These are just a few of some frequently asked questions.

  1. What is LEGO?
    1. LEGO is a system of interlocking pieces, called bricks, that can be used to create infinitely many model structures.  It is the world’s number one construction toy, but it’s so much more than a toy.  If it can be imagined, it can be imagined in LEGO.  If you have just six 2×4 bricks, you can configure them in 915,103,765 different ways, so the possibilities are essentially limitless!  The LEGO brick as we know it today was first patented and produced in 1958.  Since then, over 400 billion bricks have been made, enough for about 62 bricks per human being on earth.  The word “LEGO” is actually a contraction of leg godt, which means “play well” in danish.
  2. What are some other uses for LEGO?
    1. LEGO is the world’s number one construction toy, so play would be the obvious first use.  Something that is easily overlooked, however, is that it’s also an educational toy.  LEGO models can teach kids about things like levers, pulleys, and gears, to more complex engineering concepts like pneumatics, robotics, and computer programming, all while building (literally and figuratively) valuable problem solving skills.  LEGO has also been used to demonstrate the concepts behind real-world machines.  The mechanism that drives the Falkirk Wheel boat lift in Scotland, for instance, was prototyped with LEGO Technic bricks and gears to prove the concept would work.  Another emerging use for LEGO is in therapy for those with a mental disability.  Studies in the UK and US have shown that interactive LEGO play therapy can improve the social and communication skills of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.  For the rest of us without a mental handicap, LEGO building can be a great stress reliever and fun hobby for parents and kids to do together.
  3. What is a LUG?
    1. LUG stands LEGO User Group.  It is an organized group of LEGO enthusiasts who meet periodically to exchange ideas and participate in events.
  4. Does the LEGO company endorse or sponsor any LUGs?
    1. Unfortunately, they do not.  LEGO has traditionally been restrictive on how their brand is used, so they don’t officially support third-party groups.  They have, however, recognized that there is a growing, world-wide community of LEGO users young and old.  They have taken steps to further engage the community with discounts on LEGO products and exclusive first looks at upcoming sets.  LUGs and the events they participate in provide a sort of free advertising to the LEGO brand that stirs public interest.
  5. How many members does FortLUG currently have?
    1. We currently have around 10 members.
  6. When did FortLUG come into existence?
    1. FortLUG was formed in the fall of 2013 after Brickworld Fort Wayne that year.  LEGO sent a community representative to the show to put on a presentation about the benefits of forming a LUG, so the founding members got together and formed FortLUG.
  7. What is an AFOL?
    1. AFOL is an acronym adopted by the LEGO community to describe adult LEGO hobbyists.  AFOL stands for Adult Fan of LEGO.
  8. Is there an age restriction to membership in FortLUG?
    1. FortLUG is a group of AFOLs, so to be a member, you must be at least 18 years old.
  9. Are there membership dues?
    1. FortLUG does not charge membership dues.
  10. Since FortLUG is for AFOLs, are there any resources for kids interested in LEGO?
    1. Yes there are.  The First LEGO League is a competition for elementary and middle school kids in which teams must build robots to perform a specified challenge.  The teams are then judged on various criteria, such as originality in how the challenge is solved, how well their bot performs, and its design.  Bricks4Kidz is another organization to check out.  They do various programs centered around LEGO, such as after-school activities, in-school activities, camps, and parties.  The Allen County Public Library also hosts LEGO clubs for kids.
  11. Is there a specific LEGO theme that FortLUG prefers?
    1. If it is LEGO, it is welcome to be built and shared in FortLUG.  We do not discriminate against LEGO themes, though the current membership has a preponderance of City and Trains.
  12. What sort of events is FortLUG involved with?
    1. The biggest one is Brickworld Fort Wayne, which happens in late summer to early fall.  We have displayed a collaborative layout the past three years at Brickworld and helped publicly promote it during the leading weeks and months.  In the past, we’ve also done an event for a church camp and also one for a local elementary school.  Some of our members have also served as judges for the IPFW chapter of First LEGO League.
  13. How regularly does FortLUG meet?
    1. We meet at least once a month, on the third Saturday of the month at the ACPL’s Aboite branch, though on special occasions we may meet elsewhere.  Meetings usually last between 1-2 hours.
  14. How can I join FortLUG?
    1. Use the “Join” link at the top right of this page, enter your name and email address, and hit send.  Someone will respond to you within 24-48 hours.  If you don’t receive a response in that time period, send another request.  The first one may have become buried in my inbox.
  15. How long have you all been interested in LEGO?
    1. A long time.  Most of us have been interested in LEGO since we were kids, except for those that married into it.
  16. What is a MOC?
    1. MOC is another acronym that stands for My Own Creation.  You imagine it.  You build it.  No instructions necessary.
  17. What is SNOT?
    1. SNOT may sound gross, but it is another acronym that stands for Studs Not On Top.  SNOT is an advanced building technique in which bricks are oriented with the studs facing to the side.
  18. Since LEGO models can break, do you use glue or tape to hold your models together?
    1. Absolutely not.  Glue and tape are both four-letter words.  It defeats the purpose of LEGO to permanently affix them.
  19. Do you ever modify bricks to fit in certain places or perform certain functions?
    1. Modifying bricks is generally discouraged within the LEGO community, but there is a grey area to this, which usually involves wiring for lights or automation.
  20. Is there anything else you’d like to tell me?
    1. I’ll let you know if there is.
  21. If you were rolling down the ocean in a snowmobile, and a wheel fell off, would it still take the same number of pancakes to cover a doghouse?
    1. Orange, because ice-cream has no bones.