Farm Animals? Livestock?
|cell phone picture from my AD&D PHB|
Cows, pigs, chickens, horses, goats. My 6 year old mind just took that in and rolled with it. I don’t really remember what I thought about the inclusion of animals, but I do know I’ve been disappointed by it’s reduction over the editions.
Why? It takes something away from the world. It seems to me, that if an adventurer saves a rancher's herd, that it’s likely he’ll thank them with the one thing he has - livestock, rather than with something he likely doesn’t have a lot of - coin.
What does it say about a world where songbirds cost a mere 4 c.p.? Have you ever looked at the cost of a canary? Ok, finches are a lot cheaper, but i wouldn't call them songbirds either. They're either really common in the wild (which would make for a very song-filled wilderness) or there are lots of people that breed and sell them!
Plus the inclusion of these animals definitely suggests that there is more to the game than just roving about and pillaging tombs. It adds weight to the importance of the "end game" aspect of DnD, of settling down, building a castle, and hiring (or breeding) new adventures to help clear the goblins out of the nearby forest. Even prior to that though, is the idea that maybe after a few adventures they'll buy a farm and retire before becoming barons and baronesses.
This month's RPG Blog Carnival topic is Animals and it's being hosted here at the Tower of the Archmage! How can you get involved? Easy! Write a post about animals, anything about animals, and share the link!