RECKLESS DECK: Creating Without Caution
A card deck that fires your creativity by generating genre-crossing, totally original characters for your sci fi, fantasy, & comic art.
A blank page is nobody's friend. My name is Clark Huggins, and I'm an illustrator. I do science fiction, fantasy, and comics art. I've created a card deck that helps artists & creatives attack that blank page and turn it from their worst enemy to a nice, white place where freaking amazingly cool stuff happens.
RECKLESS DECK is a character-creating card deck - 72 individual cards, divided into five different categories. At its heart, Reckless Deck is a randomizer, an idea generator. But what it effectively does is take everything you think you know about our most loved genres of fantasy fiction, games, and movies - the Space Epic, the Haunted House, the Steampunk Adventure - and turns it all on its head. Reckless Deck is a genre smasher - it audaciously mashes up the swords and wizards of fantasy with the technology of sci fi, the caped crusaders of comics, and the cogs and brass of Steampunk. The results are a never-ending supply of fresh creative ammunition for your next painting, comic, sketchbook doodle - or even your next novel, short story, cosplay character, or gaming adventure.
Don't ever stare at that blank page one second more than you have to again.
I created Reckless Deck for my own personal use in the studio. But once I shuffled those cards and started to experience first hand how familiar objects and tropes, once separated from the comfortable backdrop of their genre, could respond like dangerous, forbidden alchemical elements - and ignite stunning, unexpected creative possibilities.
My wife and I decided that the arcane fun I was having gleefully trashing all the walls that separated Gandalf from Obi Wan Kenobi was something other people might want to get in on, too. So, we self-produced our first, limited run of RECKLESS DECK: VOLUME ONE eighteen months ago, selling it via our website, Amazon, and in person at conventions and events. The results were nothing short of stellar. They continue to sell extremely well despite very little resources thrown to advertising (We started with 1,000 decks, and they're pretty much gone.) We got a great writeup in the celebrated UK fantasy art magazine IMAGINE FX. Our Facebook and Instagram communities started to spring up completely on their own. Emails consistently rolled in from Canada, the UK, and even further abroad asking where to get the deck, and was it available at a retailer near them? Suddenly RECKLESS DECK was a very clear and verifiable thing.
RECKLESS DECK is ready for the next level. In preparation, We’ve been stockpiling fantastic, mind-bending new content for the new editions we’re preparing to release. We wanted to greatly expand your RECKLESS DECK options - which is what brings us here, to Kickstarter. With your help, we want to produce not one, but TWO new decks - and then some.
First, RECKLESS DECK: VOLUME TWO. Whether it’s used alone, or combined with Volume One, the all-new Volume Two will be 72 all-new cards of the genre smashing our fans have come to know and expect - but, with even deeper cuts of mind blowing imagery from every corner of Fantasy and Sci Fi. It has all new updated designs - and, there’s a sixth new card category that fundamentally changes how you use RECKLESS DECK: basically, now you can point it OUTWARDS at anything that's already out there - even yourself.
Second, we learned something we didn't expect from Volume 1: that KIDS were huge fans of RECKLESS DECK. And not just kids who already liked to draw, but kids who were willing to start drawing just to see the cool stuff come to life. Which is why we're creating a RECKLESS DECK that's just for kids: RECKLESS DECK: THE APPRENTICE PACK.
It'll have it's own kid-inspired design, and be full of the same kind of content that they see in kid-and-YA-inspired movies and literature. And, because we believe so strongly that the RECKLESS DECK for kids is going to be something that will fire young, creative minds, we are fully committed to donating one kids' deck to a Youth Arts Organization for every single pledge we receive. So far, we are partnered with Free Arts NYC (www.freeartsnyc.org) who say they service enough underprivileged children to be able to put even a large scale donation to immediate use.
We're also very excited to announce that we've just arranged a partnership with The Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (http://asfa-art.org) - the organization behind the Chelsey Awards! They have begun an Emerging Artist Award Program for kids in elementary school through college, to be given at regional conventions nationwide. Reckless Deck will now be donating both the VOLUME 1deck and the upcoming products from this Kickstarter as their official prizes!
The next phase in RECKLESS DECK’S evolution is going to be an ongoing series of genre-specific Booster Pack Expansions. Colleagues have been suggestions this to me for awhile, and I would reply, “But RECKLESS DECK is about breaking out of genres!" But, I've seen the light, and we've found the the answer to this in our new, ongoing series of RECKLESS DECK BOOSTER/EXPANSION PACKS. These genre-specific, 20-card Boosters will focus in on one particular slice of a genre, offering a concentrated hit of the stuff that appeals to you specifically. This marks a huge turning point in how Reckless Deck can be used. With the Boosters, you’re no longer bound by what comes in Volume One or Volume Two. You can endlessly customize your deck, shaping it to conform to what ignites your creativity the most. You can work from an ever-growing Mechagodzilla-sized well of RECKLESS DECK resources - or curate a compact, powerful deck that's custom-built just for you.
Our first Booster Pack will be a Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE, meaning, this will be your only chance to get it! And with it, we’re taking a bold step into uncharted territory - literally, as it turns out, as the first Booster Pack is RECKLESS DECK: ENVIRONMENTS! Step beyond your character and explore the world around him or her (or it) - from what’s in the room, to what’s in the world! The Kickstarter will also be offering its very first “Official” Booster, RECKLESS DECK: POST APOCALYPSE! 20 cards of “after-the-s**t-hits-the-fan” craziness to supercharge your art, your stories, or your gaming adventures.
Many more Booster Packs are in the queue to be released as stretch goals. When we hit a certain funding goal, a PAIR of new booster packs will be announced and released! All unlocked Boosters will be released all at once to Kickstarter Backers - but WILL NOT be released on the market that way! That means, if you miss out on a Booster through this Kickstarter, you may have a long wait before you see it again.
We have an awesome list of stretch goals waiting to be unlocked as we clear the hurdle of initial funding and continue to hit further milestones. Some are still a secret - and which of the Expansion Packs are getting released when will most definitely stay a mystery until that funding goal is reached! But for now, here's a taste of what's to come...
For all domestic orders, shipping is INCLUDED in the price of the rewards tier. For all international orders, shipping rates will be calculated by BACKERKIT at the close of the campaign. This will ensure accurate shipping rates for your particular corner of the globe, and for the weight of the items you've chosen. Also, ADD ONS of individual decks, booster packs, and other unlocked stretch goal items will be available once the campaign in over. Additional shipping for additional add ons will be calculated separately per item at the end of the campaign. All shIpping will be through USPS.
A word about the budget: this is not a Kickstarter about taking a thing from the ether and bringing it to life. We did that already, with the first small run of Reckless Deck 18 months ago. This is about taking that proven, road-tested thing and growing it exponentially, from a single deck into an interconenctive product line. Our costs reflect our attempts to bring not one but three different card decks into the marketplace, a well as a whole new ongoing series of expansion packs.
Reckless Deck created by Clark Huggins
All designs by Nerses Malakjan
Original Reckless Deck design by Keith Coney
Risks and challenges
This project is a design and printing undertaking, and with that, there could be unforeseen issues that come up in the production and/or shipping of our products. However, we have taken many precautions to minimize these risks. Our content is DONE, and the design process is already well under way and ahead of schedule - so design & content related snafus are already at an extreme minimum. On the production side, we have partnered with experienced consultants (Jon Schindehette and ArtOrder) to help manage all printing-related concerns, and to assist in carrying off a large-scale card-based project smoothly and on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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