(Here's a rough draft of the first post of Technic Warzone. In several places it will mention links, but I'm not putting any links in just yet, so don't mind those. You might just be surprised by what you'll find in here...)
We all have our favorite characters from Bionicle, Slizers, RoboRiders, and Hero Factory. We also might enjoy sponsoring them in a fighting league where they get to beat the snot out of other characters. Or we might enjoy sending them off into a hazy battle where they shoot death rays around blindly. If any of this appeals to you, then hey, welcome to the Warzone! Basics:
In this game you will choose from a list of Bionicle, Slizer, RoboRider, and Hero Factory characters and sponsor them in a fighting league known as Technic Coliseum (usually referred to just as “the Coliseum”). You’ll purchase equipment for them, arrange matches with other fighters for them, and enter them into tournaments. There’s also the matter of providing them some direction in week-long games of
war in the hopes of getting some extra cash.
A note about stats: Strength affects the fighter’s physical attacks, Agility affects the fighter’s evasion and accuracy, Toughness affects a fighter’s resistance to damage, and Mind affects the strength of a fighter’s non-physical attacks.
To join, simply pick an available character from the lists below and post your desire to sponsor them, and then post a modified stat profile for them. (Starting with the profile listed for the fighter, you may add 8 additional points to any stats in any way you wish.) You’re in! Each fighter has Elemental Powers, most of which are fixed, but some fighters have an unclear affinity; in these cases, you will be allowed to select any Element you wish for your fighter to use. If the fighter’s profile does not list a basic weapon in their Powers and Items section, you may pick a basic weapon for them to use.
As an added bonus for those of you who played Technic Coliseum last year, you may add 1 additional stat point to your fighter’s stats. You only have until the end of the week to reclaim your old fighter(s) before they go up for grabs, though!
You’ll have 20,000 Widgets to start out with. Your Widget count cannot exceed 75,000 W—if you receive enough Widgets to go over this amount, the extra Widgets will simply be lost. If you’d like, you can sponsor two or even three fighters (you will be given an additional 10,000 W for each), but be warned: having more fighters can make managing your resources more difficult. At any time, you may drop a fighter you are sponsoring, and you also have the option of PMing another player and attempting to negotiate a trade of fighters. (Extra items can be offered in addition to the exchange. If the player asks for cash, you may use it, but the Coliseum frowns upon this and will bar you both from matches for a short time.) Coliseum:
The primary method of gameplay is arranging matches with other players. Just PM a member to ask for a fight, negotiate how many Widgets you will each pay to promote the match, which arena you’ll be using, and any other terms. Post here informing me of these terms, along with the strategy your fighter will use in the match. For fairness, post your strategy in spoiler tags, and DO NOT read your opponent’s strategy. (Spoiler tag help.)
I will then review both strategies and determine a winner. The winner will receive Widgets using this formula: [(Total Amount of Widgets Contributed by Both Players)/2] x 5
So, if Player 1 submits 100 W and Player 2 submits 300, the winner will receive 1,000 W. This includes the Widgets you spent on the match—so Player 1 in this scenario would have a net profit of 900 W, while a victory for Player 2 would bring them a net profit of 700 W.
You can also arrange 2-on-2 matches, either with two of your fighters against another player’s two fighters, or one of your fighters teamed with the fighter of another player against another two player team. In the latter case, I highly recommend that you and your partner coordinate your strategy over PM before one of you posts it. Since these matches take more time to analyze, there will likely be a significant delay between when the strategies are posted and when the winners are announced. Both players on a winning team will receive the same amount of Widgets, determined by the formula above. Tournaments:
The first Monday of every month begins a new Tournament. One week prior to that, I will open registration—players must post stating that they wish to enter their fighter (if sponsoring multiple fighters, they must pick ONE to enter) and then provide a list of the items the fighter will have access to during the Tournament. Each fighter can only have up to 5 items listed; the strategies you use during the Tournament may ONLY use the items from this list.
When Monday rolls around, I’ll randomize the list of entrants and match them all up. I will also randomly determine an arena for the fight, which will be posted in parentheses next to the match-up. You will have 24 hours to post your strategy for the match. If you do not post a strategy by the time the round ends, you will be removed from the Tournament.
