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Custom beetle-themed playing cards with a unique animation effect. 2 deck styles. ♠♦♣♥ FREE shipping!
Custom beetle-themed playing cards with a unique animation effect. 2 deck styles. ♠♦♣♥ FREE shipping!
312 backers pledged $9,766 to help bring this project to life.

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Beetle Royale Poker Playing Cards

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Beetle Royale is a set of 2 decks of unique playing cards, a Light Deck and a Dark Deck. 

Highlights

  • 54 Individually hand-painted cards
  • Unique running beetle animation when shuffling
  • poker size playing cards (63mm x 88mm, 2.5" x 3.5") 
  • Printed by the Legends Playing Card Company (LPCC)
  • Diamond Finish stock for greatest durability, longevity and handling
  • 2 Deck Variants
  • Silver and Orange foil accents on the Tuck boxes!
  • Interior tuck box print

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Card Back

Both decks have the same back. This makes it easy to put both Light and Dark decks into a single game, while the front artwork still allows the decks to be split back out easily. The artwork on the back features an animation effect unlike any other deck in your collection. 

This animation is done without marking the backs. Every card back is the same with a single orientation. The animation can easily be achieved by simple splitting the deck, rotating one pile and shuffling:

each corner beetle is flipped, so rotating half the cards in a shuffle will create the animation
each corner beetle is flipped, so rotating half the cards in a shuffle will create the animation
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The deck shown in the video was created by MPC (not LPCC). Final deck will be slightly different--but in a good way :)

The Cards - Light Deck

A sample hand: Light Deck
A sample hand: Light Deck

The Cards - Dark Deck

A sample spread: Dark Deck
A sample spread: Dark Deck
 

Tuck Boxes

I don't have proofs yet that include the silver and orange metallic foil for these designs, but here's the basic design concept:

Tuck Box Foil Accents

I really like the gold-like orange foil that Legends used on their Day of the Dead deck, so I'm choosing that color for the Light Deck. The Dark deck will have a silver foil accent. These are the accent parts, so imagine these parts of the artwork on the tuck boxes in the silver and metallic orange.

Interior Box Printing

Both decks will get this interior print:

Jokers

Dark Variant
Dark Variant
Light Deck Variant
Light Deck Variant

Hearts - Light Version

Hearts: Light Version
Hearts: Light Version

Hearts - Dark Version

Spades - Light Version

Spades: Light Version
Spades: Light Version

Spades - Dark Version

Clubs - Light Version

Clubs: Light Version
Clubs: Light Version

Clubs - Dark Version

Diamonds - Light Version

Diamonds: Light Version
Diamonds: Light Version

Diamonds - Dark Version

Production

This deck of playing cards will be printed by the Legends Playing Card Company, run by the talented Lawrence Sullivan. After researching countless suppliers, it became clear that LPCC is the right choice. LPCC produces the highest class of playing cards due to their attention to detail with exceptional durability, ultra-precise printing registration, and the ‘glass like’ edges of their signature ‘Diamond Cut’ process. I am sparing no expense to make this an exciting deck for both players and collectors.

Above: Two new decks, Bicycle (left), Legends (right). Above: Two new decks, Bicycle (left), Legends (right).
Above: Two new decks, Bicycle (left), Legends (right). Above: Two new decks, Bicycle (left), Legends (right).

Learn more about LPCC's commitment to playing cards and their quality on the LPCC Site.

Please note that the cover image and all other photos of real cards shown in the video and on this page are not done by LPCC. I made a bunch of prototypes using MakePlayingCards.com, which I highly recommend for ordering single decks (and they produce some great cards too)--but the final decks will be a bit different than what you see in the samples on this page.

Add-Ons!

Backers in the USA can add $10 to any reward tier to get:

► 8 Die Cut Stickers (one of each design)

► 3 Beetle Greeting Cards (one of each design)

Note: The $44 tier will also get 8 stickers instead of 3, but I can't change the wording on the rewards after launch.

photo by Lena Eivy (lenaeivy.com)
photo by Lena Eivy (lenaeivy.com)

Die Cut Stickers!

I've got die cut stickers available from StickerMule! Since I'm ordering these in bulk, I can include them inexpensively for backers in the US. Outside the US, you'll have to order from StickerMule, but their rates are great and all profits will go toward this project funding!

Hand Drawn Stickers!

There's a limited reward tier ($44) that will allow you to get one of these hand-drawn, ink sticker sheets. You'll also get 4 decks, 3 die cut stickers and a greeting card so get that while you can! 

