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The Armorer’s Handbook: Equipment Upgrade and Rune Magic System for 5E (Fantasy Grounds)



 The Armorer’s Handbook: Equipment Upgrade and Rune Magic System

Now available for Fantasy Grounds Unity!

Note: This product was previously released for Fantasy Grounds Classic and has now been fully updated to support Fantasy Grounds Unity (and is not backwards compatible). All content has been updated from the author's most recent PDF.

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The Armorer’s Handbook is a complete equipment upgrade ruleset that allows weapons and armor to grow along with your characters in an organic way that feels anchored in your setting!

This supplement is a comprehensive modular framework that allows characters to improve their equipment as they see fit by seeking out craftsmen and spending some coin! Chapter 1 covers nonmagical upgrades, which approximate the basic +1-3 progression of magic items in the Dungeon Master’s Guide. Chapter 2 introduces rune magic as a means to imbue your equipment with magical properties, including a fully-realized crafting system for characters wishing to create their own runestones using simple gemstones.

The two chapters comprise the following, with each option being adjustable, ignorable, or replacable without impacting the whole:

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  • Revised Armor table based on real-world historical armor, weight and prices, with scalable purchase options and three types of shield, each filling a unique role.
  • Armor Upgrade rules including 14 unique upgrades.
  • A minimalist Revised Weapons table, offering four new weapon properties.
  • Weapon Upgrade rules including 13 unique upgrades.
  • 7 types of Special Ammunition with easy crafting rules.
  • 8 of Special Materials with simple modifications to the upgrade rules.
  • Rules for equipment Wear and Repair.
Chapter 2 header


  • Rune Magic lore and how to introduce rune magic and runestones into your campaign.
  • Runestones – socketable gems used to empower equipment with magical properties.
  • Runesmithing – a complete ruleset for player-crafting of runestones.
  • Runesmith’s Tools – a new toolkit used to craft runestones using gemstones.
  • The Runesmith’s Guild – a complete ruleset for joining and progressing through a crafting guild, with tangible benefits to those who achieve status among their peers. Also includes new downtime activities!
  • A New Feat only available to veteran runesmiths.
  • Two New Artificer Infusions to enhance the potential of runic equipment.
  • 39 Runestones, plus guidance on creating your own. Its also easy to repurpose the properties of magic items from any source—and you can even allow characters to "trade" magic items to help the guild scholars in their quest to discover/create new runestones!

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Note: This product is for use in the Fantasy Grounds virtual tabletop. If you would like to purchase the PDF version, click here.

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Grim Press ` December 11, 2022 10:38 pm UTC
This product has been updated to be fully FGU compliant and is no longer compatible with FGC (following our policy for updating older products). It has also been updated to match the latest content revisions from the original author's PDF.

To answer some older questions:
Tyson P -- Coding effects are not included in the conversion. These would have to be manually added by you as appropriate. You can get assistance with coding syntax on our Discord or on the official FGF Discord and wiki.

Patrick -- As the converter of the supplement, we keep the content exactly how it appears in the original product and don't provide official answers to the intent or functionality. Questions about interactions should be directed to the original author. You are welcome to come discuss this on our Discord with the community and see if you can come to an agreement on the best way to handle it. You've the final decision as the DM in any case.
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Tim H April 28, 2022 2:38 am UTC
Just purchased this, and none of the tag-related stuff (the purpose/base for the system) appears to work at all in Fantasy Grounds Unity. Am I missing something?
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Tyson P January 28, 2021 9:42 pm UTC
I don't see coding for the tags in the fantasy grounds module version. Is the coding for armor proofing even doable in FG?
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Patrick L January 20, 2021 12:56 am UTC
Hi, just to confirm, if we wear heavy armor we need to add the Gambeson with the cuirass and this give us an AC of 17?

i don't find the answer in the manual.

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Sean P October 18, 2020 12:02 am UTC
Does this version also include the PDF
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DmDomination @ October 18, 2020 11:33 am UTC
No sir, this is only the fantasy grounds module. You can find the pdf at the link at the top of the listing.
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Tyson P January 28, 2021 2:45 am UTC
Would be nice to include the PDF with the FG modules for reading purposes. The FG reference manual version is terrible format for reading.
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DmDomination @ January 28, 2021 2:50 am UTC
I'll reach out and see if we can get a bundle package setup where you get a discount on both if you purchase the bundle.
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Tyson P January 28, 2021 9:32 pm UTC
That would be cool, wish all of the module versions did a pdf bundle.
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Jason D November 26, 2021 3:05 am UTC
Did the pdf bundle get created?
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Christopher M July 08, 2020 1:59 am UTC
Will this be updated or does it already work with FGU?
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DmDomination @ July 08, 2020 2:46 pm UTC
Hello Christopher, when it was created it was compatible with Unity. As Unity is in open beta and undergoing nearly daily updates I cannot say definitively that it is still in working order but they assure us features seen in this module will be fully function upon release. Based on my personal experience using it I have encountered zero issues in Unity. If you do have any issues please feel free to reach out and i'll do everything i can to help you address them.
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