There's a massive difference between a level 16 item and a level 15 one.
Two level 8 items do not equal a level 16 one.
The best example I can give in favour of my point of view is this...
'A level 16 item you say?'
'A +4 two-handed dynamic sword?'
'Nah, I'll take three potions of healing instead as they have a level value of 5, therefore total: 15.'
Level 16 value: 45,000gp.
Three level 5 potions value: 150gp.
Ultimately I'm actually getting three and a half much lesser items in exchange for one good one.
The items I've chosen are quite utilityish. A helmet that gives me a boost with opportunity attacks, a backpack that lets me carry more stuff and the worst +3 longbow you can get. These items do make for a more colourful character though.
The problem I have with the double-sword wielding Vogir is simplicity...
I don't want to get him a single 16th level longsword (eg. +4 Dynamic: 45,000gp) as I'd be forced to remember two different 'to hit' and 'damage bonuses' as well as the different special abilities of the swords.
Did Scott mean for us to choose from a surprisingly small selection of 16th level items or can I just find 45,000gp in a chest and suit myself?
According to the rules of magical treasure acquisition in the DM guide, we’re allowed to buy anything of our level or lower.
So, Scott, Assif, Dag, Christoph and Hagen… Do I get my selection of lesser things and some gold to spend or do I simply get a boring longbow +4?
(Not meaning to load the question or anything?)