The Guardian Game

How to Play

Notes

  • The idea behind this game is to see your guardian angel, or the entity that watches over you.
  • It opens you up to entities that may not bring happy fun times.
  • Not recommended for anyone prone to anxiety, paranoia or hallucinations.

Equipment

  • A mirror large enough to see behind you
  • Salt
  • A sterilized needle or a red marker
  • A clock
  • A new broom
  • A candle of any colour but black and something to light it. Also something to put it in, e.g. a candlestick or a lantern.

Steps

  • You need to find out the exact time when you were born.
  • Prick your finger with a sterilized needle, use your blood to write your time and date of birth on the mirror. I will add, there is also the chance you can do this using a red pen. It may be worth trying this first, if it doesn’t work, you can do it the creepier way. I always advise against blood magic.
  • You need to use a room with at least one window, it should be open during the ritual, but can be closed while setting up. The house also needs to be empty of anything else living, or which could potentially approximate life – no pets, no dolls, no stuffed animals.
  • Clear all furniture and personal property from the room. The room should then be throughly cleaned. Most importantly, the room needs to be swept with a new broom, though you can also use a dustpan and brush. The priority here is that the item be new and ideally cheap, as you will be disposing of it afterwards. Dark spirits like dirty places.
  • Once the room is clean, you must clean yourself. Shower, bath, use a wet wipe – however you normally do it. You must also wash your hair. The idea is to purify yourself as much as possible. Before the next step, anything else living e.g. pets, must be removed from the room, ideally the house, though don’t go locking your dogs or house cats outside overnight just to play a game.
  • Once it is dark, place the mirror in the middle of the room, when you sit in front of it, your back should be to the door, never the window.
  • Put a circle of salt around the mirror, large enough for you to sit comfortably within.
  • You should then exit the circle, closing it behind you with more salt. Place the container of salt outside the room – it must not be left inside or it will not protect you. The circle of salt should be complete when you leave the room.
  • Note that the candle or the lighting source should not be left in the room either. Keep it with you.
  • Speak aloud, “I seek the one who watches over me.”
  • Immediately leave the room, closing the door behind you.
  • If you hear any noises, especially voices or scratching, do not re-enter the room that night. Clear the room the following day and do not attempt the ritual again. There is something else watching you. Get yourself cleansed by a priest, a witch or simply by washing yourself with salt water under the next new moon.
  • If all remains silent, you can now kill time however you like, eat, read, watch a movie, but do not go to sleep.
  • If you feel sleepy at this point, clean out the room the next morning as per instructions at the end and wait at least three days before attempting this again. Keep an eye out over those days for any strange dreams, particulary any featuring a man dressed in red. If you see him, or if at any point you feel in danger, cleanse yourself, as per instructions above and never attempt this ritual again. He is watching you, so best to avoid invocations or games calling on entities of any type.
  • Providing all is normal, at exactly midnight you can begin. You must start by turning off every light in the house.
  • You can use any small light source for the next part, but avoid using a candle in case you trip over and set your house on fire. You could use a flashlight, or even a battery operated lamp, but it must be powerful enough to guide your way, but not so powerful that the whole room is lit up. You won’t want to see the whole room at once.
  • Walk from room to room, you must check every mirror in the house, whether it is a small one in your handbag or one fixed to a wall. This is very important. Use the light to look into the mirror and check the space behind you. If you see a face, a flash of red or your light source turns off, even if for a second, stop. You must turn on every light in the house, cleanse yourself again and avoid opening the room up until dawn. Do not try this ritual again.
  • Assuming every mirror is clear and shows only yourself, you are ready for the next part. Go to the room you set up earlier, open the door and leave it open behind you. Get your remaining salt, your candle, the holder and whatever you plan to light it with.
  • Open the window in the room. Remember, the door must also be open.
  • Go to the circle, clear a small part of salt and enter, closing it behind you with the new salt. Do not reuse the salt you wiped away to enter.
  • If the mirror is broken, or scratched you must end the ritual here. Do not light the candle. Exit the circle again, seal it behind you with more new salt. Leave the room, closing the door and do not enter until dawn. Put a line of salt under the doorway. Clear the room as per instructions at the end. Do not attempt the ritual again. Do not attempt any ritual including summoning spirits from this point forward. Do the same should there be any new writing on the mirror, or if your date or time of birth is wiped away.
  • Assuming the mirror is exactly as you left it and nothing else in the room has changed, you can now start.
  • Place another unbroken ring of salt around the mirror itself. It should be inside its own ring and you should be inside yours, separate.
  • Light the candle, set it into its holder and place it behind the mirror without breaking the salt ring. If at any point during this ritual, the candle goes out, stop. You know the routine by now, clear the room, clean it up at dawn and wait at least three days before trying again with a new candle.
  • At no point should you turn around and look directly at the door behind you. If you need to check it, use the mirror.
  • Stare into the mirror. No one knows exactly how the next point goes. You might see a figure behind you. A voice might talk to you. You may hear knocks or sounds elsewhere in the house. You are perfectly safe as long as you remain within your ring of salt and the mirror remains inside its own. If either of these are disturbed, by you or others, blow out the candle, say, “our communion has ended” and leave the room immediately, closing the door behind you. It is up to you if you want to try the ritual again. If you disturbed it, you should be safe. If something else did, I would probably avoid it. Put a line of salt under the door.
  • Ask the guardian its name. If it refuses, or asks you yours, stop the ritual by blowing out the candle, repeating the words in the previous point and closing the door. Put a line of salt under it. If this happens, you will need to bury the mirror – do not break it.
  • Once the guardian speaks its name, it should feel immediately familiar. You should feel calm and safe. If you feel at all uncomfortable or anxious, end the ritual as per the previous instructions.
  • You can speak to the guardian for as long as you choose. You can ask it questions, you can talk out situations. Avoid anything negative, don’t ask it about your death or the death of anyone you know. Don’t ask it the winning lottery numbers or anything that will bring you financial advantage. Talk to it as you would a friend, but remember that it is not human. Do not at any point leave the circle. Do not turn around to look at the door.
  • Once you are happy, before dawn, end the ritual. You can say goodbye however you choose from within your circle. Then say, “our communion has ended.” You should feel a change in the room, but to be safe, before leaving the circle, you should instruct your guardian to leave. Be polite, but firm, ask it to exit via the window. If it declines to do so, you must wait in the circle until dawn. Do not leave the circle until it agrees or dawn arrives.
  • Once the ritual is over, you can clean the mirror and use it again as you wish. However, avoid having it in any room where you sleep. Equally, you can bury the mirror somewhere near running water. Clean and sweep the room again. Clean yourself. The dustpan and brush or broom should be removed from your home immediately – you can leave it outside the front or back door if you like for now and dispose of it properly later. The candle should also be thrown away.
  • You can close the window at dawn. If you have any lingering feelings of a presence, smudge your house with sage. The communion with your guardian is a one time deal. To talk to it again it will demand a price, you do not want to pay it.

