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NonprofitWe are campaigners fighting to stop an EU copyright law that introduces massive censorship - and that could wreck Reddit. AUA

Nov 30th 2016 by Ruth_OpenMedia • 38 Questions • 1441 Points

Howdy Reddit, we are indie pop trio Jukebox the Ghost here to answer all of your questions!

A bit about us; we have been a band for over a decade and we are releasing a live album this Friday (12/2) called Long Way Home. We hope you will enjoy :)

PROOF https://www.instagram.com/p/BNXbMZjB-Do/?hl=en

OKAY EVERYONE>>> THAT"S IT!!

Even with all three of us a different computers frantically typing we couldn't get to all of your questions but we had so much fun! Thank you for joining us here... we love you all dearly. So nice to hear from so many of you who have been listening to us for so long.

UNTIL THE NEXT TIME!

-Ben, Tommy, and Jesse

Q:

Can you please point out to the exact part in the proposal which says that there would be a tax on links shared on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit? I read the proposal but haven't found it.

A:

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.


Q:

Do you have a full list of where each song was performed from the live album?

Thanks for doing the AMA you guys are the best!

EDIT: I went to the Boston Show last year with u/robowtie (doesn't actually have Reddit) thanks for being our favorite band 😄 keep on doing your thing!

A:

Hey. So the bit we are talking about is in Article 11 of the law. However, the neighbouring right/ ancillary copyright law is written in such a way that it doesn't make sense without also examining previous laws - the Ecommerce Directive. You'll note it says that Member States shall provide publishers of press publications with the rights provided for in Article 2 and Article 3(2) of Directive 2001/29/EC' which is not exactly accessible language.

Basically, that's about giving publishers a copyright over the 'digital uses of their work' - and then to negotiate license for their use. How is it about a tax on links? Because this is what they've told us. And because that's what it used to look like. It's come in many formats but the same law used to look a lot more like a law that passed in Germany and Spain which was about charging news aggregators for sharing links. So that's one big clue. Second - when lobbyists speak in the EU and answer questions about 'what are you going to do with this right?' they have said that they want to charge Google News and other sites that use their content, in particular using thumbnails and snippets to share content, without asking to pay fees for it.

phew. that was long! hope it made sense. :)


Q:

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

A:

HELLO!!!

We do have it all documented - it ended up being mostly Boston and Philly with a bunch of others tossed in there.

Thanks for being part of the AMA!

-ben


Q:

But how will this affect users sharing links on social media?

Plus it's called "publishers' right", right? :) So the publisher is free to decide that Google News is actually a useful service which drives traffic to the website. Therefore the publisher can decide not to ask for any payment. So will the legislation have such a devastating impact as you are envisaging?

I just don't see a way how this can affect link sharing by users on Reddit or other social networks.

A:

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.


Q:

HI! It's Maggie. We were floormates at GW. JUST WANTED TO SAY HI. I love watching you guys soar and kickass and be generally awesome. Tommy- can I get a JTG drawing of you three as Colonial Georges?!?!

A:

The publishers say it wont affect social media sites - though there's no guarantee in the law, but it does seem unlikely that they would try to target it. They generally agree that twitter links are AOK but Google News is not.

But forums are a bit iffy. and then reddit is especially off - it's a news aggregator which is what they target, where the aggregation is done by people! So the law is definitely not clear. What's very likely is that some 'collecting agencies' would set up, after some negotiations, who would charge fees to companies who use links. They would come round claiming fees and then distribute them back to the publisher. So, say lots of reddit users post links to Die Spiegel they would then have to give that info to the collecting agency who'd give a higher proportion of the fees to the publisher Like Reddit. It would have to start paying tons of money to collecting agencies for what people post, negotiating licenses etc. It would drive their costs up for a site that lets ppl use for free. It might find that some licenses are too costly - but what if they are to the biggest news sites? What if reddit says 'sorry but here's a list of those you can't link to' After all there is no right to waive charging the fees, like there was in Spain. (where aggregation sites shut down) We dont know for sure for sure how that would look but if you take a look at how that kind of thing happens already you can extrapolate.

What service do you know of that would take on that kind of legal uncertainty?

Don't underestimate the chill of passing bad laws and then hoping private companies will act with the best interest of their users at heart.


