didn’t have much time to build, I wound up getting an average score of 21 per Moc, which it turns out was the fifth highest average score out of any competitor.
After the MAs came a bunch of subpar mocs, so when the next LOM monthly challenge rolled around, I went for something big. The result was the Wolf, one of the biggest ships in the LOM, just six studs shy of the record. It got second place in the LOM monthly challenge. I personally see a lot of flaws in this build, but for some reason, everybody loved it, and it got 68 likes and became my second most popular. (BTW, I intend to break that ship record eventually, so watch out Gilbert! :P)
Out of the next four Mocs I posted, three of them were UCs. This one was the armory, where I learned how to edit in colored backgrounds (thanks Halhi!) and got good at stonework. Hexagonal bases are cool!
Now, I know that my TTR4 entry is probably my best Medieval Moc, but this one comes extremely close. Everything it doesn’t have in size, it makes up in complexity. I was in Germany for five weeks over the summer, and while I was there, I visited Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a beautiful town that has a lot of buildings left from late medieval times. It was very inspiring. This build is definitely my best medieval house yet, and it was one of the most technically challenging things I’ve ever done (those tilted beams made with cheese slopes were crazy).
Mosaics! I’ve build a lot of mosaics, but this is the first time where I made something where the mosaic was literally the whole Moc. This was the first MOC-off entry for the Lands of Mythron. Because I came up with a lot of the Moc-off stuff in the staff group, I really wanted to get the feature going, and this is the result. It got a surprising amount of likes.
Like in my first year, the highlight of the year this year came at the end of the year. Energy 2.0. This is my largest Moc to date, and has a very complicated Mindstorms program to go with it. I started building it in April and finished in August, which is four months, but since I built it in fits and starts, the total build time only amounts to about six weeks. I’ll be honest, I believe that this build is underrated. Which may be because of the broken activity bar, but given the amount of time and effort, the size, and the functions, I had hoped to get 50. Oh well. Likes aren’t that important. The important thing is that I had fun and that I gave my best, and that I did.
And lastly, my Tips, Tricks and Techniques 2 guide, showcasing just how far I have come in my two years on Mocpages.
At this point I’ll take a quick break and let you see some more cool pictures of the Moc in the cover photo.
Now I want to say something about the broken activity bar. A lot of you probably noticed that Mocpages has been getting more and more inactive recently and have theorized that the broken activity bar is part of the problem. I personally think that mocpages could actually die out. But if that happens, I’ll be one of the last people to leave. In the LOM staff group, we’ve often thought about making our own website… well, guess what, if the rest of Mocpages goes inactive, we'll have our own website! In other words, no matter how broken Mocpages may be, as long as the pictures still work, I’ll be staying.
Thanks to everybody who didn’t give up on this post and actually read all the way to the end, and thanks to everybody who makes Mocpages the awesome place that it is. Thanks to everybody in the LOM staff for running the LOM, and thanks to everybody in the LOM for putting up with the staff and keeping the game alive. And if you are not in the LOM, go join! I guarantee you will never want to give up Lego after that.
Well, it’s been an amazing year, and I hope to have many more. I’ll end my post the way I always have…
You've done far more in this second year of yours than I have, and I salute you for that. Plus, your range of building genres continues to impress me - microscale, functions, Legoland scale, medieval minifigure scale - but even that isn't much in comparison to the pleasure it is to work with you every week to keep the LOM thriving. Also, congratulations on your first MOCiversary as a TFOL! May MOCpages live on for many more anniversaries to come.
Like you said, better late than never. :P Congrats on another amazing year man! If Mocpages ever dies out like you're talking about, I'll be on till the end, just not necessarily everyday do to this thing called life. :P Anyways, I look forward to another incredible year!
Cabbie, aside from being one of the most mature builders for age that is in the MOCing community (not to mention one of the most important and active members of the staff, and definitely the one with the cutest nickname, primarily cuz I officially gave you it :P), you build some stunning stuff. I especially like your function and R3 and R4 builds of this year, but really, I'd be proud to call any of them my own. Congrazzles! :D
Meinen aller herzlichsten Glückwunsch mein Freund. Sehr kreative und einzigartige Arbeiten hast Du geschaffen. Für mich bist Du eine Wahre Bereicherung für diese Seite und natürlich für mich.I hope you'll be with us for a long time.
Only one comment? Man, MOCpages is dying... not that I'm doing much to help. :P Anyway, Congratulations! Is amazing to see how far you've come, and here's to many more years! I probably will be interacting with you mostly on Flickr though...
Congrats on 2 years on MOCpages. I enjoyed reading through your recap, especially about your builds from the Tourney, which was really the first time I saw yours MOCs. Keep the great builds coming, I was extremely impressed with your energy MOC :)