Safety first

  • This ritual involves checking every mirror in the home. It may be worth clearing any potential obstructions in advance that could cause you to trip.
  • Note that this ritual requires you to leave a window open overnight. This can be a risk to your home security and also a risk to yourself. I don’t advise this.

Risk level

  • High. It requires a window being left open overnight. It involves mirrors, which can act as portals. Blood magic is especially dangerous. It also has the risk of possession or inviting entities into your life.

Would I play?

  • No

Waking the Dead

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How to Play

Notes

  • Credit goes to EbonWolf88.
  • This is one for all you DIY spookies out there who don’t fancy building a whole scary mirror box of doom.
  • Author notes that this ritual may not work if you are not into Khemeticism, the religion of ancient Egypt as this ritual incorporates elements of that.
  • Once you begin construction you cannot allow anyone to tamper with your equipment (oo-er) or interrupt the process.
  • If you have to use the safe room then I suggest remaining in it until dawn and then smudging the whole house the following day once you have removed all of the ritual components.
  • When choosing a room to perform the ritual I wouldn’t recommend it being somewhere anyone sleeps. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend doing this in your home at all.

Equipment

  • Enamel spray paint in matt black.
  • A large sheet of cardboard.
  • Bat or Dove’s blood ink. You can buy it here, or for my fellow UK people, here. Aside from Amazon I haven’t used these other suppliers so accept no liability for them screwing you over, should it happen.
  • Calligraphy or parchment paper.
  • A quill, paintbrush or a calligraphy pen.
  • Pliers.
  • Rubbing alcohol and a cloth.
  • Metallic sharpie in any colour.
  • Rubber cement.
  • A square mirror with removable frame.
  • Salt.
  • Thick, black cloth, large enough to cover your mirror.

