Putting Christ back into Christmas – the fun way!
CHRISTIANS of a more fundamentalist stripe who are always banging on about “putting Christ back into Christmas” will be less than ecstatic over a new board game launched just in time for the festive season
According to this report, BlasphemyÂ®: The Race to the Cross is the brainchild of US company Pinstripe Publishing, LLC. The game – its first – pits competing messiahs against each other as they wander through the Holy Land performing miracles, giving sermons, accumulating followers, and receiving faith; in the end, the first player to get his Jesus crucified wins the game.
Said Steve Jaqua, president of Pinstripe Publishing, and the game’s creator.
On one level, BlasphemyÂ® is a loving mockery of the simplistic good-versus-evil worldview.
The game features a rich artistic and literary presentation that includes a large plush game cloth (32″ x 44″) portraying ancient Palestine, Faith tags, wooden Ministry tiles, storybook cards, four brightly coloured Jesus figurines, a giant die known as The Holy Roller, and the requisite wooden cross with crucifixion platform.
Like Christianity itself, the production quality of the BlasphemyÂ® game components are sure to last well over 2,000 years.
According to Pinstripe’s website:
In BlasphemyÂ® you take part in the fate of a would-be Messiah. Your aim is to convince your compatriots that your Jesus, and your Jesus alone, is the genuine article.
To accomplish this, your Jesus must cut as impressive a figure as possible. He must give stirring sermons, perform miracles, attract devoted followers, and generally carry on in a Messiah-like fashion. Your Jesus must make every effort to discredit his rivals, and in the end, he must get himself killed.
Yes, alas, the price of fame was dear in those days. It was clearly written that the Messiah would come to a sticky end. Accordingly, you win the game if you’re the first player to get your Jesus nailed up.
The release of BlasphemyÂ® comes hot on the heels of news that another less-than-reverential board gameÂ – Playing Gods: The Board Game of Divine Domination – is now available for the Christmas market.
It is described as “the world’s first satirical board game of religious warfare” and, features among others a less-than-benign Jesus wielding a cross as a weapon in which a lethal spike is imbedded, and a Muslim with a bomb who could be Mohammed.