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Browncoat Booth - Oz Comic-Con Adl 2012 KayleeDo you own a Jayne hat? Are you coming to Supanova Melbourne in Firefly cosplay? We need your help! We’re on the hunt for a team (or multiple teams) of roving Browncoats who are attending Supanova and would be willing to be our voices in the crowd. Our Browncoat Charity Booth will be in the Grand Pavillion (where Alan Tudyk will be) but as we learned last year, people seem to have difficulty finding us!

So we’d like your help to let people know where we are. All you have to do is keep an eye out for fellow Browncoats (easily spotted as they often wear Firefly t-shirts, are in cosplay, wear a Jayne hat, heard randomly quoting lines from the show/movie, or are squeeing over Alan) and tell them where we are! Let them know about the shiny things we have for sale, and how proceeds benefit charity.

Can you help? If so, make sure you stop by our booth (we’ll have a map up in a few days) and we can answer any questions you might have.

How did you score in our first Battle of the States Online Trivia Quiz? Check the answers below!

Part 1: Good Guys, Bad Guys and Everyone in Between

1: What does River tell Simon happened to her once she is back on Serenity following the payroll heist and escaping the Reavers? She swallowed a bug (Serenity movie)
2: Whose fake hospital ID badge from the episode “Ariel” identified them as “Miles Arixoen”? Malcolm Reynolds
3: What is the name of the girl that is pregnant with Rance Burgess’s baby? Petaline (Heart of Gold)
4: During the commentary for “The Train Job”, which fictional villain does Joss Whedon compare Niska to? Hyman Roth from The Godfather Part II
5: According to the letter Jayne’s mother sends him, what is Mattie sick with? The Damp Lung (The Message)
6: Who tells Kaylee at the ball on Persephone that her dress looks like it was bought from a store? Banning Miller (Shindig)
7: What is the name of Serenity’s mechanic before Kaylee was bought on board? Bester (Out of Gas)
8: Who refers to Badger as “a psychotic lowlife”? Sir Warrick Harrow (Shindig)
9: What two chores to Jayne, Simon, and Book use to ante up with when they are playing Tall Card? Garbage & Dishes

Part 2: Places, Ships and Vessels

1: What does Mal say are the only things that can be found on New Melbourne? Fish and fish related activities (Objects in Space)
2: What does Jayne say the Heart of Gold looks like when he first sees it? A frozen dinner pack
3: What is the class code of a Firefly transport? 03-K64 [zero three dash kay six four]
4: Where is Serenity headed when Jubal Early sneaks on board? New Melbourne (Objects in Space)
5: What manoeuver does Wash say he’s going to attempt in order to rescue Mal, Zoe, Jayne, and River from the Reavers that are chasing them after the payroll heist in Serenity? A Barn Swallow
6: Wash once spent six weeks on a moon where the principal form of recreation was what? Juggling geese (Our Mrs Reynolds)
7: What does Inara say that the “funny smell” that Jayne noticed in her shuttle is? Incense (Out of Gas)
8: What piece of equipment does Mal bring with him to the Training House to prevent The Operative from getting a missile lock on Serenity? A Pulse Beacon
9: What colour is the button that will call back both shuttles in “Out of Gas”? Red

Part 3: Behind the Scenes and Beyond the ‘Verse

1: During one of the commentaries, which cast member refers to Inara as a “space hooker” and a “cosmic concubine”? Alan Tudyk (The Message)
2: According to Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, what had to be removed from Niska’s torture room in “War Stories” for safety reasons during filming? Hooks hanging from the ceiling
3: In their first meeting, Joss Whedon told Nathan Fillion that all the bad guys on the show were going to wear what? Hats
4: “Skunkworks” was the name of a building in Valencia, CA where episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer were filmed, and was used during the production of Firefly as what location in the series? The hospital on Ariel
5: Who said, “Nothing like a major motion picture to make you feel a little better about having your TV show cancelled”? Nathan Fillion
6: What does costume designer Shawna Trpcic consider to be her “signature”, which she incproporated into Badger’s outfit in Shindig? Pink flamingo
7: Which cast member is sometimes cited as being a “prop actor” and is usually holding a prop in many of his/her scenes? Adam Baldwin
8: Whose idea was it for Wash to have a moustache in the flashback during “Out of Gas”? Alan Tudyk
9: What is the name of the astronaut (and Browncoat) who brought a set of Firefly DVDs to the International Space Station in June 2007? Steven Swanson

Thank you to everyone who entered our first ever Browncoat Battle of the States Trivia Quiz!

We know you’re all keen to know which state has claimed bragging rights with their detailed and extensive knowledge of all things Firefly/Serenity…


Taking out the top spot in the State vs State contest was Victoria, followed closely by South Australia, with New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory coming in with a tie for third place.

As for the top individual across Australia, the honours go to Chelsea Wibrow from SA who scored 36/40, followed by Chris Peters (SA) with 33/40 and a tie for third place – Jacqui Ferguson (NSW) and Jennifer McInnes (ACT) who both scored 28/40.

Curious about who scored top in each state? Here’s the results!
– VIC: Courtney Baikaloff
– NSW: Jacqui Ferguson
– ACT: Jennifer McInnes
– WA: Nikki
– SA: Chelsea Wibrow
– TAS: Luke
Sadly, there were no entries from QLD or NT.

Well done everyone!!

Which Australian state has the keenest knowledge of Firefly facts? Add your skills to your state’s brain trust! The state with the highest overall score will get bragging rights over everyone else, as will the highest scorers in each state! You can use whatever resources you can scrounge up… watch the episodes and special features, listen to the commentaries, read the Visual Companion books, and scour the internet.

To enter, choose a state to represent, fill in the “Your Information” section and test your brain!

There are 3 Quiz parts – make sure you complete all 3!
> Part 1: Good Guys, Bad Guys and Everyone in Between
> Part 2: Places, Ships and Vessels
> Part 3: Behind the Scenes and Beyond the ‘Verse

Submit your answers by 11:00PM (ADST) on 8 April 2018!

NMB Members, it’s time to put your brain to the test and compete against other New Melbourne Browncoats Members to win our first Members Only Online Trivia Competition! So check your inbox for our email to get started!

We’ve put together ten challenging questions that should test even the most dedicated Firefly and Serenity fan, and one Browncoat Brainiac will win a Blue Sun Travel “Beaumonde” retro style tourism poster signed by Sean Maher (valued at $70)! It won’t be easy! You may even have to delve into the episodes and a commentary or two (any excuse to watch some Firefly and Serenity!!). You can use whatever resources you can pull together, but shhh… don’t share your knowledge with other Members or they may win instead!

Members have until 11pm on March 18 to answer all ten questions, so make sure you hit Submit before the clock runs out to be in with a chance to win. The member with the highest score will be the winner, or if there are equal high scores, the winner will be drawn randomly from highest scorers.

So dig out your DVDs, Blurays or digital copies of Firefly and Serenity, and whatever other sources of information you can put your hands on, and get to it!

If you haven’t received the email, please contact our Membership Officer at membership@newmelbournebrowncoats.com and make sure your email address is up to date.