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Specialized ProfessionI am Reuben Krabbe, a pro photographer from British Columbia, I shoot skiing, mountain biking, and adventure photography

Nov 23rd 2016 by ReubenKrabbe • 45 Questions • 57 Points

I’ve worked as a game designer at TT for some 18 years, and have had great fun over the years working on a large number of our games including LEGO Dimensions most recently, but also the LEGO Batman/LEGO Marvel/LEGO Harry Potter series of games amongst many others, I eat, sleep, breath TT Games, and count myself lucky to work with so many amazing creative people. I have a keen interest in everything we do, but also love reading comics, playing videogames, and spending lots of time with my family, kids, cats and dogs! Ask me anything. AMA.

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EDIT - Apologies - after 3 hours of furiously typing my fingers are starting to dissolve... I'm going to take a break, but will come back to answer more of your questions as quickly as I can.

EDIT - Thank you to everyone in the community for taking part in the AMA, I'll drop back and answer as many questions as I can... thank you all

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I think a lot of folks head to the mountains to unplug, have a chance to turn our brains down, and just physically push and enjoy the moment.

However, in the era of the selfie, the cell phone camera, instagram, etc, I find myself doing this less and less without thinking about getting a 'cool shot'. Sometimes I come home and realize I missed the experience of just LOOKING.

I'm imagining this is even harder when you do it professionally. Do you ever head out without a camera just to live in the now?

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How cooperative are you with other scientists working on the same subject? Do you help each other and share ideas if you share the same goal?


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With my limited reflexes at age 45, a penchant to achieve 100% in the game, but also only so much valuable free time, the most annoying stuff are some of the races. The lighthouse race in the Scooby Adventure World took me embarassingly much time to succeed (hours!stretched over days!). Also runners-up for too hard races: air and underwater in Simpsons world and Mines of Moria (starting point) through Minas town. My question: Are children and young adults while playtesting your beta product way more successful and you have to keep the difficulty artificially high? Or didn't you test with older, less experienced candidates? Currently I'm playing LEGO Marvel Super Heroes from my pile of shame (good game/excellent humor) and there it is again: Frustratingly hard air races combined with Super Heroes' own sub-par gamepad functionality on PC.

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I love this question! And, I totally agree. Unplugging and experiencing solitude and silence in natural places is the best. Now, I'm also guilty of shooting selfies and checking instagram from the backcountry. But, I consciously choose to leave both camera and phone at home frequently to keep myself from temptation.

Last week I was backcountry skiing near Whistler, and impulsively left the camera in my truck so I could simply ski. Half way up the climb I saw some icicles that could have made a great foreground to a ski photo. I described my vision for the shot to the skier, and was about to climb over to the icicles before I realized I had no camera. It was hilarious.

At the same time, I also love the way a camera can make you appreciate more of nature. I spend a bunch of time climbing around, looking at trees, rocks, plants, and really paying attention to my surroundings when I shoot.

So it's a balance of both!


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Sorry for deleting my comment it was an accident. but what i said was that i really do my best to help my ex students and collaborators, and I said less helpful to competitors, as the first response quotes. this does not mean not helpful it means less helpful than the extreme amount that I grant to my students.

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I hear you on the races - we do spend time trying to balance them, both focus testing with kids, but also occasionally older casual gamers. There are the odd one or two that can be bothersome - I remember one in LMSH around the statue of liberty that I had trouble with when I was reviewing it pre-release... but we try to ensure they are all achievable


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All time.

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How do you simply but adequately describe the dangers of antibiotic resistance to the lay public? Every time I try to describe it, people don't listen, don't fully understand, or both.


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Thanks for doing this Arthur. I have several questions to ask.

  1. When updates are released, could you guys provide patch notes, letting the community know what has been fixed / addressed? Many of the posts on the /r/legodimensions subreddit revolving around updates consist of questions about what has been fixed.

  2. The new content delivery system has had some issues for both Wave 6 and Wave 7. I think that this is a good system for allowing users to select what they want to download, but at the same time there have been bugs creeping in, such as the current A-Team bug. Will you guys consider going back to the way that year 1 content system was delivered?

  3. TtGames looks like a cool place to work. Could you describe a typical day at your office?

  4. Along the same lines, if someone were interested in wanting to work for TtGames, are you guys currently hiring for your teams? What skills do you look for in a candidate?

  5. As one of the moderators of /r/Legodimensions, I would really like to see more community interaction with TtGames, other than Twitter. Would you guys occasionally break out away from Twitter and comment to /r/legodimensions and GameFAQs? Both of those seem to be the most popular places for Lego Dimensions forums.

    Most of the current interaction revolves around posting on social media and the typical response to anything posted is a PR slanted response. Not from you directly, but on the official Twitter / Facebook accounts. Personally, I don't like Twitter, and I don't post much to Facebook, but I have messaged the official page a couple times. I've come away a bit frustrated feeling like I was talking to a robot instead of a person.

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my god, I didn't get this right away. That's amazing. It may be even better than Seafood Sandwich


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Dan Portnoy: among the problems is that bacteria that are normally of no threat, but are resistant to antibiotics, can then pose a very large threat especially to those who are immunocompromised once the antibiotics are administered.

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my pleasure... answers for you: 1) we don't usually release patch notes, usually we are trying to add content, fix things up etc, and out efforts go into that rather than details of what was fixed.. i promise you it's not that interesting a read. 2) in order to deliver more content, especially across all formats (including those that have limited memory/storage) we had to change our strategy - we've unfortunately had a few teething issues - which we are addressing as quickly as we see them... I'd suggest if you have an issue - let us know. 3) It's a fab place to work - typical day? In 19 years I don't think I've had a typical day... and that's not BS either... today I was looking at 3 different projects, reviewing content, discussing story, brainstorming etc... each day is pretty exciting. 4) We are constantly hiring - it's hard to find talented people... but the right candidates need to be people that can be team players, have huge amounts of talent, and have cup hands... but enthusiasm, and a passion for games goes a long long way! 5) It's a tricky one - like a lot of developers we don't really interact with the community as much as we should - but it's maybe one of those things that we should look to do moving forwards - we're pretty open to conversation on social media - you have to remember that sometimes we can't talk about things, just because we can't (unnannounced projects, hardware etc) but we'll always try and be open where possible... I try not to be a robot... but there are times when you get someone furious about something cussing you etc - and they want a response - obviously it's not happening - but I try and reply to most people, even if it's just a case of saying I can't answer..


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Stupid question, but is it possible that some peoples immune system is strong enough to kill off Gonorrhea on it's own? Couldn't we start searching for people who have stronger antibodies to create new vaccines? As an example of James Harrison.


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Thank you for your work and this AMA. Regarding patch notes and community interaction: From my flightsimming hobby I know about an example where stringent communications and lists with patch items and planned improvements aided in abetting the community's discontent. IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad survives in a niche with very few customers worldwide. (Don't know the numbers - without Russia no more than a five digit number, I guess). The online community in flight sim forums can be very toxic if they feel that developers are not fulfilling their every demands. The developers at 1CGS managed to reach out to many of their critics with Developer Diaries backed up by a good product. This particular Developer Diary entry deals with what is still to do and what they plan to improve. I don't think that TT games and LEGO Dimensions have to worry about their existence if there are no patch notes. But you could learn a thing or two from 1CGS' example.

