User:Duke Garland/Buildings Descriptions

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note: proper name for the page should be Location Descriptions

The Urban Dead is a text-based game and one of the most important things about text games are, of course, descriptions. This page contains an analysis of what unique in-game descriptions locations have.

The summary is composed in the next table. Bolded text refers to cases of more unique descriptions than not bolded. Question marks are on entries that i haven't checked yet -- Duke G.

Location Type Outside Description Type Spraypaint on a...1 Inside Descriptin Type Lit Change? Ruin Description Type
Streets2 none wall /+ billboard
Park none tree
wasteland none ruined wall
carpark none wall
cemetery cemetery one of the larger gravestones
Monument monument monument
junkyard junkyard wall (modified 'cade message) N
Cathedral cathedral wall none Standard?
Mall building wall mall N Special
Mansion building wall none Standard
Power Station power station wall none Standard?
Stadium building wall none? N? Special
Fort (...) building wall? none? N? Standard?
Zoo (enclosures) building wall zoo N?
Arms building wall pub N Special
Auto Repair Shop building wall none Standard
Bank building wall bank N Standard
Building (not NT) building wall none Standard
Church building wall none Standard
Cinema building wall cinema Y Standard
Club building wall club Y Standard
Factory building wall none Special
Fire Station building wall none Standard
Hospital building wall hospital N Standard
Hotel3 building wall none Standard
Library building wall none Special
Museum building wall museum N Standard
NecroTech Building building + NT wall NecroTech Y Special
Police Department building wall none Standard
Railway Station building + Railways departures board railway station N? Standard
School building whiteboard school N Standard
Towers building wall none Special
Warehouse building wall warehouse N Standard


  1. Outside of buildings sprays are always "onto a wall", so to avoid 2 columns for them meaning of the column is about inside graffiti.
  2. Alley, Avenue, Boulevard, Crescent, Drive, Grove, Lane, Place, Road, Row, Square, Street, Walk, Way.
  3. Hotel, Motel

Now, let's list the common, unbolded descriptions.

Outside Descriptions

Most of locations that are without enterable buildings don't have any description except the one that states location type (e.g. "You are standing in a carpark."). Cemeteries and junkyards have fixed descriptions, monuments and all buildigns have complex description that varies from one place to another and there's also additional fixed description for railway stations and one for NecroTech buildings for players that have NecroTech Employment skill.


i'll make a prettier table later

Cemetery The grass between the headstones seems smooth and undisturbed.
Junkyard ...a patch of wasteland surrounded by a tall wire fence.
Railway Station Behind railings, you can see railway tracks disappearing into the surrounding city.
NecroTech You recognise it as being owned by NecroTech.
Cathedral (St Matthew's, St Mark's) ...its towering spires of white stone reaching high above the surrounding buildings
Power Station (Krinks Power Station) imposing white-stone building with smoke drifting from its roof.
Zoo ... the Aquarium, a low blue-painted building.
... the Giraffe House, a wire fence surrounding indistinct foliage.


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few examples

a metal obelisk engraved with memorial dates
a granite statue of a man with a book surrounded by grass.
a black granite statue of a soldier that leans to one side.
a bronze statue plastered with quarantine posters.


i'll make this pretty later... actually, i'll make a sub-page for them once i'll get enough info

Looks like all buildings get the same variety of descriptions, not depending from building type


<a large> <concrete> building <split by a large, diagonal crack>.


  • a large concrete building split by a large, diagonal crack.
  • a large yellow-stone building with a curved roof.
    Bulding (not NT)
  • a tall grey-stone building with black crosses painted across its doors.
  • a tall yellow-stone building riddled with bullet holes.
  • an imposing grey-stone building with stern gargoyles along its guttering.

first adjective

  • a large (building)
  • a tall (building)
  • an imposing (building)
  • a four-storey (building)
  • a small (building)
  • a derelict (building)
  • a fire-damaged (building)
  • a narrow(building)

material (2nd adj)

  • concrete
  • yellow-stone
  • grey-stone
  • white-stone
  • red-brick
  • metal-and-glass

Flavor (3rd part)

(no flavor) Seen for: Arms, Church, factory
covered in abandoned scaffolding Seen for: Bank
flanked by trees Seen for: Building (not NT), Club, NecroTech
plastered with posters Seen for: Bank, Railway Station, Towers
riddled with bullet holes Seen for: factory
split by a large, diagonal crack Seen for: Bank, Church
which has partially collapsed Seen for: Church, Cinema
whose facade is beginning to crumble Seen for: Building (not NT), Police Dept
with a curved roof Seen for: Building (not NT)
with a collapsed roof Seen for: Building (not NT)
with a fountain at its entrance Seen for: Cinema, Hospital
with black crosses painted across its doors Seen for: factory, Hospital, Railway Station
with crosses of tape over its windows Seen for: Museum
with boarded-up windows Seen for: Bank
with pillars along its front Seen for: Museum, Police Dept
with revolving doors Seen for: Auto Repair, Hospital, warehouse
with stern gargoyles along its guttering Seen for: warehouse
...its doorway flanked by statues Seen for: Railway Station
...its windows missing and broken Seen for: Mall, Towers




see Types of Museums


see... well, there's Now Playing and there's Cinema Status but both of them don't save info. i'll dump my logs later.

