Games

Brick Traders of the Galaxy

The 2014 Event Kit for Bricks by the Bay was a board game designed by Erik Wilson and Li Li. We will be holding a tournament using this game at the 2017 convention. Game boards are provided.

event-kit-2014

Players must be age 12 and up.
The winner will receive a copy of the set.

This game requires participants to sign up in advance. 

Game Coordinator: Erik Wilson

BrikWars Wasteland

http://brikwars.com is a wargaming system played with LEGO models. Test your mettle against the wilds of the radioactive wastes! Bring your own Post-Apocalyptic Wanderer Minifigure, a weapon of choice and be ready to do battle against hordes of deadly monsters and raiders!

There will be versions of this game for ages 16+ages 10-15, and ages 18+. Check schedule for details.

This game requires participants to sign up in advance. 

Game coordinators: Brendan Allard

Evil Stevie's Pirate Game

Evil Stevie’s Pirate Game is a game designed by Steve Jackson (famous for his games Illuminati and Munchkin) played using LEGO pirate ships and similar models.

A number of pirate ships will be provided but players are strongly encouraged to bring their own.

Due to the complexity of the game, it is limited to attendees aged 16 and up.

A prize will be awarded to the winner.

This game requires participants to sign up in advance.

Game Coordinators: Lee McDonough

How Many Elements?

A random assortment of LEGO elements are placed into a clear container. You get to guess how many elements and win the whole lot! Entry form will be provided in your registration bag. Winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sat.

This activity does NOT require participants to sign-up in advance.

Sponsored by BayLUG 

Lego Sorry; Pirate Edition

Ahoy mateys! Come test yer mettle to find the reigning Pirate King of Lego Sorry! The challenge will be fought on the high seas for supremacy. There will be four qualifying rounds and one championship to crown the Pirate King. If you remember the original board game this plays the same way. Come have a fun time playing a classic board game!

Players must be age 12 and up.
A prize will be awarded to the winner.

This activity does NOT require participants to sign-up in advance.

Game Coordinator: Ed Fik

Robot Races

Feel like an Indy Driver? Does driving fast get you excited? Then this is the game for you! You will be driving a stylized LEGO Race car, through our electrifying obstacle course, using a remote control or your own device to speed across the finish line to the checkered flag! Interested in building your car yourself?

Game Coordinator: Eva Carrender

 

Sumo

GENERAL INFORMATION

THE ARENA

ROBOT REQUIREMENTS

ROBOT SUMO COMPETITION RULES

IMPORTANT SAFETY / LIABILITY CONCERNS

STARTING A ROUND

HOW TO WIN

JUDGES DISCRETION:

WINNING

PUBLIC DAY

CONTEST COORDINATOR

For kit reservations or rule clarifications contact the contest coordinator: EvaCarrender@yahoo.com

Tabletop Brick Games

The Walking Plastic - Zombie Apocalypse Survival

Come and test your suvival skills in the world of LEGO! Bring a mini figure that represents you and fight back the hordes of plastic in The Walking Plastic. There will be Ages 16+ and 18+ of the game.

The Walking Plastic - Pacific Baseplate

Suit up and Pilot your Giant Mecha Robot to fight back nasty Aliens from beyond! Ages 16+

The Walking Plastic - Aliens vs USCMC

Sign up and Defend the Colony from aliens from the classic movie Aliens! Ages 16+

The Walking Plastic - Nightmare on Stud Street

Try to survive a nightmarish night with Freddy Kruger! Ages 18+

Note: Bring Your Own Mini figure to represent you when playing these games, and one mini figure weapon of choice.

Game Coordinator: Lee Mc Donough

Tape Ball

A ball of tape and plastic wrap hides many LEGO goodies, can you get them all? The player on the right of the ball holder rolls a set of dice until they roll doubles and the ball passes to them. Game continues on until the center has been reached.

This activity does NOT require participants to sign-up in advance.

Game Coordinators: Jennifer Nogle and Tiffeny Thompson

Building Challenges

Junior & Teen Creative Building Challenges

Build the official Creative Trophy!

Compete with fellow builders to design this year’s official Creative Trophy that will be handed out to the Creative category winner!

Participants don’t need to bring anything; parts to build with will be provided.

A prize will be awarded to the winner.

This activity does NOT require participants to sign-up in advance.

Game Coordinators: TBA

Junior Creative Building Challenge

Build the trophy given to the winner of the Creative category for the Junior Bulder theme.

Ages 12 and under only.

Teen Creative Building Challenge

Build the trophy given to the winner of the Creative category for the Teen Builder theme.

Ages 13-17 only.

Bling Your Badge

Every attendee receives a convention badge with their name and other information. Some people like to take this further and decorate their badges by adding elements. We have a contest every year for the best customized badge called “Bling Your Badge.”

