Step 313 in The Warlock of Firetop Mountain says, in part:
He wears a suit of leather armor no better than your own, holds a wooden shield on one wrist and clutches a steel-bladed sword in his other hand. In his pockets are 8 Gold Pieces and around his neck is a silver crucifix.
You may take any two of these items you wish.
Are the gold pieces collectively one item (i.e., I could take the gold pieces and something else)? Or if I take the crucifix, does that mean I can only take 1 gold piece? I would assume the latter, but then I don't see the point of being told he has 8 gold pieces if I could never take more than two anyways.
Note: I first tried this question over at rpg.stackexchange.com but they said it was off-topic and they sent me here. I expect, however, that the best answer will come from someone who is quite familiar with role-playing-game customs, rather than someone who is just familiar with Sci Fi tropes.