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The 4 kings in a deck of cards are 4 famous kings from history. My deck has 4 famous game designers as the kings. Other cards are ads.

I'm sorry -- I don't have a video or a video camera. But I have done this project four times already - 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. You can see examples of the cards on my webpage at www.flyingbuffalo.com/pokerdeck.htm - plus you can see how the included free links from my webpage work.

The famous game designers honored in the past include Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson, Jim Dunnigan, Redmond Simonsen, Lou Zocchi, Duke Seifried, Tom Shaw, John Hill, Marc Miller, Rich Banner, Frank Chadwick, Loren Wiseman, Don Greenwood, Sid Sackson, Greg Stafford, and Steve Jackson. 

In addition to the advertisement, and the decks, and the link to your website, any advertiser who has a booth at the Origins or Gencon game conventions may participate in the "Poker Game Promotional Event". You'll get your booth number mentioned in an ad in the program book, and hundreds of attendees will be directed to visit your booth and ask for a card. 

I have done this myself in the past, but I decided to try using Kickstarter this year, in order to get more publicity for the project, and for the deserving game designers. If you are a gamer, you probably know several of them. But I'm betting you don't know ALL 16 of them, unless you are yourself an industry insider. The table-top gaming industry would not be the same without all of these pioneers, and if you consider yourself a gamer, you should know who they are! Why not take advantage of the $30 "get all ten decks" option, and read about each of them on his card? 

If you wish to be an advertiser, and you want a specific card, email me and I'll let you know if that one is still available. (All the aces are already spoken for!)

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  • On a regular deck of cards, the four kings represent four famous kings from history. I thought it would be nice to create a deck that honors four famous game designers. The rest of the cards are advertisements from various game companies, game stores, and game conventions. You can (a) buy the current deck and/or the past ones or (b) put your advertisement on one of the cards.

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    The decks will come with two different colors on the back. $10 will get you two decks, one of each color, mailed to you anywhere in the USA.

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    Also two decks (one of each color) mailed to you via Priority Mail, anywhere in the world.

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    There are four previous years when we did this, each with four different game designers as the kings. Including the two this year, for $30 you get ALL TEN decks, mailed to you anywhere in the USA.

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    Fifty decks of this years's cards, shipped anywhere in the USA. A great give-away at a game convention, or for a gamer's wedding!

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    You get your full-color ad on one card, on at least 6000 decks (the minimum I will print). You can advertise your game store, your game company, your game convention (or even your travel agency if you like). I will need your artwork by March 31, so we can get the cards printed in time for the Origins game convention. In addition to getting your ad printed in 6000 decks, you get 50 decks for your own use (to sell or give away). Price also includes a permanent link from our website to yours, if desired.

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    If you play role-playing games, and would like to immortalize your favorite character on a card, we will have artist Steve Crompton create a likeness of your character from your description, and print it on one of the cards. Plus you get 100 decks to sell or give to your friends.

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    As I write this, the four kings for 2012 have not yet been selected. For $1000 you get your ad on FOUR cards, and YOU get to pick one of the four kings. (I reserve the right to reject anyone not considered "famous enough"! You may select any game designer, artist, sculptor, etc but only with his or her permission.) Plus you get 500 decks to sell or give away.

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