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If you have a question about something, feel free to ask it here. Please be sure to read ALL the rules (and this entire thread as well) first to make sure your question wasn't already answered.
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| February 16, 2012, 6:42 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

I don't think I saw this mentioned in the rules, so will this be like last year where each team can repeat the categories as long as they've finished all the categories already and each member only builds in any one category once?
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| February 16, 2012, 6:48 am
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Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
I don't think I saw this mentioned in the rules, so will this be like last year where each team can repeat the categories as long as they've finished all the categories already and each member only builds in any one category once?


Nope. Each team will have 30 categories ONLY. There will be NO repeating this year so be sure to make each of your mocs count!
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| February 16, 2012, 6:57 am
I've never been to a Mocathalon, so can someone tell me what I have to do and how it works please? And can I have a little more info on the team thing?
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| February 16, 2012, 9:27 am
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Quoting Noah the Lego Apprentice
I've never been to a Mocathalon, so can someone tell me what I have to do and how it works please? And can I have a little more info on the team thing?

Hey Noah,
The MOCAthalon is a team event. If you are interested in participating then make sure to read the Rules Thread. If you have any additional questions then please post them here, but make sure that you browse through the rules.

Look forward to having you in the games.
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| February 16, 2012, 10:11 am
Quoting Blake Baer
Hey Noah,
The MOCAthalon is a team event. If you are interested in participating then make sure to read the Rules Thread. If you have any additional questions then please post them here, but make sure that you browse through the rules.

Look forward to having you in the games.
Thank's Blake. It's nice to have a fellow Christian homeschooler in the the group ;) I just have one more question, How are the teams going to be divided up?

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| February 16, 2012, 10:37 am
Do details, NPUs and interesting, eye-appealing parts of a build, get more points?
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| February 16, 2012, 11:47 am
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Quoting Hayden .
Do details, NPUs and interesting, eye-appealing parts of a build, get more points?

A lot of that will be covered in the category descriptions, but as always, a good use of parts and interesting details generally will help you score better.
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| February 16, 2012, 12:23 pm
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Please note this is for questions and answers ONLY. Any other jokes, side comments, etc will be erased. Keep the chatter in the general conversation thread. This is to keep the clutter down so folks can find the answer they're looking for faster.
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| February 16, 2012, 1:23 pm
Wait, Wait!!! Do have to compete to be in this group?
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| February 16, 2012, 4:46 pm
Are the rules regarding amount of AFOL's in a group the same as last year? Or can there be as many as you want?
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| February 16, 2012, 5:29 pm
What if no team will accept you? *gulp*
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| February 16, 2012, 5:43 pm
5 members,but to clarify,is it 2 AFOLs and 3 TFOLs/YFOLs?Didn't see this mentioned in the rules.
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| February 16, 2012, 6:11 pm
Whoa, no repeating?
That's a change.
Probably for the better though.

I'm gonna have to echo the guy above me, are we allowed to have more AFOLs this year?
Or are we still doing the two AFOL rule?


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| February 16, 2012, 7:14 pm
What's the end date of the contest? Will it depend on the category? And are we allowed to resubmit/edit entries until said date?

Also, I'm new to this so I'd like to see if I understand before I get in too deep: It sounds like we get 30 categories, and each team member (out of five) builds 6 of those things. Then we get judged on a scale of 0-5 for each creation and then if we get lots of points as a group, we win. And there are some prizes for individuals as well.
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| February 16, 2012, 8:11 pm
I'm new to this MOCathon thing too, and I'd like some general info, please. I've read the rules and all, but I would appreciate further clarification. Thanks!
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| February 16, 2012, 9:19 pm
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Quoting Will A.
Wait, Wait!!! Do have to compete to be in this group?


No.

I will have to clarify with Chris, but as far as I know it's 2 adults and 3 TFOLs just as in the past. We'll get Chris to amend the rules immediately. Thanks for pointing that out.

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| February 16, 2012, 9:38 pm
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Quoting Shadow Master X
What if no team will accept you? *gulp*


Don't sweat it, we will do our best to come up with a solution for everyone to have an opportunity to play.
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| February 16, 2012, 9:40 pm
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Quoting Luke, Builder of the Awesome
Is this building for all sorts of styles and categories? Because if so, I unknowingly made a contest for vignettes. Could one or more of the admins of this group join my contest? I need some popular MOC pagers as well as people who know how to set up contests and are experienced at it.


Yes there will be a wide variety of categories. No, we won't have any time to join your contest as we'll be judging up to 600 MOCs in 30 days. Your link has been removed as it's promoting another contest and it isn't a question.

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| February 16, 2012, 9:42 pm
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I can't stress the importance of newcomers to read the rules! Ask your team members, ask the veterans, etc. for pointers.

The gist of the contest (and I will only say this once, so pay attention!) You and your team have the whole month of March to build in 30 categories. You're team will need to create strategies to put the best builders in their top categories and complete the builds in time. There's a max point value of 30 points per build, each judge will score your build between 0-5. The team with the most points at the end of the competition wins!
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| February 16, 2012, 9:51 pm
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor
I can't stress the importance of newcomers to read the rules! Ask your team members, ask the veterans, etc. for pointers.

The gist of the contest (and I will only say this once, so pay attention!) You and your team have the whole month of March to build in 30 categories. You're team will need to create strategies to put the best builders in their top categories and complete the builds in time. There's a max point value of 30 points per build, each judge will score your build between 0-5. The team with the most points at the end of the competition wins!


Thank you.

The rules were a little confusing, and it was easy to miss important details, so this summary was very helpful.
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| February 16, 2012, 9:59 pm
I'm new to this too.


Chris Phipson,

I asked a while back if my brother and I would take up two spots in a team, and you replied that there was argument on this and that it was undecided sooo...would we count as two people?
Thanks!

~LB Jr.


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| February 16, 2012, 10:20 pm
I'm an 18-year old who played with LEGO when I was little but stopped for awhile, and then re-entered the field a few years back. My question is this: for this contest, am I considered an AFOL or a TFOL? Thanks!
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| February 16, 2012, 10:32 pm
Quoting Paul Romano
I'm an 18-year old who played with LEGO when I was little but stopped for awhile, and then re-entered the field a few years back. My question is this: for this contest, am I considered an AFOL or a TFOL? Thanks!

lol your an afol, bacause your over 18
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| February 16, 2012, 10:32 pm
Quoting ....Alex ....
lol your an afol, bacause your over 18


Thanks for the tip, but I just want to get a final clarification from the judges. From my understanding, you're allowed to have 3 TFOLs and 2 AFOLs on a team, so it might be important if I figure out "what" I am :P

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| February 16, 2012, 10:39 pm
Do we need to wait for a member of our team to "sign-up" before we can add the team in the "complete team thread"? Or do I have to wait?
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| February 17, 2012, 1:09 am
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Quoting Paul Romano
Quoting ....Alex ....
lol your an afol, bacause your over 18


Thanks for the tip, but I just want to get a final clarification from the judges. From my understanding, you're allowed to have 3 TFOLs and 2 AFOLs on a team, so it might be important if I figure out "what" I am :P


Paul, you're considered an AFOL. 18 and up is an AFOL. Good luck!

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| February 17, 2012, 6:59 am
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Quoting Popcorn .
Do we need to wait for a member of our team to "sign-up" before we can add the team in the "complete team thread"? Or do I have to wait?

Just wait on that one. You never know... And it's not like it's a race to put up your final team. The "race" doesn't start till March!

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| February 17, 2012, 7:00 am
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Quoting Raviel Ze MOCist!
5 members,but to clarify,is it 2 AFOLs and 3 TFOLs/YFOLs?Didn't see this mentioned in the rules.


I edited the rules but to clarify:

The teams can be any combination of builders with a MAX of TWO AFOLs per team. So for example, if you'd like, you can have 3 YFOLs, 1 TFOLs and 1 AFOL. Or, 3 TFOLs and 2 YFOLs without any AFOLs... or any combo there of, as long as it's a max of 2 AFOLs.

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| February 17, 2012, 7:04 am
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Quoting Lego Builders
I'm new to this too.


Chris Phipson,

I asked a while back if my brother and I would take up two spots in a team, and you replied that there was argument on this and that it was undecided sooo...would we count as two people?
Thanks!

~LB Jr.



This is being discussed amongst the judges now and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
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| February 17, 2012, 7:08 am
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Quoting Got Griffin
One thing, isn't there going to be a problem if a guy posts a creation that is the same as someone elses and swore the he/she didn't copy it? What happens then?

I highly doubt that's going to be a problem but if it does happen, we'll deal with it.

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| February 17, 2012, 7:10 am
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Quoting Got Griffin
What do you do if no one will let you on their team? :/



There's bound to be some stragglers and last minute sign ups that need teams. In the last couple days if there's people who need teams, we'll step in and help figure it out.
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| February 17, 2012, 1:20 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Nope. Each team will have 30 categories ONLY. There will be NO repeating this year so be sure to make each of your mocs count!

so the group has 30 categories, and you divide them up in the group? like 6 each? do I have this right?
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| February 17, 2012, 3:42 pm
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

No.

I will have to clarify with Chris, but as far as I know it's 2 adults and 3 TFOLs just as in the past. We'll get Chris to amend the rules immediately. Thanks for pointing that out.

do we HAVE to have 2 adults? my team is all TFOLs, I think...
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| February 17, 2012, 3:42 pm
Quoting The Timinater !
do we HAVE to have 2 adults? my team is all TFOLs, I think...

You don't have to have 2 AFOLs. 1 AFOL or 0 AFOLs is fine
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| February 17, 2012, 3:46 pm
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Quoting The Timinater !
so the group has 30 categories, and you divide them up in the group? like 6 each? do I have this right?


That's right. We're still finalizing the category details, but I don't believe there will be a number restriction per person. We'll define that more clearly when we post the categories.

You can have a full team of TFOLs. The only limitation is the maximum amount of AFOLs per team (2).
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| February 17, 2012, 3:48 pm
Quoting Nick Jensen
You don't have to have 2 AFOLs. 1 AFOL or 0 AFOLs is fine

ok, cheers!
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| February 17, 2012, 3:56 pm
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

That's right. We're still finalizing the category details, but I don't believe there will be a number restriction per person. We'll define that more clearly when we post the categories.

