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You've just defeated the monsters, and in the back of their lair you find an old wooden chest atop a pile of bones and rusty weapons. Through the keyhole spills a wondrous golden light. What magical treasures will find inside ?

This Dungeons & Dragons game supplement presents hundreds of new magical items. Including weapons, Armour, ammunition, tomes, totems, and wondrous items appropriate for any D&D campaign. This book also introduces item sets, thematically linked collections of equipment that grant additional powers when the gear is worn by a single character or multiple party members.

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Adventurer's Vault 2 (2009), by Rob Heinsoo, with Eytan Bernstein, Logan Bonner, and Stephen Radney-MacFarland, is the second Adventurer's Vault equipment sourcebook for D&D 4e. It was published in August 2009.

Continuing the Vaults. D&D 4e (2008) was big on continuing series of sourcebooks. However, when Adventurer's Vault (2008) was released in September 2008, it wasn't obvious that it was a part of the yearly releases, like the Player's Handbook (2008), Dungeon Master's Guide (2008), and Monster Manual (2008) were. Then a year later, in August 2009, a second Adventurer's Vault rolled out like clockwork. It would also be the final Adventurer's Vault, though the somewhat similar Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium (2011) would be released during 4e's waning years.

Although it was a sequel to Adventurer's Vault this new book was somewhat revamped. Most notably, it now featured sidebars that provided histories and other backstory for some of the items.

Expanding D&D. The biggest expansion in Adventurer's Vault 2 is its introduction of item sets. A similar idea had appeared in the Magic Item Compendium (2007), late in the lifetime of D&D 3e. Now, Logan Bonner and Peter Schaefer revamped the concept for D&D 4e. Major design problems for the new item sets focused on how many items to include in a set and how many levels they should span. (The default answer for both questions ended up being "5".)

Though magic item sets weren't changed much from their 3e origins, the idea was expanded in one major way: to include group sets. Because D&D 4e was more of a "team game", the designers wanted to give players the ability to collect magic items together. They made these new group sets appealing by making group items class-agnostic, by focusing on item types that were more likely to be used by all classes, and by staying away from the major item slots.

Magic items were also expanded in smaller ways through the inclusion of new categories of items such as ammunition, consumables, immurements, magical reagents, tattoos, and wondrous lair items.

About the Creators. Heinsoo was of course the lead designer for D&D 4e. He contributed to many of the line's important books in 2009, including Divine Power (2009), Monster Manual 2 (2009), and Primal Power (2009).

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