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Norse war-oriented playing cards designed in Denmark. Representing Helheim and manufactured with deluxe features in two editions.
Norse war-oriented playing cards designed in Denmark. Representing Helheim and manufactured with deluxe features in two editions.
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► Norse theme designed in Denmark.
► Exclusive to Kickstarter & Isolated Thunderstorm.
► Silver foiled & embossed tuck boxes.
► Soft touch tuck stocks w. numbered seals.
► 100% custom artwork illustrated in hand.
► Metallic silver ink on card backs.
► 52+4 poker sized playing cards.
► Printed by NPCC with premium linen finish.
► Cost per deck is lower on high tier pledges.
► Shipped to backers in protective boxes.                

Six stretch goals have now been unlocked for Helheim Playing Cards!
Six stretch goals have now been unlocked for Helheim Playing Cards!

Herja (To Wage War ) is the dark grey edition with a blood red tuck seal. The card backs are dark red with metallic silver ink. The tuck case is manufactured with a solid, ash-grey stock and has embossing, silver foil and spot UV on the case. 

The solid tuck boxes of Helheim are manufactured with hot stamped silver foil and intricate, embossed artwork on alle sides. Both with a numbered tuck seal applied and authentic futhark runes. Manufactured with solid, exclusive tuck stocks for a metallic-like look and feel!    

The tuck flap has a norse silver emblem surrounded by black spot UV.
The tuck flap has a norse silver emblem surrounded by black spot UV.
Hel´s chosen warriors (some face cards have subtle variations in the two editions).
Hel´s chosen warriors (some face cards have subtle variations in the two editions).
Herja edition card backs will be printed with a dark red and metallic ink with silver pigment.
Herja edition card backs will be printed with a dark red and metallic ink with silver pigment.
The Herja edition diptych jokers featuring the massive battle at the fields of Vigridr.
The Herja edition diptych jokers featuring the massive battle at the fields of Vigridr.

Nidhug (Corpse Eater ) is the black edition with an oak brown tuck seal. The card backs are black with metallic silver ink. The tuck case is manufactured with a solid, black stock and has embossing, silver foil and spot UV on the case.

'Rise Up Dead Men' written in futhark runes on the side panel of the tuck.
'Rise Up Dead Men' written in futhark runes on the side panel of the tuck.

The face cards feature unhonored vikings of norse mythology. All illustrations are drawn by hand by professional artist Nicolai Aarøe. With all the research and sketching, this work alone took hundreds of hours.  

Nidhug´s chosen warriors (some face cards have subtle variations in the two editions).
Nidhug´s chosen warriors (some face cards have subtle variations in the two editions).

The backs of Helheim Playing Cards feature norse artwork inspired from original knot work and wood carving designs, both set in a 2-way composition. Printed with silver metallic inks! 

Nidhug edition card backs will be printed with black and metallic ink with silver pigment.
Nidhug edition card backs will be printed with black and metallic ink with silver pigment.
The Nidhug edition diptych jokers featuring Naglfar (Nail Farer) at a great naval battle.
The Nidhug edition diptych jokers featuring Naglfar (Nail Farer) at a great naval battle.

The aces of Helheim Playing Cards feature illustrations depicting the massive assaults by Hel's army. The ace of spades (AoS) has a classic deck reveal title. The same illustrations can be enjoyed in full on the diptych jokers (which are unique for each edition). 

Helheim Playing Cards have a classic layout of pips and indexes, but everything has been redesigned in a norse style by our scandinavian artists. 

Herja edition number cards
Herja edition number cards
Nidhug edition number cards
Nidhug edition number cards

The pips of Helheim Playing Cards is a reworked version of our unique norse pips, illustrated in hand. The spades and hearts suits are of a completely new design.  

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Helheim metal coins are black/silver coins with a large diameter of 2 inches (50mm). The two sides have different designs. 

Add +149 DKK for 1 coin or +279 DKK for 2 coins

The deck pouches are designed to hold one deck of cards each and are manufactured in black satin with a silver norse symbol on the front. 

Add +30 DKK for 1 pouch or +55 DKK for 2 pouches.

