EZG reviews Magic Armament Compendium Vol. I (Revised Edition)
This FREE pdf is 16 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
The pdf kicks off by introducing us to a new magical quality called “mirrored” that does not increase an item’s magical bonus, but only its base price. For every plus the weapon has, it gets 13 charges and upon using a spell-like ability, the weapon loses one of said charges. Every 13 charges that are depleted cost the magical item one of its +1 enhancements. This additional power is considered as being an item incorporated into the weapon price-wise. Furthermore, when two mirrored weapons clash, both abilities are activated without depleting a charge – otherwise, the activation is dependent on activation triggers that vary by weapon. Finally, mirrored weapons net bonuses when nearby allies also wield mirrored weapons and count as cold iron for the purpose of DR.
The first item provided is Cyrekksi’s Mirrored Spear, a +2 spear that protects the wielder with 1d4+2 mirror image upon botching an attack. These duplicates last 8 minutes or until hit.
Marizz’s Mirrored Club is a +2 club that may, upon striking a foe with a DR of a specific type, up to 2/day cast versatile weapon with a duration of 8 minutes as an immediate action. Weird here – I assume the wielder has to expend the immediate action, but the wording implies that the club casts the spell.
Also, the charges of this one are unrefillable in contrast to the mirrored spear – a somewhat odd decision: Either make all mirror-items unrechargeable (would make sense to me) or make them all rechargeable.
The final weapon provided is the shortsword of enlarging diminishment, a +1 keen shortsword – when wielded by a gnome or halfling, the sword may 1/day affect foes subject to a crit with reduce person, while the wielder benefits from an enlarge person – now with a scaling DC, keeping the item useful over the levels.
The final 6 pages are devoted to providing versions of the items for 3×4 index cards and 4×6 index cards.
Editing and formatting is good, but not perfect – I noticed a couple of different minor glitches. Layout adheres to a full color standard with a parchment-style background that renders the pdf not particularly printer-friendly. Each weapon comes with its own artwork – and when taking into account that this pdf is FREE, the quality of them is actually rather nice. The pdf has no bookmarks, but at this length needs none.
This pdf actually offers some nice magical weapons with uncommon mechanics and solid fluff to back them up, though the club could use some minor clarification/a more unified mechanic for mirrored items
That being said, while not perfect, author Mike Myler has created a solid pdf for FREE and even if you don’t use the items, at least you get some artworks to show players – all in all, this is a solid offering that is FREE and as such is definitely worth a read and the space on your HD. While still not perfect, I tend to cut free pdfs some slack and thus will settle for a final verdict of 5 stars for the revised version.
You can get this supplement for FREE here on OBS!