- Editore: Cactus Game Designs Inc (settembre 2004)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ASIN: B000BX5B4Q
- Peso di spedizione: 1,4 Kg
Journeys of Paul: Historical Strategy Game (Inglese) Giocattolo – set 2004
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I picked up the game a couple of years ago but didn't really opened it until this past week. I thought it was great that someone decided to create a game based on Paul's missionary journeys, but I wasn't sure something as "low-tech" as a boardgame would create interest in today's kids.
Well, I was wrong. My three children, Anne (11 years), Joy (8 years), and Nathan (6 years) had fun playing by themselves. They kinda learned the rules as they played. After watching them go at it for awhile, mom and I got down and dirty with them and took off on the journey from Jerusalem through Asia Minor to plant three churches and be the first to reach Jerusalem.
Sad to say, I lost both games we played as a family. Mom and Joy were the first to get to Rome to "get imprisoned" (since that's what happened to Paul in the Bible). Nathan said he won too, because he was the last to get imprisoned, and he built six churches.
The game's pacing was slow. It took about ten minutes to finish each round (two minutes average for each player), with all the declaration of the move, checking the Event card, and then coming up with a strategy to move or build churches. I love the concept that in order to build a church, you had to build at least seven cell groups. You could also appoint a deacon to help protect and guide the church. (Although I think in the Bible a presbyter (elder) fulfilled that role). You can also trade cards but sometimes that doesn't help your cause.
What would be interesting as well would be some trivia cards that provides more information (historical or geographical) about the ancient cities and tell of the modern equivalent.
The meaning of the game is enhanced by Bible knowledge, but it is not really necessary for your players to have that knowledge. It also opens opportunities for discussing Bible stories with those players.
For those who have the Bible knowledge it's interesting to learn how to pronounce the names of all those places Paul went to and where they are on the map. It brings to life the events that happened in Paul's life when you experience them, even though you experience them vicariously.
But don't play this game unless you have plenty of time to do so. On an average it probably takes about an hour and a half. Also, to keep things moving appoint one person to read the event cards and hand out the opportunity cards. That makes it go more smoothly, especially if you have poor readers or beginning readers in the group.
Overall this game has been a winner with adults and children we've played it with. That's a good deal in my book!
This game is recommended for 10 years and older by the manufacturer, but I played it with my 8 years old and 6 years old brothers, and we all enjoyed it. The rules are simple and the game is fun. One game (depending on the cards you have) lasts approx. 45-60 mins. We played with our parents too, and we all had fun. It is a strategy game, so you need to think your journey through, rather than just count on your luck.
The object of the game is to get to Rome from Jerusalem. You can use to go on land or by sea (but you need a Ship available card to go by sea). You have to build 3 churches in 3 cities on the way, and your 4th, final church in Rome. However you can not build in just any city. The first one who gets to Rome and builds the 4 churches is the winner. Your Journey could get hindered by certain events (bad weather, imprisonment, sickness, ship wrecked etc.) Some events can be countered with Opportunity cards, if you have the right ones. You can also trade those cards. You get 3 City cards that help you build your churches faster in some cities, by giving you extra cell groups (you need 7 cell groups to build your church). However your City cards might make your journey longer, so you don't necessarily want to build only in those 3 cities on your cards. You also get Deacons that can save your churches that you already built (if you have the right opportunity card which allowes you to use your Deacons).
This is a great strategy game, I highly recommend it. If you want a fun family christian board game, this is the one for you.
When it comes to a game of fun, it's a really good game and worth playing many times. When it comes to educational, it helps if you have someone who has read of Paul's journeys who can provide the full flavor of his life after deciding to follow Christ and get out His word.
The game itself is well made and durable and will be a main stay in our home.