Welcome to a dark medieval realm ruled by the mighty Varg; orc-like beings fueled by glorious combat, powerful magics, and endless greed. This deck of playing cards features beautiful and detailed illustrations of several mighty figures that rule these vicious lands.
My name is Blake Davis, and I am the artist behind the Varg Clans. For the past several years, I have been a student and commercial designer by day, and a fantasy illustrator and live-streamer by night, and have been creating this dark medieval universe I call Omenshard. Varg Clans is my first major personal project, one that has pushed my artistic abilities to new heights, and has become a product that I will treasure forever - and I hope you will, too!
The Varg Clans: Illustrated Playing Cards is more than just an art deck. Each Royal character has a backstory. Some clans desire peace, and others hunger for war. Some long for love, and others seethe with hatred. Some lust after power, and others just want to survive. They all have one thing in common -- they are all preparing for war...
The frozen northlands are far from forgiving, but the Ottalaus are equally ruthless. Their resourcefulness, forged through extreme hardship, has shaped them into a powerful clan capable of surviving the harshest of conditions. Believing themselves to be the mightiest of all Varg, the King seeks to overthrow his rivals and conquer the clans. The Queen, ordained oracle of the Ottalaus, assures the King that they are destined for victory--but the Jack knows what the Queen has done to devise such promises...
While Jack polices the slurred jovial songs and angry drunken brawls filling the mead-soaked halls of Clan Skertur, the King sits all too comfortably on his throne. Having conquered the neighboring families and unified his island under his iron fist, the King now grows bored, picking fights and searching for something behind every mug of ale. The Queen believes the King's reign is at an end -- "a beast approaches," she prophesies.
Living by codes of honor and loyalty, the beastmasters of Dyrid seek nothing but peace and unity between all -- the Varg, the creatures of the wild, and the earth herself -- and will do all they can to preserve and defend those bonds. The King grows old, knowing the end of his reign approaches. Animals return to the Queen with news, and rumor of war from distant clans that troubles their souls. If war truly is on the horizon, the Jack knows that he will have to prove himself if he is to take up the mantle of chieftain.
Masters of diplomacy and trade, the Utlegdt have built for themselves a prosperous and thriving society. Brave and daring, they seek for glory in all things -- wealth and commerce, politics and power, combat and courage. But, murmurings of war have reached the ears of the Utlegdt clan as well. The King entrenches himself in the war-room scrutinizing reports and studying reconnaissance from Jack, his most trusted Captain. While they tend to the stresses of impending battle, the Queen mends the hearts of her people, rallying them to stand tall and stand together for the might of the Utlegdt.
More backstories for each clan, character, and even the world they live in, can be found at www.omenshard.com, and will continue to be revealed via video and written post as this campaign progresses!
Printed by the QP Group on casino-quality card stock, Varg Clans is a fully illustrated 54-card poker deck, featuring characters from the dark fantasy world of Omenshard. Each character was carefully drawn with intense care and obsessive detail, making each card a distinct work of art. Each piece was also created live on Twitch -- the characters came to life right before the audience's eyes!
Custom pips, a unique card back, and intricately designed characters add to the gritty and intriguing flavor of the Varg Clans playing card deck.
Want to help make this deck a reality? Click "back this project" on the right, and select a reward tier.
If you'd like to purchase add-ons, just select a single reward tier for your base pledge, then click "Manage My Pledge" and increase the dollar amount of your pledge to cover the additional items (see the add-on menu below). When the campaign ends, you'll be sent an email survey to collect information about the add-ons you're purchasing.
The Unique Joker Card art and the Royal art will be made live on Twitch every weekday! Please take note of the estimated delivery dates on the pledge tiers to the right. Custom cards are created on a first-come, first-serve basis, and may take some time to complete. The list of commissioned cards will be made public so that you'll know when yours is coming up!
$10,000 - Custom Seals for All Decks
A seal is the sticker that keeps a new deck "fresh." Typically, the seal is a plain, simple sticker with a manufacturer's Spade on it, and really isn't anything special. If we can muster the strength and hit $10,000, the Varg Clans: Illustrated Playing Cards deck will get a custom-printed seal. The seal will be included with every deck at no additional cost.
$20,000 - Custom Premium Deck Box Add-ons
For the collector looking to take extra-care of their decks, or who wish to show off their Varg Clans playing cards with a little extra drama, there are some beautiful rigid deck boxes available for Single or Double-Decks, and Half-Brick or Full-Brick Boxes. If we can reach the $20,000 mark, Custom Deck Boxes will be created and made available as add-ons!
$30,000 - Varg Clans: Lore and Art Book!
If this goal is reached, a new Varg Clans art and lore book will be made available as an add-on purchase! This book will be filled with stories of the Varg people, their origins, history, individual character biographies, and art to fill each page!
Risks and challenges
The Varg Clans Illustrated Playing Cards have been a long-time work in progress. To ensure the best quality possible, I wanted to have all of the art and design completely finished, and have made a few test decks as well, before launching this project. If I wasn't confident in the quality of this project, I wouldn't be launching.
The only hurdle now is getting this deck printed and on your doorstep. I have done a great deal of planning, researching, preparing, and lots and lots of math to make sure everything goes smoothly. Of course, there is always the possibility of mishap or unexpected setbacks. If anything troublesome does happen, I will communicate it all as clearly as possible, and do my best to resolve any issues. I'll be trusting in the printing and shipping experts of the QP Group, and have the support and guidance of excellent friends and colleagues who have successfully funded and fulfilled their own Kickstarter projects. I'll also be live on Twitch every weekday throughout the course of the project, so feel free to stop by with any questions at www.twitch.tv/artofblakeLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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