Rules for Battlestar Galactica

Rules for Battlestar Galactica
The Cylons were created to make life easier on the Twelve
Colonies. And then the day came when the Cylons decided
to kill their masters. After a long and bloody struggle, an
armistice was declared and the Cylons left for another world
to call their own.
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110 Large Cards consisting of
– 70 Crisis Cards
– 16 Loyalty Cards
– 17 Quorum Cards
– 5 Super Crisis Cards
Forty years later, they returned, and brought humanity to the
brink of extinction. The remaining humans, led by the crew of
the Battlestar Galactica, fled in hope of finding a new home,
one known by legend as Earth.
– 1 President Title Card
– 1 Admiral Title Card
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128 Small Cards consisting of
– 21 Leadership Skill Cards
Humanity’s only hope lies in finding Earth’s location while
fighting off the unrelenting Cylons. But as resources run low,
it is discovered that the enemy can now appear human and
has infiltrated the fleet from the inside.
– 21 Tactics Skill Cards
– 21 Politics Skill Cards
– 21 Piloting Skill Cards
– 21 Engineering Skill Cards
– 22 Destination Cards
Game Overview
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game provides a unique
gaming experience. Unlike most games where players win
individually, Battlestar Galactica is a team game, with the
added complication that which players are on which teams is
kept secret.
Each player is secretly assigned a team at the start of the
game. The two teams are the humans and the Cylons, and
each team has a specific objective. The human players are
trying to find the map to Earth, while the Cylon players simply
want to annihilate the human race. Players win or lose with
the other members of their team…but must figure out who
they can trust in order to lead their team to victory.
Component List
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This Rulebook
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Game Board
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10 Character Sheets
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52 Cardboard Tokens consisting of
– 4 Resource Dials
– 10 Character Tokens
– 4 Piloting Tokens
– 2 Nuke Tokens
– 12 Civilian Ship Tokens
– 2 Basestars
– 1 Kobol Objective Card
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1 Eight-sided Die
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32 Plastic Ships consisting of
– 8 Vipers
– 4 Raptors
– 16 Cylon Raiders
– 4 Cylon Heavy Raiders
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4 Plastic Connectors (for resource dials)
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10 Plastic Character Stands
Component
Breakdown
Game Board
The game board is wheree
the main action of the
game takes place. It
depicts the locations on
Galactica and Colonial
One, as well as the areas
of space surrounding
them. For a full diagram
of the game board,
see “Game Board
Breakdown” on page 8.
– 4 Centurion Markers
– 4 Basestar Damage Tokens
– 8 Galactica Damage Tokens
– 1 Fleet Marker
– 1 Current Player Token
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Resource Dials and
Plastic Connectors
The resource dials are used to
track the dwindling resources of
the humans. They are attached
to the game board using the
plastic connectors (see the
“Installing Resource Dials”
diagram on page 5).
Character Sheets
Civilian Ship Tokens
These tokens represent the
civilian ships that the humans
must protect during Cylon
attacks. These tokens have a
common back, and the face
lists the resources (usually
population) that are lost if that
ship is destroyed.
Basestars
Each character has a
sheet that describes that
character’s skill set and
special abilities.
These large tokens
represent the Cylon
basestars, which can
attack Galactica and
launch raiders during
combat.
Character Tokens
and Stands
Centurion Markers
Each character is represented by a token
that is slotted into a plastic stand.
Piloting Tokens
Each character who has the ability
to pilot has a corresponding piloting
token. A character’s piloting token is
placed under a viper when that character is piloting it.
Current Player Token
These markers are used to track progress on
the Boarding Party track. Should any of these
tokens reach the end of the track, the humans
lose the game (see “Activate Heavy Raiders and
Centurions” on page 24).
Damage Tokens
These tokens represent the
vital systems that can be
damaged when Galactica or
a basestar is hit by an enemy
attack.
This token is used to help the players
remember which player is currently
taking his turn.
Fleet Marker
Nuke Tokens
This marker is used to track progress on
the Jump Preparation track. When this
token reaches the end of the track, the
fleet jumps to its next destination (see
“Jumping the Fleet” on page 13).
The Admiral starts the game with two
nuke tokens. These powerful weapons can
destroy basestars, but are finite and should
not be wasted.
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Destination Cards
Crisis Cards
These cards are used when the
fleet jumps, to determine which
destination the fleet reaches.
These cards represent the
different roadblocks and
disasters the human players
must overcome. Some of these
cards require skill checks, while
others represent Cylon attacks.
These cards are the main way
resources are lost.
Kobol
Objective Card
This card lists when the sleeper
agent phase takes place and how
the human players win the game.
Skill Cards
These cards are drawn by players at the
he
start of their turn. These cards are
used to overcome crises, or may
be played to provide special abilities. Each character has access to
different skills and will therefore be
able to help overcome different types
of crises.
President and Admiral
Title Cards
These cards grant the owner
a special action, as well as
the ability to make important
decisions posed by certain Crisis
Cards. One player starts the
game with each of these cards,
but they often change hands
throughout the game.
Quorum Cards
These cards can be drawn by
the President, and can increase
morale, help deal with Cylon players, or provide special abilities
for other players.
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Super Crisis Cards
These five cards represent
extremely dangerous crises.
When a Cylon player reveals
himself, he receives one of these
cards (see “Revealed Cylon
Players” on page 19).
Loyalty Cards
Each player is dealt one Loyalty
Card at the start of the game,
and another one halfway through
the game. These cards are kept
secret and inform each player
whether or not he is a Cylon (see
“Revealed Cylon Players” on page 19).
Eight-sided Die
This die is used primarily to resolve combat, but
may also be used by certain Crisis Cards.
Plastic Ships
These plastic ships are
used during Cylon attacks.
Their limited quantities
make them a precious
commodity.
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Installing
Resource Dials
Before playing the game for the first time, attach the four
resource dials to the game board. These dials are used
to track the fleet’s dwindling resources throughout each
game. To attach a dial, simply push one side of a plastic
connector through the board, and the other side through
the dial. Then push them together until they fit snugly
together. Once attached, they should not be removed.
The number a given dial shows represents how much of
that particular resource is available at that time. When
a resource is lost or gained for any reason, its dial is
rotated to indicate the new total. If any resource is
reduced to zero (at the end of a player’s turn), then the
human players lose the game.
Setup
Follow these steps to prepare to play Battlestar Galactica:
The Board Game.
1. Place Game Board: Place the game board at the center of
the table. Set the food and fuel dials to “8,” the morale dial
to ”10,” and the population dial to “12.”
4. Choose and Place Characters: Starting with the first
player and proceeding clockwise, each player chooses a
character of the character type(s) that is most plentiful
(political leader, military leader, or pilot). This restriction
does not apply to support characters, who may be
chosen at any time. After choosing a character, the player
receives the corresponding character sheet and stand-up
character token, as well as a piloting token if applicable. He
then places his character token on the location specified
on his character sheet.
Example: The first player chooses Laura Roslin (a political
leader) as his character. The next player may choose any
military leader or pilot (since they are the most plentiful).
He could also choose a support character.
5. Distribute Title Cards: The President title is given to the
first available player in the following list: Laura Roslin, Tom
Zarek, and Gaius Baltar. The Admiral title is given to the
first available player in the following list: William Adama,
Saul Tigh, and Helo Agathon. The Admiral is then given the
two nuke tokens, and the President shuffles the Quorum
deck and draws one Quorum Card.
6. Set Up Loyalty Deck: Set up the Loyalty deck according to
the “Creating the Loyalty Deck” sidebar on page 6.
7. Set Up Other Cards: Shuffle the Quorum deck, Crisis
deck, Super Crisis deck, and Destination deck and then
place them next to the game board. Then separate the
Skill Cards into five decks by type, as shown on their
faces. Shuffle each deck separately, and then place
them (facedown) below the matching colored regions at
the bottom of the game board. Lastly, place the Kobol
Objective Card faceup next to the Destination deck.
8. Receive Skills: Each player, except the starting player,
draws a total of three Skill Cards from among any of the
cards he can draw during his Receive Skills step (see
“Receive Skills Step” on page 9). The starting player does
not receive Skill Cards now, but will draw Skill Cards at the
start of his turn.
9. Create Destiny Deck: Deal two Skill Cards of each skill
type facedown onto the “Destiny deck” space on the game
board and shuffle them thoroughly.
10. Set Up Ships: Place one basestar and three raiders in
front of Galactica. Then place two vipers below Galactica
and two civilian ships behind Galactica (as shown below).
2. Set Up Tokens and Ships: Place the eight vipers and four
raptors in the “Viper and Raptor Reserves” space of the
game board. Then place the fleet token on the start space
of the Jump Preparation track. Last, place all other tokens
(facedown) and plastic ships adjacent to the game board.
