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    Default Zinc Saucier XXXIX: Hoist The Colors High

    Welcome one and all to the thirty-ninth Zinc Saucier challenge, where Playgrounders come to test their skill in the art of beautiful and bizarre (and bizarrely beautiful) builds, summoning a savory dish of superb swordplay and sublime sorcery.

    The challenge? To come up with a build that has the same abilities and feel as the Secret Ingredient WITHOUT actually using it!

    For the thirty-eighth challenge, we'll be abiding by the code and building us a Dread Pirate (PrC from Complete Adventurer)

    Our challengers will have about 2 weeks to build a complete build up to Effective Character Level 20 using a 32 point buy and all official WOTC D&D 3.5 materials (excluding Dragon Magazine, but including any WOTC online enhancements) with the abilities and feel of a Dread Pirate without actually using any levels in it.

    Entries must be submitted by Monday, 9:00pm GMT, October 11th, 2021. As usual, please submit your entries via private message to the chairman, so as not to influence the other sauciers. Extensions are available.

    Judges will then have until Monday, 9:00pm GMT, October 25th, 2021, to post scores for all dishes. Extensions are available.

    Contestants will be judged and awarded a score of 1 through 5 in each of 4 categories:
    • Innovation (Uniqueness in character concept, race, class, etc)
    • Power (How powerful and versatile it is compared to the base class)
    • Elegance (What can only be described as how well the build "flows", i.e not using lots of 1-2lv dips, sacrificing flavour for power or using flaws)
    • Ingredient (How well the build captures the abilities and feel of the base class)


    Presentation would be best in the style of how the iron chef does their presentations, however any style is allowed so long as it is clear on how the build was made.

    Submission:
    To standardize Entries, please use this format when sending it in:

    PM: AvatarVecna
    Subject: Zinc Saucier 39, Name of your Entry

    For Revisions and disputes, do the same thing. It makes it easier for me finding the entries in my mail box.

    If you have questions about the contest that feel inappropriate to ask in the main thread, please PM me with "Zinc Saucier 38 Questions". Keep in mind that I am not a judge, and so questions about how acceptable X or Y might be to judges will get (at best) a guess on my part due to my somewhat limited familiarity with the competitive community.

    Recommended style is as the spoilers below. The end of the second post has a link to a Google Sheet that helps show the layout, if that will help you with planning out your build.

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    NAME OF ENTRY
    Level Class Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Skills Feats Class Features
    1st New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    2nd New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    3rd New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    4th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    5th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    6th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    7th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    8th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    9th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    10th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    11th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    12th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    13th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    14th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    15th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    16th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    17th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    18th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    19th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    20th New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities

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    [tr]
    [td][B]Level[/B][/td]
    [td][B]Class[/B][/td]
    [td][B]Base Attack Bonus[/B][/td]
    [td][B]Fort Save[/B][/td]
    [td][B]Ref Save[/B][/td]
    [td][B]Will Save[/B][/td]
    [td][B]Skills[/B][/td]
    [td][B]Feats[/B][/td]
    [td][B]Class Features[/B][/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]1st[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]2nd[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]3rd[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]4th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]5th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
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    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
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    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]6th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]7th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]8th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]9th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]10th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]11th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]12th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]13th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]14th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]15th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]16th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]17th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]18th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]19th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]20th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [/table]

