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D&D Dungeon Design: Contrast

image source: map from AD&D Tomb of Horrors module

Using Contrast

When building a dungeon for your campaign, keep contrast in mind. What is contrast? Well it’s pretty black and white: it’s just a juxtaposed difference in two things.

High contrast draws attention to those differences, each one becoming stronger. That’s why complementary colors, light and dark values, or sharp and blurry edges near one another draw your attention in a piece of artwork. If you want to draw attention to an encounter, area, or concept in your campaign or dungeon, sharpen that contrast! Deviate from the norms and standards you have presented your players, and their emotions and brains will snap alert and focus on exactly what you wanted it to.

Low contrast does a few things. First, it sets a standard of comparison. Areas of low contrast in a dungeon would be the approximate challenge rating of the dungeon, so when easy or difficult encounters are juxtaposed next to it the players realize how different it is. If the majority of rooms are symmetrical, rounded, and neat, then once that is contrasted with an asymmetrical, sharp-edged, rough room will be a huge eye-opener. Without low contrast, we cannot have high contrast to compare it to.

Low contrast in a dungeon also gives the brain a rest. After long periods of deliberation in combat or a puzzle, getting back to that low-contrast standard is a mental break an relief for a player. It’s sort of a recovery time that helps balance the pacing of a dungeon.

Lastly, low contrast creates anticipation. In our cinematic world we have been acclimated to, all of us today know how stories should work. If everything is the same for a long time, then things are more likely to change soon. This is that feeling of anticipation; we keep searching and exploring for that difference in design or mechanics and when it finally resolves we get that sweet, sweet rush of endorphins that says “yes you were right it had to change sooner or later.”

Here are some examples of how contrast can be used to psychologically guide and manipulate your players (boy that sounded a lot darker than intended):

Encounter Type

The type of encounters in your dungeon, when lined up in sequence, can be contrasted. A combat encounter has very different pacing from a puzzle or a skill check or roleplaying encounter. If you chain together a series of combat encounters, it will wear down the party and add tension and importance for whatever breaks that chain. A puzzle will suddenly carry greater weight. This contrast is sort of why in practice, when building encounters, you sprinkle a few puzzles or skill checks or roleplaying encounters throughout the combat in your dungeon. It gives players a break and lets them relieve that tension that’s built up from combat and lets them use a different part of their brain for a bit.

One the flip side, when you have a bunch of non-combat encounters chained together, it creates a sense of anticipation. D&D is a combat-focused system, so players are just waiting for something to just out at them. This holds true in “funhouse” dungeons like the Tomb of Horrors where actual combat is few and far between, but puzzles and traps abound: there is a sense of abject terror filling the dungeon as players become more and more neurotic from only solving puzzles.

Encounter Difficulty

Each encounter is always immediately compared to the encounter that came before it. You can use this to your advantage. For instance, if you want your players think your boss is even more powerful than the CR says, have them fight a few easy minions right before the boss. Suddenly, the Bone Devil hits seem far more dire and frightening compared to those Kobolds that they just faced, even if it’s normally an appropriate CR for the players. Contrast here acts as a psychological boost to the drama of a boss fight. On the other hand, a difficult encounter immediately followed by an easy encounter is a point to relax your players’ brain juices after a mechanically difficult encounter. Players need this or else they will start to feel as used and abused as their characters.

Left: Asymmetry, sharp corners, and tight spaces make players uncomfortable. Right: Symmetry, round edges, and open spaces are comforting.

Room Design

Visual design is also important (and my specialty). Visually, contrast is a means of showing the viewer what to focus on. Points of low contrast are less important while areas of high contrast are more important. I will go into further detail in a future post on guiding player movement, but for now:

  • Complexity: More complex rooms are more intimidating and take longer to explore while simple rooms are more approachable and take a mere moment to take in. Juxtaposing complexity of a room vs. the encounter within should ideally create balance to avoid either overwhelming players or boring them. Good practice would be putting a complex encounter in a simple room or putting a simple encounter in a complex space. This contrast will also bring attention and focus to the encounter, rather than the space (which is typically what you want). Symmetry could also be considered simple while asymmetrical would be complex.
  • Shape: Visually, sharp corners evoke conflict, while round corners create a sense of comfort. If you want your players to worry, add some additional angles to your room using alcoves or room dividers. Besides, adding angles to a room where a combat encounter is about to happen gives players more environment to play with. If you want your players to feel safe, like in a sanctuary area where no monsters are likely to enter, round out the room or add round objects to the room like pillars or statues. Placing these rooms next to one another will draw attention to and enhance this psychological difference.
  • Scale: A large room begs players to linger and explore and creates a sense of the sublime: something larger and greater than the players. An ideal place for a boss encounter. A small room or cramped space means players won’t stick around. It creates tension and unease and compels players to move forward; a good place for a trap or a surprise. When compared to a large room, the small room will look smaller and the large, larger.

