A group of Catholic board game enthusiasts has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to create a game based on the Father Brown series by GK Chesterton. Source: CNA.
The game, Father Brown Investigations: The Death of Sir Percy Coldwell, is inspired by Chesterton’s fictional character, Father Brown, a priest who solves crimes by using deduction and his insight into the human person.
Chesterton was born in England in 1874 and became a prolific writer and staunch Catholic apologist after his conversion to the faith. He is renowned for writing apologetic classics such as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man as well as the Father Brown series. He died in 1936 and is remembered for his humour and wit.
The Kickstarter campaign was launched on December 8 with a goal of raising almost $A40,000. With 16 days to go, the project has raised nearly $8700.
The marketing campaign for the fundraiser is being led by Joseph Grabowski, president of the Philadelphia Chesterton Society. He said Chesterton fans everywhere have met the news with excitement.
He said Father Brown – whose character also featured in a popular BBC television show – has enduring appeal. He also expressed hope that a fun example of an admirable priest would help address negative stereotypes of clergy and the Church.
“This is a game that can be played by anyone, regardless of background or faith, and regardless of whether they are familiar with Chesterton’s Father Brown fiction. Nevertheless, for us, as Catholics, we think this game is important and that the market is ripe for it,” Mr Grabowski said.