So, I started running a standart 3.5 campaign (magic average) with four PCs several weeks ago, and as I am a rookie DM and quite an inexperienced player myself, I am starting to wonder when and in which order should I start handing out minor magic items. So far, I have only given out a few potions and scrolls, and would like to know:
- Which level do I start giving enemies magic weaponry (+ other gear) the party can take?
- With which permanent magic items do I start? Weapons, shields, wondrous items, or other?
I know that there are random loot tables, however, I disagree with random magic items – at least on lower levels I want to assign all the magic items myself, since they tend to shift the game balance if handled improperly. Any help appreciated.