I am a BSG fan, ever since watching the original series to the relaunched one. I had BSG sitting in my closet for about six months and just never really felt the desire to crack it open. Now, I did buy it because of the reviews on BGK so I thought I would give it a shot. About four weeks ago I was going to sell it on eBay as I thought I would never play it. The rules are about 30 or so pages long and it just felt like it was going to be one of those long, confusing games.
There was a recent gaming convention in Salt Lake City that I attended with the hopes of playing the game. Luckily, it was the first game I played. There were six of us total and I was psyched one of the guys knew the rules very well. He basically said, yeah it looks daunting but its really quite easy.
And so it begins:
The rules took about 30 minutes or so to explain (or so it seemed). There was quite a bit to cover with all but one of us who were new to the game. But it went fairly quick and it seemed to make sense. I don't want to give a complete thumb threw each point of the rules as there are plenty of other posts that do that but here is a brief overview.
Summary of Game:
You work as a team to travel to a planet to be safe from the Cylons (the bad guys). There are multiple ways for you to loose but the kicker is that there may be a TRAITOR among the players! The cylon traitor works secretly to "screw" the team and when the moment is right he reveals and gains pretty amazing powers to further complicate what seems to be a no-win situation for the good guys.
Each player gets to be a certain character with unique skills. Two characters also represent a president and admiral allowing them certain in-game perks. Loyalty cards are given out at the beginning of the game to see who is really a human and who is a cylon traitor!
What happens in a turn:
Each turn is quick!! You basically, draw some cards, move to a location, play some cards and/or perform specific actions. For example, you may want to go to a location called Fire control to help shoot down cylon raiders (bad guy ships). You then draw a crisis card. This card is typically very nasty and requires the team to work together to complete the "mission". If the team fails, big bad things happen and it adds further problems to the beleaguered team. For example, one card may say 10, pass(no effect), fail = lose 5 food. The team needs to come up with cards equaling or exceeding 10. There is a "neutral" card pool that contributes two secret cards and the cylon can play cards to lower the total sum so the mission fails. What I love is that the mechanic makes it so no one knows who plays what cards thus preserving the cylon traitors secrecy.
Some other things that happen in a turn:
Battles, accusations, food shortages, throwing people in the brig, and so on!
Should you buy the game?
First let me say, if you never watched the show DON'T worry. You don't need to know anything about the show to play this game.
and YES. In fact a HUGE YES. BUY THIS GAME. I had such an amazing time playing this game over the weekend. The turns are fast, it plays somewhat fast, and the intrigue and suspense keep the interest flowing. I am so happy I did not sell my copy of the game as its a gem among games.
I just played this game with a six year old, eight year old and my wife (I was dying to play again). They all got it and played remarkably well. They very much all enjoyed the game and we still talk about how clever my six-year old was with not tipping her hand that she was the cylon!
I had a blast with six players and four. The game may be doable with 3 but not two.
Why you should get the game:
1. Great conversation game
2. Plays and sets up quick
3. Turns are fast
4. Strategy, intrigue, diplomacy, betrayal, action, crisis management, resource allocation, team work all fit in here
5. GREAT mechanics!
6. Fun pieces
7. Lots of options
8. Huge replayabilty - TONS of ways to lose only one way to win! Its a fun challenge
Thanks to Andrew at Salt Con for running the game and to all those who played. I played shadows over camelot, chaos in the old world, bellicose, and spys and spooks. By far this one took the prize as most enjoyable. (Ill be writing a review of the other games in the coming weeks).
I can't wait to play this game and now that my family knows how to play its just going to get better and better.
Game play 10/10
Fun factor 10/10
Component quality 9/10
Time to play 9/10
Final score 9.5/10 (its been a while since I played such a great game)
Edit - I do want to give a score to the rules. Now, I was taught the game by a very experienced player so I was lucky that way. I will say the rulebook is a bit daunting so if you can find someone to teach you to play thats the best bet. My second game, I occassionaly had to reference some rules but the game is so simple in play (thats not a bad thing) that it was very easy to remember how to play the game. I think FF should have done a tad bit better in how they organize/present the rules (I did some read through trys, but it just wasnt jiving with me when I had attempted to read the rules)...with that I give the rules presenation a 6/10, but keep the game at 9.5!
- Last edited Mon Mar 1, 2010 7:01 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Mon Mar 1, 2010 2:33 am
I am very interessted in this game. How long did it take to play?
My first game took 2.5 hours about (about .5 for the rules explanation).
My second game took about the same as well. Figure in about 30 minutes of rules explanation per game. I can see the game going 1.5 with experienced players. I know the .5 hours of rules explanation may seem like a long time, but it goes by pretty fast.
Grab the game!!! and tell us about your experiences.
What the... How did I miss this game convention???
If you need another player I'm in the Salt Lake Area and BSG is my favorite game. If your looking for a spot in a BSG group we sometimes have one.
I enjoyed your review
Hey Justin, what part of town you at?
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