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Well, hopefully I won't be killed for being too proactive... ;)

Not sure if anyone has been working on previews for R1-7, so I started. I'm already done R1 and I'm working on the other ones.

If you want something changed or something totally different - go ahead. I just like to be on top of things.

Also, have we decided on a scorekeeper for R1?
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| August 27, 2014, 11:25 am
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Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the first round of the 2014 MOCOlympics!

Be sure to READ EVERYTHING CAREFULLY. If you have any questions please direct them to the question thread.

ALL CREATIONS MUST BE NEW BUILDS! You may NOT use any old MOCS in ANY of your entries. The ONLY exception to this rule is that sig-figs/mini-figs may be used. Other than that, each entry must be built for that round from brick one. If we find a mech or car or something else that has been built before the round began, then you WILL be disqualified.

Round one is a free for all, elimination round. All players’ entries are going to be scored on a 1-10 point scale. The higher your points, the more chance you have of advancing to round 2. Only the top 64 players will advance to the "player vs player" rounds.


Title: Please title your entry "MOCOlympics (may be shortened to M.O.) Round 1." You can add to the title after this if you wish but please open the title with this.

Your entry MUST include a WORKING link back to the MOCOlympics group homepage (That means you must be able to click on it and have it bring you to the main group. None of this "please copy and paste the following" stuff). To learn how to make a link, click on the "learn some simple HTML" tab on the upload page when uploading your MOC. Remember, a link WILL NOT WORK in the introduction area of the upload. You must put it in the main body of the post. Then you MUST add your creation to the group. The reason that there MUST be a link is because if you advance to round 2, you will need to know how to link to your opponent's page.

You will have 10 days to build and post your creation. Your creation must be added to the group no later than 11:59 PM on Wednesday, September 10th, MOCpages time (that's Eastern U.S. time). No entries will be accepted after that time. We will lock the group so that no entries may be added after the cut off.

Once you have added your MOC to the group, it is an official entry. Any change made to your post or pictures after this may result in disqualification. Our STRONGEST advice is to allow others to check out your post and give you the OK BEFORE you add it to the group. There's NO rule that says you MUST add it to the group right after you post it so be SURE it's right before you add it!

Once all the entries are in, the judges will then score all of the entries. NO ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED UNTIL AFTER THE CUT OFF TIME. After the judges have scored all of the entries, then you will be given your total score by one of the judges in a comment on your entry. All 6 judges will be scoring your entries for round one. Nick Barrett will be the official scorekeeper. The highest possible score for round one is 60 points.


Categories:

Your category for round one is:

So the saying goes: Take one of the following phrases and build a MOC that you feel best represents it. It can be anything from a single, WELL BUILT piece on a white background to a fully inclusive story. The choice is yours. Here are your phrases:
Who killed Grandma?
Embarrassing moments in history.
The Pirate's Home Life.
One Winter's Night.
Does this Smell funny to you?
What the cat ate.

As this is round 1, your take on the meaning of the category is what’s important. What we’re looking for is quality of build, originality, attention to detail, - things like that.

And that’s it, that’s all you got. Good luck, everyone! You have 10 days starting...

NOW!

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| August 27, 2014, 11:26 am
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Well, hopefully I won't be killed for being too proactive... ;)

Not sure if anyone has been working on previews for R1-7, so I started. I'm already done R1 and I'm working on the other ones.

If you want something changed or something totally different - go ahead. I just like to be on top of things.

Also, have we decided on a scorekeeper for R1?


No problem at all being proactive. I was just coming in here now to do this actually so thanks for taking the initiative!

Also, I will not be available on Sunday night at midnight/ Monday morning early (or around that time) to be able to post round one so as long as it's after Midnight, MOCpages time, anyone is more than welcome to post round one. Don't wait for me. ;)

And yes... score keeper...

5 of us will be judging and we'll need one score keeper for round one.

Anyone want to volunteer? Anyone... anyone at all...
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| August 28, 2014, 2:40 am
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Quoting Chris Phipson

No problem at all being proactive. I was just coming in here now to do this actually so thanks for taking the initiative!

Also, I will not be available on Sunday night at midnight/ Monday morning early (or around that time) to be able to post round one so as long as it's after Midnight, MOCpages time, anyone is more than welcome to post round one. Don't wait for me. ;)

And yes... score keeper...

5 of us will be judging and we'll need one score keeper for round one.

Anyone want to volunteer? Anyone... anyone at all...

I'll do it.
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| August 28, 2014, 3:17 am
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Quoting Nick Barrett
I'll do it.


Sweet! Thanks!

We'll figure out a method that works best for you as to how you'd like to keep track of all of our scores.
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| August 28, 2014, 6:00 am
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Quoting Chris Phipson

Sweet! Thanks!

We'll figure out a method that works best for you as to how you'd like to keep track of all of our scores.

That's great. I always assumed the score keeper scored the entries as well, to make the total points 60. I hope so since I'd want to still do that, as well as fire up the spreadsheet.

Midnight is five in the morning here, so someone else will have to send the rounds live.
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| August 28, 2014, 6:48 am
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I'll be glad to post it. Since I'm in Alberta, it's only 10:00 p.m.

Gotta run again, but I'll be back tonight.
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| August 28, 2014, 5:55 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
I'll be glad to post it. Since I'm in Alberta, it's only 10:00 p.m.

Gotta run again, but I'll be back tonight.

Sorted! Thanks Mark.
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| August 28, 2014, 7:29 pm
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Quoting Nick Barrett
Sorted! Thanks Mark.

No problem! Thanks for being scorekeeper!
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| August 29, 2014, 12:00 am
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Welcome to round two of the 2014 MOCOlympics! Congratulations on making it to the final 64. This is the first of the "one on one elimination rounds." Below you will find your matchups with your opponent and your category.

Dates and Times:
Round two starts NOW and will end at 11:59 pm, MOCpages time on [blank], September [blank]th. No entries will be accepted after this time. If you do not have your entry posted AND added to the group pool by the deadline, you will forfeit your match and your opponent will advance.