You can have a full team of TFOLs. The only limitation is the maximum amount of AFOLs per team (2).

ok... I thought we all had to do 30 creations each...

say if all my team members get sick and can't build, could I build for all the categories?
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| February 17, 2012, 3:58 pm
Is Mr. Kelso a judge this year? You've listed his name as one but he's not in the group.
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| February 17, 2012, 4:14 pm
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Quoting Legofreak2444 ~
Is Mr. Kelso a judge this year? You've listed his name as one but he's not in the group.


He is. He's on a work trip right now so he's not around this week. He'll join up soon enough.
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| February 17, 2012, 4:29 pm
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Quoting The Timinater !
ok... I thought we all had to do 30 creations each...

say if all my team members get sick and can't build, could I build for all the categories?


Technically yes.
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| February 17, 2012, 4:30 pm
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Quoting Trevor Williamson
I need 2 AFOLS, but I feel they are all in groups, so what should I do?


Reach out in the team building thread and hope for the best. May the force be with you young padawan.
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| February 17, 2012, 4:50 pm
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Quoting The Timinater !
ok... I thought we all had to do 30 creations each...

say if all my team members get sick and can't build, could I build for all the categories?


Don't listen to Chris, he obviously didn't read your full question. It sounds like there's no limitations to how many creations you make for your team.

What he missed was you asked if each person is building 30 MOCs, and the answer is NO, absolutely NOT! Your entire team will have 30 categories to build in. How you split up the categories is up to you and your team, however the maximum amount of entries each TEAM will have is 30 unless otherwise noted.

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| February 17, 2012, 4:56 pm
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Quoting Trevor Williamson
5 people per team right, that includes AFOLs?


Congrats Trevor, you're the first person to make me facepalm! I want you to read the rules again. Carefully. Out loud. FIVE times.

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| February 17, 2012, 5:14 pm
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Quoting Trevor Williamson
The rules said nothing of 5 people, I was jsut making sure.:P


Ok buddy, you get a pass this time because Chris forgot to make it more clear and we can't assume everyone knows the team layout. It is mentioned in the rules though:

Quoting THE RULES
Teams will need to form group pages (MAKE THESE PRIVATE GROUPS) that include the five members of the team and the six judges.


We'll get Chris on that ASAP!
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| February 17, 2012, 5:44 pm
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

Don't listen to Chris, he obviously didn't read your full question. It sounds like there's no limitations to how many creations you make for your team.

What he missed was you asked if each person is building 30 MOCs, and the answer is NO, absolutely NOT! Your entire team will have 30 categories to build in. How you split up the categories is up to you and your team, however the maximum amount of entries each TEAM will have is 30 unless otherwise noted.

just making sure I understand this, so please have patience...

There are more than 30 themes, but each group chooses 30 in total. The group then makes as many of them as they can within the month, and you can't do 1 theme twice. Also, it doesn't matter who builds the themes: I could build all 30 if the others all die suddenly...

do I have this right?

thanks,

Tim
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| February 17, 2012, 7:26 pm
Quoting The Timinater !
There are more than 30 themes,

Incorrect, there are only 30.

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| February 17, 2012, 10:24 pm
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Ok, rules were updated to be more clear on the team structure.

Also, there will be 30 categories total. Your team gets to decide who builds which categories. There is no duplication (meaning two players on the same team cannot both build flying monkey tacos) of categories.

If the other 4 members of your team suddenly all come down with swamp fever, then you may build all 30 categories. We don't care who builds what for the team as long as there's no duplication.

You also do not HAVE to build in all 30 categories. If your team can only crank out 23 of em in the time allowed (March) then your team will receive 23 scores, one for each moc.
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| February 18, 2012, 1:06 pm
If you are the only person in the group, can you build all 30 categories yourself?

~Sir ABS
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| February 18, 2012, 1:42 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
(...) You may duplicate use of a plain, single colored, flat wall to use as a background for clean picture taking purposes ONLY if you wish.

If you have any questions, please ask them in the question thread ONLY.

Does this mean that making a interesting background for photomaking is *allowed?

*I don't mean photoshopping but actually
making a real live background.

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| February 18, 2012, 2:14 pm
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Quoting Sir ABS
Mr. Phipson, What happens If we Can't find anyone to join my group?

Will my participation be deleted?

Mr. ABS, once again you seem to not be able to understand the concept of the "Questions Thread" nor even the concept of the "no posting in this thread." Your comment(s) have been deleted. Please try and post your questions IN THE "QUESTIONS THREAD".
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| February 18, 2012, 2:39 pm
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Quoting Sir ABS
If you are the only person in the group, can you build all 30 categories yourself?

Mr. ABS, if you are the only person in a group, you would not qualify as a 5 person team. There is tons of time and tons of other players who need teams. Suggestion: Find some other lonely players and invite them to your group. If they refuse, we'll see what we can do when the deadline for teams end.

Thank you.
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| February 18, 2012, 2:42 pm
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Quoting Rinse Jan
Does this mean that making a interesting background for photomaking is *allowed?

*I don't mean photoshopping but actually
making a real live background.


As long as it's plain and single colored with nothing else on it, sure. Basically, you can build a big, flat wall if you'd like. Although if you're going to do something like that, I've found a sheet of posterboard works better.
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| February 18, 2012, 3:32 pm
Is it required to have a AFOL on your team?

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| February 18, 2012, 4:20 pm
Quoting Will A.
Is it required to have a AFOL on your team?

No I don't believe so. There can only be up to two AFOL on a team, but there aren't required to be any. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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| February 18, 2012, 5:12 pm
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Quoting Will A.
Is it required to have a AFOL on your team?

Mr. Will, why is it that someone who isn't even participating in the games knows more about the rules than you do?

Quoting Ian Spacek
No I don't believe so. There can only be up to two AFOL on a team, but there aren't required to be any. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.


PLEASE read the rules.

Thank you. (Thanks Ian)
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| February 18, 2012, 5:56 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Ok, rules were updated to be more clear on the team structure.

Also, there will be 30 categories total. Your team gets to decide who builds which categories. There is no duplication (meaning two players on the same team cannot both build flying monkey tacos) of categories.

If the other 4 members of your team suddenly all come down with swamp fever, then you may build all 30 categories. We don't care who builds what for the team as long as there's no duplication.

You also do not HAVE to build in all 30 categories. If your team can only crank out 23 of em in the time allowed (March) then your team will receive 23 scores, one for each moc.

do all the groups have the same 30 categories?
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| February 18, 2012, 8:19 pm
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Quoting The Timinater !
do all the groups have the same 30 categories?

Yes. The categories will be posted in the main group(here) in their own thread on February 29th.


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| February 18, 2012, 8:30 pm
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Quoting The Timinater !
There are more than 30 themes, but each group chooses 30 in total. The group then makes as many of them as they can within the month, and you can't do 1 theme twice. Also, it doesn't matter who builds the themes: I could build all 30 if the others all die suddenly...

Mr. Tim,

Understanding is essential when participating in these games. Be sure to ask questions. Remember: There is no such thing as a stupid question, just stupid people asking questions with frustratingly obvious answers. ;)

There will be exactly 30 categories posted on February 29th. You and your team-mates must decide on who will build each category.

Now, assuming that each member on your team pulls their weight, each person should build in 6 categories. If, however, one person is busy and can't finish his categories, the rest of his team is allowed to finish them for him.

Your team is given 30 categories. How you divide them up is up to your team.

Indeed, you and your teammates may NOT build in the same category twice. This will result in a DQ.

Also, it is not imperative that you complete all 30 categories. If you can only get 16 done, that is fine. It is quality that matters here.

I hope I answer your questions. Make sure you understand.

Thank you.
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| February 18, 2012, 8:42 pm
Is it required to have an AFOL in your group?
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| February 18, 2012, 10:06 pm
Quoting Will A.
Is it required to have an AFOL in your group?

No.
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| February 18, 2012, 10:31 pm
Quoting Blake Baer
Mr. ABS, if you are the only person in a group, you would not qualify as a 5 person team. There is tons of time and tons of other players who need teams. Suggestion: Find some other lonely players and invite them to your group. If they refuse, we'll see what we can do when the deadline for teams end.

Thank you.


Does this imply a team MUST have 5 members to play? Or can a team operate with less than 5 members?

Also, a related question is that are we counting a team member as one account even though, say, the account is for a group of persons? I thought I read a question like this in the threads, but I cannot find it anymore. I'm asking again because my 5-year old may want to play. I'm not making him an account, but perhaps we'll share mine.

Thanks!
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| February 19, 2012, 2:03 am
I hope this question isn't annoyingly obvious, so sorry if it is.
Although you can't enter multiple MOCs for one category, can multiple people build the same category, as long as only one entry for that category is posted?
For example:
A: I built category 1.
B: So did I, but I think your entry is probably better.
A: Let's enter mine then!
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| February 19, 2012, 6:36 am
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Quoting Chronos Omega
I hope this question isn't annoyingly obvious, so sorry if it is.
Although you can't enter multiple MOCs for one category, can multiple people build the same category, as long as only one entry for that category is posted?
For example:
A: I built category 1.
B: So did I, but I think your entry is probably better.
A: Let's enter mine then!


That's actually a good question. Here's how I look at it. Since the entires MUST be added to the group to be judged, if a build isn't added even though it was meant to be when built, then it won't be "entered" in the games.

Here's how I would do that if I were you (read: do it this way) If your team wants to have members waste precious time building multiple mocs for the same category, that's fine (it really only hurts your team in the long run). Then, to avoid confusion (which there WILL be) you can EMAIL the pics of the mocs to each other and decide which is the better one to post. I'm asking that you NOT post them to mocpages because SOMEONE will see it, and wonder why it's not entered in the group, then that same someone will see that another moc for that category has been posted and then come running to us (the judges) screaming that you be DQ'd for posting multiple entries... you see where this is going.

If you want to follow that strategy, just PLEASE do it via email so we don't have extra drama.
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| February 19, 2012, 9:20 am
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Quoting Lego Builders
I'm new to this too.


Chris Phipson,

I asked a while back if my brother and I would take up two spots in a team, and you replied that there was argument on this and that it was undecided sooo...would we count as two people?
Thanks!

~LB Jr.



We discussed it and have decided that you would actually count as two builders even though you have one account. Look at it this way, would it be fair for Kelso and I to create one account and compete as one person in a game like this? Accounts with multiple people will count as that number of people.
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| February 19, 2012, 9:24 am
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Quoting Master Shifu Leo J

Does this imply a team MUST have 5 members to play? Or can a team operate with less than 5 members?


