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The '''Shmucker''' is the primary currency of [[Erfworld]].  To date, the only other unit of currency that has been mentioned is the [[Rand]]; no exchange rate has been indicated, assuming one is even possible.
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=Proposed Canon=
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The Shmucker is the primary currency of [[Erfworld]].  To date, the other units of currency and barter that have been mentioned are [[Rand]]s, [[Coin]]s and [[Gem]]s; no exchange rates have been indicated.
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Shmuckers that belong to a [[Side]] are stored in the Side's [[treasury]]. Shmuckers that belong to a [[Warlord]] or [[Caster]] are stored in a personal [[purse]]. It is implied that in both cases Shmuckers are not stored as physical objects (e.g. [[coin]]s), but rather as symbolical means of exchange.
==Value==
==Value==
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What follows is a list of prices and values that have been mentioned in the comic, ordered by value:
What follows is a list of prices and values that have been mentioned in the comic, ordered by value:
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* The spell to summon [[Parson]] cost a total of 500,000<sup>[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0005.html]</sup> Shmuckers; 150,000 for the casting and support plan, 350,000 (which is all that [[Stanley]] would pay) for the spell itself. Stanley considered this an outrageous sum, and the larger figure was literally Gobwin Knob's entire treasury<sup>[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0006.html]</sup> at the start of the comic.
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* The [[Spell]] to [[Summon Perfect Warlord Spell|summon]] [[Parson]] cost a base of 350,000 for the [[Scroll]] itself and an additional but optional 150,000 for the casting and support plan, a total of 500,000{{erf|1|005}} Shmuckers. Stanley considered this an outrageous sum, and the larger figure was literally [[Gobwin Knob]]'s entire [[treasury]]{{erf|1|006}} at the start of the [[Battle for Gobwin Knob]]. Coincidentally, Sizemore speculates that the [[Mathamancy Bracer]] would fetch a half-million Shmuckers from a mathamancy-reliant overlord. {{erf|1|054}}
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* [[Charlie]] tried to charge [[Don King]] 250,000 per turn to ally himself with [[Transylvito]] in order to ambush [[Stanley]] on his way to [[Faq]].<sup>[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0119.html]</sup>  The price was high, and designed to make Don King reluctant to pay.
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* [[Jillian]] argues that 2,500 Shmuckers for [[Charlie]]'s [[Thinkagram]]<sup>[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0057.html]</sup> service is far from a "nominal" fee as advertised by one of the [[Archon]]s. [[Webinar]] mentions that the fee is "for two-way".  A presumably one-way Thinkagram to [[Ansom]] cost her 1700 Shmuckers, which was almost her entire purse.<sup>[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0092.html]</sup>
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* [[Charlie]] tried to charge [[Don King]] 250,000 per turn to ally himself with [[Transylvito]] in order to ambush [[Stanley]] on his way to [[Kingdom of Faq|Faq]].{{erf|1|107}} The price was exorbitantly high, and designed to make Don King reluctant to pay.
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* [[Parson|Parson's]] upkeep is "over 1,000 Shmuckers per turn"<sup>[http://www.erfworld.com/book-1-archive/?px=%2F039.jpg]</sup>.  Stanley seems to regard this as annoyingly expensive, but not utterly outrageous.
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* [[Caesar Borgata]] quoted [[Don King]] claiming that 250,000 shmuckers was the extra money that would be needed for [[Transylvito]] to take [[Carpool]] from the [[Carpudlian]]s. {{blog|2009|07|summer-updates-011}}
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* The expense of designating [[Prince]] [[Tramennis]] as [[Jetstone]]'s [[heir]] is estimated at around 165,000 (or slightly less), as calculated based on [[Charlie]]'s offer of 5,000 per [[Decrypted]] [[Archon]] destroyed and a bonus of 25,000 for capturing one and returning it to him alive.
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* [[Dewy Tulips]] claimed that the [[Carpudlian]]s paid about 40,000 Shmuckers to ransom the city of [[Carport]] to avoid it being sacked. {{blog|2009|07|summer-updates-011}}
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* [[Jillian]] felt Faq's treasury increase by about 40,000 when she razed Progrock, noting at the same time that this sum would secure her side's upkeep for 8-10 turns, putting Faq's total upkeep between 4,000 and 5,000 per turn.{{erf|2|T43}}
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* Sacking the Level 3 City of [[Kona]] earned [[Faq]] almost 20,000 Shmuckers.{{blog|2009|10|summer-updates-049}}
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* The upper limit of the [[purse]] of a level 10 [[Warlord]] or [[Caster]] is 10,000. Since few [[unit]]s achieve this level or higher, this is roughly the upper limit that one unit could have (outside of [[gem]]s).
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* [[Jillian]] thinks razing the Level 2 city of [[Diecast]] would earn about 8500 Shmuckers to [[Faq]] treasury.
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* [[Jillian]] argues that 2,500 Shmuckers for [[Charlie]]'s [[Thinkagram]]{{erf|1|051}} service is far from a "nominal" fee as advertised by one of the [[Archon]]s. [[Webinar]] mentions that the fee is "for two-way".  A presumably one-way Thinkagram to [[Ansom]] cost her 1700 Shmuckers, which was almost her entire [[purse]].{{erf|1|083}}
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* [[Parson|Parson's]] [[upkeep]] is "over 1,000 Shmuckers per turn"{{erf|1|039}}. Stanley seems to regard this as annoyingly expensive, but not utterly outrageous.
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* The [[Upkeep]] of the weakest [[Archon]]s are 200 Shmuckers per [[turn]]. The most powerful [[Archons]] can cost close to 500 Shmuckers per turn. Since [[Charlie]] has over 600 Archons, his [[Archon]] fleet has a total upkeep cost that is somewhere between 120,000 Shmuckers to 300,000 Shmuckers per turn. 
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[[Category:Erfworld Mechanics]]
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[[Category:Currency]]

