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  1. Peppermint_M

    Essential LEGO Books

    As I look at my Library, made up of many (many) books I have found that 20 of them are LEGO books, official and fan driven. I know for a fact, that there is now a new edition of The LEGO Book, but I already have the first two editions. I have Great Lego Sets and a number of the Minifigure guides. So, would anyone who has the latest edition of The LEGO Book be able to say if it is essential? Are there any books you highly recommend I get? (Or check if I do have. I know my book catalogue app has some entries missing, I have more than 666 books listed in it). Are there any fan driven books that people can recommend? What LEGO books are your favourite?
  2. Location: Mesabi Landing Type: Large Factory Literacy rates continue to climb in Mesabi Landing, as a wide selection of books were printed in Mesabi Landing's printing factory Book Making by North White, on Flickr In a small outbuilding, Tony oversaw the typesetting onto the printing plate. Book Making by North White, on Flickr In the main building, Captain Angles made sure that all the steps of production were done according to plan. Book Making by North White, on Flickr Type was put onto each press, and paper underneath it. Book Making by North White, on Flickr Each press imprinted the words onto paper, and the printed pages were stacked in piles. Book Making by North White, on Flickr Pages were stacked in order, and bound with horse glue, and covered with a horse leather cover. Book Making by North White, on Flickr Soon, another load of books would be sent out to the Brick seas... FIN Thanks for viewing this build! C&C appreciated!
  3. Blue_Bird

    What are you reading?

