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#1 mosern

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 07:09 PM

I was wondering if someone has tried to figure out what an approximate USD to Thrones exchange rate would be?

I'm leaning on around 20-25 USD/ Throne…

Anyone else have any thoughts?

 



#2 Cymbel

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 07:33 PM

One GM of mine said 10 USD to one throne, based on guns and food and such



#3 Vandegraffe

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:30 PM

Based on the costs for guns and ammo, it's at least $5 USD to one Throne.  Ten dollars to the Throne might be a bit steep, though.

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#4 Jeff Tibbetts

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:18 AM

 I honestly don't even want to think about that… I know I'll start figuring up prices and it will make me sad when I see how messed up some of them are… 



#5 mosern

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:18 AM

 Well, some things may be cheaper 40.000 years into the future than today, with war all over. (Guns & ammo probably)

And something may be more expensive… (Like Shampoo)

 



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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:00 AM

When I have to 'guestimate' prices for new stuff, I mostly use $10 = 1 Throne as the starting point. Prices from the Rulebook are all over the place, though. A standard-quality chrono (i.e. a wristwatch) seems absurdly expensive compard to other standard goods. And food prices are insane- what is it, 4 Thrones for a cup (!) of recaff (coffee)? How could an average Imperial citizen survive if they had to pay these prices? I had to invent a Half-Throne denomination just so my players could buy cheap drinks for people they are trying to get information from. If FFG ever comes out with a 1.5 or 2nd Ed of DH, I hope that they tweak the prices a bit…



#7 Jeff Tibbetts

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:22 AM

Adeptus-B said:

 If FFG ever comes out with a 1.5 or 2nd Ed of DH

Has there been any serious talk about this? It would make a lot of sense. 



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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:27 AM

Jeff Tibbetts said:

Adeptus-B said:

 

 If FFG ever comes out with a 1.5 or 2nd Ed of DH

 

 

Has there been any serious talk about this? It would make a lot of sense. 

A lot of posters have asked for it, but there has been no word from FFG.



#9 Boss Gitsmasha

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:00 PM

 I imagine a 2nd edition of Dark Heresy would play like Black Crusade.


"Oomans are pink an' soft, not tough an' green like da Boyz. Dey'z all da same size too, so dey'z always arguin' about who's in charge, 'cos dere's no way o' tellin' c'ept fer badges an' ooniforms an' fings. When one o' dem wants ta lord it over da uvvers, 'e says 'I'm very speshul so'z you gotta worship me', or 'I know summink wot you lot don't know, so yer better lissen good'. Da funny fing is, 'arf of 'em believe it an' da uvver 'arf don't, so 'e has ta hit 'em all anyway or run fer it. Wot a lot o' mukkin' about if yer asks me. An' while dey'z all arguin' wiv each uvver over who's da boss, da Orks can clobber da lot."


#10 mosern

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:00 AM

At 10$/Throne, a level 8 adept woould have a measly 1800$ a month to spend, if I'm reading the income rules in DH correctly.

And a level 8 noble (whatever that is), woiuld have 9000$ a month - not much at all.

A backpack is 10 thrones (or 100$).

A chrono is 40 thrones (or 400$).

However, both backpacks and chronos can cost a lot more (although the prices are for common quality versions).

 

Maybe the main problem is the low income, however even a plama pistol at 4000 thrones (ie 40.000$) isn't more expensive than a car today at that exchange rate…

At 25$/Throne the lvl 8 adept would be at 4500 $/month - a more resonable value.

Backpack at 250$ (plausible, but a bit expensive)

Chrono at 1000$ (plausible, for a nice one).

Plasma pistol a 100.000$.

Still nobles should earn more in my opinion.



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Posted 03 August 2012 - 10:01 AM

At 10$/Throne, a level 8 adept woould have a measly 1800$ a month to spend, if I'm reading the income rules in DH correctly.

This is over $10 an hour for a 40 hour work week. Not an uncommon wage.

And a level 8 noble (whatever that is), woiuld have 9000$ a month - not much at all.

$9,000 a month is $108,000 a year. Obviously, a hundred thousand a year is barely a survivable wage. 

A backpack is 10 thrones (or 100$).

$100 is what you will pay for a rugged backpack that will last for years.

A chrono is 40 thrones (or 400$).

$400 is about what a nice watch costs. Better quality ones cost much more.

 

 



#12 mosern

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 03:35 AM

But would a "noble" equivalent today be happy with 108.000$/year? Assuming we live in the civilized part of the world now - you are ok off with such an income.

But you are not filthy rich by any strech of the imagination. In my opinion you probably need to earn more than 10.000.000$ / year in order to be "filthy rich". (Which I think nobles should be).



#13 Elijah Vladimirovich

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 04:54 AM

mosern said:

At 10$/Throne, a level 8 adept woould have a measly 1800$ a month to spend, if I'm reading the income rules in DH correctly.

mosern said:

But would a "noble" equivalent today be happy with 108.000$/year?

 

Both of you are not reading the income rules correctly. The income presented on page 124 is not the typical income of one working in that career.

"All Acolytes gain a monthly income while in the employ of an Inquisitor. This represents money they generate in their spare time doing other (sometimes shady) jobs, investments or trusts they might have or even a stipend from their illustrious employer. In game terms, however, a character always receives their income without having to specifically do anything."

Basically, that isn't what they get paid when they are actually doing their salaried jobs. It is what they get paid when they aren't really doing anything in particular. An acolyte is, officially, unemployed. The Inquisition covers their basic needs but apart from that gives them little, if anything, in wages.

