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Norse playing cards designed in Denmark. Showcasing Ragnarok and manufactured with deluxe features in two limited editions.
Norse playing cards designed in Denmark. Showcasing Ragnarok and manufactured with deluxe features in two limited editions.
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► Norse theme designed in Denmark, Scandinavia
► Silver/copper foiled, embossed tuck boxes
► Special, solid tuck stocks
► Silver/copper foiled tuck interiors
► Limited edition (2x2,300 decks)
► 100% unique pips & courts illustrated in hand
► Intricate tuck seals, numbered individually 
► Silver/copper metallic inks for card backs 
► 57 poker sized playing cards (52 cards + 2 jokers + 3 bonus cards)
► Printed by NPCC with premium linen finish
► Savings on each deck with higher tier pledges
► Rewards shipped to backers in protective boxes

The solid tuck boxes of Ragnarok are manufactured with hot stamped silver & copper foil and deep, embossed artwork on alle sides. Both with a tuck seal applied and actual futhark runes. Manufactured with exclusive tuck stocks that are sure to honor the gods of Valhalla!

Jormungand tuck with silver foil, embossing and special stock
Jormungand tuck with silver foil, embossing and special stock

Jormungand wraps around the solid tuck in embossed silver foil, inspired by the norse mammen art style. The blue tint represents the ocean while the serpent is set in silver to represent shiny fish scales. Runes on the front say 'ORMEN' in Danish (meaning The Serpent).

Fenris tuck with silver foil, embossing and special stock
Fenris tuck with silver foil, embossing and special stock

Fenris wraps around the solid tuck in embossed copper foil, inspired by the norse ringerike art style. The golden glow represents the wolf fur engulfed in flames of rage as Fenris is breaking free of his chains. Runes on the front say 'ULVEN' in Danish (meaning The Wolf).

Embossed, metal foiled side panels, saying 'Designed In Denmark' in actual futhark runes. For both editions there's only one side which is free of the artwork 'wrap-around'.

The Ragnarok tuck seals have artistic cohesion with the card backs of both editions, but collectors will also notice that the artwork connects with the tucks of our Midgard Playing Cards. Tuck seals are numbered individually for all backers of the project.

Tucks will have metallic runic inscriptions (silver for Jormungand ed./copper for Fenris ed.)
Tucks will have metallic runic inscriptions (silver for Jormungand ed./copper for Fenris ed.)

 

The court cards feature legendary viking deities and monsters (jötnar) of norse mythology. Illustrations are drawn in hand by professional artist Nicolai Aarøe. All characters are named in their danish form for the sake of authenticity.

War god Thor fighting his arch enemy, The Midgard Serpent, and wins the battle, but dies from his own wounds.
War god Thor fighting his arch enemy, The Midgard Serpent, and wins the battle, but dies from his own wounds.

  

Odin, King of the Aesir, falls in direct battle against the mighty Fenris, who's breaking free of his chains.
Odin, King of the Aesir, falls in direct battle against the mighty Fenris, who's breaking free of his chains.

 

The majestic valkyrie Sigrun facing the jotun queen Angerboda, mother of both Fenris and The Serpent.
The majestic valkyrie Sigrun facing the jotun queen Angerboda, mother of both Fenris and The Serpent.

 

Warrior goddess Freja facing the powerful Hel, goddess of the underworld.
Warrior goddess Freja facing the powerful Hel, goddess of the underworld.

 

Aesir watchman Heimdall sounding his Gjallarhorn to warn Asgard of the destruction of Surt.
Aesir watchman Heimdall sounding his Gjallarhorn to warn Asgard of the destruction of Surt.

 

Vidar, son of Odin, facing the mighty Loke, who orchestrates the chain events of Ragnarok.
Vidar, son of Odin, facing the mighty Loke, who orchestrates the chain events of Ragnarok.

 

Courts illustrated in hand with incredible level of detail!
Courts illustrated in hand with incredible level of detail!

  

Aces featuring iconic and legendary battles between Asgard and Jotunheim.
Aces featuring iconic and legendary battles between Asgard and Jotunheim.

  

The backs of Jormungand (silver/blue) and Fenris (copper/red) feature norse artwork inspired from original knot work and wood carving designs, both set in a mirrored composition. Printed with silver/copper metallic inks! 

Jormungand roams the deep sea, while the great Fenris is breaking free of his chains
Jormungand roams the deep sea, while the great Fenris is breaking free of his chains

 

Standard suits of hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades for optimised playability. Ragnarok Playing Cards will look amazing on a wooden table!

 

Jormungand edition
Jormungand edition

 

Fenris edition
Fenris edition

 

Unique and fully custom pips drawn in hand by scandinavian artists.
Unique and fully custom pips drawn in hand by scandinavian artists.

 

Customise your pledge tier with exclusive add-ons. Just like the decks themselves, these are all available in a limited supply.

Ragnarok dealer coins are metal coins with a large diameter of 2 inches (50mm). The two sides have different artwork and they come in two very different designs. We call them the Jormungand & Fenris coins. Here's a close-up of all the sides:

 

 

The deck pouches are designed to hold one deck of cards and are manufactured in blue and black satin with norse symbolism on front.

