The Pastor asking the 2012 Confirmation Class (both of them), "How do you want to show the Session what you learned?" Their answer? "Make a board game!" The congregation's Director of Music Ministries had published Journey to Gameland - How to Make a Board Game from Your Favorite Children's Book, so it was an easy matter to follow those instructions. We chose a labyrinth for the game path, imitating the four-circuit design of a labyrinth on the church grounds, borrowed a spinner from another game and made paper people tokens.
When informed of their board game idea, the St. Andrew's Session encouraged the Confirmation Class to publish their game. We worked diligently through the summer deciding what kinds of questions to ask. By early September, Will, Austen, and Pastor Rev. Ann Shell LaMar unveiled Presbyopoly during worship at St. Andrew's in Tulsa, then later at the September meeting of Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery.
After giving 30 "Field Test Edition" games to congregations in Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery, we received helpful feedback, most importantly that the normal path of a labyrinth confused players. So we created a new kind of labyrinth which allowed players to enter on the left side of the board, advance to the center, then exit on the right side of the board. We created little sandals for the player tokens to "put on" so they could finish the game "walking in Jesus' shoes." Presbyterian Ruling Elder Dr. David Shell (from Houston) designed those sandals, originally molded individually from epoxy, and later mass-produced (four at a time) on a 3-D printer.
Elder David Shell (creative genius as he is) also transformed the drawing into the final game board design. To play, place a stack of question cards on the Presbyopoly logo in each corner. Give each player the designated amount of play money, a player token and a pair of sandals. Enter the game at the beginning of the Church year, at the baptism symbol. A roll of the die tells each player how many spaces to advance, and a flick of the spinner tells each one from which question card stack to draw. In addition to supporting math skills (one section of the spinner card asks the player to figure 10% of their play money to give to the Church Treasury), players learn Bible stories, sacraments and beliefs of the Presbyterian Church (USA), along with seasons and symbols of the Church,