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Alright, while we are waiting for the games to begin, let's start a list of our strengths and weaknesses.~H
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| February 19, 2011, 11:18 am
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Quoting Hans DendauwNPD
Alright, while we are waiting for the games to begin, let's start a list of our strengths and weaknesses.~H

Ok, some things I really wouldn't feel comfortable about are:
-trains, I have no train part at all
-bionicle, it's just not my thing
-everything that requires a big amount of parts of the same color, as I don't have a sean kenny-ish collection
-sculptures....Bram's sphere is the limit :P


But we we'll have to see and wait for the categories....:)

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| February 19, 2011, 5:36 pm
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Unlike last year, I now have plenty of Bionicle if they have a category, so that's no problem

I would have a hard time with a train myself, but could probably pull something out of my behind if I had to, maybe microscale.

Sculpting or real-life stuff is a specialty of Joshua's, so he can probably cover anything like that.

My collection has grown pretty diverse, so I'm confident enough to try most categories, but my strengths are probably storyline and small scenes. I'm pretty confident that I have the largest and most diverse collection of mini-figs amongst us, so if they pull out the 'create your own mini-fig collection', I've got that one nailed.

Speed is definitely a weakness of mine, as I am often too critical of what I'm building. I will try to not let that get in the way of pumping out the MOCs. My creativity has been a bit stagnant, but I'm hoping the crazy category choices are gonna kick-start the creative juices.~H
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| February 19, 2011, 6:46 pm
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Themes/categories I might not perform very well in:
-Mosaic
-Cars
-Bionicle
-Story Mocs

Like Hans said, I'll take sculpture.

This year I started homeschooling, so I'll have way more time to build than I did last year.
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| February 20, 2011, 12:33 am
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I'm weak on real vehicles, bionicles and mosaics.

Strengths would have to be architecture and story telling.
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| February 20, 2011, 5:53 pm
I'm pretty good when it comes to vehicles, but I can manage if handed anything else. Though if one of the categories is Star Wars, I've already some stuff in store.
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| February 20, 2011, 6:11 pm
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I've been thinking about strategies.

1) We shouldn't post in the first week. Let others post and feel out the judges. We will sit back and gauge what the judges are after, and get a better feel for what they want to see.

2) Mentally prepare yourself to build a MOC a day. We should challenge ourselves to build an item from every category.

3) We also need to hold back and sandbag the second round. Yes, we WILL make it to the second round, and yes we WILL be overloading the pages with builds at the very last minute.....that's what we do! ;)
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| February 21, 2011, 2:29 am
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I love you enthusiasm, but I can guarantee I will not be making 30 creations. Keep in mind that each post has a potential of 25 points this year; losing or gaining a point per judge is a bigger deal than last year. One point, per person, from every judge, is 30 points for the team.

I definitely like the idea of waiting through the first week before posting anything. Not only will it help to measure the judges, but it will also, hopefully, give us a feel for some of the competition.

Right now I'm trying to come up with sketches or potential stories for generic stuff that would fit in multiple categories. I have a great Mash-up/amalgam/VOAT idea brewing and a few of my previous project ideas that I've not gotten around to might be force-fit into a category or two.~H
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| February 21, 2011, 11:16 am
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Ahhhhh c'mon! Ya gotta at least TRY! Don't take yourself out before it even begins! LMAO I was being Optimistic.....thanks for bringing in the negativity! LMFAO
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| February 21, 2011, 12:46 pm
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We'll have to see, if we rather go for quality or quantity. Quality MOCs would (probably) earn a good score, but we're not able to build a ton of them.
If we went for quantity, we'd get many, not that good scores.

I think, it's the best to build as good as possible, no rushed entries.
For the last 3-2 days we can get some extra points with late entries.

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| February 21, 2011, 2:59 pm
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I agree. I think it's best to build quality in the beginning, quantity at the end. Just try not to get stuck squeezing an extra 5 points out of a MOC when you can move on for an easy 15-20. We'll see a LOT of people get burned out the first couple of weeks doing that.

Let's not get burned out until the final week! LOL Also, don't be afraid to share WIPs with the team through e-mail. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes goes a long way.

I hear Legohaulic is joining Nannan's team, and Goldman is out. I have no idea how fast they can build, but their quality is definitely top notch.
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| February 21, 2011, 4:52 pm
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Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor
LOL Also, don't be afraid to share WIPs with the team through e-mail. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes goes a long way.

Yeah, sharing WIP pictures is a good method. An easier way than sending emails is:
-Click on "add a creation"
-upload your WIP pics just like you were posting an new MOC
-go on the preview page (you'll have to type in some letters in the "about the creation" section to continue")
-now click on the pics on the preview page and grab the URL

Even though you don't save that page, the link for the pic still works.

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| February 22, 2011, 12:40 pm
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Wait, how is that easier then attaching a pic to an e-mail? LMAO~H
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| February 22, 2011, 1:12 pm
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Quoting Hans DendauwNPD
Wait, how is that easier then attaching a pic to an e-mail? LMAO~H

Umm...OK, maybe not really XD But you'd have it right here in the group on MOCpages.

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| February 22, 2011, 2:03 pm
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