Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles Review

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10 Jan 2019 20:00 #289756 by Michael Barnes

One of 2018's best is the new king of its genre.

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10 Jan 2019 21:36 #289757 by Sagrilarus
Don't hold back. What did you think?
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10 Jan 2019 22:22 #289767 by Michael Barnes

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11 Jan 2019 07:26 #289775 by southernman
More than likely will not take off like X-Wing due to things like price (cheapest here is £44, you get four ships) and expandability/variety ... oh and theme, BSG Reloaded universe is no where as well known as Star Wars.
I'll just keep watching my discs and trying to get the boardgame out but won't be spending that sort of money on it.

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11 Jan 2019 09:59 #289788 by Sagrilarus

southernman wrote: More than likely will not take off like X-Wing due to things like price (cheapest here is £44, you get four ships) and expandability/variety ... oh and theme, BSG Reloaded universe is no where as well known as Star Wars.
I'll just keep watching my discs and trying to get the boardgame out but won't be spending that sort of money on it.


Yep. In this particular instance, it's actually a game, not a lifestyle. The base package is all you'll ever need for four players. You expand only if you care to.

Though £44 isn't cheap, it's in line with other games with this sort of content. Fireball Island is closer to £80, X-Wing starter for three ships is £30. Frankly X-Wings starter kit is a bit of an F-You containing 2 ships for one side and 1 for the other if you ask me.

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11 Jan 2019 10:50 #289791 by GorillaGrody
I wonder how much the IP hurts this one.

I have fond memories of the first couple of seasons, but it’s not a show that’s aging well. Returning to the show now feels like renting space inside of a “Never Forget” T-shirt circa 2003–it’s 100% of-it’s-time. That’s not counting the terrible denouement of the show, which was never good.

More importantly, as a dogfight game, how many ships even exist within the IP? I remember two.

I’d have preferred an original, well-written IP.

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11 Jan 2019 10:58 #289794 by BaronDonut

GorillaGrody wrote: I’d have preferred an original, well-written IP.


You know this is an impossible task for the board gaming industry.
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11 Jan 2019 11:28 #289802 by RobertB
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11 Jan 2019 12:45 #289807 by Sagrilarus
Plug your X-wing models onto the bases if you don't like the theme.

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11 Jan 2019 14:12 #289812 by Msample
A bit off topic, but Tricia Helfer just started a podcast looking back at the show and it’s pretty good so far. Battlestar Galacticast.

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11 Jan 2019 16:06 #289819 by southernman

Sagrilarus wrote:

southernman wrote: More than likely will not take off like X-Wing due to things like price (cheapest here is £44, you get four ships) and expandability/variety ... oh and theme, BSG Reloaded universe is no where as well known as Star Wars.
I'll just keep watching my discs and trying to get the boardgame out but won't be spending that sort of money on it.

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Though £44 isn't cheap, it's in line with other games with this sort of content. Fireball Island is closer to £80, X-Wing starter for three ships is £30. Frankly X-Wings starter kit is a bit of an F-You containing 2 ships for one side and 1 for the other if you ask me.


Maybe we're just in different economic tranches (the variety of the big wide world), I expect (require) a lot more for £44 - heck I only just pulled the trigger on Seal Team Flix at £39.

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11 Jan 2019 21:53 #289833 by n815e
The X-Wing base set contains less and doesn’t give you a complete game experience.

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11 Jan 2019 22:15 #289834 by Michael Barnes

GorillaGrody wrote: More importantly, as a dogfight game, how many ships even exist within the IP? I remember two.


Vipers, Raptors, Raiders and Heavy Raiders. That’s it. And I really like that, after chasing X-Wing through a few waves and buying multiples of most ships. I am totally OK with this.

They are doing ship packs though, the first ones will be Starbuck and Scar. So they will add pilots, and at least the Colonials will have a few there. But Scar is the only “name” Cylon so I don’t know what happens there.

But I am OK with two ship types per side.
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12 Jan 2019 16:54 #289861 by southernman

n815e wrote: The X-Wing base set contains less and doesn’t give you a complete game experience.


So one extra ship is a complete game experience ? Give me a break.

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12 Jan 2019 17:26 #289862 by Michael Barnes
Ok, what you aren’t seeing in that assessment is that piloting these ships is very different- there’s a lot more to consider from the fact that each ship has WAY more movement paths to the speed management to the elevation. So flying one or two BSG ships is much more of a robust, compelling experience than flying one or two X-Wing ships.
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