|Jiggy RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32|
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Jaelithe, keep in mind that when people say "doing X would get old fast", they're speaking in the context of the standard/default level of wealth/magic. Thing is, I'm getting the impression from your posts that you don't realize what that standard is.
The default assumption of the game is that say a 9th-level fighter will have approximately 46,000gp worth of magic items, with roughly 12,000gp worth of weaponry, another 12k or so worth of magic armor/protection, etc. Everyone's game will be a little different, but that's the baseline that the system is built around.
You've eventually revealed that in your games, the level of magic availability is nowhere near that. That's fine. I just think you fostered a miscommunication when you failed to mention that difference up front.
Since nobody (neither you nor anyone else) mentioned any deviations from the baseline, the assumed context of the entire dialogue has been that baseline.
So when people said "having all magic items be mysterious would be a hassle", since they didn't specify an alternate context, the point they were communicating was actually "having all magic items be mysterious would be a hassle when you have the magnitude of magic items suggested in the rules". I'd venture a guess you wouldn't actually disagree with that.
Similarly, when you said things like "Every magic item is unique and unknown", since you failed to specify an alternate context, the point you communicated was that you had far more of those unique and mysterious magic items in your game than it sounds like is actually the case.
Again, there's nothing wrong with playing a low-magic/low-wealth game; as you've demonstrated, it enables a whole different flavor that isn't practical in standard-wealth/standard-magic Pathfinder. Just be aware that when you comment on things about your game, you need to specify the differences between your game and the standard so that people have the necessary context to correctly interpret your comments. If you don't, then you get dialogues like the above where your statements are taken in the context of "default Pathfinder", and in that context they take on entirely different meanings and ramifications.