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Gale Force Nine Multiplies Fireflies, Tosses WWE into the Ring, Then Heads to Sea Under Black Sails

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Gale Force Nine has a trio of new expansions for Firefly: The Game, with the biggest of the three being Firefly: The Game – Kalidasa, a "Rim Space Expansion Set" along the lines of 2014's Blue Sun. Here's a short overview of Kalidasa, which GF9 will preview at Gen Con 2015 before its release in Sept. 2015:

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Kalidasa adds a massive star system to the 'Verse with loads of new opportunities for adventure and profit. No sector of space is safe as the long arm of the Alliance reaches out beyond the central planets with the addition of the Operative's Corvette. Every region of the 'Verse becomes more dangerous with the addition of new Nav Cards for Alliance Space, Border Space and Rim Space. Two new Contacts, including the twin brothers Fanty & Mingo, provide new work opportunities for ambitious crews, especially those willing to get their hands dirty. The bustling port of Beaumonde offers exciting new gear and supplies for captains of all sorts. The bounty of the Rim also flows back to other Supply Planets with new crew, gear and ship upgrades appearing on other worlds. Finally, new Set Up cards, new Story Cards, and a host of surprises await the bold.
The other Firefly items are a pair of "Coachworks game boosters" — Esmeralda and Jetwash — due out in Q3 2015, with each booster containing "a new Firefly Series IV model; ship card; color-coordinated ship dice; new ship upgrades; sheet of game tokens; a new Set Up Card; and a new Story Card".

• Also coming from GF9 in Q3 2015 is WWE Superstar Showdown from the GF9 design trio of Aaron Dill, John Kovaleski and Sean Sweigart. What's going on in this game?

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WWE Superstar Showdown features six of WWE's greatest superstars — Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, John Cena, Big Show, Randy Orton, and Big E — in a game of miniature combat driven by specialized card decks that highlight the unique style and signature moves for each WWE superstar.

A single match in WWE Superstar Showdown can be played in as little as ten minutes. The game expands with rules linking a series of matches to form an event, creating a longer and more in-depth play experience. With four different match cards, players can play a variety of different matches, further augmented with stipulation cards that introduce special rules to the contest. Players in an event can improve their superstar between matches by earning and adding powerful bonus cards to their superstar decks.

Can you dominate the ring? Will your team go down in history as the greatest phenomenon the world has ever known?
• Rules for WWE Superstar Showdown are available on the GF9 website, and the publisher notes that future expansions for the game will introduce "more WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends".


• As for what else Gale Force Nine has coming in the future, here's a banner that was in the GF9 booth at NY Toy Fair in February 2015. Black Sails: The Board Game — based on the Black Sails Starz television series — is now due out in 2016, according to GF9's John Kovaleski, and the publisher has multiple Family Guy games under development to explore the rich and varied cultural dynamism present in that television series.

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