Firefly: The Game Lets You Traverse the ‘Verse

Firefly: The Game Lets You Traverse the 'Verse

Firefly: The Game is a boardgame based on the popular Joss Whedon Firefly universe. Are you a better captain than Malcolm Reynolds? Let’s find out! [Image shared by Amazon]

Firefly: The Game is a highly anticipated boardgame that’s finally come out!

If you’re a fan of Firefly, Joss Whedon’s sci-fi television series that was famously snuffed by network cluelessness in spite of generating a dedicated fan base during its short run (14 episodes — only 11 aired — and a wrap-up movie, Serenity), then you’ve probably pondered what your life might be like in this space western imagining of the 26th century. Humanity has spread to colonize the stars, but can’t seem to leave its bad habits back on Earth — so it brings them along, which has more than a few tragic consequences. As Joss Whedon imagined:

“Nothing will change in the future: technology will advance, but we will still have the same political, moral, and ethical problems as today.”

Like the Galaxy of the original Star Wars trilogy, we see the ‘Verse of Firefly mostly by its fringe, frontier worlds in the aftermath of a great war between an overbearing government (The Alliance — the victors of this conflict) and rebels (Browncoats). The technology is weathered and lived in rather than shiny and brand new, and perhaps not coincidentally, we sympathize with a crew of misfits who travel between worlds on a space freighter captained by a man — a former Browncoat named Malcolm Reynolds — who doesn’t always transport his cargo by the books, so to speak.

Firefly: The Game Lets You Choose How to Do Business in the 26th Century

Firefly: The Game lets you captain your very own starship and choose your crew to traverse The ‘Verse. Will you play along with the Alliance’s bureaucracy when shipping your cargo from place to place, or risk everything for the higher stakes of smuggling under the nose of heartless authority?

Firefly: The Game pits your skills as a starship captain against those of your opponents. Each player takes the helm of their own starship and is able to choose the crew that best suits his or her personality, desires, and play style. As a player, your goal is to complete missions in a timely manner while you explore the ‘Verse with your handpicked crew, composed of a unique assortment of characters with different skill sets and abilities.

Anticipated for quite some time, Firefly: The Game was clearly designed by a team of dedicated Firefly fans for dedicated Firefly fans. It can take a few hours to learn, let alone play, but this should properly immerse players (four recommended, though it can work with two) in the Firefly ‘Verse.

Do you have what it takes to thrive in the world of Firefly? Give Firefly: The Game a run and let us know how you fare in your travels!

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