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 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.

  • Episode 19: Enemies of Board Gaming (A/V Club)

    December 11th, 2022  |  1 hr 11 mins
    a/v club, gaming

    A list of a list! We discuss the YouTube Dice Tower video, "Top 10 Enemies of Gaming" (link below), and draw a top 5 perils list around hobby board gaming.

  • Episode 18: Reality Is Broken! So let's play games that promote positive psychology and collaboration

    November 13th, 2022  |  1 hr 7 mins
    book club

    We dive into Kate McGonigal's book Reality Is Broken, chapters 10 and 13, where she discusses how games can promote positive psychological research (human happiness and flourishing) and collaboration.

  • Episode 17: Interview with Adrian Adamescu

    October 30th, 2022  |  1 hr 6 mins
    board game theory, christian, church, creation, designer

    We interview Adrian Adamescu (designer of Sagrada, Dice Theme Park, Creatures & Cupcakes) about his life of board game design and faith – how growing up in Romania, Germany, and now living in Canada, along with his faith experiences along the way, have impacted his thoughts on life, religion, and game design.

  • Episode 16: 5 Spiritual Lessons from Action Selection Games

    October 16th, 2022  |  1 hr 7 mins
    action selection, game theory, spiritual lessons

    What are Action Selection games, and what can we learn from them about our spirituality?

  • Episode 15: How Reality Is Broken and We Need More Games

    October 2nd, 2022  |  1 hr 9 mins
    book club, game break, game theory, happiness, neuropsychology

    What does Jane McGonigal's Reality Is Broken say about games and human happiness? Defining a game and its sense of flow is key to understanding what creates human happiness.

  • Episode 14: Judaism and Board Games, with Alex Radcliffe

    September 18th, 2022  |  46 mins 49 secs
    judaism, sabbath, world religions

    Alex Radcliffe of BoardGameCo and GameFound helps us understand how board games and Sabbath practices function within Orthodox Judaism.