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 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.

  • Episode 25: Reflections on Teaching a College Class on Board Gaming

    March 5th, 2023  |  52 mins 21 secs
    bernard suits, game theory, mcgonigal, teaching

    Kevin reflects on his experience teaching a college class on board game theory and religion. He and Daniel unpack what he's learned from the experience of selecting material, teaching game mechanisms, and exploring game theory.

  • Episode 24: 5 Spiritual Lessons from Cooperative Board Games

    February 19th, 2023  |  53 mins 41 secs
    cooperative games, spiritual lessons

    What are some spiritual lessons from cooperative board games? We define board games and describe 5 important spiritual ideas from cooperative games.

  • Episode 23: Board Games as Devotion, with Daniel Thurot

    February 5th, 2023  |  1 hr 2 mins
    devotion, game theory, mormonism, representation

    Daniel Thurot of Space-Biff! discusses board games as devotion and religious exploration, Mormonism, and religious identity.

  • Episode 22: The Medieval Book of Games

    January 22nd, 2023  |  55 mins 41 secs
    christianity, history, islam

    We examine the medieval Book of Games, King Alfonso of Spain's 1283 book about chess, dice games, and board games like Backgammon. There are rich insights here into medieval and modern board games.

  • Episode 21: How To Start a Board Game Group at Your House of Worship

    January 8th, 2023  |  56 mins 49 secs
    gaming group, house of worship

    How to start a board game group at your church, temple, mosque, or house of worship? Daniel and Kevin share their experiences and ideas on the how and why of board game groups at places of worship.

  • Episode 20: A Muslim Perspective on Representation in Gaming, and on Jesus Christ

    January 1st, 2023  |  1 hr 15 mins
    islam, representation

    Our second discussion with Ali Karar, a Muslim living and board gaming in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ali shares his view on representation in board gaming and how to make it better, along with how Muslims view Jesus Christ.