Who wants to be in the Guild Arena?

30 Sep

We might do the tournament a little differently this semester.

dragon-arenaWe can always go back to the old format — teams of two squaring off in direct combat in an elimination tournament — but I’ve always liked the idea of people creating a team of 4 and trying to defeat an ARENA MASTER, who places monsters they have to overcome.

The first people to post comments below can be the guinea pigs playtesters who get to try out these rules for the first time:

  1. I create an Arena that everyone sees ahead of time.
  2. Players make characters of the same level (let’s use our Level 1 characters for the playtest).
  3. The Arena Master acts first, and places an evenly-matched encounter (for example, one CR 5 creature, or four CR 1 creatures, for a Level 1 party) on his or her side of the arena.
  4. The players act second, and place their characters somewhere on their side of the arena.
  5. Roll initiative!
  6. The players are in competition with the Arena Master. If there is a disagreement about the rules, the Grandmaster decides what happens.
  7. If one side takes a creature out of the battle, that side score points. If the arena has Level 1 characters, then defeating a CR 1 creature (or Level 1 character) is 12 points. A CR 2 creature is 18 points; a CR 3 creature is 24 points; a CR 4 creature is 36 points; a CR 5 creature is 48 points.
  8. When a creature is out of the battle, that side gets to “respawn” a new character or a new monster on their side of the arena on their next turn so that they can return to their previous power level. A spawned creature can act during its first round.
  9. The first side to score 100 points wins!

I’m thinking that a Tournament can be structured this way:

  • Every student can be an Arena Master AND be on a 4-person team.
  • Everybody goes up against each other (teams against Arena Masters) until only ONE team is undefeated in the class.
  • If there are undefeated Arena Masters remaining, they try to defeat this one team.
  • At some point, there might be an Ultimate Showdown of one undefeated Arena Master vs. the one undefeated team!




Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Announcements, Tournament


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5 responses to “Who wants to be in the Guild Arena?

  1. Emmett

    September 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    can i playtest possibly? I most likely will not be at guild next wednesday

  2. Jasper

    October 1, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Can I do both, i really want to be an Arena Master, and i want to playtest

  3. ronaldsf

    October 1, 2014 at 11:35 am

    You’re both in! Now I’m thinking actually that it will be two teams of Arena Masters going head to head, think of it like a summoning duel.

  4. Emmett

    October 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    i wont be here on wednesday for either most or whole time

    • ronaldsf

      October 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      aww is that just this one wednesday or the whole semester?


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