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$4,050
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 18 2015

About

Nature Personified

Many names came about as references to nature's four essential elements: Fire, Earth, Wind, and Water. I and my partners at Deveo Media thought it would be fun to research names from different cultures around the world and interpret their national origins to imagine how they would look as members of the Royal Courts in decks of playing cards.

Douglas (my first name) comes from Gaelic and loosely translates as "black river."

The $13,000 goal will fund the Fire deck, with a custom seal and metallic ink on the card back as stretch goals listed below. At $21,000 the Water deck is unlocked and mixed-deck tiers are enabled! Based on discussions among collectors the preference seems to be for enhancing a single deck before unlocking a new one, so I incorporated that into the stretch goal structure with tuck box embossing as a high-end goal. If Fire is funded but the Water deck isn't unlocked the plan is to launch a campaign for it as soon as the Fire decks are fulfilled. Earth and Air decks will complete the series.

Order fulfillment will be handled by Gambler's Fulfillment, part of the well-respected Gambler's Warehouse team. I self-fulfilled my first project, but I feel retaining a professional firm will best ensure you receive your rewards quickly and in excellent condition.

For the card backs, we created awesome symbols for each element. Each tuck box is also customized for the element. Metallic inks on the card back would really make the design stand out! Here are all four deck card backs and the suit symbols...

Here's the work-in-progress tuck box. The side panels are being updated but the image on the front and the card back are 100%.

Here are the cards with the color draft complete, with the other works-in-progress after them:

Sylvia, the Queen of Clubs. She's from the Romanian region of Transylvania ("beyond the trees").

Drifa, the Queen of Spades, is from Iceland. Her name means "fall of snow, snowdrift," so we put her in a frozen environment.

The King of Diamonds is Agni, a name related to the Hindu fire god.

The Queen of Diamonds is Pele, named after the Hawaiian fire goddess. This image is not fully colored, but is more than black and white.

 The Jack of Hearts is Rhett. His name means "ardent, fiery." Rhett's strong personality shows in his level gaze.

And here's the Joker..

The King of Clubs is Terran ("Earthman").

The Jack of Clubs is Bronce, whose name comes from the mining and mineralogy fields.

The King of Spades is Ahti. This references the Finnish god of the ocean.

The Jack of Spades is Lachlan, from the Scottish "lac" (lake).

The Jack of Diamonds is Ignazio, of Spanish and Italian origin. I think of the English word "ignite."

The King of Hearts is Aeolus, the Greek god of wind.

Finally, Mausumi (beauty, monsoon, wind) is the Queen of Hearts. Monsoons bring 80% of India's rainfall but are sometimes so strong they kill crops and/or people.

The suit markers show the essence of each element. The Clubs' fleur-de-lis, the Spades' drop of water, the Hearts' wind symbol, and the Diamonds' flame have been tastefully incorporated into its suit marker's design.

A final planned stretch goal is to emboss both the Fire and Water deck tuck boxes at $46,000. Embossing adds a lot per deck, but it would be excellent if we could get there! Planning beyond embossing would be getting ahead of ourselves at this point, but we'll see what happens...

Risks and challenges

I successfully completed the AEsir playing card project, self-fulfilling the orders. I made my share of rookie mistakes but eventually got everything out the door :)

The are three main areas in which a playing card project exposes itself to risk: creating the deck's art, working with the printer, and pledge fulfillment. The deck art is well underway thanks to my partners at Deveo Media, and we anticipate no problems with USPCC in receiving approval for our design. The major risk with USPCC is in its schedule. They have only so much capacity, so sometimes the queue backs up and delays result. I feel July is realistic given that fulfillment will be handled by Gambler's Fulfillment. I have done business with Eddie and his team before in addition to backing several of their projects. Their decks have always come to me in the condition I expect, so I am confident in their ability to fulfill this project. The quote on shipping costs allowed me to calculate the initial goal as well as the stretch goals to ensure that I have enough funds to cover pledge delivery.

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