D&D-isms: Treasure

Just a random observation that kind of hit me the other day watching something on TV.  Real-life treasure hunters can spend years or decades…their entire lives even, looking for that one big score.  But in D&D, any hole-in-the-ground you might trip over that’s big enough to house a few goblins is pretty much guaranteed to yield a vast hoard of gold and gems, and quite possibly a few magic items as well.

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4 Responses to “D&D-isms: Treasure”

  1. RobG4 Says:

    But you must consider you rarely ever hear of modern treasure hunters being turned to stone, eaten alive, falling into spiked pits, or enslaved by demons. Most die of old age, broke.

    In a dungeon, death is at every corner, but so is a lifetime of wealth!

    • edowar Says:

      You’re right, of course. It’s a game and it wouldn’t be much fun if all you did was die all the time with little chance of reward. It just struck me, one of the many assumptions of D&D. Many a time we’ve been playing a game, something comes up and we say “How does that make sense?” Then we just say, “It’s D&D. Roll dice.” 🙂

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Clearly there’s a middle ground:

    As a DM, don’t offer vast amounts of wealth for “hole-in-the-ground you might trip over that’s big enough to house a few goblins”….especially as THEY aren’t brave enough to have treasure-hunted that much wealth.

    Conversely, if you break into one of your neighbors’ houses, how much stuff do they possess that might be valuable?

  3. Sarah Says:

    Love this! Although in the game I’m currently playing the DM doesn’t quite get treasure and we’d do a whole quest, face and fight large groups of goblins etc, rescue/collect the missing artefact/ person, maybe lose a member of the party and be rewarded by… 4 pieces of gold. Not that helpful 😛

    By the way, I just set up a shop/blog ‘The Scurvy Dwarf’ selling D&D related cartoony designs and thought you might like to take a look seeing as it’s related to yours 🙂 http://thescurvydwarf.wordpress.com/

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