My friend and United Methodist colleague Gavin Lance Presley introduced me to this game, and my life will be incomplete until I play it. It was created by Bishop Dan Solomon, I can only imagine his train of thought before creating this game.
“I’m so sick of people calling me to complain about the appointments I’ve made,” he thought. “If only I could show them how hard it is.” And in a flash of light, the greatest board game since Monopoly was created. Though some might think that this game must be the parting gift of the worst TV game show ever, I feel like I have to play it. Cabinet can actually be found at the library of Methodist Theology School in Ohio. All I could think of is, “ROAD TRIP!” I’m packing 7-15 of my favorite Methodists in a van and going. Tomorrow.
According to the online catalog description, this game includes “1 director’s manual, 16 participant’s manuals, 2 lay advocate’s guides, 2 clergy advocate’s guides, 50 declension and data sheets, 16 name tags with 16 plastic holders, 10 envelopes for superintendents (2 sets of 5), 4 sets of color-coded file cards ; in box 24 x 31 x 4 cm.”
This is a game that is so beautifully Methodist, I’m almost in tears. This is a game with not one but two different manuals, two kinds of guides, (my heart is aflutter) 50 declension sheets, and FOUR SETS OF COLOR CODED FILE CARDS. I don’t even know what a declension sheet is, but I know I want one. I’m guessing it is sort of like a Pastor’s pokemon card, with all of their stats and hit points on it. I think mine would be ATTACK 68, DEFENSE 78, PREACHING 87, TEACHING 92, ADMINISTERING SACRAMENTS 87, ORDERING LIFE OF THE CHURCH 33.
I have to find this game for sale somewhere. I think I would probably pay dozens of dollars for it.