For this review, we received the board game Commissioned, which contains
- A 12-page instruction manual/rulebook
- A 12-page theme appendix that explains some of the historical background of the people, places, and events in the game
- A 2-sided game board
- 5 scenario cards
- 6 player boards
- 96 Faith cards
- 27 Trial cards
- 4 wooden Missionary Meeples
- 75 wooden Church Member cubes
- A wooden Elder's Staff
- 6 wooden player pawns
- 30 double-sided stop tokens
- 5 Extinguished tokens
- A Converted City Leaders token
- A Roman Legion token
- An 8-sided die
Commissioned is a themed-game, starting in Jerusalem in 34 AD. The players are the apostles who work together to grow the church and spread the Gospel in the midst of persecution. The five different game play scenarios cover the first 150 years of the Church.
One of the things that struck me first about this game is that it is a cooperative game, where players work together toward a common goal, rather than a competitive game. I wondered how that would go over with my crew, who can be quite competitive during our game times. It did take a while for that competitive spirit to leave a couple of my girls, but by the end of the first game, they had figured out how to work together to try to win the game.
To begin, you choose a scenario card. This card tells you which side of the game board to use, how to set up the game board, how to achieve victory, and what failing the mission would mean for the early church. Each scenario increases in difficulty, and we never moved past the first scenario, Acts of the Apostles, mostly because Sassy was playing with us and she's still young. I'm sure as we continue to play the game and she gets older, we will move on to the more difficult scenarios.
I should stop here to say that simply reading the instruction manual still left me a little confused as to how to play the game. The instructions are great and very detailed, but there are twelve pages and it was a little overwhelming. Thankfully Chara Games has an instructional video on the Commissioned website. This 24-minute video contains step-by-step instructions for how to set up and play the game. This made it much easier for me to understand and explain to my girls how to play.
Each player board shares the order of play so once we began playing, it was easy to follow the steps. There is also a quick reference sheet on the last page of the instruction guide. I kept this beside me the first few times we played, and it was extremely handy.
We have really enjoyed playing Commissioned. I really like the cooperative nature of the game; listening to my girls work together as they play really warms this mama's heart.
Chara Games has also come out with a new game, 3 Seeds, which is a card game for 2 to 5 players where players use seed cards to complete their crops. We are looking forward to adding 3 Seeds to our game shelf.
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