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Hey all,

Now that Brickworld is over I promise I'll TRY to keep up with this group.

Any questions you have, let em rip (just be sure to flush in between) and I'll do my best to answer.

As always, anyone else is allowed to answer if they have input that would help the conversation.

Fire away!

~Chris.
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| July 16, 2013, 9:01 pm
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Quoting Nick Pascale
Outrageous "SUNDAY IN THE PARK" by George Seurat! Wish we had events like this in New York City. Chris I am getting the feeling I am being picked on, each time I try to enter a contest to showcase my work (and I work hard) it seems I do something wrong! This time I got lambasted by Mr. Xeno! Who read me the "riot act" the rules in this "SUPERHERO" contest need a college education to understand and that's strange since I have 9 credits towards my doctorate! Have you been watching my work? (lately?) I did 34 separate WIZARD OF OZ stuff, many things your OUTRAGEOUS DISPLAY didn't cover! and more important - Have you seen all my SUPERHERO stuff? New mini figures, secret identities, villains, vignettes, why just look at my SUPERHERO TRADING CARDS! I am hopeful I may win! I designed each with at least 90-95% LEGO Pieces! using stickers only when needed! Can you help? I think I did all I was supposed to: Name, Superhero or sidekick, name of offering - but - who knows? Maybe I forgot how to read! I'd hate to think you are a closed group! Sorry I am not a midwesterner or Westerner. I am HURT! THANK YOU for listening and as always - GOD BLESS!


Hey Nick,
Ok, let’s try and go through and answer your questions here. As for the contest thing, you have to remember that a good 90% of contests on MOCpages (Xeno’s included) have very specific start and end dates AND specific categories that need to be adhered to. Simply adding a moc of yours is not going to be accepted the majority of the time as each category calls for a specific thing. Not only that, but also for most contests you are not allowed to even start building an entry until a certain date/time (the MocOlympics and MocAthalon are the same in that regard) AND (again, for 90% of contests) each moc must be a new build done specifically for the contest and category in question. Answering the “superhero/sidekick” thing from Xeno’s contest, all that is is specifying if you’re an AFOL or T/KFOL. It has nothing to do with the moc you’re supposed to build. As for your stuff, yes I have been looking at them. I simply don’t have as much time these days as I’d like to leave comments. Between work, family time, mocpages administration stuff and then adding in my own personal build/sorting time (still working on sorting my stuff from Oz…. only about one TRUNK full of to go) and any other side stuff and all I do in VirtuaLUG (which I can’t talk about because like “Fight Club” the first rule of V-LUG is you don’t talk about V-LUG. And the second rule is you do NOT talk about V-LUG hehe) and really… I’m tapped out. So I apologize for not being able to comment on everything like I used to (just had a convo about this issue with another builder on mocpages last week) but there’s simply not enough hours in the day… or days in the week for that matter. As for being a closed group, NOT at ALL! All of my contests (and most of the others I’ve seen run by others) are open to ALL MOCpages members. I’ll admit that there are certain things that are specifically for VirtuaLUG members (like secret santa and the collaborative builds) but the contests are for anyone who wishes to play. I think where you’re getting tripped up may be in the fact that you’re entering mocs that you’ve built for yourself into contests that need new and original builds built for said contest. And also just to clarify, geography has NOTHING to do with ANYTHING we do here on mocpages. VirtuaLUG has people from all corners of the world, not just the US or Canada. Xeno’s in Germany, Leda’s in New Zealand, Stu’s in England, Shannon Ocean is from Australia… and that’s just to name a very few. Hope that helped clear up some of the questions you had and if you need anything else feel free to drop me a line in the MOCpages advice group. ~ Chris.

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| July 16, 2013, 9:02 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Hey all,

Now that Brickworld is over I promise I'll TRY to keep up with this group.

Any questions you have, let em rip (just be sure to flush in between) and I'll do my best to answer.

As always, anyone else is allowed to answer if they have input that would help the conversation.

Fire away!

~Chris.

Thanks Mr. Phipson! I was looking forward to seeing the group coming back, and I would love any input on this: http://www.mocpages.com/folder.php/166747 (This is a link to the folder containing the MOC, which is in WIPs). It might not be something you usually build, but any advice you have would be much appreciated!
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| July 16, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Quoting Achintya Prasad
Thanks Mr. Phipson! I was looking forward to seeing the group coming back, and I would love any input on this: http://www.mocpages.com/folder.php/166747 (This is a link to the folder containing the MOC, which is in WIPs). It might not be something you usually build, but any advice you have would be much appreciated!


Well, well, that IS impressive! I'd say you're on the right track there and I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing those elevators you tried so hard NOT to hint at.

The wip's coming along nicely so I don't really have too much in the way of advice so far. I see you're running out of tiles though... Maybe you could try to smooth some of the deck out using some SNOT techniques? Of course I don't know what your grey brick collection looks like so that might be a wash if it's less than the tile. Maybe having the elevator sections built SNOT so as not to use tile? Maybe that would help free up some more for some of the rest of the deck.

