Chief wrote:The jambalaya is Person A sending out a bag of mixed parts they have hand-selected. Rare, fun, interesting. This ain't no bag of basic brick. Person A sends to Person B. Person B takes the parts they want out of the bag, and replaces the empty space they've created with parts of their own choosing.Person B sends to Person C, who does the same thing, until it finally gets back to Person A, who should have a completely different bag of parts than he/she sent out. The end!
Chief wrote:When you buy into a draft you go in knowing there are certain risks: when names are drawn, someone has to go last. Minifigs will probably go fast. New parts will probably go fast. I'm going to do everything I can to make the participants feel like they got a fair deal, but I can't satisfy everyone.
meeotch wrote:I find the idea of doing a strictly online draft quite fascinating. Of course, there are some logistical issues to consider for this type of draft when compared to one done where everyone is physically present. The first draft I ever participated in occurred where one member of my LUG couldn't be present, so he drafted via Skype, which was pretty interesting. The biggest issue was that he wasn't aware in the same way that the rest of us were which items had been selected all ready, so all the later turns he had to ask, "Are the x pieces still there?" He did have an inventory pulled up on his computer, but he couldn't really remember some of the earlier selections. I think the best way to address this would be if everyone had an inventory in their possession, preferably printed, so that items could be crossed off as they are selected.
The other issue might be a limit on Skype's ability to connect enough people through a party line. I've only used Skype once and it was one-on-one, so I don't know if it's still an issue, but the last that I had heard, Skype had a limit on connecting I think 6 people together in a conference call. A chat room would add more time to a draft (and in person, they take our LUG at least a half hour to draft, not counting the sort) because of all the typed communication, and I don't even want to think about how many weeks it would take to happen via the forum, though it could be a really fun interesting experience, like playing chess via the mail.
Chief wrote:So.... I'm thinking either we don't have a lot of Europeans on the site, or paying $20 for shipping and handling for a $15 set is really deterring some people.
If we don't have at least 5 *previously registered* members by 8 pm GMT (12pm PST), I'm cutting it off with the number we have and going North American (who will be getting a much better deal postage-wise.) It really never made sense to do a draft from US->Europe anyways because of the postage but I thought I would give it a try.
If we do it in Europe in the future, it will have to be performed locally by someone in a country over there.
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