Steps

  • Remove the glass from the mirror frame and clean it throughly with the rubbing alcohol, being sure to remove any stains, smears or fingerprints. Be careful not to cut yourself kiddos.
  • Put all of the other supplies in the room you will be using for your ritual.
  • Take it outside and lay it on your piece of cardboard. Holding the can of paint around 10 inches from the glass (to avoid air bubbles) spray one side black. Leave to dry.
  • Once you want to start your ritual, go to the ritual room (well, duh). Close the door and tell everyone not to disturb you.
  • Take the mirror frame and using the metallic sharpie, write ‘wake the dead’ on each of the four sides so that it will show once the mirror is replaced.
  • Draw a border line around the frame, to contain the words you have just written and do so in a single continuous motion so that there are no gaps or breaks. This is important.
  • Using the pliers, remove any fastenings or hooks from the back of the mirror. You don’t want to hang it on the wall.
  • Lay a line of salt across the doorway of your room, to trap anything nasty inside. Make sure that each time you leave after this you don’t disturb the line.
  • If it makes you feel better you can set up a safe space in another room by putting a line of salt across the doorway with a gap for you to enter by – if you do have to enter the room then use more salt to seal the gap behind you and wait in there until dawn.
  • Always do this part last because things may happen once you complete this step. Using your pen/quill/paintbrush and ink, write on it the first four lines of the Pyramid Text Utterance (Hymn for waking the dead). This is as follows: “O, raise thyself up, Unite thy bones to thee, Collect thy limbs, Shake the earth from thy flesh.” Once this part has been written, ensure you do not look behind you at any point during the ritual, whatever the provocation.
  • Use the rubber cement to stick this piece of paper to the inside of the back panel of the frame.
  • Leave your room and make sure to close the door behind you.
  • Go and spray the second coat of paint onto the mirror and leave to dry.
  • Return to your room and kill time for half an hour or so, remembering not to look behind you at any point. Beware of reflective surfaces at this time.
  • Go and get your mirror, closing the door behind you again and making sure not to disturb the salt line.
  • Ensure that on the side painted black none of the mirror shows through. If this is the case then you replace it into the frame, the shiny side facing out. Do not look into the mirror once it is assembled and be prepared for weird stuff to happen.
  • Cover the mirror with your black cloth and things should settle down. Keep it covered unless you want to use it.
  • There are no instructions provided by the OP about how you should use your mirror or what to expect if you do. Rituals involving mirrors are normally designed to turn them into a portal or doorway of some kind. As such, I would expect that you should be able to talk to the dead. My only comment is that in many of these rituals the warnings are always the same, the dead, or those posing as them, lie and make promises. You should not trust or believe anything they say.
  • If you intend to leave this mirror up in the room then I would suggest surrounding it with a ring of salt.
  • The OP suggests that each time after using the mirror you should leave it outside, face up during the next clear new moon for at least an hour. This is probably intended to cleanse it as the new moon is believe to be purifying. You can read something about purifying objects with the new moon here. This cleansing process is optional, but the longer the parchment and black side of the mirror spend together, the more powerful they become.

Safety first

After writing articles such as this one, you should probably clear your very weird browsing history. Bats Blood anyone? waking dead people? Normal people just worry about porn.

Anyway, careful with the glass, don’t inhale too much paint and avoid being eaten by flesh hungry Egyptian mummies (ugh, this just made me remember watching the new Mummy film.).

Risk level

High. Not enough information provided about certain parts of the experience. Also a high risk of zombies.

Would I play?

Nope.

 

 

The Senorio Ritual

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How to Play

Notes

  • Credit goes to The_Kalawishis
  • This ritual is simply provided for interest. I don’t recommend performing this. Unless any of you own a secluded manor near Mexico City then you wouldn’t be able to play anyway.
  • Also known as The Manor Ritual. It took place in a Manor (obviously) near Mexico City in the eighteenth century.
  • Usually played by peninsulars and criollos, New World figures who were at the top of the sistema de castas racial hierarchy.
  • It is said that this ritual was only performed a few times and had died out almost completely by the time of Caste War of Yucatan (a Mayan uprising) took place.
  • There may be links to the human sacrifice rituals which were practiced by the Aztecs, although the OP notes that such links are tenuous at best. The connection appears to be that the ritual was performed near Tenochtitlan and involved staircases and blood.
  • The effigy was most commonly fashioned from straw, cloth and wood. Although it is said that the family performing the ritual would, in extreme cases, use a deceased Native or African laborer, painted and dressed appropriately.
  • There are over twenty variations of this ritual, each deviating in insignificant ways.
  • It is not clear what ‘black blood’ actually is. The OP describes it thus, ‘in illustrations, it is often depicted as a red liquid, dark to the point of almost being black (in one source it is completely black, the same color as the text). Given its name, some have ventured to conjecture that black blood is blood mixed with ashes, although that conjecture does not help answer the question of exactly what animal the blood would come from.’

