Saturday, April 7, 2012

Nonstandard treasure items for Holmes basic

Much like Zenopus Archives, I enjoy analyzing the rules from the Holmes basic D&D set.  Since when I got that boxed set for my 13th birthday, it was my only roleplaying resource for several months, I like to create monsters or rules based only on what came in my blue box.  In that regard, I paged through the copy of the rulebook's sample dungeon as well as the full-blown adventure that was included in my Holmes set, Module B2: The Keep on the Borderlands, to see what additional treasure items one could harvest for a game using only the Holmes rules.

I compiled this list, separated by loose category, of all items for which the authors gave a monetary value other than generic gems and jewelry.  I also didn't include weapons, armor, or anything else that was already on the standard equipment list, just items that would give my teenage self some more descriptive examples of treasures for the dungeons I was obsessively creating back then.  All values are in gold pieces:

belt, jeweled w/rubies            1000
belt, gold & silver                 90
belt, silver w/gold buckle         160
cape, fur-trimmed                   75
cloak, sable                       450
robe, fox                         1200
brandy, keg                         80
wine, good quality, small barrel    55

Decorative Items
altar service set, gold           6000
bowl, ancient bronze              2000
bowl, copper chased w/silver        50
bowl, malachite                    750
cup, gold                          100
cup, silver                         20
cup, silver                         90
decanter, crystal                   10
dish set, copper                   175
dish set, pewter                    25
ewer, ancient bronze              2000
flagon, gold                       500
goblet, ancient bronze            1000
goblet, jewel-encrusted           1300
ivory tusk, carved                  50
mirror, silver                     300
statue, alabaster & gold          3000
tapestry w/silver & gold threads   900

Functional  Items

book, vellum (blank)                20
box, iron (w/secret lock)           50
case, rare wood & silk             600
case, silver, small               1200
dagger, silver                      50
dagger, w/jeweled scabbard         600
holy symbol, gold                  150
ingot, gold                         90
inkpot, jeweled                    100
silk, piece                         15
thief's tools                       35

armband, silver                     50
bracelet, ivory                    100
chain of office, silver w/gems    1800
chain, copper waist                 40
chain, great golden w/gem         1200
chain, silver neck                  30
chain, silver w/5 small gems       400
clasp, jeweled                     300
coronet and rings                  300
pendant, jeweled                  1000
ring, gold w/black gem            1400
ring, jade                         400
ring, set w/gem                   1200
Unfortunately, I couldn't locate my copy of In Search of the Unknown, so collating nonstandard treasure items from that module is left as an exercise for the reader :)


Zenopus Archives said...

Awesome! I'd thought of doing this at some point, thanks for the work.

I think B2 is the only place we find the only reference to thieves' tools (and their cost) in Holmes.

Desert Scribe said...

Glad I could be of assistance, ZA! Let me say again how much I enjoy your exploration of the Holmes rules.

Sean Robson said...

And I appreciate the posts that both of you make about Holmes Basic. Like many of us this was the game that started me down the path, and I really enjoy the modest revival given it by its devotees.

Gonsalvo said...

My start with D&D was back at age 17 with the original 1st edition of rules by Gygax and Arneson, which I still have in the basement somewhere. Contrary to the site's statement that these rules were not released until 1974, I guarantee that this is incorrect, as I had started college by the fall of 1973, and we had already been playing for some time at that point. The original rules were really unusable without a copy of Gygax's Chainmail rules for medieval warfare,and a lot of interpretation; we wound up writing our own combat system to address these deficiencies!

ckutalik said...

Consider this adopted for the Hill Cantons, very cool. I can lend you my monochrome B1 if you want.