Here are a couple of videos that I highly suggest watching prior to playing:
Our Experience and Thoughts
We set out to play our first game. The company says game play lasts about an hour, but for us it was longer due to the fact we were watching the video and learning the game at the same time. So we played for around 1 hour 40 minutes or so. I'd imagine if you aren't familiar with cooperative style gaming, it may take you longer to get used to it than it did us. For those who don't know what cooperative style gaming is, this is where you are playing together as a whole group to win the game, and not against each other to be the sole winner.
You play the game in rounds. Each player has a player board, and this board tells you the order of game play, has an area for your cards and a draw pile, and a bio of your chosen apostle, as well as your special power. Your apostle determines your cards, as they have your special power on them. Then you have 2 cards, that are separate from your apostle cards. Your special power can be used to "fix" things. For example, Andrew adds church members and John collects the books of the New Testament. The other two cards can be played on the board with a board effect, or used to collect books. The only time you lose cards from your deck is when you play them on the board (the special 2) or when an apostle's special power cleans them out.
First step of game play is shuffling your cards. You keep out the number of cards that is the same as the number of players, and put the remainder in your faith deck draw pile on your player board. This is called the ARM phase.
Third step is called the MATURE phase, and you add more cards to your deck here depending on the number of points your remaining cards have.
Game play starts with the Elder, and the elder has the Elder Token. Game play, as well as the Elder Token, is passed the left after each round. The Elder makes the decisions during the 2nd phase (LIVE PHASE) that effects the game play for all players.
Part of the Theme Appendix. The artwork is beautiful!
The game is historically based.
I tried to capture the texture of the board and box, and failed haha! Just know, it is VERY good quality. Even the little mission stop/growth stop pieces are thick and textured.
I like how there is a mix between cards, board game, and a role-playing like feel. There are different starting scenarios, 5 to be exact, and you choose your apostle to play from 6 choices. The objective is to establish churches in each region before game play ends. In addition to differing scenarios and characters, you can also add difficulty with tougher trials in your trial deck. M really enjoyed rolling the dice to make me unable to speak during the game. I wasn't very fond of that haha!
This game is intended for ages 14 and up. I would say that is pretty on par. Mr. B is good with playing this at a younger age because he has a lot of experience playing cooperative strategy games. I don't think I'd suggest younger kids with no experience playing this, as it is a complicated game to initially learn and play. Once you play it a time or two, it becomes easier, but it still requires a good bit of critical thinking!
Commissioned is a Christian based game, but it is not preachy or anything like that at all. All information is presented in a historical context, so I would recommend this to both Christians and non-Christians. We have friends who are not religious at all who loved playing this with us. The game board is double sided, with different cities on each side. It is VERY well made, as are all of the pieces. Overall, we really like this game and plan to make it a regular at Game Night!
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