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Review: Arcane Armoury Vol. 1

Posted by Benoit de Bernardy on Friday, March 17, 2017

Arcane Armoury Vol. 1 is a Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition supplement that you can download for free on the Dungeon Master’s Guild. The book is composed of two chapters of uneven length: a large one with 40ish new magic items, and a smaller one with a few special materials.

The selection of magic items in the first part of the book is truly spectacular. It ranges from nearly useless trinkets for an adventure, such as the Potion of Absolution which makes everybody forget you exist, to must have items, such as the Eyes of the Spectator which allow you to shoot beholder-like rays from your eyes. It also includes some funny magic items, such as the Claws of Chaos which turn your hands into ludicrous weapons, to near-artifacts with crippling side effects, such as the Circlet of Netherdeath which makes you immune to death at the cost of aging a year per day you wear it.

I was unimpressed with the second chapter of Arcane Armoury. The special materials allow you to tinker with non-magical items. You get a benefit in exchange for a penalty. For example, heavy armor made of Darksteel grants you a +1 bonus to AC but imposed a 5 feet penalty to your speed. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the special materials, I just find magic items more interesting!

Review: Encounters in the Savage Frontier

Posted by Benoit de Bernardy on Friday, January 13, 2017

Encounters in the Savage Frontier is a collection of 24 side treks for the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons written by some of the most prolific and talented authors of the Dungeon Master’s Guild. With the quality of the encounters ranging from good to excellent, this is the perfect supplement for DMs looking to spice up their games and keep their players busy when their characters go off the beaten path.

What makes this product truly noteworthy is the broad number of situations the side treks cover. Encounter in the Savage Frontier features some tactical combats, small dungeon crawls, serious and humorous roleplaying encounters, dark mysteries, and even a poetic fox hunt. There’s a little bit of everything for everybody, except for high level characters.

Even though the entire content is excellent, some things really stood out when I first read this eBook. I had noticed Richard Jansen-Parkes’s name while skimming through the Dungeon Master’s Guild but I had never actually read his work. It turns out he’s an incredibly talented writer and I’m looking forward to reading more of his adventures. I knew of Glen Cooper’s vivid imagination but he really surpassed himself with The Tree with No Name. JVC Parry's Omnius the Many-Eyed surprised me because of its original way to get the PCs back on track in an adventure, and Tony Petrecca's Pa Tol was a blast to read.