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Simple farmers of the rotating colony ship Within Wheels starve as bargain InstaCrops wither on the vine. They turn to faith and ritual, concocting visions of a hell on earth from half-remembered traditions and commercialized lore. Bunker doors seal as their beacon calls upon believers to consecrate synthetic soil with holy blood.

The Drain is a tense funnel adventure for the Mothership Sci-fi Horror RPG 1e set in a combat-ravaged farming habitat.

Each player runs 4-5 prisoner-soldiers through the hellish battlefield of the colony ship Within Wheels. Their mission: win freedom by acquiring a legendary religious relic at the behest of their corporate jailors, PrayCo.

The Drain takes a WWI influenced war-as-hell meat grinder and mashes it with bleak, occult survival horror themes drawn from video games like Silent HillResident Evil, and Darkwood. This zine is packed with everything you need to churn out a crop of battle hardened level-1 characters from level-0 rabble, including:

  • Brand new rules for running carnage-filled funnels in Mothership.
  • A funnel crawl map by Andrew Walter, gorgeously illuminated to chart the party's movement through the conical space.
  • Vicious new items to arm your mob of funnel PCs.
  • Art on every spread, including illustrations from Mothership creator Sean McCoy.

Originally funded by over 1400 backers on Kickstarter, this full release brings you a host of awesome bonus content including:

  • Card-sized funnel character sheets, complete with 20 delightful character portraits by Evlyn Moreau for your players to fight over.
  • 10 harrowing battlefield comms audio props to use at your table.

This fully standalone adventure optionally continues a trilogy of Mothership adventures beginning with Wrath of God and ending with Meat Grinder for a contiguous three-part "Inferno Trilogy" campaign. 

A 16-page, full-color zine table ready for a One-Shot funnel adventure or ominous Campaign location. Easily adapted to your sci-fi RPG of choice.

Fully hyperlinked, bookmarked and screen-reader ready PDF included.
Compatible with Mothership 1st Edition.
Made entirely by humans.

Buy directly from our own Anodyne Store or another of your favorite indie webstores, including:

  • Tuesday Knight Games (US)
  • Exalted Funeral (US)
  • Peregrine Coast Press (UK) 
  • Ratti Incantati (CA)


Written by Ian Yusem
Illustrated by Sean McCoy and Andrew Walter
Edited and Developed by Fiona Maeve Geist
Layout and Cover Art by Christian Kessler

Published by Anodyne Printware


Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this adventure you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

The_Drain_1e_Digital_v1.1.pdf 16 MB
The_Drain_1e_Funnel_Sheets_Blank.pdf 1 MB
The_Drain_1e_Funnel_Sheets_Pre-gen.pdf 1 MB
The_Drain_Within_Wheels_Print_and_Fold.pdf 386 kB
Radio_Chatter_Audio_Files.zip 14 MB


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Does The Sow have any stats?

The Sow intentionally does not have stats -- it's meant to be more of an environmental hazard than a creature per se. If players approach too closely, they'll be gobbled up. To kill it, you'd probably need some substantial explosives.


Does a physical purchase of The Drain give us access to these assets, or do we need to buy this as well?

Physical copies should come with a PDF and all of the included extras!

You mention two other adventures in this book, when are they going to be available?

Very soon! Expect at least one out next month, but both are very close to completion.


First funnel adventure I've ever run, and it's been a blast! Encourages the players to treat PCs as resources. Once the first one died, they started chanting and really got into it (to the point of covering one of their PCs in blood to lead away a murderous horse)!

Not only that, but the tables, zones, and the horrors within are so evocative and build stories and mysteries all on their own.

Loved it!