Next weekend my ongoing Dragonlance campaign turns ten years old. About ninety-percent of it has been documented on these forums in my campaign journals for Key of Destiny, Spectre of Sorrows, Price of Courage, Nathril's "The Journal of Nathril Stoneshaper", and the play-by-post threads "The Journey North" and "Shadows of Ravenscar." As part of our all-gaming weekend we're doing a single-elimination tournament next Saturday, July 19th, to determine who is the biggest badass among our current crop of heroes. There's a prize for the winner and we're even having tee-shirts made to commemorate the weekend because seriously? How often does one campaign go on this long?
I'm going to do my best to update this thread as the fights happen (with a little help from my players I hope), but I will certainly let everyone know who wins.
Here's is the Round 1 bracket for the Contest of Champions!
Fight #1: Salinus vs. Pang
Fight #2: Degamar vs. Balon
Fight #3: Shroud vs. Simone
Fight #4: Reichert vs. Artor
Fight #5: Herschel vs. Titan
Fight #6: Lily vs. Luthen
Since we had an odd number of PCs available I threw in our most experienced regular NPC, Thanator "Shroud" Grave-Eyes, to round things out. Here are the rules I drew up and posted on our gaming group's private Facebook page just so you guys have a clear picture of what's going on.
"Characters that prepare their spells ahead of time (Degamar, Luthen, Balon, etc.) will prepare one spell list for the duration of the tournament. Don't worry, spells and spell-like abilities are refreshed between battles. All damage will be automatically healed for the survivors at the end of a contest and disposable items (potions, scrolls, ammunition, etc.) come back as well. Yes, that means that items with charges will have the same number of charges they started with at the beginning of the first battle. Wizards don't need to carry their spellbooks with them into battle.
As far as items go there are the following restrictions:
1. You may only equip your character with items listed on your current character sheet. You may not use unidentified items or things you're just "holding on to." It has to be something you've used in-game or legitimately planned to use. Obviously, this restriction does not apply to disposable items. If you're not sure if something's okay to use ask me!
2. Your characters may have no more then three melee weapons on their tournament character sheet and no more then one suit of armor and one shield.
3. No one may have more then eight disposable items on their tournament character sheet. This includes items like wands, potions, scrolls, alchemist's fire, holy water, etc.
4. Other magic items are restricted to the normal number of slots. This means no more then two rings, one pair of gloves, boots, cloaks, ioun stones, etc. for the purposes of these battles. Use common sense. If you're not sure by all means ask.
5. You get one "freebie" magic item that doesn't necessarily fit into a body slot (a horn of blasting, a magic harp, etc.). It is also assumed you have your normal array of belt pouches, bandoleers, backpacks, and haversacks to carry stuff.
6. Everybody can choose up to four pieces of equipment from the list of Adventuring Gear on p. 128 of the Players Handbook and one item from the list of Tools and Skill Kits. Naturally, these items must appear on your normal character sheet first. These battles will not be fought on flat empty battlefields! You never know when a grappling hook or set of thieves tools might come in handy.
7. Cohorts and companions that are a part of a character's class advancement are allowed! For example, Wrenthistle can fight alongside Shroud, but Lily can't use Tadpole."
The battlefields will be randomly generated by the highest ranked combatant in each fight from a list of the most epic battles of our campaign. This list was voted on by me, Arclight, Salinus, Luthen, pirategirl, rogue, and Nathril. I'll be announcing the Most Epic Battle of the Campaign (so far) that weekend as well and we'll certainly let you guys know too if you're interested.
I should also point out that this contest happens outside the continuity of the campaign. It's just something fun for us to do together to celebrate a decade of gaming.
So yeah, that's the deal. I'm curious to hear who you guys think will come out on top! Personally, I'm picking Salinus Wavebreaker to win it all!