[Runequest] RQ 3: Free Cats!

Stephen Posey stephenlposey at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 10 01:03:14 AEDT 2017

If I were your GM and you presented me with a scheme like that, I'd say something like: "Sure they're FREE, as long as you're the one who goes out and catches them."

Once you turn a resource like that into a commodity, and it requires additional labor and infrastructure; it's no longer free.

As to your question though. I've always wanted some kind of system for handling this sort of mercantile interaction ever since reading the The Travels of Biturian Varosh in the old Cults of Prax. 

Stephen Posey
stephenlposey at earthlink.net 

-----Original Message-----
>From: Lev Lafayette <lev at rpgreview.net>
>Sent: Oct 9, 2017 6:08 AM
>To: runequest at rpgreview.net
>Subject: [Runequest] RQ 3: Free Cats!
>I've started playing in a new RQ3 game and, being a poor sorceress (what
>do you mean I start with 23 pennies?), I thought I would buy a dog and
>make use of my tiny skill ratings in Animal Lore and my Dominate (Canine)
>Based in a large city, I shelled out the 0.25 pennies for a "common dog"
>and noticed there was significant variation in prices between large city,
>small city, and wilds. The opportunity for trading my way out my
>impoverished situation became clear!
>In a large city cats are *free*, in a small city they're 0.5 pennies, and
>in rural and wild areas they're 5 pennies. I could have an infinite supply
>of cats!
>More seriously, it is evident that the variation between prices from city
>to country is at least partially the result of natural resources and
>agriculture (country) and transport and protection of manufactured goods
>(city), but I wonder if there has been an attempt to develop a trade
>system in any edition or supplement of RuneQuest. Whilst I am not
>expecting something as elaborate as Traveller, which makes it quite a
>function of the game, it would make an interesting extension to the core
>game rules.
>Lev Lafayette, BA (Hons), GradCertTerAdEd (Murdoch), GradCertPM, MBA (Tech
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