 

Equipment

  • A  secluded manor house with two stories and a straight stairwell ascending from one to the other.
  • An assistant.
  • A chair.
  • A pike.
  • Linen.
  • Black blood.
  • An effigy of the ‘victim.’
  • A sack or piece of cloth.
  • Three candles
  • A full length mirror.
  • A lighter or matches.

Steps

  • First you must select a room in which to play. The room should be above another. The OP describes this room as “el piso de la sala superior es el techo de la sala inferior’, that is, the top rooms floor is the bottom rooms ceiling.” You should clearly be able to hear someone speaking in the ‘superior’ room.
  • Clear all furniture from both rooms (above and below), including all portraits or photographs, especially anything that is connected to the family (heirlooms etc). If either room has windows, these must be covered.
  • A lone chair should be placed in the middle of the ‘superior’ room, facing the door.
  • The floor of the interior room should be covered with linen.
  • A pike should be stood perpendicular to the floor in the ‘inferior’ room.
  • An assistant should prepare an effigy of the intended ‘victim’ of the ritual, usually an enemy of the family. This effigy should be attached to the pike, ensuring that it does not touch the floor.
  • After full dark, the performer, customarily female, should sit on the chair in the middle of the ‘superior’ room.
  • From here there are some minor deviations based on the time period in which the ritual was performed. To avoid confusion I am using the later method.
  • The assistant should now place a full length mirror upright beside the door and light three candles before leaving the room, covering their face with a sack or cloth as they do so.
  • You should now place the mirror so it leans against the door as vertically as possible, facing the chair.
  • The assistant should take a case of ‘sangre nagra’ or ‘black blood’ to the inferior room. They should pour the black blood over the effigy and loudly chant, ‘el te derriba,’ (he casts you out) seven times. The blood should cover the effigy and drip onto the linen on the floor.
  • Once you hear the seventh, ‘el te derriba,’ you should begin your part of the ritual. You should cover your ears with your hands and say, ‘dios no ve este casa,’ (God does not see this house) seven times.
  • Now stare at the mirror and bare your teeth at your reflection, blinking as seldom as possible.
  • The assistant should wait a moment for ‘el diablo ha tenido suficiente para beber,’ which translates as ‘when the devil has had enough to drink.’ This is usually the moment when the last of the black blood has stopped dripping onto the linen.
  • The assistant should now leave the ‘inferior’ room and go to the ‘superior’ room and knock on the door. This alerts you to begin the next phase of the ritual.
  • You should now leave the room, relocating the mirror and candles to their former positions on the way out. Approach the head of the stairwell.
  • The assistant should return to the ‘inferior’ room and detach the effigy of the ‘victim’ from the pike, bringing it to you. You now throw it down the stairs, saying, ‘el te derriba.’
  • The assistant should retrieve the effigy and hand it to you so the process can be repeated until it totals seven times, although some deviations specify only three. You should repeat ‘el te derriba’ each time, getting louder with each repetition.
  • The effigy should now be burned by the assistant.
  • The assistant can now clean up, which includes removing the mirror and candles and storing them in a secluded, but secure location. The mirror must never be broken.
  • If the ritual has been performed correctly, the victim should come to a sudden and unfortunate end within seven days. This can be via illness or a dark figure that will appear in their room and spirit them away. If however the ritual has been performed incorrectly, then you and your family will pay a heavy price.

Safety first

It is said if you perform this ritual incorrectly you will hear Sympathy for the Devil playing repeatedly in your ear for all eternity. Not really.

Risk level

High.

The OP details a great number of things that can go wrong with this ritual. I quote directly from the OP here:

‘The most common mistake is to pour too much black blood onto the effigy, letting the liquid drip onto the floor for far too long.

Though the ritual should start well after dusk, various sources emphasize how it needs to be performed quickly, and a small number warn that if the ritual drags on after midnight then it could have deadly consequences.

Rare but valuable personal accounts from performers of the ritual often note how they can feel an unnerving presence around them as they sit, head covered or uncovered, in the superior room. Notably, those who adhered to the later custom would often see their reflection slowly and subtly morph into a repulsive and demonic figure, baring its teeth back at the performer in the dim light.

