Most of the parts drafts have been added to the Brickworld Chicago schedule. The time for the Mirkwood Elf Army set draft is 10:30 AM - 12 PM on Friday.
For those of you who have never participated in a parts draft, let me explain the basic concept:
A bunch of people bring a copy of the same set.
The group opens all of the sets and sorts all of the pieces into lots of the same part.
People take turns at choosing lots to take.
Once all the lots are gone, you're done.
The idea is that each person can get a large number of certain pieces that are in the set.
Here are the basic rules for the set drafts that will be happening at Brickworld:
Before the draft
• Everyone who wants to participates brings one unopened copy of the set.
• Everyone opens their set and begins sorting. The coordinator should bring or arrange for some kind of open-top containers to use.
• Certain parts should be kept together. Examples of parts to keep together are: Window frames & glass, left & right wedges, wheels & tires, turntable tops & bases. Minifigs can be assembled or kept as pieces, depending on the minifig. For example, IndyLUG recently parted out a Lone Ranger set, and we left the minifig parts separate. However, other minifigs, such as a female fig who has a printed torso that goes with a printed 2X2X3 slope/dress piece, should probably stay together. The draft coordinator should decide and announce this ahead of time.
• When sorting the parts, there may be certain pieces that are far more valuable than others. A lot like that can be split in half. However, keep this lot-splitting to a minimum, as it can quickly get out of hand.
• Make sure that everyone has some kind of container to dump their parts into. Usually the empty set boxes will work for this.
• Do a draw-a-number-out-of-a-hat style thing to decide the order in which everyone will go.
• Participants are not allowed to enter multiple copies into the draft in order to get extra turns.
• The participants each pick 1 lot of parts in the order of the number they picked until each person has chosen 1 lot. Then each person goes in opposite order. This constitutes one "round," and is known as the Up-Down method. For example, if there were 4 people doing the draft, the order would go 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1 and repeat. The idea behind this method is that whoever drew the highest number out of the hat would sort of get a bum deal if they went last every round for the whole draft. This method evens the playing field a bit.
• Everyone keeps taking turns until all parts are gone... and then you're done!
Q: What if someone wanted to build their set first, and they brought the built set, disassembled it and parted it out with all the other sets?
A: Opened sets are not allowed in the draft.
Q: Should I get a copy of the Mirkwood Elf Army set with me to bring to Brickworld?
A: That would be a good idea. We cannot guarantee that the local LEGO stores will have any draft set in stock, so getting one before the event is a good plan.
Q: I really want to keep the minifigures from my set. Can I just keep them and then get fewer turns in the draft?
A: No. If you're not willing to put a whole set into a draft, then set drafts aren't for you.
Q: What do we do with the instructions from the sets?
A: We won't make the instructions into a lot for the draft. Usually everyone just keeps their set of instructions from their set; that or they throw them away.
Q: What do we do with special pieces like stickers or string?
A: Sort them into a lot just like any other piece.
Q: What do I do if the number of lots in the set is not enough to let everyone get the same number of turns?
A: It's pretty rare to have a number of lots in a set draft that lets the #1 person go last (meaning that everyone got the same number of turns.) By the end of the draft, the lots that are last to be picked are typically small common parts that have low demand anyway. It is highly probable that not everyone will get the same number of turns.
Q: After the draft is done, are people allowed to trade parts?
A: Of course! Once the draft is done, people are free to do whatever they want with the pieces they chose, whether it's trade them, sell them or build with them. 'MERICA!
Now you may be wondering how we're going to sort the minifigs from this set. We will be leaving the minifig parts separate, as they come in the box. We won't pull apart any of them (Arms stay on torsos, hands stay in arms, etc.) but the orc and elf parts will each be their own lot in this draft. The set does not have any left-&-right pairs or hinge type pieces, so that aspect will be simple. We will, however, be keeping the warg jaw piece with the main warg body. Other than the wargs, everything will be sorted out just as it is from the box.
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