Thursday, 23 February 2017

The GM's Toolkit: Interesting Treasures (Revisited)

A couple of weeks ago at our weekly D&D night, we (alright, mostly me) made the mistake of picking a fight with an Ancient White Dragon despite only being tenth level. Hopelessly surpassed by the Dragon, we kinda expected that most, if not all, of the adventurers would be taken out, potentially marking an end to our campaign. Instead, through a series of lucky rolls (and judicious use of the Blink spell) we emerged victorious, a dead Ancient Dragon and its hoard left to the mercy of a group of very light-fingered adventurers. We shoved as much loot as we could into our Bag of Holding and skedaddled. Now we've got 50,000 gold pieces each, but with a castle already paid for, we're left with a bit of a fix. You see, coin is little more than a means to an end in D&D, and its not especially intrinsically entertaining. Gold is boring, basically. Let's fix that.

If you’ve played Edge of the Empire, you might have noticed that the core book does its best to steer GMs away from the idea of simply offering credits as potential loot or rewards for their players, instead suggesting information, vehicles or weapons as suitable rewards, or at least bartering fodder. Any adventure aimed at achieving some kind of reward, whether a mystery with a rare prize at stake, or an archaeological adventure that takes the adventurers on a trek through ancient ruins in search of lost treasure, could benefit from having something more to offer its players beyond 1d100x10d10gp. Art objects are a start, but the party can only shift so many portraits before they get sick of the sight of them.

To use this table, roll a d20 to discover an interesting reward at the centre of a quest, whether that's an enchanted kitchen utensil or the secret identity of the King's would-be assassin.
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If a Google Sheet is more likely to float your boat, you can find one here (If you go to File>Download As>PDF document, you'll find the table has been set up to print on just one sheet, so you can keep a binder of useful Toolkit tables).

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