Bring your badge to the designated table near the Administration Desk in the Grand Ballroom just before the dinner break on Saturday to show your badges to the judges for photography and review. The judges’ favorite badge will be given a prize during the awards ceremony.

Bling Your Event Kit

Every Deluxe attendee receives special custom set that we call the Event Kit, and all attendees have the option to purchase one (while supplies last) from the Bricks by the Bay merchandise booth. You are encouraged to build your Event Kit and then customize it further, decorating it by adding other elements. We have a contest every year for the best customized event kit called “Bling Your Event Kit.”

Bring your event kit to the designated table near the Administration Desk in the Grand Ballroom just before the dinner break on Saturday to show your event kits to the judges for photography and review. The judges’ favorite event kit will be given a prize during the awards ceremony.

Other Activities

Costume Contest

Wear your MOC on stage and win a prize! If you’ve ever been to a science fiction or comic convention, this is similar to their Masquerade event. But in this contest, costumes must have a LEGO theme – either made out of LEGO elements, or made of traditional clothing/costuming materials but made to resemble LEGO parts.

General Contest Rules

Costume Categories

There are two costume categories.

1. Costume made with LEGO

2. Costume made to look like LEGO

Awards will be given to Adult and Junior subcategories. Junior is 13 and under (made with less than 50% adult help, otherwise they will be deemed a model and judged in the adult category).

Winning

Public Day

Contest Coordinator

For rule clarifications contact the contest coordinator,  Eva Carrender at evacarrender<wbr/>@yahoo.com

This activity does NOT require participants to sign-up in advance.

LEGO Catapult (All Ages)

It’s minifig launchin’ time!  Build a LEGO brick catapult to hurl a minfig to his or her doom.  Distance rules.  The longer the better.  Join us for this high flying contest.  All ages are welcome.

The Requirements

No more than one catapult per contestant.

The Awards

Awards will be given in three categories:

The Warning

It is entirely possible that the forces exerted on your catapult will tear it apart in a catastrophic disaster. Minifigs may well suffer bodily harm.

This activity does NOT require participants to sign-up in advance.

Game Coordinator: Leonard Marquez

Mini BBTB Con

So, you’ve built some great MOC’s and are ready to bring them to Bricks by the Bay. Now, how about making mini and micro versions of your models for our Mini BBTB Con display.

Mini BBTB Con is a miniature version of Bricks by the Bay using Miniland scale people and micro versions of people’s MOCs. If you are excited by building Miniland scale people, we’d love for you to build some additional MOCs like costumed characters, extra attendees and events you attend.

BBTB will supply the baseplates and tables. Convention attendees just need to supply mini MOCs and Miniland versions of themselves and audience looking at their models.

You do not need to register your Mini Con MOC.  Just build and bring it! This scale is so small you can build a Mini Con person with just a few spare parts.

Need instruction on how to build a Miniland scale person? See below.

Mini BBTB Con will be displayed in Art and Scale.

This activity does NOT require participants to sign-up in advance.

The Standard

The scale is approximately 1:20, but not exact. This is “Miniland scale” as used at the LEGOLAND parks, and is most thoroughly documented in the “Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide”.

1 stud = 6” (1×2 brick = 6”x12”, 48×48 baseplate = 24’x24’).
1 brick tall = 5” tall (a 30” tall table is 6 bricks tall).
Average height Mini Con people are 9-10 bricks tall. The math isn’t perfect, but ultimately, when it looks right, it is right.

People

People can be built using small 2×2, 4×4, 1×3 plates and bricks plus a few small parts. Here are a few photos of Mini Con people to get you started on your builds.

 

Slightly Skewed Tables

A standard folding table is 30”x96” and should be 5×16 studs, but for simplicity is built as 6×16 studs. A 6’ table is 30”x72” and should be 5×12 studs, but is built as 6×12 studs. And “skinny” tables are actually 18” deep, but are represented as 4×16 studs.

Table Build

This is BBTB’s assembly of an 8’ table with stanchions.
Photo coming soon

Expanding Mini BBTB Con

Expanding Mini Con as an official display for BBTB is our goal. We would like to have a Mini Con at each show, building and adding MOCs, people and models of items that return each year. You can expect to see Mini BBTB Con develop more completely as we add builds at each subsequent event.

Parts Draft

2017 Parts Drafts are as follows (check schedule for times):

Small Parts Draft:

41315 Heartlake Surf Shop

Adults-Only Parts Draft:

31063 Beachside Vacation

Large Parts Draft:

21308 Ideas Adventure Time

To participate in the draft, bring a new unopened copy of the announced draft set. There will be multiple parts drafts at the convention, so see schedule for times and locations.

