Board Game Faith

The intersection of board gaming, spirituality, and religion

About the show

We explore the intersection of board games, religious faith, and spirituality with the verve and ironic hilarity of the 21st century. The co-hosts are Christian pastors who ask, what does it mean theologically that we as humans like to play games? Be ready for deep thoughts, dad jokes, and board game obsession.

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Episodes

  • Episode 54: Sam Macdonald on Game Design and Faith

    May 5th, 2024  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Sam Macdonald of Garphill Games discusses his religious journey and board game philosophy. Sam explores the connections between board game design and religious faith, especially in the areas of community, self-expression, rules, fun, and the joy of discovery. We also take a stab at potential games based on Biblical stories.

  • Episode 53: The Spirit of Play

    April 21st, 2024  |  57 mins 3 secs
    book club

    The Spirit of God works through play and games to bring about freedom. The conversation touches on the article 'Play and Freedom, Patterns of Life and the Spirit' by Simeon Zahl. It highlights the need to understand the freedom that comes with the Spirit and the danger of idolizing past patterns of faith.

  • Episode 52: Stages in Board Game Collecting

    April 7th, 2024  |  58 mins 59 secs
    game collecting, game theory, stages of faith

    We explore the concept of seasons in the context of board gaming and life, our evolving gaming preferences, and the stages of faith. We also draw parallels between stages of faith and stages of gaming, reflecting on the journey from zealousness to a holistic approach, and conclude with a discussion on the continued enjoyment of games and the avoidance of jadedness.

  • Episode 51: Life Lessons from a Chinese Murder Mystery RPG (A/V Club)

    March 24th, 2024  |  56 mins 4 secs
    a/v club, peoplemakegames, roleplaying, violence

    In this episode of Board Game Faith, we discuss the topic of roleplay both in games and in real life. We explore the benefits and risks of role play and dive into a video from the YouTube Channel @PeopleMakeGames about the popular role-playing game Jubensha in China, with its deep character development and commitment involved in role-playing games and share personal experiences with role play. We also highlight the power of role play in building empathy and connection with others.

  • Episode 50: Why Pastors Need to Play, with Casey Sigmon

    March 10th, 2024  |  59 mins 47 secs
    clergy, interview, preaching

    In this episode, Rev. Dr. Casey Sigmon, Professor of Preaching and Worship at St. Paul School of Theology, discusses the importance of play and imagination in combating burnout and enhancing preaching. The Pause/Play Center for Clergy Renewal focuses on providing rest and healing for pastors. The conversation highlights the power of well-preached sermons and the need for pastors to prioritize their own well-being, the importance of taking a leap of faith in preaching, and the connection between imagination and play. The conversation explores the resistance to play and the counter-cultural nature of play.

  • Episode 49: Book Club: 4,000 Weeks

    February 25th, 2024  |  1 hr 2 mins
    book club, happiness, mortality

    Oliver Burkeman's 4,000 Weeks argues that human flourishing is rooted in our relationship to time. True happiness is found not in completing tasks but living with incompletion, a sense of our mortality, and a healthy place for obsessions, hobbies, and … play.

  • Episode 48: Death in Gaming

    February 11th, 2024  |  58 mins 3 secs
    game theory, legacy games

    This episode explores how death is represented in games – through abstraction, themes, stories, characters, and legacy games. As humans we grieve the loss of particular, detailed humans and (and some animals), and we mourn characters in games that are particular or we have seen them grow and develop with time. We name some games that explore this theme and think through how memory, death, and grief can function in games and human experience.

  • Episode 47: A/V Club: Roleplaying the End of the World

    January 25th, 2024  |  56 mins 16 secs
    a/v club

    We discuss the concept of surviving in a post-apocalyptic world and how it relates to games and life. YouTube's @PeopleMakeGames explored Wasteland Weekend, a unique event where thousands of people role-play life in a post-apocalyptic setting. We delve into the idea of playing the wrong game and the importance of being present in the moment, the point of a game, and the cost of community.

  • Episode 46: The Enneagram and Board Games part 2

    January 14th, 2024  |  1 hr 1 min
    game recommendations, game theory

    What does the Enneagram reveal about you as a board gamer, and what does it reveal about others? Are you an investigator, loyalist, enthusiast, or challenger? We discuss types 5-8, with some game recommendations.

  • Episode 45: Holidays and Games!

    December 17th, 2023  |  47 mins 28 secs
    game recommendations

    Holidays and games are great together – they provide an opportunity for social interaction and enjoyment. Board games can be a great addition to holiday celebrations, offering a break from work and a chance to connect with loved ones. Games can also serve as a reminder of the grace and unnecessary gifts in life. We discuss some recommended games for the holidays.

  • BONUS: Christmas Funsongtime

    December 17th, 2023  |  5 mins 53 secs

    We have a bit of parody fun by singing a fun song written by Daniel, just to say, thanks to you!

  • Episode 44: The Enneagram, for Board Gamers!

    December 3rd, 2023  |  1 hr 4 mins
    enneagram, spirituality

    We trek to new frontiers as we connect up the Enneagram (a typology of personalities) to game types and mechanics. What do your game interests say about you as a person? What motivates you, and what repels you, in life and in games?