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Mike,

  • find the book 'photographers eye' by michael freeman' it's going to work wonders for your composition
  • find and emulate photographs you love. good photographer's shots are an entire lesson plan without words. You'll learn a bunch by following in their footsteps
  • visual hyperbole. Use long/short focal length, dramatic light, shallow DOF, interesting weather, whatever unusual additives that you can use to create a more diverse visual bouquet!

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Dan Portnoy: That is difficult, and is actually part of of the problem in finding a cure for HIV. generally for our purposes though the answer is no

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Thanks


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just a fan, though I know your brother Josh

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What have been the most impressive recent discoveries in terms understanding how soil microbes affect human beings? Or how they affect crop development?


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So what are the plans for Supergirl & Green Arrow releases?

They've been included as very exclusive gifts for such a small population of the Lego Dimensions playerbase, that still aren't being made available internationally, even with the limited promotions that are ongoing (No Green Arrow in my beloved Ireland, the land of Green!), and there are plenty other countries that are overlooked.

Will they see fair light of day for us all?

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haha I was trying to figure out why the username seemed familiar. Mom used to cut it when I was a kid


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Steve Lory: Soil micro bioms - better understanding of the community of bacteria that is involved in harming or benefiting crops and human health

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That is a question I've been asked a few times on Twitter, and I don't really have a definitive answer for you - so for that I will apologise - exclusive content is a part and parcel of videogames, however we do listen/read peoples thoughts and comments... so like I say I can't give you a definitive answer... but I hear you


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I first came across you when i attended the banff mountain movie festival in banff and your video eclipse was shown. Enjoyable video mate. Seems you have some serious determination to get "the shot". During the trip in "eclipse" was it a big effort to get everyone to follow your passion? Were there days when people weren't as keen as you to keep pursuing? Or alternatively were there days when you were getting disheartened and needed others encouragement?

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Can you say anything regarding what that understanding is?


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And you're a superstar for saying as much Arthur. I would never have expected any form of an answer to that question because it was entirely an hostile question (and even outside your area of expertise, fully understand these calls are all Marketing) - but I know it's a hot topic for us nuts on the game and there was little hope of it escaping attention with or without comment.

Please do all you can to keep sharing our passion for collecting! We have money, we want to give it to you! We just find ourselves denied that opportunity and that's bonkers. Exclusive content is all well and good, but only when it's actually on sale.

Huge Kudos to all on the design team nonetheless. Am 29 and haven't played a game this much, or this fun in years. It's 100% smiles no matter if you're going through the base game, the worlds or Level Packs and that's a true achievement.

Thanks for answering.

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Eclipse was honestly one of the bigger mental games I've gone through!

The athletes were fantastic, they executed everything that I and the filmmakers asked them to do, that's why they're pro! At the same time, they were honest about their own investment in 'the shot', they were there to ski and knew that to ski they had to work with me, but for them it didn't matter too too much if the eclipse was a success or failure. I got pretty down on the two days prior to the eclipse, we hadn't nailed a spot that had a high chance of success, and it felt like we'd fail on account of me rather than weather (which would have been easier to stomach) Bjarne was a huge help for this, he's a really amazing human who was incredibly solid and helped me keep my head level. Watch the movie 'Dream Line' it's amazing!


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There is a correlation between those communities and the health, but we do not have evidence of causation yet.

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Definitely Kudos to the design team... our designers are FAB!


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Hi ruben,

I loved eclipse! I'm just wondering what sport you find most challenging to get shots of. Also who would win a chicken fight, you or Mike Douglas?

Have a great one!

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How do microorganisms get lead in them in the first place?


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Will all 3 Powerpuff Girls have separate minifigures? And will they have Lantern Constructs, like Supergirl?

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Thanks so much, I ran into Douglas at the bottom of the hill today in Whistler and it's tough to say. I feel like he is quicker and more nimble, but I've got long arms so I might win.

Each sport has it's own difficulties. For skiing you need fresh snow and can't get a second try. For biking you're confined to a trail rather than exploring an open landscape. I couldn't imagine trying to shoot surfing where everyone is jostling for similar angles!

To do a good job of shooting, the hardest sport to shoot will be a sport you don't understand. The easiest one is the sport you know the best


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John M: It is just in the environment around them and enters through diffusion. Most microorganisms actually pump out lead to stay healthy.

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hmm... probably not something I can say as we haven't revealed that pack yet... but if I was to say... wouldn't that be awesome... and we like to do awesome things... that may be an answer..


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What is the biggest challenge you have run into while photographing in these remote environments?

Btw: Eclipse is my all time favorite ski movie.

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Is there any chance that malaria & dengue wil be having vaccines in near future? Also why is it so important to memorize the life cycle of parasites rather than just disease?


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Are all three Powerpuff girls in one pack together? You said that "pack" and those "figures" and new "molds" So is that hinting that we will get a pavk eith 3 characters?

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Thanks so much! And the crew would be stoked to hear that, I was just skiing Whistler with Anthony (the director and narrator) today.

I haven't had too much equipment failure, though I did 'cook' a lap top in Svalbard by heating it over the stove since it was too cold to turn on. The battery didn't like that. Getting full charges on many devices is difficult since batteries don't charge/drain well in cold temps. It's honestly way harder for filmers than it is for me. Anthony and Bjarne (filmers in svalbard) had 4 batteries inside their jackets at all times to keep them warm.

After that, moisture or dust can be a big hassle, a lens with internal fog is an expensive paperweight on a shoot. So, in a way the thing that's tough it managing all the million little easy things. The thing is you can screw up one little easy thing and really have shot yourself in the foot


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John M.:

There is a high possibility that both diseases will have a vaccine in the next 10 years. And it is important to memorize because that is what we memorized back in the day and you should to :)

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you have too keen an eye... can I claim a typo on "pack"... for "packs" ?


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Hi Reuben Love all your work, Im wandering how much science or pure luck went into capturing the eclipse photos. Did you actually calculate the exact position or simply just hope you could make it work on the day?

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Do you believe in aliens? if so, do you think aliens could be more advanced than humans?


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  1. What's the likelihood of classic LEGO games and properties (e.g. LEGO Racers, LEGO Island, LEGO Adventurers) appearing in year 3 or a hypothetical year 4?

  2. How hard is it to design the Adventure Worlds for each franchise, i.e. which locations to include, which NPCs to provide quests, which puzzles to have players solve, etc.?

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There was both a ton of luck and a fair amount of preparation. We needed solar filters, and a generally precise idea of where the sun would be in the sky. So, we knew at 11am, the 2 minutes of total eclipse would happen 11 degrees above the horizon and 11 degrees west of south. Using a compass we tried finding different areas on the mountains where we could stand on the ground and have a ridgeline on those coordinates. Funny, we realized after leaving the town that we didn't know if we had magnetic or true north for that 11-11 degrees. So, there was guesswork too!


