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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  • Episode 37: A Theology of Play Retreat

    August 20th, 2023  |  59 mins 44 secs
    game theory, mcgonigal, suits, teaching

    Daniel led sessions on the theology of play at a recent religious retreat, and he shares his thoughts on the sessions, his outlines, his hopes and expectations, and participant feedback.

  • Episode 36: Our Top 10 Games of All Time – But With Bible Verses!

    August 6th, 2023  |  1 hr 5 mins
    bible, contest winners, games, list

    We plunge into the world of top 10 lists, offering up our own along with spiritual lessons and scripture references, while making fun of lists in general. But first, the winners of our first ever action-packed giveaway contest!

  • Episode 35: Spirituality and Board Game Design, with Jamey Stegmaier

    July 23rd, 2023  |  26 mins 56 secs
    game design, inclusivity, spirituality

    Daniel interviews Jamey Stegmaier of Stegmaier Games (Wingspan, Scythe, and Viticulture) about his journey into board game design and his religious background, and how he sees his religious background informing his design ethic and work today.

  • Episode 34: Games with Religious Themes, with Alice Connor

    July 9th, 2023  |  1 hr 11 mins
    game theory, lists, religious games

    Alice Connor is an Episcopal priest, writer, blogger, and podcaster, and she shares her deep knowledge and interest in board games – and especially games with religious themes. What defines a good game or a religious game?

  • Episode 33: Moltmann's Theology of Play Part 1

    June 25th, 2023  |  1 hr 17 secs
    book club, game theory, suffering

    Another glorious book club episode! We dig into Jürgen Moltmann's Theology of Play, published in English in 1972. Moltmann asks if it is moral to play games when the world is filled with injustice and suffering, and answers with a resounding yes. Games anticipate our true identity and freedom, and can liberate us from false identities. "Games ... afford us an opportunity to experiment with free expression and with new human relationships" (p. 13).

  • Episode 32: Ameritrash vs. Euro Board Games, which is better?

    June 11th, 2023  |  47 mins 41 secs
    game theory

    The 2 great camps of board game design are Ameritrash and Euro, and we define them and argue for which is better. F-I-G-H-T!!

  • Episode 31: Using Games to Teach, with Mandi Hutchinson

    May 28th, 2023  |  59 mins 49 secs

    Mandi Hutchinson of Salt and Sass Games is a teacher and educator, and she explores ways that board games have shaped her life and work. Games help the art of teaching whether it's a middle school classroom or adults in their workplaces.

  • Episode 30: Satanic Panic, with TheGeekPreacher

    May 14th, 2023  |  1 hr 10 mins
    d&d, game theory

    The Geek Preacher, Rev. Derek White, explains the moral panic of the 1980s that demonized (LOLZ) Dungeons & Dragons and the human imagination. Derek helps us understand power struggles, fundamentalism, Star Wars, church life, being a game master, and being a Christian pastor.

  • Episode 29: State of the Podcast: We Look Back and Look Forward

    April 30th, 2023  |  43 mins 24 secs

    Daniel and Kevin discuss downloads stats for this INTERCONTINENTAL INTERFAITH podcast, including top episodes and downloads by county and US state. They reminisce about favorite moments of Board Game Faith and name some future hopes for the podcast and our mission.

  • Episode 28: Spiritual Lessons of Negotiation Games

    April 16th, 2023  |  54 mins 52 secs
    game theory, negotiation games, spiritual lessons

    What are the spiritual lessons of negotiation games where players must negotiate with one another? We discuss how these sorts of games (Settlers of Catan, for example) create fun around the table, along with understanding others and ourselves.

    Check out details of our upcoming Instagram contest in the description!

  • Episode 27: Colonialism in Board Games (AV Club #2)

    April 2nd, 2023  |  58 mins 53 secs
    a/v club, colonialism, game theory, war gaming

    How do colonialist themes impact board games of the past and present? Daniel and Kevin discuss a relevant YouTube video panel discussion from the Homo Ludens channel.

  • Episode 26: Board Games and Buddhism, with Takuya Ono

    March 19th, 2023  |  35 mins 50 secs
    buddhism, house of worship, practice

    Board Games and Buddhism, with Japanese Buddhist temple master Takuya Ono! Japanese Buddhist priest and temple master Ono-san discusses board games in Japan, his life as an abbot (or jushoku) in Japan, and how Buddhism and board games have intersected in the past and present.