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I'm sitting at BrickFair and it crossed my mind-- why don't we establish a GBC LUG? It would have several benefits including LUG Support and the possibility for LUGBULK (for GBC contributors who aren't already part of a LUG that receives LUGBULK), and we meet all the requirements, so why not give it a shot? I'm sure many of us are part of a LUG (Brickipedia is an online RLUG, so technically everyone with an account here can be considered a part of that too), but we could make a dedicated LUG specific for GBC displays and whatnot. It wouldn't be the first specialized LUG either. There's a Technic LUG and there's also BioniLUG for BIONICLE fans (founded by members of BZPower, an online RLUG). Taking a look at the requirements:

  • Have been organized for a minimum of one year
    • The GBC community has been "organized" for several years, so this qualifies
  • Minimum of 20 members
    • I'm sure we have at least 20 contributors to GBC displays who we could collect to qualify for this requirement
  • Participate in, or host, three “AFOL events”
    • BrickFairs, BrickWorlds, etc. Check ✓
  • Host a website
    • Our lovely greatballcontraption.com domain :)

I think this would be worth looking into and establishing the GBC community as a LUG. It could certainly help expand the GBC community to more FOLs around the globe. Does everyone else agree this could be worth looking into?

Posted by ToaMeiko (administrator) on 2 August 2015 at 20:13.
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Sure

Posted by 54.198.221.13 on 4 August 2015 at 16:22.
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As I understand it, you can only be part of one LUG for LUGBULK purposes. Would there be at least 20 people who 1) aren't already in a LUGBULK LUG and 2) would get some value out of LUGBULK for GBCLUG (or whatever we'd call it); i.e. live close enough to where it's organised that postage wouldn't be prohibitive?

Posted by Captainowie on 5 August 2015 at 10:49.
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Posted by Captainowie on 5 August 2015 at 10:49.

»As I understand it, you can only be part of one LUG for LUGBULK purposes. Would there be at least 20 people who 1) aren't already in a LUGBULK LUG and 2) would get some value out of LUGBULK for GBCLUG (or whatever we'd call it); i.e. live close enough to where it's organised that postage wouldn't be prohibitive?«
Hadn't thought about that. Well an option could be to establish it as a LUG without LUGBULK, then a couple years down the road, assuming more people (at least 20) join the GBCLUG, LUGBULK could be set up at that time.

Posted by ToaMeiko (administrator) on 5 August 2015 at 17:33.
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Kim Thomson of LEGO CEE team has asked me a few time to establish a GBC LUG. You can be a member of more than one LUG but you are only allowed to participate in LUG bulk through one LUG.

When establishing a lug and participating in a LUG bulk we can define our own partslist which will probably be much different from other lugs partlists. The things I need most are not in lugbulk: motors and pneumatic parts. I have several modules running on air and using small and large pumps for creating a compressor. But after a few days running I can exchange the XL motors...

We are going to get another challenge on LUG bulk though... We are spread out over the globe. Shipping would be a very expensive hobby.


Posted by 54.198.221.13 on 6 August 2015 at 20:53.
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Posted by Maico on 6 August 2015 at 20:53.

»We are going to get another challenge on LUG bulk though... We are spread out over the globe. Shipping would be a very expensive hobby.«
Shipping may be able to be covered by Brickimedia's financial department.

Posted by ToaMeiko (administrator) on 7 August 2015 at 01:02.
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Posted by ToaMeiko on 2015-08-07 at 01:02:52.

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Posted by Maico on 6 August 2015 at 20:53.

»We are going to get another challenge on LUG bulk though... We are spread out over the globe. Shipping would be a very expensive hobby.«
Shipping may be able to be covered by Brickimedia's financial department.«
That would be a really nice gesture! Surely that would average out to 20 USD or more per member. On the other hand, a strategically located LUG member in Europe might be able to receive the order from LEGO and, by dividing it into smaller lots, avoid some of the import duties, freight costs and transaction fees. This might possibly make it a break-even venture. On the other hand, it took us 36 man-hours to sort our club's most recent LUGBULK order, and that's a lot to put on one person.

Though honestly I'd rather see some money spend on server performance and caching issues, first (assuming money can fix what ails us there).

Posted by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 12 August 2015 at 04:11.
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To the idea of a GBCLUG, why not? Besides LUGBULK, what other reasons would it exist for? Some brainstorming (including some already mentioned):

  • LUGBULK
  • RLUG Project Support
  • RLUG Event Support
  • Being the official standards body.
  • Being the official records body.
  • normal LUG stuff
    • collaborations
    • sharing knowledge and generating excitement
  • Getting an engraved brick with the LUG's name on it
  • Recognizing outstanding builders.

Oddly, the "normal LUG stuff" seem like the weakest reasons, as the standard itself enables collaboration, and the sharing and excitement are going to happen regardless.

GBCLUG is an obvious name with an obvious meaning, but it doesn't excite me. It's clunky (or CLUGy). LUGGBC? LUGGBB (after the French GBB). These are no better. ContraptaLUG? Sounds contrived. GBCBG: Great Ball Contraption Builders Guild (or Group). Now that's clunky. Or perhaps worse, GGBBC: guilde du grand bidule à balles constructeurs. Hmm. Geebeeclug is sounding better all the time...

Posted by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 12 August 2015 at 04:48.
Edited by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 12 August 2015 at 04:52.
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For a LUG with relatively few members dispersed all across the globe, how would you prevent the benefits (RLUG project/event support) from only applying to people in the one or two locations where the LUG committee members happen to live? (in other words, what's in it for me? :-) )

Being the official standards/records body is only useful if everyone else agrees to recognise you as such. Also, the standard has looked after itself for the last 10 years - as far as I can see the only reason we'd need a "standards body" is for inventing new Types.

I used GBCLUG above, but I agree it's not awesome. The only alternative I toyed with was Great BalLUG (BALLUG being the Bali LUG). If we did go with Geebeeclug, we could use one of these https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gee_Bee_Model_R in the logo!

Owen.

Posted by Captainowie on 12 August 2015 at 12:43.
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Everybody who is into LEGO do know GBC as GBC. They often ask what it stands for. I am not in favor for long names. So why change this at all.

Using logos of an airplane? I would like to keep using the logo I am using (which isn't mine btw. I found it on Brickshelf). Or something similar...

The 1x8 brick would become a double 1x8 brick with the logo on the left side, on the top brick "Great Ball" and on the bottom brick "Contraption". As the logo is in colour, it needs to be printed instead of engraved.

Posted by 54.198.221.13 on 15 January 2016 at 22:31.
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How many active contributors do we have here? - as members on this site - as builders at events

does anyone know?

Posted by 54.198.221.13 on 15 January 2016 at 22:34.
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