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Subject: Help me to choose SoC or BG? rss

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Jose Mock
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Hi,

A month ago I purchased A Game of Throne after 18 years without board games, I was really excited and enjoyed after my 1st session.

Please help me to decide between Battlestar Galactica and Shadows over Camelor. (We already added in our wishlist: Puerto Rico, Power Grid, In the year of dragon, Age of Empires 3)

This question is really for players who already played SoC.
I like the idea of a traitor and this kind of game will fit very very good in my group, but after researching a bit I found 2 games with the same mechanism and now I´m having hard time to decide.
 
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Are the two others you're referring to The Lord of the Rings and Pandemic?

I've owned and played the former, and I much prefer SoC as it seems you have more freedom of choice (rather than the fixed story path of LotR), and the traitor aspect is a nice feature.

Based on ratings and popular opinion, though, Pandemic is supposed to be superior to both, and I have yet to try it out.

I'm sorry that I can't comment on Battlestar Galactica (as I've never watched the show), but if you're a fan, it could be worthwhile for that reason alone.
 
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It depends what you are looking for in a game.

SoC is a great game. The traitor action can be a bit disheartening though for a new player. The game instructions actually tell you to play without the Traitor for the first few games and to not have a new player be the traitor. That kind of sets a difficult proposition for me. Also, the game is mainly a Rummy type game with players playing a set or run of cards along with an occasional magic card. There's not much pure strategy to it.

BG take a different spin. You have a possible traitor to start and then midway through the game you can get a Cylon Sympathizer as well. This interesting twist really pulls me in and captures the feeling of the show. Additionally, the cards have a bit more flavor and effect rather than just being a number like in SoC. You still are fighting invaders and such but there is a bit more to the game. The Sci-fi factor is also a determining factor in your decision.

Short answer -

SoC is a simple straight forward game that you can get many new players in if you temper the traitor element a bit.

BG is a 'deeper' game in my mind. If your group can handle A Game of Thrones then they won't have any problems handling BG. There's more strategy to this one's gameplay and once a traitor is outed they still have a significant role in the game.

Hope this helps out a bit.

 
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chindent wrote:
Are the two others you're referring to The Lord of the Rings and Pandemic?

Not really, the 2 games are BSG and SoC, because the both games have traitor elements.

TrekkerMJ wrote:
It depends what you are looking for in a game.

SoC is a great game. The traitor action can be a bit disheartening though for a new player. The game instructions actually tell you to play without the Traitor for the first few games and to not have a new player be the traitor. That kind of sets a difficult proposition for me. Also, the game is mainly a Rummy type game with players playing a set or run of cards along with an occasional magic card. There's not much pure strategy to it.

BG take a different spin. You have a possible traitor to start and then midway through the game you can get a Cylon Sympathizer as well. This interesting twist really pulls me in and captures the feeling of the show. Additionally, the cards have a bit more flavor and effect rather than just being a number like in SoC. You still are fighting invaders and such but there is a bit more to the game. The Sci-fi factor is also a determining factor in your decision.

Short answer -

SoC is a simple straight forward game that you can get many new players in if you temper the traitor element a bit.

BG is a 'deeper' game in my mind. If your group can handle A Game of Thrones then they won't have any problems handling BG. There's more strategy to this one's gameplay and once a traitor is outed they still have a significant role in the game.

Hope this helps out a bit.



Thank you very much, your last comments make me decide for BSG.

 
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Don't feel like copying and pasting, so just look at your sister thread on this subject
 
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I would have to say SoC. The reason I say this, is that the BG theme just doesnt attract me very well. I don't really watch the show, and although I like Sci-Fi I never really felt like getting into it.

Also, SoC has the Merlin company's expansion which now supports 8 players and the potential for TWO traitors. So, once you guys play through SoC many times, you can upgrade and get a newer harder and, in my opinion, better experience.

 
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