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A genre-crossing card deck that generates endless new and original characters for your sci fi, fantasy, and comics art.
A genre-crossing card deck that generates endless new and original characters for your sci fi, fantasy, and comics art.
A genre-crossing card deck that generates endless new and original characters for your sci fi, fantasy, and comics art.
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RECKLESS DECK: Solving the Problem of "What Should I Draw?"

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 How many times have you had the urge to sit down and create something, but find yourself stymied by the question "what should I draw?" before you can even begin? My name is Clark Huggins, and I'm an illustrator, and the creator of  RECKLESS DECK - a Science Fiction and fantasy-based, character-creating card deck. Any artist armed with a Reckless Deck can banish those creativity-stopping words "what should I draw?", and instead approach the blank page with a sense of fearlessness, fun, and a willingness to leap before you look.  

Reckless Deck is a character-creating card deck: 72 individual cards, divided into six categories across four genres. Basically, Reckless Deck is a randomizer, an idea generator. But it's also a genre smasher - it takes everything you think you know about the borders between Science Fiction and Fantasy, Between Steampunk and Comics and Horror - and turns it all on its head. The results are a never ending supply of fresh ammunition for your next painting, comic, or sketchbook doodle - or your next novel, short story, cosplay character, or gaming adventure, for that matter.

I created Reckless Deck for my own use in the studio. But once I began drawing using Reckless Deck as a concept-generating tool, I started to experience the supercharged sense of freedom and imagination it can offer - and also how unique and powerful the images it can lead to can be.

My wife and I decided the arcane fun I was having gleefully trashing all the walls that separated Gandalf from Darth Maul was something other people might want to get in on, too. So we self-produced our first, limited run of Reckless Deck: Volume One, and began selling it via our website, Amazon.com, and in person at conventions and events. Our sales were consistently strong despite doing very little advertising (we started with 1,000 decks, and they're pretty much gone.) We got a great write-up in UK concept 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 beyond asking where to get the deck, and was it available at a retailer near them? Suddenly Reckless Deck was a very clear and viable thing.

 

Reckless Deck is ready for the next step. After RD: Volume 1 was already out in the world, ideas for new cards kept coming. The result was a war chest full of thrilling new cards that had the potential to take the imaginative power and scope of Reckless Deck to a whole new level. This Kickstarter is about adding those ideas to the arsenal of both existing Reckless Deck fans and newcomers alike. RECKLESS DECK: VOLUME 2 has a whole new look that takes the original design and pushes it even further into a visual world that evokes dark magic and alchemy.

VOLUME 2 offers an all-new set of 72 individual cards in the 5 original categories, and well as a new, SIXTH category designed to send your art in surprising new directions. In it you'll find:

A very powerful card category, INTRINSIC NATURE is about the total essence or scope of your character concept. It tends to affect the entire design as a whole, and direct your choices in an overarching, fundamental way.
A very powerful card category, INTRINSIC NATURE is about the total essence or scope of your character concept. It tends to affect the entire design as a whole, and direct your choices in an overarching, fundamental way.

 

The MODIFICATIONS category prompts you to create more localized, isolated changes to the physicality of your character, pushing them to be something beyond an ordinary human - be it thorough science, magic, mythology, or mutation.
The MODIFICATIONS category prompts you to create more localized, isolated changes to the physicality of your character, pushing them to be something beyond an ordinary human - be it thorough science, magic, mythology, or mutation.

 

The WEAPONS category is exactly what it sounds like - the firearms, blades, and other instruments of defense,  damage, or wanton destruction your character wields.
The WEAPONS category is exactly what it sounds like - the firearms, blades, and other instruments of defense, damage, or wanton destruction your character wields.

 

The COSTUMES category is about the fabulous fashions of your new character. Exciting, eclectic prompts for all of your character's garments, protective gear, and fashion choices.
The COSTUMES category is about the fabulous fashions of your new character. Exciting, eclectic prompts for all of your character's garments, protective gear, and fashion choices.

