26 Jan


Below is the schedule for the Guild Tournament!

From the Spring 2015 Tournament

From the Spring 2015 Tournament

In the Guild Tournament, people forms teams of two and make Level 4 Pathfinder RPG characters. (High-ranked teams automatically qualify for the Quarter Finals and have Level 6 characters.) Teams face off — if one team wins, they advance to the next round and level-up their characters. Each subsequent round has higher-level characters, until the Championship which is a knockdown, drag-out battle with powerful Level 10 characters! More and more teams are eliminated, until only one team, soaked in blood and gore, can claim the esteemed title of Guild Champions. Keep in mind that the tournament schedule runs on Mondays AND Wednesdays. At least ONE person from your team must show up to avoid forfeiting your match. If you’re absent on a day there is a match, your teammate must play your character — no one else can! For some folks, making a new character on paper can be bit intimidating — I will help each of you via e-mail (during class I’m too busy). And for future rounds, just leveling-up a character who was already made is much easier than making a brand-new character. Know that all deadlines to report your teams and make your characters are strict — it’s a lot of work to manage so many teams and character sheets, and so I make NO EXCEPTIONS to the deadlines. If you miss a deadline to level-up your character, this permanently handicaps you for the whole tournament. (See Rule #1 below.)


See the rules from the last Arena Design Contest — the same rules still apply. THE DEADLINE is the end of Guild on Wednesday, February 3.


Wednesday, February 10 (5 XP): REPORT YOUR TEAM (2 people, with a Team Name) TO THE GRANDMASTER by 4:15PM on Wednesday, February 10Missing the deadline means you’re not in the tournament!!! The Grandmaster posts the Tournament Match-Ups and reveals the first Arena. Tournament Seeds determine who your matchup will be. Higher-ranked teams are paired up against lower-ranked teams. (Yes, if you are very low-ranked, you probably won’t win against your more-experienced opponents! But you earn XP for trying and rank higher in the next tournament.) Your team’s Seed Number is determined by the higher-ranking member of your team. Ranking is determined by looking at the following factors in order:

  1. All who won a match in the last tournament are placed first (ranked by how high you advanced)
  2. All who competed in the last tournament are placed second
  3. All who made characters but didn’t fight in the last tournament are placed third
  4. People who didn’t make characters for the last tournament are placed last
  5. Tiebreaker #1 is: Your seed in the last tournament
  6. Tiebreaker #2 is: your current Guild XP

The first seeds for this semester’s Tournament go to:

  1. Nate
  2. Eli + Tyler
  3. Mattiwos + Samuel
  4. Conor + Enzo
  5. Kieran

Wednesday, February 24 (5 XP): DRAFT CHARACTERS ARE DUE TO THE GRANDMASTER by the end of the Guild Wednesday, February 24. People who start in the Qualifying Round submit Level 4 characters; people who start in the Quarter-Finals submit Level 6 characters. *Initial characters should be submitted with an official Pathfinder character sheet — if you use Hero Lab, you earn 5XP less for every Tournament victory, AND earn 5XP less for your very next Tournament victory (so instead of 20XP you would earn 10XP for winning in the Qualifying Round).*  To create your character sheet, get the character sheet and the Character Creation Guide PDF I’ve made up.

Sunday, February 28 (5 XP): LEVEL 4 AND LEVEL 6 CHARACTERS MUST BE FINALIZED (i.e., you answer all questions) WITH THE GRANDMASTER by Sunday, February 28, at 9:59pm. The Grandmaster then posts all Level 4 character sheets (none of the Level 6 character sheets) on the Guild website; you get to scope the competition!


