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Questions thread 2
 Group admin 
Being as I'm going to be posting the categories here in a little bit, I know we're going to get flooded with questions so it was time to make a new question thread.
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| February 28, 2011, 12:35 pm
So...when are you going to post the categories?
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| February 28, 2011, 1:13 pm
Chris has decide to post the categories in the individual groups according to who annoys him the least. All others will get them at 11:59 pm EST. LOL ~H
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| February 28, 2011, 1:16 pm
Does there have to be 5 people in a group or can there be a group or "partners" of 2?
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| February 28, 2011, 9:01 pm
Quoting Jag .
Does there have to be 5 people in a group or can there be a group or "partners" of 2?


There has to be 5.
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| February 28, 2011, 9:04 pm
Quoting Legofreak2444 .

There has to be 5.

Alright thanks I guess after posting right after a group was made and not being able to get in another group and then making a different group with not enough people, I will have to wait for the next tournament/thingy.
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| February 28, 2011, 9:11 pm
Question, can we have Titolian on our roster and be considered a legitimate team, even if he hasn't yet joined our team group? He joined MOCpages and posted in the Sign Up Here thread for the express purpose of joining our team.
It'll only be working against us if he joins late anyways.

He's a beast of a MOCer, and I don't see how he can compete unless you cut us a little slack. Here's a link to his Flickr, if you haven't heard of him.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tito0o0o/
Thanks.
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| February 28, 2011, 9:13 pm
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Quoting Lego Junkie
Question, can we have Titolian on our roster and be considered a legitimate team, even if he hasn't yet joined our team group? He joined MOCpages and posted in the Sign Up Here thread for the express purpose of joining our team.
It'll only be working against us if he joins late anyways.

He's a beast of a MOCer, and I don't see how he can compete unless you cut us a little slack. Here's a link to his Flickr, if you haven't heard of him.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tito0o0o/
Thanks.

Fron the "Rules" thread (posted February 10, 2011):

"Finally, you MUST have a MOCpages account to participate in this contest. Feel free to also post your entries on Flickr, Eurobricks or Brickshelf but ONLY entries posted in this group will be judged."

http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=15875&topicid=64447#comment-698526
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| February 28, 2011, 9:35 pm
Hey, I just have a couple questions:

1. Is there a limit to how many entries a single member of a team can post in one day? Say if he was ridiculously talented and managed to finish three categories in one day, could he post them all?

2. I didn't see this in the rules anywhere, but will there be a thread to post entries in tomorrow, and will it be a single thread or will it be split up when it gets too crowded? I assume there will be, but I'd rather know for sure.

Thanks for your time!
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| March 1, 2011, 12:43 am
 Group admin 
Quoting - Arkov -
Hey, I just have a couple questions:

1. Is there a limit to how many entries a single member of a team can post in one day? Say if he was ridiculously talented and managed to finish three categories in one day, could he post them all?

2. I didn't see this in the rules anywhere, but will there be a thread to post entries in tomorrow, and will it be a single thread or will it be split up when it gets too crowded? I assume there will be, but I'd rather know for sure.

Thanks for your time!


1. There is no rule on how many you can post in a day.

2. All entries must be posted in this group regardless of category, i.e., one thread.


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| March 1, 2011, 2:21 am
I realized that I didn't post enough pics on my entry. So now I'm wondering If I could add more photos later today?
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| March 1, 2011, 8:27 am
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Quoting E.K.O .
I realized that I didn't post enough pics on my entry. So now I'm wondering If I could add more photos later today?

I say that you can add photos until the first judge scores it, course, now that you pointed it out I could go score it....but I wont. Add your photos.
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| March 1, 2011, 10:23 am
Am I assuming correctly that Stacy is a back-up judge?
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| March 1, 2011, 10:44 am
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Quoting Flare .
I'm assuming that Stacy is a back-up judge?

Yes, in the event that Leda can't judge due to unforseen events.
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| March 1, 2011, 10:45 am
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Quoting Flare .
Am I assuming correctly that Stacy is a back-up judge?


And to add to that, Leda is back in FULL force (in case you guys didn't notice).

I'd like to thank Stacy for stepping in and filling the shoes when needed. If there's any other issues, Stacy will be our "go to girl" for the remainder of the contest.

