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Thank You for checking out the strictly limited edition custom set of playing cards called “The Meeple Deck" designed by us, Jordan Martin and Luke Peterschmidt.
What is a Meeple? The Meeple is the famous “Euro” board game piece. We are both lifelong gamers, and between us we own thousands of these pieces in various forms. This custom deck is our homage to the Meeple in all its forms.
The Visual Style for The Meeple Deck is by a mash-up of the unique outline of the Meeple itself, and classic playing card elements. The number cards feature meeple-fied suits, and the royalty are equally meeple-fied. Even the King of Hearts gets the full Meeple-sword-in-head treatment.
The Card Backs are a symphony of Euro board gaming elements. Meeples, wooden blocks, and the ubiquitous “score tracker” all make their appearance on the card backs.
Custom Point Tracker Cards! Playing card decks are printed on 56 card sheets. 52 are for the cards, 2 for jokers, and 2 "other" cards. These are often thrown away. Sometimes they contain things like a list of the poker hand rankings or maybe some ads. For the Meeple Deck, Jordan has custom designed a unique set of "point counting" cards that you can use to keep track of your score in any number of games! Check 'em out!
The Ace of Spades is a key card in any deck. We've put tons of board game references into ours to make it truly stand out.
Jokers: The Jokers for the deck follow through on the concept with their jester caps and general Meelpe-ness. I'd love to see a game publisher make Meeples in this shape some day...
The Meeple Tuck Box will be designed to proudly display our friend the Meeple and harkens back to the old Aviator style playing cards.
Even Our Press Sheet is all meepled-up. Instead of laying out our press sheet like everyone else, we gave it a meeple shape (as much as you can with a 7x8 grid). We're releasing 25 signed and numbered uncut sheets and they are available as a pledge level or as a $55 add-on.
Clean Design is important for a great play experience. The Meeple deck is a great conversation starter, but we also expect these cards to be played. To ensure a great play experience, we designed these playing cards to be easy to use and identify both when in your hands for games like Hearts or on a table for games like traditional Solitaire or Stud Poker.
*All images of the deck and tuck boxes you see in these photos are prototypes and/or production files. The finished product may vary slightly from what you see here – backers will be kept up-to-date of any minor changes that occur. The overall design and theme will remain UNCHANGED throughout the funding and printing process.
• Fifty-two playing cards and two jokers – all with original and bold imagery. The Meeple Deck is ideal for card games of all types and even magic if you’re like this guy.
•Printed by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC)
•The Meeple deck is strictly limited to an Edition size of no more than 2750 decks, ensuring that this will be a rare collectable as well as a fantastic deck of cards to use in games.
•Printed on Bicycle playing card stock with an Air Cushion (linen) finish.
•Heavy, premium paper for the tucks.
We have been active on Kickstarter for years, both in creating projects through Fun to 11 and Geek Dynasty, and in backing projects. We find the environment of Kickstarter to be one of creativity and exploration. We hope that you will help us make the limited edition Meeple Deck a reality, and we thank you for your support and encouragement.
Meeple Stickers! These are custom vinyl stickers that Jordan makes featuring our playing-card meeples! Get your whole family! The prices below are the same for both domestic and international backers who are picking up at least one deck. If you ONLY want the Meeple Stickers, we've created a backing option for you as well.
Here's some of the stickers in the wild - on the back of Luke's laptop!
Press Sheets: A limited number of signed and numbered press sheets will be made available as a $55 add-on ($55 to Canada as well, $65 for Europe). They are also available as a pledge level, so if you want one as an add-on be sure to ping us and let us know!
Extra Decks: If you backed at a level that gets you at least one deck and want extra decks, just add $11 to your pledge for each deck you want ($14 for Mexico, Canada, and Europe).
Previous Geek Dynasty Project - Yes Sir Captain Daddy! If you would like to add a signed copy of our previously successful kids book, Yes Sir Captain Daddy!, just add $20 to your pledge ($25 for Canada, $32 outside the US/Canada). That's $5 off! the previous price. The book is beautiful and has gotten fantastic reviews - if you are, or know a dad in need of a read aloud book that both the child and the dad will actually like, get this book! See this link for more info and check out the comments!
Press for the Meeple Deck
Here's a recent 10 question interview about the deck - some good questions in this one!
Here's a link to an article over on Kardify about the Meeple Deck. A good look at the motivation for the project and the people behind it. You can ignore the main tuck box image as we plan to tweak that with backer input during the campaign.
Risks and challenges
Very low risk here. We're using a US printer (USPCC), so customs will not be a problem. Geek Dynasty has done a previous Kickstarter campaign that shipped on time, and Luke is part of Fun to 11, which has done 4 successful Kickstarter campaigns; all of which shipped on time or early.
Of course if Jordan or Luke gets hit by a bus, that would change everything. And as always, the risk of weather related delays or factory strikes, while small, is real.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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