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Mothership is a sci-fi horror roleplaying game where you and your crew try to survive in the most inhospitable environment in the universe: outer space! You'll excavate dangerous derelict spacecraft, explore strange unknown worlds, exterminate hostile alien life, and examine the horrors that encroach upon your every move. Choose from one of four classes:

  • Teamsters, the rough and tumble workers. More versatile at first level, Teamsters can be anything from engineers, to pilots, to asteroid miners. If Ripley from Aliens is your hero, then you'll want to play a Teamster.
  • Scientists, doctors, researches or anyone who wants to slice open aliens (or infected crew members) with a scalpel. Become an expert in genetics or xenobiology - or protect your crew from deadly viruses.
  • Androids are an exciting and terrifying addition to any crew. Powerful due to their supreme intellect, speed, and near-immunity to fear, they tend to unnerve other crew members with their cold inhumanity.
  • Marines are here to shoot bugs and chew bubblegum. They're handy in a fight, and better when grouped together, but be wary when a marine panics because it could spell doom for the rest of your crew.

Mothership is actively in development, and this is a beta release. There will be limited print releases of the beta at most major conventions (Origins, Gen Con, BGGCon). 

Looking for an adventure to run? We just released the first adventure for Mothership, Dead Planet, and it's awesome. You can check it out (along with a preview) here.

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August 08, 2018 1:14 am UTC
Bought the printed booklet (and the Dead Planet adventure) at Gen Con, so took the liberty of downloading the PDF for free.

I've only given the rules a cursory look so far, but the graphic presentation is fantastic and the entire package is just dripping with cosmic horror.
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Sándor G August 07, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Two minor notes for now, both concerning the character sheet:
(1) the Scientist gets "Agriculture" (probably instead of Hydroponics)
(2) the order of skills for the Android should be "Linguistics, Computers, Mathematics" to conform to the order they are presented on the skill tree
Ehh, now I sound like a jerk, but I actually do like this game so far!
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Sean M August 10, 2018 3:56 pm UTC
Thanks for the feedback - I'll get those updated.
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steve F June 24, 2018 7:28 am UTC
If this is the beta Release, So when can we expect the FULL release of the book?
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Sean M June 25, 2018 12:24 am UTC
Great question! I don’t have a set release date yet. But we’ll likely release a new edition in 2019. Until then we’ll be supporting the game with some modules and toolkits.
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Michael H June 26, 2018 7:21 pm UTC
It would be great to see a sample "monster". :-)
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Sean M June 28, 2018 1:14 am UTC
We've been giving away these monster postcards at Gen Con and Origins - I'll get some posted up onto though soon!
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william N June 24, 2018 6:29 am UTC
excellent system. it makes me want to run a game in the Expanse universe.
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Sean M August 10, 2018 3:58 pm UTC
Oooh, that's an awesome idea.
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Michael H June 22, 2018 1:38 am UTC
At first glance this looks really good. However there are several pages with white text on a black background (ii, iii, 33 and 34) I find this quite difficult to read and my printer refuses to dump half its toner for these stylish embellishments. Any chance of restoring normality? Also, the art is unpleasant on the eye (particularly the cover); I imagine this will be improved but no art is better than horrible art (thinks I).
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Jarad C June 26, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Alternative opinion: the art is fabulous, in particular the cover. Agreed on the white text on black background portion though.
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Danel R July 11, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Its a space horror RPG. Horror. Space. White on black fits the theme so well, as does "unpleasant" art. Maybe it's just not for you?
It costs 5 cents to print a full black page in a copy shop, and I actually find it easier to read, but all that's subjective I guess.
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Michael H July 14, 2018 12:30 am UTC
You should add a subtitle to the game "no constructive criticism please". The layout is outstanding but the amateurish artworks only detracts and is certainly not for me, as you put it, but I do like some of the rules (a lot). I'm keen to see more, even if you don't want me to. Suggesting to a potential customer that your product is "not for them" is an odd way for a publisher to behave but each to their own.
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Danel R August 04, 2018 1:53 am UTC
Oh, you're free to write anything, not free from people seeing what you wrote.
It was always a matter of opinion, and people disagree. Just how life goes man.
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Steven R August 13, 2018 6:35 am UTC
You do know the response you received was not from the publisher...right?
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