If you've got room for another player, I'm interested... *grin*
Actually, I am
looking for more players but, unfortunately, I doubt you're in the neighborhood
I'd be remiss in my duties if I didn't point out that the answers to your questions can be found throughout the existing DragonMech books.
Yeah, I really want The Second Age of Walkers, Steam Warriors, and The Last City but I'm in the unfortunate situation of being pretty close to flat broke at the current time. They are on my list though, for whenever I can get around to them.
I like the ideas you're batting around for the spice, also.
It started out as the gnome's player's idea, to be honest, so I'll relay the compliment. I'm sure he'll appreciate it.
Don't overlook the market for beauty -- blooming flowers, fresh produce, things that remind Highpoint of the pre-lunar-rain lifestyle.
I've thought about the fresh produce part, but where would those be found, and in what quantities? Would Stilt City or some of the Gur possibly be a good idea? I remember reading something about gnome tinkerers and hydroponics, could some type of steam powers produce proper light for underground farming, at least on a small scale, for things like tomatoes, beans, corn, etc?
Also, if you've got a strong anti-Legion bent, smuggling live cargo away from its prison-mechs could pay quite handsomely.
AWESOME!!! Until you mentioned it, I had somehow forgotten about Legion prison mechs like the Just Retribution (even though I flipped past it last night while looking up stats on other legion machines in the MM). This crew definitely aren't fans of the Legion; heck, they very well might consider "rescuing" the "crew" of such a mech just to make themselves a pain in Shar Thizdic's butt (albeit a rather small and anonymous one) just on general principle if they think they can get away with it. On top of that, once I manage to start building up Stenian/Legion tensions a "jailbreak" mission would be an excellent idea for one of the covert missions the PCs get approached with.
Macroeconomics in a d20 setting are always goofy as heck.
I completely agree. That was kind of why I asked, but if all else fails I can always use the established "plan B" of DMing: undoing my belt so I can reach back and pull an something out of the usual place *grin*
The Legion is anchored between the two major rivers of the Endless Plains. Orcs roam freely across said plains, with the L'arile Nation slooowly starting to creep south out of the forests. My Irontooth hang out in the southern portion of the Endless Plains and the Flatlands, with the Stenians dominating a widening circle of the latter.
I was thinking it would be something like that, but the confirmation is greatly appreciated.