Do you believe?
Do you believe in aliens? I have seen television shows, movies, and news articles about aliens and UFO's and believe human beings have an inherent fascination with extraterrestrials. I am one of those people and believe that we are not alone. There is a lot of historical evidence that suggests this may be fact. What do you believe? Has alien technology assisted us to develop so quickly as a civilization? What if there is alien technology available, but the governments of the world have covered it up? Maybe they discovered an unlimited power source, but they are unable to stabilize it because of lack of knowledge or fear of the unknown. This power source could revolutionize the world and bring us one step closer to unlimited power, a pollution-free planet, and an understanding of worlds beyond our own.
I had a vision a few years ago about writing a fictional book about a bizarre steampunk carnival powered by ancient alien technology. The book will appeal to all sci-fi and steampunk fans with its unique and colorful characters. The characters are dreamt from my imagination which all tell their own story. Each character has their own personality with special abilities, skills, and desires and they have the choice to enhance themselves at a mortal price. Most of the characters wear steampunk-like gadgetry which is not powered by steam, but with a smart alien power source called Lodscovium. The technology is unstable and produces a toxic mist which is deadly overtime without protection.
The Limited Edition Playing Cards
Before I release my book, I have brought my characters to life with playing cards for all to enjoy. These playing cards are limited edition and only 1000 decks will be printed! This deck is the first deck of a 3-part series. The future decks of this series will expand to include other incredible characters within Llod's Carnival and its origins.
The playing cards contained in the first series are high-quality illustrations of some of the main characters in the Llod’s Carnival book. The characters are expertly designed to illustrate their special steampunk devices that enhance their natural innate abilities. However, they may pay the ultimate price for exploiting the technology without fully understanding the ramifications. The bottom pose of each character demonstrates the potential outcome if they decide to overuse and abuse the technology. The character transforms into a ghastly and dying image of their former self from the toxic alien radiation which emanates from their steampunk gadgets.
Example uncut sheet of Llod's Playing Cards. It will not include the ticket card - it will be replaced by a different gaff card. Check back often for updates.
Each playing card will contain symbolic references. You will need to look closely and examine each character to draw your own conclusion of what you think it means. To find out more about each character and symbolic references, go to www.conethgames.com.
There are two types of pips. One type is located in the corners of the face cards and the other type are on the numerical face cards.
The corner pips of each suit are detailed to include symbolic meanings from ancient Egyptian times. The spades use the scorpion which is to honor of the Egyptian goddess Isis. The diamonds suit is represented by a cobra which is often depicted spitting fire. The suit of clubs represent the cycle of life with the sacred scarab beetle. Lastly, the bee is synonymous with the heart suit and represents part of the title of the King of Upper and Lower Egypt.
The numerical face card pips are clean, with elegant line art which represents a nostalgic period of time. The design follows the same theme as the characters when they are exposed to Lodscovium radiation. The upper part of the card will always display as normal pips. However, the bottom pips are deteriorated and broken up. This design is used on each number of every suit to maintain consistency.
The tuck box is visual eye candy that brings your eyes front and center. The beautiful Cassandra does not disappoint with her flowing hair, enchanting eyes, and a dress that she fills and expects your immediate attention. At the top, are highly detailed pips that are symbolic of ancient Egyptian times.
The backside of the tuck box is complemented with painterly scenery from Llod’s Carnival. The carnival can be seen in the distance with its famous star wheel amusement ride attraction. In the foreground, approaches Llod’s train with its signature winged horse engine which pulls the locomotive forward. The train engine spews out a trail of green toxic fumes that can be seen for miles and glows in the night sky.
On the side of the box, a nighttime scene evokes feelings of solitude with a floating balloon rising towards the heavens. Directly behind the balloon is Orion’s belt which illuminates the night sky in the distance. It’s believed that extraterrestrials come from that distant part of the sky.
The tuck box design is unique when placing 3 tuck boxes together. If you place the front, side, and back together, it will display a brilliant panoramic view.
Numbered Custom Seal
The Jokers Diptych
These joker cards are unique not only as characters but as a grouped panoramic image. Place the cards next to each other and they form a cohesive panoramic image between the two figures. The cards can be placed on either side which will create a slightly different perspective.
The Suits (Die Glocke)
The Suits (Thoth)
The suit cards are extra cards in the deck and may be used as gaff cards. For every deck in the 3-part series, there will either be one or two additional suit cards to add to your collection.
I have selected the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) to print the cards. They have a great reputation for producing high-quality custom playing cards. Please see the FAQ's section for more information about the printing.
Pigs Do Fly T-shirt Reward
The t-shirt is funny with its whimsical design and entertaining slogan - “Pigs Do Fly!”. The pig steampunk airship is one of the main attractions at Llod’s Carnival. Don’t miss out and show your support for the carnival!
With every pledge get free wallpaper for your computer, tablet, and smartphone. Check out update #14 for details!
Dual-sided Postcard Addon
This wallpaper will be used to create an awesome dual-sided postcard design. The other design will be ghoulish just like the court cards. I will send you the postcard with a personal note and my signature (Yrret Llod). The postcard will be printed on heavy paper stock with a soft touch silk or velvet finish. It will be 4” X 6” and have the official Llod Railroad seal stamped on it.
The postcard can be sent to anyone and you can provide the message. Or I will send one to you with a thank you message with my unique writing style.
For only $7.77, get a postcard from Yrret Llod the Railroad Tycoon!
Adult Coloring Book
These are the original ink versions of the characters. It shows all the detailed lines that make up each character and steampunk machine. The coloring book will also contain some bonus characters that were the original characters, but replaced with the ones that you see in the deck today.
Check out update #16 for details about the coloring book.
Just add $9.99 within US OR 14.99 (outside US) to your pledge!
I may tweak some of the artwork between now and when the campaign is funded. I will keep everyone informed of any changes.
The cards will be delivered before October 31, 2018. All rewards will be delivered via USPS or DHL.
Visit www.conethgames.com where you can see in-depth information about each character, interactive cards, initial prototypes and different phases of the design process.
If you made it this far, then I want to personally thank you for taking the time to read about my project. I appreciate any support and backing to make this project happen. I look forward to sending these decks of playing cards out to you in October 2018 to your home just in time for Halloween celebrations!
Llod's Carnival Book Plug
The book is about a group of college students discovering their true identity, fears and learning how to survive based on life-changing decisions. Their journey takes them to a bizarre steampunk carnival where rides and games are not what they appear to be. The experiences will forever change who they are while they discover and face their inner fears. The carnival will forever be a part of them. If they risk telling the truth, then they will put their family and themselves in mortal danger. The book is slated to be released on October 31, 2020.
Playing Card Symbolism Disclaimer
The Llod’s Carnival playing cards contain a lot of symbolism and may have many meanings. However, some of the symbolism have real historical references. The swastika symbol is displayed on the Die Glocke. It is strictly only used as a historical reference to Germany’s development of alien spacecraft technology during WWII. It was brought to my attention by a respected card collector that there may be issues with this symbol outside the United States. If you have any concerns with this, please be aware of your countries laws and regulations.
Risks and challenges
This is my first Kickstarter project and it is very exciting! It will be a learning experience; however, I am well organized and a planner. I do not have any doubt that I will be able to have these cards printed and at your doorstep by mid-October 2018.
I will be working with one of the best playing card manufactures (United States Playing Card Company) in the industry. They are highly reputable and produce some of the most amazing quality playing cards around. The artwork for the playing cards are completed and have been officially approved for printing by the USPCC.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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