An obscure account from a servant’s diary, one that was restored by a local librarian after many weeks of labor, tells of an envious aging wife who wanted to kill a woman whom her husband was doting on with the ritual, using the later custom. The servant, who was the assistant for that particular ritual, accidentally poured too much black blood onto the effigy, thus letting the ritual drag on past midnight. He described how, just as the trickle of black blood was beginning to slow, he heard a series of frantic screams from the wife above him. He rushed up to the superior room and pushed open the door, knocking the mirror onto the floor and shattering it. The wife claimed to have seen the devil completely materialize in the mirror and attempt to step out of it before it was shattered. Various times after that event, the servant records sightings of a dark red, almost black figure in various places around the manor and its grounds, sightings which stop with the death of the wife less than a month after the ritual.

The second most common problem that occurs during the ritual involves the phase when the effigy is thrown repeatedly down the stairs. From the repeated impacts many effigies fall apart, and can only be taken back up a stairwell in tatters. Limited accounts of this happening all mention that a foul odor beyond that of the effigy’s material or that of black blood seems to emanate from the effigy’s exposed innards, leaving behind a sickening miasma that seems to inhabit the stairwell for weeks. Those who use the stairwell regularly after that are documented as developing symptoms similar to those supposed to be inflicted on the victim. Perhaps most disturbing was the account of a family that used a fresh cadaver of a Native laborer. They had committed to casting the laborer down the stairs a full seven times, but on the sixth time the corpse opened its eyes and growled demonically. The panicked family incinerated the effigy immediately, terminating the ritual. The family patriarch, who describes the ritual in his diary, then begins to describe vivid nightmares and episodes of sleep paralysis involving the effigy watching him as he lay in bed. He writes of these incidents almost nightly for a month before his diary inexplicably ends.’

Would I play?

No.

 

Fire Breathing

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How to Play

Notes

  • Credit goes to AksysGamer
  • This is a psychological ritual similar to some I have previously posted; Doors to the Mind and In The Eye of the Giant.
  • Originates from a Native American ritual.
  • You should have a clean body for this ritual, so bathe and avoid alchol and drugs for a while beforehand.
  • Your power object should be should be something very familiar to you that will help you snap out of a trance like state. It could be a childhood toy, a photo of someone important to you, or anything along those lines.

Equipment

  • 2 candles.
  • A lighter/matches.
  • 4 mirrors, ideally full length.
  • 2 chairs.
  • 1 power object.
  • 1 mobile phone/cell phone.
  • 1 mobile phone/cell phone charger.
  • A notebook/sketchbook (if you are more artistic).
  • A compass.

Steps

  • You will need a windowless room, or a room in which all windows have been covered. The idea behind this is that this ritual uses sensory deprivation.
  • Using the compass, set one of the four mirrors at each of the four corners (North, East, South and West).
  • You will be sitting on one of the chairs. Place it facing whichever of the four corners that you feel the most drawn to. The second chair should be placed in the opposite direction, facing the opposite corner. So your chair will be facing a mirror and the other chair will be behind you when you sit down, facing the opposite mirror.
  • Place one candle in front of your chair and the other in front of the second chair. This should create opposing light sources.
  • Put your notebook/sketchbook in front of you, with the pen/pencil nearer to the mirror. Your power object should be placed close to you.
  • Consider what you hope you get from this ritual; advice, understanding, self awareness. Once you have decided this, write it down on a piece of paper.
  • Turn off as many electronic devices and outside sources of light as you can.
  • Once you have fixed what you are searching for in your mind, go to bed.
  • Put your mobile phone/cell phone onto charge and place it beside you.
  • Set an alarm for exactly 02:58. You need to ensure you get exactly three hours of sleep. Set another alarm for 07:00. Go to sleep with the question fixed firmly in your mind.
  • When you are woken by your alarm, use the light from your mobile/cellphone to find your way back to the room where your ritual is set up.
  • If anything has changed in that room then do not proceed. Go to another room and wait until your next alarm goes off at 07:00.
  • If all is as it should be, sit in your chair and pick up your notepad/sketchbook. Light the candle that is in front of you. From now on this is your light source, don’t use your phone.
  • Without blinking, gaze into the mirror in front of you. Think about what you want to know and concentrate as you continue staring into the mirror. Your goal is to reach what scientists call Hypnopompia, the moment before Lucid Dreaming. This might take some practice.
  • Do not, at any point, look into any of the other mirrors. There is nothing to say what will happen, but the OP’s grandmother said it is a very bad idea. If you accidentally do so, leave the room immediately, closing the door behind you.
  • Breathe in slowly and then exhale. Continue meditating on whatever you are seeking. When you feel it is time, pick up the notepad/sketchbook and begin writing or drawing. You will know when.
  • Leave the room when the 07:00 alarm sounds. Do not remain in the room past 07:15. You may leave early if what you see or feel disturbs you.
  • You may need to do this several times until you reach the proper state for it to work.

