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Two Complementary Decks of Playing Cards Inspired by the Pantheon of Baltic Gods
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DAUSOS Standard Edition Decks

Who are you? From whence you come? Where do you belong, and who do you call your brethren?

Ancient civilizations and cultures were built in an attempt to answer these questions. I recognize that anxious look, oh lonely traveler when you gaze into the horizons of the Unknown! Your daring endeavor will award you with your own discoveries... but here, take this card of Dausos! Stare into the eyes of primeval Baltic deities, unleashing the fundamental forces. Watch them lay the foundations of the Baltic civilization and its people, who for millennia have strived towards defining their own identity and unveiling the mysteries of the Universe.

Descendants of this ancient, forgotten culture still walk the Earth, still wade the amber waters of the Baltic Sea, still share their outlooks on the origins and ways of Mankind.

Take these cards, lay them on the table, and fill the missing gaps on the vast fabric of the diversity of cultures. Enrich yourself with symbols and ideas that emanate from prehistoric archetypes. Become, for a moment, a god, who holds destinies in their own hands, who draws and plays them as if they were merely cards...

These decks of Dausos – the Eternal Heavens – are a mythological metaphor of Life – the godly play of eternal forces. We have become those deities now, capable of building our own, personal Heaven – or Hell. View the world through the eyes of ancient Balts, and maybe this unique experience will aid you in your own journey.

I am the Lithuanian born, Cupertino (CA) based designer and creator, Tautvydas Kaltenis. My country's history is just as complicated as my name. But history holds its place within facts, what is already known. I have always been interested in the "unknown territory" - what preceded official history; the time when the giant lords ruled, and the order of the universe was overseen by a multitude of gods and goddesses. There are endless myths and tales of those times, which allow us to travel through fantasy, to the times of early European civilizations and the common origin of these myths.

The Dausos project is more than just drawing colored cards, my purpose was to restore the pantheon of the Baltic gods as a logical and coherent system. However, card design also has many encoded meanings.

DAUSOS decks will come in two editions: THE STANDARD and THE GOLDEN. Each will have two decks: DARK and LIGHT. Standard edition is my main goal. The Golden edition will only be possible if the stretch goals are achieved. Please see the stretch goals section.

Having discovered that the pantheon of gods in Lithuanian/Baltic mythology is still the subject of scientific controversy, I decided to present my version in a popular form. The playing card hierarchical system is ideally suited for this purpose, as all the gods are classified according to their functions, power, and belonging to one of four natural elements- air, water, earth, and fire. One poker deck was not enough as the distribution of the highest twelve gods (kings, queens, and jacks) caused overload. As a result, I created two playing cards decks of 108 gods and mythological creatures, such as a double pantheon: the full house of Gods.

DAUSOS is a mythological themed set of two decks that have matching back, but different face cards. You will now be able to combine two cards decks into one, resulting in a huge single deck with eight different aces, kings, queens and jacks. Alternatively, you can create your own main deck by collecting your unique sequences of cards and gods.

 THE STANDARD EDITION - DARK DECK
 

The Standard Edition The DARK DECK

Cards and Tuck cases

  •  Printed by The United States Playing Card Company (USPCC)
     
  • Poker Size
     
  • Air Cushion Embossed Card Finish
     
  • Premium Casino Grade Paper Stock
     
  • 54 completely custom playing cards (each court, ace and joker cards will have original illustrations and sigils) + 2 cards with gods'names explanations
     
  • The Tuck case will have strategic embossing
     
  • Each deck is available separately and the whole set together
     
  •  MADE IN THE USA 

 The back of the tuck box will carry the names of the major gods. In the meantime, all gods' short presentation will be on two additional cards inside.

