Sunday, June 11, 2023

Solo expeditions, part IV

Wisely deciding to leave the tomb and the monstrosity they discovered, the band retreats to the outside of the tomb, catch their breath and take stock of the treasures they have uncovered. Then they trek back to Lakefield to celebrate and sell their wares.
Back in the small town, Ish visits the temple and make a donation/sacrifice to the building of a new chapel for Saint T, while Hobbs and Bree hit a lucky streak and sell everything for a windfall of profit!
Hobbs & Bree head to the Blade & Tankard, hoping to get some info on the mining operation they had heard about before leaving town. Instead, a new NPC notices they are flush with gold and approaches them with an idea. Over the course of the next six days, they come to an agreement with Rei, and then strike a deal with a local inn owner that is looking to retire! Suddenly, we find ourselves to be co-owners of The Stabbing Dragon inn!

Now, I don't know about you but this is something I had never come across in gaming, the players opting to purchase a complete inn! So I went searching the web for ideas, keeping an eye on something simple but logical. I came across these after a little searching and decided to use them.
Rob will enjoy this part....nitty gritty mathy part.
I figured out the cost to build an inn, roughly 700gp using the readily available forest to pull lumber from. Then I figured out a rough idea of how many rooms with would have (10), how many would be utilized on a daily basis (3 on average), what the resulting annual total that would result in. 1,095gp. Having been involved professionally in the purchase of a company, I decided to use a little of that knowledge here. To determine the selling price of a business, my CEO used a process of adding existing capital (ie the value of the stock in the warehouse, in this case I used the 700gp cost to build the place) and the average sales total for the year, he used 1.5 times.  (I have no idea if this is 'correct' but that is what he used).

Here, I used 1.5 and 2.5 annual sales to get a rough range for the sales the place generated over time, 1642 and 2740. Adding these to the cost to build, I get 2,342 and 3,440 as a range of asking price from the existing proprietor. With that, I went to work.

I determined that Rei had 1,000gp to put forward, along with another 200gp in start up and operating funds. My band could put together 1,600gp towards the purchase along with matching the 200gp in operations funding. Using Mythic to simulate haggling for the price, I ended up with the final sale price being 2,600, just at the top end of our capital. Leaving us 400gp in operational funding.

For the image, I found an image I liked on Google, then used it as a 'seed' for Midjourney to create an image to use for the inn. I think the image ended up being larger than I had planned or calculated, but maybe the seller was motivated. :-)

The band now has a base of operations, they are keeping two rooms to use for themselves and will get some revenue from the operation of ol' Stabbo.

Side note: I realized I had used the wrong hex number for the location of the Shelin Hill, that has been fixed now.


  1. Thanks for the PDF version, much easier to read. Good Stuff!

    1. No problem! I have had a couple of people ask me a pdf version so they can decipher my chicken scratch’