New Tabletop Roleplaying Game Content Preparing to Dock

Toren Atkinson, lead singer of The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, illustrator, and co-author of the RPG, is working on a new Spaceship Zero adventure for the game! The logline:

The super-intelligent cat, monkey and dog must team up with the robot to save the human crew from a surprise attack by the insidious hydronauts!

Recently Toren livestreamed the design of a new hydronaut vessel on his youtube channel

Also in the works is a redesign of the character sheet, as seen below. Toren took a lot of liberties with the skill section and we’re not sure how we feel about that! Probably it’s fine.

If you’re on Facebook you can keep up to date with the official Spaceship Zero page

And be sure to subscribe to Toren’s youtube channel and support him on Patreon

Richard Corben, October 1940-December 2020

We mourn the passing of Richard Corben, who you may know from “Den” of Heavy Metal fame (the mag AND the film) was an artist well loved by the creative team behind Spaceship Zero. We were elated when we asked him to create some artwork for the Spaceship Zero interactive program on the CD. Here are the amazing results: a bat-being, hydronaut, and hydronaut hybrid in Spaceship Zero’s deconstitutor unit. Richard passed away after heart surgery. He was 80. What a loss to the comic and film industry and a tremendous legacy he has left to the art world.

Spaceship Zero Radio Plays are in Fallout 4 Mod

What if I told you that you could listen to the Spaceship Zero Adventure Hour on your pip-boy radio in Fallout 4? 

Thanks to the skills of John Peacock and Dave Johnson, the “Musicians Mod” adds a radio station in the town of Goodneighbor. Once you complete the quests, you can listen to the new radio station WSVR which includes (among many other bands) four brand new acoustic songs by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets — the folks who brought us the Spaceship Zero Official Movie Soundtrack — as well as the Spaceship Zero radio plays. Plus lead singer Toren provides a number of voices, both on the radio and in the wasteland.

Check out this video to see what it’s all about and the cool features:

The mod is available for Xbox 1 and PC. PS4 gamers will have to wait a bit longer. Crawl out through the fallout and follow the links below!

Bethesda XB1:

Bethesda PC (pending):

Nexus PC:

You can also comment on Reddit:

Long Lost Spaceship Zero Adventure Hour Radio Plays Found!


Attention SpaceCorp cadets! Before the doomed film, before the German TV series, there was the American 1950’s radio serial, the Spaceship Zero Adventure Hour! For years, all of the episodes were thought to have been lost in the 1962 studio fire, but this year archivists have uncovered six full episodes with their original advertisements from sponsor Vit-O-Pep! This is wonderful news for all Spaceship Zero fans and enthusiasts of old time science fiction radio. Restoration specialists are currently preparing the episodes to be released for free to the internet before the year is out, but in the mean time we are pleased to tell you the names of the episodes:

Chapter 1: The Crew Assembles
Chapter 2: Into the Beyond
Chapter 3: The Cataclysmic Miscalculation
Chapter 4: Directive Beta Five
Chapter 6: Escape From the Hydronauts
Chapter 9: Twenty Minutes of Oxygen

Sadly, episodes 5, 7, 8, and 10 & up are still nowhere to be found, but maybe with this news there will be a renewed interest in finding them. Who knows, there may be old vinyl or reel to reel recordings in somebody’s basement or attic!

Stay tuned to for updates – we will be posting the episodes here when they become available! And until then, remember to bllllllllllllllast off with Vit-O-Pep!


Live Spaceship Zero Game at Caustic Soda Live EXPerience May 12 2012

Warren Banks and Toren Atkinson, authors of the SSZ roleplaying game and members of The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, are running and recording a live Spaceship Zero roleplaying game session at a recording of the Caustic Soda podcast in Vancouver this week!

Check the Caustic Soda website and Facebook page for details on how to be a part of it!

If all goes well, the finished recording is slated to be released as bonus content for the Caustic Soda podcast, of which Toren is also co-host.

“20 Minutes of Oxygen” Official Selection 2011 HollyShorts Film Fest

Good news everyone! If you’re in Hollywood Aug 11-18 you can see Mike Jackson’s video for The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets‘ “20 Minutes of Oxygen” at the Hollyshorts Film Festival, screened in HD!

HollyShorts is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, awards, and various panels and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less, as well as special alumni feature film screenings. The 7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival takes place August 11-18, 2011 in Hollywood.

Go to for more info

“20 Minutes of Oxygen” to Screen at Celluloid Social Club

The newest The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets music video “20 Minutes of Oxygen” – based on Spaceship Zero concepts – will be screening at the Celluloid Social Club on April 13 @ the ANZA Club #3 West 8th Ave Vancouver BC. $5-10 admission comes with tons of other films – see the Facebook Event for more details.

Band members (including Toren Atkinson) and director Mike Jackson of Steam-Powered Films will be in attendance for Q&A.

20 MINUTES OF OXYGEN music video by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets,directed by Mike Jackson (The Bar), produced by Toren Atkinson & Mike Jackson, exec. produced by Casey Snowdon, DOP Naim Sutherland, production designer Chris MacDonald, starring Toren Atkinson, Jordan Pratt, Merrick Atkinson & Warren Banks. 4 min., music video, 2010 – A sci-fi music video for the song “20 Minutes of Oxygen” by the cult nerdcore band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, from their album “Spaceship Zero”. A punk rock tale of disaster in space, starting with the simple act of dropping a hammer in zero-gravity.

The goal of The Celluloid Social Club is to provide a forum for filmmakers to share their completed films with an audience and through Q&A and a social setting gain feedback on their work. It also gives audience members an opportunity to view films that they might not otherwise be able to see as well as interact with the filmmakers. The event is also an opportunity to network and possibly find cast, crew and collaborators for upcoming productions. The event is also a location for leading filmmakers visiting Vancouver to share their films and experience with a local audience.