The Sinister Game

Order of Nine Angles

Order of Nine Angles

Playing The Sinister Game – A Brief ONA History


The Sinister Game is a game – originally developed by Anton Long in 1972 CE, and subsequently played by him and members of the ONA – whose object is sinister recruitment, sinister infiltration, the sinister manipulation of individuals, and having some sinister-fun.

The aim of this text is to provide an historical introduction to the game in order to facilitate the development of future versions.


To set the scene, some quotes from ONA texts dating before the use, by mundanes, of ‘the world wide web’ – quotes from typewritten texts privately circulated among members and prospective adherents in the mid to late 1980′s CE, and first xeroxed and distributed, via posted letters, then printed and published in underground ONA zines such as Exeat and Fenrir, and in Sennitt’s NOX, between the late 1980′s and the early 1990′s CE and then, somewhat later, in other zines such as The Watcher and The Heretic.

” Satanism is elitist. It does not compromise – its tests, ordeals, methods and character-building experiences are severe and will never be made easier to make them acceptable to more people or easier to undertake.” The Hard Reality of Satanism (ONA, first openly published 1991 ev)

“A Satanist accepts no standards, no code of ethics, no morality: they create their own standards, and live by their own morality, however dark or evil that morality may seem to others or ‘society’. This principle means that Satanists are amoral in the conventional sense….. As for the rest – they can participate, and so learn and so evolve to another existence. Or they can be used, by Satanists, to effect changes greater than themselves.” Satanism – A Basic Introduction For Prospective Adherents (ONA, first openly published 1991 ev)

” In essence, we understand Satanism as the individual quest for self-excellence – to create an entirely new type. This quest involves practical experience – for only real experience creates character. The essence that Satanism leads the individual toward is only ever revealed by practical experience – never by books, never by someone else’s ‘teachings’, never by words. Words themselves can never really describe this essence – they can only point the way, hint at it, and usually serve only to obscure it. In the same way, ceremonies and forms such as rituals are only means – they are a means to experience, to symbolize things and thus apprehend what hitherto has been ‘hidden’ or unconscious or instinctive. Furthermore, this quest is and must be individual – it means the individual develops, via experiences (and sometimes by learning from mistakes) the strength of character needed. Or they fail.” An Introduction to Traditional Satanism (ONA, first openly published 1993 ev)

The Game

The game is simple: the object is sinister recruitment, sinister infiltration, and sinister manipulation of individuals, with the player having fun, enjoying the challenges and the planning and the execution of the plan, and also, by playing the game, aiding the aims and goals of the Order of Nine Angles.

Since the development and then the widespread use of ‘the world wide web’, a new Internet form of the game has been constructed, suitable for this technological medium, and taking into account the ease of communication and the flow and availability of information that this medium enables. This new form often employed pieces labelled ‘sinister’ instead of ‘satanist’.

Game Rules – Recruitment

Before the Internet became – with the development of GUI’s, html, and web-browsers – available to and used by mundanes (i.e. before c. 1993 CE), the Order of Nine Angles recruited, and thus played part of our sinister game, in two ways.

The first, and the traditional way – still used today in traditional nexions – was clandestine personal recruitment by someone already involved with the ONA who would, over a period of time, get to know the prospective candidate and, if thought necessary, have a friendly private investigator check out their background. If deemed suitable, the candidate would then be given some practical tests – some physical challenges, and also some amoral challenges which often involved them undertaking some so-called ‘criminal’ activity, with thieving from and burglary of the dwellings of chosen and tested marks [mundanes] often being used. Then, if the candidate was successful, they would be invited to meet one or more members who would judge them for suitability. Only after this lengthy process would they be invited to become part of an established ONA group/Temple/nexion. In this traditional way, the candidate was either: (1) recruited because of their character, or because of some skill or ability they possessed, or because they were already known to or related to someone already involved in the ONA; or (2) the candidate themself had sought to find someone involved with the ONA or sought to find an ONA group/nexion/Temple, and had succeeded, despite the obstacles placed in their way.

The second way – of open recruitment – was only used for some years, between the mid 1980′s to the very early 1990′s, during the ‘second phase’ of ONA development. This way involved contact being made with the ONA by prospective candidates via a posted letter send to a post office box. After some exchange of letters, a meeting might be arranged if their correspondence had indicated they might suitable, and which meeting was only the first of many tests.

At the time in question, of course, the nature and content of these tests had not been written about, as the tests were in part based upon the then still secretive nature of the heretical ONA and upon the sinister glamor then associated with Satanism, which secrecy and which glamor meant that there were quite a few candidates eager to contact the ONA and eager to participate in traditional Satanism, an eagerness which the dirth of information about of the ONA – and even about aspects of Satanism – encouraged. In addition, the ONA made it quite clear that theirs was a difficult, selective, elitist, way, with candidates expected to meet high standards. So, if they did not want to be tested, selected, they should not apply.

