|Lisa Stevens CEO|
For those of us who enjoyed Joss Whedon's short-lived TV series Firefly, its revival on the silver screen by way of the upcoming movie Serenity is something to get excited about. The world of Firefly and Serenity is sci-fi meets the old west, and makes a perfect setting for an RPG, as evidenced by one of the opening narrations:
Here's how it is: Earth got used up, so we terraformed a whole new galaxy of Earths, some rich and flush with new technologies, some not so much. Central Planets, them was formed the Alliance, waged war to bring everyone under their rule; a few idiots tried to fight it, among them myself. I'm Malcolm Reynolds, captain of the Serenity. Got a good crew: fighters, pilot, mechanic. We even picked up a preacher, and a bona-fide companion. There's a doctor, too, his genius sister from some Alliance camp, so they're keeping a low profile. You got a job, we can do it, don't much care what it is.
The folks over at Margaret Weis Productions didn't waste a moment snagging the Serenity license after their company was formed last year. The Serenity Role Playing Game core rulebook is the first fruit of that license. Designed and written by game industry luminaries including Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Lester Smith and others, the Serenity RPG was one of the most talked about new products from Gen Con this year, with the preview copies released at the show selling out before show's end. So find a crew, find a job, and fly into the world of Serenity.
Is the Serenity game a 20 system?
I pulled this quote from MaragaretWeis.com"What game system do you use? Is it d20?
The Serenity Role Playing Game uses a completely new game system. It is designed to be both easy to teach and learn, emphasize story and fast-moving play, and utilize intuitive game mechanics so that more time is spent having fun instead of looking up rules. The dice we use for the game are: d2, d4, d6, d8, d10, and d12. Yes, that's right--no d20s at all."