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Mississippi River Prices and Availability

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     These are of course very general costs; transportation expenses, seasonal variations, supply and demand will all affect these. Specifically, these are the prices at Shreveport, Little Rock, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Nashville.

 

 

     Other trading locations on this map will have availability reduced by one step (or by two steps, past the Falls of the Ohio, or north of Quincy).

     Almost no store will carry even a fraction of this list; Memphis is the only place that might have "everything". And importantly:  this is just to speed up the game, so players can root around in the inventory on their own. The referee retains the right to say, "Nope, none of those available, sorry."

 

     Availability:  for an ordinary walk-in customer, not known to the seller nor part of their organization, this is the chance of at least one item being available. Of course, some locations will have better availability, and having good contacts will also help. The roll is on 1d100; the steps are:  always, POW x 10, POW x 7, POW x 4, POW x 1, and never.

     If an item is unavailable, that may just represent a lack of items in a desired size.

 

Vehicles

 

Clothing

 

Clothing 

item

avail.

mass

cost

denim jeans

always

 

$1

denim jacket

x7%

 

$1

denim bib overalls

x10%

 

$2

denim coveralls

x7%

 

$3

canvas duck coat, with flannel lining

x7%

 

$2

canvas duck pants, with flannel lining

x4%

 

$2

oilcloth trousers, yellow or black

x7%

 

$2

oilcloth bib overalls, yellow or black

x4%

 

$3

oilcloth coat, yellow or black

x7%

 

$2

leather chaps (armor value 1)

x4%

 

$1.50

oilcloth pommel slicker, yellow or black

x4%

 

$3

express coat, flannel-lined heavy oilcloth, black (armor value 1)

x4%

 

$4

sou'wester hat, oilcloth, yellow or black

x4%

 

$0.25

long rubberized coat, black

x1%

 

$4

duster

x4%

 

$2

shoes, nice leather lace-up

x1%

 

$5

low boots, lace-up or engineer boots

x7%

 

$3

plow shoes (for miners, lumbermen, farmers, etc.)

x7%

 

$2

pac boots (10" tall lace-up boots, with hob nails)

x4%

1.2 kg

$2

western/cowboy boots

x4%

 

$3

tennis shoes, fabric uppers with rubber soles, black; various other "sport" shoes are similar

x4%

 

$2

rubber-soled sandals (made from truck tires)

x10%

 

$0.25

canvas shoes (including sole), moccasins

x10%

 

$0.50

hip waders, rubber

x1%

 

$8

gaiters, leather

x4%

 

$1

socks, cotton

x7%

 

$0.50

socks, wool

x7%

 

$0.25

lumbermen's extra-heavy wool socks, per dozen

x4%

 

$4

chambray pullover shirt, blue, with breast pocket

x10%

 

$0.50

heavy flannel pullover shirt, blue, with breast pocket

x7%

 

$1

dress shirt

x1%

 

$1.50

fancy vest

x1%

 

$1 - $4

wool turtleneck sweater

x4%

 

$1

cotton "athletic" sweater

x4%

 

$0.50

robe, cotton or light wool

x1%

 

$2

trouser belt, leather

x7%

 

$0.50

suspenders, fabric (non-elastic)

x4%

 

$0.25

suspenders, leather

x7%

 

$0.35

neckties, old silk

x1%

 

$0.10

leather roping gloves (armor value 1)

x7%

 

$0.50

leather gauntlets (armor value 2)

x4%

 

$1

corn husking gloves

x4%

 

$0.40

stetson hat

x4%

 

$4

cowboy hat

x7%

 

$1.50

straw hats ... various styles:  harvester, sombrero, etc.

always

 

$0.50

fabric golf hat, or newsboy hat

x1%

 

$0.25

underdrawers, wool or cotton

x4%

 

$0.75

undershirt, wool or cotton

x7%

 

$0.75

 

Electrical Gear

 

Electrical Gear

item

notes and game effects

avail.

mass

cost

electric soldering iron

runs on 110 volt AC

x4%

0.45 kg

$3

telephone lineman's handset

with rotary dial, and leads a bit over 1 meter long. Military version is TS-365/GT

x1%

0.9 kg

$5

field telephone handset with battery

field telephone with battery box, and leather belt pouch. Used two D cell batteries, not included

x1%

1.5 kg

$6

military field telephone

uses two or four D cell batteries, not included; weight depends on type. Range between two phones is about 30 km. TA-314 is typical US model, or EE-8 from WW2

x4%

3.5+ kg

$6

military field telephone wire

twisted-pair high-temperature fire-resistant cable, breaking strain 500 kg. Dispenser reel of 800 meters.

