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:

Pamphlets are out! Core Set / Storage Box Preview!
7 months ago – Thu, Sep 28, 2023 at 01:43:11 PM

Hey gang,

Manufacturing and mass production have started. We just recently received a fully printed proof of the Core Set and Storage Box and we're expecting a Deluxe Set later today or tomorrow.

The Core Set and Storage box are the exact same dimensions.

We're very, very happy with the Core Set and the Storage Box! There were a few minor errors that needed correction (the Warden's Screen was die-cut to be a Z-Fold rather than a Tri-Fold and UCR's cover had a different coating than the other books), but we've sent those notes in and they'll be corrected in the larger print run. 

Core Set and Storage Box bottoms.

But otherwise the books look gorgeous, and so do all the other components. I'm very, very happy with the quality of everything and I'm so happy it's all coming out great.

Core Set components turned out great! The Warden's Screen will be a tri-fold (not a Z-fold) in the final printing.

We started digital distribution on the pamphlets last night, so if you backed at the Megabundle level you should have received a PDF for:

  • The Conversion Kit
  • Cryonambulism
  • Chromatic Transference
  • The Hacker's Handbook
  • Hideo's World
  • The Haunting of Ypsilon 14
  • Piece by Piece
  • Terminal Delay's at Anarene's Folly

Everyone else should've gotten an updated Conversion Kit, and of course if you added any of these pamphlets on to your pledge you'll have received them as well. If you haven't received your pamphlets e-mail Tyler at [email protected] and he'll get you squared away.

Module Conversion Kit - a great collection of all the 0e stat blocks.

We also have the Module Conversion Kit, which is getting a quick proofreading pass, but below you can see the screenshots of what it is. Essentially this is a listing of all the updated stat blocks in Dead Planet, A Pound of Flesh, and Gradient Descent on one easy pamphlet, so if you have the old 0e modules you can use this pamphlet as your guide. It's also super helpful even if you have the 1e modules since you can just use this pamphlet basically as a reference guide. Once we get that final proofreading done, we'll send the pamphlet out.

I didn't realize it until we made this pamphlet but APOF basically has more statted characters than GD and DP combined!

What's next?

Well while our printer mass produces the game, we're working with our fulfillment company, Quartermaster Logistics, to get them all the information they need. They'll write us a detailed quote for shipping and handling which we'll then add to backerkit. Once we do that, we'll send out an update requesting payment for shipping, and once that's done we'll lock the pledges in for the final leg of fulfillment. We don't have an exact date on when we're locking pledges, but we'll let you know as soon as we do.

Werewolf in the Dark

If you're a fan of social deduction or hidden role games, then we'll be launching a crowdfunding campaign for our latest game, Werewolf in the Dark, soon. It's essentially Werewolf meets Hide and Go Seek and it's a ton of fun for big groups. Shut Up & Sit Down recently played and had great things to say about it. If you want to follow along and be notified when the campaign goes live, follow this link.  There's a print-and-play copy of the game available at the link so you can start playing right now if you want.

Otherwise, stay tuned for updates on the Module Conversion Kit and how the Deluxe Set is looking. We'll also be releasing a digital asset pack next with printable character sheets, ship sheets, warden's screens, and more! So stay tuned!

Thanks for all your support!

PDFs released!
9 months ago – Wed, Aug 09, 2023 at 11:44:39 AM

Hey gang,

Short update today -- we've released the final PDFs for:

  • Player's Survival Guide (PSG)
  • Warden's Operations Manual (WOM)
  • Shipbreaker's Toolkit (SBT)
  • Unconfirmed Contact Reports (UCR)
  • Dead Planet (DP)
  • A Pound of Flesh (APOF)
  • Gradient Descent (GD)
  • Another Bug Hunt (ABH)

You should receive an e-mail from backerkit shortly confirming this. Depending on your pledge level you'll receive different PDFs:

  • Digital/Core: will receive the PSG, WOM, SBT, UCR, and Another Bug Hunt
  • Deluxe/Megabundle: will receive all of them.

If you added any specific book on as an add-on in backerkit, you'll receive that too.

Pamphlets are not going out yet, we need another week or two to get those together, but they'll be coming out soon.

