I've been playing D&D 4E with a group of colleagues from work for about a year or so now. Whilst some of us were seasoned role players, and others had never played before at all - none of us had played 4e at all - not even the DM.
We've played through the introductory H1 adventure, and have moved on to the Thunderspire Labyrinth now. I know a lot of people think these adventures (H1 particularly) are pretty lame - but since we were all learning, it seemed a good idea to go through something which was fairly "easy".
Our party has recently levelled up to 5 - and I'm starting to feel like we're getting rather short shrift from our DM. From what I can gather of reading the DM's guide we should have a lot more loot than we do currently. There are still players in our party who have NO magic items at all - and others who have stuff that's pretty lame.
The PH seems to suggest we should be able to buy magic items we would like too, but our DM has made this prohibitively expensive - at minimum doubling the prices quoted in the PH, if the items are available at all.
In our last encounter (which I personally wasn't present at), one of the players had decided to use one of their new 5th level dailies - the "Iron to Glass" cleric ability. The DM wasn't really familiar with it, and, in fairness, it seems the player hadn't read the card for it properly either. The DM was told that the ability affected the to hit modifier of his monster (I2G actually affects damage), and took this at face value - but this sadly seemed to ruin the encounter for him, as he was finding it impossible to hit anyone. The player in question has since fessed up to this (it was an honest error), but it seems this has really ticked of the DM. He ruled that at the end of the encounter, the awesome flaming maul it had been cast on shattered. So we didn't get to claim it - so yet again we've come away empty handed from a long set of sessions (Duergar fortress in the adventure in case anyone is familiar with it).
Does this seem harsh treatment of the players, or are we really just greedy good-for-nothing players that should shut up?