Daerphen


March's Theme: Lego Anniversary


Happy Birthday LEGO. Yeah that's right, 85 years ago the company LEGO was founded. Originally they produced wooden toys, but after a while they invented those awesome block pieces children and adults can get very creative with. Also, LEGO Technic turns 40 years old in 2017, so actually it is a double celebration this year.

To celebrate it, we motivate you to play a LEGO Game this month. But since there are chances that you don't own one, or already played all of them we add a second part to the theme.

Part 1: Lego Games

For this part, just play any of the Lego-Games available on Steam. We will count your beaten/completed games just like the months before. For a detailed list please take a look here. Just remember that your completion only counts, if you finish the game this month by either getting achievements or taking a screenshot at the game end. If the game does not support the Steam Screenshot feature, then you can upload your screenshots anywhere you like, for example imgur.

Part 2: Build your dreams

As Lego is also about building things we’d like to motivate you to play games that focus on building. Only games where the main focus is building are valid. Not valid examples are Skyrim and Fallout 4. Although you can build a house/settlement here, the main focus is a totally different one. Please check the Gamelist for all valid games. In case you have additions, please let us know.
Ranking for this part will be totally different. We will not counting how many achievements you have done. The main focus will be your creativity. We will do a little contest.

Your task is to build something on your own in the game you want to play. For example an awesome city in Cities: Skylines. Or an awesome vehicle in Besiege. Be creative. Please submit your entries in This Post. At the end of the month I will take your screenshots, nominate them for different awards and will ask everyone in the BLAEO community to vote for their favourites.
For submissions to be valid they must fulfil these requirements:

  • Screenshot taken of the completed project in March 2017
  • At least 2 additional screenshots, showing some of your progress
  • You either finished the Main Story of the game within March 2017 or have played it for at least 10 hours (this month), if there is no main story or no achievements
  • If you are working together, for example building a city in 7 Days To Die, everybody needs to make those screenshots with their own account.
  • Make a small description of why you think this creation is so special. If you work together everybody in the Team should describe what their work has been
List of Games

FAQ

Do I have to participate in this month’s theme?
No, as with every theme, these are merely suggestions for anyone who is unsure about what to play next. If you already have a battle plan for your backlog and/or don’t like this month’s theme, you’re free to ignore it.

What happens if I don’t participate in the monthly theme?
Absolutely nothing.

What happens if I play all the games from the theme list this month?
Still nothing.

I don’t own any of the games from the game list, how can I still participate?
The game list is most likely incomplete. If you own or know of any other games that might fit this month’s theme, feel free to suggest them under the corresponding post.

I already played all the games I own from the theme list, should I play something again to participate?
If it was an awesome game and you’d like to replay it, sure, go ahead. Only replaying it for the theme won’t help you with your backlog though, so if that would be your only reason you should probably think about trying something else instead. (Although, if you have absolutely nothing else to play, you can still do that, I guess …)

But seriously, I don’t have any games from the list, any suggestions?
How about trying to finish something from your unfinished pile? Or maybe ask another Member to play a crafting game with you? Wouldn't it be awesome to build on a huge structure as a Team?


Thanks DownwardConcept for the very nice header image

escollo

But why can’t I see this post in ‘Monhly Theme’?

Daerphen

because it is not yet released

escollo

Oh, well… Sorry for interrupting ^^”

escollo

And I’m gonna ignore this theme at all. I don’t have Lego games and don’t like building ones =(

kayhmkay

+1

But I have a lot of building games, too many, and I love them. Just not a fan of screenshotting. (Going to play those building games that’ll end up on the List though, with the intention to finish at least one!)

Last.M

Yeah, definitely not what I was looking for too, but I was going to play Stardew Valley anyway and now I have a decent reason. I guess.

adam1224

Not really fond of the Lego games, but if my artistic side will take over, I’ll do something in Terraria for the lols :) I really love the building options there, but haven’t really got into it yet.

Formidolosus

Haha also known as the month where I’ve pretty much hundred percented all the ones I do have, at least as far as lego games go. Blame the kids and the fact they like watching me play. At least lego worlds is coming out of early access soon, so I’ll be able to play that.

