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Alright - if you have any questions to the categories - ask them here!
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| February 28, 2011, 2:57 pm
For the first category, can I just post a pic of my hand and not a whole pic of me? Because I don't want to put pictures of myself on the internet.
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| February 28, 2011, 3:10 pm
Quoting Max S.
I'm german so I've never heard of "Seuss"...Who is this?

Dr. Seuss the author who wrote Go Dog Go and The Cat in the Hat.
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| February 28, 2011, 3:23 pm
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Quoting Max S.
I'm german so I've never heard of "Seuss"...Who is this?

http://www.seussville.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Seuss

You can look at a few pages of "The Cat in the Hat" here:

http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Hat-Book-Dr-Seuss/dp/0375834923/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298925254&sr=1-1

Just click on the book's picture.
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| February 28, 2011, 3:28 pm
When do we start
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| February 28, 2011, 3:47 pm
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Quoting elite general callum
When do we start

Dude, if you have not read the rules yet, you are in a heap of trouble.
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| February 28, 2011, 3:50 pm
Quoting elite general callum
When do we start


You need more than three members for a team.
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| February 28, 2011, 3:52 pm
Can you define "renaissance"? Say a range of years when the piece was produced.
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| February 28, 2011, 3:57 pm
Quoting Legofreak2444 .

You need more than three members for a team.

I had 4 then 1 left so i need someone
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| February 28, 2011, 4:07 pm
Changing some minifig with some bionicle-based human is ok? like the space alien, or the man VS wild.
If yes, what number that we can made bionicle-based creature as the main of the story?

and for 12 (Are you not a little bit old for this?) can we use belville figs?
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| February 28, 2011, 4:11 pm
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Quoting elite general callum
DO YOU WAIT ME LEAVE THIS CONTEST BECAUSE I DONT WANT YOU TO BE MEAN SO IF I NEED HELP, HELP ME THEN, OK!!!! NOW SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?


Dude... relax. As you can see we have over 150 members here and we can't go around holding everyone's hand to help them find a group. There's a group set up for you to find team members if you're still interested. I suggest READING things before going off the handle. We're generally nice guys (and girls) but we're don't have the time to babysit everyone and do everything for them.

Good luck.
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| February 28, 2011, 4:21 pm
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Quoting elite general callum
DO YOU WAIT ME LEAVE THIS CONTEST BECAUSE I DONT WANT YOU TO BE MEAN SO IF I NEED HELP, HELP ME THEN, OK!!!! NOW SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?

Stop yelling. Go read the rules, all of you, you can only play if you have a completed team of 5 and post that team in the completed teams thread by tonight, before 12.00 MOC Pages time. RIght now, we have 19 official teams, those are the teams that are in the completed team thread.
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| February 28, 2011, 4:24 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Dude... relax. As you can see we have over 150 members here and we can't go around holding everyone's hand to help them find a group. There's a group set up for you to find team members if you're still interested. I suggest READING things before going off the handle. We're generally nice guys (and girls) but we're don't have the time to babysit everyone and do everything for them.

Good luck.
I'm Out GOODBYE
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| February 28, 2011, 4:26 pm
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Quoting E.K.O .
For the first category, can I just post a pic of my hand and not a whole pic of me? Because I don't want to put pictures of myself on the internet.


As long as we can tell the scale of the build that's fine. I understand about not wanting your face on the net so no problem there, just as much as you can please.
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| February 28, 2011, 4:27 pm
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Quoting Tom Simon
Can you define "renaissance"? Say a range of years when the piece was produced.


Like I said in the email we just exchanged, I'm not going to be too picky on this one. I'd suggest googling "renaissance paintings" to get some suggestions. Usually a search like that would turn up the kinds of paintings we're looking for. But as far as "exact years" I'm not going to be too rough on that. (can't speak for all the judges though, just me)
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| February 28, 2011, 4:29 pm
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Quoting christo 1096
Changing some minifig with some bionicle-based human is ok? like the space alien, or the man VS wild.
If yes, what number that we can made bionicle-based creature as the main of the story?

and for 12 (Are you not a little bit old for this?) can we use belville figs?


If the category specifically states "minifigs" then I'd say stick with minifigs. If it doesn't specify, then you're free to interpret it as you will. Good luck!
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| February 28, 2011, 4:31 pm
For the sci fi concept art category do you have to base what you build on an actual piece of concept art? If it has to be an actual piece of concept art can we draw our own concept art?
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| February 28, 2011, 4:36 pm
In categories that allow BrickArms/BrickForge or minifig customization, does using these parts automatically lower your score?
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| February 28, 2011, 4:43 pm
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Quoting Grant W.
For the sci fi concept art category do you have to base what you build on an actual piece of concept art? If it has to be an actual piece of concept art can we draw our own concept art?


