Post by foster1941 on May 31, 2017 11:27:49 GMT -5
Per the conversion guidelines I posted at Knights & Knaves at the time I was converting Necropolis, I went with 1 g.p. = 20 BUCs. So, apparently, I did not RC in the post above
I'd need to take a closer look at the books to see if I still agree with that 20:1 ratio, or if I'd go with something different nowadays, like 50:1 or 100:1 (500:1 is probably still way off...). One other thing to keep in mind is that gold is worth more compared to other metals in DJ than it is in AD&D - closer to (the same as?) the ratio found in the Gord novels where 1 gold orb = 10 electrum luckies = 50 silver nobles.
The BUC "on Aerth is a bronze coin" so I go with the currency presented in SAGA OF OLD CITY Chapter 7:
Best of all in the booty they had found were the coins hidden in the folds of a leather wallet—an even half-dozen each of orbs and plates. Neither lad had ever seen real gold or platinum currency this close up before, and they took a minute or two just to look at them in wonder. Gold orbs were equal to a thousand bronze zees each, and the rectangular platinum plates were equal in value to one thousand, one hundred zees—an orb and a lucky combined.
So Aerth prices, I look at as more universal and less boom town like the PHB.
chain mail is 75 gp in PHB
and 10,000 BUCs in DJ so translated it would 10 gp which is how I might find a suit of chain in a moderate "boring" town but a hyped town with a newfound large dungeon would have the PHB jacked price.
... 10 gp which is how I might find a suit of chain in a moderate "boring" town but a hyped town with a newfound large dungeon would have the PHB jacked price.
Other than Greyhawk, what other towns in the Flanaess could be 'gold rush' towns where adventurers flocked to them and prices got jacked up? That's a special kind of sandbox, with rival adventurers possibly being more dangerous than the monsters in the dungeon. I always think of the town of Deadwood like in the HBO series. BTW, there is a possibility for a new DEADWOOD movie, since the script is completed and now making the rounds.
I would assume Rob's presence in Rauxes would have been more Gygaxified into a location and Arneson in Blackmoor but these are hypotheticals.
Lakofka is nothing to go by as I think he was too cocksure in his D&D fare. The "L" series has nothing big in the area and yet everything is percentaged up 10% in L1 and 20% in L2. I've never trusted Len's contributions because I think he was going under the radar and probably would've had his creative outings for Greyhawk "audited" by Gary at some point. He is way too conservative and his specialist ravings created a massive cheap wave through out D&D.
Post by foster1941 on Jun 20, 2017 12:44:56 GMT -5
I'd say "gold rush pricing" probably applies in the Bandit Kingdoms, Nyr Dyv, along the Selintan, Wild Coast, and Pomarj - basically the area of central activity for a Greyhawk-centered campaign. For convenience's sake (so as not to have to bother with repricing everything in the modules) I'll say it applies in Verbobonc and Hommlet/Nulb as well - both as a lingering after-effect of the activity surrounding the Battle of Emridy Meadows and subsequent sacking of the TOEE a few years back, and in recognition that the trade-roads through Hommlet lead to/from areas where the inflated prices prevail so both Ostler Gundigoot and Rannos Davl are sharp and wily enough to know that people passing through will be accustomed to those higher prices and willing to pay them. It's likely that Gundigoot at least probably charges the locals well below the posted "tourist" rates with a nudge and a wink.