Welcome to Detect Thoughts!
This series is something that I have wished for as a resource, particularly since my favorite DM does not use Facebook, and as such does not have access to the official Facebook groups for the Adventurers League. This makes it hard for him, and others, to stay up-to-date and consistent with their tables. It my intention to maintain a living document, inspired by the one that Lysa Chen put together for DMs transitioning their rewards to Season 8, that collects official clarifications, guidance, and rulings. Hosting it here on the AL website ensures that more community members will be able to access it, and it will be easier to find guidance when you need it.
Each installment will review the additions to the document in a blog post, as well as compile them into a PDF that can be kept with your Adventurers League materials. The information that we round up here will find its way into the appropriate documents when the next revision of our documentation comes around.
Regarding AL Legality:
The hardcover Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica, the Ravnica introductory adventure Krenko’s Way, and the DMs Guild adventure Lost Laboratory of Kwalish are not currently Adventurers League legal. If this changes in the future, we’ll be sure to make an announcement and update the Content Catalog.
Regarding DM Quests:
DM Quest “Best Kept in the Dark” is an example of specific guidance overruling general: typically, legendary items are not available to be unlocked as part of a DM Quest per the Quests document, under “What is ‘Tier Appropriate’?”, but in this instance, the Quest specifically provides for an unlock of an item on Magic Item Table I.
Regarding Dungeon of the Mad Mage:
Each level of Undermountain is considered a chapter. If a character levels out of a chapter, they can complete that chapter, but cannot start any new chapters that are outside of their Tier. So in an example given in the Facebook group, if a level 10 character gains level 11, they finish playing floor 7, have to skip levels 8 and 9, and pick up on floor 10. This is because each level is considered a chapter, not each tier being a chapter.
Skullport is a neither a level nor a chapter for Undermountain. It can be visited just the same as a character can visit Waterdeep or Phlan.
In a hardcover with a mixed-tier party, the tier of the TCPs awarded is tied to the APL of the characters (to the max of the character’s tier). For example, a group of Tier 2 and Tier 3 characters playing at APL 9 will be awarded Tier 2 TCP. This is currently unclear in our guidance documentation, so we’ll be adding it in our next revision.
Regarding Admin Rulings:
If a character goes back in time and dies are there any special rules or is resurrection the same?
It’s presumed that bodies are recovered unless otherwise stated by the adventure.
If you unlock the Oathbreaker from the DM rewards, does DMG become your +1? Or does it circumvent the +1 rule?
Content accessed by virtue of specific campaign documentation (like the DM Quest reward) doesn’t count towards your PHB +1.
Are there rules listed anywhere on trading cert’d familiars or pets?
Only permanent magic items may be traded.
Is the [insert magic item here] an Adventurer’s League legal item? I would love to earn it from a DM Quest but I cannot find an official source of what Magic Item Table it should be on.
If it is not specifically listed in a Magic Item Table, called out in the Content Catalog as treated as being on a specific table, or mentioned as a specific exception in a DM Quest, it is not unlockable.
If my character has access to the poison table from the DMG due to a Quest, can I take poison as my renown item?
No — you are eligible for one piece of equipment from the PHB.