SKEPTICS Board Game

Created by Usiak Games and Designs

SKEPTICS is a cooperative, dice rolling game, where players explore potentially haunted locations to prove the existence of ghosts. 1-4 players take on the role of Investigators gathering evidence of the paranormal. Investigators race against the clock exploring rooms and rolling dice to match icon sets to Search, Reveal, and Solve Clues. Each Clue will lead Investigators one step closer to revealing the Ghost. Environment Cards are drawn every hour, which may have hazards and conditions that will impede the Investigators’ progress. Investigators win if the existence of the Ghost can be proven in time, but Investigators fail if time runs out.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

SKEPTICS IS SHIPPING!!!
7 days ago – Wed, Jun 22, 2022 at 08:18:53 PM

I am sure by now, some of you have received emails from Quartermaster Logistics or ShipQuest providing you a tracking number for your game. 


Quartermaster Logistics (US/CA/MX)

As of noon today, my QML report listed 5 games were ready to be picked up by the carrier, and I would expect that number is much higher in reality and is just pending a report update in their system. 


ShipQuest (UK/EU/Rest of the World)

ShipQuest is showing all 218 orders have tracking numbers already associated with them, which I assume means they are basically ready to ship out. I haven't been provided confirmation on this yet, but that is the logical assumption at least. 


What does this mean?

This all means some of you may have your copy of SKEPTICS in hand by the weekend or early next week. 


Please allow both fulfillment centers a week or so to get all of the orders out before messaging us about missing orders. By all means if you receive your copy and there are issues, let us know. 


We will be sending out another update probably over the weekend as we see the order statuses change in the systems and once we an get update from ShipQuest regarding their orders. 


Social Media Tags

If you take pictures or videos of your copy of SKEPTICS, please tag the SKEPTICS pages:

Facebook: @skepticsgame

Instagram: @usiakart

Youtube: Usiak Games and Designs (not sure you can tag on there, but that is the SKEPTICS Youtube page name)


If you want to help me spread the word to my personal pages, you can tag them as well (completely optional):

Facebook: @WVGamers1

Instagram: @WVGamers

Youtube: WVGamers


We can't wait to see your photos and hear about how you are enjoying the game. 


Brian Moats and Jon Usiak

Usiak Games and Designs

Freight/Shipping Updates and Packaging Samples
15 days ago – Tue, Jun 14, 2022 at 10:50:46 PM

Hello all,


Great News! All of the games are now in the hands of the fulfillment centers. Quarter Master Logistics just received the US/Canada/Mexico freight (~1224 copies and some dice packs) and are just now in processing our packages (inventorying, checking for damages, sample packaging pictures, etc.). It will still be a couple weeks before we get through their queue and get the games out their warehouse doors. I will provide more details as we receive updates; I would guess early July some US backers will receive their copies of the game. 


Ship Quest received the UK and rest of world freight (~276 copies and some dice packs) about two weeks ago and are soon going to being processing our fulfillment. They provided some pictures of their recommended packaging for SKEPTICS, which I have provided below. With any luck, some UK backers will receive their copy before the end of June. 


(Additionalupdates below the pictures)


Here are some sample pictures how Ship Quest is packaging the game and what it looks like if you purchased the extra dice pack(s) add-ons. 

Late Payments from Current Backers

We have officially finalized what will be in the first wave of shipments. If you already paid for your game, shipping, AND VAT/Taxes (where applicable), you will be in the first wave of orders and are good to go. 


We have sent multiple reminders to backers who have not paid. Unfortunately, those who have not paid will not receive their game in this first wave. If you realize you forgot to pay shipping and/or VAT/Taxes, reach out to us to make arrangements for a later shipment. As we warned a few updates ago and in our direct messages, we will need to charge the Q3 shipping rate because rates have gone up so much from what we estimated during the campaign just in Q2 (in some cases, $5-15 more); we fully expect Q3 shipping will once again jump considerably due to gas costs. We will do everything we can to work with those backers so please reach out via Kickstarter messages. 


