Can't lie,....this game is slanted towards the cylons. I have played in games where people don't understand the cylon mechanic(they got a human card also so thought they could choose which they wanted) so we had no cylon and humans STILL lost. if the crisis deck gets rolling there is very little you can do. It is a very very hard game, when humans do win it is almost never a blow out and I have played hundreds of games.
First off....don't bother with New Caprica at least for awhile. It makes human wins even harder, it is complicated and requires a total change in game mindset. Don't bother with it till you get a handle on kobol.
Secondly, you have to set aside the paranoia, at least a bit. Generally speaking if a cylon player wants to stay hidden there is very little damage they can do. They have to be very careful throwing into votes. If they throw too many in it will be easy to smell out the rat by just counting cards at the end of votes. When players are taking actions just pay attention to what they do. Is it really in the best interest of the group?. Does the player consolidate power when he should be launching two vipers to cover the civvy ships?. If the table agrees its best to launch a nuke and the player goes to galactica and shoots it with weapons that's a pretty good tell. Hidden cylons want to really whollup the humans with one BIG backstab but, to do that generally speaking they have to act human and that means will generally help them until they get their big moment.
Now, There is the cylon type player that just blatently acts cylon but doesn't reveal. Ironically, they are more dangerous since they sabotage all votes with multiple cards and can activate locations and such that just force humans to waste cards to avoid sending people out the airlock, into jail, moving civy ships into cylon raider groups. But, then you just throw them in jail and forget about em.
The cylons will deal with themselves. Be mindful but, don't go crazy. You have to give those XO's. Humans need to maximize their turns with xo's and you can't not give them out, "just in case he may be a cylon". never gonna make it that way.
Thirdly, the game is a game of resource MANAGEMENT,..not preventing loss. If the humans crawl across the finish line with
1 pop or 1 morale or both....it's still a win. Don't be afraid of loosing resources, it has to happen. the trick is to mitigate to all of them. Nothing says you HAVE to go for a vote. If the loss is to pop and you have 13 population...don't vote...intentionally fail it and loose the 1 pop. Save your cards for the vote that will hurt your dwindling moral or food. Be sure you go around the table...see if people can help alittle or a lot. You don't want to blow votes out of the water, you want to pass em RIGHT on. The Yellow card, Investigative Committee is SO important. Play that and people throw in face up. just have to throw in a bit more for destiny and you save cards. (not to mention, if the vote is real important and the cylon needs to hurt it....makes him have to decide if he is gonna reveal with a poison vote or if he has to play along). Remember what you can get back easily,
quorum cards get moral and food. so,...maybe if you have to loose fuel or moral...take it in the moral cause you can get it back. Fuel is hard to get back,...Population is hard to get back.
Lastly, with character selection, there are defiantly all stars and donuts. The funny thing is that different people will tell you different characters are both. My group despises Roslin,....there are people on these boards that LOVE that broad. I am arguing with one guy who thinks chief is lame. I say he doubles the chances of human survival cause he does what he is supposed to do so well....keep the ship running. Who you like is gonna take time to determine, based on you play styles. Just remember when choosing you have to select the next lowest character type. So if the first player picks a military, the next players cannot pick military again until at least one pilot and one political has been chosen.
Those are the biggest things I think to remember about the game when playing. If I think of anything else ill add em.
But, there are tons of ways to play and I am certain that someone will tell you my advise is crazy. Heck,..after you become a
pro-player you may even. That's one of the awesome things about this game....