General Adventuring Gear
Normally, purchasing characters’ starting equipment and supplies during a game turns into a massive guessing game where everyone tries to stock up on everything that might possibly be needed at some point during an adventure. Rope, pitons, flint and steel, pots, pans, sledgehammers, firewood, tents, blankets – you get the idea. All of that stuff that you may need in some rare occasion but that normally just takes up room on your character sheet. We’ll be handling things differently.
There’s a few basic things that you do need to worry about:
- Worn equipment (clothing, armor, weapons)
- Anything prohibitively heavy or bulky. If it can’t reasonably fit in a backpack or if the item weighs more than your light load limit, it falls into this category.
Beyond that, instead of buying equipment / gear, you’ll be buying ‘gear points’. One point costs 1 silver and weighs .1 pounds. You can buy as many of these as you want, and they’re represented in game by a pack or bag full of gear.
If you find that you need a piece of general gear at some point in your travels, you can reach into that pack of gear and pull out exactly what you need, at the expense of 1 gear point per 1 sp the item costs. Need a candle? Reach in and pull one out, that’ll be .1 point. Crowbar? 20 points, and it’s yours.
For a full list of items that you can use this for, see the ‘Adventuring Gear’ table in the PHB, or, here
Once you’ve pulled out an item, you’ve got that item, and should add it to your character sheet (along with any applicable weight it might add).
More gear points can be purchased anywhere general goods are sold. The purpose of the system is to save effort thinking about what to bring to prepare for every possible scenario and to instead focus more on role playing the situation. An awesome plan shouldn’t be stymied because someone forgot to pack a hammer or a set of pitons.
This system is optional, so if you’d rather micromanage your inventory of general stuff, you’re welcome to do so. This is purely meant to make things easier for folks who would rather have options than an itemized inventory.