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$4,577
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
236
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, October 21 2013 4:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

"The Gestalt Deck is completely original and beautiful in its simplicity." –Joe Heininger, The Flush

This is a project in two parts. The aim of the first part is to revise the playing cards of today, the second, to ready them for tomorrow. I hope to achieve the first now, with your help, on Kickstarter and, with your continued support, the second will soon follow.

Part I: Layout

The cards we use today are French and date to the 1600s. Before that, there were German, Italian, and Swiss cards. And before those were cards from China. Each represented it's time and was built upon the successes and failures of its predecessors.

The greatest issue, in my opinion, with the French deck is the similarity of the layouts. Just look at a seven and an eight and you will see what I mean. I believe each card in a deck should be distinctive. Part of a system, but immediately recognizable. To this end, I have devised a grid for the pips which allows each numerical value to bear a unique shape dissimilar from its brothers. Instead of memorizing ten regular patterns which are easily confused, I propose a new set which can readily be described verbally, using words such as 'circle' or 'diamond.'

In addition to these new layouts, I am also using a four-color deck. Though not a new idea, it helps to clarify and guard against confusion. It will also become important in Part II, but more on that later.

Next are my modifications to the court: The names remain unchanged–I have no desire to break fully with the past–but their forms are more reflective of our times and tastes. Each of the twelve cards bears a unique icon relating to the suit and history. For the Kings, crowns. For the Queens, circlets. And for the Jacks, shields bearing their liege's colors.

The Aces all have stylized images of the suits and the backs use a neutral color and build off of the horizontal lines.

And here is the full deck (click to enlarge):

This is my vision for the deck of today and, with your help, I would like to make it a reality.

Part II: Expansion

What follows next is my vision for the deck of the future. It is not part of this campaign, but if successful, I will do my best to make sure it comes to pass.

These days there has been a renewed interest in physical games, especially cards. The enthusiast may own several different games, each with its own deck and possibly a few expansions to augment them. Each deck is specialized and as such plays only its own game. In contrast, a standard deck of cards is able to be used for countless different games, but the deck remains fixed so the creativity and complexity is therefore limited.

To this end, I propose a series of expansions to the original deck. These expansions could be used in any way to create new games from a larger set of cards. Some examples would include additional suits, Tarot Nouveau, and numbers. Four additional suits would allow larger games to scale, instead of adding duplicate decks. A reimagining of the French Tarot Nouveau, complete with an additional 21 trumps, would allow players to discover the various Tarot games as well as introduce thematic cards to the set. The introduction of number cards 11 through 20 would allow regular play without court cards as well as more complex number games. Other possibilities include Hexadecimal, Actions, and Characters.

Alongside these expansions, a companion site would be created to allow players to share their games, as well as leave and receive feedback from others.

Production

I have been in touch with the USPCC since I started designing these cards. Because of that, production should be a breeze. The cards will be printed on Bicycle grade paper, though other finishes may be investigated as the project moves forward.

I currently have no plans to use seals on the deck as I dislike the residue they sometimes leave and the cellophane wrap is enough to seal the deck.

Financials (and how to get there)

I've reviewed numbers with my very fancy financial advisor and we've set the goal for the project at $10,000. Without going into specifics, that covers my printing and shipping costs, fees, and not much else. My primary goal here is to print the cards rather than make boatloads of cash.

To achieve the goal, I have set the rewards into specific, common sizes based on previous campaigns. This will allow me to streamline the shipping process for you. At each tier, the cost per deck drops by a dollar (so buy lots of decks :). The prices range from $13 for one deck down to $7 per deck for a brick of twelve. If you want multiple bricks, send me a message.

Add-ons

To keep this simple, I am starting the project offering only decks as rewards. If popularity allows, I will put up a poll for what kinds of add-ons you want (uncut sheets, shirts, etc) and will introduce those as I am able. My goal is to keep this as streamlined as possible. A recent project I saw ended up with 60 add-ons and I do not want to see that happen here.

Closing remarks

Thank you for taking the time to read through everything. If you have any questions, please ask and I will do my best to answer them. This has been a pet project of mine for just over two years now and I'm excited to finally share it. 

I also want to thank everyone who has helped me through the process. especially my brother Jeremy, the poker player; my parents; and Priya, by business advisor.

I also want to thank Broke For Free for sharing his song Our Ego [Feat. Different Visitor] under a creative commons license at The Free Music Archive.

 Thanks again to everyone for your support.

Risks and challenges

With a background in print design and an existing relationship with the USPCC, I do not foresee any major challenges in the production of the decks. The biggest challenge is shipping. However, I have done extensive research into how to handle it and have streamlined the rewards to allow me to get everything out as fast as possible.

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