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For the three of you that read and understood the rules in the first place...

The number of cuts has been reduced. In the first round, one player per group will be cut rather than two. The secondary cut to keep groups even for the next round will be eliminated.

The reason for the original number of cuts was because we thought we'd have a lot more players, and we'd have to axe a lot of them quickly to keep the tournament within a reasonable time frame.

The smaller initial pool, coupled with what we fear could be an alarming number of first-round disqualifications, has led to a desire to reward more of the players who honor their commitment and actually build and judge on time.

The number of cuts in subsequent rounds will be determined on a round by round basis. We're going to play it by ear, do what's best for the game and everyone involved at the time.

So get those entries in! Kids, no one cares about your homework load, your end-of-year tests, your soccer practice, or any other of your pitiful excuses. You signed a contract to play Laygoes in this tournament. Do you really want to flake out and end up in Mister Young's doghouse?

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| May 22, 2010, 3:25 pm
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Quoting Shannon Young
So get those entries in! Kids, no one cares about your homework load, your end-of-year tests, your soccer practice, or any other of your pitiful excuses. You signed a contract to play Laygoes in this tournament. Do you really want to flake out and end up in Mister Young's doghouse?


He's right everyone. We DON'T care. I don't care if you have to babysit your cat, pull the weeds, write a disertation for the world peace conference, have tea with the Queen or clean up after your diarrhetic hamster! I've been involved in enough large scale games to know the EXACT frustration that Mr. Young is feeling right now. You signed up, stick to your agreement and GET BUILDING!

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| May 22, 2010, 5:26 pm
This seems to fly in the face of this:

Quoting Shannon Young
Well, I'd stay in just to leave yourself the option, in case you can find the time to build and judge after all. If you have to take a DQ at some point down the line, so be it.

Which was in response to this question:

Quoting Ethan M.
I would like to enter the contest, but because of time issues I don't know how much build time I'd have during it. So would it be better for me to sign up and possibly be DQ'd for not having a build, or to just stay out?

Which, for the record, was the only reason I put myself forward in the first place, knowing full well that at this moment in time, I likely wouldn't be able to participate.

I know, second hand, how frustrating dealing with "the mob" can be, but you've got to give at least a little consideration to the time and effort it takes on their behalf... (heh, maybe not)

Anyway, I'm deeply sorry I haven't fallen over myself to honour my agreement and will graciously accept any derision I am due.
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| May 23, 2010, 7:16 am
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Prepare for rant in 3... 2... 1...

You entered "knowing full well..." in your own words, "I likely wouldn't be able to participate." If you know for a fact that you are going to be so all-fired busy that you can't scrape even a few minutes building time here and there over the course of a week to get some kind of entry in, no matter how lame, then common sense would seem to suggest you not enter. You acknowledge the time and effort it takes to participate in a tournament and demand my consideration of this. Have you thought that maybe it is you who should give more consideration to the guys setting this up, and much more importantly, to your competitors, who are counting on you to do your part once you sign your name?

I appreciate the time and effort put in by the guys who will go (or would have gone, had they made it that far) all the way to the end with this, or the MOColympics, or any other tournament-style competition. The guys who sign up only to turn around and immediately blow it off in the first round? No. I have no respect for them at all. If a family member dies or your house burns down, no one will blame you for not building. But "I have school" type excuses hold no water. You knew that going in!

Adults have jobs, bills to pay, kids to raise, errands to run, yards to upkeep, groceries to buy, home repairs to be done, and on and on and on. In other words, responsibilities. And yet, how many AFOLs flake out of contests? They manage to handle their Lego business on top of all that. Our little community here is a "my word is my bond" type of society. Very few of us have ever met or will ever meet in person, so our reputations are all we've got. You say you're going to do something and then don't do it, you go down in many minds as just another unreliable kid.

Yes, I told Ethan to enter when, as he put it, he didn't know how much build time he'd have. He still needs to use his own best judgment as to exactly what that means. "Might not have time" is not the same as "probably won't have time," and only he knows which it is. I was banking on the hope that he was the type to know that once he puts his name down, people are counting on him, so he needs to follow through. He did enter, so he better be doing his utmost to find the time or make the time and get an entry in. If not, it's a black mark on his rep, same as you or any other first-round flakeout. I will remember it.