 The Standard Edition LIGHT DECK
 

The Standard Edition The LIGHT DECK

Cards and Tuck cases

  •  Printed by The United States Playing Card Company (USPCC)
     
  • Poker Size
     
  • Air Cushion Embossed Card Finish
     
  • Premium Casino Grade Paper Stock
     
  • 54 completely custom playing cards (each court, ace and joker cards will have original illustrations and sigils) + 2 cards with gods' names explanations
     
  • The Tuck case will have strategic embossing
     
  • Each deck is available separately and the whole set together
     
  •  MADE IN THE USA
     
The PLASTIC CLEAR BOX for two of Standard editions decks. The prototype of the previous design back of cards

 
 

THE GOLDEN EDITION

THE GOLDEN EDITION DARK DECK

The Golden Edition uses monochrome graphics on aged gold ink background, giving the cards a mystical luxury and a vintage touch.

The Golden Edition THE DARK DECK

Cards, Tuck cases, and Lid-Bottom Box:

  •  Printed by Wangjing Printing Co., Ltd (WJPC). Shenzhen, China
  • Poker Size
     
  • Soft-touch butter finish+matte gold edges
     
  • 330gsm German black core paper
     
  • CMYK+metallic gold ink for the card front and card back
     
  • 54 completely custom playing cards (each court, ace and joker cards will have original illustrations and sigils) + 2 cards with gods' names explanations
     
  • The Tuck case will have matte lamination for both sides of the box; gold foil+embossing for outside of the box
     
  •  Lid-Bottom Box With EVA Tray Inside
     
  • CMYK printing + matte lamination for both sides of the box
     
  • Gold foil + embossing for outside of the box
     
  • Only a complete set is available.
     

The Golden Edition uses monochrome graphics on aged gold ink background, giving the cards a mystical luxury and a vintage touch. The edges of the cards will be covered with a matte gold coating which is hard to abrasion and gives the card deck an aged gold glow.

THE GOLDEN EDITION LIGHT DECK
 

The Golden Edition The LIGHT DECK

Cards, Tuck cases, and Lid-Bottom Box:

  • Poker Size
     
  • Soft-touch butter finish+matte gold edges
     
  • 330gsm German black core paper
     
  • CMYK+metallic gold ink for the card front and card back
     
  • 54 completely custom playing cards (each court, ace and joker cards will have original illustrations and sigils) + 2 cards with gods' names explanations
     
  • The Tuck case will have matte lamination for both sides of the box; gold foil+embossing for outside of the box
     
  •  Lid-Bottom Box With EVA Tray Inside
     
  • CMYK printing + matte lamination for both sides of the box
     
  • Gold foil + embossing for outside of the box
     
  • Only a complete set is available.
     

The Golden Edition vs The Standard Edition

WHAT IS DAUSOS?

Lithuanian/Baltic ancient mythology is rich but less studied than others like Greek, Roman, or Norse. However, it is easy to find parallels between myths and characters. It forms an independent original religious tradition. Some myths and memories of which are so archaic that they have remained unchanged since prehistoric times, and are of significance to those exploring the origins of Proto-Indo-Europeans.

DAUSOS is there, on a high mountain of the World, surrounded by two winding rivers of infinite currents. One is the River of Time, the other the River of Destiny. They don't start anywhere and never stop. Upon the riverbanks is the Eternal Garden, looming at the forefront of Mount Dausos. Read all the Myth

Lithuanian / Baltic mythology, detailed descriptions of the gods, and the course of card design development will be extensively described in the book DAUSOS. It will be a hardcover book of at least 120 pages.

DAUSOS Storybook will be richly illustrated and full of explanations and descriptions

 You will be able to find in the storybook all process of creating the characters, postures, and attributes of the gods.

If the third goal is achieved, the DAUSOS Storybook will be available in Lithuanian and English

The best way to show yourself as a fan of the DAUSOS project is to wear a DAUSOS T-shirt that comes in three designs. T-shirt with DAUSOS card design will be made according to any card of your choice from DARK or LIGHT decks.

