Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Opening Doors

Telecanter has an interesting post about dungeon crawling and opening doors.  Got me thinking about how I decide what side the hinge of a door is on and whether a door opens in or out.

Now, I normally just make that up on the fly, but I find that I tend to make doors open outward more often than inward and I often make decisions based upon patterns (the last two were in so this one is out...)

I just mocked up this die to randomly determine the hinge and opening direction of a door when the characters come upon it (ala Shr√∂edinger's dungeon).  No sense doing this kind of thing in advance -- just spoils the fun.  :)


The first four sides were easy: In-R, Out-R, In-L, and Out-L.  The other two sides are In-C and Out-C.  The hinge will be on the side closest to the corner of the room it opens into/out of.

Let me know what you think!

4 comments:

Christian said...

I'm going to make myself one! Nice!

Joseph said...

Splendid idea. At first, though, I thought "C" stood for "center", as in the door pivots on a pin in the center. If you needed two of them to fill out the die, it could be center/right and center/left, depending on which way it pivoted...

Red said...

Do you have a "special" result on the die?

Jim said...

@Red -- no, but that's a good idea. I might just throw it with another die... maybe one that says Ajar, Locked, Unlocked, Stuck, Trapped, Special. Good idea... :)