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101 Malevolent Magic Items
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/02/2011 09:35:44
This pdf is 35 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisements, leaving 30 pages of content.
First of all, I have to get something of my chest: I've been waiting for this book. As a long-time Ravenloft-DM, I love cursed items and the fact that they showcase that magic is not and should not be a commodity. As such, I consider well-written cursed items to be one of the staples of gaming that work against the predictability of magic in any game. It should come to no surprise to you that I was one of the folks who asked for more items when ECS: Kavit M. Tor's Emporium was released and subsequently am looking forward to reading this book. Due to the nature of the cursed items and the fact that I don't want to spoiler potential players, I'll divert from my usual reviewing format for the 101-series and not provide a list for the items, but instead try to comment as content-neutral as possible on the items.
The book starts with 2 pages of advice on how to use them and an introduction to their cursed items. Instead of a market price, the items get a means to cure/remove them. Some items are twisted normal items and their usual enchantment is given. Some are specifically created as cursed and thus have a market price.
We get 11 Armors & Shields (3 pages): I especially liked one of the armors that is a devious death-trap and the one that influences your footing.
Next are 11 new weapons (3 pages): These are better than the armors, and not really weapons, but rather weapon properties. Some of them twist the classical elemental bonus damages. My favorite weapon is the traitorous one, though.
Then we get 7 Potions & Oils (2 pages): These are gold, pure and simple and iconic.
The next section provides us with 11 new Rings (2 pages): Devious, deadly and in case of the "Ring of Vanishing", downright sadistic - Great new material.
5 new rods are introduced (1 page): The rods actually work well, offering power at the risk of the curse firing back at the user.
The 5 new Scrolls ( 1page): These scrolls slowly corrupt the targets/catsers. Nice work.
Thereafter, we get 6 new staves (2 pages): One of them actually can infect other items.
We also get 6 wands (2 pages):The curses here range from weaker effects to addictive qualities and degeneration.
The penultimate section of the book provides 29 wondrous items (7 pages): This is, where the book starts to shine. The "Bag of Troubles" e.g. will drive PCs potentially nuts. A cursed bed is very iconic and I won't spoil it here. The "Gem of Horrific Truths" appeals to the horror-DM in me and the "Hangman's Rope" is another definite win. What I really liked, though, was the "Widow's Cloak", which has a 5-step curse. I would have loved to see more such complex curses.
The final chapter details 10 legendary cursed items, complete with their own back stories and this is where the book reaches it's full potential: The concise prose manages to tell exciting little stories in the limited space available and the means of destruction for the items often go beyond "Cast it into Hell" and the cures are actually more versatile.
Conclusion:
The pdf follows the RiP-two-column-layout standard, is extensively bookmarked and the b/w-artwork is public domain but nevertheless fits the theme of the book and manages to evoke a consistent style. Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any mistakes.
I'm a sucker for cursed items. I admitted that much. I want to see more of them. However, I've also got some criticisms to report: Many of the items can be either put away once their curse has been identified or be removed via the simple casting of remove curse. I would have loved for some additional, role-playing means being given to rid the bearer of the item. Many of the items are twists of normal magic items and, while I liked them, I would have preferred more original/unique ones, as this is where the book really stands out. I would have liked it, if some sample ideas for the given mishaps that resulted in the individual cursed items, had been given, too. While I want to emphasize that this is criticism on the highest level, these minor flaws keep the book from being a straight 5-star-file and thus I'll settle for 4.5 stars, for me personally as a sucker for cursed items, rounded up to 5.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
101 Malevolent Magic Items
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/02/2011 09:35:44
This pdf is 35 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisements, leaving 30 pages of content.
First of all, I have to get something of my chest: I've been waiting for this book. As a long-time Ravenloft-DM, I love cursed items and the fact that they showcase that magic is not and should not be a commodity. As such, I consider well-written cursed items to be one of the staples of gaming that work against the predictability of magic in any game. It should come to no surprise to you that I was one of the folks who asked for more items when ECS: Kavit M. Tor's Emporium was released and subsequently am looking forward to reading this book. Due to the nature of the cursed items and the fact that I don't want to spoiler potential players, I'll divert from my usual reviewing format for the 101-series and not provide a list for the items, but instead try to comment as content-neutral as possible on the items.
The book starts with 2 pages of advice on how to use them and an introduction to their cursed items. Instead of a market price, the items get a means to cure/remove them. Some items are twisted normal items and their usual enchantment is given. Some are specifically created as cursed and thus have a market price.
We get 11 Armors & Shields (3 pages): I especially liked one of the armors that is a devious death-trap and the one that influences your footing.
Next are 11 new weapons (3 pages): These are better than the armors, and not really weapons, but rather weapon properties. Some of them twist the classical elemental bonus damages. My favorite weapon is the traitorous one, though.
Then we get 7 Potions & Oils (2 pages): These are gold, pure and simple and iconic.
The next section provides us with 11 new Rings (2 pages): Devious, deadly and in case of the "Ring of Vanishing", downright sadistic - Great new material.
5 new rods are introduced (1 page): The rods actually work well, offering power at the risk of the curse firing back at the user.
The 5 new Scrolls ( 1page): These scrolls slowly corrupt the targets/catsers. Nice work.
Thereafter, we get 6 new staves (2 pages): One of them actually can infect other items.
We also get 6 wands (2 pages):The curses here range from weaker effects to addictive qualities and degeneration.
The penultimate section of the book provides 29 wondrous items (7 pages): This is, where the book starts to shine. The "Bag of Troubles" e.g. will drive PCs potentially nuts. A cursed bed is very iconic and I won't spoil it here. The "Gem of Horrific Truths" appeals to the horror-DM in me and the "Hangman's Rope" is another definite win. What I really liked, though, was the "Widow's Cloak", which has a 5-step curse. I would have loved to see more such complex curses.
The final chapter details 10 legendary cursed items, complete with their own back stories and this is where the book reaches it's full potential: The concise prose manages to tell exciting little stories in the limited space available and the means of destruction for the items often go beyond "Cast it into Hell" and the cures are actually more versatile.
Conclusion:
The pdf follows the RiP-two-column-layout standard, is extensively bookmarked and the b/w-artwork is public domain but nevertheless fits the theme of the book and manages to evoke a consistent style. Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any mistakes.
I'm a sucker for cursed items. I admitted that much. I want to see more of them. However, I've also got some criticisms to report: Many of the items can be either put away once their curse has been identified or be removed via the simple casting of remove curse. I would have loved for some additional, role-playing means being given to rid the bearer of the item. Many of the items are twists of normal magic items and, while I liked them, I would have preferred more original/unique ones, as this is where the book really stands out. I would have liked it, if some sample ideas for the given mishaps that resulted in the individual cursed items, had been given, too. While I want to emphasize that this is criticism on the highest level, these minor flaws keep the book from being a straight 5-star-file and thus I'll settle for 4.5 stars, for me personally as a sucker for cursed items, rounded up to 5.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
101 Malevolent Magic Items
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Dark M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/03/2010 23:07:21
101 Malevolent Magic Items by Rite Publishing