Good morning! A list of things Damian has done this year:

  • Saturday, 9 January: Found an old photo album in one of the attics, re-hid it in the second downstairs study. (If Pennyworth keeps to his current cleaning schedule, he’ll discover it on June 26. Father will need something nice that day. It’s the anniversary of his parents’ death.)
  • Wednesday, 13 January: Heard Tim complaining that Bruce wasn’t spending enough time with him lately, provoked a fight, got both himself and Tim grounded, stayed in his room for the entire week so that Tim could spend time with Bruce alone. (Got to punch Drake in the face. Satisfactory day.)
  • Friday, 19 February: Ran into Jason during patrol, noticed he was acting strangely, exaggerated his death/resurrection struggle to make Jason talk through his feelings about his own experience. (Todd is only willing to talk about it when he thinks the conversation is for Damian’s benefit. Now he’s aired out those pent-up emotions. And Damian managed to slip some coping advice into the discussion of “their” problems. Todd never suspected he was being played. Idiot.)
  • Monday, 7 March: Found a workable method to make Tim sleep– wait until he’s is in his room and ask him to watch the cat. (The cat falls asleep in Drake’s lap, obviously preventing Drake from getting out of bed himself. He sleeps. It’s a miracle. Hallelujah.)
  • Thursday, 24 March: Noticed Dick was in a bad mood, asked him to make breakfast, drive Damian to the art store, and help him with a case. (Grayson is a disgusting do-gooder that’s happiest when he’s taking care of someone else. Damian can’t believe he fell for it. As if he has ever, in his entire life, needed help with anything.) Pretended to fall asleep on Grayson’s couch so he could stay the night.

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INFJ being: Feeling out of place most of the time. Like, I fit in most situations and everywhere, I am versatile and chameleon-like when need be, but as a result I don’t really fit completely anywhere. I feel the most comfortable when I am in my head. As far as relationships go, I notice that it is incredibly hard to speak to someone on equal grounds, I always need a ‘role of reference’ to know how I should pose myself. I am comfortable as long as I can fit a relationship in a predetermined scheme: mentor-student, mother-son, senior-junior etc. but conversations among equals, like student-student, throw me off.  My introversion has always been very evident: I have always needed my alone time, in which I overindulged because I am weary of the outside world and I do not trust my ability to navigate it.

Over-complicating and over-analyzing things is my second nature and it allows me to draw insightful conclusions and see meaningful paths, but it also makes it incredibly hard to act and be reactive to what is going on around me. There is a profound disconnection between the world outside and the world inside my head. A love-hate relationship exists between them: I crave sensory stimulation and meaningful relationships, but I don’t have the energy, will, or patience to invest in them and I content myself with just musing about it. During conversations, I rarely say a word or express my true feelings, rather I go with whatever everyone seems to agree with because preserving the group’s harmony is more important. When a topic I am passionate about comes up, though, I would gladly keep talking about it for hours and when people jump to the next topic I can feel all of my arguments still pushing to come out. Often, I will refer to a past conversation when speaking because I simply wasn’t done with it, even when most people were.

Ni is described as living in the future, which is definitely true: as I’ve said, I am disconnected from the now and have poor detail-knowledge about my past, but Ni is essentially a controlling function, who looks at the future not just to find meaning in the present but to create a specific course of action. It is goal oriented in everything it does, even though the goal, as well as the single steps, is not always well defined. In everything I do and am, I am a perfectionist, I need to always be in control: I set impossibly high standards for myself that I can never live up to because as soon as I reach my objective, the standards rise up again. Ni focuses on concepts and models and Se is very low in my stack, so it is hard for me to remember all of my accomplishments: when I can’t live up to my expectations, my self-esteem sinks a little more because I can’t recall immediately and factually all those times I succeeded.

Ni-Fe forces me to create an ideal image of myself that I need to project unto others because I want them to accept me and perceive me exactly as I want to be perceived, which makes me really hard to get to know and rarely spontaneous. I can be cold and detached when discussing an issue and close off my Fe long enough to choose a course of action without being hindered by feelings, which is why I often appear cold and harsh. Ti also makes me quirky and cynical: I have a dry sense of humor that people seem to appreciate even though it comes out only with those I am more familiar with. My imagination runs wild 24/7: everything I see or think about immediately triggers a process of consequences and I start tracing steps in the future and imagine its development. It feels so real most of the time that, when I come back to earth, it’s strange to see that none of what I have imagined was actually true.