x4%

10 kg

$5

12 volt auto battery, charged

refurbished lead-acid batteries, capacity is not very high

x7%

17 kg

$20

12 volt auto battery, dead

ran down, corroded plates, good only for salvage

x10%

15 kg

$2

6 volt "jeep" battery, charged

refurbished; also for several vintage or antique cars.

x4%

15 kg

$10

lamp socket with switch

salvaged, to mount Edison screw base light bulbs

x4%

0.3 kg

$2

electric light bulb

new built, imported from "the west". Example is a 50 watt incandescent bulb.

x1%

0.1 kg

$10

flashlight bulb

new built, imported from "the west".

x1%

--

$8

flashlight hull

body for 2 D cells, working condition with switch and clear lens -- but no bulb or battery

x4%

0.1 kg

$2

flashlight battery

D cell, 1.5 volts, made in Styx

x4%

0.14 kg

$0.50

14 gauge 2-conductor wire

uncut, unspliced coil of 76 meters. Much cheaper in shorter lengths, salvaged from inside homes

x10%

7.3 kg

$12

transmission wire

uncut, unspliced coil of 100 meters. High voltage uninsulated, 7 strands of 2.5mm aluminum wire from per-Atomic War utility poles. 7.4mm outer diameter

x7%

9 kg

$15

distribution wire

uncut, unspliced coil of 60 meters. Can handled up to 600 volts at 170 amps; uninsulated #4 AWG copper wire from per-Atomic War utility poles.

x7%

11.6 kg

$20

 

Industrial Supplies

 

Industrial Supplies

item

notes and game effects

avail.

mass

cost

steel angle iron

1.5" by 1.5", 0.125" thick, 20' long with holes at each end. The shop will cut them for $0.10 per cut; holes are drilled for $0.50 each hole. They have a lot of lighter stuff, as well, but not much heavier stuff in long lengths 

x10%

11 kg

$1.00 plus

$0.10 per cut

mild steel plate

the thickest available at a Cartel trading post is 0.18" (7 gauge, 4.6mm, 10 armor points), delivered in plates 48" x 96". Trading posts would rather not cut these

x10%

109 kg

$16

railway rail

59 kg per meter, price is for 24 meter length with holes at each end, but won't be much less for shorter lengths, due to difficulty in cutting them

x7%

1416 kg

$10

expanded steel grating

typical is 1/2" spacing grid, 0.2" thick, sold in 48" x 120" sections

x4%

26 kg

$4 plus

$2 per cut

catwalk grating

typical is 0.6" deep, 48" x 120". There is also a supply of 24" wide catwalk, cut from old railway tank cars; it costs half as much, weighs half as much.

x4%

72 kg

$10 plus $5 per cut

wire cable, heavy duty

probably taken off bulldozer logging winches. 16mm thick, 46 meters long, safe load 4 tons, breaking strength about 16 tons

x10%

49 kg

$10

 

Livestock

 

Livestock

item

avail.

mass, kg

cost

cat

always

4.5

free!

goat

always

 

$2

adult sheep, not including wool

x10%

 

$2

colt

x7%

 

$6 - $8

unbroken (but milkable) adult horse mare

x7%

 

$12 - $20

unbroken adult stallion, or dry adult mare

x7%

 

$10 - $15

riding horse

x7%

 

$60

 

Odds and Ends

 

Odds and Ends 

item

avail.

mass, kg

cost

books (mostly older, good quality hardbacks or coated-paper magazines)

always

0.25+

$1.00+

hemp rope, 3/8" diameter, 100 meters; safe load 50 kg, breaking strength 600 kg

x10%

4.5

$1.00

hemp rope, 3/4" diameter, 100 meters; safe load 350 kg, breaking strength 2450 kg

x7%

25

$5.00

canvas cartridge bag for 50 rifle shells or 25 shotgun shells

x7%

 

$1.50

heavy leather cartridge bag, ditto

x7%

 

$2.00

bandolier, leather

x7%

 

$2.50

gunbelt

x10%

 

$1.25

metal drinking flask, 1/2 pint

x4%

 

$2.00

collapsible metal drinking cup

x1%

 

$1.00

small floor safe, with combination lock and known combination; 45 cm x 45 cm x 70 cm tall

x1%

250

$20.00

nice working pocket or wrist watch, no visible damage

x1%

 

