Board and card games are increasing in popularity. They offer a means for social interaction as well as creative and ethical decision making. Christians should not participate in activities closely mimicking witchcraft or the occult or anything replicating the advance of evil. Unlike fantasy role-playing games, modern board and card games tend to be focused on mechanics and strategy, with the actions of the player far removed from the acts represented on the board. The popular game Magic: The Gathering is an example of a mechanics-based game with little thematic influence. We never should violate our conscience, but participation in today’s board and card games can be a means for quality family times and interesting moral conversations.
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