The issue of BOOKLOADS of magic items has not been fixed in 3.5, and I don't see it going away anytime soon because people tend to like big flashy things that get 27 pluses. I'm trying to make a low magic setting for DnD following Runebearer and other examples but getting the dificulty fixed is kinda hard due to the fact that DnD was set up to have magic items falling out of the sky.
An Example: For fun I set up a 1st lvl mage in 3.5 that got something like +10 to his defense from spells. So already I had a mage who couldn't be hit except on a natural 20. Those are both 1st level spells to. You give him the -15 att +10d20 damage sword you found and with another 1st lvl spell he's getting +5 on attacks with it. Your fighter has just been replaced, until the mage runs out of spells.
That is how bad the arms race can become. You could have an entire party of mages who did that, replacing the rest of the party. Go to Comment
Yeah, I'm going to have to go with Zy on this one. the whole "break" deal, unless explained, seems stilted and lacking common sense. While one could argue the same about most of the Empirical System of measures too, but at least those are uniformly un-uniform. Go to Comment
A PC Conjurer or summoner, basically any mage whose sole purpose in life is summoning creatures to aid in battles and various situations, is cursed with a hex, and needs to find a way to undo the curse...before he goes mad, or his fellow PCs throw him out of the party, or worse.
Everything he/she summons, never goes away. So you'll have to figure out what the heck to do with that dire bear or fire elemental once it's done fighting the orcs for you. Eventually a caravan of bizarre creatures either annoyingly ends up following the summoner around, or they go off to cause mayhem elsewhere. Bad news for the poor spell-caster regardless.