The first test of this second way was the postal communication sent to the candidate arranging the meeting and which stated: be at this place at this time on this date. No options were given, and if the candidate failed to turn up, they failed, and contact with them was not resumed. Directions were usually in the form of an OS map reference.

The place usually chosen for this initial meeting was reasonably isolated (rural), open (few or no trees) and with difficult or no access for motor vehicles – which meant that the person had to walk to the meeting place and could be discreetly observed from a distance by the ONA recruiter or by some other ONA person acting as a look-out and in contact with the recruiter by ‘walkie-talkie’ [this was in the days before cell/mobile telephones]. Favored areas were moorland and mountains. Anton Long for instance – in the mid to late 1980′s CE – would often choose The Long Mynd in South Shropshire, or somewhere in the Lake District. The recruiter would usually dress as a hiker or backpacker in order to blend in with the surroundings and so as not to attract undue attention, although on a few occasions might be dressed as a vagrant. One such meeting, around 1989 CE, with someone then involved with the Temple of Set, is mentioned by Aquino in his letter to ‘Stephen Brown’ dated October 7 XXV [reproduced in facsimile in volume one of The Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, Thormynd Press, 1992 ev].

If the candidate arrived on time [they were allowed to be no more than half an hour late; any later, they failed] then other tests followed, which varied from candidate to candidate.

1) For some, the second test would be for them not to be met at the correct time but just observed, from a suitable vantage point and from a distance (often with the aid of binoculars) by the recruiter. Their behavior would be noted. If they patiently waited for an hour – most usually two hours and whatever the weather – they would then most probably be met. If they failed to wait, they failed and no further contact with them would be made. If they waited but became agitated after an hour or so they would most probably not be met at all, but would be replied to (and another meeting arranged) if they subsequently contacted the ONA again and their letter was polite, restrained, and inquired about another meeting.

2) For some, the second test would be one of their latent Occult abilities, with the recruiter (perhaps dressed as a vagrant) seeming to just be someone strolling by and who would usually ask for directions, after which some causal conversation might follow, about the weather, or whether the person was on holiday, or some such thing. The recruiter would then amble away, the test here obviously being to see if they person followed, having sensed that ‘the tramp’ – or the hiker – was actually their ONA contact.

3) For some, the second test would be for some ONA person to meet them, but redirect them to another meeting point some distance away which the candidate was expected to reach by such a time it would involve them in running and at which relocation point the recruiter would be waiting. Usually this run involved a steep hill or two, and if the candidate was not on time, they failed.

4) For some, the second test would involve meeting them, but asking them to be at a specific place nearby (a local village or town, for example) later that day (or evening) where they would be met and taken ‘somewhere’ (where was not explained, although sometimes it was hinted it might be where some ceremonial ritual was to be held). If the person failed to turn up, they failed. If they were at the rendezvous, a choice of options were available, depending on the assessment of the individual by the recruiter. The candidate was sometimes taken, by motor vehicle, to another isolated area and then told to get out, and left – the test here being to see if the candidate would re-apply at a later date. Or the candidate would be taken by motor vehicle (or sometimes escorted on foot) to some establishment (such as an hotel) serving meals and alcoholic beverages – this option being favored if the candidate was a woman. The test here would be the reactions of the candidate, sensed by the recruiter, with the meeting continuing according to such reactions: continued sometimes by a civilized discussion, sometimes over a meal, sometimes just over drinks; sometimes continued in private if (as sometimes occurred, for some reason, with women candidates) they revealed a willingness or a desire (without prompting or suggestions) to continue it in such a private way; and sometimes continued (or rather discontinued) by the recruiter curtly ending the meeting and leaving.

For some, there would be other types of second tests, with the overall aim of all such tests being (yes, you guessed it) to test the candidate, especially their determination, their resolve, their self-control and patience, and to ascertain if they had, latent or otherwise, any Occult abilities (such as esoteric-empathy and Occult intuition).

Those who passed the second tests were given a third – and in some cases a fourth – test following a meeting with the recruiter who at the meeting ascertained what the third/fourth type of test would be. Quite often it involved giving them some simple tasks to do (such as copying and sending out some ONA MSS) combined with arranging a further meeting, again in some difficult or remote place, at which meeting they were not met. Only if they passed this test – completing their simple tasks and resuming polite contact after the failed meeting – did their training and some personal guidance begin, based on the Seven Fold Way as outlined in texts such as Naos, with the new neophyte expected to progress, by their own efforts, toward External Adept and thence to Internal Adept, with them either forming their own group/Temple/nexion or being inducted into an existing one, and which induction involved further tests, such as the amoral one mentioned above. Those so successfully inducted into existing nexions would then go on, after some time, to participate in the testing of opfers and thence aid or undertake a cull, and which task marked their final acceptance into the ONA as it was then, and as it still is in traditional nexions all of whose members undertake either the Seven Fold Way or are part of the Rounwytha tradition.

