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CHESS: The Game of the Kings, fully depicted in a 100% Custom deck of Playing Cards - 15 days campaign
CHESS: The Game of the Kings, fully depicted in a 100% Custom deck of Playing Cards - 15 days campaign
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King's Game Playing Cards

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Chess, a two-player strategy board game, originated in the Far east before the 6th century AD and was brought to Southern Europe by the 10th century. Popularized throughout Europe during the middle ages, chess soon established itself as the most widespread game around the world.

Chess has been widely known as the game of the Kings for centuries as it was a game enjoyed mostly and mainly by the royalty and nobility, reaching a new level when it was used to teach war strategy among the nobility during the Middle ages. That's how it came to be dubbed as the King's game

King's Game playing cards is a custom poker size deck that pays tribute to the timeless game of chess: its figures, its moves and its players (the Kings). With a medieval inspiration, this deck focuses on the figures that are represented by each chess piece: king, queen, bishop, knight, rook and pawn.

Black Deck

 

 White deck

 

 *Note: These are rendered concepts and they may be subject to minor changes

 

The card faces, back and tuck are all heavily charged with symbolism in order to create a true tribute to the game of chess.  

The tuck, which comes in white or black, depicts two Kings playing a game of chess (one on the front and one on the back), creating this way a literal representation of the name of the deck.

King's Game Black Deck
King's Game Black Deck

 

King's Game White Deck
King's Game White Deck

 

The different chess pieces are distributed among the court cards following a simple yet thought-out pattern. Though chess has produced many variations throughout the centuries, the most popular and widely known one is the two-player game, where each player starts with a set of 16 black or white pieces that represent 6 different classes or figures:   

  • One King
  • One Queen
  • Two Bishops
  • Two Knights
  • Two Rooks
  • Eight Pawns  

Taking into account that playing cards traditionally have 4 suits, I decided to join them by colors in order to represent both sides of a chess game: Black pieces are represented by Spades and Clubs, while the White pieces are represented by Hearts and Diamonds. Inside the Black and White houses, Spades and Hearts represent the royalty and clergy of a chess game while Clubs and Diamonds represent the military force and assets, which was traditionally formed by the middle and lower classes. This way, while bringing a new twist to the court cards distribution, I intend to stay true to the traditional meaning behind each suit, where Spades were believed to represent nobility, Hearts the clergy, Diamonds the merchants and Clubs the commoners and the peasantry. With all this in mind, the chess pieces are represented as follows:

Something I didn’t want to leave out was the number of pieces played in a game, and here’s where the unconventional one and two-way cards come into play: Since there are only one King and Queen played by each player, the four court cards that represent them are one-way, while the Bishop, Knight and Rook each are two-way since each player has two pieces per figure. The pawns, being the most numerous piece (8 per player), are represented as a two-way card depicting 8 figures in total.

King

Black King as the King of Spades (Black deck on left & White deck on right)
Black King as the King of Spades (Black deck on left & White deck on right)

As the backbone of his kingdom, the cautious and wise King silently keeps watch over his people, giving them courage and a cause to fight for and achieve victory

Queen

Black Queen as the Queen of Spades (Black deck on left & White deck on right)
Black Queen as the Queen of Spades (Black deck on left & White deck on right)

Loyal to her King and his cause, the fearless Queen doesn't hesitate to exert her power and influence to achieve her goals, always ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good

Bishops

Black Bishops as the Jack of Spades (Black deck on left & White deck on right)
Black Bishops as the Jack of Spades (Black deck on left & White deck on right)

 

White Bishops as the Jack of Hearts (Black deck on left & White deck on right)
White Bishops as the Jack of Hearts (Black deck on left & White deck on right)

Close adviser to the king, the bishop makes sure to always be in the right place at the right time in order to work his influence and help the cause by toppling his unsuspecting adversaries

Pawns

White Pawns as the Queen of Diamonds (Black deck on left & White deck on right)
White Pawns as the Queen of Diamonds (Black deck on left & White deck on right)

Moving one step at a time, slowly but surely, the pawn fearlessly sacrifices itself for the greater good by protecting and helping its betters, all the while straining to climb the ladder by reaching the end of its dangerous road

Knights

Black Knights as the Jack of Clubs (Black deck on left & White deck on right)
Black Knights as the Jack of Clubs (Black deck on left & White deck on right)

 

