GRADIENT DESCENT: Module for Mothership Sci-Fi Horror RPG

Created by Tuesday Knight Games

A brand new zine-sized module for the Mothership Sci-Fi horror RPG. Androids, AI, memory, and existential horror abound.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Timeline Update - Getting Close!
14 days ago – Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 03:51:26 PM

Hey gang!

Progress is moving along quickly now, we're on the downhill run! We're nearly to editing, sorry for the delays, but we've had a ton of playtesting reports come in and we went back through and updated some sections and maps that sorely needed it, but its pushed back our timeline a bit. I anticipate going to print in August, but we'll let you know if anything changes. We've also added about another four pages of content to help with the setup of the module and also detail more information about the Bell, which caused some delays again in layout. Sorry about the delays, but we think it'll be worth it in the end. This module is absolutely crammed with content.

One thing we finally pulled the trigger on that I think is exciting: the room names now contain the page number. So if you're looking for room 41b, that's on page 41. This makes cross referencing room so so so much easier at the table for the warden, and I'm super proud that we're able to pull it off.

We've been working really hard on the maps to make sure there's a lot of verticality and information contained inside each map. The zig zag lines indicate a change in elevation (like a staircase or a ladder) and we've got different icons for airlock doors, airlock chambers, vents/shafs, elevators, and regular ol' office doors.

The Bell has had a major facelift as well. It went from being a hustling and bustling center of activity to a more cold and abandoned "campfire-like" (or as I like to think of it Firelink-shrine-like) last stop before The Deep. In playtesting we found that making the Bell too much like a backwater blackmarket made it feel too much like Prospero's Dream from A Pound of Flesh, and that it was territory that we had already covered. The new Bell plays much much better and points the action more at the players.

T-Shirt Proof Is In!

We got our physical proof of the t-shirt in last week and it looks great! We're sending the final changes to the manufacturer this week so they can get started on them immediately. Patch design is getting finalized as well and will likely be handled through the same vendor. We're pretty excited!

Watch the ENnie awards live!

Gen Con is all digital this year, and we're sad not to be there. If you're interested in watching the ENnie awards, it'll be hosted here: at 8pm EDT on Friday July 31. Keep your fingers crossed that A Pound of Flesh can come away with a win!

IMPORTANT Change to T-shirt Orders, Production Updates, and ENnie Awards!
about 2 months ago – Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 11:52:32 PM

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Timeline & Dissident Whispers
about 2 months ago – Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 09:03:53 PM

Hey gang,

Hope you're all doing well. It's been a crazy few weeks. We're trucking right along still, but right up front we think we'll need to delay for about a month. Layout is about 90% done but we need a decent chunk of time to edit because the module is so complex, and my personal productivity was hit pretty hard a couple of weeks ago. That being said, we're moving along at a good clip now and I'm hoping to wrap up layout in the next week or two and then start the editing process in earnest.

Part of what hit my productivity so hard was that amidst COVID and the Black Lives Matter protests, I felt very out of control and like I had no ability to make a difference. I was locked in my house, taking care of my family, but I wasn't out anywhere helping. About ten days ago the moderators on the Mothership discord were approached with a question: could someone post up a request to get some help on an RPG book for charity. I said yes and didn't really expect much to come out of it.

Then I started helping out a little bit with the team. They were working on a book called Dissident Whispers and they wanted to put together as many one-spread rpg adventures as they could over the next few weeks in order to raise bail money for the Black Lives Matter movement. This was something I actually could help with. And so I, along with over fifty other members of the rpg community from the biggest pros to the most casual hobbyists, threw everything we had at this project, called in all favors, and worked our butts off to put together the coolest book of adventures we could. 

Last night we finished it and today we're selling it. All proceeds go to the National Bail Fund Network. Not only am I proud to have been apart of this, I'm particularly proud of the Mothership community who showed up in mass to put together 11 amazing adventures for this book, including one by Alan Gerding, his first official Mothership release (and a really really good one). 

You can pre-order a physical copy + pdf on our website.

Or you can buy the pdf only straight from or drivethrurpg. It's currently the number 1 best seller on DriveThru. As of this writing, after only 6 hours we've raised $15,000. That's incredible.

Again, I'm sorry for the delay, but I feel like we have a fire under us now and we're definitely on the downhill slope. We appreciate your support and your patience.

Black Lives Matter.

LAST DAY to make BackerKit Changes! (and a few other updates)
3 months ago – Fri, May 22, 2020 at 02:53:36 AM

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BackerKit Update #2 and F.A.Q.
3 months ago – Tue, May 12, 2020 at 05:49:24 PM

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