About this project
Printed by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) with the official Bicycle ® Trademark / Logo on the Tuck Case. Hand illustrated court cards in pencil & ink (not vector art).
Limited Edition Tuck Box
Small changes such as replacing the water with flat terrain and other tweaks may be made after funding.
Standard Edition Tuck Box
LIMITED EDITION (LE) Poker Deck: 2,500 LE decks. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 1 double-backer for magicians & a reveal on KoH. Embossed tuck box. Custom, numbered seals and metallic ink (copper). First 1000 LE signed.
STANDARD EDITION (SE) Poker Deck: Same quality artwork as LE deck, smooth tuck box. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 1 double-backer for magicians. 1 additional card TBD as a stretch goal.
Much thought was put into the meaning behind each facecard that depicts a different character wearing a unique pair of goggles. We may make some improvements after funding based on backer feedback.
UPDATE: We reached our stretch goal of $25,000 and as a result, every backer who pledges $10 or more will receive a free PDF containing images and back-stories for each of these cards, as well as other insight into the making of this deck of cards!
The suits are divided accordingly:
Spades: The Industrials (Goggles by Mac McGowan)
- Jack of Spades - The Weapons Master: Wearing Sharpshooter Goggles
- Queen of Spades - The Miner: Wearing Miner Goggles
- King of Spades - The Tinker: Wearing Watchmaker's Dream Goggles
Diamonds: The Gliterati (Goggles by Debbie Rounds)
- Jack of Diamonds - The Dandy: Wearing Vintage Lace & Pearl Goggles
- Queen of Diamonds - The Duchess: Wearing Steampunk Royalty Goggles
- King of Diamonds - The Baron: Wearing Riveted Silver Filigree Goggles
Clubs: The Aviators (Goggles by Hans Meier)
- Jack of Clubs - The Air Pirate Captain: Wearing Rebel Winged Steampunk Goggles
- Queen of Clubs - The Flying Ace: Wearing White Distressed Brass Goggles
- King of Clubs - The Good Zeppelin Captain: Wearing Aeronautical Couture Goggles With Light
- Jack of Hearts - The Lover: Wearing Brass Bee Goggles With Honeycomb Lenses
- Queen of Hearts - The Madame: Wearing Red Ruffles in Leathery White With Heart-Shaped Rhinestones
- King of Hearts - The Illusionist: Wearing Red Suede King of Hearts Goggles
Limited Edition (LE) Deck
We will make minor edits to this back for color and symmetry so that it is a two-way-back at launch that matches the tuck case.
The above is the direction we're close to finalizing, however we've received input to try the outer pips in gold. Mock up below. Voting will determine small improvements to the gold lining of the outer pips & indices.
Standard Edition (SE) Deck
We will make minor edits to this back for symmetry so that it is a two-way-back at launch.
Add-Ons: Matching Hand-Crafted Steampunk Goggles
Each pair of goggles matches a card in the deck. Pick the pair that matches your favorite as an add-on!
4-Aces Print Add-On
Add on just $12 (+$10/order for international) and get this lovely print in 8.5" x 11". Frame and matting not included.
Or add on $15 (+$10/order for international) and get it at 11" x 17".
Or, pledge for all 4 Aces as individual prints and get this free!
Score Tracker Add-On
This rubberized mat is just $10 ($13 international) as an add-on and is great for keeping score on your more tactical card games. It's 6" x 12" and a great match for the Limited Edition deck. We're also releasing much larger Texas Hold'em and Blackjack table toppers as add-ons (see project updates for progress on these).
Blackjack & Texas Hold'em Poker Table Top Mats
Just pick the type of mat, color and layout you want and we'll get them done up for you after funding. These are just mock ups - the final designs will be crisp & clean with proportions adjusted slightly for the logo and artwork. Just add on $36 ($44 international) for each Blackjack mat, and $50 ($60 international) for each Texas Hold'em poker mat.
Ace of Spades T-Shirt in Black
This is a super-cool t-shirt that very few people will have the chance to rock out in. Add on just $25 (+$5 International, +$7 for 2XL - 5XL) before funding ends based on your size and location. It features a large spade design on the front and a small logo behind the neck. Check it out:
Our Talented Team
This project is a collaboration of the work of several amazing artists and a few of us other people:
- Illustrator: Mike Lees
- Goggle Designers / Artisans: Debbie Rounds, Mac McGowan, Graham & StacyFaye Dehuff and Hans Meier
- Archetypes: Jenelle Sosa
- Overall Concept and Direction: Dennis Consorte
What Are You Waiting For? Join the Party!
We appreciate whatever you can do, so please, join the party and help turn this vision into a reality. Pledging starts at just $1. If you're not ready to back us then please show your support by sharing this page on the social networks - everything helps!
WE ARE GOING TO KICK IT FORWARD: I pledge to spend 5% of the profit from this campaign on other Kickstarter projects. http://kickingitforward.org
Risks and challenges
Printing: We do not anticipate any issues, and as a professional marketing and design firm we're used to working within deadlines. USPCC is saying up to 6 weeks after approval, so anticipating any delays, we're setting a deadline of 10 weeks after funding to get the cards out the door.
Shipping: We do not anticipate any issues since we'll be using the USPO unless the government shuts down again, in which case there might be slight delays, based on the last time this happened.
Artwork & Design: As soon as we hit our minimum goal, we will finish all of the numbered cards and Aces. We will also ask anyone who earns the reward of having their likeness as a face card to submit pictures and consent to us with urgency. To anticipate any delays out of our control, we have a very strict 2-week window after the project closes for pledging, for anyone who wants their likeness to appear on a card to get us their pictures. Anyone who does not get us their pictures within that time-frame will forfeit their pledge and their chance to be featured on a card, and we will substitute another image in place of their likeness, to prevent delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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