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Civil Unrest is a 100% custom deck of playing cards being printed by the USPCC. This will be the first deck in a three part series. The series will be known as the Unrest Series and will contain Civil Unrest based on the Civil War, Global Unrest based on WWII and Colonial Unrest based on the American Revolutionary War.

The Back
The Back
The Kings - Lincoln, Grant, Lee, Davis
The Kings - Lincoln, Grant, Lee, Davis

Inspiration

Two weekend trips inspired this deck of playing cards. First, our family took a trip to Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts where we learned that after the Revolutionary War people started designing playing cards using George Washington opposed to images of Kings and Queens of Europe. The second trip was to Gettysburg Pennsylvania where we learned of the American Civil War. The knowledge gained from both trips turned on a light bulb in my head and thus the Civil Unrest series was born.

The Queens - Tubman, Lincoln, Belle, Davis
The Queens - Tubman, Lincoln, Belle, Davis

What Makes Us Different?

In addition to creating an All-American deck of playing cards I wanted to do something that has never been done before (at least to the best of my knowledge has never been done before)… that would be to create a fictional back story explaining why this deck of exists.

I wrote a fictional account about a runaway slave named James King who stole silver from his Master and hid it in the mountains of Pennsylvania. After hiding the silver he left coded clues on where to later locate the silver stash.

To make this all the more interesting we plan on hiding a silver stash in northern Pennsylvania. At first we planned on putting cryptic codes within the cards themselves, but we decided it may take away from the design and also would lose appeal to anyone too far away form Pennsylvania... so now we're going to provide a map with cryptic clues to every backer who supports us. We feel it will be a better deck of cards this way.

More details about the back story will be release during the funding campaign.

The Jacks - Jackson, Sherman, Meade, Pickett
The Jacks - Jackson, Sherman, Meade, Pickett

Is the Story Real?

This story is a work of fiction but has many elements of events that actually happened. James King isn’t a real person but his character is inspired by hundred of real runaway slaves. Obviously if James King never lived than his silver stash isn’t real either, right? Yes, but in an effort to make this interesting we’re hiding actual silver coins where the clues (on the map) lead you. How much silver is entirely up to our backers. We have set in place stretch goals that once reached the silver stash will grow.

Union Tuck Box with Bicycle Logo
Union Tuck Box with Bicycle Logo
Confederate Tuck Box without Bicycle Logo
Confederate Tuck Box without Bicycle Logo

Risks and challenges

Art work is done with the exception of minor details With the print industry you should always allow for delays but to the best of my knowledge we should have no problem hitting the deadlines on our end.
The hidden treasure is finders keepers. We have no clue who will find it or if they'll make it known publicly that they found it.

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