Also, perhaps you could use regular plates in a few areas and have figs or other accessories (fuel pumps or whatever) covering up the studs?

Hope that little bit I had helps ya in the grand scheme and PLEASE let me know when you post another wip, I'd love to see the progress!
~Chris.
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| July 16, 2013, 10:08 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Well, well, that IS impressive! I'd say you're on the right track there and I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing those elevators you tried so hard NOT to hint at.

The wip's coming along nicely so I don't really have too much in the way of advice so far. I see you're running out of tiles though... Maybe you could try to smooth some of the deck out using some SNOT techniques? Of course I don't know what your grey brick collection looks like so that might be a wash if it's less than the tile. Maybe having the elevator sections built SNOT so as not to use tile? Maybe that would help free up some more for some of the rest of the deck.

Also, perhaps you could use regular plates in a few areas and have figs or other accessories (fuel pumps or whatever) covering up the studs?

Hope that little bit I had helps ya in the grand scheme and PLEASE let me know when you post another wip, I'd love to see the progress!
~Chris.

Thank you Mr. Phipson! If I do plan on posting another WIP, I will definitely add it into the group ;-), though, it's all on IF. I had a proud collection of about 500 tiles (yes, small to you AFOLs, but massive for me) and I just scraped past; I have about fifteen-twenty tiles left :-0. The elevator for me is the big thing; I shall see how that progress. Thanks for the help and support!
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| July 16, 2013, 10:21 pm
Hey Chris, I'd like some honest feedback on this story I'm working on. Here's a link, and to view in the proper order, it's Inside Information, then Traitor, and finally To Tomeu. Thanks.
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| July 16, 2013, 10:34 pm
Quoting Garrett A.
Hey Chris, I'd like some honest feedback on this story I'm working on. Here's a link, and to view in the proper order, it's Inside Information, then Traitor, and finally To Tomeu. Thanks.


FORGETFUL FAIL! XD But seriously, here's the link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/166060
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| July 16, 2013, 10:35 pm
Quoting Garrett A.

FORGETFUL FAIL! XD But seriously, here's the link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/166060

Uh Garrett, that's the wrong link.
And Chris, I would love feedback on my self-moc http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/364758
for let's say V2 of him.

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| July 17, 2013, 12:36 am
Aaaaaand I had to go to bed at that point XD. OK, I think I have it this time: (I am so embarrassed >.<) http://www.mocpages.com/folder.php/167780
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| July 17, 2013, 8:25 am
I'm having a really strange problem
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| July 17, 2013, 12:56 pm
Welcome back, Mr. Phipson. Our question is from your Winter thread, and is as follows:

Hey Mr. Phipson, I'm not really requesting any advice, but I didn't know where else to put this. So I'm sorry if this isn't the right place to ask. Anyway, a friend and I were hoping to start a contest that I think a lot of people would be interested in. The problem is, the last time we tried to do a contest it pretty much failed. We didn't have a lot of contestants, and in the end our finalists didn't even build an entry. We're aware that you and a few other AFOLs have hosted/judged multiple successful contests over MOCpages, including the MOColympics and MOCathalon. So, we were wondering, would you like to help us? Our goal is to get the contest started with as many contestants possible, and for us to do it by ourselves would be extremely hard to accomplish. Having someone well known and respected throughout the community would be a big help to getting people motivated and involved, and hopefully have a successful event. If you can't help us, we would completely understand. If you can't, could you possibly give us some suggestions?

Love,
Josh and Cade
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| July 17, 2013, 1:22 pm
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Quoting Nate Bott
I'm having a really strange problem


Hi Nate,

What seems to be your problem? I'll need a few details to be able to figure out what you need.

Now, I know you're new so if your problem is that you are having trouble leaving comments then it's simply that new accounts need to be approved before comments can be left without having to be moderated. Take this comment that I'm responding to for example. I had to approve the comment. It doesn't mean that you can't leave comments and communicate, just that until your account is approved we (staff) have to approve each comment.

How do you get your account approved you ask? Simple, just post a Lego creation and your account will be put into line to be approved (MOCpages staff approves accounts every day so it will take up to 24 hours from the time you post it to be approved). Once your account is approved then you'll be able to comment anywhere you like.

So, if that WASN'T your problem... what else can I help you with?

~Chris.

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| July 18, 2013, 2:59 am
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Quoting Josh B.
Welcome back, Mr. Phipson. Our question is from your Winter thread, and is as follows:

Hey Mr. Phipson, I'm not really requesting any advice, but I didn't know where else to put this. So I'm sorry if this isn't the right place to ask. Anyway, a friend and I were hoping to start a contest that I think a lot of people would be interested in. The problem is, the last time we tried to do a contest it pretty much failed. We didn't have a lot of contestants, and in the end our finalists didn't even build an entry. We're aware that you and a few other AFOLs have hosted/judged multiple successful contests over MOCpages, including the MOColympics and MOCathalon. So, we were wondering, would you like to help us? Our goal is to get the contest started with as many contestants possible, and for us to do it by ourselves would be extremely hard to accomplish. Having someone well known and respected throughout the community would be a big help to getting people motivated and involved, and hopefully have a successful event. If you can't help us, we would completely understand. If you can't, could you possibly give us some suggestions?

