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Fixing/Improving My Model of Reciprocal Economies [closed]

I’m unsatisfied with how things like reciprocal economies are usually handled in RPGs. I've come up with a homebrew mechanic of my own, but it's also far from perfect and I’m trying to improve it. In ...
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How much will studying magic in an academy cost?

Here is why I ask this question: I want to create a wizard character that goes to the best magic school in the Eberron settings (which I will also be playing in): the Arcanix. But, I want to say in ...
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Is there a place to find the pricing for (non-magical) things not mentioned in the PHB?

Though I know that with how vast imagination can take this question, the most common answer would be "ask the DM", though I am looking for common items that should be listed somewhere... Specifically,...
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What is the monetary system for Mythic Europe?

I've been reading through the core rule book, and there are references to money and skills related to money. However, I have been unable to find a section that talks about the monetary system of the ...
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How many copper coins fit inside a cubic foot?

I have a Wizard who is level 5, currently running in a pirate campaign (homebrew), and I thought about some scams I could pull to earn the ship some extra coinage whenever we touched port to resupply ...
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Are expensive material component costs too specific?

Reality Revision requires a crystal worth 25,000 gp. Wish requires a diamond worth 25,000 gp. "Grand Jewels" in the treasure tables peak at 5,000 gp. Perhaps there is a work around for Reality ...
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How would a player character pay for an item that costs less than 1cp?

For reasons too complex and stupid to go into, I've recently been looking at item values and the 5e currency system. As I understand it, 1pp = 10gp = 20ep = 100sp = 1000cp, which places 1cp as the ...
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How much is unrefined gold ore worth?

We're a new group with a DM that's relatively new. In a recent session the party visited a mine and found a cart full of unrefined ore. We pushed it all the way back to town and are now trying to cash ...
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Krynnspace two-way gold / steel arbitrage

This question reminded me of an old issue that came up in a campaign: is there any in-universe reason that the players, armed with a Spelljamming ship, couldn't make ludicrous amounts of money ...
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How are large amounts of money expected to be made during the early parts of the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure?

I'm currently running the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, and want to stay in the book's materials. There's an opportunity for How can the party fund this relatively enormous expense, as a party ...
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Can a kingdom be destabilized by an influx of enemy gold? [closed]

A few years ago I read a role-playing game supplement that described a cold war between kingdom Good and kingdom Bad. Both kingdoms used metal coins with silver as the most common followed by gold. ...
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Can my character collect royalties from being an author?

My character is a half-elf, aged academic globetrotter researching ruins, fauna and flora - anything he can get his hands on really. In his 100+ year career it stands to reason that along with any ...
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How to build an economy based on PCs’ sphere of influence? [closed]

First some context: I have only been a PC rather than a GM so far, but my brother who is running a campaign (with his own homebrew system based on Shadowrun) with some of his friends asked me for help....
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Should I give my larger-than-expected party more total gold/treasure to compensate?

I am currently DMing the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path and the party just hit level 4. For several reasons, we ended up with a party of 6+DM, while the AP states to be best balanced for ...
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How much should PCs earn as guards?

If a merchant hires the PCs as guards, how much should the PCs earn?
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What's the best way to handle Magic Marts in 3.5e?

I have been thinking about how much Magic Marts take me out of the game. I'm wondering if there's really a solid solution in 3rd Edition to prevent the acquisition of magic items from being too simple ...
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How much money do traders have to purchase PCs' goods?

In my setting money is fairly important, as I am running a West Marches style campaign. I don't want the one lowly trader in the village to be able to purchase everything the PCs wish to sell, but I ...
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How do the economics add up for laborers?

Relevant quotes from Chapter 5 of the Player's Handbook: Laborer's wages A silver piece buys a laborer’s work for a day, a flask of lamp oil, or a night’s rest in a poor inn. (Page 143) ...
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How do profits from running a business work?

On page 129 of DMG, the Running the Business chart says "The business covers its own maintenance cost for each of the days. It earns a profit of 1d6 × 5 gp.", for example. I'm a bit confused on this....
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Should spellcasting services be limited in E6? How?

Pathfinder E6 limits PC level to 6th to disallow the players from using level 4+ spells. This means, for example, that resurrection of a fallen friend is not what PCs can normally do, nor can they ...
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How is currency exchange handled?

In Dungeon World, "coin" is the base currency with everything else listed in terms of it. 100 coins have 1 weight. Many items are worth more than 100 coins, making the carrying of coins very heavy if ...
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Wealth scales in Shadowrun?

New to Shadowrun as a GM. Transitioned from Cyberpunk and World of Darkness storytelling. My players are fairly certain that they each get paid approximately 3000-30,000 nuyen for every run they go on....
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Roughly what is the currency conversion rate between real-world currency and gold pieces (gp) in Pathfinder? [duplicate]

This is just for fun. Based on the cost of non-magical items, one could presumably deduce a conversion rate between Pathfinder and the real world. Of course, worlds and nations differ, so some goods ...
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What can prevent characters from buying Wand of Cure Light Wounds and Wand of Lesser Restoration? [closed]

I have asked a question about real benefits of the Heal skill over the Wand of Cure Light Wounds and Wand of Lesser Restoration, and, in short, it seemed like there is none. The skill takes a lot of ...
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How much to charge for fictional substances in Victorian England? [closed]

I'm working on a little steampunk setting, which incorporates a lot of the elements of Victorian England. One of the similarities is the economy, in that prices and wages in this world are fairly ...
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How wealthy are the rich in the Forgotten Realms?

