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Nandor V
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As Battlestar Galactica has 3 expansions with different objectives (destinations) and other optional game variants it can cause a real headache to combine them into a well-balanced game.

I searched for a summary where the players share their experience about this topic, but all I have found is the following thread:
POLL: Balance.

I think making it was a great idea, but unfortunately it is outdated. So let's make an up-to-date version of it - to aid the puzzled players, or just to give recommendations to each other!

Consider the 5-player Base Game as "Balanced" in order to be unified.

I have created different questions for each expansion combinations, so you can easily find and edit your answers and the combinations you have played with.

EDIT: Don't scare anyone the size of the poll, you probably won't answer all of the questions!
You can skip questions, there's no need for a huge amount of "Don't know" answer - basically it's just for correction as it was a problem before: Re: POLL: Balance.

Poll: Post-Daybreak Expansion Balance Comparison
Kobol = Destination Kobol
New Caprica = Destination New Caprica + Basic Pegasus elements
Ionian Nebula = Destination Ionian Nebula + Basic Exodus elements
Earth = Destination Earth + Basic Daybreak elements

Pegasus = Basic Pegasus elements
CL = Conflicted Loyalties + Basic Exodus elements
CFB = Cylon Fleet Board + Basic Exodus elements
Daybreak = Basic Daybreak elements
1. Pegasus Expansion Balance
  Favors Cylons Slightly favors Cylons Balanced Slightly favors Humans Favors Humans Don't know
Kobol + Pegasus
New Caprica
2. Exodus Expansion Balance
  Favors Cylons Slightly favors Cylons Balanced Slightly favors Humans Favors Humans Don't know
Kobol + CL
Kobol + CFB
Kobol + CL + CFB
Ionian Nebula
Ionian Nebula + CL
Ionian Nebula + CFB
Ionian Nebula + CL + CFB
3. Daybreak Expansion Balance
  Favors Cylons Slightly favors Cylons Balanced Slightly favors Humans Favors Humans Don't know
Kobol + Daybreak
Earth
4. Pegasus + Exodus Expansions Balance
  Favors Cylons Slightly favors Cylons Balanced Slightly favors Humans Favors Humans Don't know
Kobol + Pegasus + CL
Kobol + Pegasus + CFB
Kobol + Pegasus + CL + CFB
New Caprica + CL
New Caprica + CFB
New Caprica + CL + CFB
Ionian Nebula + Pegasus
Ionian Nebula + Pegasus + CL
Ionian Nebula + Pegasus + CFB
Ionian Nebula + Pegasus + CL + CFB
5. Pegasus + Daybreak Expansions Balance
  Favors Cylons Slightly favors Cylons Balanced Slightly favors Humans Favors Humans Don't know
Kobol + Pegasus + Daybreak
New Caprica + Daybreak
Earth + Pegasus
6. Exodus + Daybreak Expansions Balance
  Favors Cylons Slightly favors Cylons Balanced Slightly favors Humans Favors Humans Don't know
Kobol + Daybreak + CL
Kobol + Daybreak + CFB
Kobol + Daybreak + CL + CFB
Ionian Nebula + Daybreak
Ionian Nebula + Daybreak + CL
Ionian Nebula + Daybreak + CFB
Ionian Nebula + Daybreak + CL + CFB
Earth + CL
Earth + CFB
Earth + CL + CFB
7. Pegasus + Exodus + Daybreak Expansions Balance
  Favors Cylons Slightly favors Cylons Balanced Slightly favors Humans Favors Humans Don't know
Kobol + Pegasus + Daybreak + CL
Kobol + Pegasus + Daybreak + CFB
Kobol + Pegasus + Daybreak + CL + CFB
New Caprica + Daybreak + CL
New Caprica + Daybreak + CFB
New Caprica + Daybreak + CL + CFB
Ionian Nebula + Pegasus + Daybreak
Ionian Nebula + Pegasus + Daybreak + CL
Ionian Nebula + Pegasus + Daybreak + CFB
Ionian Nebula + Pegasus + Daybreak + CL + CFB
Earth + Pegasus + CL
Earth + Pegasus + CFB
Earth + Pegasus + CL + CFB
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Holy spreadsheet batman.

I don't think anyone has played the game enough in all of those combinations for this vote to have any relevance. But kudos for making an epic poll like that, must have taken some effort!
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Yes, I know that there's a huge amount of possible combinations. And I agree with you: probably nobody has played with all of them (enough time).
But I didn't even think that anyone will answer all of the questions. Just deliver an opinion on what you're familiar with.

However I have edited the post to avoid misunderstandings in the future.
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What do you by balance?

Do you mean every game is equally winnable by a skilfull player, or that across all games played with the same parameters there is some expected percentage of human wins, or that games are close, decided at the last possible moment?

The number of pre-sleeper and post-sleeper cylons, and CL Agendas or CL Motives, and the order of the crisis deck, and how the players are playing the game have much more profound effects than which modules are added.
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Any discussion of game balance in BSG requires splitting out the 5-player and 6-player game (and with Cylon Leader or Mutineer). Do you want 5er or 6er responses in your poll?
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