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This is the 321st Play-By-Forum Battlestar Galactica game. It will follow the format established by ColtsFan76. It will be a 5-player Pegasus game, heading for Kobol, without Cylon Leader.

Players

This game is by invitation only. The waiting list is being maintained at the BSG PBF Wiki.

The players are:
al_fredo
Zeller
l33tspaniard
Sunchaser
nmarlowe062

Rule changes

If Cain is amongst the crew, her OPG will be the "Really Blind Jump": the jump will be to the second destination from the top, the first being buried.

Playing notes

The regulations of the game are pretty much as in all the other threads. If this is your first BSG PBF game, please read through at least one of the previous games to get a feeling for how it is done.

Some particular notes for those taking part (you can find more notes and tips on nbergom's geeklist Tips and Tricks of BSG PBF):

1) Subscribe to this thread.

2) Please, login at least once a day, preferably more. As this is a European game, you might expect most players to have some time in the evenings. Logging on at least twice in the evening would probably do a lot to keep the game moving. Note that I have a 24-hour rule in place: when it is your turn to act, I expect you to respond within 24 hours; if not, then I am going to take measures, which may lead to seeking a replacement if your absence was unannounced. If you are going to be offline for longer stretches of time (and that is totally acceptable), please tell us in the thread (or me by geekmail), and we can pause the game if necessary.

3) All players must have their own copies of the game as I am only going to publish card titles (this is an FFG request).

4) Private communication will be by geekmail between me and particular players, all other communication will be by posting in this thread. Please start your geekmail subject line with "BSG 321" and your character name.

5) To speed up the game, please use Conditional Orders (i.e., geekmail me what you will do if certain circumstances arise). CO's are particularly useful for interrupts, such as Evasive Maneuvers. I am going to assume some standard CO's are in place (see below). Note that I prefer not to get "public CO's" until all Cylons are known.

6) Please use the following posting conventions:
- Normal text for discussions.
- Italics for flavor texts.
- Bold for in-game moves and actions. I won't process any decisions/actions unless bolded in the thread or I receive them by geekmail.

7) Please, make clear in each post who your character is by posting a banner at the top of your post. Great banners created by DukeOfEarl are available here (use the "medium" option to display them). If you find using a banner is too much of a hassle (or you are on your phone), at least list your character name (preferably in bold) at the top of your post.

8) For flavor, a useful selection of character pictures is hosted on this geeklist by GerryRailBaron, though by all means provide your own if you wish. Easy, quick links to the items on Gerry's geeklist are provided here.

9) Please do not post any (big) spoilers for the television series in the thread.

Standard Conditional Orders

To keep the game flowing at a reasonable speed, I am going to assume that the following standard conditional orders are in place:

- No player will use Strategic Planning, Evasive Maneuvers, or Calculations to help the Cylon cause.
- No player will use a Strategic Planning on a scouting roll, unless there are two or fewer raptors available.
- If a scout is launched without mention of which deck to scout, the target will be the Crisis Deck.
- Evasive Maneuvers will be used to save a viper from damage or destruction: (a) when the viper gets destroyed; (b) when the viper is manned; (c) when it is the last viper that protects a civilian in a sector; (d) when there are two or fewer undamaged vipers left. No EM will played in other cases. In general, I will automatically play the lowest-valued EM, giving preference to cards from the pilot of a viper that gets damaged. If there is still a choice, I will choose the one closest in playing order to the current player.
- If a check is failed by 1 or 2, Declare Emergency will not be played unless an explicit CO is given to that effect (note that you can give me a general CO that you want to use DEs on skill checks to save them).
- No player will use his OPG before the sleeper-agent phase has hit.
- Adama will not use his OPG, unless he announces (by GM or in the thread) that he wants to decide on it after the current skill check.
- Chief will not use his OPG, unless he announces (by GM or in the thread) that he wants to decide on it at the end of the current skill check.
- Starbuck will not use her OPG on a crisis; however, I will wait for a decision on her OPG if (a) it is after the sleeper-agent phase; and (b) the crisis is an assault and the jump track is in the red, or it is a crisis that might cost humanity the game. Any further crises that she wants me to wait on, she has to let me know by GM.
- Helo will not use his OPG; however, I will wait for a decision on his OPG if (a) it is after the sleeper-agent phase; and (b) the decision on a crisis is made by a revealed or soft-revealed Cylon.
- Helo will use his ECO ability to reroll a die that harms humanity.

All these conditional orders hold for all players, whether they are human or hidden Cylon. However, as soon as someone has clearly soft-revealed as a Cylon, I will no longer hold them to these CO's. But you best let me know explicitly by GM that you no longer want to follow them, as we might not agree on what "soft-revealing" means. Of course, if you want to stick to completely different CO's altogether, just give them to me.

As for OPGs, as you can see from the CO's above I will not wait for them unless I have a reason to. That reason might be that someone brings it up in the thread. So, if one player wants another to consider using their OPG, they don't have to hope that the other player will give a timely command to that effect: they can simply announce in the thread that they want that other player to consider using their OPG, and I will then halt the game at the appropriate time.

Acknowledgments

My thanks to Orphius, whose spreadsheets I am using to mod this game.

My previously moderated games are:
BSG 101 - Mockingbird
BSG 123 - Blue Dragon
BSG 146 - Wake Up and Smell the Tylium
BSG 153 - Idus Martii
BSG 180 - Bull's Eye
BSG 192 - Cylon Breakfast
BSG 205 - Astro Farm
BSG 222 - Tea For Two
BSG 240 - Two For Tea
BSG 249 - Battlestar Lollipop
BSG 273 - Absolute Zero
BSG 287 - Cylons in the Library
BSG 293 - Battlestar Evangelista
BSG 309 - Special Occasion
 
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You might have skipped the wall of text above, but please let me point out the new item that I have added: The Standard Conditional Orders. The previous game I modded was rather slow, and I had to install these during that game to keep the pace, which helped a bit. So, form now on, I want to use these standard CO's for all the games I mod (I know that many mods already do something like this). If you do not agree with the CO's, simply give me other ones by GM: it is always possible to craft your own set of CO's.
 
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Thanks for the invite, but I'm holding out for a base game this time out
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OK, thanks for letting me know. That means the first alternate is in if he accepts.

That also means that the chance is high that we get in a game together, by the way
 
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I'm actually in BSG 319 but I suppose forgot to take my name off the waiting list.

I appreciate the invite and thanks for the heads up. Good luck.
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OK, thanks for the message.
 
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Accept!!
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Ready and waiting, Cap'n!
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Thanks for the invite, I hope I can get in for a good ol' Pegasus game.
If not, Merry Xmas to everyone.
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Thanks for the invite. I would normally accept, but I'm trying to see if I can get into a game with my friends who are right next to me on the waiting list - Boson Michael and webspyder.
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Thanks. This means alternates are in if they accept. Zeller, welcome!

I will invite some new alternates.
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Thanks for the invite!
I'm in.
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Thanks and welcome! I am not sure whether watshisname08 will accept. He declined BSG 320, but without explicit reasons, so I invited him. I suspect he will decline though. I have still one alternate open; if he accepts, we start tomorrow afternoon the latest; if he declines, I'll invite yet another one.
 
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I would very much like to join the game, but I want to make sure everyone else is ok with it. I've played the base game once with some friends and we made all kinds of mistakes. And I've never played by forum, so a lot of the concepts will be double new to me.

I don't want to hinder anyone's enjoyment, but if nobody objects to a newbie in the game, I'm in. I will take no offense to anyone who is opposed to me being in this one, so please speak up.

Thanks for the invite!
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I think I only played two or three FtF games before my first PBF, so I see no problem with you joining.
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Neil, playing a PBF game is actually good way to learn. If you have any questions during the game, you can ask me by GM. As long as you own the Pegasus module and know (most of) the rules, you should be fine. It might be a good idea for you to read through one of the Pegasus PBF games, if you have not already done so.
 
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I'll give wathisname08 until tomorrow beginning afternoon to respond. If he does not respond by then, Neil is in and we start.
 
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Flyboy Connor wrote:
Neil, playing a PBF game is actually good way to learn.


This is exactly why I signed up for the waiting list!

Thank you for the encouragement. I look forward to playing if you need an alternate. Reading through a game now and I do own the Pegasus expansion.
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We all have been newbies once, I don't see that as a reason to bar someone from playing. Maybe you could read the rules again to make sure you got everything - at least in theory. Apart from that, I'm looking forward to playing with you.

Edit: my first ever PBF game consisted entirely of first-timers, even the Mod! We got along pretty well and enjoyed the game.
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As luck would have it, I am on vacation all next week and will have plenty of time to devote.
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As 24 hours have passed (or just about have passed), and I can spare 15 minutes at the moment, we start the game with Neil as fifth player.

First I roll for player order:
al_fredo - 1d100 = (98) = 98
l33tspaniard - 1d100 = (72) = 72
Sunchaser - 1d100 = (30) = 30
Zeller - 1d100 = (83) = 83
nmarlowe062 - 1d100 = (26) = 26

This means player order is:

al_fredo
Zeller
l33tspaniard
Sunchaser
nmarlowe062


That fits well, with nmarlowe062 at the end he can observe how the game is being played before he takes his turn.

al_fredo, it is up to you to select your character! You can pick any character from the Base game or Pegasus, except a Cylon Leader. Note that if you pick Cain, her OPG has been changed.

Anyone but al_fredo: if you want to specify your initial draw with your character, that's fine. If you want to postpone that until after you have seen your loyalty card (or cards), that's fine too. You can also give CO's with respect to your character choice, but I can imagine you first want to see who is selected by the players before you.

Note to all players: if you have not yet subscribed to this thread, please do so now.
 
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Let's start the drinking!!!

Taking Ellen Tigh! Haven't played her yet, so here we go!
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Let's get rolling!
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l33tspaniard, Military or Support for you.
 
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Wait, what? Ellen is back? I thought she was gone on some sort of "Martini Weekend" with her friend from the lower decks. Y'know, the one with the tan and the speedo who works on the FTL drive. Yes, he always wears a speedo when he works. It gets hot down there. Why are you laughing at me? I'm sure it's perfectly innocent. Oh, gods, I don't think I have enough booze for this.



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