3. Determine First Player: Randomly choose a player to be
the first player, and give him the current player token. This
player will choose his character first and take the first
turn of the game.
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Ship Setup at the Start of the Game
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Creating the
Loyalty Deck
1. Organize Loyalty Cards: Remove the “You Are a Sympathizer” card from the Loyalty deck. Then separate
the remainder of the deck into two piles (“You Are Not
a Cylon” and “You are a Cylon”). Shuffle the “You Are a
Cylon” pile.
2. Create Deck: Deal the appropriate number of “You
Are a Cylon” and “You are not a Cylon” cards into the
Loyalty deck as listed below.
Three Players: Create a six-card deck consisting of:
1x “You Are a Cylon” card
5x “You Are Not a Cylon” cards
Four Players: Create a seven-card deck consisting of:
1x “You Are a Cylon” card
6x “You Are Not a Cylon” cards
Object of
the Game
The object of the game for a given player depends on which
team he belongs to. A player’s team is determined by the
Loyalty Cards he receives throughout the game (see “Loyalty
Cards” on page 18).
All human players win the game if they travel at least eight
units of distance (as specified by the Kobol Objective Card; see
page 14) and then jump one final time (see “Human Objective”
on page 12).
All Cylon players win the game by preventing the humans
from reaching their objective. They usually accomplish this
goal by running the fleet out of a resource (food, fuel, morale,
or population), but can also win by destroying Galactica
(see “Damage Tokens” on page 25) or successfully invading
Galactica with centurion boarding parties (see “Activate
Heavy Raiders and Centurions” on page 24).
Five Players: Create a 10-card deck consisting of:
2x “You Are a Cylon” cards
8x “You Are Not a Cylon” cards
Six Players: Create an 11-card deck consisting of:
2x “You Are a Cylon” cards
9x “You Are Not a Cylon” cards
3. Adjust Deck for Characters: Add one extra “You Are
Not a Cylon” card for each “Gauis Baltar” or “Sharon
Valerii” character playing.
4. Shuffle and Distribute: Shuffle the deck thoroughly
and then deal one Loyalty Card facedown to each
player.
5. Add Sympathizer: If playing a four or six player game,
add the “You Are a Sympathizer” card to the deck and
then shuffle it.
Choosing Optimal
Characters
When choosing characters, it is important to be aware
of which characters have already been chosen. The last
player, in particular, should take the skill sets of other
players’ characters into account when making his own
choice. For example, if no other players have chosen a
character with the engineering skill, it may be a good idea
to choose one who does have it.
6. Place Deck: Place the remaining Loyalty deck next to
the game board. All extra Loyalty Cards (i.e., those not
added to the deck) are placed back in the game box
without looking at them.
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Setup Diagram
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1. Loyalty Deck
11. Admiral Title Card and Nuke Tokens
2. Destination Deck and Kobol Objective
12. Super Crisis Deck
3. President Title Card and Starting Quorum Card
13. Crisis Deck
4. Centurion, Damage, Civilian Ship, and Basestar Tokens
14. Skill Decks (separated by type)
5. Quorum Deck
15. Current Player Token
6. Destiny Deck
16. A Player’s Piloting Token
7. Plastic Human Ships in the “Reserves”
17. A Player’s Character Sheet
8. Resource Dials (set to starting positions)
9. Plastic Cylon Ships
18. A Player’s Starting Hand of Skill Cards (note that the
starting player does not have a starting hand)
10. Character Tokens (on setup locations)
19. A Player’s Loyalty Card
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Game Board Breakdown
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5
7
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6
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Front of
Galactica
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1. Destiny Deck Location: Two cards of each Skill Card
type are placed here to form the Destiny Deck. Two
cards from this deck are added to every skill check.
8. Boarding Party Track: Centurion markers are placed
on this track. If a centurion marker reaches the end of
this track, then the humans lose the game.
2. Damaged Viper Box: When a viper is damaged, it is
placed here.
9. Space Areas: Basestars, civilian, and plastic ships are
placed in these six areas, each separated by thick blue
lines. The concentric circles in space areas have no
game effect.
3. Viper and Raptor Reserves: All vipers and raptors that
have not been launched, damaged, or destroyed are
placed here. This space is often referred to as simply
the “Reserves.”
4. Resource Dials: These dials keep track of the fleet’s
dwindling resources.
10. Galactica Location: These locations may be moved
to and activated by the human players. Players must
discard a Skill Card to move between Galactica and
Colonial One.
5. Colonial One Locations: These locations may be moved
to and activated by human players. Players must discard
a Skill Card to move between Colonial One and Galactica.
11. Hazard Locations: These two locations have ongoing
negative effects. Players may never voluntarily move to
these locations.
6. Cylon Locations: When a Cylon player is revealed, his
character token is moved to, and then among, these
locations. Other players may never move to or activate
these locations.
12. Viper Launch Icons: These icons represent the space
areas in which vipers may be launched. Note that there
are no launch icons on the other side of Galactica
because, thematically, the starboard hangar deck was a
museum and later housed refugees.
7. Jump Preparation Track: The fleet marker is placed on
this track, and marks how close the fleet is to jumping.
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Back of
Galactica
13. Skill Deck Regions: These colored regions mark where
the appropriate Skill decks should be placed.
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Game Turn
Game Turn Detail
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is played over a
The following section explains each step of a player’s turn in
detail.
number of game turns. Starting with the first player and
proceeding clockwise, players take complete game turns in
order until either the human or Cylon players have won the
game. Each game turn consists of the following steps, carried
out in order:
1. Receive Skills Step: The current player draws the number
and types of Skill Cards listed on his character sheet (see
“Receive Skills Step” on this page).
Receive Skills Step
During this step, the current player draws Skill Cards
according to the skill set listed on his character sheet. The
player always draws the cards listed on his character sheet
regardless of the number of cards already in his hand.
2. Movement Step: The current player may move to a different location. If he moves to a different ship (from Galactica
to Colonial One or vice versa), he must discard one Skill
Card from his hand.
3. Action Step: The current player chooses one action to
perform. Options include the actions listed on his location,
character sheet, and Skill Cards (see the full list of actions
on page 10).
4. Crisis Step: The top card of the Crisis deck is drawn and
then resolved (see “Crisis Step” on page 10).
5. Activate Cylon Ships Step (if necessary): If any are in
play, Cylon ships are activated according to the Crisis Card
drawn (see “Activate Cylon Ships Step” on page 11).
6. Prepare for Jump Step (if necessary): If the Crisis Card
has the “prepare for jump” icon on it (see “Prepare for
Jump Step” on page 11), the fleet token advances one
space up the Jump Preparation track. If the token reaches
the end of this track, then the fleet jumps (see “Jumping
the Fleet” on page 13).
After the Prepare for Jump step, the current player’s turn
is over, and he hands the current player token clockwise to
the player on his left. This player then begins his turn starting
with the Receive Skills step.
William Adama’s Skill Set
Example: It is William Adama’s Receive Skills step. He looks at
his skill set, which lists 3 leadership and 2 tactics. He therefore draws three leadership Skill Cards and two tactics cards.
Some character sheets list multi-colored skills known as
multi-skills. When a character with a multi-skill receives Skill
Cards, he must first decide how many cards he will draw from
each type. The total number of cards that he draws must be
equal to the number listed on his sheet.
Example of a Multi-Skill
Example: It is the start of Lee “Apollo” Adama’s turn. He therefore draws two piloting and one tactics Skill Cards according
to the skill set listed on his character sheet. He may then
decide to draw two leadership or two politics Skill Cards – or
one of each – since he has a 2 leadership/politics multi-skill.
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Movement Step
Crisis Step
During this step, the current player may move his character
token to another location if he wishes. If he moves to a different ship, he must discard one Skill Card from his hand. Human
characters may not move to Cylon locations, and revealed
Cylons may only move to Cylon locations.
During this step, the current player draws the top card of
the Crisis deck, reads it aloud, and then resolves it. There are
three types of Crisis Cards: Cylon attacks, skill checks, and
events.
Cylon Attack Crises
Example: It is Lee “Apollo” Adama’s movement step, and he
wishes to move from “Command” (on Galactica) to the “Press
Room” (on Colonial One). He discards a piloting Skill Card from
his hand and moves to the “Press Room” location.
These Crisis Cards feature an image of Galactica and some
surrounding ships. When resolving a Cylon attack Crisis Card,
simply follow the steps listed on it. Then discard the card unless instructed to keep the card in play.
If the player’s character is piloting a viper, he may move to an
adjacent space area during this step, or may discard a Skill
Card to move to a location on Galactica or Colonial One and
return his viper to the “Reserves.”
Action Step
During this step, the current player chooses one action to
perform. The action types are listed below, and are usually
identified by the word “Action:” followed by an ability.
