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Re: (TFT) New file on Economics of Wishes in TFT.

Well-reasoned and very cool. Have you run some numbers to see what the new cost/effect/odds are for wizards of different IQ levels using this system?

I too had very few if any wizards with IQ 35+ in my TFT campaign worlds (even as the pinnacle wizards). Also very few wishes existing or being used. Like most high-level magic items, potions, spells, etc., wishes were very rarely just on sale.

Clearly though you're right that there does need to be a persistent danger, or else there's a point (as you identified at IQ 35) where a wizard could crank wishes out with practically no risk. I'm sure they wouldn't then go selling them for $200 though. Probably they'd use their IQ 35 to think of something much more useful to do (for their own ends) with a pile or wishes... which would seem to be a possible power dynamic for the campaign to be concerned with, if it's true.

I realized pretty early on when players started heading for town wizards' guilds trying to buy stuff, that it didn't make sense for much strong magic to be available for general sale. After all, it takes a very rare and very powerful wizard, and often a team of apprentices, components, time, risk, etc., to make such things, and powerful wizards are smart and have their own interests and things they'd like to do, other than sell a wish (or even a simple magic item) to some random person. And, any items a wizard or the guild might actually want to sell, they'd probably tend to sell to influential people in their community, such as another wizard, or a duke. They also probably have a waiting list of people who want to buy magic. As for the "market" price, as Advanced Wizard says, magic (especially powerful magic) would be a seller's market, with the book prices being more of a minimum, tending up towards whatever someone has and is willing to pay.


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