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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #10

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #10

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. Oubliette A type of cell or dungeon that consists of a tight hole in the ground. A prisoner would find it nearly impossible to turn, let alone sit or move around. These cells may be a bit deep…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #9

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #9

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. Murder Hole These are simply holes in the floor over a passage or gateway specifically designed for defense. From them defenders can pour fire, arrows, tar, or boiling water upon attackers. This is a mini-article series featuring short…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #8

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #8

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. Merlons Merlons are the individual solid portions that make up a crenelated parapet. 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…

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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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