Firefly RPG May Be In The Works

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With only 14 episodes and one movie available, Firefly fans are always eager to find other ways to get their fix of Joss Whedon’s space western. Thankfully, the show’s cult following has helped the Firefly ‘verse to expand into other media, such as comics. Now loyal Browncoats may have something new to look forward to. A leaked teaser image suggests a new Firefly roleplaying game may be in the works.


The image above popped up on the website for Margaret Weis Productions, which has produced pen-and-paper RPGs for properties such as Smallville, Supernatural, and Marvel Comics. Browncoats will instantly recognize the look of the image, not to mention the Firefly buzzword “Shiny,” all suggesting that some new announcement involving Malcolm Reynolds and company is in the works. A brief mention in a blog post about their upcoming projects also says they’re working on a project involving “a shiny new license that we can’t talk about just yet.” So, we don’t know much…but we do know it will be shiny.

Longtime Firefly fans may remember that an RPG wouldn’t be unexplored territory for MWP. They already released a Firefly game back in 2009, and released four volumes counting the initial rulebook before their licensing agreement eventually expired. From the sound of things, fans who have been playing that game over the years might soon have more material to work with. Bring on the Big Damn Heroes!


  1. Rick says:

    There’s already a RPG

    • And it was based on the cortex system. It was published by Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd

      • Derek Hand says:

        Actually the Cortex System was based on it. It was THE first Cortex book and I assume the system was named after the Cortex from Serenity. It was a great game

        And to be honest, if MWP makes this a Cortex+ game… I will completely pass.

  2. Indeed…. I’ve played the RPG several times. The Cortex system is pretty easy to learn and it really gives the game that real life ” OMG I just got shot and might actually die” feeling.

  3. oh my gosh a pen and paper rpg, pfft, why not try to get someone like bioware to make a firefly video game.

  4. There already IS a firefly pen & paper RPG, written by Whedon. I’ve had it a few years now!

  5. Aintnoshepherd says:

    Was the confusion possibly due to the Jamie Chambers/MWP (now apparently
    out of print) game was named Serenity RPG not Firefly RPG? The former
    was a great game (& no my copy is not for sale), so if they’re
    looking to rejuvenate that ‘verse with licensing from the series instead
    of the movie, I say shiny!