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The Vortex deck of playing cards is inspired by a mix of science fiction, innovation and unbridled creativity. Will you be sucked in?

Keeping you guys in-the-know is a priority. If you have any questions, check out the FAQ at the bottom as well. 

Be sure to "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay updated with all information we throw out there. We love keeping our supporters in the loop every step of the way. You can also check out our discussion forums to chat about anything, and the official Vortex discussion thread for even further info!

FUNDING THE VORTEX DECK

When I began designing Vortex, I had a simple goal in mind: Innovate. I was sick of seeing cards being made with the same old designs. I think everyone was sick of them. Skulls, no color, standard faces, boring backs - I had to ask myself if I could stop that trend.

Now that the cards are finally taking shape, all I can say is that they're everything I personally wanted them to be.

And I think you guys will like them too.

Over the course of this Kickstarter, you guys will be kept in-the-know on every design update beyond what is already posted down below. The deck is already completed and ready for printing, all we are waiting on is your pledge!

VORTEX PLAYING CARDS FEATURE LIST:

  • Printed by the famous United States Playing Card Company
  • Utilizes Premium Aristocrat stock
  • Enhanced performance with the brand new Magic Finish
  • Custom backs
  • SymmetryPip™ layout
  • Custom pip designs
  • Custom court cards
  • Custom tuck box w/one-of-a-kind seal sticker
  • Tuck box tells the hidden story of the deck
  • Only 5,000 decks exist
  • Hidden optical illusion reveals and messages throughout the deck
  • Thinner borders for luxurious fans
  • Subtle one-way back design for magicians
  • Science fiction themed
  • Custom Jokers with built-in reveal
  • Unique gaff card with multiple uses
  • Secret bonus card that can only be seen by opening a deck
  • Custom colored cellophane tear-away strip

Our Pledge/Reward Philosophy

We spent countless hours going over our rewards to make sure there is something in there for everybody. One thing we pride ourselves in is the free domestic shipping, and discounted flat-rate international shipping. Yeah, it's $9 a deck (the production costs are insane on this one) but we are paying out of pocket to ship these to you. Think about it, other people charge you to get you their products. That's nonesense. You guys are the people that help us make our dreams a reality, the least we could do is throw in free shipping and some other entitlements. The best part? We ship and pack professionally, ensuring your decks will reach you quickly and unharmed.

On top of that, we offer bulk discounts for those that go through cards/resell them in a frenzy.

And on top of that, the retail price for these decks when they launch will be $11, and these will never be sold by us outside of Kickstarter. That means when they're gone, they're gone. This provides you guys with a unique opportunity to grab these hassle free right now with a metric ton of discounts.

Heck, we even threw in an option to get the cards up to two weeks before anyone else can (very useful if you do YouTube reviews). 

If that wasn't enough to tide you over, we spent days creating a unique art piece that is framed and sent to those of you that order it here. There are only 25 of them, and along with the 100 uncut sheets, we vow to never sell them or even hand them out as promotional items outside of Kickstarter. 

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Financial Goals

For every benchmark we cross financially, we will put 100% of the funds back into the Vortex deck & AetherCards. Check it out:

  • Reaching $20,000 - We print the Vortex deck and break even on our project GOAL COMPLETED!
  • Reaching $22,000 - We develop a professional, sleek website with amazing, never-before-seen features GOAL COMPLETED!
  • Reaching $28,000 - All backers receive a promotional code to use on our next Kickstarter deck!
  • Reaching $32,000 - We use metallic blue inks on the seals, boxes, & cards
  • Reaching $35,000 - We print the deck with an upgraded stock that is more durable and designed to last longer.
  • Reaching $36,000-Depending on how much is pledged, backers will receive free Vortex decks with their purchases.

One last thing...

You guys will be the difference between success and failure. Don't let your pledge and interest go to waste. Share this project with your friends, post it on your Facebooks, Twitters, YouTubes and other websites and forums. Together, we can make this happen.

Thank you for pledging. If you have any questions, please read the F.A.Q. below.