Click image to learn more about Chivalry Playing Cards
Click image to learn more about Chivalry Playing Cards

Our Chivalry Playing Cards are manufactured with numerous deluxe features. We only have our Chivalry 'private reserves' left in stock and these come without a numbered tuck seal. It is important that you send us a private message if you add on one or more of these to your pledge reward so we are able to keep count. 

Add +146 DKK for 1 deck of the Chivalry Private Reserves (Gold or Silver edition).

Click image to learn more about Midgard Playing Cards
Click image to learn more about Midgard Playing Cards

Midgard Playing Cards (Private Reserves) manufactured with numerous deluxe features. Our Private Reserves comes without a numbered tuck seal and they are no longer available as add-ons.  

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Ragnarok Playing Cards (Private Reserves) manufactured with numerous deluxe features. Our Private Reserves comes without a numbered tuck seal and they are no longer available as add-ons.  

The mini Futhark alphabet is an A6-sized (4.1x5.8 inches) print that will help you translate all runic texts used in projects. The artwork is manufactured with runes and frame in metallic silver foil. 

Add +69 DKK for 1 alphabet or 119 DKK for 2 alphabets

Click the image for more information and the full collection of prints
Click the image for more information and the full collection of prints

Ragnarok Silver Prints (10 designs) are A4 sized (210x297mm / 8,3x11,7 inches) and printed in Denmark on high quality 350gsm matte paper with selective details such as jewelry and weaponry adorned with eye catching metallic silver foil. 

Add +129 DKK for 1 print.

The 'Midgard - Legends of The Viking Age' and 'Ragnarok - Fall of The Gods' are A6-sized (4.1x5.8 inches) printed booklets with background insight on the norse mythology and the legends represented in our Midgard + Ragnarok Playing Cards. One spread per court card with the hand illustrations in a larger, un-cropped format. 

Add +99 DKK for 1 booklet or +145 DKK for 2 both booklets


How to apply add-ons

To apply one or more add-ons, you must increase your pledge with the indicated value via the "manage my pledge" button while keeping the same reward level. You must then send us a private message for specification of your chosen add-on(s). If you have any doubts or questions in relation to how add-ons work you are more than welcome to send us a private message. We will not be using BackerKit or any other post-funding pledge manager to apply add-ons after the funding has ended on Kickstarter.

CMYK printed brick boxes with simulated silver carvings.
CMYK printed brick boxes with simulated silver carvings.

Pledging for 6 or 12 Helheim decks will get you a box FOR FREE, included in your reward, to hold them. These boxes come in two sizes (fitting 6 or 12 decks) and feature simulated intricate silver carved norse artwork on all sides. The brick boxes will be manufactured in a sturdy and matte quality similar to the robust Midgard and Ragnarok brick boxes. 

You can add a Helheim box to your pledge, regardless of which pledge tier you have. 

Add +125 DKK for 1 half brick box or +150 DKK for 1 full brick. 

Hel Prestige box has metallic silver foil and spot UV on the cover.
Hel Prestige box has metallic silver foil and spot UV on the cover.

The Hel Prestige is designed for the absolute viking connoisseur. This box has a different design with a black, unique brick box that slides out from the sides of a printed cover that is manufactured with silver foil and spot UV to simulate a metallic and truly exclusive appearance. Your name will be implemented in runes on the inner/black box for unique personalization. Hel Prestige is assembled by hand and shipped to you in complete state. 

Stretch goals will be revealed here and in project updates as goddess Hel & giant serpent Nidhug have allowed a funding of the project. 

The tuck seals of Helheim Playing Cards will now be numbered individually and matching for every backer of the project. We know that this is something that will enrich the decks in several ways, especially for collectors and people who invest in our decks to make a profit in the aftermarket. 

With the second stretch goal we are going to spice up a set of face cards to expand on the theme and make each deck even more unique. Our artist has already been put to work so we can present the idea visually to you in this update. Above, you can see how our dane axe warrior will now be portrayed in an undead variant exclusively in the Herja edition. You can also see how our Jotun goddess Hel is now portrayed differently in the two editions, with her ghastly appearance showcased exclusively in the Nidhug edition.  

The introduction bonus card is an unlocked stretch goal for the project and included automatically to both the Herja and Nidhug edition of Helheim Playing Cards. No action is required from your side to get this extra card. 

All backers of the project will receive a printed certificate in A6 format with our thanks and a presentation of the theme. 

