LFR Magic Item Treasure Bundle List

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on November 27, 2009

Living Forgotten Realms games are great. As a DM you just select the adventure you want to run and download it from the Wizards of the Coast website for free. All the prep work is done for you. All you have to do is read the adventure. As a player you can use the same character at any sanctioned LFR event (provided you are of the appropriate level). You also know that if you complete the adventure you’re in for some fairly good rewards.

At the end of every LFR game, PC’s earn XP and their choice of treasure. In addition to the standard amount of gp, you always have these three choices.

  1. Magic item (bundle)
  2. There can be anywhere from 6-10 different treasure bundles to choose from, usually featuring items suitable for a variety of classes. You’re free to choose a single item that you like. It doesn’t matter if another player chooses the same item. However, there are two restrictions to keep in mind.

    The first restriction is that the number of bundles you’ve earned can never exceed your level at the end of the adventure. So a level 1 PC can only have 1 bundle, a level 2 PC can only have 2 bundles, etc. It doesn’t matter if you sell a bundle, this limit is permanent.

    The second restriction is that you cannot use an item that is more than 4 levels higher than your level at the end of the adventure. So you could be level 1 at the start of the adventure, earn enough XP to hit level 2 by the end of the adventure and then choose a bundle that contains a level 6 item and you’d be able to use it in the next adventure.

  3. More gold
  4. If you’ve already hit the bundle limit for your current level or if you don’t find any of the bundles particularly appealing, then you’ll probably choose more gold. This is a substantial reward on top of the gp you’ve already earned.

  5. More gold and a potion
  6. The third option is to take more gold and a potion. The amount of additional gp works out to the same amount as the more gold option minus the cost of the potion.

As I’ve played in LFR games over the past year of so I’ve realized that many of the magic item treasure bundles kind of suck. This is especially true if you’re playing a class from the PHB2. In some cases you may play a dozen adventures and still not find a cool magic item suitable for your particular tastes. Not only that, but if you do choose an items early on (like at level 1) then it’s not long before you find a better item. In essence you end up with a wasted bundle since the original item isn’t really helping you any more.

The guys I play with were getting really frustrated and discouraged when it came to rewards in these LFR games so I decided to do something about it. I took inventory of all the items currently available through LFR play and compiled them into one massive list.

Now my players can provide me with a wish list (much like they would in a normal home game) and I can try to find those items on my LFR inventory. If I’m able to find their items I can better choose which game to play next. By getting items they actually want it’s made them much more interested in continuing on with LFR games.

I want’s sure if taking this approach to LFR was entirely legal in the eyes of the RPGA, but other than the adventure’s name and the possible treasures they might earn, the players have no other advanced knowledge of what’s in store for them.

By including the XP and gp rewards for high and low level play on my list, it’s also been extremely helpful for me as a DM. I can use it to determine how many more games are required before PCs level up or I can use it to look up how much XP was awarded in a previous game.

I try to keep this last as current as possible, so if you find it a useful tool for your games, bookmark this page and come back every month for the most up-to-date list.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anon February 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Any plans to post a more recent version of this sheet? My LFR group has found it to be really helpful.

2 Ameron February 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm

@Anon
I’ve got an updated version in the works. Expect it to be posted by the end of next week.

3 Mike March 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Suggestion:
Import this spreadsheet into Google Spreadsheets, and share it publicly.
Benefit:
One link works forever and is accessible to anyone easily.

You could then easily add things when you acquire a new adventure, and everyone can see it right away.

Google Spreadsheets is awesome for D&D. I have a spreadsheet set up for wish lists for our campaign where I control the first tab, and each user has their own tab/sheet to put down what they want. Everyone can make suggestions for other players and add things, but the player can highlight the things that they want most and I can try to find a way to work it into the game.

I also have a document with a rolling “Previously on…” where each week, I was adding what had happened so that after a year, they could go back and review and see the seeds that had been sown at the beginning for what’s happening then.

4 Ameron March 24, 2010 at 9:08 am

@Mike
That’s a great suggestion. After my next update I’ll look into making the spreadsheet available as a shared document in Google Docs.

5 tommy July 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm

any more recent versions of this covering more of the paragon mods that have come out?

6 David November 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Great list!

Sometimes I walk away from the table, and I can’t read what the bundles were. I really wish they were printed on the story awards cards.

I don’t see Drag 2-2 or the Mini 2 series, or Spec 1-3.

7 Ameron November 12, 2010 at 1:02 am

@tommy & David
Since last updating the list in July I haven’t downloaded any other FLR adventures. I know some, like the Specials, generally aren’t available for home play (and download) for a while. I’ll do what I can to update the lists in the coming month.

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