Urban Family Cost of Living & Market Class

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BChaos
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Urban Family Cost of Living & Market Class

Hi all! I'm trying to figure out some of ACKS' economic assumptions to build my own urbancrawling system using downtime activities.

In Axioms 3 there's a great breakdown of everything a peasant family consumes and produces. I haven't been able to find much mention about urban family consumption (even under the heading on page 3 of Axioms 3 it omits info about how much they consume). From another thread there's an interesting breakdown of a wealthy patrician's living expenses, and from there I'm understanding that food, rent, and entertainment come to roughly half the monthly cost of a standard of living.

How much do living expenses cost for urban families? Why is the monthly cost on the standard of living table a range instead of a single value? Does a settlement's market class raise the costs of living? How would a wealthy patrician's cost of living, or even an emperor's, affect the market? Would market impact apply here?

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So, when you start looking at urban settlements of any size, you start getting into folks that either have levels or are a specialist of some sort. I can't find a thread, but I have a recollection that the "urban family" averages around 25gp in monthly income/costs (the generic "specialist" wage). That average includes all the "peasant class" manual laborers at the 3/6gp wage rate all the way up through sages/etc at 500gp, plus what the wages/earnings/whatever would be of leveled characters, mages, fighters, blah.

As far as what that all get *spent* on, not real sure. It might be interesting to take Alex's suggestions there and bin those things into various categories - rent, food, entertainment, staff, personal luxury, personal care, personal sporting, personal transportation.... - then take those ratios and multiply those up or down based on the wage of the person in question - if they don't make enough to have a healer on staff, let's say, then they don't get one, or maybe it goes up to affording a rank 3 healer, or a small staff of healers, at the high end. Should take care of itself, but for figuring out how to explain the extravagance at the upper ends.