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Battlestar Galactica Board Game

November 23, 2011

Here are a few features inside of this Battlestar Galactica review.

  • 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

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 an exciting game of mistrust, intrigue, and the struggle for survival.

Based on the epic and acclaimed Sci-Fi Channel series, the game puts players in the role of one of ten of their favorite characters from the show.

Each playable character has abilities and weaknesses, and must work with others 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.

The game includes 10 character cards, 32 highly-detailed plastic ships, high-quality card board tokens, hundreds of cards and a game board with resource counters.

List Price: $ 54.99

Price: $ 29.99

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2 Responses to “Battlestar Galactica Board Game”

  1. Imad Hussain says:
    61 of 61 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Exceptional board game, December 11, 2008
    By 
    Imad Hussain (Alexandria, VA USA) –
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    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Battlestar Galactica (Toy)

    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). Furthermore, halfway through the game another set of loyalty cards is dealt, such that there are a total of two Cyclon players (in a five player game; the number of Cylons and sympathizers varies based on the number of players). In this way, the game captures the feeling of paranoia that characterizes the source material.

    With accusations flying about and choices constantly being made, BSG is a strong interactive game that really shines. Admittedly, it does run a little long (three to four hours for the first game and around half that once everyone knows how to play), but once the first few rounds have passed, the pace of the game really picks up, as do player involvement and suspicion. BSG is, without a doubt, the reviewer’s favorite cooperative board game (compared to Shadows Over Camelot, Arkham Horror, Last Night on Earth, Pandemic, and A Touch of Evil, as well as faux-cooperative games such as Cutthroat Caverns) and, moreover, one of his favorite board games, period. BSG should be well received amongst fans of American-style board games as well as fans of Battlestar Galactica television series.

    P.S.: Prospective owners need not worry about the game spoiling the series for those who haven’t seen the show. The game makes only oblique references to the events of the series (and even those are limited to the first two seasons). In fact, the greatest spoilers may very well be the line of succession for each of the positions of Admiral (that rank being a minor spoiler in and of itself) and President.

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  2. Aaron Sullivan says:
    25 of 25 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    BSG fans with lots of board game time rejoice!, January 23, 2009
    By 
    Aaron Sullivan (Rochester, NY USA) –

    = Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Battlestar Galactica (Toy)

    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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