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BSG 622 - You Only Live Thrace
6 Player All-Expansions Game to the Ionian Nebula


Welcome to BSG 622. This is a 6-player All-Expansions game to the Ionian Nebula. We will be playing with either a Cylon Leader, or a Mutineer if no-one selects a CL.

All this was made possible by ColtsFan76 and he has my undying thanks for that. I will also be using the Open Office spreadsheet and GIMP files created by Orphius and completely revamped by jasperhawk and Mawkee. Awesome work, guys. I have also based this opening speil on Caimion's, so Thanks Caimion!

Our crew for this voyage, and thier starting titles, are:

Goonwuff as Brother John Cavil, Cylon Leader
DrDuck
as Mr. Lee Adama, President of the Twelve Colonies
smaug007
as Lt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, Commander of the Air Group
KraZug
as Lt. Felix Gaeta, Admiral of the Colonial Fleet
dualedge
as Mr. Romo Lampkin
Cabrello
as Dr. Sherman Cottle


For info on PBF see - Tips and Tricks for BSG PBF


Standard Things to remember/know:

d10-1All players must have their own copies of the game and all expansions being used. This is an FFG requirement, and since we're all REALLY grateful they let us do this, we're only too happy to comply with the one condition they set out for us.

d10-2Follow PBF conventions. Bold your actions! I will not process anything until bolded. Use italics for in-character talk, and use images for flavor and fun. Find lots of them here: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/item/1834905#item1834905.

d10-3Use the image banners so we know who you are. If you're on a mobile device and don't want to look up your bannerID, please put your character name at the top of your post.

Courtesy of marlus, here's an amazing script that makes it super-easy to add those banners to your posts:
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1) Click on "Edit" on the top right of your screen to Edit your quick bar.

2) Chose an empty spot and fill label with "My Banner" and add the following text to the URL :

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javascript: (function() {var b = '[ImageID=xxxxxx medium]'; var t = document.getElementsByTagName('textarea')[0]; t.value = b+'\r\n'+t.value;})();


3) Replace "xxxxxx" with the ImageId you want to use as your banner.

4) When you post, click on Reply/Quick Reply and then click on your Quick Bar Link. Presto!

It even works on mobiles, so no excuses not to use a banner!


d10-4Don't communicate with other players outside the thread. Any private communication should be between me and particular players. If you have a question that you don’t want to ask publicly, ask me, that's what I'm here for!

d10-5Subscribe to the thread! I expect that you will be able to check in at least twice a day, preferably at regular intervals. I like to run a game that doesn't get bogged down for ages because someone only checks in once a day or less. If over 18 hours have elapsed and you haven't responded when it's your turn to act, I'll start bumping the thread. At 24+ hours, I'll start poking you via GM to make sure you're still there, and after that I'll start giving out warnings. Repeated warnings will see me seeking a replacement player. Everyone hates waiting for someone every turn, don't be 'that guy'!

Of course, sometimes that annoying little thing called Real Life interferes with your ability to play, and that's totally OK. All I ask if you are having a really hectic time is that you try to find 2 minutes to either post in the thread or GM me saying "Hey, sorry but I'm really busy right now, won't be able to check the game today/tomorrow/this week/whatever". That way we're not all left hanging wondering what's happened to you. If you need more than a couple of days away from the game, I might try to find a temporary player to replace you until you return. Same goes for slow play. If you're travelling or something and you'll only be able to check in sporadically for a few days, just let us know.

d10-6Use Conditional Orders (COs) and the game will run smoothly. The game is much more enjoyable when it’s moving along and not getting stalled for days. Don't worry - if I have questions about your COs I will ask you privately, I'm not interested in trying to play "gotcha" by executing a CO that clearly didn't account for something.

d10-7This one's important: Please send all your GMs to me with the subject line "BSG 622: <Character Name> - [Mail Subject]". EG, "BSG 622: Starbuck - CO for OPG usage". I am modding more than one game atm, and if I get a mail with the subject "Skill check", that's going to cause me extra work to find out that little bit of extra info I need.

