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Blue lava and basalt pillars...two of my favorite naturally-occurring phenomena.

On ny phone, so no pics, but check out Petra and, my favorite awesome natural craziness, Pamukkale.

 

Edit: some links for Pamukkale, now I'm at home:

 

http://www.indiatoturkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/pamukkale_20120322_195900.jpg

 

http://www.wanderlustturkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/pamukkale6.jpg

 

And with people, for a sense of scale: http://tourism-spot.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/aphrodisias-pamukkale-tour-from-kusadasi_23_21-q8TuG.jpg

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Blue lava and basalt pillars...two of my favorite naturally-occurring phenomena.

Like real-life heroclix.

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Wow. Where are these places?

China

 

Sadly, the first one is a known photoshop. Though still appropriate for inspiration.

 

These however (Dar al-Hajar stone house/palace in Yemen) are not.

 

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We're back to the gingerbread houses again. Yemen gets all the tasty architecture.

 

I'm also always fascinated by Sami storehouses which were all likely the inspiration for Baba Yaga's chicken legged walking hut.

 

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Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in Madagascar

 

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Also while not quite as spectacular, Perrot state park in Wisconsin is still my favorite park for hiking.

 

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Next year I'm going to kayak out to this and hike it

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Wow. Where are these places?

 

China

Sadly, the first one is a known photoshop. Though still appropriate for inspiration.

It did look more like one of those old Patrick Woodroffe album covers than a real place built by human hands that people could live in.

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As is usually the case, when a previously uninhabitable place suddenly becomes free all of a sudden, for a short time the fastest-spreading plant species dominates the local area.

 

In this case, flowers.

 

Atacama Desert, Chile, the driest (non-frozen) desert in the world, after a freak thunderstorm.

 

When the local reservoir dried up on near where I lived, I got a dry lakebed full of sage, and usually-rare dragonflies flitting all about the place.

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rare-desert-flowering-in-Atacama-desert-

 

As is usually the case, when a previously uninhabitable place suddenly becomes free all of a sudden, for a short time the fastest-spreading plant species dominates the local area.

 

In this case, flowers.

 

Atacama Desert, Chile, the driest (non-frozen) desert in the world, after a freak thunderstorm.

 

When the local reservoir dried up on near where I lived, I got a dry lakebed full of sage, and usually-rare dragonflies flitting all about the place.

Just think how long those seeds must have been sitting in the soil. ::o:

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I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Lalibela

 

 

 

 

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The indoor pics are too big to post but worth a search

 

 

 

Being kind of obsessed with Ethiopia,  I had pondered these monolithic churches (if people don't know they are carved out of stone in one piece), but it almost seemed impossible to model them.  I guess you'd need a short table, the church models and a lot of foam to build back up to regular table height.  

 

Also needed:  remote control minis.

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I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Lalibela

 

 

 

 

looking-down-bet-giorgis-500.jpg

 

20141030101956-lalibela.jpg?1414689596

 

The indoor pics are too big to post but worth a search

 

 

Being kind of obsessed with Ethiopia, I had pondered these monolithic churches (if people don't know they are carved out of stone in one piece), but it almost seemed impossible to model them. I guess you'd need a short table, the church models and a lot of foam to build back up to regular table height.

 

Also needed: remote control minis.

Do the church, but do not do the pit. Why does it need to be carved out as a pit?

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I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Lalibela

 

 

 

 

looking-down-bet-giorgis-500.jpg

 

20141030101956-lalibela.jpg?1414689596

 

The indoor pics are too big to post but worth a search

 

 

Being kind of obsessed with Ethiopia, I had pondered these monolithic churches (if people don't know they are carved out of stone in one piece), but it almost seemed impossible to model them. I guess you'd need a short table, the church models and a lot of foam to build back up to regular table height.

 

Also needed: remote control minis.

Do the church, but do not do the pit. Why does it need to be carved out as a pit?

 

 

Well it's being dug out that makes that place so unique.   But yeah, as inspiration you wouldn't need that necessarily.  Part of it is that I was thinking in terms of historical games.

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I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Lalibela

 

 

 

 

looking-down-bet-giorgis-500.jpg

 

20141030101956-lalibela.jpg?1414689596

 

The indoor pics are too big to post but worth a search

 

 

Being kind of obsessed with Ethiopia, I had pondered these monolithic churches (if people don't know they are carved out of stone in one piece), but it almost seemed impossible to model them. I guess you'd need a short table, the church models and a lot of foam to build back up to regular table height.

 

Also needed: remote control minis.

Do the church, but do not do the pit. Why does it need to be carved out as a pit?

Well it's being dug out that makes that place so unique. But yeah, as inspiration you wouldn't need that necessarily. Part of it is that I was thinking in terms of historical games.

How does the drainage work in those structures?

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How does the drainage work in those structures?

 

Good question.   I hadn't really thought about it before.  A quick google search points to a drainage system (restored by UNESCO) and the fact that the rock is volcanic tuft which is porous.  

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I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Lalibela

 

 

 

 

looking-down-bet-giorgis-500.jpg

 

20141030101956-lalibela.jpg?1414689596

 

The indoor pics are too big to post but worth a search

 

 

Being kind of obsessed with Ethiopia, I had pondered these monolithic churches (if people don't know they are carved out of stone in one piece), but it almost seemed impossible to model them. I guess you'd need a short table, the church models and a lot of foam to build back up to regular table height.

 

Also needed: remote control minis.

Do the church, but do not do the pit. Why does it need to be carved out as a pit?

 

 

Well it's being dug out that makes that place so unique.   But yeah, as inspiration you wouldn't need that necessarily.  Part of it is that I was thinking in terms of historical games.

 

Yeah, it's a kinda neat building the way it is, but a lot of what makes it really unique and spectacular is the fact that it's dug out of the rock... You'd lose a lot of the coolness of it if you didn't have it sitting in its pit.

 

You could also make the pit walls removable, maybe in multiple layers... If I had space to do something like this for a game, I'd probably modify it a bit so there was a good-sized landing partway down, so you could have a battle going down to the bottom of the pit, then another battle to fight your way back up to the top of the church... Only works when players don't have any kind of flight, but would still be an extremely memorable adventure.

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