No, you didn't need a concept art or draw one for your model - you only have to build a sci-fi craft (ship, speeder, whatever) from your own imagination, be creative - there are no limits! It's only the title which refers to "Concept Art", no more - no less...
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| February 28, 2011, 4:59 pm
Quoting elite general callum
When do we start


YOU! FACEPALM! NOW!!
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| February 28, 2011, 5:02 pm
Quoting Tom Simon
Can you define "renaissance"? Say a range of years when the piece was produced.

In my opinion, it is generally 1400's to 1600's, around Italy. Think Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, etc.
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| February 28, 2011, 5:14 pm
So Chris, category one makes me think of my Han Solo Blaster from last years Moc-Athalon in Set alternate category. Coincidence?
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| February 28, 2011, 5:17 pm
Quoting Keith Goldman

I wish you would be more specific Chris, when using specific terms: and Renaissance should be capitalized. Generally the accepted dates for the Italian Renaissance are 1450-1600.


I would suggest we adopt Keith's definition. Just so all know something from the 1900's is out. However, I would encourage the judges to categorically reject the above suggestion limiting entries to Italian sources.
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| February 28, 2011, 5:33 pm
The definitions are getting sticky icky!

Oh wait, nope. That's the new bag of "spices" Hans sent me.

Forgot to mention that Italy was the center of the Renaissance and is directly responsible for all other influences. In other areas the ideas were either stolen, borrowed, or taught directly from Italian influences. It was all Italy baby!
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| February 28, 2011, 5:42 pm
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor
The definitions are getting sticky icky!

Oh wait, nope. That's the new bag of "spices" Hans sent me.

Forgot to mention that Italy was the center of the Renaissance and is directly responsible for all other influences. In other areas the ideas were either stolen, borrowed, or taught directly from Italian influences. It was all Italy baby!


Well, that's art history for you, from an Italian. In a nutshell. Some kind of nut is involved, in any case.
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| February 28, 2011, 6:01 pm
On 10. twisted landscape, can there be a man made element to it such as a tree house with computers or a river with a fish people city?
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| February 28, 2011, 6:03 pm
Can you clarify "Forced Perspective" for me? I'm not sure I really understand what we're supposed to do for that one.
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| February 28, 2011, 6:10 pm
In Man VS. Wild, must the animal be portrayed figuratively or literally?
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| February 28, 2011, 6:12 pm
Quoting Ken ...
Can you clarify "Forced Perspective" for me? I'm not sure I really understand what we're supposed to do for that one.

Example of Forced Perspective:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mainman/4653947426/
Forced Perspective is made in LEGO by building objects that are close to you large and objects far away or in the background mini. Notice in the example how the cockpit is large because it's close while the two fighter planes are mini because they are a little farther.
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| February 28, 2011, 6:17 pm
Quoting Nick Jensen
Example of Forced Perspective:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mainman/4653947426/
Forced Perspective is made in LEGO by building objects that are close to you large and objects far away or in the background mini. Notice in the example how the cockpit is large because it's close while the two fighter planes are mini because they are a little farther.

Thanks, that cleared a lot up!
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| February 28, 2011, 6:20 pm
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Quoting Keith Goldman

I wish you would be more specific Chris, when using specific terms: and Renaissance should be capitalized. Generally the accepted dates for the Italian Renaissance are 1450-1600.

You just answered the question. The Renaissance was mid 1400's to the 17th century. THAT is what we are looking for in this category.
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| February 28, 2011, 7:22 pm
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Quoting Abused Pie
What if you do not have any of those nifty collectible figs?

This could be a problem, I would suggest that if you do not have any of the Collectibe Figs, see if someone on your team has some and have them build it.
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| February 28, 2011, 7:24 pm
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Quoting Nick Jensen
In categories that allow BrickArms/BrickForge or minifig customization, does using these parts automatically lower your score?

Not with this judge. However, if you "customize" by using a sharpie, it had better be REALLY good. (Thanks for answering the Forced Perspective question)
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| February 28, 2011, 7:26 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
This could be a problem, I would suggest that if you do not have any of the Collectibe Figs, see if someone on your team has some and have them build it.
I'm sorry but this is important (sorry for nagging) but on 10. twisted landscape, can there be a man made element to it such as a tree house or a river with a fish people city?

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| February 28, 2011, 7:27 pm
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Quoting Sean .
Quoting Mister Bones
This could be a problem, I would suggest that if you do not have any of the Collectibe Figs, see if someone on your team has some and have them build it.
I'm sorry but this is important (sorry for nagging) but on 10. twisted landscape, can there be a man made element to it such as a tree house or a river with a fish people city?

