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Peter Sanderson is the creator behind the popular Mothership series. During the day, he advises his business customers in the exciting world of Australian Tax Law. At night, he’s a published cartoonist and game designer. Peter launched Mothership: 2nd Edition on Kickstarter and it was so well received he’s back again with a content Booster Pack.

Mothership: 2nd Edition and Booster Pack was launched on Kickstarter in May 2020. Within the first week, the funding goal was met and backers continued to support the project. Peter held campaign events where backers could participate in things like design an objective card.  Eleven stretch goals were met, adding several new cards and features to the game. Halo cards, action cards, and blank cards were all added. Four new developments and six distress beacons were created and added to the Booster Pack. By the end of the campaign, 567 backers pledged AU$ 50,206 to help bring this project to life.

Mothership is set in outer space after the war has forced entire colonies to seek refuge and find a new planet. Players must harvest valuable resources on undiscovered planets before their opponents. Players aim to destroy all other colonies. In this game, diplomacy is boring, and players shoot first, confirm enemy targets later.

Players begin by moving any number of their ships and attack other players or planets. They work to deliver power between the Mothership’s subsystems and deploy guardian cannons onto the map. Throughout the game, players purchase new technologies and work their way to superweapons. At the end of a turn, players gather their resources from the captured planets and sell them.

Mothership combines miniatures, strategy, and dice combat into an easy pick-up experience. The Mothership’s modular board layout system allows players to create new and exciting maps with asteroids, planets, nebula, wormholes, black holes, and neutron stars. The combination of gameplay is endless. The Booster Pack comes with community-requested content that has brand new Action Cards, Artifacts, Distress Beacons, Classes, and more. It also has a metal gold fleet and a set of Vortex Dice.

To learn more about Peter Sanderson and his projects on Kickstarter, check out the links and details below.

Game Information:
Number of player: 2-6
Suggested Play Time: 40 minutes
Suggested Age: 14+

Included in the box:
Dice set
Metal fleet

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: May 2020
Ship Date: July 2020