Cooler Magic Items

I’ve been a bit critical of Wizards of the Coast at times, although I do love D&D 4e. There are just a few things that I wish were a bit different.
However, in the past year it looks like WotC is addressing many of those criticisms, from encounter and adventure design to bringing back a more old school feel to the game.

One of the aspects of D&D that WotC has addressed is putting the control of magic item distribution back into the DM’s hands and also by getting rid of the annoying Daily Item limit rule.

My biggest complaint about 4e D&D magic items is that they’re generally not very ‘cool’. This was actually by design.  Interestingly, it was just over a year ago that blog entry had been written, to which I’d responded (as hailstop) that we DMs wanted cooler magic items that were more powerful, yet that we’d be able to control the distribution of.

Obviously decisions were made regarding Essentials that changed the philosophy of how magic items were distributed in the game, and this now makes more powerful magic items more likely to be created.

However, we haven’t really seen any yet.  The ‘rare’ magic items listed in the DMs Kit are merely a small sub-list of magic items that already existed.  I had some hope that we’d see the really cool magic items in Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Emporium, but that book has been canceled and we still don’t know when we’ll see that content (although I would assume it’ll be in DDI).

So here is a take on two classic ‘cool’ magic items.


Part idiot. Part old man. All geek. I'm a 37-year old meteorologist. No, not one of those guys you see on TV, but someone who actually forecasts the weather. In my spare time (what I have with a toddler), I game. Mostly I run a D&D 4e game every two weeks, but also play Warhammer 40,000 and Warmachine. I'm a skeptic (not a cynic) and am interested in political topics. I can be followed on twitter @ArcaneSpringbrd


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About Arcane Springboard

I'm a 37-year old meteorologist. No, not one of those guys you see on TV, but someone who actually forecasts the weather. In my spare time (what I have with a toddler), I game. Mostly I run a D&D 4e game every two weeks, but also play Warhammer 40,000 and Warmachine. I'm a skeptic (not a cynic) and am interested in political topics. I can be followed on twitter @ArcaneSpringbrd
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