Adventuring Equipment Loads

By on November 11, 2011
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Making characters is fun, but sometimes the minutia of mundane equipment can be boring, repetitive and take a lot of time to sort out – time that could be spent gaming! This article seeks to reduce the time spent equipping your character by presenting a number of pre-selected equipment loads. Each equipment load comes with total cost and weight listings (for both Small and Medium characters) so you can see at a glance if your character can afford to buy (and carry) the listed weight.

None of the equipment loads includes armour or weapons, because these purchase are too character-specific to list in generic equipment loads. (That said, every character should carry at least one dagger!)

Basic Starting Bundle

  • Worn: traveller’s gear, wooden holy symbol.
  • Backpack (contains bedroll, trail rations [4], waterskin, bag of caltrops, sack)
  • Belt Pouch I: (contains candle, flint & steel, whetstone, scroll case, parchment [2])
  • Belt Pouch II: (tindertwig [2], sunrod, chalk [2])

Cost 17 gp, 6 sp, 5 cp; Weight Medium 26 lbs., Small 9 lbs.

Augmented Starting Bundle

  • Worn: traveller’s gear, wooden holy symbol.
  • Backpack (contains bedroll, trail rations [4], waterskin, bag of caltrops, sack, piton [5], hammer, 50 ft. hemp rope)
  • Belt Pouch I: (contains candle, flint & steel, whetstone, scroll case, parchment [2])
  • Belt Pouch II: (tindertwig [2], sunrod, small steel mirror, chalk [2])

Cost 29 gp, 6 sp, 5 cp; Weight Medium 41 lbs., Small 24 lbs.

Optional Extras

  • Light source
  • Spellbook (15 gp, 3 lbs.)
  • Spell component pouch (5 gp, 2 lbs.)
  • Thieves’ tools (30 gp, 1 lb)

Wilderness Travel

For extended wilderness travels, add these items to your equipment list.

  • Explorer’s outfit
  • Tent
  • Winter blanket
  • Trail rations (7 days)
  • Waterskins (2)
  • Shovel

Cost 28 gp; Weight Medium 54 lbs., Small 19 lbs.

Clerics’ Bundle

Add these items to the basic starting bundle or augmented starting bundle.

  • Cleric’s vestments
  • Silver holy symbol
  • Holy water [2]
  • Healer’s kit
  • Spell component pouch

Cost 135 gp; but assuming you don’t buy a wooden holy symbol for your starting bundle you save 1 gp!; Weight Medium 12 lbs., Small 7 lbs

Thieves’ Bundle

Add these items to the basic or augmented starting bundle. If you’re using the basic starting bundle, add pitons, a hammer and rope to your load).

  • Thieves’ tools
  • Climber’s kit
  • Disguise kit
  • Crowbar
  • Magnifying glass
  • 50 ft. silk rope
  • Smokestick [2]
  • Antitoxin [2]

Cost 412 gp; +70 gp if using masterwork thieves’ tools

Weight Medium 25 lbs., Small 15 lbs; +1 lb. if using masterwork thieves’ tools

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About Creighton Broadhurst

Creighton is a keen gamer who passionately believes in the Open Gaming License and is dedicated to making his games as fun and easy to enjoy as possible for all participants. Reducing or removing entry barriers, simplifying pre-game prep and easing the GM's workload are the key underpinning principles of the products he releases through Raging Swan Press. Over the last 11 years, Creighton has worked with Expeditious Press, Paizo and Wizards of the Coast. He now releases his own products through Raging Swan Press. You can read his thoughts on game design at www.creightonbroadhurst.com. Creighton lives in Torquay, England where, apparently, the palm trees are plastic and the weather is warm. He shares a ramshackle old mansion with his two children ("Genghis" and "Khan") and his patient wife. Famed for his unending love affair with booze and pizza he is an enduring GREYHAWK fan.

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