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Hey all. Had a pretty fun game the other night, so thought I'd immortalise it on these here forums. We use a custom rule that lead to quite an interesting match. Plus it was the first time we mixed the CBF with New Caprica.

It was a 6 player game, so a symp cylon was gonna show. Now, none of us like being the symp, its quite unpopular. And noone fancied being a Cylon Leader, so we currently using more or less the custom sympathiser rule found on this fine thread

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/742741/46-p-sympathizer-vari...

Basically, everyone has agendas, but you only pay it attention if you are the symp. And the symp is available from the beginning. But you don't have to reveal it immediately, if it serves your interests to stay undercover you can do so. But if you die, or reveal of your own accord, then you lose your character and become a symp as normal. We find its quite fun, thematic (why would a 'Join the Colonials' symp make it public they were a cylon?) and gives the player the whole game to focus on their agenda (unless they turn into a symp at sleeper)

Modules
- Exodus loyalty mechanic
- Pegasus
- Cylon Battle Fleet
- Custom Symp Cylon rule
- New Caprica

Players
1 - CAG Starbuck (me!)
2 - Chief Tyrol
3 - Science Officer Baltar
4 - Admiral Adama
5 - Executive Officer Gaeta
6 - President Roslin

I am not a Cylon

I'm relieved to be a human. I've been a Cylon or turned into a Cylon by another player for most of the recent bunch of games. I actually want a human victory this time. I'm used to being CAG and I know Starbuck is a great CAG, I'm determined to also get a high raider kill score. I know being reckless isn't a great strategy and I would never insist on doing stupid things that could jeopordise the human goals, but I was starbuck dammit! I wanted some glory!

Things got off to a positive start. I launched out as soon as I could, as the only pilot, I was out there protecting the civilians and escorting them. Tyrol swiftly fixed me up some shiny Mk VIIs after I had launched into space, thanks Chief, I'll make sure to use those later. All the crew work together quite well, Adama calmly evaluates each situation, also apparently determined for a human victory. We carefully analysise each crisis and pass each one and not by too much either. Our president is cautious and plays investigative commitie and preventive policies, all very human moves. Nevertheless, the people are concerned by the Presidents paranoia and reluctance to use any quorum cards, but the committes ensure we pass the easier crisis's without overshooting.

We swifty discover a Legendary Discovery. The humans are lucky I am one of them. I always wanted to use Starbucks OPG on that card, as a cylon of course! We pass the crisis by a narrow margin. We are a distance one already and we've only barely had a turn each, and we're also near the end of the jump cycle.

Suddenly, suspicious's spike as a skill check targetting our fuel is sabotaged, by a blue. Our engineers immediately come under the gaze of our Admiral. Due to card shortages, Baltar and myself couldn't put in (I only had red left), leaving Tyrol and Gaeta pleading their defenses. They had both done very human moves previously but they became very vocal in their opposition to each other. Claiming each other the toaster. Dividing the opinion on the ship. I suspect it is the Chief, he has been very quiet until now. I have a history of ignoring my instincts and missing the best chance to kill the cylon before its too late, however I am still not certain the Chief is the culprit. I needed more proof! It was my turn next..

However a large force of raiders is spotted north of the ship, next to my position guarding a Civilian with an unmanned viper. Tensions were high on the ship, but I knew we couldn't let the horde build up, that always comes back to bite us in the end. I fly into the horde of 10 raiders approaching me.

Adama orders me back
"Can't do that sir"

I rationalise my case, we can't let them build up, I get 2 actions in space as I'm fracking Starbuck! (I personally think its quite in character!) I have two maximum firepowers, I can take a bunch with me, and then we're likely to jump on my crisis and I'll get back on the ship. I CAG-order my Unmanned Viper Nugget to escort the civilian and I charge into the fray.

2 maximum firepowers later and 6 of the 10 raiders are dead. A modest victory. We pass my crisis but raiders are activated. I dodge two of the raiders but the third wings my viper and I fail to dodge. I crash land back on Galactica before she jumps. Straight into sickbay. Adama is not impressed.

Nevertheless he picks the planets and thinks long and hard. He picks a 3 distance (and a couple of jump icons) at the cost of 4 fuel! A difficult choice at such a high fuel cost! However we were full on fuel so his point could be argued, and now we've hit sleeper. In 48 minutes! A new record! Aside from fuel, things were good and hopes were high among my human brethren.

