Dry Bones Game

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How to play

Notes

  • Only play this game once.
  • If you hear anything strange during this game you must exit the house immediately and don’t return until the next morning. It means he is already there, watching you. Sometimes even reading about this game can draw him near.
  • If he catches you, he will do with you as he wishes and I expect it won’t be pleasant. If anyone comes home while you are playing then they will be in grave danger of possession or worse. Ideally lock your door from the inside before playing.
  • Your wish should not bring harm to anyone. No wishing that your teacher falls into a big hole or anything along those lines. There is a grave price for making this sort of deal with him and he may decide the game was not enough to honor it.
  • Note that just because you have asked him to leave, it doesn’t mean he won’t visit again. He cannot harm you unless you play this game again.

Equipment

  • Bathroom with a mirror (hand held is okay).
  • Matches.

Steps

  • Ensure you are alone in the house and there are no pets nearby.
  • This must be played at exactly 12:01am.
  • All doors in your home must be closed and secure (including, cabinets/cupboards – anything that can open).
  • Turn off all lights and electronic devices, especially anything which emits sound.
  • Go to the bathroom. Stand in front of the mirror. Meet your own gaze and continue looking.
  • Focus your mind on something you want, ideally realistically achievable (no floating houses). If you win the game then your wish will be granted.
  • Light a match and wait until it burns out. It is very important that you do not blow it out. If the match lasts at least 15 seconds then he is pleased with you and you may continue. Note that I haven’t found anything specifying whether you can light another match if the first one does not last for 15 seconds. That is your own choice.
  • Lie on the ground and say, ‘I am aware of your presence, and I welcome you into my home, but not into my body. Come now.’
  • You should now get up and go into the largest room of your house.
  • The next part may take 5 minutes or 5 hours, there is no set time so you will need to be patient. When and if he is ready then you will hear a low sound nearby, most commonly an unearthly moaning sound or rattling (dry bones). If you should hear anything different, especially a voice of any kind or feel a sensation of pressure on your body then you should immediately leave the house.
  • Welcome to hardcore hide and seek. He will try and find you, you must hide quickly and remain quiet. If you have a handheld mirror you can attempt to glimpse him in it. Never look directly at him.
  • You must remain hidden until 3.00am. Only at this time is it safe to come out!
  • If you have successfully lasted until 3.00am then you must go back to the largest room of your house and say, ‘Thank you for playing, but please leave now. You are no longer welcome.’ There should be a noise in acknowledgement and the game will be over. If you do not hear a noise of some kind then you should repeat that he is no longer welcome and the game is over. This can sometimes take a few repetitions.
  • If you have won then your prize will be awarded soon after. Some people report that it was awaiting them when they awoke the next morning.

 Safety first

Locking doors can be a fire risk, so make sure the keys are handy, especially when using matches).

Risk level

Medium.

Would I play?

No.

Scapegoat (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

  • Please note that I have credited the original source (the one I found first) Synchros for this post, but I have found additional blog entries with slight deviations. I have included some of these deviations where I feel they enhance the game.
  • This game is very similar to Hitori Kakurenbo, which I’ve previously talked about on this blog. According to the source the difference lies in the dolls reaction. Instead of confronting you, if it discovers your hiding place it will be smiling at the end of the game. The source also states that this game is far more dangerous than One Man Hide and Seek, so proceed with caution. Also note that I personally feel that playing this game in your own home would be a big mistake and should ideally be avoided.
  • Hide the scapegoat very well. Some sources claim that it is very dangerous for the other doll to obtain your hair. Some suggest hiding it within a series of boxes, like a set of Russian dolls.
  • Please note, the longer the game goes on, the more likely the doll is to find you. Most sources suggest starting with one or two minutes as you can play this game again.
  • You must play alone.
  • Do not make a sound while the original doll is searching for you.
  • Do not run away without finishing the game properly.
  • Do not leave the house while playing.
  • End the game before the sun comes up. Do not play for too long or the doll may find you.
  • If you choose to replay the game use completely new materials and do not hide the scapegoat or yourself in the same place.
  • Once the game has started never cross between the mirrors.

Equipment

  • Two tall mirrors that you don’t mind destroying.
  • A humanoid doll that isn’t smiling.
  • A second doll to use as a scapegoat.
  • An alarm clock.
  • A candle of any colour except black or red.
  • A blindfold.
  • A single hair strand.
  • Five spoonfuls of salt (doesn’t say whether table or teaspoon size, but given the amount you need I would suggest the former).