We're going to do everything in our power to make sure that each team has 5 players. When we get down to the last couple of days if there's a few teams with only 3 or 4, we'll grab straglers and put them on the teams. We'll also combine the straglers into 5 person teams when the other teams are all filled. Basically, there should only be one, if any teams at the end with less than 5 players (hopefully not) and it'll be up to them to decide if they want to play at less than full strength.


Quoting Master Shifu Leo J
Also, a related question is that are we counting a team member as one account even though, say, the account is for a group of persons? I thought I read a question like this in the threads, but I cannot find it anymore. I'm asking again because my 5-year old may want to play. I'm not making him an account, but perhaps we'll share mine.

Thanks!


We did discuss this and the simple answer is that each person accounts for one person. The answer above this explains it more.
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| February 19, 2012, 9:29 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

We discussed it and have decided that you would actually count as two builders even though you have one account. Look at it this way, would it be fair for Kelso and I to create one account and compete as one person in a game like this? Accounts with multiple people will count as that number of people.

Okay. Thank you!
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| February 19, 2012, 10:25 am
will there be a prize to the winning team? just wondering
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| February 19, 2012, 11:51 am
when we invite the judges do we have to make them admins so if needed they can DQ someone?
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| February 19, 2012, 12:00 pm
When You say that creation has to be Unique can you make something different and base it of of your design for something?

EX) If you Build a City, you use a building that you changed but based it of of another Creation

~Sir ABS
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| February 19, 2012, 12:16 pm
My team is kind of dead....

The admin hasn't been active in the past 2 days, would a new group under the same team name be out of the question?

It would also have the same members as well.
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| February 19, 2012, 12:17 pm
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Quoting EJ Stan
will there be a prize to the winning team? just wondering


We're not 100% sure on that but we're working on making it a yes. Don't go counting any chickens just yet though...
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| February 19, 2012, 2:33 pm
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Quoting Nate B
when we invite the judges do we have to make them admins so if needed they can DQ someone?


You don't HAVE to no, but it could help if there's a comment a judge leaves in your group so they can self moderate.
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| February 19, 2012, 2:35 pm
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Quoting Sir ABS
When You say that creation has to be Unique can you make something different and base it of of your design for something?

EX) If you Build a City, you use a building that you changed but based it of of another Creation

~Sir ABS


As long as it's a COMPLETLY new build, then you're good. If it's too close to the original and there's ANY doubt we'll have to call it as reusing old creations and you'll get a zero. My advice, stick to new stuff (designs) TOTALLY so there's no question.

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| February 19, 2012, 2:37 pm
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Quoting Kyle Peckham
My team is kind of dead....

The admin hasn't been active in the past 2 days, would a new group under the same team name be out of the question?

It would also have the same members as well.


Maybe he took the weekend off? Give it another couple of days before making any decisions. If there's still a problem in a few days we'll make it work.
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| February 19, 2012, 2:39 pm
Quoting Will A.
Is it required to have a AFOL on your team?

Why was I booted from team Hot Rod? Was I not good enough?
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| February 20, 2012, 11:07 am
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Quoting Airborne .
Why was I booted from team Hot Rod? Was I not good enough?


You will have to ask them....the judges do not place or remove members on teams.

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| February 20, 2012, 2:51 pm
I can't find the Mark Kelso you mentioned in the rules, so I can't invite him. Did he quit?
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| February 20, 2012, 4:46 pm
Quoting J Cooper
I can't find the Mark Kelso you mentioned in the rules, so I can't invite him. Did he quit?


No, he did'nt quit I found he easaly by copying and pasting his name in the invite box
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| February 20, 2012, 4:52 pm
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Quoting Nate B
No, he did'nt quit I found he easaly by copying and pasting his name in the invite box
Quoting J Cooper
but there are 3!!! 1's name doesn't show all of it (it's 2 long). Also, none of them are joined in the MocAthalon.
Quoting J Cooper
I can't find the Mark Kelso you mentioned in the rules, so I can't invite him. Did he quit?



Because Mr. Kelso has yet to make an appearance due to schedule issues, I wouldn't worry about it too much now.

However, this is his homepage. http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/5708

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| February 20, 2012, 5:11 pm
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Transferred from Rules Thread:
Quoting J Cooper
Wich Mark kelso?

Mr. Cooper,

I have answered your question above, but please do not ask questions in the Rules Thread but instead ask your questions in the aptly named Questions Thread.

Thank you.

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| February 20, 2012, 5:16 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

0 Point: "Clone on a plate" type entries will be laughed at and you will not receive any points. Out of focus pictures, builds that don't match the theme, late entries, etc.


And that is??? ( Sorry I´m partially new.)
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| February 20, 2012, 5:37 pm
Quoting Vohfur Serterun

And that is??? ( Sorry I´m partially new.)



As a reference:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/167117

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/168355
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| February 20, 2012, 7:28 pm
Sorry if this question was already answered. Will there be a smack talk thread like in the MO's?
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| February 21, 2012, 6:27 am
Quoting cpl. pilot christian patterson
im new to this group and need a team :D

Dude,this is not the place to discuss that you need a team.Do it here:http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=19864&topicid=78301
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| February 21, 2012, 2:13 pm
Just wandering, may we edit the pictures? Like making there be a little more contrast int the colors, or making the background more black/white? Just wandering, I'm looking forwards to these games!
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| February 21, 2012, 5:12 pm
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Quoting Arnas Scheel
Just wandering, may we edit the pictures? Like making there be a little more contrast int the colors, or making the background more black/white? Just wandering, I'm looking forwards to these games!

The rules are silent on this issue, so here is one judges thoughts, the others may chime in as they see fit. Minor editing is fine, contrast, color, etc. Major editing, ie: Photoshop, will be ignored. Remember, you will be judged on the build, not your prowess at photographic editing.
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| February 21, 2012, 5:31 pm
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Folks, this is a question thread, please keep it as such and look for potential team members in the aptly named “Team Building Thread”…. thread.
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| February 21, 2012, 5:33 pm
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Quoting Mister Bones
Folks, this is a question thread, please keep it as such and look for potential team members in the aptly named “Team Building Thread”…. thread.


I concur with Bones on this (and the Photoshop question). And to answer all of you...yes, I am the one deleting all of your non question/answer comments.

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| February 21, 2012, 5:35 pm
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Quoting Arnas Scheel
Just wandering, may we edit the pictures? Like making there be a little more contrast int the colors, or making the background more black/white? Just wandering, I'm looking forwards to these games!

Agreeing with Bones, editing pictures is acceptable from my end. I use editing to give me a nice white background.

Just make sure you don't get too carried away. The main purpose of the contest is the LEGO part of it after all.
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| February 21, 2012, 10:08 pm
Hey guys, I signed up, but I have actually found out I cannot participate. Please take me off from the list. Thanks.
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| February 21, 2012, 10:53 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
If you have a question about something, feel free to ask it here. Please be sure to read ALL the rules (and this entire thread as well) first to make sure your question wasn't already answered.

What are the categories and how do they work? I'm new to this whole thing.
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| February 21, 2012, 11:45 pm
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Quoting Mr Viking
What are the categories and how do they work? I'm new to this whole thing.

Categories haven't been posted yet.

In the meantime, sign up in the Sign Up Thread and find yourself a team over in the Team Building Thread.

Once the categories are posted, you and your teammates need to work out who is going to build which categories. Its a team event.

Talk to your teammates and if you have any more questions ask them here.

Hope that helps.
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| February 22, 2012, 8:21 am
I have a feeling that this question has already been answered somewhere in the jumble of comments up above but here goes...

If two people share the same account, they count as two builders right? But what if one of them doesn't compete? Does the account still count as two?

Sorry if you facepalm Phipson.
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| February 22, 2012, 9:08 am
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Quoting Adam L.
Hey guys, I signed up, but I have actually found out I cannot participate. Please take me off from the list. Thanks.


This is actually a simple fix. Simply delete your comment from the sign up thread and let your team mates (if any) know that you won't be playing and they need to find your replacement.

Then it's your choice if you'd like to leave the group or stick around and watch the fun.

Sorry that you won't be able to participate.
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| February 22, 2012, 9:59 am
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Quoting ODST .
I have a feeling that this question has already been answered somewhere in the jumble of comments up above but here goes...

If two people share the same account, they count as two builders right? But what if one of them doesn't compete? Does the account still count as two?

Sorry if you facepalm Phipson.


Only the people playing count as players. You are on the honor system here that only one of you is playing (and if we find out different... oh boy). Be sure to put on the posts something to the effect of "built by..." or something like that so we know.
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| February 22, 2012, 10:01 am
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Quoting Arnas Scheel
Just wandering, may we edit the pictures? Like making there be a little more contrast int the colors, or making the background more black/white? Just wandering, I'm looking forwards to these games!


My two cents on this. You can use photoshop (or other editing software) to give nice, clean pics of course. What we don't want is special effects and things of that nature. As long as it's minimal and only there to enhance the actual build, then you're good. Too much of that makes us look harder to see what you're trying to cover up...
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| February 22, 2012, 10:04 am
What happens if a team member doesn't sign up for this contest before the contest starts? Will he/she still be able to sign up after the contest starts? Or will the team have to get a new player?
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| February 22, 2012, 10:18 am
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Quoting Popcorn .
What happens if a team member doesn't sign up for this contest before the contest starts? Will he/she still be able to sign up after the contest starts? Or will the team have to get a new player?


If you know someone who is supposed to be on your team and hasn't signed up yet, I'd get on them QUICK. If it turns out you need a 5th member by the start of the games, I'm sure we'll have a straggler or two we can shoehorn in there for ya.
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| February 22, 2012, 10:22 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

If you know someone who is supposed to be on your team and hasn't signed up yet, I'd get on them QUICK. If it turns out you need a 5th member by the start of the games, I'm sure we'll have a straggler or two we can shoehorn in there for ya.

Okay, thanks, Mr. Phipson. I'll do that. I might need to start finding somebody to take his place though. I've already left some comments reminding him with no reply.
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| February 22, 2012, 10:44 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

My two cents on this. You can use photoshop (or other editing software) to give nice, clean pics of course. What we don't want is special effects and things of that nature. As long as it's minimal and only there to enhance the actual build, then you're good. Too much of that makes us look harder to see what you're trying to cover up...


What about photoshopping trans clear stands out for ships?
I don't even know if that'll be pertinent in this years contest, but it's good to have all the bases covered.