Galactica Resources
Fuel - 4, Food - 7, Morale - 9, Population - 11
Status - Undamaged
Distance to New Caprica

I am a Cylon.

I inwardly sighed at discovering my true nature. I was wrong about everything, these people were not my friends, they were my enemy, I must destroy them. Fuel is an obvious choice of target. I now feel glad that I didn't mention or hint that I could bring back fuel (I just picked up a scout for fuel), I'll hold onto this for now, it is a useful potential minus 6.

Chief goes next and points out his suspicion of Gaeta but doesn't act on it. I wonder if they are both my brothers, the other cylon and the symp. Baltar swiftly tests the Admiral, knowing the damage the Admiral can do on New Caprica. Baltar claims the Admiral to be human, the others say they potentially are both Cylons, I decide to keep my opinions to myself, let them destroy each other.

Gaeta does what Chief could not, uses political prowess and flushes Chief out of the airlock. Adama and Roslin are shocked. Chief is revealed to be human and swears revenge. Choosing Cally and a new loyalty card. Gaeta threatens to use his OPG to seize power, not a subtle move, he is now public enemy number one.

Meanwhile the enemy forces are building up, I overtly help in skill checks but subtley neglect my CAG duties, never activating a friendly unmanned viper. I waste my evasive manouevers, only saving non critical Vipers to put extra pressure on the Civilian fleets building up unguarded. I decide to appear helpful by escorting the odd civilian to safety however, its ok, I have a plan for them later.

Cally is XO'd and swifty avenges Chief by executing Gaeta. Gaeta was a Cylon. No one is surprised. Gaeta passes his other card to Adama. He makes an actual good job of putting a lot of extra suspicion on the Admiral. Adama pleads his innocence. Roslin loses all trust in Adama. Adama continues to do very positive actions on the ship. Despite this, I encourage Roslin to support me in brigging Adama.

"I'm not saying we kill the Old man, just we can't have ANY doubt he is a cylon, else he could press the "I win" button on New Caprica. We MUST at least take the admiracy off him."

Adama points out that I would be next in line for the title (he's right) and that he thinks I've been a dirty cylon all along (he's wrong... kinda).

I point out all the overtly good actions I've done, espically in skill checks (I actually haven't spiked anything yet!) And if he's not happy with me being CAG-Admiral, I can resign as CAG if it makes him feel better.

Regardless, more chaos ensures as we fail crisises and the horde builds up and I decide to play the long-game. Let Gaeta wreck havoc on the outside. If I can can appear 100% human I might be lucky and get the Admiral title! I launch into space and escort civilians. They'll be in trouble on New Caprica soon enough anyway.

I'm starting to win trust to become the new admiral and then another skill check is spiked, it appears by a red, it wasn't me, and Gaeta didn't put in!! I'm now prime suspect and I didn't even do the sabotage! I plead my innocence and continue to do helpful things. I manage to avoid getting brigged and continue to fight the good fight (but not too good)

We carry on and noone reveals or dies. Adama leads, picking decent planets, Baltar preventive policies frequently, Chief Repairs and Roslin picks crisis's with frequent jumps. The infighting has took a toll on the resources however, but we eventually land on New Caprica.

New Caprica - Resources
Fuel - 2, Food - 4, Morale - 6, Population - 8
Galactica en route

I curse my luck, I now have little chance in brigging Adama. But I have a backup plan. I'm more or less trusted again, there is a considerable horde on the CFB, ready to jump over when Galactica returns. If I can get into space as soon as possible, I can make a noble show of guarding the Civilians, asking for an XO and abadoning them all. With most of the civilians still in play, it should be enough to end the game.

We struggle on the crisis's, our Admiral refuses to lose resources over cards and as a result the humans are still struggling for cards. Except for me and a handful of red cards.

Galactica approaches ever closer and I reluctantly help fuel the ships by recieving XOs. I really hope my plan pays off or the other Cylons will mock me a lot! But disaster strikes and Roslin elects to throw me in the brig due to a crisis. I can't believe it! Is Roslin the other toaster? The symp? Did I make too good a job of appearing human? More likely that she might even be human, she makes a good case that I must have put in that red earlier.

