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Mike Chase
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This writeup from Mike Cribbin about another fun game of BG:

Mike Cribbin: Baltar
Mike Chase: Zarek
Steve: Boomer
Teja: Helo

Things looked good for the humans as they easily navigated through the origal Cyclon threat, jumped 1 parsec and had little or no resource loss. Little else challenged the humans and they jumped again, this time 3 parsecs.

It was then revealed that Tom Zarek was a Cylon sympathizer! He escaped in a shuttle and started harassing the humans from the safety of the Cylon territory. Meanwhile Boomer was hauled to the brig. Things started looking bad for the humans when they started failing skill challenges, though they did pass a crucial skill challenge that allowed a one parsec jump closer to Kobol. Baltar promised Boomer he'd help spring him, but after the cards were revealed there was a suspcious amount of negative cards, so Boomer remained incarcerated.

Meanwhile Cyclon basestars appeared, with raiders streaming towards the civilian ships. Baltar then went to the communications room and ordered two of the civilian ships to move TOWARDS the cylon raiders, instead of away. A political struggle ensued as Helo and Boomer struggled to get Boomer out of the brig, while Baltar used his political clout to convince the NPCs running the ship that Boomer was really the Cylon and needed to stay locked up. Helo cleverly failed a skill challenge on purpose that carries a consequence that costs another player their skill cards, and he chose the treacherous Baltar. Baltar then revealed himself as a Cylon, throwing Helo in the brig and joining Zarek in the Cylon fleet.

Things were looking grim for the humans with both human players locked in the brig, and a fleet of Cylons pounding Galactica and its vipers and civilian ships. Due to Colonial law, Baltar's abdication conferred the presidency on Helo; president Helo still retained power while in the brig, and chose to pardon Boomer with a Quorum card. Released from the brig, Boomer bought the human fleet a little time and they jumped... a risky jump that brought them 3 parsecs... but right into a Cylon attack fleet.

With one more jump to go things looked OK for the humans... Boomer got president/admiral Helo out of the brig and they were just about to make the final jump when a massive Cylon attack super crisis struck, sending back the jump timer two notches and releasing clouds of Cylon heavy raiders and raiders. Boomer heroically piloted his viper, managing to limit a near certain catastrophic loss of civilian life to only a tragic loss of civilian life. With the population count down to one, admiral Helo authorized an early jump. Using his leadership card to add +2 to the roll, the humans had a 50-50 chance of jumping. Oh no they miscalculated! A civilian ship didn't get the transmission and would have cost the humans 3 population and the game, but Helo gets to reroll once per turn so they tried again, this time with success and the humans BARELY won!!!

It was a really exciting game, we were all standing at the table for the last couple turns. There were several times it looked certain one side was going to win, only for stuff to turn around and swing the other way.
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That's quite the paragraph. To make it more readable, you might want to try breaking it up into smaller paragraphs. A gigantic block of text like that can be a pain to read, especially on a computer monitor.

Other than that, a great session report.
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