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John M: I actually am very open to that possibility and am under the belief that life will be found on another planet in my lifetime, the details of which I of course dont know.

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hmm... I'm not sure about the answer to your first. We love classic LEGO properties.. but not sure of them in Dimensions... but that doesn't mean we won't ever visit them. In answer to your second - it's very hard to make sure that each adventure world is authentic to the brand, and also fun and exciting, but the adventureworld team are amazing.. they manage to get references to everything in them, and do a fab job... they are the reason the adventureworlds rock!


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Reuben, firstly thank you for coming on here for this. That Salomon video from up in Svalbard was insane last year. I was up there a few years back for the start of the Polar Night and it's a truly unique place. I can only imagine it with the solar eclipse and being with such an epic crew like you had. What advice do you have for trying to carve out a niche in today's super saturated photographic world? When you have down time, how do you prioritize some of the following tasks? Trip planning/logistics, daydreaming new shots, post production, backing up files, cleaning gear, pushing new business opportunities, etc. ?

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What percentage of your PhD candidates end up doing lab work they truly enjoy? How many of them actually make 50k+ for annual salary?


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I have enjoyed the PC LEGO games for years, and love the idea of Dimensions, but it's not available for PC, and even if it was, the toys are not of as much interest. Have you considered a game-only version for the PC, with the various packs available as DLC?

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Thanks so much for your kind words. Did you get good northern lights when you were up there?

I think it's important to have a foot in the mainstream to know what it's doing: what works on instagram, what's popular. But also, keep a foot in the other stuff that interests you outside of photography. Let's say you really like chamber choirs (I personally couldn't care from them), remix some of the ideas from your other passions with your own craft, and you'll start coming up with more unique ideas. Yes, it's noisy out there, but believe it or not, it'll get noisier. Keep at it!

I don't have a great way of prioritizing all the sides of the job that come with being a self employed photographer, I'm not sure many do. Mostly it comes down to urgency for things like delivery, post production or taxes. As for inspiration and day dreaming; you can't schedule them, so when you get some inspiration take hold and ride it places, write down your ideas too!


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Dan Portnoy/John Mekalanos: I believe the majority of my students enjoy their work while in the lab, after that point, in their first real position perhapse half truly enjoy what they do., and the vast majority make an excess of 50k

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you aren't the first person to have said that - unfortunately the game isn't available on PC.. I'm not 100% sure of the reasoning as I wasn't there on day 1 of the project when those decisions were taken. I hear your suggestion though.. :)


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Hey Reuben, huge fan of you and your work. Seeing the work that you put in for your Eclipse shot was eye opening, I gained a lot of respect for the amount of effort you put into your shots after seeing that.

I do quite a bit of biking and skiing and while I would like to start taking more photos and recording the trips, I always find it takes me "out" of the activities I'm doing. How did you balance that when first getting into adventure photography?

I've noticed Squamish draws quite a few people in the mountain biking and skiing industry, what about Squamish drew you to it?

And finally, of you couldn't be an adventure photographer, what do you think you would do for work instead?

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About 4 years ago in my microbiology class i asked why not manipulate virus's to kill cancer cells? Is that idea still in the air?


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Hello Arthur, we met last year when you are nice enough to grant me a tour of Tt towers.

As you probably know I, alongside packattack04082 and Bricks to Life, recently discovered a cameo from everyone's favorite paranoid schizophrenic scientist in the Portal 2 story level of Dimensions. This makes me curious, what's your favorite Easter egg or secret that people may not know about that you've included in the games you've worked on?

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Photography really does take me out of the sport, if I'm just going riding with friends and I were to bring a camera and start shooting, it would almost ruin the ride. However, by photographing these sports I also get to do them a ton of the time, and in really amazing places. In Svalbard I got to ski a camera bag-free line. Only one without a camera, but it was amazing and I doubt I would have got to go there without it. I also make sure I leave space to go ride without a camera, or to bring a limited kit and interfere with the ride as little as possible.

Squamish: It's it's own version of paradise amongst the 4 places to live in the sea to sky, and each has benefits and drawbacks. Some are better for bikes, others for skis, other for employment, other for housing. I love that squamish has amazing pedal riding from my doorstep, proximity to everything, and a bit of a 'real town' feeling unlike the resort of Whistler. But, all are good!

I'm lucky I found photography, before photography I never thought of myself as creative, since I did poorly in music and art classes. I could have been an engineer, a teacher, I likely would still ski and bike, but would have gone to uni for a short amount of time before finding a career.


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John Mekalanos/Dan Portnoy: They are. It is very much in the works and that was a very good idea. One interesting example is that the herpes virus could have some applications for certain brain cancers. There are currently no examples that are FDA approved however to the best of our knowledge.

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Ha - that's a tricky thing to answer... we like to try and put secrets, nods, hints, and all sorts of references in the games - but some of them take a while to find... and also take a while to pay off... so stay tuned for an answer on that one in the future ;0


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I was blown away by Eclipse last year when I saw the extended cut at the Banff mountain film festival. PLEASE tell me you have something submitted to the film fetival this year?

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Weird question, but what is your favourite microorganism and why?


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How does the process of level packs go? Like does everyone get together and (re)watch the movie together and jot down notes and ideas? p.s. I'd love to see Bruce Campbell and/or Kurt Russell in Lego Dimensions somehow.

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Unfortunately I just hung out at BMFF this year, I didn't make a film for the festival. I didn't go and shoot pictures or a porpoise getting kicked by a giraffe during the collapse of a supernova... sorry to let you down.

I did a bunch of fun commercial projects and some editorial, and tried to keep up to my dad on a long distance road ride in the arctic (and got a knee injury in the pursuit).

Over the hill never felt so good? ;)


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Sorry for not including this person in the bio but Raphael Martinez, was a microbiologist at UCLA for many years and he wanted to answer this one. His answer was Yersinia, because he spent many years researching it.

John M: Cholera, because I fell in love with it 40 years ago and have worked with it ever since

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That's one thing yes... we will watch the movies again and again, read the books, fan fiction - everything... the number of hours of research that we do for each pack (and our main games) is pretty huge!!! It was also amazing getting some of the younger members of the team to watch Goonies and Knight Rider for the first time :)


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Hey Reuben, first of all, I work at Ski Big 3 and just want to say how much of a treat it has been working with the amazing content from you and Malcolm and all the Sherpas Cinema people the past few years.

Question 1: I heard about you heading up North to bike with your dad this year because your mom wasn't keen on your dad being alone up there, but that you went up with a bicycle on the back of a purple motorcycle. Got any pics? It must have turned a few heads!

Two: being a Bow Valley friendly kind of guy, how do you think we should promote Banff and Lake Louise to the world? I feel like we're in the shadow of Whistler and Revy these days, how do we get out from under it?

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What are some common misconceptions about microbes?


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Will Beetlejuice's hair be a new mold for LEGO Dimensions? Any hints as to when will he be revealed? Huge fan, Arthur!

