Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Item: One space ship, slightly battered

A vague summary of my first playing of the Battlestar Galactica board game.

I would like to say now I know NOTHING about Battlestar Galactica. Other than its in space. And you fight robots. And they sometimes look human, just to confuse you. As such I can't remember the names of all the characters we were playing, so I shall refer to them by their roles. If one of the guys from today would like to fill in the blanks for me, it would be appreciated!

It began in the middle of battle. A cylon base star was baring down on us and had raiders deployed. Our crew consisted of a pilot, a military guy who was his father and our admiral, an engineer and myself, a scientist and the president. It could have been worse - I wasn't the one with control of the nukes...

EDIT: Thanks to a fellow player I can now identify the characters! Pilot = Lee Adama, Admiral = William Adama, engineer = 'Chief' Gylan Tyrall, scientist = Gaius Baltar

We fought back against the cylons, eventually managing to jump away to a different planet. Suspicions and tempers were frayed as we faced crisis after crisis, eventually somehow losing all but one of our scout ships. Things got worse when we faced food shortage after food shortage, causing the crew to lose faith in their current president. As such, when the engineer ran for office, he easily took it. The scientist went back to staying in the lab. After a few more jumps, the food shortage was still a problem and fuel wasn't looking healthy either.

More crises were faced and the admiral and pilot spent an awful lot of time in sick bay due to these. The engineer president attempted to try and solve the food problems but ultimately failed. The scientist was then revealed as a cylon sympathiser and thrown in the brig. As such, he was unable to help when a large cylon fleet complete with two base stars attacked. The pilot fought valiantly, taking out many raiders but many ships were damaged in the skirmishes.

Then we were faced with a new horrific discovery - the engineer was a cylon! After shooting the Admiral in the back as the cylon fleet arrived and attacked, he fled back over to his side to help coordinate their attacks against us. Galactica took damage as the base stars fired on us and we were boarded. Our plucky pilot managed to destroy one of them while nuke saw to the other. We managed to jump away to a new planet, away from the cylons.

After a lengthy stay in the brig, the scientist-president was released and immediately helped out with the boarding parties, aiding in fighting them back. This was done successfully, however more crises hindered the remaining crew. Once the boarding parties were well in hand, repair work to the ship began and not a moment too soon - a new cylon fleet attacked. With most of the vipers out of commission there were very few ships left to defend the civilian ships and take on the hoards of raiders that were screaming in. Luckily, we had an awesome pilot who took on the ships valiantly. But even he was soon overwhelmed and his ship destroyed. Luckily, he was rescued and moved once again to sick bay (it was like a second home to him by this point). Before the cylons could turn their guns on the remainging civilian ship or us, we managed to jump away. We were almost at our final destination.

But it was not meant to be. Out in deep space, that final jump to escape used up the last of our fuel and we could find no way to gain more. We were drifting in space with no way to escape the cylons if they attacked us again and even then our other resources were severely diminished.. We had lost the fight and with it, all hope of escaping and defeating the cylons.

To follow: Thoughts on the Battlestar Galactica Board game and play system.

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