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An unique playing card series inspired by my Chinese culture and heritage, designed and illustrated by Brendan Hong.
An unique playing card series inspired by my Chinese culture and heritage, designed and illustrated by Brendan Hong.
An unique playing card series inspired by my Chinese culture and heritage, designed and illustrated by Brendan Hong.
352 backers pledged CA$ 28,957 to help bring this project to life.

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Dynasty Playing Cards by Brendan Hong

CA$ 28,957

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Who am I?

My name is Brendan Hong and I'm a freelance illustrator and designer. Some people might know me from when I was a Crew Member for Kings Wild Project Kickstarter campaigns. Others might know me as the designer and illustrator for The Hive series of playing cards, launched in the summer of 2014 and continued in 2015 (The Hive 2 photos, courtesy of Anthony Ingrassia of Kardify.com & The Hive 1 photos, featured on the Dieline, photos courtesy of Jackson Robinson).

I took some time to get away from everything at the end of 2015 due to some personal issues going on my life. After that break, I have decided to come back and launch a solo playing card project that means a lot to me. I've always been playing card games ever since I was little. Playing cards has always seem to be a part of my life. Now I wanted to draw inspiration from my culture and background to design another unique deck of playing cards.

What's the project?

Image of Prototype Deck
Image of Prototype Deck

 I've always wanted to create a deck of playing cards inspired by my culture and heritage. I have taken various Chinese elements and combined it with the traditional style of playing cards (such as the suicide king and the one-eyed jacks, etc) so it's a fusion of both to make something completely unique and infused with my style of illustration.

Image of Prototype Deck
Image of Prototype Deck

 There are two different decks in this series. There is the Jade Green unlimited deck that will be printed to meet the demand (minimum of 1000 decks will be printed) while the premium Imperial Red deck will be limited to ONLY 1000 decks printed. Both decks have their own unique elements that will appeal to both the regular playing card users as well as collectors. 

Image of Prototype Deck
Image of Prototype Deck

The cards will be printed by Expert Playing Card Company. I've worked and printed with them before on The Hive decks and the results have been amazing. The decks will be printed on EPCC's Classic, which is a wonderful emboss finish and stock that feels great straight out of the box. The cards have a nice spring, flex and feel to it, even when broken in. 

The Decks: Jade Green and Imperial Red

Prototype images of the Jade Green and Imperial Red Dynasty tuck cases
Prototype images of the Jade Green and Imperial Red Dynasty tuck cases
Prototype images of the Jade Green and Imperial Red Dynasty back designs
Prototype images of the Jade Green and Imperial Red Dynasty back designs
Prototype images of number cards for both editions of the Dynasty decks
Prototype images of number cards for both editions of the Dynasty decks
Prototype images of some of the court cards for Jade Green edition
Prototype images of some of the court cards for Jade Green edition
Prototype images of some of the court cards for Imperial Red edition
Prototype images of some of the court cards for Imperial Red edition
Prototype images of Jokers for both Dynasty edition
Prototype images of Jokers for both Dynasty edition
Prototype images comparing the differences between the court card of the Jade Green and Imperial Red edition
Prototype images comparing the differences between the court card of the Jade Green and Imperial Red edition
Prototype images of the Ace of Spades for both Dynasty editions
Prototype images of the Ace of Spades for both Dynasty editions
Prototype images comparing the differences between the court card of the Jade Green and Imperial Red edition
Prototype images comparing the differences between the court card of the Jade Green and Imperial Red edition
Prototype images comparing the different jokers for the Jade Green and Imperial Red Dynasty Playing Card decks
Prototype images comparing the different jokers for the Jade Green and Imperial Red Dynasty Playing Card decks
Prototype images of the seals for both Dynasty editions (seal numbers are mock up and Jade Green's final count subject is such to change due to demand)
Prototype images of the seals for both Dynasty editions (seal numbers are mock up and Jade Green's final count subject is such to change due to demand)

Jade Green Edition Features:

Prototype images of the Jade Green tuck case and back design
Prototype images of the Jade Green tuck case and back design
  • Matte stock tuck case featuring foil and inside the tuck artwork
  • Full 54 unique custom cards
  • Individual numbered metallic seals based upon the print run (minimal of 1000 decks)
  • 2 Unique jokers different from the Imperial Red edition jokers (with one joker reveal)
  • Unique Court Cards
  • Unique Ace of Spades
  • EPCC Classic finish

Imperial Red Edition Features:

Prototype images of the Imperial Red tuck case and back design
Prototype images of the Imperial Red tuck case and back design
  • Premium black matte stock featuring foil, embossing and interior foiling
  • Limited to only 1000 print run (800 available in pledge tiers)
  • Individually metallic numbered seals
  • Full 54 unique custom cards
  • 2 Unique jokers different from the Jade Green edition jokers (with one joker reveal)
  • Court Cards feature unique border design
  • Unique Ace of Spades
  • Fully Illustrated Aces (Diamond, Club and Hearts)
  • EPCC Classic Finish
  • ONLY available in pledge tiers (Pledge Tiers: B1, D1, D2, E1, F1, F2, G1, G2, I1, J1, Y1, Z1, Z2, Z3 & Z4)
Prototype images of illustrated Aces for the Imperial Red Dynasty Playing Card deck
Prototype images of illustrated Aces for the Imperial Red Dynasty Playing Card deck

The Rewards:

Prototype images of number cards for both editions of the Dynasty decks
Prototype images of number cards for both editions of the Dynasty decks

The most obvious rewards are the two different playing card decks. Please see the above list detailing their unique feature.

