Thursday, October 8, 2009

Online Book of Mormon Role-Playing Games

I recently came across a site that offers up two online Book of Mormon themed games (here): Nephi RPG and Book of Mormon Battles RPG.

I've never played an RPG. This was the first time I've tried one and to tell you the truth, it seemed to be just like a Choose Your Own Adventure book but online. I mean, I read what was presented to me and then was given a number of choices which I selected by clicking on them (as opposed to turning to the appropriate page). Certain progression points were also awarded as you play through the game.

The short time I played I enjoyed it. I did come across one problem that I wanted to touch on here. An unamed man was speaking to me telling me that he and his family were leaving Jerusalem and that I needed to come with them. That's fine (I was assuming it was Nephi and that I should probably choose to go with them), but he was talking to me outside my home. As he's telling me these things my mother calls me from inside the house. So, should I go immediately with this man or run in to see what my mother wanted? Well, I chose to heed my mother and see why she had called me. GAME OVER! Therein lies my problem. Yes, I should be learning about Book of Mormon history and, in essence, experiencing the stories! I'm all for that and I enjoyed the very short time I had doing it. The problem is that I should also learn to heed my parents and be obedient to them. Which would you choose?

This is a "massive mutliplayer online role-playing game set in the times of the Book of Mormon." In this game you dedicate a certain number of turns to doing activities like exploring the land, attacking enemies, buying provisions, etc. You make those decisions following which the game tells you what happened. For example, I used 2 turns scouting the land. Many of my army were hit with malaria! Not the most desirable of consequences that I was looking for!!

Well, for my first little stint into role-playing games it was too bad. These kinds of game require a lot of time to get involved with what's going on, developing your army and moving through the whole Book of Mormon story. If I had the time I would probably invest it and enjoy the games to their fullest!

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- Grandpa Chet said...
April 8, 2010 at 5:11 PM

This is the main reason why I always preferred "real" Roleplaying Games (that is, with people sitting around instead of with a computer program) - because with a program, one is stuck doing (or not doing) only what the writer determined. With "real" roleplaying, the only limits are the imaginations of the players and the gamesmaster.

Along the lines of "real" Mormon rolegames, let's not forget that Call of Cthulhu was designed by Sandy Petersen soon after he returned from his mission. CoC works VERY well in the framework of LDS theology.

--Grandpa Chet

Roughneck55 said...
November 1, 2015 at 8:51 AM

Agreed! Now how do I adapt my role playing game (table top) to be biblical. Early christianity would be the easiest.

Grandpa Chet said...
November 30, 2015 at 5:13 PM

There was an RPG (tabletop, with real people in front of you and snacks) called Testament in the D20 days. I think a PDF version is on Drive-Thru RPG.

*jeep! and God Bless! (Thank you, Red!)
---Grandpa Tzhett

Mike said...
November 30, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Right you are!
Here it is:

Grandpa Chet said...
November 30, 2015 at 5:25 PM

My mistake. Testament was/is based in the Old Testament. Perhaps there was a supplement or a magazine article..? I do remember a New Testament rolegame or sourcebook, but my memory has mislaid the thought.

(re: the Captcha at the bottom of this page... What if I WANT to be a robot?)

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