View Full Version : Gold in Star Wars (and other valuables)

12 March 2002, 09:43 AM
[More questions, I know, I'm full of them!]

Is gold worth relatively the same in the Star Wars Universe as it is in Real Life? I need to figure out how many credits a chest full of gold ingots is worth for my campaign.

(let's just say it might not all arrive at it's destination!)

What about other precious metals? Gems?

Or... to rephrase... how do you give treasure?!?

Consul Vido
12 March 2002, 09:51 AM
I haven't given rewards in the form of gems or precious metals. I usually used credits. Or in one adventure, I had the party find a small, ugly statue made of stone that they all thought was a piece of junk until I had an NPC with many ranks in Knowledge (Alien species) recognize it as a stolen heirloom of an alien monarchy. I like to give quirks to my monetary rewards.:)
I'm not at all sure how gold would be valued in the StarWars universe, because its value would depend on the rarity of the stuff.

Chris Curtis
12 March 2002, 12:32 PM
Gold is still worth quite a bit in the SWU, at least according to various EU sources.

I don't have it with my right now, but I know the WEG sourcebook Pirates and Privateers has a useful chart that lists a number of minerals/substances and their worth for X mass (for instance 1000 credits/kg).

I'll try and remember to look it up when I get home this evening.

12 March 2002, 01:08 PM
Yes, Gold would be a rare metal, too, in the Star Wars Galaxy. As the phsics are the same than those of our own Galaxy, this implies that also the nature of the matter is similar to ours. This means that there are the same rare metals than in our own Galaxy. They are the metals which only are present to a very low degree in the nature of planets, and all materials. Examples are Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium, Iridium, Rhodium, Osmium and Ruthenium. :)

Chris Curtis
12 March 2002, 02:49 PM
Here are two tables that are found in WEG's Pirates and Privateers supplement (pages 37 and 38, respectively).

Strategic Metals and Minerals

<p align="center"><img src="http://www.hochadmiral.de/pics/minerals1.jpg" height="370" width="330" alt="Values for SW metals and minerals"></p>


<p align="center"><img src="http://www.hochadmiral.de/pics/minerals2.jpg" height="368" width="431" alt="Values for SW gemstones"><br />
(CSC = Coruscant Standard Carat ~ 0.2 grams)</p>

Note: Scans done and hosted by Deck.

The Admiral
12 March 2002, 04:51 PM
One thing that P&P manages to verlook is mentioned in GG9; stabilsed ytterbium. AKA 'The Yellow Stuff'. High value yellowish metal.

I suspect this was an attempt to create the Star Wars equivilant of 'gold pressed latinum'. It's been pretty much overlooked since then, AFAIK.

13 March 2002, 11:34 AM
My favorite currency in SW is SPICE it vaulable and usable and vaulable every where you cant say that for gold! B)

The Admiral
13 March 2002, 11:52 AM
Glitterstim ain't all that valuable on Kessel, an' Rhyl ain't all that valuable on Ryloth,,,

"OK, Duule, what's it gonna take to release our ship? Say, i got a key of Glitterstim stashed,,,"
"Oh, well done. I can add it to the fourteen thousand tons stored in my warehouses, yesssss?"

You pays y'money y'takes y'chances,,,

Chris Curtis
13 March 2002, 03:46 PM
Since Deck's server is having some issues right now, here are the two images again:

<p align="center"><img src="http://www.lethargynet.com/misc/minerals1.jpg" width="330" height="370" alt="Metals and Minerals"></p>

<p align="center"><img src="http://www.lethargynet.com/misc/minerals2.jpg" width="431" height="368" alt="Gemstones"></p>