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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)

TITLE: The End of the Game
By Frank Salerni
09/11/08


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“The End of the Game”

Have you ever wondered how life would be played if God and Satan sat down across from each other at a game table that was between them? Now picture your name was written at the top of the game board.

What would the game pieces be like? How about the game cards? How many sides are there to the dice? Are their any free spaces? How long is the game played, and what are the rules? Is it a game of luck, or strategy? Who are the pawns?

Let us examine the concept of this game, shall we?

Object:
To try and get each pawn to pass through obstacles on the board while they try and acquire the most treasure and reach the goal. Consequently, gain or loss is calculated on the game pad provided. The player with the most valuable treasure at the end of the game wins!

Contents:
1. One three dimensional game board.
2. Game pieces that will represent family members such as a mother, father, sisters or brothers.
3. 365 Picture Cards showing daily activities.
4. Bonus Cards - to be shuffled and drawn at random for money, power, pride, prestige, purity and/or popularity.
5. One box of Kleenex.
6. Prayer Cards that can be used anytime grace is needed in order to keep playing, especially when all seems lost.
7. Game Pad for keeping score.
8. Timer (All though when wound up no one knows how much time each player really has).
9. Several red hearts (To know where your treasure is).

Set Up:
Stack up the Bonus Cards, the Picture Cards, and the Hearts on the board in the spaces provided. Write each players name at the top of the game pad. The rest of the game comes ready to play. Just open the board, then wind up the Timer, pick out your game piece, and roll the dice to start.

Playing:
Roll the dice to see who starts the game. A twist to this game is that the highest number on the dice goes last. (The last will be first and the first will be last).
Move your game piece forward one square at a time per number on the dice.
The colorful Picture Game Cards are drawn and must be followed to continue in play.
If you land on a Bonus Card you may read it and weep. (That is the reason for the Kleenex).
The hearts are used to be a self-examination tool of your true worth. The game continues until one or more players reach the goal called, “Heaven’s Gate.” or the Timer runs out. (Heaven’s Gate can be accessed whenever the right choice has been made and crowns are laid at the feet of Jesus). All other players who have not reached the goal by the end of the game as indicated by the timer must go to the pit. Sorry, but that’s “The End of the Game.”

Scoring:
The score is not tallied in points, but in crowns. The numbers of hearts you have at the end of the game are gained by good choices, and acquire crowns. The crowns are given freely to you for the good choices you have made. It only takes one crown to win. The most valuable treasure is always choosing God. This game can have more than one winner and more than one looser. (It is all up to your choices in this game of life).

Strategy Hint:
The Devil never wins unless you want to go with him to the pit.

Whose side are you on?


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Irvine Saint-Vilus09/18/08
How very creative. And I can actually picture God and the devil sitting across from each other and playing this "game" for our destiny. The perfect example of this game at play is the story of Job, when the devil asks God's permission to put Job through the ringer to see if he would break and curse God. As Christians it is consoling to know that Job won the fight (by God's Grace). And it is definitely comforting to know that in the end, the devil never wins unless we want him to.
Sunny Loomis 09/18/08
Good take on the topic. The devil still thinks he can win. Never. Good story.