Title:
Your entry must be titled: MOCOlympics (may be shortened to MO) Round 2 "you" vs "Your opponent." You may title it anything you wish after that but that must be the opening of the title.

Category description:
Near the TOP of the entry you must state your category. Feel free to simply copy and paste your category from this thread or type in the title of the category, your choice. Unless your category specifically calls for it you may only build ONE MOC per entry. This does not mean that you can't have multiple parts to the same entry. What we're trying to avoid here is that if the category is cars, you can't build 7 different cars, only one. If your category has the word “story” in it, multiple builds are allowed. If any clarification is needed, just ask in the question thread.

Links:
Preferably somewhere near the top of your post, you MUST have a WORKING link to your opponent’s page. If you post first then linking to his/her homepage is fine. If you post second, please link to their entry. You do not HAVE to change the link to their entry after they post (if you post first). That is your choice. You do NOT have to have a working link back to the main MOCOlympics group. You’re free to add it if you wish but it is NOT required.

You must add your entry to the group pool. Once you add it to the group, that's it, it's OURS and NO changes may be made. If you make a change and we find out about it, you will be disqualified and your opponent will advance to the next round. We STRONGLY suggest that you get feedback from others and make any needed changes BEFORE adding it to the group. The judges will NOT look at it until it's added to the group.

Once you and your opponent have posted and added your entries to the group, the judges will vote on the MOCs. There will be three judges for each matchup (divided by the brackets). You must receive 2 out of 3 votes to advance to the next round. The judges are NOT required to write full, detailed comments with their votes (but may if they choose to). The only thing required by a judge is stating which MOC he’s voting for. Each judge’s decision is final.


Your judges are:
Brackets 1 and 2: Dennis Price, Tyler Halliwell, Nick Barrett

Brackets 3 and 4: Chris Phipson, matt rowntRee, Mark McPeek


Bracket 1



1: Gerry Anderson is GOD! Build an iconic vehicle and/or base from any of Mr. Anderson's portfolio: Space: 1999, Captain Scarlet, Thunderbirds. Details should be very high on the priority list as it was for him.


2: Self-Portrait: In non-minifig scale, make a representation of yourself from the bricks. It can be literal or abstract in design.


3: No Gravity: Show us a scene in which the laws of gravity are null.


4: Decades: Build a MOC that captures the spirit of any of the following eras: 1920s, 1940s, 1960s, 1980s, 2000s. Yes, ONLY from these decades.


5: Famous moments in TV history: From the man on the moon to the OJ trial, build a television famous moment that captivated viewers.


6: Smash it with a hammer: Build us an oversized “pest” that just begs to be squashed!


7: Sacrilege! Lego may be your favorite toy, but build what you would be playing with if the interlocking Danish blocks hadn't filled your child (or adult)-hood. 1:1 scale.


8: It followed me home, can I keep it? Build a MOC that shows you bringing home a creature that your parents, or significant other, would definitely not approve of.



Bracket 2



9: Gotta Catch 'Em All: Design and build a new, never seen before Pokémon. Show us what it can do.


10: Looks good enough to eat: Build a Lego meal (one to one scale). What's your favorite food?


11: Marvel vs D.C, one-on-one: Choose two superheroes, one from each universe, who both have similar powers and pit them against each other in contests fitting of their powers. Would Quiksilver or the Flash win in a footrace? 20x20 max.


12: Step Right Up: Build a working fairground ride


13: Robinson Crusoe in New York: The castaway from another world isn't on a desert island; he's in a bustling modern city. Show us what happens.


14: Reliving your nightmare: We’ve all had ‘em and they haunt us forever. Create a MOC showing us your greatest fear. For example: Falling, spiders, scorpions, Phipson in a bikini, alien abduction, mom’s meatloaf, etc.


15: Set Bricks to Stun: Build your own story, set anywhere in the Star Trek universe.


16: An elegant MOC for a more civilized age: Replicate any science-fiction object or device from a favorite movie, video game, or other media in life-size scale. Attention to detail matters here!



Bracket 3



17: Wagon’s, HO!!! Westerns are so engrained into our psyche that we don’t even know that we are watching one when we are. Throughout the early days of TV, they were on all channels and in every form imaginable. Build us a MOC showcasing a classic Western from the day. TV or movie.


18: Wearable clothing: Historical or modern, we need proof you (or a chosen model) can put it on.


19: Worst movie EVER: Enlighten us as to what we missed out on so that we may all imbibe of the atrocities perpetuated upon innocent blank film. Give us your best of the worst. What is the worst movie of all time (in your opinion)?


20: Bookends: Design a pair of wickedly cool bookends. Show them off holding up your library of Barbie Fairy Princess books, or whatever you read.


21: What does this button do? You know you want to push it. Go ahead; what’s the worst that could happen? Build a large vig detailing the outcome of a simple push of a tiny little button.


22: A Duel for the Ages: Jousting was one of the most popular sports in the Middle-Ages. Create an epic battle between two mighty warriors of old.


23: Once upon a time in a distant future: Build a scene from a classic fairy-tale (preferably something like Brothers Grimm but doesn't have to be) but here's the twist, this scene takes place in the future. How would Rapunzel's hair work (or not work) in space? Does Little Red Riding Hood use a space bike to try to escape from the clutches of the space wolf? Show us your futuristic version of one of these kinds of classic tales.


24: It ain’t Disney: Build a MOC showing the REAL gory detailed version of a beloved Grimm’s fairy tale



Bracket 4



25: Chimera: Make an animal/human creature combination. Functionality of the combination is key.


26: Nursery Rhymes: These deceptively innocent little poems often conceal darker meanings. Select one of Mother Goose's classic verses and give it a modern twist. How would Hollywood portray the rhyme?


27: Railway Pioneers: Build an accurate replica - any scale - of an early steam locomotive of your choice. Link to source material is required.