Baron Khazadson

Huh, same inner circle keeps choosing the themes. It’s a good thing I’ve stopped caring about the monthly themes. I was excited for co-op gaming in the group.

nellyneko

Okay, weird reaction. The person who was going to organize the co-op theme had to bow out a few days ago and is taking a break from gaming in general, and I’m moving this month and don’t know about my internet access for a while, otherwise I might have taken over the planned theme. So instead, we took another suggestion from the suggestions thread, one which we’d already planned for this year months ago. Not sure how that’s “inner circle”.

Last.M

I know he didn’t express himself in the most constructive manner, but wouldn’t it be better if everyone had voted for the next theme, instead of group of friends always choosing? I really liked some of the previous themes, but it’s always good to add new blood and take new ideas into consideration. I know you’ll say that everyone is free to propose a new theme, but truth be told, most members don’t visit the steam group (some don’t even have acess) and even fewer suggest new themes. Maybe bring the theme suggestion thread to this site, so people might give more ideas and vote for their favorite.
I hope you don’t mind my suggestions, just wanna improve this group because I like it.

Irdra

Yes I would like this as I’m one of those who can’t comment on any thread in the group…which I found out when I went to suggest a theme.

nellyneko

I’m very slow with group invites, sorry! Your posts always have a lot of time in between, last time I checked I probably thought you’d abandoned the group, sorry. I’ll keep you in mind for the next round of invites, hopefully this weekend :)
(also, I’ve been meaning to add a public area to the Steam group forums, I’ll get on that today)

Irdra

Thanks for the invite. I didn’t realize I wasn’t posting enough? I always make a monthly update post and I have been suggesting games for the games list every month. I guess I need to make more than 1 update post a month?

nellyneko

No, it’s just how infrequently I invite people - I’ve definitely seen you around, and monthly updates are fine, so don’t worry about that, but when I check who to invite I can only see your profile and your last comment, not all comments you’ve ever made, so maybe the last time I checked it was just before your next post (i.e. several weeks after the last one) and maybe your last comment was “just” a game suggestion (I put that in quotes because it’s definitely not nothing, but some times I find people who’ve been here for months and only suggested a game once, never posted or even wrote anything in their profile or sorted their games, but used that as “see, I’m active, invite me now”, so it’s not a good indicator). It’s also possible that I just overlooked your stats when scrolling through the list. When I invited people this time around I definitely found some people I was sure were already in the group. Apologies for the long wait.

Teakupo

Voting isn’t really done because whoever volunteers to do the theme for a month has free reign over it. I’m pretty sure anyone can volunteer just by talking directly an admin, so it’s not really restricted to a group of friends either. Maybe some stuff could be more public, but I’m not sure how voting would successfully work.

Last.M

Well, one admin could just create a post here in the beginning of each month to gether suggestions and then 5-10 days to the end of the month they would create another post to ask people to vote. A simple strawpoll would be more than enough imo. The most voted option would become the next theme. Clean, transparent and straightforward.
The problem with the volunteer system is that when just one person or a few are doing everything the chance that the theme will skew in their direction, on purpose or not, is really high, occasionally not representing the will of the majority.

Teakupo

But are the people suggesting a theme also volunteering to host it? If not, who’s going to host the most popular theme? Is an admin expected to do it? If not, what if the most popular vote is given by a user who gives up halfway through the month?

Last.M

What’s so hard about hosting that most people wouldn’t be able to do? because besides creating the topic I don’t know what a “host” is supposed to do. The art is always created by DownwardConcept (great work, btw) the FAQ is just a copypasta. The list of game has never been a one man job, everyone suggest more titles to be addeda and I really don’t think that adding more titles to the OP is so hard. Furthermore, the theme won’t have to be created by one person, reducing the job of a host, making it easier for lazy people to do it.
I’d also like to add that the first themes had a poll. So it’s nothing new. E.g: here There were even prizes! 0.0

Don’t get me wrong, I’m really grateful for all the work the volunteers have done and I’m not an expert in group management, I’m just trying to improve the situation through a suggestion. I’m glad that you’re criticizing my idea because imho that’s the only way to improve it. I’d love to hear your suggestions too. I think that it’s great that we are having this talk. :)

Teakupo

I wouldn’t call it difficult, it’s just definitely a time commitment. The host needs to write a at least somewhat interesting intro post, come up with the initial list, add games to the list through out the month(after determining if they fit theme), they’re usually responsible for answering questions, take a bit of time at the end of the month to ensure completions were valid, and then do the conclusion post with rankings. So yeah I agree it’s not difficult, I guess I’m just not sure how many people would really want to put in the time. Maybe it’s way more than I imagine. But these are just my thoughts, I’d like to know what an admin thinks about voting too. From what I remember I think the months are queued up for a bit of time, but maybe a few months in the year could be voted months instead of all of them?