    I'm currently reading "A Song of Ice and Fire" Book 1 on my Kindle. It's a very different genre than I'm used to reading. I am enjoying it so far.
  4. Dear All, it is this time of the year again. I just noticed that there are about 24 days left … and no, I do not have all gifts yet … not even one! And then amazon may be your friend - on the other hand amazon delivers even the day before Christmas. Browsing through the book section struck me like thunder (or thunder struck, as the ACDC fans, including me, feel): Holger Matthes @HoMa "is writing" the 2cnd edition of his book "LEGO®-Eisenbahn: Konzepte und Techniken für realistische Modelle", which translates to "LEGO®-Trains: Building concepts and techniques for creating realistic models". OK. I admit: I am not good at browsing through amazon's website. I am one of the old fashioned people who spend hours and hours in stores, trying to find gifts. Driving to the next LEGO store (using public transportation, as I believe in that) to feel the look and feel of a LEGO set - and to go nuts at the pick a brick wall (of course). Pretend I got a note saying: "Would you be willing to write the foreword for the second edition of my book" … I was com-ple-te-ly freaking out after realizing this email was really there: on the screen. I said "yes - when you think it is appropriate". And boom, there was the manuscript, in addition to the 1st edition. Holger ist just a fantastic person - as we all know, but this struck me again - as thunder. The book is available end of January/begin of February 2019 - I just want to make sure that no one blames me, when it is sold out after a couple of days after availability. Just this (as the text on amazon says): Updates on track systems, Powered Up, along with other updates, and … "on the making of the VT 11.5" - the Trans Europ Express. There are many, many details on how this model evolved - to an extent that I believe experienced train builders basically have an "instruction" in their hands. Not individual steps, but close enough. I will give it a try. All the best, Thorsten
  5. [banner Pending] A group of heroes left Heroica hall and into the chilly winter streets of Eubric. An air of unrest had blanketed across the city as the group marched through the quiet streets. There job was one that requested them to the residence of Ernesto Homawae, a writer. These heroes were: En Sabah Nur (Played by Jebediahs) 31 year old male human, Beast Warrior Level 32.75 *Natural Respite*, *Immunity: Blinded, Fragile, Sealed and Lightning elemental attacks*, *Nimble on first round of combat*, *Deals double damage to enemies weak to fire* Power: 47 (Level 32 + Axe 15) Defense: 7 (Artefact Bonus 7) Health: 61/61 (Mage Base 5 + Level Up Bonus 31 + Beast Warrior Bonus 15 + Raw Meat Bonus 5 + Raw Meat Bonus 5) Gold: 25 Equipment: Mythril Axe (WP: 15, Axe), Traveler's Cloak (SP: 1, Backwear ), Custom Fitted, Grounded and Sealed Heavy Armour of Brilliance(SP:5,Immune: fragile, blinded, sealed and lightning, suitable for En Sabah Nur, Bodywear, ), Flexible Greaves (SP: 1, imparts the Nimble effect during the first round of combat, Footwear ), Fire Amulet (Makes physical attacks do double damage to all enemies that are weak to fire, Accessory ) Inventory: Weapons: Sangriste Dagger (WP: 5), En, Sabah, Nur (Shurikens 3/3, WP: 5), Poisonous Rod (WP:5, causes poisoned by 5-effect; staff), Quarterstaff (WP: 22/44 against humanoids, suitable for mages, clerics and necromancers ), Earthy Wooden Shield (SP:6, grants immunity to wood and earth-elemental attacks) Artefacts: Cobra Nemes (Absorbs poison, recovering health instead of taking damage from poisoning, suitable to clerics, mages, chi monks and necromancers, Headwear ), Little Jane's Muff (Mage's Muffler, Protects from sealed-effect, Accessory ), Shackles of War (Prevents anyone from fleeing battles, Accessory ), Lock & Chain (Prevents items in the inventory from getting stolen; Accessory ), Carapace (SP: 3, Immunity to SP Reduction, Bodywear ), Helm of Horror (Successful hits impart the Afraid effect to the target; headwear ), Lichen Armour (The wearer’s ether is counted as additional health if health is depleted and Darkness Immunity, suitable to classes with ether, Bodywear ), Sedge Hat (+4 Ether, Headwear ), Magic Mirror (The user reflects all ether-based attacks back to the caster without getting damaged by them, Accessory ) Spell Items: Garnet (Earth), Aquamarine (Water), Topaz (Lightning), Ruby (Fire), Scroll of Confusion Consumables: 3 Potions, Grand Potion, 3 Ether Cores, 6 Remedies, Phoenix Essence, Phoenix Incense, 2 Meads, Titan Heart (Grants encouraged- and inspired-effects when consumed), 5 Venoms, Deadly Venom, Feather of Lithe (Makes the user nimble for three rounds, giving them a 1/3 chance to completely avoid rolls of COUNTER and DAMAGE and Free Hits.), Feather of Flight (Allows the user to flee from the battle when used.), Warforged Alfred (Nur can call his golem minion twice per battle to protect him from all damage and effects for the remainder of the round or once per battle to protect him and another party member from all damage and effects for the remainder of the round.), 2 Elixers. 