Articles By Author - Steven Hammond

Treasure by the Pound III—AGE Conversions

The metal and ingot values described so far in this series are suitable for games such as d20, 4E, and Pathfinder. These games make similar assumptions about the relative value of coins, and they strive for a heroic feel where the characters end up very wealthy. Metal values need to be adjusted considerably for AGE where different economic assumptions prevail. AGE assumes 10,000 cp = 100 sp = 1 gp, and silver is the currency of everyday...

Treasure by the Pound II—Nonprecious Metals

Platinum, gold, and the other precious metals described in “Treasure by the Pound” aren’t the only metals lost in treasure hoards. Lead, tin, zinc, iron, and others had significant worth in the ancient and medieval worlds. These metals had a variety of uses, some of which seem shocking today. Brass: Brass is an ancient alloy of copper and zinc. It is more malleable than bronze, and a low melting point makes it a good candidate for casting....

Treasure by the Pound

Remember when your character found his or her first platinum coin or that chest of 500 gold pieces? Then there were the hundreds of thousands of coins in the dragon’s hoard. At some point in your character’s career, coins become more of a problem than they are worth. Large numbers are difficult to transport, and a significant fraction of a coin’s weight could be lesser metals. When large values of metal are needed for trade or crafting,...

KotM2 Fight! Vital Necklace

Welcome to the King of the Monsters 2 finals (see the list of finalists): the vital necklace is random finalist 1 of 10. These submissions are left almost entirely as they were received with the exceptions that all submissions are posted with an image and are standardized to KoboldQuarterly.com style. Let the fight commence! ___ A delicate necklace, mithril surrounding a large sapphire, agitates on the table then unfolds itself. Spindly legs...

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