When a fighter loses in a Tournament, they will gain Widgets based on how many rounds they participated in (10,000 per round). The Champion will receive an additional 5,000 W and be able to select any of the regularly available items for free OR obtain one Rare Item. (See below for items) The Champion’s profile will be updated to show their status, their name will be added to the Hall of Fame blog post, and they will be given an additional stat point that you may allocate to any one stat. This extra stat point will be lost when the next Tournament comes around, so as not to give them an advantage in that Tournament. Warzone:
The Technic Warzone is a deadly game of chance that resets every Friday. Your fighters are armed with death rays and have very low visibility, but they can take rough aim when they attempt to fire. When making a post about the Warzone, state which fighter you want your fighter to target, and I will roll a die—if the die lands on 1, the target will be killed. Anything else, and your fighter misses. When your fighter is finally killed, or at the end of the week when the Warzone is reset, you will receive 5,000 W for every fighter you successfully eliminated.
If you are sponsoring multiple fighters, only one can be active in the Warzone at a time—you may specify which if you choose, but if you do not specify before someone targets one of your fighters, the fighter targeted will be the one you use. (It doesn’t really make a difference which fighter is in anyway, though.) When that fighter is killed, you will then switch to your other fighter; when that one is killed, if you have a third, you will switch to that; and if they all three get killed, well…that’s it til Friday. But since that’s essentially surviving multiple hits, you get fewer rewards to keep things fair. If you have 2 fighters, you will receive 2,500 W per kill; if you have 3 fighters, you will receive 1,500 W per kill. Arenas:
Listed in this blog post. To liven up your match, pick an arena to fight in! Each has its own unique features, some of which are hazardous, so be sure to incorporate these elements into your strategy. If no arena is stated, the match will take place in the default Coliseum Arena. Arenas are selected at random in Tournaments, so you may wish to prepare yourself for any arena you might end up in. Rules for Specific Elements:
Some Elements have the potential to be overpowered, so fighters wielding those Elements will need to stick to the following rules. For everyone: Nova Blasts are forbidden. Light-Users:
Light can be used to increase your fighter's speed, but not all the way up to light speed. Your fighter may only blind the opponent once per battle. Your fighter may only use one solid light hologram per battle. Gravity-Users:
No attack can be instant-win (such as erasing gravity and flinging target into space, or increasing gravity so much that they are crushed to death). Each attack can only be used for a few seconds at a time, and the fighter must leave time between each gravity attack (the longer you manipulate gravity, the longer you have to wait before you can manipulate it again). Psionics-Users:
Only basic illusions can be used, and you may only use one per battle. You can confuse the opponent once per battle and are forbidden from using mind control. Telepathy can be used to sense a hidden opponent’s location but will leave you vulnerable, and masking your presence will only have limited success. Telekinesis may only be used for simple attacks like throwing the target or other objects, and may not disarm the opponent unless you throw another object and knock their weapon from their hands. You may only hold the opponent in a telekinetic grip for a few seconds. Magnetism-Users:
No attacks can be instant-win (such as willing an opponent’s armor to crush them to death). Each attack can only last for a few seconds (you cannot hold an opponent in place indefinitely), and you must leave time between each magnetism attack (the longer you use magnetism, the longer you have to wait before you can use it again). Magnetism can be used to achieve flight, but this method of flight is very difficult to control. Iron-Users:
No attacks can be instant-win (such as willing an opponent’s armor to crush them to death). Each attack targeting the opponent or their items/armor can only last for a few seconds (you cannot hold an opponent in place indefinitely), and you must leave time between each non-projectile Iron attack (the longer you use Iron manipulation, the longer you have to wait before you can use it again). You may not destroy any of the opponent’s items or pull their items out of their hands. You may create armor, walls, weapons, etc out of Iron, but you will be more vulnerable while creating them, they cannot be made of Protosteel, and they will only be temporary. Upgrades:
Some fighters can be upgraded, granting them a new ability that you may utilize in matches. When a fighter is upgraded, you may choose a new title/name for them, along with a new appearance and changes to their weapons.Energized Protodermis:
Transforms a Toa into a Toa Nuva. Able to use timed elemental attacks; 20,000 WCore Transfer:
Upgrades Hero Factory heroes from 1.0 to 2.0. If you bring only one item into battle, then your opponent will also only be able to use one item; 20,000 WOS Update
: Upgrades RoboRiders to a RoboRider OS (Optimal Setting). Wheel damage will be calculated using highest stat; for RoboRiders; 20,000 WMeteor Armor:
Upgrades a Slizer to a Cosmic Slizer. Can boost any one stat by one point in battle so long as they don't bring any stat-boosting items into battle; for Slizers; 20,000 WLegacy Gateway:
Sends a Glatorian through time to train under Champions and become a Master Glatorian. Allows the Glatorian to take a Thornax Launcher into battle without it counting against the item limit; for Glatorian; 20,000 WIllegal Refit:
Puts a Hero Factory villain in contact with some underworld mechanics who will outfit them with dangerous technology. Allows the villain to nullify the opponent's Upgrade abilities (excluding MoC Mocha and Shadow Leech); for HF villains; 20,000 WAntidermis Infusion:
Imbues a fighter with the essence of a Makuta. Allows the fighter to use the power of a Rahkshi Staff they own in battle without using up an item slot (the Staff itself will not be included) (you must pay 3,000 W to make a Rahkshi Staff compatible with this ability); for Skakdi and Barraki; 20,000 W.Shadow Leech:
Full Drain-change a fighter's Element to Shadow, 10,000 W; Partial Drain-gain Shadow powers in addition to current Element, both Elements will be reduced in power, you may not use Elemental Rahkshi Staffs while this upgrade is in effect, 30,000 WKlakk's Scream
: Undoes a Shadow Leech; 5,000 WMoC Mocha
: A Pahrak Family signature blend, infused with diluted mutagens that will allow your fighter to slightly alter their form and relocate the 8 stat points you arranged when you first sponsored your fighter (accompanying waiver must be signed before you will be served); 15,000 W Equipment:
To save space, the items available for purchase are listed in this blog post. When you want to buy something, post your intent here in the topic, and I will add the item to your fighter(s) inventory and adjust your Widget balance accordingly.
Fighters may only take 2 pieces of equipment into battle with them. Their basic weaponry does not count towards this limit. Slizers can bring in a Disk without it counting towards this limit, RoboRiders can do the same with Wheel Talismans, and Master Glatorian have the same option with Thornax Launchers. For items that require additional items as ammunition: the “launcher” item takes up a slot, but the ammunition does not. (In the case of the Rhotuka Launcher, you may only bring two types of Rhotuka into battle.)
You may return items to the shop to receive half the price you paid for them. Multi-use items with less than their maximum number of uses may not be returned. Trainers:
These friendly faces will spend some time with your fighter to increase one of their stats by one point…for the right price. There is a different Trainer for each stat. The first time you hire that specific Trainer, it only costs 3,000 W. The second session with them costs 6,000, the third costs 12,000, the fourth costs 24,000, and the fifth costs 48,000. After that, your fighter has hit their limit in that stat.
-Ninja: Training with Ninja will raise your fighter’s Strength by 1. Those Wheel Talisman types are actually the RoboRider villagers, remember?
-Kapura: Training with Kapura will raise your fighter’s Agility by 1. Sadly, five sessions will not be enough to master how to cross long distances quickly by moving very slowly.
-Hiker Mike: Training with Hiker Mike will raise your fighter’s Toughness by 1. What? You don’t remember the original Fan-Created Content? Check Brickipedia.
-Mr. Makuro: Training with Mr. Makuro will raise your fighter’s Mind by 1. Hope you like puzzles. Fighters:
List of Bionicle fighters can be found here.
List of Slizer, RoboRider, and Hero Factory fighters can be found here.
For quick reference, here are the fighters currently in need of sponsors: Player List:
Over here you’ll find your name, which fighters you sponsor (and the collective inventory of items you have bought for all of them), and your Widget count.