Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This is great fun.
Of all the lists I have posted so far, this I would say is the least complete; and yet I don't have players insisting on my adding more items, such as a lemon for instance, which I'm noticing isn't there. What IS there is primarily assorted spices and fruits, mostly packed in small paper boxes (or packages, typically tied together with string) which are useless to the players once the contents are expended. There are a few small tools, such as the artist's brushes, the whisk or the rat trap - it would be nice to include a few other things, limited of course to items which are primarily of use around the home for normal daily activities. My mind is a blank, however.
Note the tremendous cost of saffron. That is based upon the world production of that spice, which is much rarer than every other kind I could include prices for. It, ginseng, anise and mustard would make some nice treasure if found in quantity, and coffee too ... which is obviously expensive because of Transylvania's inconvenience from Africa. And it is a significant amount of coffee that's indicated here.
If there's something ignored on the list that ought not to be, it is salt. This is a much overlooked part of D&D, largely I think because in the modern age we have a surfeit of salt incorporated into all our foods. Obviously, if you're going to feed your players on salt pork, salt isn't a concern they should have, but if they insist on eating fresh foods, it needs to be pointed out that salt is added to nothing in the middle ages. To avoid getting sick, they will have to buy some. It's not expensive ... but if they're supplying a whole castle, these things add up.
I doubt I'll have the time to put out another table today. The next would be the Hacker's Shop, which I shall try to get to tomorrow.