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The TAZ-Brick Collectors Club are happy to announce that a new name for the annual event has been chosen being Brixhibition.
Brixhibition 2012 is set to be bigger than ever with the dates set as a three day event which starts on Friday the 16th and runs throughout the weekend of the 17th and 18th of September.
The venue is bigger too with the Lions Club of Glenorchy (City) working hard to ensure that the Moonah Arts Centre could proudly host the very popular event.

In a bid to attract the younger community of LEGO enthusiasts to display at Brixhibition 2012 it has been decided that the Friday the 14th of September time slot of 10.00am to 5.00pm will be specifically catering for boy and girls as after all the event is aimed at attracting kids to come along and see what can be built and created from the famous bricks from this part of Australia and the world !!!

See you there !!!

Posted by Brent Prins on 1st Hobart Brick Expo.

Remember that post about LEGO Universe closing? Well, I just received an email newsletter from the folks at LEGO that provides a bit of extra detail:

Hello Adventurer, today we are very sad to announce that LEGO® Universe will be closing on January 31, 2012. This was a very difficult decision to make, but unfortunately LEGO Universe has not been able to attract the number of members needed to keep the game open.

We realize how sad this will make the many players who have enjoyed LEGO Universe and we are committed to providing open communication with both kids and parents as we transition through this difficult time. We understand this is a challenging change and apologize for not being able to give parents forewarning before the general announcement.

We are thankful to have had the opportunity to share this adventure with an amazing community of players. We hope you will continue to enjoy LEGO Universe for the last few months. As a thank you, if you are a paying subscriber on December 31, 2011, we will provide you the full game for the final month for free.

Again, we want to thank the fantastic community of players who made LEGO Universe such a vibrant, fun and creative experience.

Sincerely,

The LEGO Universe Team

The Details:

  • The game will be turned off on January 31, 2012 at midnight (EST).
  • All current subscribers (1, 6 or 12 month plans) who still have active subscriptions on December 31 will receive a refund for any remaining game time remaining after December 31 as well as free play from January 1, 2012 until January 31.
    • For example, if you purchased a 6-month subscription on September 1, 2011 (which would expire on February 29, 2012), you would be refunded $16.66 for the 2 months following December 31.
  • We will begin processing all refunds on February 1, 2012. All refunds will be made to the credit card used for the original subscription.
  • If your subscription expires before December 31 you will need to purchase an additional 1 month subscription by December 31 in order to get the free game play in January (again, any unused game time as of December 31 will be refunded.)
  • LEGO Universe game cards can only be used until December 1st 2011. Unused game cards after December 1st can be converted to LEGO Shop @Home gift cards for the same value.
    • Please note: Details on how to convert unused game cards will be posted on December 1.
  • You can continue to enjoy the free to play zone until January 31, 2012 but your last chance to convert to a paying subscription is December 31, 2011.

Click here to read more.

The following message was posted by a moderator on the LEGO Message boards:

Hello Adventurer, today we are very sad to announce that LEGO Universe will be closing on January 31, 2012. This was a very difficult decision to make, but unfortunately LEGO Universe has not been able to attract the number of members needed to keep the game open.

We are thankful to have had the opportunity to share this adventure with an amazing community of players. We hope you will continue to enjoy LEGO Universe for the last few months. As a thank you, if you are a paying subscriber on December 31, 2011, we will provide you the full game for the final month for free.

Again, we want to thank the fantastic community of players who made LEGO Universe such a vibrant, fun and creative experience.

Sincerely,
The LEGO Universe Team

I myself have never really played LEGO Universe that much, but the Free-To-Play version was really good. I’m really sorry to see it go. 🙁

The new LEGO Stack Exchange site is now open to the public!

After just 7 days in private beta, we’ve already got 175 users who have asked 120 questions and written 260 answers. We’re off to a good start, and it’s time to unleash this baby on the public and see if it flies. (Sorry; mixed metaphor.)

Tell all your friends, blog about it, tweet about it, and write the URL (http://bricks.stackexchange.com) in chalk on the sidewalk in front of your neighbor’s house. Or paint. No, never mind, better use chalk.

Most importantly, go to the site now and start earning reputation and badges! We’ll see you there! Right now!

http://bricks.stackexchange.com <– that is the URL again
http://bricks.stackexchange.com <– it has not changed in the last 10 microseconds

All the best,

The Stack Exchange Team

The LEGO Stack Exchange proposal is over halfway to beta!

To get it the rest of the way, we need more people to commit to using the site.

If you know anyone who might be interested, send them this link:

http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/10919/lego

Committing is the only way to get access to the private beta, and every committer moves the proposal one step closer to launching.

Hurry! Once the private beta begins, new sign-ups will be closed until the site goes public.