It seems like players of the 3.5 edition of Dungeons & Dragons will have all possible tools at their fingertips, as Wizards of the Coast has been reprinting Premium Editions of older rulebooks in the set. We’ve seen the Dungeon Master’s Guide, the Player’s Handbook, and the Spell Compendium, but this time we’re diving even deeper into the mystical realm of might with the Premium Reprint of the Magic Item Compendium.
As with the other Premium Edition reprints, the Magic Item Compendium sports a fancy new cover, complete with filigrees and shininess. Out of all the reprints, I like the cover on this book the most. It’s very bright silver, and the little design of the metallic dragon holding a potion is really colorful. The design is raised in some areas to provide texture, and if you look closely you can see some gold inlaid in the recesses.
Getting to the thick of things, the Magic Item Compendium lists all sorts of different armor, weapons, and trinkets players may find on their journeys. In the book are full descriptions, costs, and lists for each of the different items housed within. The Premium Edition lists a lot of the same items as the original before it, though some things have changed.
Since the release of the original book, Wizards of the Coast sat down and took a look at what was presented in the Dungeons & Dragons realm. They then decided to do a little clean up and refine the compendium list as they saw fit. Some items have had their costs increased, while others have been decreased. Some items have gotten complete activation overhauls, while others have merely had their body slots changed.
Regardless of the small amount of change that’s come to the list, you’ll be able to find everything you need to reference all of the items effortlessly. The book is broken down into sections, which cover Armor, Weapons, Clothing, Tools, Item Sets, and Using Magic Items. There are even portions at the beginning of each section that list magic item properties in case you want to build your own magic items. Then, throughout each section, players will find a plethora of tables and references to each item listed. At the end of the book there’s an appendices that lists each magic item and gives a brief description of what the item does. It’s perfect for random rolling – as it’s listed by cost – and comes in handy when needing to locate an item’s page.
Of all the Premium reprints of the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Edition books, I’d say this one is my favorite. It’s got tons of special art inside to make each item stand out, laid-out tables for reference, and even tips for making your own items. The descriptions are clearer, items are more tiered towards their cost, and there’s not a lot of jumbling when trying to look through the information presented in each section. If you’re still playing through D&D 3.5, this is a book that should be in your collection.