ALPHA is the first playing card deck on Kickstarter completely Made in Italy.
The design is minimalistic, and the cards extremely durable.
No unecessary decoration, no obtrusive drawings, nothing that restricts your game and comes between you and your hand.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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. :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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