I am not sure what to put on this list, so it may be very limited. Pretty much what I am after is a list of good Christian or Bible games. If you have any you can recommend, please post them here, and a bit of details what makes them good? I seem to see trivia overload mainly in regards to Bible games or games for Christians.
EDIT: Please note the idea of this Geeklist is to come up with GOOD games to put on it, not just any. When adding an item, feel free to include a bit of a "pitch" to why this game should be looked into further.
Also, as a side plug, if games like this are of interest, feel free to consider joining the Christian gamers guild on here to discuss games of interest further: http://boardgamegeek.com/guild/1415
This is a derived off Carcassonne, but did stand in its own rights. About as close as I can think of now to a good Bible based game. For me, it feels like a cross between Hunter and Gatherers and regular Carc.
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This is a good trivia game with a twist, great for teaching people to think in analogies. Each card has 4 items, events, or people listed on it and a player has to figure out which of the 4 doesn't belong in the list. They then get an extra point for being able to explain why. There are a lot of cards that come with the game, and the riddles are generally clever. Our family has enjoyed all of the games in this series.
"Just get that sucka to the designated place at the designated time and I will gladly designate his ass...for dismemberment!" - Sho Nuff.
Best one I have played.
Just realize when you are playing, you are not Jesus. You are just examining the possibilities of the priorities (recruiting disciples, traveling, sending out disciples, praying, performing miracles, etc), in the context as a teaching/learning tool. The only way to score the major victory is to achieve the historical outcome. So if you recruit 3 disciples, for example, or if Judas hasn't reached Jerusalem and betrayed Jesus, or if the leaders (Pilate, Caiphas, Herod) and Barabas are not in Jerusalem at the right time, you cannot achieve the major victory.
I like that prayer is such an important part of the game (taking the action, I mean -- not praying for a good die roll). If you do not take the action enough, it becomes harder to recruit disciples, perform miracles, and also as a means of avoiding temptation. You figure as much time as Jesus spent praying, it must be pretty important, so kuddos to the designer for incorporating it.
Go Lizards, Go Hogs, Go Illini; and the Army keeps rolling along!
How about a game like Scrabble? It might be possible to meet your goal without an overt Christian or Bible theme. Christ taught us to be not of this world, but there's no avoiding being in this world. Games like Scrabble, which lack any overt Christian theme, can still be thoroughly enjoyable by Christians and others alike.
And if you wanted, you could even theme a game, creating a bonus for, say, any word that's found in the Bible. (Subject to the same challenge rules as standard Scrabble.) Or you could allow Biblical names (normally illegal, since they're proper nouns). Etc.
Kings of Israel is a cooperative board game that place during the reign of kings in Israel. Each individual plays as a prophet that is trying to build altars while removing evil and idols from the map. The most obvious board game comparison is Pandemic since evil spreads in Kings of Israel similarly to how disease spreads in Pandemic.
The game is very thematic and has a lot of Biblical ties. The map is of Israel and contains many of the major towns and locations of ancient Israel. The routes in the game follow very closely to the actual known trade routes during that period of time. The timeline to the game is a list of all the kings of Israel and the good and bad events that occur in the game are based on whether the players are in the middle of the reign of a good or bad king. Finally, there are about fifty Blessing and Sin and Punishment cards to the game and each of them are connected to a Biblical event or quote.
Finally, I think the game is very good! There are a lot of tough decisions on when to build altars, collect resources, remove sin and idols, or try to make a timely sacrifice to remove many things at once. As a bonus, you can learn a bit of geography at least.
I found this one superior to Redemption. Unfortunately not many (any?) expansions were released, and the game could end up feeling stale and scripted. I really liked the concept and approach, which neatly skirts the "playing the bad guys" problems in games like Redemption.
This one is a solitaire game, and really really interesting!
A.D. 30: Walk With Jesus to Jerusalem is a very reverent solitaire game that takes you, as the player, along the travels of Jesus, from His baptism in the River Jordan to His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Along the way, you will make decisions which will affect the outcome of His journeys and teachings. Thirteen possible alternate outcomes are included not to imply that other outcomes were in fact possible, but to build a strategy game that includes challenges with possibility of success and failure as the player of the game. Achieving the Major Victory (the historical outcomes) will demonstrate the extraordinary set of circumstances that took place and were necessary to achieve the birth of Christianity.
The events that take place often cause the political and religious leaders of the area (represented by Caiaphas, Herod Antipas, and Pontius Pilate in the game) to take notice and become increasingly concerned. In game terms, this is shown by moving those Leader markers along a track on the game board, advancing them from their start spaces one step at a time until they reach the final space on that track (“Arrest in Jerusalem”), at which point they attempt to arrest Jesus.
You get the chance to react to these movements with several choices each game turn. The goal is to assemble all twelve apostles, maintain a high level of piety, and enter into Jerusalem. Additionally, when trying to reconstruct the beginnings of Christianity historically, it is imperative that Judas betrays Jesus in Jerusalem. Events tend to push Jesus towards Jerusalem, but try to avoid entering too early before all the important pieces are in place!
I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.
A fantastic little euro where you guide a family through 4 generations in a small village. What is so christian about it? Attending mass is an important source of victory points! The game is honestly a ton of fun, and accessible to just about anyone.