Steps

  • Place the mirrors facing each other with the unlit candle in the middle.
  • The scapegoat doll functions as a distraction so tie your hair onto it as tightly as possible.
  • Hide this doll well. It should be far away from your intended hiding spot, but near the other doll. It gives you time to hide which is why it must be closer to the other doll than you are.
  • At midnight go to the room with the mirrors and the candle.
  • Set the alarm for however long you intend to play the game.
  • Say 5 times, ‘I will leave a new body here for you in the shape of a doll.’
  • Place the original doll in front of the candle.
  • Now say, ‘let’s play,’ 5 more times.
  • You may feel strange or uncomfortable at this point, which means things are going as they should. If you feel any sense of pressure on your body you must immediately abort the game. The spirit is attempting to possess you instead of the doll.
  • If you wish to abort the game sprinkle salt and basil on both the mirrors and both dolls. The dolls should be salted and burned before you move the mirrors. Once you have done this, place the ashes of the dolls into running water, as far from your home as possible. The mirrors should be taken apart, salted and destroyed, as far from each other as possible.
  • Assuming that you wish to proceed, keep the salt with you.
  • Now say, ‘find me please. I allow x (you know the drill, replace x with desired amount of time). Once the alarm sounds, your power fades and you must return from where you came. If you win, I offer my life as tribute.’
  • Start the alarm.
  • Cover the dolls eyes with the blindfold and say, ‘the game begins.’
  • Head to your hiding spot, sprinkling a little of the salt on yourself, without leaving a trail. Hide. One variation suggests creating a salt circle around yourself once you are in your hiding place and remaining in it until the alarm sounds. Do not leave the hiding place until the end of the game.
  • The original doll should now be searching for the scapegoat.
  • Once the game is over you should take your remaining salt and go to the room with the mirrors and candle.
  • In front of the candle you say, ‘you lose, the game is done. Thank you for playing.’
  • Sprinkle salt on yourself and blow out the candle.
  • Now try to find the original doll and the scapegoat. Sprinkle salt on both.
  • The original source suggests that within three days you should send the original doll to a shrine so that they can perform a ritual to soothe the spirit. If this is not possible, I would destroy it. Destroy the scapegoat, but reclaim your hair before doing so and burn that too.
  • Dispose of the mirrors, as detailed above.
  • Smudge through every room of the house. Some suggest leaving offerings for the spirit before you do this as a way of appeasing it.
  • Please note, if at the end of the game the doll is smiling it means she found you and your life is in grave danger. You should avoid lingering in dark places and continue to smudge the rooms every day until you feel safe. Also avoid looking for long into mirrors or reflective surfaces.

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Safety First

The usual warning about candles left unattended.

Risk level

High to oh my gosh, I’m going to die.

Would I Play

Nope. I won’t play any games that require the use of blood or hair.

Hitori Kakurenbo (One man Hide and Seek)

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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.
  • There is a great post on Saya’s blog about it.
  • There is another version of this game. You can read about it here.
  • According to my original source (see credit) the word for “it” in Japanese hide & seek or tag is “oni”  – which means “devil”. Goody.
  • Only play if you are alone in the house. Otherwise someone else may be ‘found’ instead of you.
  • Only play alone. Otherwise one of you risks possession.
  • Some people say that if the demon toy finds you then it will stab you with the knife. People advise using something less ‘crap, I’m bleeding to death’ and more ‘oh dear, that smarts a little,’ but whatever you use must be the same thing that you use to cut open the stuffed toy.
  • Some people report a feeling of malevolence once the game is over. They feel haunted.

Equipment

  • A stuffed toy.
  • Rice (uncooked).
  • A clock, with alarm function.
  • Fingernail clippings (your own, weirdo)
  • A knife (ideally a little one, no butcher knives or machetes).
  • A needle.
  • Red thread.
  • Salt water or sake.
  • A bathtub.

Steps

  • Find out what time the sun comes up in your area. Set an alarm for that time and leave it somewhere you will be able to hear it (though not near your chosen hiding place).
  • Name your stuffed toy. Don’t get too attached to it though as you’re about to have a falling out (or rather, it is).
  • Cut open the stuffed animal and remove the stuffing (see).
  • In the opening, place the rice and fingernail clippings.
  • Stitch the opening with a long piece of red thread. Wrap the excess around its body.
  • At exactly 3.00am go to the bathroom with your stuffed toy.
  • Fill the bath with cold water.
  • Say loudly, 3 times, ‘for the first game I’m going to be it.’
  • Drop the stuffed animal in the water.
  • Turn off all the lights. You can leave any televisions on, but only if it has been tuned to static.
  • Close your eyes and count to 10.
  • Open your eyes, grab the knife and go back to the bathroom.
  • Out loud, say, ‘I found you.’
  • Stab the stuffed toy with the knife (take that childhood).
  • Say, ‘now you are it.’
  • Leave the toy in the bathtub with the knife still buried deep.
  • Quickly run and hide (quietly). Make sure you have your sake or salt with you or you’re pretty boned.
  • You may hear strange noises; footsteps, creepy voices, children singing. Be prepared for almost anything. Some people report a sensation of tugging or being pinched.
  • Stay hidden until the sun comes up. This is why I told you to set an alarm. End the ritual as detailed below.
  • If you want to end the game early then take as much salt water or sake into your mouth as possible and KEEP IT THERE as you head to the bathroom. The stuffed spawn of Satan could be anywhere, not necessarily chilling in the bathroom. Find it, without swallowing your sake/water. Once you find devil, demon dude spit the water/sake onto it. Now say 3 times, ‘I won.’
  • Glory in your victory, but not for too long.
  • Burn the stuffed animal, because no ritual is complete without a bonfire of your treasured possessions.

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Safety first

Um, knives. Possessed demon dolls.

Risk level

Eeep.

Would I play

Not a chance.