I just got back into D&D recently. I had lost all my 3.5 in a house fire several years ago. I started back up with the essentials line(financial reasons).

Here's my quandary.

In Heroes of the Fallen Lands, pgs. 343-344(or Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, pgs 344-345), it has charts showing the magic bonuses and armor bonuses(for example, +5 scale = 11 + 5 = 16).

However, in the Dungeon Master's Book, pg 255, it gives the scale numbers as 10 + 5 = 15. I will take that as a typo.

The problem is, in the Rules Compendium, on pg 281, it gives +5 plate as 8 + 5 = 13. This is nowhere close to what the two players books give for +5 plate. Then, on pg 282, it talks about masterwork armor. The charts in the players books must then give bonuses for masterwork. That means that there should also be charts for non-masterwork magic armor(correct?).

Now, the prices given for specific armor are, such as Black Iron Armor, Lvl 14, +3, 21,000 gp. Is that standard magic armor or masterwork armor?

Since the armor bonus for +1 armor is the same as mundane armor, is it standard, and then is all +2 armor and higher masterwork? If so, then the example in the Rules Compendium would also be a typo.

Here's my quandary.

In Heroes of the Fallen Lands, pgs. 343-344(or Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, pgs 344-345), it has charts showing the magic bonuses and armor bonuses(for example, +5 scale = 11 + 5 = 16).

However, in the Dungeon Master's Book, pg 255, it gives the scale numbers as 10 + 5 = 15. I will take that as a typo.

The problem is, in the Rules Compendium, on pg 281, it gives +5 plate as 8 + 5 = 13. This is nowhere close to what the two players books give for +5 plate. Then, on pg 282, it talks about masterwork armor. The charts in the players books must then give bonuses for masterwork. That means that there should also be charts for non-masterwork magic armor(correct?).

Now, the prices given for specific armor are, such as Black Iron Armor, Lvl 14, +3, 21,000 gp. Is that standard magic armor or masterwork armor?

Since the armor bonus for +1 armor is the same as mundane armor, is it standard, and then is all +2 armor and higher masterwork? If so, then the example in the Rules Compendium would also be a typo.