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#22461
Short passages 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
jkratzer's points are excellent, but I would make some additions based on reality and on fantasy.

In reality, the additions come up in "troglodyte" architecture and mines.

Where natural caverns exist, some societies take advantage of them to create additional living and storage space -- since most underground areas have a fairly constant temperature (around 56F, I think), they are excellent for living quarters in areas that have extreme temperatures or weather (except flooding) for any part of the year, and for storing food. Where people have moved into underground spaces, they have a tendency to "finish" them by carving or lining the walls to make even surfaces, but overall the floorplan follows the natural cavern. They also partition large spaces to create privacy, or to separate specifically purposed rooms.

You also sometimes get irregular underground shapes and passages when played-out mines are used for living quarters. (Reference opal mines in Australia.) The passages will follow the veins of ore that were being dug out, and those spaces are later "evened out" and finished to create passages and rooms.

As for fantasy, well, almost anything goes, but I'll point out two possibilities for GMs and DF builders to consider.

One is that a society of dwarves, having been in one place for a long time, will eventually turn back in on itself (architecturally speaking). When the population reaches a certain point, they'll have to start digging out new rooms from the solid stone between existing rooms, and digging new levels, and so on, until the entire mountain is little but a shell.

The other is that certain high-level spells allow wizards to dig wherever they want, however they want. An economical use of spells would encourage all of the rooms to be very close to each other, while an arcane show-off is going to have long winding passages leading to every pantry and coat closet in his underground lair.
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#22462
Short passages 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Is the classic short passage set ever going to be available again????

I just love the blocked/rubbled end-cap piece.
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#22463
Short passages 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
I would love to see a small boxed set of narrow cavernous passages?

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