D&D General The 10' hallway default. How? Why?


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dave2008

Legend
I was walking along some long corridors in a hospital earlier this year and I noticed they where pretty close to 10 feet wide. Celings where about 10 feet high too.

The minimum corridor for a modern hospital (in the USA) that will accommodate patients in beds is 8'. Things can only get bigger from their (also forget if that does or does not include the bumpers - I don't do a lot of hospital work).

Also consider, most PCs don't walk around dungeons with tape measures. It doesn't make sense for characters to estimate distances to more than one significant figure. It makes more sense to describe a room as "about 40 feet across" than "37 feet across" or even "35 feet across". The maps can then be seen as approximations, not accurate blueprints.
That is a really good way to look at it.
 

The minimum corridor for a modern hospital (in the USA) that will accommodate patients in beds is 8'. Things can only get bigger from their (also forget if that does or does not include the bumpers - I don't do a lot of hospital work).

Well, this was a UK hospital, and I think that part dated from the 50s or 60s. The main corridor was wider.
 


Nebulous

Legend
I still have some old minis, and, yes, they're noticeably smaller than the current plastic ones, but not, like 15mm vs 25mm smaller.

Yeah, the size of modern plastic minis have gotten...odd. The original 1e giants were fairly small. The plastic hill giants are now the same size or smaller than some of the trolls. Seriously, the trolls are HUGE in 4e, out-muscling nearly every giant figure.
 



Tony Vargas

Legend
Yeah, the size of modern plastic minis have gotten...odd. The original 1e giants were fairly small.
10 to 20 ft tall, from Hill to Storm. Trolls 9+, Titans 18+.
The plastic hill giants are now the same size or smaller than some of the trolls. Seriously, the trolls are HUGE in 4e, out-muscling nearly every giant figure.
I think I still have one of those (I eventually settled into using painted minis for PCs and tokens for monsters).
Wouldn't be surprised if the sculpt was done for a huge creature, then just put on a large base when they realized the mistake. Other WotC plastics look like they may've had similar/opposite issues.
 


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