Cool Fight Locations

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A list of locations that would be excellent for set-piece battles, fights, and conflicts of all kinds. No more 10' by 10' rooms.

Locations[edit]

Indoors[edit]

  • In the catwalks above a stage, with the opera/play in progress below.
  • Inside the works of a clock tower
  • In the Great Library of Alexandria as it's being burned
  • In a wharf side warehouse, in a roped-off ring, surrounded by dozens of hard-nosed spectators screaming for blood
  • In elevator shafts, but not in the elevators
  • On a series of conveyor belts leading to pressing machinery
  • Between the gears and pulleys of a four-story-building-sized clockwork, steam-driven difference engine
  • On top of the servers in a major data center (while one of the combatants is trying to hack into the systems in that center)
  • A meat locker, with entire sides of frozen cow hanging from hooks.
  • In a cubicle farm (think Dilbert)
  • In the food court of a large shopping mall, Sunday afternoon, one week before Christmas
  • In a high voltage transformer station
  • In a brick-walled olive oil cellar - when one of the casks is struck, olive oil coats the floor
  • In an airlock that's slowly decompressing
  • In a stopped elevator
  • On a stone staircase in a rapidly falling apart castle
  • On the floor of a large ballroom after the villain has insulted the hero – remember those floors are slick
  • Fort Knox (Think 007)
  • In a smithy filled with blades
  • In a house about to be blown to pieces by a tornado- with a shelter out back with room for one
  • In a dragon's lair...right next to sleeping dragon.
  • In a studio prop department. (make sure to grab your REAL sword)
  • In a game & comic store
  • On a factory conveyer belt that dumps rocks into a furnace
  • In a hospital emergency room that is in the process of accepting dozens of victims from some sort of disaster
  • Backstage at a Victoria's Secret fashion show
  • At a Hockey/Ice Rink
  • In a biotech lab filled with glass growth reactors filled with animal cells/bacteria/yeast/flesh eating amoebas
  • In the middle of 99 cent store with crowded isles only a foot and a half wide.
  • In a brothel / opium den
  • Inside a wind-tunnel
  • In the middle of a high class 1930s nightclub
  • On the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange
  • In a nuclear missile silo about to launch
  • In a room full of hemophiliacs
  • In a paper mill
  • In a museum. Lots of improvised weapons to hand, whether it's a 15th century scimitar or the tooth of a Tyrannosaurus
  • At a fantasy / sci-fi convention
  • At a crowded party, without letting security know
  • In an Esher-esque construction of stairs, halls, and archways that warps space
  • In a Wax Museum after hours
  • At a rave
  • In a ghetto bail-bonds/pawn shop
  • During a high school gym class
  • At a christening
  • Lovers fighting in a huge canopied bed with dozens of pillows and silk sheets
  • In the bathtub or at a Roman bath-house
  • In the shrine of a forgotten/elder god who is starting to wake
  • In a crypt full of life-size, realistic warrior statues, which may or may not come to life.
  • While standing side by side at a urinal...while urinating!
  • In the Oval Office, the floor of the UN general assembly, or other location of political importance
  • In an ancient tomb, rife with treasure and booby traps
  • Through an intricate Ninja Turtles style sewer system, perhaps on skateboards
  • In a workout room, with all the machines and free-weights as weapons
  • In a plane that's going down
  • In a broken down house at night
  • Fighting in a pitch black room which fires lasers occasionally

Outdoors[edit]

