If you are like me, you look for games to play to make mundane jobs exciting again. Jogging? Pretend there is a pack of wild dogs chasing you. Cleaning up your room? Set a timer and try to break your previous record. (The key to this one is to not play with the stuff you find!). For quiz practice, sometimes we’ll play “King of the Hill” or “Bible Baseball”. But even those get repetitive after a while. So I thought: what could we play every week that would encourage every quizzer to be actively involved, provide a different experience each time we play, cover a lot of questions, and use the quiz equipment so we can improve our jumping techniques?
Our answer? A card game designed specifically for Teen Bible Quizzing.
How To Play
The concept is simple: while quizzing at practice, teens accrue points for certain achievements based on the Challenge Cards they complete. The cards have different point values based on the difficulty of the challenge:
- Common cards are worth 1 point
- Rare cards are worth 2 points
- Legendary cards are worth 4 points
- Exotic cards are worth 8 points
I currently use one deck of 96 cards from which my quizzers choose 5 to fill their hand. As there are only 1 of each card, there is a bit of strategy involved when selecting cards!
How To Win
Award small prizes or candy for the most Challenge Card points achieved or the most Challenge Cards completed at the conclusion of the quiz practice (or the quiz meet, if you choose to do so).
Make Your Own Rules (aka Calvinball)
There are many different ways you can use these cards using customized rules to fit your team goals and resources:
- Quizzer can complete the same card more than once. Or not.
- Make duplicates of the cards. Or not.
- Completed cards are turned in and available for other quizzers to pick up. Or not.
- Quizzers must have at least one card of each difficulty in their hand. Or not.
- Quizzers are limited to 1 Exotic card in their hand. Or not.
Make (or Purchase) Your Own Deck
I started by making my own cards using Avery #5390 Name Badge Insert paper and my word processing software. Of course you could also use any size of template paper or simply cut the cards out of card stock. Here are some examples of the cards I made:
- Series 1 Challenge Cards are primarily intended for practices, but can also be used during competition.
- Series 2 Challenge Cards are designed to be played during competition conditions (at practice or at a quiz meet).
But whatever you do, the choice is yours! Make it fun!