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BSG 252: Escalation
5-player Pegasus game (No Cylon Leader) to New Caprica


Welcome to the start of BSG 252: Escalation. This will be a play-by-forum game in the style established by ColtsFan76. Major thanks to him for getting this whole shebang started, and also to Orphius for creating the mod tools that will be used.

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Jasper Hawk
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Rules and Guidelines

Those of you who have played in a PBF game before can skim this section. If this is your first PBF game, I suggest reading it carefully.

1. In order to participate, you must own a copy of game and the expansion.

Part of the agreement that allows us to do this is that the full card text will not be posted, so you will need your copy of the game to reference things like what the crises actually do. In the event that at some point you are temporarily away from your cards and need the text to make a decision, send me a PM and I'll get you the relevant information.

2. I intend for this to be a fast-paced game. You are expected to subscribe to this thread and to check in at least twice per day, preferably around 12 hours apart.

I like to have my PBF games play very quickly, so there is a serious expectation that you will not hold the game up for a significant period of time when it is your turn to make an action. If this is not your style, that is fine, but I ask that you pass on participating. If it is your turn to act and it has been more than 12 hours, I will issue a reminder to you. Habitual offenders may be replaced. A great way to speed up the game is by issuing tons of COs. See the "Conditional Orders" section below.

3. All communication between players must occur in this thread ONLY.

To maintain the feel of a face-to-face game, players are forbidden from communicating with their fellow players about the game outside of this thread. Anything that needs to be communicated privately being me and a player will take place via GeekMail. When sending me a GeekMail, please include the game number, your character name, and a description in the subject line. (Example: "[BSG 252][Apollo] Where is all of the extra cake?")

4. Follow typical play-by-forum conventions when posting.

This includes always making it clear what character you are speaking as by including your character name in bold or an appropriate banner at the top of each post. Fantastic banners created by DukeOfEarl are available here. Other pictures for adding flavor can be found in this compilation. Additionally, when posting, please use the typographic standards used in play-by-forum games. Specifically, be sure to leave regular discussion in a plain font, in-character flavor text in italics, and actions you wish to take in bold. Be especially conscious of the bolding your actions; I will not execute an action if it isn't bolded.

5. Do not edit your posts.

Please do not go back and edit posts if either (1) another post has already been made after yours; or (2) a significant amount of time has passed since the post. In either case, simply make a new post stating what you would have changed. This is to prevent confusion (both for me and your fellow players).

6. Respect the secrecy rules.

Battlestar Galactica is a much less interesting game if the secrecy rules are not closely followed. I suggest everyone take a look at the official "Secrecy Clarifications" document, the last page of the Official FAQ.

7. No spoilers.

Do not post any major spoilers about the television series (or associated films) in this thread. Yes, it's been years since the show aired, but some people still haven't seen it.

Conditional Orders (COs)

* Conditional orders are a very important aspect of keeping a PBF game running as quickly and efficiently as possible. Because of this, I ask that you put in COs for pretty much anything you can think of. All COs should be sent to me via GeekMail, and be clearly labeled by having "CO" (and a description of what the CO is for) in the subject line.

* Do not post public COs under any circumstances; this includes posting bold text when it is not your turn to act. Additionally, for this game I will not be allowing public "TANK" COs. You can, of course, submit a normal CO to pass on playing cards into the check, which will have a similar effect.

* Under many circumstances, I will not wait for interrupts before executing actions. The following is a (non-comprehensive) list of examples of things that I will not ask for interrupts for (and thus will not have interrupts played on them unless you put in a CO):

Declare Emergency
Strategic Planning on Launch Scout, unless there is only one raptor remaining.
Strategic Planning on attacks against raiders, or attacks by cylon ships.
Evasive Maneuvers
Calculations (under the same conditions as Strategic Planning)

* I will assume that you have a standing CO to pass on any interrupt that you do not hold in your hand. Players are encouraged to put in COs to pass on interrupts that they are holding but do not intend to play. Any COs to pass on interrupts will be resolved once everyone else has already passed, to minimize the amount of information revealed by these COs.

* If you have an interrupt-style character ability, this onus is on you to put in a CO to use your ability when appropriate. For example, I will not ask if Starbuck wants to use Secret Destiny on every crisis card that is played, but she may put in a CO to pause to let her decide when a crisis card meets certain criteria.