I am an idealist at heart even though it is extraordinarily hard to express with words what I think or believe in. I strive to make people happy often at my own expenses but rarely realize that I am projecting my own idea of happiness onto them rather than understanding what would truly make them happy. Being a good listener is what I am best at: I am that friend that people come to not much for my counsel but for the empathy and my ability to just sit there and listen, even for hours, just hugging you when needed. Empathy is a big part of my personality: I am an emotional sponge and absorb the feelings of the people around me easily, to the point that I need to make a conscious effort to distinguish them from my own and prevent them from taking hold of me.

As far as Se goes, I enjoy sensory stimulation and rewards: I am an occasional adventurer, given some time to adjust to a new situation I will experiment and enjoy it as much as any Se user, even if for shorter periods of time. Routine bores me and I crave new and meaningful experiences. I practice ballet, I draw, I write, I paint, I am learning the play the piano, I travel, I enjoy watching cartoons and go out for long walks, I sing. Nature is always new and magic and I often find myself gazing out of a window and admiring it with wide eyes. I have camped and spent nights awake to watch the stars or wait for the sun to rise, I crave the excitement of new adventures but I not always have the energy for them: the time must be ‘right’. I do tidy my room, stretch, overeat or fast when I am especially down or need to feel in control again, sometimes I muse about getting drunk and let all of my walls down too, but it rarely happens unless I am truly sleep-deprived.

How others see me: people close to me see me as excessively introverted, cynical, logical, cold, wise, responsible, and occasionally too deep. They believe that I should engage with the world more and that I have a tendency to over-complicate simple things. My being ‘dense’ about the environment and what is happening around me occasionally annoys them. People less close to me see me as sweet and caring, timid, quiet and overly silent, maybe aloof. I have been described as a cinnamon roll but also as cold and insensitive. I believe I come off as an ISXJ to most because I rarely show Ni’s musings and my need to feel in control and calculate possibilities to be sure of their outcome can be perceived just as an attempt not to stray from routine or familiar paths.  

The perception of INFJ: mystical beings, too wise for their years, who know everything about you and everyone else in your life. Occasional manipulators, profound spiritual guides who will cry when they mistakenly kill an ant. Impossible to get to know, would rather spend all their life inside their heads than socializing or being in the real world.

she’s funny
always making me laugh,
if I didn’t say so myself,
she’s my second half.
the longing that has been haunting
her internal consciousness is finally regained.
she’s finally wanted
and heres how this will be explained.
Her father left, her mother unexpressed.
raining down tears of sadness she remained well-founded
and suppressed her fears.
Assisting everyone as she’s collapsing at the bridge of her feet, shaking down not able to stand for much longer.
All she wanted was to be relaxing.
Her body ached, her eyes enlarged, not baring a single minute of each school day.
She found purpose.
and she stood tall no longer nervous for the sadness to flood her veins.
She remodeled and rebuilt who she was to who she is now.
Her sadness will remain forbidden in the pits of her soul, away from the surface above.
and this is where something called love is in control.
Love is guiding her gently through the horrifying abyss.
finding her way through the terrifying reality that not everyone will bow to her feet.
Looking around, her palms sweaty, people talking, as if their lips were walking. But what they were articulating, was echoing through her manipulating sanity.
love guides her out of the insanity that is aching to fill her foreign constitution.
the difficulties she encounters are only mountains to be climbed and oceans to cross.
Never the less will love help her across.
She’s stronger than love, she doesn’t need love.
But without her love she wouldn’t be above the rest of society.
Cancer is her sign, very vulnerable at any given time.
But she doesn’t usually face her design head on.
compatible with a pisces, they fit just fine. heightened emotions mixed with romantic ambitions, the two will eternally love each other like fine wine at a celebration.
she knows how to make you feel invincible.
Like you are the most visible sight in her journey through this universe. No need to question her love because she will devote herself to the one she cherishes most.
Beautiful is an understatement.
She has honey sweet lips. They are lilac soft.
she has a soothing voice. And a joyous personality.
Only anyone around her felt warm inside.
Uneasy at times she does not notice the rays of sun that radiate when she smiles.
They would travel for miles, at least 3,032 to a place called New York.
Big city, bright lights. Not a fantasy but a dream, you could almost imagine hearing her adolescent tittering about the unfamiliar city.
Her heart internally placed in New York, but not the city itself.
A girl perhaps, holds her heart, firm- like a scholar and his smarts.
undying trust in one another the two of them slowly developed into one.
fighting the distance soon enough it’ll be all done.
No more distance no more patience.
So here I am, describing my extraordinary girlfriend, the love and compassion she has for her beloved family, friends and me. Enough to last a lifetime.
when you read this I hope this gives you the confidence that lies between my eyes and yours. I see the girl that can get through it all. Who will never truly fall.
—  She’s my world 

“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see…“
"You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”
“No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
“I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t people get rid of the lizards?”
“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?”

Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Chapter 3: Elicitation

In this chapter we’ll examine several tactics used by social engineers to extract valuable information using strategies like flattering, bracketing, and artificial ignorance. Effective elicitation should be completely transparent to the victim and they may never know they were once a target. 

This is what we are going to cover in this chapter:

  • Flattery
  • False statements
  • Artificial ignorance
  • the sounding board
  • Bracketing and more…

Elicitation is a technique used to discreetly gather information. Its a strategic use of casual conversation to extract info from targets without giving them the feeling that they are being interrogated, Elicitation attacks can be simple or involve complex cover stories and even co-conspirators. It may seem super complicated, but truth be told, most of us have used this technique for a good chunk of all of our lives. For example, have you ever tried to plan a surprise birthday party and needed to know the birthday boy’s schedule without making him aware to your plans? Have you ever wanted to get your spouse an anniversary gift without tipping them off? That’s elicitation at its finest. 

The use of flattery goes a long way i sweet talking a target into giving up additional information. Something like “You seem like a top-notch guy! I bet that you were the brains behind that project!” is enough to kickstart elicitation. Flattery is an obvious tactic, but is most effective when used skillfully. Bragging is something that is frowned upon in the west. People are often proud of their achievements, but find little opportunity to share them due to this stigma. When we compliment someone, it generally opens the door for them to brag. For example, you could congratulate a person’s part in a project, they could explain what they did on it ad then it would be your job to dig deeper into it. An important note to mention is that exaggerated flattery barely backfires. A chatty target can be a gold mine to a social engineer. On the other hand, flattery about a person’s clothes or body parts can be disastrous. Sexual harassment should never be part of the engineering process, solely stick to actions or achievement pr accessories.

False Statements
 This tactic involves stating a deliberately false statement in the hopes that the target will correct you with the accurate information.  A useful statement could be “I heard they have 17 cameras, 12 guards and a fingerprint scanner in their lobby. They say that place is like fort knox! Nobody can get in!” The key here is to include details and greatly exaggerate the scenario. If you want to know the amount of cameras, be sure to exaggerate the number. The goal of this is to have the person correct you at, ideally, every turn. Its worth mentioning that if the false information is too close to reality, the target may not choose to divulge the information

Artificial Ignorance
Humans have the intrinsic desire to teach and educate others. Social engineers pretend to be inexperienced on a topic in order to instigate a reaction by the target to educate them. A useful statement can be something like “I do not know how motion detectors work, but I bet the cops are here often. I heard they all go off all the time from the shadows cast by the trees.” This is artificial ignorance and it is especially useful when instigating someone who has particular knowledge on a subject. 

The Sounding Board
This takes advantage of the human behavior to brag or grumble about their feelings. An immediate kinship is created transparently when a person confides their feelings in another individual, even perfect strangers. He or she will likely give up more information as a result. The key here is to listen intently, patiently and validate their feelings. 

 This tactic is used to press more precise information out of a target. To accomplish this, a very high or very low approximation is given in an effort to entice the victim to respond with a more specific number or piece of information. If you want to know how many motion detectors there are on a floor, you could say “I’d guess their security is pretty tight. I would assume that they have at least 15 detectors on that floor.” Most security officers brag or complain  about the environments they protect and take pride in protecting these things. Pump up their ego, give them the opportunity to shine. 

Confidential Baiting
Confidential baiting involves the development of a conversation where the social engineer pretends to divulge confidential information to the victim. This is done in the hopes that the victim will reciprocate with sensitive information of their own. Confiding information to another person usually triggers reciprocation. It is a sort of natural occurring quid pro quo. The objective here is to get the person to send information back to you. You can open this up with “I heard company xyz’s security cameras normally don’t record anything, what do you think?”. Bait them with false information close to the information that you wish to learn. 

Ever notice that when you receive a punch card for a certain product (come and purchase ice cream ten times and on your eleventh visit your purchase will be free), they start you with one or two slots punched out already?

People are more likely and more motivated to finish something if it has already been started for them. Combine this with other tips that have been covered here (like offering reward), and you’re even more likely to get your target to comply.


Pluto aspects can signify death or an ending to something whether physically or metaphorically. What ever it touches it can make the negative or scary part of that planet to show a lot or to be self destroyed or to be cut  completely from you. 

