Natalya wrote:I wasn't an AFOL at the turn of the century, I was like, 12, but I saw the rigidity you're talking about. Remember LUGNet? Man. Everyone in there was so boring. I mean AFOLs do generate lots of cool stuff, and there are some greats in the space community who inspired the things I've built... Mark Sandlin and Dan Jassim instantly come to mind because the way they showcased their stuff is how I learned to showcase my stuff for example, but there were all sorts of rules and shit that even later as a teenager I still hadn't learned and I kept running into them. Like super snobby websites like classic-space.com had neat Lego creations on them but their stuffy elitist atmosphere made Lego not fun. Fortunately I was a huge loser at the end of high school so I stuck with Lego through it all, but back in the day it was either get laughed at by super pro builders or go look at diarrhoea MOCs that average 12-year-olds make which understandably just aren't well-executed. I like BrikWars though because it let me see the potential that comes from younger minds. Maybe something looks like poop, but you know things I built when I was 10 were shit too but somehow I still had fun with them, didn't I? Damn right I did, some of the best moments of my life were playing Lego with my cousins and my brother when I was like 11.
There's value in the things that kids build, and there's value in the stuff that AFOLs come up with, but each also have their drawbacks, so I like this place for exploring awesome combinations of both.
Oh my god this. Classic-space didn't bother with giving you advice unless you already built like a pro, and MOCpages... heh. Were you ever there, Natalya? I remember Sigfig was. The flame wars, the cults of personality, and 50% of the new creations posted each day were HALO players slapping wings on a rainbow box and calling it a Pelican. (And yeah, I was guilty of all of those things too. Not my proudest four years, really.) About the only good thing that came out of there was my idea for the T.L.A., because a bunch of people made three-letter-acronym factions and took them disturbingly seriously.
This forum's building scene is awesome because most people genuinely don't care how well you can build. Creations get treated with the same level of respect whether they're
s or professional-grade custom figs and photorealistic vehicles, and people don't give LDD creations shit the way they do everywhere else. As a result I've seen many builders here go from "slapping bricks together so they can get on with the fighting" to a skill level that's more in line with Classic-Space. And it's been a real education for me too, seeing how much more important creativity is compared to skill.