Chara Games REVIEW

Chara Games
I get so excited when I see Chara Games come up on a review request. They have the most unique, and fun games ever! We host game night frequently. So frequently, in fact, that I leave my dining room table extended all the time to the largest it can be just to accommodate everyone easily. There's always at least six people here on any given gaming session, and that just happens to be the PERFECT number for Chara Games newest addition, Unauthorized.
This is a family friendly card game that is intended for an older set of players, though younger players can take part with adult assistance. The game is not a mindless game that you can just open a box, roll some dice, and go. It's thought provoking, and you have to use a bit of brain power as you play this 30 minute game of State vs. The Church. 
The game comes packaged in a small box, like you'd imagine for a card game. Inside this box you'll find:

  • A rule book: We skimmed over this before beginning, and really used it during play. I find it easier to go along with the rules during play, rather than reading it first. It is easier for my mind to make sense of everything as I try to put it all into play.
  • Role Cards: There are 12 role cards in total, and you use one for each player. The game is intended for 6-12 players. You have to have at least 1 cop and at least 1 pastor role playing. The others are neutral based players, who are swayed during the game play. Each role card has the option of a male or female character. Your choice there doesn't matter as far as game play is concerned. You shuffle all of your neutral cards and deal those out. Each role has a different ability that is unique only to them.
  • Experience Cards: These are like any other playing card in any card game, and are for your eyes only. These are where you make your strategic plays. Cards are dealt first to the cop and the pastor. The cop gets 7 red state cards, and the pastor receives 7 green church cards. The rest of the cards are shuffeled and dealt out to the remaining players. Once each player as 7 cards each, the remaining experience cards go face down on the table as a draw pile.

  • Dealer Reference Card: This provides the dealer with allowable game actions. The dealer card is passed as the game goes on.

  • Player Reference Card: Provides the players with their allowable actions in game.

    Game Play

This video explains game play much better than I can do haha. Each character role has a talent or "power" that can influence the game play. Each experience card influences characters either to the church or to the state. As the game progresses, experience cards are passed to other players and laid down. When a player is down to only one card, they must draw from the draw pile.

Play is not over when a card has been discarded. After the card passing, players must then make a choice. They can choose to use their character power, or-if they are in prison-they can seek parole. Cops can execute, or you can speak to a neighbor. After this, the dealer card is then passed on to the next player according to the set up of your game. 

But, who wins?

If at the end of the game if characters have more green cards, then they are loyal to the state. If there are more who are loyal to the church, and there's at least one person who is not in prison, then the Church wins! BUT, if the members of the church go to prison, or there are more state loyalty cards (red cards) in play then the state wins. Oh and the fun part? Since you can't see what experience cards everyone has, you have NO idea where their loyalty is! So you never know if you are on the winning side, or the losing, until it's revealed at the end!

Our Thoughts

If you are used to card style gaming, then this will be second nature to you. If you are used to role play style gaming, you'll also feel at ease. If board games are more your thing, you may find the directions and rules a bit difficult at first, but easily understood. But even with a more complicated play set up, the video above is a GREAT tool to learn how to play the game, and you can easily work through a game with the rule book handy. I have a difficult time just reading rules and playing a game, so I like to watch the video then work through the game, play by play, with the rule book in hand. That's how we did it during game night, and by the 2nd game everyone knew what to do. The game is varied enough, each time, thanks to the shuffling that the outcome is different all the time. It's not weighted for the church to win any more than the state, or vice versa. 

Even though this is "just a game," it has also been a great teaching tool for Mr. B to understand the struggles some have had over the years, and even currently, when it comes to practicing their Christian Religion. 


Check out what the others from the Homeschool Review Crew had to say about Chara Games! 
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