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Idea: Constraction Parts Draft

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower, LEGO Con Feb 28 2014 · 526 views

Sets Parts Draft Hero Factory
I've seen lots of events and a few websites do parts drafts over the years, but I've never seen one done with a constraction set. So I thought, 'we should fix that!'

For the uninformed - a parts draft is where you gather a bunch of copies of the same set, open them up, mix all the pieces together, then sort each different type of part into its own pile. Then people take turns picking piles until they're all gone. There's a little more too it, but that's the main gist. In the end, you get a bunch of a few different kinds of pieces, instead of a few of a bunch of different kinds of pieces like if you had just bought one copy of the set. It can help expand the depth of your building collection.

In our case, I was thinking that BZPower would provide a bunch of copies of a single set, probably ten of them. People who want to participate would then pay a set amount, probably around the cost of the set but hopefully a little less, to buy a spot. Once the spots are sold, we'd have the draft.

As far as how we do the draft, I had three ideas:

First option would be to do the whole thing by PM. I would have to sort the sets into lots, tell people what they are, and you'd take turns via PM selecting which lot you want. This could take a while since you have to wait for each person to reply.

Second idea is to do it live online, where everyone is in a video or voice chat taking turns selecting pieces. We could even livestream it for fun.

These two ideas would probably cost more as I'd also have to pay to ship each person their pieces.

Final idea is to just do it at BrickFair Virginia. There's usually enough members there that I think we could get the requisite ten people to do the draft.

What are your thoughts? Would you be interesting in participating? What sets do you think would be good ones to draft?

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Makuta Luroka
Feb 28 2014 07:52 PM
I'd probably do it at BFVA.
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Actually... I'm Santa
Feb 28 2014 08:10 PM

Interesting.  Well if the cost would be around the cost of one set for each person, then the price should be around $20-$30 to start, or maybe even lower.  I also assume minifig sets would be out of the question?  Or maybe everyone could get a minifig copy?

 

Mainly thinking of the new Hero Factory sets.  

 

Anyway, I'm not sure if O would participate because I don't do too much with constraction these days.  Still, the idea does sound cool.

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i'd totally do this, but i think doing it in person at BFVA would be the best option. PMs could get confusing. as for a set, i nominate Splitter Beast.

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Interesting.  Well if the cost would be around the cost of one set for each person, then the price should be around $20-$30 to start, or maybe even lower.  I also assume minifig sets would be out of the question?  Or maybe everyone could get a minifig copy?

Most of the Hero Factory sets are $10-15, so the cost will probably be somewhere in that price range.

We could talk about how we want to distribute the herofigs. Everyone could get one, all the figs could be one 'lot,' or the individual parts could be individual lots. Those are usually details you work out as you're preparing the draft.
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The problem with constraction sets is that they tend to be reletively low in part counts, and the best draft sets often include a high number of parts, but in uniqueness and individual quantities.  :shrugs:

 

But I guess it could be cool, and I'd be interested in a non-brickfair one, if it ever happens.  :sly:

 

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The problem with constraction sets is that they tend to be reletively low in part counts, and the best draft sets often include a high number of parts, but in uniqueness and individual quantities.  :shrugs:

I suppose we could also consider two copies of a set per person, for example ten spots and twenty sets.
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Obsessionist
Mar 01 2014 02:55 PM

I would be game for a PM one, depending on price.

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Mohamed Marei
Mar 03 2014 08:06 PM

I'm assuming the scope for participating in this would be to the residents of the US only? :/

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I'm assuming the scope for participating in this would be to the residents of the US only? :/

We'd have to look into how much shipping would cost for overseas, but I'd certainly be willing to open it up to all members.
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I think you'd want to consider doubling up - do ten each of 2 sets at once. Otherwise, you'll end up with very few picks per person, which tends to take the fun out of it.

 

...then again, having only one person do all the sorting also takes much of the fun out of it, particularly for the person sorting.

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The Phantom Terror
Mar 08 2014 08:22 AM

I'd love to do this!

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ChocolateFrogs
Mar 14 2014 08:44 PM

I'd be down for a Chima Constraction draft at BFVA. Once the new sets come out in the summer (if available).

 

-CF

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