Q:

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..

A:

HI MAGGIE!!!!! HOWS IT GOING!?!?!?!?

-Ben


Q:

But Reddit would still exist, just not available to Europeans without using a VPN or some other service?

A:

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.


Q:

Hey! I love you guys and come to your shows whenever you are in Tampa. My question is how was your experience recording a live album?

Also, Tommy, can you please draw JBTG as a band of platypus sometime?

A:

They might also have to not link to European sites - that's a bit hard to police! People outside the EU want to see EU content, so it wrecks it for them


Q:

Thanks

A:

YEAH TOMMY>>> PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

-ben


Q:

i would like to help but i dont have any money but can we sign a petition or protest? or dispute this some how ? i already hate the fact we are going to be monitored and have our history saved for a year and im sick of getting pushed around by the government

A:

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?


Q:

I wanted to buy your ghost imprinted socks, but I'm not a fan of white socks and how dingy they get rather quickly. How about black socks with white ghosts? Ghosts are white anyway. Just a thought!

A:

Definitely! We have a tool that lets you write to your Member of the European Parliament about this if you are based anywhere in the EU (and you can change the letter to say your own thing) at act1.openmedia.org/savethelink

MEPs don't get tons of letters like some politicians do so they're also pretty good about actually getting back to you.

We also have a petition if you're outside the EU at www.savethelink.org


Q:

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

A:

yeah i agree


Q:

Is there really a chance that this law won't make it to fruition? If big media corporations are involved with lawyers and lobbyists, what's the realistic chance it won't get approved? We all know money talks...

A:

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.


Q:

Is there an official recording of Hold It In Deluxe Supreme* (I am ashamed) as a secret track on this album?

Love your music. Additionally, you guys have played on tour with more of my favorite artists. Ben Folds and The Family Crest, to name a few. Do you guys have any favorite tour-mates?

A:

There's a really strong chance. We've stirred up a lot of discussion about the law in the EU already through persistent campaigning so that it's now seen as controversial and new questions get asked. It's with elected MEPs now, so they have a direct route to actually listen to people. Since we started doing our 'write to your MEP' part of the campaign I've genuinely had MEPs say that they've changed their mind about it - or been persuaded by their colleagues. A group of MEPs even started their own 'Save the Link' group to oppose it. Once the tide starts turning you can give a huge push, and make it seem toxic and unwinnable. It's not easy cause you're right - there's some big lobbyists on the other side who have all their focus on this, so it's a lot about persistence. They're waiting/hoping for us to get bored and go away.


Q:

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

A:

We released Hold It In Supreme just to our Kickstarter backers.. but we may chose to make it public at some point.

My favorite tour-mates are Tommy and Jesse.

-ben


Q:

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?

A:

Hey tommy, it's Sy! First off, I love seeing you guys succeed. Congrats on the ever increasing success.

Back in Rome, you used to play beady eyes on acoustic. I could have sworn there were more verses than ultimately made it to the album. Am I right? If so, can you share a recording of the complete song?

Hope all is well buddy


Q:

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.. :)

A:

Sy! Holy shit! Hi/how are you??

There totally were more lyrics...Good memory. I never did a recording of it though!

(for anyone that's not me and Sy looking at this, I should add that we were apartment-mates when I studied abroad in Rome. I bought a crappy guitar while I was out there and wrote all of the end-of-the-world stuff while traveling/busking/bumming around Italy)

(fun times)

-Tommy


Q:

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?

A:

With only the base set, the buy options are always the same, so if you play with the same group people might settle in on strategies that they like (though the dice do introduce randomness). That's especially true for two-player games.

If you grab an expansion or two, however, the piles get randomly chosen (with a few rules to make sure that all die rolls are potentially meaningful) which changes things up a lot.

Even then, it's probably not quite as highly replayable as those two games, but that's a very high standard to meet.

Since I have your attention, I'd also like to thank you for all of the beautiful music. I've had some rough times in the past year or two, and your music has taken turns being a refuge and a way for me to express and process when I'm ready to.

And now, back to your previously scheduled board-game tangent.


Q:

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

A:

Love this... makes it extra worth it.

Thanks for the rec... got xmas coming up. One of my fav things to do is get my family a game (that i know I want to learn) and then make them play it with me.


