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xx Battlecruiser
October 08, 2013, 07:31:01 am by Rakoua


https://secure.flickr.com/photos/65325890@N05/sets/72157636322117345/

Haven't built anything in quite a while... the front part of this ship was done a year ago, just decided to finish it.
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xx The LEGO Movie
January 29, 2014, 06:14:43 pm by MsRowdyRedhead


Prepare yourself for  epicness and then a discussion that takes place in the awe and greatness of The LEGO Movie!!!  I can't wait--it looks fantastic. I'm really happy with their decision to keep it 'brickish'. The figures seem not to be bendy or 'animated'.


I like that it apes the stop-motion style. And I love that the laser beams he's dodging are trans-red light saber blades. Actual Lego parts!

The following comments are from a friend who is a Master Model Builder for LEGOLAND Studios...
"Lots of the technical decisions are expert. But the lack of an original story line... bugs me, something fun and plausible and pertinent and just... better. Sure, the production value is very high. Better than previous LEGO features and amusement park movies. But the story and animation style are so poor. It is sad when fan films and other parody stuff is better than the IP owner. If only Stoopid Buddy Stoodios could do it all. Whichever CG house they got is good, but just little things lose the sale, like super reflections and glossiness... "

Every new trailer I see for the LEGO Movie makes me more excited! Everything IS Awesome!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPnY2NjSjrg&list=PLRNbTEZ7dhL3c_wmELillaMUGaimBQJaI&index=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxNVDQptSVk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnQbFkqTG9w

http://whatculture.com/film/8-reasons-lego-movie-will-awesome.php#6LpsWMzwkdhdG7Vz.01

and Check out David M Pickett's parody trailer of the LEGO Movie =)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otYCZB4F4Cg

BUT WAIT... there's mooooore...

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=93483#IAdEyHDQQDi9DAJl.01


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xx Funcom opens LEGO Minifigures Online beta registration
November 05, 2013, 04:07:28 am by MsRowdyRedhead

If you still have sleepless nights mourning the loss of LEGO Universe, the announcement of LEGO Minifigures Online was like a ray of sunshine. For that portion of the audience -- and anyone else really looking forward to playing in a brick-based playground -- today's news will be even more welcome. Funcom has opened a registration site for players interested in taking part in the game's beta, with the first phase scheduled to start in... early November. Yes, it is early November right now; we told you it was good news.

The gameplay focus will be familiar to anyone with a love of LEGO toys. Collect minifigures with unique abilities, collect bricks, and build new things to improve your abilities and learn new tricks. Cross-promotions are also planned with bagged minifigures, allowing you to jump in with your collected figures right off the bat. Go ahead and sign up for the beta if this sounds like just your cup of brick-based play.

[Source: Funcom press release]

http://www.playminifigures.com/


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Register for the Beta!

LEGO® Minifigures Online is an upcoming online game where you get to smash, build and collect your way through wonderful worlds together with other players. Throughout development, Funcom will be inviting people to test the game's content and mechanics in order to make sure the final experience is as enjoyable as possible.

If you would like to join up for a chance to play in the beta, please start by providing your date of birth below. For more information about LEGO® Minifigures Online, visit the LEGO® website.
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xx LEGO Minecraft Cobuild
November 02, 2013, 03:06:09 pm by MsRowdyRedhead
LEGO Announced today that they are going to build a Minecraft line in the same scale as regular LEGO sets.

Watch this video.
 Right now we are in the middle of the development of these and would love your input. Check out www.facebook.com/LEGOMineCraft
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgNJ6tPi1tk
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xx Piecing together the details of LEGO Minifigures Online with the Funcom team
October 22, 2013, 03:50:01 am by MsRowdyRedhead

Piecing together the details of LEGO Minifigures Online with the Funcom team

by Karen Bryan on Oct 21st 2013 1:00PM



Brick by virtual brick, the team at Funcom has been busy building the upcoming LEGO Minifigures Online. It's been a quiet fall after the big reveal in August at Gamescom, but that doesn't mean the game isn't making progress. Executive Producer Lawrence Poe and Lead Designer Oscar López Lacalle have lots of details to share about the game, and they took the time to answer some questions here at Massively. Read on for a glimpse of the world, the LEGO minifigures themselves, and how this game will appeal to gamers of all ages.

Massively: Funcom had a rough year with downsizing and a team merge that affected all three of its extant MMOs. What made Funcom think now was the right time to tackle a new MMO? What will the impact be on the other MMOs in Funcom's stable?

Lawrence Poe: We announced and began preproduction on LEGO Minifigures Online prior to the launch of The Secret World. The team needs were outlined before the downsizing took place and were factored into those decisions. The other MMOs are being supported and updated by our talented Live Team in our North Carolina studio, while LEGO Minifigures Online is being developed in the Oslo studio. The biggest impact the projects have on each other is that we all work from the same tech base, which we've been building upon and fine-tuning over several years and has powered all of our MMOs, so any improvements one team does to the tech can be adopted by the other, which is a win-win for everybody.