$15.00

working wrist watch, not very accurate

x4%

 

$10.00

non-functional wristwatch, nice quality, can possibly be repaired

x7%

 

$3.00

non-functional watch, as salvage

always

 

$1.00

padlock, small, with 1 key

x7%

 

$0.25

padlock, medium, pre-War, with 1 key

x4%

 

$1.00

padlock, big, pre-War, with 1 key

x1%

 

$2.00

keys copied

x7%

n/a

$0.10

hand cuffs

x4%

 

$4.00

hand cuffs for three hands

x1%

 

$6.00

leg chain (does not include lock)

x4%

 

$6.00

lead-filled leather billie

x4%

 

$1.00

powder flask

x10%

 

$1.00

hunting knife with scabbard, 6" blade

x10%

 

$2.00

leather money belt

x4%

 

$1.25

400 meter roll of barbed wire

x7%

30

$2.00

one-half pound of pins

x7%

0.1

$0.40

wooden barrel, 42 gallon capacity

x4%

 

$2.50

steel drum, 55 gallon capacity (almost always salvage, but watertight)

x10%

21

$4.00

cooking grille or barbeque, 2.5' long by 2' wide

x4%

 

$2.00

bones, per ton

x10%

1000

$7.50

hay, per bale

x10%

45

$0.40

hay, baled per ton (22 bales)

x7%

1000

$6 - $8

hay, loose per ton

x7%

1000

$4 - $5

charcoal or coal, per bushel

x10%

10

$0.20

firewood, per bushel, dry pine

x10%

10

$0.06

firewood, per cord, dry pine

x10%

864

$6.00

crude oil, per 55-gallon drum (includes weight of drum, does not include cost of drum)

x1%

196

$3.00

gasoline or kerosene, per 55-gallon drum (includes weight of drum, does not include cost)

x4%

172

$20.00

lubricating oil, per 5 gallon (20 liter) can 

x7%

20

$1.50

methanol, per 55-gallon drum (includes weight of drum)

x10%

165

$6.00

 

Protective Gear

 

 Protective Gear

item

notes and game effects

avail.

mass

cost

leather jacket

2 points of armor

x10%

2 - 2.5 kg

$2.50

full leather armor

covers everything but the head; 2 points of armor

x7%

 

$4

football pads

covers chest and shoulders; 2 points  of armor

x4%

2 - 5 kg

$2

light mail shirt

covers arms and torso; 4 points of armor

x4%

 

$12

heavy mail shirt

covers arms and torso; 6 points of armor

x4%

 

$20

gas mask, with improvised filter 

 

x4%

 

$10

round shield

metal and wood; 12 points of armor

x4%

 

$3

riot shield

14 points of armor

x1%

 

$10

M1 steel helmet

5 points of armor

x4%
1.6 lg

$5

motorcycle helmet 

4 points of armor

x10%

0.8 kg

$6

motorcycle helmet with visor

4 points of armor

x4%
1 kg

$4

 

Staples

 

Steamboat Fares and Rates

 

     The basic "deck" fare for a passenger is 1/2 cent per mile; cargo is carried at the rate of 1 cent per ton per mile.

     Fares change with the season, and with the size of boat. The smaller boats only carry cargo and "deck" passengers; big boats will also carry "cabin" passengers. With high water (spring and late fall), the fares are low. As the water level drops (July and August) fares rise. The number of boats on the river affects the amount charged passengers. As the number of operating boats drops, the fare will be higher.
     Cabin passengers pay twice as much as deck passengers. The cabin passengers are assigned a stateroom and eat their meals in the dining saloon. The stateroom, with berth and meals, is included in the fare.

     Deck passengers remain on the lower (aka main) deck. They make their own beds or sleep on the deck, pretty much in the open -- though the boiler provides heat. They may bring their own food on board, or can buy meals from the cook for 25 cents a day. A large steamboat will carry 4 deck passengers for every cabin passenger.

     Hiring the entire boat will depend on the season (prices are lower in spring and late fall), the danger involved, and the likelihood of the boat having to return to the normal trade routes with noting aboard. That being said, roughly:

  • small river steamboat:  5 cents per kilometer (passengers) + 10 cents per kilometer (cargo) = 15 cents per kilometer. "Waiting fee" is $30 per day.

  • large river steamboat:  11 cents per kilometer (passengers) + $1 per kilometer (cargo) = $1.11 per kilometer. "Waiting fee" is $200 per day.

