GoYe: The New Adventist Board Game

If you’ve ever dreamed of playing an Adventist board game, then your wish might be granted by Christmas 2019, because North New South Wales (NNSW) Conference Ministerial Intern and Events coordinator Kyle Morrison has created a board game tailored to Adventists called GoYe.

Pairing strategic game play with Seventh-day Adventist history, identity and mission, Mr. Morrison believes he has created a game that all Adventists will love.

“This game has the potential to change the future of Saturday night socials,” he says. “It’s genuinely fun and keeps you guessing until the final count.”

Gameplay involves spreading the gospel across a world map of 58 conferences and 10 divisions, and collecting Total Member Involvement (TMI) points by investing resources in mission trips, spiritual gifts, churches and offices. Once every conference has a church, the second coming ends the game and the player with the most TMI wins.

The game combines strategy from popular board games like Monopoly, Risk and Settlers of Catan.

“You collect resources, go to work, church and prayer meetings...It’s a bit like the Game of Life board game,” says Mr. Morrison. “Everything is an analogy for something, intentionally built to resemble the Adventist Church in real life.”

The board game was developed by Mr. Morrison over a three-year period, with the help of some of his friends.

“The game was built by Adventist young adults for teens and youth, but I have played with 7-year-olds and 67-year-olds and everyone really enjoys it...[but] the level of strategy involved makes it more fun for 13+ ages.”

Spirit of Prophecy quotes are written on each card, and points are collected to build conferences.

Mr. Morrison says that although the game can be played by anyone, the references built into the gameplay are very “Adventist.”

“Subconsciously, the game is meant to make Adventists more excited about being involved with the Church,” says Mr. Morrison. “If a child grows up playing this game, they will already have it in their minds that going to prayer meeting or serving others adds value to their faith.”

Adventist Media Commercial manager Jean Tiran has played the game with Mr. Morrison and says it’s a lot of fun.

“It’s fiercely competitive — at its core, it’s just a really good game, but there’s also Spirit of Prophecy quotes on all of the cards, so you can discuss questions of faith as you go along. Kyle is so creative, he’s done an incredible job.”

Artwork is based on real life Adventist ministers, evangelists and icons—can you guess who this is?

Mr. Morrison travelled to one of the world’s biggest toy fairs in Hong Kong in February 2019 to source the highest quality materials and workmanship for his game. He is currently in the final stages of securing a manufacturer and contract for production, but stresses that without funding, the game won’t make it to Adventist homes by Christmas, if at all.

“The only way to get your hands on the game is to make a pledge through Kickstarter,” Mr Morrison says. “If the campaign isn’t successful, the game won’t be produced.”

Mr Morrison has always been interested in creating content for the Adventist Church. He says that his exposure to international pastors and evangelists while being an administrator for ARISE Australia gave him a broader perspective of the Christian faith and inspired him to create content based on Adventist values.

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

As well as GoYe, Mr. Morrison also hosts a podcast called Adventist on Fire where he interviews notable Adventist personalities, which is available online at aofire.org and Apple Podcasts. He also plans to release a card game based on the 12 tribes of Israel, Catch Caanan, in the near future.

Mr. Morrison is passionate about creating Adventist content because it fosters loving communities and strong identity.

If you would like to play GoYe with your family, friends or church group, you can find out more about the game via their YouTube channel, or visit GoYe’s website.

This article was written by Maryellen Fairfax and originally appeared on Adventist Record. It is reprinted here with permission.

Images courtesy of Adventist Record.

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Generally speaking, I comment favorably on most every “creative” article. I find myself a bit conflicted about this SDA “game”. This quote says it all:

“It’s fiercely competitive — at its core, it’s just a really good game, but there’s also Spirit of Prophecy quotes on all of the cards, so you can discuss questions of faith as you go along."

So…it"s a “really good game” with a good dose of Adventist propaganda (SOP quotes) mixed in. But the part that does not jibe for me is this “fiercely competitive” game that EGW herself would have most likely not approved of (due to competition). Otherwise…good job with being creative! Next…make it into an immersive electronic game.


You.must.be.kidding!!! :astonished: :roll_eyes:

Well, maybe some cards will say that at a certain moment a certain country has a sign, “shut door; come later.”
I wonder if there are any biblical verses anywhere. Or is it just a new brainwashing game to solidify the SOP in the youth’s brains???

