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BSG 626 - Casino Dorale
6 Player All-Expansions Game to Earth


Welcome to BSG 626. This is a 6-player All-Expansions game to Earth. 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! And lastly a shoutout to Starfox4 who was the inspiration for the game title thumbsup

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

XP105 as Ms. Sharon "Athena" Agathon, Cylon Leader
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as Mr. Tom Zarek, Admiral of the Colonial Fleet
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as Mr. Romo Lampkin, President of the Twelve Colonies
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as Specialist Callandra "Cally" Tyrol
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as Lt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
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as Capt. Karl "Helo" Agathon

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.

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


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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. This i not a warning, just a gentle reminder that it's your turn to act, in case you missed the subscription or something. 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.

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d10-7This one's important: Please send all your GMs to me with the subject line "BSG 626: <Character Name> - [Mail Subject]". EG, "BSG 626: 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 for their draw step, so everyone knows how many cards are out there. 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".

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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

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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.

2) Cain's OPG will be a true blind jump. Before the OPG takes effect, the top Destination will be buried. If Pilot Helo is also in the game, the top 2 Destinations will be buried instead.

3) 30 non-CAC crises will be randomly removed from the deck to balance it, as we are not using the Fleet Board.

4) Ship Damage will be assigned randomly from a pool containing both Battlestar damage tokens. Players will not select which ship takes the hit.

5) Personal Goals will grant a bonus action when revealing one.

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.


We will be using Cylon Attack Cards with a thinned Crisis deck, and both Personal Goals and Final Five are in use.


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:

Sigfurd - Declined
codemonkey0 - IN
hypertheorist - IN
XP105 - IN
desonos - IN
dezzmont - IN

Alternates:

vorpalgens - Not Required
Adria - IN
jlc2 - Not Required
 
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In as an alternate. robot

This should be the last week of being super crazy busy - the holidays are done, and the kitchen renos will be done by Saturday (need to be ready for game day!).
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I am 9000% in! Hopefully we can actually try to do some Bond style RP this time around!

Proposed houserule of banning Cain.

Also, perhaps a gentleman's agreement not to use Cultar, or an agreement to not have an agreement. A lot of the cast really depend on their OPGs to be cohesive characters and Cultar just creates a really unfun picking meta. If people really wanna give him a spin that is fine, but I prefer to know if he is 'on the menu' before selecting characters.
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I ban Cain in Kobol and IN games, but tend to allow her in Earth games due to the longer distance balancing her broken OPG. We'll put it to a vote, though.

Oh, I did forget to add to the house rules...

If Cain is not banned, I'll be making her OPG a true blind jump. The top destination will be buried before her OPG takes effect. If Pilot Helo is in the game also, the top 2 destinations will be buried instead. I'll add this to the opening posts.
 
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I'm in.

As regards Alt-Baltar and Cain, I have no strong opinions on this matter as I haven't seen either of them played.
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I’m in. And have no intention of picking Cultar or Cain
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I'm in; I say people pick the broken-ass characters they like, and truely blind jump is good.

As for other rules, truly random damage (one big pool with galactica and peggy)?
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I'm in; I say people pick the broken-ass characters they like, and truely blind jump is good.

As for other rules, truly random damage (one big pool with galactica and peggy)?


Ooooh. That’s an interesting one. Sure, I’ll second that
 
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Hi! I'm in, super excited to join! This will be my first PBF game, but I've read through a few threads, so I hope I have a decent idea of what's up and will try not to slow things down.
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Adria wrote:
In as an alternate. robot

This should be the last week of being super crazy busy - the holidays are done, and the kitchen renos will be done by Saturday (need to be ready for game day!).


Things I'll do to play with a friend meeple

Checking in if needed
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Ok, that's our 6 players. Sigfurd has declined so Adria is in. Thanks for checking in vorpalgens, I'm sure another game will open soon.

Ok, time to throw up a poll for the game options. We'll be voting on whether to use the Fleet Board or Attack Cards, on which Conflicted Loyalties options to use, and also on the 2 proposed House Rules (Banning Cain, and the random damage rule).

