Renaissance Man Tournament

skunkbelly

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Renaissance Man Tournament

Renaissance Man Tournament


RULES

1. HC characters only.

2. Untwinked, though you may keep an ATMA stash for your character, and mule freely to and from it.

3. You can play any character class or build you wish, as long as you follow the skill restrictions (below).

4. All skill points you earn must be distributed evenly between each of your character’s three skill trees, on a consistent rotating basis. For example, an assassin may put a skill point into the shadow tree at level 2, put a point into the martial arts tree at level 3, and at level 4 put a point into the traps tree. Then, at level 5, she'll need to put another point into the shadow tree. Etc. The order in which you will assign points to your skill trees must be determined before starting your character, and you may not vary from it.

5. The winner is either the first to reach Guardian status, or the last man standing.

The tournament will start on Monday, February 22, so all characters should be entered by then. I'll maintain a list of participants, with notes of everyone's progress (assuming you post to the thread on a regular basis).
 

skunkbelly

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Oh, lol... and I'm going to play an assassin, Skunkfoot. She will place skill points in the following order: martial arts, shadow skills, traps.
 
Hmm, sound like it could lead to some intersting builds, i like the idea.
Would do it myself, but i have enough projects going on as it is, and HC can be just too annoying, especially when i die, thats the worst part of HC...
 

OpethAZ

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At least one question.

What do you with skills points earned from quest rewards? Do they go in the rotation when earned?
 

Xkreation

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I'm in. Sounds like a blast.

I shall play a Sorceress, as of yet unnamed. Should be interesting. :)

- Tom
 

stupidgreen

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do we have to assign the skill points right away, or just in the right order (if that makes any sense). As in, can I save my skill points to use at later levels.
 

Sir Lister of Smeg

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No choice but to sign up to add yet another project, I don't know how much time I'll have, but since none of my hardcore characters reached destroyer status so far, it should not be that much of a problem. I'll be going for a paladin I think.

edit: I've decided on the paladin indeed, and named him (created the character, but not yet played since the tourney hasn't started yet) Izun.
 

nemar

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hum , why not , but the great, the fabulous, the marvelous , the perfect , the best J. Nemar don't work for nothing ! what is the price ?
 

skunkbelly

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@ OpethAZ: skill points from *all* sources (levels and quests) need to be used in their proper order.

@ stupidgreen: This would *not* mean that you have to immediately assign a skill point upon receiving it... you still must assign them in order, though, so waiting to assign a skill point in one tree means that you will have to wait for *all* trees.

An example: pretend for a moment that you are a level 25 sorceress, and you are supposed to put your next skill point into the Sorceress Cold Tree. You're planning to maximize Orb, and you already have the prerequisites filled... so you don't want to waste a point in any other cold skill, you obviously want to save it for Orb. You're welcome to wait to hit level 30 before assigning that skill point. However, you may *not* assign any points to the other trees while you are waiting. You'll just have to level up to 30, then continue assigning your waiting skill points in order.

For most builds, this won't be too much of an issue. It will make it quite difficult, though, to maximize level 30 skills. Unlike a typical character, who might be able to maximize a level 30 skill at clvl 50, it will be impossible in this tournament to maximize a level 30 skill until your character is somewhere in the mid 80s. Yikes!

@ nemar: yeah, I was wondering about this myself. As Indiana Jones would say, the best reward is always "Fortune and Glory, kid. Fortune and Glory." Which means we need some fortune!

How about this: all characters in the game should keep a stash of all set and unique items they find (i.e., there should be no selling sets and uniques to Charsi, no matter how useless). When your character is out of the competition, e-mail me your stash file (not your character file... those items are lost with your corpse). The winner will receive all the stash files. The prize may be junk, of course... but assuming that at least some of us survive to late NM and early Hell, there will no doubt be some decent loot.
 

skunkbelly

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Oh, and don't forget: when you post your character and name, tell me what order you will assign points to your skill trees.
 

Hrus

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Another tourney! I think I will skip this one. Not a bad idea though. But there will be couple of overpowered builds. Hammerdins and tesladins for example. Barbarians are quite strong too. On the other side sorcies, druids and necros will be quite week in later stages.
 

skunkbelly

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Hrus said:
Another tourney! I think I will skip this one. Not a bad idea though. But there will be couple of overpowered builds. Hammerdins and tesladins for example. Barbarians are quite strong too. On the other side sorcies, druids and necros will be quite week in later stages.
Hammerdins could potentially be fairly strong, but it will still be impossible to have a typical hammer build... it will be impossible to maximize both blessed aim and concentration, for instance, and it will take a very long time to maximize blessed hammer (wouldn't be maxed until late NM, at the very earliest). Still, could be one of the stronger builds.

Tesladins... also a strong possibility, but suffers from the same problem (you can only maximize one synergy, and it will take you quite a long while to accomplish that). The nice thing, though, is you'll have plenty of spare points for Holy Shield, or a strong Zeal, etc.

Barbs might be the strongest, depending on the build. Splitting up points evenly means a good chunk in masteries (more than some would like, perhaps), a good chunk in warcries (who doesn't max BO anyway?), and the rest in combat skills (a given). But still, several builds would be very difficult... for example, if your combat skill has a warcry synergy, do you max the synergy or max BO? Bye-bye Zerker, and perhaps bye-bye Frenzy. WW would work nicely, though.
 

water_moon

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skunkbelly said:
Barbs might be the strongest, depending on the build. Splitting up points evenly means a good chunk in masteries (more than some would like, perhaps), a good chunk in warcries (who doesn't max BO anyway?), and the rest in combat skills (a given). But still, several builds would be very difficult... for example, if your combat skill has a warcry synergy, do you max the synergy or max BO? Bye-bye Zerker, and perhaps bye-bye Frenzy. WW would work nicely, though.
This is what I usually do, maybe not the order, but the point spread. I'd love to join but I've been neglecting my barb for my own tourney....*sigh*
 

SuperSavage

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skunkbelly said:
Oh, and don't forget: when you post your character and name, tell me what order you will assign points to your skill trees.
Popeye
Palidan
Skill Tree Order:

1. Offensive Auras
2. Combat Skills
3. Defensive Auras
 

Sir Lister of Smeg

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I had to dig deep to find this one back. I've not yet had time to play, but I'll probably start soon, and will be putting points in the order offensive-combat-defensive.
 

Xkreation

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Sorceress - I'll name her when i start tonight,

but i think i'll do Cold / Fire / Lightning
i'll try to post after i play every time.
 

skoolbus

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I think I'll join, as it looks like you need some more people
I'm gonna use a pally, I'll just go
Defensive
Offensive
Combat
so I can remember

Pally
Thor
lvl 1
 
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