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Introductions: Buds and Bud Light

Last night we got together for a classic game of BSG. Two of the people had never played before, and two others had only played once, so I decided to just go with the base game. The only elements from the expansion I used were the plastic basestars and the Cylon location layover.

I had asked Jeff to pick up a twelve-pack of domestic on his way over, since I thought it would be nice if we had some beer. Jeff instead picked up a 24-pack of Bud Light, Mike brought a twelve-pack of PBR longnecks, and Scott brought a sixer of Miller High Life. I remember thinking: "Huh. That’s a lot of beer."

I explained the rules to the new players as quickly as I could, because Jeff was already working his way through the PBR like there was a prize at the bottom. Then we chose characters:

The players (in play order):
Tom Zarek (Mike)
Galen Tyrol (Nate)
Lee Adama (Scott)
Helo (Phil)
Saul Tigh (Jeff)

I’d like to point out that we started with Admiral Saul Tigh and President Tom Zarek. We had a drunk Admiral, a corrupt president, and the rest of our military staff was either on Caprica with the Cylons, or inexperienced (it was Scott’s first time). And, of course, there was me, the knuckle dragger. With such a hopeless crew, is it possible that someone as low in station as Galen Tyrol could help safely guide hopeless humanity to its destiny?

Sure. I could already imagine them building my statue when we arrived at... wherever we were going.

I dealt out the loyalty cards, and everybody read their cards as we slowly counted to ten. Then I invited the players to look at each other, and consider the possibility that there were as many as two cylons.

“But do not consider for too long, friends, for we are already in peril!"

Then I placed the starting setup basestars and raiders (I like to do this last, to create the proper tension).

There was a moment of ominous silence as the players surveyed their doom, molded in finely sculpted three-dimensional plastic (thanks FFG!).

Then there was the wet kiss of Jeff opening another bottle of PBR.

Frak, was he really on his third beer already?

Things weren’t looking good for the humans.


Act I: Slow Ride, Don't Take It Easy.

The first jump cycle seemed to last forever. I know for a fact that we drew at least twelve crisis cards, two of them cylon fleet cards, before we hit the auto-jump. Morale took a hit early in the game as we forced prisoners to harvest food (I can’t remember the name of this crisis card). On my advice, the president stayed out of the fight, focusing on drawing yellow skill cards and quorum cards. As Tyrol, I fired the guns at a basestar and fixed up locations as they got damaged. Lee Adama burned his once-per-game ability early in order to toast an oncoming cylon heavy raider. Help finally showed up from Caprica, and hopped into a viper himself. It was chaos out there, but we weren’t losing civilians ships, and our viper casualties were fairly low. Still by the time we made that first jump, it seemed like every resource dial had taken a hit.

In the midst of the chaos, President Tom Zarek was given an opportunity to look at Lee Adama’s loyalty card. The president declared our golden boy as human as they come, and I was glad. I decided that, if nothing else, Lee Adama was probably not a cylon, since if Lee was a cylon, then it would mean that President Zarek was necessarily a cylon (since why would a human lie), and since the odds of those particular two both being cylons in the first half of the game (when half the loyalty cards were still unrevealed) were low, I felt fairly confident that Lee was a human.

When I explained this to Admiral Saul Tigh, he only stared at me, glassy eyed, and took another swig.

I remember being frustrated at that moment. I’ve played this game before with people who thought that being Saul Tigh was an invitation to their own private kegger. And I’ve seen drunk people screw up this game for the humans, and it sucks. But it didn’t seem to make that much difference--with Saul’s negative ability, Jeff would spend much of the game with zero skill cards as it was.

When we finally made our first jump, the admiral choose a "2" destination (-1 fuel, -1 morale). Not great, but not that bad, either.

Gods, were we only one fourth of the way there?


Act II: It's called the Sleeper Phase, Jeff, not the Passed Out Phase.

The PBR was gone, and the empty bottles sat in a crowd on the floor beside Jeff’s ankles, so that every time he got up to go to the bathroom (which was fairly frequently by now), he would knock them over. We were about to enter the Sleeper Phase, but first, Jeff was on a smoke break, because one form of substance abuse just wasn’t enough for the admiral.