Yes, anything "un-natural" However, the key word is "twisted". A tree house in a pasture is not twisted.
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| February 28, 2011, 7:28 pm
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All teams MUST have a link to the MOC Athalon home page on their team pages! Many of you still do not have this link in place.
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| February 28, 2011, 7:35 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
Yes, anything "un-natural" However, the key word is "twisted". A tree house in a pasture is not twisted.
What if it has a few weird creatures and architecture, would I be docked points?

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| February 28, 2011, 7:43 pm
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Quoting Sean .
Quoting Mister Bones
Yes, anything "un-natural" However, the key word is "twisted". A tree house in a pasture is not twisted.
What if it has a few weird creatures and architecture, would I be docked points?

This category is pretty clear, a landscape with a twisted element. YOU decide what you think is twisted and WE will judge it.
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| February 28, 2011, 7:44 pm
Can we make up the object for Sci Fi object in real size?
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| February 28, 2011, 8:06 pm
For the category: pirate captain's cabin can we make it a royal navy captain's cabin?
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| February 28, 2011, 8:22 pm
Quoting Grant W.
For the category: pirate captain's cabin can we make it a royal navy captain's cabin?


Seriously? I'm really afraid to meet some of you in a dark alley. I'm afraid you'd trip and hurt yourselves.

Build the category Grant....if ya build anything else, chances are they're going to dock ya some points or DQ you altogether.
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| February 28, 2011, 8:40 pm
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Quoting cj cutrone9
On the category Figgy Karaoke do we have to do a stopmotion or just pictures?

While a stopmotion would enhance your presentation, you will be solely judged by the pictures and interpretation of the song. See the sample format included in the category.
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| February 28, 2011, 8:57 pm
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Quoting Mister Bones
Quoting Nick Jensen
In categories that allow BrickArms/BrickForge or minifig customization, does using these parts automatically lower your score?

Not with this judge. However, if you "customize" by using a sharpie, it had better be REALLY good. (Thanks for answering the Forced Perspective question)

If the category specifies the use of non-LEGO parts, by all means do so. Like Judge Bones, I will not dock points.
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| February 28, 2011, 9:04 pm
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Quoting Random Dan
Are Brickarms, Amazing Armory, etc. allowed in most categorys?


Unless it specifically says "no," then you can use them anywhere you wish.

However, like Bones, I am not a huge fan of sharpies so, if you're going to do it, it better be good.
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| February 28, 2011, 11:23 pm
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Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible
Can we make up the object for Sci Fi object in real size?


The despcription states:

"Build an object from a sci fi medium (movie, tv, book, comic, whatever) and build it in real life scale."

so no, you have to pick something that is already established and recreate it. Oh, and links or pics of the original would be appriciated (but not required) so we don't have to go searching to compare.
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| February 28, 2011, 11:59 pm
12. Are you not a little bit old for this?!:

cen we use belville parts and maxifig to change the duplo?
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| March 1, 2011, 6:17 am
For what would king Arthur say, can we add things to the castle version of the building that are not in the regular version? For example if I did a low flat building could I make a little tower on top if it to make it look more castle like?
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| March 1, 2011, 6:35 am
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Quoting Tom Simon
Can you define "renaissance"? Say a range of years when the piece was produced.

The issue with old artistic movements is that they span centuries and it is difficult to define exact years, therefore you have an element of freedom. I would suggest two things to you:
1) read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance

and then 2)remember there is also another piece of information in the category description: Old master. http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/old-masters.htm

This is where you get some freedom. The Renaissance period, like many periods has a pre, a during and a pro... basically, I would suggest you choose an Old Master and a painting you like and then google that painting and see if the word Renaissance is mentioned in its write up... that should satisfy all doubt.

eg: quoting Wikipedea: Mona Lisa (also known as La Gioconda or La Joconde) is a 16th-century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci during the Renaissance...
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| March 1, 2011, 6:40 am
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Quoting Keith Goldman

and Renaissance should be capitalized.

I strongly suggest people avoid wasting time on nit-picking and spend their time in groups planning and assigning builds... better yet, let's try better spending our time building!
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| March 1, 2011, 6:48 am
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Quoting Grant W.
For what would king Arthur say, can we add things to the castle version of the building that are not in the regular version? For example if I did a low flat building could I make a little tower on top if it to make it look more castle like?

It is up to you what elements you add to your building to "castlefy" it. Remember you are not trying to recreate an exact likeness of the building, you are using your imagination and creativity to transform your chosen building into a castle. What we are looking for is your ability to successfully blend the two architectural designs without completely losing the feel of the original building.
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| March 1, 2011, 7:01 am
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Quoting Grant W.
For the category: pirate captain's cabin can we make it a royal navy captain's cabin?

