How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
Unity is a biblically based, strategy card game where righteous cards are played in unity to enter into righteousness with other players and to defeat evil attacks. There are also festival cards that allow all of the players to celebrate each biblical festival.
Object of the Game
The object of the game is to win the game by playing all of your cards, where the final cards you play are two or more righteous cards or a single Unity card.
There are three categories of cards in this game: righteous (good cards), evil (bad cards), and festival cards.
The righteous card categories are: Trinity, Righteous Person, Righteous King, Twelve Tribes, Twelve Apostles, Righteous Object, Attribute of God, and Unity.
The evil card categories are Demon, Evil God, Evil Person, Evil King, Evil Object, and Evil Attribute. The festival cards represent the festivals that are described in Leviticus 23.
Many of the cards have special instructions written on the card that describe how to play them. If the instructions on a card refer to a human righteous card, it is referring to a Righteous Person, Righteous King, Twelve Tribes, or Twelve Apostles card.
The deck is shuffled, and each player is dealt 8 cards.
The player to the left of the dealer goes first. During a player's turn (called a "Free Turn"), a player can do one of the following:
(See Section 1: Making an Evil Attack below.)
(See Section 3: Celebrating a Festival below.)
Players play their cards until one player has no cards left, and has played his/her final turn by playing at least two righteous cards together, or by playing a Unity card. This player is the winner. If a player has played all cards but has not won, then the player must immediately draw two cards. If all
the cards of the deck are played, then the played cards are reshuffled and placed face down so they can be replayed. When cards are discarded during game play, they are to be placed in three face up piles: the righteous, evil and festival card discard piles.
Section 1. Making an Evil Attack
When an evil attack is made, the player who is attacked must use his/her turn to defeat the evil attack. (So, if there are three players, if player 1 attacks player 2, when the battle is over it is player 3's turn; unless a card defeating the attack specifically states that the player defeating the attack gets a free turn.)
An evil attack is made against your opponent (the player to your left if you are playing more than two players) by playing one or more evil cards of the same category (i.e. all evil Kings can be played together, all evil demons can be played together, etc. You CANNOT play evil kings with evil demons unless you have a card such as Asherah Pole which allows you to bring in two different categories of evil cards). The strength of the evil attack is determined by adding the point values of the evil cards. Evil object cards (like the "Idol") can be played on any evil character, adding points to that attack. An evil attack can have 0 points, such as playing an "Asherah Pole" by itself. If this happens the attack must still be defeated by your opponent who must present at least one righteousness card to defeat it. Yes, object cards can be played by themselves in an attack.
When an evil attack is made, the next player must defeat it in one of the following ways:
In summary, If a player is able to defeat an evil attack with righteous cards in his/her hand, then that player must play the cards and cannot draw any cards. This includes playing Unity cards if necessary to defeat that attack. The player must either play the righteous cards to defeat the evil attack or defeat the evil attack with evil. If unable to defeat the evil attack with righteous cards, the player must draw cards (until the attack can be defeated. The player cannot play more righteous points than is necessary to defeat the attack.
Section 2. Make an invitation to enter into righteousness
An invitation is made to enter into righteousness by playing one or more righteous cards (i.e. a Righteous Person, Righteous King, Twelve Tribes, Twelve Apostles, Righteous Object, Trinity, Angel) in your hand of the same category. The cards must be of the same category unless you have a Unity or Shofar righteous object card that allows you to combine categories. When an invitation is extended, the next player must respond as follows:
Players continue to enter into righteousness until the righteousness chain is broken (a player can't play a card, even after drawing the penalty cards) or all players have entered in (everyone was able to play at least one Righteousness card of the same category). If someone breaks the chain, then the next person gets a free turn. If all players enter in, the player who entered in with the most righteousness cards gets a free turn. If there is a tie, the last person to enter in with the most righteousness gets the free turn.
(For example, player 1 plays two Righteous Kings. It is player 2s turn and she plays two Righteous Kings. Player 3 has no Righteous Kings so he must draw four cards because four Righteous Kings have been played so far. He happens to draw a Righteous King, so he plays it. Player 4 has no Righteous Kings, so he now must draw five cards! Player 4 draws a Righteous King and plays it. Since all players entered in, it is now player 2s turn since player 1 and 2 both played two cards, but player 2 was the last one to do it.)
Section 3. Celebrate a festival
When a festival card is played, each player celebrates the festival in turn (which means each player does what the festival card says), starting with the player that played the card. After the festival is celebrated, it is still the turn of the player that initiated the festival. If a player does not have the proper card(s) to celebrate the festival, then that player will not participate in the festival. Whenever cards need to be drawn from the righteous discard pile, the pile is first turned over, the cards are drawn by all players, then the pile is again placed face up.
My name is Dan Olds, the creator of Unity and Prophecy.
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