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Firefly Kalidasa: unboxing and first look 03 October 2015

My copy of the Kalidasa expansion to Firefly arrived yesterday. What's inside?

The contents are another 10"×20" map board, a single counter sheet, the rulebook, the Operative's Corvette, and lots of cards.

No, really, lots of cards.

The Corvette is one of the more interesting minis in the game.

There are thirty new Rim Space nav cards and twenty each for Alliance and Border space, one new captain, five new cards for each of the core game supply planets and contacts, and 25 for each of the two new contacts and one supply planet. Oh, and two Set Up and three Story cards.

The full board, now in three pieces plus the Higgins overlay to turn Harvest into a supply planet, is 50"×20".

How big is that? Here's a standard reference mole wrench for scale.

I also have the Whole Damn 'Verse vinyl mat, which is the same board but in a single piece.

My initial thoughts are that flying is a lot more dangerous with those new nav cards. It was already something that one should minimise in order to do well, but now it's become much more so.

The new jobs are mostly there to drive players to the new part of the board, but Patience's Gamble looks promising. Fanty and Mingo offer plenty of Transport jobs, and going legal may finally be a viable option with this set in play. Bonus Drop-Offs turn a two-stage job into a three-stage one, making things more complicated; I like that. Higgins jobs look as though they favour the Walden, with lots of Heavy Loads.

I like the look of this; I think it's going to change the flavour of the game again, and for the better. Definitely looking forward to getting it to the table!

There are more detailed photographs of all the components here. Rulebook download is here.

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