Some parts drafts are for all ages, but there is one only for participants aged 16 and up. Check schedule for details.

Parts draft rules:

  1. Sets will be opened and sorted into containers of parts so that all items of a given type constitute one lot.
    • In general, pieces will be sorted as pieces are found in the boxes (in other words, we won’t be pulling minifig arms off).
    • Some pieces may be grouped (e.g. window panes with their frames, skateboards with their wheels, etc.)
    • By consensus, we may decide to draft minifig parts separately or as a complete minifig, depending on the set and the feelings of the participants.
    • Some highly popular parts (e.g. animals) or parts that occur in very high quantities in the set may be divided into multiple lots
  2. Participants will then draw numbers to determine order and circle the table in that order.
  3. Limit two (2) sets per participants; you will get two draft numbers if you bring two sets.
  4. One at a time, each person choose a pile of parts until all each person has drawn a lot.
  5. The group then reverses order, and each person draws again. The lowest and highest numbered people will therefore draw two lots in a row each time.
  6. The game stops when all lots have been taken.
  7. Trading after the draw is encouraged.
  8. We may divide up into manageable groups based on how many participate.

Please purchase the sets before the convention and bring them if you wish to participate.

This activity does NOT require participants to sign-up in advance.

Game Coordinator: Peter Aoun/Jennifer Nogle

Dirty Brickster

Dirty Brickster is a game with rules that are similar to a “White Elephant” gift exchange which many of us have participated in at our workplaces, schools, and homes at Christmas time. The main differences are that every gift is a LEGO item and it is something you might actually want!

Every participant will need to bring a wrapped (opaque shopping bag or newspaper is fine) LEGO gift worth an approximate target retail value of $20 or more.

There will be multiple Dirty Brickster games played at the convention, with Junior, Adult, and All Ages versions played, so check the schedule for details.

There is no sign-up required for Dirty Brickster. Just bring your gift and play. Please be on time.

Note: There is no fixed time limit for this game. The more participants, the longer the game.

This activity does NOT require participants to sign-up in advance.

Game Coordinators:
Peter Aoun/Jennifer Nogle – adults 16+;
Marilynn Parmley – junior 15 and younger

Gift Rules

Each participant must bring one (1) wrapped LEGO gift.

Violators may be asked to leave the game with their gift and forfeiting any gift they received.

Examples of possible items:

If you wish to bring an item of greater value, that is your choice (especially if you want to see other participants scramble, strategize and whimper for the item you have brought to the game). However, a warning to all participants: you may or may not end up with an item that is of greater or equal value to what you brought to the game.

Some good advice: bring something you or a typical attendee would be happy to receive.

Game Coordinators: Peter Aoun/Jennifer Nogle

Order of Play

  1. Starting the Game:
    • Each participant will randomly select a number from the proverbial “Hat.”
    • Participants arrange themselves into a circle in the order of the numbers drawn.
    • The participant with #1 unwraps any gift from the pile and then shows it to everyone.
  2. Taking a Turn:
    • Each successive participant, in the order determined from the drawing, can either
      1. “steal” an already opened gift (if there’s one they really like) or
      2. be adventurous and go for a wrapped gift from the pile.
    • If the participant chooses to steal, the person whose gift is stolen now repeats his turn and either
      1. steals another person’s gift or
      2. unwraps a new gift.
    • A player cannot immediately steal back the gift that was just stolen from him/her.
    • Once a gift has been stolen 3 times, it is considered “safe” and may not be stolen again.
  3. Ending the Game:
    • The game is over once all gifts are opened.

Wacky Racers (All Ages)

It’s time for Wacky Racers!  Race your custom built LEGO racer down the ramp towards victory.  The wackier your vehicle, the better.  Join us for this perennial favorite contest.  All ages are welcome.

The Requirements

The Ramp

The ramp is 36″ high and 105” long, with an approximately 20 degree slope.

The Ramp

The Ramp

The Awards

Awards will be given in three categories:

The Warning

Destruction of your vehicle is not only possible, but perhaps likely. Be prepared for the possibility of lost or damaged parts.

This activity does NOT require participants to sign-up in advance.

Game Coordinator: Leonard Marquez

Speed Building Games

Build in the Bag

This is a race to see how fast you can build a small LEGO set.

The catch is, you can’t actually touch the parts!

Your challenge is to assemble the set correctly without removing it from the plastic bag. (If the set comes in more than one polybag, or none at all, you will first put all the parts into a zipper lock plastic bag and then build it with the bag sealed.) The first person to correctly assemble the set (adjusted for errors) wins a prize.

