Tag Archives: money

$ave! $ave! $ave!

Maybe it’s because of role-playing video games where you have to buy a bunch of stuff for your quest, but I tend to associate fantasy lands with wandering merchants. That sounds so much classier than traveling salesmen, even though I … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Soros at Me

One of the mail bombs found in the last few days was sent to George Soros, someone I think I’ve only heard of from right-wing conspiracy theories. Conservatives blame this guy for EVERYTHING they don’t like, from funding protests to … Continue reading

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Riches Do Not Bring Contentment (But Neither Does Poverty)

Throughout the works of L. Frank Baum, we’re constantly seeing praise of contentment. The last chapter of The Marvelous Land of Oz is called “The Riches of Content,” and Ozma tells the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman that these are the … Continue reading

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My Problems Are Temporal Things

The old proverb that money can’t buy happiness was probably, like so many things in this world, made up by a rich guy who was trying to keep the poor in their place. On the face of it, I guess … Continue reading

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No Money, Mo’ Problems

As I said back in this post, whether or not Oz uses some form of money is no more consistent than many other aspects of the series. Certainly the earlier books show money in use, with children paying for green … Continue reading

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The All Ighty Ollar

There was some radio call-in show that I flipped past recently where people were talking about giving money to the church, and whether or not it was a scam. The way I see it, there’s nothing necessarily wrong with a … Continue reading

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Pixels

It seems like, when creating a fantasy universe, the default currency tends to be the generic “gold pieces.” Of course, gold pieces have been pretty standard currency in our world all the way back to at least the seventh century … Continue reading

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