mental health care?
Another random assembly of nuts, cranks and scrounged body-parts
|A genuine masterwork?|
Another co-op horrorshow?
|No! NO! NO!|
More than just species survival at stake
I say “long overdue realisation” because in all my previous studies I had treated BSG as a co-op game with betrayal. BSG is actually a ‘euro-styled’ conflict/strategy game featuring humanity’s race to escape a war of extermination unleashed by its own creations, played by 2 teams which are randomly and secretly chosen. It was this flash of insight on Friday night which reassured me that we were on a safe bet with Badger.
What went down
|The Cylon menace:|
Game the first
Coming 3rd in the playing order, and with the offices of Admiral and President already grabbed by Greg and Badger’s character choices- Laura Roslin and Saul Tigh, respectively, I decided to leave the other players’ options open and plumped for “Chief” Galen Tyrol. Everyone else’s character choices followed quickly, giving us the crew seen below. The initial Loyalty deal made me not Cylon, which was fine by me because I was more interested in being Cylon in the 2nd part of the game. And we were off!
|Solid and dependable?|
Badger’s meddling notwithstanding, the first half of humanity’s escape to Kobol went well. We soon found ourselves past the halfway point, at distance 5. Our resources at that point were:
- FUEL: 4
- FOOD: 5
- MORALE: 7
- POPULATION: 11
|“Cards on the |
The air had been thick with accusation and counter-accusation for some time by now. I tried to shed some light on things by playing Investigative Committee on a skill check, forcing all skill cards to be played openly. Badger and Sparky both invested heavily in helping us pass the check, which was significant because they were my prime suspects for Cylons. And yes, I did consider the option that either or both of them were dissimulating to put the rest of us off their tracks.
|A threat and|
This was smart play on Badger's part in 2 ways:
- He kept us guessing as much as he could.
- He used up one of our nukes.
- -1 FUEL (leaving us on a perilously low 1 FUEL).
- -1 FOOD.
You'll probably have noticed that there has been no mention of the 2nd Cylon who always appears in a 6-player game. That Cylon was Greg's Laura Roslin, who was revealed very late, because Greg was in the Brig and didn't want to lose out on the effect of his reveal. The net effect of this was that Greg also missed out on the chance to generate crises, any one of which could've finished us off. I don't think he'll be making that mistake again any time soon.
Game the second
Coming 4th in the playing order, and with one of each of the 3 restricted character types (Military leader, Political leader and Pilot) already chosen- including Badger starring as Saul Tigh again, I had free reign in my character choice. The role of hotshot Viper jockey appealed to me, so I took Starbuck. The final crew was:
|Motely maybe, but…?|
|“Oh no you don’t!”|
- Admiral’s Quarters: no one was going to the Brig in a hurry.
- Armoury: more importantly perhaps, we wouldn’t be able to fight any Centurion boarding parties.
- FUEL: 2
- FOOD: 7
- MORALE: 4
- POPULATION: 7
Our 3rd jump was quickly followed by our 4th, which took us to an Icy moon for another -1 FUEL (leaving us on the verge of disaster with just 1 FUEL). Gav had revealed as Cylon by this point, so that when a ‘Cylon Swarm’ appeared, we knew it was do or die: we just had to jump and hope to get lucky because the Cylons would finish us on the spot if we didn’t. We jumped, lost the last of our FUEL, and humanity was exterminated from the face of the universe once and for all.
Long-suffering humanity 1
Soulless skinjobs 1
Gav too enjoyed BSG last Saturday far more than he had any time he’d played it before. He even finally got his chance to be Cylon although, as he pointed out, he hardly got a chance to do anything once he revealed himself in the 2nd game
|Can the sequel |
cut the mustard?
All in all then, those were 2 of the most enjoyable and satisfying games of BSG I’ve played since I bought the game. Colour me delighted dear readers. :D
To the streets of Mega-City One
|He is the Law!|
And so it was that Judge Mac took to the streets once more, in the company of a couple of nameless rookies and:
- Judge Blowfish (Badger).
- Judge Womble (David).
- Judge Lurch (Sparky).
Who else? 0
A hit, a palpable hit. Uneasy rests the crown after Saturday’s inconclusive ending, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of this game quite soon. ;)