Friday, February 15, 2013

Print-n-Play Games

1:19 PM by Mike · 0 comments
Games from the 2013 Monthly Design Challenge will be listed and available from this page:

Moroni's Stealthy Spies (here)

Build Upon the Rock (here)

Whole Armor of God Game Review

Here is a guest post from Dane Trimble where he reviews the Whole Armor of God.

Whole Armor of God
Covenant Communications
Designed by Mike Drysdale
Art by Steven and Kevin Keele
2 to 4 players
Ages 5 and up
Plays 10 to 20 minutes

In Whole Armor of God players are trying to be the first to “put on” the Whole Armor of God. This is done by playing Faith in Action cards from your hand on different pieces of armor to eventually total the required number for that particular piece of armor. For example, the Helmet of Salvation requires a point value of 6 to collect, so a player would then play enough Faith in Action cards out of their hand in subsequent turns to total 6. Once this is achieved the player takes that piece of armor and plays it in front of them. The first player to collect all six pieces of armor wins.

To set up, each player is dealt 4 cards. The remainder of the cards are placed face down in the center of play. Players then choose a set of armor cards by color (red, yellow, green, and blue) and lay these out in front of them.

Play begins with the first player playing a card from their hand. This can either be a Faith in Action card being played to one of the pieces of armor, or a fiery dart card on an opposing player which causes that player to lose Faith in Action card(s) already played on a piece or pieces of armor played. The player then draws a card to end their turn and the next player goes.

If a player is able to play enough Faith in Action cards on a piece of armor so that the total equals the number on the piece of armor then that player takes that piece and plays it in front of them. One of the cool things about this game is that the pieces of armor all fit together – like a puzzle – to form a fully armed person. The first player to get all six pieces wins.

This is a great family game that works for young and old kids alike. It was easy to learn and is very quick to play. There are a lot of great lessons being taught throughout the game like what we can do to put on the whole armor of God (through the Faith in Action cards) to basic math skills. The game also works great as a Family Home Evening activity for a variety of messages.

Thanks Dane for reviewing the game.
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Saturday, February 9, 2013

February Challenge

Well, I'm 10 days late, but I guess it's better late than never. So it's time for he February game design challenge. The restrictions/guidelines for this challenge will be...

Drum roll!

The print-n-play game for February will be based on the Primary Children's song: The Wise Man and The Foolish Man. (It can be heard and lyrics can be read here)

I'm thinking that I haven't left myself much time, so it will end up to be a simpler game, probably for younger kids.

Let me know if you have any themes or ideas that you'd like to see turned into a game.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

January Print-n-Play Game

Well, I'm only 1 week late on this first month's game design challenge. It took a lot more than I thought to get a decent game together in one month (yeah, a little more than one month), but hopefully it's enjoyable. Please let me know what you think and any questions you might have. Here's a little about the game:

Moroni's Stealthy Spies (pdf here)
For 2-4 players, age 6 and up, plays in 10-15 minutes

Alma 43:23: But it came to pass, as soon as they had departed into the wilderness Moroni sent spies into the wilderness to watch their camp;

Players take on the role of Nephite spies sent by Captain Moroni to find Lamanite camps and discover their plans.

You will need to provide your own "spies." I use small wooden cubes, but you could use anything that is about the size of a penny or so. You'll need 10 per person playing.

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