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Activate Location: The player may perform the action
listed on his character’s current location.
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Skill Card Action: The player may play a Skill Card from
his hand to perform the action specified on the card. Note
that not all Skill Cards have actions on them (see “Skill
Cards” on page 15).
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Character Action: The player may perform an action
listed on his character sheet. Note that only some character sheets have actions listed on them.
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Activate his Viper: If the player is piloting a viper, he may
activate it to move or to attack a Cylon ship.
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Title and Quorum Cards: If the player has a Title or Quorum Card that provides him with an action, then he may
perform it during this step.
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Loyalty Card: The character may reveal one of his “You
are a Cylon” Loyalty Cards to perform the specified action
on it. He then follows the rules for revealed Cylon players
on page 19.
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Do Nothing: If the player does not wish to perform any
actions, he may decide to do nothing during this step and
proceed to the Crisis step.
A Cylon Attack Crisis Card
Skill Check Crises
These Crisis Cards list a difficulty and one or more skill types,
listed as colored boxes, in the upper left corner. These cards
are resolved according to the rules for skill checks (see “Skill
Checks” on page 16) and have outcomes based on whether
the players pass or fail the skill check. Some of these cards
give the current player, the President, or the Admiral the
choice to either resolve the skill check or carry out some
alternate instruction.
A Skill Check Crisis Card
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Event Crises
Any Crisis Card that is not a Cylon attack or skill check is an
event. These crises have instructions that must be immediately followed. Some of them provide a decision for the current player, the President, or the Admiral.
Losing Resources
The four resources (fuel, food, morale, and population)
are all vital to the survival of humanity. These resources
are usually lost due to Crisis Cards, civilian ships being
destroyed, or Galactica damage tokens.
Crisis cards list resource loss as text, for example “–1
population,” while tokens list resource loss as a number
of red icons. For example, one red population icon means
the same as “–1 population.” The list of resource icons is
found below as well as on the game board.
An Event Crisis Card
Whenever a resource is lost for any reason, the appropriate resource dial is adjusted to represent the new total.
The red color on the resource wheels tells players when
a resource is half (or less) full, and is used by sympathizer
Loyalty Cards (see page 18).
Activate Cylon Ships Step
If there is at least one Cylon ship in play, then the Cylon ships
may move or attack based on the icon on the bottom left of
the Crisis Card (see “Activating Cylon Ships” on page 22).
Core Rules
The Bottom of a Crisis Card
Prepare for Jump Step
If the drawn Crisis Card has the “prepare for jump” icon
on its lower right corner, then the fleet token moves one
space ahead (toward the “Auto Jump” space) on the Jump
Preparation track. If this causes the token to move to the
“Auto Jump” space, then the fleet jumps to a new destination
(see “Jumping the Fleet” on page 13).
This section explains the core components and rules of the
game. In particular, this section focuses on the human players
and describes characters, jumping the fleet, and skills.
Characters
Each player takes on the role of a character from the Battlestar Galactica universe. Each character has different
strengths and weaknesses as listed on his character sheet.
The following information can be found on each character
sheet.
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Character Type: Each character has a type listed on his
character sheet. This type only matters during setup,
and exists to help players choose a well-rounded group of
characters.
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Character Abilities: Each character has two positive
abilities and one negative ability. Some of these abilities
are passive (always affecting the character) while others
require the player to use them as an action (see “Action
Step” on page 10).
Prepare for Jump Icon
After this step, the current player’s turn is over. He discards
any Crisis Cards drawn this turn, and hands the current
player token to the player on his left, who begins his turn
(starting with the Receive Skills step).
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Skill Set: Each character sheet lists the skills the
character has expertise in. At the start of the player’s
turn, he gains the number and types of Skill Cards listed
in his character’s skill set. When a character is allowed to
draw Skill Cards of an unspecified type, they must be from
within his skill set unless specified otherwise.
Example: William Adama is in the “Research Lab” and
uses the action listed there to draw one tactics or one
engineering card. He may choose to draw engineering
even though it is outside his skill set, because the location
specifies the card type.
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Setup: Each character has setup instructions on his
card. This usually lists the location where the character
is placed at the beginning of the game. Some characters
have special instructions (such as “Apollo,” whose sheet
instructs the player to launch a viper and place him in it as
a pilot).
Each character is represented by a stand-up character token,
which is used to track his location on the game board. After
the character tokens are punched out, each one is attached
to a plastic character stand.
Character Sheets
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2
3
4
6
5
1. Name
2. Character Type
(Political Leader, Military Leader, Pilot, or Support)
3. Positive Abilities
4. Negative Ability
5. Setup Location
6. Skill Set
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Title Cards
Title and Quorum Cards provide powerful abilities to the
player who controls them. Title Cards are assigned at the
beginning of the game, but may change hands through the
use of certain locations or because of cetain Crisis Cards. In
addition to the abilities listed below, the President and Admiral
are given many important decisions to make by Crisis Cards.
The President and Quorum Cards
The President starts the game with one Quorum Card in
his hand and can draw more using the President Title Card,
or “President’s Office” location. These cards provide special
actions that only the President can perform and provide him
a wide range of powerful abilities.
Whichever player has the President title has control over
this hand of Quorum Cards. These cards are kept secret, and
there is no limit to the number of cards that may be in the
President’s hand.
The Admiral
The Admiral has two important abilities. First off, he
starts the game with two nuke tokens. These tokens can
be devastatingly effective against basestars, but are an
extremely limited resource.
Second, the Admiral is the player who decides which
destination the fleet travels to when jumping (see “Jumping
the Fleet” on the following page). This decision can be
extremely beneficial or harmful to the human players.
Human Objective
For the human players to win the game, they must successfully jump the fleet enough times to reach Kobol. Once the fleet
has reached Kobol, the humans immediately win the game.
For information on the Cylon players’ objective, see “Cylon
Objective” on page 18.
The fleet jumps to a new location in one of two ways.
1. The fleet token is moved to the “Auto Jump” space of the
Jump Preparation track (see “Prepare for Jump Step” on
page 11).
2. A player activates the “FTL Control” location. If the fleet
jumps this way, then some population may be lost (see “FTL
Control Jump” on the following page).
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Jumping the Fleet
FTL Control Jump
In Battlestar Galactica, moving ships at faster-than-light
(FTL) speed is referred to as “jumping.” Whenever the fleet
jumps, the Admiral draws Destination Cards to determine
where the fleet jumps to. To choose the destination, the
Admiral performs the following steps:
If the fleet marker has moved to one of the blue spaces of
the Jump Preparation track, players may force the fleet to
jump using the “FTL Control” location. If the fleet jumps due to
someone activating this location, there is a chance that the
fleet will lose some population.
1. Remove Ships: Remove all ships from the game board
(see “Jumping During Combat” on page 25).
The current player rolls the die, and if a “6” or lower is rolled,
then a number of population is lost equal to the number listed
on the current space of the Jump Preparation track. Players
then follow all steps for “Jumping the Fleet” on this page.
2. Choose Destination: The Admiral draws two cards from
the Destination deck, chooses one, and places the other
on the bottom of the deck.
3. Follow Instructions: The Admiral places the chosen card
faceup next to the Kobol Objective Card and follows any
instructions on the Destination Card.
4. Kobol Instructions: If the previous step causes the total
distance on Destination Cards placed adjacent to the
Kobol Objective Card to equal or exceed four or eight for
the first time, then follow the instructions on the Kobol
Objective Card (see page 14).
5. Reset Jump Preparation Track: Move the fleet token to
the start space of the Jump Preparation track.
Using Abilities
Example: The fleet token is on the second-to-last space of the
Jump Preparation track (the –1 population space). The current player activates the “FTL Control” location to jump the
fleet. He rolls a die, and it is a “5” (which is “6” or less), so the
fleet loses 1 population.
Destination Cards
Each Destination Card has two important pieces of
information on it. In the center of the card are the special
effects of traveling to this destination. These effects usually
include losing fuel or other resources and/or following
special instructions. The effects of a Destination Card are
immediately followed when the fleet travels to that destination.
The bottom of each Destination Card lists a distance number.
After the special effects of the card are followed, it is placed
faceup next to the Kobol Objective Card, so that the total
distance the fleet has traveled can easily be seen.
Character sheets, Skill Cards, Loyalty Cards, and Quorum
Cards can all provide abilities to players. Many abilities
are prefaced with the word “Action” followed by a colon,
which means that the character may only use it as his
action during his Action step.
All other abilities do not require an action, and are used
when specified. If multiple players wish to use an ability at
the same time, the current player decides the order.
Example: An unmanned viper has just been attacked by a
raider and an “8” is rolled. Starbuck plays an “Evasive Maneuvers” piloting card, which allows her to reroll the die.
