A few days ago, Wizards of the coast released a new book entitled Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Emporium. Although designed for 4e, I thought it sounded interesting so I drove down to our local gaming shop in hopes that they might have a copy in stock that I could take a look at. I’m definitely not a fan of 4e but often books for newer editions have tidbits I can modify for use in my own campaign.

Here’s what WotC has to say about the book on their website:

Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Emporium

D&D Game Supplement
Jeremy Crawford, Stephen Schubert, and Matt Sernett

A wondrous collection of magical treasures for any campaign.

Few wizards know more about magic than the mighty Mordenkainen, whose arcane achievements are without peer. He’s the Archmage of Adventure . . . and no stranger to unearthing hidden lore. Stand aside, Tenser! Back to the books, Otiluke! Few can match Mordenkainen’s collection of magic items. Still, he hardly seems the type to settle down and open a magic shop. And yet . . .

Welcome to Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Emporium, a wondrous collection of magic items—each one with a story to tell. This tome provides Dungeon Masters with a ready assortment of treasures to tempt greedy players, along with historical nuggets and alluring adventure hooks that set these items apart from your run-of-the-mill flaming sword or bag of holding. This book adds rich flavor to the treasures and trinkets presented within, and a dash of inspiration for Dungeon Masters looking to liven up a monster’s trove. Hold on to your magic hats—everything must go!

It sounds rather intriguing doesn’t it? Sadly, it was a huge disappointment.

The vast majority of the content was nothing more than a regurgitation of the same old items that have already been reprinted in every other edition of the game. Even a great deal of the artwork in the book is simply a collection of reprints of pieces from previous books (which weren’t particularly impressive the first time).

To be fair, there were a few new items (at least I didn’t recognize them at a glance) including some new alchemical items.

If I were pressed, I guess I’d have to say it’s worth a look. Don’t waste your money on it… Just look. Do as I did and wander into your local gaming store, peruse the book for 10 minutes, and make note of anything you find interesting. A couple of post-it notes should cover everything worth salvaging.