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If you have any questions that have not been answered in the rules thread (make sure you've read it!) then feel free to ask it here.

Also, scroll through to make sure your question hasn't already been asked and answered.
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| August 15, 2013, 3:13 am
Do you have a group banner ready to be made? If not, I could make one!
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| August 15, 2013, 10:45 am
Can you put up the rules, please?


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| August 15, 2013, 12:39 pm
Quoting Stormjay Rider
Can you put up the rules, please?


They are up.
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| August 15, 2013, 12:41 pm
Quoting A Sargent
They are up.

I need to look more closely.
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| August 15, 2013, 12:42 pm
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Quoting A Sargent
Do you have a group banner ready to be made? If not, I could make one!


Xeno's doing it as we speak.
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| August 16, 2013, 10:19 am
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Quoting Stormjay Rider
Can you put up the rules, please?



http://mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=22965&topicid=91037
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| August 16, 2013, 10:19 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Xeno's doing it as we speak.

All right, thanks!
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| August 16, 2013, 10:27 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
If you have any questions that have not been answered in the rules thread (make sure you've read it!) then feel free to ask it here.

Also, scroll through to make sure your question hasn't already been asked and answered.

Just a thought, do you need a temporary admin? The admin could be in charge of inviting people until the games begin.
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| August 16, 2013, 12:19 pm

I go the mighty Phipson to answer my question. I'm off to a good start.
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| August 16, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Just a thought, do you need a temporary admin? The admin could be in charge of inviting people until the games begin.


While we won't be going so far as to appoint admins to do that, by all means, get out there and tell people to come sign up!

The more the merrier I always say.
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| August 17, 2013, 6:04 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Alrighty, will do. Thanks Chris!
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| August 17, 2013, 9:42 am
How do you choose a judge, I've always wanted to be judge. Well anyways how do you decide to choose?
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| August 17, 2013, 10:15 am
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Quoting Cevka .
How do you choose a judge, I've always wanted to be judge. Well anyways how do you decide to choose?

There are many criteria, but as you might have read already, one of them is a former participation in the MocOlympics. Sorry, pal, but maybe you want to participate this year.
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| August 17, 2013, 10:22 am
Quoting Cevka .
How do you choose a judge, I've always wanted to be judge. Well anyways how do you decide to choose?


(Hey Chris, don't delete this comment when you see it please, I'm trying to help Cevka)

You have to have been a contestant last year to be a judge. Apart from that, I dunno.

EDIT: Didn't see Murphy's comment, whoops.
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| August 17, 2013, 10:22 am
Ok, probably not gonna make it far
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| August 17, 2013, 10:29 am
I have a question about round two, do the judges decide the category for each MOC off, or will the two in the MOC off decide?
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| August 17, 2013, 11:05 am
@TheLegoNoItAll I'm pretty sure the judges decide.

And here's my question: You said no Photoshop in the rules, but can you add a "title" on the main image of the MOC like this one:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/365689
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| August 17, 2013, 11:14 am
So do we make a new creation after selecting one of the categories you give us? The rules were really confusing so... Also, if we do make a creation, where do post it because it says that your not allowed to upload any creations on in this group when you join. My last question is, what does TFOL/YFOL mean?
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| August 17, 2013, 11:22 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

While we won't be going so far as to appoint admins to do that, by all means, get out there and tell people to come sign up!

The more the merrier I always say.

Well, I "got out there" and uploaded an advertisement. I hope I didn't break any of the rules...
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| August 17, 2013, 11:34 am
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Quoting TheLegoNoitAll .
I have a question about round two, do the judges decide the category for each MOC off, or will the two in the MOC off decide?

The judges decide the categories.
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| August 17, 2013, 11:56 am
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Quoting I Me (Leaving After MO)
You said no Photoshop in the rules, but can you add a "title" on the main image of the MOC ...?

Please don't add titles or other elements to the photos. You can use Photoshop to clean the background but that's pretty much it. We want to judge your MOCing skills, not your graphic design skills.
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| August 17, 2013, 12:02 pm
Quoting Chi Warrior
So do we make a new creation after selecting one of the categories you give us? The rules were really confusing so... Also, if we do make a creation, where do post it because it says that your not allowed to upload any creations on in this group when you join. My last question is, what does TFOL/YFOL mean?


1. Round one is a qualifier, free for all. You are given a list of categories and must build one thing from any of the categories. Rounds 2-? are one on one matches and judges pick the category.

2. Creations will be allowed once the games begin.

3. YFOL means Young Fan of Lego. Ages 12 and under.

TFOL means Teenage Fan of Lego.

And you can probably guess what AFOL means?
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| August 17, 2013, 12:07 pm
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Quoting Chi Warrior
So do we make a new creation after selecting one of the categories you give us? The rules were really confusing so...

Quoting the rules:
ALL entries MUST be NEW and UNIQUE creations!
Quoting Chi Warrior Also, if we do make a creation, where do post it because it says that your not allowed to upload any creations on in this group when you join.

You will be able to add your entry to the group after the contest starts.
Quoting Chi Warrior My last question is, what does TFOL/YFOL mean?

TFOL is short for "Teenage Fan Of Lego" and YFOL is short for "Young Fan Of Lego".
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| August 17, 2013, 12:08 pm
Quick question: What will the prize be exactly? I do love a little incentive.
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| August 17, 2013, 3:33 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
Well, I "got out there" and uploaded an advertisement. I hope I didn't break any of the rules...

You broke some rules. But not MOCpages rules.

The demon seems to be after you.
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| August 17, 2013, 3:36 pm
One thing I need to get confirmed: The creations that I enter in the Olympics have to be completely new; not ones that I already have on the site?
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| August 17, 2013, 5:02 pm
Quoting Alex Rode
One thing I need to get confirmed: The creations that I enter in the Olympics have to be completely new; not ones that I already have on the site?

In the rules, they state, "ALL entries MUST be NEW and UNIQUE creations!" So, you have to build your entry after the round starts.
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| August 17, 2013, 8:27 pm
I'm not sure if this is the contest I'm thinking of, but is this the one with the big award ceremony or is that another one?
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| August 17, 2013, 8:54 pm
Quoting TRON 117
I'm not sure if this is the contest I'm thinking of, but is this the one with the big award ceremony or is that another one?

You're probably thinking about the MOCie Awards, another big event here on MOCpages also run by Mr. Phipson, however the MocOlympics is a different monster. Prizes are to be won here as well for top builders (see rules) and it's still fun to see everyone's progress. Here, everything is built on the spot per category rules for THIS contest, whereas MOCies are for recognizing the best builds over the previous year
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| August 17, 2013, 9:29 pm
Quoting Thatch Gears
Quick question: What will the prize be exactly? I do love a little incentive.

Hello...?
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| August 17, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Quoting Thatch Gears
Hello...?

While I obviously can't speak for Mr. Phipson, if this is anything like last year the prizes won't be announced. They are secret treasures to be unearthed by the winners, and the winners alone.
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| August 17, 2013, 10:21 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
While I obviously can't speak for Mr. Phipson, if this is anything like last year the prizes won't be announced. They are secret treasures to be unearthed by the winners, and the winners alone.

Alright, Thanks!
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| August 18, 2013, 9:56 am
When the games begin (Sep 1.) where will we post our creations???
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| August 18, 2013, 5:08 pm
There are many more qualified people than me wanting to be a judge, so I'm quite certain that I won't be picked. I don't want to sign up for competing because of a slim chance that I might still be picked as a judge. If I'm not picked, will there still be time for me to sign up to compete?
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| August 18, 2013, 5:17 pm
Quoting George Marshall
There are many more qualified people than me wanting to be a judge, so I'm quite certain that I won't be picked. I don't want to sign up for competing because of a slim chance that I might still be picked as a judge. If I'm not picked, will there still be time for me to sign up to compete?

I too would like to know the answer to that. I signed up already knowing fully that I probably will end up competing. Is that Ok?
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| August 18, 2013, 5:21 pm
Quoting City Creator (Time I Changed My Name)

1. Round one is a qualifier, free for all. You are given a list of categories and must build one thing from any of the categories. Rounds 2-? are one on one matches and judges pick the category.

2. Creations will be allowed once the games begin.

3. YFOL means Young Fan of Lego. Ages 12 and under.

TFOL means Teenage Fan of Lego.