1 Mythril Shard Tools: Bedroll, Pickaxe, Magnifying Glass Decamon Deck: Shy Shell (Aquatic 2), Demon Ray (Aquatic 3), Will-o'-the-Wisp (Fiery 1), Barghest (Electric 2), Automaton (Electric 5), Vampire Bat (Flying 3), Specter(Icy 2), White Widow (Icy 3), Golden Scorpion (Luminous 2), Gold Golem (Luminous 6), Toxic Toad (Plant 1), Tangleweed (Plant 3), Scarab (Rock 1), Mud Frog (Rock 2), Stone Golem (Rock 8) 81 year old Male Ogre Hunter Level 43.4 *Natural Respite* *Favors Humanoid and Ancient enemies* *Immune to Fragile, Blinded, and Confused* *1/3 chance to revive when KO'd* Power Bonus: +2 WP for bows and crossbows Defense: 11 Health: 57/57 Gold: 3546 Equipment: Unlucky Crossbow (WP: 13, causes Jinxed Effect), Hunter's Quiver (Bows and Crossbows +2WP, allows Hunters to favor two types of enemies, back wear), Tricorne (SP: 3, head wear), Heavy Armor (SP: 5, wearer is immune to fragile, blind, and confused effects, body wear), Moone Greaves (SP: 3), Vorpalis Talisman (1/3 chance of instantly resurrecting with 1 HP and 1 Ether upon being knocked out; accessory) Inventory Weapons: Oversized Greatsword (WP:16, double damage on targets that are clearly smaller than the hero, greatsword), Composite Bow (WP:12, ignores SP,light,lightning,water, wood, and earth-elemental; bow), Giant Hammer (WP: 13, deals Confused); Hunter's Crossbow (WP:12, double WP against beasts, fire, ice, wind, and darkness-elemental) Artifacts: Medal of Glory (Wearer gains 3x experience from battles, accessory), Paper Doll (Immunity to Hexed) Pugilist's Gloves (+2 Power, Immunity to Weakened), Lucky Doubloon (Grants "Special Guard"; accessory) Tools: Spyglass (Reveals if there are spies and eavesdroppers in the vicinity when used; tool), Consumables: 3x Potion, Phoenix Essence, 3x Phoenix Incense, 8 Meads, 6 Nostrums, 3 Remedy, 3 Smelling Salts, 2 Deadly Venoms, 9 Smoke Bomb, 2 Dirt Bombs, Fire Bomb, 5 Water Bombs, 6 Bone, Blind Fury, Grating Stone, Level-Up Mushroom, 2 Neutralizers, Letter of Recommendation Role-Play Items: Black Goo, Wolfgang Insignia, Thalion Dwinlas, the Super Sleuth and School Inspector (-obelix-) 213 years old male elf Mystic Knight Level: 32.75 *Immune to All Elements, Sealed, Blind, Weakened, Confused, Sleep, Fragile, Cursed, Doomed, Sudden Death, Hexed, Poisoned and Bleeding* Power: 45 (Level 32 + WP 13) Defense: 17 (5 + 12) Health: 43/43 (5 + 31 + 7) Ether: 42/42 (5 + 31 + 5 + 1) Gold: 1063 Equipment: Alpha and Omega (WP: 13, dual healing/spellcasting at the cost of 2 ether, Hollow [Grand Potion stored], staves), Ribcage Shield (SP:12; every time the wielder takes a hit, the shield loses one SP; gives immunity to Doomed and Sudden Death for as long the shield has SP left), Norgh Armor (SP:5, Immunity to Darkness, Light, Fire, Ice, Water, Wood, Wind, Lightning, Earth damage and Sealed, Blind, Fragile, Weaken, Sleep and Confused, bodtwear), Blessed Amulet (Protects from Cursed-effect; accessory), Sterile Gloves (Immunity to Poisoned and Bleeding, handwear), Tin Helmet (Protects from Confused and Hexed effects; headwear) Inventory: Gems: Zirconia (Gem containing all elements; cannot be merged into equipment), Amethyst (Darkness) x3, Diamond (Light), Aquamarine (Water), Opal (Ice) Garnet (Earth), Scrolls: Scroll of Sealing, Scroll of Blindness, Scroll of Frailty, Scroll of Weakening, Scroll of Confusion, Scroll of Sleep, Weapons: Despair (WP: 21, darkness-elemental, physical attacks and spells deal double damage to enemies inflicted with any negative effects, staff), Nightfall (WP: 11, Darkness-elemental, absorbs 2 health on successful hits, Hollow [Nothing stored], dagger), Sleeper (WP: 4, deals Asleep to enemies it hits, Hollow Upgrade [Nothingstored], melee/throwing weapon), Duplovian Swift Halberd (WP: 10, deals Stunned on successful hits, Hollow [nothing stored]) Broomstick (WP:9, ranged), Handy Shield (SP:4, Immune to Blinded) Artifacts: Slightly Less Lucky Die (Randomly