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Archias Arcanum's Guide to Creating Magic Items
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Archias Arcanum's Guide to Creating Magic Items


How do I make a Wand of Fireballs? What is the process for making a Potion of Healing so the party doesn’t have to keep buying them? Would anybody buy this Umber Hulk blood I’ve collected? This 37-page guide answers these questions and more with 10 new spells, additional items, and over 30 detailed formulas for magic items listed in the Dungeons & Dragons 5E Dungeon Master’s Guide. Every required spell component in the Dungeons & Dragons 5E Player’s Handbook is also listed, cross referenced with the spells page number and a listed cost. Mystical components from Aboleth mucus to Xorn flesh are catalogued with their traits, rarity, and cost. This is THE guide to flesh out the details of magic item creation and magical components in any campaign world. 

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martin S July 15, 2017 8:51 pm UTC
Hi I'm sorry but I am looking for something to expand or replace the magic item creation system in 5e, no one has reviewed this product, I would be more inclined to buy it if i could evaluate it before hand or if there where some reviews
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Kelly W July 16, 2017 4:06 pm UTC
I very well understand the hesitation in putting money toward something that may not be the resource you truly want for your game and wasting good coin. I personally like to peruse a book cover to cover before making the call, unfortunately the reviewing system on DMG is dictated by the system and only allows for a limited sampling of the product. I would love to get some reviews on this, not only in hopes of good reviews, but also for information that could improve the product. Alas none have been forthcoming to date. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have here to help you decide or copy/paste a sample Magic Item Formula or a bit of the extensive components list. Just let me know.
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Kelly W June 01, 2017 4:09 pm UTC
Fixed some wording in the Enchant Item spell. Defined the conversion of spell slots to charges in the Simple Charge spell and corrected the math. Added a defined quality chart to the end of the work.
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Kelly W May 23, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Please post any errata/typos/etc. you bump into here and I'll get if fixed and updated files posted. I notice a booboo in the Enchant Item spell that is being fixed with an update soon, just want to get a few things per update in. Thanks.
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Brian L May 24, 2017 3:38 pm UTC
I have a questions regarding the "Simple Charge" spell. Do the spell slots expended equal 1 Charge in the wand regardless of spell level? If so the math seems wrong in the description and should be 11 charges added. Otherwise, I can't figure out where the extra 2 charges come from.
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Kelly W May 24, 2017 11:00 pm UTC
Brian, thanks for the purchase and the needed fix!! The math and function on the Simple Charge spell was a bit off as it should reflect converting spell slots to charges based on the level of the spell in the item. I have rewritten (and will update the file soon) it as:

Simple Charge
1st level transmutation
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 5 feet
Components: V, S
Duration: Instantaneous

This spell places charges into a simple wand or other multi-charge expendable item and allows a caster to convert any remaining spells slots into charges. For example, a wizard with two third, four second, and five first level spell slots currently available casts Simple Charge into a wand. He can place eighteen spell slots (3+3+2+2+2+2+1+1+1+1+1-1 for the casting of Simple Charge) worth of charges into the into the item with a single casting of this spell. If the wand was designed to cast a second level spell, this would then add 9 total charges for the simple wand, if it were...See more
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Joshua R March 09, 2018 4:08 am UTC
I have a follow up question regarding this. What is the purpose of the Simple Charge Spell if each simple wand has 25 charges?

Simple Wands – These wands are created using the variant rule in the Dungeons & Dragons 5E Dungeon Master’s
Guide, page 141. They cast the requisite spell at its lowest casting level using a single charge. These wands have 25
charges when created, do not automatically recharge, and cannot be recharged by any means. The wand crumbles to dust
when the last charge is expended.

Thank you for clarifying.
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Kelly W March 09, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Excellent question Joshua and I apologize for the lack of clarity. The "Simple Charge" spell is what actually places the '25 Charges' into the simple wand. Page 10 has the formula for a 'simple' Wand of Fireballs which lists the 'Simple Charge' spell in the instructions. Since Fireball is a minimum 3rd level spell, the 'Simple Charge' spell would need to transfer 75 total spell levels into the simple wand as it would require 3 spell levels per charge to power the wand. That is if you wanted to max it out on potential. I hope this clarifies the spell use for you! Thanks for you purchase!!!
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