Love,
Josh and Cade


Hey Josh,

I'm always glad to help out whenever and whereever I can. I do however have a couple of questions for ya going in to it...

What kind of time frame are you looking at here? I ask because right now I'm helping Xeno with his superhero contest and right after that we go right into the MocOlympics which will last until late November or early December. After that there's a little bit of down time before the MocAthalon starts which I have to start preping for in late January/early February.

Also, what is the theme/idea for your contest? While I may not be available to provide direct support I'm ALWAYS happy to lend advice for tightening things up in the rules and showing how proper organization is either the death or life of a contest.

And finally, just to put it out there right up front, I can say right now that there's about a .01% chance that I'd be able to "play" in any contests. As far as building goes I'm pretty much stretched to my limit right now. I have a (insert secret project name here) that I have to get done before the end of the month, I'm still sorting from the Oz collaborative and then after that I have to get right back into BrickWorld mode (ALREADY!??!) for 2014. So I'm just being up front that me having time for any building... yeah, probably not gonna happen. Not due to any neglect of want mind you, I just won't have the physical time to be able to devote to it.

Alrighty then... whatcha got?
~Chris.
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| July 18, 2013, 3:06 am
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Quoting Garrett A.
Aaaaaand I had to go to bed at that point XD. OK, I think I have it this time: (I am so embarrassed >.<) http://www.mocpages.com/folder.php/167780


Ok, now that you got the whole link thing figured out... ;)

Not bad at all on that story. A couple of quick notes for ya.

The writting itself is very well done. You've thought out which words to use and are using proper sentence structure and all that good stuff so nice work there (you don't know how many times I've come across stories that are just poorly written and it just throws the whole concept right down the sewer).

I'm not sure if this will be addressed later on in the story but there is a lack of "background." I understand that sometimes there's things that need to be left unsaid at the begining of a story as to allow for some reveals later on. However in this case I find myself wondering "Who are these people?" "What's the world they're set in?" "What's the overall premise of the story?"

Again, I totally understand that some things need to be left for later and that's not what I'm getting at here. Think more like... the back cover of any book in a book store. You see a cover of a book with a guy fighting a dragon say. You say to yourself "that looks interesting." and pick it up. What's the first thing you do? You turn the book over and read the back cover right? That's how you know if you'll be interested in the story and whether or not you should bother. Perhaps a short paragraph at the begining of the first episode providing a quick "Here's hero "x". He's on a mission to find "y" jewel, the only thing that can save the kingdom. But he must defeat the "z" in order to bring peace to his beloved land..."

See what I did there? Now you know who the hero is, what he must do and what he must face in order to do it and I did it in three sentences.

K then, build. Really not too shabby. If I understand correctly you're working from a limited parts collection? 'Tis truly the bane of all builders (even those with 100,000 parts collections like me). Don't be discouraged by lack of parts, those come in time. In the mean time you're doing what you can with what you have available. You're starting to find how the parts go together to form natural shapes (nice little tree by the way) and the rest just comes with time and practice.

I would like to suggest the same thing that I usually suggest to just about everyone that asks for advice, take... your... time.

I'm not saying you didn't of course, just that it's something that I still do to this day. Build what you're going to build and then take a step back and look at it. Is it TRULY finished? (the answer is no, not ever, but that's a whole other story/issue) Could you add maybe one more flower or take away that bush or rock to make the overall look that much better? Once you're "done" with your moc, let it sit for a day and ferment. When you come back the following morning, did it age like a fine wine or more like what the dog left in the yard last night? (not saying yours is dog "stuff" so don't take it that way. Just making an analogy)

Finally, I do have to say that the final episode was rather... well... brief. That whole episode could have been tacked on to the end of the second one very easily and is the direction I would have gone with it. Having the hero race off to his adventure is a good way to leave the audience wanting more. While having an entire post dedicated to just a single panel is a little wastefull in my opinion.

And that's about it. Hope my advice helped steer you in the right direction!

Good luck!
~Chris.
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| July 18, 2013, 6:18 am
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Quoting X ~
Uh Garrett, that's the wrong link.
And Chris, I would love feedback on my self-moc http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/364758
for let's say V2 of him.


Hey X,

Let's start with the build itself as that won't take long at all. Overall form, good. Posability, nice. Interchangable accessories, fun! The color scheme works well also which brings me to my "down side" of this moc...

Dude... you have GOT to get a better background for this. The black and white pattern on the wall made it almost impossible to see the details of the moc. Had the moc been all red, different story altogether. But mixing that black and white background with the white and darker colors on the moc... dude, it was like looking at one of those hidden picture things where you keep trying to see the sailboat but can never quite focus enough to make it appear (and I think I saw a puppy but that may just be sleep deprivation talking).