* Be very clear when writing your COs. If I feel it is ambiguous, I will let you know and will not execute the CO, which could hold up the game. Feel free to make them as complicated as you like, as long as they are understandable.

House Rules

I find that some house rules are necessary to prevent certain elements of the game from being too broken:

1. Cain's Blind Jump ability will always bury the top card of the Destination deck before selecting a destination.

2. Kat's Hotshot once-per-turn ability may not be used when activating the FTL Control location.

Turn Summaries

A GeekList showing the turn summaries for this game is available here: BSG 252: Escalation Turn Summary
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The following players have been invited to participate. They have 36 hours from the time of this post to check in here to indicate they are interested.

Invitees
bd flory
Keggy declined
Eunomiac checked in
cal2cool4u checked in
Cadane checked in
Charliechuckleberry

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I am interested. Thanks for the invite!
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I'm in, and very excited to play! Thanks!
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Thanks for the invite! Count me in.
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Alright, it's been 36 hours and I've only heard from 3 of you, so I'm going to do this sudden-death style.

Confirmed Players
Cadane
cal2cool4u
Eunomiac
Jasperhawk

Invited Players
bd flory
Charliechuckleberry
lolcese

At this point, the next person from the "Invited Players" list to check in here expressing interest will be given a slot.
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I'm not up for going to new caprica, so have to decline. Thanks for the invite though, bon voyage!
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Jasperhawk has accepted the invite. Still looking for one more.
 
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Thanks, but I will decline, this week will be very harsh, and I don't want to delay the game at the beginning.
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Posting to update the list of invitees. Still looking for one more.

Confirmed Players
Cadane
cal2cool4u
Eunomiac
Jasperhawk

Invited Players
bd flory
Charliechuckleberry
furyn
mathguy6189

At this point, the next person from the "Invited Players" list to check in here expressing interest will be given a slot.
 
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I win!

I'd love to play
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Okay, then. We have our five players.

Confirmed Players
Cadane
cal2cool4u
Eunomiac
furyn
Jasperhawk

Randomly selected player order:

1. Jasperhawk
2. furyn
3. cal2cool4u
4. Eunomiac
5. Cadane

Jasperhawk, you have the first shot at character selection. Please choose from:

Cain, Adama, Tigh, Helo
Roslin, Baltar, Zarek, Ellen
Apollo, Starbuck, Kat, Boomer
Chief, Dee

Everyone else, feel free to send in COs for character selection.
 
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Here's my preference list:

Ellen, Kat, Cain, Dee
 
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Furyn wrote:
Here's my preference list:

Ellen, Kat, Cain, Dee


Character selection discussion can be public, but remember that once character selection is complete and the game starts that all COs should be sent privately only.
 
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You know, I don't think I've ever played Support. So this time I think I'll go with Chief.
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Furyn, does this mean you are officially going with Ellen?
 
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Indeed!
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cal2cool4u, you're up! Please select a character from:

Cain, Adama, Tigh, Helo
Apollo, Starbuck, Kat, Boomer
Dee
 
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Since I'll be first up to draw cards... I'll take 2 Politics and 1 Leadershipfor my card draw. Yes, I'll be sure and use geekmails once we get going. Just trying to keep up the pace for now.
 
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I got here as soon as I could. I, uh, did not realize the whole crew was waiting on me.


Sorry for the delay, guys. I will play Tigh.
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By CO, Eunomiac chooses to play Boomer.

Cadane, please choose a character from:

Cain, Adama, Helo
Roslin, Baltar, Zarek
Apollo, Starbuck, Kat
Dee
 
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I will choose to play Adama, Please.
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Congratulations, Admiral Adama and President Ellen. You are important.

Sending out loyalty now.

Opening draws:

Chief: None
President Ellen: 2 Politics, 1 Leadership
Tigh: 1 Leadership, 2 Tactics
Boomer: 1 Tactics, 2 Piloting

Admiral Adama, what would you like for your opening draw?
 
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I'll take 2 leadership and one Tactics please.

Edit: to fix banner.
 
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Alright, loyalty and opening hands have been sent. That completes game setup.

Game State at the start of the game is:


Chief is the Current Player, your cards have been sent.
 
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