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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #7

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #7

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Hoarding These are a type of bartizan which can exist temporarily. Built of wood these structures could be taken down in peace time and stored in pre-fabricated pieces. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #6

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #6

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Gatehouse This is the small building that may exist alongside, potentially flanking, a gate. This generally houses those defending the gate itself and defense measures and architecture related to sealing and protecting the gate. This is a mini-article…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #5

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #5

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Embrasures This is a type of opening in crenelations, merlons, or walls that splay outwardly. This provides an increased view and angle of attack for the defender without increasing the likelihood an attacker may hit you. This is…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #4

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #4

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Battlements A wall with a protective parapet that has regular openings through which weapons may be fired. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation….

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #3

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #3

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Bartizan This is a turret or small tower that overhangs a well. Often these are found on corners, but may be found along a wall as well. These tend to have defense features aside from a protected view….

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #2

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #2

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Barbican This is the fortified gateway, outpost, or tower over a gate. These are used as defense for entry into a fort, city, or castle. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #1

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #1

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Bailey Also known as a ward, the bailey is a courtyard that is enclosed by a curtain wall. Often denoted by direction (east, west), height on a hill (upper/lower), or how enclosed it is (inner/outer). This is a…

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GM Dictionary: The Dead #22

GM Dictionary: The Dead #22

This month we look at the various burial places of the world! What better way to kick off a series during October!? Mourner Often women, mourners are professionals who weep and wail at a funeral in order to encourage others there to do the same. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation. Each month will hold a different theme and each weekday will have a different…

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GM Dictionary: The Dead #21

GM Dictionary: The Dead #21

This month we look at the various burial places of the world! What better way to kick off a series during October!? Mute Mutes are professional bystanders for funerary rites. They stand there silent with a pathetic face and are symbolic protectors of the deceased. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation. Each month will hold a different theme and each weekday will have a different…

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GM Dictionary: The Dead #20

GM Dictionary: The Dead #20

This month we look at the various burial places of the world! What better way to kick off a series during October!? Shroud Generally a cloth, this is something that covers and protects something else. Often this something is a body that is or will be buried. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation. Each month will hold a different theme and each weekday will have…

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