She will also remain as an admin for the group. Treat her well, she's still one of the "bosses."

Stacy, thank you so much!
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| March 1, 2011, 11:28 pm
Are unofficial* decals/stickers/paper-taped-on-a-brick and unofficial* rubber bands allowed?

* Not made by the LEGO Company
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| March 2, 2011, 7:48 am
Can you post a creation only to your group, so they can give you feedback/ideas before you post it here? (Since this is a group project.)
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| March 2, 2011, 9:49 am
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Quoting Flare .
Are unofficial* decals/stickers/paper-taped-on-a-brick and unofficial* rubber bands allowed?

* Not made by the LEGO Company

I would be very wary of using elements such as those. As you may have noticed, some of the judges are rather harsh. Unless the category states you can't use such elements, you may, but please, use them very well.
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| March 2, 2011, 11:56 am
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Quoting Rogue Shadow
Can you post a creation only to your group, so they can give you feedback/ideas before you post it here? (Since this is a group project.)

If you wish, I for one, will not judge any entry until it is posted in this group and I think all judges feel the same.
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| March 2, 2011, 11:57 am
Quoting Mister Bones
I would be very wary of using elements such as those. As you may have noticed, some of the judges are rather harsh. Unless the category states you can't use such elements, you may, but please, use them very well.


But official LEGO decals would be acceptable?
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| March 2, 2011, 12:27 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Flare .

But official LEGO decals would be acceptable?

Of course.
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| March 2, 2011, 12:27 pm
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Quoting MOCing Pie
But would you try and judge them on that same day?

Depends on our schedules.
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| March 2, 2011, 6:34 pm
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Quoting Phazezorz .
I was just wondering: (The rules didn't specify this) Are we allowed to post WIP shots of our entries on sites like Flickr or Brickshelf?

Yup, you can post them in your team groups as well if you wish. We will only judge ones that are posted here.
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| March 2, 2011, 7:17 pm
Are we allowed to do simple editing to our photos? I couldn't find out how to take pictures that were color filtered. All I want to do make a couple of my photos black and white to give the impression of an older time period.
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| March 2, 2011, 9:09 pm
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Quoting Rogue Shadow
Are we allowed to do simple editing to our photos? I couldn't find out how to take pictures that were color filtered. All I want to do make a couple of my photos black and white to give the impression of an older time period.

If you want to colour tint your photos or edit them a bit I think that should be fine, provided you use it sparingly and it does not distract from the moc or in any way change the structure of it.

Of course that is just my thoughts. Be wise to get all judges personal tastes and opinions on that matter before you post though.
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| March 2, 2011, 10:09 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Rogue Shadow
Are we allowed to do simple editing to our photos? I couldn't find out how to take pictures that were color filtered. All I want to do make a couple of my photos black and white to give the impression of an older time period.


Agreeing with Leda, I don't mind slight alterations myself and presentation IS part of this. However, too much is a bad thing and will distract from the moc. We usually like you to stay within the "clean up the background" kinda thing with that. Just keep it low key and don't distract from the moc.
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| March 2, 2011, 11:02 pm
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Quoting Brian P
Just wondering, why does it matter so much that you have a link to the group homepage? I just don't see why.


It's called learning to follow directions. And as this question was posted in the wrong thread I see there's still people that need help in this kind of thing...
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| March 2, 2011, 11:46 pm
So if my friend does practically all the work on a MOC, is that OK?
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| March 3, 2011, 8:43 am
Quoting Deus _
So if my friend does practically all the work on a MOC, is that OK?


Abusing the rules is not appropriate.

I'm not a judge, but my opinion in general is that you shouldn't upload things that aren't yours, e.g. I wouldn't upload my brother's creation when he has his own MOCpage. Plus, this is a competition, and although team building is a plus, letting him do all of it isn't really fair, let him upload it. Plus, if he isn't even in your team then that would be a 6th member, breaking the rules.
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| March 3, 2011, 8:54 am
Quoting Flare .

Abusing the rules is not appropriate.

I'm not a judge, but my opinion in general is that you shouldn't upload things that aren't yours, e.g. I wouldn't upload my brother's creation when he has his own MOCpage. Plus, this is a competition, and although team building is a plus, letting him do all of it isn't really fair, let him upload it. Plus, if he isn't even in your team then that would be a 6th member, breaking the rules.

