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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian01 Jan 2018 4:20 p.m. PST

If you were to game with miniatures in the Firefly/Serenity sci-fi setting, which rules would you use?

lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 4:27 p.m. PST

Haven't played it yet, but perhaps Freejumper?

28mm Fanatik01 Jan 2018 4:41 p.m. PST

'Rogue Stars' seems like it should fit the bill: link


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 5:08 p.m. PST

Pulp Alley, maybe Flying Lead

SBminisguy01 Jan 2018 5:20 p.m. PST

I prefer Fringe Space from Two Hour Wargames:


And Gale Force 9 has a new table top miniatures game called Brigands and Browncoats.

lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 5:39 p.m. PST

Course, you could simply play the board game Firefly and really roam the ‘verse!

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 6:04 p.m. PST

Play the game that inspired the series—Classic Traveller. By many accounts, Whedon played the game in college which is what inspired the idea. Just use Striker or similar miniatures supplement.

Rich Bliss01 Jan 2018 6:18 p.m. PST

I'm with Yogi. Travellet.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 6:25 p.m. PST

Traveller. Yerp.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 6:50 p.m. PST

Traveller oh yes.

Calico Bill01 Jan 2018 7:04 p.m. PST

Agree. Traveller.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 9:38 p.m. PST

There's a line in the pilot where Mal refers to the crew and passengers as "travelers," a term he never uses again in the series. It's an obvious homage to the game, and the series clearly reflects the structure of the Traveller setting, though the names are changed. It's still essentially the Imperium, minus any alien border realms (except for Reavers, which serve the same function). And the low level personal tech and weaponry also matches Traveller.

So yes, Traveller, though technically that's a storytelling RPG and not a miniatures game.

TNE230001 Jan 2018 10:56 p.m. PST

another Traveller vote

Spooner601 Jan 2018 11:08 p.m. PST

I am with Lordthegamer. There is a Firefly board game that is really good. The misses and I played tonight. Alas I got Jane captured by the alliance which set me bad giving her the win.


Personal logo mrwigglesworth Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2018 3:27 a.m. PST

For miniatures I would use A Fist Full of Lead. For RPG I would use the Firefly rpg.

whill402 Jan 2018 6:21 a.m. PST

Pulp Alley

MajorB02 Jan 2018 7:47 a.m. PST


blacksmith02 Jan 2018 11:14 a.m. PST

Five Core together with Five Parsecs from Home by Nordic Weasel

Roderick Robertson Fezian02 Jan 2018 1:20 p.m. PST

Mad Dogs with Guns.

LostPict Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2018 7:21 a.m. PST

There is also the soon to be released Gale Force 9 game "Brigands and Browncoats". The starter box has the Serenity crew (not the passengers) and bad guys with paper terrain. GF9 just announced 2 expansions that include the passengers. Supposedly B&B will ship in January.

Lion in the Stars03 Jan 2018 3:15 p.m. PST

I'd use Infinity: the Game with some serial numbers filed off and a fresh coat of paint.

I mean, it's written around near-RPG missions anyway, and you have the ability to let each character hog the camera with the Order/ARO system.

Only downside is that Infinity is deadly.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2018 11:05 a.m. PST


What's wrong with deadly? :)

Games with immortal characters don't appeal to me much.



Oberlindes Sol LIC05 Jan 2018 8:49 a.m. PST

Classic Traveller, of course. The entire tv series is a series of Traveller adventures: find a patron, do the patron's job, try to get paid, spend your earnings on ship maintenance and weapons, repeat.

And remember: "Nothing says Traveller like shotguns in space."
Michael Hensley, quoted in:

Lysander In the TMP Dawghouse07 Jan 2018 6:30 p.m. PST

Savage Worlds or Traveller. Savage Worlds (given its origin in miniatures rules) probably lends itself more easily to using miniatures.

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