And you can probably guess what AFOL means?

thanks! I understand now.
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| August 18, 2013, 7:17 pm
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy
TFOL is short for "Teenage Fan Of Lego" and YFOL is short for "Young Fan Of Lego".

thank you too.
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| August 18, 2013, 7:18 pm
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Quoting George Marshall
There are many more qualified people than me wanting to be a judge, so I'm quite certain that I won't be picked. I don't want to sign up for competing because of a slim chance that I might still be picked as a judge. If I'm not picked, will there still be time for me to sign up to compete?

I believe you can still sign up until the end of round one, so I'd say you'd have more than enough time to sign up.
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| August 18, 2013, 8:08 pm
Will there be a MIT, and will players who didn't do well from round one go there?

Example: 140 players signed up. Top 64 go to second round, 65-128 go to MIT, and 129-140 are just eliminated?

This is a question for Mr. Phipson only.
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| August 18, 2013, 11:42 pm
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Quoting City Creator (Time I Changed My Name)
Will there be a MIT, and will players who didn't do well from round one go there?

Example: 140 players signed up. Top 64 go to second round, 65-128 go to MIT, and 129-140 are just eliminated?

This is a question for Mr. Phipson only.


I'm going to try to get an MIT going. It's not official yet but there's a good chance.

~Chris.

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| August 19, 2013, 12:25 am
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Quoting Joshua Quint
When the games begin (Sep 1.) where will we post our creations???


This group will be open for adding creations after round one starts.
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| August 19, 2013, 12:26 am
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Quoting Alex Rode
One thing I need to get confirmed: The creations that I enter in the Olympics have to be completely new; not ones that I already have on the site?


Although your question was already answered, allow me to expound a bit...

The reason that each creation MUST be new FOR THIS CONTEST is that each category that you'll be competing in is unique.

Let's say that you're assigned to build in the category "Clone trooper on a plate" (and no, that WON'T be a category, just an example) then you'd have to create a brand new "clone on a plate" for your category. Then for the next round you'll have a brand new category and a new opponent for that.

So yes, each creation must be specially built for your unique category in this contest.

~Chris.
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| August 19, 2013, 12:30 am
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Quoting TheLegoNoitAll .
I have a question about round two, do the judges decide the category for each MOC off, or will the two in the MOC off decide?


In round one you'll have a choice of about 4 or so categories that you can choose from. If you advance to round two, your categories will be decided for you.

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| August 19, 2013, 12:32 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Although your question was already answered, allow me to expound a bit...

The reason that each creation MUST be new FOR THIS CONTEST is that each category that you'll be competing in is unique.

Let's say that you're assigned to build in the category "Clone trooper on a plate" (and no, that WON'T be a category, just an example) then you'd have to create a brand new "clone on a plate" for your category. Then for the next round you'll have a brand new category and a new opponent for that.

So yes, each creation must be specially built for your unique category in this contest.

~Chris.

That explains a lot. Thank you.
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| August 19, 2013, 9:25 am
What are the prizes? (I want to know what I'm working for.)
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| August 19, 2013, 3:17 pm
Smack thread?
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| August 19, 2013, 4:18 pm
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Quoting Joshua Quint
What are the prizes? (I want to know what I'm working for.)


I don't know what the prizes are myself yet. We do have a sponsor this year as well. Once the sponsor and I get everything sorted out then the prizes will be sent to me. Once I get them, then I'll know what they are and we'll see about letting you all know then. Till then, we all (myself included) have to wait to find out.

~Chris.
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| August 19, 2013, 10:45 pm
Bionicle allowed or is it strictly bricks?
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| August 20, 2013, 4:29 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

I don't know what the prizes are myself yet. We do have a sponsor this year as well. Once the sponsor and I get everything sorted out then the prizes will be sent to me. Once I get them, then I'll know what they are and we'll see about letting you all know then. Till then, we all (myself included) have to wait to find out.

~Chris.


Can't wait! Thanks for the reply...

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| August 20, 2013, 4:36 pm
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Quoting Toa Phosphorus
Bionicle allowed or is it strictly bricks?

Yes, Bionicle is allowed, just like all the other Lego brands, such as Duplo, Primo, Galidor, Fabuland ...
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| August 21, 2013, 1:53 am
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Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy
Yes, Bionicle is allowed, just like all the other Lego brands, such as Duplo, Primo, Galidor, Fabuland ...

...Jack Stone, Znap, Modulex, Minitalia, Scala... And you might even get votes if you do it well.
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| August 21, 2013, 7:09 am
What if I started working on a creation or two now? I have made creations for virtually any catagory. Does that mean I have to make it as soon as the round starts?
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| August 21, 2013, 6:12 pm
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Quoting Zach "gothambygaslight" L.
What if I started working on a creation or two now? I have made creations for virtually any catagory. Does that mean I have to make it as soon as the round starts?

While we can't prevent you from doing so, we urge that contestants wait for the official start before building. It is against the rules to build earlier, and unfair to fellow contestants. Plus, a creation tailored to a category and built in ten days will likely be more effective and score higher than a generic creation built in 3 weeks.
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| August 21, 2013, 6:24 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
While we can't prevent you from doing so, we urge that contestants wait for the official start before building. It is against the rules to build earlier, and unfair to fellow contestants. Plus, a creation tailored to a category and built in ten days will likely be more effective and score higher than a generic creation built in 3 weeks.


Good to know. I won't cheat by making an earlier creation, but will wait for it to start to begin work.

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| August 21, 2013, 7:56 pm
Where do we say whether we are TFOL or AFOL? Or do you guys already know? :)
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| August 21, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Quoting Owslafa Jones
Where do we say whether we are TFOL or AFOL? Or do you guys already know? :)

We have a rough idea, so after a few rounds we might start asking around to find out who's still 14 and under. No point checking just yet, with so many contestants.
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| August 21, 2013, 8:18 pm
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Quoting Zach "gothambygaslight" L.
What if I started working on a creation or two now?


If we find out that you used any creation built before the games begin you will be disqualified.

ALL creations must be NEW for the contest and category you are playing in.

Cheating (which is what building before the games start is) is NOT allowed.

How would you feel if you were in a foot race with someone and they were allowed to start running a good 30 seconds before you?

Please, NO building before the contest starts.

~Chris.

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| August 22, 2013, 1:51 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

If we find out that you used any creation built before the games begin you will be disqualified.

ALL creations must be NEW for the contest and category you are playing in.

Cheating (which is what building before the games start is) is NOT allowed.

How would you feel if you were in a foot race with someone and they were allowed to start running a good 30 seconds before you?

Please, NO building before the contest starts.

~Chris.

Would it count as cheating if I created Bases (Like the black rims I mean) and such before the contest started?
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| August 22, 2013, 8:23 am
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
We have a rough idea, so after a few rounds we might start asking around to find out who's still 14 and under. No point checking just yet, with so many contestants.


Cool. Question #2: Is there a particular reason for holding the MocOlympics on the first full month of the academic year? I can understand why over the summer would be a problem, what with vacationing and everything, but the builders who are still in school seem to be put at a disadvantage.
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| August 22, 2013, 10:12 am
Quoting Owslafa Jones

Cool. Question #2: Is there a particular reason for holding the MocOlympics on the first full month of the academic year? I can understand why over the summer would be a problem, what with vacationing and everything, but the builders who are still in school seem to be put at a disadvantage.

I suppose it's to make it fair for the AFOLs who have to go to work.
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| August 22, 2013, 10:18 am
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Quoting Brick Boy
Would it count as cheating if I created Bases (Like the black rims I mean) and such before the contest started?

Yes, the entire creation must be new.
The only exception is a featureless LEGO wall which can be used as a backdrop and may be built earlier and used with any of your entries. It must be completely plain and one colour though, and be used only as a backdrop for photography.
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| August 22, 2013, 10:27 am
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Yes, the entire creation must be new.
The only exception is a featureless LEGO wall which can be used as a backdrop and may be built earlier and used with any of your entries. It must be completely plain and one colour though, and be used only as a backdrop for photography.

And minifigures?
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| August 22, 2013, 10:30 am
Quoting Halhi 141
I suppose it's to make it fair for the AFOLs who have to go to work.