    For entries with spellcasting, use the following table for Spells per day and Spells Known. (Spells Known only if necessary, i.e. Sorcerer or Bard, but not Wizard or Warmage)
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    Spells per Day/Spells Known
    Level 0lvl 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
    1st - - - - - - - - - -
    2nd - - - - - - - - - -
    3rd - - - - - - - - - -
    4th - - - - - - - - - -
    5th - - - - - - - - - -
    6th - - - - - - - - - -
    7th - - - - - - - - - -
    8th - - - - - - - - - -
    9th - - - - - - - - - -
    10th - - - - - - - - - -
    11th - - - - - - - - - -
    12th - - - - - - - - - -
    13th - - - - - - - - - -
    14th - - - - - - - - - -
    15th - - - - - - - - - -
    16th - - - - - - - - - -
    17th - - - - - - - - - -
    18th - - - - - - - - - -
    19th - - - - - - - - - -
    20th - - - - - - - - - -
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    [B]Spells per Day/Spells Known[/B]
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    [tr]
    [td][B]Level[/B][/td]
    [td][B]0lvl[/B][/td]
    [td][B]1st[/B][/td]
    [td][B]2nd[/B][/td]
    [td][B]3rd[/B][/td]
    [td][B]4th[/B][/td]
    [td][B]5th[/B][/td]
    [td][B]6th[/B][/td]
    [td][B]7th[/B][/td]
    [td][B]8th[/B][/td]
    [td][B]9th[/B][/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]1st[/td]
    [td]-[/td]
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    [/tr]
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    [td]2nd[/td]
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    [td]3rd[/td]
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    [/tr]
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    [td]4th[/td]
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    [/tr]
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    [td]5th[/td]
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    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]6th[/td]
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    [/tr]
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    [td]7th[/td]
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    [td]8th[/td]
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    [td]9th[/td]
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    [td]10th[/td]
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    [td]20th[/td]
    [td]-[/td]
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    [td]-[/td]
    [td]-[/td]
    [td]-[/td]
    [td]-[/td]
    [/tr]
    [/table]


    Please do not post details of your build on the board before it is ready, so as not to spoil the surprise for others. Similarly, please try to refrain from speculating on possible builds too much even if you don't intend to use them yourself.

    Sauciers may submit up to two builds each, as we don't want to overfeed the judges.

    Previous Challenges:
    1. Soulknife
    2. Bard
    3. Monk
    4. Assassin
    5. Barbarian
    6. Warlock
    7. Paladin *
    8. Warblade
    9. Pyrokineticist
    10. Ninja *
    11. Druid
    12. True Necromancer
    13. Dervish
    14. Whisperknife
    15. Epic Infiltrator *
    16. Master of Vipers
    17. Ranger *
    18. Flayerspawn Psychic
    19. Totemist
    20. Walker in the Waste
    21. Drunken Master
    22. Cleric
    23. Duskblade
    24. Psibond Agent
    25. Argent Fist
    26. Fighter
    27. Artificier
    28. Knight
    29. Spellthief
    30. Factorum no cooks submitted
    31. Dragonfire Adept
    32. Battle Dancer
    33. Illithid Slayer one cook submitted
    34. Swashbuckler
    35. Chameleon
    36. Dread Necromancer one cook submitted
    37. Warmage
    38. Kensai one cook submitted


    *: Classes marked with an asterisk have had their original posts updated to reflect the final results.

    This competition is inspired by the Playground Iron Chef Competitions and uses mostly identical rules.
    Last edited by AvatarVecna; 2021-09-27 at 10:37 AM.


    Currently Recruiting WW/Mafia: nothing currently.

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    Aspiring optimizers can try their luck in Zinc Saucier XXXIX: Hoist The Colors High

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    Default Re: Zinc Saucier XXXIX: Hoist The Colors High

    Competitors will be free to use any official 3.5 rulebook in constructing their builds. Dragon magazine is disallowed, and Unearthed Arcana is allowed; but see Elegance below. Web-exclusive 3.0 or 3.5 materials by WotC are expressly allowed, but take care to verify that an updated version did not appear in print elsewhere, as this may cause an Elegance deduction at the judges' discretion. Alternate rule systems from UA such as gestalt and generic classes are not allowed, as they create a different playing field. Also, item familiars are forbidden because I hate 'em.

    Power level is up to you. Cheese is acceptable, but should be kept to a sane level unless you're showcasing a new TO build you've discovered. In the words of one of my predecessors, a little cheddar can be nice, but avoid the mature Gruyere unless you're making a cheese fondue.

    Elegance could bear a little elaboration. It basically measures how skillfully you put your build together, and whether you sacrificed flavor for power. We're cooking here - if your dish doesn't taste good, it doesn't matter how well-presented it is. Use of flaws is an automatic loss of one point per flaw in this category. Other things that will cause lost points here are excessive multiclassing, and classes that don't fit the concept - using Cloistered Cleric in a front-line melee fighter, for example, may lose you points. Please note the following: a legal source's relative obscurity should not be considered as penalizing Elegance, excepting the aforementioned issues with Unearthed Arcana. Using too many sources may be an Elegance deduction at the judges' discretion, but a book's relative obscurity may not.