Hive 1 Uncut Sheet (Photo courtesy of Jackson Robinson)
Hive 1 Uncut Sheet (Photo courtesy of Jackson Robinson)

The uncut sheets are a factory printed sheet for the playing cards before they're cut down into the individual playing cards. EPCC's uncut sheet are 9 cards across by 6 cards down. One side features all the face of the cards while the reverse is a repeating pattern of the back design. These are only available as add ons.

Sample of Hive 1 print on Japanese Paper Stock (photo courtesy of Anthony Ingrassia)
Sample of Hive 1 print on Japanese Paper Stock (photo courtesy of Anthony Ingrassia)
Sample of Hive 1 print on Japanese Paper Stock (photo courtesy of Anthony Ingrassia)
Sample of Hive 1 print on Japanese Paper Stock (photo courtesy of Anthony Ingrassia)

Lastly, a few small number of tiers feature hand signed 8.5" x 11" high quality prints of the card artwork. The will be printed on Japanese paper with fibres shown randomly through the paper stock. It is a soft and subtle effect more noticeable in person, but please reference the photos for a sample of the paper, as it was used in previous print. It creates a beautiful effect with the textures that I use in my artwork. The paper stock, is a lovely stock from the Japanese Paper Place in Toronto. All the prints will be shipped directly from me in Canada.

 Please use the above add-on and shipping chart when adding on additional decks or uncut sheets to your tier. A survey will be sent out before fulfilment so that I can confirm what add-on, if any, are you included as part of your reward. I will be honest and, unfortunately, shipping prices for USPS has gone up recently and I can only charge what is the appropriate amount to ensure that I have the proper funds to fulfil the project. I am using a fulfilment centre (Crowd Fulfilment by Collectable Playing Card) and was given a price list which I am using for all my fulfilment needs. I wish I didn't have to that charge much for international shipping (I'm in Canada and always pain the shipping cost pains when I back a project), but it's just not cheap to ship outside of the US. But it's most important that the I charge the right amount to ensure that I can properly ship out all the rewards.

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EXAMPLE USA Backer: 

You've pledged D1 tier (one of each deck) for $36 and would like to add on TWO additional Jade Green Dynasty decks.

Pledge tier: $36

Additional deck cost: $28 ($14 x 2 decks)

Shipping cost for 4 decks: $10

NEW PLEDGE TOTAL: $74

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EXAMPLE Non-USA Backer:  

You've pledged D1 tier (one of each deck) for $36 and would like to add on TWO additional Jade Green Dynasty decks. You are from Australia

Pledge tier: $36

Additional deck cost: $28 ($14 x 2 decks)

Shipping cost for 4 decks: $ 22

NEW PLEDGE TOTAL: $86

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If at any time you have any question in regards to how shipping work, questions about the project or just want to drop a line please don't be afraid to leave a message in the comment section or to directly private message me via Kickstarter and I'll respond as soon as I can.

Special Thanks

Thanks to my friends and family for always encouraging to keep designing and drawing.

Special thanks to Anthony Ingrassia and Ivan Choe of Kardify!

A big special thanks to Jackson Robinson of Kings Wild Project for helping me fulfilling a life long dream in seeing a deck of cards I designed made real!

Lastly, thank you for taking the time to view this project and, hopefully, backing this project!

Risks and challenges

This is my third playing card project, having been the designer and illustrator for the Hive series, I worked closely with Kings Wild Project and EPCC to produce the Hive series. Not only that, but I've had a lot of experience having helped out on previous Kings Wild Project playing card projects so I have a firm understanding of all the pieces that go into making a crowdfunding project a success, during and, most importantly, after the project. To me, the project is not over until every backer has received their reward. There's always some risk and I've done my best to ensure that I've minimized as much of it as possible.

As of the launch of this project, 95% of the artwork is done and everything, short of a few playing card artwork, has already been pre-approved by the printers without issue. All images displayed are prototypes and, though they've gone through the approval process, may potentially change from the final product. I will do my utmost to give notice backers of any major changes though I don't foreseen any trouble or issues with them as I've had plenty of experience understanding the limitation and how far I can push them.

I'm working with Expert Playing Card Company (EPCC) whom I've developed a great relationship with as they printed all the decks The Hive series. Both the printing and shipping the finished decks to the USA can be a long process so I've factor in time accordingly, but through it all, I will provide update detailing the progress and letting backers know if any unforeseen issues come up. Being informative and honest with my backers is an important lesson I've learned and continue to apply.

One of the biggest and most important aspect of a crowdfunding project is the fulfilment of the rewards. For this project, after much research and feedback, I've decided to go with Crowd Fulfilment by Collectable Playing Card. I've heard many great things (and seen, myself, from backed projects) what an amazing job they do shipping and fulfilment rewards in a great and efficient manner.

As for shipping prices, there is no hiding it but they've gone up recently and there is nothing I can do about it. I have charged a fair amount for the postage to ensure that I have the appropriate funds to proper fulfilment the project. To me, it's of the utmost importance that I am honest and be transparent with the cost of it. I am not out to make any money on what I'm charging backers to ship out their rewards. I've seen too many project where the proper fulfilment amount isn't charged and backers either don't get their reward or it takes years for them to get it. I don't want to do that to my backers. I want to make sure that once fulfilment starts, the fulfilment centre can package and ship out all the rewards back to back without any major delays.

Currency conversion is a bit tough as a currency's value against another shifts every day. I'm currently using the conversion of $1 Can = $0.75 US.

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    H1

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    1 x Set of signed Jack prints (4 prints in total)
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    1 x Set of signed Queen prints (4 prints in total)
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    KINGS SPECIAL

    1 x Set of signed King prints (4 prints in total)
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    2 x Premium Imperial Red Dynasty Playing Card deck

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    1 x Set of signed Joker prints (4 prints in total)
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    Mix Brick of Dynasty Playing Card

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