Hahaha, great answer!
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| August 22, 2013, 10:39 am
Quoting Brick Boy
Would it count as cheating if I created Bases (Like the black rims I mean) and such before the contest started?


Just thinking aloud here, but what do you gain anyway? Unless you shoe-horn all your builds into the bases you make, how do you know what size to make them? What if your category doesn't call for a base, but is a mosaic, or a scene, or a lifesize object?

From past experience, the best prep for this contest in my opinion is to sort your collection in anticipation OR just continue building whatever you like if you prefer to be active. I generally didn't build anything for a while beforehand, knowing that if I was lucky/ good enough to get to later rounds I would probably be 'All Lego'd out' by then.

No one but you would know if you cheated and made some bases but I suggest you could use the next week more productively. Good luck anyway.

Yours, The Delatron
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| August 22, 2013, 11:09 am
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Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus
And minifigures?

Minifigures can be re-used, as can techniques for small elements of a scene. (Lamp-posts, tables, little things like that.) However, the vast majority of the creation must be new.
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| August 22, 2013, 11:17 am
Just wanted to confirm it but can I map out ideas in my head? I am guessing it would count as cheating and I will NOT cheat. If it is aloud though I will check to make sure I have the bricks for all the builds.
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| August 22, 2013, 1:40 pm
Another question is if you could give me the catagory for the first round two days early. I moved two weeks ago and our stuff gets here on September 5th and will take two days to unload. That means I would have only eight days to work on it. I will not ask for this if you think others could use it to cheat and will work around it if I have to. Thanks!
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| August 22, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Quoting Zach "gothambygaslight" L.
Just wanted to confirm it but can I map out ideas in my head? I am guessing it would count as cheating and I will NOT cheat. If it is aloud though I will check to make sure I have the bricks for all the builds.

No worries, there's no rule against thinking. ;) Feel free to brainstorm and sort bricks, just don't start building your entry.
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| August 22, 2013, 1:58 pm
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Quoting Zach "gothambygaslight" L.
Another question is if you could give me the catagory for the first round two days early. I moved two weeks ago and our stuff gets here on September 5th and will take two days to unload. That means I would have only eight days to work on it. I will not ask for this if you think others could use it to cheat and will work around it if I have to. Thanks!

While I sympathize with your loss of time, we cannot make special exceptions for contestants. I can assure you that other competitors will have vacations, work, school, and all sorts of other things eating up their time as well, so the playing field isn't too tilted. Make the best of the eight days you have, and you might be surprised with what you build under pressure.
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| August 22, 2013, 2:00 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
While I sympathize with your loss of time, we cannot make special exceptions for contestants. I can assure you that other competitors will have vacations, work, school, and all sorts of other things eating up their time as well, so the playing field isn't too tilted. Make the best of the eight days you have, and you might be surprised with what you build under pressure.

Understood.
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| August 22, 2013, 2:05 pm
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Quoting Zach "gothambygaslight" L.
Just wanted to confirm it but can I map out ideas in my head? I am guessing it would count as cheating and I will NOT cheat. If it is aloud though I will check to make sure I have the bricks for all the builds.


The question is... without knowing what the categories are, how can you possibly map out any ideas?
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| August 23, 2013, 10:14 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

The question is... without knowing what the categories are, how can you possibly map out any ideas?

Us builders can be very clever when needed XD

Though on this one, I don't know what you'd be able to plan O_O
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| August 23, 2013, 10:15 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

The question is... without knowing what the categories are, how can you possibly map out any ideas?


If the categories for the qualifier have no relation, can you provide short descriptions next to them to help us?

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| August 23, 2013, 11:05 pm
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Quoting City Creator (Time I Changed My Name)

If the categories for the qualifier have no relation, can you provide short descriptions next to them to help us?


I can't really say anything right now as to how it's set up but I will say that you will have ALL the information you need when round 1 is posted.
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| August 24, 2013, 7:24 am
Are you allowed to build a new creation for the MocOlympics but also use it for another contest?
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| August 24, 2013, 9:17 am
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Quoting Grant W.
Are you allowed to build a new creation for the MocOlympics but also use it for another contest?

As long as their rules don't forbid it, sure, do it.
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| August 24, 2013, 2:49 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

The question is... without knowing what the categories are, how can you possibly map out any ideas?

Easy. All one needs to do is make ideas for many catagories. You will have a LOTR catagory, you almost always do, and I haven't started school yet, so I just think of the big scenes that would probably have a catagory. Then I just google the scenes with LEGO in front of it, and research good building techniques for the ideas.
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| August 24, 2013, 7:34 pm
Is painting and Sculpty allowed? Thamk you guys for running this!
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| August 24, 2013, 7:34 pm
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Quoting Zach "gothambygaslight" L.
Easy. All one needs to do is make ideas for many catagories. You will have a LOTR catagory, you almost always do, and I haven't started school yet, so I just think of the big scenes that would probably have a catagory. Then I just google the scenes with LEGO in front of it, and research good building techniques for the ideas.

Of course, we might leave LOTR behind this year because we've done it before. Or it might come in one of the last rounds.
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| August 24, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Quoting Jonas Quam
Is painting and Sculpty allowed? Thamk you guys for running this!


Painting and sculpting is allowed, however it had better be done really, really well in order for it to help your score.
Also, you may want to re-post your sign up comment. Sorry, but it got accidentally deleted in moderation.
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| August 24, 2013, 7:48 pm
I'll be moving on the 21st of September. May I post a MOC in, like, two days? Seeing as I'll lose access to my legos in about week.
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| August 26, 2013, 6:18 am
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Quoting Phantom Terror
I'll be moving on the 21st of September. May I post a MOC in, like, two days? Seeing as I'll lose access to my legos in about week.


My young friend, I hate to point out the obvious but umm... which category would you be posting in? You see, we haven't posted the categories yet so there's no way of you knowing what you should be building.

You may not know exactly how the MocOlympics works so please, allow me to help you here.

Each round has a specific category that you and your opponent must build in. For round one, we will have a number of categories for you to choose from but they are still, very specific categories. Let's pretend that your choices for categories for round one are Josey and the pussycats and The Smurfs. You've built a Clone Wars vig... how is that going to fit in with the above categories? It simply won't.

Now, to answer your next question before you ask it (and yes, I am psychic), no. We cannot give out the categories before the begining of round one to anyone under any circumstances. This would NOT be fair to the other players and if there's one thing that I pride myself on in the contests that I run is that I run a clean and fair game across the board for all involved. The decisions I make may not always be popular with everyone and some people may get upset with me (it has happened) but I do what's fair for EVERYONE involved.

Now, I know I've gone off on a bit of a long winded respose here but I want people to understand that every year we have people ask us to give out a category early or to allow posting before or after deadline dates and it's simply not ever... (and I mean EVER) going to happen. This statement isn't delivered to you personally but to everyone who thinks about asking it.

Of course I feel bad that you're not going to have access to your bricks and I wish there was something that I could do to help but in this circumstance (and in many others across the board) it wouldn't be fair to everyone else and we simply can't do it.

Thanks for understanding. Oh, and your winning lotto numbers are 5, 13, 24, 37, 42 and the power ball is 4. (and if you win, I want half!)

~Chris.
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| August 26, 2013, 8:09 am
OK, Legit question. When does the sign-up thread close? Before the start of R1 or at the end of R1?

I have a couple of business trips planned so i'll be away and it could affect when/ if I get chance to build. I hadn't planned on entering but if I have enough time then we'll see.....
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| August 27, 2013, 5:24 am
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Quoting Delatron 3000
OK, Legit question. When does the sign-up thread close? Before the start of R1 or at the end of R1?

I have a couple of business trips planned so i'll be away and it could affect when/ if I get chance to build. I hadn't planned on entering but if I have enough time then we'll see.....


We'd like to see the names before round one but to be technical, by the rules, as long as your name is there in the sign up thread and you have a creation posted by the closing of the round then you're good.
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| August 27, 2013, 10:23 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

We'd like to see the names before round one but to be technical, by the rules, as long as your name is there in the sign up thread and you have a creation posted by the closing of the round then you're good.


