ShadowMyths: Turmoil Deck - Story Prompts for Unique Ideas
A 35 Card Inspiration Deck for gamers, teachers, therapists, and writers. Idea generation using Dark Fantasy Oil Paintings.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, March 6 2019 2:34 PM UTC +00:00.
You hear the same stories over and over again. You read the same stories over and over again. How many times have you said "I could do better than that!"? But, the trouble is... you never know how to start. You have the ideas but they don't seem to come naturally. Well, for most people, it won't. It's hard work to get yourself out of just re-doing what others are doing.
I know! I had exactly the same problem! When I wrote my first book, Selik's Road: Shadows, I knew that I wanted to write a fantasy story but had no new ideas. So, I started laying out my paintings and... the ideas began to flow.
What you see here is the product of that way of thinking. What are the ShadowMyths decks? They are a way of helping you think differently. The purpose of the decks is to help you come up with ideas that are uniquely yourself. It's always easier to come up with new ideas if you are looking at a picture of something.
After the success of the first ShadowMyths Deck (Darkness), work began immediately on the second deck. This new deck, Turmoil, is all about conflicts between ourselves and the world around us. For me, I find that the most interesting stories are the ones where the hero or heroine is conflicted with themselves in addition to what is happening around them.
How does the ShadowMyths Decks work?
All you have to do is select some of the cards from the deck and lay them down. For example, let's take the the series of cards shown above (Starting at the bottom left and going Clockwise). What story could you come up with? Here's the story that my mind brought up:
(Card 1) It was supposed to be a secret meeting. I told them to stay behind but, as usual, my friends didn't listen. When Jarek approached me with the child, I saw sadness in her eyes. I knew that she didn't want to give up the child but there was nothing that she could do. (Card 2)Her husband, Marach, had fallen into a deep depression and had lost their savings at the race track. He knew that he had a problem but didn't know how to stop it. (Card 3) He approached the men that he owed the money to but they had no use for him. Instead, they knew that his daughter was special and they wanted her. "Why?" he cried as the bosses fought over who would get the girl. "None of your business! You owe us and we aim to collect!". Running away....
Now, this simple start of a story was all based on what I saw in the first set of cards. It took me about 5 minutes to come up with it. I never would have thought of that idea without seeing those cards in that order. If the cards were in a different order, I would have come up with a different idea.
- 35 cards in a clear plastic carrying box
- Cards are the same size as Magic the Gathering cards which means they fit the same sleeves
- Rounded corners to prevent fraying of the cards
- Heavy-duty premium stock so that the cards last a long time in good condition
In addition to the basic items in the tiers, you have the option to add on additional products FOR NO ADDITIONAL SHIPPING CHARGE. Just add on the additional amount to your pledge and, once the campaign is done, I'll be contacting you to determine which add-on you would like. For more print images, you can go to my online store (don't purchase it there or you will be charged additional shipping).
Add-ons are not available for the $1 reward tier.
Add-On: 11 x 17 print with Archival Backing Board: + $40
The store with more prints is located here.
Add-On: 35 Card Oracle Deck: + $20
Risks and challenges
Most of the paintings are already created for the deck. I have 7 of them left to do. In all situations, the digital compositions are completed so it's a matter of just creating the oil painting.
Since this is a pretty small project and I've already created multiple Oracle and ShadowMyths decks before, the production time and costs are well-known factors. So, there really isn't any risk for this second edition of the deck.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter