Friday, March 27, 2020

The Road to PAX Unplugged 2020

A month on from the last time I posted about this and the world seems like it has turned upside down.  COVID-19 has cancelled a lot of upcoming conventions, forced people into sheltering at home, and thrown the future into disarray.

Right now I'm assuming that PAX Unplugged 2020 is still going to happen.  Nothing has changed on the website.  The con is 35 weeks away.  I still want to run a tournament for Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack at this con.  I'm going to keep talking about this up until something changes, or the con actually starts.

I know that the world is scary right now and we're all unsure of what the future holds.  Let's stay positive though.  Let's try to make it a goal to make it through to PAX Unplugged 2020 and meet up and share gaming tables together.

I know that Micah, Ed, Joe, Chris, Templeton, Ryan, Vlad, Pete, Erin, and Peter are all down for this.  Also Vitoria from Brazil is trying to make it.  That's four tables of three players each.  That's the same number of games as the last count and it would still be an actual international tournament.

Wouldn't you like to get in on this?  Wouldn't you like to see our community on multiple tables in the Miniatures Area at PAX Unplugged?  Start planning now.  Let's make this happen!  Peter even made a hashtag for it.  #InternationalMobileFrameTournament 

Maybe we could try my Collaborative Terrain idea?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Review: 30369 Beach Buggy Polybag

Another new polybag that can be found at Walmart, in a Lego display.

Bag.  I paid $4.97, for a $0.11 Price per Piece.



Instructions.









Minifig.

Parts.  Tires, Plates, Minifig Surfboard, Inverted
Slopes W/Cutout, Mudguard Plates, Rims, Inverted
Slope, Brackets, Studless Slopes, Axle Plates, Tiles,
 Minifig Steering Wheel, Grille Tile, Clip Tiles, 1x1 Brackets
(in Caramel!), Round Tiles, and a Lightsaber Blade.





Build.  Beach Blanket Battle Buggy.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Above.  (-10)  (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  No.  (-5)
Score: -5 (B-).  Three more pieces and this would have had a better score.  Otherwise, not too bad.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Review: 30554 Cinderella's Mini Castle Polybag

Another new polybag that can be found at Walmart, in a Lego display.

Bag.  I paid $4.97, for a $0.12 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Minidoll.

Parts.  Half Circle Plate, Plates, Very Large Cone, 1x1x3 Brick, Slope, Arch Brick, Inverted Domes, Domes, Round Jumpers, Printed Round Brick, New Pumpkin, Printed Large Jumper, Pentagonal Tile, Plate w/Door Rail, Clip Plates, Minifig Lantern, Bar Bar Holders, Nipples, Flower Round Plates, Flag, Round Brick, Ice Cream Cones, Minifig Teacup, Grille Tile, and Bars w/Stop.



Build.  A 2 Hit piece of Cover with attached Station.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Above.  (-10)  (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  No.  (-5)
Score: -5 (B-).  If you need some fun terrain fast, this is your jam.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

8th Anniversary

So today is the eighth anniversary of the first post for this blog. This makes 1,308 posts and I still have things to say. I hit my 1,000th post late in May of 2018 and I'm in the chase for 2,000. Woof. That's a lot of talk about a game about Lego mecha. Thanks for listening.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Review: 30574 Cat Polybag

Another new polybag that can be found at Walmart, in a Lego display.


Bag.  I paid $4.97, for a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Parts.  Plates, Printed Round Tiles, Inverted Studless Slopes, Wedge Plates, Ball
Joint Plates, Clip Plates, Quarter Circle Tiles, Axle, Axle Ball Joints, Rounded
Plates, Padlocks, Studless Slopes, Jumper, Macaroni Tubes, and a Bracket.



Build 1.  A simple quad with two
mounting points for Attachments.




Build 2.  Ostrich walker with multiple
points for Attachments.  I may just buy
more sets to build a squad of these.





Build 3.  Crab walker also with
multiple points for Attachments.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Below.  (+5)  (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  You have your choice of multiple Frame designs with this set.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Review: 30412 Friends Park Picnic Polybag

This is another new polybag that can be found at Walmart in the Lego aisle.

Bag.  I paid $4.97, for a $0.11 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Minidoll.
Parts.  Round Plates, Tiles, Minifig Bike,
Brick, Plates, Slope, New Headlight
Brick, Leaves, Clip Plates, Bar Plates,
Nipples, Minifig Handbag, Round Brick,
Hot Dog Bun, Twigs, and Hot Dogs, 







Build.  The 1 Hit Cover was easy.  Trying to make something out of the Minifig Bike was a lot more difficult.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Above.  (-10)  (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  No.  (-5)
Score: -5 (B-).  Four more pieces and this would have had a more favorable score.  It would also had an even better score if Lego hadn't decided to increase the price of polybags by a dollar.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Review: 30342 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO Polybag

Another new polybag that can be found at Walmart.  And isn't that a mouthful of a name?

Bag.  I paid $4.97, for a $0.07 Price per Piece.


Instructions and stickers.











Parts.  Plates, Axle Plates, Studless Slopes, Tires, Rims,
Tiles, Handle Studs, Clip Tile, Jumpers, Lightsaber
Blades, Mod. Slope w/Cutout, Brackets, Clip Plate,
Mod. Tiles w/2 Studs, Wedge Plates, and a Panel.


Build.  IO Frigate and HVA.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Below.  (+5)  (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  An interesting selection of parts.