"Friendship and confidences", a game with a lot of background.

"Friendship and confidences" This board game was devised by Father Juan María Gallardo. The objective of this pastime is to get to know oneself, others and Jesus Christ better.

Javier Garcia-August 18, 2022-Reading time: < 1 minute

"Friendship and confidences" is a board game that helps to cultivate friendship. The Bible teaches that human relationships are a treasure, but growing in them requires generosity, time and mutual knowledge. This game allows us to open our hearts and make ourselves known to others in a simple way, while at the same time helping us to reflect on our friendship with God and with those around us. In this sense, it can be a useful aid for catechesis.

The creator is the Argentinean priest Juan María Gallardo. This first edition of the game is available only in digital version. Can be printed free of charge by accessing the PDF. The project for the future is to make it available for purchase in physical format.

Inspired by the game of the Goose

This entertainment proposal is similar to the well-known Game of the Goose. The game is played on a board with 150 squares that deal with different episodes in the life of Jesus -the friend who never betrays- and Mary, with miniatures or illuminations from Speculum humanae salvaciónis, a Belgian manuscript from the middle of the 15th century. The way to move forward is through letters that ask questions in which one gets to know oneself. 

Becoming familiar with more than a hundred Gospel scenes is certainly a good start to learning about the life of Jesus Christ.

Of course, as in the famous goose game, winning requires a good dose of luck. That is why the game instructions remind us: "We wish you luck. Like the disciple who replaced Judas; the scripture says that there were two candidates and they cast lots and it fell on Matthias.

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