As might be expected, few individuals passed the tests. Of the hundred or so candidates who presented themselves during the time this form of open and personal recruitment was in operation, only seven succeeded and so were given some personal guidance, with three of these subsequently leaving because they either failed the physical challenges of the Seven Fold Way, or were not sinister enough to undertake a cull, or found the temptations and ease of mundane life just too difficult to resist.

Yet part of the object of this way of playing the game had been achieved, for those few that remained became valuable and necessary additions to the ONA (two especially so, given their talents), and the players of the game had much fun and acquired some new learning and some new skills, with some ONA aims and goals advanced, even inadvertently by those who failed given the stories some of them told about their experiences (in two instances, told to the likes of Aquino), and given the presence such open recruitment gave the ONA.

The Internet Game and Rules


The Internet version of the game was introduced around 1998 CE with the object still being sinister recruitment, sinister infiltration, and sinister manipulation of individuals, although with such recruitment done with no direct personal involvement and based on the already established ONA principle of (what at the time were termed) self-replicating self-contained units; that is, based on the seeding, development and propagation of certain causal forms, and thence on the establishment of independent groups and independent individuals who would be freely provided with all the texts and materials necessary to either: (1) if they chose, to follow the Seven Fold Way on their own without any direct personal guidance; or (2) to develop their own system based upon or inspired by the ONA, its causal forms, praxis, and mythos. These groups and individuals then would or could be the genesis of other seedlings, with some forms – such as Insight Roles – when used by such people aiding the sinister infiltration of the societies of the West.

This principle of self-replicating self-contained units was one of the foundations of phase two of the planned development of the ONA, and was evident in the production and distribution (by postal means), from the mid to the late 1980′s CE, of ONA texts such as the original Black Book of Satan, and Naos. The development and use of the Internet just accelerated the process of production, distribution, and sinister seeding as well as provided access to a wider audience. [1]


The first rule of the Internet version of the sinister game is that you are cautious, and suspicious of everyone, as you were suspicious before of anyone known only through postal correspondence.

This rule means several important things. For instance, that you do not trust what people say about their experiences, their ‘achievements’, and themselves, or what they say about others, even if Internet contact (via mediums such as e-mail) has extended over a period of months, or much longer, and that you are therefore cautious about what you reveal in personal exchanges, or via personal third-party proxies, and that what you do reveal privately you intend to make public sooner or later, or is already known to some people you do trust, or (more often) that what you do reveal is for a purpose, done with sinister intent, and that therefore such information may be, if deemed necessary, ‘booby-trapped’ with certain details, as for instance in pre-www days when a letter might contain some not necessarily entirely correct information which, if leaked against the wishes of the sender, would have a certain intended effect and which also, if required, could almost always, if made public, be traced back to the recipient of such information.

Devious? Satanic? Of course. Also fun, and part of the sinister manipulation of individuals that forms part of the game.

In effect, and from your own experience and knowledge and using your Occult abilities, you build your own Occult firewall and anti-virus software which filters out anything suspicious and alerts you to and deals with malware.

Complete trust is earned, and earned only by means of direct personal interaction extending over a period of causal Time. Partial trust (of varying degrees) may be earned by events in the real world – for example, a reasonable level of partial trust can be established by having some friendly private investigator or sympathetic police office investigate, trace the individual(s) you are in contact with, and check them out; and a lower level of partial trust can be established if their identity and deeds have already been verified by several non-internet ‘mainstream’ published and non-related primary sources, and which sources have also been checked.

The second rule of the Internet version of our game is that the world-wide-web is only cyberland, so that what matters is not what someone or some many may say or claim there, or what items they may publish there, but what happens in the real world; what action results from such words in cyberland. Until their words become alive through the deeds of individuals, such words, while possibly interesting or amusing, are only hollow words.

The third rule of the Internet version is that all information is free, without copyright, and should be made available to everyone, without restriction and irrespective of whether it be deemed subversive, heretical, or ‘illegal’ in some nation-State or other.

The fourth rule is that revisions, comments, updates, bug-fixes, forks and flavors, are expected, encouraged, and necessary.

