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Minor Magicks
 
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Minor Magicks
Publisher: Silverthorne Games
by Michael T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/16/2007 00:00:00
An assortment of unexceptional magical effects found in many other products. A number of specific spells with the same strength as Prestidigitation but lacking its versatility.

The product claims to include many spells useful in a fantasy world's daily life, yet it misses out on most kinds of spells useful to a medieval lifestyle (no farming charms, no tool-strengthening charms, few craft-specific charms). Most spells look like bland replacements for modern concepts.

Not a bad product. Just dull. Certainly nothing millions of DM's haven't already written for themselves.


LIKED: The emphasis on low-level magical effects.

DISLIKED: The bland flavorlessness of the offerings.

QUALITY: Disappointing

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Minor Magicks
Publisher: Silverthorne Games
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 05/30/2006 00:00:00
Minor Magicks is a supplement of spells and magic items from Silverthorne Games. The zipped file is just barely over 1 megabyte, and contains a single PDF file almost 1.4 megabytes in size. The file has a non-hyperlinked table of contents, as well as full bookmarks which link to every spell and item.

The product is thirty-four pages long, with one page for the cover, one page for credits/legal information, one for the table of contents, one for the OGL, and two pages of advertising. The cover is the only instance of full-color art in the book. There are a few pieces of black-and-white artwork scattered throughout the book, roughly half-a-dozen or so. There are grey borders on the sides of facing pages as well, but altogether, the lack of a printer-friendly version doesn?t impact this book much.

A brief introduction discusses what this book is all about. While magic can be a great thing on the battlefield, the existing rules largely ignore smaller uses of spellcasting. Where are the spells to clear up acne, to smell fresh and clean, or to resize clothes that don?t fit? This book is the answer, containing dozens of new spells and magic items, all low-level (none of the spells are higher than 3rd level) and designed for the non-combatant.

A grand total of eighty-four new spells are presented here, for every spellcasting class in the PHB. Whether you need a Capture Image spell, which freezes a specific image in a metal frame, or a Dry spell to remove water from materials, this is where you?ll find the minor utility spells. If you need to heat up your dinner, use a Cook spell, not a Burning Hands.

The second section of the book presents exactly one hundred and one new magic items. Mostly (but not completely) based on the spells in the preceding section, these are magic items that are designed for general utility ? ?general? here means that the common people will find them a lot more useful than adventurers. Vordin?s Wondrous Window Frame, for example, can be set into any normal window, and from then on keeps out unpleasant noises, odors, and bugs. While treasure-hunters and righters-of-wrongs probably won?t be impressed, anyone normal person will probably find that a lot more useful than a Longsword +2.

The product closes out with an appendix that puts the new spells given here on spell lists for all of the PHB classes. This, however, tends to shed light on how there are no Adept spells here. That?s rather odd to consider, since you?d expect that the only spellcasting NPC class would be a natural for these down-to-earth spells. It?s the only blemish on an otherwise superb product.

Altogether, Minor Magicks does an excellent job of rounding out magic in a fantasy world. Normal people tend to want things that make their lives easier, and it?s obvious that?d go for magic as well. This product puts a human face on spellcasting, and does so masterfully. While the spells here may be minor, they add that touch which makes a good game world into a great one.



LIKED: This product did a great job of inventing spells to take care of everyday things that people'd want in real life.

DISLIKED: My only minor complaints about this product are the lack of Adept spells, and the lack of a printer-friendly version. However, both of these are very minor issues that in no way detract from this book as a whole.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Minor Magicks
Publisher: Silverthorne Games
by Geoffrey B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/28/2006 00:00:00
Incredibly useful. I can't wait to put these spells into use. So many of them have effects that while menial will allow a lot of use while role-playing, and can be used in some interesting combat situations. There is also a huge number of spells and items. Great value for price.


LIKED: These spells are often usable for many purposes, useful for PC's and NPC's. I bought this thinking it would only be useful for the villagers and townspeople we ran into, but a few of these I can tell my players will use right away. Some of the spells have me thinking up new messes to get my players into. I was expecting a 3-star product but for me at least this is a 5.

DISLIKED: nothing.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Minor Magicks
Publisher: Silverthorne Games
by Donald H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/01/2006 00:00:00
With so much attention given to higher level game play, it's nice to see this kind of product on the market. I have used this book in my game with excellent results. Well written, nicely illustrated and most impotantly, useful to any character able to use spells. My cleric uses several very handy spells from this book.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Minor Magicks
Publisher: Silverthorne Games
by Robin C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/06/2005 00:00:00
IMo this book is a must-have when creating spellcasting NPC's of lower levels - ones who do not desire to adventure and have planned on making thier living with lower-level spells of everyday use to others. The magic spells and items here are more geared to practical everyday uses and nobles who can afford small magical luxeries (like a brush that styles a noblewoman's hair, or a stall mucker that cleans the stables of up to 20 horses).
It's provided no end of useful magical "home" items for the PC's to acquire, and non-combat spells to learn.
This is one of the best ebooks that I have bought here to date. It's an EXCELLENT value for the money - very complete and diverse! WELL worth the money!


LIKED: In addition to the huge amount of material for the price, I appreciated that in the back there's an index of spells by class/level - very helpful!

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Minor Magicks
Publisher: Silverthorne Games
by Jarnin L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/09/2005 00:00:00
Fabulous! Fills a real gap -- the kinds of magic spells and items that everyday magic users would have. A real boon for fleshing out NPCs (especially in my city-based campaign), but a lot of spells would be useful for adventurers too. For example, a range of spells that change minor aspects of a person's appearance, but for a longer time period than alter self, which would be useful for the serving-mage of a vain noblewoman, but also for going undercover longer term; spells that your bard PC would have for performances or playing tricks on people that would also be useful for distracting guards or hiding stolen items, etc.

When they say "dozens" of spells and items, I was expected less than what I got -- my quick estimate is more like 80+ spells and 100+ magic items. There's a nice range of types/purposes, all low-level (0- to 3rd-level). Although some of the spells and items are a bit silly, or under- or over-powered, there is a LOT more useful material here than in most products like this that I buy.

LIKED: The layout is organized, clean, easy to read. The spells are listed in alphebetical order, and then there's an index at the end grouping them by class and level -- thank you!

DISLIKED: I think that a few of the spells are a *little* bit under- or over-powered and I'm going to tweak them, but even these are very minor issues, and probably just a matter of personal taste.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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