|Mi Tian Gong. Dong le ma?|
While I find the published games somewhat lacking, that does not dampen my enthusiasm for the property and the potential to run a successful game in it. The original television series lasted less than half a season before Fox cancelled it. I was fortunate that I discovered the series on DVD a couple of years later, and was thus spared the gutting that came with the cancellation for so many of the first run fans. The Serenity movie was uneven, but at least it brought a sense of completion to several of the character arcs, if not the entire story.
If you are unfamiliar with the Firefly universe, my best advice is to go. Find it. Watch it. If you find that you do not like it, search your inner self to figure out what has gone so terribly wrong in your life and see if there is anything you can do to fix it. For those who feel they do not have the time to enrich their life, I will tell you this. The world of Firefly is set in the very early days of Human colonization of Space. Earth was, as is often the case in Sci Fi, exhausted and humanity, primarily the Americans and Chinese went to the stars. The primary focus of colonization is a small series of systems. Eventually the more self-reliant, but sparsely populated, colonies on the Border, an outer ring, of planets decided that they no longer wished to be dictated to by the Alliance controlled Core planets and revolted. The revolt did not go well. Present day is several years later with the powerful inner rim once again in control. The central hero of the story was a devotee of the Independent Border's lost cause. He exists on the fringe by operating his rust bucket space ship with a crew of quirky characters, most of whom have secrets, or at least interesting pasts, that drive the narrative. Eventually, they run afoul of a shadowy government group that genetically modified one of the crew.
is not our own, but the problems the crew face are very accessible. Little details transform what could be a vanilla effort into something truly special. The characters speak in a mixture of English and Chinese slang that seems odd to the ear, but quickly becomes second nature. The equation of the Border colonies with the American West, complete with sheriffs, six guns, and horses makes the backdrop both alien and familiar at the same time. When the high tech Core worlds begin to make an appearance, they seem somehow even more out of place than the ranches and cowboy hats you have become accustomed to.
|As much as I love each of these characters, I would|
prefer you create your own to fly the Verse.