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The four disc DVD set just turned up today, and after re-watching my favourite episode ("Out Of Gas"), I am more and more convinced that Joss Whedon was running Firefly as a set of Traveller adventures. Just look at the crew, it's a typical party of adventurers - and I'm convinced that the only reason that there isn't a scout on board the free trader is that Joss could never get one to survive long enough to muster out when he rolled up the campaign characters...

Roll on the movie...

(Oh, and GIP for my shiny Serenity icon wot I just made)

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neilf
Dec. 1st, 2003 01:01 pm (UTC)
Cool! Interestingly Amazon are still saying it won't be released until the 9th.

Firefly is a regular topic of conversation on the Citizen of the Imperium message boards. Unfortunately the current double bill on Sci-fi clashes with our games night, so I've not really caught any yet. From what I've read though, I think I might need to invest in the DVDs.

So, you wanna play some Traveller sometime?

- Neil.
sbisson
Dec. 1st, 2003 01:04 pm (UTC)
I think we should, don't you?
neilf
Dec. 1st, 2003 01:16 pm (UTC)
Well I'm in the process of organising a game in London.

Details can be found at http://lists.ourshack.com/mailman/listinfo/london-travellers in the archives.

Alternatively I can organise a second game, especially if people are happy with Classic Traveller.

- Neil.
drpete
Dec. 1st, 2003 01:39 pm (UTC)
Never played Traveller seriously, but always remember the White Dwarf cartoon "The Travellers", and that immortal and well used line.. "Lose the door Gavin".
neilf
Dec. 1st, 2003 02:13 pm (UTC)
The Travellers was a classic. Pity they never collected then together as a single volume.

Mad Gav was of course the inspiration for far too many gun bunny Traveller characters.

There will be Traveller going on at Dragonmeet for anyone that's interested.

- Neil.
daveon
Dec. 2nd, 2003 01:32 am (UTC)
I always wanted to see The Travellers series myself.
nmg
Dec. 2nd, 2003 02:13 am (UTC)

They were collected as a single volume - I managed to buy one on eBay a couple of years ago. That said, it was a photocopied A5 booklet published in the US, so it's either a bootleg or a small press version. I'm going to be at home on Wednesday night, so I'll look up the details then.

(it's a shame that it's A5 and photocopied - rather cramped, and you lose much of the detail and shading)

neilf
Dec. 2nd, 2003 02:33 pm (UTC)
I have all the relevent issues of White Dwarf... it's just a hassle working through them.

Maybe I should digitize them so I can then read them at my leisure.

- Neil.
nmg
Dec. 2nd, 2003 03:01 pm (UTC)

I'm missing a few of the earlier issues, which was the main reason I bought the collection.

sweeterthing
Dec. 4th, 2003 06:36 am (UTC)
Simon, de-lurking to say hi and that I enjoy reading your blog. But mainly I'm here to share the Firefly excitement. My set has been shipped today :) and I'm looking forward to it so much!! I agree with you about the Traveller parallels, although I myself haven't played in years.

btw the Serenity icon is most shiny ;)

Sweet

(Anonymous)
Dec. 17th, 2003 11:11 am (UTC)
Firefly and Traveler
I was also convinced that Joss Whedon was running a Traveler campaign as the basis of Firefly, when I first saw it on the UK SCI-FI channel.
I would love to see a hex-map of the 22 planets or moons visited or named in the series, as this would no doubt form the basis of my own Firefly based campaign.
One major differnce between the series and the RPG is the propulsion system that the Serenity uses. It is obviously considerably faster than light, as it can bake interstellar journeys days.
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