|For many people the magic items of the character seem to be more important then the character itself. The magic al abilities of the items quickly seem to mean more then the level abilities of the character. While this is fine for those people, it does not take long for the magical items to all look alike. Most that are presented in the DMG seem more like power ups from a video games then magical items. Luckily we have books like Ducks of Doom to take care of this problem.
Ducks of Doom is an odd title, a funny title. It is a serious book but it does have a bit of a sense humor. Some of the items like the Ducks of Doom (yes that is an actual artifact) are a bit more comical. However, they also have an actual use and can be used in any serious campaign. Ducks of Doom presents new artifacts. Artifacts though, seem to be an easy way to present magical items. Artifacts do not have to be constraint by the same rules and one does not have to figure out what would be needed to craft it. While some of the items like the Ducks of Doom seem to make a good artifact others like many Baubles can easily have been magical items.
Ducks of Doom is a pdf by The Le Games. They seem to enjoy putting out books of artifacts as they have released a few of these. One thing that they do well with the artifacts is that they have options for the artifacts to grow with the character. This allows artifacts that have the potential to be powerful to be given at a lower level. The artifact will not be too powerful and will gain power with the character so it does not become obsolete like many magical items do.
The pdf comes in a small zip file a bit over a meg in size. Inside are three versions of the book. There are two pdf versions one with art and one without. This makes it easy to print out for those who want to print it with no art. The third version is the book in word document format. Both pdfs are book marked and it makes them easy to use from a lap top or computer at the gaming table. The pdf with the art is twenty six pages and the pdf with out the art is a bit shorter, but not by much.
The artifacts are bit of a diverse collection. The Ducks of Ultimate Doom as they are actually called mostly attract birds for food but can on occasion also turn into Vampire Ducks. While it looks a bit more fearful then Bunnicula, it still will have a hard tome to be taken completely seriously by everyone. There is a Aegis Armor which has nothing to do with e Aegis shield from mythology. It is a piece of armor that gains options as the character levels up. These options are like DR and bonuses to saves, but only one can be used at a time and it?s the characters choice what he uses when.
Overall the artifacts are original. There are not the usual boring ones presented here. They can be pretty darn powerful at times especially once the characters get to higher levels. It is a good addition for anyone looking for some items that offer a bit more character and history then the run of the mill magic al items as well as having items that do not become obsolete to the character later in his life.
<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>
[3 of 5 Stars!]