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I want to start out first by requesting that people who are offended by religious conversation, particularly about Christianity, please bear through with this.

I am trying to see if there are any functioning associations for Christians who want to play games, particularly boardgames, out there. I am tempted to start one, if there isn't one active. I would be looking for a way to have Christians network and help figure out ways to glorify God through their hobby of gaming, particularly boardgaming.

Anyhone know if any such groups exist? If they don't, anyone interested in helping to get one started.

I personally would like to end up with something called something like "Christcon" for Christians to be able to network together for boardgaming, prayer and seminars on having gaming and being a good Christian. Maybe even roll the Christian Game Developer's conference into this convention.

What I saw was something dealing with RPGing and several that seem to be straight video and computer games, with little in the way of boardgames.

Anyhow, anyone here have any info? It would be appreciated. And, if this subject offends you, I am sorry. Please realize that not every aspect of gaming is of relevance to everyone out there.
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I want to start out first by requesting that people who are offended by religious conversation, particularly about Christianity, please bear through with this.

I am trying to see if there are any functioning associations for Christians who want to play games, particularly boardgames, out there. I am tempted to start one, if there isn't one active. I would be looking for a way to have Christians network and help figure out ways to glorify God through their hobby of gaming, particularly boardgaming.

Anyhone know if any such groups exist? If they don't, anyone interested in helping to get one started.

I personally would like to end up with something called something like "Christcon" for Christians to be able to network together for boardgaming, prayer and seminars on having gaming and being a good Christian. Maybe even roll the Christian Game Developer's conference into this convention.

What I saw was something dealing with RPGing and several that seem to be straight video and computer games, with little in the way of boardgames.

Anyhow, anyone here have any info? It would be appreciated. And, if this subject offends you, I am sorry. Please realize that not every aspect of gaming is of relevance to everyone out there.


I have been wondering what boardgames out there are offensive. Of the popular games, are any "evil"? Is there a list of morally reprehensible games list? I don't believe there's a rating system out there, but I don't know. It's not as easy as video games. RPGs seem easier to tell about that boardgames, but again, there are thousands of boardgames.

You also run into trouble that some folks think some things are more evil than others. One person may think that if a game has a alien or witch or a demon that it is automatically bad (and they think the same way about movies, tv, etc.) Lord of the Rings would be bad to some folks. Although none of these things would offend me, I am a little bothered by commercializing Jesus with "Christcon." I am not saying I am dogmatic, just my first thoughts on using the Second Person of the Trinity in such a way, and no, I do not think are evil, bad, or whatever for doing so. It is just a thought.

I think that organizers who are Christian can have a boardgame con, keep out filth (if there is any in boardgames), and put together the best convention they can. I don't believe it has to be labeled Christian. You'd eliminate very good players who are not Christian and that is one component that you'd like to have, maybe, reaching new people; though, I would not hold up evangelism, necessarily, as the main purpose of the convention. It would be about providing the best con I could in a God honoring way.

Take BGG, for example. Now I have no idea about the owner's religious affiliation, but say when he created BGG he made it a "Christian Boardgame site." How many people would have been alientated? How would boardgaming have suffered and the networking of people? I'm not saying you're wrong. I understand it. Just something to think about.

Why not start a club at your church and see if it grows there? Staring small like that might give you an idea on how to proceed and give you a core group Christians dedicated to the same thing you are, instead of you doing it alone, if that is the case. I hope you do not see this as discouragement.

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docreason wrote:
I personally would like to end up with something called something like "Christcon" for Christians to be able to network together for boardgaming, prayer and seminars on having gaming and being a good Christian. Maybe even roll the Christian Game Developer's conference into this convention.


Richard, while I understand the impulse for this kind of association, I wonder if this kind of group has a couple of unintended outcomes:

1. I wonder if it fosters a "Christian bubble" mindset, drawing us into situations where we create a subculture that mimics the existing culture... and takes us farther & farther from people who need to hear & see God's grace.

2. I wonder if such an association could survive the inevitable fights over fantasy elements & violence in gaming - there are lots of folks who play boardgames who have a wide variety of views on these subjects.

Still, I'd be interested to hear more about what you're doing.
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Dude, GOD bless you. I'm thinking the same thing. Many times me and my friends got together and eat,play boardgame, and pray together. It would be cool if you want to start something like what you just described. Pray about it though.
 
