We are always on the look out for a fun family game. When it comes to games, it is usually just AJ and myself playing and it can be a little difficult to find games that are fun for just two players. I was thrilled when we were able to review Commissioned from Chara Games.
What is Commissioned
Commissioned is a cooperative strategy game for two to six players. It is recommended for players who are ages 14 and up. In the game you take on the roll of an apostle. The goal is to grow the early church, collect the New Testament, and overcome challenges along the way. You don’t need any knowledge of Church history, or history in general, but you will learn quite a bit by playing the game.
How to Play Commissioned
You start off by selecting which scenario you want to play and which apostle each player represent. A word of advice, don’t pick based on wanting to be a specific color. Each apostle has a different strength and you need to think your choices through. We realized that with just the two of us playing that we needed someone to be either Barnabas or Paul or we wouldn’t get very far.
The next step is to set up the game. The instructions give step by step directions with pictures, so it is an easy process. Once everything is set up it is time to start the game.
In the ARM stage each player draws cards from their faith deck to use in the other stages of the game.
The LIVE stage is the main game stage. In this stage the group goes through five actions. First is the Trial where a trial card is drawn. These cards make the game. They are based on real trials that the apostles went through. Even in the easier version of the game these trials can make the game a little more difficult. A card may stop you from moving a missionary, or may wipe out a church. Some cards have multiple affects.
The next action in the LIVE stage is PRAY. In this section each player plays two cards from their faith deck that they think will help the most.
Then there is the SHARE action. The elder of the church (this changes with each turn) picks the two cards from the faith deck that they think will help the church reach their goal.
In the MOVE action, the Elder makes two moves on the board. But they have to be careful. They need to decide how to best move while trying to keep a decent number of church members in each area.
The final action in the LIVE stage is GROW. For every church that has at least three church members, a new member is added. That is unless a growth stop was placed on the area.
Then it is time for the MATURE stage where the players use the two cards that are left in their hands to purchase more faith cards. They can get cards to help in the next LIVE phase, or they can collect books of the New Testament.
The process is complete when you run out of trial cards, the objective has been met, or until you have lost five churches.
What We Thought
The game takes a lot of strategy, some luck, and a good deal of team work. We have played it a few different times now and have had a blast. We won twice and lost the rest, but each time it is different.
When you first start to play the game it can be a little confusing. There is a lot of information presented and the game its self has a lot of moving pieces. The amazing thing is that the creators of the game have created a few videos explaining how to play. I watched the video, scanned through the instruction booklet, and we got started.
The first game was a little rocky as we learned how to play. I kept the instruction booklet close and we referred to it a few times. We even had to restart the game twice because we realized a few minutes in that we were doing things wrong.
I love that this is a cooperative game and it is helping me to teach AJ how to work through different decisions. The first time we played she would make choices that wouldn’t always have the best results. With each time we play I have seen her decision making improve.
I think this would be great to add to your Christmas lists!
We are currently reviewing the newest game from Chara Games called 3 Seeds. It is a fun card game for ages 12 and up. It is also a strategy game, but this one focuses on using time, money, and labor to earn the most points and have the best harvest. We have had a lot of fun with this game so be sure to watch for my full review in a few weeks.