Thursday night means game night in our home. We start the evening with kid-friendly games like Candy Land and Go Fish, then after the littles go to bed, the rest of us play something a bit more
competitive challenging. Lately, we’ve been playing Unauthorized from Chara Games.
An underground church struggles for existence is an inhospitable land as it attempts to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ. The state will stop at nothing to crush it.
Sway the people’s loyalty to your side.
Church: The majority of players are loyal to the church, and at least 1 of them is not in prison.
State: No Christian majority or everyone loyal to the church is in prison.
It can be a *bit* hard to understand how the game is played when only reading the rule book. Thankfully, they created a video!
How we enjoyed Unauthorized
The game is designed to be played by 6-12 players who are at least 12 years old. It takes about 30 minutes to complete the game (once you get the hang of it).
So, to play, you’ve got to get at least 6 people together. Being a large family with other large family friends, this wasn’t too terribly difficult. Once we got all the littles set with snacks and toys, the rest of us sat down and watched the instructional video together- twice. We had 4 adults and 5 teens ages 13-17.
Finding out our roles for each game was always fun. Some of us found it hard to play the role of the Police at first, but then it became more about getting people to the “dark side”, and the seriousness of the game was lost. But that’s okay. We don’t play games to be serious, right?
The first couple of games we played went rather slow as we were trying to remember the sequence of events in each turn, but by game three everyone had a pretty good grasp of what to do.
The experience cards brought about many good conversations. Church hypocrisy, meaningless traditions, church politics . . . not only did we discuss what those things are, but some of the kids realized they had unknowingly encountered it and could provide examples of the unfortunate happenings.
Our favorite roles were the Rebel, Musician, and Thief. There were several times we wanted to play more than the four rounds, and finding out the winning side was always an anticipated surprise.
Because such specific players (6-12 players, ages 12+) are needed to play, Unauthorized isn’t a game we can play every week. However, it is perfect to play when friends come over!
Unauthorized has brought us closer as a family through meaningful conversations about the real struggles of the underground church. Not only that, but we’ve been able to discuss how to biblically deal with some of the issues faced in the game (experience cards) in real life.
Chara Games has created three biblically-themed games, be sure to check them out!
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