Heath summed it up pretty well, what part of "pirate" did you not get?
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| March 1, 2011, 10:26 am
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Quoting christo 1096
12. Are you not a little bit old for this?!:

cen we use belville parts and maxifig to change the duplo?


The category specifically says Duplo. You can use other elements as you wish, but the Duplo must be the focus as stated.

By comparison, if we asked for an "Atlantis" moc you wouldn't use Ninjago would you? If you don't have Duplo parts yourself, just let another member of your team that does have them do the build.
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| March 1, 2011, 11:36 am
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Quoting A Monkey
In Man VS. Wild, must the animal be portrayed figuratively or literally?


Umm... literally. You must have an actual creature.
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| March 1, 2011, 11:38 am
For the Suess one, can we have one Team Member write the poem and another Team Member build the MOC?

On that note, could my brother and I work together on MOCs? We are both part of the same team. An example of this would be me building a creature to put in my bro's diorama for the Spooktacular category.

Thanks.
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| March 1, 2011, 12:14 pm
Can I build a minifig out of mud and sticks, call him a "clone commander of the 187th infantry", then have my sister write up the Seuss story for him to frolic in?


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| March 1, 2011, 1:07 pm
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Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor
Can I build a minifig out of mud and sticks, call him a "clone commander of the 187th infantry", then have my sister write up the Seuss story for him to frolic in?


Please try to remember we shall answer all questions to the best of our ability. But obliviously nonsense questions will not be tolerated. Whether you are a new member, a highly respected veteran or a close personal friend.
You have been warned...
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| March 1, 2011, 1:31 pm
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Quoting John 55555
For the Suess one, can we have one Team Member write the poem and another Team Member build the MOC?

On that note, could my brother and I work together on MOCs? We are both part of the same team. An example of this would be me building a creature to put in my bro's diorama for the Spooktacular category.

Thanks.


We've actually had a lot of discussion about this between the judges. The thing that sets the MocAthalon apart from other Lego contests is the team concept. Anything that helps build a stronger team is good by us.
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| March 1, 2011, 1:42 pm
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Quoting John 55555
For the Suess one, can we have one Team Member write the poem and another Team Member build the MOC?

On that note, could my brother and I work together on MOCs? We are both part of the same team. An example of this would be me building a creature to put in my bro's diorama for the Spooktacular category.

Thanks.

Both very good questions that we the judges have spent some time discussing. The aim of these games are to encourage teamwork. If you are fortunate enough to have two siblings in your group with two different strengths, then we see no reason why you can't both contribute. As well goes for one person writing the poem and the other building.
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| March 1, 2011, 1:44 pm
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^=
Please try to remember we shall answer all questions to the best of our ability. But obliviously nonsense questions will not be tolerated. Whether you are a new member, a highly respected veteran or a close personal friend.
You have been warned...


Ohhhhh you get to play "bad cop" this round? I like 'em feisty!!!

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| March 1, 2011, 1:50 pm
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^=
Both very good questions that we the judges have spent some time discussing. The aim of these games are to encourage teamwork. If you are fortunate enough to have two siblings in your group with two different strengths, then we see no reason why you can't both contribute. As well goes for one person writing the poem and the other building.


In the rules it states that each person may only build in each category once. How do you guys determine who gets credit for the category if 2 (or more) people work on one post?
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| March 1, 2011, 1:52 pm
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Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

In the rules it states that each person may only build in each category once. How do you guys determine who gets credit for the category if 2 (or more) people work on one post?

Whomever posts it will be recorded as the builder. In this contest, and for the last time, we allowed the Bingbong Brothers to compete as ONE entity, therefore, it would be a bit unfair to not allow teammates to help each other if they happen to live in the same area.
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| March 1, 2011, 2:00 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
it would be a bit unfair to not allow teammates to help each other if they happen to live in the same area.


Do they have to live in the same area? Just making sure here. Chris says Hans can write my story, you say he has to live in my area. Which is it?
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| March 1, 2011, 2:05 pm
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Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

Do they have to live in the same area? Just making sure here. Chris says Hans can write my story, you say he has to live in my area. Which is it?

Common sense is all that is needed to answer this. If you live in the same area then you can help each other build. You do not need to live in the same area to write a poem for somebody... you have your team groups where you can discuss this and brainstorm your Dr Seuss story.
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| March 1, 2011, 2:15 pm
For the Sci-fi Concept Art, does it HAVE to be a ship or craft? Some of the best sci-fi concept art out there has nothing to do with vehicles.~H
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| March 1, 2011, 2:18 pm
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Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

Do they have to live in the same area? Just making sure here. Chris says Hans can write my story, you say he has to live in my area. Which is it?

