$$$ Note about Currency $$$
As we are based in Sydney; Australia, the project goal and all pricing is given in Australian dollars (AUD). We have included an approximate USD conversion for all the reward tiers and add-ons. The project goal of $20,000 AUD is approximately $14,000 USD.
Pipmen World is a unique, world-first deck of poker-sized cards from Elephant Playing Cards, with a colorful tuckbox and interesting designs on every card. You might be thinking: "Playing cards, aren't they all the same?" A lot are, but Pipmen are totally different!
This project is to fund 2 decks: Pipmen World, and Pipmen Collector's Edition.
Pips are the suit symbols on the card face - the spade, heart, diamond or club indicators. In addition to this standard element each Pipmen card has little stickmen figures interacting with the pips to create a unique scene. So Pipmen are the Pip-men! Get it?
Pipmen cards are fun, quirky and interesting; but what makes this so unique and awesome is not just the individual cards…
Pipmen World Deck Features:
- Shiny silver foil accents
- Thick luxurious paper stock
- Custom Pipmen seal
- Interior printing (if stretch goal reached)
- Printed by the world-class Legends Playing Card Co.
We have made a (very popular) Pipmen deck before, so what sets this project apart from every other deck on the planet? What makes this a totally unique, world-first, revolutionary creation unlike anything else ever?
This deck is absolutely unique because while every single card is a fun little self-contained scene, they all fit together into one big picture – the Pipmen world!
You may have heard of a diptych; a picture in 2 parts (like Jody Eklund's Golden Spike jokers) or a triptych; a picture in 3 parts (like this beautiful Venetian sunset). Pipmen world is not these – it is a 54-piece Polyptych puzzle.
There have been a few other decks which have had a composite feature, but Pipmen World stands alone. This deck is the first of it's kind in the world because:
- Every individual card is a self contained picture.
- The face pictures are integral with the symbols on the card face, not just an abstract background pattern.
- All the pictures fit together to form a self-contained single stunning work of art.
Here are some enlarged samples of the global picture (Note: the white borders of the cards are made transparent to showcase the full picture effect including hidden detail in the borders):
Each card is both an individual picture and a usable playing card. The artwork is fun, creative and playful.
For the past two and a half years I have been working on this dream - creating a deck of cards that would fit together into a single self-contained picture: something no one has ever done before. I have dozens of full notepads I carried around with blank card layouts stuck in to test new ideas when I had a spare few minutes. In the end, the final combined Pipmen: World planning sketch travelled with me to 33 states in 5 different countries on planes, cars, boats and trains.
This was always the first idea and primary plan - everything EPC has made so far as been a result of this project:
- The original Pipmen Black and Red decks were an experiment for small-scale scenes on cards.
- Pipmen Shadow expanded on the concept with new scenes and ideas.
- The 4-deck Prism series grew out of a single card of the Pipmen design - the 5 of Clubs.
Pipmen World is the culmination of years of development, experiments, hard work and creativity:
One lucky person can pick up the one and only original Pipmen: World planning sketch in the "A Piece Of History" reward - you will receive this exact sketch, signed by myself and sent soon after the campaign ends.
Pipmen: World playing cards are not just incredible designs, the artwork has been creatively planned around the suit symbols to incorporate them into a fully functional deck of poker-sized playing cards!
In true Pipmen style, the Jack, Queen and King of each suit are unique and reversible. Each side tells a different story:
The Jokers in the Pipmen World deck are also fully custom and unique to the scene. In the heavens is the Black Joker who is painting the stars. In the center of the earth is the Red Joker who is bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders. Together they bookend the Pipmen universe.
The card back captures all elements of the Pipmen’s world, from the mountains through the oceans to the city into the fields and past the deserts.
The tuckbox is split down the middle with day on one side and night on the other, representing the whole world that these fun little guys live in.
The deck seal is fully custom and designed to suit the theme of the deck. The tear line wraps around the world so that when opened no design is lost from ugly tearing. It displays the world of the Pipmen in shiny silver foil, complementing the box design perfectly.
Pipmen world is so much more than a deck of playing cards – it is a puzzle! Perfect for gifts and parties, everyone will love it!
I have taken the Prototype deck to parties, family gatherings and impromptu get-togethers, and it has always been a hit! This deck makes an awesome gift or party game and still works as a deck of cards once you're done. Whenever I bring it out, I make it a challenge - how fast can you crack the puzzle?
So far the fastest puzzle-solver (without seeing the whole picture beforehand) is Matt, with a blisteringly fast 18 minutes 20 seconds with no hints. It is great fun challenging your friends to see who is the fastest!
***Update: The combo of Kelly and Sarah have just completed the puzzle unaided in 13 minutes flat! How fast can your friends do it?
Pipmen: World can be added to your pledge for $18 for USA ($13 USD) or $19 for International per deck. You can add as many Collector's edition decks as you want.
The biggest question I hear when people first see this deck is "This deck is really cool, but doesn't the artwork make it hard to play with when you're not doing the puzzle?"
The simple answer is no. Of the many prototype decks I have given out, and dozens of playtesters, not one person has found this deck overly difficult to use as a normal deck of cards. It is surprisingly playable. Why is this?
