The "It Takes All Kinds" Tournament

skunkbelly

Diabloii.Net Member
The "It Takes All Kinds" Tournament

The “It Takes All Kinds†Tournament

This tournament will force your character to use a little bit of everything, equipment-wise. May the most well-rounded player win!


RULES

1. HC only.

2. No multiplayer permitted.

3. You may keep an ATMA stash for the following items only: socket-fillers, charms and potions (if you find items you wish to use on other characters or for grail purposes, you may mule them off).

4. You may play any character build that you wish. However, the following builds start with a 10 point penalty: necromancer using skeleton warriors, lightning fury amazon, lightning trapper assassin, hammerdin. Any build using teleport, either with hard skill points or item charges, receives a 10 point penalty. Upon joining the tournament, you must indicate whether you will use a two-handed weapon, a one-handed weapon and shield, or two weapons; you must also give the same info for your weapon switch.

5. You must find all WPs before proceeding to the next act, but not necessarily in order.

6. You must solve all quests before proceeding to the next act, but not necessarily in order. If you wish to save rewards for use, you may do so, but you do not receive points for the quest until the quest box is turned to gray. All quest rewards must be redeemed before moving to the next difficulty level.

7. STATS: In order to remain in balance, your base stats must at all times be within 10 points of each other.

8. EQUIPMENT: this is the meat of this tournament. There are 10 different quality levels of equipment in the game:

1. low-quality items (“cracked,†“damaged,†etc.)
2. ethereal items
3. normal “white†items
4. superior items
5. magic items
6. socketed items
7. rare items
8. set items
9. unique items
10. crafted items

Between your character and your mercenary, there are a total of 10-12 item slots available, depending on whether you use a one-handed weapon and a shield, a two-handed weapon, or two weapons.

1. ring 1
2. ring 2
3. amulet
4. helm
5. armor
6. gloves
7. boots
8. belt
9. weapon
10. shield (or 2nd weapon, for assassins and barbarians who double-wield)
11. weapon switch
12. shield switch (or 2nd weapon switch, for assassins and barbarians who double-wield)

When you join the tournament, you will be given a randomly determined list of what item slots will match up with which required quality levels. All 10 item qualities will be assigned *somewhere*, so that each will be represented on your character at all times.

This will leave you with zero to two items slots unassigned, depending on your character’s weapon/shield preferences (a character with a polearm as their weapon, and a bow on switch, would have only 10 equipment slots, for example). If your character will have more than 10 equipment slots, you may make a choice: keep those slots as “wild cards,†which you can fill with anything you wish, at a score penalty of 10 points per slot; OR, if you prefer, I can roll you random item quality levels for those slots, with no score penalty.

Here’s a sample character, to give you an idea:

1. ring 1 - rare
2. ring 2 - magic
3. amulet – WILD CARD – minus 10 points
4. helm - superior
5. armor - ethereal
6. gloves - unique
7. boots – low quality
8. belt - crafted
9. weapon - normal
10. shield - socketed
11. weapon switch – set

9. Other equipment rules:

Any item slot may be filled with a low-quality normal item (i.e., no low-quality exceptional or elite items) or your character’s starter gear, until the first legal replacement is found.

You may obtain items in any way you see fit, so long as they are found, crafted, bought, gambled etc. within the confines of the game: no muling items on, but anything else goes.

Quest reward items (rings from Ormus and Akara, Charsi Imbue, Anya reward) may be used if they fit your restrictions; otherwise, they may not be used. Important tip: quest items (the staff, the viper amy, the hellforge hammer, etc.) are unique items, and might be helpful if you are required to use unique weapons but have not found any!

Impossible item combinations will be re-rolled (no low-quality jewelry for example, or ethereal bows).

Please note that ANY ITEM THAT FITS THE DESCRIPTION may be used in a given slot. Pay close attention. For example, if your armor slot must be filled with an ethereal item, that includes ANY ethereal item: an ethereal rare or unique is permitted, or an ethereal with sockets… it need not be simply a boring gray ethereal item with no other characteristics. If you must have a socketed weapon, it can be a rare with sockets, a set item that you socket with the Larzuk reward, etc. This can also work against you, in some cases: that normal weapon you are wearing cannot gain a socket through the Larzuk reward, for example, because then it would no longer be a normal white item.

Sockets may be filled with anything you wish.

10. PERKS. Upon obtaining certain objectives, you earn a “perkâ€: you will have the option of raising or lowering the quality level of one of your item slots by one position on the chart above. For example, if you had to use a “magic†quality weapon, you could bump that selection up to “rare,†or down to “socketed.†Here are the points when this may be done in each difficulty level:

? Upon finding the Outer Cloister WP.
? Upon finding the Lost City WP.
? Upon finding the Travincal WP.
? Upon killing Nihlathak.
? Upon killing the Cow King.