Printed booklet in A6 format (28 pages).
Printed booklet in A6 format (28 pages).

The 'Ragnarok - Fall of The Gods' is a companion and factoid booklet with background insight on the norse apocalypse and the 13 legends involved with Ragnarok Playing Cards. One spread per court card with the hand illustrations in a larger, un-cropped format. Bonus: cover artwork now printed with silver foil!

The +25 DKK will cover any or all of the decks in your pledge tier.
The +25 DKK will cover any or all of the decks in your pledge tier.

With the signature add-on, our lead artist, Nicolai Aaroe, will be signing the decks with a white sharpie on the tuck itself (after removing the factory cellophane). If you don't want all your decks signed, you must let us know this specifically in a private message.

Mini artwork with our Futhark alphabet set in silver foil.
Mini artwork with our Futhark alphabet set in silver foil.

The mini futhark alphabet will help you translate all runic texts used in both our Midgard and Ragnarok project. The artwork is manufactured with runes and frame in shiny silver foil.

Midgard & Chivalry Playing Cards
Midgard & Chivalry Playing Cards

Midgard & Chivalry Playing Cards were successfully funded on Kickstarter. We only have a very limited stock left and you have the chance to grab one or more of them here today. These decks are loaded with deluxe features such as metal foil, high rarity factor, embossed tucks, metallic ink, bonus cards, interior tuck artwork, numbered seals and more... Please write us a private message for inquiries on these decks as add-ons. We need to administrate these as add-ons manually (due to our very limited stocks).


How to apply add-ons

To apply an add-on, 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 confirmation and 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.

Pledging for 6 or 12 Ragnarok decks will get you a display box to hold them. These come in two sizes (fitting 6 or 12 decks) and feature simulated intricate wood carved norse artwork on all sides. The interiors include rune inscriptions to safe guard your decks from demons and giants. The brick boxes will be manufactured in a sturdy and matte quality similar to the robust Midgard and Chivalry brick boxes.

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

Personalized brick boxes gives you the option of having your name displayed in futhark runes on the box! In other words, this custom box version will be unique and belong to you and you alone. See special pledge tiers that have this option included.

With the personalized brick boxes your name is displayed in futhark runes on the box!
With the personalized brick boxes your name is displayed in futhark runes on the box!

  

 

Your support is absolutely overwhelming and we made great offerings to the old gods. They have answered our call and the project has already been blessed in several ways by them. Here's the overview: 

First Stretch Goal UNLOCKED! The card backs are now upgraded with silver pigmented ink for the Jormungand edition and copper pigmented ink for the Fenris edition. These card backs will look striking with metallic inks! 

Second Stretch Goal UNLOCKED! The tuck seals will be matched and numbered individually for every backer of the project. Surely this is something that will enrich the decks in several ways, especially for collectors. 

Third Stretch Goal UNLOCKED! All backers of the project will receive a printed card in A6 format with a thank you and a listing of the special features on one side. The other side will have a texted introduction to Ragnarok and the chain events of the apocalypse.

Fourth Stretch Goal UNLOCKED! War god Tyr is added as a bonus card to both editions and free for all backers of the project! See the Tyr bonus card HERE.

Fifth Stretch Goal UNLOCKED! All backers of the project will now receive a digital version of the 'Ragnarok - Fall of The Gods' booklet as PDF download. All backers who have pledged for a physical version of the booklet will now enjoy an upgraded version with cover artwork printed in silver foil.

Sixth Stretch Goal UNLOCKED! Sleipner is added as a bonus card to both editions and free for all backers of the project! See the Sleipner bonus card HERE.

Seventh Stretch Goal UNLOCKED! Udgaardsloke is added as a bonus card to both editions and free for all backers of the project! See the Udgaardsloke bonus card HERE.

All stretch goals reached!

 

Ragnarok - The Fall of The Gods
Ragnarok - The Fall of The Gods

In Norse mythology Ragnarok is a series of future events, including a great battle, foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Tyr, Frejr, Heimdall, and Loke), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water.

Ominous prophecies and dreams had long foretold the downfall of the cosmos and of its gods and goddesses along with it. When the first of these prophesied events came to pass – the beloved god Baldur was killed by Loki and consigned to the underworld – the gods had to face the fact they could no longer escape their tragic destiny. They prepared as well as they could. Odin took a great deal of time and care selecting the ablest human warriors to join him in the final battle against the world-devouring giants. But, deep down, they knew that all of their desperate actions were in vain. Read more

Design Imperator is small group of passionate, scandinavian developers, aiming to bring unique and rare products to the world with your support. Our first three previous playing card projects, Noble, Chivalry and Midgard, were all successfully funded on Kickstarter and delivered to backers with great reviews. Now 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 creative supervisor, we've gathered a team of experienced creators to accomplish our high ambitions with Ragnarok Playing Cards. Nicolai Aarøe (lead artist) and Svend Nielsen (creative designer) have been a pleasure to work with on this project - and this is only the beginning of our journey! 

Risks and challenges

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

For Ragnarok 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.

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.

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

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