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17 Magic Bracers $3.50
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17 Magic Bracers
Publisher: The Le Games
by Nathan C. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 09/28/2007 10:25:40
LeGames certainly feels that you can never have too many magic items to choose from. Unfortunately, the popular magic slots such as the ring fingers and wielding hands are usually filled. So LeGames has created 17 (really 25) magical items that are built for a little used slot, your forearms.

17 Magic Bracers is a short 17 page PDF that contains a range of magical bracers that expands the use of the device, which normally acts as a simple armor enhancement for those whom can not wear strong armor. 17 Magic Bracers. LeGames has always done a wonderful job of offering a broad range within their products and there is no exception here. Items consist of minor all the way to artifact and there are deadly ones as much as there are beneficial ones.

For the Player
Several bracers really caught my eye and would be quite beneficial to sneak in at midlevel character creation. The Bracelet of Second Life grants the wearer a second chance on life if they are knocked below 0 hp. I also fancy carrying manacles as a player, and the Manacles of Loyalty are pretty cool to have. If you have one of those DMs who likes to through NPCs at you whom backstab the party, slap these on him. Once someone makes an oath they are cursed if they break it.

For the DM
The items inside the book all seem to be very much in line with similar magical items of the same cost. Skipping to the ed of the book, are several synergy artifacts that grant extra powers when combined with each other. The Shadow Breaker items scale in power along with their synergy and their varied descriptions (life, hate, etc) can create a nice little side quest for the game.

The Iron Word
Magical Bracers provides a wide assortment of magical treats for your players. Though there are not a ton of minor ones, there are a number of mid to high level ones that an experienced party will enjoy.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
17 Magic Bracers
Publisher: The Le Games
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 02/28/2007 00:00:00
17 Magic Bracers is a magic item supplement from The Le Games. The zipped file is just over four and a half megabytes in size, and contains two PDFs, a Microsoft Word document, a cover JPG, and a text readme file. The two PDFs are the same product, with one being in landscape format and the other in portrait. Likewise, the Word document is the product in that format, acting as a printer-friendly version. The JPG is the cover image, with the readme file cataloging everything.

The landscape PDF is seventeen pages long, with one page for the title and credits, and three pages for the OGL and legal information. There are several instances of artwork in the product, with most of it being black and white, though some of it has very subtle coloring. Black borders go along the top and bottom of each page.

The title of the product is something of a misnomer, as there are actually twenty-five different magic items here. The bracers range from placing you under a geas, to granting you monk-like abilities, to granting you bonus hit points when yours fall below 0. The variety of effects is quite varied, and presents quite a range. Interestingly, each item is noted as being medium wondrous, greater wondrous, etc., apparently for the random magic item tables from the DMG, which is a nice touch. However, in the line regarding their creation mechanics, their aura type and strength, which is standard information in 3.5, is not listed.

The last two items in the book are actually sets of artifacts. Referring to them as "sets" is indicative that each artifact is actually made up of several items. Oddly, the first set of items seem to stand on their own, with nothing happening if all three are used. The second set of artifacts, however, work more like you'd expect, with each of them gaining additional powers when brought together.

17 Magic Bracers does a good job in presenting its namesake, even giving more than the number advertised. The types of bracers are somewhat eclectic, but this helps to present a wider array of items for use. GMs searching for a nice selection of new magic items would be well-served to look here.



LIKED: The magic bracers presented here covered a wide variety of powers, presenting a nice range of new magic items.

DISLIKED: It was notable that the magic auras for each item were not listed among the magic item information. Also, the first set artifact had no powers making it greater than the sum of its parts.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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