Saturday, May 11, 2013

On the Radar: Gaming in the 'Verse

or Why Must You Take All My Money, Margaret Weis Productions?

I just spotted this on RPGNow: the Firefly RPG Preview Pre-Order! What exactly is a Preview Pre-Order? Well, according to the page:

This PDF pre-order is for the digital, full-color version of this exclusive and will be available to fans worldwide. Gaming in the 'Verse will include preview material that will be expanded upon and published in the upcoming Firefly Role-Playing Game based on the popular Fox television series created by Joss Whedon. 
* Sample Art and Full-Color Map Previews
* Select Chapter Previews
* "Wedding Planners" a playable Echoes of War adventure written by Margaret Weis
* "Shooting Fish" a playable Echoes of War adventure written by Andrew Peregrine
* "Serenity Crew" a collection of stand-alone characters compatible with the Echoes of War line
* Chinese pronunciation guide
* ...and more!
All game material provided in Gaming in the 'Verse: Gen Con 2013 Exclusive will employ the Cortex Plus mechanic. The estimated release for the Firefly RPG is Winter 2013.

But that's not all. Check this out:

Fans who purchase this GenCon Exclusive will also receive a 20% discount off the Firefly RPG corebook at DriveThruRPG. This discount will be e-mailed directly after the corebook debuts.

So, what are you waiting f--

What? So this isn't the pre-order for the Corebook? It's the pre-order for the preview. Of course. Quite obvious in retrospect; it's right there in the title.

Ah, got a bit excited there. Hm. Still, I'll probably get it anyway since I plan on getting the core book...


  1. What does "Echoes of War" even mean?

    And didn't they already make this game under the title "Serenity" just a few years back?

  2. Yes, they did (a bit longer that) -- but they lost the license to do it. The Serenity (movie) property is different from the Firefly (TV) property, you see.

  3. Didn't know it going to be the same system? Seems like they could recycle a lot of the old game.

  4. I believe they're going to use the Cortex Plus -- it's based on the simpler Cortex system used before, but with some additions. :)

  5. The setting seems like it would be fun but I'm not a big fan of the Cortex stuff. I wish Weis would try making games with other mechanics. Worked for TSR back in the day. I feel like the mechanics should be based on the setting, but I was never a big fan of "universal" systems like GURPS (although they made some great sourcebooks) and Hero (they didn't).


That's my side of things. Let me know what you think, my friend.

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