Monday, August 7, 2017

A Most Unfortunate 3

So now we've covered the six intrinsic stats that every character gets when he starts play: Strength through Charisma.  But don't you remember there is a seventh roll of 3d6 that every character gets that can quickly determine life or death when you start him on his mythical journey?  The answer, of course, is starting gold!

What's the whole reason we go into the dungeon in the first place?  MONEY! MONEY to buy better gear, to hire men at arms, bribe a mayor or town watch, to carouse and meet a lady, and ultimately to buy a castle and take over the world!

You have to have money to buy your armor and so forth.  With a paltry 30 GPs (a roll of 3 x10 GP), you're going to be stuck with crummy options for armor and weapons.

Hauler by Stefan Poag
Option #1: Cooperate with (scam) your friends into pooling your resources and use some of their money to buy what you need!

Option #2: Visit the town loan shark and take out a loan (at 100% per week interest) to buy the sweet plate mail and pack mule you wanted to begin with.

Option #3: Play the plucky Peasant Hero with leather armor, a sling, and quarterstaff!  It's practically free.

Option #4: Play the Wizard, because then all you need is a bath robe and the book your master gave you.  And then make sure to take the best magic items every time.

In any case, the 3 in Starting Money might be the most telling and informative 3 of all.  You really have to think hard to imagine why he's completely broke and how he got to be that way.  On the other hand, nobody has a stronger motivation to get down into the dungeon and haul out some loot!

What are some other solutions to The Most Unfortunate 3?




6 comments:

  1. No additional take on rolling a 3 here, apart from the idea that it may be interpreted as a social class stat. I've enjoyed this series.

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    1. Thank you for reading! I am glad you enjoyed them. I had a lot of fun thinking of what each "3" might mean.

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  2. Your doing a good job with these

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    1. Thank you, it means a lot from you. If people don't know, Darnizhaan is revealing Castle Triskelion, a megadungeon literally without equal, here: http://castletriskelion.blogspot.com/ and you should take a look!

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  3. Came here from "Save Vs. All Wands" and enjoyed this very much!

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    1. Thank you for coming and caring to comment. Oakes is a big booster of mine and for that I am grateful. But I am especially grateful to you for coming over!

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