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Not an answer to the actual question that you asked, but you might want to start with a Guild here on BGG. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/home


I believe guilds built around these subjects are not allowed.
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docreason wrote:
I personally would like to end up with something called something like "Christcon" for Christians to be able to network together for boardgaming, prayer and seminars on having gaming and being a good Christian. Maybe even roll the Christian Game Developer's conference into this convention.


Richard, while I understand the impulse for this kind of association, I wonder if this kind of group has a couple of unintended outcomes:

1. I wonder if it fosters a "Christian bubble" mindset, drawing us into situations where we create a subculture that mimics the existing culture... and takes us farther & farther from people who need to hear & see God's grace.

2. I wonder if such an association could survive the inevitable fights over fantasy elements & violence in gaming - there are lots of folks who play boardgames who have a wide variety of views on these subjects.

Still, I'd be interested to hear more about what you're doing.


I personally think that there's no need for Christians to 'set themselves apart' more than they already are. There's a difference between 'being in the world and not off the world' and segregating into isolated groups.

I'm a Christian and I'm a gamer. I'll game with anyone, Christian or not. And I'll be a Christian example to anyone, gamer or not.
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gamemark wrote:
docreason wrote:
I personally would like to end up with something called something like "Christcon" for Christians to be able to network together for boardgaming, prayer and seminars on having gaming and being a good Christian. Maybe even roll the Christian Game Developer's conference into this convention.


Richard, while I understand the impulse for this kind of association, I wonder if this kind of group has a couple of unintended outcomes:

1. I wonder if it fosters a "Christian bubble" mindset, drawing us into situations where we create a subculture that mimics the existing culture... and takes us farther & farther from people who need to hear & see God's grace.

2. I wonder if such an association could survive the inevitable fights over fantasy elements & violence in gaming - there are lots of folks who play boardgames who have a wide variety of views on these subjects.

Still, I'd be interested to hear more about what you're doing.


Part of my motivation for this was a recent interview I read given by Jack Thompson. He believes he is doing the will of Christ by trying to get GTA restricted, and so on. There have been other issues that have popped up to. The whole RPG controversy involving D&D. There is also an issue of Christians playing poker. And in church history, even playing chess has been questioned. There is a lot to discuss here. Exactly how does one enjoy a hobby without going to excess and in sin, such as Overdoing CCGs, spending excessive time on Massive Multiplayer, and also how to play poker without becoming addicted to poker. There are issues that non-Christians wouldn't care about in the least, which is why this intersection of Christianity and gaming.

A natural outflow of this would be an annual conference or convention which would have several aspects: 1. seminars to discuss Christianity and gaming. 2. lectures on designing games with a Christian perspective. 3. a chance to playtest and demo games. 4. A chance at Christian fellowship and prayer.

While I could see that it might possibly get excessively commercial, I don't per-se have a problem with that. Would it be even more commercial than current conventions? Would the group also?

This is my spin on it. Non-Christians would also be free to show up also, and be involved, even if it is just to play games, or sell game tools. It just the entire thing wouldn't appeal to them.

There is an annual conference involving Christian game designers. For people who feel a general Christian game convention would be a problem, do you feel the Christian game designer is a problem?

In my case, as someone who has been trying to be a Christian here, I have struggled with an integrating of games with my Christian faith. My interest in game design had been an issue I had tried to deal with also. My hope is a fellowship could lend towards getting answers.
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Driver 8 wrote:
gamemark wrote:
docreason wrote:
I personally would like to end up with something called something like "Christcon" for Christians to be able to network together for boardgaming, prayer and seminars on having gaming and being a good Christian. Maybe even roll the Christian Game Developer's conference into this convention.


Richard, while I understand the impulse for this kind of association, I wonder if this kind of group has a couple of unintended outcomes:

1. I wonder if it fosters a "Christian bubble" mindset, drawing us into situations where we create a subculture that mimics the existing culture... and takes us farther & farther from people who need to hear & see God's grace.

2. I wonder if such an association could survive the inevitable fights over fantasy elements & violence in gaming - there are lots of folks who play boardgames who have a wide variety of views on these subjects.

Still, I'd be interested to hear more about what you're doing.


