As I’ve mentioned in previous posts on the game, Firefly can have an enormous footprint when fully deployed, and the expansion packs just make it more so. With up to seven Captains at the table each with a ship card and crew/upgrades, and seven Job decks (with discards), and six Supply decks (with discards), and Misbehave deck and three Nav decks (and their discards) and and and…well, it’s a lot of space needed.
Having noted this issue when playing Arkham Horror a few years back, Craig came up with a solution that is brilliant and effective, and when he saw Firefly’s footprint he used the same solution. Hot glue and foamcore board make for a sturdy set of carriers and covers, allowing easy transport and blazing fast setup. The footprint of the whole system, packed up, is barely larger than the folded board. Unpacked, it’s about twice that size.
The first pic shows the entire game, covered and stacked up for transport. The covers go over the two stands, which sit back to back on top of the box, which holds the other trays.
Unfolded, the system looks like this. Note that short of distributing money, this game is now pretty much ready to get into the startup procedure of placing things on the board. If the decks are shuffled up before putaway, you can be choosing Stories, Ships, and Captains within five minutes.
The multi-level design allows for clear identification of the Job decks and their discards (including room for Lord Harrow and Mr. Universe). It’s harder to see here, but this tray set has a deeper compartment to the right, where the ships and dinosaur are kept, and shallower compartments to the left, where the Goods, Passengers, and Warrants are.
And lastly the Supply deck stand and bank. The stand repeats the multi-level design of the Jobs stand, while the bank helps keep the money tidy throughout a game where it’s coming in and out constantly.
The box, in which the trays stack, also has a compartment at the bottom to contain the various rule books. All told, the entire game comes to about six pounds (2.7kg), so it’s easily carried.
I’ll be trying to prevail on Craig to write up his plans, so we can post them here for anyone else who wants to use it. If there’s interest, I’ll see if I can get the same look at his Arkham Horror setup.