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:

Give Away Update
about 1 year ago – Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 12:03:39 AM

Hello again!

It has been a long day already, so we apologize for the extra emails! But our Tuesdays are our Give-away update days! Here are the current numbers so far:

As a reminder, you can still Subscribe or like any of the following to be part of the give-away during the Kickstarter run!

ALL the Details are in the Facebook page link below.     

Site link: Usiakgames.com   

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skepticsgame   

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usiakart/


Also, if you are a Fan of the game you can go to Board Game Geek and like the page:   https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/199418/skeptics   


Liking this page will help create that buzz!    Thank you everyone! YOU Made this happen! I am just the designer!


Jon Usiak

Some OLD ART
about 1 year ago – Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 06:25:51 PM

Hello everyone! There might be a few updates today, so I am apologizing Now for how many updates might come! We have a give-away update coming soon, and if we get a stretch goal unlocked, that will be coming as well!


So this Post is about the Very FIRST map design for this game. It was a Really quick Photoshop PROTOTYPE of the ASYLUM that I made in under an hour! We had an idea and I mocked something up really quick to start playing. I Actually had the dice made already so I could start playing right away! 

And no, you will not be getting this crude map with the game! Hah!

I had to take this with my Phone because My Scanner is really making this come out dark (I think its on the Brink of dying). 

Also. We had a few requests to see a better view of the Other side of the ASYLUM board - the MUSEUM! Here it is (reduced to 30%).

Once again thank you very much for getting us funded! Lots more time left to go!


Jon Usiak 

Usiak Games and Designs

Over 90% Funded!!!
about 1 year ago – Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 06:02:16 PM

We are less than 10% away from being funded. As a math nerd, I have been looking pretty heavily at the numbers and comparing our progress to the last Kickstarter, and it has been amazing to see the difference. So far for this campaign, we have averaged around $1,500 daily on days 3-6 as compared to the last campaign where we averaged around $250. If things continue with this trend for at least two more day, we may be funded tomorrow! We fully expect the trend will lower overtime, but we are really excited and optimistic that we will unlock some of the stretch goals by the end of the campaign. 


We learned a lot from the last campaign and are still learning more this time around specifically about marketing. I found a really interesting YouTube video of a reviewer (Bower's Game Corner) that did a deep dive on our Kickstarter page; he was very open and blunt about some of the decisions we made. In many cases, he had valid points, and as a new designer, we are open to criticism because it helps us grow and become better.  We were able to make some changes based on some of the feedback we agreed with and were able to be changed at this point; you may have seen some changes if you looked at the page today. We love hearing your feedback both positive and negative so feel free to comment about how we are doing or private message if you are more comfortable with that. We can't change everything for this project, but trust me, Jon takes a lot of notes that will help our future projects. We are aware of some of the requests of the community and are already making plans on how to provide those the best we can. 


While marketing has been our weakness, our strength has been focusing on making sure the game is ready to hit production shortly after the campaign. We will touch on that process in a future update. 


Future updates will be a little more exciting with Jon providing images of cards that are in the game, early artwork, discussion about inspiration for the game and ghost, and more details about the stretch goals. Once we hit 100%, we will be sharing a preview of the Ghost that is unlocked in the second stretch goal.


Thank you all for your support of our project up to this point; we truly appreciate the feedback you have provided so far and what you provide moving forward. We have definitely been popping up in more discussion posts and videos than we did last time and much of that is thanks to you all who believe in our project. Hopefully our next update will be the news about hitting 100%!


Brian

We are NOW FUNDED at 100%!!!!
about 1 year ago – Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 05:32:21 PM

Yes we Made it!!! SKEPTICS has reached its 100% FUNDED GOAL!!! I am ecstatic and shocked! Not only because we funded, but because of the small amount of time to do so!

We would Not have done it without the support from all these AMAZING backers, family, friends, colleagues, and so many other people! There are way too many people to thank here!!! Most of the support comes from people who helped me with any part of this process along the way. These are my playtesters, my lovely wife for letting me work in the basement all day, my friends and family, and especially Brian Moats who took up this opportunity to work with me and believe in this game a few years ago! He has been the life line of this Project! Thank you Brian!

I don't want to create a Huge long email, because I am too excited! Most of you know that I have been working on this Project for SIX years! I started from the ground up, starting with NOTHING at all! These six years were figuring out the logo, the name of the business, the website,  the facebook pages, and most of all - the Main game design for SKEPTICS. The next project will go very very fast since Now I have the Template! I have everything in place to continue this Skeptics Universe!

We really hope you enjoy this game! This will be popular amoung several groups, or it might be great to play alone. Maybe it will sit on a shelf collecting dust! But either way this means you believed in the game in some way and you wanted to see it through!

So with all that said, WE are funded but we are not stopping! Time to unlock some of these stretch goals for SKEPTICS and give you More stuff that automatically will come with the game! The second image will open up shortly to give you a teaser!

Thank you again all so very much!

Jon Usiak

One more Update today - since everyone is awesome!
about 1 year ago – Sun, Jun 13, 2021 at 02:18:34 AM

At almost 80% funded in just four days we are almost at the finish line! Then we can start opening up some cool Stretch goals!! Keep sharin', promotin', and keepin' this pace going and this game WILL Fund!


Because We have passed the 75% milestone, here is another little something...