HAHAHA, zip it pirate boy
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| March 1, 2011, 2:31 pm
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Quoting Hans DendauwNPD
For the Sci-fi Concept Art, does it HAVE to be a ship or craft? Some of the best sci-fi concept art out there has nothing to do with vehicles.~H

It says "craft" in the description, but I will defer to the judge who wrote this one.
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| March 1, 2011, 2:33 pm
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Quoting Hans DendauwNPD
For the Sci-fi Concept Art, does it HAVE to be a ship or craft? Some of the best sci-fi concept art out there has nothing to do with vehicles.~H


While I agree with you on that, I think I'm going to let the one who wrote the category answer it. He may have been wanting it specifically to be a vehicle.
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| March 1, 2011, 2:34 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

While I agree with you on that, I think I'm going to let the one who wrote the category answer it. He may have been wanting it specifically to be a vehicle.

Oh, so this is Kevin's category, isn't it?~H
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| March 1, 2011, 2:37 pm
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Quoting Hans DendauwNPD
Oh, so this is Kevin's category, isn't it?~H

Leda's, didn't you notice he said "he"?
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| March 1, 2011, 2:40 pm
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Quoting Hans DendauwNPD
For the Sci-fi Concept Art, does it HAVE to be a ship or craft? Some of the best sci-fi concept art out there has nothing to do with vehicles.~H


Well Hans, you're completely right! In fact sci-fi includes more than only crafts (will fix the description) - so you are not restricted anymore on crafts!
BTW. Where did you know that it was me?! Is it so obviously that I like ships and crafts? Hehe
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| March 1, 2011, 3:14 pm
Quoting Kevin J. Walter

Well Hans, you're completely right! In fact sci-fi includes more than only crafts (will fix the description) - so you are not restricted anymore on crafts!
BTW. Where did you know that it was me?! Is it so obviously that I like ships and crafts? Hehe

Just a wild guess. LOL Thank you for responding, good sir.~H
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| March 1, 2011, 3:22 pm
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Quoting Hans DendauwNPD
Just a wild guess. LOL Thank you for responding, good sir.~H


And I updated the category list to reflect this as well.
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| March 1, 2011, 3:30 pm
For the 'Old Master' category, are we bound to paintings from 14th to 17th century? Or can we also recreate pictures from the era of classicism (18th/19th century)?
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| March 1, 2011, 3:54 pm
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Quoting Firn !
For the 'Old Master' category, are we bound to paintings from 14th to 17th century? Or can we also recreate pictures from the era of classicism (18th/19th century)?


Read a few posts above, then you'll see that this question is answered.
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| March 1, 2011, 4:03 pm
For the "Myths, legends and more" category, is there any scale restriction? Do we have to build in minifig-scale, are other scales like miniland allowed?
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| March 1, 2011, 4:05 pm
Quoting Kevin J. Walter

Read a few posts above, then you'll see that this question is answered.

Thank you very much for solving this problem!
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| March 1, 2011, 4:07 pm
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Quoting Louis K.
For the "Myths, legends and more" category, is there any scale restriction? Do we have to build in minifig-scale, are other scales like miniland allowed?


It doesn't specify in the description as to scale, only size. I personally would like to see minifig scale but won't dock any points if you go a different route. I'll judge it on build.
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| March 1, 2011, 4:14 pm
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Quoting Louis K.
For the "Myths, legends and more" category, is there any scale restriction? Do we have to build in minifig-scale, are other scales like miniland allowed?

Unless it states what scale it should be built in, then do whatever you want.
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| March 1, 2011, 4:14 pm
For # 17, Can the pirate be Steampunk, or cyborg, or a sky pirate? Or just a normal pirate?
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| March 1, 2011, 10:12 pm
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Quoting Owl The Owl
For # 17, Can the pirate be Steampunk, or cyborg, or a sky pirate? Or just a normal pirate?

A similar question was raised in one of the groups earlier. As it was not stated in the category description that it must a classic pirate, then I will not dock points if you want to choose a modern pirate or go for the fantasy and do a space pirate.

Keep in mind the key words in the description: "build the CAPTAIN'S CABIN of a PIRATE SHIP." An aeroplane or yacht is not a ship.
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| March 1, 2011, 10:42 pm
For topic #16, Lost in Space, do we have to make it a crash land? Can we make a landing pad that was "found" or have a fairly smooth landing on the surface?
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| March 1, 2011, 10:45 pm
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Quoting Egghead Corporations .
For topic #16, Lost in Space, do we have to make it a crash land? Can we make a landing pad that was "found" or have a fairly smooth landing on the surface?