Pictured below is a preview of the art piece that some bundles include.  The size of the piece is subject to change. It is large enough to hang on a wall.

Keep in mind what you see below is only a portion of the art piece.

FAQ

  • This is a standard, 52+2 Jokers poker-sized deck. Included as a bonus are TWO cards, one of which is a gaff, the other is something we are keeping a secret until launch date. Total cards: 56

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  • This is something we're excited about. We modified the layout of the pips on the Vortex deck to create more vertical and horizontal symmetry in the cards. The result is pretty cool. It is a subtle yet enhancing feature.

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  • The tuck case took hours upon hours of work, resulting in something that has never before been done on a deck of cards. The back of the case works hand in hand with the seal sticker and the inner flap of the cards, ensuring that the first time you open this deck you'll be wowed.

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  • If you are planning on pledging at least $500, please contact us (aethercards@gmail.com) to arrange for a custom bundle order. We can only work within unsold quantities, so the sooner you contact us the better.

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  • Unfortunately, there is no other way. We need every last dollar we can get funded to us through Kickstarter because if we don't reach our financial goals, you can kiss these cards goodbye. That being said, if we exceed our goals here by enough, you can look forward to buying our next deck without the use of Kickstarter and a proper pre-order sale.

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  • International shipping is insane, and we feel for you guys having to pay all that extra cash for your cards. We decided to do heavily discounted international shipping. When you find the bundle/reward that you want, simply add an additional $8 to your pledge and you will get your product shipped. This is a flat rate that stays unchanged no matter where in the world you live.

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  • Anyone living outside of the continental U.S. should opt for international shipping.

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  • Everything fails. Yeah, sounds grim. This is an all-or-nothing funding so if we don't meet our goals, we don't print a single deck. So if you're pledging, get the word out by telling family and friends and other people on the web about us. Getting the Vortex out there is 100% a team effort, and we cannot do it without you guys.

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  • Due to limited stock, refunds/returns are not allowed. However, if decks are defected, we will offer free replacements so long as stock is available. To reduce fraudulent returns, persons requesting replacements will have to pay a shipping fee for the new products. The fees are listed below:

    International:
    $5 base fee, +$2 per deck, +$15 per uncut sheet

    Domestic:
    $4 base fee, +$1 per deck, +$10 per uncut sheet

    Any returns/replacements/etc. are 100% at our discretion. Photographic evidence may be requested. You will not have to ship the original products back under any circumstance.

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  • No replacements will be sent prior to October 2012 for missing packages, as it is likely that the package is being held up at customs. If you are domestic, or you are 100% sure your package should have arrived by now, contact us ASAP.

    Buyers can request replacements in two different ways in the case of missing packages:
    - Pay the reshipping fees (listed above in the return/refund policy) (while supplies last)

    - Wait for the missing package to arrive back at the return address, and have it shipped back free w/upgraded shipping for faster delivery.

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  • As of now you can only choose one reward, but you can pledge multiple times to get more than one reward. This is through no fault of our own, and is simply the way Kickstarter works. You can always increase your pledge to pick a higher-tier reward.

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  • Your decks will be put on hold when we are ready to ship them. We will not ship out international packages prior to receiving the discounted shipping fee. However, feel free to contact us anytime to sort out any problems you think you may have with your package.

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  • No. Once an award is out of stock, it's gone forever. This isn't because we are evil villains who like making people angry or sad, but it's because we actually do have a limited supply. We are selling about 4,500 of these through Kickstarter.

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  • E-mail us at aethercards@gmail.com! We are always listening and we have someone monitoring our e-mail 24/7.

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  • We are releasing a huge portion of our supply through Kickstarter so that everyone who wants a deck can get a deck. We prioritize our supporters, so we have made it easiest for them to grab some cards. If you wait until after Kickstarter, not only would your support be the possible difference of this project succeeding or not, but you would be risking not getting this deck since we are only reserving <500 decks to launch after Kickstarter ends and will never be selling these cards on our website.

    Besides, why in the world would you skip out on these awesome awards?

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