Celebrate the end of the world in 2012 with the Bicycle® Apocalyptica Chromatics card deck. Completely custom & completely original.
Once this Kickstarter is over we will be selling extra decks and inventory at this website www.afterearththefall.com through Paypal. Thank you everyone for helping make this project a success!!!
Update 1 Video: Surprises, Poker Chips, The Future & Metal Cards Available
Update 2: Email us if you are interested in the poker card display or pint glasses. Poker chip cases and custom dice added!
For centuries the ancients have prophesied the end of the world in December 2012. No reason to go into it with a bad attitude. Lets celebrate with inspired hand drawn playing cards! The Apocalyptica Chromatics card deck and its included art celebrates mankind's near demise at the end of 2012 as well as his uncertain future! What would the world look like after? Would technology meet the mystical?
Custom Chromatic Poker Hand Cover Available now:
*Check the Managing Rewards section below for pledging*
- Etched design in glass
- 2.5 inches wide
- Very limited
- If you want all three only pay shipping for the 1st 2
The Apocalyptica Chromatic card deck has been created to satisfy the needs of all playing card users, from primary players, to magicians, collectors, and role-players. It has been a dream for us for the past year to get something out there that every group can enjoy for different reasons without making the deck lifeless. As befitting a deck like this it will be printed by the United States Playing Card Company.
For those who love flash and style and the kinds of cards that grab attention we have created the never before seen chromatic back just for this deck. This design style is pretty unique and can only be found here on the Apocalyptica cards. Various different hidden images can be found within the backs' art.
The chromatic deck design was created by renowned artist Diego Candia specifically for this deck. An artistic mixture of arcane mysteries and scientific technology the deck is styled in a way to please any kind of playing card fan. With a thin but printable border, and overlain images on the backs the Apocalyptica cards are beautiful for any kind of cardistry.
Normal and Stretch Edition Deck (Limited edition will ONLY be available at a locked stretch goal amount)
With the future uncertain we also created a unique back for a far off Stretch Reward. Our focus however, is to get the normal edition into fans hands.
Unique Deck Features:
Each suite in this deck is crafted with secrets on their faces and connections to other cards in the deck via artistic expression blank space and overall pattern design.
- Aces are tri-colored with the pip artwork front and center.
- Court cards are unique and reflect a fantasy and post-apocalyptic world where science meets magic.
- Card backs have hidden images.
- Numbered cards are faced with a light silver underlay from the back's design.
Our suits are unique in design and layout with custom pips. Mushroom clouds and gears for Clubs, special cut gems for Diamonds, a razer sharp weapon for the Spades, and an ancient sacrificial heart from the Mayans for the Hearts.
*All black courts will have blue shading while all red courts will have red shading or hidden cards on their images.
Aces by Diego Candia
Jacks by Diego Candia
Queens by Diego Candia
Kings Shown At Bottom of KickStarter
For the numbered cards, the entire face of the card is custom and has a unique but fitting variation in pip layout for each suite. Not enough to ever detract from game play, the layout of the faces attract attention and were artistically chosen to meld seamlessly within the overall design.
The result of all the tremendous hard work is a beautiful, unique, and mysterious deck.
- Printed by the U.S.P.C. with original art
- Beautifully designed chromatic card backs with a multi-layer design with hidden mysteries
- Custom Gaffs
- Custom jokers
- Custom pips
- Custom court cards
- Custom designed tuck box (the first 200 sent out will be signed)
Some Reward Item Specifics:
*These are just some additional information about rewards like size for shirts and posters and the type of limited card boxes we have*
- AfterEarth: Apocalyptica t-shirt with your choice of art with or without card borders and up to 6XL.
- Art Prints 10.5 x 7.5 print of any card with or without symbols
- Art Posters 21 x 26.5 of any card with or without symbols
- Card Boxes for 2, 4, and 6 deck orders. Hand crafted wood with the AfterEarth gears design motto. A mix of fantasy and future and very very limited.
- Chromatic Card Hand Protectors (etched with the Chromatic design into the glass itself)
- Poker Chip Cases- Wood or aluminum(both designed by our artists) with Chromatics art on the outside.
Custom Dice: Unlocked
Steel Collectors Cards *Ships separately and early when chosen as the only reward (4 set or group set)
We have a supplier who has offered a very limited FIRST run of individual metal playing cards. Maybe 200-300 for the first run. You can get them as 4 court card sets (AAAA) for coasters or just to look cool on your fireplace or card table. Because we have 2 Jokers already and 2 Joker design awards we also have a Joker set of 4.
These cards exude style and artistic design. They are 100% domestic and a combination of handmade and fine machine tooling. Each is then individually checked by the design team before being sent. We will begin shipping these in December and the majority of metal cards will probably arrive before Christmas.
*These will be steel unless the we find that we can't reproduce them in a quality we desire. If not we will move to thick treated aluminum.
Poker Chips (UNLOCKED)
Fully custom 100% made for this KickStarter ceramic poker chips.
Managing Additional Rewards
*Simply make a pledge for whatever level you want on the right, and add the prices below for whatever additional items you desire. Remember that since you are mixing and matching shipping costs may be slightly different than expected. We have to make sure we ship everything in one box and in some cases that means shipping may be a bit lower, and in some cases a bit higher.
