I'm no part of this council
I would argue that you're the most important part
Allowed other content -- Anything published by WotC. No Dragon mag, or non-WotC "official" content like spelljammer or athas.
Build guidelines -- 32 point buy, 1 trait, 1 flaw. No LA buyoff. Must use at least 7 levels of the class (PrC or Base), more points for more levels.
Note that the most obvious build is Plain Scholar 20. And that because there aren't _that_ many maneuvers, and the Plain Scholar's are very good, if you look at any 2 plain scholar's, they will have 2/3rds of their maneuvers in common.
Really what will differentiate any 2 plain scholar builds:
1) The "extra school" choosen
2) The 1/3rd maneuvers that are different
3) Feat choice
4) if any are choosen: Prestige classes, races, templates
There are fewer dimensions to differentiation--> choose rules which will encourage more variety
LA Buyoff allowed
Any number of levels in the Plain Scholar Class / any number of maneuvers from Plain History, as long as this is clearly a very important part of the build
Retraining & rebuilding allowed, but no DCFS.
I disagree. Part of the "point" of a ToB build is the maneuver choice, and which manuevers you choose to retrain at even levels, starting at 4th. If we allow retraining, then we make this class feature less important.
Or, if we allow retraining/psychic reformation/etc., it not apply to maneuver selection, which is a core class-mechanic.
What do you think?
Entry guidelines -- Present a 20-level build, including explanations of viability at various levels, indicating retraining where appropriate. The more viable levels for the build (especially early levels), the more points. Each entry must also include an explanation/justification of build choices (to give the author an idea of why things work together or don't).
I like the above. +1Judging Criteria
What do you think of this?
Home brew is a large and substantial part of build
* Note: I want to encourage builds that are also creative in the use of the homebrew ...
Optimization of Build to Target
* In other words: An amazing lockdown build is more optimal than an average wizard build, even though less powerful
* Look at the whole horizon of optimality (not just at one or two points in the build)
Creativeness & Mechanical Flavor
* Have you done interesting stuff with cool abilities?
EDIT: Also, no infinite loops, etc.