28: A certain point of view: Tell us an adventure story, but here's the twist. Tell us the story from the perspective of the villain! People aren't just "evil" for the sake of being evil (expect for Dr. Doofenschmirtz of course) so now's your chance to make us root for the bad guy! What's his motivation? What does he want? And why does he feel that his (evil) way is the only way to get it done? You may choose already existing fiction or create your own; the choice is yours.


29: Does this Classic Space oxygen tank make my posterior look big? Classic Space! Spaceship, spaceship, spaceship! Benny had the right idea. Build us something from “classic space” (No, it doesn’t HAVE to be just a ship. Lunar landing sites and Mars bases would work just as well.).


30: So THAT'S How They Did It: Show us how the ancient Egyptians REALLY built the Pyramids. The sillier and more fantastical, the better.


31: Rain, Steam and Speed: Build us a MOC (can be vignette, painting, anything) inspired by the work of JMW Turner. Please give us some sort of reference so we can compare your work to his original. We’re not looking for exact representation here (it does say “inspired” at the top) but we have to be able to see the similarities.


32: A rose by any other name… Build a larger than life, fully detailed, perfect bit of fauna. It can be a flower, weed, patch of grass or any other type of plant. Make us smell this MOC.


That's it. Good luck, everyone!

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| August 29, 2014, 6:05 pm
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Here's R2. 3 should be up tomorrow (or when I have time to finish it).

I kinda decided on the judges for the brackets. If you don't like them, I can easily change them.

My logic: 2 V-lugers per bracket and 1 none V-luger (Nick and I). Tyler and I are the youngest, so I split us up as well.

I tried to make it as fair as possible. Like I said, if you don't like it, I'll change it.
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| August 29, 2014, 6:09 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Here's R2. 3 should be up tomorrow (or when I have time to finish it).

I kinda decided on the judges for the brackets. If you don't like them, I can easily change them.

My logic: 2 V-lugers per bracket and 1 none V-luger (Nick and I). Tyler and I are the youngest, so I split us up as well.

I tried to make it as fair as possible. Like I said, if you don't like it, I'll change it.


I'm good with it. Looks great! Thanks for taking the lead on this!

Now I'll just sit back and relax...
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| August 29, 2014, 10:01 pm
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Mark! You are freakin' awesome! I love the set ups here and completely see the logic. I leave for work in the morning and come home to see this splendid display of control. Great job and run with it! Thank you.

Chris, I think this one is bucking for a promotion. I say give it to him. ;)

Okay, now I'm excited. XD Certainly better than reading through the smack thread. But then that is a given. XP
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| August 29, 2014, 11:10 pm
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Top work Mark! Your decisions on judging brackets are extremely sound.
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| August 30, 2014, 3:17 am
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Great! Glad I can help!

Nick, did you talk to Chris on the judging for Round 1? Are we doing all 6 of us or only 5?
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| August 30, 2014, 9:09 am
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Great! Glad I can help!

Nick, did you talk to Chris on the judging for Round 1? Are we doing all 6 of us or only 5?

He hasn't yet got back to me on that, but it shouldn't be a problem. Assume it'll be all 6 unless Chris says otherwise - he probably only suggested 5 out of concern for my workload.
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| August 30, 2014, 11:20 am
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Quoting Nick Barrett
He hasn't yet got back to me on that, but it shouldn't be a problem. Assume it'll be all 6 unless Chris says otherwise - he probably only suggested 5 out of concern for my workload.

Ok, thanks! I'll make the necessary corrections.
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| August 30, 2014, 4:37 pm
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Who the heck is this Andersen guy?

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| August 30, 2014, 7:44 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek

Judging pairings look great, nice work organizing, Mark.
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| August 30, 2014, 7:51 pm
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Quoting Dennis Price
Who the heck is this Andersen guy?

Are you referring to Gerry Anderson? Thunderbirds dude. Space: 1999, Captain Scarlet, UFO, Stingray. Supermarionation! Creepy puppets with awesome spaceships! MARTIN LANDAU AND BARBARA BAIN for crying out loud! It's why we're all here with Lego. The birth of Classic Space emerged from Gerry's mind in an indirect way. Check out his designs and unmistakable influence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Anderson
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| August 31, 2014, 1:25 am
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Quoting Nick Barrett
He hasn't yet got back to me on that, but it shouldn't be a problem. Assume it'll be all 6 unless Chris says otherwise - he probably only suggested 5 out of concern for my workload.


Yes, I usually just had the 5 because of the workload of the scorekeeper. However, if you'd like to judge then by all means, have at it!

We'll have 6 judges.

How would you like us to keep track of our scores for you? In the past we (the judges) have opened our own "round 1 score threads" and we just go in and put our scores there. Especially since only the total score from all 6 judges will be put in a comment on the moc, after all the scores are tallied and we know who scored what.

Speaking of which, we'll also divide up all the entries when we're done scoring so each judge will have like... 20 comments (or whatever it works out to) with the "judges total score for your moc"

Thanks again for posting the categories tonight! Here we go round one!

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| August 31, 2014, 5:29 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson

Yes, I usually just had the 5 because of the workload of the scorekeeper. However, if you'd like to judge then by all means, have at it!

We'll have 6 judges.

How would you like us to keep track of our scores for you? In the past we (the judges) have opened our own "round 1 score threads" and we just go in and put our scores there. Especially since only the total score from all 6 judges will be put in a comment on the moc, after all the scores are tallied and we know who scored what.

Speaking of which, we'll also divide up all the entries when we're done scoring so each judge will have like... 20 comments (or whatever it works out to) with the "judges total score for your moc"

Thanks again for posting the categories tonight! Here we go round one!

All good, although it's Mark to thank for posting the categories tonight. The individual threads for each judge's scores would be very helpful. For extra motivation, should we announce the prizes soon ?
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| August 31, 2014, 5:39 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson

Yes, I usually just had the 5 because of the workload of the scorekeeper. However, if you'd like to judge then by all means, have at it!

We'll have 6 judges.

