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Dungeon 101

Dungeon 101 (D101) is designed to serve as part two of our newcomer program that begins with Gateway.

Dungeon 101 serves as an introduction into public BDSM play. If you have never attended a public BDSM play event, it can be a bit daunting. The Dungeon 101 class is specifically designed to make you feel comfortable at your first public BDSM dungeon event.

When is the Dungeon 101 class held?

Dungeon 101 is scheduled for the Friday after Gateway.  As Gateway is generally held on the first Thursday of the month, D101 usually falls on the first Friday of the month (except when the month starts on Friday).

Where is the Dungeon 101 class given?

Dungeon 101 takes place at The Crucible at 412 V Street NE in Washington DC.  The Crucible is a BDSM club which has a close working relationship with BR.  On-street parking is available (please obey all posted signs and do NOT park in front of residences on 4th Street) and a reasonable walk to the Rhode Island Avenue stop.

How much does the Dungeon 101 class cost?

As the D101 class is being held in a commercial club, there will be a cost for attending. The good news is that at the Gateway meeting, we will be giving you a coupon that will admit you into the Dungeon 101 class for a discounted rate. Each person must have the Gateway coupon to get that price. Otherwise the cost is $20 for BR & Crucible members with membership card, $30 for all others.

What time does the Dungeon 101 class start?

On D101 nights, the Crucible doors open at 7:30.  Class starts at 8:00 PM.  We encourage you to arrive early so that you can make a nametag and socialize before class begins.

What happens at Dungeon 101?

D101 starts with a brief discussion of etiquette at public play parties and a welcome from Frazier, the owner of the Crucible.

Then comes the Exploratorium.  Several stations will be set up on the main floor of the Crucible.  At each station, someone will be demonstrating a different toy or technique.  This is an opportunity to taste a bit of what we have to offer.  The presenters will be glad to show you what something feels like or show you how to use it (or both).  Think of the Exploratorium as a tasting menu: a chance for you to see what things are without having to commit.

At 11:00, we turn the entire club over to Open Play.  If you’d like to stay and play or watch or just hang out, please do! More experienced folk come on out after 11pm for Open Play.

What should I wear?

When you are traveling to The Crucible, please wear family-friendly street attire. This includes the walk from metro as well as the walk from wherever you parked your car; there are residences only a block or two away, and we want to remain good neighbors!

Once you get inside, wear whatever you want!  Many BDSM/fetish clubs have strict dress codes; The Crucible doesn’t.  We encourage you to wear whatever you feel good in.  We welcome you however you’re dressed: jeans and t-shirts, business suits, latex gowns, leather chaps, fursuits, your birthday suit.  There’s even room for you to change, so if you’re uncomfortable wearing your Crucible outfit on the Metro, we’ve got you covered (or uncovered, as the case may be).  If all you wear in is a trench coat and a smile, we’ve got a place for you to hang your trench coat. (As a side note: if you’re planning on wearing heels, it’s a good idea to throw a pair of flats in your bag just in case your feet get tired.)

What should I bring?

Bring the admission card you received at Gateway to get your discount.  Also, money for your cover charge and any drinks you may want to buy (the Crucible does not serve alcohol on BDSM nights, but soda and water are available for $1/each, and juice, gatorade and energy drinks for $3).  The Crucible does accept credit cards at the door but not at the bar.

If you have a toybag, you’re welcome to bring it.  Be sure to mark it so that you can tell it’s yours.  (Do the same with your coat).  If you don’t have a toybag, don’t worry. If you’re not sure what to put in your toybag, we recommend the following: your favorite toys (rope, flogger, wooden spoon, etc), a blanket or throw, comfy clothes (if what you’re wearing isn’t),  flats (if you’re wearing heels), any grooming/make-up tools you may want/need for the evening.

Do not bring cameras or other recording devices.  You may bring your cellphone with you, but it must remain out of sight while you’re on the club floor.  If you receive a call, we require that you to go at least as far as the lobby to answer it.

I didn’t go to Gateway, can I still come to Dungeon 101?

We encourage you to go to Gateway, but attendance isn’t mandatory.  The price of admission is $20 for BR & Crucible members with membership card, $30 all others, less a discount if you have the card you received at Gateway.

If you can’t make the Dungeon 101 that immediately follows the Gateway you attend, that’s fine, the card is good for a few months. (As a side note, since The Crucible was closed for an extended period, all Gateway cards issued during that time will remain valid for all of 2017.)

If you have questions about Dungeon 101 that haven’t been answered, please e-mail d101@br.org, and you should receive a response within 24 hours.