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

Created by Stephen Coffey

Sci-Fi Concept Cards | Instant Universe, Just Add H2O
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244 backers pledged £5,544.00 on Kickstarter

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

Raised in Kickstarter
£5,544.00 / 244 backers
Raised in BackerKit
£1,164.00 / 238 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Inserts, Card Backs, and Low Ink Versions
15 days 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!
26 days 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.

about 1 month 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!

Things Are Still In Progress
about 2 months ago – Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 10:29:52 PM

Ste has asked me to write a quick update to let you all know that we're still here and we're still working away. Here's the current situation:

The cards went to the printers a little later than intended due to a series of minor complications. All of them were easily solved, but they took time.

The cards are now with the printers, and we have got the proofs back - in essence they receive the files and feed them into their software, then send us the output to make sure it will print right. It's a good thing they do that, because we spotted a problem at this stage with the boxes - some of the text was far too close to the cut lines, so the slightest error would be problematic. Ste is, as I write this, fixing that problem with a little redesign and jiggling. The cards and the inserts are all fine, however, so those don't need any work. (As it happens we have special dispensation from the boss of Ivory Graphics to get closer to the edges of the template than they normally allow as we are one of their older customers - we need the space to fit everything on there!).

So the files Ste is working on will go back to Ivory, they will send us new proofs, and then we okay them and they get printed.

Once they are printed they send them to us, and we send them to you. Assuming everything else goes according to plan they should be with you in July.

3 months ago – Fri, Jun 01, 2018 at 12:10:35 AM

By now you should be able to log into Backerkit and download the digital decks. If you can't for any reason, please let us know and we'll rectify it as soon as possible.

As I said in the last update, there will be a few days before we send them to printers, so if you spot any remaining errors please let us know that too - we want them to be as good as we can make them. If there is anything to correct we will send updated versions of these PDFs to you at the same time.