Last.M

Just by looking at some people’s post I’d bet that they wouldn’t have any problem with it. Some of them simply left me open-mouthed. Besides, initial list is not a complication at all because everyone may add a game. Even if the initial list only has 1 title, by the end of the month it will have grown a lot. The intro post, however, might be a problem, especially for non-native english speakers like myself. Visiting 2-3 times a week to add games to the list might be a chore to some too.

nellyneko

Well, from my experience, checking + adding new games takes a few hours every time you add a new batch. Researching the suggestions, double-checking because people didn’t read previous suggestions and suggest rejected games again, replying to everyone + explaining why some got rejected … it’s just work, on top of actual work one could be doing, or, you know, playing games and clearing the backlog. I don’t think it’s comparable to long posts about your own backlog, since that’s more for yourself than a whole group.

nellyneko

(sorry for spamming you, but it’s easier to reply to all points directly)
a) The art isn’t always Concept’s, since he doesn’t always have time to make something.
b) The FAQ was introduced because people kept asking those questions, yet every other month at least one person still asks those questions (usually other group members are nice enough to answer, so that doesn’t necessarily fall to the host).
c) The gamelist takes the most time for the host, see my other reply up there.
d) The first themes didn’t have a poll, some of the middle themes did - and not the kind of poll you were asking for, or did you just mean a general opinion poll? Personally, I got more insight about people’s opinion on the themes from these kinds of discussions rather than polls, so I like this better.
e) We did away with prizes because some people only rushed through games for points and prizes, some might have even been cheating with SAM or similar software, not the point of the group or the themes.

Downward Concept

Thanks! I also wanted to mention that I haven’t done every logo. There’s been a period where I did nothing, from Scavenger Hunt to Up in the Air (although I edited the assassin for the christmas theme, but that didn’t take much time). For example the current logo took me 2 hours, so when you want to do a theme yourself you can take that into the worktime. :D

Edit: Furthermore I want to back Nelly up here, not because I’m a mod, but because I hosted themes before and doing logos for people I was involved in the process of creating them. It takes a lot of preparation and time if you want to do a good job and so far people really invested their lifeblood to make sure it’s on par with the other themes. Not everyone is willing to do that.

nellyneko

Yeah, I get that people are diappointed after I basically already said we’d do co-op this month, that’s why I mentioned in the announcement that it’s rescheduled. But I took issue with “inner circle”. From what I heard, this kind of rhetoric basically destroyed other groups (“us vs. them”), driving people away from Steam and Steamgifts altogether, so I don’t like it, even if that wasn’t the purpose. (and for the record, I’d hardly count Daerphen as “inner circle” with regards to this group, he suggests themes sometimes (like you) and sometimes let’s me know about rule-breakers, that’s the only thing where he’s different from “average” group members - he doesn’t have more access or influence than others, anyone can do that)

The main thing most people ignore in the suggestions post is the question of whether they’ll host or not, so if people don’t say if they want to host, I assume they’re just throwing out a random thought for whenever and the suggestion goes down on the list. When we can’t think of a theme, we use the thread for inspiration - the final theme may not always be exactly what was suggested, but it’s not ignored. I don’t see how polls would change anything about chosen themes, since we’d still have to pick some suggestions you guys can vote on. We’re still the ones picking the theme in that regard.

You say “it’s always good to add new blood and take new ideas into consideration” - Out of 12 themes so far (not counting the very first one), 6 have been suggested (not always in the thread) and then hosted by regular members (Concept was not a mod back when he hosted his theme). This month we substituted one theme from the suggestions thread for another theme from the suggestions thread. How could we make it even “newer”?

