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How many copper coins fit inside a cubic foot?

You can only transmute one coin at a time Other answers have given you good estimates of the number of coins that will fit in a cubic foot, but that doesn't matter for your purposes, because you're ...
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How to discourage mundane play?

NautArch's answer of "Session Zero" is an excellent starting place, and should be the first option. If, however, everyone claims to be on the same page - and that page is "adventure in the great wide ...
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How would a player character pay for an item that costs less than 1cp?

As a DM, you aren't required to obey the strict prices set in the PHB. The prices listed are mostly just used as guides for creating characters on a budget; once you're in the adventuring world, goods ...
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Are purchasable animals overpowered?

The part you're missing is (ignoring story consequences). I've played with a party who were really amused about the idea that they could buy an Elephant, and then did (and named it Bongo) and ...
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How to deal with incredibly rich PCs messing with combat balance

First of all, don't let people turn money into magic items. If you let people turn gold pieces into planet destroying superweapons, then you get these sorts of problems. This is something 5e ...
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How would a player character pay for an item that costs less than 1cp?

By haggling, probably unsuccessfully. In the real world, I can walk into a grocery store (supermarket or locally owned) that sells eggs in cartons of a dozen, pick up a carton for $1.50, calculate ...
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Can my character collect royalties from being an author?

... a stereotypical medieval world. Assuming that the world has a publication system and royalties ... Stop right there On Earth, the medieval period broadly runs from the fall of the Western Roman ...
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Can my character collect royalties from being an author?

Simplify it as a downtime activity There are no official rules for being an author, and while I can tell you, for example, that Volo (you know, the one who writes monster guides) will sell players a ...
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How much is unrefined gold ore worth?

This is more of an industrial mining question than an RPG one, but pretty much the gaming answer is: whatever you want it to be. The thing with "gold ore" is that it's a mixture of valuable gold and ...
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Are listed gem values the buy or sell price?

The Player's Handbook and basic rules both say this under "Selling Treasure" in chapter 5: Gems, Jewelry, and Art Objects. These items retain their full value in the marketplace, and you can either ...
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How to incorporate Lifestyle into D&D?

Paying is not optional, and what you pay for (or not) has consequences You say the players "avoid paying for it", but paying is not optional. If they do not spend any money on lifestyle, ...
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Would this house rule for trade goods be unbalanced or cause problems?

This isn’t a house rule. This is just giving out 20% less trade goods. Players generally aren’t buying trade goods, so will typically not even notice a difference between buying and selling. Except ...
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How to take large amounts of money away from the party without causing player resentment?

Caveat Emptor Forcing the PCs to part with their loot always is iffy - unless the game you play has a specific mechanic for blowing your money (like Conan: Adventures in an age undreamed of), getting ...
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Are all souls of equal value?

Devils value a powerful creature's soul higher a than weak one's In the core rules the only hints that a more virtuous soul is of higher value is found in the Monster Manual, in the lore entry for the ...
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How do the economics add up for laborers?

Upon re-reading the PHB inspired by David Coffron's answer and Phil Boncer's answer, I think I actually found the answer to this question. The numbers as written fit perfectly in the PHB without any ...
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How much will studying magic in an academy cost?

It's going to be up to the DM 5e doesn't cover schooling costs for Wizards, but I'll leave it to others better versed in D&D lore to see if it's covered in other editions and, if so, to update ...
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How do the economics add up for laborers?

D&D is not an economic simulator 5th edition least of all, given its deliberate choice to avoid valuing consistency or coherence in mechanics. Labor prices have always been a problem in D&D, ...
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Do the rules for running a business contradict themselves?

Managing the 'contradiction' I cannot give you an absolute definitive answer, but here is how I've handled it in the past, and how I reconcile that apparent contradiction: The 'maintenance cost' ...
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How to take large amounts of money away from the party without causing player resentment?

Let them enjoy it or buy something useful with it There are several options for you Let them enjoy it. Gold certainly is not useless in the first and second tier of the game. 1,800 gp is more than ...
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How to discourage mundane play?

Time for a Session Zero If you haven't already run a Session Zero, then it's definitely time to do so. If you have, then it's probably time to have another one. It sounds like everyone isn't on the ...
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How to deal with incredibly rich PCs messing with combat balance

The same way you deal with very rich NPCs: murderhobos. If there's one thing that wealth attracts like moths to a candle, it's unprovoked assault by uppity adventurers bearing class levels. Let me ...
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Can you use Alchemist Supplies to make infinite money?

The game provides no (as written) opportunity to create platinum It's worth noting that the rule quoted isn't actually part of the alchemist supplies; the tools have very meagre rules in the PHB, but ...
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How many copper coins fit inside a cubic foot?

Copper is 8.96 g per cm^3. That means a copper ingot with one cubic feet volume is 559 lbs. A heap of copper coins is no solid ingot. As a first approximation, imagine there are stacks of cylinders. A ...
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What loot has the highest value to weight ratio in D&D?

OD&D/AD&D 1st edition: 1 in 10 million jewels In 1st edition, gemstones can get extremely high value for very little weight. Encumbrance in 1st edition is measured in the equivalent ...
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Are expensive material component costs too specific?

The rules for grand jewels don't peak their value at 5,000 gp. Grand Jewels (5,000 gp or more): clearest bright green emerald; diamond; jacinth; ruby Grand jewels can be worth more than 5,000gp, ...
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How to deal with incredibly rich PCs messing with combat balance

The problem you are dealing with is the general problem of power creep: over the course of the adventure, the PCs become more powerful. But eventually they become so powerful that combat stops being ...
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How much does it cost to manufacture a conductor stone?

This is up to you The short answer is that I think creating such a conductor stone would likely cost about 50 gp and take about 5 days of work in a 5e framework. But you as a DM have total liberty to ...
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How to Deal with Gold Inflation

This doesn’t have to be a problem. This is the game they seemed to want, and you seemed to be OK giving it to them: now you just need to understand what the ramifications of this kind of game are. ...
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How do the economics add up for laborers?

Different laborers This is likely the difference between an employed laborer (the equivalent of a construction worker) and the "odd jobs" laborer. Practicing a Profession downtime (PHB 187) yields ...
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Have spaceships always cost about the same as putting armor on your horse?

Not for a permanently spaceworthy ship I looked it up in my old Spelljammer box set for AD&D 2nd Edition, and the new rules greatly simplify the creation of Spelljamming helms and vessels. And you’...
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