Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Power at its most liquid

Wealth flows from energy and ideas.
                            - William Feather

On today's Argos no coin is as pure as the Wezellian gylden, and no currency is as trusted. The heavy gold coins of the Syndikaat is even said to have some magical protection against counterfeiting.

In this short post I'll provide a few words on how to relate to the currency, and how it translates according to the framework of the WoD ruleset.

1 Wezellian gylden (₩) equals roughly € 500 or USD 800. This is a largely useless reference given the vast differences between our modern economy and that of this highly fictional society, but it should help provide some sense of context. I will also not bother with smaller denominations as that becomes a little too much like D&D - for any such transactions refer to the Resource merit (WoD p. 115) and the corresponding stat for the item in question.

Brass tacks:
₩1 = 1 pound of silver

Merit: Resources (translated), ● to ●●●●●
 ● Low disposable income, ₩ 2 worth of assets.
 ●● Moderate disposable income, ₩ 10 worth of assets.
 ●●● Significant disposable income, ₩ 50 worth of assets.
 ●●●● Substantial disposable income, ₩ 1,000 worth of assets.
 ●●●●● Significant wealth, ₩ 10,000 worth of assets.

 ●●●●● ● Substantial wealth, ₩ 100,000 worth of assets.
 ●●●●● ●● Enormous wealth, ₩ 500,000 worth of assets.
 ●●●●● ●●● Vast wealth, ₩ 5,000,000 worth of assets.
 ●●●●● ●●●●  Astronomical wealth, ₩ 50,000,000 worth of assets.
 ●●●●● ●●●●●  Unfathomable wealth, ₩ 500,000,000 worth of assets.

House Rule: Increasing your Resources rating through play
By tracking your characters accumulated wealth it is possible to increase the Resources merit without spending XP. If you have assets equalling the next rating, be it as a horde of coins, as land, or any combination of assets, this can be traded in for the next ●. These assets do not disappear, but they are now "locked down" and cannot be liquidated instantly. At this point you can draw on the increased merit pool as per the rules (see WoD p. 115).

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