Frequently Asked Questions
No! I designed Kings of Israel to first function as a fun game and secondly as something that might be useful for some Christians or Jews to learn something, primarily geography. The game itself does not do any preaching in it, I guess maybe a little if a person likes to worship the gods Molech or Baal.
There are two types of event cards, Blessings and Sin and Punishment cards, and at the bottom of each is flavor text taken from the Bible which is where the card name and theme comes from. That is about the extent of Biblical quotations in the game, the rest is just a list of the kings and the locations in the region which are based on actual trade routes in Israel at roughly this period of time.Last updated:
Yes! While Kings of Israel is a fun game playable by anyone, if a person wanted to use Kings of Israel to learn or teach something about ancient Israel, they can! Kings of Israel was originally created to teach geography to my teen Bible study group and was fleshed out from there.
There are two big things that can be learned in Kings of Israel without any side studies: Israel geography and kings. The locations and roads in Kings of Israel are based on known locations and roads during this period of time in Israel. The left side of the board has a timeline of all the Israel kings, and that timeline is used for the turn market in the game. I have found that players get better at learning both the locations and kings of Israel just as they play the game normally.
And there is much more that can be learned with side studies! I have created two Bible studies for both the locations and kings of Israel that can be used in Bible studies, you can view them here:
Besides those two studies I have three more planned. If Kings of Israel is successfully funded then those will be created also and the current ones refined to be useful teaching materials freely available on the website.Last updated:
Yes, Kings of Israel is all Old Testament! The references in the game are all Old Testament and the locations all appear in the Old Testament. If you look closely at the prototype map of the game you will notice Capernaum appears, which is just prior to the New Testament. This location will actually be Chinnereth in the final version which is an appropriate location for this time period.
Yes, I believe the game could be used in a Jewish youth group! The only issue I could see is that the Biblical references are all in King James, but the translation of the passages I don't see causing any conflicts. I made a list of every single Biblical reference in the game and I posted them on the Kings of Israel website. Feel free to peruse them if you are concerned at all about the translations!
Shipping is all going to be done through Amazon with all shipments originating from a US warehouse. The exception are for the stretch goals which I will be mailing separately.
I do not know the customs policy for each country regarding board games so I cannot give an answer on customs. Another note for international shipping is that any order for six games will have to be split up into two packages of three because of Amazon's restriction on outgoing package size and weight. I have been told that makes a difference for customs, at least in some countries.
One benefit of this problem is that if a single country is unable to get the six people needed for a bulk order, they still have a possible option. If two nations can each get three people together, and arrange payment for the order among each other, then I can split the order up between those locations if it is noted after the campaign is over.Last updated:
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