What if he doesn't have an account and agrees to help me by making it?
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| March 3, 2011, 8:55 am
Quoting Deus _
What if he doesn't have an account and agrees to help me by making it?


IMO if he helps a little bit, there isn't a problem, but if he does the whole thing like what you said in your previous post, then that isn't very fair. Its sort of like a 6th member of your team.
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| March 3, 2011, 8:59 am
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Quoting Deus _
So if my friend does practically all the work on a MOC, is that OK?


Guys, there's "teamwork" and then there's just being a jerk. I expect you guys to know the difference.
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| March 3, 2011, 9:04 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Guys, there's "teamwork" and then there's just being a jerk. I expect you guys to know the difference.

But using his collection is good, no?



Also: ancient alien theory - must the object be real/be an object/have an actual theory of being made by aliens?
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| March 3, 2011, 9:32 am
Quoting Deus _
What if he doesn't have an account and agrees to help me by making it?


LMFAO!!!!! That weak of a builder that you need someone else to do it for ya, eh? That's pretty funny. Maybe you can have your friend take your driver's license test, or your SATs for you as well. Might as well go all out and let him marry your girlfriend and have kids for you too. I say go big or go home. LMFAO
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| March 3, 2011, 9:50 am
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

LMFAO!!!!! That weak of a builder that you need someone else to do it for ya, eh? That's pretty funny. Maybe you can have your friend take your driver's license test, or your SATs for you as well. Might as well go all out and let him marry your girlfriend and have kids for you too. I say go big or go home. LMFAO

Well, that's a good point.
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| March 3, 2011, 10:25 am
Since I cannot combine categories together (obviously) *slaps forehead*, can I have say two categories that are both related somehow?.

I apologize for the stupid question...
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| March 3, 2011, 12:00 pm
Ancient alien theory - must the object be real/be an object/have an actual theory of being made by aliens?
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| March 3, 2011, 2:54 pm
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Quoting Deus _
Ancient alien theory - must the object be real/be an object/have an actual theory of being made by aliens?


Yes and no. Say for instance you wanted to do Egyptians being helped out by aliens, you wouldn't have to build the Great Pyramid of Giza, just any old Pyramid or crypt would do. Same if you're going Aztec, you wouldn't have to actually build one of their exact structures. We do want it based in "reality" but it doesn't have to be an exact copy.
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| March 3, 2011, 3:00 pm
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Quoting Stormbringer .
Since I cannot combine categories together (obviously) *slaps forehead*, can I have say two categories that are both related somehow?.

I apologize for the stupid question...

The best answer I can give you is that each MOC should be distinct even if they are related. If you use the same elements in both MOCs (let say you reused a car from the other MOC), the judges will likely dock points or even DQ. The idea is to have a new, original MOC for each category. Hope that helps.
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| March 3, 2011, 3:01 pm
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Quoting Stormbringer .
Since I cannot combine categories together (obviously) *slaps forehead*, can I have say two categories that are both related somehow?.


Can you give me a bit more detail about what you're asking? I don't understand the question.
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| March 3, 2011, 3:07 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson


But May I use other theories of aliens visiting, not only structures?
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| March 3, 2011, 3:09 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Can you give me a bit more detail about what you're asking? I don't understand the question.

I think I've got the answer now, but what I was trying to say earlier is could you have one moc sharing the same story/background with another moc from a completely different category.



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| March 3, 2011, 3:13 pm
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Quoting Deus _
But May I use other theories of aliens visiting, not only structures?


Sure, as long as it's aliens visiting Earth, you should be good to go.
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| March 3, 2011, 3:20 pm
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Quoting Stormbringer .
I think I've got the answer now, but what I was trying to say earlier is could you have one moc sharing the same story/background with another moc from a completely different category.


Absolutly, my team did that last year as a matter of fact.
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| March 3, 2011, 3:25 pm
Generally, how important are backgrounds considered when judging MOCs?

I am asking this because I work almost entirely with Technic/Bionicle pieces, which as you probably know are quite atrocious for making backgrounds with their focus on intricate structures. So I was thinking that I would take a more minimal approach, focusing mostly on the central components of each MOC while including just a few important background objects instead of building a full-on diorama.

