Fuck the instruction manual for this game. It is 18 pages long.
Putting that aside, this is a sweet-ass board game. The cardboard punch-out tokens are nice, the paper money is 5x nicer than monopoly money. There is even a punch-out dinosaur, although the instructions explicitly say that you should acquire and use a real toy dinosaur, that passes between players over the course of the game. I personally understood this as a necessity, as it is in the rule book. So I brought out the only toy dinosaur I own, a 2 foot long T-rex from Jurassic Park. (The one that made stomping and roaring sounds until it filled with battery acid 2 years later, and is still filled with corrosive goodness to this day.) Don’t do this. When players throw a T-rex at you, it hurts like a rubber, metal and plastic bitch.
Or you could not play this game. I am one of those curmudgeons that dislikes the new explosion of new-wave board/card games. So I would understand. I hate when people say, “I bet you like Catan, right? We’re gonna play Catan” because I say “No, no I don’t like fucking Catan. I would rather play Risk. When you play risk, you can wear a Russian military hat, or commander beret, or some other nation-specific headpiece that implies that you are the commander of your empire’s forces. But no, that’s cool, let’s play Catan. I’ll wear a sheep on my head and you can wear a log. And we’ll build roads, instead of razing nations to conquer the planet.”
But again, if you’re feeling up to it, this game was worth it. You should play this game, if you like Firefly. But probably not if you don’t, there are subtle references and quotes that add a lot to the flavor of the game that you won’t enjoy. But they are by no means the meat of the game.
One more thing. Have someone explain the rules to you. Any game that takes 18 pages of instructions usually gets thrown out of the window. (Which is why I rent. Landlords replace that shit.)
This board game is for one to four players. That’s right, one to four. So for all you Anne Rice fans out there, this is a board game that it’s possible to play by yourself.