Short version, use a clean, solid background for your picture taking. Really any single color will do. Of course you have to pick the right background color for the color of the moc in question. For example a black moc on a black background is never a good combination. So find yourself a nice blank wall or my personal favorite, a couple of pieces of cheap poster board from any corner drugstore (like Walgreens) should do the trick.

Hope that helped some and good luck!
~Chris.
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| July 18, 2013, 6:29 am
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Quoting Nick Pascale
I got your response---THANKS.
Ok I just got through photographing my entry!
What do I do to enter?
Can you give me a step-by-step in plain language way to enter.


hey Nick, here's how to enter your moc in the contest, copied and pasted from the group.

TITLE:
Your MOC’s name must start with the following combination:
MXSC-
R1- (or R2-, depending if it’s round 1 or 2)
and a title as you like

Example:
MXSC-R1 – Superman’s superpants
or
MXSC-R2 – Bunker’s night out
etc.

INTRODUCTION:
Your creation’s introduction must contain:
- your group (SUPERHERO or SIDEKICK)
- the name of the category (for example “Old” or “Vehicle” (not actual categories, just examples))

You might add a link back to the contest group. You can’t do this in the introduction field, since it doesn’t allow HTML. But it’s not stringently required anyway.


And that's all there is to it. Good luck and I look forward to judging your entry!
~Chris.
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| July 18, 2013, 6:40 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Ok, now that you got the whole link thing figured out... ;)

(I'll be responding under your text)

Not bad at all on that story. A couple of quick notes for ya.

Thanks.

The writting itself is very well done. You've thought out which words to use and are using proper sentence structure and all that good stuff so nice work there (you don't know how many times I've come across stories that are just poorly written and it just throws the whole concept right down the sewer).

Thanks again.

I'm not sure if this will be addressed later on in the story but there is a lack of "background." I understand that sometimes there's things that need to be left unsaid at the begining of a story as to allow for some reveals later on. However in this case I find myself wondering "Who are these people?" "What's the world they're set in?" "What's the overall premise of the story?"

OK, this is what I was afraid of...

See, this is all for a certain group I'm in called Lands of Mythron, (I won't make you read the whole thing, I barely made it out alive myself :P) and that gives a detailed history of the land, the factions, the places, everything. Honestly I'm still figuring everything out. As for my character, Doleus, he was just a random captain of the guard, as explained in my character intro. Adamus... Well.... He's my friend's character, so backstory on him here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/363898

Aaaand the mystery men... Well, it would kinda defeat the purpose to say much about them :P.

Again, I totally understand that some things need to be left for later and that's not what I'm getting at here. Think more like... the back cover of any book in a book store. You see a cover of a book with a guy fighting a dragon say. You say to yourself "that looks interesting." and pick it up. What's the first thing you do? You turn the book over and read the back cover right? That's how you know if you'll be interested in the story and whether or not you should bother. Perhaps a short paragraph at the begining of the first episode providing a quick "Here's hero "x". He's on a mission to find "y" jewel, the only thing that can save the kingdom. But he must defeat the "z" in order to bring peace to his beloved land..."

See what I did there? Now you know who the hero is, what he must do and what he must face in order to do it and I did it in three sentences.

As I said, merely a captain of the guard, so no munsters just yet :P. I'll probably do an episode of Doleus reminiscing about his past, to sate people's curiosity, though :),

K then, build. Really not too shabby. If I understand correctly you're working from a limited parts collection? 'Tis truly the bane of all builders (even those with 100,000 parts collections like me). Don't be discouraged by lack of parts, those come in time. In the mean time you're doing what you can with what you have available. You're starting to find how the parts go together to form natural shapes (nice little tree by the way) and the rest just comes with time and practice.

Yup, not many parts, but, I have a Bricklink now, and I'm d@ngerous! (Sorry, don't wanna trip the censor) I'm working on a 48/48 dio right now, and I'm not sure whether I'll make my regular level of detail or not. (It's a castle/city MOC, so far so good)

I would like to suggest the same thing that I usually suggest to just about everyone that asks for advice, take... your... time.

Does never working more than an hour a day count? :P

But seriously, will do.

I'm not saying you didn't of course, just that it's something that I still do to this day. Build what you're going to build and then take a step back and look at it. Is it TRULY finished? (the answer is no, not ever, but that's a whole other story/issue) Could you add maybe one more flower or take away that bush or rock to make the overall look that much better? Once you're "done" with your moc, let it sit for a day and ferment. When you come back the following morning, did it age like a fine wine or more like what the dog left in the yard last night? (not saying yours is dog "stuff" so don't take it that way. Just making an analogy)

I know that feeling.

See, I have like 40-50 Bionicle MOCs assembled, (System parts: lacking. Bio parts? Not so much :P) And, I'm always trying to make them better. So, by the time I've finished a set of revamps, the others pale in comparison! D8

Finally, I do have to say that the final episode was rather... well... brief. That whole episode could have been tacked on to the end of the second one very easily and is the direction I would have gone with it. Having the hero race off to his adventure is a good way to leave the audience wanting more. While having an entire post dedicated to just a single panel is a little wastefull in my opinion.