These perks may NOT be saved up for later use: they must be used immediately upon being earned. You may forfeit your perk if you wish, but you may not save it. When you use a perk, you must say in your post how the perk has been used.

11. MERCS: any mercenary may be used, and their equipment is not restricted in any way.

12. SCORING:

+1 for each WP found.
+2 for each quest completed (turned to gray).
-1 for each level gained.
-10 for each “extra†item slot used as a wild card (must be determined when starting your character).
-10 for handicapped builds (skellimancer, any build using teleport, hammerdin, lightning trapper, LF zon).

13. The tournament begins now, and ends on July 4th.

14. Rolling item selections for other players is a simple process. You may not roll your own item qualities, but you may roll items for another player (I can’t always be available). To do so, visit www.random.org/sform.html. Type 1 in the first box, and a number from 10-12 in the second box depending on how many item slots the player will need. You will receive a random sequence of numbers. Simply match this sequence up with the item quality list above. If you have items that will be impossible (low-quality rings, ethereal bows, etc.) then fill that quality slot with the next item position, and retry the skipped item at the end. For example, for an amazon with a bow in each weapon position, I would obtain the sequence 8-6-10-9-4-1-2-7-5-3. This would give me:

1 low-quality 8 belt
2 ethereal 6 gloves
3 normal 10 switch weapon
4 superior 9 main weapon
5 magic 4 helm
6 socketed 1 ring – not possible – 2 ring – not possible – 7 boots – not possible – 5 armor!
7 rare 3 amulet
8 set 1 ring (held over from above)
9 unique 2 ring (held over from above)
10 crafted 7 boots (held over from above)

In the rare instance that you get a completely impossible sequence of numbers, just reroll the sequence and start over.

**

I will play a bowzon... could someone start me out by rolling my equipment selections?
 

nubikoen

Diabloii.Net Member
I'm in on this one, my first tourney.

I think this call for another first for me, I'll play a summon druid.

*Edit* I'm too slow :rolleyes:

I'll keep a second weap/shield on switch.

*Edit. the second edition*

I'll be using a rogue merc.

What's the equpment rules for her?
 

skunkbelly

Diabloii.Net Member
@ nub: Rules state that mercs have no equipment restrictions, so the rogue merc can wear whatever she wants.

Also, you want a weapon/shield on switch... but what about your primary slots? Two-handed weapon, or weapon/shield?
 

nubikoen

Diabloii.Net Member
Ah, ok. I'll be using weap/shield on both slots.

*Edit*

And no wildcards for me, I'll need all the points I can get :grin:
 

jjscud

Diabloii.Net Member
Ok, I'm in. I'm going to restart my HC Blizzballer Hope who is currently only lvl 3. She'll do shield/sword on normal and two hand weapon on switch.

Oh, and she'll be keeping her ten points and not putting and skill points in teleport.:shocked:

No wildcard either so lets roll that two hand weapon too.
 

skunkbelly

Diabloii.Net Member
SuperSavage said:
Heres ya roll: 9-8-3-1-2-4-10-7-6-5
Can't have a low-quality bow (they don't exist), so this roll translates to:

low-quality items 9 weapon - bow, can't work - 8 belt (hold 9 for end)

ethereal items - 3 amulet - can't work - 1 ring can't work - 2 ring - can't work - 4 helmet (hold 3,1,2 for end)

normal “white†items - 10 weapon switch

superior items - 7 boots

magic items - 6 gloves

socketed items - 5 armor

rare items - 9 weapon

set items - 3 amulet

unique items - 1 ring

crafted items - 2 ring

Yikes, that's kind of ugly!
 

erics

Diabloii.Net Member
I'ld like to get in on this.

I'll be making a Martyr with one handed weapon/sheild with no items on switch.
 

SuperSavage

Diabloii.Net Member
skunkbelly said:
Can't have a low-quality bow (they don't exist), so this roll translates to:
I figured you were 10 total with two 2-handed slots. Sorry about that, forgot about the bow... your roll looks pretty nasty but I think most peoples rolls will be pretty nasty also.

My character is gonna be a Druid named Reggie. He will be using one-hand/shield on both slots and would like random slots for 11 and 12 please.
 

skunkbelly

Diabloii.Net Member
nubikoen said:
Ah, ok. I'll be using weap/shield on both slots.