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| February 22, 2012, 12:36 pm
wait, so each point is actually worth 6? Oh, and, if we finish our build for one category, do we tell our group, decide on our next category, and start building, or do we all have to be done with whatever category every one else in our group is on? Say i've finished my first category, but everyone else is still on their first, can i start my second, once we've decided what my second category will be, even if everyone else is still on their first?? Thanks!! RORY
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| February 22, 2012, 4:42 pm
Quoting Rory Simpson
wait, so each point is actually worth 6? Oh, and, if we finish our build for one category, do we tell our group, decide on our next category, and start building, or do we all have to be done with whatever category every one else in our group is on? Say i've finished my first category, but everyone else is still on their first, can i start my second, once we've decided what my second category will be, even if everyone else is still on their first?? Thanks!! RORY
There are six judges, each one may give a maximum of 5 points 5*6=30

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| February 22, 2012, 4:45 pm
Quoting Rory Simpson
Oh, and, if we finish our build for one category, do we tell our group, decide on our next category, and start building, or do we all have to be done with whatever category every one else in our group is on? Say i've finished my first category, but everyone else is still on their first, can i start my second, once we've decided what my second category will be, even if everyone else is still on their first?? Thanks!! RORY

That's up to you, I think.
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| February 22, 2012, 4:45 pm
Thank you for answering my questions!!! I feel so stupid now that i know there are 6 judges, giving 5 points each!!! DUH!!! I feel sooooo dumb!!! By the way, when are we issued our 30 categories?
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| February 22, 2012, 4:51 pm
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Quoting Rory Simpson
Thank you for answering my questions!!! I feel so stupid now that i know there are 6 judges, giving 5 points each!!! DUH!!! I feel sooooo dumb!!! By the way, when are we issued our 30 categories?

Hey Rory, you can always double check the rules thread. I quote:
There will be 30 different categories in which to build. Each TEAM will try to build in as many of the categories as they can. THE LIST
OF CATEGORIES WILL BE ANOUNCED FEB 29TH, 2012.

By the way, those are Phipsons CAPS, not mine....he likes to shout
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| February 22, 2012, 5:24 pm
Quoting Blake Baer
Categories haven't been posted yet.

In the meantime, sign up in the Sign Up Thread and find yourself a team over in the Team Building Thread.

Once the categories are posted, you and your teammates need to work out who is going to build which categories. Its a team event.

Talk to your teammates and if you have any more questions ask them here.

Hope that helps.

One more thing. I was trying to get a team together, how do I do that? I'm just trying to get members right now.
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| February 22, 2012, 6:56 pm
Can there be a Neatchat for the MOCathalon?
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| February 22, 2012, 7:33 pm
Quoting Raviel Ze MOCist!
Can there be a Neatchat for the MOCathalon?

I was thinking the same thing.
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| February 22, 2012, 7:35 pm
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Quoting Lego Junkie

What about photoshopping trans clear stands out for ships?
I don't even know if that'll be pertinent in this years contest, but it's good to have all the bases covered.

Really good question actually. If you do, I won't DQ you. However, we would prefer that you would keep the stand in because it is apart of the build.


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| February 22, 2012, 9:25 pm
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Quoting Mr Viking
One more thing. I was trying to get a team together, how do I do that? I'm just trying to get members right now.

Mr. Viking,

A good way to make a team, is to go over to the Team Building Thread and say you want to be on a team. Or then find some other members who aren't on teams yet. There are loads, so you shouldn't have much trouble finding any.

Hope that helps.
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| February 22, 2012, 9:27 pm
Are the judges flexible to painted lego pieces?
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| February 22, 2012, 9:48 pm
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

Don't sweat it, we will do our best to come up with a solution for everyone to have an opportunity to play.

Indeed, the one thing I am mainly scared for is, even though it already happened, all the builders with the most street cred team up, and then we are left with a pool of people that can build and a pool that can't. I just want to make sure that the judging will be fair at this point.
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| February 22, 2012, 10:55 pm
There's a lot of mention in this thread that entries are all about the build. However, in the previous MocAthalon, I've lost points because of photography and presentation, which are not the build itself. This was even in categories where a story wasn't required. Has this changed? Will I only gain/lose points due to the build, or would presentation/photography still affect my score?
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| February 23, 2012, 8:22 am
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Quoting Nick Jensen
There's a lot of mention in this thread that entries are all about the build. However, in the previous MocAthalon, I've lost points because of photography and presentation, which are not the build itself. This was even in categories where a story wasn't required. Has this changed? Will I only gain/lose points due to the build, or would presentation/photography still affect my score?


I'll admit that it's kind of a gray area. I will say this though, if you and another player built (pretty much) the same kind of build (we'll pretend they're the flying monkey tacos again) and his pics are clear and yours are fuzzy, he'll most likely get a better score.

While the build is the MAIN thing, presentation also does count. If we have to strain our eyes and use our contacts at the CIA to repixilate the pics to figure out what it is, then your score would be lower.

Now, that being said, it's all up to the individual judges. Me for example, I'm not as harsh on that as some of the other judges are so if it's a blurry pic thing, I may only give a 2pt instead of a 3pt.

My advice, just be sure that you take in focus pics and remember, just because you took a picture doesn't mean you have to post that one! Digital photography is a beautifull thing in that you don't waste "money" if you delete a shot and retake it.
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| February 23, 2012, 8:48 am
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Quoting aabbee 150
Are the judges flexible to painted lego pieces?


I'm not a purist so to me, it's a non issue (as long as the paint job is a good one). But some of the other judges may think differently. As far as the rules go, it's not against the rules.

My advice, if you're going to do it, make it GOOD!

Good luck!
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| February 23, 2012, 8:52 am
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Quoting Judah Neu
I just want to make sure that the judging will be fair at this point.


I know you're new to mocpages but I can assure you that I hold myself, and the other judges to the highest standards of integrity when it comes to fairness.

There are going to be people that don't agree with our decisions of course (there always are) but the judges score based on the pics they see, not the name on the page. As a matter of fact, most of the judges (myself included) rarely even LOOK at the name on the page until we've gone through the post and have already decided on a score for that moc.

Long answer short, yes it's fair.
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| February 23, 2012, 8:59 am
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Quoting Raviel Ze MOCist!
Can there be a Neatchat for the MOCathalon?

Quoting Owen S.
I was thinking the same thing.

There can, and is: http://www.neatchat.com/?id=41aab989812f528e6b1db83ca19b94cf
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| February 23, 2012, 9:55 am
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Quoting Nick Jensen
There's a lot of mention in this thread that entries are all about the build. However, in the previous MocAthalon, I've lost points because of photography and presentation, which are not the build itself. This was even in categories where a story wasn't required. Has this changed? Will I only gain/lose points due to the build, or would presentation/photography still affect my score?

Chris answered you pretty well, for my part, I judge on 1. Build, 2. Adherence to the category description 3. Presentation, 4. Creativity (all within the confines of the category of course)
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| February 23, 2012, 10:31 am
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Quoting Lego Junkie

What about photoshopping trans clear stands out for ships?
I don't even know if that'll be pertinent in this years contest, but it's good to have all the bases covered.

In that instance, I would not take points away, but as I said elsewhere, I will ignore photoshopping when I judge, so if it is used to alter your build, you will not receive any extra points for presentation, nor will you be docked points...from me at least
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| February 23, 2012, 10:37 am
Request for a new Smack Talk thread?
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| February 23, 2012, 3:45 pm
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Quoting Judah Neu
I just want to make sure that the judging will be fair at this point.


No one ever thinks the judging is fair. It's difficult to listen to someone judge your pieces when you're emotionally tied to them. It's so much easier to scream conspiracy at the top of your lungs.

The truth is I'm going to avoid all that mess. Might as well do the crime if everyone is gonna make it out like I'm being unfair. So I've already picked this year's winners.

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| February 23, 2012, 4:32 pm
hey phimson can you get on neat chat now?
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| February 23, 2012, 5:15 pm
Should we make the judges admins in our team group?
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| February 23, 2012, 5:20 pm
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Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor
... So I've already picked this year's winners.

HAHAHA, wow. Good to see I'm not the only one.

(For the record, this is a joke. Isn't it Heath? ...Heath?)
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| February 23, 2012, 5:42 pm
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Quoting Quad ?????
Should we make the judges admins in our team group?

It isn't necessary. We can do just fine as moderators or even normal members. Our only use is to use the moderation system and to create new thread. Otherwise, we won't touch your groups.
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| February 23, 2012, 5:43 pm
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What Blake said, Moderators is fine. We may leave a comment here or there, but otherwise, we will not be messing with your groups, well, Heath and I might, just to be mean, but that's it.
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| February 23, 2012, 5:46 pm
Quoting Blake Baer
Mr. Viking,

A good way to make a team, is to go over to the Team Building Thread and say you want to be on a team. Or then find some other members who aren't on teams yet. There are loads, so you shouldn't have much trouble finding any.

Hope that helps.

Thanks. I was wondering because I am trying to make a team out of memebers of the Fellowship of the Brick, and I wanted to know if I needed to let you guys know that or something.
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| February 23, 2012, 9:15 pm
Hi everyone!
I'm sorry if my question has already been answered. How do I get into a group for the 2012 MOCAthalon? Is it invitation? If so, I'm worried that nobody will invite me, I know I don't have nearly as much building skills are most of the people out there. Thank you for your time.
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| February 23, 2012, 10:00 pm
I know that all builds must be new, but what if you had an idea for a MOC, before the contest started, and it fit one of the categories, would you be allowed to post it and build it? I know there'd be know way to enforce it if it wasn't against the rules, but I just want to make sure I wouldn't be cheating if I built one of the many ideas floating around in my head.
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| February 24, 2012, 12:11 am
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Quoting Mr Viking
Thanks. I was wondering because I am trying to make a team out of memebers of the Fellowship of the Brick, and I wanted to know if I needed to let you guys know that or something.

Nope, we only care that the teams are signed up and its members are signed up. The rest is up to you. (Of course, we'll monitor the age of your participants as well, to make sure you didn't breach the rules.)
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| February 24, 2012, 8:28 am
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Quoting Nicholas O.
Hi everyone!
I'm sorry if my question has already been answered. How do I get into a group for the 2012 MOCAthalon? Is it invitation? If so, I'm worried that nobody will invite me, I know I don't have nearly as much building skills are most of the people out there. Thank you for your time.