This product is 35 pages long. It starts with a cover and credits. (2 pages)

Next is a intro and getting into why you should used cursed items in your games. (2 pages)

Armor and Shields (3 pages)
There is 11 new cursed armor and shields and one new armor ability. My personal favorites was armor of the rooster(makes the wearer fearless) and shield of the mankiller(turns into a lion at night and kills people).

Weapons (3 pages)
There is 11 new cursed weapons. Sword of the Lifeless Foe(those killed come back as undead to seek revenge) was hands down my favorite cursed weapon.

Potions and Oils (2 pages)
There is 7 new potions and oils. Most of these work like normal potions of what ever they are, but with the cursed side effect. Potion of Blindness functions like what ever potion it was meant to be but also causes those that drink it to go blind. I wish there would have been a lot more of these. I also wish their had be a table with the chance a potion might be bad, with a random table of which cursed potion to use if it bad. I really liked the section just wish it had been longer and hand tables.

Rings (2 pages)
There is 11 new cursed rings. Ring of the Addled Tongue (randomly speak in a different language) was my favorite.

Rods (1 page)
There is 5 total new cursed rods. Rod of Hubris (rod of lordly might that makes the user insane) and Rod of Paranoia (Rod of enemy detection that points out non enemies some times)

Scrolls (1 page)
Like potions these are side effects on scrolls. There is 5 versions in the book. Scroll of Memory Loss (Any scroll cursed scroll, works like normal but has a will save or lose ones memory) and Scroll of the Sightlessness (any scroll, but when the magic is released a side effect is it backlashes into the users eyes blinding them)

Staves (2 pages)
There is 6 cursed staves. Sickening Staff (works like normal staff but each use causes the user to become sickened.)

Wands (2 pages)
There is 6 new cursed wands. Wand of the Hellspawn (works like a wand of summoning but adds fiendish template to the creatures who are hostile to the user)

Wonderous Items (7 pages)
There is 29 new cursed wonderous items. Amulet of Snakeskin (works like a amulet of natural armor but gives the user snake skin lowering their dex and chr), Gem of Horrific Truth (works like a Gem of True seeing but each round there is a chance to see some horrible truth driving the user insane and blind.), Periapt of Contagion (works like a Periapt of Health for the user, but they become a carrier to disease which they are immune to but can effect everyone around them)

Legendary Items (5 pages)
There is 10 new legendary cursed items, they include a history, fluff and ways to destroy them. I won't get into these cause I honestly liked all of them and would take up to much room to talk about them. This was one of the best parts of the book. I wish they had had a lot more of these of varies power levels.

It finishes with a OGL, 1 ad and back cover (3 pages)

Closing thoughts. I liked the book, I like cursed items being in the game. It makes magic a little bit more scary and gives those that fear magic a greater reason to fear or think badly of magic. Most of the items are similar or on par with those in Pathfinder book or your typical cursed items. I would have liked to have seen more unique cursed items and legendary ones. I did really like the potions and scrolls. How sometimes they just come out wrong. I would have love to have seen a lot more of each with random tables.

If you are looking for more cursed items to bring to your game then you will like this book. It is well written and most of the items are well done with good fluff to boot. The layout is what you would expect from rite publishing. The art is older style black and white which works for the book. So whats my rating? I am giving it a 4 star, it is a good book, but I felt with a bit more it could have been a great book.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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