Old Game Notebook: Partial List of Magic Items from the Caves of Chaos

Michael O. Varhola

Partial List of Magic Items from the Caves of Chaos (Obviously the back half of a list I compiled of all the magic items in the dungeon module "B2: Keep on the Borderlands," probably during the late 1980s. Includes parenthetical comments of my own. Handwritten on a 6x9 piece of notepad paper.)  

Shield +1 (Large)

I. Spear +1

Staff of Healing (6-21 pts 1/day)  Usable by anyone. 

Platemail +1

J. Sword -1 (Short Sword)

Elven Boots

K. Amulet, Prot. Turning X 28

Amulet, Prot. Good X 6

Platemail +1 (Platemail +2)

Shield +1 (Omit)

Snake Staff (Python)

Scroll, Clerical: Detect Magic; Hold Person; Silence, 15' r. 

Potion of Gaseous Form

Sword +2 (Broadsword)

Scroll Prot. Undead (Protection from level drain, 5-8 rnds, 1")

Helm of Alignment Change

Wand of Enemy Detection (9 charges)  180 XP

Potion, Stone to Flesh, 6 doses


As part of my ongoing struggle to keep Skirmisher HQ/my home office under control, I have decided that it is time to do something with the hundreds of pages of handwritten game rules, ideas, and other content that I have been compiling for decades. Some of this material, in fact, goes back more than 30 years, to when my friend George and I were developing our "Skirmish Wargaming Rules." And, when I began playing D&D in 1982, the notebooks, index cards, and scraps of paper with notes and stats increased exponentially. Some of that material has ended up in one form or another in various Skirmisher products, of course, but much of it has sat fallow for many years. So, with an eye to getting some fresh use out of it, I will be incrementally posting it here -- and then disposing of the hardcopy originals. Material will be presented in the order I discover or feel like keying it in. And I reserve the right to correct misspellings and add punctuation and the like!