Honestly, that was just to sweep up 3 more points in that group :P. I spent 20 minutes on the MOC, photo, post. Done.

And that's about it. Hope my advice helped steer you in the right direction!

It does! :D

Good luck!

Thanks!
~Chris.


...



Well, what do I say down here? :P.
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| July 18, 2013, 10:30 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Hi Nate,

What seems to be your problem? I'll need a few details to be able to figure out what you need.

Now, I know you're new so if your problem is that you are having trouble leaving comments then it's simply that new accounts need to be approved before comments can be left without having to be moderated. Take this comment that I'm responding to for example. I had to approve the comment. It doesn't mean that you can't leave comments and communicate, just that until your account is approved we (staff) have to approve each comment.

How do you get your account approved you ask? Simple, just post a Lego creation and your account will be put into line to be approved (MOCpages staff approves accounts every day so it will take up to 24 hours from the time you post it to be approved). Once your account is approved then you'll be able to comment anywhere you like.

So, if that WASN'T your problem... what else can I help you with?

~Chris.


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| July 18, 2013, 10:50 am
Hey Chris, sorry if this question is better suited to the MOCpages Help group, but I feel like that's more for technical issues than my question.
Will there be MOCie awards this year, or that other contest/event you'd hinted at last summer?
I know you're super busy, so I'm assuming no, but best to check anyways.
Cheers,
LukeClarenceVan
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| July 18, 2013, 2:36 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Hey Josh,

I'm always glad to help out whenever and whereever I can. I do however have a couple of questions for ya going in to it...

What kind of time frame are you looking at here? I ask because right now I'm helping Xeno with his superhero contest and right after that we go right into the MocOlympics which will last until late November or early December. After that there's a little bit of down time before the MocAthalon starts which I have to start preping for in late January/early February.

Also, what is the theme/idea for your contest? While I may not be available to provide direct support I'm ALWAYS happy to lend advice for tightening things up in the rules and showing how proper organization is either the death or life of a contest.

And finally, just to put it out there right up front, I can say right now that there's about a .01% chance that I'd be able to "play" in any contests. As far as building goes I'm pretty much stretched to my limit right now. I have a (insert secret project name here) that I have to get done before the end of the month, I'm still sorting from the Oz collaborative and then after that I have to get right back into BrickWorld mode (ALREADY!??!) for 2014. So I'm just being up front that me having time for any building... yeah, probably not gonna happen. Not due to any neglect of want mind you, I just won't have the physical time to be able to devote to it.

Alrighty then... whatcha got?
~Chris.

I think that between December and January would be fine. As it is now, we're planning on having four rounds total, three of which will take place in a period of ten days. The last round will take a week. A big problem with the time here though is school. It won't be a problem with Josh and I, but we're afraid it might be a bad time for a majority of the contestants. And even considering that most of the contestants that are still in school will probably have some sort of "winter break," they may still be crunched on time to build. Of course, we would be able to wait before starting the contest until a better time frame opened up. So no rush here.
Now the idea: Last year, we started up a contest called "The Song of Ages," where basically contestants would build either a given song or a chosen song. This could be a build based off of a music video, a personal interpretation, etc etc. The main rule here was that lyrics had to be present in the song. So no, no Dubstep.
Lastly, you don't have to worry about competing. We both realize you are a busy AFOL, so we're not requiring you to build. Josh and I both believe that a lot of people would enjoy a contest like this, but the problem with our first attempt was that we weren't able to get enough contestants for the contest in the first place.
But anyway, we're hoping you can help us any way you can.
Thanks,
Cade (the other guy)
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| July 18, 2013, 5:34 pm
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Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Hey Chris, sorry if this question is better suited to the MOCpages Help group, but I feel like that's more for technical issues than my question.
Will there be MOCie awards this year, or that other contest/event you'd hinted at last summer?
I know you're super busy, so I'm assuming no, but best to check anyways.
Cheers,
LukeClarenceVan


Yeap, you chose the right group for the question.

And the answer is... (drum roll please)

Yeap, last year was the final year for the MOCie Awards. I just felt that there wasn't enough for the participants to actually DO in that event. It had a good run (4 years if memory serves) and it was time to let it go. It;s not like it was an "actual" contest like the others...

And speaking of others... Again, if memory serves (and it usually doesn't mind you) I think I may have been referring to Xeno's superhero contest as being the "summer event" that I was going to be involved with. Of course... I may just be having a typical AFOL brain leak.

~Chris.
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| July 20, 2013, 10:19 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Yeap, last year was the final year for the MOCie Awards. I just felt that there wasn't enough for the participants to actually DO in that event. It had a good run (4 years if memory serves) and it was time to let it go. It;s not like it was an "actual" contest like the others...
~Chris.

I think it was the differences with the MOCie event that made it uniquely special. Bring it back!

