Episode 10 (May 2007)
Magic Items

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Don't just read about D&D's latest news and announcements--listen to them as well! And where better to find inside information than from the very halls of Wizards of the Coast? Presenting Episode 10: Magic Items! In this podcast, hosts Dave Noonan and Mike Mearls discuss the use, creation and placement of magic items, along with Andy Collins.

Episode 10

00:15: Episode 10 focuses on the Magic Item Compendium, previews of which can be read at:

The Design & Development series can be read at:

01:50: Fungible: essentially, interchangeable (hey, this humble producer had to look it up, having never taken Economics 101).

03:30: Stormbringer: Elric’s sword, from the works of Michael Moorcock.

05:20: MacGuffin: a plot device, embodied in some fictional object; a term popularized by Alfred Hitchcock (such as the statue in his Maltese Falcon).

07:39: There is, unfortunately, no truth to the D&D Monopoly: There and Then edition, promoted in our April Fool’s article.

09:00: When it comes to magic items, the Magic Item Record Sheet can be found with the Character Sheets.

09:55: Nerull’s epic level stat card can be found here.

11:38: Other rules regarding bags of holding, portable holes, and extradimensional spaces can be found in the Rules of the Game: Carrying Things Part 3 article.

13:06: Bastion of Broken Souls, by Bruce Cordell.

14:45: When it comes to magic item shops, back in episode 4 the podcast referenced Fritz Leiber’s infamous Bazaar of the Bizarre.

18:10: Weapons of Legacy.

18:28: Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl was the second adventure in the 1st edition G1 series Against the Giants. Mike Mearls’ updated Steading of the Hill Giant Chief was detailed in the Lunchtime Campaign notes. Crumbling Hall of the Frost Giant Jarl was also a later adventure written by podcast guest Andy Collins.

20:55: Magic item placement was further covered in the Sibling Rivalry article: Loot, discussing how to get the items you really want from your games.

23:55: Heroes of Battle.

26:10: As a player, which would you rather receive?
DM-determined magic items
the equivalent gold

30:20: Send topic requests to: dndfeedback@wizards.com.

32:25: Updated treasure tables can be found in the Magic Item Compendium excerpts.

34:20: What is your preferred campaign style (to play or to run)?
low magic
high magic

37:00: Conan created by Robert E. Howard. As generally agreed here in the office, the 1982 Conan the Barbarian movie (with writing credit by Oliver Stone!) has one of the most entertaining commentary tracks, courtesy of star Arnold Schwarzenegger.

40:37: Guenhwyvar Drizzt’s panther, a figurine of wondrous power, from the works of R.A. Salvatore.

43:22: Send your questions to: dndfeedback@wizards.com. Again, just send in your question, your name (and how to pronounce it), and your hometown.


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