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  1. Hi everybody! Hey, hi, hey! I'm Wesley Crusher and I'm sooooo excited to be here, it's going to be awesome, travelling through space with my Mom! Hey Mom! I love you Mom! We can get rid of these stupid Qtists together can't we Mom?! Mom???
  2. Sounds great. Hopefully I’ll live long and prosper in this game... aha ha ha I’m so very sorry, I just had to.
  3. Thank you for the offer, but Rufus and I come with a couple of LEGO-mad Pandruflets, so we will find a room for ourselves, assuming we are able to make it. Thank you for the offer, and the reminder, though.
  4. In retrospect it was kind of hilarious you asking me to make the investigation result public. I mean, it was luck good or bad that I had already given an invention to the very scum you'd investigated, and it took me a while to work out how genuine you were. My first suggestion - that you get Eeyara to report it - well, you'd already done that, and nothing had happened. Your frustration in each message was palpable, but I was screaming at my screen "I don't want to do it cos I'm the damned inventor and it looks like I've just given an invention to scum and if they now think I'm in contact with the bloody investigator as well, then I'll be deader than a dead thing from deadsville!" And I didn't want to claim to you because you really could have been playing me, there was too much coincidence, and your replies were notably astute. Which made for a fabulous foundation for trust and cooperation throughout the game! CMP had basically asked me "why are you giving me this, don't you think I might be scum?" after I told him I gave him the tracker, to which I had essentially said "so what? It's a one shot tracking action, and it'll make something happen and you seem town to me right now". I didn't really get keen, cooperative townie vibes after he told me he tracked Chromeknight, so I'm not convinced he would have been part of the town block if he hadn't been investigated. Our conversation had stalled way before that all happened. That's not to say you didn't play well CMP, please don't misunderstand me, as I clearly think you did because I gave you an invention! I agree with your view on the scrolls, but there really wasn't all that much going on behind the scenes. I believe very strongly that no amount of night actions make up for strong minded, inquisitive, tenacious and diligent vanilla townies. If such a townie is up for a lynch then it is part of their role to strongly stand up and defend themself. Sitting back is, as far as I'm concerned, utter bullshit, and I would go so far as to say that if you'll only play the game if you have an interesting role then you shouldn't be playing the game at all. The town block was a bit of a mix of paranoia, mistrust and bad timings, and we were actually quite lucky, but at least we tried. It is frustrating to be on the outside, I know, but there wasn't much of an "inside". I spoke mostly to Foog, only because he tried to make me go public with the investigation result, and had very little conversation with anyone else. I knew he was talking to a few other people, who constituted "the loop" which is why I was so confused with Chromeknight wanting to bring me into a loop that I knew didn't really exist but that he wasn't in if it had. Everything I did as an inventor I would have done as a vanilla. Except the night actions, obvs. I also really don't like the idea of not lynching. It is fruitless and only helps the scum. I get the concerns about numbers and so on, but every game should be balanced no matter the numbers. If Hinck had created a game that fell apart because we lynched a townie on day one, it's his blood we'd be after. As I've already said, anyone playing the game should be up for making a robust defence for themself if they're up for a lynch, so "accidentally lynching power roles" doesn't cut it for me either. I don't want to come across as harsh, as there's a lot of stuff we do agree on, but you've hit upon points about which I feel strongly.
  5. I did. There was no way I was going to send it to you, because at that point I knew who you were and didn't trust you to work with us at all. I was actually researching ways to get rid of you. My scroll would have allowed you to talk to a dead player and see their night action results (if any). Foog and I had already pretty much figured he/she, Marwyyn and I were the town PRs, so the only people you could have talked to would have been scum (CMP), and that was not going to happen. I actually think Hinck thought I'd lost my mind, as I was asking if you could use a scroll on yourself (and I was thinking about the unlynch scroll I knew you had but I didn't want to outright say it) but Hinck seemed to think I was talking about my scroll, which would understandably sound crazy. I was trying to make sure you couldn't unlynch yourself, which you couldn't, but then Zandder went and deliberately gave himself a penalty to save you, because you could unlynch him. Foog and I had a good chat about how highly "specced" the scum team would be. I think you had a sound strategy to keep it simple, and keep us weak. Also, I hope you'll notice that after you mentioned it, I actually did start spelling your name right.
  6. I'm not on a plane! I've just been busy, sorry for the late reply. Fantastic game Hinck, just gorgeous. Love the set, love the characters, love the writing and humour and love the setup. Mostly. Also, thank you for being willing to host and for all the hard work that goes into it. I know you feel you should apologise, but lies are pretty much part and parcel of playing these games, so don't sweat it, you played really well! Oh man, you also played really well. I know you don't think you were being scummy, and I actually did believe at the time that Cadd really did tell you to check with the investigator (it seemed like something he'd do at that point), but please remember that when someone says they see you as scummy it's not in isolation. There's always context based on views and representations of other people, and also a summative view of what you've said and done yourself. It's not the only thing I said you were scummy for, but I get it, because I've felt wrongly accused of being scum even when I was scum! You played well dude, focus on that. This exactly. Well said da Foog. Wow Hinck, thanks for a great game, you kept us on our toes right till the end and the whole setup was beautiful! I can't wait to hear about what happened behind the scenes, but I have enjoyed playing, it was stressful at times but I don't regret one minute of it! I really liked the traveller role (yay for two Ls again!) but it seemed very OP to me; it felt like almost putting the destiny of the game in one role's hands. Having to achieve parity is also basically the scum's win condition, so in some ways the role acts as an extra scum role which is also incredibly powerful, with the town armed only with an inventor, a cop and a doctor. I don't want me saying this to detract from the fact that I think scum did really well, as did Kristel too, and I also really loved the game. I'm just offering the feedback you said was welcome. Special shout out to @Tariq j - the night you died I very nearly sent you an invention because you came across strongly as town (I see they thought you were the investigator). I sent it to Foog for a variety of reasons, but I really like the inventor role as it gives non-power roles more of the action. It's not a strong role, though, as there is a delay and you have to make sure you don't give an invention to scum, too..... Nice one, @CMP! Good game, everyone.
  7. We hope to be able to come, but we can't say for definite yet. We're working on it.
  8. Hey 1. No not really, but I will find time, somehow. 2. I have thalassophobia; I don't like underwater much. Finding Dory is good, mostly because of Hank the octopus. He would be my spirit animal, if I believed in that kind of bollocks. 3. Do you know what a rhetorical question is? What Da Foog??
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    LEGO Masters Reality TV show in the US There have been two series in the UK, and Nate (one of the two series 1 winners) was even in Billund at the Event (with YOU! ) in 2018, along with JanetVanD and son, who also progressed pretty far in the first series (IIRC). So you have even met people who've been in it and won it!
  10. Not as quickly as I planned to come back, but these things happen. Hinckley, thank you so much for such a wonderful game. It was beautiful and hilarious and I am always smitten by them. I loved the hilarious cutscenes and titles with "secret" information that still didn't change the game. Your hosting is always excellent, thank you so much for all that you do. You are mature, that's what matters, not your age right now. You're a good player and you played well. Even good players get frustrated and drawn into the mafia experience, what takes real maturity is to recognise where you got frustrated and apologise as you have. It looks like you have the right temperament for the courses you'll be taking. I hope you'll return to playing mafia when you're ready. You played incredibly well, and I agree with Bob that I can see exactly why you made the choices you did. I really don't think you should berate yourself like this, it's not on you. I think you're a great player, for what it's worth. Oh Fangy, this makes me so sad, as I am largely responsible for your death. I really did think you were scum, though, and I got that very wrong. I really enjoyed playing scum in this game, because it's fun to be scum (sometimes) but we also got to do some scum-hunting ourselves, with decidedly mixed results! The anonymous set up was an absolute revelation for me. It's not as if I haven't played it before, but with signing up privately I felt immune to metagaming. The temptation (for me, at least) is to try to match the people signed up with with the characters, and often you get it right, so it's not necessarily that anonymous anymore. I would much rather play anonymous games, and I'm tempted to suggest that they become the norm, really. A note on scum having two final actions; I always considered that factional abilities were swapped around and designated abilities were not. So with this game, our day block and kill could be swapped around, they were factional, so it was only right that the last member of the faction have access to all of them, and I assume the same was true for the monsters. In a scum team of 1)Blocker, 2)Rolecop, 3)Goon, 4)Goon, 5)Goon with a factional kill (usually performed by the Goons) then when left with only 1) they can block and kill, only 2) they can rolecop and kill, and when left with just a Goon, they can only kill. I believe this is standard. Oh, and I'm happy to post the Hellions board.
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    [REVIEW] 75810 - The Upside Down

