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A playing card deck with art inspired by ancient Chinese legends. Intricate, custom designs never seen before.
663 backers pledged $18,033 to help bring this project to life.

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My father has a passion for collecting playing cards, and also loves watching traditional Chinese opera and reading Chinese historical epics. That is why I came up with the idea of combining these two passions to create a deck of cards highlighting the most powerful  emperors celebrated within Chinese classics so that he will have a special, meaningful deck and the rest of the world can enjoy these unique designs.

The original designs of the faces of the deck are all inspired by figures from Chinese heritage and culture as described below. My goal is to create decks that are playable, unique, and valuable. I hope you can back me and help me realize this goal. Thank you so much! :)

The designs 

Joker:

The Monkey King from Journey to the West

Kings:

Qin Shi Huang (the First Emperor of China)

Liu Bei (in Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Tang Taizong (Famous Emperor in Tang Dynasty)

Goujian (Famous King in the Spring and Autumn Period, known for his "Rebirth" during the war between Wu and Yue)

Queens:

Empress Dowager Cixi (known as Grand Empress of the Last Emperor of China)

Xi Shi (one of the Four Beauties in ancient China)

Wang Zhao-Jun(one of the Four Beauties in ancient China)

Yang Guifei (the famous Consort who changed the fate of Tang Dynasty)

Generals:

Guan Yu (famous general in Romance of the Three Kingdoms)

Bao Zheng (a famous officer against corruption in Song Dynasty)

Yuwen Chengdu (the founding general of Sui Dynasty)

Xiaho Dun (famous general in Romance of the Three Kingdoms)

Card Details:

Bicycle Emperor will be a limited 2,500 deck production by the US Playing Card Company. They will be sold in limited quantity per person, and It will not be reprinted or released again.  

The cards will be printed on the Bicycle stock with the Magic finish and will feature many elegant, hand-crafted details.  

Kickstarter backers will get your decks first and at a better price! So, please pledge today.

Add-On#1: Red Emperor Deck

Many people have expressed their disappointment that no pledges are available after the project posted for three days.  Due to my promise to the initial backers, the Blue Emperor deck is a limited edition and will not be produced again.  Instead, an unlimited Red Emperor deck will be added to this project for those who missed the initial pledges as well as for my Blue deck backers.  This Red Emperor has the same art design as the Blue deck and is also a very beautiful deck for your collection. Welcome your pledges and support.

If you are the original backers of Blue Emperor decks, please use the following table to include Red deck Add-On to your existing pledge.

For international backers, please use the following table to calculate the shipping cost of TOTAL decks pledged.

Red Emperor deck
Red Emperor deck
Bicycle Emperor Decks
Bicycle Emperor Decks

Add-On#2: Emperor T-Shirts

Our T-shirts are made of sturdy heavy weight cotton and printed with the beautiful Emperor Ace design. They contain 6.1 oz. 100% pre-shrunk cotton. These T-shirts are unique and exclusive for kickstarters. Each one is $22 for domestic backers and $24 for international backers (shipping together with your decks). Please specify color and size when you include this T-shirt add-on to your pledge.

Emperor White
Emperor White
Emperor Black
Emperor Black

Add-On#3: Collector's Box for Emperor Playing Cards

This Add-On provides collectors to store their Emperor playing cards in a rigid (2mm thick) cardboard box. The box is covered with 200gsm art paper in either Gold, Silver, Bronze or Black. The Gold, Silver and Bronze paper is gloss laminated to show shinning surface while the Black paper is matte laminated to give you textile feel. The lip of each box has either 3D printing or Foil printing of the Emperor Ace of Spade. Inside of each box, description of each figure in this Emperor deck and the artwork designer will be printed on the double sided cards. This allows Emperor Playing Card Collectors can enjoy their connection with the enriched Chinese literature and history.

When you add this Add-On to your pledge, please specify the box CODE and quantity. The price quoted below is for the card box only and doesn't include the card decks shown in the picture.

CB3
CB3
CB3 (Ace of Spade)
CB3 (Ace of Spade)
CB4
CB4
CB5 (Cards are not included)
CB5 (Cards are not included)
CB6
CB6
CB7 (Cards are not included)
CB7 (Cards are not included)
CB8 (Cards are not included)
CB8 (Cards are not included)
CB8 (Ace of Spade)
CB8 (Ace of Spade)

Add-On#4: Luxury Limited Edition Collector’s Box Set for Bicycle Emperor Playing Cards

This Add-On presents a limited edition luxury collector’s box set for Bicycle Emperor playing cards. As evident in the pictures, this is an elegant and beautiful collectable box. This limited edition collectable box set contains:
1) A magnificent wooden double deck box with a unique gold foil Emperor ace of spade printed on the lid, a piano-like surface finish with 13 layer coatings and wax polish, shiny high-end gold plated hinges with a magnet closure, and a black velvet fabric lining inside 
2) One deck of limited edition Blue Bicycle Emperor playing cards
3) One deck of Red Bicycle Emperor playing cards
4) 7 cards with description of all 12 figures, the joker and the artist; includes artist signature

A total of 200 sets will be produced and only 150 sets will be released first to KS backers as an appreciation of their support for my first project. Limit 2 sets per backer. This Add-On will be locked as soon as the 150 sets are all gone. Each set is $125 for domestic backer and $150 for international backer. When you include this Limited Edition Collector’s Box set (code LECB) Add-on in your pledge, please e-mail me with the code and quantity. The delivery of this Add-On will be around Dec13/Jan14.

LECB
LECB

Thank you again for your pledge.

Risks and challenges

There are very few risks in funding this project. Bicycle Emperor is already close to production with the US Playing Card Company. The low goal for this campaign is set to ensure that everyone on Kickstarter can get their decks if we reach the $1000 goal.

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