The Genius Guide to Loot 4 Less: Volume 3—Hot Rods (PFRPG) PDF

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In this volume we focus on rods, the nearly undefinable class of petite poles that can do anything, as long as you're holding them. Rods have less tradition in fantasy literature that other arcane sticks such as wands and staves, but they enjoy a long history in fantasy rpgs (not even counting epic quests designed to put together artifact rods broken into little pieces). Fighters in particular have often found a rod or two useful over the course of their careers, and we have the entry-level examples they need until they can afford anything with "lordly might" in the name. Rods can be of use to anyone, making them perfect for GMs who need generic treasure fast.

Welcome to the third volume in the Loot 4 Less line, in which we deal exclusively in items with a cost-to-consumer of 2,500 gp or less. And just to up the level of difficulty, we also don't deal in one-shot (or even two- or three-shot) magic items. Here in Volume 3: Hot Rods, we're specifically looking only at magic items that are longer than they are wide. Think of it as the Freudian Spellcaster Special.

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Great buy with with interesting rods

5/5

I really enjoyed this PDF, and it was definitely worth the price. Other reviewers mentioned the small number of rods (9) and the artwork as things that are lacking in this PDF but for me, the quality of some of the rods made up for this. Furthermore, the Zombie Reggae Horse Demon on the front cover more than makes up for the lackluster rod art.

The Rod of Weight, Rod of Bolt Launching, Rod of Many Uses, and Rod of Screaming will definitely be making their ways into my games whenever possible.

The Rod of Rings is an interesting concept, but I'm not sure if I'd ever use it.

The only rod that I'm disappointed in is the Rod Of Smashing Doors, which uses Bull's Strength, a level 2 spell, to help open doors. It costs 2500 gp, whereas a Chime of Opening, which uses Knock (another level 2 spell) costs only 500 gp more, and is far more useful.

Within 2 minutes of reading the Rod of Bolt Launching, I was already placing a variant for alchemical items as loot for a dungeon crawl I am making.

Overall, I was greatly pleased by this product. Had the system allowed for it, I would give a 4.5 rating. But as stated before, the quality of some of the rods led me to round up instead of down.


5/5

Though rods don't come up that often in my DnD games, this product made me want to use them. The rods within are not just for spellcasters. Many of them are handy for any adventure.

I highly recommend this entire line, I've used them and have really enjoyed incorporating them in to my games.


Not as Good

3/5

It is 2 pages shorter then the others and there is a lot missing in those 2 pages. There are a few good rods something that is mostly over looked tell much higher in level. But there art is not as good as the other L4L Books. I think I would be happy if there was 4-6 more Rods. This PDF is not bad it just is not as good as the other L4L


Decent

3/5

This is a solid product but left me feeling a little uninspired, like I could have created the items in here. It's worth the $1.50 I paid for it so I'm not disappointed but my expectations were pretty high after reading the "pretty rings" PDF.


Fun low-level items

4/5

Fun little PDF with items for low-level characters. Need to climb a wall but forgot to study spider climb? No problems! Try the Grapnel Rod!

The art isn't great but, it is functionnal.

At that price, give it a try, you'll like it!



I think this is my #1 out of the loot for less series..great stuff

Sczarni

I can safely say that I regret not being aware of all the 3pp during my 3.5 days, this product was great. It had specifically what I needed for my homebrew.

Scarab Sages

I'm really glad this worked for you folks!

If there was something that you really liked, I'd love to know about it so I can try to do it again. :D


I have one question about this product. In the first "Behind the Counter" sidebar there is a reference to a rod of hidden light. I didn't find this item in the book, or in the PFRPG Core rulebook, either. Is this something that was intended for this product, or does it appear in some earlier product?

Scarab Sages

Gramps wrote:
I have one question about this product. In the first "Behind the Counter" sidebar there is a reference to a rod of hidden light. I didn't find this item in the book, or in the PFRPG Core rulebook, either. Is this something that was intended for this product, or does it appear in some earlier product?

It was originally slated for this product, but got cut late in the process because I felt it needed more playtesting. The powers will show up in a later product, though perhaps not as a rod.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Are we going to see a Loot 4 Less Wondrous items?

Scarab Sages

Duster wrote:
Are we going to see a Loot 4 Less Wondrous items?

To a limited extend you already are (since boots count as wondrous items), and will continue to (All You Need Is Gloves is this week).

I -do- have Knick-Knacks of Power on the drawing board for really miscellaneous wondrous items, like the figurine of wondrous power (tin cockroach), golem manual (animate broom) and horn of loud noises. But it's not ready yet, so we haven't scheduled it.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:

To a limited extend you already are (since boots count as wondrous items), and will continue to (All You Need Is Gloves is this week).

I -do- have Knick-Knacks of Power on the drawing board for really miscellaneous wondrous items, like the figurine of wondrous power (tin cockroach), golem manual (animate broom) and horn of loud noises. But it's not ready yet, so we haven't scheduled it.

