Hoard Project

Hoard Project – Update

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Well, the posts and tables are piling up, but the internet connection at home has kept me off the net for two weeks! The project continues to become an epic pile of tables that are fantastic, at least in my own opinion.

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Hoard Project – Hiatus

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I tried valiantly to accomplish three major free time tasks this month. One has been completed (Business related) the other has a hard deadline of Friday (Finish this years Halloween Expansion for the Mud that I work on, yes I still mud! GateWay Mud)

I will continue the remainder of the Hoard Project going into November! With a return to TST’s. And more regular table postings for all my fans. So see you all back here in November!

Widgets are machine components, tables are hoard components!

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It’s important to note that there are many types of loot that can go into a Hoard. And it can really define the purpose and therefore the plot potential of the loot. Last week we looked at the different types of hoards. We learned that; A noble is going to have a different hoard then a goblin who is going too have a different hoard then a dragon who will also have a different hoard then the treasury of the local bishop. The components are going to be very different. But what if you find that the Goblin Hoard is made up of the same components as what you’d expect from the local bishop? Now you have a plot point. What if the bishop has a hoard of weapons? Well that’s a new plot point. This is what we really like about random treasure generation, it makes the world come a live. It simulates life, as long as there are rules that are followed.

1d20 Treasure Component Description
1 Alcohol Dwarven Ale, Elvish wine, they are all expensive and collectible
2 Armor Collections of armor types, Shields, Helmets, bracers
3 Art Objects If it’s Art, it’s Treasure!
4 Clothing Princely Robes, to Exotic Suits, to the Hats of the Bards Guild
5 Coin Numismatics!
6 Craft tools Hammers, Anvils, Apothecary Labs, they are treasure too!
7 Furniture Thrones, expensive Chests, Pillows stuffed with Pixie wings
8 Household Wares I’ve never understood spoon collections, but Crystal Ware and China
9 Jewelry Durh
10 Library If money is power, and knowledge is power, A = B and C = B then A = C
11 Magical Miscellany Magical Ingredients can be treasure
12 Potions Consumable Treasure! Finally!
13 Professional Tools A Carter, or Fisherman might be buried with their mode of transportation
14 Raw Materials 100 tons of ore is loot, heavy and cumbersome, but it’s still loot
15 Religious Artifacts Reliquaries, incense, Altar clothing
16 Weapon The Biggest collection of AWL Pikes?!? That’s the best ever!
17 Zoological Statues, bones, egg shards, animals are important.
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It annoys me that I was only able to get 17 ideas for components. It’s not even a die! But there it’s 17 components to make your treasure hoard interesting. In upcoming episodes we will flesh these components out and continue to grow our understanding of what our hoard is going to be.

What is this Hoard that we have here?

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Today our epic journey towards the Hoard Project we start from the very beginning. Defining our Hoards. This is a rough sketch of what each type of Hoard will be categorized as, along with a couple of d6 suggestions on the themes. There are some unbalanced, and not very well thought out assignments on the quantity of components in each theme. Look for those to change as we advance along the path to building a truly epic hoard for your players to stumble upon.

1d6 Type of Hoard
Founders Hoard, Merchant Hoard, Personal Hoard, Hoard of Loot, and Votive Hoards. This is a great way for us to develop some rules to our hoard, and help us build the list of component treasures that make up the hoard. Each horde then can be broken down into more specific categories that allow us to customize and develop each hoard to be unique.
1 Founders Hoard
2 Merchant Hoard
3 Personal Hoard
4 Hoard of Loot
5 Votive Hoard
6 Roll Twice more
A Founder’s hoard contain broken or unfit metal objects, ingots, casting waste, and often complete objects, in a finished state. These are usually craft, or craftsman related hoards, and will work best when associated with some sort of craft. These Hoards are going to contain 2d3 ‘tool’ components in the hoard. They will also contain 1d4 portions of ‘raw’ components in the hoard. 1d6 Founder’s Hoard
1 Blacksmith
2 Jeweler
3 Painter
4 Sculpter
5 Lorimer
6 Tailor
1d6 Merchant’s Hoard
A Merchant’s hoard is a collection of finished objects that are in condition and organized as if they are to be subjected to a sale. They are also hoards that are most likely to be found in, well stores, trading stations, and other places that trade is likely to occur. They will contain 1d4+4 components of finished products, and can contain 1d4 trade goods. They may also contain 1d4 library components.
1 Spice Merchant
2 Surgeon
3 Wineseller
4 Mapmaker
5 Herbalist
6 Glass Seller
A Personal hoard is going to be a collection of personal objects that any given person might collect over their lifetime. It will generally include items that have significant personal value, but could also contain objects of high market value also. It will contain 2d3 high value personal object components. 1d4 Household components, and 1d3 Art Object Components 1d6 Personal Hoard
1 Noble
2 Wizard
3 Mercenary
4 Hermit
5 Philosopher
6 Ship Captain
1d6 Hoard of Loot
The best of the best. This hoard is the one that people dream of finding, usually gathered through the use of force, it is a pile of treasure that is difficult to imagine and generates a lot of buzz. See ‘National Treasure’. Rampaging Vikings collect loot, Pirates Plunder, and war parties capture. You’ll find 3d4 coin components, 2d4 Art Objects Components, 1d4 personal object components, and 1d4 weapon components.
1 Barbarians
2 Raiding Party
3 Abandoned Fort
4 Buried Treasure
5 Monster Lair
6 Lords Manor
A Votive hoard is a hoard gathered by purposeful disposition of items, either at once or over time. They often have religious overtones. The quality of items in this type of hoard are above-average. 2d4 Personal objects, 1d4 Religious Objects 1d6 Votive Hoard
1 Burial Chamber
2 Temple
3 Storied
Locations
4 Offering Sites
5 School
6 Seer

