Tuesday, July 16, 2013

#4 at the Proofreaders and #5 Already Forming

While Manor #4 is at the proofreaders I am already getting material together for issue #5.  I've asked a few people for a article here and there and so far what's come in looks pretty cool.  I've been working on an article, a piece about dungeon doors, but I am approaching it as a Consumer Report article.  Here's an example.



The Oxford
This is a good door.  Top of the line and as expensive as the king’s syphilis treatments.  It is made of treated heartwood.  The average dimensions are 8’ high, 4’ wide and 5” thick.  And weights in at an impressive 320lbs.  
Oxfords are known for their complex dual locking system.  Parallel locks make it nearly impossible to pick.  One lock may be manipulated open, but only to have the second relock.  Their patented twin key opens both locks with ease.
These are beautiful doors and have been installed in the grandest palaces and temples.  It comes in a flat or arch top and the buyer has three shades of brown to choose from to match their décor.

The following options are available, but be warned these do get expensive.

  • Secret Lock, can be install behind a false bolt head.  This adds another layer of protection.
  • Pick Breaker, will make picking the lock annoying and expensive.  If the lock is manipulated by anything other than the twin key a piece of metal (the pick breaker) with violently slide over the hole snapping picks and dagger blades.
  • Reinforced Steel Bands, to really make breaking through nearly impossible.  At the factory the Reinforced Oxford  withstood the pounding of a frost giant. 
  • Spikes, in addition to steel bands, spikes can be added to thwart the foolhardy who would dare to slam into your door.
  • Internal Hinges, why go to all that trouble of a fancy lock and reinforcement when the looters can pop the hinges and take off the door instead of going through it?  Internal hinges are hidden within the door frame denying a clever adventurer easy access.
 The Pros
The Oxford is a beautiful and reliable door.  They are resistant to damp dungeons so they swell less and stick less.  With reinforcements this door is nearly unbreakable and with the redundant locking mechanisms will frustrate any thief into retirement.

The Cons
It is expensive.  No way of getting around that fact.  A single door without any frills can cost 200sp.  The twin keys are known to break and getting a replacement can be another added expense.  Especially on the weekend.