Many thanks JC! If it looks like I can play i'll try and sign up as early as possible. Work will determine how much free time I have...
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| August 27, 2013, 11:19 am
Has there been a "castle" category before? Or are the categories not so broad; more unique categories that make the builders really think?
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| August 27, 2013, 12:41 pm
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Quoting Alex Rode
Has there been a "castle" category before? Or are the categories not so broad; more unique categories that make the builders really think?

Why not check out the round 2 matches last year. This will give you as good an idea as any as to what the MocOlympics is all about: http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=21512&topicid=85354
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| August 27, 2013, 2:07 pm
Quoting David Alexander Smith
Why not check out the round 2 matches last year. This will give you as good an idea as any as to what the MocOlympics is all about: http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=21512&topicid=85354

Awesome! Thank you!

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| August 27, 2013, 3:14 pm
Can we give category suggestions like in the 2012 MocOlympics?

Also, is there a size limit to our entries for Round 1?

~RBC
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| August 27, 2013, 6:33 pm
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Quoting royalbrickcustoms (RBC)
Can we give category suggestions like in the 2012 MocOlympics?

Also, is there a size limit to our entries for Round 1?

~RBC


1: All the categories have already been chosen for the entire games.

2: That's so cute... you think you'll get information about round one before the round starts.... awwww... (jokes aside, you'll find out everything you need when round one starts)

~Chris.
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| August 27, 2013, 9:05 pm
can I use the Lego idea book? For example, making the same creation, but different colors? Or a slightly different part usage?
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| August 28, 2013, 1:47 pm
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Quoting Adam Brunsting
can I use the Lego idea book? For example, making the same creation, but different colors? Or a slightly different part usage?

I'm gonna say no to this, through Chris might overrule me. That would be pretty much like buying a LEGO set and entering it, even if you do some modifications. Best to go all original.
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| August 28, 2013, 6:05 pm
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Quoting Adam Brunsting

Yeah, LCV is right. Your builds must be original. That's the way the MocOlympics have always worked. If I'm not mistaken, I think the official MOCpages rules even say uploading official LEGO sets is a no no. The website isn't called "My-Own-Creation's Pages" for no reason.
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| August 28, 2013, 7:03 pm
Quoting Ian Spacek
Yeah, LCV is right. Your builds must be original. That's the way the MocOlympics have always worked. If I'm not mistaken, I think the official MOCpages rules even say uploading official LEGO sets is a no no. The website isn't called "My-Own-Creation's Pages" for no reason.

OK. Thanks!
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| August 29, 2013, 12:34 am
Well I am back with another question. This is getting repetative. Now on to the question. I can't have the first round being Bionicle. If it is I will have to forfiet from the Moc-Olympics. The reason is is because I have just moved and all my Bionicle pieces are in one box. I will get the box on September 5th but the movers will be done with our house on the 8th. That means I would only have two days to work on the creation and other entries would have an unprecadented eight day advantage over me! Any of the other rounds would be fine for Bionicle but please not the first! Thanks.
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| August 29, 2013, 2:28 pm
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Quoting Zach "gothambygaslight" L.
Well I am back with another question. This is getting repetative. Now on to the question. I can't have the first round being Bionicle. If it is I will have to forfiet from the Moc-Olympics. The reason is is because I have just moved and all my Bionicle pieces are in one box. I will get the box on September 5th but the movers will be done with our house on the 8th. That means I would only have two days to work on the creation and other entries would have an unprecadented eight day advantage over me! Any of the other rounds would be fine for Bionicle but please not the first! Thanks.

Regardless of circumstances, we can neither reveal nor alter the categories to suit any one participant.

However, I can assure you that the MocOlympics is not brick type specific. Bionicle and technic builders are able to build in all categories, and system builders are able to build in all categories. It wouldn't really be fair if someone with no Bionicles had to build a Toa for their match, would it? The MocOlympics are meant for all LEGO fans, regardless of what pieces they have.
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| August 29, 2013, 3:06 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Regardless of circumstances, we can neither reveal nor alter the categories to suit any one participant.

However, I can assure you that the MocOlympics is not brick type specific. Bionicle and technic builders are able to build in all categories, and system builders are able to build in all categories. It wouldn't really be fair if someone with no Bionicles had to build a Toa for their match, would it? The MocOlympics are meant for all LEGO fans, regardless of what pieces they have.

Good to know. That takes alot of worry away.
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| August 29, 2013, 3:21 pm
I have just joined Mocpages and have no idea what the MocOlympics are. Can anybody give me a brief description?
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| August 30, 2013, 2:47 pm
Will we be able to use input from friends and family to improve our entries before posting them here?

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| August 30, 2013, 2:47 pm
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Quoting Stormjay Rider
Will we be able to use input from friends and family to improve our entries before posting them here?


I cant count the number of times I've TOLD people to get feedback from family, friends AND the online community before adding their entry to the group.

There's no rule that says you have to add your creation to the group right after you post it to MOCpages.

My strongest advice to EVERYONE is to let the feedback come in BEFORE you add it to the group. You can change whatever you need to before it's added here but once it's here, it's OURS. Just be sure to add it to the group before the cutoff of the round. Once the cutoff hits, we lock the group and then there's nothing we can do.

Look back and see how many builders got DQ'd or 0 points in past games for silly things like forgetting links and so on. Get the feedback, make sure it's right, then add it.

Good luck!
~Chris.
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| August 30, 2013, 2:54 pm
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Quoting Anamir Daughter of Denethor
I have just joined Mocpages and have no idea what the MocOlympics are. Can anybody give me a brief description?


Here's a link to the rules thread. Welcome and good luck!
http://mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=22965&topicid=91037
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| August 30, 2013, 2:56 pm
Quoting Ian Spacek
My-Own-Creation's Pages

I thought it was Sean's website...
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| August 30, 2013, 2:59 pm
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus
I thought it was Sean's website...

Not anymore! Mob rule governs here! (As directed by Phipson.)
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| August 30, 2013, 3:11 pm
Do creations I have begun but not finished count as New and Unique?
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| August 31, 2013, 10:45 pm
So to clarify this new rule, we can no longer build story entries with multiple sets in a category that isn't explicitly a story category?
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| September 1, 2013, 1:27 am
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Quoting Elvish Brick
Do creations I have begun but not finished count as New and Unique?

No, they must have been started after the MocOlympics round began.
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| September 1, 2013, 1:38 am
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Quoting Ru Corder
So to clarify this new rule, we can no longer build story entries with multiple sets in a category that isn't explicitly a story category?

Right on.
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| September 1, 2013, 1:38 am
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Quoting Toa M.
Is it possible to lose points from lack of originality? ...

Originality and creativity are some of the cornerstones of good moccing. I doubt any judge will give you a lower score because of that. I certainly wouldn't.
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| September 1, 2013, 1:47 am
Could any Bionicle or Hero Factory pieces be used?
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| September 1, 2013, 1:52 am
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Quoting X ~
Could any Bionicle or Hero Factory pieces be used?

Yep. Or Scala, Znap, Modulex, Galidor, Primo, Clickits, you name it.
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| September 1, 2013, 1:54 am
I'm a bit confused. So, we make a entry for round one and post, right? Then, we can leave it there to see what people think about it and see how much they like it, right? Then, if your not happy with what your ratings are, you can make another one, right? We just have to do all this before round one ends? Also, I know you can post only one entry for round one and that once you post it, it's permanent. I'm just confused with the things I asked you.
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| September 1, 2013, 12:16 pm
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Quoting Chi Warrior
I'm a bit confused. So, we make a entry for round one and post, right? Then, we can leave it there to see what people think about it and see how much they like it, right? Then, if your not happy with what your ratings are, you can make another one, right? We just have to do all this before round one ends? Also, I know you can post only one entry for round one and that once you post it, it's permanent. I'm just confused with the things I asked you.

What Chris suggests is that you make your creation, and post it on MOCpages and see what your friends make of it. If all is well, and you've had it checked out, working links etc., you add it to the MocOlympics group. However, once it is entered into the group, it is formally your entry and cannot be changed or replaced.

