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Welcome everyone on the new MOCpages to the Lego Microcities group! Rules are simple -- if you have built a microcity MOC, upload it to the group (I'm looking at you, Heather, I don't see LegoGirlTopia here yet). If you don't have a microcity MOC, talk away, but don't post any pictures.
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| December 29, 2008, 5:40 pm
Does what I posted count? I'd think it would but I just wanna make sure.
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| December 29, 2008, 7:47 pm
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Yours is all good.
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| December 29, 2008, 7:49 pm
I'm gonna be posting a city, but I was wondering if it had to be nice, adn peaceful, because then I'd have to revise my city, heh, heh.
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| December 30, 2008, 11:57 am
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Nice and peaceful? Nah... there's probably going to be too much of that in this group anyway. Let's see some action!
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| December 30, 2008, 12:08 pm
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Thomas, I'm going to remove your cruise ship and rocket launch pad because they don't fit my definition of a "cityscape," which is -- a handful of buildings, at least.

You should join the regular Microscale group if you haven't already and post them there:

http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/21
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| December 30, 2008, 1:02 pm
Just thought I'd finally add a little MOC. It took only about ten minutes to throw together, not including Brians beastie.

Yes, I know, it is REALLY, REALLY BAD! Its horrible compared to the rest of the citys here, but I felt obligated to add something, and to actually be a part of the group.
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| December 30, 2008, 8:22 pm
I regret to say Woodville has been destroyed, but before you kick me out of the group, let me tell you that I will have more micro city MOCs coming up.
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| December 31, 2008, 3:40 pm
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Thomas - go ahead and add that one, but I'd say it's right at the bare minimum for eligibility. I'd prefer scenes with at least three or four buildings.

Callum - We don't kick you out just because your city got blown up. Someday Shannonia will fall, too.
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| December 31, 2008, 6:00 pm
Blast it, does Riptide Dawn count? Look who's controling the action now!~LL
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| December 31, 2008, 6:05 pm
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If it didn't count I'd have yanked it by now... plus, with your choice of Rory for an avatar, how can I deny you anything, Roberta?
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| December 31, 2008, 6:30 pm
Whose says that's Rory? Rory has a red modified holder plate on its head, my roster/hen has a dark red plate. It matters more than life itself, after all, going against the flow is your religion. Thanks~ Roberta
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| December 31, 2008, 6:35 pm
Hey, do our city contributions have to be in a stereotypical city format, or can we build other micro living spaces, like a space station or a micro moonbase?
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| January 1, 2009, 3:06 pm
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Well, I have already added my own micro moonbase here, so that precedent is set. I hadn't thought about space stations, though -- I was thinking land-based structures. Hmmm...

I say any grouping of microscale buildings/structures will be accepted. Even if they are connected to each other, as with my micro moonbase, you must be able to discern separate modules.
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| January 1, 2009, 3:59 pm
I added my Micropolis modules. They are a slightly bigger scale than most of the builds here, but that does give builders a chance to add some more detail to their buildings. And I really like the one wide cars and trucks. They really look better when they are all placed together. Last time we had most of them at a meeting the city was about 25 by 30 inches. Looked great. We hope to have a group build and invite others to bring modules to Brickworld next June.

How would I go about inviting Max Braun and Nathan Stohlmann to the group. They are in TwinLUG and both build really nice modules. Let me know will you.

I must be off, my pork chops are done. Yummm.

see ya
garth
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| January 7, 2009, 8:15 pm
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About time you added those, Garth. I don't know if you can officially invite people to this group when you're not an admin/mod, but know I can so I did. Their invites are in the email.

I love the idea of the "micropolis" standard for collaborative builds. In fact if you micropolis guys want to start a conversation thread here linking to that page where the standard is layed out (I could find it again but it would take some hunting), to discuss and maybe answer questions on it, that would be great.

We definitely encompass a variety of scales here. Ley Ward and I agreed at BrickCon07 that Shannonia would be more accurately termed "nanoscale" if you wanted to get nitpicky. Not that the buildings there are always consistently scaled to each other, anyway.
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| January 7, 2009, 9:49 pm
Quoting Shannon Young
I love the idea of the "micropolis" standard for collaborative builds. In fact if you micropolis guys want to start a conversation thread here linking to that page where the standard is layed out (I could find it again but it would take some hunting), to discuss and maybe answer questions on it, that would be great.


