The AFOL History Project
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September 18th, 1995
LEGO Geek Code v1.0
Derek Schin posts version 1.0 of the LEGO Geek Code, a sort of shorthand for describing your LEGO self.
September 18th, 1998
LUGNET goes live
LUGNET, a LEGO community site is launched, featuring a hierarchy of newsgroups, and soon after allowing email subscriptions and a web interface.
September 22nd, 2000
Peeron hosts inventories
Dan and Jennifer Boger start hosting cross-referenced inventories on their personal site,
September 21st, 2003
3vil Emerges from Deep Space
3vil, a LEGO space building theme, is introduced by Mark Sandlin. The theme centers around evil-looking ships, almost always featuring prominent skulls.
September 22nd, 2007
"Castle Team" AFOLs announce their involvement
Ben Ellermann announces that he and 8 other hobbyists were selected to help develop the upcoming 2007 castle lineup, revealing details on the experience.
September 18th, 2009
James May Completes LEGO House
BBC's Top Gear presenter James May completes a house made out of 3 million LEGO pieces for a TV show "Toy Stories".
About the Project
This project is intended to mark the major milestones in the history of the LEGO hobbyist community. Although it is in part a history of the LEGO company, it's moreover intended to focus more on the myriad of happenings that we in the community remember-- landmark MOCs, community firsts, momentous events, and so forth.

The project was originally developed by Jason Wittenburg in early 2008, but was abandoned some months afterward. Using saved data from the original version, this incarnation is an attempt to keep the project alive, and is currently maintained by David Eaton.

Make a Submission
Help us by adding an event that you don't already see listed. If you aren't sure which ones we have, check the complete timeline.

Events in the AFOL History Project should focus on something that affected the LEGO community. Try to avoid events such as release dates for LEGO sets or themes, unless they made a particularly outstanding effect on the community. It's good to provide community 'first' events, such as a club's first meeting, but try to avoid subsequent repetitive events such as regular LUG meetings or train shows.

Your event text may not be accepted if it doesn't seem to fit, if it looks inaccurate, or if not enough data is provided, but we hope to include most submissions. Also be aware that your exact text may be altered in some cases to match the style of the existing entries.

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Things we'd like to know
There are some things we've looked for but don't have yet. Please let us know if you have any of the following information:
  • Date FBTB forums started
  • Date Tim Saupe announced his leaving FBTB
  • Attendance details for LEGO World events
  • Attendance details for BrickFair events
  • Attendance details for Brickworld events
  • Attendance details for BrickCon events
  • Date of Fibblesnork Guide
  • Date of SimLego's first version
  • Start date for Earthsea FTP Site (pre-ATL?)
  • Start date of A.T.L. (early 1993)
  • First LEGO hobbyist train show (1st known in winter 1985)

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