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Old 01-10-2013, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default What WOULD you find in a dwarven mine?

Been thinking about what would have to be included in a hypothetical dwarven stronghold, as well as optional things and structures. This is the list I have come up with this morn, but is there anything which I have missed?
  • Smelters
  • Coal storage
  • Ore storage
  • Rare minerals storage and guards
  • Mining
  • Major pedestrian tunnels
  • Rail tunnels
  • Great halls
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Kitchens
  • Cold stores
  • Libraries, archives
  • Dormitories
  • Shops/storefronts/market places /bazaars
  • Workshops
  • Open space
  • Armouries
  • Inventors workshops
  • Sewage farms/ biogas generators
  • Garbage dumps
  • Major tunnels (inclusive of rail networks) linking with the surface/other strongholds
  • Forges
  • Foundries
  • Coking ovens
  • Goldsmiths' workshops
  • Tinkers' workshops
  • Charcoal
  • Refineries
  • Enormous chimneys to vent the smelters, furnaces, and cooking-fires
  • Air intakes and ventilation shafts
  • Aqueducts
  • Canals
  • Locks
  • Water pumps
  • Fungus farms
  • Sewers
  • Schools
  • Hospitials and hospices
  • Cemetaries (Occasional statue, lots of plaques with runes, urns full of ashes)

I know this is vaguely similar to the title set in that Pyramid article about space colonies, but I have a bee in my bonnet about random map generation in fantasy games this morn. So there...
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:14 PM   #2
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Where do they worship their deities, educate their children, heal their sick
and bury their dead ?
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:22 PM   #3
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This is amazing, I have been thinking about starting to build a massive dwarven fortress my self, as my players are entering into one, what you listed is good, now all you need is versions of these same things but overtaken by some kind of evil!

Smelters being operated by salamanders conjuring fire elementals!

Coal Storage with dwarven zombies on it!

Ore storage with a dragon sleeping on it.

Rare mineral storage, but rare minerals are gone and only undeads remain!

Mining operations ? More like portal to hell with Balors and whatnots!

Major Pedestrian Tunnels ? Maybe they are collapsed, haunted and full of gigantic spiders.

Rail Tunnels seems like the perfect place to be swarmed by bats.

Great Halls, maybe the remnants of a great battle, I would suggest more undeads, maybe some big prize sitting in one of their hands.

Luxury accomodation for some reason makes me think of a portal, so I suggest you could have an open portal on it, maybe pumping some sort of extraplanar in the dungeon ? Maybe even the original invasion.

Kitchen, I imagined a bunch of goblins cooking, but for what ? maybe the dragon ? or a darker enemy.

Cold Stores, seems like the ideal place for some sort of spiritual encounter, maybe an old ghost of the fortress.

Libraries, archives: Teleportation circle, lots of books thrown around and damaged, all the magical ones already taken.

Dormitories: Some undeads, some personal belongings, maybe a bunch of goblins.

Bazaar: Whatever enemy you like, probably organized and in defensive fortification.

Workshops: Same as above, plus crafters.

Open Space: A great many corpses that someone transformed into a huge bone golem!

Armouries: A bunch of well armed undead but theres a secret passage with magic weapons behind it.

Inventors workshops, completely sealed, inside all looks normal, but theres a secret passage that leads to an exit from the dungeon, also tons of tools and stuff.

Sewage farms, probably some bizarre creature no one evne heard of, or worse, lots of them!

Garbage dumps, otyugh ?

Major tunnels, Spiders, bats, dumb things.
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:27 PM   #4
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Well, you could always figure it out for yourself . . .. Create your own fortress/mine and, when you lose, run your party through it.

Just remember: Losing is fun.

Seriously, I'd take a long, hard look at Dwarf Fortress (link above), it's exactly what you're asking. Okay, it's also brutally hard. You might try it's easier "clone," Gnomoria.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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Where do they worship their deities, educate their children, heal their sick
and bury their dead ?
Excellent. Will add ASAP.

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.... now all you need is versions of these same things but overtaken by some kind of evil!
Sounds like you are already onto it.

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Well, you could always figure it out for yourself
LOL. I am actually considering the spatial arrangement of these spaces, in order to then try to get a tile engine to randomly generate hex maps of dwarven strongholds. This is a carry-over for a project which has been kicking around the recesses of my mind for over four years. Finally decided to move from a board game format to a video game / computerised version.

Dwarf Fortress sounds cool, but it is intricate where I want simplicity, and doesn't do stuff at the operational level that I am after.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:19 PM   #6
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Just to put this in context, I am thinking of these different types of structures in the framework of a quasi urban planning approach. I know very little about the layout of medieval cities, except that housing was integrated into all the other uses, waterways dictated the presence or lack thereof of a number of industries, and the quartering and the homogeneous presence of retail, arts or craft workshops in some streets.

Any suggested online links to a primer or intro in medieval urban layout?
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Dwarf Fortress sounds cool, but it is intricate where I want simplicity, and doesn't do stuff at the operational level that I am after.
You may want to consider mining the Dwarf Fortress Wiki. It has examples of how they suggest laying things out. It's a compilation of ideas from other users.
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Any suggested online links to a primer or intro in medieval urban layout?
I would recommend this website, especially the many useful links there:

http://the-orb.net/encyclop/culture/towns/towns.html
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Dwarves?
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A dragon eating the dwarves? Or is that an ex-dwarven mine?
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