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Lions, Dragons, Deer, and Dire Wolves, immortally captured on Bicycle Branded Playing Cards.  These animals are at war...
Lions, Dragons, Deer, and Dire Wolves, immortally captured on Bicycle Branded Playing Cards. These animals are at war...
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The Add-ons

If you'd like to add anything to your pledge, do so with the following amounts:

Add Decks of Royal Wilderness to your pledge - $9 per deck. (int. shipping $7)

Add Collector Prints of your favorite design - $40 per 8.5x11 print. (int. shipping $7)

Add Uncut Sheets of Royal Wilderness to your pledge - $25 per sheet. (int. shipping $10)

The Cards

This is a set of Playing Cards showing four animal factions, personified as the Court of each Suit.  I had the pleasure of working with some talented artists.  Anita Birgány handled the wildlife, and Eleanor Lutz gave them some shelter with the card backing.  Hopefully you'll agree that we've created something special, here.

Note: pledges show 'Westeros' Wildlife'... Same thing, only one deck of cards up for grabs here.  Check out the Updates for some info on the name change.

Diamonds - Lions;

Clubs - Dragons;

Hearts - Deer;

Spades - Wolves;

Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age

And here is the King of the jungle, so to speak, all by himself... although he's had his fair share of troubles with Dragons.

(Revised) Lion King
(Revised) Lion King

Across the entire set, you'll find consistent attention to tradition.  The Suicide King, the Man with the Axe, the 1-eyed Jacks, the Bed Post Queen, the Spades looking to the East... it's all here, so your classic games will still make sense.  With these unique characters, hopefully some new traditions can be born!

The Deck

  • 56 cards including the standard 52, 2 Jokers, and 2 Gaff cards
  • Unique Court and Joker cards, with Castle Backs
  • Printed on Bicycle grade paper with embossed finish
  • Bicycle branded custom tuck case and seal

The Back

This design is something I came up with at about 2am one night while trying to come up with something timeless and traditional, but unique.  That's the story of any designer, right?  My main inspiration came from the classic Bicycle Rider Back.  The 2 main circles, and the larger connecting circle really caught my attention.  Then I thought a bit on what was on the other side... Royalty.  Royalty belongs in a castle.

Castle Back
Castle Back

This was drawn at about 9x the standard poker card size by the ever-so-talented Eleanor Lutz, to appropriately populate the castle.  When shrunken down to fit the card, you get the a necessary amount of busy-ness with no repetition and no dead space.  Hopefully you'll agree that the original goals were achieved.  Timeless, Traditional, and Unique.  It comes in standard BLUE color.  If we reach $15k, I'll be able to offer it in red as well... not yet, though =)

The Gaffs

For all you Tricksters out there, I'm thinking of 2 straight forward gaff cards.  If you have ideas for something better, let me know, but for now:

  • Blank face card
  • Double backed card

The Extras

ROYALTY COLLECTION

All of the artwork for this project was drawn at a huge scale, of about 24"x36".  You can get yourself a piece of this collection, maybe you even consider yourself Royalty.  Each member of the Court, including the Joker and the Castle itself, will be available, and printed on canvas. Signed by myself, and addressed to you, personally.  You're welcome.

Stag King
Stag King

COLLECTOR PRINT

This will be a framable print of your favorite card.  It will be printed on 8.5x11 photo paper, but its actual size is a touch narrower than that.  Unlimited quantities of these guys, and at a price point more accessible to most!

(Revised) Big Joker
(Revised) Big Joker

UNCUT SHEET

This is pretty standard issue stuff for collectors, these days, it seems. Beautiful cards on one side. Beautiful backs on the other side. Beautiful uncut sheet.

Uncut and beautiful
Uncut and beautiful

Risks and challenges

With graphic design, I feel the real risk is showing your design to the world, and hoping the public will accept it. Well, that's my risk... I suppose you want to know about your risk, huh?

Will the cards you receive be of high quality?
Only the highest quality available, sourced from the United States Playing Card (USPC) Company.

Will you even receive the cards?!
Of course! I'm a personal fan of USPS, so they'll be delivered to your mailbox, PO Box, whatever you have, within 4-6 weeks of the project being funded. This will depend greatly on USPC's diligence, but I trust everything will go according to plan.

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