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[Ares Games] Battlestar Galactica Starship Battles

atanakar

Hero
I bought this game in 2019 and played several games. The starter set is loaded with stuff and offers a lot of replayability thanks to the pilot cards, talents and flaw cards and tech cards. A much better starter experience than X-Wing. I called it starter but this is a full game by itself.

Movement is tracked using pre-planned movement cards. Velocity, Gs and acceleration are tracked using a control board for each ship. The great innovation of this game is that, just like in the tv series reboot, your ship can go in one direction but you can rotate and fire in another. It's very dynamic and lethal. Cylon Raider have short range FTL jump but they are imprecise. Range and direction of reappearance is semi-random.The Cylon is never sure to land were he wants.

The game comes with a booklet containing several missions. Once you are familiar with the rules a games lasts about 45 minutes to one hour. The game can be played on the kitchen table ( 36" x 28"). The rules are short and well written. You have basic rules to get you started quickly. Then you can play with the advance rules and the options rules you like (altitude, fuel, asteroid fields, planetoids, pilots talents and flaws.)

We didn't feel one side was stronger than the other. Cylons seem to have an advantage because of FTL at first but you learn how to ambush them rather quickly. And if they FTL out of the table they are out of the game.

The game is expandable. Ares has been putting other ship models if you want to do larger battles.

Overall I would say this is the best ready to play space fighter skirmish game I have played - and I have played many starship games since 1980! It's a keeping and goes into my classic game shelf.



You get two copies of the Cylon Raider and of Colonial Vyper. The pre-painted job is superior to X-Wing's. FTL scatter template (2d6) for direction.


Ship cards


Range, altitude tokens and damage tokens


Skills, equipment and movement cards


Example of play
 
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TwiceBorn2

Explorer
I've been determined NOT to buy this, because I don't see my friends wanting to play this instead of X-Wing due to the heavy investments we've all made into that game over two editions (and one friend actually hated what he saw of the Battlestar Galactica reboot series)... plus, I'm trying to curb my spending on games (failing miserably at it), especially since I don't have time to play all the games I own!

That said, BSG remains one of my favourite TV series, and what you've posted here in terms of rules features really makes me want to pick it up (I curse you, atanakar).

Then again, maybe I should resist buying it because the pandemic has brought my in-person table-top gaming to a screeching halt.

Convince me otherwise, atanakar!

P.S.: I feel like Smeagol/Gollum having one of his internal struggles. :p
 
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atanakar

Hero
I've been determined NOT to buy this, because I don't see my friends wanting to play this instead of X-Wing due to the heavy investments we've all made over two editions of that game (and one friend actually hated what he saw of the Battlestar Galactica reboot series)... plus, I'm trying to curb my spending on games (failing miserably at it), especially since I don't have time to play all the games I own!

That said, BSG remains one of my favourite TV series, and what you've posted here in terms of rules features really makes me want to pick it up (I curse you, atanakar).

Then again, maybe I should resist buying it because the pandemic has brought my in-person table-top gaming to a screeching halt.

Convince me otherwise, atanakar!

P.S.: I feel like Smeagol/Gollum having one of his internal struggles. :p

As a fan you should definitely buy it. I'm very happy with it. I plan to buy the Apollo Viper MK VII, the Starbuck Cylon Raider. I already bought a pack of four extra control panels, the Boomer Raptor and the Cylon Heavy Raider Combat/Transport.

Also, you should know they will put out the Galactica and Cylon Base, but not to scale cause that is impossible. Now you must really hate me!

Just wait for a more appropriate time says Smeagol. Gollum says weee musssst havez'it for Christmasssss. My preeeeciioussss!
 

TwiceBorn2

Explorer
Cylon base and Galactica expansions? Argh!

What is the difference between the various "identical" ship expansions? Does it come down to paint schemes and player cards, or does something else set those expansions apart?
 
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atanakar

Hero
I don't even know where I could possibly store all these additional ships, not to mention a Cylon base and Galactica! Argh!

What is the difference between the various identical ship types? Does it come down to paint schemes and player cards, or does something else set those expansions apart?

They come with a unique ship profile, pilot, talents, gear. A set of movement cards. It's not like Star Wars. There isn't a myriad of ships and factions. I view it as a casual game that packs a punch.
 

Marc_C

Solo Role Playing
Sadly, Ares games has lost the licence. It ended on Dec 31st. Sale of inventory will continue until June 2021. Source: News « Ares Games

I'm glad I have my starter set and the models I wanted. A fun game.
 

Movement is tracked using pre-planned movement cards. Velocity, Gs and acceleration are tracked using a control board for each ship. The great innovation of this game is that, just like in the tv series reboot, your ship can go in one direction but you can rotate and fire in another.
That's not innovative. In fact, there have been games doing so since the 80's and later. Renegade legion. Brilliant Lances. Full Thrust. Half-a-dozen other games of the 80's and 90's.
 

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