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Hey, remember that daft Bionicle short I made literally a year ago to the day (only just realised it was so long ago whilst making this post, crikey)? Well, while RRU was down for repairs I had to do a short film for me Media Foundation course, so I went and made a seven minute long followup! Also one of them wears a suit. Yuuuuuup!




It's probably the most ambitious project I've done so far and I'd really love to do more stuff like this in the future, s' good times. Special thanks to @le717 for his glorious vocal tones, @Ben24x7 for his neat-as-hell credits illustration and everyone else on-and-off RRU that contributed to the making of this thing!


Enjoy I guess?



Whilst looking about the internet for things, I came across this rather daft-looking mod for Sonic Generations that got the Sonic character models from LEGO Dimensions and slapped 'em in Generations. So I downloaded it, booted up the game and my sides were immediately sent into literal orbit.



(got a lotta screenshots to post, so I'mma put 'em all in spoiler tags for your viewing pleasure)















lego sonic as you truly imagined it


A game idea wot Ayliffe came up with

So, this afternoon on the Skype group I mentioned an idea for a 2D sidescrolling lego fangame that's been in my head for a while, and then I proceeded to literally just blurt out all the ideas and such I had for it for no real reason other than the fact I found it quite interesting. I can't really be bothered to reword all of my abstract thoughts into something more sensible, so here's the chat log for your enjoyment:



[11:59:16] Hugh Wotmeigh: What's the funniest way to kill somebody made of LEGO?
[12:39:36] Jay Phoenix: brick separator
[12:39:44] Hugh Wotmeigh: OH MY
[12:39:45] Hugh Wotmeigh: :D
[12:40:54] Jay Phoenix: Heck, I had an idea at one point for a sidescrolling lego game with the protagonist wielding a giant brick separator as a weapon
[12:41:40] Hugh Wotmeigh: I'm just thinking in those sequences I posted, if I do the randomisation thing, it's gonna be funny watching a banana salesman and a crane director have a fight over what they think is their thing (banana/the light pole), only for it to shoot out of their hands into the crane and crush the poor dead guy.
[12:41:47] Hugh Wotmeigh: i'm a bit at this hour
[12:41:51] Jay Phoenix: Main character was Larry from that Racers ride in Legoland Windsor, because of course
[12:41:57] Hugh Wotmeigh: :|
[12:42:33] Jay Phoenix: main evil guy would've remained a mystery until the very end, when he's revealed to be... Nick Bluetooth from Galidor
[12:42:43] Jay Phoenix: it was a very... interesting game idea
[12:42:46] Hugh Wotmeigh: jesus f**king christ
[12:43:30] Jay Phoenix: also Larry would've been mute. Yes.
[12:44:55] Jay Phoenix: Main plot would've been something along the lines of this:
[12:46:01] Jay Phoenix: Massive party in some part of the lego world, every non-licensed important character from everything lego is invited, because of course
[12:46:21] Jay Phoenix: Larry rocks up at the joint, but ain't allowed in because, well, he ain't important
[12:47:00] Jay Phoenix: he starts to wander off, but then the party place disappears for... some reason? Christ knows
[12:47:37] Jay Phoenix: Every hero ever, gone
[12:48:41] Jay Phoenix: all that's left is a brick separator (no idea why, didn't write in a reason for that), so Larry grabs it and runs off to prove himself to literally everyone by saving their asses
[12:48:56] Jay Phoenix: ...and that's as far as I got story-wise
[12:50:04] Jay Phoenix: looking back at it, it sounds a ton like the Dimensions plot but with everyone conveniently in the same place because of course
[12:52:24] Jay Phoenix: Hm, maybe I should write this all up in a blogpost or somethin'
[12:54:26] Hugh Wotmeigh: That'd be entertaining :)
[12:54:44] Jay Phoenix: Further expansion on Nick Bluetooth being the baddie: Nick's super-pissed about how he's literally been shoved aside by minifigs due to his theme's s***ty reputation, so he's basically trying to wipe out the entirety of minifig-dom because he hates 'em
[12:55:30] Jay Phoenix: For the final boss he'd also be about the size of a normal galidor figure, so in minifig terms he'd be friggin' massive
[12:56:55] Jay Phoenix: I'mma blog it when I get home tonight then
[12:57:51] Jay Phoenix: I've had all these ideas lying around in my head for a while now, so it'll be interesting to get 'em out on a blogpost
[12:59:07] Jay Phoenix: Main hub would be the infocentre, from which you'd be able to select stages via that big map in the main room
[12:59:55] Jay Phoenix: scorecube would be a thing to check high scores I guess?
[13:00:20] Bug Catcher: (in regards to Nick)  So like the original plot treatment of dimensions where the antagonist was the old brick built family from the line's earliest years
[13:00:29] Bug Catcher: Sounds cool
[13:00:31] Jay Phoenix: Yeah, pretty much
[13:01:06] Jay Phoenix: Dunno why they went the route of making Vortech the blandest villain in terms of character traits
[13:01:29] Jay Phoenix: throughout most of the game he's just doing things because the plot tells him to
[13:03:12] Jay Phoenix: in this, some of the baddies from past themes may turn up, but when you beat 'em Nick literally just throws 'em in the dungeon with the rest of the 'figs
[13:03:50] Jay Phoenix: No "oh you can just try again later we're just mates lol" mentality. Nick hates 'em and he'll let that show I guess.
[13:05:06] Jay Phoenix: Stages would be based on various past lego themes, plus mixing a few up too
[13:06:23] Jay Phoenix: For example, there's a minidoll-themed stage that starts off in the bustling cityscape of heartlake city but then transitions over to Elvendale from the elves theme halfway through
[13:06:56] Jay Phoenix: also how in christ's name would I do a friends-themed end boss lets be honest
[13:07:13] Bug Catcher: Flowers
[13:08:01] Jay Phoenix: oooh
[13:08:07 | Edited 13:08:24] Bug Catcher: Just make the boss the girliest, most harmless, over the top innocent thing ever
[13:08:15] Bug Catcher: And have it kick your ass completely
[13:08:54] Jay Phoenix: a mech made of flowers and butterflies
[13:08:55] Bug Catcher: Instant death flowers
[13:08:59] Jay Phoenix: yes
[13:09:01 | Edited 13:09:13] Bug Catcher: Instant death puppies
[13:09:46] Jay Phoenix: that witch from elves in a mech made outta flowers and tree
[13:09:56] Jay Phoenix: OOOH
[13:10:12] Jay Phoenix: a mech made outta that tree with the elves portal in it
[13:10:33] Jay Phoenix: and it's throwing stuff from the city out at you constantly
[13:10:40] Jay Phoenix: yes
[13:12:50] Jay Phoenix: game mechanic-wise, Larry's brick separator would be his main weapon and tool for literally everything
[13:13:56] Jay Phoenix: used as a swingy-sword for fighting (combos too I guess), used as a board for grinding on rails, and just the pointy bit shoved in the wall for wall-jumping
[13:14:25] ♥ringtail♥: [13:08] Bug Catcher: 

<<< Instant death flowers
[13:15:43] Jay Phoenix: bonus: the flowers turn from red to blue
[13:15:49] Jay Phoenix: also cups
[13:19:15] Jay Phoenix: ideas for other stages: a space-y one that starts off in a spacebase and then transitions to the caverns underneath it, a castle one which gradually becomes more nexo knights-come-Fright Knights in style, an Exo Force one which starts off more ExoForce base-ish and transitions into the golden fortress with some ninjago-y tones near the end
[13:19:27] Jay Phoenix: so yeah, these are ideas
[13:20:07] Jay Phoenix: also, great big idea for the name of the game: "LAQ"
[13:27:14] Jay Phoenix: Man I'm full of ideas for this at the mo
[13:27:37] Jay Phoenix: maybe I should literally just copy+paste this into a blogpost
[13:27:54] ♥ringtail♥: yes
[13:28:25] Bug Catcher: please do



So, any thoughts about these ideas wot I had?