Q:
  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.?

A:

Want to do a game night?


Q:

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!

A:

absolutely!


Q:

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?

A:

Jukebox! You guys don't have many collaborations on your albums. Is there anyone you're dying to work with, or are you just three men, united by one supernatural being and an antiquated music player?


Q:

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

A:

I appreciate your question but am unable to make sense of it.

We are Ben, Frankinsense and Mir. United by the great spaghetti monster and a casette-player. Desperate to collab with Celine Deon on an album of patriotic music.

-ben


Q:

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

A:

Hey guys! I've been listening to you all for a couple years and saw you at the 9:30 club last year.

How do you decide what order the songs on a record will be in? Is it just random, or do you all have a special method?

Thanks!


Q:

I've no idea sorry...

A:

Tommy and I can be pretty picky when it comes to picking the track order of a record. There's no particular method to it but it's important to us to put each tune in a good spot that makes listening to the record enjoyable. A nice spread of ben and tommy tunes, throw in a mellow tune when the energy is getting tiresome. Some songs are just perfect openers and some perfect closers. The middle is tricky. Tommy and I actually each independently came up with the same exact track order for "Let Live & Let Ghosts" - Jesse


Q:

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

A:

did you guys have a "big break" moment?


Q:

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..

A:

We don't think of any moment as being a 'big break' moment. We have had some important moments though... Playing on Letterman was huge (Donald Trump was the other guest (though that is not why the moment was huge for us)). First big supporting tour, which happened to be with Ben Folds was important as well.

-ben


Q:

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.

A:

What kind of bear is best?


Q:

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 :)

A:

Teddy bear mostly.

Also nudists.

-ben


Q:

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:

A question for each of you:

If you were to be supervillains, what would your superpower be and why?

Also, pleaseeeee do another tour with The Family Crest, please and thank you.


Q:

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

A:

I would be the eggman... coocoo kaBLAM!

I would take eggs (fake of course, so as to be environmentally friendtly) and throw them at superheroes. I would have five arms - so i could throw many many eggs at once. Also I would be able to fly. I would use that ability to get to my fake egg factory in the clouds. I am cracking myself up.

-ben


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:

Favorite song off the live album?

(Thanks for the AMA!)


Q:

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!)

A:

THE OFFICIAL RESPONSES, FOR PUBLIC RECORD

Jesse - Hollywood and Nobody.

Ben - Hold it in Supreme. Even though I know it's not actually on the album.

Tommy - Black Hole and Undeniable You.


Q:

Are any regular LEGO games in development? I don't expect details or anything, just, since LEGO Dimensions story packs and all that, normal LEGO games seem to be being incorporate into Dimensions and I just wondered, are any regular games are in planning or development?

A:

A) Love you guys. Like a lot.

B) Ever care to do a Covers album? I cherish my copy of "I Love You, Always Forever" and would love to hear you guys do a lot more covers in your own style.

EDIT: C) Which would you consider your best album, and why is it "Everything Under the Sun"?


Q:

Absolutely... don't forget that at TT we have a number of teams, all of them working hard on various projects. We always have exciting things up our cup hand sleeves... so fear not 2016 has been great, but there is lots to look forward to in the future

A:

A. thnxx!!!

B. Maybe! You're not the first to suggest it....

C. We haven't made our best album yet, duh!!! They all hold a special place in my heart because I'm equally sick of them all. But if I'm picking favorites for any reason: Let Live for originality, Everything for retro-ness, Safe Travels for consistency from top-to-bottom, self-titled for best arrangements and my two favorite songs in the catalog (Hollywood and Long Way)

-Tommy


Q:

I for one am hoping against hope for a full-blown Doctor Who game myself - there's easily enough material for a series of games, let alone one.

A:

I loved when you name was "The Sunday Mail," why did you change it?


Q: DANGITSHARPLES
A:

It was a bad name. Plus, every article that was written about us either had the headline "The Sunday Mail Delivers" or "The Sunday Mail Fails to Deliver", and we just couldn't bear the thought of that continuing for the rest of our theoretical career.

-Tommy


Q:

and LEGO City Undercover

A:

Heard you guys at the 9:30 club in DC last Spring, any chance you all will put out a recording of the live version of "Undeniable You"? It gave me chills and was amazing!!