TST: Numismatics

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A TableSmith Tuesday post!  Huzzah!  I have returned.  That thing called work, interrupted me yet again, but I am an amateur blogger so it comes and goes.  Originally the idea had been to be finished with Graveyard.tab in time for Halloween, but that fell through.  Right now I am determined to work finish this new ‘Hoard Project’ for the Month of October.  As part of the October RPG Blog Carnival.  Here is the first TableSmith Tuesday post on the project.  You can get the Table here.

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Numismatics for plot advantages

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Beginning back here I began a challenge to craft a set of tables that can be used as the basis of the Hoard Project, where random tables build the basis for making loot part of the plot. Where better to begin that journey then with the most common type of loot? Coinage! And who better to turn to find out about coinage, then the Numismatic community! Each collection of coins has a story. Mainly, WHY? Why was it collected? That’s for you the DM to decide, my job is to give you a basis to begin building that story.

1d6 Size Amount of Coins
1 Tiny 1d10
2 Small 1d10x20
3 Medium 1d10x50
4 Big 4d10x100
5 Large Pile 10d10x100
6 Huge Pile 10d10x1000
1d6 Condition 1d6 Age
Read More 1 Ancient
1 Circulated – Heavily 2 Antiquated
2 Circulated – Lightly 3 Old
3 About Uncirculated 4 Outdated
4 Mint State – Slightly Blemished 5 Modern
5 Mint State – Perfect 6 Freshly-Minted
6 Proof – Perfect
1d10 Organization 1d4 Collection Type
1 Piles Read More
2 Scattered 1 Year Collection
3 Bagged up in pouches 2 Mark Collection
4 Stored in Chests 3 Type Collection
5 Stacks 4 Composition
6 Bundled
7 Heaped
8 Pyramid
9 Mound
10 Stored in Barrels
1d4 Mark


1 Rulers Face
2 Animal
3 Memorial
4 Religious

Where do you go from here to make the coins more interesting? Well, I always keep a table of the Nations, and Countries of my world handy. So now I know where it’s from. Then deciding what type of coin it is will help. There are many other things that can make coins interesting: Size, Shape, Color, Miscellaneous Features: Dates, Location, Quotes, Shapes in the Coin.

October RPG Blog Carnival Challenge

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Two thoughts intersected this afternoon in my head. My first thought and the foreword to my first Random Table post in a while was this:

After reading so many posts on the Loot edition of the carnival, and the many naysayers, I set myself out this month to publish 2 tables a week about loot. I am setting out to show that the basic humdrum tables normally found around, of course are not going to be very helpful, and are going to give you well, random loot. But by building tables with a purpose, and rules, you can build an emergent story from the random table.

The second thought was earlier this morning when I read about the NaGaDeMon. Which intersected nicely with a project that I was going to begin working on this month.  So I am challenging myself to create a set of tables, and a system to help create a Hoard.

So, here’s what I am going to do for October, I am going to publish posts under a subject I will call The Hoard. The goal of this will be to pull together the many aspects of a treasure hoard, give it rules, and guidelines, and create a cohesive story (and Stat Block) about the treasure hoard. I will use the TST column with this project to be able to produce a table that you can use at anytime to generate your own Hoard.

The Hoard Project:

  1.  Origins
    1. Creation
    2. Accumulation
    3. Provenance
  2.  Loot
    1. Coin Piles
    2. Decoratives
    3. Trade Goods
    4. Mundanes
    5. Miscellaneous
  3. Consequences
    1. Economic
    2. Social
    3. Physical

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that while doing some research on this project that I came across ALMOST EXACTLY what I wanted to do.  That Document comes from Hack Slash.  Proving that Random Tables can be used to create an interesting cohesive treasure.