Jul 14

If CoWLUG had a summer camp!

CoWLUG doesn’t have a summer camp. But if we did, this month’s meeting had just about everything we’d all want – a case of LEGO sets, build challenges (including alt builds and blind building,) set drafts, pizza, lugbulk, part swapping, moc sharing, plenty of friendly jibing, and loads of builders who play well together.

First of all, a huge thank you goes out to Christian for organizing the gathering and providing the awesome space that is hobbyDB. Thank you to the LEGO CEE team for providing a case of sets for the evening’s building events and to Joel for making the drive to bring them in for everyone. Finally, thank you to Ian and Abby for running LUGBULK once again and sorting every single order for all participating members so all they needed to do was show up to pick up their brand new brick! This is no small feat, so if you haven’t thanked Ian and Abby profusely, do so immediately!

In case you missed ‘camp’ this summer. Here’s a taste of how it unfolded.
Husband, wife alt buildHusband & wife team alt build (above.)

PizzaPizza! Also provided by Ian and Abby!

Sets

Sets provided for the build events. We’re such devoted builders, we build with the sets before we even open them.

Blind build round one

Blind build round one. Thank you once again to Ian and Abby for the blind build setup!

Blind builder hands

Builder hands doing their best to figure out parts and part placement.

Blind build round two

Blind build round two!

Blind Build results

Blind build results. Interestingly, every single builder ended up with a minifig head as the lamp light.

Alt building, individual

Individual alt builders utilizing open space on the ping pong table.

Alt building, team

More team alt builders (above & below.)

Father, daughter alt build

Alt Builds

And a sampling of some of the results.

Set DraftLastly, anyone who wanted to use their set for the set draft had time to disassemble and sort for the draft. Future meetings will be scheduled every other month and held at hobbyDB in Boulder. There will be more set drafts (probably one every meeting,) so stay tuned to the CoWLUG group email for those details. There is also a full calendar of displays planned this year on into 2016. Check the email list for information on those as well and reply directly to each display’s organizer if you’d like to participate.

Jan 14

CoWLUG Meetings 2.0!

Activities Everywhere

“Great space! Parts draft! Pizza! And beer?!” – Some of the things that could be heard at CoWLUG’s recent meeting, hosted by Christian of hobbydb┬áin Boulder this past Monday night. All told, there were 27 members in attendance, and if I counted correctly, four of them were new members attending for the first time. This year CoWLUG has a goal of making meetings more regular and also more fun. Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed items or activities, we started out with a bang.

Big & Little

MOC sharing anchored the center of the space on the ping pong table, while (in the background) parts swapping and sales took place.

Freebies

Freebies included plenty of instruction booklets for the taking (above) and bulk brick provided by LEGO as LUG support for 2014 (below.)

Bulk Brick Pick

There were also a handful of LEGO sets provided as LUG support for 2014 which were distributed via a simple random draw from a box of all attending members’ names. Congratulations to those who went home with a free, cool set! Many thanks to LEGO and to Mark for bringing the goods to distribute.

Parts Drafting

And if that weren’t enough for any LEGO fan, Ryan H. graciously organized a parts draft with about 18 participants. Plans for upcoming meetings include regular parts drafts.

Joe H. Ships

Ships by Joe H. covered a large part of the MOCs table (above.) And no matter where one stood in the space, it seemed Imagine’s gundam mech was picking out a target (below.)

Moc Sharing

There was actual LUG business tended to as well. Planning for several of this year’s displays were discussed, as well as what members would like to do for future meetings. Christian has offered up the hobbydb space for the rest of the year, with plans to host a meeting every other month. Check out CoWLUG’s group email list for details on that schedule. And just so you can all put faces to names, Christian and I (Jessica) posed for a quick photo (below.) We all look forward to a great year of some fantastic building and good times.

Chrisitan & Jessica