    Thank you Makoy, for such an amazing review! The amount of time you must have spent to write and photograph something as good as this is astounding, and I am in absolute awe. Not only that, but you have expertly tied the review in with the show to make it great for those of us who have seen the show, but also made it a fantastic review for those who haven't. Thank you so much for this! This is a spectacular set and I can't wait to add it to my collection. The colour palettes for both sides are just wonderful, and really evoke the design from the show. I love the fact that they've included Eggos for Eleven and I'm in love with the dark blue plant leaves pieces, but I agree this set needed Steve and his baseball bat full of nails. I can see, though, that with Steve you need Nancy and Jonathan (both of whom I would also have liked) and I guess they just had to draw a line somewhere. I love the design of this set, and that you can fully display all of it either way up. It is a shame they had to make compromises, but I guess that's just what they are; I agree with your conclusions overall and I also applaud the designer on a job very well done. I'm so glad you reviewed this Makoy, thank you.
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    [MOC] Triphena the Unicorn

    This is very cute and beautifully done!
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    It looks like you and your daughter had a wonderful time building this and there are many details to appreciate here. Steampunk traditionally goes in Sci-Fi rather than Town, so I shall move it over there.
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    The Eurobricks Reviewers Academy

    Welcome to the Reviewers Academy.
  15. I would be willing to help you do this. It will be as-and-when I am available, but I believe it is a great project, and I sort of asked for it in the first place! The potential sticking points will be identifying all RA reviewers, checking at what point a member joined the RA and verifying which of their reviews are RA. It might also be interesting to note bronze, silver and gold reviews also, which wouldn't take too much effort on top. Happy to discuss anything further, and please feel free to PM me.