Valuable items, particularly coin, gems, jewelry, and rare objects.

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Without a magic item economy, what is gold for?

PHB page 144, Equipment, Wealth, Selling Treasure Magic Items. Selling magic items is problematic. Finding someone to buy a potion or a scroll isn’t too hard, but other items are out of the realm ...
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What can I do when I accidentally gave out an overpowered item?

In our last game, the players worked their way through a series of fiendish traps into a high security vault, where they recovered a Staff of the Magi. After the game I looked at the stats, and ...
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Is it appropriate to punish a PC who snatches things from under the other PCs?

My players and I often have a bit of conflict or frustration in our games because one player in particular is quite controlling, and feels that they can have their character just snatch up what they ...
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How To Divide Up Loot?

I've been GMing a very successful (Pathfinder) campaign for quite a few months now, but we've developed a bit of a problem I'm not sure how to resolve: loot distribution. None of my players are ...
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Where's my share of the loot?

How do you handle loot disputes as a DM? Say we are doing a random loot drop from a felled enemy, and there happens to be one thing that two players really want. Do you make an initiative roll to see ...
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How does a DM correct the balance after accidentally giving the players too much gold?

Inspired by some of the answers to Pitfalls of using the optional 'XP for Gold' rule in a Basic D&D Retro Clone game? As DM/GM, you slipped up and ended up giving the PCs significantly ...
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Treasure that's hard to put a price on

(We've been playing D&D, but for this answer I'm looking for a system-agnostic answer that works for a premodern setting. Let's say 1500 AD or earlier.) Most of the treasure the party gets from ...
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How can I move a one ton gem out of Undermountain?

Looking for some ideas on a particular conundrum my party is faced with. We're in the depths of a dungeon in Undermountain and have come across a literally one ton gem. We're all 9th level and are a ...
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How do current D&D 4e DMs deal with loot?

I've been playing since the system was released. I've been a fan of the design changes, except the loot. I loved random loot that allowed my players to be surprised by something awesome, and then ...
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In-game rewards for game-related work?

The other GM in my group and I are both big fans of giving XP rewards for things done out of the game. Ex: We have an artist who will draw and design all sorts of stuff to "fluff out" our campaign. ...
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Are enemy weapons and armour up for grabs as loot?

I am running the Starter Set Adventure (Lost Mine of Phelvander), and the majority of enemies have weapons and armour. For example every goblin has a scimitar, a shortbow, and leather armour. When ...
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How can I give strong weapons to enemies without the players looting them?

If I give an enemy NPC a Meltagun in combat, nothing prevents the players from taking the weapon after they kill him, which leads to the inevitable snowballing: they get stronger, I need stronger ...
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A level 18 wizard's heritage (treasure) in D&D 3.5

To cut a long story very short, the campaign's opening story ends with the following: The party's mentor, master, and "step-father", a level 18 neutral evil wizard who dabbled in shadow magic, is dead,...
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What's a good pay rate per level for a party for hire?

I've been running a campaign for a couple of sessions where the PCs are employed by a "Heroes' Guild" a la Fairy Tail or Fable. I don't have a huge grasp on how the game's economy works since I've ...
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What do I do about no treasure encounters?

With the theme of my campaign I chose a number of monsters from the lowest CR to about CR 5 to fight against my players. After finishing a couple of other preparations I reread the monsters that I ...
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High-Tech Dungeon Crawling in Hard Sci-Fi

I've started playing Eclipse Phase with a group of friends. Most of them have a Dungeons and Dragon history, and love getting magic items and such. I've already made up my mind to take the party on ...
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How should I stat very powerful artifacts that the party acquires too early?

A few weeks ago I started DMing a campaign that involves five divine artifacts that all of the gods' powers are filtered through. I planned on the paragon level quest being collecting these in order ...
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Should a DM tell the players how valuable non-magical treasure is?

In D&D 4th edition most official adventures have encounters that come with lists of treasure items and their values. Example (not a great one but you get the idea): Polished Ruby with gold ...
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Pitfalls of using the optional 'XP for Gold' rule in a Basic Fantasy RPG campaign?

Basic Fantasy RPG (a Basic D&D retro clone) has the XP for Gold optional rule: 1 GP of coin or treasure returned to a safe place rewards the party with 1 XP. This is in addition to normal XP ...
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How much is too much? Rules for looting in D&D4

We're a brand new gaming group. We ran our first session tonight. (I believe it is Keep on the Shadowfell, but I'm not positive.) We headed towards Winterhaven, encountered some Kobolds, and made our ...
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Does Wealth By Level allow for “free” potions?

The principle behind the wealth by level table in the DMG is to summarize the amount of magical gear that a character will have access to at each level. It's clear that the potions, scrolls and other ...
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Dungeons and Dragons Treasure Parcels

I'm new to D&D and would like to distribute treasure evenly in my dungeon for my level 1 PCs. I've read up briefly on the treasure packages but am still a little fuzzy on how they exactly work and ...
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How many gems will fit in a bag?

In Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition there is a plethora of information on the value of gems, and their purported magical uses. But the gems are only ever listed by value, not size or ...
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What do I get the druid that has everything? [closed]

I've got a group of players in a D&D 3.5 campaign: a human rog3/clr1 a human clr4 an elven bard2/sorc2 an elven druid4 a dwarven fighter4 Soon they'll be playing a special Thanksgiving/Xmas ...
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How do I balance Elder Scrolls soul gems with the loot progression?

