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    Eddy made blog post about 'monetary system' ( or rather lack of it) in Pugmire and Mau. CLAWS AND EFFECT: RAINING PLASTIC [REALMS OF PUGMIRE]

    As I read only Early Access for Monarchies of Mau - I missed that everything is priced in Plastic. From blog post I assume that there are not any clear prices in game world - and everything need to be bartered? EVERY SINGLE ITEM?

    And clearly riding temples of Old Ones, to find Plastic, is literal gold minding in this world?! 😲
    Last edited by wyrdhamster; 09-14-2018, 02:02 AM.


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    While using plastic in the post-apocalyptic world of Pugmire is amusing, I think you could easily call it coins, tokens, taleks, or even gold, with no problem.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by wyrdhamster View Post
      Eddy made blog post about 'monetary system' ( or rather lack of it) in Pugmire and Mau. CLAWS AND EFFECT: RAINING PLASTIC [REALMS OF PUGMIRE]

      As I read only Early Access for Monarchies of Mau - I missed that everything is priced in Plastic. From blog post I assume that there are not any clear prices in game world - and everything need to be bartered? EVERY SINGLE ITEM?
      Not every single item, but a lot of them, yeah. Early economies didn't have printed price lists, so a lot of pricing is subjective. It's not uncommon for the same service to be free to some dogs and triple price to others.

      And clearly riding temples of Old Ones, to find Plastic, is literal gold minding in this world?! 😲
      That's certainly one benefit of raiding the areas left behind by the Old Ones, certainly!

      And to lightjammer's point, coins are a fine synonym. Really, you're just mentally replacing "plastic" where most fantasy worlds would use "gold." But if you want to change your game to the gold standard, feel free!

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        Given Man's predilection for gold (and silver), both currently and in the past, we've exhumed vast amounts of it making it more common than rock... almost. Well, it's certainly not as rare as it used to be. And given how long plastic will survive, I can see establishing a monetary system based on it, however I would think minting it into usable coinage would be problematic. Odds are, while the kingdom might be on a "plastic" standard, they would probably find something easier to mint for currency.

        And what pieces would you mint? All of it? Just old water and soda bottles, boxes, and milk jugs? What would dogs do if they found a bag of plastic aquarium gems? Fight to the death over it? Lots of things to think about here. The players may even help with it.

        I haven't perused Monarchies yet, but Pugmire also uses a more abstract monetary system (it looks fun, but I haven't seen it in play yet) that ranges from "a few coins" to "lots of coins" (I assume finding a dragon's hoard would be "lots and lots!)

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