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| July 20, 2013, 1:25 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Yeap, you chose the right group for the question.

And the answer is... (drum roll please)

Yeap, last year was the final year for the MOCie Awards. I just felt that there wasn't enough for the participants to actually DO in that event. It had a good run (4 years if memory serves) and it was time to let it go. It;s not like it was an "actual" contest like the others...

And speaking of others... Again, if memory serves (and it usually doesn't mind you) I think I may have been referring to Xeno's superhero contest as being the "summer event" that I was going to be involved with. Of course... I may just be having a typical AFOL brain leak.

~Chris.

Well, I suppose it was a lot of work with relatively little community participation, but still my favourite contest around. I'm glad I weaselled out a win before they ended, it was a great 4 years.

Ah, I should have known. Good stuff, Xeno's contests are always fun.

Well, thanks for all the time and effort you put into the MOCies, and all the other contests. It's sad to see them go, but there's always something to look forward to in the meantime.


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| July 20, 2013, 4:37 pm
I am still so very upset about all that went on with MrXeno have you read my stuff? You haven't gotten back to me! I feel I can TRUST you I hate this feeling of stress he caused me!
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| July 23, 2013, 2:44 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Hey all,

Now that Brickworld is over I promise I'll TRY to keep up with this group.

Any questions you have, let em rip (just be sure to flush in between) and I'll do my best to answer.

As always, anyone else is allowed to answer if they have input that would help the conversation.

Fire away!

~Chris.

Well, Mr. Phipson, I am afraid that I can't say that there will be any more WIPs.

Thats because, the finished MOC is here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/366353
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| August 1, 2013, 1:51 pm
 Group admin 
The 2013 MocOlympics group is OPEN!

Come on over, sign up and get ready to throw down!

http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/22965
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| August 15, 2013, 3:22 am
Mr. Phipson,
If you have a minute, I would really appreciate some honest feedback/constructive criticism on this MOC:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/367672
Normally I would not be one to ask for attention/checking out of MOCs, but I feel as if this creation is missing something. I was happy enough with the build in person, but looking at the post I feel it is missing something, and I would like a second opinion. Is there anything that jumps out at you as lacking?
Thank you very much,
A M
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| August 25, 2013, 8:44 pm
Hello once again, Mr. Phipson! I was wondering, what can you tell me about this particular MOC? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/370674

For some reason, I kinda feel it lacks something...
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| September 22, 2013, 1:11 pm
Quoting Achintya Prasad
Hello once again, Mr. Phipson! I was wondering, what can you tell me about this particular MOC? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/370674

For some reason, I kinda feel it lacks something...

I'm not Phipson, but if you're willing to take the advice of someone else...
I took a look and think that it's a stellar MOC. Maybe a base, just something as simple as a line of black bricks around the outside, might work? In my opinion the build isn't lacking anything, but if you feel it's missing something you could always give that a shot.
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| September 22, 2013, 5:03 pm
Quoting A M
I'm not Phipson, but if you're willing to take the advice of someone else...
I took a look and think that it's a stellar MOC. Maybe a base, just something as simple as a line of black bricks around the outside, might work? In my opinion the build isn't lacking anything, but if you feel it's missing something you could always give that a shot.

Thanks. A base would be a good idea; maybe help round it out. I might give it a try next time; but first, I have to find the required amount of black slopes :-0
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| September 22, 2013, 6:23 pm
Quoting Achintya Prasad
Thanks. A base would be a good idea; maybe help round it out. I might give it a try next time; but first, I have to find the required amount of black slopes :-0

My pleasure. Slopes, or something like this, which would accomplish basically the same thing: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/369036
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| September 22, 2013, 7:15 pm
Quoting A M
My pleasure. Slopes, or something like this, which would accomplish basically the same thing: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/369036

Oh yeah; black tiles. I think I can get a hold of those. I'll (hopefully) remember to that on my next creation like that.....
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| September 22, 2013, 7:16 pm
What I don't understand is why some MOCs of mine that are really bad get popular, and my REALLY good ones just get looked over.

Example

A good one.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/370882

A bad one.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/233127

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| September 24, 2013, 11:08 pm
Quoting Caleb R
What I don't understand is why some MOCs of mine that are really bad get popular, and my REALLY good ones just get looked over.

Example

A good one.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/370882

A bad one.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/233127

That's actually kind of interesting.
I think in that case, the boom-mike one has an interesting main photo, whereas the town one's main picture doesn't draw people in as much.
I've found presentation often has a bigger effect on popularity than talent does.
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| September 24, 2013, 11:56 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Achintya Prasad
Hello once again, Mr. Phipson! I was wondering, what can you tell me about this particular MOC? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/370674

For some reason, I kinda feel it lacks something...


I agree that a base around the edges would do it some good. The other thing that jumped out and mulekicked me was the water area.

I think you were going for "rough water" and "waves" but it kinda came off like there was just some pieces left on there by accident when you took the pics.

