Saturday, 28 December 2013

The Twelve Days of X- Mas - Day 3

So, Day Two, as Boxing Day involved stuffing my face with roast ham, though I did at least go for a run first!

Day Three, today, was a bit of a lie in and chores to clear the decks for action. Action itself comes in the form of Firefly - the boardgame this evening round at Rich's along with Mr C and Ian. In short there's an awful lot of cards and tokens to take in but a set of simple and intuitive mechanics that keep things flying along at a shiny pace.

Name of the game is running round the 'Verse doing jobs, legal, illegal or immoral to recruit crew and soup up your Firefly before attempting to complete the super-job for that session. A good crew and plenty of kit is essential to see you right as you plot you course through troubled time and space.

Board Game Geek says:
Players begin with a ship, and travel from planet to planet, hiring crew, purchasing ship upgrades, and picking up cargo to deliver (jobs) all in the form of cards. Some crew and cargo are illegal, and can be confiscated if your ship is boarded by an alliance vessel. Travelling from planet to planet requires turning over "full burn" cards, one for each space moved. Most do nothing, but you can also encounter an Alliance ship, have a breakdown, or even run into Reavers. Completing jobs gets you cash. First player to complete the story goals wins.

The publisher,  says: In Firefly: The Game – based on the popular Firefly television series created by Joss Whedon – players captain their own Firefly-class transport ship, traveling the 'Verse with a handpicked crew of fighters, mechanics and other travelers. As a captain desperate for work, players are compelled to take on any job — so long as it pays. Double-dealing employers, heavy-handed Alliance patrols, and marauding Reavers are all in a day's work for a ship's captain at the edge of the 'Verse. Firefly: The Game is a high-end thematic tabletop boardgame from Gale Force Nine (GF9) and the first in a series of tabletop hobby board games and miniatures games from GF9 set in the Firefly Universe.

Everything is there from the show, characters, kit, ships and missions. Starting off easy you need specific equipment and skills for the big scores, and could happily play in that mode without the bigger mission arc.

If you're even vaguely a fan then this is an AWESOME game, even if you're not it's very good indeed. SHINY :)

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