The POSTERS are available in two versions: any card design of your choice or a poster with the DAUSOS logo
The design of DEALER' COIN in progress

1. Standard Edition 2-Decks Clear Plastic Box (without cards): $5

2. Standard Edition Deck. The Dark Deck: $15

3. Standard Edition Deck. The Light Deck: $15

4. Standard Edition pair of decks in 2-Decks Clear Plastic Box: $32

5. Gold Edition Decks (pair of decks): $34

6. T-Shirt (any of your choice): $32

7. Story Book: $33

8. Uncut Sheet (one of four decks): $23

9. Dealer’s Coin: $14

10. Graphic Art Sheet (unframed): $300

11. Poster (unframed): $20

Light and darkness complement and interchange each other in never-ending cycle of time. Even the mighty deities, though immortal, obey the laws of eternal order. Likewise, the two decks of DAUSOS - the Light Deck and the Dark Deck - complement each other and emphasize the duality of time that governs mortals and immortals.

September 23 is the equinox - the day when the daytime and nighttime are equal in length. Since the times immemorial our ancestors would mark this day and prepare for the journey into darkness, as the nights would get longer and longer. In 39 days, the number which signifies an ancient magical formula, they would reach November 1 - the Day of All Gods, nowadays commonly known as the All Saints' Day. On that day, in old ages, people would perform rituals and call upon their deities with prayers and sacrifices, in order to seek advice, guidance, to plead or to worship.

Shall the Gates of DAUSOS be opened, shall we meet the rulers of the Great Mount? The time is running short, and on November 1 we shall see if the ancient Baltic deities would give us their blessing. You now have 39 days to make your contribution, to please the pantheon of DAUSOS and to help this project become a reality.

Risks and challenges

DAUSOS is my first project on Kickstarter and there are underlying risks involved. Some errors and mistakes are bound to be inevitable. After all, there's a first time for everything.
The most important concern I had in mind when designing a marketing plan was the backers, and getting them to receive their reward as soon as possible. I have three decades of experience selling my
design products in the market. It involves a close relationship between the
three key players: the project developer, the backer, and the producers. All
risks associated with project development are dealt with quickly, we try our best to minimize them. Therefore, I have good reason to believe that each reward will reach the backer on time and as expected.
On the other hand, the real (non-digital) world remains as huge as it was before this project, so sending some packages may take time. I respectfully ask for understanding and patience from my backers.
Please note that Creator can not be held responsible for any damaged, lost, unclaimed or destroyed parcels. You must enter your address correctly in the survey after the project has ended.
If the reward itself does not live up to my quality control and pass my condition inspections, I will return it to the facility and demand a re-production. If this should happen, some delay in my fulfillment process can occur and I hope you'll be understanding in such an event.
Design and artwork are subject to minor tweaks and updates.
Clear Plastic Boxes with stickers, Gold Edition of DAUSOS and Brick boxes will be produced by another company (not USPCC).

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    Thanks for being one of the first to support the project!

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    One ST-DARK deck. The ST-DARK Deck will be our standard, long-term deck, featuring beautiful illustrations of Gods' characters on all of the face cards.

    This deck features the DAUSOS sigil and ethnic ornaments design on the box, and the cards have an ornate deep blue and gold back featuring sacred geometry of flower of life.

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    This deck features the DAUSOS sigil and ethnic ornaments design on the box, and the cards have an ornate deep blue and gold back featuring sacred geometry of flower of life.

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    MIXED PAIR of Standard Edition Decks

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    Only by having both decks of these STANDARD Edition you will find out the names of all the 108 Gods, gamble two full decks, and make your own Gods sequences

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    Standard Edition Brick + Gold Edition Brick + Mixed Standard & Gold Editions Brick + Graphic-Art Sheet (unframed) + Postcards Print Pack (5 sets) + 3 pcs. T-Shirts (any of your choice) +2 pcs. Posters + 2 pcs. Story Books + 5 pcs. Dealer’s Coins

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