Closing

It is so exciting seeing the finalized games sitting in what will be their home for the briefest time as they find their way to your homes. Jon can't wait for you to have his game in your hands; an already six year journey. I am so happy to have been part of this for 3 years now. Jon is already hard as work designing the next map and internally playtesting it. 


We can't wait to see your pictures of the game next month. Be sure to tag us on social media if you share our game with the world (Facebook: @skepticsgame and Instagram: @usiakart). 


We will touch on what to do if you find yourself with a damaged/incomplete copy in the next update, but we certainly hope that won't happen...Realistically, we know it will happen in a small number of cases. So, we will go over that process as games ship out. 


Have a great rest of your week, 


Brian Moats and Jon Usiak

Usiak Games and Designs

Brief Update on Freight Status
about 1 month ago – Fri, May 27, 2022 at 05:45:31 PM

This will be a brief update before the weekend. Freight is still in possession of the games; they are just working out the timing to hand off the games to the fulfillment companies for in-processing and boxing up the individual backer boxes. There is a US holiday next week as well as a two day UK holiday; so, they are working around that as well.  


If all goes how they are planning it, GamesQuest will have their pallets of SKEPTICS before the Queen's Jubilee holiday next week. I assume by June 20th~25th we should see some games going out. 


The US cargo finally made it to the NY port (it had waiting for an open port) and should be unloaded today, and the games will be moved to the JAX port (likely there in a week or so). QML should have the games in their possession by the middle of June and hopefully pushing games out a week later if they have room in their queue for us. 


We still expect some backers will receive their games by the end of June and the rest hopefully by the end of July. As a reminder, QML (US) will be sending out the US, Canada, and Mexico games, and GamesQuest will be shipping out the games for the rest of the world. 


I expect our next update will be in two weeks once we have more concrete dates to pass along. 


Have a great weekend, 

Brian Moats and Jon Usiak

Usiak Games and Designs

Locking Addresses Wednesday
about 1 month ago – Wed, May 18, 2022 at 12:25:49 PM

Sorry for a second update today. I should have mentioned we will be running the final backer report on Wednesday as we wrap up credit card charges. After Wednesday, no address changes will be possible (not easily at least). So please, do us a favor and double check your address in BackerKit if you have moved in the last 6 months and may not have updated that since the initial BackerKit survey went out. 


Brian

Attempt Two to Charge Cards that Failed Last Week
about 1 month ago – Tue, May 17, 2022 at 04:05:28 PM

Quick update for the start of the week. 

Remaining Credit Card Charges

We are going to attempt to charge the credit cards for the last 28 people who had cards error out last week; this will happen around 12p EST. After that, if we have not received payment, we will withdraw the name from our shipping list until those individuals are able to pay for their shipping/add-ons. There are a few people who reached out to us already; don't worry, we know who you are and will continue to work with you via messages. 


We can honor the shipping prices from the KS through early June, but after that, anyone who reaches out after that time will be charged the actual shipping at that time. We currently are collecting less than what the actual shipping is due to higher than expecting increases between the quote we received last year (what we based our KS shipping quotes on during the campaign) and the second quarter 2022 actual shipping prices. 


We will do our best to accommodate everyone as much as we can because understand life happens, but unfortunately, between the shipping costs in the third quarter potentially increasing again (who knows) and storage fees with the fulfillment centers to storage the undelivered games, we do have to consider our costs as well after the initial waves of deliveries go out. 


Freight Update:

We will provide more details later this week as we get confirmation. I do know the shipping for the UK has arrived at the docks over the weekend, and the US was scheduled to arrive by now (waiting for confirmation). We will provide an update once the games are heading to/have arrived at the fulfillment centers. We should be weeks away from some people receiving their games now. We are pretty excited :)


Thanks again for all of your support, 

Brian Moats and Jon Usiak

Usiak Games and Designs