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Vapourware Interesting currency in a cRPG?

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I was watching a video about Olympus 2207, which uses batteries as currency. The guy narrating the video said it would be cool if they were actually used to power things, and... yeah, it probably would be.

Are there any games where the currency is more than just arbitrary money but has actual uses?
 

J1M

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Older versions of D&D treated gold as a crafting reagent. (But that was just a simplifying element to represent purchasing mundane ingredients.)

FFXI had beast coins that could be melted into ingots. But those were basically just resources with an interesting name.

Diablo 1 allowed you to convert gold into permanent stat points via a purchased item.
 

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When I played Fallout for the first time I scoffed at the notion of bottle caps being currency in the post-apocalyptic world. But as I played the game more and began to understand its subtle statements about society and what led to the nukes falling, and to the subsequent nature of the world afterwards, I realized that implying so much soda had been consumed before the bombs fell was just another (brilliant) commentary.
 

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I used money in Everquest to troll people. Back then it had actual weight, so when noobs begged for money I'd give them thousands of copper. They became overloaded and couldn't move, but were too greedy to drop it.
 

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I was watching a video about Olympus 2207, which uses batteries as currency. The guy narrating the video said it would be cool if they were actually used to power things, and... yeah, it probably would be.

Are there any games where the currency is more than just arbitrary money but has actual uses?

Yes!
Most blobbers have gold coins as currency.
Round shiny coins and you can make jewelry out of it.
 

Kruyurk

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Smurf world turned to shit the time one of them decided to use money. Maybe we should follow the wise teachings of the smurfs once in a while.
 

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Strange Journey uses an demon currency that's easily converted to energy. I thought this was a good excuse for why you need money to get stuff from the expedition you're in charge of.
 

lukaszek

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Not RPG, but I think the Metro games use ammo for currency.
not a rpg but there was a movie where you use time left to live as currency

there is obscure gun in cp77 that fires currency instead of regular ammo, turning your game into metro... sort of
 

Blutwurstritter

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Ore in Gothic 1 was nicely tied to the story and setting.
 

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King of Dragon Pass (hey, it's in the top 101 RPG list here):

Exchange Rates
The basic exchange rates for various commodities seems to be:

  • 1 good = 1 cow
  • 2 food = 1 cow
  • 1 horse = 4 cows
  • 1 treasure = 50 cows (approximately)
These rates can vary depending on your market.

It is worth noting however that cows are always more valuable than other types of goods in the sense that a cow is a unit of wealth, meaning that the perceived wealth of a clan is the number of cows it possesses.
 

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Underrail has Stygian coins which could be melted and used to infuse the various animal leather parts. Also melee weapons so you could crush and slice your opponents...
 
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Underrail has Stygian coins which could be melted and used to infuse the various animal leather parts. Also melee weapons so you could crush and slice your opponents...
It also had fiat currency which is unrealistically represented. A Stygian should be worth much more than an united stations fiat bank note due to being made of something that has value.
 

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Underrail has Stygian coins which could be melted and used to infuse the various animal leather parts. Also melee weapons so you could crush and slice your opponents...
It also had fiat currency which is unrealistically represented. A Stygian should be worth much more than an united stations fiat bank note due to being made of something that has value.

There is no need to be upset just because crypto is tanking.
 
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Underrail has Stygian coins which could be melted and used to infuse the various animal leather parts. Also melee weapons so you could crush and slice your opponents...
It also had fiat currency which is unrealistically represented. A Stygian should be worth much more than an united stations fiat bank note due to being made of something that has value.

There is no need to be upset just because crypto is tanking.
I'm fine with that. I don't own any crypto. I only have real money. Not that fake shit.
 

Kev Inkline

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A Beautifully Desolate Campaign Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
Not an rpg, but Star Citizen has an interesting amount of dollars.

As for the actual uses, they bought an espresso machine for 20K usd.
 

mondblut

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I was watching a video about Olympus 2207, which uses batteries as currency. The guy narrating the video said it would be cool if they were actually used to power things, and... yeah, it probably would be.

Are there any games where the currency is more than just arbitrary money but has actual uses?

Man of Prey uses actual 5.45 ammo as a main unit of currency. No abstracted money of any kind. You do shooting spree, you literally waste your riches.
 

buffalo bill

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Caves of Qud uses water, which is also a resource that is consumed and used for crafting.
Yeah, but not used for crafting that I remember

Not an rpg, but the damage output of the transactional rifle in cruelty squad corresponds to your financial assets (sort of the inverse of what the OP is asking)
 
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Not an RPG, but Transarctica is an interesting case. Lignite is the currency and can also be used to fuel your massive train. You're literally burning cash.
 
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