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Firefly Role-Playing Game Corebook

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The FIREFLY RPG puts you right in the middle of the action of the wildly popular television series. You and your Crew will trade bullets with fearsome bounty hunters, folk who want what you have, or varmints that try to put out the light of hope you represent. Keep your Browncoat banner flyin’ high and dodge Alliance cruisers. Side with the Alliance and track down riff-raff to haul ‘em in for justice. Explore your ‘Verse to find a crew, find a job, and keep flyin’!

The Firefly RPG uses a freewheelin’ version of the award-winning Cortex Plus System to bring the ‘Verse to life online or at your table in this 350+ page, full-color game. This corebook includes:

  • Detailed Episode Guide for all 14 Firefly episodes
  • 75+ Gamemaster characters including rules for Niska, Badger, Patience, and more!
  • Over 30 pre-generated player-characters! Play as Mal and the Serenity crew or one of 24 archetypes.
  • Original character creation – choose from dozens of Distinctions to fine-tune your concept.
  • Dozens of in game examples from the show.
  • Over two dozen sample ships
  • Dozens of sample Assets and Complications
  • Advancement rules
  • Tips for world-building in the ‘Verse
  • “What’s Yours Is Mine”, a fully-playable Episode – perfect for first-time GMs!
  • Chinese teaching tool and phrases spoken during the show
  • Maps of all five systems
  • Serenity ship and engine schematic
  • Interactive Crew and Ship Sheets. Print ‘em out as is or type in the details, save, and print.
  • ...and much, much more!

The Firefly RPG core rulebook is compatible with the Echoes of War adventures and all other releases in the FIREFLY ROLE-PLAYING GAME line, which are all sold separately. The Firefly Role-Playing Game is based on the hit television series by Joss Whedon. This release employs the Cortex Plus rule system.

Written By: Monica Valentinelli, Mark Diaz Truman, Brendan Conway, Dean Gilbert, and Jack Norris

Additional Writing By: Margaret Weis, Rob Wieland, P.K. Sullivan, Philippe-Antoine Menard, Cam Banks, and Dave Chalker

Developed By: Monica Valentinelli and Mark Diaz Truman

Systems Design By: Cam Banks, Dave Chalker, Philippe-Antoine Menard, Rob Wieland, P.K. Sullivan, Dean Gilbert, and Mark Diaz Truman

Rules Editing By: Mark Diaz Truman

Design and Layout By: Daniel Solis and Thomas Deeny

Title Page Art By: Crystal Ben

Interior Art By: Marie Bergeron, Kurt Komoda, Ben Mund, James Nelson, Alejandro Monge, and Christopher West

Edited By: Amanda Valentine, Alexander Perry, and Sally Christensen

Series Research By: Chad Underkoffler

Crew/Ship Sheet Enhancement By: Chris “Mr. Gone” Leland

Playtested By: Sarah Babe, Amie Barnard, Bill Bodden, Jeff Bridges, Archer Cafiso, Paul Cafiso, Dave Chalker, Brad Davies, John Drobina, Mike Fitch, E Foley, John Frazier, Jim Henley, Grace Jacobson, Marissa Kelly, Lauren Lyons, Matt M McElroy, Andie Miller, Matthew Nielsen, Brian Poe, Robert Ramus, Benjamin Rogers, Justin Rogers, Erik Stant, Paul Truman, Mark Diaz Truman, Dennis Twigg, Monica Valentinelli, Rob Wieland, and Ben Woerner

