Friday, March 07, 2014

Nick in Launceston

T'was the night before Dogs of War,
and all through the house,
not a tank was stirring,
not even a Maus ...

So we played Firefly.

1.  If you haven't watched the TV series, go watch it.  It is one of the best science fiction shows ever.  Perhaps made better by the fact it was cancelled, and hence didn't get a chance to descend into 'silly'.  Also, don't watch the movie 'Serenity' -- Serenity is to firefly what Episode 1 is to 'Star Wars' -- something that turns gold into lead.

2.  The game is described at boardgame geek:

3.  I didn't take pics, so I downloaded this pic from boardgamegeek:

The game really captured the spirit of the show.  I was Mal Reynolds on Serenity, with Irena as part of my crew, plus some assorted pilots, medics, and hired guns.  I did find Jayne's Cunning Hat (hence the picture shown above) (watch the show if you don't understand!).  I had a lot of diplomacy and engineering skills, but very little fighting skills.  I did manage to pull off the hospital robbery on Ariel ( and earned a TON of money -- but I had to carefully wait until the 'Aim to Misbehave' deck was stacked in my favour (I had obtained a computer enhancement that let me examine and re-arrange to top three cards on the misbehave deck).

In the end The Other Nick won, managing to buy a cunning replica of the 'shiny hat' from 'Earth That Was', and exchange it for the real one.  He was dogged by reavers, and did loose a few crew, but by concentrating on fighting skills he managed to fight out of most situations.

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