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Hey, thanks for your work in the Bow Valley as well! Thanks for bringing in Malcolm and friends to play!

I did go the north! I rode a faded red (not pink) motorbike to Dawson to join my dad on the last leg of his 3000km journey from Waterton to the arctic ocean. Here's a little piece on MEC's blog about the trip. https://www.mec.ca/en/article/dempster-highway-biking-bonding-and-sour-toes I'm also in the process of writing a story for ROAD mag that should come out spring/summer.

Hmm, very interesting question about how to get out from under a perceived shadow. I think the key is perception, and what kind of media you produce. In the last year I got to travel to several film festivals around the world and you'd be surprised to find how many people don't recognize Banff or Revy, but will always understand Banff. It's too big and classic to be overshadowed.

Obviously you're a big skier. Yes, for powder skiing, days like today's opening in Whistler was pretty amazing and I didn't tag a rock. But, if you're into views and good groomers there's no place in the world like Banff. So, I think it's about claiming the space that Banff already owns as the world's best in certain areas, while the coast keeps snorkeling in thick chunky deep pow


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Dan Portnoy: the misconception is that they are simple, however they are extremely complex.

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I haven't actually seen the final minifig myself yet, so couldn't tell you... sorry.. however excited to see it myself


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Hi Reuben! Hope I'm not too late!

Like a lot of people I came across your work through Eclipse at the Banff Mountain Film/Book Fest! Also, less common but substantially creepier, I definitely saw you at this year's festival and wanted to ask you a couple questions about your work, but totally chickened out. So, I guess this is my opportunity, hahaha.

I was wondering, as a photographer whose career is heavily based on working outdoors and in remote landscapes, what is your perception on climate change? Also, what role do you see environmentalism play within the adventure industry (skiing, climbing, biking etc.)?

Also, do you do any videography or have plans to in the future?

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Thank you very much for doing this AMA! What advice to you have for a senior post doc that would like to stay in academia (in the process of applying for assistant professorships now) but is worried about getting funding in the future? I should mention my postdoctoral advisor consistently had anywhere between 3-4 R01s in the past, however is down to only one and hasn't been able to obtain anymore in the last 3 years despite publishing in immunity, nature immunology, cell host microbe and plos pathogens.


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Will there ever be a standalone LEGO Simpsons video game? Like Hit and Run but LEGO? I'm sure there is enough material to source? :~P

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hahahah too funny. Too bad you didn't say hi! I'm just a human being... say hi next year!

After achieving a lot of my own goals, and also getting to travel to Asia for the first time this year. The daunting reality of climate change really hit home for me this year. I think the evidence is really clear that human's effects are causing problems. And, even if you aren't convinced of human caused climate change, no one can afford the bet against it. I think our visceral interaction with nature, and the way we can start to witness change over a life time gives us extra responsibility to try to be more conscious about our environmental footprint and shadow. Yes I use more carbon than your average human, and I am trying to figure out how to harmonize my love for nature with a dependency we/I have developed on carbon. There are several things I'm currently trying keep in mind: -Little actions matter: doing better with diet, waste, and grocery shops is important -Celebrating and admiring good action and lifestyle is imperative, we should consciously award progress -Vulnerable conversation is key: we need to get really good at vulnerable conversation, avoid condemning or adversaries, since they are the key to our collective progress.

How about you?

Video: I do a bit from time to time, check out 'motion' on my website gallery. There's some (possibly climate) pieces I'm daydreaming about right now!


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Dan Portnoy/John Mekalanos: I think if you truly love science you should just go for it, make sure to hold on to much of your post doc research to get you ahead, and do your best to join a program that matches your interests and goals. There will always be money for creative and interesting science with possible applications, however the future of funding is unclear to us as well.

Edit: Please feel free to ask more questions, we love to help people in your situation.

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I've no idea sorry...


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Where in Asia did you travel to that drove this recognition?

I really like what you said about celebrating good actions and encouraging conversation. I think it's difficult for a lot of people to talk about climate change because it's scary, and for those who have a greater affinity towards nature, it can be an especially terrifying idea. To me, this is similar to having a terminally ill relative. It can be very difficult to address. At the same time, I think media has presented a unique opportunity to start conversations and to encourage more people to think about topics like climate change. Have you seen Pete McBride's documentary Chasing Water? I'm not sure if that played at Banff, but I know he did a follow up piece that I think played at the festival last year. Just something like that that seems to be an amazing place to start. It doesn't have to get super scientific and it doesn't have to predict the impending doom of human life, but I think anything that elicits deeper thinking and encourages conversation is probably one of the best ways to progress raise more awareness as a society.

I'm a student right now, and I know that over the course of my degree I have spent a lot of time reading scholarly articles that have helped me formulate my personal stance on climate change and different environmental issues. I see so much time, funding and effort going into research, and what's troubling to me is that this knowledge usually doesn't transfer much beyond the academic setting. I know I've watched documentaries for classes that have cover climate change, and a myriad of other issues like resource availability, environmental impact, Indigenous issues, etc. At the same time, this content was funded and created by and for academic use. The quality is poor, and similar to what I see with a lot journal articles, doesn't seem like it would be able to circulate outside of academia. I think this is a gap, but also a huge opportunity for greater collaboration between the research community and content creators for knowledge mobilization.

Have you heard of J.B. MacKinnon? I believe he's a BC native. He used to be a big contributor to Explore magazine, and he's published a few books. I know I too am quite interested in trying to live more sustainably, and his books 100 Mile Diet and The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could both enhanced my views on ecological thinking. I'd recommend checking them out if you're interested!

Also, would love to know more about your climate pieces (unless of course those are still on the down-low)!

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Thanks Dan and John for your honest responses, particularly concerning the future of funding. I have interests in cyclic dinucleotide signaling independent of sting or ddx41 as well as examining additional P. aeuruginosa derived pamps in the context of innate immunity. Do you think this is considered "too basic science", particularly since my postdoctoral advisor thinks I should focus more on disease models?


Q:

Hello, there. Have you ever considered Looney Tunes for LEGO Dimensions?

A:

Thanks for all the recommendations, I'll be looking into them! Yes, my current stuff may do well to stay on the DL for a while! In october I visited Seoul, Shenzhen (manufacturing hub outside Hong Kong) and Hong Kong. Seeing massive populations, smog, traffic, food deserts really bring that kind of thing home. I live in such a bubble of bliss that is the Sea to Sky, a true paradise. That by no means changed my opinions but really catalyzed me.


Q:

We don't want to interfere the advice of your advisor as there are many different approaches. Dan enjoys advising and would be happy to help on a more private level, please private message for a more specific response as we don't want to step on any toes.

A:

I <3 Looney Tunes... but in answer to your question we consider everything... that doesn't mean that it makes it, but we consider everything..


Q:

In the two examples that you told the skier to hit the mark, retrospectively both look like the subject is probably turning so hard that they're scrubbing almost all of their speed.

What fraction of what we see on the pages of the magazines is just posing for the camera in the mountains and what fraction is really skiing?

edit: should add that prior to reading this I wouldn't have noticed.

