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Offline Necrosnoop110

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Artifacts (Opinions)
« on: June 12, 2019, 12:18:44 PM »
(1) What are your favorite artifacts, and why?
(2) What are your least favorite artifacts, and why?
(3) Are there any books or magazines which give more rules/details on artifacts? 
(4) Are there any online guides, handbooks, or threads about artifacts?

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Re: Artifacts (Opinions)
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 12:53:23 PM »
(1) What are your favorite artifacts, and why?
(2) What are your least favorite artifacts, and why?
(3) Are there any books or magazines which give more rules/details on artifacts? 
(4) Are there any online guides, handbooks, or threads about artifacts?

(1) Sphere of Annihilation is a classic.
(2) Deck of Many Things. It makes people dumb, and I feel every amateur DM will nonconsciously throw it into their game just because.
(3) Dont know
(4) I don't think so. Artifacts are especially out of player control so I don't imagine anyone would ever build a quide around them. The only way I know to get a Artifact without the DM handing it over is Artifact Lord Epic Destiny from late 3.5 era Dragon Mag
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Re: Artifacts (Opinions)
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2019, 05:18:49 PM »
(1) ... Death Rock from BoVD.  Here's what I rambled about it during the ruleofcool era :
http://www.ruleofcool.com/smf/index.php/topic,658.0.html
comment :  kinda solves necromancy, and allows bridging it to any type of character, too bad it's dm fiat.  Intentional intra-party strife, isn't well handled by 40+ years of d&d guidelines, but hollywood does this with most every tv show = players can model it and probably make it work.

(2) ... 3e Mace of St. Cuthbert is a small but odd pile of mail-it-in writing, especially with being paid by the word.
" ... the Mace of Cuthbert is essentially a +5 holy lawful mace of disruption (effectively a +11 weapon) with a special power (searing light at 20th level at will). According to the epic magic item creation rules, this item would have a market price of approximately 2,500,000 gp. A character who wished to wield a replica of the Mace of Cuthbert could have such an item created. It wouldn't be the actual Mace, but it would be essentially identical in function."
Epic Level Handbook, p.150
comment :  Here's the rules, here's total contradiction of said rules. (get paid anyway)

(3) ... the Rod Of Seven Parts, is by far the most written about artifact in d&d history, both in-game and out.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_of_Seven_Parts#Publication_history
comment :  didn't float my boat back then, interesting pile of d&d history now

(4) ... dude at giantitp dude-ed at least a good start of a list (use the whole thread)
http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?500598-List-of-Artifacts
comment :  try is better than no try

link to TC X0 Lt 0X 's mention (use the whole thread) :
The Tarrasque, Epic Destinies, and You
http://minmaxforum.com/index.php?topic=4570.0
comment :  yes the Psi Arty loves the Artifact Lord.  The 4e guys (those poor misbegotten souls) don't know what the Sword Of Pun-Pun is, no?

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« Last Edit: June 12, 2019, 05:29:01 PM by awaken_D_M_golem »
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Re: Artifacts (Opinions)
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2019, 10:36:45 PM »
The Black Egg from Dungeon Magazine 106. Get your own half fiend 19 HD red dragon servitors for the relatively trivial cost of risking a curse for not feeding dragon souls to the egg. This is feeding dragon type creatures, so you don't need to go out and actually kill full sized dragons, they can be draconians from the Dragonlance setting, so other creatures with the dragon type. Probably the best artifact in the game.



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Re: Artifacts (Opinions)
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2019, 06:34:24 AM »
(4) I don't think so. Artifacts are especially out of player control so I don't imagine anyone would ever build a quide around them. The only way I know to get a Artifact without the DM handing it over is Artifact Lord Epic Destiny from late 3.5 era Dragon Mag

Epic Binder can create a temporary Sphere of Annihilation with one of the epic vestiges. The big question is whether you're allowed to create it on top of someone, since it doesn't actually say yea or nay.