Mr. Nicholas,

This is a typical fear for everyone in the MOCAthalon. Getting on teams can get challenging as the signup draws closer to its deadline.

The Administration will probably be making a separate group JUST for team-building son. Until then, post your name in the Team Building Thread and maybe try to connect with some other guys who need teams. There are tons of stragglers!

Hope that helps. Best of luck in finding a team!
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| February 24, 2012, 8:30 am
Sorry if someone has already asked this. Are the categories up to interpretation like the MO's?
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| February 24, 2012, 9:37 am
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Quoting Ben King
Sorry if someone has already asked this. Are the categories up to interpretation like the MO's?

The categories will be posted on the 28th. No spoilers until then, sorry. Any questions related to the categories will be heard AFTER the categories have been posted.
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| February 24, 2012, 10:02 am
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Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible
I know that all builds must be new, but what if you had an idea for a MOC, before the contest started, and it fit one of the categories, would you be allowed to post it and build it? I know there'd be know way to enforce it if it wasn't against the rules, but I just want to make sure I wouldn't be cheating if I built one of the many ideas floating around in my head.

Bob, we all have ideas, well, maybe not Chris, but most of us do. An idea is not a build, so by all means, use your idea if it fits one of the categories. Just don't build it prior to the games starting. Good luck!
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| February 24, 2012, 10:53 am
Quoting Blake Baer
The categories will be posted on the 28th. No spoilers until then, sorry. Any questions related to the categories will be heard AFTER the categories have been posted.

I thought they were going to be announced on the 29th?
Quoting Chris Phipson
There will be 30 different categories in which to build. Each TEAM will try to build in as many of the categories as they can. THE LIST
OF CATEGORIES WILL BE ANOUNCED FEB 29TH, 2012.

Are we having them sooner or was that just a typo on your part?

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| February 24, 2012, 2:55 pm
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Quoting Quad ?????
I thought they were going to be announced on the 29th?

OOPS! You are correct Quad, I didn't account for the leap year. Darn it!
Quoting Chris Phipson
There will be 30 different categories in which to build. Each TEAM will try to build in as many of the categories as they can. THE LIST
OF CATEGORIES WILL BE ANOUNCED FEB 29TH, 2012.

Quoting Quad ?????
Are we having them sooner or was that just a typo on your part?

Typo on MY part I'm afraid.
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| February 24, 2012, 2:59 pm
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Quoting August .
Excuse me, but when do we start? :-)

After my above mistake, I am inclined to think that the categories will be posted sometime on the 29th of February. The contest itself will take place within the month of March.
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| February 24, 2012, 3:04 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
Bob, we all have ideas, well, maybe not Chris, but most of us do. An idea is not a build, so by all means, use your idea if it fits one of the categories. Just don't build it prior to the games starting. Good luck!

what if we have a previously built moc that goes good with a theme? for example, if i built a truck, and my category was "city street." could i use it then?


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| February 24, 2012, 8:37 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
Bob, we all have ideas, well, maybe not Chris, but most of us do. An idea is not a build, so by all means, use your idea if it fits one of the categories. Just don't build it prior to the games starting. Good luck!

Thanks!
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| February 24, 2012, 11:47 pm
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Quoting omega sniper (rich)
what if we have a previously built moc that goes good with a theme? for example, if i built a truck, and my category was "city street." could i use it then?



Absolutely NOT! New builds guys. Period. End of story. No amount of trying to bend the rules is going to get you past this one. Anything built before March first is null and void and grounds for a DQ.

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| February 25, 2012, 3:41 am
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

Absolutely NOT! New builds guys. Period. End of story. No amount of trying to bend the rules is going to get you past this one. Anything built before March first is null and void and grounds for a DQ.

We can reuse custom figs, right?
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| February 25, 2012, 10:03 am
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

Absolutely NOT! New builds guys. Period. End of story. No amount of trying to bend the rules is going to get you past this one. Anything built before March first is null and void and grounds for a DQ.

ok thanks, i just needed to clarify that.

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| February 25, 2012, 10:12 am
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Quoting Ben Indy
We can reuse custom figs, right?

Sigfigs ARE allowed. Also, IF there's a category where "custom" figs would be approriate, then those would be allowed as well (unless of course the category is "design a minifig"... which we've had variations of in past contests).

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| February 25, 2012, 2:12 pm
why is the title mis-spelled?
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| February 27, 2012, 3:30 pm
why is the title mis-spelled?

"Mocathalon" is it MocAthon?
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| February 27, 2012, 3:30 pm
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Quoting omega sniper (rich)
what if we have a previously built moc that goes good with a theme? for example, if i built a truck, and my category was "city street." could i use it then?


What Heath said....also, read the rules, this question is covered in there.
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| February 27, 2012, 4:58 pm
What happens if the "Likes" problem isn't fixed before this starts?

Some people would probably care if they didn't get likes, and there's about 200 people playing. Plus, this is a big event.
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| February 27, 2012, 8:51 pm
Quoting Seth .
Some people would probably care if they didn't get likes,


*Ahem*Seth*Ahem* >_>
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| February 27, 2012, 10:06 pm
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Quoting Nate B
why is the title mis-spelled?

"Mocathalon" is it MocAthon?

Yes, MOCAthalon is the correct spelling, despite everyone's best intentions to say otherwise.
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| February 27, 2012, 10:27 pm
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Quoting Seth .
What happens if the "Likes" problem isn't fixed before this starts?

Some people would probably care if they didn't get likes, and there's about 200 people playing. Plus, this is a big event.

The MOCpage crew is doing everything in their power to get the counter up and running again. Thankfully though, this contest will still run even if the 'like' counting isn't working.

For those who are worried about their 'likes', just wait until the problem is resolved. You can hold on to your pictures and build the next category while waiting for the fix. I am certain the problem will be fixed by the end of March.
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| February 27, 2012, 10:31 pm
What, exactly, is the "likes problem"?
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| February 27, 2012, 11:41 pm
Quoting Katie Walker
What, exactly, is the "likes problem"?


The likes of an MOC are remaining the same. For example, I "liked" a creation with 5 likes. It should now have 6, but doesn't. It remains as 5. It is only a glitch.
-LB Senior
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| February 27, 2012, 11:57 pm
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We are working on the "likes" problem as best we can. I can't promise that it'll be fixed by the start of the games though. Thankfully, it doesn't matter in the slightest when it comes to a contest like this. You'll be getting the same scores from the judges regardless of how many smiley faces are on your moc.

As for the spelling of the group, it's MocAthalon...

Think along the lines of Tri-Athalon but with MOC instead of Tri.
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| February 28, 2012, 9:20 am
In my 3 years on the 'pages this is the first time I've entered one of these MOCathalon/Olympic events, so excuse my ignorance, but...

Is each team member obligated to build 6 categories? Or is it more of a team-only decision? Also, as of the starting date, how long does the contest go on for? Thanks.
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| February 28, 2012, 9:35 am
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Quoting Danny Morgan
Is each team member obligated to build 6 categories? Or is it more of a team-only decision? Also, as of the starting date, how long does the contest go on for? Thanks.

It would be in your team's best interest that each member build 6 categories. It is not, however, mandatory that you complete all 6.
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| February 28, 2012, 9:52 am
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Quoting Danny Morgan
In my 3 years on the 'pages this is the first time I've entered one of these MOCathalon/Olympic events, so excuse my ignorance, but...

Is each team member obligated to build 6 categories? Or is it more of a team-only decision? Also, as of the starting date, how long does the contest go on for? Thanks.


Blake is correct that it would be easiest to divide it up evenly, however, it's not a RULE.

If you have a team member who builds faster then by all means, they can build more. Or maybe you have a builder who is slower, the rest of the group can pick up the slack, no problem.

In short, it really doesn't matter who builds what or how many mocs. The only issue would be within the group if say, one guy only built two mocs and the rest of the team did all the work and your team happened to win... there may be some decension within the team. But basically, no, there's no rule about how many mocs you HAVE to build.

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| February 28, 2012, 10:12 am
As for the spelling of the group, it's MocAthalon...

Think along the lines of Tri-Athalon but with MOC instead of Tri.


I think what is confusing about the spelling for some people is that it isn't "Tri-Athalon", but "Triathlon" with no extra A. So, following that pattern, the spelling should be Mocathlon. But I figure since it's a made up word, anyway, you can spell it any way you want to. ;-D
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| February 28, 2012, 10:34 am
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Quoting Katie Walker

I think what is confusing about the spelling for some people is that it isn't "Tri-Athalon", but "Triathlon" with no extra A. So, following that pattern, the spelling should be Mocathlon. But I figure since it's a made up word, anyway, you can spell it any way you want to. ;-D


A lot of the spellings are 'MOCathon' without the 'l'. (-athon coming from 'marathon') But you are right, 'athlon' is the more popular spelling but the doesn't sound right in the context.
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| February 28, 2012, 10:39 am
Quoting Blake Baer

A lot of the spellings are 'MOCathon' without the 'l'. (-athon coming from 'marathon') But you are right, 'athlon' is the more popular spelling but the doesn't sound right in the context.


(This really doesn't belong in the Questions Thread, so feel free to delete it, Blake!)

The confusion is that the current spelling isn't a play on marathon OR triathlon, but sort of an amalgamation of both. If it were "Mocathon", it would be a play on "marathon". If it were "Mocathlon" it would be a play on "triathlon". But it's kind of in a strange place in the middle. ;)
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| February 28, 2012, 10:56 am
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Quoting Katie Walker
... an amalgamation of both.

WOW! That is the best word I've heard all month!

I see your point, BTW.


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| February 28, 2012, 11:07 am
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I am puzzled as to why the spelling of a contest is an issue.
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| February 28, 2012, 11:08 am
Just to make sure our team isnt represented twice ... Team 3 Killer Bricks and Team 20 Killah Bricks ... Thats two diffrent teams ?
I just wanted to let you know in case we somehow ended up on the list twice since i couldnt find Team 3 anywhere in the final team thread ( http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=19864&topicid=78291 ).

We are team 20 Killah bricks just to let you know.
http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/19786
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| February 28, 2012, 2:29 pm
Firstly, does every person in the team have to put there name in the sign up thread.

