Okay, the Iain has slept and his brain is back up and running!
So, before I get into trying to figure out backstory, I figure I had better check - what do you mean by Space Pirates? To make my life easier, comparison to the crew/npc's/events of Firefly/Serenity would definitely be appreciated. Also remember we're looking at PG13 here! If necessary, a more adult-themed game can be made elsewhere for interested full members.
As for the ship, I am currently considering a larger freighter (roughly a crew of 20) than the firefly class, or just making up my own. If you guys did want to go the pirate route, then there are some more options I could put on the table, but I want to see what you guys think first! Character sheets will be posted in this thread and once finalised, will be linked to from the OP of the IC thread. In terms of crew, I will probably play the owner/group leader. That may also be the captain too, but we'll see what happens once a few more things are sorted out.
I am also planning on putting a primer-type spoiler in the OP of the IC thread, covering the basic information on the groups, tech and history of the universe - as well as keeping track of what the story has gotten up to.
Also, for those reading this without an interest in Firefly, please note that this is only the first group game I am opening here. There will be another 2 or 3 games in different genres to follow. I should imagine a vampire/supernatural game (drawing inspiration from VtM) will be available, probably some kind of steampunk/fantasy adventure game (drawing inspiration from FF7 amongst others) will be offered and maybe a superhero game too (drawing inspiration from smallville/batman/spider-man/avengers/watchmen amongst others).