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Distance on Destination Cards
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Example of Jumping
2
1
5
3
1. During the Prepare for Jump step, the current Crisis
Card has the prepare for jump icon. The fleet marker is
moved one space ahead on the Jump Preparation track.
Since this causes the token to enter the Auto Jump
space, the fleet jumps. All ships are removed from the
game board.
2. The Admiral draws the top two cards of the Destination
deck and chooses one to play faceup. The other card is
returned to the bottom of the deck.
3. The chosen card is placed faceup next to the Kobol
Objective Card. The instructions on the Destination Card
are then followed (in this case, to lose 1 fuel and destroy
1 raptor).
Kobol Objective Card
The Kobol Objective Card lists important information,
including when additional Loyalty Cards are dealt out and
how the human players can win the game. When the fleet
equals or exceeds a listed distance total for the first time, the
players perform the following instructions. These instructions
are also summarized on the Kobol Objective Card.
•
Sleeper Agents: When four or more units of distance
have been traveled, the remaining Loyalty Cards are dealt
out (see “Sleeper Agents Phase” on page 18).
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4. If this had caused the total distance to equal or
exceed four (or eight) units for the first time, then the
instructions on the Kobol Card would be followed. In this
example, nothing happens since neither of these totals
was exceeded for the first time.
5. The fleet token is moved back to the start of the Jump
Preparation track.
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Reach Kobol: After eight or more units of distance have
been traveled, the humans are only one jump away from
winning the game. The next time the humans jump, they do
not draw a Destination Card; instead, they simply win the
game (as long as every resource is higher than 0).
Example: The human players have 1 population resource
remaining and have traveled 8 units of distance. William
Adama uses the “FTL Control” location to jump the fleet.
The humans will win the game due to this jump, as long as
they do not lose any population due to the “FTL Control”
location.
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Skill Cards
Hand Limit and Discarding
At the start of each player’s turn, he draws the number and
types of Skill Cards indicated by his skill set (listed on his
character sheet). These are always drawn regardless of how
many cards are already in his hand. These cards are used
to overcome skill checks or to provide players with special
actions (and other abilities) that they can perform. Each skill
type specializes in different strategies:
If a player has more than 10 Skill Cards in his hand at the end
of any player’s turn, he must discard cards (of his choice) until
he has only 10. This hand limit does not include other cards,
such as Quorum Cards or Super Crisis Cards that may be in a
player’s hand.
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Politics: This skill represents a character’s ability to
control morale and help the fleet overcome crises. This
is the most common skill type required by Crisis Cards.
Some politics cards also provide the ability to allow a
player draw Skill Cards from outside his skill set.
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Leadership: This skill represents a character’s ability to
take charge of situations and command other individuals.
This is the second-most common skill type required by
Crisis Cards. Some leadership cards allow players to move
other characters and grant them a bonus action.
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Tactics: This skill type represents a character’s ability to
plan missions as well as to physically overcome obstacles.
Tactics cards allow players to gain bonuses to die rolls as
well as scout the galaxy for new destinations.
•
Piloting: This skill represents a character’s ability to fly
vipers. Piloting cards allow players to reroll enemy attack
rolls as well as gain additional attacks.
•
Engineering: This skill represents a character’s strength
in the mechanical and scientific fields. Some engineering
cards allow players to repair vipers and locations aboard
Galactica.
Whenever a player discards a Skill Card, it is placed in a
discard pile faceup next to the appropriate Skill deck. When
a deck runs out of Skill Cards, the discard pile is shuffled to
create a new Skill deck.
Destiny Deck
At the start of the game, a deck of 10 Skill Cards (two of each
type) is created and shuffled. Two random cards from this
deck are placed into each skill check, and add an element of
uncertainty.
After the last card from the Destiny deck is played, the
current player creates a new one by dealing out two cards of
each skill type. He then shuffles those cards thoroughly and
places them on the appropriate space on the game board.
Name and Type
Strength
Ability
The Destiny Deck Space on the Game Board
Breakdown of a Skill Card
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Skill Checks
Many Crisis Cards and game board locations require skill
checks. Skill checks represent struggles and challenges that
require particular skill types to overcome. They are always
represented by a difficulty number (listed first) followed by
the necessary skill types (colored boxes). All skill checks are
resolved as follows:
1. Read Card: The current player reads the entire card (or
location) out loud to all players. Players may then discuss
what they would like to do (following the guidelines under
“Secrecy Rules” on page 20). If the card requires the current player, the President, or the Admiral to make a choice,
he must make the decision at this time. Any choice that
does not have a pass/fail effect requires players to carry
out specific instructions instead of a making a skill check.
2. Play from Destiny Deck: Two cards from the Destiny deck
are dealt facedown together, starting a common pile. This
pile can be placed on the Battlestar Galactica logo of the
game board, or any common area that is in reach of all
players.
3. Play Skills: Starting with the player that is to the left of
the current player (and ending with the current player),
each player may play any number of Skill Cards from
his hand facedown to the common pile. Any text on the
Skill Cards played onto the pile in this manner is ignored.
Only the strength and types of skills on each Skill Card is
relevant when played into a skill check.
Skill Supervisor
Although it is technically the current player’s responsibility to make sure that Skill Cards are discarded properly,
many play groups prefer to assign one player the role of
SKILL SUPERVISOR at the start of the game.
This player is in charge of sorting discarded Skill Cards
into the appropriate discard piles. In addition, when a Skill
deck runs out, this player is responsible for reshuffling
the appropriate discard pile to form a new deck. Lastly,
when the Destiny deck runs out, this player is in charge
of creating a new Destiny deck (by collecting two of each
Skill Card type and then shuffling them together).
Partial Passes
Some skill checks have a partial pass number listed between
the “pass” and “fail” results. If the skill check is not passed,
but this partial pass number is equaled or exceeded, then this
result is followed (instead of the “pass” or “fail” results).
4. Shuffle and Divide Cards: After each player has had one
opportunity to play Skill Cards, the current player takes
all Skill Cards from the pile and shuffles them. (The cards
are shuffled so none of the players will know which players
contributed which cards to the pile.) He then deals them
faceup into two new piles. All cards that match a skill type
(color) listed on the Crisis Card are placed in one pile, and
all other cards (i.e., those that do not match) are placed in
the other pile.
5. Total Strength: The total strength (upper left number) of
each card pile is totaled. The total strength of the nonmatching pile is subtracted from the total strength of the
matching pile, giving a final strength.
6. Determine Result: If the final strength is equal to or
greater than the skill check’s difficulty, then the “pass”
result of the skill check is carried out. Otherwise, the “fail”
result is followed. All Skill Cards contributed toward the
skill check are then discarded into the appropriate discard
piles.
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A Crisis Card with a Partial Pass Result
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Example of a Skill Check
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2
3
5
4
1. During his Crisis step, the current player draws the
“Fulfiller of Prophecy” Crisis Card. He reads it aloud and
must choose whether to perform a skill check (the top
option) or resolve the bottom section. He chooses the
top option, and will therefore resolve a skill check.
6-3=3
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4. The current player shuffles the pile of cards and divides
them into two new piles. Cards that match the skill
types on the Crisis Card are placed in one pile, and nonmatching cards are placed in the other.
2. Two cards from the Destiny deck are dealt into a
common pile.
5. Both piles are individually totaled. The non-matching pile
total of “3” is then subtracted from the matching pile of
total “6,” providing a final strength of “3.”
3. The player to the current player’s left plays two Skill
Cards into the pile. The next player decides not to play
any cards, and finally, the current player plays a single
card.
6. Since the final strength did not equal or exceed the difficulty of the skill check, the “fail” result is performed. The
fleet loses 1 population, and the current player adjusts
the population resource dial (from 12 to 11).
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Game Board Skill Checks
Three game board locations – “Administration,” “Admiral’s
Quarters,” and the “Brig,” – instruct the player using the
location to carry out a skill check. In these cases, a skill check
is resolved (following the rules on page 16). The specific rules
for skill checks at these locations are found below:
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Administration: The current player
chooses any player to nominate for
the presidency. A 5 difficulty politics/
leadership skill check is resolved with
the following results.
– Pass: The nominated player claims
the President title.
Cylon Players
In each game, there will be at least one Cylon player working
against the humans. The number of Cylon players varies
based upon the number of people playing the game.
Cylon Objective
For the Cylon players to win the game, they must prevent the
humans from completing the Kobol Objective. There are three
possible ways of doing this:
•
Run Out a Resource: If at least one resource is depleted
to 0 or less at the end of a player’s turn, the game
immediately ends and the Cylon players win. This is the
most common way the Cylons to win. Note that it is
possible for the human players to reach 0 of a resource
type and then increase it during the same turn without
losing the game.
•
Centurion Invasion: If at least one centurion marker
reaches the end of the Boarding Party track, then the
crew of the Galactica are killed and the Cylon players win
(see ”Activate Heavy Raiders and Centurions” on page 24).