Secondly, do we have to invite the judges to our group?

please help the mocathon is nearly starting!
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| February 28, 2012, 3:02 pm
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Quoting LEGO Family
Just to make sure our team isnt represented twice ... Team 3 Killer Bricks and Team 20 Killah Bricks ... Thats two diffrent teams ?
I just wanted to let you know in case we somehow ended up on the list twice since i couldnt find Team 3 anywhere in the final team thread ( http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=19864&topicid=78291 ).

We are team 20 Killah bricks just to let you know.
http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/19786

Good catch! Thanks, it was the same team, I have updated the list.
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| February 28, 2012, 3:07 pm
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Quoting bluespartan 343
Firstly, does every person in the team have to put there name in the sign up thread.

Secondly, do we have to invite the judges to our group?

please help the mocathon is nearly starting!

I will help, but please read the rules as all of this is covered in the rules.
1. Yes, all members must sign up in the sign up thread.
2. Yes, you must invite all the judges to your group.
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| February 28, 2012, 3:08 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
I will help, but please read the rules as all of this is covered in the rules.
1. Yes, all members must sign up in the sign up thread.
2. Yes, you must invite all the judges to your group.


Thank you

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| February 28, 2012, 3:20 pm
does there have to be 5 people or can there be 4?
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| February 28, 2012, 3:29 pm
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Quoting bluespartan 343
does there have to be 5 people or can there be 4?

Blue.....go read the rules.
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| February 28, 2012, 3:33 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
Blue.....go read the rules.


yes I know but can you have less than 5 people, it doesn't say that clearly
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| February 28, 2012, 3:35 pm
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Quoting bluespartan 343

yes I know but can you have less than 5 people, it doesn't say that clearly

Please tell me what part of this is unclear?
Teams will consist of 5 players total with no more than TWO AFOLs. There can be ANY combination of this (including no AFOLs if that's what you want) but no more than 2 per team.

Come on folks, read the rules.
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| February 28, 2012, 3:47 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
Quoting bluespartan 343

yes I know but can you have less than 5 people, it doesn't say that clearly

Please tell me what part of this is unclear?
Teams will consist of 5 players total with no more than TWO AFOLs. There can be ANY combination of this (including no AFOLs if that's what you want) but no more than 2 per team.

Come on folks, read the rules.



I know this may sound stupid but what is a AFOL or TOFL etc. ?
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| February 28, 2012, 3:48 pm
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Quoting bluespartan 343


I know this may sound stupid but what is a AFOL or TOFL etc. ?


Adult Fan of LEGO
Teenage Fan of LEGO
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| February 28, 2012, 3:56 pm
 Group admin 
That is a good question.
AFOL = Adult Fan of Lego (18+ years old)
TFOL = Teen Fan of Lego (13-17 Years old)
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| February 28, 2012, 3:59 pm
Quoting bluespartan 343
I know this may sound stupid but what is a AFOL or TOFL etc. ?


Check out this LEGO glossary:

http://www.brothers-brick.com/lego-glossary/

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| February 28, 2012, 3:59 pm
after i have built a MOC for my category, can i post it on another site and have my other team members critique it before i put it on MOCpages for judging?
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| February 28, 2012, 4:54 pm
So, are the Admins of the 2012 MOCathalon the judges?
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| February 28, 2012, 5:18 pm
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Quoting Noah the Lego Apprentice
So, are the Admins of the 2012 MOCathalon the judges?

Please read the rules where the judges are listed.
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| February 28, 2012, 5:19 pm
Are the building catagories going to be released tomorrow in a new convo thread?
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| February 28, 2012, 6:15 pm
Quoting Noah the Lego Apprentice
Are the building catagories going to be released tomorrow in a new convo thread?


Yes, but the contest doesn't start till the day after.
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| February 28, 2012, 6:17 pm
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Quoting Noah the Lego Apprentice
Are the building catagories going to be released tomorrow in a new convo thread?

Yes, at around midnight MPT (MocPages Time) the categories will be posted in a thread entitled....."Categories". Then without actually reading the descriptions, people will begin to ask questions. Oh I can't wait!
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| February 28, 2012, 6:17 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
Yes, at around midnight MPT (MocPages Time) the categories will be posted in a thread entitled....."Categories". Then without actually reading the descriptions, people will begin to ask questions. Oh I can't wait!

What are categories? XD
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| February 28, 2012, 6:36 pm
If I've already started building something, but I'm not that far along, I wouldn't be allowed to enter it, right?
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| February 28, 2012, 6:54 pm
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Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible
If I've already started building something, but I'm not that far along, I wouldn't be allowed to enter it, right?

sigh.....no you can't. it is..in the rules
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| February 28, 2012, 7:04 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
sigh.....no you can't. it is..in the rules

OK, thanks!
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| February 28, 2012, 7:26 pm
I noticed Kelso has posted some comments in the Help group recently but he has still yet to join this group yet. Does he need reminded that he's a judge? You know how old people are. :)
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| February 28, 2012, 7:26 pm
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Quoting Master Shifu Leo J

Check out this LEGO glossary:

http://www.brothers-brick.com/lego-glossary/

Or an even better version:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/193188

Haha, sorry, couldn't resist. :P
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| February 28, 2012, 7:54 pm
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Quoting Quad ?????
I noticed Kelso has posted some comments in the Help group recently but he has still yet to join this group yet. Does he need reminded that he's a judge? You know how old people are. :)

Mr. Kelso simply chooses to enter the games in style! His schedule has prevented his presence thus far, however. Until further notice, Mark shall remain a judge.
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| February 28, 2012, 7:57 pm
Can I create my own team? There are a bunch of guys here not getting invites soo...
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| February 28, 2012, 10:14 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
Can I create my own team? There are a bunch of guys here not getting invites soo...

Of course!
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| February 28, 2012, 10:15 pm
Quoting Lt. John Harland
Can I create my own team? There are a bunch of guys here not getting invites soo...

Hey, I invited you to my group team pretzels. Please join it!
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| February 28, 2012, 10:18 pm
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Quoting omega sniper (rich)
after i have built a MOC for my category, can i post it on another site and have my other team members critique it before i put it on MOCpages for judging?

Yes you may, but remember, we're not going to judge it until it's added to the group here so don't forget!

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| February 29, 2012, 7:03 am
Where are the building categories? I thought we were going to see those today.
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| February 29, 2012, 7:07 am
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Quoting Noah the Lego Apprentice
Where are the building categories? I thought we were going to see those today.


Yes, you will see them today. But since the games don't start until tomorrow (technically) then you'll have to wait till I'm ready to post them. Right now I'm a little busy trying to get the stragglers teams organized and answering questions about when the categories will be posted. (in other words... patience young padawan...)
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| February 29, 2012, 7:17 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Yes, you will see them today. But since the games don't start until tomorrow (technically) then you'll have to wait till I'm ready to post them. Right now I'm a little busy trying to get the stragglers teams organized and answering questions about when the categories will be posted. (in other words... patience young padawan...)
Sorry Master :)

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| February 29, 2012, 7:36 am
So the categories are being posted today, does that mean we can start building them today or do we have to wait till tomorrow?
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| February 29, 2012, 4:21 pm
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Quoting Legofreak2444 ~
So the categories are being posted today, does that mean we can start building them today or do we have to wait till tomorrow?

Lets just say, if you started building today, we couldn't stop you. ;D

So get building!
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| February 29, 2012, 4:41 pm
Quoting Blake Baer
Lets just say, if you started building today, we couldn't stop you. ;D

So get building!


Power! Prestige! Muwahaha!

Wait, what am I sitting here for? See ya! XD

Thanks Blake.
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| February 29, 2012, 4:45 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Yes, you will see them today. But since the games don't start until tomorrow (technically) then you'll have to wait till I'm ready to post them. Right now I'm a little busy trying to get the stragglers teams organized and answering questions about when the categories will be posted. (in other words... patience young padawan...)


I will take your advice, master. =P
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| February 29, 2012, 5:00 pm
Are we allowed to start building now? Or will we be DQ'ed?
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| February 29, 2012, 6:22 pm
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Quoting Ben King
Are we allowed to start building now? Or will we be DQ'ed?

Aye, go for it!
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| February 29, 2012, 6:29 pm
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Quoting Henry Smith
Guys, sorry to sound nooby, but, I checked, and I dont seem to be on a team...i did sign up, and i did check, but i dont see myself on any of the lists.. could someone please help?

It is correct that you have signed up, but you have to actively get on a team, either through making your own or through joining up with another team. If you still wish to be on a team, go to this group to find yourself some teammates: http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/19981

Good luck!
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| February 29, 2012, 6:35 pm
"14. The Elephant and the Fly:
Choose a large-scale-model you like and build it in Microscale - don't forget to link your chosen subject!"

QUESTION:

Does the 'large-scale-model' have to be LEGO?

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| February 29, 2012, 6:35 pm
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Quoting Master Shifu Leo J
QUESTION:

Does the 'large-scale-model' have to be LEGO?

That was the aim of the category. Choosing another creation, (doesn't have to be your own), and build it in microscale.
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| February 29, 2012, 6:41 pm
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Quoting Vladimir R.
I haven´t seen this question, so I ask it: Is video allowed? For example, if I make something that have some working parts, I want to show it to you in action.

Yes, video is allowed.
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| February 29, 2012, 6:42 pm
Do we have to start with the first category? Or can we do them in any order?
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| February 29, 2012, 7:57 pm
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Quoting Nicholas O.
Do we have to start with the first category? Or can we do them in any order?

Any order is quite acceptable. :)
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| February 29, 2012, 8:17 pm
Can we start building now?
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| February 29, 2012, 10:15 pm
Would it be acceptable to have a space interpretation of catagories such as 15 and 29, or is it limited to the real world...?
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| February 29, 2012, 10:25 pm
So, for like categories 1-30, can I like build something totally different than what you said? Also, can I disregard one very important aspect of a given category so that I can build exactly what I want and not be challenged to think originally at all? Also, can I reinterpret what you wrote so that it no longer fits the spirit of the category and build something that you explicitly said not to do? Also, can I use a MOC that I started two months ago because it kinda fits what you said? Also, can I only do the prime number categories? Also, why isn't there more Bionicle? Also, why isn't there a Ninjago category? Also, are the judges going to be totally unfair and just give a MOC a five because it's a mosaic of Lee Van Cleef? Also, is 100 a perfect score? Also, why did you give me a 3, I totally deserved a 7, and my MOC was WAY better than that other guys MOC? Also, this dude totally plagiarized me even though he posted his first; I think he read my mind or something, what are you going to do about it? Also, can we use Lincoln Logs in our MOCs? Also, why haven't you responded to my questions yet? I am still typing them, but I don't have an answer, what are you so busy doing? I have so much time to write in the smack thread and then I post my creations on the first day of the contest, even though we can only build in 30 categories this year! Why aren't you giving me fives right out of the gate? Thanks for everything! XOXO
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| February 29, 2012, 10:46 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Dave Kaleta

Spoken like a true judge. xD
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| February 29, 2012, 10:59 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Nicholas O.
Can we start building now?

