About this project
The Haunted Queen
Deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, entombed within the strange stone city of R'lyeh, lies dormant a being of unimaginable power. To even look upon his form may cost you your sanity. He has lain beneath the waters for eons, and will continue to do so until the stars align, whereupon he will awaken and reclaim dominion over the Earth.
Until such a time as he awakens, Albino Dragon will be channeling the pantheon of monsters and mysticism from H.P. Lovecraft (The Call of Cthulhu & other stories) so these horrific, tentacled, anthropomorphic monstrosities can invade your next card game in a complete, official Cthulhu-themed Bicycle playing card deck.
Most of the characters in Lovecraft's stories only witnessed statues of Cthulhu, but that was enough to drive them insane. Imagine what mayhem and entropy may be unleashed when other players attempt their best poker face while squaring off against a handful of masterfully-painted cards featuring the will-crushing visage of Cthulhu.
The Call of Cthulhu - Channeling The Great Old Ones
Shane Tyree (the artist) and I (Erik Dahlman, CEO of Albino Dragon) have worked on a lot of projects together, but as long as I have known Shane he has revered the work of Lovecraft. As a result, a great deal of the art Shane produces tends to take on a darker tone, and I have to ask him to lighten it up a bit.
But not this time! I fear I've quite literally unleashed a monster, as Shane has been given carte blanche. Creative freedom has shown us here at Albino Dragon just how deep the rabbit hole goes into the darker corners of Shane's twisted imagination.
The result is one of the most beautiful, amazing, and horrifying adaptations of the Cthulhu mythos that we've ever seen.
The Cthulhu playing card deck is printed by the famous United States Playing Card Company, featuring 56 poker-sized cards with custom faces that bring the Cthulhu mythos to life. Depending on your pledge level, your deck(s) may include some or all of the following features
- Intricately designed Cthulhu playing card backs
- One of a kind court cards
- Unique tuck box
- Every playing card is Cthulhu themed
- Custom Jokers
- Magic finish that allows "bikes" cards to handle smoothly & last longer than cheaper playing card decks
- Unique gaff card with multiple uses for card tricks
- A double-backed gaff card
- Your own likeness on one of the playing cards
Not to mention the Cthulhu playing cards will feature nightmarish renditions of some of the most popular beings from Lovecraft's dream-inspired tales.
- Azathoth - King of Spades
- Cthulhu - King of Hearts
- Dagon - King of Diamonds
- Nyarlathotep - King of Clubs
Just to name a few!
Art Prints Available (Add $8 for each)
- 1st Edition Design
- 1st Edition King of Hearts Design
- H.P. Lovecraft - still to be colored
- Book Cover
- Cthulhu Playing Poker
- The Haunted Queen
- The Ghoul
The attention to detail and the design of a complete deck of poker-sized Cthulhu playing cards is no small feat. Without Kickstarter it would be difficult for us to honor Lovecraft properly and bring such a beloved mythos to its fan base in this form. We turn to you for support in the hopes that we're not the only ones who would love to see the looks on the faces of players when this deck comes out of the box for play.
As we raise additional funds we will be introducing stretch goals with upgrades that include custom seals and finishes to enhance the quality of the printed decks. Your pledges will ensure that we can deliver a higher quality deck of Cthulhu playing cards than we ever could have done without the support of the Kickstarter community.
What's even better than owning the Cthulhu deck? How about being a part of it? A few supporters will get to submit personal photos to us, and Shane Tyree will use photos of you to create one of 4 horrific Cthulhu face cards utilizing your likeness.
The perfect gift if you know someone who adores Lovecraft, Cthulhu, who collects unique playing cards… or if you'd just like to see your mother-in-law depicted the way nature intended.
The Stars Have Aligned & You've Heard The Call! Pledge Today and Help Us Raise Cthulhu From The Depths
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