PROPHETEERS

multiplayer board game
2012-2013

Propheteers is a competitive board game for four players which borrows game mechanics from economic simulation and strategy games like Civilization, Risk, and Settlers of Catan to examine evangelical christian media and the rhetoric of prosperity gospel upon which it is built.

Each player becomes the face of an evangelical media empire. Franchised megachurches, radio talk shows, and traveling ministries are used to accumulate wealth and influence, which is then funneled into the aquisition of secret Sin cards. Derived from real episodes of exploitative or self-contradictory behavior by evangelical preachers and their various media appendages, sin cards are each worth a certain number of points, and can be forcibly revealed by other players with certain cards. The player who manages to collect and keep hidden the most sins at the end of ten rounds is the winner.