QUALIFYING ROUND (Wed, Mar. 2 and Mon, Mar. 7) = 25 XP for winning Because only 8 teams can be in the Quarter Finals, there will be matches to determine who can be in the Quarter Finals. Even if you lose your match, you earn 6 XP for every hour you survived. The highest Seeds take this first week off. All characters are Level 4. WINNERS FROM QUALIFYING ROUND MUST LEVEL-UP THEIR CHARACTERS TO LEVEL 6 by Wednesday, Mar. 9, at 9:59pm. They must be done by writing the specific changes to the Grandmaster, on paper or by e-mail, OR by Hero Lab with the reduction in potential XP you can win. The Grandmaster posts all Level 6 characters on the website.

LOSERS FROM QUALIFYING ROUND CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE OPTIONAL “BRONZE DIVISION.” The matched-up teams can vote on which of the three arenas they’ll do. THEY CAN CHANGE THE EQUIPMENT OF THEIR CHARACTERS by Wednesday, Mar. 9, at 9:59pm. Changes must be done by writing the specific changes to the Grandmaster, on paper or by e-mail, OR by Hero Lab with the reduction in potential XP you can win. The Grandmaster posts these Level 4 characters on the website.

QUARTER-FINALS and BRONZE DIVISION (Mar. 14 + 16) = 35 XP for winning Quarter-Final, 20 XP for winning Bronze Division match Four 2v2 semi-final matches in which characters are Level 6. Bronze Division matches are Level 4. LEVEL 8 CHARACTERS MUST BE FINISHED Thursday, March 17, at 9:59pm. The Grandmaster posts Level 8 characters on the website.

SEMI-FINALS (Mon, Mar. 21) = 45 XP for winning Two 2v2 matches. All characters are Level 8. LEVEL 10 CHARACTERS MUST BE FINISHED Monday, Mar. 21, at 9:59pm. The Grandmaster posts Level 10 characters on the website.

CHAMPIONSHIP (Wed, Mar. 23) = 60 XP for winning The Championship! All characters are Level 10.


  1. Not finishing your character before the STRICT deadline has sucky, PERMANENT consequences on your character! There are NO EXCEPTIONS to my deadlines. If you fail to level-up your character in time, then I will just add hit points to your character — you lose all things that had to be chosen permanently (such as Feats, skill ranks, class special abilities, spells) — you can’t choose them when you level-up later.
  2. You can only use the 7 core races. Guns and Technology Guide items are NOT allowed. You may not use Traits. Besides these restrictions, nearly all options are allowed from the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, Advanced Class Guide, Advanced Player’s Guide, Occult Adventures, Ultimate Magic, Ultimate Combat, Ultimate Equipment, and Advanced Race Guide. All the classes and the prestige classes in those books are available. And, just like for Guild characters, we use Pathfinder Unchained‘s versions of some classes (the original Summoner is not allowed) and that book’s revised rage rules. Finally, the aegis, marksman, and soulknife, and the Autohypnosis skill from Ultimate Psionics are allowed.
  3. You will use 15 POINT BUY. No score lower than 8 or higher than 15 before applying racial modifiers. After 1st level, your character takes average hit points (i.e. for a d6 class like a wizard, it is 3, 4, 3…)
  4. Your character starts at Level 4, with 6,000gp in equipment (this includes up to 800gp in expendable items (scrolls and potions)). In the Quarter Finals, it becomes Level 6, with 16,000gp in equipment (this includes up to 1,800gp in expendable items). In the Semi Finals, it becomes Level 8, with 33,000gp in equipment (this includes up to 3,200gp in expendable items). In the Championship, it becomes Level 10, with 62,000gp in equipment (this includes up to 5,000gp in expendable items). Between battles, you trade in ALL your gear before spending your new GP total. In contrast, your ability scores, race, class levels, feats, and skill ranks are permanent.
  5. For spellcasting, and for special abilities and magic items that have a limit per day, these are limited to using one-third, rounded up, in any given battle. (For spellcasters, add up spell levels to find out your limit.) Search (Ctrl + F) for the “1/3 Rule” at this page.
  6. Any other creatures you have must come from class features (i.e., animal companions, bonded mounts, familiars, eidolons). After a battle begins, you may use magic to summon extra creatures.
  7. Magic Items: You must buy wands with a full (50) set of charges. You may NOT a buy wand, rod, or staff with a caster level higher than your character’s caster level. You may NOT buy scrolls with caster level higher than your character’s Caster level +2. (So if you are a Level 4 sorcerer, you may only buy scrolls up to Level 6. Remember that you might fail in using the scroll as well!)
  8. You and your teammate may pool your gold when equipping your character, and buy or craft items for each other. If you take a crafting feat, you can craft magic items at half the listed price. But the benefit you gain from your feat cannot exceed 25% of your assigned wealth. If your teammate takes an item you crafted, that counts against your limit. If you have 2 or more crafting feats, the wealth you gain is limited to 50% of your assigned wealth. (Note that magic weapons and armor include TWO prices in their price: the base price (+masterwork) of the weapon or armor PLUS the cost of magical enhancements.)
  9. You may “buff” yourself, your teammate, and your Allies before a battle, but AFTER you do so, 1d6 hours pass before the battle begins. (So the effects might wear off.)
  10. When time for a match runs out, if more than one team/player is left standing, victory is determined by percentage of hit points remaining AFTER taking away temporary changes (rage, bull’s strength, temporary hit points, polymorphing, etc.)

