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BrickCon Planning - UPDATE: New Event!

Postby JoshWedin » Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:26 am

Hey All,

Once again, I am the Castle Coordinator at BrickCon in Seattle. This thread is for planning purposes. Lets get started!

Josh

Edit: I've just finished planning a new Castle event. I will be hosting a seige engine competition, in honor of the Con theme, "Imagination in Motion".

Here is the official writeup:

"Getting tired of the those pesky dwarf minifigs hanging around and getting
in the way? Launch 'em! At BrickCon 09, Castle will be hosting a seige
engine competition called "Dwarves for Distance". This event is in honor of
the convention theme, "Imagination in Motion".

The basic idea is to build a LEGO dwarf launching machine. It must be
entirely built out of LEGO, although allowances will be made for off-brand
items such as rubber bands, string, etc. You can use gravity, electric
motors, Power Functions, Mindstorms, whatever strikes your fancy, as long as
its LEGO and it can launch a dwarf.

There will be two categories and trophies will be awarded. The first will
be for Longest Launch. The second will be for most dwarves fired in 5
seconds. That's right. You can build a rapid fire dwarf launcher!
However, in the timed event, any dwarf that travels less than 3 feet will
not qualify as valid launch.

For the purposes of this competition, a dwarf will be defined as a minifig
with stubby legs and a beard. It does not have to one of the official
"Castle" dwarves.

Get building!"
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Re: BrickCon Castle Planning

Postby plums_deify » Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:36 am

Paritally constructed 3x3.5 baseplate cathedral.

2x2 baseplate...thus far unconstructed thing.

That's what I have so far...plus whatever was built last year. It hasn't been un-built, so it'll come too.
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Re: BrickCon Castle Planning

Postby BreadMan » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:17 pm

Right. So. I am coming but I'll be flying for the first time this year so contributions will be limited. I am hoping to put together a small box of Base8 to ship up but it'll just be a few hills, rivers, and roads to spruce up the landscape. If we are going to do BPB this year some of you locals should consider hitting up an art store, grabbing a couple sheets of 3/16" foamcore (about $1.50 each) and making these. They proved utterly useful last year, but I doubt I'll have room for all the ones I have made.

I'll also try and bring my usual assortment of Brickconburg contributions. I am assuming at least one other person has a Medieval Market Village they'll be bringing so I spent a couple hours reconfiguring my MMV buildings so that they can be attached to the backsides of someone else's to form larger double-length buildings, which I think will look quite nice. I also felt that my other CC building(s) were a bit out-classed by the quality of the MMV buildings so I've been attempting to update them to a newer standard of construction. I think with all the MMVs out there we could have a really quality town with big marketplace this year if everybody brings their sets. Just hopefully it won't look too cookie-cutter, I'd encourage everyone to modify theirs in some way to set them apart.

Also I think it worth pointing out that this year's theme is "Motion," which is a shame since Josh's lake could have taken the cake last year but I'm hoping to bring at least one motorized MOC. I think epic battles are a great way to convey motion though, just sayin.
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Re: BrickCon Castle Planning

Postby Aliencat » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:56 am

Hey Josh,
I just wanted to express my sadness that I won't be bringing any big castles, since we're flying in from across the world. I'll be very limited in what I can bring. At the moment I don't know yet what I'll bring, but it doesn't look like I'll be contributing to the Castle layout, I'm afraid.
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Re: BrickCon Castle Planning

Postby JoshWedin » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:03 pm

BreadMan wrote:Also I think it worth pointing out that this year's theme is "Motion," which is a shame since Josh's lake could have taken the cake last year but I'm hoping to bring at least one motorized MOC. I think epic battles are a great way to convey motion though, just sayin.


I will also be bringing at least one thing that's motorized. Another epic battle is great idea. We didn't really have that last year. Be good to bring it back.

Aliencat wrote:Hey Josh,
I just wanted to express my sadness that I won't be bringing any big castles, since we're flying in from across the world. I'll be very limited in what I can bring. At the moment I don't know yet what I'll bring, but it doesn't look like I'll be contributing to the Castle layout, I'm afraid.


Perfectly alright! We'll still talk to you...a little. ;)

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Re: BrickCon Planning - UPDATE: New Event!

Postby Merlin of Lego » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:20 pm

BreadMan wrote: I think epic battles are a great way to convey motion though, just sayin.


That is what I love to do. I should be there this year.
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Re: BrickCon Planning - UPDATE: New Event!

Postby JoshWedin » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:26 pm

Merlin of Lego wrote:
BreadMan wrote: I think epic battles are a great way to convey motion though, just sayin.


That is what I love to do. I should be there this year.


It'll be great to have you again. You are the battle master. Without your help setting up all those figs, none of the battles would have been as epic. I will plan on having a good space for a battle.

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Re: BrickCon Planning - UPDATE: New Event!

Postby Bruce N H » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:45 pm

:lol: at the dwarf launch event. Someone better be posting footage of this to Youtube.

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Re: BrickCon Planning - UPDATE: New Event!

Postby JoshWedin » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:19 pm

Bruce N H wrote::lol: at the dwarf launch event. Someone better be posting footage of this to Youtube.

Bruce


I'll see what we can do. ;)

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Re: BrickCon Planning - UPDATE: New Event!

Postby plums_deify » Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:00 pm

I think I can wrangle some sort of camera-ish thing that takes video. ;)
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Postby Robin Hood » Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:17 pm

I'll also take my video camera along, and hopefully get some stuff worth seeing.

I can't tell you yet Josh what sort of footprint I will need. I haven't built any of it yet. Give me a couple weeks and I'll get back to you.

Oh man, I am loving this dwarf idea.

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Re: BrickCon Planning - UPDATE: New Event!

Postby Barbrickian » Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:52 pm

I still don't know if I'll have the time/money to be there for private hours. I'm working on two MOCs right now that I'd like to have done in time, but that's questionable as well. If I do finish in time I'll try and be there with a 48x48 Samurai Fortress, and at least a 48x64 Arabian Castle. I've got multiple bricklink orders ahead of me before I can get even close to finishing either one though, so it'll be a struggle to get them done in time.
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Re: BrickCon Planning - UPDATE: New Event!

Postby Elephant Knight » Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:58 am

This Dwarf tossing thing sounds awsome. Too bad I have a very slim chance of going. However, I DO have a brother who is going, so I might see if I can build something that can fling a Dwarf.

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Re: BrickCon Planning - UPDATE: New Event!

Postby plums_deify » Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:12 pm

Hey, Classic-Castle!

If you plan on attending BrickCon 2009, you've got just over two weeks left to register. If you haven't done so, get yourself over to www.brickcon.org and get registered!

We've got tons of fun stuff planned, and as aways, BrickCon is a blast. I totally encourage ya'll to come!
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Re: BrickCon Planning - UPDATE: New Event!

Postby JoshWedin » Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:24 pm

Okay, folks, here is a WIP pic of my part of the layout. I will be at the far left of the layout, as the tables will be three deep there. We will attach sections to mine as much as possible....try to fill in, etc. We have 47 feet of Castle area!

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