Saturday, May 15, 2010

My Boys' First Dungeon Crawl

Seeing folks blog about bringing their kids into the hobby has made me anxious to get started with my own boys. They are a bit young (4 and 2), but they are both imaginative and well-versed in their daddy's geeky interests.

Well, last night when I got home from work, we all headed outside to enjoy the weather. On a lark, I broke out the sidewalk chalk and I began drawing a dungeon. Curious, the boys asked what I was drawing. I decided to attempt a little make-shift dungeon crawl. I explained the entry room, pointed out the exits, and asked which way they'd like to go. The jumped into the game with great enthusiasm and we were soon improvising an entire crawl. There were no rules. The traps were merely spooky and the monsters just went "RAAARHH" and chased them a bit. But it was great fun.

The blue dungeon (above) is the first one we did (you can see the remnants of a water gun fight). As you can see, the boys favored a depth-first search on this one, diving deeper into the dungeon without going back to explore side passages. The boys wanted me to draw the family in that final room where they were exploring a spooky altar.

The red dungeon (below) was our second foray. You can't make it out, but there was a room with "ABCDEF" on the floor. If they stepped on a letter, an illusionary animal starting with that letter would appear and chase them. They really got a kick out of that. Down at the bottom, they encountered a pool with light in the bottom. Swimming down, the followed an underwater passage and emerged back in our blue dungeon (see above). They really liked that as well.


The third and final dungeon (below) started in a tower (at the bottom). My youngest was really getting in the spirit and decided to draw a secret stair leading down in the north. I continued with a partial maze and naturally they ran into a minotaur. I was proud of my oldest when he remembered that a minotaur was half man and half bull. I'm looking forward to trying this again with my Dungeon Tiles.

8 comments:

cyclopeatron said...

Wow - so cool and fun!!!

ze bulette said...

That is brilliant - Way to stir their imaginations and introduce them to maps!

m.s. jackson said...

Awesome! I had a similiar experience the other week as I was drawing my maps I recently posted. My 10yr daughter thought it was neat, so I handed her a piece of graph paper. An hour later, a dungeon. I will soon scan and upload to my blog.
Awesome tale though, I love hearing stories about children learning to enjoy using their creativity.

Trey said...

Cool. Sounds like a good time was had by all--and a great interactive way to stimulant imagination.

Dr. Thinker said...

Nice!

Dar said...

Very cool! Rules light indeed!

Dar said...

Oh! I think the chalk is so much better! :)

Risus Monkey said...

The chalk does have a certain charm. :)