causes the Lucky or Jinxed effect when used, costs 3 ether), Duplovian Helmet of the Guard (SP:2, Immune to Magic and Healing, headwear), , Winged Sandals (Protects from Bound and Slowed effects, footwear), Heart Locket (Protects from Enamored-effect; accessory), Snake-Eye Charm (Protects from Petrified-effect; accessory), Shackles of War (Prevents anyone from fleeing battles; accessory), Paper Doll (Protects from Hexed-effect; accessory), Cloak of Espionage (Allows the wearer to examine enemy stats before a battle, backwear), Bumble Fanshirt (SP:1, vermin with level less than half of the wearer's are scared and won't directly attack the wearer; bodywear), Dragoon's Helmet (SP:3, makes wearer absorb attacks of the element of their pet dragon, gaining health instead of damage; suitable for dragoons; headwear), Emerald Hood (SP:4, Immunity to Fragile, headwear), Cloak of Necrotic Shielding (SP:3, provides SPECIAL GUARD against Undead Enemies, backwear) Tools: Bedroll, Shovel, Pickaxe, Magnifying Glass, Telescope, Magic Compass Consumables: Earthwyrm Fang (Grants the Encouraged, Lucky, Reinforced, and Blinded effects for the duration of one battle), Copy of The Eubric Herald (Gives the target the transcended and inspired effects for the duration of one battle), Kraken Fang (Grants hastened and reinforced effects when consumed), Grand Potion (9), Potion (4), Remedy (25), Mead (5), Smelling Salts (10), Nostrum (5), Mulled Wine (4), Elixir (3), Ambrosia, Ether Core, Grand Tonic (8), Phoenix Essence (5), Bone (2), Smoke Bomb, Blind Bomb (2), Seal Bomb, Sleep Bomb (2), Deluxe Skeleton Decoy, Feather of White, 2x Feather of Flight, Demon Repellent, Skeleton Decoy (2), Mithril Shard (1/4 of a piece of Mithril), Crystal Ball (Worth 50 gold, 100 at magic shops) Ellaria Arbour (Sandy) 25 years old female human Alchemist Level 34 2/4 *Immune to Fire* *Three rolls for Mixture* *Transfer poisoned and bleeding upon being hit* *No Free Hits for 3 rounds* Power: 44 (34+10) Defense: 6 (1+5) Health: 55/55 (9+33+10+1+2) Gold: 33 Equipment: Mythril Mallet (WP: 20, wood- and darkness-elemental; Hollow [Diluted Arc Potion (Restores 15 health to all allies)]; hammer), Rubber Gloves (For Mixture, the die is rolled three times instead of twice, and the highest two results determine the created item; suitable to alchemists; handwear.), Robe of the Magi (SP:1, suitable for mages, clerics, alchemists, chi monks, decamon drafters, necromancers, regulators, scholars and weather mages; bodywear.), Spider Helmet (SP:5, passes poisoned and bleeding effects to the enemy when the wearer is hit; immunity to fire; headwear), Spirit Robe (Renders wearer invisible to the enemy for the first three rounds of battle so they do not take free hits; backwear) Inventory: Weapons Ignis Fatuus (WP:13, permanently poisoned by 15, fire- and lighting-elemental staff), Sylvania's Crossbow (WP:10, wood-elemental crossbow), Pan Flute (WP: 7, instrument), Wizard's Staff (WP:1, fire-, wind-, water- and earth-elemental staff), Wormtail Whip (WP:15, earth-elemental, whip) Artifacts: Ranger's Quiver (WP: +1 to bows and crossbows, suitable for rangers, beast warriors, infiltrators, and winged warriors; backwear), Robe of the Archmagi (SP:3, Max Ether +5, protects from sealing; suitable for mages, clerics, necromancers, scholars and weather mages, bodywear) Spell Items: Scroll of Inspiration (Inspired for rest of battle, 10 ether, 50/50 chance) Scroll of Sealing, Scroll of Frailty, Scroll of Weakening, Serenade of Water (Causes Water damage equal to the minstrel's level to all enemies per round for as long as the song is sung. Costs 10 ether per round. Battle Song) Consumables: 10 Grand Potions, 2 Health Cores, 4 Tonics, Diluted Arc Tonic (Restores 10 ether to all allies), 3 Grand Tonics, Ether Core, 2 Hyper Arc Tonics (Restores full ether to all allies), 2 Elixirs, Arc Elixir (Restores 60 health and 15 ether to all allies and removes negative effects.), 4 Remedies, Neutralizer, Tiger Balm, 3 Phoenix Essences, 3 Meads, 4 Smelling Salts, 2 Nostrums, 2 Soma, 2 Mulled Wines, 2 Smoke Bombs, Hot'n'Cold Bomb (Causes 30 fire- and ice-elemental damage to all enemies), Holy Rain Bomb (Causes 20 water-, wind- and light-elemental damage to all enemies), Bad Breath (Poisoned by 1-effect to all enemies), Wyvern's Breath (Poisoned by 10-effect to all enemies), Feather of White Tools etc.: Bedroll, Shovel, Pickaxe, Telescope, Magic Compass, Magnifying Glass, Chemistry Set (Allows the user to use Mixture outside of battle, costs 2 Gold Bars/un-modified roll, suitable