Yes.
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| February 29, 2012, 10:59 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting David Steeves
Would it be acceptable to have a space interpretation of catagories such as 15 and 29, or is it limited to the real world...?

Aha! How you plan on interpreting the category is entirely up to you. Some may be more specific than others, while some leave room for your imagination to take over. Just make sure there is a CLEAR connection between your interpretation and the category.
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| February 29, 2012, 11:01 pm
How do you get a working link in your creation? Everytime I've done it it shows up as plane old text.
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| February 29, 2012, 11:16 pm
Quoting Ben Indy
How do you get a working link in your creation? Everytime I've done it it shows up as plane old text.


You can't put links in the intro part of an MOC. That's probably your problem.

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| February 29, 2012, 11:19 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Dave Kaleta


The answer to your questions is 42. The answer is ALWAYS 42.

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| March 1, 2012, 12:34 am
I've gone through the thread and I don't see this anywhere, so here goes.

Are we allowed to post WIP shots within our groups for suggestions from our teammates?
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| March 1, 2012, 6:32 am
Question to category 22. Will it Blend?

As you may know, my StarCars mashup in the MIT was a big success. Is it allowed to continue the series? I guess it will be allowed, but will the judges rate it the same, as a new idea?
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| March 1, 2012, 6:49 am
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Quoting Chronos Omega
I've gone through the thread and I don't see this anywhere, so here goes.

Are we allowed to post WIP shots within our groups for suggestions from our teammates?


That's actually a very good idea. Feed back is ALWAYS a good thing.
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| March 1, 2012, 6:49 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Dave Kaleta
XOXO


Can't... stop... laughing...
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| March 1, 2012, 6:51 am
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Quoting Raphael Heusser
Question to category 22. Will it Blend?

As you may know, my StarCars mashup in the MIT was a big success. Is it allowed to continue the series? I guess it will be allowed, but will the judges rate it the same, as a new idea?
I believe 'ideas' are allowed to be reused, but the creations themselves can't. Just make sure it is an entirely new creation.
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| March 1, 2012, 8:01 am
Can we choose more than one category?
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| March 1, 2012, 9:52 am
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Quoting Nicholas O.
Can we choose more than one category?

Your questions are answered in the posted Rules. However, I shall help you with this one as well.

Yes. There are 5 players on a team. 30 categories. It is essential that you pick more than one category if your team hopes to complete them all.
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| March 1, 2012, 10:01 am
Quoting Blake Baer
Your questions are answered in the posted Rules. However, I shall help you with this one as well.

Yes. There are 5 players on a team. 30 categories. It is essential that you pick more than one category if your team hopes to complete them all.
I'm very sorry, I didn't see it. Thank you for your time!

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| March 1, 2012, 10:05 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Nicholas O.
I'm very sorry, I didn't see it. Thank you for your time!

No problem bud! Just make sure to read the rules thoroughly. :)
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| March 1, 2012, 10:18 am
Quoting Dave Kaleta
So, for like categories 1-30, can I like build something totally different than what you said? Also, ... XOXO

I just about split a gut with this! My hubby was in the room with me and I was reading it to him too... and we were both splitting our guts! Sooooo funny & sooooo true. I don't know how many times I have had to answer those kinds of questions when I was teaching and presenting the guidelines for a class project! Thanx for making my day! :)
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| March 1, 2012, 12:24 pm
I now I sound kinda lame here, butcould someone tell me the score scale or send me a link?
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| March 1, 2012, 5:54 pm
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Quoting Ben Indy
I now I sound kinda lame here, butcould someone tell me the score scale or send me a link?

Scoring will be 0-5 points.

Quoting The Rules
DQ: disqualification. Cheating, such as plagiarism or reposting old mocs. Only the player in question will get a DQ, the team will live on.

0 Point: "Clone on a plate" type entries will be laughed at and you will not receive any points. Out of focus pictures, builds that don't match the theme, late entries, etc.

1 point: This is basically for just posting; now, you have to put SOME effort into the MOC.

2 points: Good effort put forth. You spent some "actual" time creating the MOC and it doesn't burn our eyes to look at it.

3 points: Nicely done! Pictures in focus, attention paid to details and so on. You put a good effort into this and it shows. (please note, this WILL be your average score. We won't be throwing 5s at every moc so if you get a 3, it's a GOOD thing.)

4 points: Wow man, this is REALLY cool! You put a lot of work into this and we're really impressed here!

5 points: Kelso better watch out because YOU have arrived!


Hope that helps!
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| March 1, 2012, 6:13 pm
1: Adventure Time!
Build a MOC, any size; depicting an adventurous person in an exciting scene like is seen in Indiana Jones, The Mummy or other adventure films. IE: Indiana Jones, Pharaoh’s Quest, Adventures, The Mummy, etc.

In this category, can I recreate a famous scene from a movie? Thanks.
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| March 1, 2012, 6:37 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Mihai Marius Mihu
1: Adventure Time!
Build a MOC, any size; depicting an adventurous person in an exciting scene like is seen in Indiana Jones, The Mummy or other adventure films. IE: Indiana Jones, Pharaoh’s Quest, Adventures, The Mummy, etc.

In this category, can I recreate a famous scene from a movie? Thanks.

Yes you may

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| March 1, 2012, 6:38 pm
4: St. Patrick’s Day
Build a wicked cool St. Patrick’s Day MOC. Anything you wish, but the theme must be St. Patrick’s Day. 16x16 or smaller.

-AND-

20: Vignetted
This category is meant to challenge you to build small and detailed. NPU (Nice Part Usage) is a must as you try to make your scene as detailed and complex as possible. Quality vignettes will have draw-dropping details while not being too cluttered or busy. To challenge you even further, this category has a 16x16 size limit. Anything larger than that will be susceptible to DQ. No restrictions on the content.

Can we overhang on these?Like minifigs?
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| March 1, 2012, 6:48 pm
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I believe overhang is fine as long as the base meets the standards.
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| March 1, 2012, 6:53 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
I believe overhang is fine as long as the base meets the standards.

Okay,thanks!
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| March 1, 2012, 6:54 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Raviel Ze MOCist!
4: St. Patrick�s Day
Build a wicked cool St. Patrick�s Day MOC. Anything you wish, but the theme must be St. Patrick�s Day. 16x16 or smaller.

-AND-

20: Vignetted
This category is meant to challenge you to build small and detailed. NPU (Nice Part Usage) is a must as you try to make your scene as detailed and complex as possible. Quality vignettes will have draw-dropping details while not being too cluttered or busy. To challenge you even further, this category has a 16x16 size limit. Anything larger than that will be susceptible to DQ. No restrictions on the content.

Can we overhang on these?Like minifigs?


Hmmmmm.....this always seems to be a gray area. I'll define it for you on how I personally will look at it. Any brick, plate, and tile over a stud long will be considered hanging over and grounds for a 0 (or DQ depending on circumstances). Minifigs, trees, plants, rods, etc that are not a stud wide may hang over all day long.

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| March 1, 2012, 6:57 pm
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Quoting Camden Moffet
I represent the team Rusty Revival.

I posted this in our private MOCathalon group, and Blake responded, but I figure we've been abandoned now, having seen the team thread.

We had a fifth member (and were unaware we had to invite the judges) but that member has not made a MOCpages account. Julien Andries (Julandrius from Flickr) told us that MOCpages rejected his hotmail account. I haven't heard from him since, so I assume something came up.

My question is; can we be revived? If I can't get a hold of Julien, can we add a new member?

I'm simply trying to get this message out to all the judges, as all of the members of our group were and still are excited for the MOCathalon.

Thank you for your time!

And sorry, Blake, for posting this here when it's in the group. But we're all really worried. ;)

I think that because you guys have signed up in the sign-up thread, you have the ability to find a new player. Not absolutely certain on this issue, but I would consider trying to find somebody who is already on MOCpages. It will probably speed up the process. Consider going to the team building group to find some extra players. I am willing to work with you guys to get your team together.

Good luck finding a player.
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| March 1, 2012, 9:50 pm
Can you use stickers for themes?

and can we make comics?
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| March 1, 2012, 10:42 pm
Hello:
My question is;I made my entry but I have not posted it here. Im tryng to add the links but when I finish editing the page the link does not works. Please help.
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| March 1, 2012, 10:44 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Nate B
Can you use stickers for themes?

and can we make comics?

In what context?

Remember that we are mainly concerned about the creation. If the commics take away from the creation itself, I say don't do it.
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| March 1, 2012, 10:56 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Vohfur Serterun
Hello:
My question is;I made my entry but I have not posted it here. Im tryng to add the links but when I finish editing the page the link does not works. Please help.

Mr. Serterun,

A good way to double check your creation is to submit it to the private group and have your teammates approve it. This leaves less margin for error.

Are you having trouble using the HTML script? In this case, the link would look like this <a href= URL HERE>Text here</a>. Make sure that you don't post it in the introduction part of the creation, but in the actual body part.

Hope that helps.
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| March 1, 2012, 10:58 pm
Quoting Vohfur Serterun
Hello:
My question is;I made my entry but I have not posted it here. Im tryng to add the links but when I finish editing the page the link does not works. Please help.

You probably added the link to this group in the introduction of your creation, which will not work. You have to move the link to the body part of the MOC, such as after your first picture for the link to work.
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| March 1, 2012, 10:59 pm
Quoting Josh B & Blake Baer.
You probably added the link to this group in the introduction of your creation

Thats it! I feel, so bad.
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| March 1, 2012, 11:02 pm
Quoting Blake Baer
In what context?

Remember that we are mainly concerned about the creation. If the commics take away from the creation itself, I say don't do it.

the commie would be for the "dog ate my homework" theme..