It is not necessary to recreate the landing, or even the ship you land in, so you are free to crash, fly, drift, float or fall onto the landscape. The important part of this category is the landscape itself. Eg. the scenery, plantlife, creatures etc.
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| March 1, 2011, 10:59 pm
In the siggy karaoke, could we do different smaller vigs like the moc me a song in the Mocolympics. Or does it have to be just our siggy on a stage?
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| March 2, 2011, 12:17 am
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Quoting Bob the almighty
In the siggy karaoke, could we do different smaller vigs like the moc me a song in the Mocolympics. Or does it have to be just our siggy on a stage?


Check out the comment I left on the post that was just made for that category and see what I said there. And another hint, follow the link I left in that comment. That should point you in the right direction.
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| March 2, 2011, 12:21 am
Nevermind Kevin, I answered my own question.
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| March 2, 2011, 12:39 pm
For the Old Masters category, when you say three dimensional scene representation, do you mean something like a vignette? Or do you mean something more like what Joshua Christenson did, a mosaic with 3D parts?
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| March 3, 2011, 11:57 am
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Quoting C. Alexander Clay
For the Old Masters category, when you say three dimensional scene representation, do you mean something like a vignette? Or do you mean something more like what Joshua Christenson did, a mosaic with 3D parts?

Well, if you were to do a statue, it could be a vig, or you could do it like Joshua or even a mosaic like Tom Simon.
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| March 3, 2011, 12:06 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
Hey I STILL don't understand something. For science fiction concept art, does it have to be a REAL thing? Or can it be made up but inspired by a real thing?

First of, science fiction is, um, fiction. So it does not have to be "real" but can be inspired by a real thing.
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| March 3, 2011, 12:09 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
Well, if you were to do a statue, it could be a vig, or you could do it like Joshua or even a mosaic like Tom Simon.

Can you do statues? The category says "Recreate a classic and famous painting..."
I'm working on a portrait, and I was using a fig for the guy in the portrait and a brick build background and foreground. Is that still okay?
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| March 3, 2011, 12:11 pm
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Quoting C. Alexander Clay
Can you do statues? The category says "Recreate a classic and famous painting..."
I'm working on a portrait, and I was using a fig for the guy in the portrait and a brick build background and foreground. Is that still okay?

OOps, good point, sorry. Paintings
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| March 3, 2011, 12:15 pm
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J
First of, science fiction is, um, fiction. So it does not have to be "real" but can be inspired by a real thing.

I guess I dont understand... does it have to be a craft from the sci fi world or does it have to be a craft based on the sci fi world?
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| March 3, 2011, 2:00 pm
Quoting Nathaniel Ely
I guess I dont understand... does it have to be a craft from the sci fi world or does it have to be a craft based on the sci fi world?

Just make sci fi stuff.
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| March 3, 2011, 2:07 pm
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Thank you Keith!
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| March 3, 2011, 2:16 pm
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Quoting C. Alexander Clay
For the Old Masters category, when you say three dimensional scene representation, do you mean something like a vignette? Or do you mean something more like what Joshua Christenson did, a mosaic with 3D parts?

Absolutely go for it! They were just examples of what you can do, but there is no restriction to how you recreate the painting. I for one would LOVE to see something like the Last Supper as a dio or vig.
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| March 3, 2011, 3:19 pm
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^=
Absolutely go for it! They were just examples of what you can do, but there is no restriction to how you recreate the painting. I for one would LOVE to see something like the Last Supper as a dio or vig.


I saw the Last Supper in person when I went to Italy a year or so ago. It was magnifico!
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| March 3, 2011, 3:27 pm
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Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

I saw the Last Supper in person when I went to Italy a year or so ago. It was magnifico!

Jealous!
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| March 3, 2011, 3:31 pm
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Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

I saw the Last Supper in person when I went to Italy a year or so ago. It was magnifico!

I was invited to the last supper.....but there was NO WAY I was sitting next to what's his name, Mark? Matthew? Judas? They were there right?
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| March 3, 2011, 4:48 pm
So... My creation for Myths, Legends, and More is in no place 16x16 or above, so does that requirement mean that the creation has to have an area of at least 256, or do I have to expand it?
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| March 4, 2011, 9:30 pm
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Quoting Lando L. Jackson
So... My creation for Myths, Legends, and More is in no place 16x16 or above, so does that requirement mean that the creation has to have an area of at least 256, or do I have to expand it?


There are very few categories with size restrictions/requirements so... I'd expand it if I were you, just to be safe.
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| March 4, 2011, 11:31 pm
Another one: does Myths, Legends, and More have to be the "goal" of a myth, such as Jason achieving the Golden Fleece, or Theseus slaying the Minotaur, or can it be a more minor part of a myth, such as Jason having the Argo built? (not my build)
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| March 5, 2011, 12:00 pm
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Quoting Lando L. Jackson
Another one: does Myths, Legends, and More have to be the "goal" of a myth, such as Jason achieving the Golden Fleece, or Theseus slaying the Minotaur, or can it be a more minor part of a myth, such as Jason having the Argo built? (not my build)


It haven't to be the climax of a myth, like you described - so, yes, it could be also jason who build the argo - the main point is, that it is out of a myth, etc.
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| March 5, 2011, 12:28 pm
question about "fantastic 5" category:
Now keith Goldman quit, so
-Must I include him?
-Can I use my own imagination to create a new hero?
-Must i only build 4 heroes?

