An Ecumenical Matter
An Ecumenical Matter is a light-hearted interactive freeform party game for 15 guests (plus one host) published by Peaky Games. It was loosely inspired by the tv series Father Ted and similarly daft movies about religion.
(A "freeform" is a murder mystery game with lots of characters and plots - a bit like All at Sea and Curse of the Pharaoh published by Freeform Games, but without the murder.)
Set in diocese of Peaky-in-the-Sea (consisting of Rocky Island, Stony Island and Pebbly Island), An Ecumenical Matter is an irreverent religious themed game involving priests, nuns and an archbishop.
An Ecumenical Matter follows the tragic death of Father Francis. As Father Francis was going to be promoted to the position of Bishop of the Diocese of Peaky-in-the-Sea (Rocky Island, Stony Island and Pebbly Island), this now leaves the position open…Click here to order An Ecumenical Matter from Peaky Games.
An Ecumenical Matter has a number of different plots to keep everyone busy. For example, there is a new bishop to appoint, satanists to catch, stolen money to find and whiskey to drink. (Please note, however, that An Ecumenical Matter does not include a murder to solve. It's not really a murder mystery in the usual sense.)
The cast of An Ecumenical Matter includes:
- Rocky Island – Parish of St Cuthbert
- Father Eamon – the elderly priest
- Father Barry – the good looking priest
- Father Kieran – the trendy priest
- Mrs O’Malley – housekeeper and cake baking champion of Rocky Island
- Stony Island – Parish of St Oswald
- Father Seamus – most experienced priest
- Father Dermot – the teetotal priest
- Father Brian – the priest with a drink problem
- Mrs O’Toole – housekeeper and cake baking champion of Stony Island
- Pebbly Island – Parish of St Barbara
- Father Francis – RIP
- Sister Mary Agnes – the famous soprano nun
- Sister Mary Beatrice – the nun with progressive views
- Sister Mary Clarissa – the novice nun
- Mr O’Reilly – gardener and champion whelk-breeder of Pebbly Island
- The Archbishop’s entourage
- Archbishop Corleone – an Italian. From Italy.
- Father Fergus – the Vatican accountant
- Sister Mary Teresa – the nun on tv
A word of warning... An Ecumenical Matter is not for the easily offended! It contains drinking, comdedy satanists and references to infidelity. (If you're offended by television series such as Father Ted or movies like Nuns on the Run, please don't play An Ecumenical Matter!) An Ecumenical Matter also assumes that as the host, you know what you are getting into. If you've not played an interactive freeform type of game before, I suggest that try one of the games by Freeform Games first.
An Ecumenical Matter needs a dedicated host, someone to organise the game. I really enjoy being the host - you know what's going on and can watch your friends scheme and plot and be devious to one another. Please note that An Ecumenical Matter caters for 15 players only - it does not contain instructions for fewer characters.
An Ecumenical Matter is available from Peaky Games through lulu.com. The pdf version costs £5 (£10 for a printed version). To see how much An Ecumenical Matter costs in other currencies, use the converter. (It's pre-set to show how much £5 costs in US dollars - however please note that the exact amount will depend on the exact exchange rate at the time you buy and also the commission charged by your credit card.)
Disclosure: I am a member of Peaky Games and co-wrote An Ecumenical Matter - feel free to ask me lots of questions!