It's kinda like you started to fill in the water and just stopped half way through. If you're going to build up the water then you have to go whole hog on that puppy (why do I suddenly have the urge for a chilli cheese hotdog with bacon?). My advice would have been to actually leave it clear with just the blue baseplate.

Hope that helps!
~Chris.
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| September 25, 2013, 12:40 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Caleb R
What I don't understand is why some MOCs of mine that are really bad get popular, and my REALLY good ones just get looked over.

Example

A good one.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/370882

A bad one.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/233127


The good one was only just posted... The bad one was posted about 3 years ago... I'd give it some time on that one.

~Chris.
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| September 25, 2013, 12:45 am
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible
That's actually kind of interesting.
I think in that case, the boom-mike one has an interesting main photo, whereas the town one's main picture doesn't draw people in as much.
I've found presentation often has a bigger effect on popularity than talent does.

Hmm. Maybe I'll change it real quick, what would you suggest?
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| September 25, 2013, 12:47 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

The good one was only just posted... The bad one was posted about 3 years ago... I'd give it some time on that one.

~Chris.

While that is partially true, the other one got likes a lot faster, and that's not the only one.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/369381
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| September 25, 2013, 12:49 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Caleb R
While that is partially true, the other one got likes a lot faster, and that's not the only one.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/369381


Well... as they say, there's no accounting for taste.

I dunno man, mocpages can be a fickle mistress sometimes. Take a look at a couple of my last posts. My BW recap has about 600 hits. It contains pics of some of the most awesome Lego creations known to man (metaphorically speaking of course) and then there's my Birthday gift to Dennis Price that has nearly 800 hits... a small moc that I put together in a day...

Maybe it's the alignment of the stars? Your guess is as good as mine on that one man.
~Chris.
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| September 25, 2013, 12:55 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Well... as they say, there's no accounting for taste.

I dunno man, mocpages can be a fickle mistress sometimes. Take a look at a couple of my last posts. My BW recap has about 600 hits. It contains pics of some of the most awesome Lego creations known to man (metaphorically speaking of course) and then there's my Birthday gift to Dennis Price that has nearly 800 hits... a small moc that I put together in a day...

Maybe it's the alignment of the stars? Your guess is as good as mine on that one man.
~Chris.

Hmmm. I used to think it was the timing of when you post something, but I think it's pretty much completely random. I guess I'll just keep building and hope that one catches on.
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| September 25, 2013, 1:02 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

I agree that a base around the edges would do it some good. The other thing that jumped out and mulekicked me was the water area.

I think you were going for "rough water" and "waves" but it kinda came off like there was just some pieces left on there by accident when you took the pics.

It's kinda like you started to fill in the water and just stopped half way through. If you're going to build up the water then you have to go whole hog on that puppy (why do I suddenly have the urge for a chilli cheese hotdog with bacon?). My advice would have been to actually leave it clear with just the blue baseplate.

Hope that helps!
~Chris.

Thanks for the review Chris!

On this scale, those little pieces were an attempt at ice flows, though, from the pictures, I can see what you are saying. Next time, I'll stick to just keeping it blue; seems to be a better idea. Thanks again!
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| September 25, 2013, 8:34 pm
Can I use this for fall too?
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| September 29, 2013, 8:11 pm
The MOC I just put up was called multicolored or something? What is up with that?
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| September 29, 2013, 8:12 pm
Quoting Benhamin Eukatah
The MOC I just put up was called multicolored or something? What is up with that?

Presumably, it has too many colours.
It isn't rocket surgery.

Noting, of course, that making things with elaborate colour schemes isn't an inherently bad thing, but it takes a fair bit of ability to keep them from interfering with each other.

Sort of a chromatic version of an over-greebled dio; nothing wrong with the individual parts, but you put them all together and your eyes just slide off it.
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| September 30, 2013, 1:42 am
Okay, advice on this? What am I doing wrong here?

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/371210
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| September 30, 2013, 6:11 am
Quoting Caleb R
Okay, advice on this? What am I doing wrong here?

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/371210

Grammar's off, and the huge white background is somewhat distracting; you zoomed to hide the edges in the foreground, but did nothing about the back. Personally I'd've used a curved road with a hill or cliff or dense forest in the back.

Well, personally I'd've half finished it and never quite gotten around to posting it, but you know what I mean.
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| September 30, 2013, 10:12 am
Quoting Areetsa C
Grammar's off, and the huge white background is somewhat distracting; you zoomed to hide the edges in the foreground, but did nothing about the back. Personally I'd've used a curved road with a hill or cliff or dense forest in the back.

Well, personally I'd've half finished it and never quite gotten around to posting it, but you know what I mean.

Okay, I see. Now I know the problem, what could I do to fix these?
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| September 30, 2013, 10:47 am
Well. I have no ability to build backgrounds and I do not have that many pieces... I possibly could just use huge ones I got from sets long ago?
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| September 30, 2013, 10:58 am
Quoting Areetsa C
Presumably, it has too many colours.
It isn't rocket surgery.