I personally think that there's no need for Christians to 'set themselves apart' more than they already are. There's a difference between 'being in the world and not off the world' and segregating into isolated groups.

I'm a Christian and I'm a gamer. I'll game with anyone, Christian or not. And I'll be a Christian example to anyone, gamer or not.


This is fine, but why not do a Christian retreat which also has boardgames involved so that Christians can meet and figure out how to combine their faith with their boardgames? The idea isn't to just have something that is only that, but one that is an addition.
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Let me spin another purpose of the group. The group could help be a way for Christians to figure out how to get more games played at Church functions. You know, tactics and strategies on how you get a church group to play boardgames instead of volleyball. Everyone here has to know that volleyball is one of the unwritten church ordinances/sacraments/mysterions . I don't have a problem with volleyball, except when it interferes with my playing boardgames.

Basically the idea is to intersect Christians in their walk with their hobby of games (boardgames, computer/video and also RPGs). Point is to edify and discuss and help. It isn't meant to exclude Christians, get the church out of the world, or be bigotted.
 
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I started a regular gaming group largely based on friends from a few churches. Whe it got too big for my house it started meeting at a Churh. I also advertised it to all comers here. The group started off with about 14 people and grew quite quickly to have regular gatherings in the twenties and thirties. The group does include a number of children often.
But... gradually the original group of friends stopped coming for whatever reason. The number of new members who were BGG members (some Christian, most not) increased. For the last half a year I have basicly not seen anyone at the group who I knew before the group started. I have tried to deal gently but deal with inapproprite games (Funny Friends is the only one that has arisen), and offensive language which seems to be on the rise. I have also noticed Christian bashng rearing its head- in a Churh, at a table of gamers where I, the organiser who is openly a Christian, am gaming. It is shame to me that the group has dwindled to less than it starting numbers and the atmosphere that the group once had - extremely friendly and open to new gamers and full of off game conversation semms to be dying. I have considered posting invitation at a few Churches, starting a new group and letting the old one die, or just going back to hosting games at my place and making the invitations selective.
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docreason wrote:
This is fine, but why not do a Christian retreat which also has boardgames involved so that Christians can meet and figure out how to combine their faith with their boardgames? The idea isn't to just have something that is only that, but one that is an addition.


OK, maybe I'm going out on a limb here...but what if Christians could meet and figure out how to combine their faith with everything in their lives?

Seriously though, I think the best way to do that would be to bring along some games to a church social event. That's what I do. I introduce games to Christians the same way I would introduce Christ to gamers. Just do what you do. They'll see it and want to get involved too.
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I started a regular gaming group largely based on friends from a few churches. Whe it got too big for my house it started meeting at a Churh. I also advertised it to all comers here. The group started off with about 14 people and grew quite quickly to have regular gatherings in the twenties and thirties. The group does include a number of children often.
But... gradually the original group of friends stopped coming for whatever reason. The number of new members who were BGG members (some Christian, most not) increased. For the last half a year I have basicly not seen anyone at the group who I knew before the group started. I have tried to deal gently but deal with inapproprite games (Funny Friends is the only one that has arisen), and offensive language which seems to be on the rise. I have also noticed Christian bashng rearing its head- in a Church, at a table of gamers where I, the organiser who is openly a Christian, am gaming. It is shame to me that the group has dwindled to less than it starting numbers and the atmosphere that the group once had - extremely friendly and open to new gamers and full of off game conversation semms to be dying. I have considered posting invitation at a few Churches, starting a new group and letting the old one die, or just going back to hosting games at my place and making the invitations selective.


Part of my reason for having a gaming association would be so that Christians could discuss such issues and what is going on, and how to deal with it. I believe getting edification would be useful here. I believe you will still run into such hostility if such a group happens, with if it gets big enough, even some media slam pieces being written, but so be it.

I think now it would be useful to have such discussions and so on, which is why I am asking if such a group exists.

Again, you will always get criticism, like the xxxchurch group does. As for myself, I need to get some fellowship here with gamers who are Christians so I can discuss what I design and what is on target.
 
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Another point. If anyone here knows of any, please post a URL link to it so it can be supported. Otherwise, I am thinking of getting a Yahoo group started on this, in order to discuss it, and anyone who wants to be part sign up and discuss there.

