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Castle Map: Fortress Hohentwiel

 
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Lord Karick
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Castle Map: Fortress Hohentwiel Reply with quote

I never bother looking for castle or monastery plans to buy on DriveThruRPG, there are so many out there from real-life castles that are so easy to adapt for use.
But this one takes the biscuit; Fortress Hohentwiel in south-western Germany, built on an extinct volcano. I need to go and visit this place!
I've made a blog entry "You Really Can't Make This Stuff Up!" if you want to check out the pictures and maps. I've translated the key for non-German speakers' convenience.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW #1eek1

Was that place even taken?!?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once by the French in 1799. In the Thirty Years War it was besieged five times in 1635, 1639, 1640, 1641 and 1644 but never taken.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Google Image Search can be your friend if you're looking for home floor plans, castles, ship deck plans... whatever!

It's my go-to resource for all sorts of maps and layouts. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That castle is fantastic. Great find!

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Google Image Search can be your friend if you're looking for home floor plans, castles, ship deck plans... whatever!


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Even random searches using Google Image Search can turn up amazing things. Same goes of Wikipedia. It's a great source for names too!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best thing is that what you find doesn't even have to be true to be usable in roleplaying. Some of the best things you can find are those made up by the "tin hat" brigade. Most conspiracy lunacies make perfect stuff for gaming.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord Karick wrote:
Once by the French in 1799.
#1eek13 Seriously? The French? Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

warrenss2 wrote:
Lord Karick wrote:
Once by the French in 1799.
#1eek13 Seriously? The French? Laughing

Yeah. They were good at war until sometime during Napoleon's reign. A large part of that was their cunning use of mercenaries.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder what happened to the crater.




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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snate56 wrote:
I wonder what happened to the crater.
SteveN

The mountain is effectively the crater. The external 'volcano' bit was eroded during the last glacier period (according to this site). The hard bit left is phonolite or clinker stone, formed from the magma itself.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool stuff! I've been to Lindau on the other side of the Bodensee, but hadn't heard of Hohentwiel before. After reading that link (and following it to other pages), I've just realised that Edinburgh Castle is also built on an extinct volcano.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zadmar wrote:
Cool stuff! I've been to Lindau on the other side of the Bodensee, but hadn't heard of Hohentwiel before.

Nor had I, and I only live 2 1/2 hours away. I see a daytrip coming up in the not-too-distant future.
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