How would you like us to keep track of our scores for you? In the past we (the judges) have opened our own "round 1 score threads" and we just go in and put our scores there. Especially since only the total score from all 6 judges will be put in a comment on the moc, after all the scores are tallied and we know who scored what.

Speaking of which, we'll also divide up all the entries when we're done scoring so each judge will have like... 20 comments (or whatever it works out to) with the "judges total score for your moc"

Thanks again for posting the categories tonight! Here we go round one!

Also, we need a tie-breaker judge, just in case.
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| August 31, 2014, 5:52 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Also, we need a tie-breaker judge, just in case.

Kelso I think is in reserve on a permanent salary for that. XD No worries there.

Ready to go!

Just a simple consideration, but is there any particular criteria on which we grant points? Not to get nitpicky but I very rarely give a perfect score or even a five smiley heads on a moc, just makes it that much more personal when I do. Is a ten Monkey King level and a 1 a clone on a plate? Don't want to be too harsh but I don't want to give it away. Know what I mean? I know you do Dennis! XD
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| August 31, 2014, 11:46 pm
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Quoting matt rowntRee
Kelso I think is in reserve on a permanent salary for that. XD No worries there.

Ready to go!

Just a simple consideration, but is there any particular criteria on which we grant points? Not to get nitpicky but I very rarely give a perfect score or even a five smiley heads on a moc, just makes it that much more personal when I do. Is a ten Monkey King level and a 1 a clone on a plate? Don't want to be too harsh but I don't want to give it away. Know what I mean? I know you do Dennis! XD


Great! I figured as much, just wanted to make sure.

Yeah, that's what I'm going to do. If I'm giving a 10, it better blow my socks off.

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| August 31, 2014, 11:53 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Quoting matt rowntRee
Kelso I think is in reserve on a permanent salary for that. XD No worries there.

Ready to go!

Just a simple consideration, but is there any particular criteria on which we grant points? Not to get nitpicky but I very rarely give a perfect score or even a five smiley heads on a moc, just makes it that much more personal when I do. Is a ten Monkey King level and a 1 a clone on a plate? Don't want to be too harsh but I don't want to give it away. Know what I mean? I know you do Dennis! XD


Great! I figured as much, just wanted to make sure.

Yeah, that's what I'm going to do. If I'm giving a 10, it better blow my socks off.

Agreed!

Thank you for taking the reins on this, Mark. Well done and hopefully the questions that get thrown our way won't be too I.Q. depleting. ;)
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| September 1, 2014, 12:12 am
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Quoting matt rowntRee
Agreed!

Thank you for taking the reins on this, Mark. Well done and hopefully the questions that get thrown our way won't be too I.Q. depleting. ;)

fingers crossed. ;) Good night, matt!

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| September 1, 2014, 12:13 am
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Quoting matt rowntRee
Kelso I think is in reserve on a permanent salary for that. XD No worries there.

Ready to go!

Just a simple consideration, but is there any particular criteria on which we grant points? Not to get nitpicky but I very rarely give a perfect score or even a five smiley heads on a moc, just makes it that much more personal when I do. Is a ten Monkey King level and a 1 a clone on a plate? Don't want to be too harsh but I don't want to give it away. Know what I mean? I know you do Dennis! XD

I think 10=Monkey King, 1=Clone on a Plate pretty much sums up the scoring criteria perfectly.
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| September 1, 2014, 2:34 am
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Quoting matt rowntRee
Kelso I think is in reserve on a permanent salary for that. XD No worries there.

Ready to go!

Just a simple consideration, but is there any particular criteria on which we grant points? Not to get nitpicky but I very rarely give a perfect score or even a five smiley heads on a moc, just makes it that much more personal when I do. Is a ten Monkey King level and a 1 a clone on a plate? Don't want to be too harsh but I don't want to give it away. Know what I mean? I know you do Dennis! XD

Getting a10 means I'm in awe. Getting a 1 means you suck.
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| September 1, 2014, 9:17 am
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Haha, you guys are almost making me blush. I was thinking pretty much the same, a 7 or 8 would be a great moc, 9 and 10 would have to be one to remember.
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| September 1, 2014, 9:28 am
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Quoting Tyler Halliwell
Haha, you guys are almost making me blush. I was thinking pretty much the same, a 7 or 8 would be a great moc, 9 and 10 would have to be one to remember.

At least it's not like anyone can build a 115 stud long SHIP in a day. Wait, what? Sunnuva...

Stiiiiill hate you Tyler. XD

Ooooh, that'll be my criteria level. 1 = I like this builder, 10 = Pure hatred. Yeah, that makes more sense.
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| September 1, 2014, 11:29 am
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Welcome to round 3! Congratulations to those who advanced!

Below you will find your matchups and categories.

Dates and Times:
Round 3 starts NOW and will end at 11:59 PM on [blank], October [blank]th.

Title:
Your entry must be titled: MOCOlympics (may be shortened to MO) Round 3 "You" vs "Your opponent." You may title it anything you wish after that but that must be the opening of the title.

Category description:
Near the TOP of the entry you must state your category. Feel free to simply copy and paste your category from this thread or type in the title of the category, your choice.

Unless your category specifically calls for it you may only build ONE MOC per entry. This does not mean that you can't have multiple parts to the same entry. What we're trying to avoid here is if the category is cars, you can't build 7 different cars, only one. If any clarification is needed, feel free to ask in the question thread.

Links:
Preferably somewhere near the top of your post, you MUST have a WORKING link to your opponent’s page. If you post first then linking to their homepage is fine. If you post second, please link to their entry. You do not HAVE to change the link to their entry after they post (if you post first). That is your choice. You do NOT have to have a working link back to the main MOCOlympics group. You’re free to add it if you wish but it is not required.

You must add your entry to the group pool. Once you add it to the group, that's it, it's OURS and NO changes may be made. If you make a change and we find out about it, you will be disqualified and your opponent will advance to the next round. We STRONGLY suggest that you get feedback from others and make any needed changes BEFORE adding it to the group. The judges will NOT look at it until it's added to the group.