Surtr bonus card is unlocked for the project as an alternate king of clubs (KoC).
Surtr bonus card is unlocked for the project as an alternate king of clubs (KoC).

Design Imperator is small group of passionate, scandinavian developers, aiming to bring unique and rare products to the world with your support. Our previous playing card projects, Noble, Chivalry, Midgard and Ragnarok, were all successfully funded on Kickstarter and delivered to backers with great reviews. Once more, we are going to crank it up a notch and deliver some of the most exclusive Norse playing cards the world has ever seen. But it is only going to become a reality with your trust, support and the will of the gods.

With Marianne Larsen as head manager and now proud owner of Isolated Thunderstorm, we've gathered a team of very experienced creators to accomplish our high ambitions with Helheim Playing Cards. Nicolai Aarøe (lead artist) and Svend Nielsen, Patrick Søgaard and latest member Christian Berg (creative designers) have been a pleasure to work with on this project - it is truly an inspiring journey! 

Risks and challenges

Our previous decks, Chivalry, Midgard and Ragnarok, were all successfully funded on Kickstarter and received with great reviews from our audience and supporters. What is presented to you with Helheim is based on extensive research, experience as creators and our devotion to exemplary execution.

For Helheim Playing Cards we have set a very conservative development timeline to ensure a thorough and flawless fulfilment for all backers.

NPCC have proven their quality and attention to detail with our previous playing cards. As experienced project creators, we've brought many complex products to our audience on time and with very positive feedback. However, obstacles can arise unexpectedly. Potential set-backs include production delays, shipping and sourcing issues. Our fulfilment plan has buffers implemented to counter for potential mishaps as much as possible.

We are shipping all rewards according to professional recommendations by Deutsche Post and DHL and will handle the fulfilment process ourselves to make sure that everything goes as planned. We have much experience with the shipping company and have used them for several years to send thousands of parcels, big and small. We have every reason to believe that all rewards will be delivered to you as intended.

Please note that Design Imperator can not be held responsible for any damaged, lost, unclaimed or destroyed parcels. It is crucial that you enter your address correctly in the survey after the project has ended and that you pick up your parcel when your local mail distribution is ready to deliver it to you.

Since experience tells us that some decks, regardless to which country they are sent, can have an unexpectedly long delivery status and/or customs processing. We need to ask for your understanding, that it may (in rare cases) take months, from the time of dispatch, to the actual delivery to the recipient.

If the reward itself does not live up to our quality control and pass our condition inspections we will return it to the facility and demand a re-production. IF this should happen, some delay in our fulfilment process can occur and we hope for your understanding in such event.

Note that these playing cards are primarily intended as pieces of art and not necessarily manufactured for magicians, cardists or similar high performance use.

All presented Design and artwork is subject to minor tweaks and changes.
Brick boxes will be printed by another company (not NPCC).

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    Pledge DKK 508 or more About $76

    Mixed Pair Collectors Edition (~$77)

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    ►1 Hel rune pouch
    ►1 Naglfar pouch
    ►2 metal coins; one of each design

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    Personalized Mixed Half Brick (~$107)

    A personalized version of the Mixed Half Brick. Your choice of name implemented to the brick box artwork in runes or standard lettering. In other words this custom box version will be unique and personalized by you alone. //////////////////////////////////////////////
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    ►3 Herja decks
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    ►6 Herja decks
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    Personalized Mixed Full Brick (~$178)

    A personalized version of the Mixed Full Brick. Your choice of name implemented to the brick box artwork in runes or standard lettering. In other words this custom box version will be unique and personalized by you alone.
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    ►6 Herja decks
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    Pledge DKK 1,398 or more About $209

    Hel Prestige (~$213)

    The Hel Prestige is designed for the absolute viking connoisseur who wants the ultimate version of Helheim Playing Cards. This box has a different design with a black, unique brick box that slides out from the sides of a printed cover which is manufactured with silver foil and spot UV to simulate a metallic and truly exclusive appearance. Hel Prestige is assembled by hand and shipped in complete state.
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    Ragnarok Bundle (~$68)

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    Mixed Half Brick (~$71)

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    Full Series (~$109)

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    ►1 Ragnarok Fenris deck
    ►1 Midgard Danegeld deck
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