Steve Jackson Games - Site Navigation
Home General Info Follow Us Search Illuminator Store Forums What's New Other Games Ogre GURPS Munchkin Our Games: Home

Go Back   Steve Jackson Games Forums > Roleplaying > Roleplaying in General

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-22-2017, 02:59 PM   #11
RyanW
 
RyanW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Southeast NC
Default Re: Post Apocalyptic Economics

One post apocalypse setting I ran used water credits (nicknamed Dollarados by my players, since the game took place on the Colorado Plateau), issued by the regional authority. I'm sure Marx would have something to say about the control of the means of purification.
__________________
RyanW
Dumbledore? He's the one that sent Paul Atreides to destroy Darth Vader's ring in the fires of Mount Doom, right?
RyanW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2017, 03:32 PM   #12
quarkstomper
 
quarkstomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: The Enchanted Land-O-Cheese
Default Re: Post Apocalyptic Economics

In the post-apoc fiction I read in my youth, gold was a dangerous medium of exchange because it tended to become radioactive.
__________________
Read "Danger Cay" at Hannibal Tesla Adventure Magazine! Pulp Era Adventure and Two-Fisted Science in the futuristic world of 1935!
quarkstomper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2017, 04:18 PM   #13
Boomerang
 
Boomerang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Melbourne, Australia (also known as zone Brisbane)
Default Re: Post Apocalyptic Economics

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dalillama View Post
Also a valid point; how long after the apocalypse are we talking here?If it's less than a couple decades there probably won't be any currency at all.
I intended this thread to be an open conversation, you can speculate on any after the end scenario you like and try to determine what it's economy might look like.

What I think is realistic for the majority of scenarios is that immediately after the crisis an informal barter system starts with gold just one of many traded goods. As time passed the perceived value of gold would increase until it became effectively the first currency. There might be specific scenarios where a particular product makes more sense as currency like: clean water, which was mentioned in another post. Overall I think gold is the most likely.
Boomerang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2017, 04:35 PM   #14
Boomerang
 
Boomerang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Melbourne, Australia (also known as zone Brisbane)
Default Re: Post Apocalyptic Economics

What about Bitcoins as currency? If a disease wipes out 99.9% of humanity but most infrastructure is left intact could Bitcoin become the dominant method of exchange?
Boomerang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2017, 05:16 PM   #15
Dalillama
 
Dalillama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Default Re: Post Apocalyptic Economics

Quote:
Originally Posted by Boomerang View Post
What about Bitcoins as currency? If a disease wipes out 99.9% of humanity but most infrastructure is left intact could Bitcoin become the dominant method of exchange?
No. It couldn't.
ETA:
Leaving aside the serious problems inherent in the bitcoin model that make it unsustainable in the long run, digital infrastructure wouldn't stay intact very long in such a scenario, because there'd be nobody to do maintenance, run generating plants, etc.

Last edited by Dalillama; 04-22-2017 at 05:27 PM.
Dalillama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2017, 10:57 PM   #16
Boomerang
 
Boomerang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Melbourne, Australia (also known as zone Brisbane)
Default Re: Post Apocalyptic Economics

So "no" to Bitcoin.

What about salt?
Boomerang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2017, 01:59 AM   #17
Dalillama
 
Dalillama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Default Re: Post Apocalyptic Economics

Nope. Consumables make very bad currency.
Dalillama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2017, 02:08 AM   #18
David Johnston2
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Default Re: Post Apocalyptic Economics

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flyndaran View Post
Money requires much more societal infrastructure and stability than I normally connect with post apocalyptic settings.
t.
But Fallout, Gamma World and Hiero do have that much stable infrastructure. Not every post-apocalypse setting is immediately post-apocalypse.
David Johnston2 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2017, 03:59 AM   #19
Gadget
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Scotland
Default Re: Post Apocalyptic Economics

i found this quite useful
HTML Code:
http://www.toptenz.net/10-post-apocalyptic-currencies-more-valuable-than-gold.php
Gadget is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2017, 06:58 AM   #20
RyanW
 
RyanW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Southeast NC
Default Re: Post Apocalyptic Economics

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gadget View Post
i found this quite useful
HTML Code:
http://www.toptenz.net/10-post-apocalyptic-currencies-more-valuable-than-gold.php
They seem to not understand the difference in a currency and a barter good.
__________________
RyanW
Dumbledore? He's the one that sent Paul Atreides to destroy Darth Vader's ring in the fires of Mount Doom, right?
RyanW is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
after the end, economics

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Fnords are Off
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.