~Monkey magma
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| March 6, 2011, 4:02 am
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Quoting magma guy
question about "fantastic 5" category:
Now keith Goldman quit, so
-Must I include him?
-Can I use my own imagination to create a new hero?
-Must i only build 4 heroes?

~Monkey magma

You may use him, but you do not have to. You may do fantastic 4, but only because you are not responisible for a lost member.....now for those of you waiting for my scores, weekends are for my wife and daughter, not you. See you all Monday
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| March 6, 2011, 4:13 am
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Quoting Austin Skaggs also known as R.E.D. Code
For the man vs wild category, can I put a dinosaur instead of a lion, cat, ect.


It's man vs "wild." Any sort of beastie will do.
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| March 6, 2011, 10:22 am
In the catagory "Are you not a little old for this?" Would it be okay and/or would I get a bad score if I used only one Duplo brick, but used it as the focal point and mian part of the MOC.
Thanks.
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| March 6, 2011, 1:03 pm
Quoting Ru Corder
In the catagory "Are you not a little old for this?" Would it be okay and/or would I get a bad score if I used only one Duplo brick, but used it as the focal point and mian part of the MOC.
Thanks.

The more the better.
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| March 6, 2011, 1:21 pm
for shake and bake does a stick of butter count

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| March 7, 2011, 4:18 pm
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Quoting Ru Corder
In the catagory "Are you not a little old for this?" Would it be okay and/or would I get a bad score if I used only one Duplo brick, but used it as the focal point and mian part of the MOC.
Thanks.

Someone else already did that and received decent scores.

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| March 7, 2011, 4:22 pm
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Quoting paul mc keever
for shake and bake does a stick of butter count


The category calls for a "Full sized brick meal." Now, unless you make a habbit of having a stick of butter for lunch then I'd suggest adding a bit more than that.
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| March 7, 2011, 4:25 pm
For the Nursery Rhyme category, are we required to stick to exactly what is detailed in the given rhyme or can we tweak a small element to give it a slightly different result so long as it is still evident which nursery rhyme it is?

For example, what if Humpty Dumpty were put back together in some horrifying Franken-Dumpty way.

Would this be allowed, or is the judging based on how well you stick to the actual rhyme?
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| March 7, 2011, 7:19 pm
Does the Dekotora have to be a truck, or could we extend the concept to other vehicles?
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| March 7, 2011, 11:12 pm
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Quoting The Legohaulic
For the Nursery Rhyme category, are we required to stick to exactly what is detailed in the given rhyme or can we tweak a small element to give it a slightly different result so long as it is still evident which nursery rhyme it is?

For example, what if Humpty Dumpty were put back together in some horrifying Franken-Dumpty way.

Would this be allowed, or is the judging based on how well you stick to the actual rhyme?


I think taking things to the next level is what this contest is about! As long as it stays true to the original in the beginning, I don't see any problem taking it further after the fact...
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| March 7, 2011, 11:39 pm
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Quoting Ribbits M
Does the Dekotora have to be a truck, or could we extend the concept to other vehicles?


I think the literal translation of the word is "decorated truck" so I would say to stick with that.

However, I'm not the one that came up with the category. If the author of the category says differently then it's good. Until then, stick with the truck.
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| March 7, 2011, 11:41 pm
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Quoting Ribbits M
Does the Dekotora have to be a truck, or could we extend the concept to other vehicles?

While other vehicles have been decorated like a dekotora, we'll stick with the truck motif for this category.
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| March 8, 2011, 8:47 pm
For Pirates life for me can the pirate be futuristic. Like a space pirate?
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| March 9, 2011, 2:21 pm
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Quoting Space Gypsy .
For Pirates life for me can the pirate be futuristic. Like a space pirate?


That's already been done and received a good score. Go for it!
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| March 9, 2011, 2:25 pm
For the man vs wild category, can I make a goat that is supposed to be made of straw or must the goat be based on a real one?
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| March 10, 2011, 2:27 pm
Am I right in assuming the chariots don't have to have wheels and don't have to be on land?
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| March 10, 2011, 3:35 pm
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Quoting A Monkey
Am I right in assuming the chariots don't have to have wheels and don't have to be on land?