The sticker sheet will be randomly chosen from my stack:

Coloring Book

I'm having a coloring book made by Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/adameivy

I'm still trying to figure out if I can order these in bulk. Add-on status TBD--but you can order them right now from lulu for $8/each and all profits I collect from those sales will go toward this project funding!

Use this code on Lulu to get free shipping (until August 24th): FGA815

The Coloring Book
The Coloring Book
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I have submitted a new version of the coloring book to make the art more distant from the center fold of the paper. That version is up on the lulu store.

Greeting Cards

I'll also be including Greeting Cards, printed locally in Seattle by TCC Printing.

The Making Of

It was a long time in the making and I learned a ton. I created a lot of print concepts along the way.

More information on the process can be found on the Procreate forums: http://procreate.si/forums/index.php?topic=6930.0

Stretch Goals - TBD

TBD. I decided that the decks absolutely must have the interior print and foil finish regardless of how much we overfund. Extra goals could include more stickers, more greeting cards, postcards, who knows!

Social Following

Help spread the word by following and sharing this project:

Instagram: @atomantic

Facebook: @Beetle Royale

Special Thanks

The video was produced by RoqFilms (Quoc is awesome)

The background music in the video came from the talented Josh Woodward:  http://www.joshwoodward.com/

Thanks to all the members of the Seattle Sketch Pistols Drink and Draw who gave me feedback and watched this thing progress.

And I couldn't have done this project over the last 18 months without my supportive and talented wife, Lena Eivy, who did the cover photo, pictures of me in my process as well as various product shots, and my loving daughter Ilya who inspired me to draw again. I <3 you two.

Risks and challenges

Just as I have spent the last 18 months designing this deck and ordering proofs to validate assumptions, I've also spent many months researching Kickstarter, shipping/fulfillment and ensuring that I have everything lined up before starting this campaign.

There are always risks involved in a project, but I am confident this one will be out by the holiday season of 2015.

I am using the highly reputable Legends Playing Card Company both for printing and fulfillment. All decks will be shipped by Legends Playing Card Company. They are already sitting on the finished artwork and ready to print and fulfill the orders when the project completes.

Because I am using the highest quality printing materials offered, it will take LPCC 3 months to complete the production.

Of course delays can happen. It's possible that quality control will call for a reprint of the order or parts of the order. Shipment will be coming from the Legends Playing Card Company fulfillment center in Hong Kong, so delays could form there. I will be doing whatever I can to ensure these orders are fulfilled accurately, timely and with the highest care for the quality of the product.

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    Stickers and Greeting Cards! U.S. Backers can get this added to any reward tier by adding $10 to their donation--so scroll down for decks of cards!

    ► 3 Die Cut Stickers (one of each: Joker, 5 of Diamonds, and 7 of Hearts)
    ► 2 Dark Joker Beetle Greeting Cards

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    1 deck of Beetle Royale Poker Playing Cards. Choose light or dark design. The shipping expense is crazy on one deck. Support two decks at the next level to save big!

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    2 decks of Beetle Royale Poker Playing Cards! One light deck and One dark deck!

    ► 1 Beetle Royale Light Deck
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    4 decks of Beetle Royale Playing Cards.
    Note: US backers can add $10 to get 3 die cut stickers and 2 greeting cards.

    ► 2 Beetle Royale Light Decks
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    4 decks of Beetle Royale Playing Cards, 3 die cut stickers, 1 greeting card, plus a unique bonus only available to the first 50 U.S. backers: a hand-drawn sheet of beetle sticker labels, pulled from random from my stack, signed by me!

    ► 2 Beetle Royale Light Decks
    ► 2 Beetle Royale Dark Decks
    ► 3 Die Cut Stickers (one of each: Joker, 5 of Diamonds, and 7 of Hearts)
    ► 1 Dark Joker Beetle Greeting Card
    ► 1 sheet of hand-drawn, signed beetle stickers!

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    1 MIXED HALF-BRICK
    ► 3 Beetle Royale Light Decks
    ► 3 Beetle Royale Dark Decks

    That's $8.33 per deck!

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    1 MIXED WHOLE-BRICK
    ► 6 Beetle Royale Light Decks
    ► 6 Beetle Royale Dark Decks

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    2 WHOLE BRICKS of Beetle Royale Playing Cards
    ► 12 Beetle Royale Light Decks
    ► 12 Beetle Royale Dark Decks

    That's $7/deck. This amount is so low, it will literally just cover the cost of production and shipping with ~$.84 left as donation to the project funding. Perfect for retailers!

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Funding period

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