Skunkbelly’s Ultimate Tournament Challenge is being rebooted! This was one of my favorite experiences on this forum. The gist is at the start of the tournament you will be given a 99 item ATMA stash. You may use ONLY these equippable items throughout the tournament in addition to Quest Items (during their Act) and Quest Rewards (permanently). You may manipulate your stash items in any way you see fit, and you can collect all socketables, charms and potions in an accessible extended stash. On top of this, you will be given a new character each act. Your starting class will be determined at random and you will be passed a character from another player, while you pass the character you were playing on to someone else as well. If a character dies, the character and player are removed from the tournament.Boris the Barbarian was having nightmares again. He’d hear screams summoning him from his sleep and emerge from his hut to find the Rogue Camp ablaze. This nightmare was similar, but at the same time felt different. The fog of sleep as he walked naked and barefoot through the encampment quickly cleared. The smell of burning wood and straw was more acrid. It scalded his throat and had a rich undertone. Some would think this a dinner roast gone over, but Boris recognized the smell of burning flesh too well. There were other peculiarities in this dream. Dekard Cain was missing for one. And that gaudy chest was back. “Oh no … not again.”
Akara was the first to find him through the smoke and drizzle, but this time around he was immediately recognized by the priestess. “I’ve summoned you just in time” she yelled. “Quick take the key and help us!” He sprung into action grabbing a huge mace out of the pile of items. He had no time to bother with armor, and he was probably too weak from 11 years of retirement to wield most of it anyway. It took all of his effort just to lift this mace. But the invaders were a puny force of Zombies and Fallen. Even being out of shape, this was just a warm up exercise for Boris. In fact he channeled his anger while Bashing the heads off of zombies “I’m supposed to go ICE fishing with my NEPHew”, emphasizing syllables has he swung his mace.
After all was said and done, he knew the drill. Akara would give him the usual speech, he could use the items provided by them, but then be stripped naked and given new equipment as he chased after the prime evils from one doomed land to another, eventually returning to his ravished homeland. But he wasn’t listening. Was he ready to go through this again? Could his old body even handle it? I guess he would find out soon enough.
What you need to know:
This will likely require an extended time commitment. Due to most forumites being on the busy side, we will plan for 2 weeks per act. So if you make Guardian in this tournament, that could mean a 30 week commitment. Also make sure you would have time to complete an Act (not full clear, but full Quest) in roughly 2 weeks. Sure we can make exceptions here and there, but if you will frequently need 4 weeks to do an act that will be a problem.
What we need to know:
-How many people are playing?
I would like to have at least 7 players (14 or more would be better) to kick this off, so please state you interest and availability. We plan to run this either starting in the fall, or may wait until after the new year depending on everyone’s schedules.
-What versions are you (can you) play?
With 1.14 coming out recently the active forum is currently a bit split on which patch is being played. Please list what version(s) you would prefer to play and which you would be willing (able) to play. We’ve already talked to Thyiad and we’ve got the go ahead to run this, but only within a single patch so we will choose the version that accommodates the most people.
-Can you donate some gear towards the stashes?
Pb_pal and I would both like to keep this a HC tournament. Unfortunately neither of us play a lot of HC outside of tourney characters, thus our wealth is rather limited. We would definitely need contributions for this to run in HC. Remember not all of the gear needs to be godly as we will need to equip this stuff from the start. Some idea of what we would need:
)Low level items like Sets, Uniques, Socketables even white items and blue and yellows.
)Higher ilvl Blue items that may themselves be a bit useful or used for crafting
)A handful of reasonable ED elite weapons in case melee character make it to hell
)Some exceptional/elite whites/socketables for later game runewords
)2 elite uniques per stash
Again gear doesn’t have to all be amazing or this wouldn't be a Challenge after all.