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Mothership: Player's Survival Guide

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Winner of the 2019 Gold ENnie for Best Game!

Winner of the Ramanan Sivaranjan Excellence in Gaming Best G** D*** Books of 2018 award!


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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romain F September 01, 2022 10:50 pm UTC
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Hi, I'm a Kickstarter backer and have decided to get acquainted with the first set of rules while waiting for 1E. Thank you very much for sharing this PDF, I'm devouring it.
There is an example of save roll that I don't quite understand, though.
Page 7: "The Warden calls for Sanity Saves from both Lilith (Sanity 30) and Abel (Sanity 25). Lilith rolls 76, a Failure. The Warden rules that she’ll gain 1d10 Stress from the shock. Abel, however, doesn’t get off that easily. He rolls a 33, a Critical Failure."

Is there a misprint or did I miss something? Shouldn't it be "99" for a Critical Failure?
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romain F September 02, 2022 11:36 pm UTC
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Ignore, I had missed an important not about doubles being criticals :)
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Sebastian L June 29, 2022 4:05 pm UTC
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First two pages after cover in PDF are barely visible.
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robert H July 19, 2022 6:51 pm UTC
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I ran into the same thing when I opened it in my browser. opening it in Adobe acrobat reader fixed the issue for me.
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Vladimir M May 09, 2022 12:37 pm UTC
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Hay un capítulo 2 que no esta en este documento....donde lo encuentro?
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Jean-Sébastien M May 06, 2022 3:00 am UTC
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I have download the PDF and the game look great, but for some reason, I can barely see the first two pages after the cover. There is a white space at the top and the bottom of each page and the middle is really pale. Anyone else got this problem?
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robert H July 19, 2022 6:52 pm UTC
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I ran into the same thing when I opened it in my browser. opening it in Adobe acrobat reader fixed the issue for me.
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Stephen M M April 28, 2022 5:50 pm UTC
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Cool idea, but understand this is a basic PDF with no left-pane or internal links, so search will be your friend.

Ran mine through ABBY FineReader PDF and added my own left pane indexing, so it will be better use on a laptop when e-gaming.
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Andy W March 28, 2022 8:10 pm UTC
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Pre-ordered the digital edition on kickstarter, can't wait!
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Pietro S December 15, 2021 11:27 am UTC
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Will the updated rules from Kickstarter also arrive on this store?
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November 27, 2021 7:16 pm UTC
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Picking it up for free simply because I just backed the project at the Deluxe level. Cheers!
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Ender A November 24, 2021 6:04 am UTC
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just checking it out rq before i support the kickstarter but it does look baller
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Ben N November 03, 2021 10:19 pm UTC
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I'll check the rules out if it looks like something I'll get to use I'll back the kickstarter and pickup the boxed set.
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Matthew P September 02, 2021 5:07 pm UTC
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where is the bleeping core rules? all i can find is players guide, solo modification, and adventures?
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Michael F September 13, 2021 8:43 pm UTC
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This is effectively the core rulebook, though there is going to be a Kickstarter sometime SOON(tm) for a complete boxed set with Warden facing rules and more. But if you just want to play, you only really need this book.
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Philippe L November 02, 2021 11:24 pm UTC
The kickstarter is live now :)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gerdling/mothership-sci-fi-horror-rpg-1st-edition-boxed-set
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Vaggelis G June 13, 2021 12:47 am UTC
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POD please :)
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Guy R May 27, 2021 9:37 pm UTC
PoD soon please! It's way too expensive to ship the book via USPS to Canada--$17 is the least expensive shipping option--and I'd love a physical copy!
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Tom R August 03, 2021 5:36 pm UTC
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Maybe you could print out the PDF at Staples (or the Canadian equivalent)?
Then grab a report binder from the file/folder aisle.
A quick check showed a DuraClip Slide Locking Report Cover from Staples (will hold 60 pages, and averages out to $3 USD each).
Printing at Staples is $0.15 USD/pg. So, $6.60 for printing 44 pages, plus a $3 cover puts you in business for just under $10 USD.
Thinking about doing that on the way home from work now that I've found that temporary solution...
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Tom R August 03, 2021 7:10 pm UTC
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fyi- This idea got me really curious, so I kept researching and found that OfficeDepot will also do a printing of your choice in book/manual format, different bindings (yes, even spiral!) for about $12 USD.
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Sean S August 18, 2021 10:44 pm UTC
I have had issues printing copyrighted or PDF material at various print shops before.
And each time, the person didn't care that I may have had permission to print.
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JAVIER E March 27, 2021 4:45 pm UTC
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Did you had plans to put this one on pod?
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Christopher D February 25, 2021 4:37 am UTC
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How much so are the plans of moving this out of beta?
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