A Living Ship Forgotten by Time: The Stone-Flesh Gift

Traverse the organs of the Gift, a ship that eats and breathes and feels your clumsy boots plodding about within it. Let it caress your brainstem to impart its hopes and fears.

A Living Ship Forgotten by Time: The Stone-Flesh Gift
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Crowdfunding through February as part of Zine Month, The Stone-Flesh Gift is a 40-page, light-prep TTRPG module with a focus on exploration and body horror by Jordan Boschman, to be played with the Mothership sci-fi horror RPG.

The players will wade through the innards of a lost ceremonial offering, an ancient alien bioengineering factory and living ship called the Gift, as they work to avoid its dangers, discover its secrets, and plug their brains directly into its organs to feel their thoughts.

Photo of a spread from a print-proof copy of The Stone-Flesh Gift, showing a map of the living ship made of various organs.

A silhouette blocks the stars, darker than the space it drifts through. Several amber eyes encased in crystal peer out from the shadows. When dappled in light from the closest sun, the remnants of petroglyphs can be seen carved across its hull, hewn from a single black stone harder than steel. The ship has no comms, no transponder, just a pulsating thump within a membrane running through the stone like a vein of ore. A glistening docking umbilical gently sways as it’s pulled behind the vessel, stretching toward anything that approaches, looking to touch, to connect.

Art with a pull quote about the zine: "Scratched the same itch in my brain as Gradient Descent... a world I want to just, not dive into, but crawl through." By Elliot Davis, Designer of Project ECCO.

The book contains:

  • 24 organs, most with unique thoughts and feelings
  • 12 creatures, hazards, and NPCs
  • 10 diseases and a system to spread them
  • 23 items and materials, along with recipes for most of them
  • a d100 I Search the Body... table
  • a custom ship manifest for the Gift
  • rules for running and repairing the ship's life support, flight controls, FTL capabilities, and digestion

Content Warnings: Body Horror, Violence, Gore, Disease, Reproductive Agency, Addiction, Loss of Autonomy

You can learn more about The Stone-Flesh Gift on the Crowdfundr page. There's also an interview with the creator on this episode of the Talk of the Table podcast!

Mockup art of a spread of the book, showing the descriptions of some organs.
Mockup art of a spread of the book, showing the rules for some of the hazards to be found on the living ship.

Not only does the crowdfunding campaign provide the zine at a reduced price, but every backer will also get a digital PDF of a new one-shot pamphlet adventure for Mothership as a bonus! 

So You've Been Chump-Dumped starts with the players having been scammed on cheap jump ship tickets and ejected into the void of space with nothing but their vaccsuits. Doomed to die, a mysterious force draws them into the Blacklens, a covert weapons research ship where an escaped experiment is wreaking havoc.

Content Warnings: violence, gore, animal experimentation and death, body horror.

Small, blurry image of a mockup of one side of the adventure pamphlet.
Small, blurry image of a mockup of the opposite side of the adventure pamphlet.

This pamphlet adventure is a solid opener for a new campaign or a fitting scenario to have ready to go if your players ever have the misfortune of being scattered into the inky blackness to waste away.

Get your copy of both The Stone-Flesh Gift and So You've Been Chump-Dumped on the Crowdfundr campaign page.