d10-8I like to make my board images after the current player has received their cards, so everyone knows how many cards are out there. So if you have a variable draw, please send in your COs for those as soon as you can.


d10-9Respect secrecy rules. Some often overlooked secrecy violations include:

* Providing a public CO (bolding when it is not your turn to act)
* Saying "medium" if you've played one card
* Talking about scouted cards (top or buried) beyond "good" or "bad"
* Identifying which cards/colours you played into a skillcheck
* Volunteering the contents of your hand if it's not directly relevant to the current discussion. Remember that doesn't mean you can name every card in your hand under the guise of "deciding what to do".

d10-1d10-0 Don't quote anything from more than two pages back in the thread. Say what you think happened in your own words.

d10-1d10-1 We will be following the Official FAQ and Unofficial FAQ (http://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Battlestar_Galactica_FAQ), but we will be ignoring the ruling regarding the Admiral having to disclose whether he or she chose the top destination. When a player chooses from the top two cards of a deck it is secret which card was chosen.
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I find this gets glossed over too much if it's in the opening post, so I am moving it to a separate post

I will assume that each player has the following standing COs. Please send me a GM when you'd like to act otherwise.

* Pass on Declare Emergency and Change of Plans

* Pass on Strategic Planning for shots against raiders, scouts if there's more than one raptor remaining and shots by cylon ships

* Pass on Calculations. I will not be pausing every time there is an opportunity to use one, so you'll need to have your COs readily updated. I know that's a bit of a pain, but otherwise I'll be forever pausing the game. Generally speaking, there's usually a token put around before any important rolls looking for Strategic Planning, so that gives time for a CO for Calculations.

* Pass on most Character Abilities - I'll work this out in private with individual players after character selection.

* Pass on Evasive Maneuvers for unmanned vipers that aren't the last one protecting a civilian ship, unless the viper would be destroyed

* Pass on anything that would be a clear soft-reveal (e.g., Evasive Maneuvers to re-roll a shot that missed)

* Assault Raptors, whether manned or unmanned, will be left in space when the fleet jumps. For Piloted Assault Raptors, the pilots should let me know before the Admiral chooses the destination if they wish to land.

* If everybody else has responded to an interrupt and you haven't, and you don't have the cards in question, I may pretend you sent me a pass CO, in order to get keep the game moving. This will not divulge hand information since I will also pass those who sent me a pass CO at the same time. Please note that I will not always do this, to add to the uncertainty.

* If there are multiple conflicting CO interrupts, and the players have not worked out whose to play, I will play the lowest-valued interrupt. If it's still tied, I will play the interrupt for the player whose turn is soonest.


House Rules - 1) I am banning Cain - she's too powerful and disrupts the game too much, even when you nerf her OPG. So we'll go without her. She may still turn up as an Ally, however.

2) As we will be using Exodus and it's loyalty deck, I am using the following house rule - If a "You are a Cylon" card is left in the Loyalty deck at the end of the game, all resources will be reduced by 1 before determining the winning side. Any resource values on Cylon Leader motive cards will also be reduced by 1.

I am open to any other house rules, please feel free to suggest them and we'll put them to a vote. I do, however, reserve the right to veto a house rule if its makes modding the game too difficult.


A vote on which options from Exodus we'll be including (CAC/CBF, FF/PGs) will take place shortly.


Invitations are from the waiting list as usual. The first 6 are the primary invitees, and have 24 hours to reserve their spot. I believe 24 hours is plenty of time to check in, and if you can't check in for this within that time, I don't like your chances of checking into the rest of the game in a timely fashion. Those who do not respond, either positively or negatively, will receive an asterisk as per the usual waiting list rules.

The rest of the invitees are alternates - if any of the primary invitees decline or time out, the alternates will be included in the game instead. It's first-come, first-serve for alternates. The first to check in will be the first to be offered a spot if its available.

