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Dying Hard on Hardlight Station


Die Hard meets Alien in this thrilling escape from a hijacked station, made for the Mothership Sci-Fi Horror RPG.

In Dying Hard on Hardlight Station, your team of grizzled PCs will be torn between saving friends locked in the Healthtek facility or crawling to freedom in the vents of the corporate-controlled Hardlight Station, all while avoiding capture by the brutal Blackshield Mercenary Company. However, unbeknownst to all, Blackshield’s invasion has caused the containment protocols at the Healthtek facility to malfunction. Now, in the bowels of the station, something horrible has awoken, and, after a long, torturous sleep, hungers to feed.

Dying Hard on Hardlight Station is a 28-page, full-colour adventure zine designed to work as a one-shot, mini-series, or as a part of your ongoing Mothership (or any other Sci-Fi RPG) campaign. Its control panel layout is table-ready and packed with efficient, evocative details big on imagination and light on overlong prose; each page is stuffed with unique locations, scheming NPCs, and terrifying horrors on the hunt. A night on Hardlight Station is one you won’t soon forget.


Sci-fi mayhem and a horde of haunting horrors await in the pages of Dying Hard on Hardlight Station, including:

  • Four Station Locations - Mapped out and loaded with loot tables, adventure hooks, custom encounters, and interesting NPCs.
  • Three Original Factions - The Blackshield Mercenary Company, Station Administration Nakatomi Solutions Inc, and Healthtek AG with their ravening Alien Hybrids. Each vying to come out on top in the battle for the station.
  • The Hardlight Station Gazetteer - a guidebook filled with shops, entertainments, NPCs and jobs for your crew... should anyone survive the initial adventure. 
  • Custom Art and Professional Design - bringing the whole adventure alive in glorious red, black, and white.


Plus, thanks to the 1365 backers that brought this project to life on Kickstarter, each purchase of Dying Hard on Hardlight Station will also include:

  • decrypted/the.nakatomi.papers - A 32 page, in-world bonus zine packed with even more original art, compelling story hooks, new monsters, lore, and NPCs for your games.
  • Hardlight Radio - Three emergency broadcasts, two sci-fi Christmas carols, and three ambient remixes totalling 8 original audio tracks to enhance your games. 
  • GM Screen and Printable Maps - A digital GM reference for key factions and NPCs along with printable maps for your home or virtual tabletop. 


Physical Copies Available From:

Tuesday Knight Games (USA)
Exalted Funeral (USA)
Indie Press Revolution (USA)
World of Game Design (USA)
Compose Dream Games (Canada)
Iglootree (UK)

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Raúl C May 09, 2024 10:18 am UTC
HI! The adventure plot description looks really cool! I don't have the Mothership RPG, however it looks to me a perfect scenario for Outgunned! (an italian RPG that brings the excitement of the Hollywood action movies to the table). Is the scenario very dependent of the Mothership system (and is the system hard to understand) or it should be easy to adapt to a different system? Thank you!
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David K May 09, 2024 1:59 pm UTC
Hi Raul, it should be quite easily adaptable. Mothership is a fairly light system so most of the content is centered on the scenario and events rather than complex stat blocks. Subbing in stats from outgunned or an other RPG shouldn't be too much work at all. Let me know how it goes if you give it a shot!
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Ryan M January 04, 2023 2:16 am UTC
Is this the 1E version?
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David K January 05, 2023 3:29 am UTC
It is. I've updated the cover image to make this more apparent. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Ryan.
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Ludwig T December 14, 2022 5:53 pm UTC
Does this have maps on the Hardlight Station in it?
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David K December 15, 2022 5:16 am UTC
Hi Ludwig, the zine does contain a station map. There is also a separate PDF that includes reference material for wardens that also has the maps.
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Ludwig T December 15, 2022 2:08 pm UTC
Okay thanks.

My players are somewhat imparied when it comes to visualisation, wanted so make sure just so the sessions isnt spent on me describing every detail for an extra 3 hours.
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