Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Mobile Insect Zero

Maybe it's just the pieces I have. Maybe it's where my design brain is at the moment. Either way, today's concept build is an insectoid tank. 

I call it a concept build because I'm still working with the ways that pieces can join to look like robot joints. MF0 frames are probably only evocative of actual joints, and they let us do something that resembles a giant fighty robot. Short of building one with a Mindstorms kit (ooh! idea! quick, do a kickstarter!) we'll always just have representations.

Later the same day I dipped into my son's Lego tub just to see what came out of it.

The source bricks have such an effect on the frame. If I'm going to build more humanoids, I'm going to need to change my supply.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

From the news: Siege Criminals

In most games of Siege I've played, the Captor tends to be the misunderstood type. They have some kind of sob story that's finally driven them to violence. But when I read this story I get a sense of something different.
On June 14, Lawrenceburg police were called about a man shoplifting at the Walmart on Locust Avenue. When they officers arrived the man was leaving Walmart and led police to the CVS Pharmacy on Gaines Street.
The siege began because someone was running from the police because of an earlier petty crime. As they say, "Well, that escalated quickly."

So, some ideas for your Captor character:
- Just like the article, you started with a smaller crime that got out of hand and now no one wants to back down.

- You just want the money. Lots of it. In fact, you're on a kind of Joker-esque spree. This thing hasn't finished escalating yet.

- This is a gang initiation. You had to break into someone's house and demand money, but before you could get away someone called the cops.

Go play it. Let me know how it went for you.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Wyldstyle in Lego FU

It's time for another character from The Lego Movie to get Lego FU stats. As always, you might change it a little as you see fit, but let this be a starting place.

Wyldstyle (a.k.a. Lucy)
Concept: Master Builder on a quest
Description: A feisty and driven Master Builder, Wyldstyle wants to be the one to find the Piece of Resistance and restore wild creativity to the Lego worlds.
Body: Acrobatic
Mind: On a mission
Edge: Batman is my boyfriend
Flaw: Insecure
Gear: Hoodie, Blaster, Relic Detector

Image credit: From the Lego.com website

Friday, 4 July 2014

Emmet Brickowski in Lego FU

The Lego Movie has just come out on DVD and Blu-Ray, so I think it's a perfect opportunity to start posting some character stat blocks for Lego FU. At least, these are just one way to represent those characters. You might change it a little to emphasise different parts of them, but let this be a starting place.

Emmet Brickowski
Concept: The Special.
Description: An ordinary minifig. Very ordinary. So ordinary you don't even notice him. But he is really the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. He works on construction sites, follows the rules, and hasn't had an original thought his entire life.
Body: Construction Worker
Mind: Orderly
Edge: The Special
Flaw: Use the instructions
Gear: The Piece of Resistance, Instruction Books, Double-decker Couch