Safety first

As with any of these games that promise greater self awareness, it is worth  bearing in mind that it can leave us feeling vulnerable or unhappy. This game is what you make of it, so if you are in a negative place, it may be worth trying something else.

Risk level

Low. It isn’t a summoning ritual. Being surrounded by four mirrors might not be a good thing if you haven’t started that diet you’ve been thinking about for six months though – personal experience.

Would I play?

Probably.

The Red Man

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How to Play

Notes

  • Credit goes to ScaryforKids and MissCocoa.
  • The game originated in Japan and involves summoning a mysterious figure. No one knows who this figure is or what their intentions are – pretty much par for the course with this sort of game.
  • Once you start playing, you cannot stop.
  • You must ensure that candles are placed, lit and extinguished in the exact order given. If you change anything you could summon another entity entirely, or the game will not work.
  • You must make sure that the mirrors are not exposed to daylight during the game, hence the dusk to dawn rule. If you can ensure complete darkness then you can play during the day.
  • Others may play this game with you, but they cannot leave the room once you start.
  • Do not allow yourself to view your own face in the mirror for the duration of the game.
  • Once the game is over, you must bury the candles and paper. You may also want to dispose of the mirrors given their propensity for acting as spirit portals.

Equipment

  • A sheet of paper.
  • Scissors.
  • Red lipstick/red lipliner.
  • Five candles.
  • Two mirrors.
  • A lighter/matches.

Steps

  • The game must be played between dusk and dawn.
  • Using all of your amazing art skills, cut the piece of paper into the shape of a paper man. Using the red lipliner, draw a line on the back of the paper man. On the left hand side write your own name in full. On the right hand side you should write ‘Rubeus’ (latin for red).
  • Place the two mirrors so that they face each other, leaving a small gap between them.
  • With the lipstick, draw two red eyes on the left hand mirror – they should be drawn in the center of the top half of the mirror.
  • Your paper man should be placed in between the two mirrors. The red eyed mirror should be to his left and the other to his right.
  • The candles should now be placed around the paper man in the style of a clock, with his head pointing at twelve o clock and his legs pointing to six. The first candle should be placed at twelve o clock, the second at two, third at five, the fourth at seven and the fifth at ten.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Light the candles in the following order: 7, 12, 5, 10, 2.
  • Cut the paper man in half.
  • The left half of your paper man should be moved closer to the left hand mirror and the right hand side closer to the right hand mirror (who would have thought?!?). Both halves should remain within the candle circle.
  • Close your eyes and repeat six times: ‘Please come, please come. I will not move until you come.’
  • Extinguish the candles in the following order: 12, 7, 2, 10, 5.
  • The Red Man should now appear.

Safety first

Usual stuff about stumbling around in the dark and summoning Darth Maul lookalikes – haven’t you seen Insidious?

Risk level

High. Assuming this does work, you don’t know what you are summoning and why. Any kind of summoning ritual usually involves some sort of deal, or the expectation of such.

Would I play?

No.

 

Bed of Sorrow

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How to Play

Notes

  • Credit goes to Scary for Kids and also to MissCocoa who alerted me to this game. Original source can be found here.
  • The idea behind this game is to complete a ritual to cleanse yourself of grief/sorrow or emotional pain. This may help some people, but I should warn that you cannot expect games to help with serious emotional issues and instead you should consider therapy or some other suitable coping mechanism. I am extremely wary of posting games and people expecting it as some magic cure all for something serious, so bear that in mind.

Equipment

  • You, yourself and I.