What's next?
We're currently going back and forth with our printer making minor changes to the files to prepare for print and we're getting our final tweaks on the Deluxe Box finalized as well. Here's a mock-up (the box bottom isn't finalized in this render).

Deluxe Set (not final)
Deluxe Set (not final)

But as you can see we've got compartments for pamphlets storage as well as dice/pawn storage as well. The books fit into the center compartment. This will have gold foil stamping and then a UV gloss coat on all the white parts.

We have cleaned up the downloads on backerkit so now you should not receive duplicate copies of any PDFs, and we've removed all the old WIP files as well. If you have any issues, as always, e-mail Tyler at [email protected] and he'll get you all squared away.

Otherwise, we look forward to talking to you all in August with an update on how production is going!

Thanks so much for all your support!

Files sent to print! PDFs coming next week! Updated production timeline!
9 months ago – Mon, Jul 31, 2023 at 12:52:38 PM

Hey gang,

Big news this week as we have finally started uploading files to our printer! We've got information about PDFs and the rest of the production schedule, so let's dive in!

Once our files are uploaded there will be a few days of back and forth between us and the printer as we correct our files for their production process. Usually this is pretty simple, stuff like "can we get the die line for the punchboard as a separate file," or "the bleed is incorrect on APOF, can you update?" that kind of thing. We don't anticipate any major issues there.

This means: we will be sending the final PDFs to backers next week. This includes:

  • The Player's Survival Guide
  • Warden's Operations Manual
  • Shipbreaker's Toolkit
  • Unconfirmed Contact Reports
  • Another Bug Hunt
  • Dead Planet
  • A Pound of Flesh
  • Gradient Descent
  • PDF versions of the Core/Deluxe warden's screens

The pamphlets are being printed with a different manufacturer, so we anticipate sending those out a week or two later once those files are approved.

What's the timeline after that?
Our printer has provided these dates for us:

  • Print samples will be made, sent, and confirmed during August.
  • We'll be in queue to start printing by the end of August.
  • They estimate we'll complete mass production by the end of October (about 6-8 weeks after printing begins).
  • Once that happens they'll ship out within a couple of weeks, and are then expected to arrive at our warehouse mid December.
  • Because that will be smack dab in the middle of the holiday, we've talked with our fulfillment company and they anticipate beginning fulfillment in mid January to early February 2024.

Phew! So, barring any unforeseen problems, we're about six months away from games being in your hands. We know it's been a long road and we really appreciate your patience as we worked to get everything together. Seriously. We know how agonizing it can be when a kickstarter is running behind, so again: thank you so, so much for supporting us. This project was bigger than anything we'd ever tackled before and we've learned so much from this process. We couldn't have done it without you. 

Here's the last previews we've got before the PDFs  get sent out!

Another Bug Hunt - Art by Zach Hazard Vaupen
Another Bug Hunt - Art by Zach Hazard Vaupen
Unconfirmed Contact Reports - Art by Trevor Henderson and Daniel Francisco
Unconfirmed Contact Reports - Art by Patrick Loveland and Justyna Koziczak
Unconfirmed Contact Reports - Art by Trevor McCoy
Pawns #2

Here's the second punchboard of cardstock pawns! Now with two huge carcinids from Another Bug Hunt and four "anonymous" character in vaccsuits. We're also providing some numbered tokens for keeping track of other NPCs/horrors/points of interest, etc.

Storage Box (Front)

We've gone with a super minimal look for our storage box, which is the same dimensions as the core set. One cool thing though is that we're including a sheet of labels that you can slap anywhere to customize how your organize your zines.

Storage Box with Labels (example)

So for example: you could have one of our thinner labels on the side, or one of our larger ones to wrap around. We even have a lined label to slap on the back (or front) so you can list what's inside. We're pretty stoked about this one honestly, its exactly the kind of box we'd be using right now to store all our third party Mothership products.

Mothership Deluxe Box

And we've teased some of this before but we've worked the deluxe set to have its own compartment just for storing pamphlets (you can see it on the left side here). 

Mothership Deluxe Box

This means we've got room for the books in the center, pamphlets on the left, and the a compartment for dice and the tokens on the right. The poster map and warden's screen will sit flush on the very top.

