Sci-Fi Concept Cards | Instant Universe, Just Add H2O

Created by Stephen Coffey

Playing Cards which each describe a sci-fi setting element - available in decks of planets, characters and locations

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Situation Report on International Shipping
about 1 month ago – Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 12:13:17 AM

After a series of complications, shipping is finally beginning. We'll let you know once all the parcels are shipped, and will confirm how long the shipping is expected to take by wednesday.

Explaining the delay is embarassing, but being forthright is important, so here goes:

We've been using a distributor, and we thought we had everything sorted but as Loz mentioned we hadn't enclosed the shipping list. 

They of course attempted to inform us immediately - which should have been the end of it, except that the email address they'd been given was the wrong one - the emails weren't reaching us.

So until we emailed them we knew nothing about the error; which means that the postage was delayed until we started getting concerned about the delay.

And then, due to the delay, all sorts of other minor issues crept in - details that had been to hand at the time of delivery no longer were, the packages were out of place, and we weren't included in their schedule, resulting in another week of delay.

Thanks for your patience everyone - we know this is frustrating.


An Apology
2 months ago – Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 10:49:36 PM

We messed up!

The packages to the UK and the EU were posted by us, the rest of the world went to the distributor. Unfortunately we failed to send them the list of what to send where so nothing has been sent - we all thought each other had done it!

This problem is being fixed as I write this, so the distributor should be able to start processing them tomorrow morning.

I'm very sorry about this, it's rather embarrassing for us and rather annoying for you, I'm sure. 


Inserts, Card Backs, and Low Ink Versions
3 months ago – Sun, Aug 05, 2018 at 05:16:47 PM

As the title implies there are some new goodies available to download from Backerkit. You should be able to download these things as easily as the previous digital files. If anything doesn't work, please tell us.

  • Inserts - the paper inserts that go with the physical decks are now available. They explain how to read and combine the cards on one side, and the other has a simple game to play with them. If you have the Fantasy cards, these are not new games, just rethemes, but they work just as well with the Sci Fi cards.
  • Card Backs - if you're printing the cards yourself then giving them pretty backs may be something you want to do. These are pages with 9 card backs to make that easier for you
  • Low Ink Versions - Speaking of printing your own, these versions have exactly the same text, but the pretty background has been replaced with plain white with an outline rather than solid border. Although the icons are still full colour we think they should print fine in greyscale as well. We've included them in all the same formats (9 per page, A4 and US Letter, as well as individual card per page) to make things as easy as possible, and some of you may prefer to read the cards with no background as well.
This is what the low ink cards look like
This is what the low ink cards look like

Physical Decks

All the decks have been posted, or gone to our distributor, GamesQuest (that was an adventure - I misread the map and it was a much longer drive than I expected, much of it down tiny one lane country roads, and driving back was through a thunder storm!). People in the UK and EU should already have your cards, those elsewhere should start receiving them this week. If you haven't got them by the end of next week (to allow for unexpected delays) please let us know.

Anything Else?

As far as I am aware, that is now everything we promised and a little more. If you think we have missed anything or there is something else you would like to see, please ask.

They're on their way!
3 months ago – Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 10:36:08 PM

Physical Packages

We've spent the last few days furiously loading shuttle craft and powering up the teleporter arrays. The first batch of parcels, all the UK and EU parcels, have just gone to the post office this afternoon, and the rest of the world's ones will be with our distributor by Friday. They should start to arrive in a few days time. I don't think any are going via other star systems, but if they are, hopefully the FTL drives are fully functional. 

Digital Decks

We have been asked for a few things for the digital decks. Specifically pages of card backs, and low ink versions, as well as digital copies of the insert sheets. We will get these out to you next week, but right now we're focusing our energy on posting the physical decks.

3 months ago – Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 01:27:51 AM

They're Here!

We're moving our weekly game because where we usually play is full of boxes
We're moving our weekly game because where we usually play is full of boxes
And the boxes are full of boxes
And the boxes are full of boxes
Pretty, shiny boxes
Pretty, shiny boxes
And those boxes are full of cards
And those boxes are full of cards

 I'm very pleased with how they're turned out, they look excellent. Hopefully you will be too.

Now all that remains is to pack them into envelopes and send them to you!