I'd hate to think that (hypothetically speaking) even though one of my MOCs was good and fit the category well, it could receive no more than a 2 or 3 just because the background wasn't complex enough...
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| March 3, 2011, 7:25 pm
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Quoting Dark Templar
Generally, how important are backgrounds considered when judging MOCs?

I am asking this because I work almost entirely with Technic/Bionicle pieces, which as you probably know are quite atrocious for making backgrounds with their focus on intricate structures. So I was thinking that I would take a more minimal approach, focusing mostly on the central components of each MOC while including just a few important background objects instead of building a full-on diorama.

I'd hate to think that (hypothetically speaking) even though one of my MOCs was good and fit the category well, it could receive no more than a 2 or 3 just because the background wasn't complex enough...

It depends which category you're building. For example, the 'walk the dog' category explicitly states you'll only be judged on the mech. The background is optional. On the other hand, the 'ancient alien theory' category more likely works with a background. Now if the category says build a diorama, then you'll have to. Some categories are made 'vague' enough so it's really your call how to build and present it.

Is there a specific category you'd like to discuss?
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| March 3, 2011, 8:00 pm
How about the classic literature category? All it specifies is a "scene", which is very generic. I could interpret that as referring to only the items that are actually important or doing something at that time without including all the stuff in the background, but some judges may think otherwise.

For instance, I'm considering making a scene involving the fighting-machines from War of the Worlds. I want the machines to be the focus of the MOC, and I only planned on including a few other small elements such as a couple minifigs or micro-scale buildings (mostly for scale and to give the walkers something to destroy, lol). But some of the judges may think this needs a whole intricate landscape or cityscape...
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| March 3, 2011, 8:26 pm
For the Greek Legend category, can you build a series of scenes, or do you just have to build one scene??
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| March 3, 2011, 9:02 pm
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Quoting Brian Kwon
For the Greek Legend category, can you build a series of scenes, or do you just have to build one scene??

The minimal requirement is a scene, i.e., one. It's your call if you wanna build more.
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| March 3, 2011, 9:20 pm
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Quoting Dark Templar
How about the classic literature category? All it specifies is a "scene", which is very generic. I could interpret that as referring to only the items that are actually important or doing something at that time without including all the stuff in the background, but some judges may think otherwise.

For instance, I'm considering making a scene involving the fighting-machines from War of the Worlds. I want the machines to be the focus of the MOC, and I only planned on including a few other small elements such as a couple minifigs or micro-scale buildings (mostly for scale and to give the walkers something to destroy, lol). But some of the judges may think this needs a whole intricate landscape or cityscape...

Well, the inclusion of the micro buildings and figures does make it a scene. Creating a scene does not need to be elaborate and use up every single brick you own. You could do a simple lego built backdrop, or a few abstract or broken buildings, or even just one well made fašade that it explodes or something etc. You are right though, building the fighting machines on their own will not be enough, you will need to incorporate them into something they can interact with to call it a scene.
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| March 3, 2011, 9:33 pm
For what would king Arthur say, can we redo a vehicle?
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| March 3, 2011, 9:44 pm
For the old master, as it says we can do a 3D depiction of the scene, that means we are allowed to make MOCs to represent them correct?

If so does the accuracy of the body/bodies (if there are any) like clothing and such, truly matter as long as the basic idea is done well?
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| March 3, 2011, 10:51 pm
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Quoting luke peterson
For what would king Arthur say, can we redo a vehicle?


Nope. This is an architecture category.
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| March 3, 2011, 11:26 pm
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Quoting Lord Oblivion
For the old master, as it says we can do a 3D depiction of the scene, that means we are allowed to make MOCs to represent them correct?

If so does the accuracy of the body/bodies (if there are any) like clothing and such, truly matter as long as the basic idea is done well?


Depending on the scene, yes it would matter. You wouldn't do the last supper with a bunch of clone troopers... or at least I pray you wouldn't.
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| March 3, 2011, 11:27 pm
Hey that has potential to be cool if you don't screw it up.
;-)
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| March 3, 2011, 11:39 pm
Is it legal to post WIP mocs just like on your homepage, not in any groups, so that your team can comment and say what they think should be changed/improved?
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| March 3, 2011, 11:50 pm
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Quoting Josh Cooper
Is it legal to post WIP mocs just like on your homepage, not in any groups, so that your team can comment and say what they think should be changed/improved?

