Back in 2014, I started my Kickstarter career with the AEsir playing card campaigns. The Kickstarter and playing card communities supported me with encouragement and constructive feedback, and I learned a lot about the process as I eventually crossed the finish line.
As an avid playing card collector myself, I wanted to take the AEsir decks to the next level and decided foil tuck boxes would be the perfect way to make AEsir even better. For this campaign, I have designed stylish foil tuck boxes that I will hand-assemble at my home in Virginia.
Here are some mock-ups:
The Blue and Red decks have the card art on a white background. The Black deck has artwork for its background. Those cards are down the page.
Here are the Aces! You can see the detailed custom suit markers here.
These are the Kings...
Odin, the King of Spades- Odin is the Æsir's supreme deity, holding his spear Gungnir.
Balder, the King of Hearts- Balder was the god of innocence and piety, pure to the point that light literally shined from him.
Thor, the King of Clubs- After Odin, Thor was the main Æsir god.He guarded humans and their work from the Giants (forces of nature). He could make his hammer Mjollnir any size he wanted, throw it to strike his enemy, and have it return to his hand.
Njord, the King of Diamonds- Njord commanded the winds, seas and fire, and gave supplicants wealth at sea and in "the chase."
Frigga, the Queen of Spades- Frigga, chief of the Norse goddesses. She was Odin's wife and mother of Balder, the King of Hearts.
Nanna, the Queen of Hearts (Blue Deck)- Nanna was Balder's wife and the mother of Forseti, the Jack of Hearts. Nanna's heart was fatally broken when she saw Balder had died and was laid upon the funeral pyre beside her husband.
Sif, the Queen of Clubs- Thor's wife, known for her beauty and golden hair created by Dwarves. Sif was seen as the protector of homes.
Skade, the Queen of Diamonds- A Giantess, she joined the Æsir and chose Njord as her husband from among several men of whom she could only see their feet! She was given that opportunity as compensation for her father's murder.
The red deck was a little different...
For the Red deck, I made a couple of changes. Lore sometimes has Thor as a blond and sometimes a redhead, so since he was a blond in the Blue deck I made him a redhead in the Red deck.
Freya, the Queen of Hearts (Red Deck)- Freya is the Norse goddess of love and fertility.
Hugin and Munin, the Jack of Spades- Hugin and Munin (Thought and Memory) were Odin's Ravens, often shown perched on Odin's shoulder.They flew throughout the universe each day and told Odin what they had seen.
Forseti, the Jack of Hearts- The Norse god of justice and conciliation; he always found a resolution to disputes.
Modi, the Jack of Clubs- According to mythology.wikia.com/wiki/Modi, Modi was "the god of battle wrath and served as the patrons for berserkers of Norse legends.The berserkers looked to him prior to battle so as to successfully go into the trance...during which they would kill all in their way, friend or foe."
Frey, the Jack of Diamonds- Stronger and more valorous than his father, Njord, Frey governed weather and agriculture and thus had prosperity, joy and peace under his control.
And the Jokers...
Loki, the Joker- A constant mischief-maker, Loki delighted in making life difficult for the Norse gods.
The card backs...
Norse and Norse-related art provided great inspiration for the card backs and tuck boxes. The circle in the centers of each half depicts Odin riding on his eight-legged horse Sleipnir, the fastest horse in the world. The design down the sides is a gravestone carving from Bibury, Gloucestershire, England found in Northvegr.org's posting of T.D. Kendrick's 1930 book A History of the Vikings.
The Black Deck
Here are the Aces...
Jokers and included Blond Thor and Blue Deck Queen of Hearts...
Finally, the card back...
Add-Ons and International Shipping
Add additional funds for shipping to non-US addresses according to the amounts listed down the page.
Red or Black Foil Deck- $13
Magic Trick Deck made from AEsir Red decks- $20 per deck for "common" cards. If you add the Magic Trick Deck you can add an original AEsir Red deck for only $5 more! I will provide a tutorial for everyone who gets one. It's a fun and dead simple trick with no special skill required.
Ace of Spades- $50
- Other Aces- $45 each
- Joker- $40
- Face Card- $30
- Double-Backer- $25
Here's what happens:
Step 1. Fan out the deck. For this demonstration I used only a dozen cards.
Step 2. Have your assistant select a card. In this case, it's the Queen of Clubs
Step 3. Turn the selected card over and put it back in the same place in the deck
Step 4. Make some magic motions and voila! The selected card is now on top of the deck
For some extra "bang!" you can add an additional item and use an easy to learn technique to show something like this spread with all different cards face-up before you send the selected card to the top of the deck
Red or Gold AEsir Deck- $13
Questions? Just ask :) I try to avoid adding a fixed amount per deck to save backers a few dollars if I can!
If you have not added any decks to your pledge tier, you do not owe any additional shipping. If you have added decks, subtract the amount on your pledge tier from the total amount due and add the difference. For example:
- Backer from Canada
- Pledges for 2 decks, pays $4 shipping as part of the pledge tier
- Adds 2 decks, total shipping cost for 4 decks is $8
- Selects "Manage Pledge" and increases total pledge amount by $30 to $60 (Decks plus shipping in tier = $30, 2 additional decks @ $13 each + $4 additional shipping = $60 total).
To Canada and Mexico, the total shipping amount due is: 2= $4, 3= $6, 4= $8, 5= $10, 6= $12, 7= $14, 8= $20, 9= $20, 10= $20, 12= $20, 24= $40
To the Rest of the World,To the Rest of the World, the total shipping amount due is: 2= $10, 3= $12, 4= $15, 5= $17, 6= $19, 7= $21, 8= $21, 9= $27, 10= $27, 12= $27, 24= $43
Risks and challenges
-I have completed several successful Kickstarter campaigns, so while I have had something new come up every time there is nothing about this project that I haven't done before.
-I have worked with the tuck box printer previously and have already received a quote based on final artwork, so production should be smooth.
- (30 days)