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Eric W July 23, 2014 3:31 am UTC
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Just bought it, interesting so far. However, half the links in the table of contents don't work or don't take you to the correct place. I hope this isn't a sign of problems like those that plagued the Serenity RPG.
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Monica V July 23, 2014 1:36 pm UTC
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Hi Eric! This is the first time we've received notice of this error since the PDF went live in April. Can you please shed some light on which version of Adobe and what device/platform you're using? We'll test the links again on our end, too. Thanks!
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Brock C June 04, 2014 2:54 pm UTC
Okay, so I have a question about licensing. While I hope Margaret Weis keeps the license for a long while, it's inevitable that someday she (they, company wise) will lose it. So, what happens then to our PDF purchased here? Can we still download it, or do we need to keep a copy of the PDF in a safe place for that inevitable future?
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Monica V June 05, 2014 1:12 am UTC
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In the vast majority of cases, you will be able to keep the PDF in your library. That said, I cannot say 100% for sure what the end of this license will look like, because we're nowhere close to having that conversation yet. Fox has been really great to work with, so I don't anticipate there will be a problem. If you're nervous about it, then it couldn't hurt to keep it in two places. Thanks!
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Saul M July 23, 2014 5:15 pm UTC
Hey there Brock. It seems that when a publisher loses the license they cannot sell those books and that includes PDF's. I have bought PDF's of books which went out of license and could not download the books even though they were in my Drivethru "library" And three of those books were Margret Weis books, SuperNatural, BSG and Serenity. So its always best to be safe than sorry. Especially with this publisher's track record of losing licenses.
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Christi C July 23, 2014 6:55 pm UTC
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Hey Saul - quick clarification. The licenses you reference came to a natural close based on the term of the agreements with the licensors. We wish they could last forever. Marvel, however, did end based on the transition on their end from Marvel proper to Disney. Do let us know if you have any other questions by reaching out to us directly via the MWP website.
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Darren P May 05, 2014 3:28 pm UTC
Are there conversion notes between the Firefly rpg and the Serenity rpg?
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Monica V May 05, 2014 8:46 pm UTC
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The Firefly RPG is a separate license than the Serenity RPG (2005); the rules, character, and setting are treated uniquely so we are unable to do a straight up conversion. The rules found in the Serenity RPG had since been revised as well. The initial ruleset was later revised, beginning with the release of Big, Damn Heroes. To help Cortex Classic fans learn the new system, we offered Wedding Planners Cortex Classic which ties into the Cortex Classic System blue book. Those rules are the final iteration of Cortex Classic, and that product is available on DriveThru as well.
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Darren P May 05, 2014 10:05 pm UTC
Thanks!
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Micah G May 02, 2014 4:22 pm UTC
If you are going to offer a preview of the book you might want to consider showing more than just the table of contents. I'm not impressed with the preview at all.
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Rachael S April 10, 2014 12:23 am UTC
Why does this not have options for Softcover and hardcover printed editions? Come ON Margaret... :-)
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Monica V April 10, 2014 12:27 pm UTC
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Hiya! Currently, we don't have any plans to offer print-on-demand versions of the Firefly RPG through this site. Right now, it's just digital. :-)
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Steff W May 05, 2014 4:30 pm UTC
Will there ever be a print version? I don't use PDFs really. I have trouble reading them (I sell mine on here which is why I'm on here). :)
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Monica V May 05, 2014 8:46 pm UTC
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The print edition will be available through game and book stores.
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Kurt M April 04, 2014 3:51 am UTC
What is the difference between this game and the Firefly RPG Core Rulebook being released in July? The cover on that one is more comic book looking but it is also made by Margaret Weiss Productions.
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Monica V April 04, 2014 10:50 am UTC
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This is the same corebook. The comic book cover has since been revised to this cover; that art is on the first page of the book. We announced and shared the new cover on our website on Friday, March 28th. The release dates for the print edition have not been announced yet, and we will do that mid-April. Any date you see is an estimate from another vendor.
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Frank T April 03, 2014 10:53 am UTC
So how does this vary from the Serenity RPG, given it is essentially the same setting and rules? Is it simply an effective Serenity 2nd ed?
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Monica V April 03, 2014 11:07 am UTC
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The Serenity RPG was based on the film licensed by Universal, employs Cortex Classic, and was published in 2005. The Firefly RPG is based on the Fox series, uses Cortex Plus, and debuted last year.

