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  1. The Supreme Courts of the Brick Seas* has decided to establish a Naval Licensing and Prize Court, delegating the discretion over all matters related to the licensing of ships and the condemnation of prizes. The Supreme Courts have appointed a judge from each faction, in order for the Naval Court to function unbiased and independently of faction interests.** Licensing of ships Generally, once a vessel is licensed, there is no changing the license. Neither can a license, for instance a capture, be upgraded to a larger license. However, there are some exceptions, which will be handled by this court. Up-licensing a vessel For vessels with a license smaller than what the related MOC justifies, it may be possible to increase the license, when the funds become available. The general rule is that the maximum rating of the vessel should be included, when the vessel is first posted. In these cases, the vessel can generally be up-licensed without further ado. (Given that the suggested rating has not been contested.) All other cases (including ships posted before this rule) will be evaluated on a case to case basis, where this court will decide whether a vessel can justify a bigger license. Captured licenses As with normal licenses, the rating of a capture is generally fixed. Thus, for example, a 4T cannot be upgraded to a 5T. Instead, unwanted licenses (captures) can be sold through the prize courts (See below) or to other players/factions. However, if a substantial MOC is presented, showing the vessel being suitably upgraded, and approved by this court, exceptions to this rule can be granted. However, uprating more than one step will generally not be accepted. The extent of the MOC must represent the extent of the upgrade. General licensing issues Other issues can also be brought before this court, where it will act as an advisory and mediating organ, before cases are brought before the Supreme Courts. Condemnation of Prizes Captured vessels can either be put into the fleets of the capturer, sold to other factions or individuals, or condemned as a prize. Condemning the capture as a prize represents it being sold to the breakers yard or auctioned away to the old world, meaning that the vessels will be removed from the game world. IC, the outcomes below represents the uncertainty of the outcome of such an auction. Prizes brought before this court will be condemned by the following procedure: A 6-sided die will be cast, and the outcome will decide the result of the prize auction as a share of the license value: 20 % 30 % 40 % 50 % 60 % 75 % If the prize is MOC'ed (e.g. the capture of a player vessel), 25 % is added to the outcome. Eg. rolling 3 for 40 % will mean you get 65 % of the license value. NB: Prizes taken by independent pirates and ships flying black flags roll a 3-sided die for the outcomes: 1: 50 %, 2: 60 %, 3: 75 %. Bonus for a moc'ed vessel is added hereto. Applications for license changes, licensing issues and prizes to be condemned are to be presented before this court (in this thread), and will then be processed with all possible expedience. Decisions of this court can be appealed to the Supreme Courts, although only after a settlement with this court itself cannot be reached. Signed, stamped, and sealed. The Naval Licensing and Prize Court *BoBS Leadership **Kolonialbeamter, Maxim, Dr. Spock, and Bregir
  2. 1980-Something-Space-Guy

    History behind Marvel and DC licenses?

    I remember that glorious day in 2011 when it was announced both Marvel and DC licenses for Lego. It was my greatest Lego dream come true (although still a lot of the minifigs I want to see in Lego form haven't been made, looking at you FF and X-men). However, there were a lot of things I didn't understand about how things went down, and I have never been able to find much by researching into this. My understanding is that, initially, Lego had the license for Spider-man and Spider-man 2. How did they lose the license against the-brand-which-must-not-be-named for Spider-man 3? Was it because they wanted to pick up Batman? Or did they pick up Batman because they lost the Spider-man license? Why was the Batman theme discontinued in 2008? Did they lose the license for that? Then, what was the catalyst for Lego deciding to go for both of the licenses in 2011? How did they steal the Marvel license away from the-brand-which-must-not-be-named? How did they manage to get both Marvel and DC to be OK with Lego making toys for both under the "Super Heroes" theme? Finally, can we expect Lego to keep these licenses for many years to come, and never lose either to the-brand-which-must-not-be-named? It's funny, on the other side of this story, fans from the-brand-which-must-not-be-named regret the day that Lego got the Marvel license back, and dream of Lego losing the license again. My hope is that Lego's superior quality and status as the #1 toy maker in the world will allow them to keep both licenses for many years to come. 2011 was an incredible year for Lego. They managed to get licenses for Marvel, DC, and Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit, which they added to their already existing Star Wars line! Clearly they started being more aggressive in their search for licenses, and luckily to this day it looks like they're succeeding. I'm curious to learn what brought this newfound competitiveness to Lego, especially when a little more than a decade before they made almost no licensed sets.