Mothership Sci-Fi Horror RPG 1st Edition Boxed Set

Created by Alan Gerding

Everything you need to play Mothership® in one terrifying box. Important Notes: * Pre-orders will ship after the Kickstarter ships (eta Q2/Q3 2023) * Pre-orders ship all together (we can't split up shipments and ship individual items) * Shipping will be charged when the Pre-Order store closes (eta Q2/Q3 2023)

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Shipping Update (We still haven't charged shipping yet 🤦🏻‍♂️)
14 days ago – Tue, Feb 13, 2024 at 05:52:26 PM

Hey gang,
First off a sincere apology for how long the shipping charges are taking. I misunderstood our fulfillment company when they quoted how long it would take to input that data. Essentially they’re doing a backer by backer quote, which takes several weeks and they only got started once our boats left the docks. They’re hard at work on that and should have a better update for us soon on that.
As for the timeline, here’s where we’re at. We’re now in the phase where depending on where you live the timelines are going to alter slightly.
US/CA: Our current estimate is that the freight shipment should arrive in late March. If that holds, then games should start shipping out in April.
AU: This shipment is set to arrive in late February. There are some delays due to port strikes there currently. It’s possible these will start shipping to backers before the US, but it will be close.
Asia/Rest of World: These shipments are getting consolidated to their specific regions (Indonesia, Japan, etc.) where they get ocean shipped along with other packages. These could also start shipping out earlier than the US with a little bit of region by region variance.
UK/EU/Europe: These are scheduled to arrive in mid march and should begin shipping out in April, probably alongside the US. These packages are being handled by a separate fulfillment company (PTS) than everyone else (QML).

A couple things!

  • About 10% (roughly 2,000) of you have not filled out your survey yet. Please do! If you don’t know what to do, please e-mail Tyler at [email protected]. We need this in order to ship you your game. If you’re not sure if you’ve filled out your survey, e-mail Tyler and he can confirm.
  • Many of you are worried that your address has not been locked yet, which I totally get. If your address hasn’t been locked it’s most likely because you have some add-ons that haven’t been charged yet. Backerkit has requested that we wait to lock your order/address until we also charge for shipping to reduce the number of charges and confusion (even though it’s a little confusing this way anyway).
  • When we start inputting shipping data you’ll get an e-mail (or two or three) and we’ll send out an update here on Kickstarter. So if you haven’t heard from us, you haven’t missed it!


All the PDFs have been fully remediated by the incredible Dan Shugars for accessibility and usability. They’re really incredible. Those will start going out this week! These are the final final (final final) PDFs (until we catch a typo between print runs). Thank you to everyone who helped out with proofreading! We will also be sending out a printable Warden’s Screen with these downloads for those of you who have been patiently waiting. The Module Conversion kit is also finished and we’ll be distributing that as well! Dai is also finishing up form fillable Character Sheets and Ship Sheets for ya’ll as well. 


Graphic design and layout is ongoing, but almost done! I’m hoping to see near final pages this week and get the final last pieces of art in.

The Panic Table!

If you haven’t seen it already, the Panic Table is an incredible Mothership Actual Play that recently debuted. They’ve got an incredible batch of episodes coming out and I can’t wait for you all to see them. Give them a watch, they’ve started to really hit their stride and I think they have something really special here.
Okay! I know many of you must be exhausted of the wait, we’re right there with you. But every day inches us closer to our end goal. Thanks so much for your patience and support! We’ll be back in touch this week once downloads have gone out.

Small update: Shipping about to be charged.
about 2 months ago – Sat, Jan 13, 2024 at 01:10:55 PM

Hey gang,

Very short update today. Some of you have seen that orders are getting locked and your addresses are starting to be locked. All addresses should be locked in the next 20 hours.

Once that happens, we'll get our final quote from our fulfillment company, upload that and send an e-mail from Backerkit detailing your final charges (shipping, VAT, and any additional add-ons that have not be charged). You'll also get a link to review your information in case you need to correct anything.

Will you be able to change your address after this week? Yes, but you'll have to do it by e-mailing Tyler at [email protected] instead of being able to do it automatically through backerkit. From here on out we're dealing with our fulfillment company directly and so have to communicate changes directly with them.

That's all! I've just gotten word from Dai that the PDF remediation has been finished, so I'll be uploading those final final (final final) PDFs to backerkit as soon as I can along with some other outstanding items (like a printable Warden's Screen). Also, Orphans has moved into layout! We're super excited to get that done and out to you all.

Okay, that's all for now!

Happy Holidays + Locking addresses next week!
2 months ago – Fri, Dec 29, 2023 at 02:31:35 PM

Hey gang!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Short update, so let's dive in:

1. Mass production is almost finished! We were expecting it to be done a little closer to the beginning of the month, but they're running a bit behind. We think this will push back delivery a couple of weeks. We'll know better when we get through customs.
2. We'll be locking down addresses next week! Go into backerkit and change your address now or e-mail Tyler at [email protected]
3. Once we have addresses locked our fulfillment companies will send us the final invoice for shipping, VAT, etc. Once we have those, we'll input that into backerkit and you'll get an e-mail to pay for shipping. 

