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Bookwyrm
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Posted - 08 Mar 2004 :  22:28:04  Show Profile  Visit Bookwyrm's Homepage  Click to see Bookwyrm's MSN Messenger address Send Bookwyrm a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
About a month ago (or the day before yesterday in game time) the PbeM I'm in went through a night of relaxation at an inn in Berdusk. One thing I noticed was, surprisingly, how many of them were roleplaying being drunk.

Beer, ale, and other common liquors were only recently considered "hard," historically speaking. In the historical period covered in the Realms (high middle ages to the beginning of the Renaissance), such beverages were just that -- simple beverages that were consumed as a common drink.

Part of the reason for this was that the distilling process removed the unwanted impurities in the drink, which made unboiled water decidedly dangerous to drink. An average man in the middle ages often drank (if I recall correctly) five gallons of beer a day to stay hydrated. That can't be done today, since modern distilling produces a much purer product, in terms of alcohol content.

Therefore, one would expect that the same would follow for the Realms, that alcohol would be limited in its percentage for the common drinks. I believe it was only after the use of pasteurization came into play that one could easily make a modern alcoholic drink without aging it for a long time (such as with wines, and actually wine-making was the first industry to use pasteurization).

Since pasteurization came about because of observations through a microscope (specifically of the asymetry of organic compounds), I would venture a guess that it is an unknown process in the Realms. One could, of course, make an argument on magical intervention, but that would significantly raise the price.

So, what are the ways you deal with alcohol in your games? Do you treat them like modern beverages, or like the older versions they should be?

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The Cardinal
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Posted - 08 Mar 2004 :  23:33:02  Show Profile  Visit The Cardinal's Homepage  Send The Cardinal an AOL message  Send The Cardinal an ICQ Message  Click to see The Cardinal's MSN Messenger address  Send The Cardinal a Yahoo! Message Send The Cardinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Truthfully we never gave such a thing much thought, although we totally agree with you. In the games We've played alcohol is rather much like a beverage. Everyone (and their dog... sometimes literally) seems to be drinking it, and also granted very few actually got drunk.

We must say though, we doubt that any went into further detail on whether they are the originals or modernized versions (after all our groups more often than not, used alcohol as mere drink... it was various.... 'herbal items' that seemed to get the band into more trouble, generally as well as lawfully)
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Bookwyrm
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Posted - 09 Mar 2004 :  06:03:40  Show Profile  Visit Bookwyrm's Homepage  Click to see Bookwyrm's MSN Messenger address Send Bookwyrm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm confused . . . . Was that your party, or your playing group? ::innocent look::

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The Cardinal
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Posted - 09 Mar 2004 :  06:46:56  Show Profile  Visit The Cardinal's Homepage  Send The Cardinal an AOL message  Send The Cardinal an ICQ Message  Click to see The Cardinal's MSN Messenger address  Send The Cardinal a Yahoo! Message Send The Cardinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Witht the exception of us, We had trouble telling the difference between them sometimes....


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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 09 Mar 2004 :  15:09:15  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bookwyrm

I'm confused . . . . Was that your party, or your playing group? ::innocent look::



Drunk playing group or drunk DM? <Innocent whistling> Nope, never saw any of that ever....
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Hymn
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Posted - 09 Mar 2004 :  21:57:16  Show Profile  Send Hymn an AOL message  Send Hymn an ICQ Message  Click to see Hymn's MSN Messenger address  Send Hymn a Yahoo! Message Send Hymn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Strange things happen when the group and DM are drunk fore sure, hrrmm. PG 20 rated stuff.

Any how I treat inns, as in the english kind of way. People gather each day after work to chat about happenings of the day etc etc. So they drink quiet alot, and as a good barkeep always does, the ale is also watered.

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