Monday, August 24, 2015

Best Board Game Everrrrrer

            No, seriously, if you haven’t played this board game, you need to. It is Firefly The Game and it’s loads of fun.

            What is it like, you ask? Well, I can best describe it as a combination of Monopoly, Settlers of Catan and Dungeons & Dragons. Incidentally, if you haven’t played those either, you’re missing out. Except maybe Monopoly, that can be hit or miss.

            Anyway, even if you aren’t a fan of Firefly (which, if you’re not, it probably means you haven’t watched the show, a problem you should go fix right now), the game is great – although you miss many of the references. It has a simple concept – you are the captain of a Firefly class starship. You need to find a crew, find a job and keep flying.

            Throughout the game, you fly around between planets doing jobs, hiring crew members and upgrading your ship while working towards certain goals. You get to choose the jobs from various contacts and the work is either legal or illegal, moral or immoral, with some paying better and some being riskier (with the potential of getting issued arrest warrants or even having crew members killed). The jobs can vary from carting cargo and passengers between planets to robbing banks.

            As for the goals to win the game, they change! That’s the best part about the game – there are different story modes to play. There’s even a solo mode (which I had so much fun with I played for 5 hours straight one day). The different game stories change the strategies needed for playing and make for a fresh game each time. I figure you can even write your own game modes for it (I’m planning a fantastic co-operative story).

            The only downside is that it does take a while to set up – but it’s worth it. It’s also one of those games where the rules seem really complicated when they’re being explained, but they begin to make sense really fast as you’re playing.

            So, yes. Firefly. Play it.

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