  • Sun Pluto aspect can signify that the father may have died or that to you the idea of father is dead and doesn’t exist to you. The father probably misused his role as the father.
  •  Moon Pluto aspect can signify that the mother may have died or that to you the idea of mother is dead and doesn’t exist to you. The mother probably misused his role as the mother.    
  • Venus Pluto aspect can signify that concept of love or love in general to you means death since it causes you to be at the mercy of someone else and leaves you vulnerable and that why you may try to control yourself, emotions or relationships or no be with someone at all. The example of love you seen may have been unhealthy or unbalanced or painful.
  • Mercury Pluto aspect can signify that your words or ideas may have been blocked and that you felt that they would cause a huge impact whether for bad or worse or they already caused an impact on people whether for bad or worse and sometimes you feel that your own brain is trying to destroy itself. Or that people around you misused words or were said lots of lies.
  •  Mars Pluto aspect can signify that Male figures have died a lot in the family or to you Male figures in your life have been abusive, dark or violent thus you have had to become more aggressive or violent in order to protect and stand for yourself. Male figures in your life probably have misused their physical power. 
  • Saturn Pluto aspect can signify that the authorities in your life probably misused their power or status and so you hate authorities or clash with them a lot. You yourself may misuse power or statues. 
  • Jupiter Pluto aspect can signify that the teachers or guides may have manipulated people by their supposed “belief” or someone in your life may have misused beliefs or religion to dominate or have the upper hand. 
  • Uranus Pluto aspect can signify that the reformers or revolutionist you have seen or heard about used the ideas or words of “change” “revolution or “freedom” for their own benefit and goals. You yourself may use these ideas or concepts for personal benefits. 
  • Neptune Pluto aspect can signify that Lies may have been twisted to seem like the truth. Knowledge may have been misused to manipulate people or to misguide them. 
My mother gave me a unique gift, the ability to manipulate and read people without them detecting and believing they’re in control. Now you can’t teach people manipulation. Not true manipulation you’re either raised with it or you learn it from life. I did both. Most importantly you need to have the intelligence to understand people are always more than they seem, to not judge people or assume what they do in front of you is all they are.
Manipulation is often perceived completely incorrectly like a guy trying to sleep with a women in a club. Or a girl pretending to be your friend so she can backstab you. Truth is yes, its manipulation but it’s manipulation so basic I wouldn’t even try putting it in the same category. I could look into someone and pull out their worst fears or deepest desires in our first conversation and use it in a way they’d believe they were in control. True manipulation doesn’t require lies, alcohol, drugs it’s letting them think they’re in control when in reality you are. I call it reverse manipulation, allow them to try to get you to do an objective but use it to achieve you’re own objective or better yet letting them fuck over themselves through their own actions. Shit it was easy, being able to detect the abuse someone has gone through or what they desire most is literally inside of their personality. Look at the way they talk, behave and react. Look at their goals, life and relationships. All of it is there, you just need to look closer.
I watch people, it’s amusing to say the least. I’d have guys or girls think I was dumb or they were able to manipulate me, or even better they could gain my trust. In reality? I’d tell secrets to the right person to get them leaked. I’d let the someone think they were the smartest person in the room because trying to educate an ignorant and obnoxious individual is like trying to get fish to breathe out of water. I’d be there for someone who didn’t even know it, then they’d pour out their pain that they’d never told anyone. I could become whatever you needed, as long as I choose to. To say the least people underestimated me, but at the last second I would pull out my weapons if necessary. Always let people underestimate you, if they think your stupid they won’t be cautious and you can fight back when the time comes. Whether you can manipulate or not you’ll have the upper hand.
Manipulation is a gift if done properly, taking advantage of drunk girls isn’t manipulation it’s illegal plus it’s pathetic. I’ve had the skill my entire life, very little people I’ve met that manipulate have the manipulative depth I can do. There’s many surfaces, don’t think one or two or even three is good. People are complex but honestly they have a basic formula. Discover it and you will be able to quite honestly get whatever you want. Have morals though, having this gift is a responsibility be trustworthy, kind and don’t do it for selfish reasons. You’re going into their minds, darkest secrets, holding their hearts in your hands and going into their thoughts. It’s intrusive and trust me I can’t pretend something’s not there to myself. But I can pretend with other people so be good, you’ll find a ton of darkness in the world but if you’re like me and use the gift for good you’ll be the light for somebody. You can change their lives forever and for the first time they can even trust someone.

young women need an important male figure who loves and respects them, in their life that isn’t romantic (father figure i.e). daddy issues is a thing and not necessarily in a way that means she becomes a “hoe” bc she never had a man in her life to tell her not to be one type bs or any other negative connotation that ppl have with daddy issues 🙄

but bc when a young girl has a father who genuinely loves her, treats her like a princess, wants the best for her, guides in her the right direction, supports her, provides for her etc she’s less likely to fall for a man who treats her any less than what that male figure treated her. she knows what to look for in men when it comes down to how they show that they care about her and love her. it also teaches her how to establish a healthy relationship between men and women. she most likely won’t go looking for a father figure in a relationship instead of a partner bc she already had one; that’s another issue that women often run into bc they look for men to help “guide” them and that can often lead them in to being easily manipulated and abused emotionally, physically etc bc they look at their partner as their father.