I urge the importance of rescuing me from the brig. I'm the only pilot, they need me to guard the civilians when we try and escape! Adama says to let me rot, but Baltar believes me and plays political prowess to bust me out. I thank him heartily (sorry buddy).

Galactica returns and Adama XO's Baltar (the only person he claims to trust) into space, Baltar goes to command and sends out some Vipers to guard the civilians as they evacuate. Gaeta puts pressure on the civilians and destroy one each turn he can with occupation forces (we've already started to lose them regulary due to crisis's). Roslin grabs another quorum card and shortly afterwards is brigged. We're approaching end game. My plan B is looking less effective with less Civilian casualties and those extra unmanned vipers ruin my plans somewhat. No time to be subtle.

I go to Resistance HQ and assasinate Adama, almost with only card using my Scount for Fuel I'd be holding onto for ages! I rationalise that we can't leave any doubt he is a cylon now that Galactica is back. Adama reveals to be a full human. He returns as Colonel Tigh, eager to avenge Bill, stopping me becoming Admiral and eager to brig me. Tigh brigging Starbuck, defination of overkill. But sorry Colonel, you've got bigger problems.

My crisis targets fuel, I protest my innocence and put a large potion of red to spike it. We fail, by a lot under zero, theres even an iron will in there. Fuel and Morale are now on 1.

Cally and Baltar call me a dirty traitor. Sorry meatbags.

Despite this, the humans unite, I'm soft revealed with few cards and Gaeta is cardless and super crisis-less. They are pretty sure the symp must be human friendly. They start to pass each crisis and each Civilian starts to evacuate. Almost enough where Tigh can risk a jump, but theres a problem. Roslin is still in detention. Leaving her behind would kill the last morale.

Roslin calmly tells them not worry, she will be ok. The huge cylon horde has arrived and surrounded them, but Galactica is ready to go, all but 2 civilians ships are fueled and standing by to jump. Roslin's turn comes up.

She plays establish dogsville, -1 morale, game over. Cylons win. Even myself and Gaeta are shocked.

Roslin was the Symp Cylon, with agenda Illusion of Hope - Cylons win and humans have moved over 6 distance. It was revealed that she spiked the earlier check with a red gained from consolidate power, something we all forgot! It may have ruined my inital plan but well played! Her player literally surprised everyone!

Anyway, whoa... essay. It was a good game and everyone played pretty well, I particually thought the Adama / Starbuck rivalry was quite amusing. Pretty much all the way through the game, even when we both human!

Anyway, cheers for reading



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M. B. Downey
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Good report!

Roslin consolidated power for piloting? That's a play that cannot be justified in almost any circumstance.
 
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downeymb wrote:
Good report!

Roslin consolidated power for piloting? That's a play that cannot be justified in almost any circumstance.


I was going to say the same thing. I make sure to watch anybody who consolidates for Piloting, or if Baltar draws it using his Delusional Intuition.
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Ellen could do it and pass the card off.
 
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Interesting Symp variant. I'll have to keep that one in mind. As it stands, we just never play with 4 or 6, since everyone in my group hates the sympathizer and only I like the Cylon leaders.
 
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Battlestar Galactica: Exodus Expansion » Forums » Sessions
Re: Bad Cags, Bad Cags..
The regular no sympathizer rule is also very good.
 
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Dan TheMan
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downeymb wrote:

Roslin consolidated power for piloting? That's a play that cannot be justified in almost any circumstance.



I completely agree. We're all veterans of the game and somehow we missed it. I remember her afterwards saying she thought the red would be handy as she didn't trust the pilot, and we all pretty much let this slide.

I think I was too focused on being undercover to bother rooting out the Symp so I guess I immediately forgot about it afterwards.

And I quite like the Custom Symp rule. We regulary have 6 player games and have tried the "no symp" rule a few times and found it too easy for the humans in general still. A human victory each time we played it. In one game, one unfortunate Cylon was all by himself as the other Cylon card was left in the floating loyalty deck aswell. 5 vs 1 didn't have much challenge!

But yeah, I like the custom rule. And in this game, Roslin was the Symp from the beginning. She stayed undercover the whole game, with the long term goal of her agenda, speeding the humies along to 6 distance and then finishing them off at the last minute.
 
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