     March through June, and October through November, fares will be 30% lower; in July and August fares can be 30% higher. A skilled pilot will charge $0.01 per mile.

 

distances along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, in kilometers

 

the Gulf

Memphis

Louisville

Marietta

Pittsburgh

the Gulf

--

1280

2300

3005

3294

Memphis

1280

--

1020

1725

2013

Louisville

2300

1020

--

705

994

Marietta

3005

1725

705

--

288

Pittsburgh

3294

2013

994

288

--

note that late-20th Century distances along the rivers will be much less, due to dredging and straightening of the river courses

 

Tools

 

Tools

item

notes and game effects

avail.

mass

cost

child's biology/chemistry science set

60x microscope, test tubes with rubber plugs, tweezers, eyedropper, pipette, petri dishes, graduated flask, slides and slide covers, a few chemicals (mostly dried out long ago), labels (the glue has long ago died), test tube stands, instruction booklet

x1%

3 kg

$5

anvil, small

 

x10%

10 kg

$3

anvil, medium

 

x7%

30 kg

$4

anvil, large

 

x4%

45 kg

$6

forge, portable small

45 cm diameter hearth

x7%

50 kg

$15

forge, portable medium

70 cm by 100 cm hearth, includes water tank

x4%

150 kg

$20

blacksmith's forge tool set

hammers, tongs, nippers, swages, fullers, cutters, stocks and dies, files, oil trough, bellows, etc.

x7%

100+  kg

$30

bench drill

like a drill press, but hand-operated

x4%

15 kg

$6

bench vise

10.5 cm maximum jaw opening

x7%

20 kg

$6

grindstone

in wooden frame, with treadle

x4%

25 kg

$2

buck saw

1 meter blade

x7%

1 kg

$1

hand saw

0.3 m to 1 m blade, rip or crosscut, etc.

x7%

1 kg

$0.20 to $0.75

soldering kit

several soldering coppers, lead-tin solder, charcoal or pine rosin flux, brush, etc.

x1%

4 kg

$2

electrical repair kit

crimping/wire stripping tool, bolt cutter, keyhole saw, cable stripper, needle-nose pliers, regular and Phillips screwdrivers, neon circuit tester, electrican's tape, cable ties, wire staples, wire connectors, alligator clips, assorted connectors and terminals, all in a tool box.

x1%

1.25 kg

$12

 

Wages and Services

 

Wages and Services

description; payment is "per day" unless noted

cost

truck convoy or steamboat guard, basic, equipped with rifle or shotgun

$2

truck convoy or steamboat guard, elite (e.g., equipped with sniper rifle )

$4

truck driver

$4

truck convoy mechanic, with own tool box

$10

mounted guide, with own horse, and equipped with rifle or shotgun, food and fodder provided by employer

$4

mounted soldier, with own horse, and equipped with rifle or shotgun, food and fodder provided by employer

$2

mercenary or garrison junior officer, with own horse

$10

mercenary or garrison senior officer, with own horse

$25

mercenary or garrison soldier, with food, mount (if any) and shelter provided by employer, for long-term service

$0.50

teamster, with food and shelter provided by employer

$0.75

blacksmith, wheelwright or carpenter, provides his own basic tools, with food and shelter provided by employer

$2.00

unskilled laborer, with food and shelter provided by employer, in unsafe locations

$1.00

unskilled laborer, with food and shelter provided by employer, in safe locations

$0.40

unskilled laborer, no food and shelter provided, in safe locations

$1.00

medical doctor in "field" service

$3 to $4

clerks (i.e., literate and numerate) in "field" service

$3

prostitute, male, one hour

$0.25

prostitute, lady-boy, one hour

$0.50

prostitute, old, crazy or not-so-attractive (e.g., scabies) woman, one hour

$1

prostitute, nice looking young woman, one hour

$5

  • for "not full service" prostitution

x 0.5

  • for red-heads, exotic and especially young or talented prostitutes

x 2

4-room house, no basement, no plumbing, per month; add 20% more if within the dikes

$15

6-room house, no basement, no plumbing, per month; add 20% more if within the dikes

$20

nice 4-bedroom home, with kitchen, basement, indoor plumbing, steam heat, hot water and bath, per month

$45

hot bath with soap

$0.25

shave and haircut

$0.75

basic feeding, per person, per day

$0.60

room with a twin bed, per night, at a hotel

$1

best room with a large bed, wardrobe, nice fittings, per night, at a hotel

$3

 

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