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| September 1, 2013, 12:21 pm
Quoting David Alexander Smith
What Chris suggests is that you make your creation, and post it on MOCpages and see what your friends make of it. If all is well, and you've had it checked out, working links etc., you add it to the MocOlympics group. However, once it is entered into the group, it is formally your entry and cannot be changed or replaced.

ok thanks!
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| September 1, 2013, 12:46 pm
Can we make an entry that just incorporates all of the characteristics of the sign (gem element ect) and make all those details of the sign into one MOC? Or does the entry have to be a scene with the sign in it?
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| September 1, 2013, 9:09 pm
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Quoting Stephen Boe
Can we make an entry that just incorporates all of the characteristics of the sign (gem element ect) and make all those details of the sign into one MOC? Or does the entry have to be a scene with the sign in it?


That would most certainly be allowed. You don't need to build the sign itself, as long as the MOC clearly represents the Zodiac symbol chosen.
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| September 1, 2013, 10:04 pm
How whimsical can we make our MOCs? I.E., would we have to make a scene of some sorts, or can we build a character that represents the sign?
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| September 1, 2013, 10:08 pm
Quoting Garrett A.
How whimsical can we make our MOCs? I.E., would we have to make a scene of some sorts, or can we build a character that represents the sign?

Either or both.
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| September 1, 2013, 10:11 pm
Quoting Halhi 141
Either or both.


Righto. Thanks.
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| September 1, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Quoting Garrett A.
How whimsical can we make our MOCs? I.E., would we have to make a scene of some sorts, or can we build a character that represents the sign?

Yep, what Halhi said. As long as the link to the category is evident it's fair game.
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| September 1, 2013, 10:26 pm
I just finished my build (http://mocpages.com/moc.php/369416) and I was wondering if we are allowed to add it to another group before it goes in here. I'm not ready to submit my entry, but I would like some feed back.
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| September 3, 2013, 5:04 pm
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Quoting Matthew Smith
I just finished my build (http://mocpages.com/moc.php/369416) and I was wondering if we are allowed to add it to another group before it goes in here. I'm not ready to submit my entry, but I would like some feed back.

Yeah, you can add it to other groups. Getting feed back from other people before you enter it is encouraged.

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| September 3, 2013, 5:10 pm
Quoting Annie Corder
Yeah, you can add it to other groups. Getting feed back from other people before you enter it is encouraged.

Ok, thanks.
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| September 3, 2013, 5:51 pm
Why only one category for round 1?
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| September 3, 2013, 10:59 pm
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Quoting Josh Baldridge
Why only one category for round 1?

You could think of it that way... I prefer to think of it as 12 categories. ;)
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| September 3, 2013, 11:00 pm
This question is for Chris, I had tried sending you a message through flickr but I don't know how frequently you check that. Anyways, I was just checking to see if any plans were underway for organizing an MIT this year after R1 of the MO is over and the judging is over. Of course, how many people who enter in the first place will be a influence on those events, but if you where planning on getting people to run that contest on the side, I would like to help out in any ways possible. I was last year's 2nd place winner, and wouldn't mind judging the MITs this year if you are looking for help. Of course, if you have other plans, and/or aren't planning on holding the MITs, then I completely understand. Thanks for your time and commitment!

-Evan
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| September 4, 2013, 12:27 am
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy
Originality and creativity are some of the cornerstones of good moccing. I doubt any judge will give you a lower score because of that. I certainly wouldn't.


Scratch that, I've changed my mind. Thanks for replying though!
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| September 4, 2013, 1:26 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
If you have any questions that have not been answered in the rules thread (make sure you've read it!) then feel free to ask it here.

Also, scroll through to make sure your question hasn't already been asked and answered.

Quick question for the judges: I just viewed Elliot's entry into the M.O. and it turns out that he built exactly what I am building, and I mean exactly. I am almost done my MOC, and I am unsure of what to do. Can I finish it and post it? I did NOT copy him, and it is quite a coincidence. Thanks in advance.
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| September 4, 2013, 6:46 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
Quick question for the judges: I just viewed Elliot's entry into the M.O. and it turns out that he built exactly what I am building, and I mean exactly. I am almost done my MOC, and I am unsure of what to do. Can I finish it and post it? I did NOT copy him, and it is quite a coincidence. Thanks in advance.

I'm not a judge, but this has happened before.

As someone was building something, then another guy built the exact same thing and posted it, but the judges said to just post it, as there are like 190 people joining.
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| September 4, 2013, 6:56 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Quick question for the judges: I just viewed Elliot's entry into the M.O. and it turns out that he built exactly what I am building, and I mean exactly. I am almost done my MOC, and I am unsure of what to do. Can I finish it and post it? I did NOT copy him, and it is quite a coincidence. Thanks in advance.

This has happened to me before in a previous year, and nobody minded. So I'd say go ahead and post it, unless another judge says otherwise. :)
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| September 4, 2013, 7:21 pm
Can we build a creation and just use the animal from one of the signs, and have nothing to do with the zodiac, besides the animal?
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| September 4, 2013, 7:26 pm
Quoting Matthew Oh
Can we build a creation and just use the animal from one of the signs, and have nothing to do with the zodiac, besides the animal?

It has to have the name, at least. That's what I gathered when I asked that question.
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| September 4, 2013, 7:31 pm
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Quoting Matthew Oh
Can we build a creation and just use the animal from one of the signs, and have nothing to do with the zodiac, besides the animal?

I suppose. Personally, I prefer a bit of a stronger connection, but that's accepted.
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| September 4, 2013, 8:33 pm
idk if someone already asked this but do I have to use Lego bricks for this cuz I don't have any I only have Bionicle.
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| September 4, 2013, 9:16 pm
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Quoting Beta North
idk if someone already asked this but do I have to use Lego bricks for this cuz I don't have any I only have Bionicle.

While it might be tricky to play the games using only Bionacle parts, it's definitely allowed. Contestants are permitted to use any LEGO product they have available to them. Good luck!
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| September 4, 2013, 9:19 pm
Quoting Annie Corder
This has happened to me before in a previous year, and nobody minded. So I'd say go ahead and post it, unless another judge says otherwise. :)

Thanks for the feedback, Annie. I have an idea... ;)
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| September 4, 2013, 11:13 pm
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Quoting Ru Corder
So to clarify this new rule, we can no longer build story entries with multiple sets in a category that isn't explicitly a story category?


No Ru, if you are building a story then of course you can have multiple sets within your story.

What we're trying to avoid with the rule is say the category is "cars." Someone builds 6 different cars and says "Ok, judges pick the best one of these and that's my entry." That's what we're trying to avoid.

If you're building a story then by all means, different scenes are a part of that creative process so have at it!

~Chris.
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| September 5, 2013, 2:57 am
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Quoting daevster !
This question is for Chris, I had tried sending you a message through flickr but I don't know how frequently you check that. Anyways, I was just checking to see if any plans were underway for organizing an MIT this year after R1 of the MO is over and the judging is over. Of course, how many people who enter in the first place will be a influence on those events, but if you where planning on getting people to run that contest on the side, I would like to help out in any ways possible. I was last year's 2nd place winner, and wouldn't mind judging the MITs this year if you are looking for help. Of course, if you have other plans, and/or aren't planning on holding the MITs, then I completely understand. Thanks for your time and commitment!

-Evan


What's Flickr? Kidding of course... and no, I really don't check it much.

Anyway, to answer your question, I'm still trying to figure out what to do with the MIT. Haven't made any decisions yet but I'll keep you in mind if we decide to go that way.

Thanks!
~Chris.
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| September 5, 2013, 3:02 am
Quoting Mark McPeek
Quick question for the judges: I just viewed Elliot's entry into the M.O. and it turns out that he built exactly what I am building, and I mean exactly. I am almost done my MOC, and I am unsure of what to do. Can I finish it and post it? I did NOT copy him, and it is quite a coincidence. Thanks in advance.

This is day five. If it took him four days to make it and if you did copy him (which I do not believe you did), then you did it four times as fast and are that wqy even better than him.

But it is just a coincidence, so no problems.

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| September 5, 2013, 5:40 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

What we're trying to avoid with the rule is say the category is "cars." Someone builds 6 different cars and says "Ok, judges pick the best one of these and that's my entry." That's what we're trying to avoid.

~Chris.


