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For Christian Boardgamers or anyone who likes a good co-op

I was clued into #Commissioned several years ago by one of those Dice Tower top ten videos.  This is a deck building co-op game where you play as Apostles spreading the early church.  Each player gets an Apostle with a special power and their own player deck and you build that deck to get better at making or equipping disciples and fighting against the board which will try to halt your missionary outreaches. Admittedly gameplay-wise this is no #Spirit Island in terms of crazy-amazing co-ops, but its a soild game and I am super impressed by how strong this game is thematically.  Every one of the event cards has a verse on it which was the inspration for their effect.  For example, when the persecution card comes up, you lose some of the disciples you made in a certain church, but then other disciples move to adjacent cities and start new churches there.  I love it's attention to detail in that sort of thing. 

Anyway, they are running a new kickstarter for an expansion for the base game but you can also purchase the base game.  It has only 4 days left, but I thought it was worth a plug since I love it and I don't think its very well known. 

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2 months ago

On the same topic, I recently read an interesting review of #The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades at Space-Biff:

https://spacebiff.com/2020/10/05/the-mission/

It's a solo game, sort of spiritual ;) successor to the Victory Point Games States of Siege games.

2 months ago

That's super neat!  I've never heard of Ben Madison before, nor played any of his games, but the review was very interesting.  I may pick it up. 

2 months ago

I did read this one shortly after he posted it. Looks like a pretty good game! I don't play solo very much, so I likely won't be picking up solo only games for the forseeable future, but it seems like a good one.

2 months ago

Oh that is true.  I probably shouldn't think about picking it up until after I start playing solo stuff more.  Thanks for the reminder haha

2 months ago

Lol

Supporter2 months ago

Sounds like an interesting game on its own merit, not even counting the fact that it's a Christian game. 

Supporter2 months ago

It has a feel of Pandemic in reverse...

Supporter2 months ago

You know, I don't really know anything about any legacy games because they aren't really on my radar at the moment.

2 months ago

I haven't played any other legacy games than the Pandemic series.  And I'm probably sounding like a broken record at this point but I really loved them!  It probably has a lot to do with the people I played with though.  I know they're made so you can play them with different people, but they're really better if you experience them all together.  Especially since the rules usually evolve over the course of the games. Since I had a great time with the Pandemic ones, I'd totally give any others a try at this point.

Is it anything in particular about legacy games that you're not interested in them at the moment?

2 months ago

Def looks like an interesting concept. Though I think it may be a solid game, I am always somewhat weary of certain modes of entertainment that apply a veneer of Christianity, mainly because I think it can be more confusing than helpful for those who are not Christian. Never played this game so I'm not sure what my thoughts on it would be!

Supporter2 months ago

As a Theology teacher who generally doesn't care for things that are "Christian" just for the sake of being "Christian" I can say this game plays very nicely and would work even with a different theme.  (If that all makes sense).

Supporter2 months ago

Well said. 

2 months ago

thanks!

2 months ago

I think it can undermine the beautiful truths and also the severity of persecution and suffering and turning it into a mere game. If that makes sense haha 

but again I've never played this game, this is more so my general opinion of certain Christian movies and whatnot. 

Supporter2 months ago

I think about this idea whenever I try to think about designing a game with a Christian theme or based on something in the Bible. Especially with Old Testament wars and battles...how would you represent God's role in that? How do you respectfully do that? Or create any kind of balanced game? If the Bible is God's word, do you really want to make a game that takes a story from it and possibly ends with a different outcome? 

 

2 months ago

I'm no game designer, like I've tried thinking about it and I know that's definitely not where my talents lie haha.  But this is a really good question that deserves some more thought. 

2 months ago

I totally get that. I think thats where I land a little bit. I think that is why I dont particularly like "Jesus Jukes" since it attempts to make light somethings that are indeed not light matters or truths. Which then can lead to being desensitized to weighty truths. I think Christian culture attempts very hard to "christianize" things that dont need to be.

2 months ago

 I hear you and that definitely does make sense. I agree that the gospel should never be taken lightly.  It is the foundation of our new lives in Christ after all! I haven't played this game with those things specifcally in mind, but I feel like this game is respectful of the topic, its sort of like a game version of the book of Acts, and its more than just a veneer.  Though I have only played this game with other believers and we all enjoyed the attention to detail that they do with the theme.  I haven't played it with non-believers and I don't know if its just me, but when you're consuming Christian media with non-believers it gives you kind of a different perspective on how they might see it.  Which I definitely feel like applies to the whole Christian movie thing. 

2 months ago

That's good to know! Would love to try it out to see what it's like! 

2 months ago

For anyone looking for Christian games:

I'm no christian at all and the notion "christian games" makes me raise an eyebrow but I've been following #Deliverance and it seems like a solid game.

2 months ago

I am a Christian and Christian games cause me to raise an eyebrow lol

i will say, though deliverance has Christian words and really loose ties, I'd say it's just a fantasy that has nothing to do with Christianity besides it's borrowed and reimagined concepts.

Supporter2 months ago

Yeah the concept of Christian games also makes me raise an eyebrow. 

2 months ago

I'd say for me, more like a cautious eyebrow because i dont know what im going to find lol

Supporter2 months ago

Indeed. A lot of Christians these days need to take a step back and act more Christian in my humble opinion. 

Supporter2 months ago

I don't love coop at all.  But I'd consider playing this game with my students or with my daughters to help bring the earl Church to life.

We actually have a copy at one of my jobs.

2 months ago

Same, a coop for me has to be just right for me to really like it. I just love the competition too much, which would not be healthy in a game about reaching the nations with the gospel haha

Premium User2 months ago

Wow that sounds cool. My cousin who's really into games I think would appreciate the theme. I'll pass it along!

2 months ago

Don't care for the art, but the gameplay sounds interesting and I love me a good coop

2 months ago

That's funny you should mention the art.  I agree, but didn't really notice until you said something.  I think I notice and appreciate when games have really nice art but don't notice bad or mediocre art unless someone points it out.