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    BrickFair Virginia Party Crowdfunding Campaign
    BZPowerFriday, June 20th, 2014 at 7:19pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager

    Last year at BrickFair Virginia, BZPower hosted a party featuring laser tag and delicious pizza open to members of the site. Everyone had tons of fun, so of course we wanted to do it again this year. Not willing to settle for merely doing the same thing again in 2014, we thought about what we could do to make it better, not just for the people at BrickFair, but for everyone on BZPower! With that in mind, I'm pleased to present BZPower's first crowdfunding campaign! Read on to see what we have planned!

    The short version goes like this: we are having the laser tag and pizza party again, but we are also looking to raise some additional funds to buy some camera equipment to record videos during BrickFair Virginia and other events in the future. We are asking you guys to help us out and offering some sweet perks to those of you who do!

    To go a little more in depth, we looked at platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo and considered leveraging one of them for this project. After much discussion and consideration, however, we decided to keep things on BZPower. Pretty much everyone who would be interested in participating is already a member here, and keeping it internal means we can avoid the fees that most other sites charge. It also means that if we don't reach our goal we will still receive the money from our supporters and will still be able to host the party and provide the perks you are interested in. Failing to reach our goal, however, may mean that we are unable to purchase all of the video equipment necessary which could result in us being unable to produce any videos during BrickFair Virginia. We'll do our best to make it happen though, and the Administration is willing to chip in to help us get there.

    Speaking of goals, we are trying to raise $1200. This will cover:

    • Two games of laser tag for people interested in participating
    • Pizza party
    • Video camera
    • Microphone
    • Camera accessories such as tripod mounts and memory cards

    We're being optimistic though and planning some stretch goals. If we can raise another $150, bringing the total to $1350, we'll get to play another game of laser tag at the party.

    If we can get all the way up to $1500, we will be able to upgrade to a better camera and buy some additional equipment.

    There will be a running tally on the forum index to show our progress towards our goal. I have faith in us as a community!

    Perks

    Here are some of the perks being offered as part of this campaign:

    • Name in Credits - For any BrickFair Virginia videos we produce, your name will be featured in the credits.
    • Early Access - You will get to see any BrickFair Virginia videos we produce before anyone else!
    • Laser Tag and Pizza Party - Enjoy two games of laser tag, pizza, and drinks in the company of other BZPower members. Additional games and food may be added depending on how much funding we receive.
      Note: The date and time of the party will be decided after the BrickFair schedule is released.
    • Engraved Brick - A 1x8 brick engraved with 'BZP Lasertag' in celebration of the campaign.
    • T-shirt - A BZPower Lasertag t-shirt, with a design by Vezok's Friend and created by Bionicle Raptor.
    • Bionicle Polybag - A Bionicle polybag set donated by The LEGO Group; the polybag received will be random.
    • Bionicle Canister Set - A Bionicle canister set donated by The LEGO Group; the sets will be distributed in the order of your donation and include:
      • 8913 Toa Nuparu
      • 8915 Toa Matoro
      • 8916 Takadox
      • 8917 Kalmah
      • 8920 Ehlek
      • 8921 Pridak
      • 8978 Skrall
      • 8980 Gresh
      • 8982 Strakk
    • Bionicle Box Set - A Bionicle box set donated by The LEGO Group; the sets will be distributed in the order of your donation and include:
      • 8922 Gadunka
      • 8941 Rockoh T3
    • Skype Chat with Black Six - Have an up-to thirty minute audio or video chat with BZPower Administrator Black Six. Talk about your day, his day, your favorite LEGO sets, or just about anything! Chats will be scheduled after BrickFair Virginia is complete.
    • Meal with Black Six - Have breakfast or lunch with BZPower Administrator Black Six during BrickFair Virginia. Discuss your innermost thoughts, your favorite parts of the convention, or Black Six's favorite color. Meal will be scheduled in advance of BrickFair Virginia.

    Donation Levels

    You saw our goal and drooled over the perks, now how do you we combine the two? Levels are broken into two groups: in-person and online. In-person donation levels are targeted at people who will be at BrickFair Virginia and want to come to the party. Online donation levels are for people who can't come to the event but still want to help us out (and get free stuff too!). You can click the level titles below or go to our store to contribute to the campaign.