I have so much to say about this topic but dub bc it’s a lot lol

Warrior Cats and their Supernatural Abilities

Goosefeather: medium; speaks to the dead in the waking world
Yellowfang: empath; feels the pain of others in her vicinity
Firestar: precognition; warned of the future in dreams
Squirrelflight/Leafpool: twin telepathy; senses feelings and surroundings of the other
Cinderpelt: reincarnation; temporarily shares a spirit with her namesake Cinderheart
Lionblaze: invincibility; unable to be beaten in battle
Jayfeather: dream manipulation; able to enter or guide others in the dream world
Dovewing: clairaudience and clairvoyance; can see and hear events from large distances away

In order:

  • Yes to both. However, positive influence in these cases would likely be better than outright manipulation. In terms of overcoming addiction, getting the addict to want to quit massively increases their chances of doing so; if it’s at all possible, start with that. For the child, encouragement, education, and reward ought to do the trick. 
  • Ta.
  • That wholly depends on your personal definition of ‘appropriate’, and I’m not delving into semantics. Personally, I say it’s appropriate whenever I’m getting something out of it. Others may argue it’s only appropriate when it has a positive outcome for all involved.
  • And that’s why the example you gave is classified as compromise and doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve been manipulated. Again, we could go into what 'manipulation’ really means, but I’ve neither the time nor the patience.


So I just had an epiphany.

DMing is kind of like producing reality TV.  Really!

Originally posted by lifetimetv

  • It’s unscripted
  • It’s episodic
  • There’s a lot of characters, not just one star
  • The players are portraying a character but also trying to be natural
  • You have to give the talent challenges that will highlight what’s interesting about them and create memorable scenarios
  • The downtime between encounters is often just as important and focused on as the challenges.  Fluff is fun!
  • As a DM, you have to kind of guide and manipulate the chaos into something that resembles a coherent narrative
  • There’s an element of competition
  • The talent is motivated by prizes
  • Sometimes a character you love leaves the story, but the show goes on

This makes me feel a little better about the trash tv I’ve got playing in the background while I’m painting.  It’s for inspiration, you see!

anonymous asked:

Hello, I've never really done any kind of spirit work before, aside from some memories of when I was very young and experimenting, though I didn't know what I was doing. I see there are many different ways of doing spirit work, do you have any recommendations of where to start for a beginner?

Hey there Anon! 

First of all, I’m super honored because this is my first anon (!!!) So thank you for asking! 

When it comes to spirit work, everyone’s path is different. For me, how I really started getting it was through reading tarot cards. I’ve been reading for almost two years now, and when I started to really get into it and trusting my intuition, I noticed that sometime I’d pick up on “presences” around the people I read for. Usually I’d tell them what I was getting, and slowly I started to get better at sensing those around me. 

One thing that really helped was astral traveling and/or journeying to the Underworld. This website is what helped me get into it and its a pretty good source: http://www.sacredserpent.net/underworld.html 

Meditation works really well too. I started off using guided meditations (ones to find your guides and spirits that have been with you for a while). I’d suggest that before you go poking around the Veil or really astral traveling to try and contact your guide. It’s a lot safer and it’s really nice to have them there to help you out of a tough situation. There’s a ton of guided meditations on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=meet+your+spirit+guide). A lot of them are super long, so don’t feel bad if you can’t focus long enough and need to stop. I usually only went for 10-15 minutes in the beginning. 

Energy Manipulation is another technique that I’ve used. Once you start feeling your own energy and getting used to others, you can start tapping into feeling spirit’s energies. I used to make energy balls and shields just for fun or when I was waiting in line at the grocery store. It’s pretty discreet once you get the hang of it and its a good way to pass time. It’ll also help you get used to expending more energy constantly, so you won’t be as exhausted after you astral travel or manipulate the veil. Here’s another source I used a lot: http://www.2empowerthyself.com/the-complete-beginners-guide-to-energy-manipulation-part-1/

If you’ve got a green thumb, you can work with plants and try to feel their energy and spirit. I’m personally terrible with plants and all of them die under my care (;.;) so I’m not as familiar with this one. For some, it’s easier to feel and work with plant spirits, so go ahead and try it! It’s possible to do this with crystals as well. You could also get a spirit companion from a spirit shop! (I did this, but after some I had a little bit of experience under my belt. It has helped a lot with communication). 