•
Galactica Destroyed: If six or more locations on Galactica
have damage tokens on them at the same time, then
Galactica is destroyed and the Cylon players win (see
“Damage Tokens” on page 25).
– Fail: No Effect.
•
Admiral’s Quarters: The current
player chooses any character to
accuse. A 7 difficulty leadership/
tactics skill check is resolved with the
following results.
– Pass: The accused character is
moved to the “Brig.”
– Fail: No Effect.
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Brig: The current player attempts
to escape the “Brig” location. A 7
difficulty politics/tactics skill check is
resolved with the following results.
– Pass: The current player may
move his character to any space on
Galactica.
– Fail: No Effect.
Loyalty Cards
Each player starts the game with one Loyalty Card. Later
in the game, players receive additional Loyalty Cards (see
“Sleeper Agent Phase” on page 19), which increase their
chances of being Cylon players.
Loyalty Cards are kept facedown, but their owners may look
at them at any time. A player may not look at other players’
Loyalty Cards unless specifically allowed to do so by a card
or ability. When a player is allowed to look at a single Loyalty
Card belonging to a player who has more than one, the card
viewed is selected randomly.
Each Loyalty Card specifies whether the controlling player is
a Cylon, is not a Cylon, or is a Sympathizer (see “Sympathizer”
on page 19).
Important: If a player has at least one “You are a Cylon” card,
then he is a Cylon player and ignores all “You are not a Cylon”
cards that he may have.
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Sleeper Agent Phase
Once the fleet has traveled at least four distance, each
player (including revealed Cylon players) is dealt one card
from the top of the Loyalty deck. If a player receives a “You
are a Sympathizer” card, then he must immediately reveal
and resolve it. If he is a revealed Cylon player, then he may
first give the card to any other player (who then immediately
resolves it).
Determining if
You Are a Cylon
Sympathizer
In addition to human and Cylon players, there may be a
Sympathizer inside the fleet. The “You Are a Sympathizer”
card represents a human or Cylon who wishes to side with
the other team, and is only used in a four or six player game.
This card is not added to the Loyalty deck until after the initial
Loyalty Cards have been dealt out.
A player who receives this card must immediately reveal it. If
at least 1 resource is half full or lower (in the red zone), then
the player is moved to the “Brig” location. This card is then
treated as a “You Are Not a Cylon” card.
If every resource is more than half full (not in the red zone),
then this player becomes a revealed Cylon player for the
remainder of the game and follows the game turn steps
described under “Revealed Cylon Players” on this page (except
for steps “4” and “5.”) This player may never activate the
“Cylon Fleet” location or play Super Crisis Cards.
Carl “Helo” Agathon has two Loyalty Cards, one “You Are
a Cylon” card and one “You Are Not a Cylon” card. Since
he has at least one “You are a Cylon” card, he is a Cylon
player. He may reveal himself on his turn (as an action) to
perform the special ability listed on his Loyalty Card. If he
does so, he becomes a revealed Cylon player (see below).
Revealed Cylon Players
A player who has a “You are a Cylon” Loyalty Card may reveal
it as an action. After a player has revealed himself as a Cylon,
he performs the following steps:
1. Discard: The player discards down to three Skill Cards.
2. Lose Titles: If the player had any Title Cards, they are given
to a different player (see “Line of Succession” on page 28).
The Sympathizer Loyalty Card
3. Resurrect: The player moves his character token to the
“Resurrection Ship” Cylon location.
4. Receive Super Crisis: The player receives one random
Super Crisis Card. This card remains in his hand and may
be played by activating the “Caprica” Cylon location. Super
Crisis Cards are treated like normal Crisis Cards, but are
immune to all character abilities that affect Crisis Cards.
5. End Turn: The player’s turn then ends, and the current
player token is passed to the player on his left. Note that
a player who reveals himself as a Cylon does not draw
a Crisis Card at the end of this turn, or any of his future
turns (see “Revealed Cylon Players’ Turns,” below).
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Revealed Cylon Players’ Turns
Secrecy
A key element of Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
is the paranoia and tension surrounding the hidden Cylon
players. Because of this, secrecy is very important, and
the following rules must be observed at all times:
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Blind Accusations: Players may accuse each other
of being Cylon operatives at any time. Although these
blind accusations have no game rule effects, they can
help, or confuse, the human players in their hunt to
find the Cylons.
Open Accusations: Should one player gain the ability
to look at another player’s Loyalty Cards, he may
choose to keep this information to himself, share it
with the group, or even lie about it.
Skill Cards and Skill Checks: Players are prohibited
from revealing the exact strength of cards in their
hands. They may use vague terms such as “I can help
out on this crisis a little bit,” but they may not make
more specific statements such as “I am playing 5
piloting.” In addition, after a skill check is resolved,
players may not identify which cards they played.
The reason for these restrictions is to keep hidden
information secret and to protect Cylon players from
being discovered too easily.
•
Cards in the Decks: If a player has the ability to look
at cards on the top of a deck, he may not disclose
specific information about that card.
•
Revealed Cylons: Revealed Cylon players must also
follow all rules of secrecy. They may not show their
hands to other players and may not say which Super
Crisis Card they have in their hands.
On a revealed Cylon player’s turn, he does not receive Skill
Cards based on his skill set or draw Crisis Cards. He simply
draws 2 cards, moves to any Cylon location, and then may use
the action on it.
1. Draw Skills Step: The Cylon player may draw two Skill
Cards of any type(s).
2. Movement Step: The Cylon player may move to any other
Cylon location.
3. Action Step: The Cylon player may perform the action
listed on his current location. Revealed Cylons may not
perform other actions, such as those found on Skill Cards
or Quorum Cards. All of the abilities listed on a revealed
Cylon player’s character sheet are also ignored.
Important Note: There are no “Activate Cylon Ship” and
“Prepare for Jump” steps during a revealed Cylon player’s turn.
Revealed Cylons and Crises
Although revealed Cylon players do not automatically draw
a Crisis Card on their turn, they may draw and play a Crisis
Card by using the “Caprica” Cylon location. When a revealed
Cylon player draws a Crisis Card that poses a choice for the
current player, that player makes the decision.
Revealed Cylon players are unaffected by abilities on Crisis
Cards and skill checks. They cannot be sent to the “Brig” or
“Sickbay” locations, and cannot be forced to discard Skill Cards.
Revealed Cylon Players’ Skill Cards
Revealed Cylon players only draw two Skill Cards on their
turns. A revealed Cylon player may – at his option – play one
(and only one) Skill Card into each skill check that is resolved.
Revealed Cylon players may not use actions or abilities listed
on Skill Cards. They must continue to obey the hand limit rule,
and discard down to 10 Skill Cards at the end of each player’s
turn.
The Destiny deck is still used after a Cylon player has been
revealed.
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Ship Reference
Galactica
Civilian Ships
This large ship leads and
defends the human fleet,
and is depicted in the
center of the game board.
There are many locations
on Galactica where
characters can take
different actions.
These small tokens represent
unarmed human ships.
When one of these ships is
destroyed, the resources
(usually population) listed on
the face of the token are lost.
These ships are always kept
facedown.
Colonial One
Basestars
This ship, smaller than
Galactica, is the President’s
base of operations and is
depicted at the top of the
game board. There are several
locations on Colonial One where
characters can take different actions.
These large Cylon ships are
represented by large punchboard
tokens. These ships are often
placed in different space areas
and can both attack Galactica
directly and launch raiders and
heavy raiders.
Vipers
Raiders
These plastic ships are used by the
humans to defend their fleet and to
attack Cylon ships. Vipers are placed
in the “Reserves,” “Damaged Vipers,”
or space areas of the game board.
These plastic ships are used by the
Cylons to attack the fleet. These fragile
ships are plentiful, and often attack
vipers and civilian ships.
Raptors
Heavy Raiders
These plastic ships are used by the
humans to scout for new destinations,
as well as to attempt to find more
resources (such as fuel and food). These
ships are never used in combat and
remain in the “Reserves” until destroyed.
These plastic ships are used by the
Cylons to land boarding parties on
Galactica. These ships never attack
other ships; their sole purpose is to
reach the hangar deck and release
their deadly centurion boarding parties.
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Combat
As long as there is at least one Cylon ship on the game board,
the fleet is considered to be in combat. Cylon ships are
activated at the end of each turn, based upon the Crisis Card
drawn. This section describes the details of combat, including
how to activate, attack, and pilot ships.
Cylon Attack Cards
Activate Raiders
Activate Raiders Icon
When activated, each Cylon raider carries out only one of the
actions listed below, taking only the first action that it is able
to perform (in numerical priority, with “Attack a Viper” taking
the highest priority and “Attack Galactica” taking the lowest).
