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Hurlyburly GamesBy Hurlyburly Games
First created
Hurlyburly GamesBy Hurlyburly Games
First created
$3,811
pledged of $9,100pledged of $9,100 goal
92
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, October 28 2013 7:01 AM UTC +00:00

About

Post-Campaign Note: If you would like to see Demograffik™ Playing Cards re-launched (or give any other feedback) send us a message at info@hurlyburlygames.com. Thanks to all our supporters! Sorry we didn’t make it first time around!

Face-in-the-Crowd Funding...

Our passions for art and travel and people came together naturally when we had the idea to try and express the "standard" deck of Bicycle® playing cards in multi-cultural terms. It had occurred to us that the current rather homogeneous deck of "royal" faces didn't exactly reflect the world we lived in. (Not that it ever did, or was ever meant to!) But we decided that we wanted to create a deck that did! With 12 face cards only a small cross section of humanity could be represented, so we attempted to be as eclectic as possible. We chose a broad range of demographics, from perhaps the smallest demographic in the world (an "uncontacted" Amazon tribe), to one of the largest (the Chinese). And since the playing card originated in China as early as the 9th century, we thought it appropriate to depict someone in historic context in that unique case. Germany contributed three suits to the French deck whose "English" or "Anglo American" style is the standard poker deck, so we felt they warranted inclusion. And India, besides being a huge demographic, has a rich playing card history. We chose to represent North Africa partly for it's historic role in the spread of playing cards to Europe and partly because of Egypt's storied contribution to civilization. Similarly, Ethiopia was selected for the deck because of it's contribution to human origins. And we selected an indigenous people for inclusion in each suit for the same reason. We also indulged in some very personal choices. Troy's wife is of Circassian descent and is depicted as our Eastern European Queen of Clubs. Two of Paul's close friends round out the (European) Clubs suit. And Paul's brother-in-law is half Makah, so that indigenous group was included in the (Americas) Spades suit. Ultimately, there's a few reasons for all our choices. And although it would be impossible to select 12 faces that would say "diversity" to everyone, we feel that everyone should be able to see themselves in the deck. Even if it is only as a fellow human being who shares this planet; a fellow "face in the crowd". The Demograffik™ Playing Cards Kickstarter project will only succeed with your participation and support. Please join us and become a face in our crowd!

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Joker Illustration "Time-lapse"

We wanted the Jokers to represent all of humanity. With our respective masks, and without... [Click to view higher resolution]
We wanted the Jokers to represent all of humanity. With our respective masks, and without... [Click to view higher resolution]
         

The Face Cards

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The aces represent a "cycle of life" and a season: from bud (spring), to flower (summer), to leaf (fall), to seed (winter). [Click to view higher resolution]
The aces represent a "cycle of life" and a season: from bud (spring), to flower (summer), to leaf (fall), to seed (winter). [Click to view higher resolution]
The "sunflower" card back is made up of the suit symbols if you look close enough. And it contains both celestial and terrestrial elements. [Click to view higher resolution]
The "sunflower" card back is made up of the suit symbols if you look close enough. And it contains both celestial and terrestrial elements. [Click to view higher resolution]
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Giclée Poster Print Samples

The exclusive Kickstarter limited edition 18"x24" giclée posters will be signed and numbered. [Click to view higher resolution]
The exclusive Kickstarter limited edition 18"x24" giclée posters will be signed and numbered. [Click to view higher resolution]

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Add Your Voice...

The Demograffik™ Playing Cards project is "organic" and evolving. We are hoping to hear from you! Because of that, what you see may not be the final version. It is always subject to improvement! 

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If Our Campaign Succeeds...

The poker size cards will be printed by the United States Playing Card Company (USPC) on Bicycle® grade paper and will feature the USPC's "air cushion" embossed finish. They will come in a cello wrapped Bicycle® branded tuck box.

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Risks and challenges

First of all, we believe that in choosing to work with the United States Playing Card Company we've drastically reduced the risks and challenges involved in producing a custom deck of playing cards. It's their business and they've been doing it for more than 125 years. So from a production point of view, you can rest assured that we are partnered with the best. Furthermore, we've extensively studied other Kickstarter custom playing card projects and have accumulated a wealth of knowledge in order to anticipate and deal with the risks and challenges associated with this kind of project. We're hoping for very few surprises, but feel confident that we can achieve a satisfying and positive resolution with any "bumps in the road" that may appear. Most importantly however, we've been working on the Demograffik™ Playing Cards project for a few months now and we made a conscious decision to have three quarters of the art completed before launching our campaign for the explicit reason of minimizing the risks and challenges to fulfillment. If you decide to pledge your hard earned dollars to become a part of our endeavour and we reach our financial goal, it is our pledge to you that we will fulfill our end of the agreement. We've worked hard, and we will continue to work hard, to be able to say that.

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    Kickstarter Exclusive! – An 18"x24" (46cm x 61cm) giclée poster print (signed and numbered) of any card (or the card back) – You'll indicate your choice(s) in a survey at the conclusion of the campaign if we succeed –– US shipping included – International backers please add $15 for shipping ––– Note that a giclée poster can be added to any pledge tier by adding $30 to it –– In this case international backers please also add $10 for shipping

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    An uncut card sheet of Demograffik™ Playing Cards –– US shipping included – International backers please add $20 for shipping ––– Note that an uncut card sheet can be added to any pledge tier by adding $45 to it –– In this case international backers please also add $15 for shipping

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    5 to 10 decks of Bicycle® branded Demograffik™ Playing Cards; Pledge $66 for 6 decks, $77 for 7, $88 for 8, $99 for 9 or $110 for 10 –– US shipping included – International backers please add $20 for shipping

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Funding period

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