And people would have to pay for that? It should at least be a free gift from each Conference to their donors. I will check with the SECC if they want to sponsor a…, oh, never mind… :laughing:

I also wonder if it is for both males and females…, or just males (aka “the ordainable” … :sunglasses: )
@elmer_cupino @cincerity et al.


The “but” in this phrase says it all, doesn’t it? It’s a good game, BUT…
It actually sounds like a confession, or a statement that there is something bad too… At least it is a honest statement… :sunglasses:


People should obey Her position on competition at the time of elections in Church. There is no competition, sure…, just fierce, often wild fights and politicking. Except, of course, at the GC ever five years, because there is no competition in electing the POTGC since everything is always set up properly ahead of time`, to avoid bad impressions… :roll_eyes:


By the time one gets proficient in this game, they would have memorized to heart all of EGW’s writings but forgotten everything about the Bible.

Way to go!


Go ye, not me!!! :wink:

Actually, Elmer, it seems that this game was inspired by what actually happens in Board meetings everywhere: nothing but games… So this is nothing but another “board game,” right? :rofl:

The whole idea is nullified by just two words, “Sola Scriptura.” Why can’t those people learn what it means??? :thinking:


I know of someone in the GC upper echelon who must be loving this game. Don’t tell me his name… :rofl:


At that level the game takes 15 years to be completed, i.e., 3 terms… :wink: It’s, however, a completely “different game” up there. There is no competition, just “preparation” … The game is based on “deals” and the “dealers” “prepare” everything ahead of time, to respect EGW’s directions against competition.

Is it actually a fair game? Or is it just another fake game?.. :thinking:


SDA funding should be easy. Just configure board payments via PayPal to the gamer’s local conference of choice!


Yes, let’s apply the “competitive” prohibition evenly…


That will be in the “electronic” version of the game…via PayPal of course! :wink:


If the GoYe is not given free of charge to the Church members, many will just say, “GoodBye” to it. Though innocent and naive children may say, “GoodBuy” and enjoy it … :wink:


Without a electronic version it may not be too popular with younger people.

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I mean…I would be embarrassed for non Adventist friends to see this. If this isn’t cultish, sub culture indoctrination, I don’t know what is! Just gets too freakish for me.




Same here. A game like that would be useful only for SDA people who revere EGW blindly and with no desire to check things out. Very embarrassing indeed!


Oh my goodness…in my way of looking at this, the issue of competition pales in comparison to the real message of this game. “…the player with the most TMIs wins”. Isn’t this just another way to say, the player with the ‘most works wins’? The originator of the game has apparently forgotten the parable of the sheep and the goats…where the most remarkable characteristic of the sheep group is that they weren’t keeping count of their good acts. All this is made more laughable in light of the new subject for the Sabbath School quarterly…‘The Least of These’.

Oh…and along the way game players will more fully embed and codify our own special SDA language, further adding to our tendency to ‘silo’ ourselves and insulate us from the rest of the world.


I almost thought this was the Adventist Allium, satire equivalent to the Onion.

Just think of all the new game ideas-
“Finding Jesus” (with players like Herod, the RYR, ZACCHAEUS, and others).
Or “Go vege-Phish” an electronic fish school virtual community building exercise, a Dice game “Gambling for Robes”, “W.O.W.” (walk on water, to be played in a pool, sort of like a morally loaded “Marco Polo”.
My favorite would be “The Widows Mite”, where players take turns putting in real money (obviously that goes directly to the GC) into a non-piggy bank that at random grants a blessing to the giver.

Of course, my real all time favorite is snakes and ladders, except its called “Vices and Levitators”

Or how about a “Operation” type game, where players take turns removing motes and timbers from the patients eye? Im also thinking a Monopoly-type board game called Ordination, where players of both genders are trying to buy church properties and extract tithes and offerings from the other players in order build nicer and bigger cathedrals. Of course, the cards one picks up directing the player are predicated on gender-“if you are a boy, get ordained and become a partner with a celebrity televangelist: if you are a girl, pay $100,000 for a second masters degree to augment your MDiv and try again in 15 years”.

There might be utility in a mat game, too, “vege-twister”, you know, to teach our children that all touch is bad.

Its all fun and games…until ts not. Perhaps NSW has a culture this might benefit…


If the game sells, and generates good revenue and some tithe, this is what actually matters to those who are promoting it.


I thought (at first) this was a Barely Adventist joke. But, nope…it’s for real. :roll_eyes: