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$2,804
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80
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 15 2018 12:02 AM UTC +00:00

About

As a child I grew up loving all things, superhero, sci-fi and fantasy related be they comic books, cartoons, or movies. Did it have a picture of an alien on the VHS cover? I wanted to watch it. A dragon? Yep, I needed to read it. A mask clad toy battling evil-doers? Oh yeah, I had to play with it. To this day I'm still a fan of cape wearing superheroes, grey bearded wizards, monstrous orcs, and sword-wielding barbarians, but alien life forms have a greater pull on me.

Over the years, I would paint and draw aliens and superheroes of all types, but found myself leaning more toward the extraterrestrial, especially as I got older. As my skill improved, aliens have become my go to, especially when I find myself in with an artist block; drawing unknown creatures from far off worlds always seem to knock down that same block, as if a form of catharsis for me.

A few years back I discovered it was possible to get custom playing cards created.  With this knowledge I became inspired to dive deeper into my alien creations, wanting to create not only a deck full of awesome artwork, but one with its own universe. Over the last couple of years I have been inching my way towards this dream and found the vision through inspirational artists whom I admired and whom helped guide me towards my goal.

Alien Empires is the fruition of a love of all things alien, many, many years of dreams, and many more years of honing a craft I love.

I would like to say thank you for those who choose to back my campaign as well as those who have taken time out of their day to share this project with their friends and family, it is truly appreciated.

Alien Empires is a digitally illustrated, 54-card poker deck, featuring a variety of alien races throughout an unknown galaxy. I'm planning to get the cards printed through USPCC on their standard card stock.

Drawing inspiration from my many years of visually ingesting all forms of science fiction media, I’ve crafted unique aliens for each of the court cards and jokers, all of whom have their own back story (which can be found within the art book). I've chosen to go with a clean, smooth look to the number cards in order to both ensure quick, easy readability as well as showcase the pips created specifically for this deck of cards.

Sample Prototype Deck
Sample Prototype Deck
The Clubs
The Clubs
The Diamonds
The Diamonds
The Spades
The Spades
The Hearts
The Hearts
Sample Prototype Deck
Sample Prototype Deck
Art Book Prototype
Art Book Prototype

A lone entity, a fabricator and designer, began an experiment billions of years ago. Life was established upon sixteen planets, four unique planets in each of the four solar systems. The suits represent each solar system and the court cards represent the dominant species on the 16 planets.

Art Book Prototype
Art Book Prototype

The stories behind these alien life forms are detailed in the comic book sized, 40 page art book. It provides a window into the Founder and the aliens it is responsible for creating, as well as how aliens came to be the incarnation seen on each card.

Art Book Prototype
Art Book Prototype

By clicking "Support this project", you will not only help make the Alien Empires a reality, thus bringing my aliens to life, but you'll be getting yourself a most excellent reward (or two...or more)!

Below are the awesome rewards available to choose!

So you're probably asking yourself "Where's my money going if I back this?" Solid question to ask. The majority of the money will go toward the production of the cards, art books, and other rewards (though mostly the card production) as well as shipping costs to get everyone they're groovy rewards, plus that lovely thing we call taxes.

Once the Kickstarter is funded and completed, the artwork will be sent off to be approved and printed, which may take up to 2-3 months (and is something that will be unfortunately out of my control). Once the cards are printed and delivered to me, my main priority will be ensuring the rewards for my most excellent backers are received as promptly as possible.

Risks and challenges

All the artwork for this deck has been completed; the only challenges, beyond the unforeseen, lie with ensuring the product gets printed with the utmost quality, as well as ensuring everything is shipped out to all the amazing people who backed this campaign.

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    One Deck - Early Backer Special

    Congrats on getting here early! You'll be getting yourself one deck of Alien Empires playing cards!

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    One Deck

    You get yourself a one deck of Alien Empires playing cards!

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    One 11x17 Portrait Print

    You will get one 11x17 cardstock print of your choice from any one of the 12 available court cards.

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    Two Deck Early Bird

    That's right folks, you asked for it, I deliver! This here is a two deck early bird special, which means you can get two decks for only $20 while rewards last!

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    Two Decks

    You'll find yourself in possession of two decks of Alien Empires playing cards!

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    One Art Book and One Deck of Cards

    You'll get one deck of cards and a 40 page art book featuring all the art and stories of each card as well as behind the scenes/image process breakdowns.

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    Postcard Print Pack

    You'll get one pack of 5x7 postcard prints featuring artwork for each card. Includes 20 postcard prints total: 12 face cards, 4 aces, 2 jokers, 1 card back art, and 1 box art.

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    Postcard Print Pack and One Deck

    You'll get one pack of 5x7 postcard prints featuring artwork for each card and 1(one) deck of cards. Includes 20 postcard prints total: 12 face cards, 4 aces, 2 jokers, 1 card back art, and 1 box art.

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    Four Decks

    You'll get four decks of Alien Empires playing cards!

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    One Deck & One Uncut Sheet

    You'll receive one deck of Alien Empire playing cards as well as one full, uncut sheet.

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    Six Decks

    You'll get six decks of Alien Empires playing cards!

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    Limited Edition Cardstock Print Set

    You'll receive four 11"x17" cardstock prints from the Alien Empires series, signed and numbered in a matching set. Set includes the King, Queen, Jack, and Ace of the suit of your choice. You'll also receive one deck of cards and one art book.

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    One Brick (Twelve Decks)

    You'll get a whopping twelve decks of Alien Empires playing cards!

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    The Original Prototype Deck!

    That’s right folks, with this pledge, you not only get 2 decks of cards and an art book, you get my original prototype deck! The deck was printed through MPC on their 310gsm Linen stock, has all 54 cards, has a full bleed black border, and the image on the back is in black and white. This is a one of a kind deck and will never be printed up with this design again.
    Keep in mind the deck and tuckbox are a bit worn as they’ve traveled to many a comic convention with me so they’ve been handled by multiple people. I will also sign any card of your choice from the prototype deck.

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    Limited Edition Metal Print Set

    You'll receive four limited-edition, 11"x17" metal prints from the Alien Empires series, signed and numbered in a matching set. These metal prints are only available through Kickstarter and will not be reproduced. Set includes the King, Queen, Jack, and Ace of the suit of your choice. You'll also receive one deck of cards and one art book.

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    Complete Limited Edition Print Set

    You'll receive all 20 limited-edition metal prints from the Alien Empires series, signed and numbered in a matching set. These metal prints are only available through Kickstarter and will not be reproduced. Includes the 12 face cards, 4 aces, 1 box art, 1 card back, and 2 jokers.

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