We were at "4" distance, and things weren’t looking good. Every resource except population was riding the red line. I was fairly confident that there weren’t any cylons in the first half, and that all our sorrow could be blamed on poor play and poorer luck and a drunk frakkin’ admiral.

But now that the loyalty cards were all handed out, I could be confident that there were cylons out there, too. (Incidentally, I wasn’t a cylon, though at that point I kind of wished I was).

Now, before I recount the decision that doomed us all, let me recount two specific incidents that spring to mind, both regarding our pilots (I know Helo isn’t technically a pilot, but he draws red cards, and that’s what’s significant).

First Incident: It had been a long time since we had drawn a crisis card with a jump icon. It was Helo’s turn, and with little else to do, I suggested that he launch a scout, and try to check out the upcoming crisis. He did so, made the roll, and looked at the top card. Then he pronounced, "we don’t want this," and buried it under the deck. And I remember thinking--no, feeling--that he had just buried a card with a jump icon, and I remember realizing with a terrible clarity the possibility that our Johnny-come-lately Helo was a cylon. But the next crisis card had a jump icon, too, so my suspicions were lost in relief.

Second Incident: Shortly after we handed out the sleeper phase loyalty cards, I was explaining that if you get a "You are a Cylon" card, it overrides the "You are not a Cylon" card you might have had previously, and if you have both Cylon cards, you get to pass one of those off if you reveal, etc. etc. Suddenly, Lee turned to me and asked, "If you originally had a ‘You are a Cylon’ card, and you drew a ‘You are not a Cylon’ card during the sleeper phase, what are you?"

And I said: "You’re still a cylon."

And I thought: "HOLY FRAK, YOU’RE STILL A CYLON!"

But if he was a cylon, and had been before the sleeper phase, then president Zarek...

No, it couldn’t be.

Could it?

The point is, both of these observations came to a head when we were totaling strength from a crisis--green and yellow was good, red (piloting) was definitely bad.

One red card pops up. Meh, it could have been the destiny deck.

A second red card pops up. Maybe it isn’t the destiny deck...

A third red card pops up. Third time’s a charm, if by "charm" you mean "traitorous cylon pilot bastard."

So there it is: one of our pilots is a cylon. It’s either Lee or Helo. If it’s Lee, I think Zarek’s a cylon, too, since I don’t think Lee drew a cylon card during the sleeper phase. If it’s Helo, then that means my suspicion about his "launch scout" was on the money. I don’t think it could be both of them, because of the "Zarek investigated Lee" angle.

The conversation grows heated. Zarek and Lee are accusing Helo. Helo is accusing Zarek and Lee. Saul Tigh has a look of bleary-eyed horror, as if someone just told him he made out with a kathoey.

But there’s little that can be done at the moment. Soon a "Sleep Deprivation" crisis card sends both pilots to the sickbay. Now it’s my turn. Lee immediately follows me, then Helo. I have the power to drop an executive order one of the pilots to get him out of the sickbay.

One of the pilots is a cylon, and one of them is a human. It’s like Sophie’s choice, but not really.

Now I have a tradition in this game of ignoring my gut, and then paying for it. I’m always the one saying "It’s possible he’s not a cylon," when it’s clear to everyone that he is. This time, I’m going to follow my gut, and my gut says Lee and Zarek are the cylons, and have been for the whole game.

What pushed me to this was watching Lee after those three piloting cards were revealed. He got the strangest smile on his face, and he started acting really, really weird. Zarek defended him, but I told Zarek: "Look, I get it. You’re a very good liar. So you lied for Lee. But Lee’s a terrible liar, and now you’re anchored to this obvious cylon. I pity you, dude. But you’re a cylon, and so is Lee, and you’re both going down, no matter how drunk the admiral is."

I think Tigh forced open his eyes long enough to nod approvingly at this statement.

So now, confident in my gut, I dropped the executive order on Helo.

“Move to the admiral’s quarters," I suggested. "Let’s brig these skinjob frakkers."

Helo nodded, moved to the admiral’s quarters, and then showed me a card containing a picture of a man who was not human.

“I’m a cylon, dude," he said, and two strategic sections of the ship exploded (including the admiral’s quarters). He received his Cylon Super Crisis card with glee, and why not? He was going to get to play it in just two turns.

