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Medieval Fantasy meets LEGO Again 112

An anonymous reader writes "At over two years in the making, The Kingdom of Ikros provides viewers with a 40-chapter novel, graphically illustrated entirely by LEGO models and Photoshop effects. Apparently the author isn't stopping there, either, a link off the main page takes you to another website which will host the sequel. The Kingdom of Ikros website also contains a pair of flash movies and pictures of the models used in the story, as well as biographies of the characters involved."
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Medieval Fantasy meets LEGO Again

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  • by phillymjs ( 234426 ) <slashdot.stango@org> on Sunday February 02, 2003 @02:19PM (#5210787) Homepage Journal
    I am proud to annouce that these guys have won this week's "Too Much Time On Your Hands" award.

    If they really come through on a sequel, I may just rename the award after them.

  • by simetra ( 155655 ) on Sunday February 02, 2003 @02:21PM (#5210804) Homepage Journal
    Here: The Brick Testament [bricktestament.com]

  • by StriderA ( 60512 ) on Sunday February 02, 2003 @02:24PM (#5210822) Homepage Journal
    I wonder if anybody ever considered using lego's in school. Back as a child, I remember having time to play with various toys in school, but how about recreating battles or something to try and teach children. They remember the names and tatics used in children TV Shows, but nobody ever takes the time to teach real history. Your kids will come home and set up their legos and gi joes and you'll ask them what they're playing and they'll start telling you how their playing Cival War or something...

    Either way, it couldn't hurt... to them it'll still be a game.
    • My last use of legos was to build braces to support some cheap shelves upon which I wanted to store books. I built one support entirely out of 4x2 bricks (the structure is 6x6 and has a 2x2 hole in the middle, about 13 bricks tall) and another using the 6x2x3 target bricks from the original RC car set.

      Previous to that, my last lego structure was a mock-stone construction which held a small CCD camera behind my fish tank.

    • Lego Mindstorms is used in quite a few schools. There is even a special
      division (spinoff?) of Lego who deal exclusively with educators.

    • Not only has someone considered it, but Lego has a whole educational divesion, formerly known as Lego Dacta. Check out the website [lego.com]. It used to be they had some cool sets you couldn't get elsewhere, but with the newly-improved S@H, regular people can get those too.

    • i've used Lego in when in school
      to present "projects" in history, chemistry and physics classes. And a former teacher of mine asked for some models he could use in physics classes.

      and when at university we used Lego (Mindstorms and not) in AI, embedded Systems and robotics classes.

      it's a pretty good teaching and (in the university examples) pratice tool.
    • Yes, we did this back in (I think) 8th grade. I remember my group getting an A for doing the Mai Lai Massacre in Lego format... it was actually a quite impressive scene. All the pics, unfortunately, were lost in a house fire.
  • I dont feel the site reaches the same level of artistic expression that something like the brick testament does [thereverend.com]
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02, 2003 @02:29PM (#5210856)
    THIS [death-from-above.com]
  • At over two years in the making, The Kingdom of Ikros provides viewers with a 40-chapter novel, graphically illustrated entirely by LEGO models and Photoshop effects.

    The guy's definitely an unemployed ex-DotCom'er ;-)
  • Go geeks! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Hypharse ( 633766 ) on Sunday February 02, 2003 @02:38PM (#5210897)
    I bet they do this to impress the ladies.
  • by EngMedic ( 604629 ) on Sunday February 02, 2003 @02:39PM (#5210899) Homepage
    i propose a new corrolary to Godwin's Law:
    As the number of posts on a LEGO-related thread increase, the probability of a slashdot effect goes to one.
  • ...I can suspend disbelief enough to get over the lego knights, but pink armour?

    [desparately tries to hold in the "pink-helmet" jokes]

  • Eh (Score:2, Insightful)

    by phrogeeb ( 621296 )
    Interesting concept, although I would be much more impressed if the site was supported by a writer with some talent. If there was a story-line that was more interesting and a bit more eloquent story-telling, this would be some really great stuff.

    Same goes for the brick testament stuff - that one didn't take any writing talent at all (although the pictures, admittedly, are pretty cool in most cases.)

    Anyways, better writing or maybe just more nudity. Lego-porn would be great, and would make up for bad scripts.

    Except the girls are all pretty flat-chested.

    • Re:Eh (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Lego-porn would be great

      You mean like this [death-from-above.com]? It is great!
      • Wow! That's my new homepage!

        Where did they get those lego penises?

        Those things are hilarious!


  • I doubt you guys would want to see any of my fantasies in LEGO =X
  • I just love how they used the Lego of Chewbacca from the Star Wars sets as a monster.What's even better is that they used Gungans as one and the bio states that they have little intelligence and are very aggressive.Well one out of two isn't bad.
  • Where's the fun in just watching lego? I wanna touch it.

    Two thing I really want from Lego corp.:

    • a contest to do things like this with a prize of thousands of pieces of Lego
    • some really decent Lego software with unlimited pieces so that I can build stuff on my computer and share it with other Lego freaks.
    • "some really decent Lego software with unlimited pieces so that I can build stuff on my computer and share it with other Lego freaks."

      This isn't an official Lego product, but MLCAD [lm-software.com] allows you to build Lego models on your computer with an unlimited parts bin. If you're a Windows user, you might want to check it out.


      • Check out LeoCAD - same idea as MLCAD (build with virtual Lego - unlimited
        parts bin - exporter to POV-ray) - but works under Linux.


