Mid Project Update
After about 7 days, we realized we were being overcharged by our vendor in their offering. So since then, we've worked to find a new vendor that can offer the quality that we're looking for and have found a great company to work with.
We've created a whole new tier pricing model. We want to ensure you that the artists will be paid the same amount as before, and that the card stock quality is the same. The only change we've made is moving to a vendor who charges a fair price.
Also, all backers who remain at their previous level will be reimbursed for the new price if they do not switch, so there's no need to worry.
5 Color Combo has successfully created two sets of collectors tokens. The Four Horsemen Edition and the Gods Edition. Each of these are specifically tailored to be tokens used in games to represent creatures and interactions.
This Is Something New
In this project we were inspired to create something new to broaden the usefulness of our token collection. We've merged the idea of playing cards and tokens to create our own 5 Color Combo Collectors Playing Cards & Tokens.
Our custom back design takes the essence of the 5 Color Combo logo and transforms it to match with the expected aesthetics of a playing card set.
Why Playing Cards + Tokens?
It's common among trading card game players to have a box of typical playing cards in their bags for those just in case moments when there is downtime and friends want to play a game and they don't have their tcg with them.
Also, in our own play experiences, there have been moments where we leave our tokens at home for our tcg deck and end up using dice or other cards to represent game state. Having the tokens serve another purpose makes it an easy way to always have them on hand.
We wanted to have top quality playing card card stock as well as custom artwork. So we've built a team to make something amazing.
We're working with three amazing fantasy artists. Jason Nguyen, Sandara Tang, and Daniel Kamarudin.
Jason is professional freelance illustrator and concept artist based in Toronto Canada. He is a very self-motivated and passionate artist who is deeply inspired by the world of fantasy. His works mainly consist of high fantasy, character-based illustrations and concept art.
He has done work that consists of book cover's, card illustrations, character designs and promotional art. He is always open to taking on new projects and challenges.
Sandara has been a professional artist for over 5 years based in Singapore, Singapore. She's passionate about dragons and fantasy artwork. In addition to her digital art work, she creates coins, pins, and 3D prints of amazing works that she often sells on etsy.
Daniel specializes in fantasy based concept art and illustration but is flexible with the subject matter. He's done work for productions like Whill of Agora - Book 5: Kingdoms in Chaoes, The Starfall Knight, and The War of Broken Mirrors - Book 1: Forging Divinity.
Playing Cards + Tokens
Each card in the deck has the artwork and label to represent creatures that can be used as tokens in card games. We've carefully chosen creature types that match the stats on each card that are most typically bought from our token collections.
In the example below you can see the 2, 3, 4, and 5. These have been paired up with creature types that commonly have stats of 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 5/5 like the Knight, Beast, Dragon, and Demon.
Each of the 54 cards in the deck have unique artwork that match each of the types of possible tokens like these Spades for example.
Jacks, Queens, and Kings
For the royal family we've reserved these positions for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Demons, and Mythological Gods. We needed positions of power represented and felt that these did the job well.
What About The Rest?
We want this deck of Playing Cards & Tokens to be fun and functional. We've carefully handcrafted the merging of the art and the playing card so that both can be easily recognized in the deck. Take the Angel 4/4 of Spades for instance. You can clearly see that this is card is the 4 of Spades while also being an a 4/4 Angel token.
Each card in this collection has unique artwork and has been put together by collaborating with the three amazing artists Danial Kamarudin, Sandara Tang, and Jason Nguyen.
Here's the breakdown of all the cards in the deck.
The Good Design Test
We wanted to ensure the answer was YES for the following two questions:
Can I easily tell what suite and number these cards are for playing card games like Nertz and Slap Jack?
During a strategy game, are these cards easily recognizable as the tokens and types they're supposed to represent?
After extensive design revisions, user feedback, and testing, we feel that this deck clearly meets our criteria. It's a strong yes!
Now that we've explained everything going into the making and choices of this deck, here are the designs for all the cards.
Diamonds include: Goblin, Bird, Beast, Dragon, Demon, Dragon, Elder, Beast, Golem, Elder, War & Ruin, Fallen Angel, and Thor.
Clubs include: Soldier, Cat, Beast, Angel, Demon, Beast, Elemental, Beast, Golem, Elemental, Feast & Famine, Gethsemoni, and Poseidon.
Hearts include: Elemental, Knight, Beast, Dragon, Demon, Wurm, Elder, Elemental, Golem, Elder, Conquest & Glory, Marquess Kimaris, and Hades.
Spades include: Spirit, Zombie, Centaur, Angel, Demon, Beast, Elemental, Beast, Kraken, Clone, Death & Despair, Duke Dantallion, and Zeus.
We're working with a great printing company, who has been in business for over 35 years to bring you professional quality playing cards.
• Tuck box with custom artwork
• Linen stock
• Breathtaking artwork: 54 unique, hand-crafted playing cards
• Quality, durable, card stock
This is a project that was made possible by the contributors to our Kickstarter and every pre-order made now will propel us further into successfully making other products as well!
We strive to make and create great content, products and apps to supplement the gaming community that we have enjoyed so much for many years. Help us make some great products and get some for yourself and your friends!
Risks and challenges
We've done test runs of all the products and have the deals already created with the artists. This project is focused on confirming the quantity needed for making initial print runs of the product.
Everything is ready to go!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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