Note that I don't give you an option of saying "I don't mind", as I find that give several useless votes taht tell me nothing. I make you pick a side

In the case of a tied situation, I'll have the deciding vote. And I have been known to let the GeekRoller decide for me in the past..... devil

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

Poll: Game Options
1. Cylon Fleet Board or Cylon Attack Cards?
Cylon Fleet Board
Cylon Attack Cards
2. Conflicted Loyalties? Vote for whichever topion you want to play with. If you want to play with both, select both of the options. If you don't want to use either, only vote for 'Neither'
Personal Goals
Final Five
Neither
3. Ban Cain? Remember that even if she's not banned, she'll be house ruled to nerf her OPG.
Yes, ban her
No, allow her
4. Random Damage rule? That is, the Galactica and Pegasus damage tokens will be combined into one pile, and there will be no choosing which ship to damage.
Yes
No
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Hi! I'm in, super excited to join! This will be my first PBF game, but I've read through a few threads, so I hope I have a decent idea of what's up and will try not to slow things down.


Welcome to PBF. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
 
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And now on to Character Selection.

codemonkey0 - 1d100 = (65) = 65
hypertheorist - 1d100 = (32) = 32
XP105 - 1d100 = (92) = 92
desonos - 1d100 = (35) = 35
dezzmont - 1d100 = (4) = 4
Adria - 1d100 = (31) = 31

Play order is

XP105
codemonkey0
desonos
hypertheorist
Adria
dezzmont

XP105 is up first and has pick of the board. I will request that if anyone has intentions of picking Cain, please wait until we have confirmation that she isn't banned before selecting your character. You may also wait for the result of any of the other polls before choosing your character, if you wish.
 
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Question about the poll in re Conflicted Loyalties: to play with both Final Five and Personal Goals do they both have to get equal votes and beat out Neither Option?
 
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hypertheorist wrote:
Question about the poll in re Conflicted Loyalties: to play with both Final Five and Personal Goals do they both have to get equal votes and beat out Neither Option?


Ooh, another optional rule - bonus action after revealing a PG?
 
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I’m 85% sure of who I want to play, but I’d like to wait for the result of the polls first, if that’s alright?
 
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Okay. Athena it is!
 
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I second the houserule that personal goals give a free action. They have the unfortunate reality that their biggest hit to the humans is they are just action eaters at a phase of the game where actions getting eaten isn't fun.

Also, I voted for CAC assuming we would thin the deck slightly of non CACs to account for their reduced density in the deck in an all expansions game. If that isn't possible due to the oh so Cylon spreadsheet, I would like my vote to be counted as CFB.
 
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Also, I voted for CAC assuming we would thin the deck slightly of non CACs to account for their reduced density in the deck in an all expansions game.


This. I think there should be a way to do it - ask Mawkee? You might just be able to randomly mark 20-30 of them as from Revalations.
 
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hypertheorist wrote:
Question about the poll in re Conflicted Loyalties: to play with both Final Five and Personal Goals do they both have to get equal votes and beat out Neither Option?

No. We'll use whichever modules get to 4 votes, meaning more than half of the players want to use them. So if one gets to 4 and the other to 5, we use both. If one gets to 4 and the other to 3, we only use the one that got to 4. AS it stands, it looks like we will be using Final Five, and we're just waiting on the last person to vote to see whether Personal Goals are in.

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I second the houserule that personal goals give a free action. They have the unfortunate reality that their biggest hit to the humans is they are just action eaters at a phase of the game where actions getting eaten isn't fun.

Also, I voted for CAC assuming we would thin the deck slightly of non CACs to account for their reduced density in the deck in an all expansions game. If that isn't possible due to the oh so Cylon spreadsheet, I would like my vote to be counted as CFB.


I hjave been meaning to try this rule out, actually, so If CACs are used, I will be randomly removing 30 Non-CAC crises from the deck before we start. If this late ruling means you wish to change your vote one way or the other, please let me know ASAP.

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hypertheorist wrote:
Question about the poll in re Conflicted Loyalties: to play with both Final Five and Personal Goals do they both have to get equal votes and beat out Neither Option?


Ooh, another optional rule - bonus action after revealing a PG?


Looks like its time for another poll

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And in the middle of all this, XP105 did pick Athena.

codemonkey0, you may pick any non-CL character. It looks like Cain will be allowed in her nerfed state, so she may be picked by anyone.
 
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I will pick Military Zarek.



Earth. You mean Adama was serious?

What the hell is "sort of" supposed to mean?

Alright. Let's see where this is headed.

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Going to try...



...once again. Played him last time and immediately messed it up as a Cylon. Maybe this time I'll actually play his character a bit!
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