I am from the school that every campaign needs a little humor injected here and there. And as every campaign needs a little humor, so does every RPG system, The Le, publishers of Unorthodox Cheerleaders and really cool suggestive ads, are the publishers whom consistently bring good cheer to the D20 world in addition to other useful rpg supplements. Treasures of Malevolent Magic blends the publishers good humor with well designed magical items that could prove use to players.
Treasures of Malevolent Magic has 31 magical items and 4 artifacts that have unique twists to them. Despite the humor, the items can be quite useful. Nothing is too overpowered in the book and there is nothing too campaign specific. The artifacts have a bit more than I like of flavor text, but they still plop right into any adventure with a change in a couple of descriptive lines.
For the Player
There are many items in this book that should make it to your wish list. At the top should be Elm?s Bag, an item that allows you to pull from it a potion you need each day. For those whom are trying to be covert around the undead, Past of the Dead is a good addition as well.
For the DM
Just about everything here is worth tossing into your campaign. The Sets though, Joshua?s Soul and Stranglehorn?s Crusade, are the kind of artifacts you can build a set of adventures or campaigns around. The sets contain magical items that appear to be very typical of the normal ones you?d find. But, when you put them together and use them in conjunction with one another, they gain additional powers.
The Iron Word
Do not write this book off as a book of comedic items. Sure the Bobbing Bowl and Candle of Intoxication may not seem useful, but the descriptions are so well layered with descriptive text that you will enjoy them and other items in the book. The unique approach to the items makes them slightly more likely to be used in a campaign. You could grab the +2 dagger given a long drawn out name from another book or you could spice things up and plop in a Stiletto of Misogyny.
LIKED: - A lot of items for a little price
- The unique descriptions and abilities make these items better than a lot of magical items
- There's some nice looking artwork in the book
DISLIKED: - A few more weapons would have really excited me
QUALITY: Very Good
VALUE: Very Satisfied