I was the most sober human at the table, and I had completely screwed us.


Act III: Last Call

Things had not gone well in the wake of Helo’s betrayal. We had managed to beat the super crisis card, but had failed several other challenges. We were only at 6 distance, and down to 1 fuel. Morale and food were both low. We had narrowly avoided being boarded by centurions, only by forcing a jump at -3 population.

Unfortunately, Scott, who was playing Lee, had to leave before the game was over. We argued over the most fair way to deal with this, and then finally decided we would reveal his loyalty cards. If he was a cylon, Helo would take over his character. If he was a human, we would roll for it, and the high roller would take over his character (yes, this allowed for a 1 in 3 three chance that a cylon would be controlling a human, effectively making it 3 cylons v. 2 humans, but it was the best solution we could come up with).

Fortunately, I rolled an 8, and took control of Apollo. By this point, Zarek had convinced me of his innocence, and this left only one possibility.

Saul Tigh was a cylon.

Our Admiral was a cylon.

Our President was a cylon. (Did I mention that Saul Tigh took the presidency by force? Yeah, he did.)

But we managed to brig Saul, and so Apollo became admiral. Then, due to a misplayed move by Helo, a crisis forced Saul to give up the presidency, so he gave it to Tyrol. Sulkily, Saul revealed in the brig and joined Helo. The humans were back in control of their fate again.

And what a fate it was: running on fumes, hungry and despairing. We moved fast. As president, I assigned the "Mission Specialist" quorum card to Zarek, thinking that our only hope lay in getting a destination card that either gave us fuel or at least didn’t cost any. We pushed through to the next jump, and Zarek looked at the three destination cards.

There was only one possibility: a card that allowed us to risk a raptor to gain some fuel.

Unfortunately, the hangar was empty. (Did I mention we’d burned through all our raptors? Yeah, we did.)

It’s funny, because I could remember saying before, "Don’t worry about raptors, we almost never run out of those."

Unable to risk a raptor, our fuel gauge dropped to empty. The remnants to humanity pulled over to the side of the road, defeated.

The cylons rose to their feet in a cheer of victory.

At least, Tigh tried to rise to his feet. Then he stumbled sideways, and knocked over the PBR bottles surrounding his ankles.

His joy seemed undiminished.


Wrap Up: Closing Time

As it turns out, both Helo and Saul had been cylons from the start. Phil, as it turned out, was a very good liar.

And Jeff?

Yeah, Jeff was drunk. Drunk like a fox.

And me, Mr. Sobriety (okay, I drank three or four beers) had tanked the game for all of us. I had handed victory into the hands of the booze-soaked cylons. They were building a statue of me in hell.

I will say this: I don’t like cylons, but what I really hate, what I DESPISE with all the depths of my soul, is a innocent human who can’t act innocent. Lee was acting really, really strange after those red cards popped up. You’re a human, dude. Just act like one. You know why it’s so easy for Jeff to act like a drunk jackass? Because that’s what he is. You’re innocent. That’s what you are. Act like it.

Rant aside, I think the evening was successful--aside from the premature departure of Scott, which kind of threw off the dynamic of the game because it proved Apollo’s innocence. Ultimately, though, the cylons still conquered, so I don’t think they can complain too much.

As we packed up, Mike--who had played for the first time--declared his love for the game. He also declared that what had happened was indicative of the entire social dynamic between Jeff, Phil, and Mike (they were roommates).

We tossed the empties in the recycling, packed up the game, and called it a night. Playing time had been about four hours, but we had been moving pretty slowly.

I collapsed into bed and immediately fell into a deep slumber. I woke up this morning before my alarm went off, and laid in bed, drifting in the gossamer twilight between dreams and the waking world.

On the bedside table, my cell phone suddenly beeped. I rolled over, and saw that I had a text message from Jeff. It read simply:

“I got a saul tigh hangover"


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Awesome. I've read all of your other BSG session reports 3 or 4 times, and this one is easily on par with the rest. Well done, sir!
 
