Firefly

Gale Force 9 has announced two new expansion for Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats that will allow the players to add new crewmembers to the Serenity. The Respectable Folk set includes Inara Serra and Shepherd Book, while the Wanted Fugitives set includes Simon Tam and the River Tam. Each expansion comes with four Crew miniatures (Casual and Heroic poses for each character), two double-sided Crew cards, ten Equipment cards, and two new Jobs.  The box bottoms also double as new buildings.

These expansions will be available later this year.

Gale Force 9 has announced a new board game set in the Firefly Universe, Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats. This new game is described as a 1-5 player cooperative, mission based, skirmish-level game which takes place in the Eavesdown Docks on Persephone.  Brigands and Browncoats comes with miniatures for 5 of the the Firefly crew, but interestingly, there are 2 per character – one casual, and one heroic. Depending which miniature the player is using, there are a different set of actions available, and the character is more or less noticeable to the bad guys. Brigands and Browncoats also comes with Cowboy and Dock Thug enemies, as well as 3D terrain.

Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats will preview at GenCon50 in August, with a release schedules for later in 2017. For more information, check out the Gale Force 9 website here.

Legendary is the cooperative deck building game system that Upper Deck created in order to have a core game with many different themes.  Some of the notable themes include Aliens, Firefly, and Marvel.  So when Upper Deck announced they were turning it into an app, people started getting excited at the prospect of a digital version.  So Upper Deck has teamed up with the folks at SkyReacher Entertainment to develop the digital version of the Legendary system, this time with a fantasy theme called Legendary DXP.  This means all new characters, art, some new mechanisms, and more, but all with the familiar workings of their core deck building system.  Some highly desired features have been announced already including solo play, online play, playing with friends, and even a 5 player tournament mode called The Gauntlet.  The art is already off to a great start given the look of the Beta Signup Page, and with that having been the biggest complaint on some legendary games, looking at you Firefly, hopes are high for a great digital implementation.  So signup for the beta, or wait for the launch of the game in August.

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Gale Force 9’s highly rated Firefly board game is getting some new shiny’s added in.  The first is a booster pack of cards called Crime & Punishment Game Booster which adds a host of new cards to the Misbehave deck and adds some new elements for the Alliance in the game.  One of the new elements are priority alerts for the Alliance, this makes certain aspects of misbehaving very difficult ranging from shutting down a supply planet to forcing contacts to lay low.  Also included are two new story cards and two new setup cards, adding more variety and replayability to the game.

The other pack being released is the Big Money Deluxe Accessory, this is a cosmetic upgrade which improves the quality and look for the money included in the game, or any game for that matter.  It also includes a new denomination, $5000, for when you really hit the big time!  You can preview both of these packs on the Firefly game website, and look for them on store shelves in early 2017.

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Fans of the Firefly series are constantly looking for the next shiny game, and Upper Deck is here to satisfy them with Legendary Encounters: A Firefly Deck Building Game.

Designed by Ben Cichoski and Danny Mandel, this cooperative deck building game uses the Legendary Encounters system popularised by the likes of Aliens and Predators and takes it into the Firefly universe. This game will allow players to play as the main crew of Serenity, including the likes of Mal, Inara, River, and more. Avatars that aren’t used will form a Crew deck that can support the players throughout the game. Players will be playing different scenarios, called Episodes, seeking to complete different objectives, gain credits, and win the game.

Legendary Encounters: A Firefly Deck Building Game will be released on August 10th. For additional information, visit Upper Deck’s website here!

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Passport Game Studios, publisher of tabletop board and card games, announced on Tuesday, January 11, 2016, that Scott Morris will serve as the new President of the company.

The official press release follows:

Morris’ background is very diverse, both in, and out of, the gaming industry.  For the last two years, Scott has been the Vice President of Arcane Wonders, fostering the growth of the company.  In addition, he is also a published game designer, with the recent release of Firefly: Shiny Dice from Upper Deck Entertainment, and has been an active member of the board game community through vlogging at CritsHappen.com and on social media.  Prior to Arcane Wonders, Scott was a Director at Dell, Inc. in Round Rock, TX, spending 16 years in sales, services, business development, and executive positions.

Scott is passionate about the tabletop industry and more importantly, is passionate about experiences. “I’m very excited to be joining Passport Game Studios! This is a great company that has helped bring excellent titles to the marketplace and I look forward to continuing that trend, and increasing it, with the team and our amazing partners.  In my mind, game publishers provide entertainment options for consumers, and more than anything, consumers want a great experience.  From the moment a consumer picks up one of our games from their store’s shelf, to the purchase, to unboxing, playing, and placing it on their personal game shelf, I want them to have the best experience possible, every step of the way,” said Morris.  “Tabletop games offer players a chance to engage with other people, to foster a community, and to create memories; that’s what drives me, and it’s what I’m most excited about creating with the PGS team, memories and experiences that last lifetimes.”

Rob Merickel, Co-Founder of Passport Game Studios said “Passport has experienced a steady and promising growth trend over the last few years, and in today’s market we recognize the need to scale quickly in all areas. We feel that Scott’s wealth of experience gives us the opportunity to do just that.”

Passport Game Studios has already seen much success with Funforge’s Tokaido line, and has just announced some of its 2016 lineup which includes …and then, we held hands (LudiCreations), Food Chain Magnate (Splotter) among many others.

Passport will be an exhibitor at the GAMA Trade Show this spring at booth #235.  For further inquiries, Scott may be contacted here.

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Fluxx, the ever changing card game launches a brand new and “shiny” version to cater for fans of the cult TV series “Firefly” coming in 2016.

