Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Set Up
  3. Gameplay
  4. Combat
  5. Cylon players
  6. PDF Manual


Battlestar Galactica is a team game with intrigue, betrayal, and drama. Players are on either the Human’s or the Cylon’s team, except they don’t know who is whom.


Human players

The human player must travel 8 units of distance as indicated by the Destination Cards, then make one more jump to win the game.

The cylons win by preventing the humans from completing their objective. It can be done by

  • Run out a resource
  • Centurion Invasion
  • Destroy Galactica

Set Up

Board set up

  • Set dials to 12 o’clock position
  • Place 8 Vipers and 4 Raptors in reserve
  • Fleet token on start space of Jump preparation
  • Shuffle quorum deck, crisis deck, super crisis deck, and destination deck and place near game board
  • Create Destiny Deck by dealing 2 skill card of each type and shuffling them. Place onto board
  • Separate skill cards by color and place into matching regions on bottom of board
  • Place Kobol objective next to Destination deck
  • Place ships as shown

Player setup

  1. Choose a start player, take first player marker
  2. Starting from the first player, choose character of character type that is most plentiful
  3. Take corresponding Character sheet and tokens
  4. Place tokens as indicated on character sheet onto board
  5. President is given to first available player from this list
  6. Admiral given to first available player from this list
  7. President takes quorum deck and draws one
  8. Admiral takes two nukes
  9. Each player draws skill cards according to character sheet


Each player takes a complete turn before moving to the next player. Each turn consists of the following 6 steps

  1. Receive skill
  2. Movement step
  3. Action step
  4. Crisis step
  5. Activate cylon ships
  6. Prepare for jump

Receive skill

Player draw skill cards listed on character sheet. Skill cards are played during skill checks using the strength number or used for the special text abilities.

  • Max hand size of 10 skill cards
  • Each skill card has a type, strength, and ability
  • Some abilities are action to be played during the action phase
  • Other abilities are played according to description

Movement step

Player may move character token to another location. If moving between Colonial One and Galactica, must discard one skill card. Humans may not move into Cylon locations. Revealed Cylons can only move in Cylon locations. Any number of players can move into the same location.

If the player is in a viper, they may move to adjacent region or discard skill card to move back to Colonial One or Galactica. The viper is placed in reserve.

Action step

Players may perform ONE action. All actions are identified by the word “action:” followed by ability

Crisis step

Draw a crisis card. As indicated by the type of card, resolve skill check, event, or place and activate ships. Crisis Cards drive the main story of the game. There are 3 types

Crisis cards have symbols on the bottom. The left symbol indicate which ships are activated. The right symbol indicates if the player needs to move the jump marker up

Activate cylon ships

After the crisis has been resolved, if there is a cylon ship symbol on the bottom left, activate the ship indicated by the symbol. See Combat for more details.

Prepare for jump

If the Crisis card has the “prepare for jump” symbol, move the token ahead on the jump preparation track. If the token is moved to the auto jump space, jump the fleet by performing these steps

  1. Remove all ships from game board, vipers placed in reserve
  2. Admiral draws 2 destination cards and choses 1
  3. Follow instructions on card
  4. If the current distance satisfies one of the Kobol objective, follow instruction on Kobol Card

If the marker is on one of the blue spaces on the track, player may force a jump by activating FTL control as an action. The player rolls a die. If 6 or lower then population is lost as indicated on blue space.


Attacks are performed when ships are activated. Roll a 8 sided dice

Activating and piloting vipers

Vipers can be activated from the Command location. When a viper is activated choose one of the 3 options

  • Launch a new viper in region with launch icon
  • Move a viper that to adjacent space
  • Attack cylon ship in same area

Only characters with the pilot ability can pilot a viper. The player may move the viper during the movement step, and may move again or attack during the action step. When the fleet jumps, the character is placed in the hangar.


When a viper is damaged or destroyed, the character is placed in the sick bay if piloted, viper is placed in damaged viper area or removed from game.

Destroyed cylon ships are removed from the board, but may return later.

When a Raptor is destroyed, it is removed from the game

When Basestar or Galactica is damaged, draw appropriate token

Cylon player

Cylon players work secretly against the humans to run out a resource, destroy Galactica, or cause an centurion invasion.

After distance 4 is jumped, the sleeper agent phase is active. Players receive another loyalty card. Any player with at least one cylon card is a cylon. On some player counts, there is also a sympathizer card.


Sympathizer sides with the losing team. When one gets this card, immediately reveal it. If at least one resource is in red, the sympathizer is on human team and ent to brig. Otherwise, the player becomes a revealed cylon.

Revealed cylon

Revealing yourself as cylon is an action. When that actioin is taken, perform these steps

  1. Discard down to 3 skill cards
  2. Lose title to line of succession if any
  3. Move to resurrection ship
  4. Receive one Super Crisis card
  5. End current turn (do not draw crisis card)

On the revealed cylon’s turn, perform these steps. There are no crisis or activate ship steps.

  1. Draw any 2 skills
  2. Move to any cylon location
  3. Perform location action

The Cylon player can play one skill into each skill check. They cannot use any skill abilities.