Availability & Rarity Guide

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Availability & Rarity Guide

Postby Augur » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:52 am

Availability & Rarity Guide

Not everything is in abundant supply. It's a timeless and iron-clad law of economics that all resources are effectively and relatively scarce. Effective scarcity changes from place to place as geography and other circumstances dictate, so not everything is distributed in equal scarcity across the Megaverse. As such, in some places and times, some things are more scarce, and thus more difficult to find (or even completely unavailable) than at other places or times. This is true of everything from cast iron kitchenware to high-tech gadgets, or weapons of ancient and mystical power.

  • EP cannot be used in any way to find exotic items.
  • A/GMs must contact the DM (or alternate of his choosing) of their setting regarding any items not of Common or Uncommon rarity to be rewarded as "loot."
  • Items unique to a certain geographical region are never to be considered anything less than Very Rare in any other location.
  • If a GM deems an item to not be available in a given place/time, no number of skill checks can yield a successful result.
  • If an item's rarity requires more than one skill check, a different skill must be used for every additional required check.
    • A character with more than the required minimum number of skills can roll all of their applicable skills, and apply the successes from all of them (max: 8).
  • This process is applicable to each item sought.
  • A given location can only be checked once per quad by a given character.
  • Influential Friends
    • Favorable Contact: the character can apply +5% to any one roll of his choosing each quad
    • Influential Contact: the character can apply +10% to any one roll of his choosing each quad
    • Powerful Contact: the character can reroll any one failed roll of his choosing at +10% each quad
  • Failure to meet the required number of successful skill checks means failure.

Price mark-up is frequently inverse the given availability.

Example:
    • Kat wants to find a particularly rare gem for her latest TW creation.
    • Kat's strongest skill is barter, but she can only use it once, so she has to rely on her other skills as well.
    • Kat knows of a jeweler, so she visits that shop. The gem she desires is very rare (requires 3 successful skill roll checks).
    • Kat first uses her Barter skill to grease the wheels of commerce with the jeweler. (Skill check)
    • She uses her knowledge of anthropology to understand the potential subtleties of the situation and the jeweler's motive. (Skill check)
    • She appraises goods around the jeweler's shop to zone in one her potential target. (Skill check)
    • If Kat fails to get 3 successful checks, she's out of luck, and will have to check his stock later (the next quad).

Applicable Skills
Appraise Goods
Anthropology/Archaeology*
Barter
Find Contraband
Invoke Trust/Charm & Impress*
Lore: Magic
Research
Roadwise/Streetwise*

*treated as the same skill for check purposes


Rarity Color Guide
Common
No skill checks required
No Modifiers
Uncommon
1 successful skill check required
No Modifiers
Rare
2 successful skill checks required
Suggested Modifier: -10%
Very rare
3 successful skill checks required
Suggested Modifier: -20%
Ultra-Rare
4 successful skill checks required
Suggested Modifier: -35%
Unique / Legendary
5 successful skill checks required
Suggested Modifier: -50%


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