What does hard cold cash look like in the Frontier

    Metal coin like the Ferengi's gold pressed latnum
    0% (0 votes)
    Hard plastick credit chits like poker chits used in Vegas
    16% (3 votes)
    Plastic cards like modern credit cards
    11% (2 votes)
    0% (0 votes)
    All of the above
    58% (11 votes)
    11% (2 votes)
    Plastic Bills
    5% (1 vote)
    Total votes: 19

    jedion357's picture
    August 1, 2013 - 11:12am
    I like the idea of multiple forms of tender in a frontier environment and an overarching interstellar credit standard that is probably based on the energy economy.

    Still I think the standard credit should have a credit voucher that can be transfered or used on some outpost planet.
    I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

    Tekrat04's picture
    August 2, 2013 - 9:44am
    I would add plastic bills like the new Canadian and Australian currency.

    Jaxon's picture
    August 4, 2013 - 8:06am
    I think it would be a credit based system - i.e. like a credstick. In the UAE, the plan is to have the Residency Card to contain your immigration information and allow you to load csh into it - like a debit card or Eagle Cash. Between that, your local debit card and your local bank credit card...well there is getting to be no need for cash.

    rattraveller's picture
    August 5, 2013 - 3:35pm
    Your ID card is also supposed to be your credit card and allow you to use your money anywhere. However since the UPF is a Confederacy each of the member planets would have its own currency.
    Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

    thespiritcoyote's picture
    August 12, 2013 - 8:06am

    Depends entirely on the colony and economic needs of the local market(s).

    Barter, being a direct exchange of goods and services, simply never dies; it is the fundamental basis of all other forms of value based exchange... and the most universal among alien participants.

    Currency is merely; a method of barter decentralization, in the form of an accepted basis of value, on a medium of exchange that is currently backed by a market of recognized stability, in supply of commodities or services. The actual medium of exchange could literally be anything == such as; salt and seashells, or plastic chips and bit-coins.

    Credit is the promise of the future availability for a given value of currency or commodity not currently in possession and/or circulation.

    All other economic systems that might be proposed, are nothing more than actual or speculative variations of these three fundamental forms; physical barter exchange, trusted current value, honored credit potential.

    The more complex and diverse the agreements of fair exchange in a society becomes, among individuals or organizations, the more the economic systems in use reflects the layers of exchange in similar complexity and diversity.

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    Malcadon's picture
    August 16, 2013 - 12:14am
    I tend to avoid cold-hard-cash in my games, as they tend to be problematic and the details about solid cash was not worth it. Most of the time, I have the players use their ID cards as a credit card, with plenty of places with card slots (I still like to keep the setting looking like something that looked impressive back in the 1970s and '80s - Farrah hair and all).

    Sometimes, when I want the tech have the feel of an iPod future, I have them use an ID microchip that can be placed in their can-do-everything smartwatch/chronocom. Transactions can be as simple as running your hand over a marked sales plaque or shaking someone's hand - you'll still have to confirm the transaction.

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    Shadow Shack
    August 21, 2013 - 6:22pm

    Hard plastick credit chits like poker chits used in Vegas

    I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide...nor do I have any qualms stating why. Tongue out

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