One of the things that the NALUG group has done a number of times is a parts draft. This is a way of distributing parts among a group of people in the form of a friendly competition. Participants take turns selecting from small piles of identical parts, attempting to acquire the parts that they are most interested in. Here are some guidelines that we found useful for organizing and running a draft.
We've done parts drafts of various sizes. Sometimes drafts only had a few people, other times everyone participated. Sometimes, two different sets (with multiple copies of each) were combined a single draft. The following is a detailed account of some of our larger drafts.
NALUG got together at James' and Raven's place on October 8, 2001 (Canadian Thanksgiving). Our main purpose (besides the usual chitchat and ogling of things Lego) was to have some parts drafts. Originally we were also going to help James move some rocks and/or sidewalk slabs, but that wasn't ready and is still looming on the horizon. Some of us were there for only part of the time. Present were James and Raven Brown (with young Kalen being an honorary member present), Kevin Maynes, John Koob, Don Catton, Steve Chapple, Jason Krish, Chris Gray, Jennifer Lafleur and Kyle Duggan. Quite a crowd! This was the first time most of us had met Jennifer and Kyle - they introduced themselves at the 2001 GETS show, and have started in on our group activities. Also in town for a visit was Robin Sather from Vancouver. These drafts were the first for Robin Sather, but he enjoyed them and introduced the idea to the Vancouver Lego Club. They have published photos of one of their recent drafts.
First, we started off with 4 copies of #4709 "Hogwarts Castle". Chris, Don, James and Kevin participated in this draft. Since we were doing it in James' basement, he was often able to put his draws directly into his stock. The rest made do with random containers like empty boxes.
John was there for the Hogwarts draft, but since he isn't a castle-head, he didn't participate. However, John is a Technic-head and James was sorely tempting him with his Technic Space Shuttle, which for some reason John doesn't have - yet!
Zellers stores had a combo deal on sale - #7104 "Desert Skiff" and #7144 "Slave I" combined for $20.00 . And, Steve was able to get a bulk discount to drop that to $18.00 ! So, we had lots of those available. This draw was for eight of those, all parted out. We divided a few of the piles into two piles, since there was so many. Everyone except Jennifer and Kyle (who chose to just watch for their first meeting) and Raven (who got to tell James what to take) participated in this draft.
|8 combo's parted out|
Robin Sather from Vancouver was in town visiting, and he participated in some of the drafts. He brought his custom Hogwarts Express train along for us to look at. All agreed that it's much better than the official Lego one. It doesn't even launch a chest from the engine's boiler!
|Robin's Hogwarts Express|
The next draft was for 5 of the #7150 "Tie Fighter & Y-Wing" sets, which James was able to get a deal on at a local Walmart. This draft had James, John, Kevin, Steve, Don & Jason.
Finally, Chris, James, Kevin, John and Steve went in for a draft from 6 more of the combos.
|6 combo's parted out|
Hopefully everyone went home happy with their loot!