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A custom deck of playing cards printed by the EPCC
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DID YOU MISS OUT ON THE KS CAMPAIGN?  You can still visit HalfMoonPlayingCards website to preorder.

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A whole year after the first Venexiana deck, the story continues with a travel to the dark heart of 18th century Venice. Venexiana Dark features a series of obscure and marginal characters who complete the picture of this haunting city. Thieves, assassins, prostitutes, wicked noblemen and masters of deception are all on board in this imaginary gondola. Hop in and follow the journey to the unknown through the narrow canals of Venice.

During our travel, fascinating things will happen, so stay tuned for the updates (which I'll try to keep as few as possible).

Venexiana Dark is in fact two different decks: The "Masked" and the "Revealed" editions, with the first one featuring the courts wearing masks, while the second has the courts unmasked and their faces revealed!

Each deck will have a custom numbered seal, different back design color scheme, different tuck case and of course different faces. The plan is to have metallic inks on the back design and I hope we'll reach the stretch goal to make it happen.

Rendering of the two tuck cases
Rendering of the two tuck cases
  • Venexiana Dark is a limited edition. Both "Masked" and "Revealed" decks will  be printed only once and never again.
  • Printed by the ExpertPlayingCardCompany
  • 54 cards
  • Poker size
  • Master finish
  • High precision "Diamond Cut"
  • Foil and embossing on both tuck cases.
  • Numbered seal on each deck
  • Metallic inks on both sides of the cards (faces and back)
  • One Free booklet for each backer, telling the story behind the courts

THE CUSTOM SEAL:

Rendering of the tuck with seal
Rendering of the tuck with seal
Masked Edition back
Masked Edition back
Revealed edition back design
Revealed edition back design
Masked Edition AoS
Masked Edition AoS

 Samples of the figure cards

 A charlatan

 "La Rossa", the queen of pleasure

An aristocrat in the whorehouse

Things are not always what they seem to be...
Things are not always what they seem to be...

 The QoH asks for our silence as she's poisoning her husband's wine

 The KoH, madly in love with his young wife (who hates him) knows that the wine is poisoned but he prefers to drink it, leaving a suicide note.

 The KoD, facing the inevitable...

 QoD at a suspicious transaction...

A dangerous intruder
A dangerous intruder
An early Cardist and Magician
An early Cardist and Magician
L' assassina
L' assassina
Death in Venice
Death in Venice
The Jokers
The Jokers

The rest of the courts as well as the figures will be shown during the campaign. Please note that the images you see may be slightly different when printed from what you see on the screen. Also, I'm usually making tweaks here and there and some (minor) details may change.

Apart from decks and uncut sheets, a few other goodies will be available for your collection:

VENEXIANA DARK COINS:

Rendering of the coin
Rendering of the coin

The coins will have Antique bronze finish. Their dimensions are: diameter 37,5mm thickness 2,5mm. They'll be from the same manufacturer who produced the "Grotesque" coins.

"VENEXIANA GOLD" CARDS

Separate cards from the 1st print of the "Venexiana Gold" deck. For details please see update #5 in this project. Please note that Ace of Clubs and Ace of Diamonds are not available.

FREE STUFF!

As the 30K stretch goal was reached, each backer will get FOR FREE the Venexiana Dark Book of Playing cards. A 28page booklet, containing the stories behind the courts of the deck. If you want more than one booklets, you can get them for $10 each. No additional charge for international backers! Below is a rendering of the booklet:

  • 17000:  The deck gets funded and the masks are dropped! -Reveal of the masked courts.
  • 20000:  Metallic inks on the back design: -REACHED!
  • 23000:  Metallic inks on the faces : -REACHED!
  • 30000:  "Venexiana Dark book of playing cards": A booklet with the story behind the characters of the deck will be included in each package for free!  -REACHED!
  • 35000: 2 extra cards will be added to the deck: A double backer and a gaff card!  -REACHED!

Thanks for your support, enjoy the travel!

Lotrek

Risks and challenges

The main risk is always a potential delay in delivering the rewards. Although I've done my planning to avoid it, I have no direct control over other people's actions. In any case -as I always do- I'll keep everyone updated.

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