Ideally I would like to get major poker players like Daniel Negreanu and Doyle Brunson (both Christians), the like of Jack Thompson, and Christian game designers and publishers involved also, to have a base to discuss and draw on and even have prayer here. The idea is to have support across the board, and be edifying here. Be inclusive and not exclusive, and so on.
 
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I'd definitely be up for some sort of Christian gaming retreat. With the gaming hobby, we have the big opportunity of getting to game with a lot of non Christians. However, in my usual gaming group, I know I don't display a very Christ-like attitude or mindset at times. In fact, the game table is often where my mouth runs a lot more than I would like. I think it stems from just wanting to be "one of the guys".

I think some sort of Christian gaming retreat could be a great tool for learning more about how to let our Christianity show through our hobby. I don't see it as isolating ourselves; it's more molding ourselves into what we need to be when we're in the real world just like any other Christian retreat.

P.S. We have a Christian BGGer board set up over at: http://www.freepowerboards.com/christianbggers/portal.php

It's a bit rudimentary, but it's free and a good place to network.
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I'd definitely be up for some sort of Christian gaming retreat. With the gaming hobby, we have the big opportunity of getting to game with a lot of non Christians. However, in my usual gaming group, I know I don't display a very Christ-like attitude or mindset at times. In fact, the game table is often where my mouth runs a lot more than I would like. I think it stems from just wanting to be "one of the guys".

I think some sort of Christian gaming retreat could be a great tool for learning more about how to let our Christianity show through our hobby. I don't see it as isolating ourselves; it's more molding ourselves into what we need to be when we're in the real world just like any other Christian retreat.

P.S. We have a Christian BGGer board set up over at: http://www.freepowerboards.com/christianbggers/portal.php

It's a bit rudimentary, but it's free and a good place to network.


Who hasn't said or done something stupid at the game table? I know for me, my competitive nature comes out and I'm not always very patient.

And yes, I think I see what you mean about having a get-together for Christians to discuss games, etc. I suppose they do the same with golf or any other hobby...after all, there is a Christian Motorcycle Association.

But I see a difference between wanting to bring gaming to Christians and wanting to bring Christ to gamers. I'm all for doing both as long as it's done tactfully.
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With the gaming hobby, we have the big opportunity of getting to game with a lot of non Christians. However, in my usual gaming group, I know I don't display a very Christ-like attitude or mindset at times. In fact, the game table is often where my mouth runs a lot more than I would like.


That's a struggle for me too. I am a competitive person no matter who I am playing against. However, I am grateful for answered prayer in this area as my perspective and attitude have improved.
 
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For me, it's not my competitive nature, but just saying inappropriate things that I only say when I'm around a bunch of other guys. Stuff like "that's what she said" jokes and the like.
 
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Who hasn't said or done something stupid at the game table? I know for me, my competitive nature comes out and I'm not always very patient.

And yes, I think I see what you mean about having a get-together for Christians to discuss games, etc. I suppose they do the same with golf or any other hobby...after all, there is a Christian Motorcycle Association.

But I see a difference between wanting to bring gaming to Christians and wanting to bring Christ to gamers. I'm all for doing both as long as it's done tactfully.


I am thinking that any gathering probably would work best as a conference (rather than a game convention), with a focus on speakers, but also allow room for a swap meet and definitely space for open gaming. It would be a time for prayer. Maybe some tournaments, and definitely allow game designers to demo their stuff. I am thinking something a bit like E3, with some WBC thrown in also. You would also have vendors also.

The objective would be to edify, and build up.

Having Christian gamers meet Christian designers could help to get better games done period.
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docreason wrote:
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docreason wrote:
I personally would like to end up with something called something like "Christcon" for Christians to be able to network together for boardgaming, prayer and seminars on having gaming and being a good Christian. Maybe even roll the Christian Game Developer's conference into this convention.


Richard, while I understand the impulse for this kind of association, I wonder if this kind of group has a couple of unintended outcomes:

1. I wonder if it fosters a "Christian bubble" mindset, drawing us into situations where we create a subculture that mimics the existing culture... and takes us farther & farther from people who need to hear & see God's grace.

2. I wonder if such an association could survive the inevitable fights over fantasy elements & violence in gaming - there are lots of folks who play boardgames who have a wide variety of views on these subjects.

Still, I'd be interested to hear more about what you're doing.


