Battlestar Galactica’s Favorite Pastime: Print And Play Pyramid

By David Wharton | 8 years ago

StarbuckSo there you are, it’s Saturday night and you and your friends are trying to figure out what to do with yourselves. You all become locked in the same old round of “I don’t care, what do you want to do?” and you know it’s just a matter of time until you give up and wind up bitter and bored at the Applebee’s bar. Why not try something different for once? Why not play a card game popular among people fleeing angry Cylons?

The game is Pyramid, a card game introduced in the original Battlestar Galactica series created by Glen Larson back in 1978. If you’re more familiar with the 2004 Ron Moore reboot, in that series it went by the handle of “Triad.” If you’re sick to death of Chutes and Ladders, and your friends refuse to play Strip Poker with you after that incident last time, perhaps they’ll agree to an evening of fictional card gaming, courtesy of graphic designer Dietrich Kerner.

Kerner has posted the Pyramid font for free download, so you can print out the game’s hexagonal cards and dive right in. Well, maybe not right in. I mean, you probably ought to go read the rules so you know what the hell you’re doing. Then again, this is a fictional game we’re talking about, so who’s to say your made-up rules for it are any less valid than somebody else’s made-up rules? Bonus points if you play this while wearing an elaborate Cylon costume. That doesn’t sound like fun? Too bad, because that’s part of the rules. I just made that one up.


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