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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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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is an exciting game of mistrust, intrigue, and the struggle for survival. Based on the epic and widely-acclaimed Sci Fi Channel series, Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game puts players in the role of one of ten of their favorite characters from the show. Each playable character has their own abilities and weaknesses, and must all work together in order for humanity to have any hope of survival. However, one or more players in every game secretly side with the Cylons. Players must attempt to expose the traitor while fuel shortages, food contaminations, and political unrest threatens to tear the fleet apart.
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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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
Top customer reviews
First of all, probably the best implementation of theme I've ever seen for a board game, and all done without sacrificing gameplay. I love the show and love how the character cards and their bonuses/penalties reflect the characters from the show. Even their starting positions, the crisis cards, and that you can't deploy Vipers from one side of Galactica all pull from the show while still working really well for gameplay.
It is an intense and fun coop experience with constant tension since your resources are constantly diminishing as you get closer to your goal and gives you that feeling of treading water with shore just in sight on the horizon. I love that you can switch sides half-way through the game, some people think this is a crappy mechanic but I think it is original and a lot of fun to all of a sudden have to start trying to sabotage these people you spent an hour trying to get home and, again, it really fits the show's theme.
Finally, the whole game is really well balanced for a game that has so much going on. And of course the one thing nobody can ever fault FFG on is their production values. The game is gorgeous and the bits are all solid.
Battlestar Galactica (BSG) became my favorite game within a few days after I got it. I've had it for almost 3 months now, have played it probably 15-20 times, and have had a great experience with family and friends alike every time.
My family watched the show together on Netflix over a 3-month period in early 2012, after the show was off the air. Although knowing the show adds to the experience of playing the game, I've introduced the game to several friends who never watched the show; they enjoyed it immensely. One friend (who's about 30) recently told me it's now his favorite game too. These friends come from many different walks of life: I count a furniture store owner, a lawyer, a retiree, and an accountant among those in my BSG play group, ranging in age from about 25 to 80 (admittedly with more in the 40-and-under category, though).
The role-playing aspect of the game, whereby each player chooses a character at the beginning (each with strengths, weaknesses, and a once-per-game special ability), helps immerse each player into the experience. The "loyalty" aspect, whereby each player is secretly assigned to a team (human or Cylon) at the beginning, adds intrigue and (friendly) tension. The space battles allow a role for not just the pilots in the game but also the other players, who can use (for example) the Weapons Control location on Galactica to fire the main guns, or the Command location to launch vipers into space (similar to fighter jets being launched from an aircraft carrier). The "titles" aspect of the game, whereby one player becomes the President and another the Admiral, gives certain players additional abilities or powers that add political dynamics to the game experience ... because if you don't like who your President or Admiral is, there are ways to "fix" that. There are other dynamics at work to make the game interesting and exciting; the above examples give you an idea of some of the things that are going on in the game.
I often explain to new players that the Galactica (the "aircraft carrier in space" that the game is named after, and where most of the gameplay occurs) is like a wagon train to the stars, and that it's trying to find a new home while the Cylons chase after it to destroy what's left of humanity. The game is complex but can be taught in a straightforward way. I recommend hitting the highlights in 10 minutes or less when teaching it, and then just starting the game. Also, we usually have a new player go last in the turn order so he or she can see other players taking their turns, and to get a better handle on what's going on before having to go through the turn sequence.
If the humans can hold out long enough without losing too many resources (fuel, food, population, and morale), without Galactica being boarded and taken over, and without Galactica taking too much damage, then they win. Otherwise, the Cylons win. As the game progresses, you make faster-than-light (FTL) jumps to get away from the Cylons (temporarily) and get closer to your new home for humanity. Halfway through the game, a "sleeper phase" occurs and everyone gets another loyalty card (or 2, depending on which character you choose) to find out if they are "still" human or (get this) really were a Cylon all along and didn't even know it.
If you like turn-based games, are willing to play something other than mass-marketed "store bought" games, are up for being challenged by a more complex endeavor, and are patient enough to engage in an intense, immersive experience for about 3 hours, then this game is for you.
As thematic board games go, as of this writing it's ranked #7 on BoardGameGeek out of about 500 games of that genre; the game is also ranked #21 out of ALL board games (over 8300 listed) at that same internet site. Obviously, I'm not the only one who thinks the game is great. (Of course, not all will agree and for some, this game may not float their boat. I respect that fact, and encourage you to read the other reviews here at Amazon and take a look at BoardGameGeek to make your own determination.)
Worth it to any BSG fan, So say we all.