Hey everyone. There is something that’s been bugging me a little, and wanted to hear some opinions: How do you handle cash dice when you have PCs with very different amounts of Resources.
Let’s say we have two PCs, a Baron with B6 Resources and a Wizard with B0 (since he spent it all on spells or something). Their lifestyle maintenance Obs are 6 and 1, respectively.
Since the books suggests interpreting cash as something material, like a bag of silver: how do you handle the PCs coming across some cash? The way I see it, if the amount of silver is meaningful for the Baron, then it should be an incredible wealth to the poor wizard. On the other hand, if the coin is barely enough to help the wizard pay for a room and some food, then it must be useless to the Baron (it certainly shouldn’t help him maintain his baronial court in any way).
If the PCs are homogeneous in their Resources then I guess this shouldn’t be an issue. But I wonder how do people handle this when they have a diverse group (a noble and his retainers, for example).
The best I can think of is having the die of cash be associated with some exponent of Resources: This bag silver is worth +4D to a poor peasant, +2D to a journeyman, +1D to a merchant, and nothing to a duchess.
Or alternatively, tie it to the Ob of the test: this bag of silver is worth 4D to buy some shoes, 2D to buy a small cart, 1D for an elven tome of lore, and nothing for a cargo ship.
Do you think something like this goes against the spirit of the game? Should I be bothered by this at all?
I’m interested in knowing how other people have dealt with on their own games, if at all.
(I guess this also applies when a B1 PC helps with an Ob 7 resources test to a B6 character. “Sure, my beggar will help you raise the funds to be considered for that viscountyship”).