======Portal====== //example image tbd// =====Description===== A portal is any opening through a wall or dimensions through which characters can move. Some portals are always open, such as an archway, and some may be either open or closed. A portal may provide a [[Patterns:Chokepoint|chokepoint]]. If closed, it may be [[patterns:lock|locked]], creating a [[Patterns:Blockade|blockade]] requiring the player to find a key, seek alternate route, or find some other way to open the portal. It may be [[Patterns:Trap|trapped]], either for when it is walked through or when it is opened. A closed portal might only be accessible from one side. A portal often conceals the area behind it from the player. Some common types of portals are: * Archways * Doors * Portcullises * Grates * Teleporters * Drawbridges =====Variables===== * **Type**: (see above) * **Connections**: which areas the portal connects. Often this is two adjacent rooms, but portals can also magically transport the player across a map. * **Permanence**: if the portal is permanent, and if not what the conditions are for the portal appearing and disappearing * **State**: portals have a number of different states that affect how the player interacts with it * //Openable, always open, or always closed//: some portals can be opened and closed, whereas some are either always open or always closed * //Hidden or unhidden//: if the portal is obvious to the player or if they must search to find it * //Locked or unlocked//: portals can be [[patterns:lock|locked]] * //Open or closed//: whether or not the portal is open or closed when the player encounters it * //Trapped or not trapped//: some portals have traps on them that can either be disarmed with an appropriate tool or [[patterns:skill_action|skill check]], or set off by the player * //Blockaded or not blockaded//: some portals have objects in front of them that may hide the portal from the player's view. These blockades must be destroyed before the portal can be seen or used. =====Examples===== * [[games:bg2|Baldur's Gate II Shadows of Amn]]. In Irenicus's Dungeon, Jaheira and Minsc are both locked in cells (//connections//). In order to release Jaheira, the player must find the key to her cell door (//type//). In order to release Minsc, the player must enrage Minsc through dialogue so that he breaks the door open. Both portals require the player to do something special to open them. //openable, locked, closed, not trapped, not blockaded, permanent// * [[games:oblivion|Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion]]. Oblivion gates open everywhere in the countryside which are portals (//type//) to another dimension (//connection//). Once a player travels inside and completes the level, the gate is closed and the player can no longer travel through the portal (//impermanent//). //always open, unlocked, open, not trapped, not blockaded// * [[games:marvel-ua|Marvel Ultimate Alliance]]. In Castle Doom, there are two special bookcases (//type//) that are portals to secret rooms and passageways ((//connections//). //openable, hidden, unlocked, closed, not trapped, not blockaded, permanent// =====Related Patterns===== * [[Patterns:Chokepoint|Chokepoint]] * [[Patterns:Trap|Trap]] * [[Patterns:Ambush|Ambush]] * [[Patterns:Hallway|Hallway]] * [[patterns:Lock|Lock]] * [[patterns:blockade|Blockade]] =====Quest-Level Relationships===== * [[patterns:defend|Defend]]/[[patterns:follow|Follow]] - During these quests, the player will often have to travel through all kinds of portals (doors, archways, etc.), often forced into a [[patterns:chokepoint|chokepoint]] at difficult points in the quest. {{tag>level:PhysicalElement games:bg2 games:oblivion games:marvel-ua}}

patterns/portal.txt ยท Last modified: 2011/06/12 23:53 by Gillian Smith
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