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What you see here is a dungeon map drawn by an eight year old. It kind of took me back to my early days of dungeon design, although I was older when I drew my first one. A guy on the Old School Gamers board on Facebook posted this picture. It is a dungeon map drawn by his eight year old son, who took up an interest in Dungeons and Dragons, and was given the Basic booklets by his proud and happy daddy. I approve of this sort of thing. Imagination should be exercised, and there is evidence that RPG obsessions, managed correctly, can seriously impact writing and math skills in a very positive way. There are worse things to slap an eight year old upside the head with. But as I looked at the map and tried to make sense of it, I began to wonder about Room 21, which according to the DM's notes, contains "Gonturzaps." What the hell's a gonturzap? I realize this may sound kind of wacked out, considering my recent ramblings about owlbears, bulettes, and rust monsters, but I've certainly never heard of Gonturzaps. Based on my knowledge of D&D cartography and the game in general, our young dungeonmaster not only created his own dungeon crawl, but populated it with things out of his own imagination, including gonturzaps, titis, clawings, sortoudi, citapes, tisiops, motstins, and the dreaded Corgostise. ...none of which is to be found in any edition of the Monster Manual. Or even Tunnels & Trolls, which was renowned for its dumb monster names. "Clawings," I can get a mental grip on. Plainly, these are monsters with claws of some sort. Or wings. Or maybe claws AND wings. I can manage that. Titis, I can get even more of a mental grip on. I have seen a titi or two in my time. While still wild and wonderful, I have no huge curiosity about what a titi might look like; pictures are abundant, both of the Greater Titi and its cousin, the Lesser Titi, the Pointing Titi, the Asymmetric Titi, and the common Itti Bitti Titi. Furthermore, miniatures depicting titis are made by many miniatures outfits. The boy's interest makes sense; when I was eight, my experience with titis was pretty minimal, and I might well have put them all over MY dungeon, too, had I known about D&D at that early and tender age. Out of a bitter and unsatisfied curiosity about Gonturzaps, though, I finally PM'd the fellow, and asked him to check with his boy and find out what the hell a Gonturzap looked like. I anxiously await his answer.... although part of me is a little scared the guy's just going to say something like "Gonturzap is the evil wizard who built the dungeon." Which then makes me wonder if he has the power to control titis.
Hello all, I just wanted to invite anyone interested over to Facebook and my group "Paint My Bones". We have monthly painting contests and lots of good posts and pics! Currently the contests are for Novice painters but in the future I may run a contest for "PRO" painters. It depends on how many people we get to join. If we hit 500 members I will hold a pro contest.... :) So look us up on FB. Everyone is welcome just keep on topic and no adds please. You can E-mail me at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BonesII/