I've been here three years huh


Exactly one year ago I told you all how I ended up here in the first place, but this year... I haven't really got much to say actually. We've had some good times and some bad times in the last year, but the one thing that definitely hasn't changed is my relationship with this forum and how much I love it so. Everyone here is nice and for once on the internet it feels like I belong somewhere, and that sense of belonging is hella neat. Even through the spambots and the forum downtimes and the jhucycle incidents, we've always managed to stay together and that's super-neato. Td;lr, you people are great and I like you.


But for this particular post, I'm not exactly sure what to say that hasn't been said before. It's really difficult to say unique things innit?


As for how my life's been going since the last time I did one of these yearly blogposts, I'm... doing pretty well, actually. The minifigure photography I've been posting on Flickr is getting a ton o' views, that worst of lego ideas blog is starting to get some traction (posted an undertale project, got over 20 notes overnight), I got a PS4 (look ma, I'm up-to-date with technology now!), I've finished with Sixth Form and I've been offered a conditional offer for a media course at a nearby college. Life's not too bad at the mo. Sure I'm not the richest bloke in the world, but I'm happy and that's what counts. I'm a teensy bit miffed at the death of Bonkles, but I'm not letting that bother me too much ( I did buy myself a Protector of Ice though, and I love 'im to bits awwwww he's so cute).


And the future? Well, I'll get to that when I get to that. Here's to that future though, and to many more years on this highly-obscure vintage lego games forum which I love so much.


Here's to it I guess.




I was initially gonna hold off on posting this trailer for a couple of days, but it's such an exciting event for me that I'm posting it today. Wondering what I could be possibly talking about? Well, it's this: the brand spanking new channel trailer for my rebooted channel, Ayliffe Makit Productions! I've been working on this for a while, so it'll be great to get some feedback on the future direction of my channel. Anyways, without further ado, here's the first channel trailer:



Any feedback is appreciated! 





[14:19:09 | Edited 14:19:15] ExcessJavaScriptPurger: I need breakfast
[14:21:24] Bug Catcher: You can have mine






Announcing MOCWorld!



I'm happy to announce that through MOCWorld I've copyrighted the words "MOC" and "AFOL", so if you ever make a MOC or anything out of lego again we'll sue the living daylights outta you. Of course, this is all for your own good.


Have a nice day!


- Ayliffe




The Mine Before Christmas

'Twas the mine before Christmas, when all through the base
Not a creature was stirring, not even dear Ace;
The stockings were hung by the teleporter with care,
In hopes that St. Chief soon would be there;
The raiders were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sandwiches  danced in their heads;
And Le in his bow-tie, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long miner's nap,
When out in the base there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bunk to see what was the matter.
Away to the comms panel I flew like a flash,
Tore open the cameras and threw up a hatch.
The light on the breast of the newly-mined Rock,
Gave a look of hard work done ('Twas quite a shock),
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature ship and eight tiny mine-ers,
With a little old pilot so lively and neat,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Chief.
More rapid than rockwhales his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Ben! now, Fush! now Xiron  and Lair!
On, Jamie! on, Will! on, Cirevam and Cyrem!
To the top of the base! to the top of the wall! 
Now post away! post away! post away all!"
As rocks that before the wild rock monster fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the teleporter the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of crystals , and St. Chief there too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the base
The cursing and blinding of Cirevam's dear face.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the hatch St. Chief came with such sound.
He was dressed all in teal, from his head to his foot,
And his suit was all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of crystals he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a miner just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his armour, how merry!
His life support flashing, bright red like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up in a mock,
And the beard on his chin was as grey as a rock;
The stump of a ciggy he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his suit like a wreath;
He had a broad beard and a robotic left arm
That whirred when he laughed, prepared to do harm.
He was thin and miserable, a right stroppy old elf,
And I hid when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know that he wanted me dead;
He swore to himself, then went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And flicking his finger up (the middle one too),
And giving a yell, up the chimney he flew;
He sprang to his ship, to his team swore a little,
And away they all shot like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him yell, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good mine!”