Once you and your opponent have posted and added your entries to the group, judging will commence on the entries. There will be three judges for each matchup (divided by the brackets). You must receive 2 out of 3 votes to advance to the next round. The judges are NOT required to write full, detailed comments with their votes (but may if they choose to). The only requirement for a judge is stating which entry they are voting for. Each judge’s decision is final.



Your judges are:
Brackets 1 and 2: Dennis Price, Tyler Halliwell, Nick Barrett

Brackets 3 and 4: Chris Phipson, matt rowntRee, Mark McPeek



Bracket 1



1: Living and dying in three quarter time: Build us a Jimmy Buffett song in Lego. It doesn’t have to be the entire song. An iconic image from one of his songs would work just fine. Is it a cheese burger in paradise? Shark “fins,” a volcano blowing or your lost shaker of salt?


2: MechaBFF! Show all of us here your feminine side. Time to use the pieces from all your Friends, Scala, and Belleville sets to build a mecha that is colorful, dainty, frilly, girly, and completely non-traditional. Make it faaaaabulous!


3: It’s what’s inside that counts: Build a 1:1 ratio of a human organ.


4: What the dog does when you're not home: What does your K-9 companion do once you leave the house for the day?



Bracket 2



5: Life size LEGO object: Why should mini-figs have all the cool stuff? Pick a LEGO “hand held” item (anything from a gun to a broom to a briefcase or a screwdriver - anything made for mini-fig hands) and build it in real life scale. You must show a picture of someone holding the item (to show proper scale) and also include a picture of the item next to the mini-fig sized version of the piece that inspired it. (No Brickarms or aftermarket stuff for this category. Choose a LEGO brand item)


6: Han shot first: Oh, it’s true. Time to knock Sir Lucas off that perch and ask the hard questions like: Greedo first on the draw with Solo? The Force is “bacteria”? Why wasn’t Leia in more gold bikinis? Ewoks with red wine or white? Build a MOC showing a point in the series that made you go, “Huh?”


7: Human Evolution: It is known that anatomically modern humans emerged from our evolutionary lineage sometime between 300,000 and 400,000 years ago. However, our hominid ancestors had been living in Africa (and elsewhere) millions of years prior to this event. Build a creation that represents some aspect of the human lineage before the emergence of Homo sapiens, be it the skull of Ardipithecus ramidus or a mini-fig scale scene of a Neanderthal hunting party or even a cave painting.


8: Signifying nothing! Shakespeare. Create a diorama depicting an epic scene from one of the Bard’s celebrated plays.



Bracket 3



9: Good News Everyone! You're going to build a diorama depicting any scene from the animated Futurama series


10: The Sword in the Stone: Build a scene from the many stories surrounding the semi-mythical King Arthur.


11: Pair Dare: Select two specific kinds of pieces (for example: the 1x2 brick and the jumper-plate) and then create a MOC using ONLY those two specific pieces. Feel free to use multiple colors of those bricks but they must be ONLY those two bricks. Choose wisely!



12: Working for Lego: You've landed your dream job and are now a Lego Master Builder. Build a new set for any one of Lego's existing, currently in stores, themes.




Bracket 4



13: NEXT to a pale horse: Build us the fifth horseman of the apocalypse. Seeing that his other brothers are of such a serious nature, show us the more humorous side of the end of days. Irreverence and silly are a must.


14: Forced Perspective: Any subject matter you wish, but the main focal point must be a forced perspective shot for that is what you will be judged on - how well you depicted the forced perspective. No size restrictions.


15: Micro-scale: Build anything (be it from a movie, a book, or something architectural like a skyscraper or historical landmark) in micro-scale.


16: Underground world: We’ve seen MOCs showing an underwater scene, show us an under the earth scene.


There you have it. As usual, please post any questions in the "Questions" thread as we can't promise we'll see it here amongst all the chatter.

Good luck!

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| September 2, 2014, 4:07 pm
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Welcome to the fourth round of the MOCOlympics! Congratulations to those who’ve advanced! Three rounds have been completed, four remain. Who will prevail?

Below you will find your matchups and categories.

Dates:
Round 3 starts NOW and will end at 11:59 PM on [blank], October [blank]th.

Title:
Your entry must be titled: MOCOlympics (may be shortened to MO) Round 4 "you" vs "Your opponent." You may title it anything you wish after that but that must be the opening of the title.

Category description:
Near the TOP of the entry you must state your category. Feel free to simply copy and paste your category from this thread or type in the title of the category, your choice.

Unless your category specifically calls for it you may only build ONE MOC per entry. This does not mean that you can't have multiple parts to the same entry. What we're trying to avoid here is if the category is cars, you can't build 7 different cars, only one. If any clarification is needed, feel free to ask in the question thread.

Links:
Preferably somewhere near the top of your post, you MUST have a WORKING link to your opponent’s page. If you post first then linking to their homepage is fine. If you post second, please link to their entry. You do not HAVE to change the link to their entry after they post (if you post first). That is your choice. You do NOT have to have a working link back to the main MOCOlympics group. You’re free to add it if you wish but it is not required.

You must add your entry to the group pool. Once you add it to the group, that's it, it's OURS and NO changes may be made. If you make a change and we find out about it, you will be disqualified and your opponent will advance to the next round. We STRONGLY suggest that you get feedback from others and make any needed changes BEFORE adding it to the group. The judges will NOT look at it until it's added to the group.

Once you and your opponent have posted and added your entries to the group, judging will commence on the entries. There will be three judges for each matchup (divided by the brackets). You must receive 2 out of 3 votes to advance to the next round. The judges are NOT required to write full, detailed comments with their votes (but may if they choose to). The only requirement for a judge is stating which entry they are voting for. Each judge’s decision is final.



Your judges are:
Brackets 1 and 2: Dennis Price, Tyler Halliwell, Nick Barrett

Brackets 3 and 4: Chris Phipson, matt rowntRee, Mark McPeek



Bracket 1



1: The playground: Build us the perfect playground for kids! Swings, monkey bars, slides…the works!


