"...And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Call of Cthulhu: The Writhing Dark
Call of Cthulhu: The Writhing Dark is a very special collaborative community project from Shane Tyree.
Working in conjunction with Shane on this project are:
- The amazing people at Chaosium Games who have officially licensed this product, making it the true successor to Shane's initial foray into the weird with the popular Cthulhu Mythos Playing Cards that he worked on in 2012.
- Special thanks to CUR3D for the remix.
Call of Cthulhu: The Writhing Dark consists of three distinct offerings, each designed to bring fans of the 'Weird' together to combine imaginations and ideas and to create something truly unique.
The Writhing Dark: The Eldrich Tarot: The first of the three part project is a Tarot Deck, based off of the commonly used and recognizable Rider-Waite model. The Tarot Deck will feature 78 unique illustrations, iIncluding all 4 suits (Swords, Wands, Cups, Pentacles) as well as the Major Arcana. All of these illustrations will incorporate ideas from the community, and some may even incorporate members of the community themselves. With this deck you will feel as though the eldritch lore of the writhing dark is close to hand.
Call of Cthulhu: The Writhing Dark from Bicycle: The second piece of the project is a Bicycle branded deck of traditional playing cards. These cards will feature some of the art from the Tarot deck, as well as some unique art for Aces and Court cards, taking into consideration feedback from the community. Initially the only difference in the editions is the tuck box. It would be great to have all original card artwork in both, however cost prohibits that from being an option right away. All of our cards are printed on the highest quality card stock in the world. Bicycle cards are prized by collectors and players for their quality.
The Writhing Dark: The last piece of this project is what makes it truly unique. In honor of NaNoWriMo we will be creating "The Writhing Dark Anthology". This anthology of short stories will be comprised entirely of submissions from our backer community. Our editor will assist with pairing down selections, and offering basic assistance, but in essence this will be your story. Your tribute to the weird, the horrific, and the unknown. Your 4-5,000 word contribution will be included if they are suitable (reasonably legible, make sense, and follow a horror/weird fiction theme) in an E-book. As the project progresses we will unlock illustrations, celebrity contributors, and other awesome upgrades to make The Writhing Dark as beautiful as it will be horrific. You must be a backer to contribute. The final product will be printed, bound, and interred in the Lovecraft collection. A lasting tribute to his legacy.
Add - Ons
What are stretch rewards? They are special items I can add on if we're fortunate enough to reach higher funding levels. The costs of these extras and cool things forces us to have to consider carefully what features to "stretch" for. This project will also be different in that there are rewards that are unlockable through our Alternate Reality Game. The details of which can be found in the FAQ, or Here.
Who is Shane Tyree?
An artist and illustrator with years of experience illustrating game products amongst other things. Shane has lent his work to companies such as Monte Cook Games, Fantasy Flight Games, Alderac Entertainment Group, Catalyst Game Labs, Wizards of the Coast, and more.
As the lead artist and creative force behind Albino Dragon LLC, Shane Tyree created some of the most successful playing card projects in Kickstarter history prior to leaving the company in Oct. 2013. Those projects include:
And now hopefully with your help, Call of Cthulhu: The Writhing Dark.
Risks and challenges
As with every project, there is always the possibility of fire, death, or the frailties of the human condition interfering with manufacturing and shipping schedules. The purpose of this project remains firmly focused on bringing the product to our backers and maintain the trust that you place in us as supporters.
With only my wife and myself, if something happens to either of us, that will run the risk of impacting the project. So arrangements will be made to the best of our ability to plan for that eventuality with supporters, friends, and family.
Having been a part of a few successful Kickstarters previously, I have seen the inner workings of what it takes to make one successful. That said, this is my first solo attempt and accidents can happen. I can show that I demonstrably deliver where my direct work is concerned, however unforeseen events can and do sometimes affect the work of others tied to the project.
I am using the same vendors I have worked with previously. This gives me an excellent idea about their costs and turnaround time so that I have been able to plan accordingly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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