I was thinking/hoping that figurines of wondrous power would get their own supplement, since they have so much built-in diversity that it seems like it'd be comparatively easy to think up a lot of new ones.

Scarab Sages

Alzrius wrote:
I was thinking/hoping that figurines of wondrous power would get their own supplement, since they have so much built-in diversity that it seems like it'd be comparatively easy to think up a lot of new ones.

The only problem is that Loot 4 Less has a hard 2,500 gp cap on all items we do, and figurines of wondrous power get expensive, fast.

still, I might do mroe than just one or two, and if I find I DO have a whole book of figurines of slightly less wondrous power, I'll certainly put it out.

Owen K.C. Stephens
Super Genius Games

Sczarni

Now that you comment on the price limit, does that mean we will never get to see a Loot 4 Less: Sexy Staff?
Really, staves are the items that in my experience see the least game time of them all, mostly due to their high pricing and most games not making it to the higher levels.

By this I mean that making it so the 3rd or 4th level Wizard can carry a magical staff of sorts will go a log way, at least for me.

Scarab Sages

There absolutely will be a Loot 4 Less: Magical Wooden Spindle (name subjetc to change). They'll look like staffs, hit foes like staffs, aid spellcasters with spellcasting, but -won't- work like typical Pathfinder/d20 magic staffs.

Scarab Sages

And we have a new review!

Silver Crusade

Will there be a Loot for less on spell components, or robes for spellcasters. I always felt, that there was never enough robes for spellcasters. I know that there a lot more now, but you get these items at higher levels, so I think it would be nice to have robes that offer small bonuses to players who want a little something extra in the beginning of a campaign. On a side note, your printing of Rune Staves and Wyrd Wands, AWESOME. It gave me some awesome ideas. Thanks. :)

Scarab Sages

morgandefey wrote:
Will there be a Loot for less on spell components, or robes for spellcasters. I always felt, that there was never enough robes for spellcasters. I know that there a lot more now, but you get these items at higher levels, so I think it would be nice to have robes that offer small bonuses to players who want a little something extra in the beginning of a campaign.

I don't think there will be a Loot 4 Less on it (Honestly the last several L4L have gotten much better reviews, and mildly worse sales), but I might well cover those subjects. I've also been thinking abut the spellbooks with special powers from Ultimate Magic, and I think that, and components (and foci) and robes might make for a good book called Panoply Arcane of somesuch. :)

morgandefey wrote:
On a side note, your printing of Rune Staves and Wyrd Wands, AWESOME. It gave me some awesome ideas. Thanks. :)

Glad you enjoyed it! I have a writer working on another interesting staves book as we speak...

Silver Crusade

Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
morgandefey wrote:
Will there be a Loot for less on spell components, or robes for spellcasters. I always felt, that there was never enough robes for spellcasters. I know that there a lot more now, but you get these items at higher levels, so I think it would be nice to have robes that offer small bonuses to players who want a little something extra in the beginning of a campaign.

I don't think there will be a Loot 4 Less on it (Honestly the last several L4L have gotten much better reviews, and mildly worse sales), but I might well cover those subjects. I've also been thinking abut the spellbooks with special powers from Ultimate Magic, and I think that, and components (and foci) and robes might make for a good book called Panoply Arcane of somesuch. :)

morgandefey wrote:
On a side note, your printing of Rune Staves and Wyrd Wands, AWESOME. It gave me some awesome ideas. Thanks. :)
Glad you enjoyed it! I have a writer working on another interesting staves book as we speak...

I actually wanted to write to you yesterday regarding that. I liked a lot of the ideas that were presented in "Ultimate Magic" regarding the rituals in spellbooks, but they only gave a somewhat limited amount, and I wanted to ask if you will be creating an extension of those items. Such as more spellbooks with much more varied rituals, abilites, or bonuses for low level characters as well as for high level characters. I would love to see this material as soon as it comes out.

On a side note, I would like to say that I thouroughly enjoyed your series of books. I only have bought two so far, due to being a Jr. High teacher and not having a lot of expendable income, but when I do have a little extra cash, I do want to get the next book which might be the spell variants, or the latest low-level staves book. I sincerely enjoy your line of books and hope to enjoy more of your work. Take care and have an awesome pleasant day.

Respectfully,
Morgan de Fey (yes, I know, kind of cheesy, but I do like that name though and the character in the Arthurian legends as well as the Dragon Age character are wicked) and thank you for responding to our posts.:)

Scarab Sages

morgandefey wrote:
I actually wanted to write to you yesterday regarding that. I liked a lot of the ideas that were presented in "Ultimate Magic" regarding the rituals in spellbooks, but they only gave a somewhat limited amount, and I wanted to ask if you will be creating an extension of those items. Such as more spellbooks with much more varied rituals, abilites, or bonuses for low level characters as well as for high level characters. I would love to see this material as soon as it comes out.

Yep, that's the plan, though i don't have a scheduled release date yet.

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