This Reddit thread got me thinking about stash, and how I rarely see players utilize it. The nature of Blades’ economy, the nature of the stash “quality of life” improvements (it takes 21 coin just to get a “Modest” post-crime lifestyle), and the assumed nature of scoundrels (bold, burn-the-candle-at-both-ends types) means saving up for retirement is often the last thing on a player’s mind. At best, I’ll see particularly flush scoundrels toss a few “extra” coin in their stash, only to curse themselves out later when they need to retrieve that money at a loss.
And that’s… probably the point of stash, right? It doesn’t exist to get used (at least not regularly). It’s aspirational–something the scoundrels look wistfully at before dropping four coin on demon blood they need to ghost-proof a hideout. “Ah, yes, a safe, ‘modest’ lifestyle. One can dream.”
Even the way stash gets formatted on the player sheet reinforces this. It looms over the piddly four coin a scoundrel can have on-hand, this impossible future you can see but never reach.
Do other Blades players see stash in the same light? Has anyone been in a game where a player really focused on stashing coin? Has anyone been in a game where a player retired with a so-called “good” lifestyle?