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I have a question regarding a specific Quorum card in Battlestar Galactica. I don't remember its title, but it has in its text something like "Destroy 3 raiders, a heavy raider, or a centurion token". The question is, how should this text be parsed?

1) Choose one of three: destroy 3 raiders, OR destroy 1 heavy raider, OR destroy 1 centurion


2) Choose one of two: destroy 3 raiders and one heavy raider, OR destroy 1 centurion?

Our playgroup ruled the variant (2) in the game we've played, but we still have our doubts, hence this question. Ideally, the answer would have a link to an official source, but a good logical argument will also suffice.

Thank you.

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up vote 11 down vote accepted

The card is Authorization of Brutal Force. The exact text is:

Destroy 3 raiders, 1 heavy raider, or 1 centurion.

The person playing the card can choose one of the three options.

I don't think you'll find any official rule that will answer the question. It really comes down to standard English grammar. Option #1 is the proper way to parse that sentence. If option #2 is what was intended, it would have to be written the way you wrote it, i.e. with the "and".

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+1 for correct use of i.e. (and being right of course) – Affe Dec 4 '11 at 23:04

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