One year later I remember RS2 very fondly. It was raw and addictive. I want to replay the game and maybe not doom Fake-Japan this time by leaving before the end of the scenario.
I suggest doing a no-reset LP and go through a ton of different emperors / empress.
I just got a new blood potion for this old post in « it’s the economy, stupid » :
« Romancing SaGa 2 is completely ridiculous
All shops around the world start with low to medium quality weapons and armors that cost normal RPG prices (like 1000-2000g)
The max money you can hold is 10000g
Monsters don’t drop any money.
BUT you are also an empire/empress and your people are paying taxes. Your treasury is amassing money. IIRC it gets a fixed amount of 5000g at the end of every regular battle at the beginning of the game, and even more as you conquer parts of the world (by finishing particular quests) Right now my treasury gets 25000g per fight.
Since you are the fucking ruler of the empire you can just go whenever you want to your treasury and there will be a guy asking:
"Do you want to fill your wallet with money from the treasury?
This is very important. The game could have just given you cash directly after every battle with no difference to gameplay. But it instead chooses to have both a wallet and a treasury for the sheer joy of going back to your castle to fill your wallet with taxpayer cash.
This does mean that any regular thing you can buy is dirt cheap. But it doesn’t - feel- dirt cheap. It just feels like you’re an obscenely rich person in a regular RPG instead.
The economy isn’t completely ruined as you’d expect, because you can invest in a lot of things in your castle that cost a lot of cash. For example I have the option to build an university in my castle for 2000000g.
Crucially the only way to get new powerful weapons/armor is to invest in R&D at your blacksmith. Your blacksmith needs loads of $$$, but once a piece of equipment is researched, shops around the world start to have it in their stocks and you can buy it for cheap. (Plus you get one for free)
Money in treasure chests scale up with all that so you also hilariously get hundreds of thousands of gold everytime you find a small treasure.«