These are two separate games and were treated as such. Firefly, for example, dives into the series more and approaches worldbuilding from what was seen in the show. Plus and Classic play very differently from one another as well. Hope that helps!
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Ben M April 03, 2014 6:38 am UTC
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After taking my money for a pre-purchase on the 24th Feb, no one at the margaretweis.com website has been able to confirm my purchase after repeated follow-ups. Have just requested refund so I can just purchase direct through this site. Giving up on margaretweis.com. Good luck to anyone else trying.
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Matthew M April 03, 2014 1:34 pm UTC
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I will follow up with Christi on this. I'm sorry you've been having trouble with our webstore, we'll try to make sure we get that resolved for you right away.
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David J April 03, 2014 6:20 am UTC
"Detailed episode guide for all 14 episodes"

"hit television series"

Yeah.
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John K April 09, 2014 1:58 am UTC
Should have said "ground-breaking and under-appreciated television series."
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Calle P June 04, 2014 8:45 am UTC
well said
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Robert D April 02, 2014 10:03 pm UTC
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So, if we purchase the pdf do we get a discount when the physical book comes out?
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Monica V April 02, 2014 10:19 pm UTC
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The physical book will not be sold on DTRPG.com. Only the digital copies will be available. At this time, we have no plans to release a print-on-demand copy of this game or its supplements.
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Robert D April 03, 2014 2:10 am UTC
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OK. So, if we buy a physical copy do we get a pdf as well or do we have to pay $70.00 to get both the physical and pdf?
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Monica V April 03, 2014 11:08 am UTC
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If you pre-order a copy from MWP, you get a PDF. If you buy from your local game store, you have to contact MWP with proof of purchase to get the PDF.
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Josh L April 23, 2014 5:35 pm UTC
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Monica, does that mean we can purchase it from any FLGS and get the PDF or just ones that were previously on MWP's "preferred retailer" list?
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Monica V May 05, 2014 8:47 pm UTC
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Hi Josh: please visit our publisher's website at www.margaretweis.com to get that question answered. I would like to ensure that we're giving you correct information, and also respecting the fact that this is our partner's website.
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Garth W April 02, 2014 5:06 pm UTC
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When does the physical copy become available?
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Dean G April 02, 2014 5:42 pm UTC
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An announcement on that will be made sometime mid-April-ish once MWP has a better idea exactly when they'll be available. They're at the printers as we speak though.
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Dan D April 02, 2014 4:56 pm UTC
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Weren't people who brought the Gen Con Preview supposed to get a code or something, or am I remembering wrong?
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Dean G April 02, 2014 5:41 pm UTC
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I think you should have gotten a discount code at some point. Contact Christi if you didn't.
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Dan D April 02, 2014 7:24 pm UTC
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All sorted. My email settings needed to change.
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Ashley D April 03, 2014 11:04 am UTC
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I'm in the same boat. I've now updated my email settings... How long did it take for them to notice you were now accepting emails and issue the discount coupon?
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Monica V April 03, 2014 11:09 am UTC
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The way the system is set up, we don't receive automatic notices that you now accept e-mails. If you need a code, please contact DTRPG customer service and they'll send you a new one.
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April 02, 2014 4:13 pm UTC
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Why is it that we prepaid 50 bucks and now it's dropped to 20 on the first day?
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Dean G April 02, 2014 4:49 pm UTC
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Those who prepaid $50 will be getting a physical copy of the book as well as the PDF for free. The $20 price is just for the PDF alone.
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Michael B April 02, 2014 3:20 pm UTC
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I have downloaded the file twice, and it has crashed Acrobat both times. Preview on my Macintosh also reads PDFs, and it just shows one page with a bunch of gobbledigook characters.
Mike Brislawn
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Dean G April 02, 2014 4:50 pm UTC
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Contact DTRPG customer service. Sounds like you got a bad file.
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Hugh Z April 02, 2014 5:00 pm UTC
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You may also want to check your version of Acrobat. I am using version 11 and have no problems with the file.
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Benjamin K April 02, 2014 7:39 pm UTC
You should try a different PDF reader like Foxit to make sure it's a problem with the file. Dean is right though, that's probably what it is, a bad file.

Here's some lifehacker recommends for all the various platforms: http://lifehacker.com/5328211/five-best-pdf-readers/all
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Michael B April 03, 2014 4:19 pm UTC
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I took the file to work and it opened fine. I did a Save As, after closing The Adobe Tools section of the Window, and the file now opens fine on my home computer.
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