|Jason Bulmahn Lead Designer|
|gbonehead Owner - House of Books and Games LLC|
I hope not. This is something that has been screwed up REALLY bad before (Weapons of Legacy).
Just a counterpoint here because I 100% disagree with you. Our current campaign uses them extensively, and I've found them to be not only really cool, but a great way to gently guide the plot of the campaign.
They're much, much better than yet another +N sword of [roll ability on Table 5-17].
It's all in how the tools are used. To me, saying that Weapons of Legacy was screwed up really bad is similar to saying a hammer's screwed up really bad because it stinks at removing screws.