Star Noir: Book One

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

A project in Greater Manchester, UK by Stephen Coffey

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Compact decks of Planets, Places and People for any science fiction RPG, game or story- which double up as uniquely geeky playing cards
Backers: 244
Average Pledge Per Backer: £23

Funded: £5,544 of £3,000
Dates: Mar 13th -> Apr 12th (31 days)
Project By: Stephen Coffey
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Latest News

Thank You!

April 12th - via:
A Grand TotalSo the final tally is £5,544 and 244 backers. Thank you all, every last one of you. We couldn't do this without you and we like doing this! We have reached the stretch goals for two extra cards per deck, and three extra suit symbols.... (Read More)

In Jokes and Side References

April 11th - via:
We've put a lot of references throughout the decks, of varying levels of obscurity. I’m just going to share a few of my favorites - most cards have some kind of reference or insinuation somewhere, something subtle below the surface. While you... (Read More)

Stretch And Relax

April 10th - via:
Stretch goals so far - have you shared the project? Hello everyone, and welcome new backers Blog post StretchAs you may have noticed we have reached our second stretch goal - that means we will be commissioning more art for the suit symbols. The... (Read More)

Ace, and a Hole

April 5th - via:
The AceAces have always been a little special - they are both the highest and lowest cards in a regular deck, so we like to make them a little unusual in Concept Card decks too. In these decks they are modifiers - they ask you to draw another card to... (Read More)

The Pros of Cons

March 31st - via:
TL;DR: We'll be at the UK Student Nationals next weekend.Conventions are great fun, a chance to meet and interact with other geeks who share your interests and set aside a day (or a weekend) to fully indulging your hobbyist side. People's passions... (Read More)

Do You Want More?

March 26th - via:
The last update talked about stretch goals, but I said in the one before that that we would also mention add ons. Sadly I was not well and that got missed (This is a known problem, but one we have allowed for in our production schedules if not update... (Read More)

New Stretch Goals

March 23rd - via:
On Wednesday Loz mentioned that we were going to be releasing some more of our Stretch Goals after we had a chance to triple check the details - and here they are: Full-bleed Borders at £6000 Black borders are traditional on cards - but that's... (Read More)

We're Funded!

March 21st - via:
<Raucous cheering in background> As of noon today we are fully funded, and (barring catastrophe or mass exodus) you will definitely be getting your decks! We're going to spend today celebrating, checking plans for production are all in place... (Read More)

Who are your most unusual characters?

March 19th - via:
If you're anything like me you have dozens of characters, ideas for games and general strangeness floating around in your brain (That's probably why I write them on cards...). Today I'd like to relay a couple of them to you, and ask what's the... (Read More)

What if this card doesn’t fit my setting?

March 18th - via:
Then bend it, twist it, play with it. For example, look at the Queen of Diamonds: The secret has a choice of modifiers depending on which side of the issue you fall She’s an aristocrat. This works fine for any milieu with royal titles - Princess... (Read More)

Naming Things

March 17th - via:
Names. Dagobah. Cardassia. Ultramar. Names invoke swathes of images, often based on knowledge of the source material. But how do we name new places? Some spring from the reference material. Yesterday, Loz posted Gibson’s Bunk Hostel. Ragano And... (Read More)

Looking At A Location

March 16th - via:
So far we have showed you a planet (well, a black hole), and a person (Roberta McGee), so I thought I would show you a location today. When we fantasy cards we could make some basic assumptions about the kind of world and the kinds of stories the... (Read More)

Studying Music had to come in useful eventually…

March 15th - via:
It can be hard keeping track of a whole lot of key NPCs. For major recurring characters, I have a whole character sheet. But for bit parts, I don’t usually have more than a few notes - a key skill, a couple of spells and a quirk The quirk, for me,... (Read More)

Hawking Radiation

March 14th - via:
The Shoulders Of GiantsIt would be remiss of me not to pay respects to Professor Stephen Hawking today. Without scientists, science fiction could not exist. In the 1950s and 60s scientists such as Asimov and Clarke wrote the defining science fiction... (Read More)

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