College Park, MD – September 10, 2015 Looney Labs is thrilled to announce the newest, out-of-this-world version of Fluxx: Firefly Fluxx! Join Mal, Wash, Zoë, Inara, Kaylee, Jayne, Simon, River, Book, and more as Fluxx enters the ‘Verse at full speed. With the rules constantly changing, Firefly Fluxx is just as unpredictable as misbehaving in space!

“We love the adventures of the crew of the Serenity,” stated Andy Looney, Chief Creative Officer of Looney Labs “and welcoming them into the Fluxx ‘Verse has been wonderful. It’s a natural fit, as both Mal and Fluxx players have to constantly adapt the rules in order to win!”

“We are excited to introduce the Browncoat Nation to Firefly Fluxx. We have been playing Fluxx for years and this version of the card game with ever-changing rules will not disappoint” says John Kovaleski of Gale Force Nine. “It’s fast, fun, and Shiny!”

A game of strategy, skill, and the luck of the draw, Firefly Fluxx echoes the aesthetics of the futuristic western. Featuring sumptuous art by Adam Levermore, Firefly Fluxx is perfect for fans and collectors of both Firefly and Fluxx! Firefly Fluxx will be in stores in early 2016, with an MSRP of $20.

( Preliminary cover image can be found here: http://looneylabs.com/FireflyFluxx-PRimage.png )

About Looney Labs:

Looney Labs was founded in 1996 by Kristin & Andrew Looney, a husband and wife team that gave up successful careers as aerospace engineers (they met while working at NASA) to pursue their hobby business full time. They could tell early on the true hit potential their card game Fluxx had, so they took the jump and quit their day jobs so they could dedicate all their energy to making and promoting Andy’s games. With the creation of new and exciting versions of Fluxx, the popularity of the game has spread worldwide and spawned numerous international publications. The Looneys believe one of the most important things they create is the fun people have while playing their games. Andy Looney continues to create Looney Labs games, from those with lighter play, like Fluxx and Just Desserts, to more strategic games like Chrononauts and the Looney Pyramids game system.

About Gale Force Nine:

Gale Force Nine, LLC. (GF9) is the premier gaming accessory company producing counters, markers, tokens, templates, and terrain for use with the most popular miniature games in the world. In 2012 Gale Force Nine entered into the world of hobby boardgames specializing in rich strategic play with games licensed from fan-favorite television and media properties. GF9 is located in Earlysville, Virginia. Gale Force Nine is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Battlefront Group. Visit www.gf9.com for more information.

About Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products:

A recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Television, and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, one of the top suppliers of primetime entertainment programming to the broadcast networks.

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Gale Force Nine, publisher of games like X-Men: Mutant Revolutions, Firefly, posted an announcement on their site to highlight the games they will be releasing during Gen Con 2015, the biggest gaming convention in the United States.

This latest post concentrates on the games they will have available for demo at Gen Con. They begin the post with talk about their upcoming game Superstar Showdown. This is a wrestling game where players can control some of their favorite wrestlers in a team match style play.  Some of the wrestlers you can control are Apex Predator, Randy Orton, or dynamic Submission Specialist, Daniel Bryan.

The next game is Firefly. They will have their new customizable ship set available, as well as a playmat that combines the base game map with the other two expansion maps from the Blue Sun and Kalidasa expansions, making this map a 50″ X 20″ size playmat.

Lastly they will have a full line of D&D game accessories and Collector’s Series miniatures. The Collector’s series is a fully painted line that can be used during your D&D campaigns.

For more on these post and to learn about the other Gale Force 9, click here.

Firefly-Dice

Myself, and other Browncoats, will be thrilled to hear that Firefly: Shiny Dice, designed by Scott Morris and published by Upper Deck, will debut at GenCon. Firefly: Shiny Dice was first reported here and is a press your luck dice game that has you playing as the crew of Serenity taking on dangerous adversaries during exciting missions. It will come with 15 dice representing your favorite Firefly characters as well as passengers on Serenity and supplies. The 38 different mission cards will contain images and quotes from the show.

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If you’re attending GenCon 2015 you can head over to Upper Deck’s booth to demo the game or head over to their Firefly: Shiny Dice tournaments that will be running all weekend. You can read all about it in the announcement here.

Fellow Browncoats will be excited to hear that Upper Deck has announced Firefly: Shiny Dice is set to be released in August.

Shiny Dice is played over three rounds at the end of which whoever has the most points wins. The rounds involve rolling 15 dice and placing them on your display after any rerolls that you have from crew members or passengers. After your place you dice you reveal your mission, if you are lucky and have dice matching your mission then you skip the risk of having to do what the text on the card that has you ending your turn this round, forcing you to go again, or affects you in some other way.  After resolving your mission you have to deal with the bad guy (red) dice. First they strike and do things like hold on to your dice, move your crew/passengers, or KO’s one of your dice. Then you use your remaining crew dice to defeat them. If you defeat them all you score one VP each with half a point for each delivered supply. If you fail to defeat them all you score no points. You’ll have the option to repeat this process leaving out any KO’d passengers/crew but if you fail along the way you score no points that round.

Play as the crew of the Serenity as you complete mission objectives. Do you press your luck for great rewards or risk losing it all to the Alliance?

Get a mission, try to complete it and make money while trying not to get caught. The game lasts three rounds and whoever has the most points after three rounds wins. Declare yourself the “Best in the ‘Verse!”

Shiny Dice will play 1 – 4 players in about 30 minutes. The box will contain 15 custom dice (seven crew, three passenger, and five bad guys), 100 cards, and two full color game mats, various tokens, and a rule book.

If you’re a fan of the Firefly series, dice games, or push your luck games you should head over to your FLGS/OLGS in August and check out Firefly: Shiny Dice from Upper Deck. If I’m not in Jaynestown then I’ll be right there with you in line.