Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles

 
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Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles
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Ares Games

Ares Games will be unveiling their tabletop miniature combat game, Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles, at Gen Con, with a later release of the starter set expected in December of 2018

Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles will use a unique game system, inspired by Wings of Glory and Sails of Glory mechanics, but new features patterned on the shows’ space combat. Special bases for the ships are used to support the new game mechanics

The starter set will include two Colonial Mk. II Vipers and two Cylon Raiders, and everything needed to play a number of scenarios. One of the Vipers in the starter set will be Apollo's with his special markings and pilot cards

Space Ship Packs are expected in 2019, and will include both standard ships as well as pilot specific ships, such as Starbuck and Scar, which will have special markings, and special pilot and skill cards

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southernman's Avatar
southernman replied the topic: #277859 18 Jul 2018 17:49
Ouch ! Priced for the super fan (I'm not quite there).
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Sagrilarus replied the topic: #277864 18 Jul 2018 18:34
That's a cheap Ares' intro price, Wings of Glory Battle of Britain and Sails of Glory are both more. Four models for $50 is a good intro price these days.

I want to see how they handle damage. I hate chit pull. I want cards.
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repoman replied the topic: #277870 18 Jul 2018 20:30
Wonder how they were able to get such a hot and current I.P. ?

Will Muffit will get his own pilot card ?
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Sagrilarus replied the topic: #277872 18 Jul 2018 21:13
You're aware this is a couple of guys in their basement, right?
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ChristopherMD replied the topic: #277873 18 Jul 2018 21:29
It's a good IP. If it was a Space: Above and Beyond minis game I'd mock it but Galactica is a modern classic that still has a lot of fans.
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #277875 18 Jul 2018 21:39
Honestly, I'm kind of interested. Would need to know more about their tweaks to the system.

Prepaints, I hope?
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ubarose replied the topic: #277876 18 Jul 2018 21:45

Gary Sax wrote: Honestly, I'm kind of interested. Would need to know more about their tweaks to the system.

Prepaints, I hope?


Yes, preprinted and assembled. There is a picture of one on the article. Small box. Click it to enlarge.
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Sagrilarus replied the topic: #277877 18 Jul 2018 21:57
It's inertial movement. Direction of motion from the prior turn continues in this one. So you can be facing one way and moving in another. There's obstacles on the board though, and drifting into them busts you up. It makes the movement more space-like.
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WadeMonnig replied the topic: #277879 18 Jul 2018 22:23
Ares did Divinity Derby, I'd totally love to review that.
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #277880 18 Jul 2018 22:25

Sagrilarus wrote: It's inertial movement. Direction of motion from the prior turn continues in this one. So you can be facing one way and moving in another. There's obstacles on the board though, and drifting into them busts you up. It makes the movement more space-like.


That could be good, actually.
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san il defanso replied the topic: #277882 18 Jul 2018 22:28

Gary Sax wrote:

Sagrilarus wrote: It's inertial movement. Direction of motion from the prior turn continues in this one. So you can be facing one way and moving in another. There's obstacles on the board though, and drifting into them busts you up. It makes the movement more space-like.


That could be good, actually.


Yeah, that really captures what made space combat cool in the show as well, at least the newer version. It certainly sets it apart from something like X-Wing, at first glance.
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southernman replied the topic: #277888 19 Jul 2018 03:14

Sagrilarus wrote: That's a cheap Ares' intro price, Wings of Glory Battle of Britain and Sails of Glory are both more. Four models for $50 is a good intro price these days.

I want to see how they handle damage. I hate chit pull. I want cards.


Probbaly why I don't do miniatures games then, that proce my be close to £50 when it hits UK shores so definitely won't be looking at it unfortunately.
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jpat replied the topic: #277895 19 Jul 2018 09:33
Aren't there, like, two whole Viper models and, er, one Raider model? I saw the reference to Scar and to named-pilot ships, but while a base sounds kind of cool, this seems to have pretty short legs. Of course, to my far-from-expert eye, most of the Sails of Glory ships look the same, too, and there are three or four large waves of those (and at least many of the early Wings of War minis were just repaints of the same model).
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ubarose replied the topic: #277898 19 Jul 2018 09:46

jpat wrote: Aren't there, like, two whole Viper models and, er, one Raider model? I saw the reference to Scar and to named-pilot ships, but while a base sounds kind of cool, this seems to have pretty short legs. Of course, to my far-from-expert eye, most of the Sails of Glory ships look the same, too, and there are three or four large waves of those (and at least many of the early Wings of War minis were just repaints of the same model).


