I think magical masks need a more prominent place in fantasy games. Historically, many cultures use masks to commune with the spirits or to strike fear in enemies. It seems natural that masks would have a place in d20. Unfortunately, Wizards in their infinite lack of wisdom never really did a lot with the concept. Fortunately, Creation?s Edge Games stepped up to the plate to fix the omission.
Magic Masks I gives you 50 different magic masks with a variety of powers, making this a phenomenal value. This product offers a good variety of masks that can fit into pretty much any sort of game you have going on. I didn?t notice anything too overpowering or out of wack, though there are some mechanical concerns that I?ll need to think through and may have to adjust before using these in a game. For example, it seems that some of the prices don?t seem to work right. Breath Mask (Color Spray) basically lets you cast color spray three times a day, but it only costs 375 gp? And the author doesn?t specify at what level the color spray is cast at. Most wondrous items say something like ?as if cast by a 5th level whatever? so that you know how to figure out the saving throws and stuff. Many of these items don?t do that, so you sort of have to guess. But if you think it through beforehand, you should be fine.
Two other things that irked me about the product, though. One, the text doesn?t look right. Most books have aligned margins. This one doesn?t. And the spaces between paragraphs seemed really big. It didn?t hurt the readability or anything. I guess it just looked unprofessional. Two, the descriptions sometimes got wordy or redundant. I don?t this the OGL requires you to say ??as described in the Dungeon and Dragons Player?s Handbook, Third Edition? every time you mention a spell or something. But the author does that almost every time he references something out of the SRD. It?s kind of annoying.
<b>LIKED</b>: 50 masks for an excellent price.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: sometimes wordy, and the mechanics are a bit twitchy.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>
[3 of 5 Stars!]