Q:

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!

A:

That live version is on the live record! It's probably my favorite track on the whole thing.

-Tommy


Q:

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

A:

I saw you guys almost 3 years ago in a little town called Red Bank where you played a free concert. It was spectacular. You guys signed my tshirt. Hopefully I can make it to another concert soon and get that shirt signed again because it's seriously starting to fade!

My question is, have you guys ever considered doing a concept album? I've always enjoyed your songs that tell a story (like At Last and The Stars) and I was wondering if you'd ever write an album that was story based or had a universal theme.


Q:

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 :)

A:

We definitely would... we are also slowly but surely working on a Musical, which, i guess, Is kind of like an album based around a universal theme.

-ben


Q:

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 there!

I've been listening to your music for a while now and I've noticed that although a lot of time passes between album releases, you guys still have the same sound/feeling. (if that makes sense)

How do you gain inspiration for each of your albums/songs and still have the same type of sound?


Q:

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

DANGITSHARPLES
A:

We say this all the time when people ask, but it's true: We all have very different music taste, but we can generally all agree on what the band should sound like. So even though each album has its own flavor from having different producers and intentions, we can't help but sound like whatever-the-hell-it-is that we do on every record.

More specifically for inspiration, caffeine.

-Tommy


Q:

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

A:

Whatever happened to the passport thing you were doing for a while? I have a fairly full JtG passport that I've forgotten to bring to the last dozen+ shows because the original idea seems to have been forgotten about...


Q:

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

A:

The stamp thing turned into a bit of a logistical nightmare, so we've taken to 'notarizing' passports by writing the date and signing it. So we're a really lax government organization.

But yeah, it was our old label's idea so we got a little disorganized with it once we parted ways. Bring it and we'll backlog-certify those dates you didn't bring it for!!!!

Also hi Jeff!!!

-Tommy


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:

Two questions:

  1. Are y'all fans of the power-pop band jellyfish? I hear them in your sound.

  2. Do you ever plan on doing concept based stuff again? Newest record is my favorite but I would love to see some Sci-fi jukebox again :)


Q:

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...

A:

"Only Person in the world I can truly trust".

-ben


Q:

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

A:

Which one of you is the biggest and strongest boy?

Also I'm a huge fan of the classical piano covers. They're so good. Any chance that I could get the sheet music for those?


Q:

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..

A:

I believe I am the most masculine and feminine member of this rock and roll band. -Jesse


Q:

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?

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Why hello there Juicebox the Toast, where are you guys in the process of recording your next album and can Jesse get an allotment of vocal parts more proportionate to his talents?

Your pal, not Steve (unfortunately)


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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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Jesse will be singing the entire album. We are tremendously excited.

Your pal, Ben


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I get that you're unable to discuss actual agreements, but what's the franchise YOU would like to see the most in Dimensions?

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So stoked for the surprise AMA!

I've seen you guys so many times, in varying points of your career. I've seen you guys in small venues where you were openers or headlines at bigger ones.

What is your favorite type of crowd to play to? I vividly remember chatting with you all after one of your shows in CT a while back, I couldn't believe you were opening for some random band I had never heard of and I was front and center loving every second of it! Are the intimate environments nicer or do you like bigger crowds with more response?


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It's already there.... GOONIES!!!! (well and Harry Potter) I soooooo wanted that... Other ones are ones that nobody has ever heard of that would never happen... Battle of the Planets and Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors... :)

or maybe ....

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I think I speak on behalf of the band when I say the worst kind of crowd to play for is a seated crowd. It's terrifying. Not their fault, of course - if there are chairs, people sit. But terrifying nonetheless.

So, yeah...Dancing, general-admission crowds are the absolute BEST.

-Tommy


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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?

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Tommy, What type of effects do you use?

All- will you make more "hard/punk" songs like static??? Please


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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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I don't have a ton of pedals, but I lean on my Barber Tone Press Compressor and my GHS Double Barrel pretty hard. Other than that, a shitty tremolo pedal I got in high school, a holy grail reverb, and a digitech whammy.

