So whats different? apart from not being in super hero spandex?
Legendary Encounters is back with an all new Firefly core set! Play as the crew of the Serenity and work with each other to complete each episode that players choose. Upgrade your ship to gain an advantage, but be careful that Serenity does not get enough strikes to end the game. Once players complete an episode, everything resets to start anew! Each Core Set comes with over 500 playable cards featuring all original art and will feature some of Firefly’s greatest protagonists, including Patience, Niska, Saphron and the evil Alliance. Also included will be a game mat to help to organize the play field. Get ready to explore the ‘Verse!
Lets crack it open, and take a look around the verse!!
So what are the major differences? lets see....
The starting hand setup for Legendary® Encounters: A Firefly™ Deck Building Game is almost the same as the other Legendary Encounters games. Each player will begin with 13 cards in their starting deck.
Starting decks are made of seven Shiny cards. These give players one Recruit point each. There are also five Misbehave cards. Each one of these gives players an Attack point. Shiny and Misbehave cards are used to Recruit Characters, Scan spaces, and Fight Enemies.
When a Flaw card is played, the Flaw text on that player’s Avatar must be followed. A played Flaw card is placed back into the Flaw card stack.
Then of course the way its played, which is episodic, all based on TV episodes of the series, which i don't want to spoil, as you will have a great time recognizing them from various episodes that have already happened.
Then there's the ship..........
The Episodes in Legendary® Encounters: A Firefly™ Deck Building Game take place not only planet side but also in space. This means the players will be facing off against Ship enemies. What makes these enemies dangerous is when they strike; they strike Serenity herself instead of a player.
On the board Serenity is made up of four slots. When a Ship enemy strikes, a Ship Strike is drawn and placed in the lowest slot. If all slots of Serenity have Strikes and another Ship Strike is drawn, Serenity explodes and the players lose the game. This makes Ship enemies especially dangerous. Ship enemies will strike Serenity turn after turn, eventually destroying her.
Some Ship Strikes have an “Ongoing” effect that begins immediately and lasts as long as it is on Serenity. Otherwise the Ship Strike effect is followed only once when the strike is drawn.
Players do have the ability to purchase Upgrades for Serenity in between Episodes. Players can purchase one or more Upgrade cards by paying its Credit Cost. Credits are earned during Episodes by completing Objectives or Side Jobs (more on this in a later post).
These new additions add some twists, and a new way of playing legendary (how i would LOVE to see a Star Trek version), it proves though that vehicles can be used well in the game.
Overall, its excellent as a game from a mechanics point of view, it adds real innovations, and plays well solo or coop, but its the art.... if you can get over that you will find an excellent game that drips theme, and atmosphere, and rules wise is the best of the legendary systems... if you can not get over that though.... GET OVER IT! the game itself is well worth it even with the poor art, and once you are immersed into the world of it you will barely notice, i do admit it was a bit jarring for me at first, but when you are going, and upgrading your ship... and into the campaign system. Yes this has an ongoing campaign system, where you can get upgrades fro your ship, its just a fantastic game, which is what makes it double sad on the art front. When you play it solo it runs smoothly, and when you play it together in a group of other firefly fans they will have a blast with quotes from the show and playing in character, and enjoy the best (mechanics wise) Legendary set yet.
With an RRP of £54.99, despite the artwork, and because of the excellent mechanics, its a must have for any Firefly fan, so jump in your ship and head over to your Local Game Store and grab a copy.