Part of my motivation for this was a recent interview I read given by Jack Thompson. He believes he is doing the will of Christ by trying to get GTA restricted, and so on. There have been other issues that have popped up to. The whole RPG controversy involving D&D. There is also an issue of Christians playing poker. And in church history, even playing chess has been questioned. There is a lot to discuss here. Exactly how does one enjoy a hobby without going to excess and in sin, such as Overdoing CCGs, spending excessive time on Massive Multiplayer, and also how to play poker without becoming addicted to poker. There are issues that non-Christians wouldn't care about in the least, which is why this intersection of Christianity and gaming.

A natural outflow of this would be an annual conference or convention which would have several aspects: 1. seminars to discuss Christianity and gaming. 2. lectures on designing games with a Christian perspective. 3. a chance to playtest and demo games. 4. A chance at Christian fellowship and prayer.

While I could see that it might possibly get excessively commercial, I don't per-se have a problem with that. Would it be even more commercial than current conventions? Would the group also?

This is my spin on it. Non-Christians would also be free to show up also, and be involved, even if it is just to play games, or sell game tools. It just the entire thing wouldn't appeal to them.

There is an annual conference involving Christian game designers. For people who feel a general Christian game convention would be a problem, do you feel the Christian game designer is a problem?

In my case, as someone who has been trying to be a Christian here, I have struggled with an integrating of games with my Christian faith. My interest in game design had been an issue I had tried to deal with also. My hope is a fellowship could lend towards getting answers.


What exactly have you struggled with in regards to integration with your Christian faith? What about game design? Thanks.
 
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[q="docreason"]This is fine, but why not do a Christian retreat which also has boardgames involved so that Christians can meet and figure out how to combine their faith with their boardgames? The idea isn't to just have something that is only that, but one that is an addition.


OK, maybe I'm going out on a limb here...but what if Christians could meet and figure out how to combine their faith with everything in their lives?

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They call that place Church .
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Are games really a priority in the christian life??

Can you honestly tell me that if Christ were living in today's world and environment that he would be wasting any energy on such a project?

I think my major objection (well that would be that there have been no other objections so far) would be that christian is literally defined as "christ like" and playing, designing, and collecting games really isn't. Especially in an environment where the said christians are trying to market games, and using Christ as a billboard.

Maybe you just play games more than you read the bible but apparently you missed that little bit where the only time Jesus ever became violent was when they turned a Synogogue into a 7-11. Okay so once more for the slow, christians are not supposed to turn a venue of worship into an exchange of the root of all evil.

You must have also missed that bit where christ denounces all violence. Are any games evil you ask? Why do I get the feeling that someone who is "filled with the holy spirit" wouldn't have to ask? Maybe you really aren't filled, you're just full of it.

I guess I shouldn't expect much from people who believe that the universe is 50,000 years old and that the sun once moved in it's relationship to earth (which you guys once called the center of the universe-oops. Oh well, Galileo probably deserved that excommunication for something else anyway, right?) but the truth is that if you are really following the ways of Jesus that he would expect more. A lot more. Or maybe you just don't think much of his example?

This is what I can't get about christians is that what they are most full of is justification. For instance where in the bible does it say: "Thou shalt not kill unless." Yet how much war is carried out in the name of god?

Similarly, the bible does not say that "god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten meeple."

My point is that christians are missing the point of their own ideology. It may just be my interpretation (after 24 years of being a christian) but shouldn't you guys be so busy speading the good news and trying to make this world better for your brethren and sistern that life itself would become the "game"? To quote the great comedian and preacher Mike Warnke "When you are filled with christ and his purpose it is all you become as you need nothing else."

That's why I'm no longer christian. (Well that and a good dose of facts and reason, but still....) I wanted something else. I wasn't full of it enough. I couldn't feel it and I wouldn't fake it. I couldn't be a luke warm christian. For me, it was breathe fire or just forget it, but at least I could be honest enough with myself even then to admit that gaming didn't make me luke warm. It made me cold.
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Are games really a priority in the christian life??

Can you honestly tell me that if Christ were living in today's world and environment that he would be wasting any energy on such a project?


Yes to the latter, and to the former nothing is prior to Christ as He is God, so by your logic we shouldn't do anything beyond mere survival.

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I think my major objection (well that would be that there have been no other objections so far) would be that christian is literally defined as "christ like" and playing, designing, and collecting games really isn't. Especially in an environment where the said christians are trying to market games, and using Christ as a billboard.

Maybe you just play games more than you read the bible but apparently you missed that little bit where the only time Jesus ever became violent was when they turned a Synogogue into a 7-11. Okay so once more for the slow, christians are not supposed to turn a venue of worship into an exchange of the root of all evil.


Have you ever noticed that we have more in this world than that which is merely useful for survival? We have an abundance as human creatures that our Creator gives us to enjoy. We are created with the capacity to enjoy games. God "delights," enjoys what he makes. Why can a creature created in His image not also enjoy things?

Issues of violence, sensuality, and so on were exactly why, I believe, the OP desires to make Christ Lord of his gaming life. It is called santification and is the natural outworking of salvation in the life of the believer.



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You must have also missed that bit where christ denounces all violence. Are any games evil you ask? Why do I get the feeling that someone who is "filled with the holy spirit" wouldn't have to ask? Maybe you really aren't filled, you're just full of it.


Now that sounded very edifying. what is wrong with attempting to bring Jesus into every sphere of humanity that is lawful and good? He is attempting, I am sure, to "bring every thought captive to Christ," just as he should.

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I guess I shouldn't expect much from people who believe that the universe is 50,000 years old and that the sun once moved in it's relationship to earth (which you guys once called the center of the universe-oops. Oh well, Galileo probably deserved that excommunication for something else anyway, right?) but the truth is that if you are really following the ways of Jesus that he would expect more. A lot more. Or maybe you just don't think much of his example?


Now you sound almost trolling because there are many old Earth Christians out there.

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This is what I can't get about christians is that what they are most full of is justification. For instance where in the bible does it say: "Thou shalt not kill unless." Yet how much war is carried out in the name of god?

Similarly, the bible does not say that "god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten meeple."

My point is that christians are missing the point of their own ideology. It may just be my interpretation (after 24 years of being a christian) but shouldn't you guys be so busy speading the good news and trying to make this world better for your brethren and sistern that life itself would become the "game"? To quote the great comedian and preacher Mike Warnke "When you are filled with christ and his purpose it is all you become as you need nothing else."


You were a Christian for 24 years and you have never heard an answer or sought an answer to these questions? Somethign tells me that contradictions and the inability to interpret literature are not the only problems you have with Christianity or Christians.


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That's why I'm no longer christian. (Well that and a good dose of facts and reason, but still....) I wanted something else. I wasn't full of it enough. I couldn't feel it and I wouldn't fake it. I couldn't be a luke warm christian. For me, it was breathe fire or just forget it, but at least I could be honest enough with myself even then to admit that gaming didn't make me luke warm. It made me tepid.


The OP was trying to integrate his religion into every aspect of his life. One of the marks of a Christian is that they do not leave Jesus out of parts of their life, but make Him the Lord of all.
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I have considered posting invitation at a few Churches, starting a new group and letting the old one die, or just going back to hosting games at my place and making the invitations selective.


Andrew, you have to decide whether Critical Mass is a games group or a Christian group. Personally I have no interest in attending a Christian group and I think it's extremely unfair of you to invite all and sundry to play games and expect them to behave as good Christians whether they are or not.
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This has been a very interesting thread, and I have enjoyed reading all of the posts. I hope and pray that xodarap can once again open his heart to the work of the Lord in his life.

Regardless, I like this idea. There are some things that I struggle with as a Christian in terms of my game playing, and how I can mix my gaming with my Christianity. We have had game nights at the church, and that is a lot of fun. I have been to my FLGS, where I am probably the only regular that is a professing Christian. Some know it, some don't, but I realize (and struggle) with making sure that I live out my Christianity when playing games. It is always in the back of my mind.

In the meantime, I have had good, strong, religious conversations with other gamers. Some have been debates. Some have been discussions. But I think that for the most part, at least in my geographic area and my normal playing circle, I am the only Christian. And as such, Christ has given me a great, awesome, and huge platform to share my witness. Not necessarily by my words, but through my actions, so that others can ask my "why do you behave the way you do?" My simple answer would be "let me tell you about something very important in my life." That being Jesus, of course, in case you couldn't tell.

Anyway, I like the idea. Richard, keep praying about it - you never know how Christ will use you to glorify Himself.
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