A:

Does the microbiology community have any plans to analyze Donald Trump's "hands"?


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You helped make my childhood great,and I am very thankful for that.Also,thanks for the Hero Mode in Bionicle Heroes,that theme is stuck inside my brain forever.

There was a level creator in Lego Indiana Jones 2 and Lego Harry Potter 1-4 ,if I remember correctly.Very limited,but still,It was pretty neat to make my own levels and think outside of the box.Things like that made me really want to pursue career in game development,which I'm trying to do today.My question is: What happened to those ? There wasn't enough time or something else ?

Hope you had a nice day,cheers to the TT Games team and congrats on winning the BAFTA :)

A:

Glad you wouldn't have had a second thought about the images prior. And, I don't think you need to start looking at these photos like they 'aren't skiing'. My job has many different sides, but part of it is to capture the ideal form of what it feels like to ski. So, though my process does take some orchestration, to me it isn't really inauthentic to make that one turn more emphasized.


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HAHA, They are all refraining from answering that one.

A:

Bionicle Heroes is going back a while :) I'll have to have a listen to that tune at some point to remind myself (been a few games in between then and now!)

As for the level creator - it was one of those things that we experimented with, whether it returns or not who knows - however LEGO Worlds is kind of an extension of those editors! All the best in your pursuit of game dev - it's definitely a very fun and rewarding job


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Do you know which lens to use for what shot off by heart? If so, How did you learn? It's always tripped me up. :~)

A:

Do you think the Spartans will beat the Wolverines next year?


Q:

Thank you so much for all you do, the LEGO games are always my favorite, and as a mediocre gamer, I'm always proud of myself for being able to 100% them. And I love that Dimensions has become the epitome of the LEGO Games!

That being said, I understand if you can't answer, but is there any chance that we might see more stud multipliers in LD?

And is there any chance for Star Wars?

Thanks again!!!

A:

hmm, for most shots I think so. But, it's not something that I could check. I definitely wouldn't know the ISO, shutter, and fstop. I have tons of lenses, but use two of them for almost everything. So, it's easy to see which one is wide, and which one is telephoto. Look to see the field of view, and how much visual compression the image has.


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We have asked a MD/PHD, who practices medicine, their opinion on this question, and she said that you really need to have a love for medicine, if you have a preference for research perhaps you should consider moving to another field.

A:

More stud multipliers? probably not.. as for other IP - never say never - but not that I'm aware of.. sorry.

And nobody is a mediocre gamer - we are all experts in our own fields... (I get beaten regularly in rocket league by my 13 year old daughter!)


Q:

What do you prefer to shoot with film or digital cameras? And what are the reasons for your choice?

A:

I dont know if im too dumb to grasp the answer (or if you are just blatantly ignoring my question as a joke, but its ask me anything so that would be kinda rude), or if it doesnt make sense


Q:

and LEGO City Undercover

A:

Digital. I've shot very little film in my life. I own a large format 4x5 camera, but haven't shot a single frame on it in years. I'm a big advocate of finding the right tool for the right job. None of us need all of the lenses or flashes available. A photograph's concept, subject and emotion are primary, the rest is sizzle.

So, for some people film helps them get the best imagery possible, for me I don't find it efficient for my way of working.


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OH, our bad we meant to send this response to another question. haha.

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Oh there are so very many... it's one of those things though, finding the right fit... we're always thinking what would/wouldn't work.. As for the E3 bar bill... let's not mention that hey... let's just say we were very thirsty!!! However I did get pictures of Jimbot drinking girly cocktails which was most amusing!


Q:

Hey Mr. Krabbe, What is the spookiest encounter you've had involving nature? (wildlife, avalanches, etc.) Did it help you to get any unique photo opportunities?

A:

When you've researched bacteria, have you found any interesting bacteriophages which blew your mind?


Q:

Do you think the Marcaline problem will be fixed by December? Will we see all powerpuff girls

A:

Two spooky times come to mind: 7 years ago I tried to go out and shoot self portrait mountain bike photos at night in the backcountry during a meteor shower. Just before leaving the road I met a rancher who said a cougar had just killed one of her cows. I then spent the next 3 hours alone in the dark without cell service failing to get the shot. Bad decisions.

Another would have been the avalanche conditions in the Yukon's Tombstone mountains. The snow is as dry as the snow that blows across the prairies in winter, it's just so cold and dry. When ski touring on flat ground there were whoomphs that would trigger like dominos and thunder around us for almost a minute at a time.

Neither of those stories of spooky situations were tied to the success of another photo, danger doesn't directly correlate with good images. I do things that are seen as dangerous because I am surrounded by smart people who know how to manage risk. Rarely is it worth adding extra risk or making a questionable decision in favor of a photo.

I like to think ahead to the way I'll look back on a situation should something go wrong. Will I think my decision making was sound? 10/10 would not do solo cougar night again


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Dan Portnoy: Not recently, sorry for the bad response edit: a word

A:

It's a known issue - if you encounter it please please let customer service know... a resolution is being sorted asap... And yes... Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles :)


Q:

If you could be a character from any movie ever... who would you be?

A:

Do any of you brew beer and if so what is your favorite yeast strain?


Q:

do you ever plan to do a poll where people can vote for charectears from past franchises?

A:

Oooh, tough one and unexpected. I could really be stoked to be a musician with a remarkable musical skill, being able to bring beauty to people through sound would be amazing. Or batman, always be batman


Q:

No, sorry.

A:

I doubt it - it takes a long time from deciding on a character to having it made and in the shops - over a year - so I think when you may have seen those polls on other games ultimately all of the toys exist and they just roll out the winning one first... sorry


Q:

Whats your Fave Place to go Skiing? in the Sea to Sky corridor, Tour or Sled access or a combo of both

A:

What do you guys think is the future of probiotics in topical applications?


Q:

Thanks so much for doing this! The Lego video games were some of my favourites growing up- especially the original Star Wars ones.

Which of the Lego games did you personally enjoy working on the most?

A:

I haven't done much sled access in the Sea to Sky, so I don't really have a zone that I love for that. I do honestly love the WB backcountry, it's amazing to shred two or three hot laps on a powder day and then head out into the backcountry. Hard to get that much elevation and solitude into a single day!

The sea to sky gondola's backcountry is pretty interesting as well, it's technical and craggy, but with a low snow line it can be pretty awesome!


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John Mekalanos:Topical applications and probiotics are not strongly related because probiotics are generally ingested. That being said there could be a probiotic to help our skin or other topical locations. I am optimistic about probiotics because it is an unexplored field that will largely be impacted by synthetic biology.

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My pleasure... every game I've worked on has special memories... for various reasons obviously - but they are all special for some reason or another.. Harry Potter is one - 3 great years over 2 games... LMSH - because it was something we never thought we'd get to make... oh and I got to meet Stan Lee... yay! But they are all great fun...


Q:

Which Mathews brother can win a party the hardest?

A:

What advice do you have for medical students? Have you ever seen "sketchy micro" and what do you think of it?


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Will we be able to create our own levels in Lego dimensions in the future?

