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Minor Magicks
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Publisher: Silverthorne Games
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 05/30/2006 00:00:00

Minor Magicks is a supplement of spells and magic items from Silverthorne Games. The zipped file is just barely over 1 megabyte, and contains a single PDF file almost 1.4 megabytes in size. The file has a non-hyperlinked table of contents, as well as full bookmarks which link to every spell and item.

The product is thirty-four pages long, with one page for the cover, one page for credits/legal information, one for the table of contents, one for the OGL, and two pages of advertising. The cover is the only instance of full-color art in the book. There are a few pieces of black-and-white artwork scattered throughout the book, roughly half-a-dozen or so. There are grey borders on the sides of facing pages as well, but altogether, the lack of a printer-friendly version doesn?t impact this book much.

A brief introduction discusses what this book is all about. While magic can be a great thing on the battlefield, the existing rules largely ignore smaller uses of spellcasting. Where are the spells to clear up acne, to smell fresh and clean, or to resize clothes that don?t fit? This book is the answer, containing dozens of new spells and magic items, all low-level (none of the spells are higher than 3rd level) and designed for the non-combatant.

A grand total of eighty-four new spells are presented here, for every spellcasting class in the PHB. Whether you need a Capture Image spell, which freezes a specific image in a metal frame, or a Dry spell to remove water from materials, this is where you?ll find the minor utility spells. If you need to heat up your dinner, use a Cook spell, not a Burning Hands.

The second section of the book presents exactly one hundred and one new magic items. Mostly (but not completely) based on the spells in the preceding section, these are magic items that are designed for general utility ? ?general? here means that the common people will find them a lot more useful than adventurers. Vordin?s Wondrous Window Frame, for example, can be set into any normal window, and from then on keeps out unpleasant noises, odors, and bugs. While treasure-hunters and righters-of-wrongs probably won?t be impressed, anyone normal person will probably find that a lot more useful than a Longsword +2.

The product closes out with an appendix that puts the new spells given here on spell lists for all of the PHB classes. This, however, tends to shed light on how there are no Adept spells here. That?s rather odd to consider, since you?d expect that the only spellcasting NPC class would be a natural for these down-to-earth spells. It?s the only blemish on an otherwise superb product.

Altogether, Minor Magicks does an excellent job of rounding out magic in a fantasy world. Normal people tend to want things that make their lives easier, and it?s obvious that?d go for magic as well. This product puts a human face on spellcasting, and does so masterfully. While the spells here may be minor, they add that touch which makes a good game world into a great one. <br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: This product did a great job of inventing spells to take care of everyday things that people'd want in real life.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: My only minor complaints about this product are the lack of Adept spells, and the lack of a printer-friendly version. However, both of these are very minor issues that in no way detract from this book as a whole.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>

[5 of 5 Stars!]