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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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  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 11.8 x 11.8 inches ; 3.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: 1589944607
  • Item model number: BSG01
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,470 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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Cylons Threaten Humanity's Last Hope of SurvivalBattlestar Galactica: The Board Game is an exciting game of mistrust, intrigue, and the struggle for survival which places each player in the role of one of ten of their favorite characters from the show. Each playable character has their own abilities and weaknesses, and all must work together in order for humanity to have any hope of survival. However, one or more players in every game is secretly a Cylon, and wants the humans to perish.For 3-6 players ages 10 and up, playable in 2-3 hours.Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game Includes; •1 Rulebook•1 Game Board•10 Character Sheets•52 Cardboard Tokens consisting of:•4 Resource Dials•10 Character Tokens•4 Piloting Tokens•2 Nuke Tokens•12 Civilian Ship Tokens•2 Basestars•4 Centurion Markers•4 Basestar Damage Tokens•8 Galactica Damage Tokens•1 Fleet Marker•1 Current Player Token•110 Large Cards consisting of:• 70 Crisis Cards• 16 Loyalty Cards• 17 Quorum Cards• 5 Super Crisis Cards• 1 President Title Card• 1 Admiral Title Card•128 Small Cards consisting of:• 21 Leadership Skill Cards• 21 Tactics Skill Cards• 21 Politics Skill Cards• 21 Piloting Skill Cards• 21 Engineering Skill Cards• 22 Destination Cards• 1 Kobol Objective Card• 1 Eight-sided Die•32 Plastic Ships consisting of:• 8 Vipers• 4 Raptors• 16 Cylon Raiders• 4 Cylon Heavy Raiders•4 Plastic Connectors (for resource dials)•10 Plastic Character Stands

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Book by Corey Konieczka

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The game play is complex, and takes an investment of time to learn the rules.
Zack Davisson
BSG should be well received amongst fans of American-style board games as well as fans of Battlestar Galactica television series.
Thus, players who start the game as humans could quite likely end the game as a cylon!
Christopher K. Halbower

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103 of 104 people found the following review helpful By emag on December 11, 2008
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Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is one of the rare games that successfully marries theme (a licensed theme, no less) and gameplay.

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).
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Sullivan on January 23, 2009
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This is a serious board game that is one of the best uses of theme I've ever seen. The gameplay is deep and fun socially (as you may be trying to hide your allegiance) and gives the players a great sense of urgency and purpose. You see, most of the time the players are cooperating to accomplish a very challenging survival goal. Very impressive, overall.

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.

In short
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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christopher K. Halbower on November 27, 2009
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Fantasy Flight Games's Battlestar Galactica is the board game representation of the cult hit television series. And when I say, "representation", I mean it. This game is the perfect marriage of theme with board game. Those who are aspiring board game designer who need inspiration for who to make their games more thematic: look no further than BSG.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shrack on August 29, 2011
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Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game (BSGBG) is a fun and socially engaging game. For those familiar with BSG, it recreates the first leg of the exodus (post-destruction of the 12 Colonies to New Caprica) (the first expansion takes it beyond that). [For those not familiar with the series, it is about a race of humans fleeing from a "race" of robots (called Cylons) that humanity originally created but the Cylons decided to turn on them and wipe them out. The remnants of humanity are now fleeing, seeking a new home. The Cylons have infiltrated the remnants with human-looking Cylons in an attempt to make sure the remnant is doomed to extinction.]

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".
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