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All the Treasures of the World: GEMS


Diamonds can be your best friend. So pretty, so much easier to carry than hundreds of heavy coins, and everybody wants to trade for them. Same goes for rubies, sapphires, and emeralds too, not to mention the over 100 other types of valuable stones detailed in this exhaustive 12-page supplement for any game. GEMS, the first All the Treasures of the World resource kit from Faster Monkey Games, details everything from shiny quartz pebbles you might trade for a beer to enormous star sapphires worth a king's ransom. Plus:

  • Variations in size and quality, making every stone unique.
  • Cat's eyes, crosses, stars, and double stars.
  • Evaluating gems by character type: Jeweler, Merchant, Fence, or PC, with options for underground races and secondary skills.
  • Fake gems, uncut gems, and commonly misidentified stones.
  • Buying and selling gems and other valuables.
  • Appraisal costs and documents.
  • Using treasure as cash.

Add some sparkle to your next treasure roll with GEMS!

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March 18, 2014 5:23 pm UTC
I love the concept of this, and mostly the execution, but there seem to some strange behavior in the quality tables.

Table 3.0.1: An Average, Flawed gem is worth 5sp.
A Smaller, Very Poor gem is worth 5gp. (Something lesser in both categories is worth 10x as much?)

Table 3.500: A Huge Flawless gem is .. mysteriously worth 50gp. A Huge flawed gem is worth 250gp.

Since the valuations seem to have no correlation with the properties, it would seem better to have assigned properties that do not imply valuation.
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Faster M March 18, 2014 6:04 pm UTC
Hi Joshua!

My apologies if the tables are not clear. Every gem on Table 3.0.1 is worth 1 sp. That's why it's table 3.0.1: the Section 3 table giving gems worth 0.1 gp (or 1 silver), when size and quality are taken into account.

So the Average, Flawed gem you mention is a 1 sp gem with a BASE VALUE of 5 sp. It would be worth 5 sp if it were not flawed, and that's what the "Base value" column gives. That lets you know, in case you want to randomize what *kind* of gem, to go to Table 2.0.5 (Section 2, Base Value 0.5gp). All the gems on that chart have a Base Value of 5 sp. Say you rolled a 19 and got "Turquoise." That means that your 1 sp gem is a Flawed Turquoise of Average size.

Likewise on Table 3.500, all the results are worth 500gp. The Huge, Flawless one (result of 3 on 3d6) is a particularly fine example of a gem that would usually be worth only 50gp (the Base Value). Using Table 2.50 (= Section 2, Base Value 50gp), a result of Moonstone means that...See more
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