Intentionally making unfair and imbalanced characters for their games.
It's not just BSG. Whether it is .Arkham Horror, Talisman, or Descent there are always a stack of dudes and dudettes that utterly blow dog and are near unusable. I have seen time and time again that basically, there is a stack of cards and game pieces that NOBODY wants to play and for good reason.
However, this is a BSG forum and BSG is no exception to this, "crime" . The question becomes, Why do the game designers feel it necessary to make characters like Apollo and Cain in the same game as Anders and Tigh?
I don't want this thread to become a type of defense of so-and-so with "well..in this crazy once in a million game situation he is actually good" arguments. I think it is undeniable that there are some characters that are so blatantly underpowered when compared to other characters of the same type that the only reason to use them would be a forced "bottom feeder" style game if the humans start doing too well and the cylons need the humans to use weak characters to win.
The most egregious example of this would be Pilot Apollo. He has to be one of the most powerful characters in the game. He is near unstoppable. It is unreal what he can do. Now compare him to any other pilot. We don't even need to go all the way and look at Anders. Boomer does not even come close to Apollo's overwhelming power. Her every turn is pretty good but, getting locked up with TWO new loyalty cards can potentially end the game. The other example I used of Tigh and Cain is another clear picture of unfair overpowering a character. Cain is arguably a broken character, (even more so now that her OPG can potentially be used multiple times with New Baltar). Compare this to Tigh's highly situational power grab ability which when he uses it usually lands him a one way trip to the brig the next turn. Even his every turn is less than the game changing potential as Cain's.
Again,...I didn't start this thread to hear about, "this one time,..in one of the hundreds of games we played, I had Tigh,...and I actually used his ability and it was kinda cool so he is as good as Cain" debates. We all have characters we like, dislike, hate and love. Sometimes it's reasonable and sometimes its just emotional. But, it is clear that there are serious power imbalances between characters that are irrational and inexcusable.
I think that Fantasy Flight should write errata for certain characters either to power them up or down. An example of this would be something I have mentioned on these boards before. Anders' every turn should be made a move action so he can actually DO something on his turn with the cards he pulls. Secondly his OPG should count for ANY die roll ANY time he gets to choose the result. Even with that change it would not come close to a balance with a character that JUMPS THE FLEET as an OPG, but at least it brings him up in power that would be more in line to what many OPG's can do. It would be easy to type up a series of errata for older characters who do not measure up to the power of later characters. Seriously, card-***** Tori is aligned in any way to someone like Zarek, Baltar, or even Roslin. Tori passes votes all by herself and still has a full hand of cards for next turn. That ability is supposed to be equivalent to a character ability that amounts to a free launch scout on her turn but either never has skill cards or never plays quorum cards?
So...that's what I am hoping this thread will be for...let's do some brainstorming on characters to make them more fair, playable and more fun to play. Should Cain draw from the center of the deck to make her ability more dangerous and less predictable? Maybe Roslin should at least be able to use the Presidents office without having to pay the draconian price of 2 cards?
How about if Apollo were to lose the extra action he gets when he uses his alert pilot?
What do you think...Tick off what you think is underpowered or overpowered and what idea's do you have to fix it. Who knows....maybe in a year or so when Fantasy Flight comes out with the missing characters mini pack, there will be an errata chart with YOUR change listed for that character you fixed. (meh not likely,...but....I didn't think there was going to be another expansion either)