This was my first time playing, after hearing for years how wonderful it was and being endlessly jealous I didn't have a group to play with. I got to pick characters first, so I picked Roslin. Being President had a nice ring to it -- and I liked that the President's power is to draw from a special deck of Quorum cards. I made some joke about designating my successor, but then the first deck of Quorum cards I got let me designate my successor; which disabled the mechanism that allowed other players to drive me out of power. Admiral Adama early on got a card that meant she demanded my resignation, or I went to the brig. So I went to the brig instead. The other players were not inclined to help me out since they felt that if I really cared about the fleet, I'd have given the presidency away so I could continue being a productive character -- but I wasn't about to let the admiral and president be the same person. No dictatorships here! I eventually convinced another player to help me get out, promptly discovered the admiral was a Cylon but couldn't get the other players to believe me, resisted several other attempts to force me to resign (again earning the ire of the players for causing resource losses -- but I considered democratic process more important!). Then I got a Quorum card that let me support a mutiny and appoint a player of my choice as admiral, but I didn't appoint myself because -- again -- constitutional principles! Then I got a card that let me jail Adama. Now the whole time I was doing all of this, everyone else was like... shooting cylons and repairing the ship and stuff, while I stayed on Colonial One -- the same square the entire game -- only racking up Quorum cards. This annoyed the other players who called me a useless politician, but Quorum cards are useful and I'm the only one that could get them! The machinery of good government must continue, even in times of war! And so I managed to hold my presidency the entire game, and did nothing but presidential things the entire time except for one time that I was in the brig. Man, what an awesome game.