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TrumpmenBy Trumpmen
First created
TrumpmenBy Trumpmen
First created
€6,460
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159
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 4 2014 7:03 PM UTC +00:00

About

We are pleased to inform our United States supporters and backers that shipping to United States will be free and included in the price of all pledge plans!

 Research and Inspiration

India has always been exalted and remembered fondly as the country of colors. To an outsider, its colorful culture, streets, and stories seem like a page out of an ancient folk tale. But color, in essence, has been a large part of the Indian consciousness. 

The design of the deck has been well researched by the design team of Patrick and David to encapsulate the historical significance, Hindu legacy and script and to commemorate the Indian Indentured Labourer in South Africa.

The design of the Thunee deck embodies various elements of Indian culture, heritage and tradition. Each card has been produced to evoke the feeling of a bygone era. We feel that the deck will infuse pride and enhance the gaming experience of not only Thunee players but all card players alike.

The Thunee Deck tuck box

The card deck is inspired by the South-African game named Thunee. Thunee has been part of South African culture for 140 years.

Thunee, which means water in the Tamil (South Indian) language, is a popular trick-taking card game that originated in Durban, South Africa.

The game was invented by indentured Indian Labourers who were brought to South Africa in the 1800's from India to work on the sugar cane plantations. Since then the game has developed a cult following and is played by family and friends and on a competitive basis. It occurred to us that despite the long history of the game, no deck has been designed that captures the historical significance of the game. We therefore decided to design a deck and meticulously researched the history to incorporate the elements into a deck that commemorates the inventors of the game.

We hope that you will love this project as much as we loved creating it. To us this isn't just a deck of cards, it's a dream our team shared for some time.

 A Brief History of the Indentured Labourer

Following the emancipation of slaves in 1833, the owners of sugar cane plantations searched for cheap docile and a low-waged work force. Britain was forced to look elsewhere and turned attention to India.

The solution was in the form of a forced labour system which in many ways resembled enslavement. Indians, under an “indentured” or contract scheme began to replace Africans on plantations across the British Empire, including Natal, South Africa (now known as Kwazula-Natal).

The first Indians to arrive in South Africa were reported to have arrived aboard the Truro from Madras (now known as Chennai) in 1860.

At the end of the 19th Century, Mahatma Ghandi argued with the colonial government in Natal for Indian rights. Through Ghandi’s efforts and the intervention by the Indian Government, the indenture scheme finally came to an end in 1917.

The Thunee deck pays homage to the Indentured Indian labourers in South Africa and commemorates the origins of the game of Thunee.

    The deck will be produced by the United States Playing Card Company to a high standard of finish. The USPCC also produces the Bicycle Deck of cards that is traditionally used to play Thunee. The cards will be printed on the Bicycle stock with the Air cushion/Magic finish and will feature many elegant, hand-crafted details.

    Kickstarter backers will get your decks first and at a better price! So, please pledge today.

    Deck features

  • Embossing and debossing on deck tuck box - Stretch goal
  • High quality custom design seal on tuck box - Stretch goal
  • Custom Finish Quality, durable, Bicycle® stock
  • Air Cushion/Magic Finish       
  • All art is 100% custom designed - From box to pips 
  • Cellophane wrapped deck

 Artwork prints 

Choose between: four Kings / four Queens / four Jacks / Joker or the Cardback. Measurements: 18 x 24 inch / 450 x 610 mm. This reward comes in a special shipping crate to ensure safe delivery.

These are just some of the many images available as Thunee artwork prints

Uncut sheet

The sheet of cards removed from the press before being cut out. This reward comes in a special shipping crate to ensure safe delivery. Measurements: 22.5 x 24.1 inch / 570 x 610 mm. (Displays 56 cards) 

The Thunee Deck uncut sheet 

T-shirt

The Thunee deck t-shirts will be printed on high quality fitted Tultex fabric. All Thunee designs are all screen printed. At the end of the project you will be able to specify the size, print and colour you would like. (Size available in S,M,L,XL, XXL)

The Thunee Deck T-shirt

Crystal trophy

Nepalese crystal block with 3d engraving - 3d image of Joker lasered in solid block of high quality crystal. Measurements: 4,7 x 3,1 x 3,4 inch / 120 x 80 x 60 mm (LxWxD)

The Thunee Deck crystal trophy

Thunee card guard

Custom made card guard - Brushed steel with Thunee laser cut engraving. Protect your deck of cards in style. Measurements: 3,5 x 2,6 x 0,74 inch / 93 x 68 x 19 mm (LxWxD)

The Thunee Deck card guard 

Handmade wooden Thunee box

Nut wood with laser cut engraving on the lid. Inside of the box is upholstered with high quality fabric. Includes two decks + engraved custom ID plate with with your name. Measurements: 170 x 120 x 40mm / 6,7 x 4,7 x 1,6 inch (LxWxD)

 The Thunee Deck box

Please make sure to specify your add-on's 

Preba Moodley said “I grew up playing Thunee. Some of the best memories I have are of playing Thunee with my father at family gatherings and with my friends at school and university. It was a tradition to meet in the cafeteria after lectures to play Thunee. Whilst the world is converging on the internet and mobile apps and electronic media, it is wonderful to combine my love for card magic to design and produce a deck of cards that symbolizes the game of Thunee.”

Special Thanks

We would like to express our gratitude to the following people who have helped us tremendously in the past couple of months:

Craig Stallard, for his help in creating an amazing video.

Jeffrey Delatado,  for helping us out with shooting the video.

Andreas Graf,  for creating our website.

Tiffany Mahan and the team at USPCC for their help and advise.

Sim-räl Jailal, for your countless hours calculating and helping out on all levels and giving us invaluable feedback on the design.

We couldn't have done it without you guys. Thank you.

 How to find us?

We design and produce cards but they don't get made without you. Please share your enthusiasm for this deck on Facebook and Twitter. Get your friends and family to share it. Help us make this deck a reality.

You can see more of our work on Trumpmen, follow us on Twitter, and please like us on Facebook.

Risks and challenges

After months of careful planning and the study of numerous card deck campaigns we now feel most confident to share with you the results of our hard labour. We’ve spent the last six months designing the entire deck, carefully selecting high quality products and establishing firm relationships with our partners.

To make our pledge campaign as clear as possible we’ve added codes to all our products and condensed the pledge options to a minimum so there’s less confusion.

As a company and as consumers we understand that getting our product out on time and in one piece is of the utmost importance, for that reason we’ve got a dedicated team in place all handle all shipments. We have estimated the date of your card deck delivery to be October.
If things may turn out a little different than expected, no worries we’ll keep a steady post campaign to keep everyone up-to-date at all time.

If the above doesn’t answer your question, please don’t hesitate to ask us.
Thanks for making this possible!

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