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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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How do I most effectively serve as group treasurer?

My party and I had just finished part of a Pathfinder campaign and are converting over to D&D 5e. Previously we mostly just distributed all the loot between ourselves with the paladin carrying 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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Alternatives to boxes

I have a box problem. 90% of all my original magic items either are boxes, or are inside boxes. I try to hide it by making them interesting shapes, but ultimately a box is a box. It has gotten to the ...
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Are GMs obligated to hand out all possible treasure and loot in an adventure, or can GMs deny PCs printed loot?

I was wondering as GM and long time player, are the PCs entitled to all the loot and treasure that they could find in location and or after looting the bodies of fallen foes? Example: In Pathfinder's ...
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How does a DM announce loot? [closed]

Say the party finds an altar, and laying on it are a Wand of Wonder and a lapis lazuli worth 10 gold. How much information does the party get? As DM, do I say "you find a strange wand and a blue gem", ...
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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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Can a DM change an item given by another DM?

If a player received a specific end reward and doesn't like it, can the new DM change that item's traits (whether or not the item was created differently than in the book)? We are playing home games, ...
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How do you use TCP in Adventurer's League Season 8?

In Dungeons And Dragons Adventurer's League Season 8 instead of Gold you get Treasure Checkpoints (TCP). During some sessions the DM has announced we've unlocked a particular item. I then also ...
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Is my game master running Rappan Athuk wrong, or is it really this low on treasure?

We are playing Frog God Games' Pathfinder version of Rappan Athuk with a party of five player characters. We are playing seventh level characters, but our wealth is of fourth or fifth level characters....
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Should PCs receive magic equipment or sellable treasure as rewards?

My group recently finished playing through the Tomb of Annihilation published adventure. It was most of our players' first time with 5e (including mine), and one of the differences I noticed compared ...
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Gold per encounter with looted equipment

Here's my scenario: CR 1 encounter (fast-paced) party is to receive 400 gold for the encounter. If I use, for example, a troglodyte, equipment is listed as 1 club, and 3 javelins for a total equipment ...
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How to include real presents as end-of-session loot? [closed]

I'm DMing one shot for my little sister's birthday with my family. I had the idea that at the end of the game, we can give her presents to her similarly to how I usually give players a reward at the ...
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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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How do you reward treasure for an encounter using the Magic Item Compendium's list?

Beginning on page 265 in the Magic Item Compendium, a new system for the generation of random treasure is presented. While the system presented in the Dungeon Master's Guide beginning on page 51 ...
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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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What treasure could be in a vampire's tomb for a 1st-level party? [closed]

I created a D&D 5e module. There is an ancient vampire's tomb as the module endpoint. The tomb was opened by a random human who dug through a cave wall near a tomb the day before the players ...
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Sorcerer with Wizard spellbook — is selling it the only thing he can do to profit from it?

It is not uncommon for a Sorcerer to battle opposing wizards. Thus, it is not uncommon to obtain a spellbook as a loot. Is selling it for gold or giving away for some other benefit (still selling, ...
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Amount of chests in Dungeon World?

I wanted to ask a question about chests and loot in general. There is a table in the DW rulebook where you can roll if you think a monster has a chest with it. I noticed that the amount of coins is ...
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What is considered “artwork” when it comes to selling crafted merchandise?

In the 5e PHB, p. 144 under Selling Treasure: Gems, Jewelry, and Art Objects, it says: These items retain their full value in the marketplace, and you can usually trade them in for coin, or use ...
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What is “desert glass” and what does it do to the PCs?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything, there are environment-specific encounter tables for various PC levels. In the Desert Encounters (Levels 11-16) on pages 96-97, the result of 36-40 is "1d6 square ...
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Can a Mimic (container form) actually hold loot?

I want my players to be able to kill a Mimic and get the loot from the Mimic's corpse. The Mimic has an acidic bite, and is a creature, not actually a container. Can a Mimic store items?
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Can a Spectator be a bodyguard? Can the treasure/item it guards be a person/person's item?

Basically, my question if is it possible to summon a spectator as a bodyguard. But let me first explain it: Monster Manual p. 31 says, about Spectators: A spectator is a lesser beholder that is ...
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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 much gold do characters and monsters get through the level progression of 21-40? [closed]

How much gold do characters and monsters get through the level progression of 21-40?
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How should I deal with a player who wants to dictate loot distribution?

There a couple of incidents involved, one of which happened previously, and another of which is occurring now. The first incident The first incident happened when my Life Cleric (level 6-7) found a ...
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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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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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Is the character wealth/level table to be taken “per character”?

Does the Character Wealth per Level table, as presented on page 135 of the DMG, reflect the wealth that should be owned by a single PC on each level, or by the party as a whole? Example: there is a ...
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How can I ensure that my players are not receiving excessive treasure and magic items for their level?

I am running a home brew 5e game. My group has recently levelled up to 2 and is about to come to the end of a dungeon. I rolled on the loot chart, and the results seemed quite generous for a party of ...
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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 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 much should PCs earn as guards?

If a merchant hires the PCs as guards, how much should the PCs earn?
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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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Kingmaker Kobold treasure question (Spoilers)

Spoilers for Kingmaker. Are they supposed to get the treasure at all?
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What rules are there for deciding what specific items to award when the loot table is unclear?

I'm currently creating my first completely homebrew campaign and I'm planning on using the the DMG treasure tables (p.136 - 149) to generate treasure in my campaign. I want the world to feel organic ...
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Does a wizard need to find and copy spells into spellbook to remain relevant?

I plan to use a wizard in a low magic campaign. The DM told me that magic users are few, so scrolls and spellbooks are very rare. He frankly told me that we might only be able to find one or two ...
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How do I work out Treasure for Multiple creatures?

I am running a group soon, and I am doing up some treasure for my players. One of my encounters is 2 Chimera who have a Treasure of Standard. Each of them is a CR7 creature, but combined they are ...
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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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What can one do with a captured spellbook? [closed]

My players captured two spellbooks. What is the monetary worth of a captured spellbook? The other question addresses the market value of a captured spellbook. Now, assuming the books were captured ...
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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. ...
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What kind of check/action is looting from unconscious creatures?

My ally and I are in combat, he is unconscious and (per an agreement made before passing out) wants me to pick up his most valuable things (a pearl, some gold, ink, his spellbook and a spell scroll). ...
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Is it common practice in 3.5/Pathfinder to give players loot they can use as gear?

I just saw this question about loot division and it struck me as a very odd question to even have to ask, because in every game I've ever played or run (with the notable exception of some artifacts in ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Random Dungeon Generation: How Individual Treasure or Horde Treasure [closed]

So I've got a dungeon I've mapped out using the DMG's random Dungeon Tables. I've fleshed it out save for the treasure. There are times I have "Monster" or "Monster with treasure." There's a ...
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Guidelines for speeding up looting process for player characters?

Introduction As a relatively new DM I've adopted players rolling Investigation when attempting to loot corpses and chests, because I see other Dungeon Masters doing that as well. But since I roll for ...
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Does changing the reward from Cragmaw Cave unbalance LMoP?

So, the context is pretty simple: After defeating Klarg, the bugbear, in Cragmaw Cave in the first chapter of Lost Mine of Phandelver, the players are given: Honestly, I feel like the description of ...
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Should I stop PCs looting from their dead friends/dead last PC?

A character in a D&D 5e game dies, and stays dead. They had some nice magic items, treasure, etcetera earned from their time adventuring. What reasons could I give for the rest of the party not ...