Hi there! First time poster, longtime lurker. I’m seeking advice regarding the Resource exponent and specifically, it’s calculation.
I need to describe my Situation first, as it ties directly to the advice I’m seeking. I’m a big fan of all the highly specific craft skills in Burning Wheel, and wanted to play a game where they were the focus. Things like carpentry, masonry, that sort of thing. I also love how BW allows you to hugely impact your setting and make player driven changes.
My players and I talked it over, and we settled on a concept: a group of villagers, 4-5 LP’s, are part of 115 settlers who are founding a village on the edge of a massive, unsettled continent, weeks sailing away from most civilization. As part of this, I figured a fun and interesting first couple challenges would be the actual construction of their village, and so I proposed that property, mostly housing, was unavailable to purchase (as the codex suggested).
The problem is no one has any Resources now.
I understand the reasoning behind this; there’s a base assumption within BW that some kind of commerce can happen in the game world. What I find frustrating is that this is tied to house and home. These settlers fictionally have brought equipment beyond the clothes on their backs with them (which players have represented in part with toolkits), but have no way of accessing it easily (As Resources is the primary way of obtaining gear and equipment).
The main reason I’d like to make this work somehow is the Lifestyle cycle; I think it’s an excellent way to represent the turbulence of settling a new land. A harvest might go bad, or the river might not have as much gold as you hoped. So, what do you think I should do? How might I handle this. I’ve tinkered with a few ideas (Switching Property with Gear in the Resource Exponent calculation, for example; Allowing successes on tests to contribute to Lifestyle tests independent of Resources) but it’s my hope as the campaign progresses the scale of the village’s influence does too, and that at some point the Expontent might be useful to have around.
What do you guys think?