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I recently purchased Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game by Fantasy Flight Games, as I really enjoy board games and I can actually get my mates to play them with me- something I struggle to do with 40k/WHFB etc.
Basically its a co-operative game where each player (3-6) play as a different character from Series 1 of the TV show such as Admiral Adama, Gauis Balthar, Starbuck, Colonel Tigh etc. with different abilities. Every round Galactica and the players have to respond to events such as Cylon attacks, Water shortages, Cylon bombs etc by using their various skills. If they fail one of several elements (morale, population, fuel etc) will take damage, and if any of these reach zero the humans die. The humans are trying to keep this from happening until they can jump with their FTL drives enough times to reach Kobol.
The players can fail as one or two of them are likely to be hidden Cylons skinjobs who are attempting to subtlely sabotage the skill tests and damage the fleet. Cylons are determined by the players picking cards from a 'loyalty deck' at the start of the game- and it is actually possible to play the first half of the game with all players being human. Half way through the cylon sleeper agents are activated so even if noone is a Cylon to start with then one of the erstwhile humans will suddenly have to change sides.
The game works as the paranoia and allegations start to fly as your population, food, fuel and morale start to tick down to zero, throwing other characters in the brig as the Cylon players manipulate these emotions. There are also strong roleplaying elements, with the character choice you make affecting how your character behaves and what they can do during the game- Tigh is an alcoholic for example, and Adama has access to Nukes to take down attacking basestars, and if your a fan of the tv show its a lot of fun to take on the role of your character during the game.
Anyway, in summation its a very well conceived game, with very high production values as you'd expect from Fantasy Flight Games and really captures the spirit of the first season of BSG. There is also an expansion that moves the action onto the Pegasus and New Caprica. So if you like the tv show, or your just a fan of co-operative board games, id highly recommend it.
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One of my 3 gaming clubs got this game for free in return for promoting it to new students, and we tried it out in two 5-player games just yesterday. I have to say, the game is really very fun, but it has the drawback of being somewhat random. Now, that may not seem too bad, but the randomness lies in whether or not it becomes a really tense, hard-fought battle with unknown allies and enemies, or a less tense pitched voting-war between two distinctly defined teams. I experienced both.
In the first game, there were no Cylon players until the Sleeper Phase (halfway through, for those of ya that haven't played), but so much was happening and we were struggling so just to stay alive, plus the inevitable paranoia when there are probably, but not certainly, traitors, but nobody has a clue who. Then, I became toasterized, and revealed myself at the very end, after we had already won. It was great. I even got elected President after becoming a Cylon.
In the second game, very little happened. Two players were very clearly hiding something, and got suspected from turn 2. Turns out they were the Cylons, but refused to publicly reveal this until the very end. While it was still hard-fought, we didn't see a single Raider or Basestar between the very first jump and jump 5, so it was all basically voting and resource-(mis)management. Not that that can't be fun, mind you, but it's more fun when you're on "crisis overload".
So, yeah, it's a good game, but whether it is excellent or "well, I kinda liked it, I guess" depends too much on luck. It must be noted that I'm a sucker for the "there's a traitor in your midst - survive" style of games, though.
I've always heard great things about this game, but haven't had a chance to try it out personally. I've heard it's similar to Shadows over Camelot, which might be easier to get non Battlestar fans to play.
It's very similar, but SoC is much less backstab-by and paranoid, what with there being fewer traitors and even possibly none. In a BSG game, by the end of the game you *know* there is at least one Cylon. BSG is also much more combat-oriented, whereas SoC plays more like a card game with a really nice game board. That said, my stint as Sir Palamedes, the Loyal (who was a traitor) was most enjoyable.
Sounds interesting. I do like Shadows over Camelot, and I love the Galactica series so this is worth a look. I'll have to find out if my gaming group has it, it's a while since I've been.
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BSG is a really great boardgame. Reflects the atmosphere of the show very well, but can be enjoyed just as much by those who haven't seen it. Great mechanisms, and it flows fantastically. Pretty long, though.
I find it far superior to Shadows over Camelot, if you have the time and are ready for more complex rules. SoC is more adapted to beginner players or short game sessions.
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I'm gonna post this as an update: My club has now owned this game for a little over 6 days. During the first 5, we played it 10 times. It's an awesome game. I underestimated it in my original post. Yes, the game is superior to SoC. In almost every aspect, I'd say. It has a horribly bad rule book, though, so prepare to make mistakes and house-rules. Loads of both.
I've had a few games of BSG boardgame, it's superb.
I think there's an expansion coming out soon called pegasus. It expands on the cards, extra characters, more crisis cards, and another ship. From what i've seen of reviews it's done better then the basic BSG. Think i might have to get that