I have a theory:
There’s always at least a couple folks in a gamecell meeting who could one day lead a gamecell of their own. To illustrate this, I made a new guy the leader (discussion master) for the evening. Andrew came with Dan and so we gave him the welcome gift: the Jesus For the Win Gamer Bible. I also gave him the discussion cards for the evening and told him to hand out the cards to whomever he so desires (just follow the order so it makes sense).
Devon also showed up for the first time. This made me super excited since I really like Devon, and he likes us, but he’s super uncomfortable with God stuff. He said he once had a really bad experience at [name redacted] church. So I told him that’s completely understandable, but now it’s time to have a really fun experience at something connected to a church.
We need to make everybody comfortable, so we asked our baseline question:
“What’s your favorite game and your name?”
Andrew and Tim matched, both saying Sonic Adventure 2 was their favorite. Dan and Alex Carter also both said their favorite was Pokemon Sapphire. Vince said Jackal on the original Nintendo System. Roberto said King of Fighters 98. Devon had a hard time picking one, but ultimately landed on Burnout Revenge. Greg said Halo. Josh said Zelda: Twilight Princess. I fell back to Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones on Game Boy Advance.
Andrew handed out the first card.
What’s your favorite game innovation?
If that’s too hard, what’s your favorite game innovation recently?
Dan talked about being hacked in Watch Dogs and how it created a really tense and unique experience with another player. This led to us discussing Dark Souls invasions. I also mentioned Binoculars in Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes (as well as Far Cry) because they work as a mental abstraction of how binoculars are used in military conflicts.
Ever want to start something?
Vince mentioned how he wanted to start a hip-hop funk band with him on drums, but hasn’t found the right crew yet. Alex Hively also said he wanted to start a band since he loves music. I mentioned starting my trailer business.
Has anyone ever handed-off something to you?
“Yeah, this card,” Tim laughed. I gave the example of being given a cell group to lead ten years ago. Then we had a few guys offer examples of things they’d been handed. But it was clear that there weren’t a lot of ideas.
Can you think of famous hand-offs in the bible?
Roberto chimed in with the perfect example: Moses handed off the leading of Israel to Joshua. I brought up John the Baptist handing off the God’s Mission to Jesus. Then Jesus handed off this to his disciples. After that, those disciples handed off to their disciples. This led into the final question.
Would you ever want a gamecell to be handed off to you?
Lots of “oohs” and “aaahs.” IT was like the veil had been lifted on the conversation and suddenly we could really use it for something. Many of the guys in the crew said yes. Daniel gave the caveat, “if I had your Steam library” (speaking to me). I reminded him that he already had a Wii U and more than three games and all it takes is that to get things started. Then I singled out the guys from other churches (like Dan and Roberto) and suggested they might be the ideal for this — and that I’d love to help them do it if they’re up for it.
Vince prayed. We had snack. Then it was game Time.
Andrew picked Regular Human Basketball.
My list was a little over-extensive game-wise. I offered a handful of games that I thought would be ideal for our crew, but when Andrew picked Regular Human Basketball, I assumed that they would just love it and it would be okay. Unfortunately, the six-player setup was two players too much for anybody to really enjoy it. Also, the lack of team-choice made our crew a little salty. So Andrew asked for a mulligan.
Honestly though, guys, I really thought this game was like near perfect until we tried 6-player with two players on keys. I guess every game isn’t made better by having more players.
Andrew (re)picked Rocket League.
Andrew really love Rocket League and had been practicing at home. He showed off his skills. But that didn’t keep anybody in our crew from enjoying the game anyway. Devon especially loved it as a racer guy. And he even showed up as a pretty good kickoff scorer.
When I say our crew really loved Rocket League, I’m not exaggerating. When Devon’s turn came around he just wanted to play more Rocket League. So we played it for over an hour.
Our remaining crew picked Duck Game.
I tried to steer our crew towards something new, but there’s no denying that Duck Game and Rocket League are hands down some of the best party games of this year. We went a good handful of rounds with Duck Game before the crowd dwindled to just a few remaining.
Since Andrew was still around, our crew wanted to show him our other staple gamecell game, Samurai Gunn. So we played a good number of rounds with that with popular results.
We met on a Thursday since Jess and I went on vacation this week. The earlier night meant our crew thinned-out earlier. But it didn’t stop anybody from having an awesome time. I was most excited by Devon leaving with a big smile on his face.