As a frequent exploiter of this loophole (at least twice last year alone!), I would like to point out I never once asked the judges to choose from amongst the various builds I submitted, merely to bask in their combined awesomeness and award me the win ;)

Seriously, I know where this rule change came from (drunken pirate, mosaics, etc, etc) but I did always view multiple builds for a single category as something to be viewed as a whole, a conglomerate, not 'take the best one and that's my entry'. Also, if the builder has his shizzle together enough to make three seperate builds and some scenes for the start and finish in the 10 day limit I feel that should be rewarded, not punished. Especially when each is better than the one build his opponent put foward ;)

Not that it matters to me of course as I probably won't have time to play. Probably.

On the subject of rule changes, it was discussed after last year's contest about no outside help/ team building/ getting your wife to build bits so you can do other stuff and defeat an honourable Englishman who does ALL his own building. Just saying....

Yours, The Delatron
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| September 5, 2013, 7:41 am
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus
This is day five. If it took him four days to make it and if you did copy him (which I do not believe you did), then you did it four times as fast and are that wqy even better than him.

But it is just a coincidence, so no problems.

Thanks for the compliment! :D I'm not way better than him though. I'm "changing" my MOC so that it is different. I'm happy with how it's going.
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| September 5, 2013, 11:01 am
I'm guessing that the sign-ups will be locked after Round 1 is over, am I correct? Because it seems that more and more are joining each day.
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| September 5, 2013, 5:02 pm
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Quoting Nate B.
I'm guessing that the sign-ups will be locked after Round 1 is over, am I correct? Because it seems that more and more are joining each day.

Yes, you are correct. People can still join until the end of round 1. After that, we will lock the sign up thread.
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| September 5, 2013, 5:13 pm
I really want to do this MocOlympics thing but my Mom and I are unsure about it, (You know, being Christian and all.) I really am a good builder, I just can't build for this...

My question is, can I pass this one and do the next one???
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| September 5, 2013, 10:52 pm
Quoting Joshua Quint
I really want to do this MocOlympics thing but my Mom and I are unsure about it, (You know, being Christian and all.) I really am a good builder, I just can't build for this...

My question is, can I pass this one and do the next one???

I'm a Christian and I'm going to build for this (or I hope I can. I've got kind of a tight schedule).
I really think that building a MOC based on the zodiac is not against our religion. After all, you're not actually using the signs to predict the future. You're just using them as inspiration for a MOC.
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| September 5, 2013, 11:05 pm
Quoting Joshua Quint
I really want to do this MocOlympics thing but my Mom and I are unsure about it, (You know, being Christian and all.) I really am a good builder, I just can't build for this...

My question is, can I pass this one and do the next one???
Try looking at the entries so far, and see how some people have thought outside the box for their builds. Take Matt's entry here for example: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/369551
See? Your entry doesn't have to be literally a Zodiac sign.
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| September 5, 2013, 11:15 pm
Thank you for the plug Ru. You have pointed out what I was trying to encourage everyone to do: Think outside the box. Joshua, the subject matter of the Zodiac is historically not in any sort of conflict with the Christian faith. In fact the early Christians adopted the sign of the fish (Pisces) as their own. Astrology is just another belief system. The judges are not asking you to disregard your own in order to participate, they are asking you to be inspired by a differing worldview. The alignment of the stars have inspired ancient tales, early navigation, and pure questioning science. And, in one particular case, led three wise men to a notable person of interest to you.

In other words, be proud of your beliefs and convictions. If this build interferes with them, then I'm sorry to say that you should not participate.

As for your question regarding skipping this round, let me ask if you would think that it would be fair to those who have already posted and invested time and effort into the category?

The main goal of the MO is to have fun and challenge yourself. Give it a shot.
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| September 5, 2013, 11:35 pm
This is a question for Chris: I read in the MOCpages guidelines that video is against the rules unless it's related to the MOC itself... but I've found that multiple builders are putting in more unrelated videos in place of music tracks (since those can't be added to MOCpages without opening it to hackers.) Is it okay for me to do that, or no?
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| September 6, 2013, 12:25 pm
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Quoting Stormjay Rider
This is a question for Chris: I read in the MOCpages guidelines that video is against the rules unless it's related to the MOC itself... but I've found that multiple builders are putting in more unrelated videos in place of music tracks (since those can't be added to MOCpages without opening it to hackers.) Is it okay for me to do that, or no?


Is this question specific to the MocOlympics? If not then please take the question to the Help group (link on my homepage).

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| September 6, 2013, 1:03 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Quoting Stormjay Rider
This is a question for Chris: I read in the MOCpages guidelines that video is against the rules unless it's related to the MOC itself... but I've found that multiple builders are putting in more unrelated videos in place of music tracks (since those can't be added to MOCpages without opening it to hackers.) Is it okay for me to do that, or no?


Is this question specific to the MocOlympics? If not then please take the question to the Help group (link on my homepage).

I thought it would be easiest to ask here than to have to join another group. I'm trying not to join too many at the moment, the MOCpages activity feed isn't the most effective.
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| September 6, 2013, 1:06 pm
Hey Chris, I was wondering about my entry. Someone told me that is was against the rules to put titles in the creation. I put "Pisces" in purple letters off to the side of my pic. I didn't remember reading we couldn't do that anywhere in the rules. Will I get disqualified for it?
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| September 6, 2013, 1:14 pm
I can't get the MocOlympics tag on the creation page, please help...
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| September 6, 2013, 2:03 pm
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Quoting Joshua Quint
I can't get the MocOlympics tag on the creation page, please help...


When you are uploading the page there is a link to "learn some simple HTML." In there you'll find how to make links. It's a pretty simple copy and paste thing.

Good luck!
~C.
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| September 6, 2013, 3:10 pm
Quoting Joshua Quint
I can't get the MocOlympics tag on the creation page, please help...

And to make it easier now, the code you need is as follows:

<a href="http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/22965">MOColympics</a>;
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| September 6, 2013, 3:53 pm
How long will it take the judges to judge after round 1 is over?
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| September 7, 2013, 3:34 pm
Quoting Adam Brunsting
How long will it take the judges to judge after round 1 is over?

Five days or so.
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| September 7, 2013, 3:53 pm
Quoting Stormjay Rider
Five days or so.

OK. thanks.
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| September 7, 2013, 3:54 pm
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Quoting Stormjay Rider
Five days or so.

And you know that how?
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| September 7, 2013, 3:56 pm
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Quoting Stormjay Rider
Five days or so.

Luke ClarenceVan is right. Where did you get your information from? That is something I'd really like to know.
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| September 7, 2013, 4:04 pm
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy
Luke ClarenceVan is right. Where did you get your information from? That is something I'd really like to know.

Chris' rules thread. :P
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| September 7, 2013, 4:10 pm
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Quoting Stormjay Rider
Chris' rules thread. :P

Ah, that's when round two will be slated to start. We may well finish judging earlier. Or, as has been the case before, the schedule could change.
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| September 7, 2013, 4:24 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Ah, that's when round two will be slated to start. We may well finish judging earlier. Or, as has been the case before, the schedule could change.

"Or so".
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| September 7, 2013, 4:36 pm
There isn't an entry thread this year, correct?
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| September 7, 2013, 4:56 pm
So there's a timestamp on my main photo, is it alright if I take another photo without it (from the same angle and all) and replace the main photo with the new photo?
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| September 7, 2013, 5:55 pm
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Quoting Justin L.
So there's a timestamp on my main photo, is it alright if I take another photo without it (from the same angle and all) and replace the main photo with the new photo?


Thank you for asking but no. The creation is posted to the group and that means it's ours. Any modification could result in a DQ.

(PS: We don't care if there's a timestamp on it. It won't effect your score in any way).
~Chris.
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| September 7, 2013, 10:28 pm
Can I use a little bit of tape to hold down some bricks? If not they'll fall ( they're sideways ). I didn't see anything against it in the rules but I figured I would ask.
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| September 7, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Quoting Dylan Something
Can I use a little bit of tape to hold down some bricks? If not they'll fall ( they're sideways ). I didn't see anything against it in the rules but I figured I would ask.

You can, but make sure the tape isn't visible - or at least try to make it look as pretty as possible.
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| September 7, 2013, 11:17 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

(PS: We don't care if there's a timestamp on it. It won't effect your score in any way).
~Chris.

