Jacob Nion

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  1. Colony Name: Tortuga Ownership: Sea Rats Location: Sea Turtle Island (Island #10, West Prio Sea ) Island Description: Much of the coast of this Island disappears completely below the waves at high tide, and the surrounding sea is very shallow, allowing only smaller ships to near the island, with exception to a small rocky portion to the northern side. The Island interior--that which stays above water at all times--is dominated by coconut palms and other salt-tollerant species. The small island is the hatching site for innumeral sea turtles, multiple times per year.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    It would be really odd if Lego needed BL to learn that people want more animal molds. I think they know that and that's why we get so many small animals in the cmf series. Like recently the flamingo and dachshund (by the way, let me use this opportunity to beg our Anglo-American friends to stop confusing themselves with the age old controversy whether it's "dashound", "dachson" or "dockson". It's either dackel or teckel. That's pronounced "duckle" and "tackle" for you. Two simple names that you can spell with ease. Please help me spread the truth about this beautiful breed of canine and call it by its proper name. And yes I am a proud owner).
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    I don't want to make up any rumours, but there was this Beyond the brick video about their warehouse holding all the parts for the project. And it looked still very cramped.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    Thus far I find most arguments people bringing up very reasonable. Some may freak out, others say it's all fantastic and wonderful (which is a silly and naive point of view really), but the word I read the most is 'concerned'. @Exetrius thank you. I will make sure to rewrite my statement more eloquent and submit it to whatever TLG will offer for communication. As they stated they want to consult the community for opinion.
  5. I would say that it's mainly a standard ebay phrase somebody at some point started and now everyone uses, even if it's irrelevant. For furniture for example it's certainly an important point. And casual evay sellers are no expert Lego sellers. And so they adapted it.
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    Is the LEGO minifigure series made from ABS?

    I'm not sure to what you refer when saying ABS. ABS is just the shortening for the overly long name Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. And that's just the type of plastic used to produce Lego pieces. If you're asking because of variations in quality between bricks from various facilities, well that's just that: the ABS used in the Chinese factory seems to be a bit less awesome. But it is still ABS nonetheless. From my subjective point of view I would say that the quality did increase over the years. Partially at least. Some colours are a bit off still and some joints are loose. But overall it became better.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    Oh boy, I have a lot of thoughts about this. But for now I'll leave the whole economic aspect out as many others have already made valid points. What bothers me right now is that they try to make bricklink "relevant". I mean it is integral for us, but bricklink is not the heart of the community. The forums and blogs and channels are. Bricklink is the lungs that pump the ressources through the organism and enable us to create mocs. To me it appears that Lego is trying to assimilate the community. Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't there been a decrease in sponsored prizes from Lego for community run contests? Instead they hold building contests on ideas. Then the thing about LUG. And the same was happening on bricklink. Trying to be more than just the market place. All announcements state something about "great ambitions", "great plans" for the site and community. That's the usual business talk when a company intends to change a running system into something nobody wants or asked for. I guess many others can appreciate their efforts more than I do. But I prefer the communication and community life to be held on fan run sites instead of company owned ones. Lego can't be both the company and the community. That's just wrong. Communicate, yes. Support, appreciated. But don't try to own the infra structure fans have created. The Lego community is something beautiful that has grown naturally. With it's own structures and rules and traditions. And there's a difference between Lego community and Lego customer. Most consumers of Lego products are not inside this community. And while we are open minded and kind and welcome everyone, the individual person has to make some effort to come here. And you all know that because we all had this process. Coming out of the dark ages, search online, find forums and sources of information, learn the vocabulary and participate in activities. And that's wonderful. And without overestimating ourselves, but basically the value of the hard core of the fan base is not measureable in sales for TLG. We are all influencers, to use a modern term. Everyone who builds mocs, showing them online and on exhibitions adds to Lego's popularity. And how many actual set designers have derived from this community? TLG just needs to leave this organism intact. It would be for the better for both fans and Lego as a brand and company if they stood a bit away instead of intefering. Anyone read the statement from mr Christiansen himself? He was was very certain about telling us how awesome the community and bricklink are. Basically in his words everything is awesome. That left a bit of an aftertaste. I fear TLG wants to awesimilate all of us.
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    EB Xmas Build 2019

    This is sad. I hope it's not due to Lego not providing prizes anymore. I hope I'll be able to come up with something suitable, but I can't think of any other form of frozen water besides snow and ice right now.
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    EB Xmas Raffle 2018 - Your Santa MOC entry thread

    Allright, I counted 179 entries this year (even though a few pics don't seem to work). Given 6 winners per day for 24 days that makes for a chance of ~80%! Not bad. But regardless I really enjoyed seeing again some pretty hilarious entries! Good luck everyone and remember the true christmas spirit: it's not about winning but having fun with your bricks.
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    EB Xmas Raffle 2018 - Your Santa MOC entry thread

