Friday, August 15, 2014

Svenny's Notes and Equipment Costs

So, we've talked a bit about it before, but to refresh your memory, Greg Svenson, the "Great Svenny" of Blackmoor, several years ago on Havards excelent Blackmoor forum, shared notes he penciled in to the back cover of his 2nd editon CHAINMAIL(TM) booklet.  I think I'll spend a few posts talking about them, but first I want to take a closer look at the equipment he lists and do some price comparisons.

Here is the raw list:
Costs:
Ground soldier 10  GP
Slave male 10 GP
Bow 25 GP
Slave female 25 GP
Shield & Helm 4 GP
Lantern 10 GP
Sword 1 GP
Silver Crux. 10 GP
Chainmail 24 GP
Holy water
Leather Armor 2 GP
10 gal barrel 25 GP
Full plate armor 40 GP
Magic Chainmail 1300 GP
Pike 45 GP
Magic rope 5GP/foot
Magic plate armor 2000 GP
Rope 50' 1 GP
Magic sword 1200 GP
Magic shield 250 GP
Magic cloak 1500 GP A
Magic boots 150 GP -> make no noise or tracks, if fall land on feet

Magic helm 250 GP

Below I've rearranged this list into related things and assigned a column for the price of the item found in First Fantasy Campaign (FFC), the Dalluhn manuscript/Beyond This Point be Dragons 1973 draft of D&D (BTPbD) and the origninal boxed set of D&D 1974 (OD&D):
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People
Item
Svenson
FFC
BTPbD D&D
OD&D
Ground soldier
10  GP
10 GP (LF)
1 GP
2 GP/LF or 3GP/HF
Slave male
10  GP
15 GP
200- 400 GP

Slave female
25 GP
25 GP
100-600 GP



Arms
Item
Svenson
FFC
BTPbD D&D
OD&D
Bow
25 GP
25GP
25 GP
25 GP
Sword
1 GP
10
10 GP
10 GP
Pike
45 GP
10 (Pikeman costs 45)
5 GP
5 GP
Shield & Helm

4 GP
2 + 2 GP
5 + 5 GP
10 + 10 GP
Full plate armor
40 GP

40 GP
50 GP
50 GP
Chainmail
24 GP
24 GP
25 GP
30 GP
Leather Armor
2 GP

22 GP
15 GP
15 GP


Gear
Item
Svenson
FFC
BTPbD D&D
OD&D





Holy water
(10 gal barrel)
25 GP


10 GP
Silver Crux.
10 GP


25 GP
Rope 50'
1 GP

½ GP
1  GP
Lantern
10 GP

10 GP
10 GP

Magical Accoutrements
Item
Svenson
FFC
BTPbD D&D
OD&D
Magic helm
250 GP



Magic plate armor
2000 GP

1000 GP

Magic Chainmail
1300 GP



Magic sword
1200 GP
1000 GP (2700 for two handed)


Magic shield
250 GP



Magic cloak
1500 GP



Magic boots
150 GP



Magic rope
5GP/foot





Interesting yes?  I don't think I need to do a lot of analysis here, and I expect different people will be drawn to different details.  I find it interesting to note those prices which remain the same and those which change a good bit. I find shield and helmet especially interesting, for example.  Svenson's prices for magic items are also particularly intriguing and potentially useful given the lack of any prices given in OD&D.

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