Deliverance Game Overview: Prayer Cards

By Andrew Lowen

Prayer Cards are powerful tools that serve as the light side’s counteracting force against the Darkness Deck in the spiritual warfare waged in Deliverance. These cards give you unique and powerful options during the game, and can even serve as a surprise twist in your favor during battle. Prayer Cards are not automatically drawn each turn, however. In order to draw one of these, you must use a Prayer action (one of 5 possible actions during your turn). There are currently over 100 Prayer Cards developed and tested. The text, flavor text, and names are subject to change as we approach Kickstarter in June, but they are prototype-ready with finished art!

Prayer Actions

Prayer actions do several things. In addition to drawing a card, you gain 1 Courage, which is used to fuel your character’s unique and powerful skills. Lastly, a prayer action can…
  1. 1. Cure afflictions (negative status effects)
  2. 2. Cast down demonic strongholds (Powerful cards from the Darkness Deck that cripple the forces of Light for as long as they remain in play)
  3. 3. Revive fallen allies.
As you can imagine, prayer is as powerful in Deliverance as it is in real life. As an angelic warrior, you will not survive without making use of this tool.

Types of Prayer Cards

Prayer Cards have a wide array of offensive and defensive uses, but depending on the type of card, there are rules for when and how…

Play Any Time

Some cards can be used at any time during the game, regardless of whose turn it is or what happens to be going on at that moment. At any time, you can interrupt the action and alter the flow of events with a powerful Prayer Card. peace-among-men-prayer-card Peace Among Men is an excellent card to have when you are getting overrun due to Strongholds. You may elect to use it and go damage-crazy for a few rounds without the powerful impact of the Darkness Deck on you. And in some cases, one turn without having to worry about Strongholds might be the difference between victory and defeat!

Requires 1 Action

Cards that say “Requires 1 Action” can only be played during your turn, and as the text suggests, uses one of your two available actions for the turn. These cards may be offensive or defensive in nature, and often can be extremely effective in the right situation. mighty-throw-prayer-card Mighty Throw is an offensive card that is perfectly devastating in the hands of a strength-wielding hero. Many strength-based heroes rely on close range to be effective in battle, so a card like this is a great complement to heroes like Michael, the Archangel or Sardius, the Stonebreaker. If your strength value is 5, this one card has the potential to deal 25 damage to the forces of Darkness in a single action. Wow!

Play Immediately

When you use a Prayer Action and see a card that says Play Immediately, do exactly that. These cards offer surprising twists that may result in small bonuses or game-changing effects during a battle. chaos-prayer-card Chaos is a card that allows you to not only deal some damage to a demon, but to move them 2 spaces in any direction afterward. This might afford you the opportunity to put a demon that is keeping you at range into the path of your sword, or potentially in the range of one of your allies that excels in close-quarters combat. A surprising twist indeed!

What Do Prayer Cards Represent?

Prayer Cards are symbolic of the goodness in the world. Humans might be faulty, but acts of kindness, love, compassion, honesty, and faith among people have an effect on the spiritual realm! Try to include one extra random act of kindness in your day today, and know that such a simple thing has a dramatic effect on the human heart and behind the spiritual veil! If you have any questions about Prayer Cards or other aspects of Deliverance, I am happy to answer them in the Deliverance Facebook group.

Did you enjoy this article? Please share and spread the word! And if you like the idea of a theologically sound, epic fantasy board game featuring Angelic Heroes battling against hordes of demonic enemies…

Deliverance Logo (Small)

is a cooperative dungeon crawl board game for 1-5 players about Angels, Demons, and the Saints caught between.

Become An Insider!

Get the inside scoop on all things Deliverance, including game play details, story, art, play testing opportunities, and more!

Join The Community!

Get the inside scoop on all things Deliverance, including game play details, story, art, play testing opportunities, and more!

Deliverance Blog

Inner Monologue: As In Life, So In Spirit 

SUBSCRIBE

Get our latest updates, including art, game info, release dates, and more!