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Elemental Metals
Publisher: Bards and Sages
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/08/2009 10:59:47
The art to making a good magical item includes selecting the most appropriate materials... at least, it does if you are playing the Karma Roleplaying System. But even if that is not your ruleset of choice, incorporating such concepts into your game enhances the flavour of magical craftsmanship, even if it does not contribute in terms of game mechanics.

The basic idea is that each metal has a certain affinity with one or more of the elements (the classical air, earth, fire and water, or the extended series used in Karma Roleplaying System magic). Once you have decided what your magic item is going to do, which spells you will embue it with, you can then decide which metal will be appropriate. Of course, there are other considerations such as cost, weight and will it hold an edge (if you are making a magical weapon), but even if the best metal to match the magic isn't the best one for the item you have in mind, perhaps it can be used as decoration.

Some metals, the base metals, are easy to get hold of and not too expensive... however they can still be very useful to the mage seeking to make something. Noble or precious metals are also popular, although they are rarer and generally cost more than the base metals.

Whether you are using the Karma Roleplaying System or something else, the information herein should enhance the flavour of magical item creation - characters can select the metals best suited to what they want to craft (giving scope for adventure to source it of course) and items in treasure hoards can be given addition interest - "This bowl is made of platinum, perhaps it has healing properties" for example.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Elemental Metals
Publisher: Bards and Sages
by Nadine S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/22/2008 10:48:00
Sweet little product that really just is bursting with inspiration for GMs. Why make up new exotic metals when the real world already has so many? There is so much here beyond the traditional copper, silver, gold, platinum metals. Well written and thought out to be fully functional regardless of your game style or setting.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Elemental Metals
Publisher: Bards and Sages
by CJ W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/15/2008 14:24:21
A handy little reference book. Short entries about a variety of metals keep information easy to get at (such as elements associated with the metal and how readily available the metal is). Probably most useful for creating unique items for your games (they can't all be silver relics, can they?), but could add some flavor when your group's mage(s) cast various "detect [...]" spells on things (now instead of saying, "You can tell it's a brass figure worked by the hands of a dwarf" you can say "It's a brass figure worked by the hands of dwarf and resonating with a strong aura of fire.").

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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