It was one of those days when I explored Deviant art and YouTube that I found these amazing Manga artworks by Mina Petrovic (you might know her as Mistiqarts). I was amazed at these images of princesses, warriors, fantasy figures, and all kind of things in between that are drawn in Manga style with a touch of Disney. And I could right away picture this style in an amazing playing card game. So I asked her. She was immediately on board with the idea and even had a whole universe for it in mind, which she had already planned and developed for years—the twisted wonderland story (this story will come one day in comic book form!).
The result of this collaboration is this campaign, a beautiful artistic masterpiece, hand drawn by Mistiqarts (Mina Petrovic) and organized by me, Chris the cards enthusiast.
The Story Of Twisted Wonderland
Have you ever wondered what Wonderland was like before Alice? What happened to the other royal suits, the royal families of Spades, Clubs, and Diamonds? Four ruling houses, four dark secrets, one winner. And the winner is the one who plays the cards, making them re-live their destinies each time a game is played.
The only two who know about this endless game are the Jokers. They live forever; they pick their favorite to bet on and enjoy to play by different rules.
The Cat, part of a mischievous race of unpredictable beings, all wiped out but one. His only rule: "Make the game last forever." Chaos in order, and order in Chaos, forever at play with the Rabbit. At times, like little children, squabbling over favorite toys, but all well knowing that each toy has a soul, destiny, and a purpose. Striving in Chaos, each word may be a riddle, a silly sonnet, or a meaningful prophecy. And they appear everywhere.
Hearts: “A heart can only beat when set free of all emotions.”
Diamonds: “Only the pure of blood can be strong.”
Clubs: “Every knowledge comes with a price.”
Spades: “I will be here, even after my time has run out.”
Although not the richest, or oldest family in Wonderland, they are the most beloved. The ruling family had the purest charisma, most charming disposition, and the most strategic way of approaching their citizens. Everything about them is perfection. But at what price?
King of hearts, his charisma is matched only by his beauty and silver tongue. Strategist of exceptional talent, full of energy and ambition, youthful strength and will to live to the fullest. Or at least it is the image served to the people in all of the royal galas. Betrothed to the young Queen of Spades, their marriage is said to bring everlasting peace to wonderland if they are truly in love. But can the queen of spades love the real king of hearts?
Renown for her beauty and skills in diplomacy, the queen of hearts is said to be the happiest and loveliest woman alive. But why then does her evil side point a dagger at her own good side heart?
Jack of hearts is a fanatic soldier for his house. If he can’t succeed, diplomatic in his missions, he will use all means necessary to bring glory to the hearts.
The royal house of Clubs is said to be evil for their use of the ancient art of alchemy in their kingdom. But history is written by the winner, and when the armies of Diamonds desecrated the lands of Clubs, leaving their people to starve, alchemy was the only way to rescue the kingdom.
King and Queen of Clubs are Twins, and both have remained inseparable since birth. Raised by magic, their hair glowed bright green, preparing them to keep their people fed and prosperous through the alchemist arts.
He is a rational ruler, never overstepping boundaries, and accepting no risks. He always has to cover up his sister shenanigans, the queen of clubs, who loves to run away from her official duties. He changes his appearance to pose as her.
Even though she loves her people, often seen to love her own pet projects more: a flying golden dragon to serve her tea or scare the common folk. Is she ready to rule?
Jack of Clubs is a devoted agent in service of his house. But can he keep all the secrets learned?
The proudest, oldest family in the Kingdoms of Wonderland, with all their heirs and royals with one unique trait: pure golden hair. Their blood was never soiled with the blood of commoners or outsiders to make certain that the line will stay strong. And as a proud and strong house, they favor warfare above else.
King of diamonds has mastered the art of war. Warfare is a way of life for him and his house, providing resources for his country, bearing the spoils of war as personal medals. His subjects and family are always battling by his side, even long after they die in battle, and even though not all battles are fought in reality.
King and the Queen have been happily married for many years but never able to produce their own heir. They work diligently to bring prosperity to their kingdom, both in their own unique way. Queen of Diamonds is a matron to her subjects, always a good example of a loyal wife, devoted Queen. Even when her Royal duties end in the day, an artist could paint a whole other portrait of her. With hobbies like discrete assassinations and motherhood of unusual beings, our Queen indeed lives a secret life. And a sad one if you would know about her pig.
Diamond Jack is a eunuch due to the King’s jealousy. Master of secrets and spies, official babysitter for the Queen’s pig, she loves as her own child. But can he be trusted?
There is a prophecy that one day, a child will be born, who bears the mark of the unicorn. This child will bring peace and order to wonderland. And the spades' fiercely religious people believe their house is blessed with this child in the form of their queen.
King of Spades is a very religious ruler whose only goal is to see the prophecy fulfilled in his lifetime.
She was born with a special birthmark, a horn of an unicorn. Prophecy has it that wearer of such a sign can bring order and peace to Wonderland. But the wearer is never allowed to know great sadness, or the prophecy won’t be fulfilled. And so the king decided to marry her to the most beautiful and charismatic person of wonderland, the king of hearts. But is this what the prophecy had in mind?
Jack of Spades is a noble paladin, madly in love with his Queen. But as a paladin, he knows that the prophecy can only be fulfilled when the true bearer of the unicorn is happily married.
- 54 Custom Playing Cards with unique pips and characters
- Each Court Card has a "good" and an "evil" side Produced by EPCC (Expert Playing Card Company)
- Master finish on high-quality card stock
- Wonderful gold foil tuck box on Twisted Wonderland and a holographic tuck box on Corrupt Wonderland
- Custom seal
Since each card already has a good and an evil side, we thought it is only fitting that there is also a lighter and a darker version of the deck, each with an unique tuck box and slightly changed artwork.
How to add Addons
1. Pick the reward you like by clicking "Back this project".
2. After that you`ll find instead of "Back this project" a "Manage pledge" button. Click this. Now you can adjust the amount you would like to spend. Simply add the amount listed above in the "Addon prices" to the total.
For example if you have pledged 1 deck for 12€+4€ shipping=16€ and you want to add a t-shirt for 25€ your total pledge should be 16+25=41€.
At the end of the campaign we will send out a survey where you can mark all the addons you bought (best write them down somewhere).
Spread the Word
We would be eternally greatful if you could spread the word about this campaign. As a small thanks for this we will randomly chose a few among those who shared this campaign. These will receive a free reward upgrade or a free addon.
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Share how and where you like. Anything from a small note on facebook/twitter to a full fletched video review on youtube would help us greatly.
After the campaign we`ll send out a survey and there you can tell us where you shared us.
Thank you all very much for your support!
Artwork Adjustment: Depending on the changes we are making according to your feedback in this campaign, I would guess no more than 2 weeks. If we make no changes, then all files are ready.
Waiting for the Kickstarter money: 2 weeks but will go together with the artwork adjustment time.
Production: 7 Weeks
Shipping to Fulfillment Service in the USA: 5 Weeks
Delivery to Backers: In the USA, around 1 week. Internationally, the delivery time depends probably on the country. For Germany, my test buys were around 2 weeks.
Since I know how bad it feels to wait for a product that was promised a certain month and arrived later, I rather give you a conservative time table. The deck should be delivered in 15 week. But knowing that nothing goes as planned and that many other kickstarter playing card campaigns struggled with the delivery times, I rather put it this way: The deck will be delivered March 2018 the latest.
More about Mistiqarts and the deck here:
Risks and challenges
I do not see any problems on the horizon. The artwork is complete, and if we make some changes, it will be easy to realize. And together with an amazing artist, one of the best card producers and a professional logistic service provider, everything is planned and accounted for.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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