Hey everybody, here is just a (not so) brief question about selling constructs (and maybe crafted equipment in general).
The Tinkerer in my group decided to build a construct (worth 25§), wants to sell it for the fourfold value (roughly; as described on p. 311 in the Core Rules) and plans to use the earned Scrip to build a new Construct for "private use" (worth approx. 70§, height 4, probably armed to the teeth and what not).
While I like the basic idea, I’m afraid that this approach is just too easy and may lead to almost unlimited financial resources in the long run. I don’t want to curtail the Fated’s actions or prohibit any of their ideas; but I don’t want them to basically earn infinite Scrip neither. Since they are working for / employed by the Union in our current campaign, I thought of the following complications to prevent "easy Scrip" when selling constructs:
Selling the construct takes time: The Fated cannot just "convert" the construct into cash; it has to be inspected by Union steamfitters (i.e. quality assessment) and the Union needs to find a buyer – which may take days or even weeks. What if the Union decides to use it for itself, however?
Paperwork and taxes: Since the Fated are members of the Union, they do not gain the full market price for selling the construct, but have to pay a fair amount of charges (e.g. fees for the inspection, commissions, interest to the Union etc.).
Potential risks and long-term consequences (if the Fated should decide to skip inspections and paperwork, for example): A few weeks after selling the construct, it malfunctions and manages to kill some people. Now the Fated have to get out of this mess (which may be the subject of a whole adventure).
Or do you think that I overthink this whole thing and should just roll with it? While possessing a giant construct (or arming the whole group by crafting the entire equipment) undoubtedly has its benefits (combat-wise), it is unlikely that the Fated will be able to drag it along the whole time (good luck getting it into Malifaux or Ridley, for example…).
How would you deal with that sort of situation as a FM? Any advices? Thanks in advance!