2: DNA splicing is FUN! Mice with human ears? Yup, it’s real. Show us what happens when this gets out of hand. (Ha, hand. Get it? It’s a hand. DNA. Never mind.)



Bracket 2



3: Extinction exhibit: Build us something that no longer exists. Anything from dinosaurs to woolly mammoths to the dodo bird.


4: Domesticons: Transformers normally take sports cars, jet planes, guns and dinosaurs as their alternate forms. We charge you with designing one of a new range of transformers which disguise themselves as domestic appliances.



Bracket 3



5: Cartoon Physics: Build us a MOC depicting "action/reaction" in a cartoon universe where the normal rules of physics don't apply.


6: Bored game: It’s raining outside, the power is out, and the battery died on your devise. Looking for something to do, you happen across a cupboard full of board games. Build a MOC showing us which one you would choose to play.



Bracket 4



7: Fantastical Houses: Something along the lines of Rapunzel's tower, Baba Yaga's house, Howl's Moving Castle and so on. It can be something from popular fiction or your own creation. Show us what your amazing dwelling can do!


8: And I'd Have Gotten Away With It... Build the final scene from a Scooby Doo cartoon. It can be an actual episode or your own storyline.



As usual, please post any questions in the "Question" thread as we can't promise we'll see it here amongst all the chatter.

Good luck, everyone!
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| September 4, 2014, 5:36 pm
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Welcome to round 5! Congratulations on making it to the quarter-finals! We've had some spectacular entries thus far so let’s keep the momentum going! Remember, if you win this round you are guaranteed a prize! How's that for an incentive?

Below you will find your matchups and categories.

Dates: Round 5 starts NOW and will end at 11:59 PM on Sunday, November [blank]th.

Title:
Your entry must be titled: MOCOlympics (may be shortened to MO) Round 5 "you" vs "Your opponent." You may title it anything you wish after that but that must be the opening of the title.

Category description:
Near the TOP of the entry you must state your category. Feel free to simply copy and paste your category from this thread or type in the title of the category, your choice.

Unless your category specifically calls for it you may only build ONE MOC per entry. This does not mean that you can't have multiple parts to the same entry. What we're trying to avoid here is if the category is cars, you can't build 7 different cars, only one. If any clarification is needed, feel free to ask in the question thread.

Links:
Preferably somewhere near the top of your entry, you MUST have a WORKING link to your opponent’s page. If you post first then linking to their homepage is fine. If you post second, please link to their entry. You do not HAVE to change the link to their entry after they post (if you post first). That is your choice. You do NOT have to have a working link back to the main MOCOlympics group. You’re free to add it if you wish but it is not required.

You must add your entry to the group pool. Once you add it to the group, that's it, it's OURS and NO changes may be made. If you make a change and we find out about it, you will be disqualified and your opponent will advance to the next round. We STRONGLY suggest that you get feedback from others and make any needed changes BEFORE adding it to the group. The judges will NOT look at it until it's added to the group.

Once you and your opponent have posted and added your entries to the group, judging will commence on the entries. There will be three judges for each matchup (divided by the brackets). You must receive 2 out of 3 votes to advance to the next round. The judges are NOT required to write full, detailed comments with their votes (but may if they choose to). The only requirement for a judge is stating which entry they are voting for. Each judge’s decision is final.


Your judges are:
Brackets 1 and 2: Dennis Price, Tyler Halliwell, Nick Barrett

Brackets 3 and 4: Chris Phipson, matt rowntRee, Mark McPeek



Round 5



Bracket 1



1: Make matt like Avatar: What is it about this movie other than its special effects that makes everyone love this flick? Try to convince matt that he’s completely off base in regards to his dislike of this movie. Build a MOC that shows irrefutable proof of the excellence of this film so he can go enjoy the upcoming three sequels.



Bracket 2



2: Alien Landscape: Is it barren? Are the rivers green, gold or pink? Do the trees grow upside down? Do the Aliens walk around like they are constantly doing the limbo? These are all ideas. Build us your version of an alien landscape. This one is all about beauty 'outside the box'.



Bracket 3



3: Rube Goldberg: Always a classic... Build a working Rube Goldberg machine - a machine that performs a simple task using over the top mechanics. You do not HAVE to have a video showing it work (videos are preferred if you can) but at the very least you must have pics of the machine working at every stage.



Bracket 4



4: Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice: Build a scene or story from the filmography of the American director/producer/artist Tim Burton.

There are your categories. If you have any questions, please ask them in the question thread. We will be glad to answer them.

Good luck!

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| September 9, 2014, 11:37 pm
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All these look spot on Mark.

I have one request: In round 2, category 14 Reliving your nightmare, could you add "For example" so they don't simply choose from the examples I gave.

Thank you Sir.
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| September 10, 2014, 12:32 am
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Quoting matt rowntRee
All these look spot on Mark.

I have one request: In round 2, category 14 Reliving your nightmare, could you add "For example" so they don't simply choose from the examples I gave.

Thank you Sir.

It will be done.

Thank you!
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| September 10, 2014, 10:38 am
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Question for all:

Round 3, Bracket 1, Category 3: "It's what's inside that counts. Build a 1:1 ratio of a human organ" seems small in comparison to the other categories in the round. Could we expand that to say something like, "Build an interior view of anywhere in the human body in AT LEAST a 1:1 ratio. Detail is an absolute must."? I think this would deter people from just throwing together a fist sized red lump and calling it a heart, and it would fit in line with the other categories equally.
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| September 10, 2014, 11:36 am
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Quoting matt rowntRee
Question for all:

Round 3, Bracket 1, Category 3: "It's what's inside that counts. Build a 1:1 ratio of a human organ" seems small in comparison to the other categories in the round. Could we expand that to say something like, "Build an interior view of anywhere in the human body in AT LEAST a 1:1 ratio. Detail is an absolute must."? I think this would deter people from just throwing together a fist sized red lump and calling it a heart, and it would fit in line with the other categories equally.

