Saturday, January 9, 2016

Review: Dungeon Fantasy 18: Power Items

Dungeon Fantasy 18: Power Items just came out this week! It's $5, it's 15 pages, and it is about power items. Let's take a look at what we get.

So, what does this book cover? It is almost exactly what it says on the tin. It is power items. There is no fluff, no extraneous rules; just a comprehensive version of the existing rules for power items, and enhancements to those rules in that direction. The book contains:

  • Methods of statting out power items that passively regenerate
  • Advantages to allow one to refuel power items by themselves
  • Perks involving power items
  • Power items for alternative power sources and the rules thereof
  • Rules for upgrading power items
  • Rules for deconstructing power items if one is in an emergency and needs quick cash
  • Some options for checks and balances for power items if the GM of the campaign is worried about their value spiraling out of control.
  • Table Of Contents
  • Some good pull quotes
This supplement is really short and really cheap. It is valuable to people that find themselves running up against the FP constantly in the gameist world of Dungeon Fantasy - namely, magic users. It does have some rules for people who enjoy using FP in mundane contexts as well, but frankly, neither as GM nor as a player has the FP limit been deployed as a choke point for mundane classes. Maybe that's my fault or my GM's fault for not creating enough suffocation, starvation, and hardcore aerobic situations, but if you like extra effort in combat, it's useful in that context (I like me some heroic charges and feverish defenses).
Most importantly, of course, is the question of the pull quotes. Oscar Wilde, Confucius, and Discworld. These are all great. It is hard for me to choose a favorite. One comment is that the content of the quotes is only very tangentially related to the content of the supplement, but probably the Confucius one wins for being the most on point.
In summary, get this if you are already using power items to the fullest and want more; if you currently don't use them that much or at all, you might be able to skip this.

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