Finally, Divination is a good way to communicate with spirits. Experiment and find out what works best for you! Pendulums, tarot cards, shufflemancy, and all other forms are nice. Just make sure you know that a spirit is communicating with you, since most of these forms will offer results even if there is no spirit around. Most of the time, you’ll just know or it’ll be a feeling that there’s someone with you. I understand how unhelpful that is, since I was in the same boat a while ago–however, it’s honestly really true. Once you start working with your energy and the spiritual realm, you’ll develop an intuition that’ll help you figure it out. 

Don’t be discouraged if it’s difficult at first! Things will come to you with time. If you can’t feel anything–not even your own energy at first–don’t worry! I was in the same exact boat you were. Though since you said you’ve already had some experiences with it when you were younger, I have a feeling it might come a lot more natural to you than you expect ;)

Sorry this is so long! And thanks for listening to me ramble. I hope this is what you were looking for, anon! Happy spirit working :D


I feel as though the time has come for me to introduce my counter-parts in the writing of The Guide Collection.

A Guide to Deception

Written by my dear brother Mycroft, who recently began an internet correspondence with the poor AOF, a young girl who has been saddled with the task of maintaining his ramblings about finding deception. I do believe it is a front for some other plans but not ones which concern me and my immediate government, so are currently irrelevant.
Particularly useful for liars and those with the task of finding truth.

A Guide to Connections

Written by my colleague Doctor John Watson, who has only just mastered typing faster than two letters every twenty three seconds. I believe he set up this blog in some way to spite me, and in other ways to make sure I am treating my co-author fairly.
Particularly useful for those in social circles with undesirables or those inept with communication.

A Guide to Manipulation

Written by the infamous Professor James Moriarty (often referring to himself as Jim), though no court has been able to prove it. He seems to bouncing off all claims to his co-author ET, a poor innocent dragging in the black murky waters of his crimes. However, while this blog remains useful and its author remains safe, I see no problem with its operation.
Particularly useful for those who wish to deceive and to achieve with minimum effort or implication on their behalf. 

A Guide to Persuasion

Written by the woman, known as Irene Adler to those unfortunate enough to contact her in a social capacity. How she roped her co-author JSH into running this is dubious in the least, but I see no point in intervening where there is no further case before me.
Particularly useful for those who wish to maintain a control over other with no hint of suspicion pinned to yourself.

A Guide to Police Work

Written by Lestrade, one of Scotland Yard’s finest. Though among the imbeciles he has forced me in contact with that is not too surprising in itself. He is the latest have joined the ranks of these Guides, and has yet to truly seize use of his blog, so has yet to submit much to the collection.
Particularly useful for those interested in law and the work of policing, as well as actions in the face of danger. 

anonymous asked:

Do you have an experience or resources with/on seeing or reading auras?

I don’t have any personal experience.

All of the below links were found in [my #auras tag]. Please be sure that you are searching through my blog and checking my tagging system before asking for any lists for spells or resources.

amazonqueendianaprince  asked:

...or, you know, some of us think Cap is and was right about the whole thing because we're also opposed to the real-world implementation of similar fascist legislation such as The Patriot Act and it has nothing to do with liking him more?

That quote basically says, yes oversight is the right ethical and logical choice, but Cap is a good person, and that puts us in a quandary and I am saying that that is bad math.

It’s also a similar bad math that comes up in A LOT of 616 CW discussions, where Captain America himself (and the anti-reg side) essentially takes the position to non-metas that they should accept that metas occupy a position above the law/beyond equal prosecution by the law, because, you know, they’re different, and their circumstances are different, but you trust CAPTAIN AMERICA, riiiiight? Let the metas judge their own and police their own, what do you need the Constitutional right of equality under the law for? Obviously, this base position is immediately complicated by the clusterfuck of everything else in CW, but I’d argue that that’s deliberate. It’s one of the reasons I’m not a fan of the event, because I really like Cap, and I hate the things it makes him argue and I find them antithetical to him as a character.

I also don’t exactly get why so many people find a difference of opinion on a comics event, or, apparently, an actor’s opinion on an upcoming film none of us have seen as a personal challenge? I mean?? Yes I hate fascism? And the Patriot Act? And I think Cap’s political position is largely wrong in CW though I understand why, as the plot is manipulated, he fights? These things are not incompatible?