For the more refined gentleman (or gentlewoman) we are also offering a beautiful Collectors Edition Pipmen deck featuring all of the creative designs of the original Pipmen series housed in a bold black tuckbox embellished with gold foil and intricate embossing with an all new back design.
Pipmen Collectors Edition Deck Features:
- Bold gold foiled tuckbox.
- Extensive intricate embossing accentuating the detailed figures on the box.
- Unique and original Card back in the playful Pipmen style.
- The 52 original incredible Pipmen designs including the 2 most popular Jokers.
- Printed by Legends Playing Card Co. on the highest quality card stock
All the Pipmen: Collector's Edition card faces are unique, self-contained scenes in the fun Pipmen style. Just have a look at these picture GIFs for full details:
Pipmen: Collector's edition can be added to your pledge for $18 for USA or $19 for International per deck. You can add as many Collector's edition decks as you want.
To add extra cool Pipmen stuff to your pledge, just increase your pledge using the table below:
Additional items will be added as stretch goals are unlocked.
All add-on price INCLUDE shipping. To add extra product, simply increase your pledge by the corespdonding amount (for orders outside the US use the 'Worldwide' pricrs). For details of all add-ons, see below:
Pipmen World was made for the uncut sheet. It was designed so that the sheet would beautifully display the whole scene as a picture.
Uncut sheets are where the printed sheets are pulled off the production line at the factory before they go through the cutting process – they are very special because only a few of them get saved as uncuts. They have all the finishes and printing that the normal cards do, but they stay in a single sheet – a really cool wall decoration or present!
Both the Pipmen: World and the Collector's Edition decks will be available as Uncut Sheets. Pick up both to collect the full Pipmen set!
Uncut sheets will ship unframed. The distributor will take every precaution to safely pack these, however minor scuffs, scratches, or creases may occur at the far edges of the sheets. These blemishes are unavoidable and are usually easily covered after it is framed.
To add either uncut sheet to your order, increase your pledge by $50 (USD $35) for USA or $57 (USD $40) for International. You can add as many Uncuts as you want. You will specify which uncut(s) you want in the survey at the end of the project.
The bigger-picture action doesn’t stop at the uncut sheet, we are offering posters of the Pipmen world with no white borders. We have purposefully added extra Pipmen and other details inside the white borders of the cards which can only be seen on the posters:
Posters will be A2 size (420mm x 594mm), printed on premium Photo Satin Paper and will ship unframed. These will be an incredible item and would look awesome in any pool room, games den or garage!
To add a poster to your order, increase your pledge by $57 WORLDWIDE ($40 USD) [this includes worldwide shipping]. You can add as many Posters as you want, with each additional poster costing $21 ($15 USD).
Sealed inside a solid glass jar, impossible bottles are just that - impossible. Each bottle comes with a full deck of Pipmen: World - tuckbox AND cards. These are a super cool collector's item and an awesome talking point :)
To add any number of impossible bottles to your order, increase your pledge by $95 per bottle ($65 USD) [this includes worldwide shipping]. These bottles will be made as soon as the surveys are returned and shipped from EPC HQ in Sydney, Australia.
Due to the popularity of the original Pipmen project and the limited stock of those decks remaining in our warehouse, we are not offering the option to add them to your pledge here (as we may run out and not be able to supply backers). They have proved extremely popular since launch and are moving fast, but if you would like to pick up some of the original Pipmen Black, Red or Shadow editions - that can be done through our website.
Campaign: February - March
Surveys Returned: May
Production proofs approved: June
Begin production of cards: June
Fulfillment and shipping: August
We will do everything we can to achieve and exceed this timeline - the dates are set conservatively based on past experience to ensure that your expectations are met.
We have put together a media kit full of all the Pipmen resources you could ever want for use in articles, blogs or reviews. You will find high-res images, prototype interactions, videos and GIFs at the page below:
Elephant Playing Cards was created by designer Ben Jones in 2015 to experiment with creative and innovative graphic design. Using the helpful Kickstarter platform, EPC strives to push the boundaries of playing card technology and design to bring a final product that player and collector alike would be excited to own.
EPC partners with world-class production and fulfillment operations such as Legends Playing Card Co. and Gambler's Warehouse to provide the best quality playing cards possible. To date we have produced 8 decks: 4 different Prism decks, 3 Pipmen designs and the intricately-detailed Medieval deck. We have many more project lined up for the future, so make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news!
Based in Sydney, Australia, Ben is an Engineer by profession, loves playing with graphic design and enjoys spending time with his wife and family.
Risks and challenges
We have done a lot of research and reviewed several companies to ensure that this project goes as smoothly as possible. In the end, the proven quality and experience of Legends Playing Card Company (LPCC) was a major factor in the decision to produce with them. We have set the delivery date conservatively so as not to rush the production of the product, and have full confidence in LPCC to produce the decks, and Gamblers Warehouse to fulfill them. We have an excellent and longstanding relationship with both parties and anticipate no problems.
This is the Fifth successful Kickstarter project by Elephant Playing Cards which will make our Tenth deck of Playing Cards, and while the first ones went off relatively smoothly, there may be unanticipated problems which could arise. We have thoroughly prepared for this campaign and will be open and transparent to all backers if any difficulties are encountered. The designs are 100% finished so there should be no delay in sending the digital proofs to the manufacturer, and then onto production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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