    In-Person Levels

    Party-goer - $30
    Come eat pizza and play laser tag with BZPower! This level includes:

    • Name in Credits
    • Early Access
    • Engraved Brick
    • Laser Tag and Pizza Party

    Deluxe Party-goer - $55
    You like to party and look good doing it. This level includes everything at the Party-goer level plus:

    • T-shirt
    Note: the deadline for having shirts ready for BrickFair has passed. For all new pledges, we will ship your shirt to you after the event is over.

    Ultra Party-goer - $75 (Limit 2)
    Not only do you have style, you're the biggest Bionicle fan around. This level includes everything at the Deluxe Party-goer level plus:

    • Bionicle Box Set
    Note: the deadline for having shirts ready for BrickFair has passed. For all new pledges, we will ship your shirt to you after the event is over.

    In-person Producer - $200 (Limit 1)
    Your generosity knows no bounds. Not only do you enjoy partying, but also like to hang out with people who are almost as cool as yourself. This level includes:

    • Name in Credits
    • Early Access
    • Engraved Brick
    • Laser Tag and Pizza Party
    • T-shirt
    • Bionicle Polybag
    • Bionicle Canister Set
    • Meal with Black Six
    Note: the deadline for having shirts ready for BrickFair has passed. For all new pledges, we will ship your shirt to you after the event is over.

    Note: for all in-person physical rewards, we will do our best to have them at BrickFair Virginia to distribute. A situation may arise, however, where some of the perks do not make it in time. If this is the case we will do our best to ship you your perks in a timely manner.

    Online Levels

    Backer - $5
    Every little bit counts! This level includes:

    • Name in Credits
    • Early Access

    Brick Backer - $10
    You like to help out and have something to show for it! This level includes everything at the Backer level plus:

    • Engraved Brick

    Polybag Backer - $15 (Limit 10)
    You love Bionicle (who doesn't?) and want to augment your collection while helping a good cause. This level includes everything at the Brick Backer level plus:

    • Bionicle Polybag

    Set Backer - $30 (Limit 4)
    You miss the days when LEGO sets came in plastic tubes that you could reuse for storage and would love to see them return. This level includes everything at the Brick Backer level plus:

    • Bionicle Canister Set

    Shirt Backer - $30
    Forget those silly bricks, you'd rather show the world that you supported our project! This level includes everything at the Brick Backer level plus:

    • T-shirt

    Video Backer - $75
    Takuma Nuva, Sumiki, Zatth - those guys are crazy! So crazy that they'll film something you suggest (within reason) and put it on our YouTube channel or Vine. See your idea come to life! This level includes everything at the Brick Backer level plus:

    • Takuma Nuva, Sumiki, Zatth, or a combination of all three (potentially with other BZPower members) will film a short video based on your idea.

    Online Producer - $150 (Limit 2)
    You like to support projects as much as possible, plus you're a huge Bionicle fan. Also, you would be open to chatting with someone who wants to thank you profusely for your help. This level includes:

    • Name in Credits
    • Early Access
    • Engraved Brick
    • T-shirt
    • Bionicle Polybag
    • Bionicle Canister Set
    • Skype Chat with Black Six

    Note: All perks will be shipped after BrickFair Virginia concludes. This will likely be in August but may be delayed into September.

    Note: All costs include shipping to the USA and Canada. If you are outside of those two countries, please select 'International Shipping' to add an additional $5 to cover the added costs.

    But wait! That's not all! We've got one more level with a perk not listed above!

    Executive Producer - $300 (Limit 2)
    You want to help and you want it all! Not only that, you want to make sure the videos we make are as awesome as you know they can be. This level includes:

    • Name in Credits
    • Early Access
    • Engraved Brick
    • Laser Tag and Pizza Party (if you're attending BrickFair Virgnia)
    • T-shirt
    • Bionicle Polybag
    • Bionicle Canister Set
    • Skype Chat with Black Six AND/OR Meal with Black Six
    • CREATIVE INPUT - You get to see the raw footage we record at BrickFair and get to provide creative input on what videos we make and what goes into them. Be a part of the creative process!

    If you aren't interested in any of the perks, and just want to donate to support the cause, you can do so here. You can also feel free to donate there on top of any donation levels you back us at. Every little bit helps - a couple dollars buys someone a slice of pizza!

    So there you have it, folks, BZPower's first attempt at crowdfunding. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. I'm looking forward to our success and to blasting a lot of you at laser tag and showing off the awesomeness of BrickFair Virginia to everyone!

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