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dixon, that's like asking if Ying or Yang is better. They're dependent on each other to be all they can be


Q:

We have asked a MD/PHD, who practices medicine, their opinion on this question, and she said that you really need to have a love for medicine, if you have a preference for research perhaps you should consider moving to another field.

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I doubt it - the technical side of Dimensions, and the fact that we allow so much on the toypad means that it's unlikely to be something that can be done - however don't forget that LEGO Worlds allows you to create stuff... though please don't take that as a blatant plug - sorry..


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Oh man, hope I'm not too late! I have a few questions...

How has the industry changed in the past, say, 10-15 years in terms of photography? Are print magazine covers still a big deal, or has digital media brought in new 'pinnacle moments' of exposure that riders and photographers alike strive for?

Describe your perfect shooting situation (time of day, style of photo, landscape features, etc).

Any tips for someone who used to shoot actions sports but fell out of it and misses it dearly? I definitely can't rip with the best but would love to get out shooting with some up and comers again. Any ideas of how to get myself back in touch with skiers/riders looking for photos? Action sports photography is such a beautiful combination of landscape and editorial photography and I miss it.

Finally, I remember your name from long, long ago. Were you ever on wheelsandwax.com or something?

Keep up the killer work!

PS: do you ever shoot medium format?

A:

Hello! I am a microbiology major currently because I like the idea of immunology and more! What are some interesting new developments/research in this field related to immunology?


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Hi, I'm 45 years old and favor "Harry Potter Years 1-4" and "LEGO City Undercover" as best TT games. I also bought enough LEGO Dimensions stuff to 100% year 1. My question: Nearly all of the LEGO TT games I've played contained bugs/glitches, which is normal for any complex software product. But those glitches, which are well known in community forums, never get patched after release! (For example: The LEGO Movie Game Red Brick collectible in Bricksburg hub - bench object cannot be broken into building objects under certain circumstances.) What budget percentage does TT Games and WB Games allocate for bugfixing after release? Or shorter: How's your bugfixing?

A:

As I'm only 5 years into a photography career I'm not really the person to comment on the longer scope of photography in action sports. But: there's more shooters than ever, there's more universal tools for everyone, images are more creative and diverse, and people are exposed to more imagery than ever. So, it's exciting and difficult to stay on top of a changing world, but I think pro photographers will always be around.

Print mag covers do mean a fair amount, it takes a long time to figure out how to shoot them, and I don't think I still understand it effectively.

Perfect shooting day; I don't think I have one in any sense of the word, the thing I love about photography is diversity and constant change. So, a perfect day has to have unknowns for it to be perfect for me. Likely a grand adventure with interesting weather, and you've got me hooked.

I don't think you have to be the best photographer, the best rider, or the best connected to enjoy and create with cameras. So, I think the best thing is to avoid thinking too much about it, and start doing it. Just ask local amateurs or pros to shoot at a good location, or stop one at the hill, I think you'll be surprised where it all goes.

Yes, I was on WAW! I was just chatting with the godfather Mike Berard, those were good days!

No, I don't really shoot film (there's another question on that in this page) it's mostly cumbersome for me and the images I like to create. Maybe I'm just too much of a millennial.


Q:

Everybody: the microbiom influence on the immune system, nervous system and metabolic system. But that is just one of many.

A:

We try our hardest to find and fix everything before our games come out - and like all developers unfortunately despite the thousands of hours of testing find things slip through the net. Trust me we do all we can post launch to find and fix issues, and have people that trawl forums and websites, occasionally we actually struggle to reproduce the more obscure issues, and we have to reproduce them to fix them. All I ask is that if you find issues please let us know via customer service, or directly on social (oh and Harry 1-4 is one of my personal favourites!)


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Hi Reuben,

The biggest question I have is...boxers or briefs?

A:

With the way that academia is going these days, are you becoming more likely to suggest industry to grads/postdocs than previously? It's approaching 100s of good applicants/tenure track gig at decent schools. As a recent postdoc on the academic job hunt from one of your schools (rhymes with 'Barvard'), shit's getting real out there.


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3 questions about lego city pack:

1: im sure you are including chase as figure. is he having like an skill for switch his suits? like finn has with his swords 2: are you making it as a level pack or a story pack? 3: the freeworld will be the WHOLE city as shown on wii u or just an area?

A:

Boxerbriefs, no trick questions. Saxx underwear!


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John M: You are correct, that is the way it is going. I am more likely to suggest it but it is of course not the only option. Industry is somewhat high pressure due to need for a product.

Dan Portnoy: They are very different, If you have any interest in teaching you should definitely stick with academia. if you want strict research both will fit your purposes. Personally we all prefer academia due to the cutting edge nature of the science and the freedom of academic pursuit.

A:

ok - I can answer the one question in terms of is Chase a minifig - yes he is - I've seen pics of him online - so that news is out in the wild :) In terms of the other questions - I'm not sure it would be Chase if he wsn't able to do what he could do in the game the pack is based on right... :) As for the other question - you'll have to wait and see - sorry, can't say much more...


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Hey Reuben! Huge fan of your photography, especially the mtb content. Loved the Snapshot segment on Freehub from earlier this year. Your images are inspirational and are often the first ones I try to emulate and learn from. Two parter if you don't mind,

  • What is your setup like for carrying your gear out on the trails? Any packs or accessories that make it easier to get around?

  • Have you ever attempted self portraits of yourself riding? Any tips? Been practicing it for a bit but starting to see the limitations.

Keep up the great work!

A:

For some people, especially the elderly, it is sometimes advised to be on permanent penicillin. Ignoring the antibiotic-resistance facts for one moment, is this sound advice? I always thought that keeping a healthy gut flora is just as important (and gut flora has been linked to immunity too!).. thoughts?


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Since there is an upcoming Excalibur Batman fun pack even though a Batman figure already exists, it seems like the door isn't closed to variants of existing characters. Is there any hope for more content in this vein, such as a Batman 66 Team/Level pack, or a Fiona and Cake pack for Adventure Time? Also, amazing game and an amazing studio. Everything you guys do is solid gold.

A:

Hey, thanks so much for the kind words.

I have used F-stop camera bags for a long time now, and just got a new one for the first time in a while. They're a little pricy, but, I look at some things as an investment in self-care. If i'm going to try to cary around heavy loads, I should do it with a good bag on my back!

Yes, I've tried self portraits, I used to do a bunch of them when I felt I was having a hard time finding riders (little did I know that almost everyone was a better rider than me). I would either shoot with an intervalometer, triggering the camera continually and riding through the frame. Or, use a pocket wizard on my handelbar to trigger the camera. It's fun and hard, but rewarding when it works!


Q:

Resident MD: Certain people with take antibiotics prophylactics. Generally speaking the less antibiotics the better, even in the case of some infections.

A:

60's Batman pack... OMG... why haven't we done that... Loved that level in LBM3...

DANGITSHARPLES

Q:

If you had to photograph one skier in one location for the rest of your life.. who and where?

Also, funniest moment you can remember while working?

A:

Microbiology is my goal. Do you have any tips? I graduate this year and need to put together a CV and list of skills.