When a Cylon attack Crisis Card is drawn, the following steps
are performed as listed on the card:
1. Attack a Viper: The raider attacks a viper in its space
area. It attacks an unmanned viper if able; otherwise it attacks a piloted viper.
1. Activate Existing Cylon Ships: Any existing Cylon ships
are activated based upon the icon(s) listed on the card. If
there are multiple icons listed, they are activated from left
to right, following standard activation rules (see “Activating
Cylon Ships” below).
2. Destroy Civilian Ship: If there are no vipers in its area, the
raider destroys one civilian ship in its area. The current
player chooses a civilian ship in the area and flips it over.
The resources listed on its face are lost, and the token is
removed from the game.
2. Setup: Place new Cylon ships, vipers, and civilian ships
on the game board as illustrated on the card. Vipers are
always placed from the “Reserves” and civilian ships are
always drawn randomly from among those in the stockpile
and are placed on the game board facedown.
3. Move: If there are no civilian ships in the area, the viper
moves one space area towards the nearest civilian ship. If
several civilian ships are equidistant, it moves clockwise
around Galactica.
3. Special Rules: Most Cylon attack Crisis Cards have a
special rule on them, which is followed at this time.
4. Attack Galactica: If there are no civilian ships on the game
board, the raider attacks Galactica (see “Attacking” on
page 24).
A Cylon attack card is discarded once these three steps have
been carried out, unless the card specifies “Keep this card in
play,” in which case it has an ongoing ability that usually lasts
until the fleet jumps.
If there are no raiders on the game board when raiders are
activated, two raiders are launched from each basestar. If
there are no basestars in play, then nothing happens.
Activating Cylon Ships
While in combat, the Cylon ships are activated after the
Resolve Crisis step of each player’s turn. Activating a ship
causes it to either move or attack. Cylon ships are always
activated according to the rules below, even if there is a
revealed Cylon player.
If multiple space areas contain ships that need to be
activated, the ships are activated one entire space area at
a time in the order of the current player’s choice. Each Cylon
ship can only be activated once on a given player’s turn.
Example: The current Crisis Card has been resolved and has the
activate raider icon on it. All Cylon raiders on the game board
(they are all in the same area) are activated. The first raider
attacks a viper in its area and destroys it. As a result, there
are no vipers or civilian ships in the second raider’s area, so it
moves to an adjacent space (towards the nearest civilian ship).
Launch Raiders
Launch Raiders Icon
When the launch raiders icon appears, each basestar
launches three raiders. If there are no basestars in play, then
nothing happens.
Whenever a raider (or heavy raider) is launched, the current
player takes a ship of the specified type from among those
not currently on the game board. He then places it in the
launching basestar’s area. If all of the raiders are on the game
board, then no more raiders may be launched.
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Activating Cylon Raiders
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1
2
3
1. During the Activate Cylon Ships step, the current Crisis
Card has the activate raiders icon. There are multiple
raiders on the board, so the current player chooses an
area and activates the raiders in that area (one at a
time).
2. The first raider attacks a viper in its area, rolls a “5,” and
damages the viper.
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3. The other raider in the area does not have any vipers
to attack, so it destroys a civilian ship in its area. The
civilian ship token is turned over, and the resources on
its face (2 population) are lost.
4. The next area to be activated has a single raider in it.
Since there are no ships in its area, the ship moves
towards the nearest civilian ship (clockwise). The next
time the raider is activated, it will most likely destroy
the civilian ship in its area.
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Activate Heavy Raiders and Centurions
Activate Heavy Raiders and Centurions Icon
Heavy raiders never attack. They always move towards the
nearest space area containing a viper launch icon. If a heavy
raider starts its movement in a space with a viper launch
icon, the centurions on it board Galactica.
Attacking
Whenever a ship attacks, the current player rolls an eight-sided die and consults the entry on the table that corresponds
to the target of the attack (and, sometimes, the method of
the attack). Depending upon the rolled result, the target can
become damaged or be destroyed.
Attack Table
U NIT ATTACKED
D IE R ESULT
3–8 = Destroyed
7–8 = Destroyed
A Viper Launch Icon
When centurions from a heavy raider board Galactica,
that heavy raider is removed from the game board, and a
centurion token is placed on the start space of the Boarding
Party track. Whenever there are any centurion tokens on the
Boarding Party track and heavy raiders are activated (even
by a revealed Cylon player), each centurion token moves one
space towards the “Humans Lose” space. If a centurion token
reaches the end of the track, then the Cylons win the game.
The Boarding Party Track
5–7 = Damaged
8 = Destroyed
Automatically Destroyed
(no die roll)
With Raider: 8 = Damaged
With Basestar: 4–8 = Damaged
With Viper: 8 = Damaged
With Galactica: 5–8 = Damaged
With Nuke: 1–2 = Damaged Twice
3–6 = Destroyed
7–8 = Destroyed and
destroy 3 raiders in
the same area.
The human players can attempt to destroy centurions by
activating the “Armory” location on the game board.
Note that players may never attack human ships with vipers
or with the “Weapon’s Control” location.
If there are no heavy raiders on the game board when heavy
raiders are activated, one heavy raider is launched from
each basestar. If there are no basestars in play, then nothing
happens.
Damage, Destruction, and Remove from Game
Activate Cylon Basestars
When a Cylon ship is destroyed, it is removed from the game
board, but may return later in the game.
Activate Basestars Icon
When a Cylon basestar is activated, the basestar attacks
Galactica. The current player rolls a die for each basestar on
the game board to find out if the attack damages Galactica
(see “Attacking,” on this page).
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Depending upon the ship type, different things happen if a ship
is damaged or destroyed.
When a viper is damaged, it is placed in the “Damaged
Viper” box of the game board. A viper in this box may not be
launched or used until it has been repaired (usually by an
engineering card).
When a viper or raptor is destroyed, it is removed from the game.
When a civilian ship is destroyed, it is turned faceup. The fleet
then loses the resources (usually population) listed on the
token. The token is then removed from the game.
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Whenever a ship (or other component) is removed from the
game, it is placed in the game box and may not be used for
the remainder of the game.
Damage Tokens
Jumping During Combat
When the fleet jumps during combat, all ships are removed
from the space areas of the game board. Any vipers so
removed are returned to the “Reserves,” and any civilian ships
so removed are shuffled back into the pile of unused civilian
ships. Any character who was piloting a viper is moved to the
“Hangar Deck” location.
Any centurion tokens on the Boarding Party track remain in
play when the fleet jumps.
Galactica
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Damage TToken
Basestar Damage Token
When a basestar or Galactica is damaged, the current player
draws a random damage token of the appropriate ship type.
Their effects vary depending on the token type.
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•
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Damage Location: When drawn, this
token is placed on the matching location
on Galactica. All characters in this location
are moved to “Sickbay.” Characters may
move into a damaged location, but may not
use the action listed on it (until repaired
by an engineering card). When a damaged
location is repaired, return the damage
token to the pile of unused damage tokens
and randomize them
Lost Resource: When drawn, the fleet
loses the listed resources. This token is
then removed from the game.
Critical Hit: When drawn, this token is
placed on the basestar. While it remains, it
counts as two damage tokens (it takes three
damage tokens to destroy a basestar).
Disabled Hanger: When drawn, this token is
placed on the basestar. While it remains, the
basestar may not launch raiders or heavy
raiders.
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Disabled Weapons: When drawn, this token
is placed on the basestar. While it remains,
the basestar may not attack Galactica.
•
Structural Damage: When drawn, this
token is placed on the basestar. While it
remains, all attacks against the basestar
gain +2 to their die rolls.
Activating Vipers
Although Galactica does have mounted weaponry, its real
military strength lies in its squadrons of single-man fighters
known as vipers. The main purpose of vipers is to defend the
fleet, particularly civilian ships, from Cylon ships. Vipers are
usually activated by using the “Command” location.
When a player activates a viper, he must choose one of the
following options:
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Launch a Viper: The player takes a viper from the
“Reserves” and places it in one of the two space areas
marked with the viper launch icon (see page 24).
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Move a Viper: The player chooses a viper that is already in
a space area. He may move the viper to an adjacent space
area. Note that vipers may not fly “over” Galactica; they
may only move clockwise or counterclockwise “around” it,
between directly adjacent space areas.
•
Attack with a Viper: The player chooses a viper and a
Cylon ship that are in the same space area. He then rolls
one eight-sided die to resolve an attack following the rules
under “Attacking” on page 24.
Each viper may be activated any number of times during a
player’s turn, but players may not activate ships that are
being piloted by another player. Vipers without piloting tokens
under them are referred to as unmanned vipers.
If a basestar receives three or more damage tokens, then it is
destroyed and is removed from the game board. All damage
tokens on it are returned and randomly mixed into the pile of
unused damage tokens.