Last.M

All in all, I really think that the more democratically chosen the theme is, the better and in order to do that we’d have to include more people in the process.
So to answer to your question “How could we make it even newer?” Easy. Bring the suggestion thread to this site where all members have access, even day 1 members. A simple post with a “do you have any suggestions for the next theme” question is more than enough. It’s not rocket science.
Also, Why would I suggest something if at the end of the day only a handful of people will chose anyway? Because as you said yourself “We’re still the ones picking the theme in that regard.” This sentence really corroborates to what Baron Khazadson was saying. Let people choose their next theme, open the process.
Sure, some people won’t want to host, but if their idea is so great that it was voted by the majority, I bet someone would do it. If not, just go with the second best idea, or the third, or the fourth….

Downward Concept

Someone suggests it, while someone else hosts it? That’s only leading to drama, trust me. The host might distort the original idea. Happened to me.
However, I think that a poll each month is in itself definitely a neat idea, because democracy is always cool, yadda yadda, but the themes are there to give people an idea on what to play. If it was decided via polls then why do the themes to begin with? If you know what you want to play, then why do you need a theme to go along with it that takes multiple hours of work to set up, if you don’t host it yourself. The original idea behind themes was to give inspiration on what to play and the element of suprise definitely plays into it.
Also bringing discussions to the website and everything includes a noticable amount of work as well and this is what bothers me the most, to be honest while meaning no offense (!), but you want to people to suggest themes without hosting them, I am not always in the mood nor have the time to do logos plus the changes to the website will require work from Mandrill who has enough to do IRL.
(Might sound saltier than intended.)

Teakupo

I really have to agree about the element of surprise, I was going to comment about that myself. The surprise is probably my favorite part of the themes. :3

Last.M

In a perfect scenario the same person who suggests it would host it. I don’t think being a host is so tiresome as some you say, but that’s just my opnion. I just said that sometimes, it might happen differently. Why do themes? Because besides being fun, some people really need a push to play some of their games. Without a theme I wouldn’t have tried some of my games. Having some kind of choice might make more people try the themes because some people just ignore them rn. Having a vote beforehand would improve the themes for those people imho and it wouldn’t necessarily end the surprise, just don’t let people see the result before the end of the month. (I think strawpoll allows that option, not sure) A bad surprise is sometimes worse than no surprise anyway. I also don’t see how bringing the discussion to the website would include more work. A simple post or even a question in the same post for the current theme would be more than enough. No need to change anything. (I also might sound saltier than intended.)

Anyway, it seems I’m the only one defending some change and that everyone else is fine with the way it is.
Since I’m in the minority here there is no reason to keep trying to make my point. I rest my case. The will of the majority shall always prevail.

Teakupo

Is it this theme you think is a “bad surprise”? I’m just curious what you think is or has been bad. Not everyone is going to be pleased every month though.

*Just noting I didn’t mean to imply you were calling out this theme. I’m just confused what a “bad surprise” was since to me it sounded like you had already experienced that. Sorry.

Last.M

It’s not that this theme is bad. A lot of work was done to create it, I’m sure, but can’t lie and say that I’m stoked about it too, especially after knowing the theme that was supposed to be used this month.
I was just giving an example, not calling out this theme.
As a fiercely defender of democracy and seeing that I’m in the minority here there is no point in having this discussion as long as the majority thinks that it’s great that way it is. I’m only losing my time and yours here. Sry for dragging you all to this discussion.

Teakupo

I’m not sure you’re in the minority about the voting. I think having that once in a while could be fun, but some of your other points are causing people to defend themselves. Such as the inner circle comment and your opinion that hosting a theme doesn’t require much effort. Maybe this isn’t the best place to discuss either. A specific post about voting/ other ideas might be a better idea to see what everyone thinks.

Last.M

I never said anything about an inner circle, that was khazadson. I said that only a few people choose the theme and that was confirmed by Nelly when he said that “we’d still have to pick some suggestions you guys can vote on. We’re still the ones picking the theme in that regard.” It’s this part that I don’t like at all. What is the point of suggesting something if it’s always the same group choosing, even after a selection?
I do agree that I may have understated the importance of the host to prove my point though.

Teakupo

Yeah I should have clarified that. That’s why I called it “the” comment though, instead of yours. My bad. I more meant when you quoted Nelly and said “This sentence really corroborates to what Baron Khazadson was saying.”

