The game was played using the Pegasus expansion with the Kobol objective and no cylon leaders, I know Mike does not care for New Caprica and I would not want a Cylon leader in a 5 player game (I would with 6). It is well that the expansion is designed to mix and match.
The players were Andy S – Starbuck, Steve Perkins – William Adama, Paul – Tom Zarek, Mike – Helo and myself – Gaius Baltar. It was suggested that I chose Baltar due to his slightly increased chance of being a cylon, but the actual reason was I couldn't choose a military leader (else I would have had Cain) and I don't care for pilots or Chief Tyrol. That left Dee or a politician which became a choice of 2 characters as I don't like Roslin (or Ellen if there are no Cylon leaders) making a 50/50 choice and Baltar had the advantage of coming with the Presidency so it was unconnected to the slightly higher cylon chance.
Early in the game the first cylon was discovered, although not by all of us, when Steve, by virtue of the Code Blue crisis which was passed giving the current player a chance to look at a loyalty card from another player. Steve targeted Mike and discovered he was indeed a cylon, revealing this information to the rest of us. We could not of course know for sure at that point whether he was telling the truth, but when 3 Blue/Red cards turned up in a later crisis skill check, which implicated either me or Mike, I was fairly sure that Steve was correct in his accusation. This was soon followed by the Cylon Accusation crisis on Mike's turn, which we decided to fail sending Mike to the brig.
At this point Mike went into human mode until the sleeper phase was reached although there was some discussion when the Assassination Plot appeared. As President I decided that Admiral Adama would be executed, if Helo were human (although I didn't believe it), then Adama was a cylon and this would prove it one way or another, Adama was human then his condemnation of Helo was all but proved right. Mike as Helo however used his once per game ability to change my choice resulting in the loss of cards and drawing of Treachery by Adama and myself. Mike argued that executing the Admiral was wrong for humanity, although it was really to keep some doubt alive as to his loyalty. As it turns out if Adama had been executed the extra loss of morale may have been resulted in a Cylon win, although other things might have played out differently as a result.
With the arrival of the sleeper phase, things looked good for the humans, although morale was a little low, Mike was still insisting on his humanity so I used my Cylon detector power to confirm (at least to me) things one way or another, it was probably not the best use in retrospect but at least I now knew (Helo was a Cylon). Mike now gave up and headed to the resurrection ship.
Things started going a bit pear shaped at about this point with the jump that took us to 6 distance arriving at a Mining Asteroid resulting the appearance of Scar who moved into position just in time for the evil Helo to order him to destroy 2 Civilian ships, resulting in the loss of population and morale. Morale was becoming an issue and despite 3 meticulously planned Inspirational Speeches by myself we gained none back. After this we discovered our other Cylon, when Zarek proceeded to seize the presidency, which would later present him with the opportunity to destroy 2 further civilian ships further reducing the population, which he hit again by using his OPG to increase food, which was not a problem.
Zarek did not reveal and remained President at the end of the game as we had no chance to unseat him being more concerned with protecting Civilians from Cylon attacks and then having reached 8 distance (with the help of a Legendary Discovery) and then pushing the jump prep marker as quickly as possible. Adama was camped in the Pegasus Engine room and a series of executive orders were able to get us a jump every turn until we would hit the auto jump having won the final crisis by everybody throwing in all their positive cards. The humans won but it was very close with Morale and Population both standing at one.
Over on the other table Steve H was introducing Donald to Through the Ages in preparation for a game planned at the weekend. This had no result.