Soon, Fai Chen and his mule-driven cart may make their way to a convention near you, and you’ll have the opportunity to trade for and purchase magical wares from across Faerun at Fai Chen’s Fantastical Faire. But what can you expect at the Faire, and how can you entice Fai Chen to offer it at your event?
What is the Faire?
Fai Chen’s Fantastical Faire is the D&D Adventures League trading post. It is a special, optional event that can occur at all conventions hosting D&D Adventurers League adventures.
At the Faire, players may trade permanent magic items certificates and may purchase consumable item certificates. Fai Chen’s inventory changes over time, and there is only so much that can fit in his cart and that his mule can pull. Therefore, the items available at the Faire change over time and are only available in limited quantities.
How Do Trades at the Faire Work?
Fai Chen seeks certified, tradable, permanent magic items, which he will only trade for other permanent items of the same rarity from his inventory. These trades follow the rules in the D&D Adventurers League Player’s Guide. Be sure to review them before trading. The following additional rules also apply:
- Items traded to Fai Chen disappear into his cart forever. They cannot be traded again and cannot be returned, so choose your trades wisely.
- Fai Chen does not trade consumable magic items, even tradeable ones. Instead, he sells them.
- Fai Chen has little use for gold and therefore will not sell permanent magic items. He also will not buy any items.
- Players are free to use the Faire as a meeting ground to trade with other players. In fact, Fai Chen encourages it!
- Fai Chen evaluates the rarity of magic items using the Dungeon Master’s Guide. He will not be fooled by the text on the certificate itself, as it is sometimes wrong. Be sure to verify the rarity of your item before attempting to trade it, so you know what items Fai Chen will trade to you.
How Do Purchases at the Faire Work?
In addition to trading permanent magic items, Fai Chen sells consumable magic items from time to time. If you wish to purchase an item from Fai Chen:
- You will have to present a valid adventure logsheet for your character.
- After you have selected an item, you will be asked to fill out a logsheet entry. The “Adventure Name” is Fai Chen’s Fantastical Faire. The “Session #” is the slot of the Faire. (The Faire may be offered up to four times during a particular convention, write “1” for the first time, “2” the second time, etc.) No XP, GP, renown, or downtime is earned for the event. Note the gold expended for the purchase, and in the “Adventure Notes” write something to the effect of “Purchased [item] from Fai Chen.”
How Many Trades and Purchases Can I Make?
The Faire is only open for a total of four hours during a convention. That time can be split into four 1-hour sessions, two 2-hour sessions, or one 4-hour session. In addition, Fai Chen may open briefly before a convention as a thank you to convention staff, DMs, and League Coordinators.
Each person is limited to one transaction (purchase or trade, not both) per session, regardless of the number of characters he or she has.
Certain favors from adventures may permit additional transactions or may offer special deals that you can use when trading with Fai Chen.
What Items Does Fai Chen Have for Trade and For Sale?
Fai Chen’s actual inventory is a secret that he guards closely. Suffice it to say that he offers items that players cannot obtain elsewhere and that some items may allow for customization to fit the character’s needs, weapons for example. Fai Chen has always carries a wide variety of items and may well have just the thing you’re looking for!
The inventory changes from time to time as Fai Chen makes his way across Faerun, and supplies are limited. When the Faire is divided into two or more sessions, Fai Chen holds back part of his inventory for each session. Therefore, if he runs out of something during one session, be sure to check back early in a later session during the convention. He will likely have more!
How Can My Local Convention Get the Faire?
The Faire may only be offered at conventions where a regional coordinator, a League administrator, or certain Wizards employees are present to serve as the trading post coordinator. Local coordinators and convention staff designated by trading post coordinator may help out, but the trading post coordinator must be on duty at all times the Faire is open.
Because the Faire can only be run by a select few trading post coordinators, the best way to get it is for the convention to invite one. A convention can invite a regional coordinator or League admin by emailing him or her directly, by contacting the Local Coordinator, or by posting the invitation on an official League social media site. The global and regional Facebook groups and G+ communities are particularly well-suited for doing so. A convention can invite a Wizards employee by filling out a special guest request. Your Regional or Local Coordinator can help you select a Wizards employee to invite. Any Regional Coordinator can run the Faire, not just your own, so if your Regional Coordinator is not available, feel free to invite one of the others!
The convention will have to agree to reimburse the trading post coordinator for the actual cost of printing the Faire’s certificates. Wizards and the League have strict printing requirements, and the trading post coordinator is not permitted to let others print the certificates for him or her. The League has researched options for keeping the cost down, and the trading post coordinator can provide you with an estimate upon request.
The convention should at least provide the trading post coordinator with a badge to attend the convention. If the trading post coordinator has to travel very far, the convention should also be prepared to give the trading post coordinator a room and may have to pay for the coordinator’s transportation or mileage. Speak to the trading post coordinator to work out the details. If you really want to entice a trading post coordinator to your convention, offer per diem of $20 per day to help cover the coordinator’s out-of-pocket expenses. Contact the trading post coordinator to make the arrangements according to yours and their needs as each guest requirements will vary.
In addition to running the Faire, the trading post coordinator will DM some games, play some games and hang out with the convention’s attendees, DM’s, and staff; offer a seminar or participate in a panel discussion; and may be able to offer other special events or certificates.
Make sure you work out a schedule of sessions and events with the trading post coordinator at least a week before the convention starts so that he or she can plan meals, games, and other events during the convention.
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that a trading post coordinator will be available to offer the Faire at any particular convention. However, we’re all eager to offer the Fair and are looking forward to offering it at conventions worldwide, including yours!
Promote the Faire!
Once the Faire is confirmed, make sure to advertise it! The more it is advertised, the more people will attend it and your convention. After all what is a faire without people to attend it?
Banners and or flyers at the convention are great ideas, as well as advertising at the friendly local game stores and in social media beforehand. If you would like a template flyer, ask your local or regional coordinator or the trading post coordinator. They’d be more than happy to provide you with one!
Fai Chen Is on the Way!
Once a convention has made arrangements with a trading post coordinator, watch the passes, city gates, market towns, and city squares for a certain small mule-driven cart, a snickering Shou man in his late 30s with short-cropped black hair and dark green eyes. Hi might be accompanied by a blue faerie dragon named Drandledrew or his sagacious cousin Mei Fun. If you see them, you can count on magical wonders from all across the Realms being offered soon!
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