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A Player’s Guide to Fai Chen’s Fantastical Faire

Fai Chen’s Fantastical Faire is a special event that can be requested by conventions or game day events to add value to the player experience of the event—serving as a way for players to trade away their unwanted magic items and gain rare certificates for use in the D&D Adventurers League. Fai Chen’s Fantastical Faire has different magic items available each season—as well as consumable magic items and often flavorful alternate items, businesses, and other special certs available for purchase.

With each new season, the rules for Fai Chen are looked at and adjustments may be made. The following is based on the rules for Season 7 Tomb of Annihilation.

What the player must bring to the table:

  • Current log sheet, with totals of available gold and downtime
  • Certificate that they wish to trade (completely filled out with character name and player name)
  • If the item to be traded is not certed, then they the log sheet where that item was gained.

What the player can do at a visit to Fai Chen:

  1. Once per day a player may trade one item OR purchase one of Fai Chen’s special certs (pets, locations, items, etc.);AND 
  2.  Purchase one consumable magic item.


Rules for trading an item:

  • Permanent magic items are traded on a one-for-one The item the character is receiving must either be an item of equal rarity, but may “trade down” in Fai Chen’s favor. For example, Bob may trade his +2 dagger (rare) for Fai Chen’s +1 shield (uncommon), but not vice versa.
  • Consumable magic items can’t be traded.
  • Uncerted items can be traded. These trades require an expenditure of 15 downtime days per the normal rules for trading magic items.
  • Trading a certed item, however, does not downtime cost
  • Any trade made with Fai Chen results in the character having a certed magic item

What items does Fai Chen offer for trade?

This changes each season, however some items remain constant: +1 weapon, +1 shield, +1 armor and +2 weapon. Supplies are limited and there is no guarantee that an item will still be available when you reach the table.

When trading for enchanted armor, if you do not have a mundane version of that armor already you must pay the purchase price of the mundane armor at the time of the trade.

Conventions with a DDAL Admin present may offer additional items for trade.

Rules for purchasing a consumable magic item

Have a logsheet ready with current gold totals and space for the purchase to be recorded

What consumable magic items are available?

Spell Scrolls: cost varies based on the level of the spell. Spells are cast only at their level and the max available is 5th.  Component cost must either be spent at the time of purchase or noted on the logsheet and scroll cert that the component was not yet paid. If the component cost was not paid at purchase the correct component must be obtained and spent at casting.

  • Common Spell Scroll (cantrip/1st level), 50 gp
  • Uncommon Spell Scroll (2nd/3rd level), 100 gp/level
  • Rare Spell Scroll (4th/5th level), 200 gp/level

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Potion of Greater Healing Potion, uncommon You regain 4d4 + 4 hit points when you drink this potion. The potion’s red liquid glimmers when agitated.
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Potion of Heroism Potion, rare For 1 hour after drinking it, you gain 10 temporary hit points that last for 1 hour. For the same duration, you are under the effect of the bless spell (no concentration required). This blue potion bubbles and steams as if boiling.
. Both of these cost 250 GP.

Additional items may be available if a DDAL Admin is present

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