I'm wondering if I could get some clarification on the meaning of "original characters" as pertaining to this thread. I have interpreted it to mean, "new; fresh; inventive; novel," and not "belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something." If this is the case, then the main characters of Serenity who were on board the Firefly, i.e. Mal, Zoe, Wash, Jayne, Kaylee, Simon, Inara, River, and Book would not qualify. Other, minor characters on the show, such as Badger, Jubal Early, Fanty & Mingo, Monty, Patience, Atherton Wing, and others who did not crew the Firefly, would be acceptable NPCs, in my opinion, but would not qualify as PCs.
Though, it's not for me to say as it is not my thread or idea, it's just my opinion. I certainly don't mean to step on anyone's toes or come across in a negative light, I just wanted to try to clear up my confusion.
Also, I'm wondering if a decision has been made as to the ship type and purpose. What kind of ship is it? Is it a mid-bulk transport like Serenity? If so, is it a Firefly class or another class? Is it larger, perhaps a heavy transport, or a freighter or hauler? Maybe it's smaller, like a light transport or even a converted courier ship with weapons mounted? Is it a Luxury liner catering to the wealthy? Perhaps on a smaller scale? I ran across some stats and deck plans for a ship that is sort of a compromise of both worlds, if anyone is interested.
Again, sorry if I stepped on any toes or ruffled any feathers. That is not my intention. I may still be interested, but I would like to see where this is headed before I throw my hat in the ring ... again.