Sunday, January 01, 2017

LotFP vs BX - equipment

Happy New Year!  Today I continue scouring through the Lamentations of the Flame Princess Rules & Magic hardbound and comparing it to good ol’ Basic/Expert D&D.  Let’s look at equipment.


BASIC EQUIPMENT
Item
Cost (gp)
LotFP  (sp)
Notes
Backpack
5
1

Flask of Oil
2
5cp
The LotFP version is lamp oil and does less damage, but with a small chance of engulfing the foe in flame
Hammer (small)
2
Not listed
I’d tell players to buy a Minor Weapon and call it a small hammer
Holy Symbol
25
25
The 25sp holy symbol is silver.  Cheaper steel and wood version are available.  No mechanical difference (turning, spellcasting, etc.), as far as I can tell.
Holy Water (1 vial)
25
25

Iron Spikes (12)
1
3cp

Lantern
10
3

Mirror (hand, steel)
5
1
Silver and glass mirrors also available for higher prices.
Iron Rations (1 week)
15
7
Sold by the day in LotFP.
Standard Rations (1 week)
5
35cp
Sold by the day in LotFP.
Rope, 50’
1
3

Small Sack
1
2cp
Only one size of sack in LotFP
Large Sack
2
2cp
Only one size of sack in LotFP
Thieves Tools
25
50

Tinder Box
3
1

Torches (6)
1
6cp

Water/Wine Skin
1
1

Wine (1 quart)
1
1
Poor and rich quality wine also available
Wolfsbane (1 bunch)
10
1

Wooden Pole, 10’
1
5cp



With the notable exception of Thieves Tools (call Specialist Tools in LotFP, of course), most Basic rulebook equipment is the same price or cheaper.  Which is good, since decent armor is so damn expensive.


EXPERT EQUIPMENT
Item
Cost (gp)
LotFP cost (sp)
Notes
Crowbar
10
2

Garlic
5
1cp

Grappling Hook
25
5

Stakes (3) and Mallet
3
6cp
Mallet and wooden spikes listed separately
Camel
100
Not listed

Cart (2 wheels)
100
25

Draft horse
40
Not listed

Riding horse
75
100

War horse
250
500

Mule
30
25

Saddle & bridle
25
Not listed
Included in the cost of a horse, I presume.
Saddle bags
5
1

Wagon (4 wheels)
200
75

Boat, river
4,000
1,000

Boat, sailing
2,000
6,000

Canoe
50
25

Large galley
30,000
Not listed
Many ship types listed in LotFP , not sure how they match up to BX.
Small galley
10,000
Not listed
War galley
60,000
Not listed
Lifeboat
1,000
100

Longship
15,000
30,000

Raft
1/sq ft
5

Large sailing ship
20,000
Not listed
Small sailing ship
5,000
Not listed
Troop transport
40,000
Not listed
Light catapult
100
Not listed

Lamentations has a lot more stuff on the price charts than BX D&D.  The list is comparable to the 2nd edition AD&D Players Handbook, with additional animals (carrier pigeons, dogs, livestock, pony), more containers (barrels, chests, pouches), chariots, drink and meal prices for inns, services (postage fees, hiring a coach, shipping freight, buying passage on a ship), a variety of lodging options (including renting a place on a monthly basis), and a bunch more miscellaneous gear (including that staple of Google+ D&D play, lard).

The fact that I can buy a map to the kingdom, copy it into a blank book, and mail the original to someone in another kingdom for about 40 bucks says a helluva lot about the Early Modern nature of default LotFP play.  In a western medieval setting the blank book alone would be pricy as hell.  The presence of tobacco on the miscellaneous list further suggests that colonialism is on the march in the default setting. Though obviously if you want halfling gardeners responsible for the cultivation of pipeweed that’s your prerogative as a referee.

One slight annoyance: my character can buy some paper and a vial of ink, but I can’t find a quill pen listed anywhere.