Tuesday, July 29, 2014

M is for Money Substitutes

A little list for those who prefer some alternatives to either the fantasy-style "gold" (or "silver") piece post apocalyptic monetary unit, the artificial pseudo-science monetary unit (Domars and Corium Pieces, I'm looking at you), or the verisimilitudinous, yet subjective barter system prevalent in games which eschew monetary units. A note on using alternate currencies. The currency should be a commodity that has limited availability and/or intrinsic value, preferably something that can't be used up (as many items on the list below can be). The most common reason for limited availability in a post apocalyptic setting is that the commodity can no longer be constructed. Intrinsic value means that the commodity has a perceived worth.

Roll Alternate Currency
01 Alcohol
02 Antiobiotics
03 Antiseptic Wipes/Towelettes
04 Arcade Tokens
05 Aspirin
06 Ballpoint Pens
07 Bandages
08 Batteries
09 Beads
10 Beans
11 Bicycle Chains
12 Bleach
13 Bobbleheads
14 Bottle Caps
15 Bottled Water
16 Bubblegum
17 Bullet Casings/Ammo
18 Butane Lighters
19 Candles
20 Canned/Preserved Food
21 Chemlights
22 Chocolate
23 Cigarettes
24 Coffee
25 Compact Discs
26 Condoms
27 Credit Cards
28 Dice
29 Dominoes
30 Duct Tape
31 DVDs
32 Electrical Tape
33 Faction Scrip
34 Fish Hooks
35 Food Stamps
36 Fuel
37 Game Tokens/Pieces
38 Gas Mask Filters
39 Gold
40 Handcuffs
41 Hand Sanitizer
42 Hard Candy
43 Hot Wheels
44 How To Books
45 Ice Cream
46 Insect Repellent
47 Iodine Tables
48 Jewelry
49 Keyrings
50 Legos
51 Lightbulbs
52 Locks
53 Magnets
54 Marbles
55 Marshmallows
56 Microchips
57 Military Field Manuals
58 Military Rations
59 Motor Oil
60 Mouse Traps
61 Perfume (Bottles)
62 Pez Dispensers
63 Playing Cards
64 Pliers
65 Poker Chips
66 Pop Tabs
67 Popcorn
68 Postal Stamps
69 Recreational Drugs
70 Refrigerator Magnets
71 Religious Icons
72 Rubber Ducks
73 Rubber Tubing
74 Salt
75 Screwdrivers
76 Seed Packets
77 Sewing Needles
78 Shampoo
79 Shoelaces
80 Silver
81 Soap
82 Spark Plugs
83 Spices
84 Steel Springs
85 Sunglasses
86 Survival Manuals
87 Syringes
88 Tampons & Maxipads
89 Tattoo Needles/Ink
90 Tea
91 Toilet Paper
92 Toothpaste
93 Trading Cards
94 Twinkies
95 Vitamin Supplement Tablets
96 Water Purification Tablets
97 Waterproof Matches
98 Wrenches
99 Wrist Watches
00 Zip Ties