Ok, so I have one question that’s been bugging me since I first saw DW. Under the Equipment chapter, the Transport category –

“Escort for a day along a monster-infested road – 54 coins”

54 coins.

54. Not 50, not 55, but 54.

Just, please, shed some light on this for me. Why is it **54**?

Well, really. Monsters always attack in patterns. It’s either:

13 attacks by small monsters at 4 coins each;

4 attacks at 13 coins each;

2 attacks at 26 coins each;

1 mass assault, 52 coins.

Plus 2 coins extra to cover ammunition and repairs.

Quite simple.

It’s 50. The other 4 is graft. The alternative is hunting down quality mercenaries one by one, and no one wants to spend the time on that over 4 measly coins.

Alternately :

“Oh, it only used to run thirty gov’ner, till that clan of hill ogres started demanding payment to leave roadgoers alone. A darn sight better than trying to fight them off, they’re right dangerous with all that magic gear they’ve got.”

I suspect it might be making a point about how nothing is ever quite simple and convenient – players will be peeved when they actually have to think about the math of their purchases.