See, over the past few months I’ve been developing and teaching an online class about magic item and monster design for PF. (Those classes are also things you can purchase from my Etsy store, but they’re not available right now because I’m taking a break to finish writing the Five Moons RPG playtest document.)
Not only did these classes mean I got to interact with a dozen or so up-and-coming and established designers, it made me realize just how much assumed knowledge there is about magic item design—stuff you should do, stuff you shouldn’t do, and none of it written down anywhere.
For example, I had to point out to several students that you always capitalize ability score names, feat names, and skill names. For others, I had to explain that you always says “the target takes 1d6 points of damage,” not just “the target takes 1d6 damage.” Or why the flaming weapon property’s construction requirement spells are what they are, even though none of those spells add +1d6 points of fire damage to a manufactured weapon.
So I took all my notes from those classes, added a bunch of other information, made it into a PDF, and added it to my Etsy store as the Magic Item Advice PDF.
Just to sweeten the deal, I there’s a second item in the store called Magic Item Advice PDF and Item Review: as part of your purchase, you can send me one magic item to review, and I’ll give you detailed developer comments about that item, just like I was reviewing your first work as a freelance writer, or if I were a judge* in a prominent magic item design contest.
(So, for example, if you’re a competitor in such a contest, and tomorrow comes along and you find that you didn’t place in the Top 32, maybe you should buy the Magic Item Advice PDF and Item Review PDF and have me review your item for you. It can’t hurt, right? :))
*See, I was a judge in a certain prominent magic item design contest for four years, and then the host of it for an additional year. Just within the context of that contest, I’ve given detailed reviews on hundreds of magic items.