The spam thread about countefeit money got deleted, and with it the idea it gave me:
Fliers about buying counterfeit money with real money. (In gang members maybe)
A printing facility (found very rarely in house basements) maybe destroyed in a gang war, the player finding it half-destroyed, with Zeds and gang corpes.
Items inside the facility: Guns, paint, paper, machinery, terminals, money bundles.
As i haven’t played with npc’s i don’t know if money bundles are usefull for trading, but if they are, “some” npc’s should be able to tell the difference, and some others not.
No, jcd’s right-on-spot. If legal stuff, and even pulp content like metamphs can have a spin and a variety - why shouldn’t there be a sweatshop for those kind of folks?
I’m very curious about post-apocy currency; it’s supposed to be both high-tech and obvious.
P: "How much’s that jug of moonshine there, bonebag?"
N: “Spit out two Shockers and we’re fine, meatchunk!”
…and P skids two patches of acid over him and zaps him.
Bottle caps are already taken. I think one of the survivor notes nailed it -> 9 mm. I’d go for either ammo (too many types of it to establish exchange ratios) or batteries (works well and can also be ‘counterfeit’ with some acid and lead plates).
As for the basements: They’re basements - the ‘hot stuff’ should be buried among various clutter or put into a distant corner that has been cleaned up ever so slightly.
…haiku time: Abandoned basement / Brewing up some autumn drugs / No fear of police
Outside of a specific faction backing one, there will not be a universal currency, there will just be barter with various items having more or less value to different individuals. The only thing “old-world” money will be good for is either starting fires or buying things from robots.
For example if you’re trading with a hermit that’s hiding in a cabin in the middle of the woods, they have no interest in pre-apocalyptic or faction currency, they have no intention of going to a town where they can get things from a robot, and they’re too far from a faction to use their fiat currency, all they’ll be interested in are things they can use to survive in the immediate future.
If on the other hand you’re trading with a faction merchant, they might accept their faction scrip as currency, but nothing else, depending on diplomatic state with other factions they might even accept scrip from other factions. If you don’t have that though you can still sell them things the faction needs or barter.
A roving trader might accept lots of different faction currencies, because carry weight/volume is at a large premium, and incidentally their valuation of other items would be heavily biased by weight/volume too.
In other words, it’s situational, there should be no universals.