"That would be the problem then, the defense bonus from the amulets don't add to AC."
Which is why after playing 4E since it came out, using official WOTC adventure modules, and through five levels that I came to the following two conclusions.
1. WOTC is getting no more of my money for 4e products
2. 4e sucks ass
Really? Of all the things one can find wrong with 4e it was the amulets not adding to AC that pushed you over the top? You do realize that amulets add to the other 3 defenses right? AC too might be over kill.
hehe I'm just kiddin. I understand what you meant and it's not the first time I've heard it.
Honestly though I like 4e and feel it would be more fun than 3.5 for me I'm finding it hard to convert my 3.5 players to it.
In the end I think I'll have to take one of three approaches if I want to play 4e.
1. bribe my 3.5 players into playing 4th.
2. recruit players who never played 3.5 or earlier editions.
3. wait 10 years for the WotC Game Table to be finished (just in time for the announcement of 6th edition) and play online.
I like 4E for what it is. It is a shame that they cannot produce 2 D&Ds at the same time. Allot of the new design elements in 4E would vastly improve 3.5 if it was updated.
Perhaps they could make the 2 versions D&D DEEP and D&D FLASH.
Magic should use the same mechanics as everything else. The only reason magic is run differently in any system is because they design a combat system and then just bung on some shoddy magic system when they have finished.