I actually think leaving it more open to interpretation is the way to go with this. Yes, the builder CAN build a red lump but it's not going to win is it... Besides, by R3 the builders know they need to try harder than that.
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| September 10, 2014, 11:54 am
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I agree with Nick on this one. Only because it's round three.

By round 3, the builders (for the most part) are above "decent" and we should have some competitive players at that point.

Of course.... I've been wrong before... but let's hope that leaving it open to interpretation will allow for creative deviations from what we're asking for and not simply using a "jewel" piece as a kidney stone... (sorry for that mental image).

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| September 10, 2014, 2:28 pm
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Roger that.

Valid and sound point with it being round 3. They really should know by then.

Never mind. =)


BTW I hope you guys don't mind that I lit off on a couple players using the new low in excuses, "I got a new video game and can't participate in the MOs." I'm not impressed.
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| September 10, 2014, 3:31 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting matt rowntRee
BTW I hope you guys don't mind that I lit off on a couple players using the new low in excuses, "I got a new video game and can't participate in the MOs." I'm not impressed.

That is one reason why I don't play video games much. Maybe once a month or so.

I much prefer to build.

Also, I'm working on the uploader problem. Think I might have a solution....

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| September 10, 2014, 5:00 pm
 Group admin 
Builders … welcome to Round 6 of the MOCOlympics - the semi-finals!

Below you will find your matchups and categories.

Dates:
Round 6 starts NOW and will end at 11:59 PM on Sunday, November [blank]th.

Title:
Your entry must be titled: MOCOlympics (may be shortened to MO) round 6 "You" vs. "Your opponent." You may title it anything you wish after that but that must be the opening of the title.

Category description:
Near the top of your entry you must state your category. Feel free to simply copy and paste your category from this thread or type in the title of the category, your choice.

Unless your category specifically calls for it you may only build one MOC per entry. This does not mean that you can't have multiple parts to the same entry. What we're trying to avoid here is if the category is cars, you can't build 7 different cars, only one. If any clarification is needed, feel free to ask in the question thread.

Links:
Preferably somewhere near the top of your entry, you must have a working link to your opponent’s page. If you post first then linking to their homepage is fine. If you post second, please link to their entry. You do not have to change the link to their entry after they post (if you post first). That is your choice. You do not have to have a working link back to the main MOCOlympics group. You’re free to add it if you wish but it is not required.

You must add your entry to the group pool. Once you add it to the group, that's it, it's ours and no changes may be made. If you make a change and we find out about it, you will be disqualified and your opponent will advance to the next round. We strongly suggest that you get feedback from others and make any needed changes before adding it to the group. The judges will not look at it until it's added to the group.

Once you and your opponent have posted and added your entries to the group, judging will commence on the entries. All 6 judges will be voting on both matchups. If there is a tie, a special guest judge will be invited to break the tie. You must receive 4 out of 6 (7) votes to advance to the final round. The judges are not required to write full, detailed comments with their votes (but may if they choose to). The only requirement for a judge is stating which entry they are voting for. Each judge’s decision is final.


Your judges are:
Dennis Price, Tyler Halliwell, Nick Barrett, Chris Phipson, matt rowntRee and Mark McPeek.


Round 6



Bracket 1 vs. Bracket 2



Mythological creatures: Give us your brick-built version of a creature from an ancient myth! Anything from Medusa to the Kraken! While the focus will be on the creature, we also want you to include its habitat. One restriction … no dragons. We’ve seen too many. As cool as dragons are, please pick something that hasn’t been done to death. No size restrictions.



Bracket 3 vs Bracket 4



Wizard Duel: Build us a battle between two mages of the mystic arts. Be sure to include their magical "effects" as they throw spells with wanton abandon. The inspiration for this category came while watching Loony Tunes and I saw this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNvI4tEtzBQ&feature=related. Please use ONLY the "wizard world" stuff as your inspiration.... We don't need a MOC of Daffy Duck blowing up a hotdog in a microwave. You can also find inspiration in the commercials for the “Wizard 101” game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9K7ApIpY9g. Both have the same “feel” we’re looking for.


And they’re off! If you have any question, feel free to ask them in the question thread.

Good luck, guys!

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| September 12, 2014, 6:28 pm
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Gentlemen…. This is it, the final round of the 2014 MOCOlympics! You’ve both clawed tooth and nail, stepping on the necks of every foe placed before you to finally arrive at this moment…. Shake hands, return to your corners and come out FIGHTING (Literally)!

Below you will find your category and of course, all the rules. You probably know all this by now, but here it is anyways.

Dates: Round 7 starts NOW and will end at 11:59 PM on Sunday, December [blank]th.

Title:
Your entry must be titled: MOCOlympics (may be shortened to MO) Round 7 (or “Final round” if you prefer that. You’ve earned the right to use that title if you wish) "You" vs "Your opponent." You may title it anything you wish after that but that must be the opening of the title.

Category description:
Near the top of your entry you must state your category. Feel free to simply copy and paste your category from this thread or type in the title of the category, your choice.

Unless your category specifically calls for it you may only build one MOC per entry. This does not mean that you can't have multiple parts to the same entry. What we're trying to avoid here is if the category is cars, you can't build 7 different cars, only one. If any clarification is needed, feel free to ask in the question thread.

Links:
Preferably somewhere near the top of your entry, you must have a working link to your opponent’s page. If you post first then linking to their homepage is fine. If you post second, please link to their entry. You do not have to change the link to their entry after they post (if you post first). That is your choice. You do not have to have a working link back to the main MOCOlympics group. You’re free to add it if you wish but it is not required.

You must add your entry to the group pool. Once you add it to the group, that's it, it's ours and no changes may be made. If you make a change and we find out about it, you will be disqualified and your opponent will automatically win. We strongly suggest that you get feedback from others and make any needed changes before adding it to the group. The judges will not look at it until it's added to the group.