Here's that link http://twinlug.com/micropolis-micro-city-standard/

Thanks for the invite!

So just for clarification: I saw in one of the earlier comments that you wanted multiple-building MOCs added, but since Micropolis modules are supposed to be joined up with others they are okay? Just want to be sure before I start adding mine since they tend to be single building modules for the most part.
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| January 8, 2009, 9:57 am
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Alright! Glad you Micropolis guys are here now. =)

Nathan - I would say go ahead and post 'em, as I love your guys' Micropolis stuff, but that'd be a question for ze Admin. Shannon?
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| January 8, 2009, 11:13 am
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Quoting Nathan Stohlmann

So just for clarification: I saw in one of the earlier comments that you wanted multiple-building MOCs added, but since Micropolis modules are supposed to be joined up with others they are okay? Just want to be sure before I start adding mine since they tend to be single building modules for the most part.


I would prefer pics of multiple buildings together for showing off on the group page, but I think an exception can be made for modular systems. Add away!

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| January 8, 2009, 6:15 pm
I wanted to join the blabber of the small towns, so here I am! Yeah, one of my friends is making some mini cities. Not much of an artist, but he gets it fluently. All I know is that there are two types of cities- Micro, and Mini Detail. Detail is like windows, cars, those things, so my friend is doing detail. I love doing Micro, but I'll teach that kid a thing or two.

Cheers,
Kenneth Gucyski
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| January 13, 2009, 8:11 pm
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Just as long as you credit me by name, making sure to say what an unbelievable genius I am. And also that I'm brave and handsome. And smell really nice.

You asked me this before, didn't you? If so, sorry for ignoring you. It wasn't intentional. I'm usually good about responding to emails.
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| January 16, 2009, 6:43 pm
I saw the city, but I think the sidewalks are too thick. That's the size of Micro. Mini are just roads. The coast was suberb. Just a little compliment...
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| January 22, 2009, 10:33 pm
Sorry about that... but that's okay.
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| January 26, 2009, 8:55 pm
speaking of thick sidewalks/roads I had this little 32x32 setup w/ roads as thick as my gigantic passenger barge!

(PS my roads WERE 2 studs thick would that not be nano?)
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| February 2, 2009, 3:35 pm
Nano is way too small for roads. You need them really small. Tiny. Ehhnie-whinnie! Really, mini is just 4 and Micro is 1.
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| February 2, 2009, 9:48 pm
Quoting Kenneth Gucyski
Nano is way too small for roads. You need them really small. Tiny. Ehhnie-whinnie! Really, mini is just 4 and Micro is 1.
oh! I thought nano was 1!

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| February 6, 2009, 6:52 pm
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masterchief - Just start slapping small pieces together and see where it goes. Shannonia was never planned, it started when I was trying to build a little microscale spaceship. But what I made ended up looking more like a building. (It's the yellow one in the group logo.) The whole thing just took off from there.

Thomas - How I missed using a "multiplying like rabbits" line myself I'll never know... Since I so obviously dropped the ball on that one, I encourage -- nay, I insist -- that you pick it up and run with it.

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| February 6, 2009, 8:07 pm
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Quoting masterchief 1
Hi guys! I'm thinking of building a Micro city , any ideas?


"Just keep building, just keep building..."

Y'know that yellow building Shannon was talking about? I have one in red, white, and trans-dark blue. BAM! =) Way to inspire Shannon, way to inspire.
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| February 6, 2009, 8:16 pm
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Quoting masterchief 1
Any idea when "Shannonia" will be finished , Shannon?


My ultimate plan is to have it end up as twice the size it is right now. I had wanted another major expansion finished in time for BrickCon '09 this October, and a final one for BrickCon '10. However, with money tight and getting tighter I probably won't be able to go ahead with my planned expansion for this year, and everything will get pushed back to some indefinite point in the future.

Short answer: Nope, no idea!

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| February 10, 2009, 5:02 pm
I know someone else who has a microcity! It's this guy named: Googoo The Great --CROWS ELITE-- VETERAN=-Neo Duke-= Invite him if you see the folder: MICRO
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| February 15, 2009, 11:57 am
Bwahaha! I'm making a mini Las Vegas. I know I'm not really in that living location, but it would be nice if I made one. Besides, I have a map. I do have a question, though: Would the strip be a 2 stud or 1 stud (since Mini has 1 stud for roads)?
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| February 15, 2009, 1:50 pm
Quoting Thomas N
I know him, I think he built Zeronia right?
yes he did! P.S. SOMONE PLEASE GET THIS THING BACK TO THE DEFAULT WHERE EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT COMPETELY DIFFRENT TTHINGS!!!!!