  • On a frozen river, with chunks of ice breaking away under your feet.
  • Construction scaffolding.
  • A flotilla of logs floating down a river.
  • On top of a careening stagecoach, in a low-overhang forest.
  • On top of a large hot-air balloon, in mid-flight.
  • Top of a church tower where there's only a narrow walkway around the top. (Swinging off statues of angels and slamming people into bells.)
  • Waist-deep in a stream
  • On a thread-bare rope bridge spanning a chasm
  • Hanging onto the ropes that dangle beneath a zeppelin (which may or may not be on fire)
  • In the midst of deadlocked rush-hour traffic, leaping from car to car
  • On a flat-bed semi traveling down the interstate at 90 mph
  • On a rocky precipice overlooking a fall of hundreds of feet
  • Inside the big cage where they store helium balloons
  • On a rowboat
  • In the back seat of a New York taxicab during rush hour
  • In the middle of a big parade (maybe Mardi Gras, or perhaps the marching band at halftime at the Super Bowl?)
  • On a dam
  • In a ship's rigging
  • In a bamboo forest, about fifty feet up
  • On top of a mist-shrouded hill, surrounded by the crumbling remnants of a stone circle
  • In a sheep pen with about 100 sheep (substitute pigs as required)
  • On the back of a flying whale. And every so often it spouts a geyser of steam from its blowhole.
  • On the surface of a huge, faceted mirrored lens so there are thousands of distorted images of you and your opponent.
  • On dragonfly mounts that buzz around one another...
  • In a cage-free commercial chicken rearing factory
  • In a hedgerow maze
  • On a Ferris Wheel
  • On a seaside boardwalk during a hurricane
  • Underwater while wearing clumsy diver suits
  • A knife fight in a telephone booth (and you HAVE to answer the phone.)
  • On the edge of a burning, active volcano
  • On the roof of a burning sky scraper
  • On the wing of a B-17 Flying Fortress
  • In a gassed out mud filled body strewn WWI trench
  • On a super-highway
  • Up a gigantic tree, with lots of hopping from branch to branch
  • On a grassy plain in the middle of a stampede
  • From rooftop to rooftop in a flooded town
  • An open field with snow 4 feet deep
  • In the surf at a stormswept beach, with heavy waves
  • In the substructure beneath a huge bridge
  • Inside a submarine
  • On a sweltering August day in a full-grown Kansas cornfield
  • On top of a giant Godzilla-style monster.
  • On top of a careening coach while riding over a bridge 10 miles above a city
  • Atop a burning citadel while meteorites fall all around
  • While skydiving
  • On the open observation deck of a gigantic steam-powered zeppelin, suspended a thousand feet above the streets of a major city
  • On skis, hurtling down the side of a snow-covered mountain.
  • NOT on skis, hurtling down the side of an ICE-covered mountain
  • On a roller coaster
  • While flying hang gliders
  • Beneath a waterfall, struggling to stay on your feet under the torrent of pounding water
  • On rafts, going over the waterfall
  • In the hulk of a ghostly pirate ship or ocean liner
  • In the water gardens of Ft. Worth, TX
  • On a school bus full of little children
  • Jumping from piece to piece of wreckage as it's being sucked into a huge whirlpool
  • A train station. Clouds of steam, huge machines to fight across and lots of civilians running around
  • In a Topiary Maze tended by big robotic hedge trimmers that look like the Langoliers from the Stephen King novel
  • On two really elastic bungie cords
  • While on motorcycles
  • On the Boxers' Bridge in Venice, standing over a canal with no guard rails in place
  • In the Capuchin necropolis in Paris, surrounded by walls of skulls.
  • Inside a tram going downhill in San Francisco
  • Queuing for cinema tickets. (Don’t lose your place in line.)
  • A horse track just after the race has gone by, with a minute and a half until it swings by again!
  • Riding horses on the beach
  • In front of the grave of your twin brother that the murderous swine slew one exactly year ago
  • A ferry in high wind, with cars or heavy crates rolling around
  • In the desert at high noon (heat prostration anyone?) while a sandstorm is coming
  • At a witch-burning, climbing up the unnecessarily huge pyre
  • On the back of a giant turtle that is swimming through a swamp full of alligators & with snakes dangling from the heavy vines
  • On top of a hill during a thunderstorm
  • While being lynched
  • In chariots, especially when running along the spar of the enemies chariot
  • On top of monolithic statues depicting your ancestors/nation (The Statue of Liberty, the statues by the falls in Fellowship of the Ring.)
  • On the hands of Big Ben
  • On top of a careening cart (designed for fast travel and drawn by magically bred horses) that falls off a cliff to land the players on a magically propelled train (a.k.a lightning rail; see Eberron Campaign Setting)
  • On the top of a moving train
  • At the bottom of a stopped train (crouch fighting)
  • In the middle of a sandstorm
  • In a hay cart going high speeds down a hill while getting shot from harpoons coming from above

Wacky Situations[edit]

  • Under direct, heavy cannon bombardment.
  • On a merry-go-round
  • Anywhere at all during an earthquake
  • Running concurrently with another swordfight, such that each of the four combatants wants to kill the other three
  • In the city's slums during a massive fire
  • In the middle of a riot
  • Quicksand
  • In the path of a massive horde of army ants
  • Near a strong gravitational or magnetic source, the swords accelerating or decelerating as they pass near it
  • While having sex
  • While handcuffed or otherwise bound to another swordfighter
  • In front of a confused movie crew while the asst director complains about his script missing pages or "this is a romance!"
  • During a motorcycle race (horse race, chariot race, etc)
  • On the sanctioned dueling grounds of a local Mage's guild, DURING a full-scale mage's duel
  • Last men standing on a battlefield (weapons, corpses, and setting sun mandatory, undead optional)
  • Inside a transport container getting crushed in a giant hydraulic press
  • Atlantis as it's sinking
  • At the center of the earth (trying to stop a bomb from going of at earths core)
  • In a crashed plane slowly submerging in water and oxygen is slowly depleting

Other[edit]

  • On Mars, while wearing space suits, in low gravity
  • Inside someone else's blood vessels, while shrunk to microscopic size
  • Below-decks in a burning, sinking ship
  • The tunnels of a large subway system
  • Inside the chambers of a dying giant's heart
  • On a teetering see-saw platform over something dangerous
  • Atop the pistons of some great machine
  • On a suspended cage with the damsel in distress within
  • In an area flooded with explosive gasses. (Better not parry & cause a spark.)
  • In a zero-gravity chamber walled with inertia-reflecting force fields. In other words, once you start bouncing, you don't stop; time to set up that three-corner bank shot....
  • On a spaceship with unpredictable artificial gravity
  • In the middle of a summoning circle, where a demon will be called if any blood strikes the ground. Better make sure to use the flat of the blade
  • A psy-blade duel inside your mind, flashing through every location you’ve ever been afraid of and/or felt safe
  • In a masquerade ball / Halloween party in which many people have the same costumes
  • Traveling through time in a long corridor, racing toward the end of the universe
  • On top of a spire (halo reach)
  • In a mine that's blowing up
  • In a mine that's blocked up and one rope to get out