It looks to me like you are correct. The models of the named ships are the same as the standard, but have "markings" (i.e. slightly different paints), and come with special named pilot cards.
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ubarose replied the topic: #277899 19 Jul 2018 09:48

Southernman wrote:

Sagrilarus wrote: That's a cheap Ares' intro price, Wings of Glory Battle of Britain and Sails of Glory are both more. Four models for $50 is a good intro price these days.

I want to see how they handle damage. I hate chit pull. I want cards.


Probbaly why I don't do miniatures games then, that proce my be close to £50 when it hits UK shores so definitely won't be looking at it unfortunately.


It's tough for you UK folks. At online discount the starter set will be like $35 in the states, which makes it a little more reasonable.
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jpat replied the topic: #277906 19 Jul 2018 13:03

ubarose wrote:

jpat wrote: Aren't there, like, two whole Viper models and, er, one Raider model? I saw the reference to Scar and to named-pilot ships, but while a base sounds kind of cool, this seems to have pretty short legs. Of course, to my far-from-expert eye, most of the Sails of Glory ships look the same, too, and there are three or four large waves of those (and at least many of the early Wings of War minis were just repaints of the same model).


It looks to me like you are correct. The models of the named ships are the same as the standard, but have "markings" (i.e. slightly different paints), and come with special named pilot cards.


Thanks. Just to be clear, I wasn't be critical of anything, just noting that as a potential "mine" for content, BSG is somewhat surprisingly thin for ship models given the lack of differentiation (which ties into the theme but makes getting a bunch of different minis less attractive--to me at least).
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Sagrilarus replied the topic: #277913 19 Jul 2018 15:28

jpat wrote:

ubarose wrote:

jpat wrote: Aren't there, like, two whole Viper models and, er, one Raider model? I saw the reference to Scar and to named-pilot ships, but while a base sounds kind of cool, this seems to have pretty short legs. Of course, to my far-from-expert eye, most of the Sails of Glory ships look the same, too, and there are three or four large waves of those (and at least many of the early Wings of War minis were just repaints of the same model).


It looks to me like you are correct. The models of the named ships are the same as the standard, but have "markings" (i.e. slightly different paints), and come with special named pilot cards.


Thanks. Just to be clear, I wasn't be critical of anything, just noting that as a potential "mine" for content, BSG is somewhat surprisingly thin for ship models given the lack of differentiation (which ties into the theme but makes getting a bunch of different minis less attractive--to me at least).


Sounds like a positive feature.
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Deleted replied the topic: #278027 21 Jul 2018 01:05
The only way I see this working is as an event game enhancer where you’re playing FFG Battlestar and have to resolve dogfights via playing this game or something.

Standalone, it’s basically 6 enemy types, seven if you add the civvy transports:

Battlestar
Basestar
Viper
Raider
Raptor
Cylon Heavy
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Michael Barnes replied the topic: #278030 21 Jul 2018 02:45
I think they will lean hard on different pilots...Apollo, Starbuck, Boomer, Helo, Hot Dog...rather than different ships.

I’m wondering how they’ll do capitals because that is a big part of BSG...but waaaaaaaay out of scale. I mean, a Battlestar isn’t really possible in this game unless the fighters are the size they are in Armada.
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WadeMonnig replied the topic: #278032 21 Jul 2018 06:15
Interesting
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Sagrilarus replied the topic: #278034 21 Jul 2018 07:04
Yeah, that's how you track your current direction and speed. Your ship’s nose can point any direction you want so you can’t use it as an indicator of current motion,

That part looks pretty interesting. I’ll be curious to see how much it adds to game play.

S.
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Josh Look replied the topic: #278044 21 Jul 2018 10:38
I might pick it up once it hits clearance next year.
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #278045 21 Jul 2018 11:19
Most people don't give a shit but tracking direction of movement separate from facing is a pretty awesome complication tactically.
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Deleted replied the topic: #278047 21 Jul 2018 12:30
Star Warriors did that, as do a bunch of other spacey old school games that use inertia.
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #278062 21 Jul 2018 16:26
Yeah, there's some AH or SPI game that did this, was that star warriors?