I get what you’re saying, but I’m responding to the quote as written and many, *many* other posts and comics CW itself, which initially sets up the problem as a constitutional legal problem of supers as American citizens whose identities allow them to avoid legal repercussions and prosecution and that’s constitutionally unacceptable under the law. Once that actually gets stated, there’s a problem.  

I’m not talking about the Patriot Act here, which I abhor, because it wasn’t part of the quote or what I was responding to, and I think the CW treatment of post-9/11 politics was really terrible, tone-deaf, and inconsistent in its understanding of xenophobia** and power dynamics. 

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Witchy Tip #3 - Preparing For Retrograde

Schedules for the retrograde of certain planets can be found online - quite often coming with tips and instructions on “damage control” on the their impact. These are often mundane actions and precautions, which I find quite strange considering retrograde is a spiritual matter.

Are there no witchy solutions to retrograde?

Of course there are! Remember, where the rest of the world sees a wall, we see a window.

The idea behind retrograde isn’t that the planet in retrograde itself is malfunctioning (duh), it’s just that its influence on our planet arrives in reverse. The clear solution to that would be to somehow acquire the planet’s energy in direct revolution.

How? We will be dealing with three methods:

  1. Bubble Method - before retrograde pre-shadow
  2. Talisman - before retrograde pre-shadow
  3. Energy Correction - during retrograde

1. Bubble Method
This involves gathering the energy from the planet which retrograde you’re preparing for and creating a bubble to protect yourself, a place or an object from the reverse influence.

Gather the direct energy from the planet with whatever means you choose - energy manipulation, visualization, ritual, chant, etc. Then, create a bubble around the thing you want to protect from retrograde. You may want to do this on your computers, phones, writing and drawing instruments and mouth during Mercury retrograde, for example.

2. Talisman
Create a talisman of the planet which retrograde you’re preparing for. Draw the symbol of the planet, sigilize its name, etc. Charge it with the energy from the planet while in direct. Try to pack as much energy as you can into the talisman. Keep it on your person for the duration of the retrograde and its post-shadow. At times when you need it most, hold on to it and draw power from it.

3. Energy Correction
For this method, we will be dealing with the retrograde energy directly.

Think of the energy coming from planets as gargantuan clouds of energy that actually comprise of tiny particles of energy spinning in a certain direction. When they are direct, they spin deosil (for example - no one knows for sure). And, when they are in retrograde, they spin widdershins, instead.

What you would want to do, then, is to manually spin these particles in the opposite direction - from retrograde to direct. Feel your environment - get a broad grip on the influence as a whole. Then, like a camera coming into focus, begin to notice the countless particles of the planet’s energy. Feel them slowing to a complete stop, and then spinning in the opposite direction. You should feel a sense of “correctness” or comfort from this. You can do this on individual objects or even people.

If you need some guides on developing your energy manipulation skills for this method, I strongly suggest @windvexer‘s articles.


  • Some people find that retrogrades are actually helpful in that they provide the challenge necessary to improve in those areas. They believe that Mercury retrograde may force us to become more careful, and therefore better communicators. Venus retrograde may reveal the relationships that may in fact be duplicitous or harmful. When deciding whether to use these solutions or not, exercise discretion. There may be times wherein you just cannot deal with any more spiritual adversity. These solutions are for those times.
  • Know that Jupiter and Saturn, instead of their influences reversing, they are emphasized and amplified during retrograde. This guide may still be helpful for Saturn retrograde and even Jupiter retrograde if you’re masochistic.
  • How do I know these solutions work? Bitch have you read this article this article is bomb af get on my level hon bon when ya gon get these slay-ass-even-during-Mercury-retrograde writing skills boooooooo?

There you have it! You are now a strong, independent witch that don’t need no retrograde.

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Family Differences

((This is a shorter drabble I thought of a few nights ago when I got thinking about how people are related to their families in other timelines.))

Danny drifted past shelves lined with books and papers. He had thought everything would be old, but aside from the random bits of parchment here and there, everything looked new. From what he could read from the bits that were in English, they covered everything from theories on the big bang to the American Revolution, from the discovery of physics to new discoveries in biology and ghost mechanics. Clockwork had interesting stuff on his shelves.

As Danny aimlessly floated by, he suddenly noticed one book was apparently missing from the shelf. Danny glanced down and noticed a book on the floor a few feet below him. It was open. When he flew down, he saw it was open to a page showing what looked like a black ball weighing down a web. He closed it. The old blue cover read Black Holes: An Extensive Guide on How They Manipulate Space and Gravity.

Why did Clockwork have that kind of book? He was the master of time, not space.

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