for alchemists; tool), 2 Gold Bars Nerwen Calmcacil (played by Chromeknight) Champion of The Northern Kingdoms, Sungold Alliance, 265 year old female Elven Minstrel Level 39 *Immune to sealed* *Gains Double EXP* Power bonus:,+8 (quest #102) Defence: 2 (lesser etherial cloak 1 +leather amour 1) Health: 53 (Base Cleric 9 +Level bonus 38 -Quest #102 5 +Minstrel Bonus 11) Ether: 51 (Base Cleric 5 +Level bonus 38 +Minstrel Bonus 4 +zoot cookie #102 1 +Lesser Etherial cloak 3) Gold: 145 Equipment: Nocturne Flute (WP:6; causes asleep-effect; instrument), Lesser etherial cloak (SP:1, Max. ether +3, immune to sealed; backwear), Medal of Valor (Double experience from battles; accessory), Leather armour (SP:1; Bodywear) Inventory: Mutt's Flute (WP:10; inflicts Weakened-effect; instrument), Party Maracas (WP:4; user is hastened; instrument), Battered wooden flute (WP:6; Darkness-elemental; instrument), Sword of the Warrior of the Light (WP: 14; Light-Elemental, Meditate becomes hits; longsword), Mourning Star (WP: 10; Fire-elemental; inflicts Fragile-effect; mace), Bent Crowbar (WP: 8; 3x damage to Mechanic enemies; hammer), Axe of the Minotaur Champion (WP: 30; user is Slowed and Immune to Hastened, cannot be equipped at the same time as a shield; axe), •Zap-Tap Badge (1/2 chance to Electric counterstrike an opponent who has dealt damage to a hero, equal to the hero's level; Accessory), Shield (SP: 5), Nordic Stomach Guard (SP: 3; Immunity to Ice and Water; Bodywear; Suitable for Barbarians, Regulators, and Beast Warriors), Shield of the Red Lizard (SP: 2; Immune to Blind), Seal of the Warrior Priestess (At the beginning of the battle the user has a 1/6 chance to be Transcended, a 1/6 chance to be Blessed, and a 1/6 chance to be Inspired; Accessory; Suitable for Paladins), Trickster's Mask of the Angel, Order Imperial's Assassin Cowl (Immune to Light and Darkness, Wearer is Nimble; headwear; Suitable for Assassins, Chi Monks, Infiltrators, Rogue Thieves, Paragons), Razor (user is Blessed and Immune to Bleeding, Enraged, and Encouraged; May take up any artifact slot; requires a shaved head), Helm of the Lord of Light (Immune to Light and Jinxed; headwear; Suitable for Knights), Sylvania's Cowl (Permits Animal Talk, Headwear), Counterstrike Gloves, •Opal (2), Topaz (2), Diamond (2), Amethyst, Garnet, Sapphire, Emerald, Aquamarine, Ruby • Scroll of Sleep, Scroll of Blindness, Scroll of Weakening, Scroll of Fragile, Scroll of Confusion, Hundred Hero Hymn (Inspired-effect to all allies for 10 ether; song), •Phoenix essence (3), Potions (10), Grand potion (2), Health Core, Tonics (3), Grand tonic, Ether Core (2), Ambrosia (4), Elixirs (2), Remedies (6), Neutralisers (2), Tiger Balm (2), Nostrum (2), Smelling Salts (2), Venom (4), Mulled Wine, Dragon Scale (lucky & blessed), Titan Heart (encouraged & inspired), Fire Bomb, Ice Bombs (2), Lightning Bomb, Water Bombs (2), Dirt Bombs (2), Air Bomb, Bone, Milk (restores 15 HP and 15 Ether), Red Death Blood (Once applied to a weapon the first successful hit deals doomed, consumable) (2), Sushi (restores 5 health and ether), Feather of Lithe (user is nimble for three rounds, 1/3 chance to avoid rolls of COUNTER and DAMAGE and Free Hits), Grating Stone, Bright Polish (2), •Shovel, Bedroll, Magnifying Glass, Telescope, --- The heroes eventually arrived at their destination, a residential area near Ways End. It didn't take long for the party to distinguish which house was Ernesto's. Trees with marvellously coloured leaves grew out of one of the house's windows as tropical birds foreign to the area nested in it's branches. Strange animals ran around the front of the property, and what looked like water trickled out of a sealed window, the occasional fish darting past. It was a peculiar sight in it's own right, but sitting outside the front door a dirty young elf sat on a chair, scanning the street. He was well dressed, but his clothes were dirty with soot. When he saw the party, he waved them over. "Callooh, kallay, I'm relieved to see you've arrived!" The young elf jumps out of his chair and dusted himself off. "My name is Ernesto Homawae, but please call me Ernesto. I have much to discuss with you, but, um, is everyone here? I don't want to delve into my plight without someone from your group here!" QM Note: Welcome to 144! Check your stats and ensure everything is in order. If you bought items at the Marketplace, let me know. Sorry for the delay, but now that things are set in motion, we should hopeful have a good time. Let's get this party started!
  6. Newoaf

