Now that I look at that post title, I can see why you might think that I am channeling the Id of Trad-dom.
In fact, today I had an informal lunch with some young priests: guys drop in between 12-2 for stuff from the grill, etc. Conversations ranges from “mother of the bride at marriage rehearsal” to “last night’s Brewer’s game” to why “I will never forgive the Dodgers for leaving Vero” to “why hospital layouts are so confusing” … etc. At last, riffing on that last point, these guys started talking about Pandemic, in a rather jocular tone. I quickly twigged to the fact that they were talking about a board game called, incredibly, Pandemic.
Yes, in our post-modern, deconstructing age, there is a board game called Pandemic. Who knew? I’ve read a few books about Pandemic, and it doesn’t sound like a game to me.
They began to describe it. Players work as a team to stop the spread of disease across the globe. If enough places get infected, you lose. Occasionally, different cards throw a curve at you … just to riff off the baseball theme, above.
I opined, without too much objection, that it is sort of Anti-Risk. In Risk, individuals move little pieces around to dominate all others. In Pandemic, teams work to stop the little pieces.
Apparently, diseases you are fighting can mutate and other factors and diseases come onto the scene.
That’s when I had An Idea.
I’m getting old, so I don’t know what these young guys do these days, but were I in a group playing Pandemic I would “re-skin” it (I’m proud that I knew that term when they translated into young what I suggested). Instead of fighting off diseases, why not retool the game so that you are fighting off
Instead of fighting of, say, Prion Diseases, Plague, or Argentine Hemorragic Fever, you could battle Circumcellions, Cathars and Liberation Theologians.
You could play the game in different ages, wherein teams of Doctors and Fathers could fight off the mutating variations of Gnosticism, such as Valentinianism, Marcionism, Manichaeism. In another sweep it could be Donatism and its mutations Maximianism and Paremenianism. How about those Pelagians? And, later, we would have to fight off all manner of Protestant splintering.
In these modern times, there would be Modernism to combat, in all its virulent forms. Some card that you draw to change the circumstances could be, with Jesuit themes for today, “Ignatius Loyola converts”… “Clement XIV suppresses Jesuits”… “Karl Rahner is born” or “James Martin publishes books”. (Hint: Some of those are good and some are not.)
Different players have different specializations on the team: medic, researcher, quarantine specialist, contingency planner….
The INQUISITION Team – just to have a name, you know – would also have to have specialists: theologian, canonist, interrogator, confessor….
We could put our heads together and come up with some great options for …
BTW… Pandemic is from – I am not making this up – Z-Man Games.
HERESIES from Fr-Z Games