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| February 16, 2009, 8:13 pm
Quoting Thomas N
I know him, I think he built Zeronia right?
yes he did! P.S. SOMONE PLEASE GET THIS THING BACK TO THE DEFAULT WHERE EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT COMPETELY DIFFRENT THINGS!!!!!

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| February 16, 2009, 8:13 pm
Hey everybody, I'm finally finished uploading Kairosberg, OOH-RAH!
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| March 18, 2009, 2:16 pm
Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself, I'm kinda new to MOCpages. I added some of my micro cities, and recently updated one of them. My city, Michaelton is made on LDD due to my extreme lack of green cone pieces, and also due to my "parental banishment" from bricklink >.<. All of you have posted really nice cities, especially Blocktopolis and Shanonia.
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| May 23, 2009, 10:59 am
Hello everyone,

My name is Chris, I have been a fan of Legos since I was old enough to know not to eat them ;) Ive been building random things, and then I became inspired once I saw the microcities on MOCpages. I am the Mayor/Creator of Cretoria, a low budget city trying to re-establish its self. Any ways, Hello everyone :D
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| May 23, 2009, 2:44 pm
Hello everyone! Hey Chris! I just joined yesterday cause I was so impressed and it just looks fun. Got started last night after work. Got a few buildings done and experimented with some different building ideas. Was very fun and different from what I'm used to. Totally digging it!!!
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| September 11, 2009, 10:58 am
i know i havnt posted anything so im just about to post a 9/11 memorial
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| September 11, 2009, 5:27 pm
I put my microscale monorail on, would it count? It has two small stations, but it isn't quite a city....
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| November 7, 2009, 10:00 pm
Quoting Thomas N
Shannon, could I have your permission to use the design of your sunset hotel for my next version of Blocktropolis?

Is there a Sunset Hotel in Shannonia? That's probably not good, because I happen to have a Sunrise Hotel in my city.
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| November 7, 2009, 10:03 pm
Quoting Thomas N
finally I stopped at a pick-a-bricik wall and got some more roads,so the new expansion of Blocktropolis is finished and uploaded, right here for any one who wants to check it out: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/111975

Do they currently have roads in the store PABs?
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| November 8, 2009, 2:09 pm
I am new to the Microcity concept. Can you give me an idea of how big these creations are (in real dims)? For example Shannonia and Blocktropolis? Thanks.
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| November 27, 2009, 2:38 am
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Quoting George K
I am new to the Microcity concept. Can you give me an idea of how big these creations are (in real dims)? For example Shannonia and Blocktropolis? Thanks.

Well, Shannonia started on one 16x16 baseplate - http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/32141 - and held over a dozen little buildings. By adding on a little (or a lot) at a time, it now measures 128x64 studs - http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/75124 - and contains hundreds of structures.

Blocktropolis and JD Luse's microcities are built in about the same scale as Shannonia -- which is, I think, about as small as you can get and still have a multitude of building designs. Because you can pack so many buildings in a small space, you can make a healthy-looking metropolis quickly and with relatively few parts. The resulting structures won't be particularly "realistic," but they look cool together.

On the other hand, there is the Micropolis scale - http://twinlug.com/micropolis-micro-city-standard/ - in which a 16x16 base is designed to fit one building. You can make better-detailed (and thus more realistic) buildings at the larger scale, but you either need a lot of Lego or some collaborators to make a good-sized chunk of city.

And of course there are plenty of microcities here in the group that fall somewhere in between, as far as scale goes.

I believe Shannonia is still the biggest by a single builder... last I looked though, Blocktropolis was getting pretty hefty too. Interestingly, Thomas and I both started small and expanded our microcities over time. I think it's easier to do that than start out with some large space you want to fill with buildings.

Hope you found all that useful and/or interesting!

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| November 27, 2009, 8:03 pm
George - You should build some buildings, either scale. It's fun. As you might guess I like the Micropolis standard and it sure is a parts hog. Not so bad if you only do one building but if you build a lot and don't take them apart it sure adds up.

That Shrine and garden I made is 96 by 96 studs and it ate up a lot of the green that I had. I have nearly no green plate left and so far nothing has surfaced in the pick-a-brick. That's where the lime green 1x1 round plates came from. I used a couple of hand fulls as shrubs.

Still, the amount of detail that you can create when building that scale is quite remarkable. We are using a 32x32 square as one city block. We cheat it abit. It's more about the look.

I have it in the back of my head to do some smaller scale buildings but haven't gotten to that yet. I'm also dabbling with Corner Cafe size. Get some minifigs in there. Too much to do.

see ya
garth
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| November 28, 2009, 12:48 am
Thank you, Shannon and Garth for your replies and encouraging comments. Even though the Micropolis standard does result in "realism," I would like to try my hand in smaller scales, where I can fit a huge Metropolis in my pocket. :-)

If I do, I would be getting back into Lego after many, many years of absence. Any advice on how to acquire the tons of tiny bricks such a small scale would require? Ebay? Any specific dealers? Can you buy micro-bricks in lots? Or only one-by-one?

I imagine the standard 2x4 brick isn't very useful here.
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| November 28, 2009, 7:03 am
This might seem totally random and off topic, but I made a microcity with three of the 12x12 brick plate things (I have absolutely no idea what they are called) and it is still growing I will try and post soon.
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| November 28, 2009, 9:23 am
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Quoting George K
Any advice on how to acquire the tons of tiny bricks such a small scale would require?

One word: Bricklink! http://www.bricklink.com/index.asp (Which I have lovingly dubbed Cracklink due to its highly addictive qualities.)

Bricklink is like a big online mall, composed of hundreds (if not thousands) of different stores. You can search for a specific part in a specific color in a specific quantity and find who's got them at the best price. You can find discontinued parts/colors that Lego's Pick-a-Brick will not have.

The parts I've found indispensable for microcitying at the Shannonia scale are:
the cheese slope - http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=50746
the grill tile - http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=2412b
the "Travis" brick - http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=4733

I'd never have been able to amass the quantities I have in a whole range of colors without multiple Bricklink orders. Can't recommend it enough!

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| November 28, 2009, 3:25 pm
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Quoting Thomas N
I think this next expansion I've planned and are working on might just push Blocktropolis over the top, I'm worried it might outgrow the kitchen table, I'd have to find a new photo place.

Sounds like I'd better get cracking on Shannonia's long-overdue next expansion, then. Although it's already outgrown my build/photography area too!

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| November 28, 2009, 3:29 pm
Gah, I'll have to double the size of my city in a few days to keep up with this...
Well, it's on two 16x16 baseplates tho, so it's not a danger to anyone.
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| November 28, 2009, 4:04 pm
Quoting Shannon Young
Sounds like I'd better get cracking on Shannonia's long-overdue next expansion, then. Although it's already outgrown my build/photography area too!

YES!
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| November 28, 2009, 4:13 pm
For my city: Shannon, do you use medium blue tiles for your ocean, or just plain blue?
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| November 29, 2009, 11:57 am
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Quoting Ryan Tyblo
For my city: Shannon, do you use medium blue tiles for your ocean, or just plain blue?

Plain blue. They were a lot cheaper to get in bulk than the dark or light shades. Dark and light blue tiles are more common now, but I'd bet regular blue ones are still cheaper, especially for the 1x1 tiles.

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| November 30, 2009, 2:25 am
for my expansion I will have to buy some parts, I just organized a pick-a-brick and bricklink order, there a bit pricey though so I will have to eliminate some parts =(
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| November 30, 2009, 6:54 am
Quoting Shannon Young
Quoting Ryan Tyblo
For my city: Shannon, do you use medium blue tiles for your ocean, or just plain blue?

Plain blue. They were a lot cheaper to get in bulk than the dark or light shades. Dark and light blue tiles are more common now, but I'd bet regular blue ones are still cheaper, especially for the 1x1 tiles.

Ok thanks, I was trying to figure out what color I should use for my city when I build some lake in it. (I decided, hey, why not make a lake? Everyone else has an ocean.) In the biggest expansion the tiles look oddly light, perhaps because the photos are outdoor.
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| November 30, 2009, 5:08 pm
Hey, Shannon, I noticed you use a lot of grill tiles for sidewalks. Is that representing something specific, or you just got a good deal on a grill mega-lot? :-)
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| December 2, 2009, 11:47 pm
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Quoting Aspiring Legotect
Hey, Shannon, I noticed you use a lot of grill tiles for sidewalks. Is that representing something specific, or you just got a good deal on a grill mega-lot? :-)

I use them to represent parking lots, or otherwise paved areas. I think they're more easily distinguishable from the streets than regular tiles would be.

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| December 4, 2009, 12:34 am
Heeeeelp!!!!!

I just added my first microcity creation and it does not show up! I did it under this group, so it should show up, right? Or is it awaiting moderation?

Maybe I should call my city microlostcity.
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| December 8, 2009, 10:34 am
Quoting Aspiring Legotect
Heeeeelp!!!!!

I just added my first microcity creation and it does not show up! I did it under this group, so it should show up, right? Or is it awaiting moderation?

Maybe I should call my city microlostcity.

Never mind. I figured it out.
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| December 12, 2009, 2:43 am
Quoting Thomas N
If you want a couple hundred pieces at a low price, then eBay is the way to go. the trouble with eBay is, you have no control over which pieces you get. You might end up with tons of regular system bricks and not as many micro bricks. There is no control, but you can get high volumes at low prices.

Now if you're looking to pick and choose which bricks you get, bricklink and the lego store's pick-a-brick are both options. With these sites, you pay by the brick, so it comes out much more expensive if you want a lot of pieces. Both sites work on pretty much the same principals, except bricklink has many stores with sellers who are just average Lego owners. Pick-a-brick is run by the lego company, so I've found it more reliable. However, bricklink has much better piece selection.

Good luck in your search, I can't wait to see your city!


I get the impression that pick-a-brick has unlimited supply of each piece, as opposed to BL dealers. Is that true? (I am George K, just changed my MOCpages ID to something more... meaningful.)

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| December 13, 2009, 11:05 pm
Quoting Thomas N
Thanks Shannon. Yes I did ask you before, I posted it in a comment on one of your Shannonia pages. When I never got a responce, I thought you hadn't seen it.

That seems like the time with the Treetop Hotel...
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| January 3, 2010, 4:38 pm
Quoting Aspiring Legotect

I get the impression that pick-a-brick has unlimited supply of each piece, as opposed to BL dealers. Is that true? (I am George K, just changed my MOCpages ID to something more... meaningful.)

Well I have seen a FEW pieces out of stock on PAB.
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| January 3, 2010, 4:40 pm
Quoting Thomas N
Oh yeah, well I have a bay!

And JD Luse has a lake too.... At least he has two other bodies of water to make the lake hardly noticed.... And now I can make Lakeshore Drive!
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| January 3, 2010, 4:43 pm
Hi everyone, I come with some questions/ideas/advertising/well, mostly advertising.

So, first I'd like to say that I completly overhauled Bricktopia, which has a very unimaginative name, considering changing it, but I have no ideas for such a city...

The lanscape remains the same, but the buildings are mostly new. I didn't add much to the beach area, really, tho I am considering adding several houses and replacing all of the bricks with tiles, when I buy some from Bricklink. I'm waiting for my supplier to get them really...

Anyway, one thing I've noticed is that a lot of cities out there have dark grey tiles for roads. Is this a stereotype for microcities? I find that light grey roads add a bit more... light to the city, which is why I use them. Just wanted to say that.

Anyway, I'd really like for people to comment on Bricktopia... *Is killed for advertising*

I just realized that I use a grand total of... 5 grill tiles in my city. Three of them are on the Blue Moon Hotel, and one of them is on top of the bank building. After counting those (That was easy...) I counted the cheese, and came to 30 (Unless I counted something twice).

One part I find most useful in microcities it the jumper plate. Also usefull is the round brick, for towers... Pretty much every piece will find its way into a microcity, I guess.

I's like to ask if anyone else uses the 1x1 clip in another 1x1 clip tehnique for small buildings... An example you can see on Stud Island's shore, right next to the bridge.

Speakingof bridges, how does everyone make bridges? I believe mine is nice actually...


And that's it, pretty much... Thank you for reading, and please at least visit the city, it means a lot to me, after spending a lot of time redesigning it.
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| January 3, 2010, 5:37 pm
Quoting Rakoua SuperSonic
Anyway, one thing I've noticed is that a lot of cities out there have dark grey tiles for roads. Is this a stereotype for microcities? I find that light grey roads add a bit more... light to the city, which is why I use them. Just wanted to say that.

I personally use dark bluish gray for my city, which I think is what people usually use. I guess it's the closest to the real color of a road, and black looks horrible.
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| March 13, 2010, 6:26 pm
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