Q:

About how many times in the average workweek do you blame Stephen Sharples for stuff going wrong?

/r/dangitsharples

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Oh jeeze, I don't think i even have an answer to that question! But maybe I'd keep hanging out in Whistler and shooting with anyone like Austin Ross, Stan Rey, Matty Richard, or any of the other locals who do just that all winter long. It's a long season, with pow, alpine, mountaineering and good times hanging out with all of 'em.

Last year at the end of the Salt Lake Shootout I made a bet with photographer Cam McLoed: Who could take a better picture with a beer in hand at sunset that day. He shot a classic sunset pow shot. I instead gave my camera to one of the athletes. Stripped naked, and hit a big booter naked while drinking beer. The shot was a little out of focus, but I'm silhouetted against the sunset, spread eagle in the sky. I then hit the knuckle and tomahawked through the pow nekkid.


Q:

Everybody: do as much research in undergrad as possible, that will open many doors.

A:

EVERY DAMN DAY!

Though it's usually Wil's fault... SHarpey still gets the blame!


Q:

Pic or it didnt happen.

Follow on: Funniest photo you have taken.

A:

If you're so smart, how come the title of this post starts with a non-capitalized word?


Q:

Can you please make a knuckles pack? I can help you with abilities

speed, strength, dig, glide, tracking, (maybe the spin dash), (maybe hyper knuckles)

I mean his model is in the game and you got the voice actor so why not?


Q:

Alright, thank you all for your questions, sorry if we weren't able to answer some and perhaps didn't give adequate responses to others. We were very impressed by many of the questions and encourage those who are interested in science to pursue that as we are always looking for bright young minds to enhance the world we live in.

A:

if only toy manufacture were that easy ;0 thanks for your offer of help though..


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I'm a photographer also ( different genre ) and have taken to carrying my camera with me everywhere, since if I don't I always regret it. If I go out without it, I try to bring an ipod or something with me so in case something amazing happens I have at least something to take a photo with.

Nowadays, I constantly find myself looking at every potential shot from a commercial perspective ( light isn't right, etc ) instead of a personal one. Used to enjoy taking photos of birds and wildlife, but now it's hard to force myself out and to take a photo just for the sake of taking a photo/relaxing. Also trying to retrain my eye to "see" photos in all genres instead of just my main. Part of my goal for 2017 is to get started on my personal photography work again so I can get a halfway decent balance between work work (which I love) and personal work.

Have you run into similar? What's the best way you've found to separate work vs play and work vs personal? I'm self employed now but photography was my hobby, so everything ended up meshing. It's not really soul-wrenching yet, but it is getting rather frustrating!

A:

Hello, thank you for doing this AMA! For the cure for cancer, are you searching for a generic cure to all types of cancer or is it different for each type? Also, do you work with anyone that's promoting cancer prevention programs, such as advocating a healthy lifestyle or eating habits?


Q:

Is everything awesome?

A:

I think these kind of cycles are common to almost every photographer, the feeling that you've gotta document everything, or need perfect light. I've gone through multiple phases of that and you're not alone. Watch the movie Secret life of Walter Mitty - it may help with being able to miss photos. If I photograph everything, some times I miss real life!

The perfect photo paralysis. I had this feeling as well, and found a way to help me get over it was a disposable camera. I put a disposable camera in the top of my camera bag, and allowed myself only one roll a year. That's 27 photos. Each roll was pretty much just friends faces on a trip, or hanging out in parking lots after a good day out. It simply let me shoot the experience of living rather than the ideal side.

I think it's important to have some pure adventure, creativity, or release away from anything that you turn into a career. And, seek out the advice and community of photographers in your area and/or genre who have for sure felt these kinds of things!

Give yourself some self assignments to break those patterns!


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John/Dan: It is generally generic in the early stages but could develop to more specifics. We have nothing to do with the second part.

A:

You know how that goes right.. Of course Everything is Awesome.. and cool when your part of a "TT" team...


Q:

Do you publish what you tried to do and didn't work? So that others can come along after you and continue?

A:

Would it be possible to see a lego Island remake in the future?


Q:

John/Dan: generally not but sometimes in the context of another paper it will find it's way in. Research is driven by hypothesis, and we are often wrong in the beginning but that leads to something else.

A:

Although we've been keenly watching Ben's conspiracy theories :)


Q:

What do you foresee as the biggest threat microbiologically (is that a word?) to a) humans and b) the ecosystem?

A:
  1. Any plans to bring online play to the battle arenas?
  2. Will Year 3 have an event exclusive figure?

Love LEGO games! TT Games are flawless with every game.


Q:

One very big one would be that of antibiotic resistant bacteria, besides that its the continuing emergence of viruses, including new strains of flu.

A:

Thanks :) Though flawless is probably a little generous - we know that we can get better, and try to do so each and every game... Online for arenas - sorry no - we belive that mode works best as an offline couch coop experience. year 3 exclusives - not sure - sorry


Q:

Could your research be reproduced in most university microbiology labs (or a semi-advanced home lab) or does it require equipment that's very expensive or otherwise hard to gain access to?

A:

Did you have anything to do with Lego Universe? If so, what are some of your experiences with it, what are your thoughts on it and why it failed?


Q:

Yes it is reproducible, but there are some pieces of equipment that are used is expensive.

A:

I had nothing to do with it - sorry... it wasn't developed by TT Games...

hmmm...


Q:

can i consider gizmo and stripe taking the genetic sunblock as canon as to how they can go into the sun ?😂 i'm like that pls say yes

do you know what the lego worlds count down on twitter is for?

that's all i gots thank you and everyone at Tt take care

A:

Definitely canon right... right... ?!?

The Worlds countdown - yes - I know what that's for... so make sure you look out when the countdown gets down to zero... ;0 I can't tell you as it'll ruin the countdown - sorry.

And that's all you've got... darn... :) thanks


Q:

Will the Beetlejuice set ONLY be based on the movie, or do you have the rights to the cartoon? Cause an appearance by Prince Vince would be a hoot and a half.

A:

we went for the movie rather than both... sorry


Q:

Personally, I think Lego Dimensions has ruined the chances of us getting a lot of good possible stand alone Lego video games (ex: Doctor Who).

What are your thoughts on that?

A:

really... I thought the exact opposite.. It's an IP that a few people at the studio are crazy about - but not everyone believes it has worldwide appeal... the popularity of that pack may be the thing that makes people realise how popular it is... but I think IP's can work in Dimensions, in standalones, and both - it's all about what people want to play I guess..


Q:

My husband and I get a huge kick out of the Lego Dimensions games, glitches and all. Storing all of the sets is getting to be a bit tough. Have you seen any creative storage solutions made by fans?

Also, which packs have been surprisingly popular with players of the game?

A:

In terms of storage solutions - the best one I've seen was a huge round multi level shop storage rack - it had about 5 shelves that could be spun round - like a huge cake stand... very impressive...

packs that have been surprisingly popular... hmmm.... Doctor Who (though not a great surprise)... but Emmett was super popular... they're all popular in their own way... Glad you enjoy the game though. apologies for the glitches.. we fix them as soon as we are aware of them!


