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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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How rare are magic items and how many should I be handing out?

What is the baseline distribution of magical treasure and at what level should a given character expect to have received or have a potential of getting a specific rarity of item? Example: Rare lvl 10+...
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How much gold should a character gain per level?

I DM a group of 5 level 2 PCs, and currently they each have approximately 150gp each. I was just wondering if there's an average or recommended amount of gp that a PC should gain per level?
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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 big is a gemstone in the DMG gemstone table?

Context The DMG treasure tables (DMG p134) describe six categories of gemstone: 10gp, 50gp, 100gp, 500gp, 1000gp, and 5000gp. What does this mean? An agate can be worth anywhere between 10gp and ...
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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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How big is a 50 gp diamond? [duplicate]

The material requirement for the spell chromatic orb is a diamond worth at least 50 gp, but in the Dungeon Master's Guide a diamond is listed under the 500 gp gem list. How small would a diamond be ...
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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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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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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 to handle loot disputes as the DM?

Context Most of the time, Loot distribution is Players' and PCs' problem. From my point of view, I'm responsible for putting the chest with X loot in the dungeon. The PCs being able to find it and how ...
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How can a party move 10,000 pounds of gold?

The party has found the Vault of Dragons from the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist module. They've managed to play two of the BBEGs against each other and have neutralized the 'enemy' factor of the module, ...
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Are there rules for disassembling a slain creature, especially dragon?

I haven't played D&D for a while though recently I have started playing it with my kids. The group is made out of five. So far they have acted with wisdom and they have been lucky which allowed ...
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Are there any official guidelines for Shadowrun payouts?

I'm trying to figure out how much to pay Shadowrunners for a job, and how to balance the NPCs. I couldn't find anything in SR4A (though I could've missed something). I've only played in a couple of ...
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Will enemies with Wizard spells have spellbooks a PC Wizard can learn from?

I'm aware that Wizards can learn spells from other spellbooks and scrolls they find, as long as they take the time and money to learn it. If there is an enemy, such as a Mage that is listed in the ...
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How will this much GP impact our game? [closed]

So, a few sessions back, my DM allowed us to fill our Portable Hole completely with gold coins and various other valuable trinkets and loot from a treasure room we discovered. We have yet to set out ...
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What is the monetary worth of a captured spellbook? [closed]

In my last game, the players defeated two wizards, and captured their spellbooks. The party wizard crowdsourced gold from the other players and copied the spells he wanted onto his own spellbook. Now, ...
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How can I take a powerful plot item away from players without frustrating them?

I am GMing for a group of ex-College friends, who are quite new to role-playing (six month or so), in a custom universe using a lot of characters inspired by Arthurian legends, including the sorcerer ...
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How might a character transport hundreds of thousands of gold inconspicuously?

Caveat is that it must be in a manner that draws no attention, so there can't be an armed guard, any carriages, or multiple people. Is there anything that holds more than the bag of holding, as it ...
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How to handle inventory and story of a player leaving

A player left my group recently. It was mutual and not-unexpected, and during the last session, the character left for an unspecified purpose. The character (lawful-good wizard) who left had a few ...
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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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How do I deal with a loot hungry PC?

I am new to the DM role and I have come across a player that maybe some of you have experience with. His main drive is loot. So much so that he has started pick pocketing and searching enemies IN ...
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How do I calculate the volume of a given quantity of coins?

Question A rectangular chest is filled to the brim with 1,000 unevenly piled gold coins, each weighing one third of an ounce. How big is that chest? Is there a formula I can use for routinely ...
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My group seems to keep forgetting to give my character gear, what can I do?

I recently joined a Pathfinder group with some good friends of mine, and it's been going pretty well except for one little problem. The problem is that almost every time our party finds loot or gear, ...
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What's the RAW most efficient way to mine for diamonds?

I have a level 20 Wizard. I'd like to mine for diamonds, but I don't want to spend literally years doing it, even if it's timeskipped. We're sort of colonists for a new country in this world (it's ...
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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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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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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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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 do I encourage players to take plot hooks and accept quest rewards?

I messed up at the beginning of the campaign by introducing an element of urgency to the plot, and the party was recently split. All that's on their minds now is getting the party back together, even ...
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What is a Treasure Hoard and when is it apropriate to award one?

I have been playing 5E for about a year and a half straight every week and until recently I had been awarding individual treasure as outlined in the DMG. They also have a section about Treasure '...
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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 six ...
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How do I determine whether an item should break when its container is smashed open?

I'd like to know if there are any pre-existing rules or guides in regards to consequences for the contents of a mundane locked container per action taken to break it open via both magical and non ...
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Is there a value limit on the objects True Polymorph creates?

True Polymorph has the option to transform a creature into an object that cannot be larger than the creature. What about the object's value? Wish has a limit of 25,000 gp for on-label use. Could True ...
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How to balance spellbooks looted from enemy wizards?

I'm running a campaign in Faerun, with Red Wizards as one of the main antagonists. My party includes a wizard. Every time the party kills one of said Red Wizards, they expect to find a spellbook, and ...
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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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Bounty Boards: How to make them fair and make sense

So I wanted to create a new adventure hook I could use over many campaigns and figured, "Hmm, most medieval settings would have bounty boards set up in towns, offer prices for people willing to go out ...
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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 Fantasy RPG campaign? As DM/GM, you slipped up and ended up giving the PCs significantly more ...
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How to determine treasure for characters who aren't materialistic?

I am putting together a campaign for my daughters - late high school / early college age - using the SW5e ruleset. Effectively, this is a total conversion of the standard D&D 5e rules into the ...
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Where are the NPC mages' spellbooks in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure?

In Lost Mine of Phandelver, the party comes across (and presumably defeats) multiple mages. These are not specifically described as Wizards, but their spellcasting is Intelligence-based, and they know ...
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How can I handle players taking more than their fair share of loot?

In a couple of different groups that I've played with, there is one player who takes more than their fair share of loot. Is there a good way to deal with this? Group 1 is a homebrew campaign that is ...
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I created a magic item for one character and another character took it

I'm DMing for a group of friends, and they rolled really high stats… except for the dragonborn warlock who ended up with a Constitution of 6 (-2). (We did use 4d6 drop lowest… the warlock was just ...
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How can I keep my gold safe from other PCs?

I play in a group that likes to steal each other's stuff constantly, and by looting/stealing from other players, I have accumulated 1008 gold pieces. My GM does not really care about the weight of ...
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How do I make treasure stashes rewarding in a very small party?

I'm running a D&D 5e game for two players. How can I make the contents of a treasure stash exciting without overpowering my players or just giving them lots of busywork? Newish DM here - I'm ...
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If I fail the check to copy a spell from a scroll, is the gold needed to copy the spell spent anyway?

I am playing a wizard. I was reading the PHB and saw that you could copy spells into your spellbook for a cost (50 gp + 2 hours of work, per spell level). My question regards when copying the spell ...
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How can we determine the cost of ruby dust?

There are spells like Continual Flame which require ruby dust as a material component. The rules explicitly require "ruby dust worth X gp", not "ruby dust made from rubies worth X gp&...
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How many "additional" spells can I expect as a wizard in a published adventure?

Wizards in 5e gain 2 spells at each level up -- twice the amount of other arcane casters (bard and sorcerer). This gives them much greater flexibility in what they can do and what roles in the party ...
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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 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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