    Concerning Experience Requirements: Each build is allotted exactly 200,000 EXP. This is roughly 10,000 EXP more than necessary to get to 20th level. Please take note of this when planning your character for circumstances like LA Buyoff, Item Crafting, Magic Use, Multiclassing EXP Penalties, etc.

    Definition of Power for scoring: Since this has been a point of contention, let me lay down this guideline. Since the goal is to emulate the Secret Ingredient, achieving much higher power than the Secret Ingredient is capable of is overkill and should be marked accordingly. Likewise if the build cannot match the power of the Secret Ingredient it should be marked accordingly. Individual judges can decide how much is too much for Power scoring, as each judge will have different tastes. The goal here is to prevent all entries being Wizard 20 because "they do it better."

    What's the minimum score in a category? Assuming an entry is legal, the minimum score in any category is 1. If a judge is convinced that an entry is illegal by the RAW, the judge may give a 0 or decline to score a given entry. Because this contest focuses on Player Characters, an entry that is not technically allowed for a PC, but is viable as an NPC, counts as a legal entry, but may receive a minimum score at the judges' discretion.

    Is Dragon Compendium Allowed? Yes, but individual issues of Dragon Magazine are not.

    What about 3.0 materials? 3.0 materials, whether online or in printed form, are allowed unless they've been officially updated to a 3.5 edition.

    Are Dragonlance, Ravenloft, Planescape, Dark Sun, or Kingdoms of Kalamar allowable sources? The Dragonlance Campaign Setting is allowed, but the subsequent books for Dragonlance are considered 3rd party, and are therefore not eligible, despite the "WotC approved" status of those books. The same holds for Oriental Adventures (1st party) and the subsequent Rokugan books (3rd party). Materials from Ravenloft, Planescape, Dark Sun, and Kingdoms of Kalamar are considered 3rd party for purposes of this contest, and are therefore not allowed.

    What about online sources in general? If the online source is a) published by WotC, and b) not replaced by an updated version at a later time, it is eligible. Use it, link it.

    Where's the line drawn with "acceptable/unacceptable" for Unearthed Arcana? This will likely vary a bit from Chairman to Chairman. Variant class features and variant character classes are espressly permitted. Item Familiars and Gestalt have always been verboten; don't expect that to change. Flaws have similarly always been noted as warranting a deduction; even now that its me that is Chairing, its still extended to Traits, though they warrant 1/2 the penalty in Elegance that a Flaw would because they're roughly 1/2 as useful. Alternate spell systems, alternate skill systems and alternate crafting rules all create an uneven playing field, and as such, will be disallowed for as long as I am Chairman. Bloodlines are ripe for abuse, and will be discouraged as long as I am Chairman. Note that judges are allowed to look askance at any use of Unearthed Arcana not specifically mentioned above, at their discretion, and otherwise penalize Elegance according to their preference.

    What, exactly, does the ban on Leadership mean? As folks have started to try to work around the edges of this one, I'm forced to spell it out more plainly. No Leadership, Draconic Cohort, or Feats that grant a similar ability are allowed EXCEPT Wild Cohort while I am chairman. Any PrC you choose with Leadership or a Leadership-analog has that ability entirely ignored for this contest, as it may neither be used nor traded away via any means whatsoever.

    How the heck do I even do this? Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to select a combination of race, templates, classes, alternate class features, prestige classes, skills, and feats, meld them into a single character that progresses from ECL 1 to ECL 20, that is as close as possible to the secret ingredient as possible in look, feel, class features. How you do it is up to you, I recommend you read previous competitions if you are interested in seeing how others have done it before you. Capture the essence!

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    I have one idea... Very stupid idea!
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    Well, someone's bound to ask, it might as well be me.

    The 10th level Dread Pirate ability Pirate King functions as the Leadership feat.

    Should judges not penalize for being unable to replicate it, given the other rules of this competition? The Rules concern a class that we use in our efforts to replicate, not a class to be replicated.

