|How much for the Arch-Lich's hat?|
Yesterday, +John Stater posted "What's It Worth?", an article about using his experience researching real estate markets to provide insight into the experience of a party trying to unload their treasure.
The Gist: Nothing has value beyond someone else's willingness to pay for it, so instead of stating a flat value for a treasure item, Stater came up with a haggling matrix. Compare the type of item to the type of customer to see what you roll for their opening bid and then calculate their maximum bid.
It looks like a great system, and I knew I'd want to implement it. So, I redesigned his haggling matrix to include more information from the article for ease of reference. With Stater's permission, I present it here:
|A preview screenshot.|
It's system-neutral, but using this in Beyond the Wall, I'd probably let characters with with merchant backgrounds have direct access to this chart. Everyone else would have to rely on the general knowledge that the rich tend to have more money. Role-play the haggling when it seems relevant or fun. Otherwise, transactions could be based on a Charisma (+Haggling) check. Each point below the target might represent a five or ten percent increase over the starting bid, up to the maximum price generated.