That's all the news on the shipping & fulfillment front! We'll be updating more frequently as things start to pick up and product begins to arrive and we find out our place in the various fulfillment queues. 

Orphans has moved into editing!

Otherwise-- that's all the news right now! We hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday, and we wish you all a Happy New Year!

Mass Production Near Finished! Time to finalize Backerkit! Luke Gearing joins TKG!
3 months ago – Thu, Nov 30, 2023 at 06:52:21 PM

Hey gang,

Thanks for your patience on this update! Let’s dive in. 

Mass production will be finished in the next couple of weeks. Approving the files took a little longer than anticipated with our back and forth about the deluxe box and some issues with the files, but it was definitely worth it. Copies are rolling off the line and they look absolutely beautiful. 

Quartermaster Logistics, our fulfillment company, is working with our team right now to get final shipping prices together so that we can add shipping into Backerkit. We’ve timed this to be done just before manufacturing finishes to ensure a smooth transition from production to shipping and fulfillment. 

Once we get those final shipping prices together we’ll add them into Backerkit for backers to pay shipping. We’ll send out an update about this when we do so that you don’t miss it. Once the product is ready to leave our printer we’ll be locking orders, so if tou want to add items to your pledge or change anything, now is the time. If you need help you can always email Tyler at [email protected] and he’ll help you out. 

We built a little buffer time into our last production update, but ate up some of that with our back and forth with the printer. February is still looking to start fulfillment. If customs or freight changes, we’ll let you know. 

On the Orphans front, things are going well and we hope to have that book wrapped in December and released in January! 

And that's all for now! We should see the next update in a couple of weeks, but until then if you have any questions, please reach out to Tyler at [email protected] (however, responses may be slow this particular weekend as he's at PAXU).

Oh! And one quick bit of exciting news, we've officially hired Luke Gearing (Gradient Descent, Wolves Upon the Coast, Fever Swamp) full time as our Lead Writer at TKG. He'll be working on Mothership as well as a few other exciting RPGs we have coming down the pipeline (Father Fog, null.hack, and some others we can't wait to share). This is huge for us as Luke is in our minds one of the absolute best writers working in RPGs today and we can't wait to do amazing work with him. 

Until next time!

Happy Halloween! Deluxe Box Previ
4 months ago – Tue, Oct 31, 2023 at 02:17:04 PM

Hey gang,

Happy Halloween! Here's what's going on in the Motherverse:

Mass production is still ongoing. We've had some back and forth with the printers getting the Deluxe Box right, so that one is taking a little longer than expected. That being said I've got a preview copy to show you all and it looks incredible, let's go through it.

The box itself is super high quality with sturdy construction. It has luxurious foil stamp coating on the inside and the outside. It also has a nice UV gloss coating on all the white lettering. This box really stands out on the shelf. The foil has a nice raised texture to it as well.

Inside the box are three wells. The center well houses all eight books that come in the set (The Players Survival Guide, Warden's Operations Manual, Shipbreaker's Toolkit, Unconfirmed Contact Reports, Another Bug Hunt, Dead Planet, A Pound of Flesh, and Gradient Descent) with room for maybe one or two more depending on how much you like to squash your books. There's about a finger's width of space between the books top edge and the box, so you can easily take them out without damaging them.

On the left side is the large compartment (Containment A) with a magnetic enclosure and black pull ribbon. This compartment is large enough to store your pamphlet modules. I haven't tested, but I'm guessing it could hold a dozen at least. It can also hold the larger pawns, or pens and pencils.

On the right side we have Containment B (also with a magnetic enclosure and black pull ribbon) which houses two smaller compartments. One is just big enough to hold your dice. And the other fits the smaller pawns nicely, as well as your other tokens, extra dice, or a pocket pen.

The Warden's Screen and map fold up and sit on top of everything and the whole thing just feels super solid and like it'll last a long time. It's essentially my dream version of the game and I can't wait to get it into ya'll's hands.

We've been hard at work on the extra PDF adventure we promised -- Orphans -- written by Luke Gearing. David Wilkie is working on the layout right now and here are a couple of preview spreads for you all. Right now we're getting some mini-maps done, similar to the ones in Another Bug Hunt. We don't have a release date for this yet, but we'll announce as soon as we do.

Also, you may have seen in our last update that we're working on a new social deduction hidden role game -- Werewolf in the Dark! Our link was busted last time, so if you missed out, here's a link to the print-and-play files and where you can sign up to be notified when it launches. This game is the ultimate mash-up between hide-and-seek and werewolf. So if you're a fan if large group games, this is the one for you.

Other than that, we're working on our Stretch Goals, and I'll be putting together a digital asset pack next. Dai Shugars is currently at work on making all our PDFs accessible and interactive, so we'll be excited to release those to you as soon as he's done.

Other than that, if you have any issues, don't hesitate to reach out to Tyler at [email protected] and stay safe out there all you trick-or-treaters! 

Happy Halloween!