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- Based on the hit SyFy channel TV show
- Take part in the accusations and paranoia as Humanity fights to survive the Cylon attack
- Age: 10+
- Number of Players: 3 - 6
- Playing Time: 2 - 3 hrs
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After the Cylon attack on the Colonies, the battered remnants of the human race are on the run, constantly searching for the next signpost on the road to Earth. They face the threat of Cylon attack from without, and treachery and crisis from within. Humanity must work together if they are to have any hope of survival...but how can they, when any of them may, in fact, be a Cylon agent?
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is a semi-cooperative game for 3-6 players ages 10 and up that can be played in 2-3 hours.
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Players each choose a character from the cast of the television series. Each player, on his or her turn:
1. Draws skill cards (which double as action cards),
2. Optionally moves to location on Galactica (or Colonial One, or, as a pilot, through the space around Galactica),
3. Activates a location or plays an action on a card (or, as a pilot in a Viper, moves again or fires at Cyclon raiders and basestars in order to protect the human fleet),
4. Draws and resolves a Crisis Card.
Most crisis cards depict a distressing event (with art and text from the television series), be it a food shortage or a lost scouting party, and offer a choice and/or a skill check to be made to minimize the damage to Galactica or her resources. Skill checks are resolved by players secretly contributing positive (matching color/type) or negative (incorrect color/type) skill cards. In addition, many of these crisis cards also activate enemy ships or move the Galactica closer to making its next jump.
But all that would just make for a typical cooperative game. Each player also receives a secret loyalty card that indicates whether they are a treacherous Cylon (skinjob) or a human. The humans attempt to survive the journey to Kobol (by making jumps that total at least eight units, plus one additional jump to end the game) whereas the Cylons do their best to sabatoge the human effort, either covertly (which involves a great deal of bluffing and secretly tipping the scales via secretly played cards) or overtly (by revealing themselves as Cylons and just hammering at the Galactica with all the tools a revealed Cylon has).Read more ›
There are two downsides that you should know about.
1. It's one of those "major commitment" games. Everyone needs to commit to 3-4 hours of play. Especially when there is someone playing for the first time.
2. Being the secret Cylon is not always as fun as being on the other side, especially when you are working together SO HARD to survive and then you suddenly switch to the other side.
If you are a fan of the show and have a group of people that like playing intense, epic, and long board games, this is a perfect game.
How the game plays is that each player plays as one of the main characters from the series. Each character has a series of skills (ex. piloting/engineering/etc.) where he/she gets cards from as well as a special abilities unique to that character. Then each player is dealt a loyalty card which is kept secret (it will say either you are a Cylon or not a Cylon). Then the President of the Colonies as well as the Admiral of the Fleet are determined (based on an order of succession). (The President gets special ability cards via the Quorum deck while the Admiral gets to determine jump location and command of the nuclear weapons about the Battlestar Galactica.) Each player's turn works along these lines:
1) get new skill cards (based on the skills printed on the char. card that he/she is playing)
2) perform an action (ex. fire Galactica's guns, launch fighter, get the ship ready to jump, etc.)
3) draw a crisis card
It is at the crisis cards that tension builds, since almost every crisis card runs along the lines of "unless you have skill cards in total value of X (of 1 or more colors), something bad will happen".Read more ›
Battlestar Galactica was designed by some of the usual suspects at FFG: Corey Konieczka, Eric M. Lang, Jeff Tidball and Mark O'Connor. The game accomodates between three to five players and takes about 2 to 3.5 hours to play.
The goal of BSG is different depending upon which side you are on: human or cylon. The humans must make one faster-than-light (FTL) jump after they have travelled 8 parsecs; the cylons must prevent this from happening by either destroying the Galactica or eroding the Galactica's resources.
At game set-up, players secretly receive a loyalty card.
There are two types of loyalty cards: human and cylon. These cards remain secret throughout the game. Players may never willingly reveal secret information. After the Galactica has jumped a sum of 4 or more parsecs, a second (and last) set of loyalty cards are dealt out. If you have a cylon card, you are a cylon. Thus, players who start the game as humans could quite likely end the game as a cylon!
The humans need to negotiate crises after each turn. Failure to negotiate a crisis usually costs the Galactica some resources. Should a resource fall to 0, the game is over and all cylons are winners.
The resource dial is turned to show the new value when a crisis is failed.
In order to negotiate a crisis, all players will secretly skill play cards from their hands. All crisis cards and all skill cards are color coded.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Playing with my roommates who have never seen the TV series. I choose to be Baltar, because that weasel is my favorite. My roommate is playing as Tigh. What does he do? Read morePublished 29 days ago by Steven B. Ricks
It doesn't matter if you've seen the show and are a fan, or if you have never seen it, you'll still enjoy this game. Best with 5 players, but still good with as few as three. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not a big gamer, but my husband is. I got this for him as a birthday gift and it's our favorite co-op game to play. Super fun.Published 2 months ago by anniemg01
This is a complicated game to figure out, BUT I highly recommend it. The board setup tells me that the makers went above and beyond to put a lot of details into this game. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ashes
Great game with great components. This game may be aimed at established BSG fans but I think even non-fans would love playing this game. So much tension, so much drama. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ryan Storm
This was a gift. The recipient was ecstatic. So far the Cylons have won every time. I am still trying to understand the nuances to catch up to the younger generation.Published 5 months ago by John Bax