jackattack wrote: ↑Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:34 amI found it infuriating. Must be me.
Since I have a dead horse... mine tracks!
I still like the idea of ruts worn into stone. This can be modded with two parallel lines of paint, by scraping the tiles with a tool, or by careful application of a fine dremel bit.
I don't believe mine tracks (or carts) need to be functional. But if the tracks must be done as metal rails, allow me point out that wooden ties and raised beds were only used where there was no stable or even surface to secure a metal rail. On a smooth stone floor, iron spikes would been driven directly into the stone to hold the rails.
I'm also not sold on intersections.
And here's something I just thought of while writing this post.
Since we typically attribute the invention/use of metal rails to dwarves or gnomes, why couldn't there be a single track (or rut) instead of two?
Maybe the cart is actually a wheelbarrow with just the one wheel. Maybe the wheels on one side of the cart go on a rail, and the wheels on the other side are standard wagon wheels. Maybe mine carts have standard wheels on the sides, and (a) special guide wheel(s) in the center of the axle(s) underneath.
Maybe the "rail" is a wide feature actually made of raised stone or earth or embedded wooden beams/ties/logs and the cart's "wheels" are actually big spools (one at each end).
I think this idea may have a lot going for it:
1) It avoids the need for parallel rails to have exact tolerances for aesthetic or mechanical purposes.
2) It is a unique (?) design that differentiates it from other similarly-themed products.
3) Users would have the option (with rails on floor tiles) of putting rails beside each other at varying distances, implying the use of larger wagons or even huge trains.
The drawbacks include:
1) It might not be as useful for RW/historical settings unless it sticks to metal rails that can be used in tandem (side by side).
2) Curves for tandem rails would not match up outside of a certain distance apart. One rail only needs a standard curve. A second rail set next to the first needs a wider curve. Every blank tile used between two parallel rails (every unit of separation) requires a still wider curve for one of the two rails.
Does this make any sense? Would drawings help?
Are there advantages or disadvantages that make or break this idea? Is there a way to improve or fix this idea?
Does this inspire a different idea that hasn't been discussed yet?
Let me know.
JackAttack,the non-traditional rails idea is fab. Run with this!
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