Q:

Are you looking forward to the new Dominos opening in ktown?

A:

The entire office is looking forward to Dominos!!! It'll make crunch time on projects more interesting!


Q:

Hello! I'm a huge fan of LEGO Dimensions, and I'd first like to thank you!

Now, down to business:

  1. Will there be more Level Packs for Year 2 then there was for Year 1?

  2. Will all Teen Titans Go! main characters (Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Beast Boy, and Starfire) be playable?

  3. Will there ever be a direct continuation of the main story from Year 1 (not just the keystones and Easter eggs in the Story Packs)?

  4. Will we ever see new characters from previous franchises?

  5. Will the LEGO City Undercover pack be a Fun Pack?

  6. Will the Powerpuff Girls have unique head molds?

  7. How many packs have yet to be announced?

A:

ok let's see which of these bits I can answer... 1) not sure - as I wasn't involved in year 1 so off the top of my head can't do the maths sorry. 2) Errr... they are not all minifigs, I'm not sure which ones we've shown imagery of - but we're trying some cool stuff for those characters 3) - that's one that I can't give a definitive answer to - but who knows 4) Something we've discussed - again - a never say never answer 5) All of the packs are fun right... right... I'll get my coat 6) Most definitely - and they are awesome 7) Errrr.... can I say no comment and not get flamed?

oh and it's thanks to a lot of amazing people in the studio... I'm just an iffy front man for the day:)


Q:

Hi there.

I used to be a massive fan of the LEGO games. LEGO Star Wars is one of my favourite games to this day. But for the last couple years I haven't enjoyed them, and I can tell you exactly why - the inclusion of voice acting. One of my favorite things about the games had always been the silent cutscenes, and how they used visual and physical comedy instead of dialogue, telling the story of whichever property was being adapted without using words. Now, I can sorry of understand why voice acting began to be included when you started to produce more original games not directly based on well-known storylines, like the LEGO Batman series. But when you do it with adaptions as well it just feels lazy on the part of the writers to me, as though they got tired of the difficulty inherent in silent cutscenes and visual/physical comedy.

Why was the decision made to begin incorporating dialogue and voice acting into the game? Do you think there ever will be games without it again?

Regards,
a former fan.

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Hi - I hear what you are saying... however we like to think that the voice work adds an extra layer of humour, as well as authenticity to our games.. When we were first putting voice work into LBM2 there were some of us that didn't know if it would work - but we all loved it... Have you tried any of the games with voice work? Maybe pick up LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (as it'll be about $10 probably) and give it a shot... I'd like to think we haven't gotten lazy... but thanks for your thoughts


Q:

First of, thank you for making these great games. I played almost all of them, and i love them. So here are some questions:

What property that you worked on benefits most from the lego license?

Do you have a hard time balancing for what license you make a dimensions pack, and for what license you put out a full game?

Are there any plans for a non Lego game by the studio? (I adored Toy Story 2 back in the day)

(i'm sure you'll get this one allot, but i'm going for it anyways.) What's a property you would love making a lego game out of?

Thanks for reading, and keep up the AMAZING work!

A:

Thank you for playing them! Keeps us in a job :)

Answers: Property - they all benefit in different ways.. but the LEGO license allows us to tell stories in different ways.. so for me LEGO Harry Potter was a great interpretation of some epic stories, but then I loved what my colleagues at TT Fusion did with the LEGO City game, which was an original story - I think the LEGO license itself means that we can add fun, charm, humour, whimsy to pretty much anything... (Or I'd like to think so!)

The Dimensions/Standalone game question is tricky - could we ever have made a full standalone Goonies game? Probably not - but it makes for an epic level pack... however there are some IP's in Dimensions that would make epic standalone games - so it's tricky really ... we're just hoping that we've given people a good mix of IP's to pick from.

Non LEGO game? Interesting one - we've had great success with the LEGO games - however there was TT before then, as you note - and we had great times back then too - Muppet Racemania anyone ?!? However who knows how things will pan out - I never thought I'd get to make LMSH, so anything could happen.

What would I love to make into a LEGO game... ? I'm running out of those - Marvel / DC / Harry Potter / Goonies etc... I've ticked loads of my boxes already


Q:

can you guys ever tried to make a turkey out of legos?

A:

err... no I haven't... an igloo yes... a banana yes... even a pineapple and cheese hedgehog...

but never a turkey... sorry


Q:

Hey, any chance were getting battle worlds for the past adventure worlds that we have? (I.e. Doctor Who etc)

A:

I don't think so no - a lot of work goes into the Battle Arenas, and we made a decision to have those for year 2 packs only.


Q:

Hi Arthur, Could you talk a little about the long term plan for Dimensions?

I've heard a 3 Year plan mentioned, would it be possible to extend the Game further into the future with new packs or is a "LEGO Dimensions 2" with a new starter pack , story etc a more likely possibility.

Really loved the inclusion of Red Dwarf within Fantastic Beats, is this a one off or maybe a test to see interest in a physical pack?

cheers, James

A:

We like to throw in Easter Eggs... did you find Star Labs too? As for the longer term plan... sorry - not something I can go into detail on.. so when it's ask me anything, it's I'll answer some things... sorry.. that said anything is possible


Q:
  • What's your favorite franchise in LEGO Dimensions and which franchise did you enjoy implementing into the game the most?

  • Will the Powerpuff Girls have custom head molds or not?

  • What has been your favorite level you've worked on in LEGO Dimensions?

A:

Favourite Franchise - Harry Potter / Goonies PP Girls - Yes... just don't tell anyone I told you ;0 Fav level - probably Fantastic Beasts level 2 - inside Newt's case :)


Q:

Hello Arthur!! TT Games is gradually becoming one of the major AAA company in the industry. That needs a whole long road to succeed it. Congratulations! Is there a tip/secret as part of the plan?

A:

Hey there... thanks :)

tip/secret?

It's like the Pepsi recipe, or the recipe to KFC gravy... super secret!

In all reality - we just do the best we can, and know that each time we start a project we have to try and beat the last one... the entire team try to make everything authentic, fun, enjoyable...

Games should be fun... and that's what we try to offer people... try...


Q:

Will we see more packs for previously done franchises in Dimensions?

Would love to see more for Lord or the Rings and Fantastic Beasts!

A:

More for LOTR... Really?!? Or do you just want a Sean Bean minifig :)


Q:

I love your work. I said yesterday that I've played the all but 5 of the Lego games to completion with a significant other and that these are great because they aren't competitive. How do you feel about the demise of couch coop? Playing in person with friends non competitively is so much more fun and intimate.

Edit: also it would be great to see Lego Artemis Fowl. You should reach out to Eoin Colfer about that :p

A:

Demise of couch coop? NEVER!!! We are here - stalwarts of the industry - making sure it remains forever!

On a serious note though - we love hearing peoples stories of who and how they play our games - playing games together rocks! Reminds me of growing up playing games together with friends!

Is it bad that I had to google Artemis Fowl... (sorry!)