Which may not seem like much, but what if there comes a point in the future when I (or Chris or anyone else for that matter) get an idea for some project, and I'm looking for other people to be involved? Maybe it's something you'd love to be a part of, it's right up your alley, you've got the time and the motivation, you'd be all over it... and I never contact you about it because I've got you in the "unreliable" file in my mental rolodex. Something to consider.

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| May 23, 2010, 2:22 pm
Consider this. I'm in the middle of posting, cutting and pasting chunks of story in between 30ish photos, when I hear my 3-year-old screeching from upstairs. I go up to find that he's thrown up in his bed. He'd been to a birthday party today, the hottest day of the year so far, and he was full of cake and pizza and OJ. It was on everything. I've had to clean and change him, strip and remake his bed, wipe down a wall, calm him down, read him a story and get him asleep again, then come downstairs, start the laundry, clean up a broken glass that got knocked over, and so on and so on. I'm not after sympathy because i'm a father and it's what you have to do. I'm not saying i'm a hero, but is my post up? Yes it is.

I get an hour or two to build most nights once my children are in bed and all our jobs are done and i've put in an entry and it's one i'm proud of.
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| May 23, 2010, 6:42 pm
And Stuart, you should be proud of that entry. That's some killer work!
Ok, submitting self to Pun Police now.
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| May 23, 2010, 6:44 pm
Quoting Shannon Young
Prepare for rant in 3... 2... 1...


Wow! We should open a "piss off Young" contest!
Of course, seen how easy it seems to be, almost anyone would win, so it wouldn't be that interesting... :D
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| May 23, 2010, 9:20 pm
Woah! I said derision, not a torrid of hateful and completely unjustified abuse. I was trying to keep this light-hearted, but you've forced my hand.

Firstly, you know nothing about what responsibilities I may or may not have. Let's just say your presumptions are way off.

I had planned to travel home this weekend, so that I could submit an entry, but, despite having a ticket booked, I unfortunately found I didn't have the time to. Which is a shame, as I'd have liked to have seen my family as well as get some all too rare, for me, time to do some building.

You, yourself, have said you can't build to someone elses brief. Funnily enough a lot of the rest of us are like this. It can be hard getting motivated behind something that isn't your own brain child, in fact this has caused me mild stress in past competitions, which has manifested itself as some strange MOCing (see some of my MOCathalon entries (except the one I deleted, cause that was too messed up))

And yes, as you're clearly someone who feels above participating in competitive building, but not above perpetuating it, I do think you should give consideration to your "lab rats" as you so adorably put it. i.e. don't treat them with such apparent contempt and superiority.

I've a friend (not Yuri...) who ran a contest, over a longer time period than a week and a bit, when it didn't garner quite as many competitors as he'd have liked he didn't go off on one, but just accepted that this is the way these things go, sometimes and took it in his stride.

I'm not going to let this run in tarnish my enjoyment of my hobby. If you want to put a black mark against my name, go ahead. I'm (probably misguidedly) optimistic not too many people will follow suit :S

In closing, get some perspective, lighten up and feel blessed I'm unlikely to ever darken your door again.
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| May 23, 2010, 9:30 pm
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Quoting Chuke Lapman
I had planned to travel home this weekend... blah blah blah

Don't care don't care don't care.

Quoting Chuke Lapman
You, yourself, have said you can't build to someone elses brief. Funnily enough a lot of the rest of us are like this.

Then why sign up in the first place?

Quoting Chuke Lapman
And yes, as you're clearly someone who feels above participating in competitive building, but not above perpetuating it, I do think you should give consideration to your "lab rats" as you so adorably put it. i.e. don't treat them with such apparent contempt and superiority.

The contempt and superiority is very much tongue-in-cheek. I know sarcasm doesn't always translate well over the internet. Too many people take me too seriously.

No, I'm not into competitive MOCing. That's why I DON'T SIGN UP FOR THE COMPETITIONS! I don't see what that has to do with anything.

Quoting Chuke Lapman
I'm not going to let this run in tarnish my enjoyment of my hobby.

Good.

Quoting Chuke Lapman
In closing, get some perspective, lighten up

Right back at you.

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| May 24, 2010, 12:46 am
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