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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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Jorge J March 26, 2019 11:15 pm UTC
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Some errata

Page 8. Section 8.3:

"If all of a ship’s Life Support modules are destroyed then divide the ship’s current hull subtract 1d10 and then divide by the number of living humans onboard".

So, "divide the ship's current hull..." by what?

Page 8. Section 8.3:

"If more less than half of the original oxygen remains".

It should say, of course, "If less than".

It would be nice to see an update to the PDF.
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Jorge J May 11, 2019 1:53 am UTC
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Thanks!
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Mark J March 20, 2019 12:09 am UTC
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Any chance of buying the print edition from within the UK? My inkjet printer took one look at all that black and ran off.
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John R January 23, 2019 4:22 pm UTC
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Silly question, but would this work with two players?
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Sean M February 19, 2019 3:39 am UTC
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Two players meaning a Warden and one player? Or a Warden and two players? The answer is yes regardless, though you'll want to give the player some mercenaries!
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Cody B January 13, 2019 8:04 pm UTC
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So I skimmed the discussions here but didn't see anything related to my inquiry.

Is there maybe a place to report inconsistencies, errors, or typos? Some developers use Discord as a place to connect with their fans as well as receive feedback, maybe you guys have something like that? (of which I'm unaware)
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Sean M February 19, 2019 3:38 am UTC
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Hey Cody -- we do have a Discord, you can find a link to it at our homepage.
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Rolf E December 30, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
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You might want to change the mechanic of opposing rolls, as it is an exception to the general mechanics of rolling under a given score with a high margin, e.g. healing.
The change would read something like this:

The side that underrolls with the highest margin wins.

Thus the player with the better value would still have the better probability of winning and all dice rolls would use the same mechanics.
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David M December 23, 2018 5:54 am UTC
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A quick question. I understand that the print copies of this that are still available are limited. At least that's the way I understand it. Are there plans to reprint Mothership and Dead Plant once the remaining stock is sold, or from that point forward is PDF going to be the only way to get it for the foreseeable future?
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Sean M December 26, 2018 7:12 pm UTC
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We'll pretty much always be printing these as long as there's demand.
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Paolo Z December 04, 2018 5:47 am UTC
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Some discrepancies I found in the text:
1) On page 15 the Vacsuit is listed as having Oxygen for 12 hours, 6 under stressful activity. The Oxygen Tank for the vacsuit under equipment (page 17) lists that as 12/4
2) On 26.3 is stated that you start with 1 Resolve, but the character sheet at the end of the book has a big "starts at 0" under Resolve
3) On page 29, under Fuel there is "Every jump requires double the fuel of the jump (Jump 2 = 4 Fuel)" but on 27.6: "Jump require fuel equal to the jump (so a Jump
2 requires 2 units of fuel)."
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Sean M December 26, 2018 7:11 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks for the bug report! We've taken note for future printings.
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Jacob B November 25, 2018 1:41 am UTC
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Waiting for my physical stuff to arrive so I took this for free! Can't wait to get hard copies.
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Ben L November 13, 2018 10:37 pm UTC
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November 06, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
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Purchased this and Dead Planet from the EF web site so
Downloaded this for free - this is a great game, well presented, dense with info and loaded with flavour
Can’t wait to run it with my crew
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Kelly D November 05, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
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Any plans for a Warden's guide with how to design creatures, aliens, plagues, viruses, etc? Maybe suggestions on how to design adventures.
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Sean M November 19, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
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Absolutely! The Warden's Operations Manual is in the works, though likely we'll release more modules before then.
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Riley B October 27, 2018 5:06 am UTC
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I'm a little confused about gaining stress. In the section about saves it says you gain 1d10 stress on failing a save but in the stress section it says you only gain 1 from a failure.
I'm not sure which way is intended.
Also, looking at the panic rolls what happens if a player gets a value above 30? Do they just die of the heart attack?
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Sean M October 28, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
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Hey Riley! Great question. That's a typo there, but in reality it should be somewhere between 1-1d10 based on the severity of the situation (like damage).

For the heart attack, that's correct, but we'll probably be changing that to be something like "You're knocked unconscious and die within 1d5 rounds unless you're hit with a stimpak or something similar."
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Shane L September 08, 2018 9:43 pm UTC
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Question: Is Mothership Creative Commons licensed? Straight up copyright? etc.?
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Robert S September 09, 2018 4:50 am UTC
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Regular copyright, Tuesday Night Games
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Sean M September 21, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
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Robert S is right, but get at me if there's something you want to do with it. We're open to 3rd party products and will work to support them.
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August 08, 2018 1:14 am UTC
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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
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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
PUBLISHER
Thanks for the feedback - I'll get those updated.
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steve F June 24, 2018 7:28 am UTC
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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
PUBLISHER
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
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It would be great to see a sample "monster". :-)
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Sean M June 28, 2018 1:14 am UTC
PUBLISHER
We've been giving away these monster postcards at Gen Con and Origins - I'll get some posted up onto http://mothershiprpg.com though soon!
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