See posts from previous Guild Tournaments


Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Announcements, Tournament


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33 responses to “The Guild TOURNAMENT!

  1. Conor

    January 26, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Are there any restrictions on class?

    • ronaldsf

      January 26, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      All classes that have been used in Guild, including some classes from the Ultimate Psionics book, are allowed.

    • Conor

      January 27, 2016 at 8:13 am

      So I can be Kineticist (Grins and cracks knuckles)?

    • ronaldsfronaldsf

      January 27, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Yes to kineticist!

    • Conor

      January 28, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Can I use a racial archetype?

    • ronaldsf

      January 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Yes — the Advanced Race Guide is listed above.

  2. Enzo

    January 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Whooo!!! me and emmett will kick ass!

    • Conor

      January 26, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      But…But….. We have the high seed. So if u go with Emmett, you will get low seed.

  3. mmccoo171

    January 26, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    RIP cool races. So sad that there aren’t any featured or uncommon races ;(

    • ronaldsf

      January 26, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      They were never allowed in the tournament

    • Conor

      January 27, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Marco, U wanna team?

  4. Nate

    January 27, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Does my arena design count?

  5. Nate

    January 27, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Also, are we using any unchained rules? I didn’t see Pathfinder Unchained in that list of books.

    • ronaldsfronaldsf

      January 27, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Thanks, Nate. I updated the rules to reflect Pathfinder Unchained.

  6. Enzo

    January 28, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Is the only way i can get a high seed to team with conor?

    • ronaldsf

      January 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      To be in the top group of seeds, yes. But all that does is determine who you match up against, UNLESS the top seeds get a bye

  7. Enzo

    February 2, 2016 at 10:28 am

    That is BS

    • ronaldsf

      February 2, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Overreact much? It’s how any professional tournament system works. And if you don’t win a tournament don’t blame it on your seed, blame it on yourself.

  8. Conor

    February 3, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Will Nate and I get a high seed if we team?

    • ronaldsf

      February 3, 2016 at 8:31 am

      You’d be 1st since it’s the higher of the 2 teammates

  9. Enzo

    February 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    with the 1/3 rule, does it mean if you can cast, lets say, 6 level 1 spells per day, you could only cast 2?

    • ronaldsf

      February 17, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Yes. And remember you can always take scrolls too.

  10. Enzo

    February 18, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Then forget the nerf bat. bring in the nerf nuke!!!!

  11. erick

    February 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    wat abilty ronald you havent answer me in gmail

  12. erick

    February 18, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    tell me [] []

    • ronaldsf

      February 18, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      I already replied


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