dark description:

, its auditorium in darkness

Description doesn't depend wether cinema is 3D or not. I have info only about 7 3D cinemas and malton and 60+ NOT 3D. i'm yet to visit more.

There is an exception - an unique cinema in Danversbank: Kilingback Cinema

[N] its dark lobby decorated with posters for a 1930s vampire film
[L] a 1930s vampire film playing on its main screen


10 Types of Hospitals:

. The main lobby is riddled with bullet holes.
. It was one of the last to be evacuated, and seems to have been cleared out in a hurry.
, a children's hospital with bright murals across the walls.
, a derelict hospital that was closed down years ago.
, dark corridors leading through abandoned wards.
, its emergency room in disarray.
, its empty wards criss-crossed with snapped quarantine tape.
, its lobby covered with quarantine posters.
, its wards and corridors blackened with the soot of a recent fire
, one of the city's psychiatric hospitals.


It looks like it's been out of use since before the quarantine.
Hundreds of cardboard boxes are piled to the ceiling.
A few dusty crates are stacked in the corners.



  • [L] The NecroTech logo glows gently above the front desk, and doors open onto a number of brightly-lit laboratories and computer rooms.
  • [N] The NecroTech logo is set in the wall behind the front desk, and doors open onto powered-down computer rooms and laboratories.


  • [L] Coloured spotlights highlight an empty stage, and distorted music echoes over the speakers.
  • [N] , in the near-darkness of the main dancefloor.

no descriptions

You are inside a junkyard.
You are inside <any> Police Dept.
You are inside <any> Fire Station.
You are inside <any> Auto Repair.
You are inside <any> Building.
You are inside St <name>'s Church.
You are inside a factory.
You are inside <any> Motel. (Hotel)
You are inside <any> Towers.

fixed description

You are inside <any> Mall. Trails of looted debris litter the floors and escalators.
You are inside <any> School. Half-finished work is scattered across the floor.
You are inside <any> Bank. The vault lies open, its contents either looted or transferred.
You are inside <any> Railway Station. Its platforms are empty, its departure boards blank, all trains having left the city during the evacuation.
You are inside <any zoo enclosure>. There is no sign of its former inhabitants.


usually ruined buildings recieve this added sentence for ransack:

The building has been smashed and ransacked.

and for ruin:

The building has been completely ransacked, and has fallen into ruin.

However there are exceptions.

<Arms> Chairs and tables are strewn across the floor, and there is broken glass everywhere.
<Library> Shelves and racks have been smashed and toppled, with torn books scattered out across the floor.
<Mall> The shops are ruined, broken glass covering the fallen shelves.
<factory> The machinery has been ruined, with dark oil pooling on the concrete floor.
<NecroTech> The laboratories have been ruined, with broken equipment smashed to the floor.
<Stadium> The seating has been torn up and spread across the pitch, the surrounding rooms and corridors ruined.
<Towers> The lobby has been ruined, and debris trails down the staircases.


A billboard hangs over the street, advertising a fast food chain.
A huge billboard for a local housing development has been riddled with bullet-holes.
A splintered billboard hangs down across the road, showing a large poster for a national newspaper.
Directly in front of you, a billboard advertises a holiday company.
A large billboard advertises Caiger Mall
An advertising billboard has been obliterated with missing-person signs. 
A splintered billboard hangs down across the road, showing a large poster for a video game from two years ago.
On the side of a derelict shop, a billboard advertises life insurance.
A large billboard advertises a video game from two years ago.
On the side of a derelict shop, a billboard advertises a television channel.

looks like divides in 2 parts that are combined randomely:

1st - where?

A billboard hangs over the street, advertising <something>.
A huge billboard for <something> has been riddled with bullet-holes.
A large billboard advertises <something>.
A splintered billboard hangs down across the road, showing a large poster for <something>.
An advertising billboard has been obliterated with missing-person signs. 
Directly in front of you, a billboard advertises <something>.
On the side of a derelict shop, a billboard advertises <something>.

2nd - what?

a fast food chain
a local housing development
a national newspaper
a holiday company
a television channel
a video game from two years ago
Caiger Mall
life insurance