Inviting:

Primaries:

dualedge - IN
smaug007 - IN
mihaild - Declined
KraZug - IN
Mr T 1977 - Declined
Goonwuff - IN

Alternates:

mdmcclel - Not Required
Cabrello - IN
DrDuck - IN
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Sounds like fun. Let me know if you need an alternate -- Andrew
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Thanks for the invitation Brenton! I'd love to join. I've never played Ionian Nebula before but I'll be sure to brush up on those rules.

Just a heads up that I'll be travelling home today and tomorrow, so I'll shortly be unavailable until Sunday night GMT. Sorry for the timing on that: I'll send you some "COs" for the votes and for character choices to try to alleviate any delays.
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Thank you for the invitation. I will pass on this. I am still in two variants and busy with moving. Have fun all of you!
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Welcome aboard Goonwuff, and Cabrello looks like you're in. Thanks for checking in Mr T.

I'll set up the polls now.
 
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Ok, here we go. I don't believe in "I don't mind" options, it just leads to 3 or 4 useless votes. Pick one option or the other!

With the conflicted loyalties, vote for all the options you want to use.

If there is need of any tie-breaks, I will have the deciding vote, and I'm likely to entrust my vote to the GeekRoller. You have been warned! laugh

When you have voted, please give this post a thumbs up, so I can see who has and hasn't voted yet.

Poll: Exodus Options
1. Cylon Fleet Board, or Cylon Attack Cards?
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2. Conflicted Loyalties options? Vote for each option you wish to play with, or only vote for "none". We'll go with the options that have 4 votes or more.
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Nice title for the game! cool
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Thanks for the invitation - I'm in! While I'd be lying if I said that I don't care that Cain isn't an character choice, I understand. I'll get onto voting on the Exodus options now.
 
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I’m in if you need a 2nd alt.
 
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I'm in! Looking forward to it.

Will cast my votes now.
 
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Yeah, why not? In.

Can we nerf the Political Prowess too?
 
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What's the political prowess proposal?
 
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Hey everyone, welcome aboard! Since we have 2 declined invitations, that means you're in, DrDuck. And we have our 6.

It looks like you've all voted, too. We'll be using the Fleet board, and Final Five. There was only 3 votes for Personal Goals, and one who dodnt want to use eiother, so I think we'll leave the PGs behind.

Turn order and Character selection starting shortly.

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Yeah, why not? In.

Can we nerf the Political Prowess too?


In what way? I'm not aware of any common house rules that nerf PP, but if you know of one we can vote on it.
 
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Randomising for Turn order.

dualedge - 1d100 = (67) = 67
smaug007 - 1d100 = (95) = 95
KraZug - 1d100 = (91) = 91
Goonwuff - 1d100 = (100) = 100
Cabrello - 1d100 = (65) = 65
DrDuck - 1d100 = (96) = 96

Wow, those were all d100 rolls. All above 65 and 4 above 90!

Anyway, turn order is

Goonwuff
DrDuck
Smaug007
KraZug
dualedge
Cabrello

Goonwuff is up first, and by CO she picks Cavil.

DrDuck, you're up next, and have any non-CL character to choose from.
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I will pick the Political Lee Adama.
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smaug007, any Military Leader, Pilot or Support.
 
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I'll take Kara "Starbuck" Thrace.
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KraZug, a Military LEader or a Support
 
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Wa-hey! First pick.

I'm back home with cards and internet. Huzzah.
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I don't think I've ever played Felix.
2 Leadership, 1 Engineering to start.
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I'll take Lampkin.

I will start with two Politics and one Tactics.


This will be fun. I've never been Lampkin before.
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Cottle.

Draw 1 politics and 2 tactics
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We have our crew. The starting titles are

Admiral Gaeta
President Lee
CAG Starbuck

An empty hand update should be coming to you all shortly with your starting loyalty/motive cards. Then I'll need the starting draw from all those who haven't already CO'd me, except Cavil. I will need your Variable draw for you first turn however, Cavil.
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Two players who don't draw Leadership in a row, followed by the cylon leader. This could be awkward.
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