 

ACCESSORIES is your character's possessions and gear - stuff they carry, tools they use, or objects they might value. The ACCESSORIES category offers diverse prompts that add functional, decorative, or unique narrative details to your character ideas.
ACCESSORIES is your character's possessions and gear - stuff they carry, tools they use, or objects they might value. The ACCESSORIES category offers diverse prompts that add functional, decorative, or unique narrative details to your character ideas.

 

 

The REINVENTION category exists on a slightly separate functional wavelength from the other 5 categories - drawing a REINVENTION card invites you to turn the power of your Reckless Deck not inward towards a new, not-yet-realized character, but outwards, towards the wealth of characters that already exist out in the world. The cards point you in the direction of a character from popular and classic literature, film & television, comics, mythology - or possibly even your own reflection. Any given REINVENTION card will prompt you to choose your favorite hero or villain of a particular genre, and then give him or her the full RECKLESS DECK treatment. The REINVENTION category is your chance to explore the Han Solo and Chewbacca of some kind of Steampunk-mystical world, the Evil Spider-Man of the Post Apocalypse, or the female Harry Potter of some kind of bio-technical future. Or, a new, adventurous - or dangerous - version of yourself in a role you'd never imagine you'd inhabit. 

 

Privateer Han Solo & Chewbacca
Privateer Han Solo & Chewbacca

 

 

The Reckless Deck Passport includes a single copy of every and any product that we unlock!
The Reckless Deck Passport includes a single copy of every and any product that we unlock!

 

 

Please note that Stretch Goal design work is not finalised. These design prototypes are subject to change.

 

 

 

I'd like to take a moment to give a sincere tip of the hat to David LaRocca & Heath Robinson's ELDER DICE campaign for turning us on to this box format! We've been looking for a box design we were excited about for just under a year now, with no success - thanks to ELDER DICE for this stellar find.

 

 

 

RECKLESS DECK: WORLDS opens up an entirely new avenue of idea generating devoted entirely to ENVIRONMENTS. All new categories will offer you endless combinations of worlds, lands, and civilizations for your environment art and concepting.
RECKLESS DECK: WORLDS opens up an entirely new avenue of idea generating devoted entirely to ENVIRONMENTS. All new categories will offer you endless combinations of worlds, lands, and civilizations for your environment art and concepting.

 

Leave the fate of the alignment of your Reckless Deck creations in the hands of Fate with this arcane Good & Evil coin.
Leave the fate of the alignment of your Reckless Deck creations in the hands of Fate with this arcane Good & Evil coin.

 

 

This Box holds 5+ Decks of RD cards, AND, tumble down the rabbit hole with this APPRENTICE PACK Expansion for EVERY PLEDGER!
This Box holds 5+ Decks of RD cards, AND, tumble down the rabbit hole with this APPRENTICE PACK Expansion for EVERY PLEDGER!

 

Get a sanity-crushing draught of H.P. Lovecraft-style gothic horror with this Expansion - along with a seriously stylish dose of 1930's Noir.
Get a sanity-crushing draught of H.P. Lovecraft-style gothic horror with this Expansion - along with a seriously stylish dose of 1930's Noir.

 

The first RD: WORLDS Expansion Pack dives deeper into the culture & characteristics of the societies that shape - or despoil - the worlds you create.
The first RD: WORLDS Expansion Pack dives deeper into the culture & characteristics of the societies that shape - or despoil - the worlds you create.

 

This future-military Expansion offers new weapons, gear, and tech in the style of ALIENS, HALO, and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA! And, a Superhero Expansion Pack FOR EVERY PLEDGER!
This future-military Expansion offers new weapons, gear, and tech in the style of ALIENS, HALO, and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA! And, a Superhero Expansion Pack FOR EVERY PLEDGER!

 

Good luck keeping to the path through the woods with this Folklore & Fairy Tale-based Expansion. The land of FAERIE calls to you!
Good luck keeping to the path through the woods with this Folklore & Fairy Tale-based Expansion. The land of FAERIE calls to you!

 

Hop in your '67 Chevy Impala and take a tour through the Heartland of American Contemporary Horror. Carry on, my Wayward Son...(Contains Mature Content.)
Hop in your '67 Chevy Impala and take a tour through the Heartland of American Contemporary Horror. Carry on, my Wayward Son...(Contains Mature Content.)

 

Four exclusive gaming miniatures based on Reckless Deck-generated characters. Join us for a CONTEST, co-hosted by INFECTED BY ART, as artists compete to have their character designs turned into this awesome set of gaming minis!
Four exclusive gaming miniatures based on Reckless Deck-generated characters. Join us for a CONTEST, co-hosted by INFECTED BY ART, as artists compete to have their character designs turned into this awesome set of gaming minis!

 

Infuse your creative projects with the power of the gods & goddesses of old in this Classical Mythology-based Expansion! Design your own Pantheon of glorious gods and underworld horrors with these special, unique-to-this-Expansion prompts.
Infuse your creative projects with the power of the gods & goddesses of old in this Classical Mythology-based Expansion! Design your own Pantheon of glorious gods and underworld horrors with these special, unique-to-this-Expansion prompts.

 

Blind Circus by Kirbi Fagan (Click to go to Kirbi's Website)
Blind Circus by Kirbi Fagan (Click to go to Kirbi's Website)

 

                                                   
The 73rd Night by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme (Click to go to Bastien's Website)
The 73rd Night by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme (Click to go to Bastien's Website)

 

Waiting by Richard Anderson (Click to go to Richard's Website)
Waiting by Richard Anderson (Click to go to Richard's Website)

 

 

With the first reckless Deck, we learned that it was becoming popular with not just aspiring and working professional artists, but with students, kids, and art teachers as well. I received numerous emails from parents and kids alike, telling of the time kids were spending using Reckless Deck to create fantastical new characters and filling pages with drawings or stories about them. And I've heard from many teachers who teach from the elementary school to the college level and beyond who've said they've incorporated Reckless Deck into their class work or syllabus. With this Kickstarter, we want to make a deeper commitment to the educational potential of the deck. And so, we've found several education outreach partners to whom we will be donating at least one Reckless Deck for every backer we get.

 We are now partnered with The Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists - the organization behind the prestigious Annual Chesley Awards. ASFA has an ongoing program called the Emerging Artists competition, for young artists at the high school level, held at several regional conventions across the US. An assortment of RECKLESS DECK products will now be the prize for each of the winners. www.asfa-art.org

 FREE ARTS NYC provides underserved New York City children with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential. We'll be making a donation of Reckless Deck products to Free Arts NYC based on the number of decks purchased by your backers. www.freeartsnyc.org

Beacon Charter High School for the Arts develops artistic thinkers by nurturing self-expression while preparing their graduates with the academic skills necessary for sustained postsecondary success. Reckless Deck is a Rhode Island-based company, and we wanted very much to include a school based in Rhode Island among our donation recipients.

 

 

 

 

 

This project will be employing the services of Backerkit for its survey & fulfillment needs. Which means all shipping costs for your orders will be calculated at the close of the successfully funded campaign. There are no additional shipping charges built into any of the rewards tiers. 

As potential stretch goals unlock, they will become available as add-on items at the close of the campaign, unless otherwise specified. Backerkit will provide each backer with a survey via email a day or two following the end of the campaign, and with it the opportunity to add any unlocked items to your initial pledge. Or, you may use this table to determine the prices of the Add Ons you wish to include, and adjust your pledge ahead of time to account for them.

The lion's share of the design work is already done. The intention is to do one final round of design approvals after the campaign based on which stretch goals unlock and go forward to production. The final order for all fully funded items will be placed very soon after the close of the campaign. We have been told to expect about a two month turnaround time from placing the order to receiving the finished product. Depending on when precisely the order is placed, we expect fulfillment to occur mid-summer 2017.

 

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.

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