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December 2003
Anthony 27 XII 03

Well, it's that time of year again. Time to make your New Year's resolutions, if you do that sort of thing. What are you going to resolve to do this year? Lose weight? Build more often?

If I may, let me suggest a different kind of resolution. You see, we recently lost a good friend and fellow AFOL this week, and his sudden loss reminds us how unpredictable life can be.

So take time this year and make sure you remind those you care about just how much you appreciate them for what they do and who they are. Don't hesitate at all, for you don't know when your last chance will be. Spend time making others happy, for you don't know just how much a smile can mean.

So here is my New Year's resolution. I resolve to appreciate my family and friends, to tell them just what they mean to me. I resolve to smile at everyone I meet, regardless of how bad I might feel. I resolve to leave this world better than I found it, even if it's only a little bit.

Remember, it's not always the big things that are important. Even the smallest brick can be stacked up to create the tallest of structures.

Live richly, Love long, Build well.

We wish you a merry contest...
Anthony 26 XII 03

Santa has flown by the Classic Castle and has delivered a whole new batch of contest entries! There aren't any lumps of coal here, people.

Folliero Dario entered his Medieval Home. We weren't quite sure where it belonged, but we put it into the Classic Shops category. Jose Molina adds his Black Falcon's Home and Elijah C. his Tudor Inn to the CCC - Tudor Style Shops category. Reed Anderson settles down in his Small Cottage, while Patrick Morgan fights the good fight with his Heroes and Villains entry.

And I tell you what, Patrick Morgan and James Brink are determined to win something from this contest. James has submitted four new entries for a total of six, and Patrick has racked up an amazing eight entries!

This contest is going to be very tough to judge, I can tell already! And we still have several weeks left to go! Hurry up, make it harder on us! Submit your entry today!

We don't mind, honest.

Weekly Set Review: Yellow Castle
Ben E. 19 XII 03

Join the weekly Classic Castle set review discussion. Please post your opinions on the set play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which sets stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 375/6075 Yellow Castle.

Yellow Castle, first released in Europe in 1978, was the first LEGO castle. The yellow mimics yellow plaster found on some castles. This set includes four teams of knights and soldiers each with their own coat of arms. Six soldiers also guard the castle. A variety of early accessories are included such as sticker shields and armor, light grey weapons, and plumed helmet visors.

And he did spake unto them, let there be entries!
Anthony 18 XII 03

"Sire! The peasents! They are revolting!"
"Yes, and now they're in rebellion!"

Quickly men! Gather your weapons, it's time for a siege!

It's also time for more contest entries. Fulop Gergo has submitted a siege engine: a trebuchet.

On the more tame side, Dave O'Hare adds his Cooper's Shop and Decorative gate, and Jason Spears adds a pair of carts.

We're piling on a good number of entries now, but there's still plenty of room to grow! Submit your contest entry soon so that you, too may have a chance at winning one of our fabulous prizes. Don't be a gong farmer, submit! Submit! You will submit!

All your castle are belong to us.

Adventures in Classic Castle
Andrew 16 XII 03

Greetings, oh adventurous one! Adventures in Classic Castle is a play-by-email roleplaying game set in the classic castle world. Send out your party to slay monsters, go on a quest for the king, or just explore the countryside. Whatever you decide to do is up to you!

Weekly Set Review: Camouflaged Outpost
Ben E. 13 XII 03

Join the weekly Classic Castle set review discussion. Please post your opinions on the set play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which sets stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 6066 Camouflaged Outpost.

Camouflaged Outpost, released in 1987, was the first Forestmen set. This tree and rock outpost opens in three ways including a secret door. The set has six men, treasure, and accessories.

Big ol' pile o' entries
Anthony 10 XII 03

Man, these medieval villages will NEVER want for pottery...


The third round of contest entries are here, and boy there are a lot of 'em! So let's get right to it! James Brink enters a trebuchet, and Yaron Dori has a catapult as well as an Elves Forest entry. C.J. Sutton adds to the medieval life category with a wind mill inn, and Joel Jacobsen adds a tudor style house.

And then there are the Pottery shops. There are three of them folks. That's right. Three. Marco Merkelijn has one, as well as another entry. Joel Jacobsen has the second, and Nathan Wells has a third, as well as two other creations.

Maybe I need to invest heavily in potted plants. Or maybe some vases. Ooh, something blue with a nice glaze...

David O'Hare's Decorative Gate
Lenny Hoffman 7 XII 03

David O'Hare presents his Decorative Gate. And by Decorative, he really means it! Discuss Dave's gate here here!

Weekly Set Review: Viking Voyager
Ben E. 6 XII 03

Join the weekly Classic Castle set review discussion. Please post your opinions on the set play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which sets stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 6049 Viking Voyager.

Viking Voyager, a longboat for the King's Men, was released in 1987. This set included the viking inspired boat, a captain, three rowers, a helmsman, treasure chest, and accessories.

More 3CS Houses Than You Can Shake a Gong Farmer At!
Lenny Hoffman 4 XII 03

Coming in today, I couldn't believe my eyes. Jason Spears is on his way to building a LEGO scale replica of Medieval Europe with five new shops, each in a different color: Medium Blue, Tan, Sand Blue, Light Yellow, and Maersk Blue. Joel Jacobson, best known for his great story Forrest of Blood, has stepped into the realm of 3CS Houses by building a wonderfully unique Pottery Shop and a Cottage.

Last, but certainly not least, the great Train guru, Larry Pieniazek has come forward with his Medieval Barber Shop. He has told me that he plans to build a few more in the coming weeks. Hence, stage one of Classic-Castle's Plan of World Domination is nearly complete. Muahahaha!

Forestmen Arrive!
Ben E. 4 XII 03

Check out 1987! It was another fantastic year for LEGO Castle. The new Forestmen faction began with Camouflaged Outpost. Other classic sets include Battering Ram, Viking Voyager, Castle Guard, and King's Oarsmen.

Colossal Contest Entries Continue
Anthony 3 XII 03

Ready for round two? Gabriel Hartmannsgruber loads both barrels, James Brink fires one direct hit, and Patrick Morgan pulls out an assault rifle worth of MOCs. Lock and load, baby!

Colossal Contest Entries
Anthony 1 XII 03

The first round of contest entries are here! Josh Wedin and Mike Thorn both add a Hero and Villain entry, while Chad Northrop... well... Chad just put me to work. Check em out!

Ovoid Shields and Stickers
by Anthony Sava 1 XII 03

Too many Ovoid Fright Knight Shields? Finding Harry Potter Gryffindor Shields too hard to come by? Ever feel like the Black Falcons got cheated out of bigger shields? This is the article for you!

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