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Admittedly, I thought Lee was a cylon when you said he burned his once a game ability early - for what? Killing off a heavy raider or two? Bah. That's a bit wasteful.
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Eldil wrote:
I will say this: I don’t like cylons, but what I really hate, what I DESPISE with all the depths of my soul, is a innocent human who can’t act innocent. Lee was acting really, really strange after those red cards popped up. You’re a human, dude. Just act like one. You know why it’s so easy for Jeff to act like a drunk jackass? Because that’s what he is. You’re innocent. That’s what you are. Act like it.


Man I here ya. Last game I played with my friends. My buddy Jim got the ability to look at my loyalty card. I was not a cylon yet he felt the need to tell everyone I was. Okay that it a pretty sure sign that he was a Cylon. Turns out he wasn't. He's just a bitch. He was mad because a little earlier in the game me and another player had thought he might be a Cylon and so "Since you guys think I am a Cylon anyways I am gonna screw you all over"

Now I love Jim dearly, he is a good friends. But he is a bit of a drama queen. Needless to say I don't plan to play BSG with him again.
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"It’s like Sophie’s choice, but not really."

One of the funniest session report lines ever.
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Beer and Battlestar...I'll have to try it. Nice report!
 
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I can't believe you haven't tried it. Battlestar has that night mix between party game and board game that really seems to mix well with drinking. As long as known gets plastered the game is still pretty playable will members of the group partake.
 
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robf wrote:
"It’s like Sophie’s choice, but not really."

One of the funniest session report lines ever.


I'm guessing the OP reads Penny Arcade...
 
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nilus wrote:
Eldil wrote:
I will say this: I don’t like cylons, but what I really hate, what I DESPISE with all the depths of my soul, is a innocent human who can’t act innocent. Lee was acting really, really strange after those red cards popped up. You’re a human, dude. Just act like one. You know why it’s so easy for Jeff to act like a drunk jackass? Because that’s what he is. You’re innocent. That’s what you are. Act like it.


Man I here ya. Last game I played with my friends. My buddy Jim got the ability to look at my loyalty card. I was not a cylon yet he felt the need to tell everyone I was. Okay that it a pretty sure sign that he was a Cylon. Turns out he wasn't. He's just a bitch. He was mad because a little earlier in the game me and another player had thought he might be a Cylon and so "Since you guys think I am a Cylon anyways I am gonna screw you all over"

Now I love Jim dearly, he is a good friends. But he is a bit of a drama queen. Needless to say I don't plan to play BSG with him again.


This happened briefly in my first game. 3-players. Starbuck was able to view Saul Tigh's loyalty cards from a crisis. Prior to doing so he was eager to win the crisis and Saul accused him of being a cylon saying, "you just want to win the crisis becase you are a cylon, and want to accuse somebody else."

Starbuck got a really goofy grin on his face but didn't say anything. Then after winning the crisis and viewing Saul's card he again didn't say anything. I told him he was allowed to accuse, but didn't have to, and he said "Oh, its a cylon"

For a brief moment an argument ensued and I believed Starbuck was the cylon, or maybe not. I was confused.

But it was all resolved quickly when Saul revealed on the next turn.
 
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jsciv wrote:
robf wrote:
"It’s like Sophie’s choice, but not really."

One of the funniest session report lines ever.


I'm guessing the OP reads Penny Arcade... :)


I do. Please don't tell them I'm stealing their jokes.

Incidentally, that link's only going to be relevant until tomorrow.
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Very entertaining report indeed.
 
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Eldil wrote:
jsciv wrote:
robf wrote:
"It’s like Sophie’s choice, but not really."

One of the funniest session report lines ever.


I'm guessing the OP reads Penny Arcade...


I do. Please don't tell them I'm stealing their jokes.

Incidentally, that link's only going to be relevant until tomorrow.
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/10/7/
 
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This comment may or may not be late to the party, but I think people role-playing suspicion for fun is half the fun of the game. I was President Baltar. I knew with my once-per-game that Starbuck was the only Toaster (Cylon). Did that keep me from using my quorum card to try to give the revealed sympathizer the Admiral title? Of course not! Humans won, but I still think that single act made the game twice as much fun.
 
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CitizenFry wrote:
Beer and Battlestar...I'll have to try it. Nice report!


Rename the game:

"Beerstar Galactica" .
 
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