I'm building a campaign that includes a Plutocracy style government. The several wealthiest people in each city govern that city, and the wealthiest of those join to govern the entire empire. I ...
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How to handle investment in Stars Without Number?

I'm GMing a Stars Without Number game. My players have just come into a fair amount of money, and one of them would like to invest his cut. How do I handle this investment? Should I just roll dice to ...
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What is the value of a Coin?

What is the relative value of 1 Coin in the implied setting of Dungeon World? The game system of Dungeon World intentionally keeps the concept of money and wealth fairly abstract compared to other, ...
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How to sell gear in Burning Wheel?

How does selling things in Burning Wheel's abstract Resource system work? How would I GM the following situation? The party gets into a scuffle with a knight. They kill him and loot his plate armor (...
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How to Deal with Gold Inflation

I'm DMing a campaign partially at the request of one of my friends who has a munchkin build he's been wanting play for the past 2+ years. The last time he tried it, the DM was incredibly stingy with ...
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Are listed gem values the buy or sell price?

Is the value listed for a gem its buying price, selling price, or something else? Gems are listed with a value in the DM Guide as treasure. In this context, it would imply the gem could be sold for ...
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What would it cost to rebuild a village / small town for 50 - 100 inhabitants?

In our quest, we saved approximately 50 villagers. Their village has been burned down (by normal fire). They are returning to the village and are going to try to rebuild. It's the middle summer in ...
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How to calculate cost of renting a starship?

I'm running a Stars Without Number game. My players, being cheapskates, would like to rent a starship of some kind. If a normal shuttle costs 200k credits, how would I calculate the cost of renting by ...
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How Practical is it to Build and Maintain a Fortification? [closed]

Are there rules for maintaining a staffed fortification/stronghold? Rules for how much a staff of that nature will likely cost? So, you aren't as likely to spend all your money on magic gear like ...
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In Curse of Strahd, who's feeding everyone?

I've read through the CoS module, and aside from the Wizard of Wines, no one seems to be farming. There are mentions of two hunters in Vallaki, and a single fisherman there as well, but nothing else ...
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Are component costs fixed in D&D 4e?

How do we actually calculate components cost? In the books there is always the name of the ritual, the price in the market, and the component cost. Is this a fixed price? I usually like to have all ...
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How much is 500 pounds of gems worth?

I am a player in a D&D 5e game with 4 other players and a Novice DM. We were 4th level characters at the time, hadn't been getting a lot of monetary reward for our dungeon crawling, and we've been ...
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Adventurer's salary [duplicate]

I'm trying to calculate how much gold adventurer's are supossed to earn each day. Unfortunately I can't find an answer on the books. The closer thing I found is the treasure hoards rewards for a full ...
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How to evaluate value of an object brought back from Earth? [closed]

I have sent my players' characters to Earth. Before they leave Earth, they want to take some rare artifacts to sell. I do not want to make them wealthy, just reward them for the work. Some of the NPCs ...
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How is lampyridae disposed of?

How is lampyridae be disposed of on a large scale? A prominent fictional resource in the setting of Gaia is lampyridae, a type of mineral that exhibits the mysterious property of emitting light ...
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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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How to determine the weight/worth ratio of materials?

Is there any way to find out or determine the weight/worth ratio of certain items in D&D? For instance, how much would 3 lbs of unrefined iron (ore) be worth? Or how heavy would 50 GP's worth of ...
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What are these rules I remember for running a PC-owned business?

One of my players wants to start a small business from a wagon to earn a little coin on the side. I can remember having seen rules for this, but I can't remember where. It contained a table where you ...
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How much is a Gold Piece really worth?

I have been wondering what a gold piece is worth, due to the fact there are many things that cost the same, but in reality, are probably worth radically different prices, such as a Goat and a Whip, ...
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Is there an effect on player's reaction to treasure when raising the value of gold relative to other coins?

In fantasy games related to D&D the currency usually follows the 10 cp = 1sp, 10sp = 1gp pattern. This is convenient and fairly logical, but in my play throughs gold just didn't have much weight ...
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How much should NPCs charge to identify magic items?

I'm GMing for a party that has no casters with spellcraft (crazy I know), and needs to pay NPCs to identify magic items for them. Especially potions, which they find en masse. I was surprised that I ...
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Are the money pumps described in Harry Potter and the Natural 20 legal under 3.5 rules?

Harry Potter and the Natural 20, a fanfic, describes several potential money pumps in the 3.5 rules: Casting Wall of Iron, and selling the iron produced. Creating items of summon undead, and then ...
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How much does it cost to build or rent a building?

A player playing a Paladin in my current D&D campaign has asked how much it would cost to build or rent a building to house his followers from the Leadership feat. It would only be a small ...
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Can we add trains in D&D without breaking the world

Question upfront: Is there a way I can add trains to the core world of D&D 3.5 (Greyhawk/Oerth) without “messing up” the world or its economies? Reason: 1st: Mainly, it makes no sense to me ...
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How to handle wealthy player characters as a GM?

One of the long-standing settings our group keeps returning to is classic medieval fantasy. (Examples are MERP, Rolemaster, The Dark Eye -- But this question is aimed to be system agnostic and is ...