Okay that's all for now! Keep an eye out in a week for those final PDFs to be distributed through Backerkit! Thanks again and as always, reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions! We'll have another update later this week when the PDFs go out!

Quick update!
10 months ago – Mon, Jul 03, 2023 at 10:19:02 AM

Hey gang,

Technically this is our June update, but we're sorry for missing that deadline. We're going to keep it short as we are in bunker mode getting everything out to our printer. Proofreading is nearly finished on the books and soon we'll be turning everything over for a pre-press check and digital proof from the manufacturer. We'll also be receiving a new white box prototype with our updated design for the interior of the Deluxe Box.

Prototype WIP (Not final) box design for the deluxe set.

Above you can see a prototype design of the Deluxe Box insert, which we're in the process of finalizing now. Our goal is essentially to stack the warden's screen and map on top of an insert which holds all the books in the center and has two compartments, one that holds pamphlets, and the other which holds dice and the standees. We're still finessing the details, but when it's done I think it's going to look pretty sweet and also be super functional.

Once all this is uploaded to our manufacturer we'll get our place in the print queue and then outline the next steps are far as shipping and fulfillment go. Additionally, once the final files are approved we'll be releasing PDFs of everything to all of you!

For now, here's a few more screenshots from Another Bug Hunt and Unconfirmed Contact Reports. 

Another Bug Hunt - Scenario 2c

The second scenario of ABH has players choosing which of three factions they'll be siding with and performing a mission on their behalf. The third of these scenarios involves rappelling down a reactor chimney to rescue marines hidden within the bowels of the station.

Unconfirmed Contact Reports

UCR has some gorgeous art in it and we're very happy with how it's turning out. Above you can see art from Scrap Princess (Stickmen) and Dan Hawskworth (Succubus). There's a huge diversity of styles and approaches to the art in this book which we really wanted. Below you can see art from Nayla (World Worm) and Franck Besaçon (Womb). 

Unconfirmed Contact Reports

Each spread has quotes and snipped of documents, poems, stories, internal memos, and other in-universe text that you can drop right into your game. Same goes with the art which we approached from the stance of "each piece of art exists within the universe" as an artifact, sketch, photograph, sculpture, note, or piece of art inspired by something a character in Mothership witnessed.

Okay, I gotta get back to it! Thanks for all your patience and support! Have a safe and fun 4th of July for all of your who celebrate, and we'll see you next time. 

Proofreading Update
11 months ago – Wed, May 31, 2023 at 08:59:53 AM

Hey gang,

Things are moving as we get closer to production. This will be a shorter update this month as almost everything is at the same stage but here's where we're at:

We're excited to announce that we've started the final proofreading process. Throughout June all remaining books and components are being turned into our Lead Editor and our proofreading team for final checks. They've already started work on most of them and they'll be continuing their final checks and turning them over to the manufacturer in the first half of July. Once that's done, we'll be able to get a more specific timeline from our printer and give you all a narrowed down release date.

What's the production process like?
While the proofreading team is working, I'm working out the final component specifications with the printer. 

After the books get sent to the manufacturer, we'll receive an updated White Box prototype with all of our changes. For example, we're upgrading the box to a thicker cardboard for better durability and storage.

Additionally, we brought on a packaging designer who is creating the inserts for the Deluxe Set. They have some really cool ideas for upgrading the Deluxe Box inserts for a more premium experience and better storage for the components. I'm hoping we'll be able to share some mock-ups of what those will look like soon.

While we're approving the White Box the printer will also send us a color proof, which is basically all the printed sheets of the components, unassembled. These are usually giant sheets of printed material and we go over them for color as well as to make sure we didn't have any errors in our files when we uploaded them.

After that the products go into the print-queue to get printed and we start working out the shipping plan! Around this time we'll send out final address and payment notifications as well as let you guys know what the final shipping costs we'll be.

We're close to the end!
We appreciate all your patience and support on this huge project. It's bigger than anything we've ever made before and we're incredibly proud of these books and the work we've done on them. This campaign and these products make us really excited for the future of Mothership and we have big plans for what's coming next. 

Thanks again! We'll send out another update next month with our progress.