Note: Spaces are limited since we are providing only a certain number of sets to build. Put your name on the sign-up sheets near the Registration Desk to be considered. A set of names (plus alternates) will be randomly selected from the sign-up sheets, and the results will be posted by the Registration Desk and by the game location. If your name is selected please show up promptly to play. Only the person selected may play; you may not give your spot to another person.

Note that although you may sign up for as many as you like, you may only actually participate in no more than one speed build event at the convention, to ensure that the free LEGO sets are distributed among as many people as possible. Once you have played one such game you will not be selected for subsequent ones.

This game requires participants to sign up in advance. 

Game Coordinator: Peter Aoun

Build by the Box

This is a race to see how fast you can build a small LEGO set.

The catch is, you can’t use the instructions!

Your challenge is to assemble the set correctly by only using the box graphic. The first person to correctly assemble the set (adjusted for errors) wins a prize.

Note: Spaces are limited since we are providing only a certain number of sets to build. Put your name on the sign-up sheets near the Registration Desk to be considered. A set of names (plus alternates) will be randomly selected from the sign-up sheets, and the results will be posted by the Registration Desk and by the game location. If your name is selected please show up promptly to play. Only the person selected may play; you may not give your spot to another person.

Note that although you may sign up for as many as you like, you may only actually participate in no more than one speed build event at the convention, to ensure that the free LEGO sets are distributed among as many people as possible. Once you have played one such game you will not be selected for subsequent ones.

This game requires participants to sign up in advance.

Game Coordinator: Peter Aoun

Individual Speed Build

The individual speed build is a race to build a LEGO set. Each contestant receives a copy of the same set, and the first one to complete the set correctly will win a prize. The set to be built will be provided and you get to keep the one you build.

Note: Spaces are limited since we are providing only a certain number of sets to build. Put your name on the sign-up sheets near the Administration Desk to be considered. A set of names (plus alternates) will be randomly selected from the sign-up sheets, and the results will be posted by the Administration Desk and by the game location. If your name is selected please show up promptly to play. Only the person selected may play; you may not give your spot to another person.

Note that although you may sign up for as many as you like, you may only actually participate in no more than one speed build event at the convention, to ensure that the free LEGO sets are distributed among as many people as possible. Once you have played one such game you will not be selected for subsequent ones.

This game requires participants to sign up in advance. 

Game Coordinators:
Russell Clark – adults 16 and up
Marilyn Parmley – juniors 15 and younger

Left Hand/Right Hand

Two players enter, one player exits… Oops wrong game.

A team of two players sit side by side. One unopened LEGO box sits between them. Yes, opening the box is a part of the game! They can only use the arms between them for the game. One player has the instructions, the other has the pile of parts. One player can use their right arm, one player can use their left.

Neither can talk after the start of the game. If they do, they lose points*. If they do again, they lose more points*.
If they use their other arm/hand for anything regarding the game they are out*.

The fastest team to build the set, adjusted for any penalties, wins.

*Judge’s discretion.

Note: Spaces are limited since we are providing only a certain number of sets to build. Put your name on the sign-up sheets near the Administration Desk to be considered. A set of names (plus alternates) will be randomly selected from the sign-up sheets, and the results will be posted by the Administration Desk and by the game location. If your name is selected please show up promptly to play. Only the person selected may play; you may not give your spot to another person.

Note that although you may sign up for as many as you like, you may only actually participate in no more than one speed build event at the convention, to ensure that the free LEGO sets are distributed among as many people as possible. Once you have played one such game you will not be selected for subsequent ones.

This game requires participants to sign up in advance.

Game coordinators:  Adrienne and Charles Esseltine

Team Speed Build

The team speed build is a race to build a LEGO set. Each team of 4 contestants receives a copy of the same set. The first team to complete the set correctly will win. The set to be built will be provided and you get to keep the one you build (non-winning teams can draft the set or choose one team member to keep it, at their discretion).

Note: Spaces are limited since we are providing only a certain number of sets to build. Put your name on the sign-up sheets near the Administration Desk to be considered. A set of names (plus alternates) will be randomly selected from the sign-up sheets, and the results will be posted by the Administration Desk and by the game location. If your name is selected please show up promptly to play. Only the person selected may play; you may not give your spot to another person.

Note that although you may sign up for as many as you like, you may only actually participate in no more than one speed build event at the convention, to ensure that the free LEGO sets are distributed among as many people as possible. Once you have played one such game you will not be selected for subsequent ones.

This game requires participants to sign up in advance. 

Game Coordinator: Peter Aoun

Yelling Game

Teams of 2 team up to build their set before the other teams do. The hitch? One of you has the directions and the other has to build the set. The team member with the set can only use their voice (no hands!!!) to direct their team mate which parts go where!!

This game requires participants to sign up in advance.

Game Coordinator: Jennifer Nogle

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