    What, exactly, does the ban on Leadership mean? As folks have started to try to work around the edges of this one, I'm forced to spell it out more plainly. No Leadership, Draconic Cohort, or Feats that grant a similar ability are allowed EXCEPT Wild Cohort while I am chairman. Any PrC you choose with Leadership or a Leadership-analog has that ability entirely ignored for this contest, as it may neither be used nor traded away via any means whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuulvheysoon View Post
    Well, someone's bound to ask, it might as well be me.

    The 10th level Dread Pirate ability Pirate King functions as the Leadership feat.

    Should judges not penalize for being unable to replicate it, given the other rules of this competition? The Rules concern a class that we use in our efforts to replicate, not a class to be replicated.
    Knew I forgot something. And honestly I'm not sure how to handle it. The leadership aspect of the Dread Pirate comes online awfully late, so leaving it out still gets you most of what the class gives. But also, it's so integral to the concept that leaving it out feels like a failure to replicate. Regardless, either for this particular round Leadership is legal and judges need to take that into account, or it's still illegal and judges shouldn't penalize contestants for following rules. I can see an argument for either side.

    Ultimately, I'm inclined towards the latter (that is, illegal and judges should take that into account) just to keep things uniform. Somebody trying hard enough on Leadership shenanigans can get very out of hand very quickly. We can assume that you have a crew on hand without requiring all contestants to detail what their crew consists of, since that would both create a gigantic power gap between those who can optimize the NPCs well and those that can't, and it would be even more DM dependant than assuming your build has particular magic items.

    This round is about building the pirate captain, not a specific crew. You can imply a specific crew in their backstory, but it shouldn't be so integral to your build that you couldn't make do with some other pirate crew if you found yourself in a situation where you can't afford to be choosy.


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    Okay then, I've got a silly idea. Let's see if I can make this work. Consider me in for cooking.

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    I'm in favour of the proposed solution, and agree with the reasoning.

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    3 days or so until reveal and I've still got no builds. Does anybody need an extension?


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    Ugh. Been so busy IRL, haven't given this one much thought. I will try to build something this weekend but I also want to make some tweaks to my build spreadsheet. We will see what happens.
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    I'm really exhausted by Shining Blade of Heironeous. (((

    Maybe I create something. Need two days extension. If itís not enough nothing will be.
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    I have some ideas (first time participating in this contest) but i have a question. We have to imitate even the last ability of the dread pirate that is a leadership like ability?
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    A short extension will definetly be welcome here, formatting in this site is taking me ages.

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    As a suggestion, Use the freely available spreadsheet in my signature. Essentially does the formatting for you, just fill in the blanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentinas View Post
    I have some ideas (first time participating in this contest) but i have a question. We have to imitate even the last ability of the dread pirate that is a leadership like ability?
    This got addressed earlier in the thread: you do not need to replicate Leadership. It's assumed you have some kind of crew, but not a specific crew, or one you have to design as part of your entry. You're building a pirate captain, not the whole crew.


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    A short extension will definetly be welcome here, formatting in this site is taking me ages.
    I'm fine giving people an extra week.


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    I'm fine giving people an extra week.
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    I have another question we have to imitate the dishonorable or the honorable dread pirate (our choice) or we have to imitate the dishonorable and the honorable dread pirate at the same time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentinas View Post
    I have another question we have to imitate the dishonorable or the honorable dread pirate (our choice) or we have to imitate the dishonorable and the honorable dread pirate at the same time?
    As with the base class, pick one. Probably best to make it obvious which one you're emulating though.


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    Is anybody thinking they'll have a build ready by Monday, or do we need another week extension?


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    Quote Originally Posted by AvatarVecna View Post
    Is anybody thinking they'll have a build ready by Monday, or do we need another week extension?
    I hope to have mine ready by Monday.

    EDIT: Actually, turns out I probably have to move for my job next week. Cannot guarantee I'll have any time to work on my submission this weekend.
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    I have an entry I'm flushing out, will need a few days extra. Even using my spreadsheet there's little chance it will be done tomorrow by the deadline.
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    A few extra days is no trouble.


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