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A beautifully illustrated and designed Steampunk-styled playing card deck. For card players, gamers, magicians and fans of Jules Verne.
A beautifully illustrated and designed Steampunk-styled playing card deck. For card players, gamers, magicians and fans of Jules Verne.
891 backers pledged $32,404 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome!  BentCastle features the combined talents of Chris Pallace (illustrator) and Ben Crenshaw (designer).  We've come to reach out to the Kickstarter Community for help getting our latest playing card deck underway.

THE DECK

The new deck employs lavish Steampunk styling, but to a very specific purpose: our homage to Jules Verne.  It's titled, Deck of the Extraordinary Voyages, and draws from a collection of works by Jules Verne known as Les Voyages Extraordinaires.  Within the deck, each suit draws upon his worlds for its theme and imagery. Spades rule the ground and below, Hearts the skies, Diamonds the stars, and Clubs the oceans.

We've got finished art for the aces, numbered cards, backs, box cover, and a few of the face cards. From these you can see the passion and scope of our vision for the completed deck.  As a supporter, you will see the creative process as it unfolds.  As we complete the remaining face cards, jokers, and Emissaries (explained below), we'll post updates.

About our decks, for those of you who are not yet familiar:

We print a 60 card deck. To the standard 52 plus two Jokers, we add four X cards, a double-backed card, and a blank. Those last two are for our magician friends. If you don't know what they're for I can't tell you, because you're not a magician.

The four X cards are for gamers, who will be more than happy to tell you all about the games they play and invent that utilize these extra cards.  The X cards have added an extra conceptual and art dimension to each of the decks  we've created.  In our Pirate deck they were Sea Serpents, in the Zombie deck Grim Reapers, and in this deck they are Emissaries: from the moon, the undersea kingdom, the skies, and subterranean kingdoms.

CARD QUALITY

Our decks are top quality playing cards. They are intended to be as close to a Bicycle playing card as possible. They are not Bicycle playing cards because USPCC will only print a 56 card deck. I am sure some of our kickstarter faithful can attest to the quality of our decks.

OVER-FUNDING BONUSES

Should we reach more than our funding goal of $13,500, we will use it to order a larger print run.  This, in turn, will allow us to price the cards a bit lower- just enough that we can afford to get some extras for you!  (Lots of math went into this part, trust me.)  We already have three bonuses figured out, and will add more if you guys go nuts for this deck.

18,000 Bonus 1 - Wallpapers

24,000 Bonus 2 - Stickers & Signature card

30,000 Bonus 3 - 1865 Patch

Art for the patch.  The middle insignia: JV (Jules Verne).
Art for the patch. The middle insignia: JV (Jules Verne).

OUR REWARDS

At the ENGINEER level or above you can add extra decks. 2 extra decks are an additional $14 (plus $3 international shipping) *Note: there is a 2 deck limit to extra Pippoglyph decks

At the ENGINEER level or above you can add a T shirt or a 8 x 10 signed X card print. They are an additional $14 (plus $3 international shipping) 

At the ENGINEER level or above you can add a press sheet for an additional $50 (plus $10 international shipping)

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    SCOUT - A big thanks from BentCastle access to backer only information and emails.
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    CREWMAN - 1 Deck of the Extraordinary Voyages either blue or red back.
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    CADET - 2 Decks of the Extraordinary Voyages. (International friends: add $7.00 for shipping)

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    ENGINEER - 2 Decks of the Extraordinary Voyages. Plus either a T-Shirt or a Signed Print of the X cards (International friends: add $10.00 for shipping)

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    GRENADIER - 4 Decks of the Extraordinary Voyages. (International friends: add $10.00 for shipping)

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    ROCKETEER - 4 Decks of the Extraordinary Voyages. Plus either a T-Shirt or a Signed Print of the X cards (International friends: add $12.00 for shipping)

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    PILOT - 2 Decks of the Extraordinary Voyages. Plus a T-Shirt and a Signed Print of the X cards (International friends: add $12.00 for shipping)

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    COMMANDER - 2 Decks of the Extraordinary Voyages. Plus 1 set (2 decks) of Deck of the Living Dead, 2 Pegleg Pete's, and 1 Pippoglyph Deck. (International friends: add $12.00 for shipping)

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    CAPTAIN - 2 Decks of the Extraordinary Voyages. Plus a T-Shirt, a Signed Print of the X cards, and a Book of all the art in the deck (International friends: add $12.00 for shipping)

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    VICE ADMIRAL - 12 Decks of the Extraordinary Voyages. Plus 2 Promo T-shirts, a Signed Print, and a Signed Book with all the art from the deck. (International friends: add $25.00 for shipping)

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    ADMIRAL - 12 Decks of the Extraordinary Voyages. Plus 2 Promo T-shirts, a Signed Print, a Signed Book with all the art from the deck, and 12 x18 fine art print of any card from the deck. (International friends: add $30.00 for shipping)

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    LORD ADMIRAL - 12 Decks of the Extraordinary Voyages. Plus 2 Promo T-shirts, a Signed Print, a Signed Book with all the art from the deck, and a 12 x18 fine art print of you as a fully rendered card from the deck. (International friends: add $30.00 for shipping)

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