Noting, of course, that making things with elaborate colour schemes isn't an inherently bad thing, but it takes a fair bit of ability to keep them from interfering with each other.

Sort of a chromatic version of an over-greebled dio; nothing wrong with the individual parts, but you put them all together and your eyes just slide off it.

Why does it "slide off it"
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| September 30, 2013, 11:04 am
Quoting Areetsa C
Presumably, it has too many colours.
It isn't rocket surgery.

Noting, of course, that making things with elaborate colour schemes isn't an inherently bad thing, but it takes a fair bit of ability to keep them from interfering with each other.

Sort of a chromatic version of an over-greebled dio; nothing wrong with the individual parts, but you put them all together and your eyes just slide off it.

It is not a diagram... Do I need to take better pictures? I am using my mom's old camera to take them...
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| September 30, 2013, 11:07 am
Quoting Caleb R
Okay, I see. Now I know the problem, what could I do to fix these?

A grammar guide would fix the first, but the other thing is one of those things that is or is not a problem depending on the person in question; it just seems to me that if you're hiding edges in the foreground, you should drape a figurative fig leaf over the ones in the background as well.
Quoting Benhamin Eukatah
Why does it "slide off it"

Excessively 'busy' surfaces are difficult to look at.
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| September 30, 2013, 9:17 pm
Greetings everybody.
This isn't Lego-related but;
Next year I will be trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, to raise money for the "Meningitis Research Foundation."
Please sponsor me so that I can reach my goal and get to the top of the world's tallest free-standing mountain and raise lots of money for a worthy cause!
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RobertManghan
Thank you very much.
--Blast--
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| October 29, 2013, 2:20 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Dear Mr. Phipson,

My Mi7 JF Interceptor (http://mocpages.com/moc.php/374787) is becoming fairly popular, but it seems to me as if there's something lacking in it. Would you mind critiquing it for me, if you get the time? Thank you.
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| November 25, 2013, 12:34 am
Quoting Caleb R
Okay, I see. Now I know the problem, what could I do to fix these?

Try cropping the photo.
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| November 25, 2013, 12:38 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga
Dear Mr. Phipson,

My Mi7 JF Interceptor (http://mocpages.com/moc.php/374787) is becoming fairly popular, but it seems to me as if there's something lacking in it. Would you mind critiquing it for me, if you get the time? Thank you.


Hey Thomas,

I gotta tell ya, I love that little ship! Great design! I love the way the backend is raised up and showing the engine on the rear sides there, really nice choices all round! But since you're asking for where it can be improved... The only issue I find is that the front end is a little... what's a good word... "Square". I think if you gave those front "forks" a little more shape it would have really brought the whole thing together.

But again, that's just nitpicking. Overall a great design! Good job!

~Chris.
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| November 25, 2013, 1:10 am
Quoting Caleb R
Okay, advice on this? What am I doing wrong here?

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/371210


The flash. You are very close to the subject, try using an external light (like a table lamp) and turning off the flash on the camera. You will not get that washing out of the green on the plants.

Also, did you use a tripod, or balance the camera on a stack of books? When doing close up stills it is important the camera is static. As still and stable as possible. NEVER take a close up of Lego by holding the camera in your hands, no matter how good your camera there will always be about 70% which are fuzzy or blurred.

Also, think about composition, what were you trying to focus on? If the eye was meant to be drawn to the figures on the bridge, you might want to try centring them in the frame better, I'd suggest cropping the picture to show less grass.

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| November 25, 2013, 3:25 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Hey Thomas,

I gotta tell ya, I love that little ship! Great design! I love the way the backend is raised up and showing the engine on the rear sides there, really nice choices all round! But since you're asking for where it can be improved... The only issue I find is that the front end is a little... what's a good word... "Square". I think if you gave those front "forks" a little more shape it would have really brought the whole thing together.

But again, that's just nitpicking. Overall a great design! Good job!

~Chris.


Thanks for the advice! I'll try to work on streamlining in my next fighter.

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| November 25, 2013, 7:41 am
Hey all, I was wondering if there's anything I can do to improve this: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/374805 ? I think it turned out pretty good, but I feel like maybe the path was lacking a pit...and my landscaping could use some work. Any advice?
~Brick
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| November 25, 2013, 8:12 am
hi im new to this website can someone help me understand some of this stuff
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| January 26, 2014, 8:17 pm
Quoting alex c
hi im new to this website can someone help me understand some of this stuff


Hi Alex, welcome to MOCpages. What would you like help on?
-LB Senior
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| January 27, 2014, 12:08 am
Quoting Lego Builders

Hi Alex, welcome to MOCpages. What would you like help on?
-LB Senior

anything you think i should know
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| January 27, 2014, 5:41 pm
Hey Chris, are you still answering questions? If so, I was wondering if you need any judges for the mocolympics. I know it's along way away, but I was just curious because I think it would be fun to be a judge if you need any and would want me as a judge.
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| March 2, 2014, 3:06 pm
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