Disclaimer: The reviewer was given a complimentary copy for review. Furthermore, this is not a play test review.
Items Evolved: Races and Classes, by Rite Publishing, is a product that showcases 12 new magic items for use in an Arcana Evolved game as well as your usual D20 setting. Within the slim and artfully done 8 pages, holds a myriad of details about these unique items.
The items are broken down into the following sections:
*Price, Body Slot, Caster Level, Aura, Activation, Weight: Simple D20 statistics that govern how the item was created, where it’s located on the paper doll, and other basic details of the item
*Lore: This gives the PC a chance to learn who made this, where it was last seen, and other flavor text to help flesh out this item to make it special.
*Abilities: What the item does, this can range from simple armor that gives the wearer DR all the way to use of racial/class abilities one more time per day
*Prerequisites: What you need to use or create the item
*Objet Loresight: More detailed information about the items past ownership, creation, even a special name that it was given.
What I like
Each item is wonderfully detailed with a history of where it came from. Some talk about races or cities that would have an item. This gives the PC a feeling of owning a part of history, something rare and special that very few have.
The Cloth of the Runecaster’s Robe, known as “Dachrin Glyphcloth” in Faen, and “Pobon Yobolat “ or “Mark of the Flesh” in Draconic, were created when a Shuyarn (commonly called a rune angel) touched the cloth of robe that was a gift from the Observance of the Diamond Throne.
DMs are always clamoring for more information to feed their players and players always want to know if their item is special and unique. Flavor text combined DCs to help the players learn a bit more with every time they research where their item came from.
What I didn’t like
The only complaint I have is a quip and that I wished there were more artwork. The few pieces that were placed were of good quality and very colorful.
Items Evolved is a well placed product as it provides a veritable mountain of fluff that ties in well with the crunchy bits that make up the rest of the items description and text. As a DM who doesn’t use Arcana Evolved rule set I would have a bit of a problem using the items flavor text as is without some modification. For those of you who run AE this is a nice list of items to drop in seamlessly with your campaign .