I'm currently running a Pathfinder game set in Tamriel, the setting of the Elder Scrolls games. A couple of my players are very interested in using soul gems and enchanting. My first instinct was to ...
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How can I balance loot distribution for my players?

Im having a bit of trouble getting a general sense of what amount of loot my players should receive during their sessions. They are started as 3rd level, mostly new players to the DnD universe. I ...
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How many magic items or magic item equivalents should I give out alongside inherent bonuses in D&D 4e?

When providing players with inherent bonuses (they count as having +1 weapons, neck slot, and armor from levels 2-5 ,+2 from 6-10, and so on.) how often should players receive actual magic items, and ...
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What is considered an “expert-level” hoard?

I am running a campaign and happen to use the Hoard of the Dragon Queen to get the campaign going. My players will be trying to infiltrate the castle in Episode 6 soon. When reading the adventure I ...
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How to randomize spell scrolls

In 5th edition when a scroll comes up for loot, or when rolling for a robe of useful items, how do you pick which spell is on the scroll? I can't find a table for it.
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Is picking up enemy loot worth it?

So, I've been googling this and have yet to find a something that directly answers this super noob question. Can my players pick up all the gear that creatures wear and use? If so, the Dragon ...
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Amount of treasure based on number of monsters encountered?

The Monster Manual (1st Edition) indicates the number of monsters encountered and the treasure type. In general, I like these guidelines. But say for instance, I'm rolling for number of troglodytes ...
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Reward distribution and story continuity with rotating players/GMs

There are some people who like to GM, and maybe even like it more than role playing themselves. If you have one of those rare specimen in your group consider yourself lucky. Others are not averse to ...
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How do the treasure tables work for mixed groups of creatures?

In reference to the question Treasure tables in 3.5: roll per monster or per encounter?, how does the system expect a GM to handle groups of creatures with mixed treasure types?
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Simpler ways to keep track of the player's wealth/purchasing power?

I'm about to run my first game of D&D as Dungeon Master. I've played a few sessions as a character, and one of the things that always annoyed me was keeping track of how much money we had. The ...
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How can stealing be done for fun and profit?

In my last game session a PC kept wanting to steal everything not nailed down and sell it off for cash. Even after explaining to him that there isn't really a money system in Fate, he tried again. ...
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Are random encounters supposed to supply treasure?

For my purposes, this applies explicitly to running a published adventure like Out of the Abyss, but a general answer would also be useful. When the party has a random encounter with a non-humanoid ...
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What's a good way to use treasure XP in 4th edition?

I've been incorporating some houserules to give my 4e game a more old-school feel, as I would probably be running a 1e game if my players didn't love having powers so much. One thing I'd love to do ...
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How much loot (In GP) Should I be giving my players?

I'm very new to DMing. So I wan't to get to a good start with the loot I give my players. We usually play in 2 hour sessions at college. This usually ends up being 1 days worth of in-game time. In ...
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When giving out magic item treasure, do I replace or supplement what characters have?

I read over the Treasure parcel section of the DMG guide, and it's clear on HOW to hand out magic items, when, and how many per level, etc. What I'm trying to understand is whether or not I should be ...
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Treasure tables in 3.5: roll per monster or per encounter?

It recently occurred to me that each monster in the MM has a treasure value, I've been rolling on the treasure table per encounter, am I supposed to roll per monster that has a treasure value over "...
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What is the meaning behind the OD&D and AD&D Treasure Types that monsters have?

What is the meaning behind all of the treasure types monsters have listed in OD&D and AD&D? I know that Treasure Type A represents Humans and the things they collect, while Treasure Type H ...
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How are the Art and Gems treasure generation tables used?

Am writing an adventure for a group of level 1 characters. I have decided to roll randomly for treasure as per the tables on page 52 & 53 of the DMG. However I cannot see how I use tables 3-6: ...
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Combat Gear versus Other Gear versus Treasure

I am having trouble understanding what treasure my players should get when they kill a creature. The stat blocks list "combat gear" and "other gear," and sometimes a published adventure will have a ...
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How is treasure determined randomly for CR 21 or higher creatures?

The Magic Item Compendium says Step 1: Roll on Table A-1: Treasure, using the monster's CR to determine which row you will use. (265) Table A-1: Treasure only goes to Challenge Rating 20. The ...
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What are the consequences of changing the ratio of XP to GP?

One issue with older versions of D&D that heavily relied on treasure GP is that characters have to become rich to advance so that by fourth or fifth level mundane equipment costs become ...
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What level should I start including medium and major magic items randomly rolled loot?

I understand how to roll a magic item from the all the tables Core Rulebook includes, but what I don't know is when I should begin giving them chances at random medium or major armor and weapons. Is ...
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Where is the D&D 3.5 random loot table?

This should be easy -- however I've gone through three books trying to find it. What book and page number is the random loot per level table for 3.5 edition? I saw it a couple months ago and didn't ...
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Are there rules and guidelines anywhere for loot in D&D 5e?

My players are used to playing RPG's on PC and love getting new weapons and loot. I can't really find much in the PHB or basic DM guide. I have been using http://redkatart.com/treasure5e/treasureGen....
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How do I end a game without causing problems between friendships? [closed]

I have been a DM for a long time. Recently I started school at a university. Naturally curious to find more friends with similar interests, I published a flier for D&D game night, open to anyone ...
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Random Loot list for Magic Items

Does anyone have some sort of random Loot list for magic and non-magic items? My group prefers the random approach when it comes to magic items. I am using Sly Flourish´s random loot table for now, ...