The fifth rule is that nothing on or sent by means of the Internet should be considered secure and can be read, cracked, or obtained, and used against you by the security services of a plethora of nation-States. [2]


In the context of the Internet game, recruitment means using blogs, websites, forums, e-mail, whatever, and seeding, propagating, our self-replicating self-contained units – that is, encouraging, facilitating, and inciting the establishment in the real world of working independent groups/nexions and of independent (freelance) operatives and associates, and which groups/operatives function by means of the exercise of their own judgement.

Sinister Manipulation

The Internet version of our game greatly increased the number of options and the number of available marks, although those who have previously used real-world manipulation of marks will find, after a short causal duration, that such Internet manipulation, while sometimes reasonably enjoyable, is no match for the real-world experience.

However, one option here is quite fun: when you sense or know via Occult means that someone is trying to trick you, the trickster, and you lull them into believing you have believed them on a certain matter or matters and that you ‘trust’ them, so that you hijack their usually long-term intended devious plan (perhaps relating to infiltration/disruption of the ONA) and use it to your own advantage and against them, by for example, praising them via the medium of the Internet and making them privy to ‘secrets’, and then feeding them information which they propagate and may add to and which propagation works in favor of the long-term goals, aims and objectives of the ONA.

The Traditional Game

This form of the game, first developed in 1972 CE, is, as mentioned above, still played by traditional nexions, who continue to recruit in a personal, clandestine, manner and some of whose members are committed – in pursuit of their and our overall aims, objectives, and goals – to the sinister infiltration of academia, the military, the police, and other such establishments and institutions.

Thus, the fundamental purpose of this traditional, non-Internet, game is three-fold – to increase, over long durations of causal Time, the number of Adepts of the tradition (both sinister and Rounwytha); to enable our people to have some fun, sinister and otherwise; to slowly work at the infiltration of ‘society’ in pursuit of our Aeonic objectives; and perhaps most important of all to act as the stable core of our kulture, our tradition, untouched by the silliness, schemes, scams, and posturing of and in cyberland, and immune to the vagaries of political, social, military, and religious, events and occurrences.

End of the Internet Game and Future Games

As of January 2012 CE the ONA ceased to play the internet version of our Sinister Game as its object – connected with the beginning of the Third Phase of our centuries-long sinister, Aeonic, strategy – had been achieved, the ephemeral medium known as the internet having served its purpose.

As will most or all things ONA, our Sinister Game is always open to development, refinement, and change, as causal Time flows on, as new means of communication and propaganda are developed, and as our people simply want to have some diabolical fun, or use the esoteric skills gained via pathei-mathos and so develop new sinister tactics to implement our Aeonic strategy.

Order of Nine Angles
122 yfayen
(Updated Jan 2012 CE)


[1] The three phases of ONA development – that is, past and present – are mentioned in published texts such as Toward The Dark Formless Acausal and in several (unpublished, restricted) internal ONA documents dealing (a) with sinister strategy and/or (b) which are transcriptions of talks and discussions of Oxonia Sunedrions.

The following quotation is from Geneseos Caput Tertium

” The first and second phases were marked by the exoteric emphasis being on our form of Satanism, with the esoteric emphasis hidden and revealed only on a personal basis. The dating used in these phases was generally one of the following: ev, en, yf, eh. These related directly to our heretical tradition – as in yf and thus the causal form of NS – and to our traditional Satanism, as in ev, en, eh. The archetypal form here is Satan, propagated as both an adversarial individual praxis and as an acausal living entity.

The third phase is marked by the exoteric emphasis being on the development and propagation of sinister forms, such as clans, tribes, dreccs and niners, with the esoteric emphasis openly propagated, expressed as this esoteric aspect is, for example, in the Rounwytha tradition and by the sorcery that is the melding of sinister-numinous within and external to the individual. The dating used in the third phase is Year of Fayen (sometimes abbreviated to yfayen) and this relates to the shift away from overt Satanism toward the archetypal form Baphomet, both as a Dark Goddess, and as the sinister-numinous, which can manifest: (1) in men via the development of skills/faculties such as esoteric-empathy, and (2) in women by the cultivation of the sinister feminine.”

[2] It is currently claimed that gnupg encryption – using at least a 2048 bit key – is still secure.


Source of information:

The Satanic Letters of Stephen Brown, 2 vols. Thormynd Press, 1992 ev

Quod Fornicatio sit naturalis hominis (unpublished typewritten MS, by Anton Long, dated 107 yf)

Emanations of a Mage (unpublished MS by Anton Long, dated 118 Year of Fayen)

Geneseos Caput Tertium (unpublished MS by Anton Long, dated 122 yfayen

Transition to the Fourth Phase (unpublished transcription of an ONA discussion, Oxonia, 121 yfayen)