Chief, you're absolutely right, i'm just impressed you knew it was going to happen and took the pic the night before, yet didn't tell me in advance i was being a laggy schmuck ;-) I apologize again to the whole group, if I do the next one i'll go somewhere with good wifi, as running off mobile hotspot from my phone was an epic fail on Saturday (after working completely fine the night before... the weird part was I continued getting updates on the gdocs pages the whole time even after the chat failed for me, i was trying to avoid doing it from my tablet like i did last time, which wasn't too bad.
I do owe you, Ryan, a special thanks for going out of your way to email me and see what happened, just as I finally got in the chat, at that point I had pretty much decided to throw in the towel and forfeit my share of the draft, which I would have had no problem with, it's just part of the cost of doing business. I would have emailed you first but I had resorted to reboots an battery pulls on the phone before finally getting it up (was using the phone wifi the whole time on the tablet too, IDK WTF is with my laptop and this thing, it will work great for a week then fail when i actually need it, instead of just wiki-hopping for hours and surfing BL =-)
one small suggestion, in the draft instructions to the paid participants it wouldn't hurt to have explicit instructions for how to join the room and change your name, i had only done it once before and ended up asking like 4 or 5 times to get back in (sorry about putting #8, still not sure when I moved up to unlucky #7) because I am just not that familiar with all the chat tricks
Jennifer, I was actually thinking the exact same thing when I read someone post about maybe drafting for pick order in a previous post, it was what got me thinking on that track. I don't have any experience with fantasy leagues and i've done more drafting on here than in person so I was just throwing it out there...
It would be nice to have a page where you have the lots in rows of thumbnails with a little details section, can put in your own notes or color code or whatever, but when it's your turn, and only then, you get to pick your lot and it's locked in... seemed to me a lot like a fantasy league or such draft... maybe someone will come up with a workable solution... gdocs is nice as it live updates but i can't imagine that spreadsheet was anything but a huge PITA to make (Chief?)
Personally the method I used was to go through the whole spreadsheet and first knock off lots that didn't interest me for any reason... i easily killed off half the list with priority "0" picks... I then went through and ID'd things that I felt were in my top 3 tiers of priority, with a few asterisks for stuff I really liked. I'd given the parts lists on BL a thorough study in the weeks leading up, and used it extensively making my picks, as well as opening my 2nd 7930 and building it and considering each part on BL as I went. I will say right now I'm borderline giddy about the quality of the stuff I got, obviously a few of us had no interest in the minifigs, which let us pick parts early on, but you can definitely tell by the pick order that people had totally different priorities in what they picked. As I got to a point where I was running out of lots I'd prioritized i made a new list, going through what was left and writing them down... I kept my priority numbers going, getting as deep as 6th picks, but some of that stuff will not hurt at all... I think I was the first or second to pick stickers, way before the end of the draft, mostly for the little pink cartoon on the one side of the BHAG, which is ironic since I picked a sticker lot as the last lot (someone had taken the Lime green flippers so I figured the Yellow ones were going to get taken too =-)
To sum up: this was another great draft experience for me, despite my tech-epic-fails, and only because of the quality of the people, both running it, the holy triumvirate of
Mrs. Chief &
, and of course because of the great people participating, all of you made this fun and enjoyable, so THANK YOU, one and all!