    Hey, I'm Owen.

    Hi! I'm Owen. I'm a film student in my fifth semester, and I've been into Lego-collecting and building most of my life. I haven't been a part of a forum community in a bit, and I thought it would be good to have others perspective on creations and ideas I might have, as well as where to get certain components that may be difficult to find. I'm a big comic-book fan, and have currently been working on collecting a lot of the Lego Marvel stuff, and have been trying to make the figures and sets more comic-accurate using (mostly) only stock pieces, as well as creating my own stuff.
  7. Redhead1982

    MOC Bookends

    My latest MOC is a simple one, and I think it fits this subforum best. It's a combination of several things I wanted to try for a while, but never really got around to do it. The first thing was to build something with the palm tree leaves I got at PaB a while ago, and in combination with the trans clear blue tiles, the idea of a tropical island with lush greenery found way. My vegetation part collection increased recently, and I tried to use as much of those parts as possible. After all, the island is rather small (as seen from the top). As the idea grew, I knew what kind of message I wanted to give with this MOC. So I made a building, or more precisely just a facade, as an entrance to the fictional fantasy world. I wanted the building not to stand out compared to the island's bright colours, hence the lack of colour and pattern. With the ends done, it was time to make the books. And no, you can't open the books. To conclude, the bookends and the books together look like this.
  8. Blue_Bird

    LEGO Books

    What Lego themed books do you have if any? I just have one: LEGO: Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World, it came with a free Harry Potter minifigure I'm going to buy one called LEGO: I Love That Minifigure! it comes with free zombie skateboarder minifigure
  9. mccoyed

