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Item Evolved: Oaths
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/14/2009 11:33:26

In a magical world where the swearing of oaths takes on a greater significance than the mere given word of an honourable man, it is likely that magic items connected with oaths would be created. In this work, several such items are described in considerable detail, sufficient for you to pick them up and use them in your game with little need for further work except to meld them more closely into your own plotline. This assumes your game is set within the world of Monte Cook's Arcana Evolved, you might need to change some things if your game is set somewhere else.

Each item is in some way connected to oath-taking, and they range from mildy interesting to very useful, powerful or downright scary. There's an earring which can tell you the last oath sworn by whoever you are talking to, for example, and a stone which operates as a kind of death pact: if a member of a group who have sworn an oath over it is dying the rest of the group is summoned to his location. An interesting one is a scroll that acts as a kind of magical Most Wanted list, continuously updated as notorious criminals are brought to book (or someone commits an even more heinous crime!).

All are well presented in a practical and useful manner, and serve to enhance the specific flavour of the Arcana Evolved setting by working directly with it. Many of the items can either be woven into your existing adventures, or may even spawn a plotline of their own when you study them.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
I just wanted to thank Megan for taking the time to do a review of our product Steve Russell Rite Publishing
Item Evolved: Oaths
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Joel A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/18/2009 00:59:11

Thanks, Steve. Please note my review is based on review copy provided by Rite Publishing.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Item Evolved: Oaths
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Joel A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/18/2009 00:21:18

Items Evolved: Oaths

What is it?

Items Evolved: Oaths, is a 10 page pdf, with content covered from pages 3 through 9. Layout is a standard two column with each item section nicely organized in a standard format.

Graphics is minimal, limited to the gorgeous cover art, a rune-covered strip down one side of each page, and a couple of magic items on page 4 (7 of 10). Text, fonts, and whitespace go easy on the eyes; no squinting reading this supplement!

The requisite OGL license fills out page 10. There is no backcover.

What's in it?

Items Evolved: Oaths covers magic items. Each item has a short, but specific, background, and powers that deal with oaths, a prominent theme in the Land of the Diamond Throne.

There are ten magic items. Each are broken down by name; price (with item level); what body slot it occupies; caster level to create it; aura, or what it'll radiate under a detect magic spell; how to activate the item's powers; and weight.

Then there's a brief description of the item. Lore tells what skills/abilities are appropriate to find out the item's powers, followed by the discovered information. Tied to this information is Object Loresight. As the author explains at the beginning of the pdf, this list provides details on important NPCs and/or locations, AE races, and Rite Publishing's upcoming Rituals of Choice adventure path.

The Abilities section discuss the item's powers. Finally, Prequisites and Cost to create outline what it takes to create the item.

In my opinion....

The items are interesting and unique. The Olive Branch of the Dove-pledged, for example, adds a bonus to its wielder's non-damaging attacks. The branch was created in the Citadel of the Dead Gods, an actual location in the Land of the Diamond Thrones. This immediately provides both an adventure hook and tie to AE rarely seen in most fantasy rpgs today.

Unfortunately, the reverse is true as well, since it makes it more difficult to drop an Evolved Item in a non-AE campaign. GMs who wish to do so will either have to ignore the Object Loresight information or replace them with their own history. I think the Design Notes could have covered a bit more on how to use the items in either kind of campaign.

I would have loved to seen more illustrations of the magic items.

The layout is beautiful and, more importantly, easy to read both on-screen and printed. The pdf is color printer-friendly as long as one excludes the cover page.

So what's the verdict?

I have mixed feelings about this product. Arcana Evolved campaigns will love the items, so linked they are to the unique setting. Non-AE campaigns, though, may not benefit as much unless either the GM is willing to adapt them to their campaign or use Items Evolved: Oaths as a source of ideas. For the price, a buyer can't go wrong.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Wanted to thank Joela for taking the time to do yet another insightful review of one of our products. Steve Russell Rite Publishing
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