Here now comes the session that stands out to me as the best play in 2013. For me it hits the top spot for having the single most emotionally charged gaming moment of the year.
We usually play with a heavy stack of expansion elements, however to simplify things a bit, we got rid of the blood splatter Ionian nebula destination and instead traveled to Kobol. I also dropped the conflicted loyalties. We had a cylon leader doing his own thing and the Pegasus in tow. We also used the cylon pursuit board. We’re not huge fans of this cylon leader objectives from Pegasus, but we let players choose the cylon leader if they wish when we have sessions with more than five players. We find the objectives to be way too hard or way too easy in disproportion to your ability to influence the outcome.
Things sped along fast at first. All crisis cards had jump preps. We had 2 destination cards of 3 distance. Since I was Felix, we were comfortably able to attempt jumps at -3 population. Most of our jumps were timed perfectly to get rid of the cylon fleet immediately after they arrived.
One of the things I like about this game is the metagame and interpersonal connections of distrust or alliance that build upon each other after multiple plays. Joel is not the most likely to be cylon, but it’s a safe bet that I’ll mistrust him. During the game I told Joel that for the fist time ever, I completely trusted that he was human. We were working together very well and collaborating to help humanity. We had a pretty nasty crisis card with a high difficulty that had multiple resources and the jump prep at stake. We invested heavily in it, but there were 5 green spiking cards. Joel threw in a skill check ability to avoid triggering failure, but we did so miserably that it backfired and resulted in an additional morale being lost.
There was a lot of shouting over who spiked it. When I’m human, and particularly when I’m doing a great job of helping the humans, I react very strongly when I’m falsely accused of being a cylon. I thought it was Brad, and I immediately told him to shut his mouth when he tried to counter-accuse. Then Joel besmirched my good name by claiming that I spiked it. This blew my top. I had worked so hard to keep the humans alive, and even formed an unprecedented partnership with him. And now he accused me of treachery! I found myself standing up, kicking my chair back, forming a fist in one hand, and clutching Joel’s arm with my other. I was so emotionally caught up in the moment by the injustice that I was about to punch my friend.
I then realized what I was about to do, and calmed myself down. Based on the number of spikes, and the number of cards each of us put in, the other cylon was very likely to beLawrence. I apologized to Joel for nearly physically assaulting him, and I apologized to Brad for my verbal assault.
What a great game!
Keep calm, and brig Lawrence was the plan on Joel’s turn. From the brig, Lawrence used his once per game to grab the presidency and play a Quorum card to transfer admiralty to Brad, so as to delay the launching of Nukes.
We got hit hard by a super crisis that activated all Cylon ships. This put population down to 2. We had a boarding party 2 activations away from dearth. Morale was low from the many failed crises. A couple of raiders were barreling towards 3 civilian ships that would of depleted our population. Brad used his starbuck ability to trash a crisis that activated heavy raiders and had no jump prep. This saved the game for us, because we were able to push the jump prep track far enough that Joel was able to get us to jump at no risk of losing.
Lawrence’s reveal text was to make us lose one morale. On his turn the cylons would’ve won.
Cylon Leader Doug had the hardest objective: humans win and all resources in red. And he pulled it off!