GameBanshee have posted an interview with Troika's Tim Cain about the upcoming D&D RPG, Temple of Elemental Evil:
GB: Would you say that most items in the game are purchased from merchants, or found while adventuring? Are you using a random table for item drops, or will they be static?
Tim: Most items are found while adventuring, but some of the best items will not be placed at all. The player will have to make them, with the appropriate feat. Most of our placed creatures have a defined inventory, but we do allow random item drops on randomly encountered monsters.