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ALPHA is the first playing card deck on Kickstarter completely Made in Italy.

The Alpha Deck: Red and Black editions
The Alpha Deck: Red and Black editions

The design is minimalistic, and the cards extremely durable.

The Ace of Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds and Spades
The Ace of Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds and Spades

No unecessary decoration, no obtrusive drawings, nothing that restricts your game and comes between you and your hand.

The Jack of Clubs, Queen of Hearts, King of Spades and Ace of Diamonds
The Jack of Clubs, Queen of Hearts, King of Spades and Ace of Diamonds
The back of the cards
The back of the cards

The back is a revisitation of the traditional Modiano Back. Modiano has some restrictions on the design due to their traditional printing method. The result is a clean minimal design with the traditional patterned\textured back.

The Suit of Spades
The Suit of Spades
A custom designed (arranged) Uncut Sheet
A custom designed (arranged) Uncut Sheet
Dimensions of Uncut Sheet: Height:900mm Width:720mm
Dimensions of Uncut Sheet: Height:900mm Width:720mm

 Uncut Sheet Information

The story behind the uncut sheet is simple. In order for the end result to be as nice and aesthetically pleasing as possible, I rearranged the cards in a way that led to the above design. 

For those who are buying the standard decks it means that the cards come 'pre-shuffled' because the order on the uncut sheet determines the order in which they are placed in the box.

The Ace of Clubs
The Ace of Clubs
The Two of Hearts
The Two of Hearts
The Three of Diamonds
The Three of Diamonds
The Four of Spades
The Four of Spades
The Five of Clubs
The Five of Clubs
The Six of Diamonds
The Six of Diamonds
The Seven of Hearts
The Seven of Hearts
The Eight of Spades
The Eight of Spades
The Nine of Clubs
The Nine of Clubs
The Ten of Diamonds
The Ten of Diamonds

The deck will be printed by Modiano, Trieste, Italy.

Modiano’s roots run deep within the traditions of the cartography business in Trieste. Founded by S. D. Modiano, a gentleman of Greek origin in 1868, (Bycicle was founded in 1867) activities expanded by setting up a lithographic printing activity, which became a reference point for quality prints and playing cards. Products that stood out from the beginning thanks to their style and quality and the coming together of art, technology and business skills

Modiano is renown around the world for their premium quality decks. This is the first Kickstarter project they are involved with, and they are very excited about it! These cards will be produced with as much care and attention as any of their other decks.

Some photos from the old MODIANO workshops in Italy.

The printing process
The printing process
The drying of the cards
The drying of the cards
Lastly, the cutting
Lastly, the cutting
The front and back of the Red Alpha Deck. The colour red is R:255 G:0 B:0
The front and back of the Red Alpha Deck. The colour red is R:255 G:0 B:0
The front and back of the Black Alpha Deck. The colour black is R:0 G:0 B:0
The front and back of the Black Alpha Deck. The colour black is R:0 G:0 B:0

Limited 'Flag Edition Deck'

Due to high upfront printing costs, I cannot deliver the limited edition deck straight away. If the project raises more than £25,000 then a set of rewards for the Flag Edition Deck will be made available!

One Flag Edition Deck consists of both the Red and Black editions of the Alpha Deck enclosed in a beautiful case showing off the colours of the Italian flag.

The limited edition deck, this custom designed box exactly reflects the colours of the Italian flag. Green: R:0 G:146 G:70 | White: R:241 G:242 B:241 | Red: R:206 G:43 B:55
The limited edition deck, this custom designed box exactly reflects the colours of the Italian flag. Green: R:0 G:146 G:70 | White: R:241 G:242 B:241 | Red: R:206 G:43 B:55
With your help Alpha will be the first deck a Collection completely designed by me and printed by Modiano
With your help Alpha will be the first deck a Collection completely designed by me and printed by Modiano

For more information about me, click on the 'See full bio' button on the right. :) 

Further Points - Flexibility

The design is done, however that does not mean I or this project is not flexible, if there is an overwhelming demand for certain tweaks I will consider them and strive to accommodate the wishes of the backers.

Same goes for the rewards, I've tried to provide backers with choice and variety, but I am willing to listen if there is something people feel like it's 'missing' :)

If you have any questions or feedback, please get in touch!

Risks and challenges

Firstly, as you can see the design is complete, so no worries there.

Everything has been sorted with Modiano (the printing company) and provided we reach the funding target they are excited about doing the printing for their first custom-made deck for Kickstater.

If this project is successfully funded, we foresee very few challenges from the production perspective. Modiano has seen the cards and is capable of producing them without any problem. The printing will take just over a month, should any delays occur I will of course keep you all posted. I am in regular contact in Modiano to ensure we get the highest quality product possible as quickly as possible.

The fulfilment will be carried out in one of two ways depending on where you are located.

For EU backers, packaging will be done in-house to ensure the decks are dispatched quickly and in a way that prevents damage in transit. I aim to get the orders out as soon as Modiano has delivered them to my door. You should be able to enjoy your playing cards in July at the latest!

For our friends in the Americas, fulfilment will be done by 'Kings Wild Fullfillment' (Jackson Robinson), the incredibly talented artist behind Federal 52, Sherlock Holmes and The Independence decks. Without any doubt the most famous card decks on Kickstarter. His company provides the highest quality in playing cards packaging and has a great deal of experience as well as an excellent track-record in delivering Kickstarter rewards. It's great to have Jackson on board, your decks will be in safe hands. :)

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