*Edit*

And no wildcards for me, I'll need all the points I can get :grin:
here you go! 9-7-10-2-1-8-3-5-4-6

Low quality 9 weapon
ethereal 7 boots
normal 10 shield
superior 2 ring - not possible - 1 ring - not possible - 8 BELT (hold 2,1 for end)
magic 3 amulet
socketed 5 armor
rare items 4 helmet
set items 6 gloves
unique 2 ring
crafted 1 ring

And random spots 11/12:

Weapon switch: low quality
Shield switch: socketed


EDIT: I realized in making this assignment that my original method only really works for players with 10 gear slots. For players with 11 or 12 slots, assign the first 10 by the original rules, then randomly assign the final two slots (whatever they happen to be).
 

skunkbelly

Diabloii.Net Member
jjscud said:
Ok, I'm in. I'm going to restart my HC Blizzballer Hope who is currently only lvl 3. She'll do shield/sword on normal and two hand weapon on switch.

Oh, and she'll be keeping her ten points and not putting and skill points in teleport.:shocked:

No wildcard either so lets roll that two hand weapon too.
9-8-6-7-3-10-5-1-4-2

Low quality 9 weapon
Ethereal 8 belt
Normal 6 gloves
Superior 7 boots
Magic 3 amulet
Socketed 10 shield
Rare 5 armor
Set 1 ring
Unique 4 helmet
Crafted 2 ring

two-handed weapon: magic
 

skunkbelly

Diabloii.Net Member
erics said:
I'ld like to get in on this.

I'll be making a Martyr with one handed weapon/sheild with no items on switch.
5-10-7-4-8-9-1-6-3-2

Low quality 5 armor
Ethereal 10 shield
Normal 7 boots
Superior 4 helmet
Magic 8 belt
Socketed 9 weapon
Rare 1 ring
Set 6 gloves
Unique 3 amulet
Crafted 2 ring
 

skunkbelly

Diabloii.Net Member
SuperSavage said:
My character is gonna be a Druid named Reggie. He will be using one-hand/shield on both slots and would like random slots for 11 and 12 please.
9-7-4-6-2-10-5-3-8-1

Low quality 9 weapon
Ethereal 7 boots
Normal 4 helmet
Superior 6 gloves
Magic 2 ring
Socketed 10 shield
Rare 5 armor
Set 3 amulet
Unique 8 belt
Crafted 1 ring

Weapon Switch: Superior
Shield Switch: Unique
 

zatlaren

Diabloii.Net Member
I think I like to the look of this I will join. Going to try something new. I'll go with a bowazon. Switch will be 2H.
 

Greyeagle

Diabloii.Net Member
Interesting tourney as usual Skunk. I think I'll join w/ a lightning strike amazon. No fury for this character. Javelin and shield for both main and switch. Please roll randomly for my extra slots, I won't use the wildcard option.
 

SuperSavage

Diabloii.Net Member
skunkbelly said:
For example, if you had to use a “magic†quality weapon, you could bump that selection up to “rare,†or down to “socketed.â€
Did you mean up to "socketed" and down to "superior" ?
 

SuperSavage

Diabloii.Net Member
Heres Reggie's first update.

I started off on /p 8 as usual and entered the den at almost level 4 and finished the den at almost level 6. My club broke once, rakinishu dropped me some ethereal boots that were magic which were +1 dex so that was my first item to be equipped. Found another pair of ethereal boots so when those break I have a backup pair. I bought a superior scepter which i use on switch now no shield but oh well, dont do much attacking anyway.

Blood Raven was taken down at level 7 which no problems with level 2 wolves which tanked along with oak sage. Once I got my cold merc and a long bow on her, things are cake.

Cain and Countess were both simple tasks... dropped me ELD :sad2: Only other items I am using is my magic slot (+2 str/LR 7% ring) and my "normal" helm slot which is a skull cap.

Reggie: Druid
Clvl = 16(-16)
WP = 6(+6)
Quests = 4(+8)
Score = -2

We need a table... I would do right now but am busy soon

EDIT: I am at first PERK part but still don't understand skunk can u clarify more for me please! :thumbsup:
 

SeDnA

Diabloii.Net Member
I'd like to join this with a Poison Necromancer. No wild cards or skeleton warriors for me. He will be using weapon/shield on both slots and would like random slots for 11 and 12.

Questions:
1. Can we make runewords? What will they be considered as? (I'm thinking unique, socketed and possibly ethereal)
2. If you make a runeword in a superior socketed item, the superior property remains but it will not show in the name. Eg. Superior Archon Plate will become Archon Plate Duress, but the enhanced defence from the superior property remains. Will the runeword be considered as socketed, unique, superior?
3. Can you rerun areas?
4. Are we allowed to use the starter equipment even though they might not fit in the correct item quality type?
 

Nazdakka

Diabloii.Net Member
Well, I thought 'Bowazon' when I read the rules, but I guess so did everyone else. Instead I'll go for a P&B Mancer. He'll use a weapon/shield on both main and switch, with no wildcards and no Skellies.
 
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