|Darigaaz the Igniter|
gamer-printer wrote:Chengar Qordath wrote:In my experience, the only reason "Magic Marts" exist is so that players can spend their gold with a relatively low amount of fuss and in-game time. I can understand the appeal of that after having one or two GMs who made shopping such a long, convoluted process that it could easily eat up an entire session.Or you can simply find the artificers you need, contact them, pay them up front and get a date when the commissioned item will be ready. Then go to your next adventure (because it will take some time, possible delays, before its ready to pickup), and on your next trip home between adventures pick up the item you ordered - easy peasy. Many commercial services work that way in the real world. No need for long sessions, just don't expect to pay for something and get to use it today.
Depends on how involved the process of finding an artificer and putting in the order is. After all, if the process takes a couple minutes per piece of gear you order the time needed can easily add up once you have 4+ PCs all ordering multiple items.
As long as it's kept to the simplicity level of:
PC: "I go to that blacksmith I'm friends with and order X, Y, and Z."
GM: "He takes your money and says he'll have that ready in two weeks."
Then it seems to keep the simplicity of the "Magic Mart" system while adding an extra flourish some gamers enjoy. Personally, I'm not picky about how shopping is done so long as the group doesn't spend a ton of gametime playing Sales and Shopkeepers instead of Pathfinder. After all, shopping's usually just a distraction from the main plot of the game.
That's pretty much the way my groups do it. Sometimes subbing "you put in an order at the mage's college, they'll whip those up as part of next week's exams"