Lego Report 3

Dec 29, 2020

I didn't get as much done today as I wanted due to having to "work". I put "work" in quotes because I make games and is that really work? My college adviser didn't think it was.

I'm also assuming, much like Ikea furniture, it's ok to have left over parts. I'm sure the builders of the ancient coliseum had this same issue. A couple of left over 10 ton blocks.


Seg Dec 29, 2020
While I can't speak for *this* kit, every other LEGO kit I've done has some number of small pieces as extras. I keep them in a small baggie in case I want to build more things later.

When I do by builds, I photo the completed bag of parts along with the spare parts: https://twitter.com/TheSeg/status/1343012372483428352

Nor Treblig Dec 29, 2020
A couple of extra bricks are great in case stone-robbers make a visit.

I also checked one thing: Getting help from (preferably unpaid) interns is fine. It's historically accurate.

David 🏴‍☠️ Dec 29, 2020
It looks like you're really enjoying it. Nice! 🙂

Johan Windh Dec 29, 2020
I'm beginning to think that the new game is set in ancient Rome. How awesome would that be?

There's a big lack of adventure games in that setting.

Andre Scheffler Dec 29, 2020
Nice work, maybe you can post an overview of the whole workplace for the next update? ;-)
If I do LEGO I usually occupy at least one full desk with stuff carefully stacked and ordered so nobody is allowed to touch anything 😀

bosbeetle Dec 29, 2020
I always wonder why they use the techincs lego style blocks with holes in them in the invisible inner parts, are they stronger?, or are they less plastic and thus cheaper to produce and more lightweight?

Paul Dec 29, 2020
I'm glad no one has tried to use the incorrect term "Legos" yet.


But I'll be keeping an eye on you, all of you.

Ron Gilbert Dec 29, 2020
I always wonder why they use the techincs lego...

I wondered that as well.  The technics style pieces are also held together with pins through the hole.  The base is very strong.  It seems like overkill to me, but maybe the fully articulated chariot races put some strain on it.

Nor Treblig Dec 29, 2020

BUT: Since those holes in Lego Technics bricks need to have a wall on the inside they actually have nearly the same weight as normal Legos! (yep, I did it :D)

They have other advantages though, and beside structural integrity and allowing to mount bricks in other ways they also result in a greater variety of different bricks, making them easier to spot. That's my guess at least.

Nor Treblig Dec 29, 2020
Oh, for some reason the start of my comment is missing, let's try again:


BUT: Since those holes in Lego Technics bricks need to have a wall on the inside they actually have nearly the same weight as normal Legos! (yep, I did it :D)

They have other advantages though, and beside structural integrity and allowing to mount bricks in other ways they also result in a greater variety of different bricks, making them easier to spot. That's my guess at least.

Nor Treblig Dec 29, 2020
@Ron: Something strange happens when I write at-sign+bosbeetle+colon
Please feel free to delete my previous attempts.


So regarding Lego Technics bricks:
Especially for larger Lego models it would be an advantage to make them lighter, it's better handling-wise and also regarding price (less material means cheaper production and cheaper shipping etc.).

BUT: Since those holes in Lego Technics bricks need to have a wall on the inside they actually have nearly the same weight as normal Legos! (yep, I did it :D)

They have other advantages though, and beside structural integrity and allowing to mount bricks in other ways they also result in a greater variety of different bricks, making them easier to spot. That's my guess at least.

Paul Dec 29, 2020
Aw man, that also means you used "Legos" in ALL THREE attempts!

Nor Treblig Dec 29, 2020
I'm sure those other posts will be deleted and then it will be you who said it twice as often 😀

Speer Dec 30, 2020
So, this is why gamedev is taking so long.

You could build something unique out of the left over parts.

Lars Dec 30, 2020
I can see two reasons for the holes:
1. For the floor/ground plates they make it easier to find the correct position of the bricks going on top of them.
2. Those other pieces with holes likely already exist in other Technics sets, so they can just reuse the same molds.

pmarin Dec 30, 2020
They probably left some duplicate pieces to mess with you.

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