    The Dark Tower in Lego

    Hello! In this thread you'll find a consistently updated series of builds inspired by Stephen King's seven-book masterwork The Dark Tower. I will do five builds per book for a total of 35 builds. Please check this post regularly as I'll update it with each build! Book 1: The Gunslinger Build 1: Roland Roland Deschain, the world's last gunslinger, hunts his quarry across a vast desert. Build 2: The Test Roland thinks back to his boyhood, when he challenged his teacher, Cort, to the test of manhood. He was the youngest ever heard of and won using a truly unconventional weapon. Build 3: The Way Station Sick with dehydration and heatstroke, Roland encounters a strange boy in a strange Way Station. Build 4: The Boy The Man in Black is near, finally within reach, but to catch him means making a terrible sacrifice. Build 5: The Palaver Roland awoke by the ruins of the campfire to find himself ten years older... and the man in black was a laughing skeleton in a rotting black robe... Book 2: The Drawing of the Three Build 1: The Door His right hand maimed by a monstrous "lobstrosity", Roland is beset by fever when he spots a door to nowhere rising up from the beach. Build note: Please see the Flickr for a bonus version of this with a lobstrosity. I felt it I couldn't get it quite right for this, so left it out of the final version. Build 2: The Prisoner Through the door on the beach, Roland reaches into a different world. Build 3: The Drawing of Eddie Dean At Balazar's, where Eddie was meant for a terrible fate, one door closes while another opens. Build 4: The Pusher Roland catches a glimpse of The Pusher's past, which incidentally shares a few critical moments with that of Odetta Holmes that was. Build 5: The Lady of Shadows Two women in one body unite to form a third, the gunslinger Susannah Dean. Book 3: The Wastelands Build 1: Shardik While traveling the path of the Beam, Roland's ka-tet encounter one of the last Guardians of the Beams... the mad and decaying cyborg bear, Shardik! Builder's Note: This was a tough one, and I took a lot of pics.
  10. Gongoro73

    The LEGO Neighborhood Book

    Any news on this book? It has been a while since it was first announced. http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Neighborhood-Book-Build-Your/dp/1593275714/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411681863&sr=8-1&keywords=The+LEGO+Neighborhood+Book
  11. Hi all! This is my first MOC post and due to a lack of parts (and skills, it turns out) I'll be sharing this diary styles - a little like Lightning Tiger's - so you all can see and contribute to the build. So far it's gone from this: to this: With a whole lot of rebuilds along the way! Currently only the basic wall layout for the lower floor is complete. The left side of the build is a bedsit complete with old cat lady and exterior stairs to the second floor. The right is the ground floor bookstore and small rear exterior for a dumpster etc (I'd like to devise a working trash chute). There will be another 16x16 plate to be the footpath (or 'sidewalk') featuring a newspaper and magazine vendor in front, as the set is designed to be played with an open hinge (forming a handy 16x16 square). The second story will be a two bedroom family apartment, and above that there will be a nominal roof terrace 'garden' (probably only on one side). The book shop doors are unfinished and I'll be working on some brick built ones in the morning. Also the base plate colours need work, don't you think? I've set myself up with a pretty steep challenge as well. The build has to meet some criteria which have been defined by myself out of fun and also from necessity, as this MOC will end up being played with by my 5 1/2 yo (and the Friends target age) and we don't have a lot of money to spend on parts. Challenge: 1) It has to fit in the Friends/City universe, and I like to think it fits somewhere in between - a little closer to Heartlake maybe, a hard working borough on the outskirts of town? Bella calls it 'the Neighbourhood'. Thanks Mr. Rogers! Anyway, it has to look like a proper Lego building, with that nice Lego realism/playability balance. 2) It has to be easily accessible, playable (durable!) and buildable by kids in the 5-12yo range. 3) The parts must come from one major set (3185) and any other parts used must be readily available in small sets, polybags etc. (btw, does this make it a mod?) 4) Key design challenge - it has to be compact. The whole shebang is designed to close up, stack up and be put away neatly. (No spreading mini-builds!) 5) It has to be aesthetically pleasing in both 'closed' and 'open for play' form; including using a reasonably limited colour palette, not covering/blocking wall panels (a real bugbear of mine) and not having large expanses of blankness. 6) There have to be at least 3 "real" play features. Guess who gets to judge what constitutes real?! I'm always so in awe of the amazing MOCs I see on here, especially the high quality modular buildings. This sure isn't one of them, but I hope you can see the inspiration. Thanks for reading!