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Old 11-07-2013
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The underdark is FULL of wierd alcoholic drinks.

Svirfneblin, for example, ferment fish guts to make their drinks and some of them literally have gem dust sprinkled in.

Don't assume every drink you get from somewhere else comes from grain.

As for the wealth discussion on PP and GP, Stags and Eagles, Etc etc...

Most trade is not done in coins in the realms, there is actually less coin to be picked up than monetary value had. While people may HAVE coins, Generally only lords and wealthy individuals will have a healthy stash of coins.

What you end up with is a bartering system that has a value on objects being traded. Farmers come in with produce, lifestock, grain, eggs, etc, and they walk away with wagons, tools, wood, furs, metals, etc.

Trade companies are likely to swap the import for the export and maybe have some coin supplement the differences.

"We'll trade you a ton of smelted bars of steel for two tons of your rice."

"The port authority is taxing a % of that rice and steel to arm their soldiers and feed them too."

I'm just throwing the value out there, but when working in economics, you have to work in the coin value of goods.

Also, it is a common practice to carry gemstones instead of coins themselves when trading. Diamonds are easier to carry about than masses of coins.

Still, we have to keep silver in the mix because it's fun to hear devils call them "Stingers" lol.
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