Battlestar Galactica is a board game based on the TV series of the same name. The players are pilots of the "Viper" space fighters who are trying to capture a disabled Cylon Raider and return it to the Galactica.
Players start in the "Launch Bay" corresponding to the color of their fighter. Each turn they spin the spinner and move that many spaces either horizontally or vertically (not diagonally). If they manage to land on the Raider they "capture" it by placing it under their fighter and start moving back to their launch bay.
If one player has captured the Raider another player can attempt to take it from them by challenging them to an "Interstellar Battle". First, the attacking player moves next to the player with the Raider. Each player then spins the spinner and the one getting the highest number wins. The winner gets the Raider and the loser gets sent to a planet for "repairs".
A player may also play "Command Cards" which allows them to take additional moves (Turbo Thrust), move other players to planets (Force Fields) or send the other players back to their base for repairs (Laser Torpedoes). The other players may play "Evasive Action" cards to avoid the result of the Command Cards.
The winner is the first player to get the Raider back to their launch bay.
There really isn't that much to this game. The movement is totally random, there is little (if any) strategy and the game rapidly degenerates into a series of attacks against whoever has the Raider. The game really doesn't have that much to do with Battlestar Galactica either, except in the art. In fact, the box art and the Viper Fighter counters are probably the best things about this game. An interesting item for a collector or fan of the TV series but not really that much fun as a game.
3 comments on Battlestar Galactica:
I had this game, and this page brings back memories-- as another poster commented earlier, Grant's Quay has been in my memory all this time!
I found this at our local antique mall and said, "I don't care how much it is, I'm buying it." My husband and I love to throw on a little BSG and play it after the kids are asleep. Its a lot fun!
A good game for a single galaxy.
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