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Re: Hedge Wizards (was Re: (TFT) New way to improve characters.

In a message dated 9/18/2003 9:09:09 AM Central Daylight Time, 
srydzews@ix.netcom.com writes:

> Well consider that no matter how handy not just anyone can afford a $500 
> Light item unless your economy is 'modern'  enough to support buying things on 
> an installment plan.  Sure, maybe the average guy is paying more over time 
> for the lamp oil (nice to know about the liter per day thing BTW) but that 
> doesn't matter.  If he can't save up the 500 to buy the light item, he's stuck 
> buying the alternative.

If coin money exists at all, the economy is 'modern' enough to support buying 
things on credit. If Joe Peasant can afford to make the payments of a $500 
item (a new plow horse, say) then something can be worked out. Besides, $500 is 
just 6 months income at the $20/wk subsistance wage, or maybe 3 months net 
income for the farmer who hires the $20/wk farmhands. 

For a merchant or scholar - someone who burns a lot of lamp oil and could put 
a Light item to good use - the question is even easier: $500 is only a month 
or two income, they're more connected to moneylenders (and in the case of the 
merchant may actually *be* the moneylender), and so if magical lights are more 
cost effective for them, that's what they'll have. 

So I think that anyone who could really use a $500 item could manage to buy 
one, even if they are dirt poor. Heck slaves managed to buy themselves, often 
enough that laws were sometimes passed against it. 

Erol K. Bayburt
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