Steps

  • You need to locate an abandoned house that has a room with a locked red door. If the house doesn’t have one, move on, this isn’t the house for you. Plenty of fish/houses in the sea, or whatever. This seems to be one of those games that implies if it is the time to play it, things will work out.
  • Knock twice on the locked door and then attempt to open it. If it remains locked, abandon the game, go get some nachos, because there is always time for nachos. If however it opens then you should enter.
  • Within will be a windowless room with a single bed in its centre. The bed should have red sheets.
  • If all is as detailed above then you now have to make a choice whether to continue or leave. If you wish to leave you may do so now without experiencing any ill effects, but you may never return to the house.
  • If you choose to continue then you should lie down upon it on top of the sheets. When you are ready, close your eyes and wait. You must remain motionless and keep your eyes closed during whatever happens next.
  • Eventually any activity will cease and you should hear a voice whisper, ‘it is done.’
  • As soon as you hear these words you should get up and leave the room, closing the door behind you without looking back or speaking.
  • Should you encounter any sort of figure in red on your journey home, do not interact with it and run home as fast as you can. If the figure is in white then do not run, but instead proceed home at a brisk walking pace.
  • Go to bed immediately and sleep.
  • If these steps have been done correctly, you should feel better for up to seven days. If you have not completed these steps correctly then you may feel worse and will continue to do so until the ritual is properly completed. However, the next time you return to the house, the red door may not be so easily found.

Safety first

If breaking and entering then make sure you remember your striped shirt and your SWAG bag.

Risk level

Aside from the risk of being arrested, or potentially encouraging someone squatting in the property, there is also the issue I raised above. Games can be fun, but they are no substitute for many other ways of dealing with serious grief or emotional pain.

Would I play?

Probably not.

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The Strange Face Illusion

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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to Play

Notes

Equipment

  • A lamp with a dim bulb (25w) or a candle.
  • A mirror.
  • An alarm set for 10 minutes from your start time.

Steps

  • Turn off all lights in your chosen play area. Turn on your lamp/light your candle. Place your chosen light source behind you. Place your mirror around 40cm in front of you and sit facing it. Start your alarm.
  • Simply gaze at your reflection. After a minute or so many people claim to experience the strange face illusion.
  • The alarm will sound after 10 minutes and your session is over. I’m not sure if people have done this for longer than 10 minutes.

Safety first

We all know what happened to Snow White’s mother.

Risk level

Some people can be disturbed by what they see, but otherwise there is no real danger.

Would I play?

Yes.

Articles. 

Don’t Look Behind You (game)

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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to Play

Notes

  • As a child there was a game I played with a group of friends. I can’t remember where it came from, only that we weren’t allowed to talk about it unless one of us was suggesting playing it. I’ve included it here because I wonder if this is a game others have played and one of us heard it from someone else. Did you play any creepy games as a child?
  • It must be played in complete darkness and if you are playing inside, you should cover all reflective surfaces.
  • You can play on your own or with a group of people.
  • You can choose how long the game continues and how much time you leave between turns.
  • It is very important that you specify any players must freeze when you turn, not when you see them. You might not see anything, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing there.
  • Don’t play this game if you have played any others that involve spirits trying to catch you (e.g. Daruma-San).
  • I have provided quite a clear set of rules to give the spirit. Feel free to change these as you see fit. When I was younger we would simply say something like, ‘creep while I sleep.’ I do think it’s important to specify that the spirit should move one step at a time, at the pace of an average human.
  • While you should avoid cheating, it is acceptable to put something on the floor to give you an advantage. We used marbles or crisps a lot of the time. The idea is that when something comes within arms reach of you, you will hear them and be able to end the game.
  • We never agreed what would happen if the spirit won the game, only that it would be bad. We always chickened out really quickly and ended the game. Having done a lot more research in the years since, many of these type of games involve wagering with a spirit and the majority of them want a host.
  • You can determine the size of your play area by the seekers starting point. This should never be within arms reach of you or any other player – ideally you want any seeker to take at least ten steps to reach you.

Equipment

  • Two light sources.
    • Your second light source should be powered differently to the first (e.g. if your primary source runs on electricity, the secondary should run on batteries).
    • You can use the main light in a room as your primary source, but ensure you play within arms reach of the switch.
  • Something that reminds you of your childhood.
    • Don’t use a doll/stuffed animal.
    • You can use anything else; a photo, item of clothing etc.
  • Chalk.
  • A quiet room or space to play.
  • Items that make a noise (optional).

Steps

  • Hide your secondary light source somewhere on your person. Clear your play area of clutter. Mark the seekers starting position on the floor in chalk. If you are using objects to alert you to the seeker then scatter them on the floor roughly a step or two from where you’ll be standing.
  • You should be holding your childhood item in one of your hands.
  • When you are ready to play, turn off the lights.
  • Facing the wall, say aloud, ‘I want to play a game. You must begin on the marked area. I will count to x (choose your own play time) before I turn around. When I turn you must freeze. You may only move when I am not looking and you may only move one step forward at a time. The game ends when the light comes or when you touch my right shoulder.’
  • You must close your eyes and face the wall. You must count to the agreed number before turning around. Listen closely throughout and if you think something is close enough to reach you, turn on your light to end the game. If your primary light source doesn’t work, use the secondary.
  • Note that whatever plays the game may continue to follow you afterwards.