White Knights as the Jack of Diamonds (Black deck on left & White deck on right)
White Knights as the Jack of Diamonds (Black deck on left & White deck on right)

Knowing no bounds, the brave knight leaps through all adversities, striving to ensure victory by covering the unprotected grounds while leading the charge along with its fearless soldiers

Aces

Ace of Spades (Black deck on left & White deck on right)
Ace of Spades (Black deck on left & White deck on right)

 

Ace of Clubs (Black deck on left & White deck on right)
Ace of Clubs (Black deck on left & White deck on right)

 

Ace of Hearts (Black deck on left & White deck on right)
Ace of Hearts (Black deck on left & White deck on right)

 

Ace of Diamonds (Black deck on left & White deck on right)
Ace of Diamonds (Black deck on left & White deck on right)

Numbers

Number cards (Black deck)
Number cards (Black deck)

 

Number cards (White deck)
Number cards (White deck)

The pips and number cards have a simple design in order to make the cards playable.

 

Black deck

  • Classic finish 
  • Cards on white background
  • Gold and black foil on tucks 
  • Limited print run, never to be reprinted again 
  • Printed by EPCC
White deck

  • Classic finish 
  • Cards on black background 
  • Silver foil on card backs 
  • Copper and silver foil on tucks 
  • Print run of 500 decks, never to be reprinted again 
  • Numbered seal 
  • Printed by EPCC

 

 Prototypes

Limited to 10 units, prototype decks will be printed by MPC for some testing purpose. The prototype deck will be signed and it will include a printed tuck box without foiling, 54 cards + 1 extra index card. This item will be delivered separately from Spain.

 

All you have to do is increase your pledge by the price of the add on. Once you've done so, make sure to notify us by private message.

 

Regal Game

Limited editions featuring the Black and White King's game decks both separately and as a set.

 

The Black Regal game

Features:

  • A custom handmade black woven leather tuck with two embossed copper coats of arms (front and back) 
  • The 54 standard black cards with silver gilded edges 
  • A signed and numbered "limited edition" certificate sleeve, handpainted 
  • Limited to 40 units

*Note: This is a rendered concept and it may be subject to minor changes

The White Regal game

Features:

  • A custom handmade white woven leather tuck with two embossed brass coats of arms (front and back) 
  • The 54 standard white cards with gold gilded edges 
  • A signed and numbered "limited edition" certificate sleeve, handpainted 
  • Limited to 40 units

*Note: This is a rendered concept and it may be subject to minor changes

King's Set

King's set is the final addition to the King's game collection in the form of a chess set:

Unfolded board
Unfolded board

 

Unfolded board inner view
Unfolded board inner view

 

Folded board
Folded board

Features:

  • Custom carved wooden folding chess board. The approximate size of the unfolded board (not the box) is 24 x 24 cm (9.45" x 9.45") 
  • Custom resin chess pieces. Small size, where the pawn is approximately 3'6cm ( 1,42"), and the king is 7cm (2,75"). Styled after the artwork on the King's Game tucks. 32 pieces in total, 16 red and 16 black, with one King, one Queen, two Bishops, two Knights, two Rooks and eight pawns per color. 
  • Numbered 
  • 1 White King's Game deck + 1 Black King's Game deck, signed 
  • Signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity 
  • Limited to 10 units

*Note: This is a rendered concept and it may be subject to minor changes

Except for the cards, everything else will be handmade in Spain so these limited editions will be shipped separately from your main pledge 1-2 months later.

TO ADD LIMITED ITEMS TO YOUR PLEDGE: All you have to do is increase your pledge by the price of the add on. Once you've done so, make sure to notify us by private message of your reserve. This is important since they are LIMITED items.

 

All backers of the King's Game Playing Cards will receive a free Coloring & Art eBook (in PDF format) that will have a brief introduction and explanation to all court cards and the story behind the whole composition.

 

 

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Risks and challenges

King's Game Playing Cards will be printed by Expert Playing Card Company. All the artwork will be submitted once the campaign is over and if there are no complications, all backers should receive the decks and add ons on time. However there can always be unforseen situations and delays, either during artwork polishing, printing or delivery process. Taking that into account and based on the previous experiences, we've left a generous amount of time to ensure the production and delivery of all items without delay.

Note: the renderings show the best true colors intended, but slight variances between the RGB (computer pictures) and CYMK (printing process used for playing cards) may occur. The artwork may be subjected to slight changes during and after the campaign to improve the deck, in which case all backers will be notified

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