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MO R3: Stormbringer vs. Paul Romano: Brave New World
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2012 MocOlympics

My opponent Stormbringer’s amazing entry.

Category: The Future is Now


O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't.

-Shakespear’s The Tempest


In the year 2100, the world has changed…and not for the better. The advancement of genetic/cybernetic engineering, the legalization of drugs, and the militarization of the world’s police forces have turned the Northeast’s sprawling cities into hell-holes where only the very brave or the very rich survive…























A cybernetically enhanced bounty hunter prepares to take out his mark.






The proliferation of nano-technology and robotic implants has turned some humans into bizarre machine-man hybrids.






A police Brawler idles as the rain begins to fall. Brutally effective at crushing opposition to government programs, Brawlers can accelerate to 100 mph in under 3.5 seconds. They can carry a squad of shock-troopers into the nastiest slums.





Due to excess inflation, paper money is now merely litter…





A hybrid bouncer stands at the door to a club, electronically scanning all those who enter with his cybernetic eyes. If the person's face does not match the bouncer’s data roster of allowed guests, a taser baton is quickly called into action.





The FunHouse, a late-night club featuring the latest crank-music, vibro-dance floors, and strong alcoholic beverages. The FunHouse attracts the upper elite of the city, including masked businessmen and freakishly bizarre hipsters. They throng to clubs such as these to frivolously dance and drink away their nights, while across the street vagrants fight for scraps of food.





Hipsters, sporting the latest “fashion implants” get down on a vibro-dance floor. Rich and carefree, they spend money like water, living only for the moment.





6 amplifiers blast a combination of crank-music and retro-dubstep onto the clubgoers.





A masked guest coolly sips a drink, while a garish painting hangs behind him. Graffiti artwork is making a comeback in the year 2100, despite being out of style for the past 50 years.





A businessman calmly scans the room for an attractive female to take home for the night.






Glow-in-the dark decals enhance the FunHouses party-like atmosphere.





The twin vibro-floors pulsate and throb to the beat of the music.

































A small Druggery sits across the street from the FunHouse. Ever since marijuana, cocaine, meth, heroine, and several other drugs were legalized in 2076, Druggeries have done booming business; powerful political backers and corporations brutally crush any opposition to their trade. This Druggery sports fake marijuana leaves and a brilliant red color to attract potential customers.




Inside, a burnt-out junkie purchases some meth. The cybernetically enhanced shop owner keeps a steady hand on his plasma rifle, while a corner camera records the transaction. Drug dealing is dangerous, but highly profitable…





Outside, a pair of addicts waste away. Above them, an awning advertises the different drugs inside.





A giant heroin needle decoration draws in the crowds…





A one-armed beggar sits in the rain. After the collapse of Social Security and medicare in the early 2000s, most of the elderly population was forced onto the streets. The government has been slow to react, citing the “ expendability” and “low importance” of the older generation.






A police operation is in progress in the abandoned building next door.





Shock-troopers with holographic helmets enter the broken down building.





A shock-trooper shoots down a back-street physician called “a grifter” (grafter/ripper). Highly illegal, grifters use stolen technology to build private robots for high-paying customers. The money is good, but most grifters never get to spend it: if the government doesn’t nail them, they’re own clients will.






The grifter’s client hurriedly escapes out of a back alley on his duo-bike, crashing through a light post on his way out. He has no intention of running into the trigger-happy officers.





The duo-bike, designed by yours truly with the help of my lil’ brother.





The Brawler, co-engineered with my little brother.
















With the SNOT road removed, the entire creation can be fitted in different ways for more play options, all thanks to some handy Technic pins in the base. Play ability is always an important part of my creations: if ya can’t have fun with it, what good is it ;P







My goal with this category was to build a world where cybernetic technology and drugs were on the rise. I was heavily influenced by media such as Blade Runner, Deus Ex: Revolutions, the Metal Gear series, and the book Brave New World. This creation was a nightmare to design, build, and photograph; I wish I could have worked on the concept longer. But alas, a brutal 40 hour work-week and my almost-acceptance of a sketchy manager position did not help in the least (note to all youngsters who are getting into retail: if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is). I think Stormbringer got me on this one, but if this is my last round, I’m proud to have gotten this far in my first MocOlympics. Props to the always-excellent Stormbringer for being a great opponent, and as always, let the best MOC win!



