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“shhh...” he said softly, “they’re not gone yet.”

Vladimir, King of Hearts
Vladimir, King of Hearts

We waited...

“Ok, I think we’re safe now.”

“But Daddy, you said we were the stronger ones.”

“That was a very long time ago, my son. It seems despite all of our strengths, time has blessed their patience with advanced intellect. It would seem the hunted has turned hunter, and now we are hunted for little more than their pride.”

These last profound words alerted a straggler of the hunting party to our hiding place behind the book case. A terrifying, loud crack followed.

“Go now, run! Run and never look back!” he urged through gritted teeth as though he were in great pain. A second loud crack, I turned, ran into the labyrinth of dark corridors chased by the successive terrifying cracking noises and the painful screams of my father.

I carried on running into the secret tunnels that led deep into the castle and hid in the dungeons while I wept and contemplated my, no, our, OUR revenge.

My name is Vladimir, and I am king. My once proud people are now being hunted to extinction and out of history. The year is 823 AD, and I vowed that our people would stand with might once again.

Brawn no longer worked in our favour, this war would have to be fought with cunning, tact and intelligence. I gathered what little remained of my people and devised a plan that brought us to rule the humans secretly for over a thousand years. The story of the vampires has been reduced to little more than a myth, and that is the secret to our success.

- Vladimir, King of Hearts

It seemed however that the mythological status of the vampires’ history had fooled all but a few humans. Some believed the myth shared as fact from generation to generation; but it was a long time before they realised that the vampires were hiding in plain sight, as the ruling class, the monarchy.

A small band of academics sought to bring down the mighty vampires again, only this time the vampires had the upper hand. Their influence had not only built, but corrupted and controlled governments, banks and industrial giants. The academics were forced underground with imposed sanctions, curfews and public ridicule, incriminating them as nothing more than naive, out dated witch hunters.

The academics turned to a new science to combat the vampire overlords, with the intent of fighting the vampires' intelligent approach to war. The humans chose to fight with brawn and produced genetically enhanced warriors that became know as the lycanthropes.

Some traitors and doubters within the academic camp were recruited unwittingly by the vampires to develop a rare strain of the rabies virus. This produced a fourth fighting force designed to infiltrate and spread the zombie virus from within the underground human war effort.

Each of the four factions had their own agenda and consequently the Gothic Horror Industrial Punk war raged:

The Vampires adopted the most up to date of steam technology as weapons.
The Vampires adopted the most up to date of steam technology as weapons.
The Humans, calling upon famous names from the gothic horror era, turned to ‘ahead of its time’ genetic research to enhance strength and produce superior warriors.
The Humans, calling upon famous names from the gothic horror era, turned to ‘ahead of its time’ genetic research to enhance strength and produce superior warriors.
The Lycanthropes, whom the humans attempted to control with genetic, diesel and electronic technologies.
The Lycanthropes, whom the humans attempted to control with genetic, diesel and electronic technologies.
The Zombies, a rogue faction, made use of simple wooden mechanisms consisting of cords and pulleys to brace injuries and rotting limbs.
The Zombies, a rogue faction, made use of simple wooden mechanisms consisting of cords and pulleys to brace injuries and rotting limbs.

The Gothic Horror Industrial Punk playing cards will also be available as an "Illuminated" edition deck: the same artwork, with illuminated effects adding further colour and depth with additional background detail.

Steam Punk Vampires
Steam Punk Vampires
Bio Punk Humans
Bio Punk Humans
Diesel Punk Lycanthropes
Diesel Punk Lycanthropes
Da Vinci Punk Zombies
Da Vinci Punk Zombies

Currently, the artwork for all cards (except Jokers) of the standard and illuminated edition decks are complete. We have done our best to represent the artwork on screen as accurately as possible, but please understand that the final print production may vary slightly.

We need your backing and funding to produce these cards and bring this illustrated story to you in the form of USPCC printed Bicycle branded playing cards.

As a £20,000 stretch goal, the art and story of the Gothic Horror Industrial Punk War will become available as a 60+ page hard back book. This will be an illustrated compilation of all the characters, their history and involvement in the war. The book illustrations will be of the same style as depicted in the cards with further detailed illustrations of the technologies and weapons of each of the characters. It will tell the stories behind each faction; the war that has raged for centuries; and how it became the current war depicted in this project. It will also include a full page reproduction of each of the court card images.

Additionally we are offering our backers a chance to acquire extra goodies to add to their pledges: additional standard or illuminated edition decks; un-cut sheets (printed sheet of the cards, double-sided before being cut and packed into tuck boxes); A3 prints of any of the artworks. You can make an "add-on" after choosing any pledge by simply adding the additional appropriate value to your pledge. You will have the chance to specify which add-ons you wish during the post campaign survey.

Risks and challenges

Whilst we endeavour to deliver this project on time and as represented, we know very well that risks and obstacles can pop up.

We have already been in contact with the USPCC to discuss this project and are allowing for a generous production timeline based on the lead times they have provided. We are using templates provided by them and have worked to their recommended guidelines.

Between the two of us working on this project we are experienced in art and product design. We have developed our own products with overseas manufacturers, imported and sold them around the world. We have also designed for lithographic and digital print production and have confidence to deliver this project, understanding the process and the limitations of print.

Our greatest weakness is our inexperience as this is our first campaign on Kickstarter, so this process is new to us. Please bear with us and ask if you have any questions and we'll try to respond as soon as possible.

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