Questions tagged [economy]

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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 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 ...
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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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Can players use crafting to improve beloved magic items instead of churning gear?

I'm all about the story, and as such, I've always been a fan of long-term attachment between players/characters and their special (usually magic) items. But with D&D 4th edition, it seems the ...
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Fantasy economy: how to design a deep, sophisticated crafting system?

I want to construct an immersive, complex and functional fantasy economy in order to inform my world-building process. I'm interested in finding a working economic model and applying that into low-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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On average, how much does beer, wine and spirits cost in Faerun?

Or can someone point me to the relevant sections of the books that talks about this stuff, please? Reason I ask is that I'm trying to gauge the cost of living in Faerun and I plan on repricing some ...
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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 ...