Magic Item Compendium (for Dungeons & Dragons)
Published by Wizards of the Coast
Designered by Andy Collins (Lead), Eytan Bernstein, Frank Brunner, Owen K. C. Stephens, & John Snead
Cover by Francis Tsai
Editored by Chris Thomasson, Logan Bonner, & Jennifer Clarke Wilkes
224-page full-color hardcover; $39.95
If you are the type of gamer who likes to trick-out your character with the best equipment, or the type of GM who likes to give your players lots of quests items and reward the PC's efforts with goodies and gear then you will likely find this book both interesting and useful. The designers of this book have pulled together a vast number of items and introduced new rules to make implementing magic items more systematic, and made it perhaps more fun for players who may have learned their first fantasy gaming from computer rather than table-top experiences.
The book contains more than a thousand magic items along with their price and description. The items are organized by their usage. The book is sectioned into Armor, Weapons, Clothing, Tools, and Magic Item Sets. Each section contains alphabetized entries for the items that make up the category. Some of these categories are pretty obvious, but two bear further description.
The Tools section includes items that aren't covered in the main categories of Armor, Weapons or Clothing. Magical things like bridles, elixirs, bandages, rods, spheres and a variety of other items can be found in this section. The Magic Item . . .
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Article publication date: June 22, 2007
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