Creative Mountain Games
Quasqueton said:I’ve read this assertion before, but I haven’t seen this in the adventure modules I’ve gone through. The vast majority of treasure is not hidden. And that treasure that is hidden, is not much, and only rarely “ridiculously” or “devilishly” (as someone else said) well hidden.
The Moathouse's "hidden" treasure:
1- in the belly of a giant frog = a 100gp gem
2- "the brigands have buried a chest. . . Three turns of digging" = 265gp value, +1 arrows (x4)
3- "in the litter of its nesting" = 850gp value
4- In a lone wall cresset, a "nondescript torch stub is a silver baton" = 30gp value
5- "[The giant lizard] has previously swallowed a shield +1, easily found if appropriate actions are taken after the battle." = +1 shield
6- "hidden behind a loose stone" = 500gp value
7- "intermixed with the old carpeting and rags of [the ogre's] bedding" = elven cloak
8- in a pool of water, under a skull = a pin worth a total of 2,000gp
9- in the "mess" of a ghoul nest = 40gp value, 1 potion, 1 scroll
10- "hidden in a cabinet" in the BBEG's chamber = 15,000gp piece of jewelry [Is this actually "hidden", in the context of this discussion? Just in a cabinet.]
Total of 3,785 gp value (out of 30,938gp) not immediately or obviously discoverable. Plus a 15,000gp piece of jewelry "hidden in a cabinet" in the BBEG's chamber, which "If seriously threatened, Lareth will offer all his non-magical treasures---jewelry, coins, and all else---as ransom for his life."
Most of that treasure should be found by careful searching.