Stickers in such for like school papers.....I might not do it....
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| March 1, 2012, 11:02 pm
About 22. Will it blend ?
It doesn't have to be lego themes right ? I was to make something about life on mars and world racers, but I'm not so sure it's the kind of mashup expected anymore, do I have to take some more general themes like, say, space and Le Mans series ?
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| March 2, 2012, 12:11 am
Quoting Sydag Paragon
About 22. Will it blend ?
It doesn't have to be lego themes right ? I was to make something about life on mars and world racers, but I'm not so sure it's the kind of mashup expected anymore, do I have to take some more general themes like, say, space and Le Mans series ?

wait do you have a team?
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| March 2, 2012, 12:17 am
Quoting Nate B
wait do you have a team?



Hmm, I'm pretty sure I have one yes...
http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/20014
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| March 2, 2012, 12:20 am
Nooo, dont take my Sci-Fi builder ;P
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| March 2, 2012, 12:40 am
Quoting Sydag Paragon
About 22. Will it blend ?
It doesn't have to be lego themes right ? I was to make something about life on mars and world racers, but I'm not so sure it's the kind of mashup expected anymore, do I have to take some more general themes like, say, space and Le Mans series ?

From the examples in the category it seems that you can have the normal lines of Lego (Like Cars, Indiana Jones) + the stuff us fans use (Like steampunk, Mecha) But I'm guessing that you can also mix two lines of Lego or mix two lines of fan-stuff.
If your planning on doing Life on Mars and World Racers I'm sure that would work.
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| March 2, 2012, 12:51 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Sydag Paragon
About 22. Will it blend ?
It doesn't have to be lego themes right ? I was to make something about life on mars and world racers, but I'm not so sure it's the kind of mashup expected anymore, do I have to take some more general themes like, say, space and Le Mans series ?


For that we're actually looking for Lego themes being mashed up. But nice thinking outside the box there.

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| March 2, 2012, 6:59 am
With the LOTR category do you want it to emulate TLG's sparse style? Or can it be more ornate and elegant than their average set? I'd still keep playability and all.
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| March 2, 2012, 7:08 am
 Group admin 
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
With the LOTR category do you want it to emulate TLG's sparse style? Or can it be more ornate and elegant than their average set? I'd still keep playability and all.


More detail is always better but yes, playability is a huge factor in this category.

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| March 2, 2012, 7:40 am
Do our entries for 'will it blend' have to combine only two themes?
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| March 2, 2012, 8:04 am
ok for the "dog ate my homework" i am thinking of making a comic am i allowed?
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| March 2, 2012, 9:40 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Chronos Omega
Do our entries for 'will it blend' have to combine only two themes?

If you wanted to, you could go for more I suppose. Obviously though, the more themes that you blend together, the less the category is really met.
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| March 2, 2012, 9:46 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Nate B
ok for the "dog ate my homework" i am thinking of making a comic am i allowed?

Go for it. So long as you are actually showing us something that you built with LEGO and not just a comic strip.
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| March 2, 2012, 9:46 am
Hi, I have a late entry team our group leader kinda of bailed on us for all the entry stuff so I will be taking over. I not sure if there is PM on the MOCpages(I am very new here) I do have a Flickr account that most should know me as "ZephyrChaos"

As for my team the name is; Mecha Mongols, the members are: (flickr names I will up date once I get everything under control.)

AFOLs: ZephyrChaos
OrangeKnight studios

TFOLs: Tristan
Captain Limabean
The One And Only Mr.R

Thanks and sorry for the late entry if we are too late I under stand.

Here is a link to my Flickr account so you can FM me http://www.flickr.com/photos/trpendarvis/


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| March 2, 2012, 9:47 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Timothy Pendarvis

Mr. Pendarvis,

Alas, you are indeed late. The sign-ups closed on February 29th at Midnight. We are not accepting new teams, I'm sorry.

You are more than welcome to stick around and watch the games though!


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| March 2, 2012, 9:53 am
Quoting Blake Baer
Mr. Pendarvis,

Alas, you are indeed late. The sign-ups closed on February 29th at Midnight. We are not accepting new teams, I'm sorry.

You are more than welcome to stick around and watch the games though!


OK thanks, well GL to everyone :)
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| March 2, 2012, 10:20 am
i made a new thread because i couldn't find the group so i can ign up and post my entry. was that alright?
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| March 2, 2012, 10:50 am
 Group admin 
ATTENTION! The computer I use to judge these entries blocks all Flicker and other picture sharing websites. If you use those to post your pictures then I will only be able to see the main picture and I will ONLY judge the main picture. Be warned.
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| March 2, 2012, 10:52 am
 Group admin 
Quoting GrayFox 5
i made a new thread because i couldn't find the group so i can ign up and post my entry. was that alright?

And I deleted it. Only judges (ADMINS) may create a new thread. The games have started, there are NO late sign-ups. Sorry mate, feel free to stay and watch though.
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| March 2, 2012, 10:54 am
Quoting Mister Bones
And I deleted it. Only judges (ADMINS) may create a new thread. The games have started, there are NO late sign-ups. Sorry mate, feel free to stay and watch though.
what? know one told me til the last minute that i had to sign up on here. i joined a team three days ago

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| March 2, 2012, 11:46 am
 Group admin 
Quoting GrayFox 5
Quoting Mister Bones
And I deleted it. Only judges (ADMINS) may create a new thread. The games have started, there are NO late sign-ups. Sorry mate, feel free to stay and watch though.
what? know one told me til the last minute that i had to sign up on here. i joined a team three days ago


Sounds like your team failed you my friend. The deadline has passed. Too bad, so sad....better luck next time!

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| March 2, 2012, 11:49 am
WHY ISNT ANY ONE REPLYING!?

I asked if i could use a back story in the dog ate my homework theme?
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| March 2, 2012, 11:53 am
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

Sounds like your team failed you my friend. The deadline has passed. Too bad, so sad....better luck next time!
might as well leave the team and this group then. right?

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| March 2, 2012, 12:03 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Nate B
WHY ISNT ANY ONE REPLYING!?

I asked if i could use a back story in the dog ate my homework theme?

1. Do not shout
2. Use a backstory, but you will be judged on the build, not the story
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| March 2, 2012, 12:03 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Nate B
sorry.....fawther

Don't be a wise arse
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| March 2, 2012, 12:13 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting GrayFox 5
what? know one told me til the last minute that i had to sign up on here. i joined a team three days ago

I posted over 3 reminders in every group that I was in. You have no excuse for not knowing.
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| March 2, 2012, 12:18 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting GrayFox 5
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

Sounds like your team failed you my friend. The deadline has passed. Too bad, so sad....better luck next time!
might as well leave the team and this group then. right?


Orrrrr....you could observe the contest and pick up some tips and tricks for next year.

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| March 2, 2012, 12:46 pm
Quoting Blake Baer
I posted over 3 reminders in every group that I was in. You have no excuse for not knowing.

Unless he's not in a any of your groups...
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| March 2, 2012, 1:13 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Hayden .
Unless he's not in a any of your groups...

Ah, but we have already established that he SHOULD have been. Grey, the judges have determined that you are allowed to continue playing though.
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| March 2, 2012, 1:21 pm
Quoting Blake Baer
Ah, but we have already established that he SHOULD have been.

Unless he was, say ill, with out Internet or WCU, But if he wasn't any off these then your right.
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| March 2, 2012, 1:24 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Hayden .
Unless he was, say ill, with out Internet or WCU, But if he wasn't any off these then your right.

Even if he was, that is still apart of the games. A couple others suffered without internet connection and still managed to participate just fine.
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| March 2, 2012, 1:34 pm
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor

Orrrrr....you could observe the contest and pick up some tips and tricks for next year.

might as well
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| March 2, 2012, 1:46 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting GrayFox 5
might as well

Gray - we said you were in, you can play. Go read the rules thread and fix your first post before I go give it a zero.....HAHAHAHA. Seriously, go read the rules thread and fix your post.
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| March 2, 2012, 1:51 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
Gray - we said you were in, you can play. Go read the rules thread and fix your first post before I go give it a zero.....HAHAHAHA. Seriously, go read the rules thread and fix your post.
thanks guys

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| March 2, 2012, 1:54 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

More detail is always better but yes, playability is a huge factor in this category.

Cool, thanks!
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| March 2, 2012, 2:02 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

For that we're actually looking for Lego themes being mashed up. But nice thinking outside the box there.

So it has to be themes that have been done in Lego, but it does not necessarily have to be themes that the Lego Group does. (I.E. Steampunk)?
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| March 2, 2012, 2:10 pm
I know this is probably mentioned somewhere but I can't seem o find it... When is the deadline to post the MOC?
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| March 2, 2012, 2:11 pm
I know this is probably mentioned somewhere but I can't seem to find it... When is the deadline to post the MOC?
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| March 2, 2012, 2:11 pm
Quoting Quad ?????
So it has to be themes that have been done in Lego, but it does not necessarily have to be themes that the Lego Group does. (I.E. Steampunk)?

like...um...Starwars and a city se mixed up into one full set.
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| March 2, 2012, 2:12 pm
Quoting Ehh Wutler
I know this is probably mentioned somewhere but I can't seem o find it... When is the deadline to post the MOC?

the end of march to get as many of the themes built as your team and you can build.
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| March 2, 2012, 2:14 pm
Quoting Ehh Wutler
I know this is probably mentioned somewhere but I can't seem to find it... When is the deadline to post the MOC?
11:59 P.M. Of March 30th.

It says so in the rules thread

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| March 2, 2012, 2:15 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Ehh Wutler
I know this is probably mentioned somewhere but I can't seem to find it... When is the deadline to post the MOC?

Deadline is March 31st.
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| March 2, 2012, 2:16 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Quad ?????
So it has to be themes that have been done in Lego, but it does not necessarily have to be themes that the Lego Group does. (I.E. Steampunk)?

Exactly.
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| March 2, 2012, 2:18 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Blake Baer
Deadline is March 31st.

Or as spoken above, midnight on the 30th. (30 days, 30 categories)
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| March 2, 2012, 2:20 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
ATTENTION! The computer I use to judge these entries blocks all Flicker and other picture sharing websites. If you use those to post your pictures then I will only be able to see the main picture and I will ONLY judge the main picture. Be warned.

Does that include this site?
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| March 2, 2012, 2:23 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Mark Murphy
Does that include this site?

HAHAHA.....no
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| March 2, 2012, 2:26 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Nate B
Muahahahhahahahahha!?.....as you see there is a (?)
so you cant delete this comment muahahahahhaha!

Really?
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| March 2, 2012, 2:38 pm
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