Oh ok.
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| September 7, 2013, 11:57 pm
Quoting Dylan Something
If you want to be really purist, try using the same type of tape they use in the LEGO stores, or use parts of LEGO stickers. ;)

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| September 8, 2013, 12:07 am
Quoting Blake Baer



Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist



Thanks guys!
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| September 8, 2013, 7:08 am
Am I allowed to use minimal photoshop to separate the MOC from the background? Parts of it sort of blend in.
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| September 8, 2013, 5:35 pm
It won't let me upload my pictures. Is there a judge I could email my pictures to, because it never works. Some one help me! I want to get my entry in on time! :-C
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| September 8, 2013, 8:53 pm
Quoting "Arctic Wolf "
It won't let me upload my pictures. Is there a judge I could email my pictures to, because it never works. Some one help me! I want to get my entry in on time! :-C

You probably need to resize your pictures in the Windows Picture Manager (if you use Windows).
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| September 8, 2013, 8:55 pm
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Quoting Stormjay Rider
Am I allowed to use minimal photoshop to separate the MOC from the background? Parts of it sort of blend in.


If all you're doing is cleaning up the background then yes, you may.
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| September 8, 2013, 10:44 pm
Quoting Stormjay Rider
You probably need to resize your pictures in the Windows Picture Manager (if you use Windows).


Okay! Thanks! I think it's working now!

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| September 9, 2013, 1:02 pm
Question, is the title photo allowed to have photo enhancement? Example title photo: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=363778&id=/user_images/97536/1372704813m_DISPLAY.jpg
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| September 9, 2013, 5:54 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
If you have any questions that have not been answered in the rules thread (make sure you've read it!) then feel free to ask it here.

Also, scroll through to make sure your question hasn't already been asked and answered.

Sorry to bother you. Is it fine if I edit some of the text in my MOC? It's not in the group yet. Thanks in advance.
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| September 9, 2013, 11:46 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
Sorry to bother you. Is it fine if I edit some of the text in my MOC? It's not in the group yet. Thanks in advance.

You can do whatever you want with it until you add it to the group.
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| September 9, 2013, 11:49 pm
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Quoting Andrew the Jedi Ninja
Question, is the title photo allowed to have photo enhancement? Example title photo: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=363778&id=/user_images/97536/1372704813m_DISPLAY.jpg

No photoshop or other image editing software, only for basic clean up.
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| September 10, 2013, 2:10 am
So I tried to post my entry yesterday afternoon and it's telling me that it's invisible because it needs to be reviewed first. Is there anything I have to do to ensure that happens before the cutoff time?
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| September 10, 2013, 9:01 am
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy
No photoshop or other image editing software, only for basic clean up.

Okay, thanks for letting me know for certain.
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| September 10, 2013, 1:39 pm
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Quoting BrickMaster Tommy
So I tried to post my entry yesterday afternoon and it's telling me that it's invisible because it needs to be reviewed first. Is there anything I have to do to ensure that happens before the cutoff time?

Since it's your first moc, it has to be reviewed by one of the MOCpages mods. Chris Phipson is one of them, so everything will be fine.
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| September 10, 2013, 2:10 pm
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy
Since it's your first moc, it has to be reviewed by one of the MOCpages mods. Chris Phipson is one of them, so everything will be fine.

Out of curiosity, are there any others besides him and Kelso?
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| September 10, 2013, 2:22 pm
Quoting Stormjay Rider
Out of curiosity, are there any others besides him and Kelso?

No.
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| September 10, 2013, 2:24 pm
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus
No.

In that case, I guess Phipson does his moderating work while he's waiting for missions?
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| September 10, 2013, 2:27 pm
Quoting Stormjay Rider
In that case, I guess Phipson does his moderating work while he's waiting for missions?

Or maybe while not doing paperwork. How should I know?
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| September 10, 2013, 2:29 pm
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Quoting Stormjay Rider
In that case, I guess Phipson does his moderating work while he's waiting for missions?

Chris does everything at work... I think he must skip donut breaks. ;)
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| September 10, 2013, 6:27 pm
I just uploaded my creation for the 2013 MOC Olympics, and it's the first thing that I've ever posted on this site. I wasn't aware that it needs to be checked first, and that will take a couple hours.
Is there any way to ensure it's made visible to the public before the this evening? I just want to make sure that my entry makes it in.

Thank you.
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| September 10, 2013, 8:38 pm
Quoting Eric Rathke
I just uploaded my creation for the 2013 MOC Olympics, and it's the first thing that I've ever posted on this site. I wasn't aware that it needs to be checked first, and that will take a couple hours.
Is there any way to ensure it's made visible to the public before the this evening? I just want to make sure that my entry makes it in.

Thank you.

One of the judges is a MOColympics mod. He should add it and judge it at the same time.
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| September 10, 2013, 8:58 pm
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Quoting Eric Rathke
I just uploaded my creation for the 2013 MOC Olympics, and it's the first thing that I've ever posted on this site. I wasn't aware that it needs to be checked first, and that will take a couple hours.
Is there any way to ensure it's made visible to the public before the this evening? I just want to make sure that my entry makes it in.

Thank you.

Ah, yes. I knew the issue might arise. I'll bring this to the attention of Chris.
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| September 10, 2013, 8:59 pm
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Quoting Eric Rathke
I just uploaded my creation for the 2013 MOC Olympics, and it's the first thing that I've ever posted on this site. I wasn't aware that it needs to be checked first, and that will take a couple hours.
Is there any way to ensure it's made visible to the public before the this evening? I just want to make sure that my entry makes it in.

Thank you.


I approved your account and you're good to go. Good luck!
~Chris.
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| September 10, 2013, 9:15 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

I approved your account and you're good to go. Good luck!
~Chris.


I really appreciate your haste! Thank you!
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| September 10, 2013, 10:09 pm
I found about my ability to join the contest just a few hours before the deadline and therefore forgot to sign up/did not see the sign up thread... Will you still please please please count my entry in, please? If not, then could I ask that you score my entry "hypothetically" to see what I might have gotten?

Can you please consider this as a sign up?
http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/100859

Thank you.
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| September 11, 2013, 3:34 am
Hey, what are the prizes?
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| September 11, 2013, 11:51 am
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Quoting Mohamed Marei
... Thank you.

I'll discuss it with the other judges, right now I can't promise anything. I'll let you know.
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| September 11, 2013, 1:17 pm
Quick question: Will the judges post their score ON the moc, or just in a thread?

Thanks!
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| September 11, 2013, 5:50 pm
Quoting Thatch Gears
Quick question: Will the judges post their score ON the moc, or just in a thread?

Thanks!

One judge will comment ON the MOC giving the total score that the MOC got from all of the judges.
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| September 11, 2013, 5:57 pm
Quoting David the Fire Ninja Jedi
One judge will comment ON the MOC giving the total score that the MOC got from all of the judges.


Thanks!

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| September 11, 2013, 9:54 pm
When will we know that we have moved on or not? And by that I mean when are you going to post the scores?
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| September 12, 2013, 5:31 pm
hey, why hasn't my entry been judged yet? If I get dis qualified, which I most likely did, then at least TELL me.
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| September 12, 2013, 7:04 pm
Quoting "Arctic Wolf "
hey, why hasn't my entry been judged yet? If I gt dis qualified, which I mst likely did, then at least TELL me.

I have not even had mine judged yet. So you are not DQ.
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| September 12, 2013, 7:11 pm
Wanna talk in my Bill Daniels updates?
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| September 12, 2013, 7:12 pm
So I was told that my entry would not be judged because I had not signed up. However I, right after hearing this, signed up before the end of round one. I just wanted to know what's going on because I still haven't heard from a judge after responding to the comment that said I hadn't signed up.
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| September 12, 2013, 9:10 pm
Quoting Stormjay Rider
Out of curiosity, are there any others besides him and Kelso?

There is a third. Who owns the site?
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| September 12, 2013, 10:02 pm
Quoting CityCreator .
There is a third. Who owns the site?

Sean Kenney
Chris Phipson
And Mark Kelso.
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| September 12, 2013, 10:09 pm
People, Chris has already explained the judging in great detail.

But I will post a little explanation for you;
Once round one closes the judges go around and score each MOC (in private).
Once they have all done so, they will email each MOCs scores to Chris who will tally up all of the scores (2-3 times so that there aren't any mistakes) then one of the judges will post everyone's scores, at the same time here in the M.O. Group.

This is going to take time, a few days at the least. So please just sit back, relax, and wait.