The Adept, under normal conditions, would have a real job in an office of some sort. A Noble also, though their jobs are much more high-paid due to their station. The Noble's 500+50*(R-1) Throne Gelt represents what a Noble might earn when not actually doing anything at all - which makes the number seem considerably more impressive.



#14 Cymbel

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:24 PM

Exactly, but as the Inquisition provides Room & Board and sometimes some basic gear, it becomes more "spending money"



#15 mosern

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 07:21 PM

Cymbel said:

Exactly, but as the Inquisition provides Room & Board and sometimes some basic gear, it becomes more "spending money"

Fair enough, then we can look away from the income rules in order to find an exchange rate - as we then can assume that full-time employees does earn a lot more than what the Inquisition pays out as pocket-money.

But at 10$/Throne a super-rare plasma pistol is only 40.000$. About the same as a car. And everyone has a car, some have more than one. It is an expensive item, but it isn't as expensive as prohibiting normal people from owning one (or more). And rich people could have as many as they wanted.



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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:56 PM

 I always assumed that the imperium being a feudalish kind of society meant that many people would be getting some sort of bed and board as part of their masters obligations.Meaning that the common citizen/serf/peasant wouldn't be getting their hands on many if any thrones.Hence the expense of accommodation and extra food.Just my tuppence on the subject :)



#17 Cymbel

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 12:03 AM

That would seem to fit, most folks in this universe are on that level of earning power.

On the cost of the Plasma Gun, what is wrong with 40k? (Hurr) It is absurdly expensive still, especially when THE finest SP pistols only run to a couple hundred thrones (a couple thousand USD). The real problem for folks getting them is the RARITY, even if you have the cash you can't necessarily buy it, see the Nomad for example, in the entire sector, about 10 are made each year. There may be some used ones floating around on the market here and there, but a new one is extremely hard to get. But anyways, of course the exchange rate isn't perfect around the super fancy rare and stuff that doesnt exist in either setting. But does the common gear match up?



#18 Elijah Vladimirovich

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 04:20 AM

 

But at 10$/Throne a super-rare plasma pistol is only 40.000$. About the same as a car. And everyone has a car, some have more than one. It is an expensive item, but it isn't as expensive as prohibiting normal people from owning one (or more). And rich people could have as many as they wanted.

 

There are about a hundred million motor vehicles on Earth — among seven billion people. That is less than 2% of the world's population owning a car - and if you take into account that the commercial vehicles, buses, and rental cars which aren't owned by any particular individual as well as the fact that some people own more than one, you get less than 1%. That's right, if you can afford to drive you must hand in your Occupy badges because you are no longer part of the 99%.

Furthermore, $40000 is vastly more than what the typical driver pays for his car. That's the price of a 2012 Lincoln MKS, 2012 Audi A6, or 2012 BMW 3, and I assure you that most people are not driving freshly-minted BMWs, Audis, or Lincolns. The average price of a new car in the States is $30,303 (by cars sold, not cars listed), and that's unusually high — five thousand higher than in Canada, for example, and certainly higher than in the rest of the world save for some places in Europe. Furthermore, many drivers do not buy a new car at all, purchasing a used one instead. Basically, if you can afford a $40000 car you aren't just the one percent, you are an unusually wealthy one. The one percent of the one percent, if you will.

Comparing the purchase of a car to the purchase of a gun is rather incongruous. A car is typically the second-most expensive item a person owns, after their house. $40000 guns do exist, however, those guns are that price not because of their utility as a firearm but because of their value as a collectible — they're conversation pieces, historic artefacts, or works of art. When it comes to buying guns to actually use, the most expensive ones hover around ten thousand, and that's not a pistol but a brand-new brand-name 50-cal sniper rifle, and even then one of the more expensive ones. To most people, buying such a weapon would be unthinkable — they buy ones that cost a few hundred instead, if they own a gun at all. A weapon four times as expensive as some of the most expensive personal firearms in the real world is a staggering, and it is no surprise the plasma gun is so unusual among ordinary servants of the Emperor.

Additionally, there's also the fact that the plasma pistol you are referring to is the worst of its class — a generic knockoff from no Forge World of note. We do not know how much a Ryza or Mezoa plasma weapon costs in Thrones as they're listed only in Rogue Trader and Ascention, but that alone suggests they are as arbitrarily expensive as you might imagine plasma pistols should be.

In conclusion, your premise is flawed. Ordinary people are not as rich as you think they are, ordinary 40k citizens are even poorer than that, and the price of a plasma pistol in Dark Heresy suggests that $10 to 1? is actually too high rather than the reverse.



#19 Elijah Vladimirovich

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 04:30 AM

I have no idea why the quote format did not work.



#20 mosern

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:39 AM

The average wealth of an emperial citizen is indeed interesting.

How poor / rich are different worlds, and how is the wealth distributed - and does it compare to any nations on earth today?

I assume that the wealth is very unevenly distributed in 40K, and that most people don't have much to spend. Hence there income is low - but also that their cost of living is likevise. (In large parts of todays world people survive on 2$/day, but that is because things in these countries doesn't cost much either).

If we have 10$/Throne, a 2$/day would give 6 thrones a month for really poor people (which would be a lot of people). The inquistion gives "pocket money" of 20 thrones a month to "lvl1 scum", indicating that either… 

a) The Inquistion pays good money 
b) The 10$/Throne is a bit low 
c) The average slummer in 40K, is a bit better of than in todays world (living for 6.67$/day).

However, the 1% community should earn at least 100.000 thrones/month and easily far beyond that. Still there will be billions of those rich people in the imperium.

 






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