Firefly Board Game at GenCon 2013
I aim to misbehave.
I got the chance to try out the new Firefly board game at GenCon, coming in September. The game is from Gale Force Nine, who came out with the Spartacus board game last year. I’ve never played that, or heard of the company really. I believe I’ve said before I’m very new to tabletop gaming. Getting to play this game was a treat though.
From what I can tell, it’s really everything you would expect from a game based on Firefly. It can be a very open, sandbox game, or you can play with a story card to give yourself a specific goal and end game condition. You can even play the game by yourself, it’s for 1 to 4 players.
Firefly: The Game really is, at the same time, simple and complex. All the individual parts of the game are pretty simple, but merge them together and you get an enjoyably complex game that is a lot of fun.
Basically, how the game works, you get your ship, choose your captain, and place yourself on the board where you like. Certain planets work as supply stops for your ship as you travel the ‘verse, picking up jobs from various people, such as Niska, or Badger.
On the supply planets, which are places such as Osiris, or Persephone, you can pick up upgrades, weapons or crew for your ship. Of course there is a money component to this, including paying your crew when you complete jobs. Though whether you actually do that is up to you.
The board includes both Alliance and border space, with an Alliance cruiser and a Reaver cutter hanging out in their respective areas. I did notice that not all the stars from Firefly appeared to be on the board. Space for future expansions maybe?
My thoughts on Firefly: The Game
Learning the game and playing the demo was very fun, a lot of that was due to the man running the demo. That was actually Sean Sweigart, who I learned is one of the designers of this game. He did a great job explaining the game and teaching all of us the mechanics. But once everything was explained well, I was still having lots of fun. In the end, I want this game, a lot, and not just because I’m a Firefly fan.
Sadly, they ran out of all the advance copies of Firefly: the Game that they brought to GenCon, so I’m going to have to wait until September when the game comes out for real to purchase my copy. I can’t wait!