Monthly Archives: October 2012

All That’s New

A quick post – as is my wont – to highlight some recent builds that may be interesting to the MFZ community.

First off, this rather engaging drone by Chris. Although intended to be a minifig-scale piece, it would work rather nicely in seven plate scale. As long as you ignore a lot of the juvenile, repugnant commentary below the line.
NRGJ Drones

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Fandom, Fascism, and Frames: An interview with Soren Roberts

Guard-Cruiser

Guard Cruiser by Soren Roberts


There can’t be many (if any) people in the MFZ community who aren’t familiar with the work of Soren Roberts. He’s designed the iconic frames for the game, the inspiration for hundreds of other builds. In the wider Lego community, Soren is well known for the outstanding aesthetic – often minimalist – quality of his builds, a range encompassing spacecraft, landscapes, mecha, robots, and much more. Drawing on a range of influences including real world machinery, industrial design, and science fiction art, he’s built an enviable reputation.

Now living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Soren took the time to have a bit of back and forth on subjects related to Lego, MFZ, and SF fandom. The results are thoughtful, thought provoking, and at times provocative. Enjoy.

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Shut Up And Read Understand The Damn Rules

Sometimes, as people who enjoy games, one of our first reactions is to go “Hey! That rule doesn’t sit well with me. Let’s remove or change it!” In many cases, this will be a considered opinion based on actual play and a thorough understanding of the interplay of different components. In many other cases, it will be a kneejerk reaction based on no play at all and a complete failure to understand how different rules elements interlock.

It’s especially irritating when people demand (I use the word advisedly) rule changes based on not having played the game. What? Mechaton/Mobile Frame Zero has been around for a long time. The rules have been rigorously tested, gone through thousands of hours of play in the hands of a wide spectrum of different people. I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark here and suggest that your reaction on skim reading the rules is probably so cockeyed as to be looking in two different directions at once. I should make clear at this point that I’m not talking about the back and forth feedback on the draft rules to clarify certain points. That’s all good. But I just know someone will have a failure of reading comprehension, take umbridge, and think that’s what I’m talking about.

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Fresh Meat For The Cannons

Back in the old days of Mechaton, when you had to carve your bricks from granite, when if you lost Vincent would send a nailbomb to your house, and when around 20 people worldwide played the game, there wasn’t quite such a range of frames. With the explosion in popularity created by Mobile Frame Zero, there is now a huge and vibrant building community. Why am I telling you this? If you’re reading, then you’re probably part of that community.

Easing myself back into the Lego/MFZ blogomasphere, I thought a good thing would be to highlight some of my favourite new frames and new builders who have joined the community. Let’s take it as read that the stuff designed by Soren is awesome and that I don’t need to tell you that again. It’s a given. So, here are a handful of frames that I think are great for MFZ.

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Back In [Insert Pantone Colour Of Your Choice]

Those who started Mobile Frame Zero blogs back when the Kickstarter was in full flight and the frenzy of anticipation was at its peak have gone a little quiet lately. Perhaps it’s apathy. Perhaps it’s other commitments. Perhaps a lack of stuff to talk about.

So why not restart the old Mechatonic blog? I like nothing better than the sound of my own voice and there is no better way to hear that sound than in the echo chamber of your own blog.

I am emphatically saying you are not going to like a lot of this. I have opinions. Like onions, they will possibly make you cry.

Cheers,

Malcolm