Comments

 I like it 
  December 1, 2012
Dude! What a fantastic entry this was. Well done getting this far. I love all the interior detail, bright and zippy.
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  October 24, 2012
Fantastic! Tons of amazing details, and really interesting write-up.
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  October 23, 2012
Nice work here Paul! I happen to be studying Shakespeare's "Tempest" in a Lit course right now, so you struck a chord there right off the bat. Unfortunately, Stormbringer's dual-level composition and his complex story earned him my vote. It's a pity to see you go, but you put up quite the fight throughout these three rounds!
 I like it 
  October 23, 2012
Lots of wonderful elements all around! One fine MOC! ... hey, what's the one-armed beggar doing with Shifu's skillet? XD
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  October 23, 2012
Very cool design Paul! I really love your colored dance floors, and the amount of details you put into it. It's a shame you won't be moving on to the next round, but you still have an amazing entry to be proud of!
 I like it 
  October 23, 2012
The McDonalds slope use made my day! I have a couple, I've never been able to use them. I love all of the different things going on.
Paul Romano
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White Knight
  October 22, 2012
Most Fun !>.....well done
 I like it 
  October 22, 2012
My vote goes to your opponent. ~ Chris.
 I made it 
  October 22, 2012
Quoting J Man
My Olympia series is on hold for a while, as I've been very busy lately. But I appreciate the support :)
 I like it 
  October 22, 2012
Awesome entry! You achieved the feel of a club really well, and the drug area is well done too. One thing though: I would expect drug legalization to keep things calmer, since there would be no more crazy drug lords killing people and dealing under the table; instead, the government could regulate sale of the drugs.
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  October 22, 2012
Excellent! I liked the ideas/concept as well as the many play features and details... That's the kind of situation when I'm happy not to be a judge! Good luck!
 I like it 
  October 22, 2012
Incredible job!
 I like it 
  October 22, 2012
Interesting that you and Stormbringer both see the future in dystopian terms. Yours is a little more corrupt and brutal than his. Gives me a bit of a Blade Runner vibe. The dance floor section is stand out. Great building throughout.
 I like it 
  October 22, 2012
Nice build there!
  October 22, 2012
This is very interesting, the contrast between yours and your opponent's future world, while yours is rather chaotic (legalized drugs etc.) Stormbringer has a very strict and rule-bound future world. I like the light function in the funhouse. Ultimately I decided to vote for Stormbringer, the way he built the new city on top of the old one convinced me. Keep it up and good luck with the other judges.
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  October 22, 2012
A quite terrifying world, very well done. Good luck!
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  October 22, 2012
Nicely done! Great details and playability features. I bet that Druggery gets you some bonus points ; ) Good luck, Paul!
 I like it 
  October 22, 2012
Epicness!
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  October 22, 2012
Reminds me of The Scorch Trials... Though I would suspect that the Bliss be the drug of choice if that is the case.
 I like it 
  October 22, 2012
Wow this is a fantastic build!! GL in the MO!
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  October 22, 2012
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  October 22, 2012
A very exciting entry! Although it's quite depressing to see that Ronald McDonald has abandoned his beef trade, I really enjoyed your build and concept!
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  October 22, 2012
Wow, what a great entry! Your concept of what the future will be like looks like it could really happen. I like the idea with the militarized police and the club, as well as a full city block build unlike mine. It's funny though, originally I was going to do a Deus Ex inspired build with one city sitting on top of another. Well, best of luck to you if you win!
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  October 22, 2012
"Above" everything else, the awning that advertises for drugs has to be my favorite part.
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  October 22, 2012
I love the 'vibes' of each building and all the characters! Best of Luck! :)
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  October 22, 2012
Wow man, this is really awesome! The concept is great, and the write up you gave explaining it all really helps portray the futuristic idea. Best of luck! :)
 I like it 
  October 21, 2012
This is a fantastic entry Paul! I really like all the different parts that make up the build and those vehicles are just awesome! Even though Stormbringer might get you on this one just because he's Stormbringer, you still made this round a fight with an awesome build. Personally, I like yours better because your figs, vehicles, and buildings are great. And the fact that it seems more of what the future might be than his entry does. Best of luck! Oh I've been meaning to ask you if you are going to continue your Olympia series? I still look at the Brighton Asylum from time to time and wish your next one would be there! -J.
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  October 21, 2012
Yay I love this! Its gritty and playful and detailed and fun all at the same time. The fun club reminds me of Total Recall (original) for some reason. Awesome entry and good luck! Psst... its round 3 not 2.
 I like it 
  October 21, 2012
Fascinating entry Paul!
 
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