While a chariot would normally have wheels, thinking outside the box has been allowed. We've already seen an underwater, sky, and space chariot. So yes, your assumption is correct. Just make sure it still adheres to the idea of 'carrot on a stick'.
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| March 10, 2011, 7:59 pm
11. Myths, legends and more:

The rules state that the myth or legend must be popular. Can there be some clarification on popular? An example would be a japanese myth that isn't very well known in the US, but is quite famous in Japan. Would an entry depicting the legend of how Batman was created be an acceptable legend?
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| March 10, 2011, 10:11 pm
For #6: classic literature, I had a few ideas. One being published in 1955, and one in 1952, I just wanted to know if you guys are being really strict about the whole before 1950 thing, or if you let stuff in the mid 50's slide? Also does the writer have to be extremely well known like twain or shakespear?
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| March 10, 2011, 10:25 pm
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Quoting Infomaniac --
11. Myths, legends and more:

The rules state that the myth or legend must be popular. Can there be some clarification on popular? An example would be a japanese myth that isn't very well known in the US, but is quite famous in Japan.


That one would be fine. Just do me a personal favor (not needed and you wouldn't get points off, just as a favor) would you mind linking it through wikipedia or something so we have a point of reference if it's not too well known? Thanks.

Quoting Infomaniac --
Would an entry depicting the legend of how Batman was created be an acceptable legend?


That one I'm going to say no on. Good luck!
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| March 10, 2011, 11:20 pm
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Quoting Brian P
For #6: classic literature, I had a few ideas. One being published in 1955, and one in 1952, I just wanted to know if you guys are being really strict about the whole before 1950 thing, or if you let stuff in the mid 50's slide? Also does the writer have to be extremely well known like twain or shakespear?


I'd say stick to pre 1950s stuff, just to be on the safe side. I myself would be lax in that by a year or two but I'm not the literate scholar these other jokers... I mean judges are.
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| March 10, 2011, 11:22 pm
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Quoting Brian P
For #6: classic literature, I had a few ideas. One being published in 1955, and one in 1952, I just wanted to know if you guys are being really strict about the whole before 1950 thing, or if you let stuff in the mid 50's slide? Also does the writer have to be extremely well known like twain or shakespear?

Classic literature should be a rather well known author. Also, the pre-1950 rule is there for a reason, if you do something post 1950, you will get a zero from me. We have rules for a reson, so please follow them.
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| March 11, 2011, 9:54 am
For the "Real life Sci-fi object", if the object is too small to build well detailed, could you expand the size a bit? Maybe three or so inches? Or is it mandatory to have the size it does in the book/movie/whatever etc.?
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| March 11, 2011, 6:07 pm
In the Fantastic 5 category, can a superhero be in a mech? Also, can it only be a minifig or miniland style character or can a robot be a character as long as it is in miniland scale?
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| March 11, 2011, 6:39 pm
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Quoting Tyler Halliwell
In the Fantastic 5 category, can a superhero be in a mech? Also, can it only be a minifig or miniland style character or can a robot be a character as long as it is in miniland scale?

Miniland or minifig scale. Therefore you can create whatever you want within those size boundaries. Imagination is the key!
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| March 12, 2011, 8:09 pm
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Quoting Alex Mac
For the "Real life Sci-fi object", if the object is too small to build well detailed, could you expand the size a bit? Maybe three or so inches? Or is it mandatory to have the size it does in the book/movie/whatever etc.?

The key words in this category are "real size" we are judging not only the build but also the accuracy to real life scale. You can make it bigger if you want but it would be at the sacrifice of a few points for scale. My suggestion is if the object you've chosen is too small to build accurate detail, then choose another object.
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| March 12, 2011, 8:18 pm
I didn't get any answers on my question, so I'm asking it again: For the man vs wild category, can I make a goat that is supposed to be made of straw or must the goat be based on a real one?

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| March 13, 2011, 9:34 am
For "Smack the Judges", is Stacy Sterling a judge? I noticed she was an admin so I assumed so. I have included her in it already, just want to make sure before I post it.
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| March 13, 2011, 5:58 pm
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Quoting Matthew Maulfair
For "Smack the Judges", is Stacy Sterling a judge? I noticed she was an admin so I assumed so. I have included her in it already, just want to make sure before I post it.

Stacy is our backup judge. She's definitely fair game.

Luke Chapman included her in his entry:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/255732
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| March 13, 2011, 7:29 pm
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Quoting E.K.O .
I didn't get any answers on my question, so I'm asking it again: For the man vs wild category, can I make a goat that is supposed to be made of straw or must the goat be based on a real one?


Others have posted things with animals that weren't real. I know I said "alien" in the description but I don't see why you couldn't do a "made up" animal...

Interested to see how you incorporate it into a story/concept...

Yeah sure, why not? Good luck!
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| March 13, 2011, 10:41 pm
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