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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

BG 2.11 - Resurrection Ship Part 1, Last Chance, Batalhas Medievais, Terra

Now that Battlestar Galactica has resumed Season 2, we can all let out a collective sigh of relief and find out how the standoff between the Galactica and the Pegasus will unfold. As was our custom, Yannick and Wanda would surely be over on Saturday evening, and Mike and Julia, recent converts to BG, also wanted to be included, so our weekly BG fest is getting bigger!

Yannick was unfortunately out of town on Saturday, but Wanda wanted to see the episode, and she joined me, Cim, Mike and Julia. I will keep my comments short and to the point: even though very little actually happened, the stage is set in this episode for a great confrontation. The scene at the end of the episode, where Adama and Caine were separately planning each other's assassination was very effective. I really have to wonder if the Colonials even deserve to survive...

Once we reached the end of the episode, it was time for some games. I had recently acquired Last Chance, a Poker-Yahtzee hybrid, and we played two rounds to much cheering and groaning. The addition of betting, side bets and the chance to risk it all by going all-in makes this a winner, in the same vein as Can't Stop, but with more involvement by all players in each of the seven rounds. The fact that no two games will have the same combinations makes it very interesting, and the fact that you have to win at least one auction for a card, and complete it successfully, make this a much better game, IMHO, than Yahtzee. I am having a hard time remembering who won, and can be corrected in the comments, but I think that Wanda won the first round and Mike the second.

After Last Chance, we played a game of Batalhas Medievais. Like the last time, it went rather quickly, with many battles fought to the last man. In the end, Cim managed to claim the throne again (coincidentally, both games that he has won, he has had a strong presence in Ireland... )

Finally, we managed to convince Cim to stay up for a 5 player game of Terra. Mike had been wanting to try this for some time, and I had only played once, with three players the game ended with no one winning. This time, players were fairly cooperative, and we actually managed to get all the way through the deck, fending off enough crises to keep the game from ending prematurely. Most players managed to bank at least one set of cards for the end game, though few high cards were taken out. I managed to eke out a win, though I suspect that if this gets to the table again, there will likely be less cooperation...

And so, the first episode of the winter sessions of BG at Foster Street Studios came to a close, and we all anxiously await next weeks' resolution to the cliffhanger. Stay tuned next week, same Bat Time, same Bat Channel...

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