Back in the day there were no spells to tell you what a magic item did. The only way to discover its properties was to experiment with the thing, which could lead to disaster.
After a hard-won battle, we acquired a ring we were certain had powerful magical properties. It had survived the titanic amounts of spell damage we'd used to destroy its wearer, after all. So we began to investigate. After running various tests, one brave soul actually put the ring on—if it was a cursed item, we'd know it almost at once.
He tried to fly, to see invisible things, to look through walls, and more. He had us shoot him with…Read more