As for the hard/punk songs, we tend to steer away from that camp these days with Jukebox but I keep writing them! These days they get funneled into Narc Twain, another band I play with that tends to mostly live in the end-of-the-world/punk-ish sphere that Static inhabits. You might dig it! http://narctwain.bandcamp.com

-Tommy


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

/r/dangitsharples

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Hey guys!

I loved getting to see you perform 3 times on the Rock Boat this pst year, bummed you guys aren't going to be there this coming year!

What were each of your favorite moments from the cruise??


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EVERY DAMN DAY!

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

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Stingrays, Queen Night, Jager shots at noon -Jesse


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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?


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

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Your reddit username wins awards, both nationally and internationally.

-Tommy


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This question is a very short one. It is about the Powerpuff girls. So will all the Powerpuff girls be playable character or just two or one? THANKSS!!

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Hi JTG! You're my favorite band ever, and I've seen you three times in Columbus. Hoping for a fourth soon! My question is simple: Why Hava Nagila? I love every live rendition you do, but why the fascination? I'll keep tuning into your lives even though I know this is what I'll get. Keep on keeping' on! We love you in Columbus!


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I'm not supposed to give the answer to this one - but all 3 :)

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Hava Nagila is the greatest song ever written and we are its loyal evangelists.

(we were practicing to play a Jewish wedding and had the burning desire to lovingly troll our fans)

(we will probably continue to troll)

(apologies in advance)

-Tommy


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Is everything awesome?

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Is there any way I can watch this past year's HallowQueen show? I watched it streaming live last year and you guys rocked! Was it by chance recorded?


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

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We didn't record this years show... but we are making the event annual, so you will have many more opportunities to see and hear it. (hopefully)

-ben


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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?

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What is your favorite sandwich?


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

hmmm...

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Crunchwrap Supreme

-ben


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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

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Hi guys, long time fan- been to at least 7 of your shows- usually go with my brother. Why did you decide to make the "Jukebox the Ghost" album more pop-py (like pop rock) than the last two? Are you headed more in the mainstream direction? (Still love that album, but Safe Travels is still my fav)


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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

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We are getting really excited about the new record... isn't clear cut one way or the other. We are definitely aware that there are positives and great things in each of our records that we want to make sure stay with us.

-ben


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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.

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Favorite all-time novel(s)?


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

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Lonesome Dove Kavalier And Clay Anna Karenina Love also all the Harry Potters and His Dark Materials.

ALSO - just read Ready Player One and lost my shit.

-ben


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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?

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Do you have an Slayer covers recorded and if not, why aren't you doing this right now?


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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..

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We paused the recording so that we could answer this question. THANKS FOR RUINING OUR SLAYER COVERS ALBUM.

-ben


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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?

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What do you think is the purpose of the universe?


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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!

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is that a band?

-ben


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

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What's the inspiration for the Hava Nagila livestreams on Facebook?


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

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our jew-ISH heritage!! -Jesse


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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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If you absolutely HAD to add a fourth member to the band, and it could be anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?


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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

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Harry Nilsson, dead.

-the whole band


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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?

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Is there a chance of the album "Jukebox the Ghost" being available on vinyl?

Also, any future Acoustic tracks planned and any desire to record another track with Secret Someones?


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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:)

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our self-titled album on vinyl is currently out of stock, but we could reprint some at some point in the future. future acoustic tracks will certainly happen! we'd love to record another track with secret someones. they are dear friends of ours but currently everyone is busy doing their own thing. If you'd like to hear more of their music, check out Bess Rogers solo, Zach Jones & the Tricky Bits, or Lelia's new future project Jupiter Winter! (: -Jesse


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

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Hello!

Long time fan.

Do you ever see yourself returning to the more quirky stylings of your earlier music? I love the latest albums, but miss the weirdness that sold me on your music.

Thanks for the music and stellar shows. You have so much fun every time I see you, and I think that'll reflect on the live album.


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

but never a turkey... sorry

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I think you'll be pretty pumped to hear the new stuff we have cooking. It's got the arrangement sense of the new stuff, but the outlandishness of our old stuff. And the semi-retro-ness we explored with Everything Under the Sun.

-Tommy


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

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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.


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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

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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


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  • 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?

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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 :)


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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?

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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...


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

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

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


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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

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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!)


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So, any chance of a cameo? (username checks out)

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Ha... that would be awesome... would he sing Best of You when left to idle?