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Don’t Fear the Dungeon

It’s supposed to look scary. You should be intimidated. These feelings are normal. They don’t need to stop you from visiting one. I will not seal your eyelids shut with needles and waterboard you unless you ask me to. A dungeon is the perfect place to play and explore. There are more cleaning supplies than a hospital, more tools than your dad’s shed, and the hooks in the ceiling have been installed by trained professionals. No plaster crumbling down on your head, not today. Walking into a dungeon space allows you to leave your everyday life in the lobby. It is easier to slip deep into your imagination, and the lines of reality blur when you are chained to a desk in a classroom, getting the fingering of your life. Time stops, you’re transported back to that time when you saw your best friend’s mother in her kitchen bending over to adjust her stocking, or to that fantasy where you are a little puppy who needs to visit the vet’s. It’s not all whips and chains, darling, though it certainly can be that. The dungeon is a sandbox for grown-ups, and it’s easy to make friends at the playground. Come to the dark side. We have cookies.

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