Please add $0 per unit for US, 1$ for Canada, & $4 for International Shipping for the following items:
- Additional Card decks $8
Please add $5 per unit for US, 7 for Canada, & $10 per unit for international shipping for the following items:
- 2, 4, & 6 deck card boxes- (email us ASAP if you order one of these and inform us which box so we can construct it) $16, $22, & $25
- 6 Deck Limited edition (OUT) box (Email us right away if you order one)- $40
- Art Prints (any card)- 10.5x7.5 $9
- Chromatic Card Hand Protector- $25.00(if you buy all three only pay shipping for 2)
- Poster (any card - high quality print) 21x26.5 - $25
- Tee-Shirt with any deck art- $15
- Uncut Sheet of cards- $25.00
$10 for any 1 button. No shipping required
Custom Backer Plaque
6" tall with a full front etched to mimic the tuck box! With a metal stamp that lists your name and your backer number!
Please add the following amounts for shipping, $3 for US, $5 for Canada, & $8 for International orders-
$5 for 5 dice with no shipping required for anyone! Chessex custom dice!
Steel Card Ordering-
*Shipping US Shipping add $5. Canada backers please add $12. International backers please add $22.
Any 4 Set as displayed in the rewards section to the right-
$33 for 4 steel cards
*These will be shipping in February if added to any other reward level, unless ordered as the reward on the right.
Poker Chip & Case Ordering-
For shipping please add $2 for US, $3 for Canada and $4 International to the price below-
- $12 for 12 chips all the same color
- $12 for 12 chips (2 chips of each color)
For shipping please add $10 for US, $14 for Canada and $16 for International to the price below-
- 80$ for 100 chips with a typical spread of chips for a game
Cases(No chips) these are hand stained, decorated, and painted to fit the chromatic deck theme.
*(Shipping is included in prices below)
- Poker Chip Case- Wood. 2 Deck 100 Chip($31.00)
- Poker Chip Case- Aluminum. 2 Deck 100 Chip($35.00) OR 2 Deck 300 Chip ($45.00)
*Reminder poker cases do not come with chips.
Chip Cases examples *We take normal cases and make them extraordinary! On the chrome cases a plaque is added to the outside with our logo and wording as well. The wooden cases are themed to our deck.
Interested in getting a customized Card Poker Display(below)? Email us.
Portraits, tees, posters, and prints can all be customized with or without pips.
100% REWARD LEVEL MET Poker Chips AVAILABLE
130% REWARD LEVEL MET Custom Dice AVAILABLE + FREE original draft poker chip to pledges for $20 and over. Custom decorated and themes chip cases available.
160% REWARD LEVEL MET Custom Seal + Metallic Inks
180% REWARD LEVEL MET Custom Tuck Box by USPC outside vendor. Backer Plaque added to additional rewards. Free metal Ace card to everyone who pledges $50 or more.
200% , 2nd reward unlocked
210% Red Uncertain Deck Unlocked
Clubs these are the crazy beasts and beauties that roam the world after the destruction of man. Watch out, each one is a bit crazier than the one before it and they are all led by the insane King of Clubs.
Diamonds are not a girl's best friend. Here they are the tricksters and the grifters, those looking to slice your pocket open and take away whatever useless coin you have. Led by the Queen of Thieves the Diamonds are more cutting and cruel. Oh the King of Diamonds thinks he rules all. But we know better.
Hearts...ah love. It isn't in the air. Dangerous and depressive the hearts are just a little insane with battle lust and a lot of deep seeded anger issues. Led by the King of Hearts, a rampaging beast of a man, the King of Hearts wants yours.
Spades are tricky to define. Always suspicious, always a trick up their sleeve, you never really know where you stand with the Spades. The King of Spades is the worst of the lot. A con-man with a hidden secret.
Where does the money go?
Straight into the KickStarter rewards, printing the cards and covering shipping as well. All stretch rewards are also possible due to pledge donations. We want to get the design teams amazing work out to people but we can not do it alone. Not even close. To get this deck into the hands of fans and collectors we MUST have your help.
Diego Candia's and Spectre-7's excellent artwork continues on the same amazing path they followed for the AfterEarth role-playing game. The Ignite, LLC team includes Jeremy and Jasmine Penter who continue working to bring everything AfterEarth based to the KickStarter community and the public as a whole. This deck came from that original idea and blossomed into what you see here. Help us get this extraordinary deck into fans hands!
The result of all the tremendous hard work is one of the most beautiful, unique, and mysterious decks ever created.
AfterEarth: The Fall website for the RPG and this card deck. www.afterearththefall.com
Many design and Gimp brushes for the KickStarter page are by www.obsidiandawn.com
Wallpapers by "unknown" on freewallpaper.com
Some imaging and resources by Frostbow
BICYCLE, BICYCLE and DESIGN, and BICYCLE logo are trademarks of The United States Playing Card Company.
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Well we are done with the art. We aren't hinging on anyone else besides ourselves for that. By backing us you are not backing us creating more art. We are ready to go to the printers.
The real issues are delivery issues, shipping issues, and printing issues will always face projects like this. However, we have minimized them all with a focus on leveraging our internal shipping experience, our printers excellent customer service and their excellent delivery history.
We will get you these cards!
We have a storage area and a large staff to assist in packing and shipping and we have the manpower to handle this project regardless of its overall size. We have also added a couple weeks to the deadline to make sure that unforeseen issues that crop up are accounted for BEFORE they happen.
We have been flooded with the question. If you want them, post in Update #16.
A paypal link will be supplied at a later time.