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An art deck of bridge size traditional playing cards with a silly macabre art theme.
An art deck of bridge size traditional playing cards with a silly macabre art theme.
206 backers pledged $6,882 to help bring this project to life.

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The Silly Macabre Playing Card Art Deck

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King of Hearts Print
King of Hearts Print

The tragic beginnings of this sordid project started as a single morbid print of the sad King of Hearts as seen here above. After the artist, a rather odd and disturbed fellow, created it and put it out into the unsuspecting world, the response to the poor king's unseemly demise was overwhelming and a clamoring for a complete deck was beset upon the artist, which now has grown into the doomed and macabre project you see before you. The appearance of the members of the Deck, though disturbing and silly at times varies wildly depending in large part on the sort of activities they are involved in. The ghastly suits include Medieval Tudor skeletons, Renaissance Italian grave diggers and zombies, Baroque French vampires, and Scottish clan ogres. 

The Ace Reward Prints
The Ace Reward Prints

As you can see, Dear Reader, the tragic truth is that all of the suits have been completed as prints, which will be available as so called "rewards" for those foolish enough to cast their hard earned wealth into this most unwise endeavor. These prints are 11x17 printed on 12pt paper with a protective UV coating that will keep them bright and vivid for all eternity to the dismay of all who are unfortunate enough to have their gaze fall upon them. They will look ghastly in any office, game room or den, but it is preferred you hang them in a mausoleum or morgue so as to keep the dead hidden within their casts.

The King Reward Prints
The King Reward Prints

All that is left to create this diabolical and insidious deck on those who were foolish enough to not heed our warning to walk away slowly and find something far more pleasant to do, such as ripping their eyes out with a dull feather, is to raise the misguided funds so the printer may conjure up one thousand decks.

The Queen Reward Prints
The Queen Reward Prints

The artist has chosen to print a 54 card Bridge sized playing card deck (as, unfortunately, this fits the grim art best) on 310gsm (Linen) paper with a custom “tuck” box to keep your cards in. 

Card Back, Face Card, Number Card, and a Joker example
Card Back, Face Card, Number Card, and a Joker example
The Complete set
The Complete set

The good news is the project will only run for 30 days. The bad news is that this is the optimal time frame, according to the sadistic members of Kickstarter, for successful projects. It shivers me to think of this becoming a successful endeavor with the thought of these decks loosed on the world.

The Jack Reward Prints
The Jack Reward Prints

 According to the artist, after successful funding (success in this case being measured by Amazon collecting the ill-gotten funds from those foolish enough to carry on in their sadly misguided faith in this project) it will take 2 weeks for the printer to produce and ship the cards to him. Within 3-4 weeks after funding, the artist, along with the aide of his clockwork, caffeine fueled minions, will ship all rewards to those who foolishly pledged to the project.

They shall receive, exactly, what they justly deserve. Trust you, me.

The "10" Card prints for the "Royal Flush" Reward
The "10" Card prints for the "Royal Flush" Reward

Here for the more discerning eye is presented a rough breakdown of the foolish and tragic budget.

·Funds raised $6,000.00

·Fees from KS and Amazon (10% roughly) $600.00

·Decks/Boxes - $4,100.00

·Shipping from Printer - $415.00

·A complete 11x17 card print run (if need be) - $300.00

This will leave $585.00 for materials and shipping of rewards.

Example render of the "Tuck" box art
Example render of the "Tuck" box art

There is also a many morbid bric-a-brac that the artist wishes to thrust and inflict upon the unsuspecting and unfortunate.

One such item would be a limited (thank the powers) edition print of the "Suicide King", the one that started this cacophony of ill-fated ideas. 

Limited Edition "Suicide King"
Limited Edition "Suicide King"

The long and avaricious history of this unfortunate monarch is at best, vague, full of myths, and fraught with legends. Very little, it is said, is known outside of the elusive family of this once great king, and only a few select members, within the artists family, even know the horrid truths of the prints creation.

What is known, ironically, is that for a squandering of $50.00 this ghastly image will appear upon your doorstep, at the most inopportune moment, accompanied by the diabolically silly deck of cards.

This is a fate, Dear Reader, which I highly encourage you to avoid.  However, if you insist on this self-inflicted torture, be it known that there are only 25 anguished souls allowed. Our mourners, after all, are only capable of so much.

Moon and Sun Joker Prints
Moon and Sun Joker Prints

For a $100.00 pledge the artist will also be offering a pair of joker prints as seen above. These diametrically opposed ghouls of mayhem will only be offered to the first 50 who feel the need for the company of demented jesters whose goal is to have you dying with laughter.

Having decided to have a mixture of tortures for all our discerning patrons, the artist has created a so called “Thank you” gift for our $5.00 pledge level. He has created, in red transparent acrylic, a card size version of the Suicide King. The horror! 

Prototype of the Acrylic card reward
Prototype of the Acrylic card reward

 If for some reason, as if owning a single deck is not pernicious enough, the artist is able to raise $12,000.00 for this baleful plan of his. He will double the number of playing card decks given out in the rewards. Meaning, for those of you who pledged at the $15.00 level for example, a reward that normally offers a single deck of cards, you will be given two monarchy deranged decks instead. 

This offer will not extend to the prints or the laser cut acrylics, however. 

 The artist wants to add here a special heart felt thanks to those who worked hard and offered advice, ideas, blood, sweat and tears to help make this project a reality.

Risks and challenges

The greatest risk to the project will be, of course, funding. However after that, there should be an extremely low risk in achieving this projects goals. At the time of the launch, all art work, box art, rewards, and prepping of the materials have been completed. Once funding has cleared, it will be a matter of setting up the cards for the printer and sending out the order. The only possible delays would be in the printer failing to complete the run and ship within the two weeks they estimated. As for the Rewards, the 11x17 prints are already printed in quantities and are in hand. Should the project be more successful the print company of the reward of prints has a one week turn around and therefore should not cause any delay. The acrylic cards, Limited edition "Suicide King", and Joker prints are the only rewards that are not in hand. Printing and production has been calculated in the timeline. Within 4-6 weeks following funding and the collection of the pledges, all decks and rewards should be in the hands of those who have supported this endeavor.

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    An laser etched and cut acrylic version of the "Suicide King" the King of Hearts.

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    A single deck of cards.
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    A deck of cards and an 11x17 face card print.
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    The Play and Save:
    Two playing decks. One to play with and one to keep. Includes shipping

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    A deck of cards and two 11x17 prints
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    1 deck of cards and a Limited edition Suicide King Print. Includes Shipping

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    A deck of cards and 11x17 prints of all the Ace cards.

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    A deck of cards and a complete 11x17 Royal Flush print set. This will include all the face cards and a 10 card of the specified suit.
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    A deck of cards and a limited edition set of Moon and Sun joker prints. Includes shipping

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Funding period

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