# Generating Hoards by the Cards, Card Values

In Generating Hoards by the Cards, Groundwork, I suggested different cards might have different ranges of values.

I’ve calculated possible values such that each card is roughly the same amount larger (by ratio) than the card below it.  The values of Aces and Twos overlap the nominal upper values of the next-lower tier, and the values of Queens and Kings overlap the nominal lower values of the next-higher tier.  The table below shows the approximate nominal value of each card.

Additional values (two below Ace, two above King, and two tiers below Basic and two above Epic (three above Legendary)) are shown because they may be useful when ‘near the edges’ of the main body of the table.

## Card Values by Tier

 Tier Basic– Basic- Basic Expert Heroic Master Champion Legendary Epic Epic+ Epic++ Echelon Level -7..-4 -3..0 1..4 5..8 9..12 13..16 17..20 21..24 25..28 29..32 33..36 D&D 3.x CR ? ? 1/6..1/2 1..4 5..8 9..12 13..16 17..20 21..24 25..28 29..32 — 3 8 25 75 225 675 2,025 6,075 18,225 54,675 164,025 — 3 10 29 86 258 774 2,323 6,969 20,908 62,723 188,170 Ace 4 11 33 99 296 888 2,665 7,995 23,985 71,956 215,869 2 4 13 38 113 340 1,019 3,057 9,172 27,516 82,549 247,646 3 5 14 43 130 390 1,169 3,507 10,522 31,567 94,700 284,100 4 6 17 50 149 447 1,341 4,024 12,071 36,213 108,640 325,920 5 6 19 57 171 513 1,539 4,616 13,848 41,544 124,632 373,896 6 7 22 65 196 588 1,765 5,295 15,886 47,659 142,978 428,935 7 8 25 75 225 675 2,025 6,075 18,225 54,675 164,025 492,075 8 10 29 86 258 774 2,323 6,969 20,908 62,723 188,170 564,510 9 11 33 99 296 888 2,665 7,995 23,985 71,956 215,869 647,607 10 13 38 113 340 1,019 3,057 9,172 27,516 82,549 247,646 742,937 Jack 14 43 130 390 1,169 3,507 10,522 31,567 94,700 284,100 852,299 Queen 17 50 149 447 1,341 4,024 12,071 36,213 108,640 325,920 977,760 King 19 57 171 513 1,539 4,616 13,848 41,544 124,632 373,896 1,121,688 — 22 65 196 588 1,765 5,295 15,886 47,659 142,978 428,935 1,286,804 — 25 75 225 675 2,025 6,075 18,225 54,675 164,025 492,075 1,476,225

The values above are merely guidelines and suggestions.  I will be presenting a sample table (at least partially filled) below for potions, where I try to keep (for example) ‘first-level’ potions (spell level 1, caster level 1) in slots worth about 50 gold pieces.  This aligns with my sense of mathematical elegance… but it’s entirely valid to say that all Basic slots are filled with first-level potions.

## Populated Potion Table (Incomplete)

 Ace — flask acid tanglefoot bag 2 first-level potions second-level potion — — — — — — 2 — flask acid tanglefoot bag oil of bless weapon second-level potion resist energy 30 — — — — — 3 — — first-level potion 3 first-level potions — resist energy 30 — — — — — 4 — alchemist’s fire first-level potion 3 first-level potions — oil of greater magic weapon +2 — — — — — 5 — alchemist’s fire first-level potion 3 first-level potions — protection from arrows 15/magic — — — — — 6 — zero-level potion 2 holy water — — — — — — — — 7 bottle fine wine zero-level potion — — third-level potion — — — — — — 8 bottle fine wine holy water 2 first-level potions potion of enlarge person (CL5) third-level potion — — — — — — 9 flask acid thunderstone 2 first-level potions second-level potion third-level potion — — — — — — 10 — thunderstone 2 first-level potions second-level potion potion of good hope — — — — — — Jack — antitoxin 3 first-level potions second-level potion oil of greater magic weapon +2 — — — — — — Queen — antitoxin 3 first-level potions — — — — — — — — King — first-level potion 3 first-level potions — — — — — — — — Tier Basic– Basic- Basic Expert Heroic Master Champion Legendary Epic Epic+ Epic++ Echelon Level -7..-4 -3..0 1..4 5..8 9..12 13..16 17..20 21..24 25..28 29..32 33..36 D&D 3.x CR ? ? 1/6..1/2 1..4 5..8 9..12 13..16 17..20 21..24 25..28 29..32

I’m skipping a lot here — the ‘first-level potion’, ‘second-level potion’, and ‘third-level potion’ entries are obviously placeholders.  I’d probably select common potions (such as cure light wounds) to fill these slots, if I were preparing a general table.  I might use it just as a marker and roll the spell randomly when the card is drawn.  Where I name specific potions they are typically non-standard cost (oil of bless weapon is shown as a 100 gp potion, the potion of enlarge person is shown as a 250gp potion because it has Caster Level 5).

Incidentally, this would be much easier if I were at home.  Trying to populate this on a single monitor is way more hassle than if I could have the reference material open on the second monitor (as at home) or if I could have the book open next to me (they’re all at home too).