30 Minutes of Torment is a brand new site from Kink, the company who produces Bound Gods, Naked Kombat and others. And this new site follows a reality show format where a willing participant is put through 30 minutes of hell in the master's fully-equipment dungeon. When the sub's half-hour experience is over, he still faces one more challenge: After all he's been through, can he shoot his load? And his master often gives him specific instructions on how he's to cum. Sounds nasty, doesn't it?
Van Darkholme is the dungeon master and creator of 30 Minutes of Torment where subs volunteer to submit to these 30-minute corporal challenges. There's no sex per se like blowjobs or fucking, but that doesn't mean the master isn't free to use his sub's cocks and asses for other things. So far most of the guys have been well-known performers like Christian Wilde, Doug Acre, Jessie Colter, and Liam Harkmoore; there were only three guys I hadn't seen elsewhere in gay porn. So far, the subs are in their twenties with slender to built bodies, some smooth and others furry. But the site is just getting off the ground, so there could be a wider variety of men down the road.
The dungeon is equipped with 10 stations of torment and each episode uses any three; with names like The Pit, The Wall, or The Water Chamber, they sound pretty intimidating. One of the scenes I watched featured straight stud James Riker in The Pit where he's blindfolded and restrained, and Van Darkholme starts off with some cock edging and flogging that grow in intensity until James is hollering pretty good. Bound in a straight jacket, James is thrown in The Padded Cell for some rough handling and beaten with a bamboo cane. The last leg of the challenge ends in The Electric Chamber where James is bound to a chair and Van Darkholme zaps his thighs and large cock with bands of electrodes; then the master shoves an electric butt plug inside his sub's hole and gives him more body shocking with the zapper.
With his 30-minute ordeal over, Van Darkholme wants James to cum with the electrodes strapped to his cock, and the master teasingly milks his sub's erection until he unloads his nuts. The session ends with Van Darkholme and Riker talking about each experience and how Riker felt about it. Another sub is challenged to cum while getting flogged and one had to shoot his load with weights hanging off his nuts, so there's good variety of action.
The site's other scenes feature a wide range of activities: punching, smacking and flogging; clothes pins, forceps and clamps; there's a dunking tank and hose in the water area, bamboo bondage and caning in another, there's a room for metal bondage, and another with different wooden crosses. There's a bondage chair that frees up the master's hands so he can give painful attention to his sub's cock and balls and The Gimp Room has a variety of chains and ball hooks hanging from the ceiling. If you can imagine it, this dungeon probably has it.
30 Minutes of Torment opened their doors at the beginning of January 2014. They update weekly with a fresh scene and there are 34 videos currently available. Although the site is called 30 Minutes of Torment, each scene runs almost an a hour by the time the subs shoot their wads and finish the pre and post action interviews.
You can download the videos in 5 different sizes of MP4 from 480x270 to a nice-sized 1280x720. The videos are good productions with decent sound and lighting. You can stream the videos in a Flash player at 720x405 with no issues. The site also offers the scenes broken into several parts in two different sizes of downloadable WMV and one MP4. Each episode comes with a gallery of 50 high quality pictures. They come in two sizes: 800x533 and 1200x800. You can view them on the site or download a zip file, but there's no slideshows available. It's worth mentioning that the right size of MP4 should play on most mobiles and tablets, including iPhone and iPad.
There's also a forum where members can discuss scenes or BDSM activities more fully and offer suggestions. Members can comment on each episode, and these are often fun and helpful to read.
Are there any problems or deal breakers? Not many. There is a pre-checked email offer when you sign up, but it's easy enough to untick if you don't want email updates. The site's tour does mention weekly live shows on two of Kink's other sites, but you need a separate membership to watch them. And the site did miss one update, but otherwise they're consistently adding a new scene every week.
I liked 30 Minutes of Torment and the scenes feel more intimate with master and sub going on a journey together rather than putting on a show. The opening interviews help set the tone with the subs talking about their likes, dislikes and limits; Van Darkholme talks to them about the challenges ahead and he gives them a safe word. The 34 sessions themselves were intense and creative, with lots of different kinds of activities, so I didn't feel they were doing the same things over and over. Van Darkholme knows what he's doing and hardcore fetish players should be pretty turned on by these realistic sessions. 30 Minutes of Torment should grow into another powerhouse in the Kink arsenal.