Deck of Many Things

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I loaded up my RSS feed this morning and found this gem waiting for me from WotC. Since I don’t play much 4e, I usually don’t read many articles from their website, however the Deck of Many Things is one of my all-time favorite items in D&D, so I had to check it out.

The article gives a really nice overview of the history of this infamous Artifact and the reasons that its star has risen and fallen throughout the revisions to the rules. In addition they give an excerpt of the new 4th Edition Deck and a bit of a description that will give you an idea of how they’ve changed it up.  My own piece to add to this overview is the alternate, expanded version of the Deck that I found in the 2nd Edition Magic Item Compendium. This admittedly complicated version of the Deck uses a full set of Tarot cards. Each card can be either beneficial or negative, depending on the orientation of the card when draw and presented to the DM. Still, it’s awesome.

As you know, I am a fan of messing with players, so maybe that’s where my love of the Deck comes from, or maybe it’s because one of my favorite characters in my playing history wreaked no end of havoc with the item. Either way, I am very glad to see WotC re-incorporating this venerable item and giving it a few new twists.

Just remember: convince the Paladin to draw a card.  What’s the worst that can happen?

[tags]rpg, gaming, rpgs[/tags]

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