It’s another week here at iHorror, and that means it’s time for a brand new paranormal game. It’s called The 11 Mile Game and it’s the first “game” we’ve featured that involves traveling. That’s right, for this game you’re going to need reliable transportation.
It looks like this game is yet another ritual pasta. That is, it’s a creepy pasta that is performative. These creepy stories don’t just require you to read them. Instead, you’ve got tasks to complete, and it’s going to take a little work on your part to get it done.
Unlike other games we’ve featured, The 11 Mile Game isn’t necessarily about receiving information (The Answer Man) or conjuring up a spirit (Charlotte’s Web). No, this game is all about manifesting a deep desire that you’ll only find at the end of the mystical and spooky 11 mile road.
What I find so intriguing about this particular game is that it draws on so much folklore and myth and legend from collective world history. Joseph Campbell made a career out of digging into these archetypal stories and the classic hero myths of the world to show just how closely related separate cultures are.
“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure,” he once said in reference to the hero’s journey.
For The 11 Mile Game, I might change it to, “Are you ready for things to get spooky to have your wish come true.”
If the answer is yes, then take a look at the supplies, rules, and warnings for the game below!
Supplies, Rules, and Warnings for The 11-Mile Game
Honestly, all you really need is yourself, a car, and a nice set of back roads to play this game. Like the heroes from mythology, you are absolutely required to take this quest alone, however, so make sure you’re the only one in the car when this journey begins.
Okay, so you’re going to want to play this game late at night when there isn’t a lot of traffic. To begin your quest, head out onto a stretch of back roads. Make sure your car radio and cell phone are turned off. You don’t want any distractions here. To drive the 11 mile road, you must first find it, and to do so you must begin by driving with the thing you most desire foremost in your mind.
This road doesn’t actually exist in the real world. It won’t have a road sign. It won’t be on your GPS.
They say you’ll know you’ve found the road by a feeling or a change in the atmosphere around you. One user on Wattpad says that there will also be visible signs:
“For example, if you’re in search of wealth, you may spot shimmers on the empty branches of trees as if they resembled the shine of gold or diamonds. If you seek love, you may begin to see rose petals slowly dance in the light breeze, blowing in the road’s direction.”
Take a deep breath, steel your nerves, and make the turn onto the road. You’re going to be surrounded by trees on this road, whether you were before or not. They say that’s another of the first signs that you’re on the right path.
Each mile is meant to test your resolve and the tests will become more terrifying the farther you travel. How badly do you want what to see your desire or wish manifested? Some say finding the road itself means you’re serious, but that doesn’t mean you’re ready to receive it.
Let’s take a look at each of the mile markers on the mystic road and what you may encounter as you go.
- Mile 1: As you begin your journey, you’ll notice that the temperature will begin to drop in your car. This is sort of the welcoming sign that you’ve found the right place. It’s going to get colder, so be prepared to crank up the heat if, like me, you hate the cold.
- Mile 2: The temperature will continue to drop here. Now is a good time to turn the heater on if you haven’t already. You’re about to get into the thick of things.
- Mile 3: If the road was paved before, you can kiss that good-bye. You’ll now find yourself on a dirt road. You’ll also begin to spot silhouettes and human-shaped shadows in the trees along the road. IGNORE THEM. No matter how close or menacing they may appear, you must keep your eyes on the road. Now is not the time for distractions.
- Mile 4: Those shadows you saw before will disappear, but you will now begin to hear whispered voices. Tune them out the best you can. Listening or trying to determine what they’re saying will only draw them closer to you and you do NOT want them getting any closer than they already are.
- Mile 5: The trees around you may suddenly disappear and you may spot a beautiful lake lit by a gorgeous full moon. Do not stop the car. Keep driving no matter how alluring the images you see are. Stay on the road. Keep driving.
- Mile 6: You’re halfway to your goal! Unfortunately that means the tests are going to get more difficult. The trees will return here and the stars and moon above you will disappear. Your headlights will begin to flicker as if they are going to go out. Your radio will turn itself on and a voice will speak to you about your greatest fears, underlining the danger you’re in. You won’t be able to turn the radio off, so don’t even try. Ignore it. Keep your eyes on the road. It will begin to twist and turn more and you don’t want to have an accident.
- Mile 7: The voices will return, but they won’t be whispering anymore. Now you’ll hear distant screams coming closer by the moment. One of those voices may sound like it is right in your ear, like its speaking to you from the back seat of your car. Do NOT turn around to look for it. You may not like what you see and again, you risk driving off the road.
- Mile 8: At the eighth mile, the road is going to become even more treacherous with deadly turns, and your distractions will double. The shadow figures you saw in the trees before are most definitely following you now and you’ll hear their voices and the scratch of their claws along the side of the car. Your headlights may go out for a few seconds. If they do, you can slow down, but don’t stop driving whatever you’re doing. You do not want them to catch you!
- Mile 9: Your vehicle is going to stall. Close your eyes and try to restart it. Do not open your eyes until the car restarts. You are surrounded by the creatures. They will fall back when the car starts again, but until they do they are going to do everything they can to distract you. Ignore sounds, voices, etc. Your only goal here is to restart your car and continue driving.
- Mile 10: You are almost there! At this point, the voices will stop. You may be tempted to look in your rear view mirror to see if the creatures are still following you. I assure you that they are! Do NOT look in the mirror. Do NOT check your back seat. Keep driving.
- Mile 11: Your vehicle will once again lose power, but it will not stop moving. You may see a glowing red light ahead of you. You are no longer in control of your vehicle’s movements so don’t even bother trying. Close your eyes–cover them if you need to–you do not want to see what is around you at this point. Do your best to tune out the sounds around you. The cold will be replaced by heat. This is, by far, the most excruciating point on your journey of the 11-mile road. Some say you’re being drawn through hell itself. This should really only last about 30 seconds or so, but it will be the longest half-minute of your life.
- The Dead End: Once power returns to your car, the noises will fade away and it’s safe to start driving on your own again. In a short distance you will come to a dead end. Stop the car, relax, close your eyes and focus on what it is that you’ve desired. Why did you take this journey? What wish did you want fulfilled? Once you’ve done this, you can open your eyes, at which time, you’ll discover you have returned to the beginning of the road.
IF WHAT YOU DESIRED WAS MATERIAL: Check your trunk first. If it’s smaller, it might be in your back seat, and if it’s really small, it may be in your pockets, but it will be there!
IF WHAT YOU DESIRED WAS NOT A MATERIAL OBJECT: Drive home and pay attention to your life. In the next few days, your desire will manifest in some way.
Aside from the warnings listed in each of the individual mile markers above here are few more things to keep in mind if you decide to play The 11-Mile Game.
Do NOT roll down your windows for any reason.
Do NOT use your cell phone. It probably won’t work anyway, but just don’t.
Do NOT turn on the radio in your car.
Do NOT get out of the car at any point until you’ve been returned to the beginning of the road.
Do NOT drive over 30 mph on this journey. There’s too much going on and you could have an accident.