- A Tavern that specializes in stirge meat.
- A cheese factory
- A camel farm
- A monastery and chapel
- A stone and statue garden
- An abandoned dwarven home
The Road from Headwaters to Trisagia
- A stone toll bridge manned by half-giants
- A merchant company the specializes in shipping
- A cathedral with an illuminated text
Note that only the last one qualifies as a standard Stronghold in B/X terms. I really love this stuff because it enriches the campaign world in a way that I could never do purely on my own. These places have been adventure fodder and/or direct results of adventures. Each one has multiple stories attached to it. I firmly believe none of these would exist if it weren’t for Dave Arneson’s rule of 1 gp spent = 1 xp. As a consequence, whenever I run into a version of D&D that does not use it, I try to find an easy way to shoehorn it in.
Enter SWCL. I actually love the leveling mechanic of this game: complete a given number of sessions/adventures and you level. No math, no trying to assign experience value to non-combat encounters, just go on adventures and be done with it. This idea is so elegantly simple I am actually loathe to mess with it; however, I am also loathe to get rid of the incentive for players to invest in all of the kind of world-building goodness that the Arneson rule has produced in my games.
Thus, I propose an Optional Rule for SWLC:
In order for an adventure to be considered “complete,” a character must spend at least half of the treasure gained from that adventure.
Thus, if my character’s share of the booty is 20 gp because we overlooked the real treasure trove, I need to spend 10 gp to complete that adventure in terms of gaining levels. If that booty is 2000 gp (because we went back and found the hidden treasure chest) I now have to figure out a way to spend 1000 gp.