Revision as of 18:08, 5 November 2012

Proposed Canon

The Shmucker is the primary currency of Erfworld. To date, the other units of currency and barter that have been mentioned are Rands, Coins and Gems; no exchange rates have been indicated.

Shmuckers that belong to a Side are stored in the Side's treasury. Shmuckers that belong to a Warlord or Caster are stored in a personal purse. It is implied that in both cases Shmuckers are not stored as physical objects (e.g. coins), but rather as symbolical means of exchange.

Value

What follows is a list of prices and values that have been mentioned in the comic, ordered by value:

  • The expense of designating Prince Tramennis as Jetstone's heir is estimated at around 165,000 (or slightly less), as calculated based on Charlie's offer of 5,000 per Decrypted Archon destroyed and a bonus of 25,000 for capturing one and returning it to him alive.
  • Jillian felt Faq's treasury increase by about 40,000 when she razed Progrock, noting at the same time that this sum would secure her side's upkeep for 8-10 turns, putting Faq's total upkeep between 4,000 and 5,000 per turn.Erf-b2-pT43Same-site.PNG
  • The upper limit of the purse of a level 10 Warlord or Caster is 10,000. Since few units achieve this level or higher, this is roughly the upper limit that one unit could have (outside of gems).
  • Jillian thinks razing the Level 2 city of Diecast would earn about 8500 Shmuckers to Faq treasury.
  • Parson's upkeep is "over 1,000 Shmuckers per turn"Erf-b1-p039Same-site.PNG. Stanley seems to regard this as annoyingly expensive, but not utterly outrageous.
  • The Upkeep of the weakest Archons are 200 Shmuckers per turn. The most powerful Archons can cost close to 500 Shmuckers per turn. Since Charlie has over 600 Archons, his Archon fleet has a total upkeep cost that is somewhere between 120,000 Shmuckers to 300,000 Shmuckers per turn.
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