Anyway I think they choose the theme suggestions because it needs a certain amount of quality to it. The first themes had the issue of being too broad, or too narrow. Those issues were discussed and aren’t such a problem anymore. So if we did move to voting, I’m thinking, either all suggestions are put in the poll and it’s huge, so votes are pretty spread out? Or admins choose like 10 from the suggestions that would fit well and then we vote? Would that still be too skewered towards the same people choosing?

Last.M

If the votes are too spread out, just do a second round, which is even more democratic. Just don’t ask any subgroup that doesn’t represent the majority to choose for the whole group or you will be biased towards the same things, on purpose or not. If, on the other hand this subgroup does represent the majority, then there is no point in continuing this discussion. That’s my whole point.

nellyneko

I think you misunderstood my “it’s still the same people choosing” - I meant exactly what Teakupo said, some suggestions might not be fit for themes (extremely broad/narrow), so we might leave those out of the final poll, and that would mean we’re still deciding things in a way.

Could you expand on “you will be biased towards the same things, on purpose or not”? In what way are we biased? Do you have an example from recent themes? There’s nothing to win with the themes, and more often than not the host doesn’t even participate, so even if the theme was “only games the host owns”, I don’t see how it’s biased in the sense that the host gets more out of it than others (it’s actually worse for the host, since that wouldn’t help with decisions at all)

And just again, to clarify: This theme wasn’t picked to override the will of the majority of a co-op theme. The person who wanted to organize a whole co-op event month had to drop out fairly last minute and Daerphen was nice enough to jump in with his theme, which, as I said, was pulled from the member suggestions and planned for this year already (around the same time as the co-op theme, actually). We still very much want to do a co-op theme, and more co-op events, we’re just too busy with real life right now to commit to that (Concept just moved, I’m moving now, mandrill is sort of semi-moving, I guess, and revil, who by the way put in a lot of time into the rankings, also has college).

Last.M

I totally understood that. You’re still taking decision by yourself or with a small group that may not represent the majority of the people. That’s my point.
When you say that you’re not doing a co-op theme (or any other more complex theme) because a small subgroup is really busy, it feels like the rest of the group is useless. Instead of simply asking if any else would like to “host” that theme you guys just scrapped/pulled the idea.

to expand on the bias: It’s been proven by a thousand psicological studies that small group, on purpose or not are much more inclined to take decision that beneficit themselves or their those close to them and also tend to ignore/dismiss ideas from outsiders. I’m not saying that you’re doing this on purpose, but it’s human nature. The only way to avoid this scenario is to open the doors to new blood and let those ideas be more debated/voted. IMHO the only way to do that is to write a post here asking for suggestions/people’s opnion on the ideas proposed.

But again, if the majority think that the group is fine the way it is and I’m in the minority, there is no point in anything that I said.

I also might sound saltier than intended. That’s not my intention. I have nothing against you or your those that oppose my opnion. I think you guys do a great job running this group, I just think that people would participate more if they feel that they have a voice here.

nellyneko

(narrow wall of text, sorry ^^)

The point of postponing (not “pulling/scrapping”) was to preserve the organizer’s theme idea, which was a specific event-oriented one. Like Concept said, with someone else hosting it the idea would likely get distorted. This had nothing to do with helping some small group, this was about respecting the person who came up with a specific idea and wanted to execute it. And again, why is doing another planned idea earlier than originally intended bad? (with 2 days left to the start of the month, I felt it was better to go to a more or less pre-planned theme than figuring out how to organize a co-op month with events, likely on weekends so as many people as possible can participate, when I knew I’d be unavailable for at least half of that this month. Should I just force it on some random person and check in when I had time/internet access?)

I understand what you mean with small groups deciding for bigger groups, but I still don’t understand where bias comes in in this case - themes don’t benefit us. Themes are extra time we invest to add something to the community. I’m trying not to nitpick, but I asked for specific examples and you just gave some general outline that doesn’t seem to apply here. I’m honestly trying to understand what you mean. For example, you say we’d “tend to ignore/dismiss ideas from outsiders” - this very theme was an idea from an outsider at the time it was suggested.