Thank you,
John
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| September 12, 2013, 10:46 pm
I'm going to be gone somewhere, when the second round starts. If I was to be in the next round, what would I do???
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| September 12, 2013, 11:26 pm
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Quoting "Arctic Wolf "
hey, why hasn't my entry been judged yet? If I gt dis qualified, which I mst likely did, then at least TELL me.

Language!
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| September 13, 2013, 1:35 am
Quoting John Daniels
People, Chris has already explained the judging in great detail.

But I will post a little explanation for you;
Once round one closes the judges go around and score each MOC (in private).
Once they have all done so, they will email each MOCs scores to Chris who will tally up all of the scores (2-3 times so that there aren't any mistakes) then one of the judges will post everyone's scores, at the same time here in the M.O. Group.

This is going to take time, a few days at the least. So please just sit back, relax, and wait.

Thank you,
John

Thank you for that brief explanation. I'm sure it'll be helpful.
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| September 13, 2013, 9:56 am
Quoting Joshua Quint
I'm going to be gone somewhere, when the second round starts. If I was to be in the next round, what would I do???

Well my good sir, it depends on how long you're going to be gone.
Let's say that you come back four days after round two starts. You check the group and you have advanced to the next round, all that means is that your opponent has had a four day head start and that you are at a disadvantage. It isn't that big of a deal and besides under that kind of pressure you may perform better than if you had had all ten days.

If you come back after round two is over, and you happened to advance, all it means is that your apponent by default advances to round three.

Chris has clearly stated that there will not be any special exceptions for any single entity.

I hope that I cleared it up for you,
John
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| September 13, 2013, 11:50 am
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy
Language!



What do you mean? The reason it's like that is cause my keys are going out.
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| September 13, 2013, 6:22 pm
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Quoting "Arctic Wolf "


What do you mean? The reason it's like that is cause my keys are going out.

I'm not talking about your spelling, I mean that you should watch your language, young man. Your tone was impolite.
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| September 14, 2013, 12:36 am
Oh, sorry. But I'm not a man..
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| September 14, 2013, 8:49 am
Quoting "Arctic Wolf "
Oh, sorry. But I'm not a man..


Ouch. -_-
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| September 14, 2013, 10:36 am
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Quoting "Arctic Wolf "
Oh, sorry. But I'm not a man..

Doesn't make any difference. Apart from that, apology accepted.
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| September 14, 2013, 11:37 am
Quoting "Arctic Wolf "
Oh, sorry. But I'm not a man..

Regardless the species, impatience and impetuosity are normally punished by the hand that feeds you. Wisdom dictates that you do not bite it, young "pup".

The judges are the alpha dogs here and we all need to understand our place in the pack. I do not recommend that you cross Mr. Xenomurphy.

He has graced you with a second chance, do not throw it away by attempting to be clever. It is a proven way to lose respect from EVERYONE.
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| September 14, 2013, 11:51 am
Quoting "Arctic Wolf "
Oh, sorry. But I'm not a man..

Watch your language, young entity. :P
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| September 14, 2013, 12:25 pm
I understand that no one can use something they've built before the round started in the MocOlympics. Would it be acceptable, however, to disassemble a small creation and then rebuild it along the same design as part of my entry? Or would that be violating the spirit of the rule?
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| September 14, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Quoting Alphonsus Liguori
I understand that no one can use something they've built before the round started in the MocOlympics. Would it be acceptable, however, to disassemble a small creation and then rebuild it along the same design as part of my entry? Or would that be violating the spirit of the rule?


That would truly be going against the spirit of the rules. Please don't do that and thanks for asking.
~Chris.
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| September 14, 2013, 9:52 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

That would truly be going against the spirit of the rules. Please don't do that and thanks for asking.
~Chris.


Got it! Thank you!
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| September 15, 2013, 8:27 am
So whose hosting the MIT?
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| September 15, 2013, 8:44 am
So I see that people are already finding out who they are going up against for round 2 How are they doing that?
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| September 15, 2013, 1:12 pm
Quoting Garett Smith
So I see that people are already finding out who they are going up against for round 2 How are they doing that?

1st place goes against 64th, 2nd against 63rd, etc.

You'll be competing against Adam Brunsting.
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| September 15, 2013, 1:29 pm
Quoting matt rowntRee
Regardless the species, impatience and impetuosity are normally punished by the hand that feeds you. Wisdom dictates that you do not bite it, young "pup".

The judges are the alpha dogs here and we all need to understand our place in the pack. I do not recommend that you cross Mr. Xenomurphy.

He has graced you with a second chance, do not throw it away by attempting to be clever. It is a proven way to lose respect from EVERYONE.


K. Sorry 'bout that. patience was never my God given talent.
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| September 15, 2013, 9:07 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Is there an MIT this year?
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| September 15, 2013, 9:37 pm
I think that was answered in one of the other threads: If there will be one it won't start till round three or so of the MO!


Quoting {JOG} Josh O.
Is there an MIT this year?


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| September 15, 2013, 10:11 pm
So when is Round 2 starting? This is my first EVER MocOlymics and I have no idea what is going on. Do we have a category for Round 2? Or do we do whatever we want?
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| September 16, 2013, 11:05 am
Quoting Anamir Daughter of Denethor
So when is Round 2 starting? This is my first EVER MocOlymics and I have no idea what is going on. Do we have a category for Round 2? Or do we do whatever we want?

Quoting the first comment in the Round One Scores thread Round two will "officially" begin on Friday, September 20th. That means that we will post the matchups sometime (late) Thursday night. The end of the round will be Sunday night, September 29th at 11:59PM MOCpages time.

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| September 16, 2013, 11:16 am
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Quoting Anamir Daughter of Denethor
So when is Round 2 starting? This is my first EVER MocOlymics and I have no idea what is going on. Do we have a category for Round 2? Or do we do whatever we want?

Round 2 will start this coming Friday. Topics will be posted late Thursday night. You will be up against one of the other contestants who made it to round 2, and have a bespoke category to build. Check out the round 2 categories from last year to see what to expect. http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=21512&topicid=85354
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| September 16, 2013, 11:19 am
So I was pondering this question last night while building.

Since the MOColympics have started, and we've already built for round one, do the builds for the next round HAVE to be new builds built after the match-ups have been released?
Or if say, I have a car MOC built after the 1st of september, could I add it into my next round entry, if it fits the category? Even though it wasn't built with the MOColympics specifically in mind?

Or does each entry for each round have to be started after the round/categories have been announced?
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| September 17, 2013, 11:06 pm
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Quoting Lego Junkie
So I was pondering this question last night while building.

Since the MOColympics have started, and we've already built for round one, do the builds for the next round HAVE to be new builds built after the match-ups have been released?
Or if say, I have a car MOC built after the 1st of september, could I add it into my next round entry, if it fits the category? Even though it wasn't built with the MOColympics specifically in mind?

Or does each entry for each round have to be started after the round/categories have been announced?

Play it safe and start completely fresh for your given category.
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| September 18, 2013, 12:44 am
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Quoting Lego Junkie
So I was pondering this question last night while building.

Since the MOColympics have started, and we've already built for round one, do the builds for the next round HAVE to be new builds built after the match-ups have been released?


YES!


Quoting Lego Junkie
Or if say, I have a car MOC built after the 1st of september, could I add it into my next round entry, if it fits the category? Even though it wasn't built with the MOColympics specifically in mind?


NO!

Quoting Lego Junkie
Or does each entry for each round have to be started after the round/categories have been announced?


YES!

Sorry I went all "Daniel Bryan" on you there but I still don't get why people STILL ask this question.

EVERY THING IN YOUR BUILD MUST BE NEW.

Thank you.
~Chris.
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| September 18, 2013, 2:33 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

YES!

Sorry I went all "Daniel Bryan" on you there...
~Chris.


It's times like this I wish there was a 'like' button on MP like there is on facebook!

~ The Miz
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| September 18, 2013, 3:48 am
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Quoting Delatron 3000

It's times like this I wish there was a 'like' button on MP like there is on facebook!

~ The Miz


You're welcome.
~Sandow.

(and yes, I realize there's only about 4 people that'll get that but hey, it's funny to Stu and I.)
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| September 18, 2013, 3:54 am
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