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Can Battlestar Galactica Roleplay Boost Political Engagement? The German Government Thinks So

80 frackin’ participants are learning all about politics and civic responsibility through the lens of BSG

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When Roland D. Moore and David Eick rebooted classic ‘70’s cheese-fest Battlestar Galactica in 2004, they took a series known for clunky robot costumes and transformed it into a complex, morally ambiguous meditation on life, politics, and human nature. At its best (something not always the case in its waning episodes) the Battlestar reboot is considered by many to be one of – if not the – gold standards by which other science-fiction franchises can measured. But while the show may have provided us with hours of moderately thought-provoking entertainment, one German organization thinks Battlestar Galactica has something much more substantive to offer: A model to help train aspiring politicos through live action role playing, or as it’s more commonly known, LARPing.

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