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Question for those who play D&D 4e.
blaisepascal
I'm new to playing and DMing D&D4e. For those with more experience, how is distribution of magic items typically handled? Does the DM typically say something like "You pry from the cold, dead, hands of the fallen orc leader a finely crafted mace, which feels well-balanced and easy to use in your hands" or more like "You pry....a +1 Mace of Bashing (7th level)"?

In previous editions, there was an identify spell which cost a lot of time and effort -- magic items rarely got identified in the field -- but I must have glossed over seeing that in 4e.

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So by that method, it would be reasonable to go with the "nice looking mace that's really well balanced" initially, followed by "after examining the mace more while on watch, you realize that it looks a lot like that +1 Mace of Bashing you saw in the weapons shop a couple of years ago".

That sounds reasonable.

Re: Identifying loot

Sounds good...and perhaps if the item were snazzy enough, make it a bit tougher to identify, "It's definitely a mace of great power and will take a bit longer to analyze completely"
whereas if it's something simple, "That's a +1 lightning mace. You saw them on blowout sale at ye old weaponsmith last week" :-)

Granted, a blowout sale means it's only 5 times your 1st-level character's net worth instead of 10 ;-).

Re: Identifying loot

This is largely how its done here in my group. And Andy has done playtesting with Wizards.

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