Castle Map: Fortress Hohentwiel

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Castle Map: Fortress Hohentwiel

#1 Postby Lord Karick » Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:59 am

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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#2 Postby warrenss2 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:43 pm

WOW :1eek1:

Was that place even taken?!?
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#3 Postby Lord Karick » Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:57 pm

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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#4 Postby SavageGamerGirl » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:25 pm

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. :-D
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#5 Postby GlassJaw » Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:41 pm

That castle is fantastic. Great find!

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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#6 Postby Bhoritz » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:59 pm

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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#7 Postby warrenss2 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:27 am

Lord Karick wrote:Once by the French in 1799.
:1eek13: Seriously? The French? :lol:
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#8 Postby ValhallaGH » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:03 am

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

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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#9 Postby Snate56 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:42 pm

I wonder what happened to the crater.




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#10 Postby Lord Karick » Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:52 am

Snate56 wrote:I wonder what happened to the crater.
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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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#11 Postby Zadmar » Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:18 am

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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#12 Postby Lord Karick » Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:40 am

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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