Great Galloping Geminis, it’s the Noah’s Ark Superdraft!
This Superdraft runs much like the ones we’ve done in the past, with one key difference: You will be making your draft picks two at a time! That’s right, true believers, you’ll be drafting heroes, villains, locations, and options in pairs.
Here’s how it’ll work: We’ll start drafting on Monday, January 7th at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. (That should be 10:00 p.m. in London and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Darwin, if memory serves.) On that date, you’ll make your first pair of selections. Then, at that same time each day for the next two weeks (skipping Saturday and Sunday) you’ll make another pair of picks. When you’re done, you’ll have a total of 20 selections around which to build your story.
This is a Supers draft. Focus on superheros, supervillains, and related things, please. Within that framework, however, you can build whatever story you’d like. Here are the selections you will be making:
Locations: Yes, plural. Choose two locations for your story. You may designate one as a primary location if you’d like, but it’s not required. This will be your first pair of picks on January 7th. Locations are not exclusive.
Heroes: Choose two heroes at a time. Each pair of heroes you choose must have some relationship in canon! For example, if you want to choose Mister Incredible, you can pair him with Elastigirl, Frozone, Dash, Violet, Jack-Jack, or even Voyd or Gazer Beam, but not with Mister Fantastic. You will choose four pairs of heroes. Hero picks are exclusive.
(For purposes of this draft, appearing together “in canon” can be interpreted to mean “in some professionally-published work”. Fanfic isn’t canon. Cosplay isn’t canon. Marvel/DC crossovers would be considered canon. “What If” stories are considered canon. And so on. Please ask if you have questions.)
Villains: Choose villains two at a time as well. As with heroes, the villains must have appeared together in canon. Villains may be individuals, teams, or organizations. You will choose two pairs of villains. Each villain may be picked twice; the villain does not need to be paired the same way both times.
Options: These picks are for supporting cast, MacGuffins, alternate locations, additional pairs of heroes or villains, or anything else that doesn’t fit cleanly into to one of the categories above. Options that involve heroes and villains must still be made in pairs, and they must still have some relationship to each other. Other option picks need not be related in any fashion--for example, you could choose the Maltese falcon (the statue) and Darth Maul’s double-bladed lightsabre as one Option pick. Again, ask if you have questions.
The usual rules for drafting characters apply. Please draft only professionally published fictional characters. Draft the man, not the mask. Choosing Ant-Man Henry Pym removes all other versions of Henry Pym (Yellowjacket, Giant-Man, Ultimate Henry Pym, etc.) from the board, but Ant-Man Scott Lang and Yellowjacket Rita DeMara would still be available. With a nod to tradition, Supergirl and Power Girl are considered separate characters.
The big idea in this draft is to choose pairs. Please don’t choose a hero and a villain together, even if they fit really well or have a lot of history. Don’t pick Batman and the Joker together; pick Batman and Robin, or the Joker and Harlequin. If you use an Option pick for heroes or villains, choose a pair of them. Don’t pick Falcon (Sam Wilson) and the Millennium Falcon together. You get the idea.
As stated above, we will begin Monday, January 7th at 5:00 p.m. EST with the Location picks. We will make a new pair of picks at the same time each day until Friday. We’ll take Saturday and Sunday (the 12th & 13th) off for make-up picks, fiction, etc. We will then make picks Monday through Friday the following week. I’ll put up a poll on or around Monday, January 28th and wrap everything up by the end of the month.
So, who’s with me?