Let’s Just Call Them Surges
What if it were implied that surges just in fact gave a surge of something not to be named. We’re sticking to abstraction here, right? A surge of courage, energy, bravado, luck, knowledge…you get the picture. Why not use surges identically as previously but imply that they could be many things, that they can be traded in for a burst of HP, but perhaps not always.
I’ll admit, my first impression of Mordankainen’s Magnificent Emporium was less than great. I excitedly opened its pages and thumbed through to only stumble over the few items I’d already seen from within DDI play test articles and a magical items that seemed pretty lackluster (flaming swords, wand of frost, gauntlets of ogre power etc), making me wonder why anyone would pay $40 for a book full of stuff they’d already seen?