This has been answered
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| March 4, 2011, 12:04 am
 Group admin 
Quoting luke peterson
For what would king Arthur say, can we redo a vehicle?

OK, Chris answered you, but I am curious, what vehicle were you going to make? A horse?
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| March 4, 2011, 12:05 am
for mini figures, are they aloud to have custom parts/homemade decals?
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| March 4, 2011, 12:10 am
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Quoting Dark Templar
How about the classic literature category? All it specifies is a "scene", which is very generic. I could interpret that as referring to only the items that are actually important or doing something at that time without including all the stuff in the background, but some judges may think otherwise.

For instance, I'm considering making a scene involving the fighting-machines from War of the Worlds. I want the machines to be the focus of the MOC, and I only planned on including a few other small elements such as a couple minifigs or micro-scale buildings (mostly for scale and to give the walkers something to destroy, lol). But some of the judges may think this needs a whole intricate landscape or cityscape...

Come on man, stop being silly. A scene is a scene. I gave an example, if you want to do that war of the worlds...SCENE...then cool, do it. I said a scene. Figure it out
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| March 4, 2011, 12:13 am
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Quoting lwc guy
for mini figures, are they aloud to have custom parts/homemade decals?

I loathe sharpie, use it at your own risk. I am not a fan of cutting, so if you do it, do it well. But your question is vague, do you mean figs in any moc or the collectibe fig category?
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| March 4, 2011, 12:15 am
Quoting Mister Bones
I loathe sharpie, use it at your own risk. I am not a fan of cutting, so if you do it, do it well. But your question is vague, do you mean figs in any moc or the collectibe fig category?

one of my categories is minifig madness
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| March 4, 2011, 12:30 am
Call me an idiot, but I can't find anything about when the entries are due. So, uh, when are they? :D
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| March 4, 2011, 8:10 am
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Quoting Callan Lord of Fire
Call me an idiot, but I can't find anything about when the entries are due. So, uh, when are they? :D


It's in the rules thread.
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| March 4, 2011, 10:11 am
Quoting MOCing Pie
Now, that, would be EPIC! (Only if you do it well. Jesus would be Commander Rex.....)

Commander Jesus?
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| March 4, 2011, 10:24 am
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Quoting lwc guy
one of my categories is minifig madness

You do what you want, but read the category carefully. To be safe, keep the fig the way it is so we know it is a collectible Minifig
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| March 4, 2011, 10:30 am
Quoting Mitchell Andre
Did Keith Goldman quit? because his entries are gone and is buddy icon isn't the 5 Monkeys icon anymore.

There are some problems, yes.
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| March 4, 2011, 1:40 pm
Quoting Mitchell Andre

What kind of problems?

Keith tantrum.
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| March 4, 2011, 1:50 pm
Quoting Deus _
Keith tantrum.

Are you sure about that? Keith is a pretty respected Lego master, and it's not likely for him to quit.
Maybe he had some problems at home?
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| March 4, 2011, 3:45 pm
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Quoting Stormbringer .
Are you sure about that? Keith is a pretty respected Lego master, and it's not likely for him to quit.
Maybe he had some problems at home?

He decided to leave the games over our enforcement of a rule, a shame, but it was his choice.
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| March 4, 2011, 3:51 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
He decided to leave the games over our enforcement of a rule, a shame, but it was his choice.


So do the five monkeys have a back up player?
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| March 4, 2011, 3:58 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
He decided to leave the games over our enforcement of a rule, a shame, but it was his choice.

I don't know Keith personally, but that doesn't sound right. It's obviously not my business to know what actually happened, so I'll leave this go.
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| March 4, 2011, 4:16 pm
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Quoting Stormbringer .
I don't know Keith personally, but that doesn't sound right. It's obviously not my business to know what actually happened, so I'll leave this go.

You may believe what you wish. I told you what happened.
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| March 4, 2011, 4:19 pm
Quoting Legofreak2444 .

So do the five monkeys have a back up player?

I wish...
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| March 4, 2011, 4:23 pm
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