Hello Everybody! **UPDATES ARE IN BOLD**
A contest is set to occur on the 5th of Sept. to give the community something to do in lieu of RoR's launch date being moved. 99% of this is locked in for Sept. 5th - I added a requirement below that gives me pause. Note: it might be dropped if it generates aggro so don't start raging on the forums. Should you have concerns then please do contact myself, Caylia, or Bluet in-game.
What is the contest?
A KAOS Death Run! Basically a bunch of lowbie characters will form a tight pack and attempt to make a run, as a unit, from Bree to the trolls in front of Isengard. We will use the run from Bree to The Last Bridge to get people accustomed to the running and up to speed about the movement of the pack. If you die you will get a rez at this stage. The survivors of the death march (the more deaths the merrier LOL) will line up in front of the two trolls and en masse ZERG in an effort to be one to either reach or be the closest to the Tower of Orthanc's Base! I think we will clear the space around the trolls so the lowbies shall be [momentarily] safe before they try to make it past the trolls guarding the gate.
Initial details are (bear in mind we will tweak a few things be flexible we're doing this for fun and the prizes are good):
no mounts - a lvl 15 won't have a mount and besides that gives some of you more survivability and the point is to have a mass casualty event
participants are limited to less than or equal to level 20
you may use any class of your choosing
you may not have a high level friend assist you in any manner whatsoever
griefers will get reported!
if you die along the run that's it (we thought about giving people 3 chances but in high level areas you rez back to a safe for your level spot) - you'll be eligible for a consolation prize
you must stay with the pack - we will have level 75 referees following the group we will practice on the run from Bree to The Last Bridge Thereafter we will give reminders (bear in mind too many reminders might cause a disqualification). we want to avoid one or more persons "gaming" the system by trying to stay behind/avoid risks/using others as aggro shields to increase their odds of survival
we will likely not stop the group so you can eat/buff/scroll/token (this is likely to change)
we really frown upon the use of store bought items -.-
What are the prizes - awarded to the top 5 survivors or last 5 to die (depends on the outcome of the race)? Note bold with a * next to one of the items below means it is confirmed as a prize.
a 3-pack of Draigoch scales (worth several hundred gold)* (donated by Bluet!) **at a minimum you must make it to or past the trolls
a pair of worn 2nd age symbols* (donated by Chuck!) **at a minimum you must make it 1/2 way into RoI
a single worn 2nd age symbol* (donated by Caylia!) ** at a minimum you must make it to the through the Bonevales
4 symbols of the eldar king (65) (donated by Esmariel, Minya, Morthin, Irialeth) **at a minimum you must make it to the far end of Enedwaith
a set of raid goodies (food/tokens/scrolls/heal & power pots/class items) **no minimum distance required
2 Tier 7 settings (donated by Caylia!) **no minimum distance required
2 Cracked Rhi Helvarch Sigils (donated by Irialeth) **no minimum distance required
2 lvl 75 recipes (book of truth, Jeweled Stud of the brute, and winged necklace)* (courtesy of draigoch raid attendees from 8/24! and Irialeth) **no minimum distance required
consolation prizes 25 silver/zone you make it into (example if you make it from Trollshaws to Eregion to Enedwaith and then die that's 75 silver)
What's this at a minimum stuff you just added?!?!?!?!?!?
Well it's reasonable to expect a really good reward for a major achievement. Getting scales for making it to Eregion sort of misses the point. These minimum distance requirements might change - it is a spur of the moment thing intended to make sure people give it their all to try to reach AND pass the trolls.
How will the winners be determined?
Based on their location - the closer to the tower the better. If we have multiple survivors then we will have them /roll 13 a total of 5 times we'll then create a poker hand (1 = Ace, 2 = 2, 3 = 3,......12 = King) or simply sum the rolls and work our way from there - meaning the best poker hand or highest total is 1st place, etc. etc.
Why are we doing this?
Well it's a great way to do something outside the box.
It's supposed to be a fun competition.
It allows people to do something different.
AND there are probably a pile of other reasons choose your own and own it!
Please check back this posting will be a work in progress as we finalize the details.
If you need to ask a question then please send an in-game mail to Chuckorn, Caylia, or Bluet as opposed to posting it here we don't want to clog up the thread.
How do you signup for the KAOS Death Run?
Send an in-game mail to Caylia or show up at Bree gate (we'll call out in the Bree and glff channels 15, 10, and 5 minutes prior to the start) - we have almost 400 views let's get those in-game mails flowing.
How will we communicate during the run?
We will create a temporary User Channel /joinchannel KAOSDeathRun.
**There is no need for you to pay some kind of an entry fee or donate prizes**