It's impossible to avoid comparisons to the now-defunct LEGO Universe, which initially sported a subscription fee that was prohibitive to the family audience. How will this new take on a LEGO MMO differ from the earlier on in terms of business model and creative design? On what points is it the same?

Poe: We'll be revealing more about the business model in the months ahead.

Would you say the game leans more toward the themepark or sandbox style of play? That is, will players primarily be fighting LEGO enemies or freestyle-building with blocks?

Oscar López Lacalle​: The game is definitely a themepark, a place where players can collect cool minifigures and take them on awesome adventures with their friends.

Since LEGO is all about building, are there ways that players can piece together LEGOs to make in-game creations and structures of their own? Can other players access these creations?

Poe: Our game is based on the LEGO minifigures toy line, which is all about collecting. Staying true to that, LEGO Minifigures Online is a game about collecting crazy cool minifigures and using them to adventure in awesome worlds while righting wrongs and saving the day. Building will play its part both in succeeding in the world and in PvP. For instance, in PvP you will be able to build turrets that can help you defeat your enemy, while out adventuring you might encounter a river where you have to construct a bridge to get across.

How do players go about collecting the minifigures?

Poe: Players will be able to collect minifigures in a variety of ways like completing missions, defeating bosses and minibosses, earning achievements, and even finding them hidden in chests throughout the world. Players will be able to select three minifigures to have "equipped" at any given time and can freely switch between.

Are there ways to customize the minifigure characters' outfits, hair, and faces?

Poe: The minifigures themselves are quite iconic and packed with personality! Players are collecting the minifigures from the toy series and using them in their adventures as opposed to creating their own unique characters. Because we want to preserve the iconic nature and personalities of the minifigures from the toy line, we have decided not to allow players to alter the appearance of the minifigures they collect. However, players will be able to customize certain statistics and RPG characteristics of their minifigures.

Can you talk about some of the special abilities that the minifigures have? How do they work?

Poe: Each minifigure will have two unique abilities: a basic attack and a special attack. Don't get too hung up on that word basic, though. Many of the minifigures will have a basic attack that synergizes with either their own special attack or another minifigure's. For example, the Fairy fires a magical star with her basic attack. Her special attack summons three sprites that circle around her. The sprites can do two things: They can absorb incoming hits, but they also serve as charges to power up the basic attack, turning it from a direct single projectile into a cone-based attack with three projectiles that can deal very high damage at close range or provide nice area damage from longer range. The fact that you have access to several minifigures at any given time also means you have access to a wide range of abilities, and part of the strategy is figuring out which minifigures and abilities to use in different encounters.



Is there a progression path for the minifigure characters (like leveling, skill trees, etc.)?

Poe: Each minifigure has several levels to progress through. Leveling a minifigure will make it more powerful and unlock new properties for its abilities. The DJ's Bass Drop, for example, starts out as an area-effect snare; upgrade it once and it does damage in addition to snaring. Upgrade it a second time and it will transition from a snare to an outright root.

What are some of the themed areas that are in the LEGO world? Is it an open-world, or are there instanced areas?

Poe: For the most part we have tried to build out the world with classic LEGO playthemes that both kids and their parents will be familiar with. A couple of the early themes that players will encounter are classics such as Pirate World and Medieval World. We've also got some brand-new themes that we've worked with LEGO to develop for the game, themes they haven't covered themselves in the physical LEGO products . The first example of this is the Mythology World, which we revealed at Gamescom, where players travel through areas like the underworld and battle mythical creatures such as harpies and minotaurs. We've got a few other themes under development, both classic and entirely new. The game is a mix of open world areas and instances, loosely divided into outdoor/indoor. The Hub (which is probably not anything like what you expect; we look forward to revealing it later!) and the outdoor playfields will be open world where players will encounter loads of other players. The indoor experiences are instances that are private for the player and their group of up to four players.

Lacalle: Most of the playfields are open, using our soft grouping tech that allows all players to obtain progress in their quests and activities as long as they are in the vicinity of the objectives. Players can smash pieces of the environment into pieces and defeat monsters together. They can also build things cooperatively, with all involved players contributing to the speed of the building. Some players will be looking for a more focused, small group experience. Those players can get together in teams of up to 4 and go into epic Dungeon adventures. Dungeons contain more difficult boss encounters and events that will put their teamwork to the test.

How do the player-vs.-player battles work? Will they be kid-friendly?

Poe: We will be revealing more about PvP in the months ahead, so what I would like to do is talk about the philosophies that are guiding us as we design a player vs. player system for children.
Child-friendliness is paramount, and the first thing we rejected is that PvP has to mean two teams where everyone is fighting each other. There's no fighting in basketball or baseball (most of the time, at least); there are two teams competing against each other. The team concept is a powerful driver. Teams compete and everyone wants to be part of a team. More importantly, they want to feel that they're able to contribute to the success of the team. So what we've tried to do is create a PvP design that provides for those who want to fight other players and those who don't but still allows both types to contribute to the success of the team.