Two years ago, a day after RRU's 6th anniversary and 9 days before my birthday, I first shoved my ugly mug 'ole in the general direction of this site, and joined because -

Well, actually I've never said on here the real reason why I joined in the first place. Mainly because it was so downright silly. 

I joined to look at... a topic with a nyan cat mod for racers. Really. When I first navigated my way here as a member of the LMBs (that stopped very soon after), I was a bit of a n00b to be honest. Okay, I wasn't as extreme a n00b as some members (jamesbrick and delle come to mind), but I wouldn't exactly call my early posting habits outstanding, to say the least. To be honest, my posting didn't really become decent until the beginning of 2014, when I started drawing again for a community project that sorta went nowhere (and I still kinda doubt it would, but I'd be interested to see it go somewhere). It was a bit weird picking up my pencil again after so many years of not drawing, but now I'm really happy that I'm back to drawing again -

And yeah, I've sorta gone off on a weird tangent of talking about my history here on RRU, haven't I? Yep, I should do that less.

Anyways, I guess the main reason I wanted to make this post was to thank all of you for making the last 2 years of me being here so enjoyable. Yes, every single one of you. Even the spambots and the n00bs and the 20 different accounts that were dellepack. All of you have contributed in your own unique ways to my online life, and helped me gradually through my real one. I've made a ton of mates through here, and hopefully I'll make more over the next umpteen years here.

So yeah, here's to another infinity years here. You ain't getting rid of me that easily :P


- Ayliffe/Jay/Bayleef/Mr Phoenix


An Update on the Jeep Partnership

I've just received an email from Jeep regarding my previously mentioned partnership with them, and seeing how important it is I thought I'd post it here for all of you guys to see:

Dear Jay Phoenix,

After further negotiations with our board members regarding your behavior on Rock Raiders United we have decided to officially axe the FPP (forum partnership programme) and focus the rest of our budget on promoting the recently launched Jeep Renegade. As a result of this we are dropping your partnership with us starting from today, and you will not be receiving the payment previously mentioned in our press release.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Manley,

CEO of Jeep.

So there you go, my partnership with Jeep is officially over.


An Important Announcement


"Jeep announces official partnership with forum member Ayliffe"

Partnership will be first of it's kind according to Jeep CEO

London, UK (March 31, 2015): Jeep today announced it has entered into a first of it's kind partnership with 'Ayliffe', a member of internet forum Rock Raiders United, in a bid to appeal to a more modern audience and keep up with modern habits. This will help bring Jeep into a position to attract more customers from what has been dubbed 'the forum generation', a market which has been left relatively untouched by major companies. If successful this forum partnership programme, also known as FPP, will be rolled out to other popular internet forums, with an aim to have at least one sponsored member per internet forum in 2025.

Jeep is well-known in the motoring industry for such products as the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. "We are very excited to work with Ayliffe," said Mike Manley, current CEO and President of Jeep. "Teaming up with Ayliffe to engage with the online community is an exciting development for our company."

"Jeep is a great partner and this agreement exemplifies their dedication to appeal to a more modern audience," said Ayliffe, member of the popular internet forum "Rock Raiders United" and the first partner in the FPP scheme. Ayliffe, otherwise known as Jay Phoenix outside the forum, is known as one of the more popular members of "Rock Raiders United" and has previously collaborated with various other companies secretly in a bid to advertise their project via the previously mentioned forum.

As part of the multi-million pound deal, Ayliffe will change his well-known catchphrase "BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP" to "JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP" and replace his avatar on "Rock Raiders United" with images of Jeep's latest product range. The partnership is expected to last 24 months, and if successful will lead to more partnerships over other selected forums, such as BZPower, Eurobricks and UK of Equestria.


STAR WARS: The Fork Awakens

Toastspeeder (SKETCH)


Finally, a blog post that isn't spam-related...

I did this sketch way back in november-ish when the first trailer for The Force Awakens dropped and nobody could talk about anything else for a week. When I first saw that new floaty landspeeder gliding across the desert the first thing that popped into my head was "Hey, that front bit sorta looks like a toaster on it's side", and so this idea was born.

Enjoy? :P

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