History Main / PracticalCurrency

9th Jan '17 5:09:37 AM Kalaong
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* In ''Webcomic/EscapeFromTerra'', the primary medium of exchange on Ceres is grams of gold, but water certificates, cokens (issued by the local Coca-cola bottling plant), and Grubstake Units are also mentioned. [[http://www.bigheadpress.com/eft?page=25]]

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* In ''Webcomic/EscapeFromTerra'', the primary medium of exchange on Ceres is grams of gold, but water certificates, cokens (issued paper backed by the local Coca-cola bottling plant), water, Coca-Cola, and Grubstake Units are shares in asteroid mines is also mentioned. [[http://www.bigheadpress.com/eft?page=25]]
22nd Nov '16 6:19:14 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/GordonRDickson's ''ChildeCycle'', the interstellar currency is largely based on skilled professionals. If a planet needs someone or something, they hire out a specialist in exchange. The economy of the Fourteen Worlds is based on the trade of contracts, which not only affects political decisions, but also drives the plot of several stories.

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* In Creator/GordonRDickson's ''ChildeCycle'', ''Literature/ChildeCycle'', the interstellar currency is largely based on skilled professionals. If a planet needs someone or something, they hire out a specialist in exchange. The economy of the Fourteen Worlds is based on the trade of contracts, which not only affects political decisions, but also drives the plot of several stories.
20th Nov '16 1:03:39 AM WanderingBrowser
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** In ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' the primary currency is steel coins. After the [[WorldSundering Cataclysm]], metals with no practical value like gold fell out of favor.

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** In ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' Invoked in ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'', where the primary currency is steel coins. After the [[WorldSundering Cataclysm]], metals with no practical value like gold fell out of favor. Subverted, however, in that fans have pointed out that [[FridgeLogic there are many reasons why steel coins don't make a lot of sense]], not least of which is the fact that it rarely costs as many steel coins to ''buy'' a sword as would need to be melted down in order to ''make'' one.
19th Nov '16 1:32:43 PM intastiel
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** 2nd Edition ''Maztica Campaign'' boxed set. The Mazticans use cocoa beans and ears of mayz (corn) as money.
** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Giff]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' use smokepowder as currency and prefer to be paid in it.
** In ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' the primary currency is steel coins. After the [[WorldSundering Cataclysm]] metals with no practical value like gold fell out of favor.
** In the Red Steel region of the ''{{Mystara}}'' setting, cinnabryl is a metal which nullifies the "Red Curse" effects of a toxic contaminant in the soil. When depleted by prolonged contact with the afflicted, it becomes the titular red steel, which has no curative powers but is of higher quality than ordinary steel. Cinnabryl is used in high-value coins as well as jewelry, while red steel coins are lower-end currency. Because cinnabryl coins are constantly being depleted by whomever can afford them, only constant cinnabryl-mining keeps the economy from collapsing.
*** Also in {{Mystara}}, high-end coinage in the magocracy of Glantri is permeated with magic, which wealthy wizards can utilize to aid in certain arcane laboratory procedures.
** 4th Edition introduces ''residuum'', a metallic dust infused with magic. It's a common ''de facto'' currency in higher-level play since it's ten thousand times more valuable than gold by weight and can power every variety of ritual magic, including [[ThisIndexHasMagicProperties permanent magic items]], in place of the normal [[EyeOfNewt spell components]].

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** 2nd 2[[superscript:nd]] Edition ''Maztica Campaign'' boxed set. The Mazticans use cocoa beans and ears of mayz (corn) as money.
** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Giff]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' use smokepowder (gunpowder) as currency and prefer to be paid in it.
** In ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' the primary currency is steel coins. After the [[WorldSundering Cataclysm]] Cataclysm]], metals with no practical value like gold fell out of favor.
** In the the ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' setting:
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Red Steel region of the ''{{Mystara}}'' setting, cinnabryl is has Cinnabryl, a metal which nullifies the "Red Curse" effects of a toxic contaminant contaminants in the soil. When depleted by prolonged contact with the afflicted, it becomes the titular red steel, which has no curative powers but is of higher quality than ordinary steel. Cinnabryl is used in high-value coins as well as jewelry, while red steel coins are lower-end currency. Because cinnabryl coins are constantly being depleted by whomever can afford them, only constant cinnabryl-mining keeps the economy from collapsing.
*** Also in {{Mystara}}, high-end High-end coinage in the magocracy TheMagocracy of Glantri is permeated with magic, which wealthy wizards can utilize to aid in certain arcane laboratory procedures.
** 4th 4[[superscript:th]] Edition introduces ''residuum'', a metallic dust infused with magic. It's a common ''de facto'' currency in higher-level play since it's ten thousand times more valuable than gold by weight and can power every variety of ritual magic, including [[ThisIndexHasMagicProperties permanent the creation of magic items]], items, in place of the normal [[EyeOfNewt spell components]].components]].
** Gems are a high-value trade good that can be exchanged like currency, which comes in handy for the mages who need them as [[EyeOfNewt components]] or focus items for various spells.
5th Oct '16 4:15:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''EVEOnline'' uses ISK as it's currency, but in-game time cards also act as currency, both for in-game and real currency, since it can be purchased with either.

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* ''EVEOnline'' ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'' uses ISK as it's currency, but in-game time cards also act as currency, both for in-game and real currency, since it can be purchased with either.



* In the {{Main/Roguelike}} ''[[VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight FTL]]'', the "scrap" you collect throughout the universe can be used to pay merchants for repairs, supplies, or new weapons and systems. Or you could actually use it as spare parts to upgrade your existing systems, which also makes this a mix between [[Main/ExperiencePoints Experience Points]] and currency.

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* In the {{Main/Roguelike}} {{Roguelike}} ''[[VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight FTL]]'', the "scrap" you collect throughout the universe can be used to pay merchants for repairs, supplies, or new weapons and systems. Or you could actually use it as spare parts to upgrade your existing systems, which also makes this a mix between [[Main/ExperiencePoints Experience Points]] and currency.
14th Sep '16 4:46:42 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' the closest thing to currency seen on ScavengerWorld Jakku are packets of dried dough that bake quickly, measured in "portions". The junk dealer Rey sells her findings to usually pays her fractions of a portion.
13th Sep '16 10:30:34 AM DesmanaMoschata
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** And just to prove that people have always been the same, archaeeologists have found forged cocoa beans, made from (among other things) clay.

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** And just to prove that people have always been the same, archaeeologists archaeologists have found forged cocoa beans, made from (among other things) clay.


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** Actually the use of vodka as currency predates the Nineties as it stated in the USSR due the government's (unsuccessful) attempts to restrict the sale of alcohol via such clever measures as destroying the vineyards (despite the country's drunks never being interested in wine), restricting the sales of alcohol only to that time of the day everyone must be working and even rationing vodka. Which led to vodka becoming this trope.
20th Aug '16 5:48:37 PM nombretomado
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** In ''{{Dragonlance}}'' the primary currency is steel coins. After the [[WorldSundering Cataclysm]] metals with no practical value like gold fell out of favor.

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** In ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' the primary currency is steel coins. After the [[WorldSundering Cataclysm]] metals with no practical value like gold fell out of favor.
5th Aug '16 8:14:15 AM Divra
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** And just to prove that people have always been the same, archaeeologists have found forged cocoa beans, made from (among other things) clay.
5th Aug '16 8:12:39 AM Divra
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* In the coca-growing areas of rural Colombia, bags of cocaine base are commonly used as currency.
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