About you giving up the discussion because you feel like the majority disagrees with you: I don’t think the majority loves everything we do, they just don’t care about the aspects they might not like. Like I said further up (I think? Maybe I just said in some chat recently?), we’re talking about a public section in the Steam forums so people have more of a voice. But at the same time, there’s an open Discord chat for everyone, and we’re all reachable by just replying in old posts, or in the recruitment thread on SG (people have done that, it’s not a new idea - some people also just add me on Steam to ask questions). It’s not like we’re living in some tower and only our closest friends are allowed to talk to us.

In conclusion, I feel like you’re taking this too personally - we didn’t change the theme to spite you or anyone, the host of the planned idea had something come up in RL and we asked someone else to take over the month with their theme.

(Sorry, tagging this on after the conclusion:) And I’m not saying I’m against ideas from members (that’s what the idea thread is for, and that’s what this theme is), but your polling suggestion seems extremely complicated (what do we do with all the ideas that didn’t win? Are they up for polling again next month, does the list get longer every month? Or do we go down the list and do all the themes that got at least X votes before polling again? Wouldn’t people who care about points then prepare their gaming accordingly? You may be able to hide results, but people will still be able to comment and thus give an indication of favored themes. I just feel like that defeats the purpose; as Teakupo said, the surprise is kind of supposed to be part of it.)

nellyneko

Also, just so you know, while I still feel you’re not quite getting what I’m saying, I do enjoy productive discussions. But I also can’t help but laugh at the fact that the original theme would have been posted by someone I’d count much more as an “insider”, but this discussion wouldn’t have happened at all because it would have been the theme you also wanted.

Last.M

I feel exactly the same. I feel like you’re not quite getting what I’m saying. I think it’s best that we leave at that and simply agree to disagree.

I just need to rebut your point that this discussion is only happening because the theme I wanted was not chosen. I’d like to say that this discussion was bound to happen sooner or later because some feel that they are not heard here. I used to not agree with them, but I’m starting to understand them.

All in all, those that don’t like some themes will continue ignoring them like they’ve always done. Life goes on.

nellyneko

Oh, don’t worry, this discussion* has happened before, and I’m sure it will happen again. But in this case, how were you not heard? I already told you in the thread and here that that was an idea we wanted to do. I could’ve just read your suggestion in the thread and thought, “hey, that’s the theme we’re doing this month anyway!” But I even replied to let you know that you were heard. As I said, I’d like to understand your criticism, but you’re staying really general, not giving me concrete examples of what you mean when I ask you about it. That’s exactly why this will happen again (or at least one of the reasons, I’m sure I’m not completely without fault, but if I don’t know what’s wrong, I can’t do anything about it).

* not this exact discussion, but a discussion about themes and who picks them and why/what themes are actually for, which in part led to adding a FAQ section

Edit: Thinking about it, I’m actually not sure this would’ve happened, since the planned theme would’ve fit your “being heard” thing, and whatever came next (maybe this Lego theme) would’ve been another member suggestion, and the one after that, who knows, might be your suggestion, hosted by you? Or by a completely new member we don’t even know yet? I know, I keep repeating myself, but we’ll put up a public forum area in the Steam group soon, so even less active site users can throw in suggestions. This was going to happen regardless of this discussion (this probably speeds up the process, but it’s something that I’ve been asked about before in other contexts)

Also, in case you’re wondering why we haven’t done it before - we used to just be a Steam group when I started themes, then came the site, but it was only usable for Steam group members at first. When it was changed to just adding people to the site, the forum activity slowed down significantly, and despite links in the recruitment thread on SG + in announcement, no one really used them (there’s a co-op thread, even with a link to a post on this site for users to sign-up without being in the Steam group - nobody has used that). In the past few months, the group has almost exploded (I think we’re at over 500 coming up on 600 registered users, at least half of them somewhat active), so we’re slowly trying to catch up and make changes. In our early days, the forums seemed to make everything accessible enough, open for everyone, now they probably seem exclusive.

Downward Concept

Nah, man, having those discussions is a good thing and I think we’ve all been civil about it, so unless someone gets offended those discussions help with future features and the shaping of the group in general. You do have a point and it can certainly be considered for the future, but it’s just not that easy right now, I think.
Teakupo recently messaged me about something and eventually this will be something up your alley, but again, it can’t be realized on the spot, so I don’t know when and how this idea will come to life.