If six or more areas on Galactica have damage tokens at the
same time, then the Cylon players win the game.
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Piloting Vipers
Raptors and Risking
All characters who have piloting in their skill set have the
ability to personally pilot a viper. A piloted viper functions
slightly differently than an unmanned viper and may not be
activated using the “Command” location.
Raptors are not used during combat and are usually “risked”
according to the instructions on Skill and Destination Cards
to receive particular rewards. In order to risk a ship, there
must be at least one of the required type of ship in the
“Reserves.” These cards usually instruct the player to roll a
die and receive a reward if he reaches a specified number.
If the die roll is less than the number, then the risked ships
listed on the card are destroyed, and no reward is gained.
A player who wants his character to pilot a viper simply
moves his character to the “Hangar Deck” location and uses
the action listed there. He then launches a viper as normal
(see the previous section), places his piloting token beneath it,
and removes his character token from the game board, placing it on his character sheet.
Moving and Actions when Piloting
While a character is piloting a viper, his player still takes his
turn as normal. During his Movement step, he may move the
viper to an adjacent space area or move his character back
to a location (see “Moving From a Viper” below).
In addition to the normal things that a player may do during
his Action step (for example, play a Skill Card), he may also
choose to activate his viper (to move again or attack).
Viper Destruction
If a character is piloting a viper when it is damaged or
destroyed, his character token is placed in “Sickbay,” and
the viper is placed in the appropriate space (the “Damaged
Vipers” area or back in the game box.)
Moving from a Viper
A “Launch Scout” Skill Card
Example: The current player plays the “Launch Scout”
tactics card as an action. The card specifies that he may
risk a raptor to look at the top card of the Destination or
Crisis deck. Because there is at least one raptor in the
“Reserves,” the player is able to take this action. He rolls a die
as instructed, and rolls a “1.” Since this does not reach the
target number of 3, he does not gain the reward and a raptor
is destroyed.
d.
When the fleet jumps, all characters who were piloting vipers
are placed in the “Hangar Deck,” and their vipers are returned
to the “Reserves.”
A player may also choose to move to Galactica or Colonial
One from a viper during his Movement step. In order to do
this, he must discard one Skill Card, and then he simply places
his viper in the “Reserves” and his character token on the
location of his choice. He may do this from any space area.
If a player is sent to “Sickbay” or the “Brig” while piloting a
viper, he is moved to the appropriate location, and his viper is
returned to the “Reserves.”
Whenever a character moves from piloting a viper to a
location, his piloting token is removed from the game board.
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Piloting a Viper and Attacking
1
2
3
1. “Starbuck” uses the action in the “Hangar Deck” location
to launch herself in a viper. She removes her character
token from the board, launches a viper, and places her
piloting token under it.
3. She rolls a “3,” which is exactly enough to destroy the
raider. It is removed from the game board, and she
proceeds to her Crisis Step.
2. She may then take another action (as specified on the
“Hangar Deck” location). She decides to use the action to
activate her viper and attack a raider in her area.
Note that Starbuck may not use her character’s “Expert
Pilot” ability (found on her character sheet) in this example
because she was not piloting a viper at the start of her turn.
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Other Rules
Component Limitations
Detailed in this section are miscellaneous rules, including
the line of succession for the Admiral and President titles,
the way component limitations affect gameplay, and ways to
adjust the game to make it less difficult for either the humans
or Cylons.
Whenever a deck of cards runs out, the current player
shuffles the appropriate discard pile to form a new deck. This
includes Skill Cards, Quorum Cards, Crisis Cards, Super Crisis
Cards, and Destination Cards.
Line of Succession
Tokens and plastic ships are limited to the quantity provided,
and can run out during the game. The current player always
decides the order in which a component type is placed, and if
there are not enough, he decides which ones are not placed.
Should the President or Admiral be revealed as a Cylon, the
next player in the line of succession for that title claims it. In
addition, if the Admiral (but not the President) is placed in the
“Brig,” then the next player in line claims the Admiral title. If an
Admiral stripped of his title later moves out of the “Brig,” he
does not automatically reclaim the title.
Example: A Cylon attack Crisis Card is drawn that requires
two basestars to be placed on the game board. There is
already one basestar on the game board, so there is only one
more that can be placed. The current player decides which of
the two basestars listed on the Cylon attack card to place on
the game board.
The orders of succession are:
If all vipers are already in play and a player wishes to activate
the “Hangar Deck” location, he may choose to move a viper
from any space area to the “Reserves” so that he may pilot it.
Admiral
1. William Adama
2. Saul Tigh
3. Helo Agathon
4. Lee “Apollo” Adama
5. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace
6. Sharon “Boomer” Valerii
7. Galen Tyrol
8. Tom Zarek
9. Gaius Baltar
10. Laura Roslin
President
Adjusting Difficulty
Some play groups may find that it is too easy for the human or
Cylon players to win the game. A group may decide before the
start of the game to make the game easier for the humans or
Cylons.
To make the game easier for the human players, start the
game with 2 more of each resource (10 food, 10 fuel, 12
morale, and 14 population).
To make the game easier for the Cylons, start the game with
2 less of each resource.
1. Laura Roslin
2. Gaius Baltar
3. Tom Zarek
4. Lee “Apollo” Adama
5. William Adama
6. Karl “Helo” Agathon
7. Galen Tyrol
8. Sharon “Boomer” Valerii
9. Saul Tigh
10. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace
Note that if the President is in the “Brig,” he keeps the President title and all associated abilities.
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Human Player Strategy
Cylon Player Strategy
The ultimate goal for the human players is to conserve
enough resources to travel eight units of distance and then
jump to Kobol. This makes their immediate goal to preserve
resources, and their long-term goal to travel enough distance.
The ultimate goal of the Cylon players is to make sure
the humans lose the game, usually by focusing on a single
resource type and running it down to nothing.
On the Humans’ Turns
Two things need to be taken into account during a human
player’s turn: first, which resources are in the most danger,
and second, which actions are available to the player.
Each character type has a particular specialization. For
example, pilots are good at piloting vipers and destroying
Cylon ships, while political leaders are good at overcoming
Crisis Cards and using the Quorum deck.
At the start of the game, it is important to make sure that
resources lost are not all of the same type. For example,
morale is most often lost from Crisis Cards, and the loss of
morale can often get out of control. Alternatively, population
is usually safe from Crisis Cards, but in grave danger when
the Cylons attack.
It is also important to be able to determine when to use the
“FTL Control” location. For example, it is often not a good idea
to use “FTL Control” when population is running low.
Dealing with Cylon Players
The biggest threat to the human players is posed by the
Cylons who have infiltrated the fleet. Human players should
try to keep an eye on the negative Skill Cards that come up
during skill checks and should question each decision made
on Crisis Cards. The sooner the humans can get the Cylon
players into the “Brig” location, the better. A Cylon player in
the “Brig” has limited impact on the game, and is less harmful
if he decides to reveal himself.
While Unrevealed
During skill checks, Cylon players should find any and all
reasons to avoid helping out. When they do help out, they
should make sure to throw in a negative card (or two) to
cancel out their help. However, Cylon players should be careful
not to look too suspicious and should make sure to use
resource types that other players could have thrown in as
well. Often times, the best way to avoid suspicion is to make
other players seem more suspicious.
It is fairly important for Cylon players to avoid being placed in
the “Brig” while unrevealed. While in the “Brig,” Cylon players
cannot use the special ability on their Loyalty Cards (but may
still reveal themselves). It is often worthwhile to throw other
players in the “Brig” to avoid suspicion.
A properly timed reveal can be devastating to the humans.
Cylon players should pay attention to the special ability of
their Loyalty Cards and wait for the perfect time to strike.
While Revealed
Revealed Cylons have one main purpose: to focus on the
weakest resource and destroy it. Morale and population are
usually the two easiest resources to decrease. Morale is
easiest to decrease by Crisis Cards (through the “Caprica”
location), while population is easiest to destroy with Cylon
attacks (using the “Cylon Fleet” location).
Revealed Cylon players should usually draw piloting or
engineering Skill Cards on their turn, since these types
appear on Crisis Cards least frequently.
Preparing for the Sleeper Agent Phase
It is important for human players to keep in mind that even
if they do not start as a Cylon, that may change during the
Sleeper Agent phase. At the start of the game, it may be a
good strategy for the humans to avoid doing too well, because
one of them may become a Cylon player during the Sleeper
Agent phase. Performing exceptionally well as a human
may make winning the game more difficult for a player who
switches over to the Cylon side.
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Card Clarifications
Credits
This section clarifies the effects of some cards.
Game Design and Development: Corey Konieczka
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Resource Maximums: Although resources can sometimes
be increased by cards, they can never be raised higher
than 15.