    Baron von Santa by Jacob Nion, auf Flickr Phew! As every year, I just managed to throw something together on the very last day. So here he is: Baron von Santa. Only the naughtiest kids get their gifts.
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    EB Xmas Raffle 2017 - Winners per day calendar

    Ahoy! I received my pirates today. Thank you so, so much! I really enjoy these figures.
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    EB Xmas Raffle 2017 - Winners per day calendar

    I can't believe it. From the very beginning I was hoping for the Silent Mary figures to be part of the raffle. And not only did this become true, they actually happen to be the prize category I've won. Now this I call a little christmas wonder. Thank you very, very much for this @CopMike !
  13. Hope I'm still in time XMas Raffle 2017 by Jacob Nion, auf Flickr
  14. The shipwreck bay is a small portion of rockier coastline on the nothern shore of Sea Turtle Island. Many an unfortunate ship ran aground, not seeingthe deadly riff by flow. The falling tide reveals what's left of the once proud vessels. Nonetheless the Sea Rats found good use for them, refitting some of the shipwrecks for hideouts. Shipwreck Bay by Jacob Nion, auf Flickr Shipwreck Bay by Jacob Nion, auf Flickr This will be licenced as a medium fort in Tortuga.
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    [COR - FB] Visiting Tortuga

    Anyone who dares to cause Captain Morgan's guest discomfort will earn himself a hook. Bregir, I will come back to you about the details soon.
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    An Unexpected Move

    Unexpected twist! Can't wait for the next chapter, as usual!
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    [COR - FB] Visiting Tortuga

    No reason for becoming abusive. As long as you don't show me a working sewerage in a Corlandish town, I refuse to believe the common people of your nation are any more hygiene concious than the average Sea Rat. At least not significantly. A neat building! What I like in special is that the house is resting on stilts. That is exactly what I had in mind for Tortuga, since the water level is considerably fluctuating. So I can tell that you put much thinking into it. What I don't like that much is that window technique. That's nothing about you in special, these are present in many builds. I simply miss mullion and transom in them. And a frame. Now I'm eager to receive Don Montoya. If you have any certain topics to discuss, please let me know.
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    New Ship Classes - The Transition

    exactly!
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    New Ship Classes - The Transition

    @Bregir Both. The brick built hull is only 14 studs wide instead of the 16 studs width of the prefab hull pieces, so the tumblehome leaves only 10 studs for the deck. That was because I couldn't manage to build the bow any wider. I think I nailed exact the overall proportions where it doesn't feel awkward. But for level 6 I think it would just feel like too less tonnage. While I appreciate the evaluation system I wonder how much impact an altered width to length ratio would have. Of course there are not many reasonable ways to build a ship that's shorter but wider and bulkier than the archtypes, I find it interesting to think about something like that. Imagine I would build a complete square vessel that's comparable in mass to a certain arch type- how would the court rate it? On a side note: the arch types suggest that class 7 is the maximum one can achieve using prefab hulls. That sounds reasonable since a ship on prefab longer or higher than the Margot would definitely start to look out of place.
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    New Ship Classes - The Transition

    Sure, I didn't mean to heat up the topic again; just my personal decision. Every lost ship is an opportunity to build a better one. But one thing about the Queen Annetta's: for her size she had a very narrow deck with only 10 studs. I wonder how much this plays into account for considering the class.
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    New Ship Classes - The Transition

    Haha, aye, I was thinking the same when seeing the pictures. But who am I to complain about something like that. Personally, sistershipping is no option I'd like to use. But thanks for evaluating the Queen Annetta's. That will help me for future vessels. So, when will the licenses be refunded? As soon as the new mrca is ahead?
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    New Ship Classes - The Transition

    Lady Arlene, class 4T2 Longzhou, class 4A I would like to keep them both level 4, if suitable. I don't think about stats right now, but they will keep their roles as trader and warship. Additionally, I own the 5LA Blue Bonnet, unmoced.
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    An Unsuccessful Treasure Quest

    All those cliff hangers! And Game of Thrones is ahead too. I'm going to die by heart attack. Your task on that underwater look is magnificent. It's definitely a bold move to cover the ground with transclear plates. But it works so well, that I'm glad you dared to try it. It adds something enchanted to the atmosphere. Also the background and the wonderful effect the light source in the middle has. Amazing work!
  24. so be it! But I hope we don't have to put a full team into the moc- eleven topless men woul be a bit too much abs.
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    New Recruits in Bardo

    A shooting range is an excellent idea for an educational property. And its execution is wonderful aswell.