Over the past several sessions of my son’s ongoing Labyrinth Lord campaign, we’ve cooked up a simple system for PCs to look for hirelings. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s been serving pretty well so far and I thought I’d toss it up here and see if anyone had any thoughts:
I allow PCs to use their reaction modifier for charisma to adjust the cost. My son’s thief, for example, has a reaction modifier of -1. So he only has to pay 4gp per effort rather than 5.
I don’t see why this wouldn’t work with Swords & Wizardry as well, though studded and scale are not armor types in the White Box game. (Maybe work in ring for Core.)
UPDATE: I should make clear that all normal rules for reaction checks, loyalty, wages, treasure shares, and the like remain in effect. This is intended to merely serve as a quick way to determine how many potential recruits show interest and what sorts of NPCs they are.
Also, I mixed up the die types for armor and weapon/shield. Armor is d8 and weapon/shield is d6. This will be corrected in the next version.