How did you tackle the issue of making sure the rest of the game is kid-safe (like chat, social interaction, etc.)?

Poe: We've been focusing on child safety since we started, and we'll never stop. Child safety is the first and last thing we take into account for every theme, feature, and system we put into the game. At a high level we're designing the systems to be collaborative as opposed to competitive. The only loot you see is your own. For instance, if you have a mission to destroy pirate surf boards and someone else on your screen destroys one, you get credit too. From a social standpoint, we are working very closely with LEGO and other partners to ensure that we provide the safest environment possible.

Since it's a game aimed at both kids and adults, are there mechanics you chose to implement differently than you did in other Funcom titles?

Poe: Straight away you will notice the controls are greatly streamlined, limiting the amount of inputs a player is expected to do in order to be successful in combat. Movement is on the left mouse button, and so is the basic attack for each minifigure. This will enable the youngest players to easily run around in the world and smash things. Switching between minifigures, improving their abilities, and using the special attacks and capitalizing on the synergies between the various minifigures will provide depth for the more advanced players.

If you look at Age of Conan and The Secret World, things can be quite grim and brutal. In LEGO Minifigures Online we're keeping things light and humorous. There will be no fatalities here; things get smashed, and then they can be rebuilt. I think a lot of people hear Funcom and they think about Age of Conan and The Secret World and wonder how we can go from mature themed hardcore games to a more kid friendly game, but c'mon, we're game developers -- not grown ups!

Lacalle: We understand the need to keep the adults entertained and challenged intellectually. To achieve this, we are adding several different layers of depth and complexity to many elements of the design. At the surface, the mechanics are easy to grasp and straightforward to use. And they need to be in order to make sure that the younger audience enjoys the game. But if you look under the hood, you will see how there are extra layers of depth there. For example, there are pretty elaborate synergies between the abilities of different characters . There are also little details in the handling of abilities in combat that reward players with better motor skills and a better understanding of the capabilities of their team of three minifigures.

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/10/21/piecing-together-the-details-of-lego-minifigures-online-with-the/#continued
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xx Creation Lab Retiring (And How to Save Your Creations!) from Luprechaun
October 12, 2013, 10:54:38 pm by MsRowdyRedhead
Creation Lab Retiring (And How to Save Your Creations!)

Hi all,
Thursday, on the LEGO Message Boards, the moderator WhiteAlligator broke the tragic news to us that the LEGO Universe Creation Lab is officially retiring. After almost 3 years since LEGO Universe opened, the long lived and loved creation lab will officially close too, on October 25, 2013. One day before the 3 year birthday of LEGO Universe. We are told that the creation lab is going to be set to read-only mode for a little while, but we do not know how long before it officially closes. When LEGO discontinues their other set lines, it is usually a couple of years before they finally delete the site to make room for another theme. Well, the closure of the Creation Lab may just mean the closure of the LEGO Universe website also.
To read the entire LEGO Message Boards article, click below:
https://community.lego.com/t5/LEGO-UNIVERSE/Creation-Lab-Retiring/m-p/7637814
Goodbye Professor Brickkeeper! We will always remember you in our hearts…
LEGO Universe Creation Lab Archiver
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Fortunately, if you want to save your creations on the creation lab, Hobino and Le717 have written a little tool to help you! The LUCA (LEGO Universe Creation Lab Archiver) is a simple tool, that you download your your Windows or Linux computer (for Mac Users, you can try to run the program with WineBottler or another Windows program emulator) and run the program. All you have to do is enter your LEGO ID Username (the one you sign in with on LEGO.com) and press Enter.
LUCA will automatically save your creations to a folder with your username in the same place as the LUCA program. When you open the folder, there will be a sub-folder for each of your creations. Once you open one, you will immediately notice the pictures, videos, and LEGO Digital Designer files from your creations, with the addition of a few .HTML files. The .HTML files contain the description, images, tags, and link to your original creation.
NOTES:
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  • This program will not save comments on creations. You will have to do that manually if you want them.
  • AVI and MOV file extensions may be mixed up occasionally because of different movie codecs. If you cannot play a file, try renaming it’s extension or playing the file in a software like VLC Media Player which does not rely on the file extension.
  • If you have periods in your username, unfortunately, you will be unable to download your files. Due the the Creation Lab’s own search function limitations, LUCA cannot search the username. We are very sorry about this.

Here is the release page link. This link goes to GitHub.com.
    Release Page

The Direct link will let you download a .ZIP of the LUCA program. You can also visit the release page on Le717‘s repository (because he made extra changes to the program under Hobino’s supervision. )
Enjoy it while it lasts!
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