Last.M

Yeah, I was really hoping for co-op theme too. :/

Trent

Oh, cool…I was thinking of starting LEGO Harry Potter 5-7 this weekend. :)

Teakupo

If I build something together with a friend who doesn’t use SG/BLAEO, do they still need to upload screenshots? Or is that just if multiple people on blaeo are seeking credit for the screenshot? Or can I only submit it if everyone is blaeo members?

Daerphen

Sure, why not. Only those who are BLAEO members must upload pictures. But feel free to play with others outside this site.
The reason behind the rule, that everybody has to submit is simple: I want to see the effort of everybody in the team.

RobotDucky

Well, my plans for gaming this month just changed. I love LEGO and have played some of the games on my Nintendo 3DS but now I have a reason to play the rest I have on Steam. :)

BTW LEGO Dimensions has been awesome to play with all the different themes included. I just really wish they would have done a PC version of it.

stef

I have a lego game that’s also a sg win so this works out perfectly.

uguleley

Yay, new theme! But I’m not sure if I have any games that fit. :/

Veilor

I would be all over this theme as I have like 4 not finished lego games in steam, if it weren’t for the fact that from tomorrow and onwards my playtime will be dedicated to one game, the new zelda :P

Evolve

Good thing i don’t have most of those cause i can spend A LOT of time in this king of game if i get hooked.

bloudeuedd

Does the Checker for games work or is it just me?

adam1224

Revilheart updated it in the past few hours, now it’s there

adam1224

Checkin out the rules better it’s a 100% skip for me.
“You either finished the Main Story of the game within March 2017 or have played it for at least 10 hours (this month), if there is no main story or no achievements”
I thougth the building part can be there just for the sake of building somethin, meh :(

Daerphen

But it’s also there to beat games. Rules must be made. A one hour build isn’t completing the game.

adam1224

Technically only playing the games is mentioned before the quoted rule. From repeated mentioning of creativity, freedom, building didn’t really suggest that finish the game and then they build something extra or won’t even count. :\ Doesn’t help that the game I know how to build and enjoy building is considered done.

Daerphen

But afterall we are here to reduce the backlog. And every theme required to finish games. I losened the rules, by only require the game to be played a specific time as a lot of building games are open ended.
I don’t get why this should be a problem. If you don’t want to participate you don’t have to. It’s all optional. I skipped some themes myself.

adam1224

I know… I expected this to be a creativity part along with the completion of a Lego game month :\ But I already finished Terraria, and unless I want to build /idle 10 hours in terraria, I don’t think much would be done as I already finished the “proper” progress of it. Really, take no harm for my words, I just have trouble to pick what to play and I thought that the building part is just an art-ish contest. (kinda, as other games are enough to finish, here finish + build as well )

pedro

@Daerphen i have a probem with the theme. Im playing tropico 3 but i cant run tropico 3 steam special edition, always steam runs tropico 3 Absolute power. I almost beat the base game’s campaign but the time played and the images will be in tropico 3 Absolute power (My plan is beat this expansion when i finish the main campaign). Is there any problem reporting time played and the images proof in tropico 3 Absolute power as tropico 3 steam special edition?

Daerphen

That’s fine. Isn’t Absolute Power just a DLC for Tropico 3? Very weird that it is showing as standalone game.

pedro

Its an expansion of tropico 3, i think. I won tropico trilogy in sg and when i activated in steam, it was added tropico, tropico2, tropico 3 steam special edition and tropico 3 absolute power. In the game menu in tropico 3, you have the base campaign and in other option absolute power.

pedro

Can you say me if i have made the post correctly pls?

Daerphen

Thanks for the submission. But I am missing a description, why this “Project” is so special and deserves the golden medal (in its category). And I was asking for 3 screenshots. The final project and 2 progress pictures.
For example: Final Picture of your Main City (if there is one in this game). And 2 screenshots showing how it has grown. Like after the first ingame day and one in the mid of your play.

pedro

uff, i dont know if i have some save of the tropico 3 (i began to play absolute power and i think that i used the savegames for this game). I will try to find a save or play some island other time more if i dont find saves, but not deserve golden medal, they are very basics.
Absolute power yes, i will take some screenshots very funny :)

pedro

and now?

Daerphen

very good