Safety first

If you do put rice/marbles/stones on the floor, be aware of where there are when the game is over.

Risk level

I played this a lot, so I’d say fairly low.

Would I play?

I did.

Musical Chairs Alone (game)

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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to Play

Notes

  • I cannot pinpoint an origin for this story, though it reads very much like a creepypasta. I think the original OP may have been Spooky_Nightmare, but I cannot find confirmation of this. I therefore would like to credit Cocoa who brought it to my attention. You can also read about it at the Ghost in My Machine.
  • This seems to be a basic summoning ritual, but there seems to be no real pay-off, unless you enjoy running around chairs to creepy music (hey, no judgement here; we all have hobbies). Make sure you set clear rules when playing any of these type of games.
  • This must be played alone.

Equipment

Steps

  • Make your chosen play area quiet and dark. Get Tip Toe ready to play. Close all doors to the room.
  • You should start the game between midnight and three am.
  • Turn off the lights and hold the unlit match in your hand (don’t light it).
  • Start the music and walk around the chair six times in total.
  • The instructions state that a few things may happen now:
    • If the music stops then you have won the game, sit down and light the match.
    • If the music keeps playing then no one wants to play with you – this is probably the time to crack out the ice cream and cry about how not even dead people think you’re cool. However, be aware that you have invited something into your house, so even if it doesn’t want to play, it might stay anyway.
    • If the chair tips over then you must immediately leave the room. Do not look at it and never enter that room alone again.

Safety first

  • Just don’t trip and bash your face.
  • Avoid splinters from the chair when you desperately grab onto it as the demon drags you away.

Risk level

High. As Lucia Peters (Ghost in My Machine) identified, there is no real detail to this game. You have no idea what you are summoning and there are no fail safes in place to stop it hanging around afterwards. There is no reward to this game either, so it makes it even more confusing why someone would want to play.

Would I play

No.

General Note

I just wanted to recommend a podcast for anyone else who likes creepy delivered directly to their ears. I have recently started listening to The Black Tapes podcast. There are only a few episodes so far, but it is well produced and seems interesting. I am in no way affiliated with this show, I just think it’s good. Available from your usual podcast source.

The Pencil Game (Charlie Charlie)

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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to Play

Notes

  • Credit to scary for kids.
  • Originated in Mexico.
  • Has become a popular recently, even though it is claimed this is an old game.
  • Also known as Charlie Charlie, Six Pencils or Charlie Charlie Challenge. There are two versions, one is a solo game and the other can be played with a friend.
  • Similar to ouija.
  • You may either be contacting the spirit of a young boy or a demon.

Equipment (solo play, Charlie Charlie)

  • Two pencils and a piece of paper. I know, I know; how are you supposed to find such exotic ingredients?

Steps (solo play, Charlie Charlie)

  • Draw two lines on your paper to form a cross (see the main picture above).
  • Write ‘yes’ in top left and bottom right corners of the cross, write ‘no’ in the remaining spaces.
  • Use the two pencils to form a cross, as in the above picture.
  • Out loud, say, ‘Charlie, Charlie, can we play?’
  • A pencil should point to either yes or no.
  • If the answer is yes then you may proceed. Ask questions which will be answered in the same manner as the previous one.
  • To end the game simply say, ‘Charlie, Charlie, may we stop?’ You must continue until you receive a yes answer. Once this is received, say, ‘goodbye,’ because you’re not a rude pig (are you?) and remove the pencils from the paper.
  • Burn or destroy the paper.
  • Get on with your life.

Equipment (two people, six pencils)

  • Six unsharpened pencils.

Steps (two people, six pencils)

  • Each player should take three pencils.
  • Arrange them to form three sides of a square (as above). The ends of the pencils should touch and each of you should touch the tip of the unsharpened pencils (or you could just play Twister).
  •  In unison, say, ‘Charlie, Charlie, can we play?’
  • If the pencils move inward, the answer is yes. If the pencils move outward, the answer is no. If one side should move inward, the other outward, then the answer is maybe. Up means yes, down, no. To think, the magic 8 ball seemed vague.
  • To end the game follow the steps stated above in the solo play version. This time, drop the pencils to the floor afterwards and then bury them, broken, in the earth.

Safety first

Erm, lead poisoning?

Risk level

Low.

Would I play?

Probably.

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