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By Greg Wanko
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About

The Deck -

  • 52 poker size cards + jokers
  • Printed by Legends Playing Cards on Elite Finish Card Stock
  • 1,000 deck print run minimum
  • Custom Sealed Tuck Box with stretch goals for embossing and foil
  • Fully playable deck (one eyed jacks, two-way card designs, etc)

About a year ago I started drafting this deck of cards in my free time. I looked at the history and various styles of playing cards and did lots and lots of sketching. My intention was to create a deck that maintains all the playable characteristics of the classic deck (ie. one-eyed royals, suicide king, etc.) with a design that unifies each family of courts and suggests a legacy of their own.

I've always been a fan of games. They are a cool art form because games are pieces of art that you hold in your hands. I was interested in the way that the structures of games can inform their art. Starting with a set of common lines, I designed each court with a single strength, or core idea in mind. The results are a mixture of rigid forms and colorful patterns that form a vibrant deck of cards focused on playabili. I hope you enjoy Royal Lines!

The Design -   

This deck is completely customized from the pips to the tuck box. Some of the classic elements of playing cards are preserved to make this a familiar and highly playable deck while the art itself has been re-imagined for a completely different look.

 

The card back is a classic symmetrical diamond pattern of red and blue which looks great in a fan or on your poker table.
The card back is a classic symmetrical diamond pattern of red and blue which looks great in a fan or on your poker table.

 

The pips have a highlighted edge, a fresh look to add visual interest to the non-face cards
The pips have a highlighted edge, a fresh look to add visual interest to the non-face cards

 

 

Each ace card has an enlarged central pip and of course the ace of spaces, the most recognizable of all playing cards, gets extra embellishment
Each ace card has an enlarged central pip and of course the ace of spaces, the most recognizable of all playing cards, gets extra embellishment

 

The deck itself will be housed in a custom tuck using the same repeating patterns and color scheme seen on the courts and card back.
The deck itself will be housed in a custom tuck using the same repeating patterns and color scheme seen on the courts and card back.
The red and blue jokers, each with a style all their own.
The red and blue jokers, each with a style all their own.

 

Meet the Royals -

Each suit has a family of "royals" composed of core lines. From these lines I created unique patterns for each individual member and added facial expressions and details that are suggestive of that family's temperament.

I started with core lines .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   . which then became the "bones" of each royal family
I started with core lines . . . . . . . . . . which then became the "bones" of each royal family

The Spades:

The Spades were developed with strength in mind. Strong vertical core lines form the compositions with large weapons and hardened expressions completing the look.
The Spades were developed with strength in mind. Strong vertical core lines form the compositions with large weapons and hardened expressions completing the look.

 The Hearts:

Vanity & decadence, Looping core lines & decoration make the Hearts the fanciest set of royals. The classic King of Hearts (the suicide king) is seen with a sword through his chest holding a necklace on the blade, choosing vanity over life
Vanity & decadence, Looping core lines & decoration make the Hearts the fanciest set of royals. The classic King of Hearts (the suicide king) is seen with a sword through his chest holding a necklace on the blade, choosing vanity over life

The Clubs:

The Clubs are all about working smarter, not harder. They are composed of simple core lines holding weapons of dexterity and acumen. The Queen holds a scepter, representing the strength of political favor over physical might.
The Clubs are all about working smarter, not harder. They are composed of simple core lines holding weapons of dexterity and acumen. The Queen holds a scepter, representing the strength of political favor over physical might.

 The Diamonds:

The Diamonds are inspired by religious fervor. The core lines form a V-shape that this royal family has turned into a symbol of devotion. Their weapons, more symbolic then functional, reflect their zeal.
The Diamonds are inspired by religious fervor. The core lines form a V-shape that this royal family has turned into a symbol of devotion. Their weapons, more symbolic then functional, reflect their zeal.

 Goals -

If successful, this deck will be printed by Legends Playing Card Company (LPCC) on their elite finish. If you've never handled a Legends Deck before let me tell you it is superb quality. The elite finish is silky smooth with a great texture and grip. I've been really happy to work with Legends through the design of this deck and they've made the whole process easy. The minimum run is 1000 decks which is the major factor in setting my funding goal. As a supporter of Royal Lines you are covering the costs of production, and shipping (a substantial cost) of this deck. I would love to see this project come to fruition and my funding goal reflects the minimum support I need to be able to justify production. Aside from getting to own a few decks for myself, there are no profits built into these goal unless we substantially surpass them.

The Art Print -

As part of this kickstarter you can also get an 8x10 giclee print of the court card of your choice. Refer to the reward tiers below to see which funding levels include prints. You can also add-on prints and other items with any support level, see the table below for more information about add-ons for backers. 

Prints will be on Hahnemuhle William Turner 310g paper. 8x10 portraits of the individual court card of your choice.
Prints will be on Hahnemuhle William Turner 310g paper. 8x10 portraits of the individual court card of your choice.

The Uncut Sheet -

Go all out and get yourself the Uncut Sheet direct from the printer. This is the best way to see the full Royal Lines deck in all its splendor!

This is a rendering only. The final layout of the uncut sheet may vary slightly.
This is a rendering only. The final layout of the uncut sheet may vary slightly.

 

Add-on rewards can be added to any pledge. Simply add up the amount of the rewards you want to add on, select your pledge level, then edit the pledge amount to include the add-on price before you submit your pledge.

If you decide later on to include an add-on in your pledge you can select the manage button next to your pledge amount, select update you pledge and edit the pledge amount to include the add-on price.

Be sure to send me a message indicating what add-ons you would like to receive by clicking my name at the top of the page and selecting the blue "Contact Me" button. If you choose to add an art print make sure to indicate which court card you want printed.

Thanks for supporting Royal Lines!

A big thanks to everyone at United Cardists and Playing Card Forum for their help in developing this deck. It was great to have feedback from all the experts and collectors out there. Thanks also to Kardify.com for the excellent spot they gave me!

Thanks also goes out to the backers of Royal Lines, This project has been a labor of love for me and I'm happy to be able to share it with y'all! If you want to go above and beyond as a backer please share Royal Lines on social media to help get the word out. Thanks again!!

 

Risks and challenges

This is my first kickstarter project but I've done my homework and I feel confident in my ability to print and deliver this project to my beloved backers.

Printing
I've already submitted my artwork to Legends, They have been great to work with and will be ready for the big print. Once we get funded the printer will be able to start production which typically takes about three months. After production they will ship to my fulfillment company to be dispersed to backers. I am confident in their abilities to print this deck and have already seen first hand the quality of their decks.

Shipping:
I've contacted Gambler's Warehouse which specializes in order fulfillment. I'm getting the pros involved to ensure shipping is not a problem. They will handle all shipping direct from the printer. All art prints will be shipped separately by me.

Obviously anything can come up and delays are always possible during the printing and shipping process, but I've done my best to ensure this project goes smoothly and I've set a generous delivery goal to ensure I stay ahead of expectations and deliver what I promise. I believe this project will be a success if I am able to meet my funding goal.

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