Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pigeon Towers

I thought of these today when I was reading through Matt Finch’s new book, the Tome of Adventure Design. There’s a great table entitled “The Bill of Fare” and I got to drooling over some of the menu items listed. Pigeon Pie…mmm. (If you’ve never had squab you’re missing out on some really good stuff, but if you ever try it and it’s not practically bleeding on the plate, send it back!)

It’s funny, but that table inspired adventure design ideas that have nothing to do with tavern fare. Pigeon towers? What about stirge towers? Here’s a bunch more… Maybe all those cubicles had haunted urns in them...

Below is a modern pigeon tower in England, built in 1910. I like the idea of rooms above the pigeon chambers… obviously where the wizard works.
And of course, pigeonniers in France…
One in Toulouse.
One blasted apart by magic.

A tower for those on a budget...
So the next time you map out that town or village, don’t forget to drop a pigeon tower or two in there.

7 comments:

christian said...

Excellent idea!

And yes, squab is amazing!

Paul said...

Nice. After reading this, I spent an embarrassing about of time googling the historical uses of pigeon dung.

S. P. said...

By "embarassing," I think you mean "appropriate" because that's awesome.

Trey said...

@Paul - Who says gaming isn't educational? ;)

David Lawson said...

I see the word pigeonnier and my mind conjures up images of down on their luck French falconers making do with what's available.

"Sacre Bleu! Fly my leetle ones! Fly and poop all over those Saxon dogs!"

Gabriel said...

There's a pigeon tower a few blocks away from where I live. It now houses a small library for the neighborhood. Here's the link: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1384576

Saludos!

Theodric the Obscure said...

Dovecotes! Of course! Magic-users, sages, rulers, alchemists, healers...so many applications for carriers. And at some point, I can see a starving party breaking into one so they can have roast squab.

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