Friday, September 21, 2012

Underground Cities

If you've read this blog at all you know I'm a big fan of using real life settings and events as inspiration for gaming. I've often linked to cool "real life megadungeons", most of which were actually tunnels or mines and such. When I've linked to an underground city it's been underground because of extreme age. Today I have some underground cities that were purposely built to be underground.

Derinkyu was built in the 8th-7th centuries B.C. and could accommodate 20,000 to 30,000 people. It consisted of 13 levels, more than enough to keep you busy exploring. 

Side view 


The city above

Kaymakli is another underground city similar to Derinkuyu. It's probably older and is more spread out than Derinkuyu, which is built deeper. People in the area still use some of the rooms as stables, cellars, etc.


Entrances dotting the hillside. 


I couldn't put this post together without mentioning Petra. Established by the Nabataens around 300 B.C., the city grew rich on the spice trade by charging each caravan for safe conduct through their lands. 

Entrance to the city.


View from a distance

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ten Features for Your Dungeon

For your enjoyment ten things to spice up your dungeon. 

Just imagine if the mouth started speaking just as your party walked by.

No dungeon is complete without a statue

Or some cool architecture.

You also need some cool landscapes

How about a shrine to unknown gods?

You definitely need some flying things to swoop down and get tangled in hair.

I love the idea of sloshing through a flooded cavern and having to deal with debris in the way.

Is it rock? Is there something inside waiting to be hatched? Whatever it is don't knock it down or break it open or you'll surely regret it. 

Lost tomes of knowledge.

A warrior's fate.