Once you and your opponent have posted and added your entries to the group, judging will commence on the entries. All 6 judges will be voting on the final match. If there is a tie, a special guest judge will be invited to break the tie. You must receive 4 out of 6 (7) votes in order to be crowned victor. The judges are not required to write full, detailed comments with their votes (but may if they choose to). The only requirement for a judge is stating which entry they are voting for. Each judge’s decision is final.


Your judges are:
Dennis Price, Tyler Halliwell, Nick Barrett, Chris Phipson, matt rowntRee and Mark McPeek.



Round 7



Final match



Into the Arena: You’ve fought your way through the MOCOlympics and it has all come down to this one, final battle for ultimate victory! One-on-one, gladiatorial style combat has existed for as long as humans could compete and place bets. From ancient Roman Gladiators all the way to future hard-suit battles and everything else in between, be it boxing, UFC, or WWE. Show us your take on gladiatorial combat!


Good luck, fellas! Make this the best final ever!!

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| September 12, 2014, 6:29 pm
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Done! Here are Round 6 and Round 7. Typos, anything I missed, anything you want added – just let me know. With your permission, Chris, I switched around the Bracket 1 vs. 2 and Bracket 3 vs. 4 categories, just in case Tom manages to get to the semi-finals again.

Nick, if you are done with the scores and tiebreaks, I will add in the matchups for Round 2 as well as the dates.

Thanks, guys!

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| September 12, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Chris, I switched around the Bracket 1 vs. 2 and Bracket 3 vs. 4 categories, just in case Tom manages to get to the semi-finals again.




Good call on that!

Again, thanks so much for taking the lead on all this. "Real life" has been kicking me in the (bleep) recently. Nothing bad by any stretch, just REALLY busy.

You rock, thanks!
~Chris.
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| September 16, 2014, 1:51 am
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Those look spot on Mark. Great call on the switch as it is looking pretty likely that Tom will be here in the end.
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| September 16, 2014, 10:17 am
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Great! Thanks, guys. I'll add them into the R2 preview comment tonight.

Chris: Yeah, I totally understand the business of life. As for the recent MP problems: are they fixed, what was the problem, and should we expect more problems?

Sorry for all the question. I basically am wondering if we have to adjust stuff for the MOs.
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| September 17, 2014, 6:56 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Great! Thanks, guys. I'll add them into the R2 preview comment tonight.

Chris: Yeah, I totally understand the business of life. As for the recent MP problems: are they fixed, what was the problem, and should we expect more problems?

Sorry for all the question. I basically am wondering if we have to adjust stuff for the MOs.


At this point no adjustment is needed. Sean got back to me earlier today and said that they're working on the problems (some database issue) and it looks like we're up and running (minus the status bar) now.

Let's all cross our fingers and hope for the best!


And of course, if someone would be so kind as to start round 2 tomorrow night/Friday morning (midnight) that would be great as I won't be around a computer at that time.

Thanks!
~Chris.
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| September 18, 2014, 2:21 am
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Good grief, Mark went and made starting the rounds all easy and stuff. ;)

I can take care of it as well as opening the creations. I'm sure Mark and I will be up and about for the fireworks. And by fireworks, I mean the volley of ridiculous yet easily answerable and highly obvious questions.

Might have to add an extra finger to the scotch.

CHEERS!
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| September 18, 2014, 10:56 am
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Great! Thanks, guys. I'll add them into the R2 preview comment tonight.

Chris: Yeah, I totally understand the business of life. As for the recent MP problems: are they fixed, what was the problem, and should we expect more problems?

Sorry for all the question. I basically am wondering if we have to adjust stuff for the MOs.

Hey Mark, don't worry about updating the R2 who vs. who. I did it in word and will post tonight. Yup, I can compooter real good. ;)
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| September 18, 2014, 10:27 pm
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Quoting matt rowntRee
Hey Mark, don't worry about updating the R2 who vs. who. I did it in word and will post tonight. Yup, I can compooter real good. ;)

Thanks a lot, matt(and Chris for the update)! I'm really sorry I didn't get to it. My grandfather passed away, so it's been a tough couple days....
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| September 19, 2014, 12:12 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Thanks a lot, matt(and Chris for the update)! I'm really sorry I didn't get to it. My grandfather passed away, so it's been a tough couple days....

Don't be sorry; you've done wonderful stuff here. Sorry to hear about your grandfather.
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| September 19, 2014, 6:28 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Thanks a lot, matt(and Chris for the update)! I'm really sorry I didn't get to it. My grandfather passed away, so it's been a tough couple days....

Aw, man! I noticed that you weren't very active the other day and I was hoping that everything was alright. I'm sorry to hear that. My sincerest condolences to you and the rest of your family. As Nick stated, you've done enough. We're lucky to have you in here, now go spend time with your family.

Just wouldn't be the MOs without a family member passing.
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| September 19, 2014, 9:38 pm
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32: A rose by any other name… Build a larger than life, fully detailed, perfect bit of fauna. It can be a flower, weed, patch of grass or any other type of plant. Make us smell this MOC.


Dunno if it really matters, as the builders probably understood, but this should say flora, not fauna.
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| September 20, 2014, 7:40 pm
 Group admin 
Thank you very much, Nick and matt. I appreciate it.

As for R2, do we have to post our decisions here as well?
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| September 20, 2014, 9:50 pm
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Quoting Tyler Halliwell
32: A rose by any other name… Build a larger than life, fully detailed, perfect bit of fauna. It can be a flower, weed, patch of grass or any other type of plant. Make us smell this MOC.


Dunno if it really matters, as the builders probably understood, but this should say flora, not fauna.

I don't remember ever writing that. I'll go change it.
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| September 20, 2014, 9:58 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Mark McPeek
Thanks a lot, matt(and Chris for the update)! I'm really sorry I didn't get to it. My grandfather passed away, so it's been a tough couple days....


Mark, I'm so sorry to hear that. My thoughts are with you and your family.
~Chris.
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| September 20, 2014, 10:33 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson

Mark, I'm so sorry to hear that. My thoughts are with you and your family.
~Chris.

Thank you, Chris.
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| September 20, 2014, 10:50 pm
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