This one should be of interest to fans of Dungeons and Dragons. Paradigm Concepts, the publishers behind Witchhunter: the Invisible World, are currently hosting a Kickstarter campaign for their first 5th edition DnD product: Forged in Magic, a collection of magic items for your campaign.
Forged in Magic: REFORGED adds over 400+ magic items to your 5E campaign – from magical weapons and armors, rings, and shields to mystical potions, magical staffs and a myriad of wondrous items. Forged in Magic: REFORGED doesn’t just provide a list of items and their properties, but many also have a backstory on its creation or history. While these stories are set in the Arcanis: World of Shattered Empires campaign setting, the rich detail can help you place these in any published setting or your own home made campaign.
For those of you who aren’t up on your history of the company, PCI cut its teeth on the Living Arcanis Living Campaign for DnD 3e, which premiered around the same time as WotC’s own Living Greyhawk campaign. It built a dedicated (even fanatical) audience and produced scores of adventures for the living campaign and a professional product line before WotC’s meddling with the OGL caused them to jump ship and create their own game system, Arcanis: the World of Shattered Empires. The writers pride themselves on developing an ongoing, mature, and deep world setting more in the vein of Legend of the Five Rings’ Rokugan than the Forgotten Realms. I don’t have any personal experience with Arcanis — certain aspects of the game system suggest it isn’t quite the system for me — but from listening to interviews with Henry Lopez and his crew on the topic, I’m VERY tempted to pick this on up when the 5th edition DnD primer is released this year. In the meantime, the previews of the magic items in Forged in Magic look pretty darn cool! The book has already been available for their Arcanis game system for some time and has gotten very positive reviews. I believe PCI intends to this to be a litmus test for interest in a 5th edition version of their Arcanis setting, and so far, judging from the pledges to the kickstarter, there is plenty of interest (at least for new magic items).
The Forged in Magic kickstarter has about a week left to go, so go check it out. At $15 for the PDF, it’s practically a no-brainer. And while you’re at it, check out this podcast interview with Henry Lopez and Pedro Barrenechea about all things Arcanis (and look for the link for a free PDF of the old 3e edition of Arcanis world book).