Additional Development: Eric Lang
•
“Food Shortage” Crisis Card: This card causes the
President and current player to discard two cards each.
If the President is the current player, then he must
discard four cards.
•
Choice Crises: When a player makes a choice on a Crisis
Card, he can always choose the top or bottom section of
the card, regardless of whether he will be able to fulfill the
game text listed (unless the card specifically restricts this).
Executive Developer: Jeff Tidball
Editing and Proofreading: Mark O’Connor and Jeff Tidball
Graphic Design: Kevin Childress, Andrew “Metal” Navaro,
Brian Schomberg, and WiL Springer
Sculpt Direction: Zoë Robinson
Cover Composition: Brian Schomberg
Frequently Overlooked
Rules
Artwork Provided by: NBC Universal
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Players always draw all Skill Cards indicated on their
character sheet at the start of their turn, regardless of
hand size.
Production Manager: Gabe Laulunen
•
Ships may only move into adjacent space areas. They may
not move over Galactica.
NBC Universal Consumer Products: Kim Niemi, Mitch Steele,
and Neysa Gordon
•
When a player receives a “You are a Sympathizer” card, he
must immediately reveal it.
SCI FI: William Lee and Mozhgan Setoodeh
•
When using the “FTL Control” location, population is lost
according to the Jump Preparation track on a roll of 6 or
less.
•
Each player must discard down to 10 Skill Cards at the
end of every player’s turn.
•
Players may move out of “Sickbay” without difficulty, but
not the “Brig.” They may only move out of the “Brig” by
passing the skill check listed on the location.
•
Cylon players may only reveal their Loyalty Cards as an
Action.
•
Revealed Cylon players are dealt a Loyalty Card during the
Sleeper Agent phase.
•
Cylon ships are always activated according to the “Activate
Cylon Ships” rules (page 22), even if there is a revealed
Cylon player.
•
Super Crisis Cards are immune to character abilities that
specifically affect Crisis Cards.
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Publisher: Christian T. Petersen
Playtester Coordinator: Mike Zebrowski
Playtesters: AJ Anderson, Brett Bedore, Daniel “Banaan”
Bloemendaal, Bryan Bornmueller, Kevin Childress, Daniel
Lovat Clark, Tamara Cook, Chris Corbett, Emile de Maat,
Richard Dewsbury, Jean9 Duncan, Rob Edens, Aaron Fenwick,
Matt Findley, Kevin Fraley, Dave Froggat, Tod Gelle, Jack
Gray, Joe Gray, Edward Gross, Jeremy Haberer, Eric Hanson,
Darrell Hardey, Shannon Heibler, Jeroen Hogenkamp, Stephen
Horvath, Sally Karkula, Shannon Konieczka, Rob Kouba, Eric
Lang, Andy Lawley, Jonathan Ledezma, Erik Lind, Liana LoosAustin, Terry Madden, Bob Maher, David Marks, C. Sebastian
Massey, Brad McWilliams, David Mendleson, Jacob Metallo,
Gregg Mixdorf, Scott Mullinnix, Sean Murphy, Robin Morren,
Andrew “Metal” Navaro, Kelly Olnstead, Hershey Ordman,
Tony Plucido, Thaadd Powell, Evan Pritchard, Rhys Pritchard,
Danny Procell, Adam Raymond, Ruth Reimer, Martijn
Riphagen, Carloe Roberts, Paul Roberts, Zoë Robinson, Matt
Schaning, Brian Schomburg, Pjotr Slump, Channing Smith,
Arjan Snippe, Erik Snippe, WiL Springer, Jason Steinhurst,
Charlie Stephenson, James Stephenson, Jeremy Stomberg,
Aaron Thompson, Phil Thompson, Coner Trouw, Jeff Tidball,
René van den Berg, Wilco van de Camp, Remco van der Waal,
Darrell Wyatt, Joseph Young, and Mike Zebrowski
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Special Thanks to: Blake Callaway, Steve Coulter, Maril Davis,
Shelli Hill, Jill Jarosz, Klay Kaulbach, Loretta Kraft, William
Lee, Ron Moore, Ann Morteo, Jerry Petry, Ed Prince, Adam
Stotsky, Joy Tashjian, Stacey Ward
We would also like to thank everyone at Sci Fi and NBC
Universal for not only creating the amazing universe of
Battlestar Galactica, but also for giving us the opportunity to
bring all the magic of the series into the world of board gaming.
Index
Abilities, using: page 13
Activating Cylon Ships: pages 22, 24
Activating Vipers: page 25
Adjusting Difficulty: page 28
Attacking: page 24
Boarding Party Track: page 24
Card Clarifications: page 30
Characters: page 11–12
Choosing Optimal Characters: page 6
Combat: pages 22–27
Component Breakdown: pages 2–4
Component Limitations: page 28
Component List: page 2
Creating the Loyalty Deck: page 6
Cylon Attack Cards: page 22
Cylon Players: page 18–20
Determining if You Are a Cylon: page 19
Damage Tokens: page 25
Destination Cards: page 13
Destiny Deck: page 15
Frequently Overlooked Rules: page 30
Game Board Breakdown: page 8
Game Overview: page 2
Game Turn: page 9
Receive Skills Step: page 9
Movement Step: page 10
Action Step: page 10
Crisis Step: pages 10–11
Activate Cylon Ship Step: page 11
Prepare for Jump Step: page 11
Hand Limit: page 15
Installing Resource Dials: page 5
Jumping the Fleet: page 13
Example of: page 14
During Combat: page 25
Kobol Objective Card: page 14
Line of Succession: page 28
Losing Resources: page 11
Loyalty Cards: page 18
Object of the Game: page 6
Human Objective: page 12
Cylon Objective: page 18
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Piloting Vipers: page 26
Example of: page 27
Raptors and Risking: page 26
Remove from the Game: page 24
Revealed Cylon Players: pages 19–20
Secrecy: page 20
Setup: page 5
Diagram of: page 7
Ship Reference: page 21
Skill Cards: page 15
Skill Checks: page 16
Example of: page 17
On Game Board: page 18
Skill Supervisor: page 16
Sleeper Agent Phase: page 19
Strategy Tips: page 29
Sympathizer: page 19
Title Cards: page 12
Viper Launch Icon: page 24
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Quick Reference
Activating Cylon Ships
Player Turn
1. Attack a viper in its area (unmanned if able).
Raiders: Will take one of the following actions (topmost).
1. Receive Skills Step: Draw Skill Cards according to the skill
set on your character sheet. Revealed Cylon players draw
two Skill Cards of any type(s).
2. Destroy a civilian ship in its area (current player’s choice).
2. Movement Step: Move to any location. If moving to
another ship, you must discard one Skill Card.
4. Attack Galactica.
3. Action Step: Activate your location, or use a card that
costs an action.
4. Crisis Step: The top card of the Crisis deck is resolved.
5. Activate Cylon Ships Step: Cylon ships are activated
according to the Crisis Card.
6. Prepare for Jump Step: If the Crisis Card has the jump
icon on it, advance the marker one space on the Jump
Preparation track. If the marker is at the end of the track,
then jump the fleet.
3. Move towards nearest civilian ship (if tied, move
clockwise).
If no Raiders are in play, launch two raiders from each
Basestar.
Heavy Raiders: Never attack and always move towards the
nearest viper launch icon. If activated in a space with a viper
launch icon, their centurions board Galactica (see page 24).
Each time heavy raiders are activated, centurions are also
activated. If there are no heavy raiders in play when a crisis
activates them, instead launch one heavy raider from each
Basestar in play.
Important Note: There are no “Activate Cylon Ship” and
“Prepare for Jump” steps during a revealed Cylon player’s turn.
Attack Table
U NIT ATTACKED
Skill Checks
D IE R ESULT
3–8 = Destroyed
1. Read Card
2. Play Two Cards from Destiny Deck
7–8 = Destroyed
3. Play Skills
4. Shuffle and Divide Cards
5–7 = Damaged
8 = Destroyed
5. Total Strength
6. Determine Result
Automatically Destroyed
(no die roll)
Jumping the Fleet
With Raider: 8 = Damaged
With Basestar: 4–8 = Damaged
1. Remove Ships
2. Choose Destination
With Viper: 8 = Damaged
With Galactica: 5–8 = Damaged
With Nuke: 1–2 = Damaged Twice
3–6 = Destroyed
7–8 = Destroyed and
destroy 3 raiders in
the same area.
3. Follow Instructions on Destination Card
4. Kobol Instructions
5. Reset Jump Preparation Track
Activating a Viper
There are three possible things that a player may do when
activating a viper:
Quick Lookup
•
Launch a viper
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Damage Tokens: 25
•
Move a viper
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Line of Succession (Admiral and President): page 28
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Attack with a viper
•
Revealed Cylons: page 19
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Setup: page 5
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Strategy Tips: page 29
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