      • i think he specified "from Lego" (Lego corporate) -- might mention that Lego does have some sort of construction software as well ... i've seen it advertised in the Lego-Dacta catalog i get ... seems to be intended for classroom use along with specified sets of parts ($100 to $200 of assorted technic pieces.) haven't used it, so ... anybody know more? does it have accurate physics, so you'll know what your virtual machinery will do when turned on?

        Lego corporate has also released video games featuring the ability to build -- castles, etc. not necessarily infinite parts, nor a parts bin representative of their entire product line, but still a good start.

        and finally, there's always this:
        atriarch exposed [synon.org]
  • by gad_zuki! ( 70830 ) on Sunday February 02, 2003 @02:51PM (#5210955)
    >Medieval Fantasy meets LEGO Again

    Medieval Fanatic fails to impress girls with LEGOs. Again.
    • Ironic... (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Medieval Fanatic fails to impress girls with LEGOs. Again.

      Guy wasting day posting to criticize Medieval Fanatic also fails to impress girls.
  • Merlin: He who draws the sword from the lego block, he shall be king. Arthur, you're the one!
  • great idea, and I applaud the effort.

    but, somebody, please...buy them a camera with macro [ozbricks.com]!
  • Decapitate! (Score:2, Funny)

    by QEDog ( 610238 )
    Some people said that CG actors would replace real actors... maybe actors should be worried about Lego actors now! They are easier to decapitate, for one thing, and they are less extravagant.
  • Legal Issues? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by AltImage ( 626465 ) on Sunday February 02, 2003 @03:22PM (#5211063) Homepage
    This reminds me a bit of the Barbi issues brought up by Mattel. Mattel didn't appreciate the ways in which Barbi was being (mis)used in certain situations and successfully sued to have it stopped. Is there any potential for copyright violation here since the author is including the legos in a published work? I know legos has had a generally positive outlook on users hacking their products so it's probable that Legos wouldn't sue, but is it potentially within thir rights?
    • Seems to me that they can stop you using their "Lego" trademark, but not from doing anything whatsoever that want to do with them. You bought them, they're yours.
    • Re:Legal Issues? (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Uh, when you use materials to make something, that's not a copyright infringement. Famous paintings are most definitely not copyright of the people who made the paint*, and my photos are definitely not copyright of FujiFilm.

      * Except of course, that the best painters all made the paint themselves, but consider contemporary ones for a better example.

    • I doubt it... [erols.com]


      It's a link to an artist's creation of various Holocaust concentration camp buildings as Lego kits. With the Lego logo. Lego knew about it and allowed it to go through, although they were careful to distance themselves from it.

      I doubt anything anyone has done is more controversial than that...

  • webserver containing lego themed webpages go up in smoke again
  • Only 45 comments and already its been slashdoted; though I appreciate the fact that is the actual server message =)
  • by jmd! ( 111669 )
    I have the two flash files, they're great. Just no where to put them that my friends or I don't pay the bandwidth bill for. So if someone else wants to host them:

    -rw------- 1 jmd 1066099 Feb 2 12:45 GaraltMovie.swf
    -rw------- 1 jmd 1409809 Feb 2 12:46 IkrosMovie.swf
  • by kahei ( 466208 ) on Sunday February 02, 2003 @04:26PM (#5211421) Homepage

    6/10 for Lego. 1/10 for writing.

    Unless the concept was something like 'let's write the Eye of Argon again, only not funny'.

    • Yep. I only got through the first page. It's quite an impressively terrible piece of fiction. Just take a look at this line, for instance:
      "OLD?!? I'm not old, just experienced!" he said, swinging his sword hard left, only to be blocked by the other man's.
      If this awkward little gem were the first line of the story, it would surely make a worthy entry in the The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. [bulwer-lytton.com]
  • Is anyone else finding the choice of name for the evil lord disturbing?
  • Sorry, This site has been slashdotted and can not handle the connections, try back later.


    I wonder if anyone's tried posted some complete asshole's sites on /., just to crash their server...

    Wait, the spam-king... nm....

  • Content is as follows:

    "Sorry, This site has been slashdotted and can not handle the connections, try back later."

  • Legos in Robotics (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Tseran ( 625777 ) on Sunday February 02, 2003 @08:24PM (#5212503) Journal
    We used Legos in my Robotics Programming classes. It sounds strange, but considering the standards and exactness that Lego is manufactured with, you have to have exacting controls of the Robotics to make sure that one piece is going to fit on top of the other. Lego has a lot of educational value. They are also good for building construction, as you can use it to show where a load bearing wall is, as well as being able to re-arrange the way a house is laid out.
  • Why does this junk get posted on Slashdot? The writing is horrible, and the models are not much better. I'm not trying to troll here; this is ano honest question. Are "nerds" only interested in fantasy and sci fi (most of which is pretty bad, in my opinion), or do they ever read decent literature? Is there something about the stupid lego models that's attractive?
  • It is not like me to be overly critical of someone who has obviously worked very hard on a creative project, but for the sake of the writer (and his future efforts), I feel compelled to comment on the quality of the writing. It's pretty bad. I realize that the lego models probably consumed most of his time and energy, but in many spots the writing wasn't even grammatically correct (and I think that there is a difference between breaking grammatical rules purposefully, and simply not knowing them from the outset). Out of curiosity, does anyone know how old the author is? The models were great! But the author could do with some more reading. Good luck with your next project!
  • ...THIS! [axio.ms]
  • "Jexious! I am desperate your knowledge of magical weapon smithy!"

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?