Monday, January 10, 2011

Battlestar Galactica Board Game

Battlestar GalacticaEric and Lindsey invited a group of us over on Saturday night for dinner and to play the new Battlestar Galactica board game that Eric got for Christmas. Kris and Emma gave Jeff and I a ride out to Burke, where their house is. We had a great lasagna dinner, and lots and lots of chocolate chip cookies that Lindsey had baked.

And we played the board game. I thought it was going to be a trivia game, but it's actually more of a strategy game. The rule book really is like a book, and the whole game took about six hours! But once we got the hang of it, it was really fun. Everybody is a character - you can move around the ship, attack cylon ships, and put other people in the brig (and lots more). The goal is for the humans to jump the ship eight times in order to get to Kobol. The goal of the cylon is to stop them (there are a few different ways to do this.) You get a loyalty card in the beginning of the game, so only you know if you're human or cylon, or a cylon sympathizer. If you're cylon, you can try to hide it and sabotage things from the inside - pretending to be part of the human team. Or you can announce that you're a cylon and go to the resurrection ship and cylon fleet, where you can launch outright attacks. And that's just the tip of the iceberg for how the game works...

When we played, I was really convinced that Emma was a cylon when we played, and I got Jeff to send her to the brig, but when she stayed in the brig for three rounds and didn't just go to the resurrection ship, I was pretty confused. Then it turned out that she actually was a human. Oops. (Her character was Gaius, so maybe I just felt like she couldn't be trusted...)

I'm hoping that we can play again soon (before we forget all the rules)!

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