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My adventures in Battlestar Galactica PBF

Tony Dehner
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If I'm going to have a blog here at BGG, I'd be remiss if I didn't at some point talk about my experiences with the NCC-1701 crew, which is part of the larger Battlestar Galactica Play By Forum community.

Our first game began in August of 2009, the way most games start: our moderator Joe picked the top people from the waiting list and sent out invites. We were game #17, and the cool thing to do at the time was to pick a clever title for the game having to do with the number of the game. Hence, NCC-1701 was chosen.

After the game, we talked about how much fun we had, and how we seemed to be a very efficient group and all shared the same sense of humor. With the permission of ColtsFan76, the Godfather of BSG PBF, we bypassed the waiting list and launched a second game with a newly recruited 6th player. During the course of that game, everyone acquired a copy of the Pegasus expansion, and we just had to try that out right away. A new moderator came aboard, enabling us to play a 7-player game. From then on, it was more or less understood that we were just going to keep starting new games, and a legend was born.

Sadly, our original moderator became too busy and had to leave after a couple of games. We have had several new people filter in and out since then, but it would be great if he could stop in again sometime.

Overall, PBF has been a very rewarding experience. I get a regular BSG fix, I have a much better understanding of the rules, and there a great opportunities to role-play, for those so inclined. Plus, it's a hell of a lot of fun.

Here are the links to all of the completed games so far. I've included summaries below each, but I've spoiler-tagged them for those who may actually want to read the entire thread.

NCC-1701
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In this game, I was Gaius Baltar and a Cylon from the beginning. I played very conservatively for the first half, out of fear of being caught. Starbuck became a Cylon at the Sleeper Phase and revealed immediately, and then the tables turned completely as the Cylons cruised to victory.

NCC-1701A
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I played Helo in this game and it was actually my first time as a non-Cylon, although I did become the Sympathizer at the Sleeper Phase. I remained on Team Human, and things were actually looking good for a while before the Cylons took it.

Game #43
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Our first game with the Pegasus expansion. I played Starbuck, eventually becoming Admiral and giving the order to escape from New Caprica. The Humans lost because of an unlucky ship draw at the end. A close game and possibly our best.

Game #52
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My worst game to date. I played Leoben and had a Hostile Agenda. Naturally, this was our first Human victory. I don't have much memory of it because I spent half of the game getting a Super Crisis card.

Game #59
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This time around I was Saul Tigh and on Team Human again. Another Human defeat on New Caprica. Tigh is a great character to role-play, which is good because I used every turn in this game to play an Executive Order.

Game #87
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As Apollo, I finally got to be on a winning Human team, and on New Caprica, no less. Apollo is my favorite character in the game, and at my request a Fat Apollo banner was created.

Game #99
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Due to a variety of circumstances, we only had 5 players for this game, and we chose to keep most of Pegasus but go to Kobol instead. I played Boomer and turned Cylon at the Sleeper Phase. This was the game where we began to suspect that Cain's Blind Jump may be broken, as the Humans scored an easy victory.

Game #108
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Admiral Adama this time. Three words characterize this game: no jump icons. Also, everyone thought I was a Cylon the entire time, even though I was human. We lost.

Game #127
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Our most recent completed game. I was President Tom Zarek: the first time I'd held the Presidency and not been a Cylon from the beginning. This is the game that confirmed for us that Cain's Blind Jump is broken, as the Humans escaped from New Caprica in less than 4 rounds.

Game #139 and Game #140 - our current two games. We're testing out Exodus without Pegasus, and in order to do that without anyone getting left out, we split into two groups and recruited a 10th player. Results are, obviously, pending.

And finally, the lovely folks who made all of this possible:

Joe F
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Francisco Colmenares
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Woodbridge
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Gregg Speers
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Christopher Davis
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Gerry Smit
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