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End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - COMPLETE

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:19 pm
by bronx
Hello!

With great pleasure, I have been given the blessing of the forum gods to host the Summer Jam! ... Or the Summer Jambalaya, if you would.

What is a Jambalaya? Well, I'm glad you asked. Below is how it works:
- The host places LEGO items into a box and ships it to the following person on the participant list
- The recipient removes items for themselves and replaces them with items of equal or greater value before sending it to the next person
- The following recipient does the same, and this continues until all participants have made an exchange before returning the box to the originator
Sound interesting? Sound like fun? It is!

However, before you go rushing to sign up, please read the following guidelines and rules that must all be adhered to and understood for participation.

1. You must be at least 16 years of age or older to participate.
- This issue is non-negotiable and I apologize for any young'ns this may exclude. Perhaps next year.

2. Contact me first if you have less than 20 forum posts, less than 5 positive Buy, Sell, Trade feedback transactions, or any negative feedback.
- If any of the above apply to you, contact me first via private message before signing up.

3. This is a Castle based exchange event.
- The parts you provide to the box should be usable for Castle-themed MOCs. It does not have to come straight from LEGO Castle sets, as Star Wars Jedi and Sith parts, as well as some Chima parts can make for interesting Castle personas, for example. But cockpits, motorcycles, car tires, jet packs and such have no place in this exchange.

4. Third-party accessories only.
- LEGO knock-offs and imitation bricks are strictly prohibited. BrickArms, BrickWarriors, BrickForge, CitizenBrick, etc. accessories -- helmets, weapons -- are permitted in moderation. Do not take all LEGO pieces and give a majority of third-party items in exchange.

5. No individual gifting.
- Do not place items in the box for someone down the line, rudely tempting others with things not intended for them. Personal exchanges are okay if the recipient is directly after you.

6. Honor ...
- As mentioned earlier, exchanged parts should be of equal or greater value to the items you have removed for yourself. It is on your honor to ensure this.

7. ... And responsibility.
- Shipping costs, to include insurance and tracking, are your responsibility. Take this into account before signing up. Priority Mail (USPS) is recommended for its automatic inclusion of insurance and tracking, which is required for accountability of the box. If you ship via other methods, paying for the additional insurance and tracking still remains your responsibility.

8. Communication is critical.
- As with all solid relations, communication is a key factor. If you are expecting life to interrupt the progression of this Jambalaya for whatever reason, which is understandable and does occur when we least expect it to, simply inform us. With enough notice, your spot on the list can be rearranged to a more accommodating position. Without notice, it would be appreciated if time were still made to have it shipped within a week or two, at most. Circumstances aside, everyone should aim to make their exchanges and ship to the next person within a business week (five days). If you cannot, communicate that to us. We are an understanding community.

9. International participants are welcomed.
- If you are outside of the continental United States, do not hesitate to sign up. To prevent exorbitant shipping costs, due to the box size, I may work something out by placing you first and shipping only your desired items while receiving your donations. This may lessen costs and expedite the overall Jambalaya. I am open to suggestions.

10. Spoiler alert!?
- Spoilers are welcomed. By all means, please post photos of what you've taken and added back to the box. In this situation, I think spoiling any surprise actually builds anticipation and excitement for its arrival. In no way whatsoever are you obligated to post photos, if you do not agree with these statements.

If you've read this far, you must clearly be interested. So without further ado, let's get to signing up. Please include your country (and state, if you so desire) when doing so.

The estimated start date will be Monday, September 14, 2015, once we have 9 additional participants. Once that number is reached, a further 5 more can join (for a total of 15 exchanges) even after we begin, up until the halfway point. This may also begin up to a week sooner depending on the amount of international participation.

The following post, which I apologize in advance for the double-post, will contain the sign-up list and eventual shipping order, and will be updated frequently to reflect the box's status once shipped.

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 09.14.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:19 pm
by bronx
End of Summer Jam 2015 - Shipping Order List

1. bronx - U.S. -- SHIPPED (09.21.15)
2. fidelon - CO, U.S. -- SHIPPED (09.28.15)
3. finn tegotash - U.S. -- SHIPPED (10.01.15)
4. lil_curt - CO, U.S. -- SHIPPED (10.16.15)
5. soccerkid6 - NY, U.S. -- SHIPPED (10.20.15)
6. ludzik - U.S. -- SHIPPED (10.28.15)
7. bronx - U.S. -- SHIPPED (12.1.15) (shipping to andhe - U.K.) -- SHIPPED (11.16.15)
8. jarek - KS, U.S. -- SHIPPED (12.18.15)
9. rick-ricks - U.S. -- SHIPPED (1.4.16)
10. dog ironbones - AZ, U.S. -- SHIPPED (1.21.16)
11. sschmidt - KY, U.S. -- SHIPPED (2.1.16)
12. bluesecrets - U.S. -- SHIPPED (2.12.16)

13. bronx - U.S.-- RECEIVED (2.16.16)

Box Status: COMPLETE

Please respect the privacy of others. Only share your address with the person shipping the box to you.

Once you have shipped the box, provide the tracking number to me via private message or post it within the thread.

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 08.31.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:24 pm
by Lil_Curt
Ill jump in on this one too :)

Colorado

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 08.31.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:42 pm
by Str0ngbad
Count me in.

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 08.31.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:12 pm
by soccerkid6
I'd like to participate :)

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 08.31.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:34 am
by SSchmidt
I'm in.

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 08.31.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:59 am
by andhe
I'd be interested. Either as part of a European leg or sending and receiving the swapped parts only as you mentioned. (I've done this via photos before and it seemed to work smoothly).

I'm in the UK.

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 08.31.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:33 pm
by Bluesecrets
Me too please.

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 08.31.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:04 pm
by fidelon
I'd like to participate. I'm in CO

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 08.31.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 5:29 am
by Rick-Ricks
PMed.

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 08.31.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:21 am
by Dog Ironbones
I'd like to join.

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 08.31.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:41 pm
by bronx
We have successfully reached ten participants!

Now ... the waiting game.

The start date will remain the same, as I am away from home until the week prior. This will allow other participants to continue joining in the meantime. I will also update the second post with the proposed shipping order within a week.

If andhe is our only U.K. participant (I do not know where Rick-Ricks or Dog Ironbones hail from), I plan to place him in the middle spot on the shipping order list. At that halfway point, the box will be returned to me. I will photograph the entirety of the box's contents and share those with andhe. At this point, I will remove everything that interests him, ship the selected parts to him and he will ship his exchanged "gives" to be added to the box. It will then proceed to the next person and continue.

I'm looking forward to a fun Jambalaya with all of you.

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 08.31.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:06 pm
by Rick-Ricks
I'm in the US.

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 08.31.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:36 am
by Dog Ironbones
Located in AZ.

Re: End of Summer Jambalaya 2015 - 08.31.15 Start Date

PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:50 pm
by Finn Tegotash
PM sent. I am located in the US as well.