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Inspired by ancient greek design, this hand-illustrated poker deck displays characters and scenes from the legendary Trojan War.
Inspired by ancient greek design, this hand-illustrated poker deck displays characters and scenes from the legendary Trojan War.
Inspired by ancient greek design, this hand-illustrated poker deck displays characters and scenes from the legendary Trojan War.
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Hi, hello and howdy. Thanks!!! for checking out my campaign for a custom, hand-illustrated deck of playing cards. This unique poker-sized deck depicts scenes and characters from the legendary Trojan War.

I am Chris Staplesduxoop is where I make stuff. This is The Fall of Troy...

Why Back The Fall of Troy?

  • Because you love high quality.
  • Because you love creativity.
  • Because you love poker.
  • Because you love the people who love the above.

I have been a professional designer for nearly twenty years (yikes) and have had experience with many kinds of print jobs, including playing cards. I plan to have the deck printed at MPC in order to utilize some of the exciting new techniques and technologies that they are playing with. In short, if you like what you see in this campaign, you will love the finished product.

Ajax ][ King of Hearts
Ajax ][ King of Hearts

While adhering to time honored conventions of playing card design, the Fall of Troy presents a unique style within the class of custom decks.

Helen of Troy ][ Queen of Hearts
Helen of Troy ][ Queen of Hearts

Why Playing Cards?

Playing cards are a great medium for sharing and enjoying art. As their name indicates, they are for playing. They are made and meant to be touched and handled, a counterpoint to their museum-hung cousins or book-bound brethren. Playing cards bring us together as groups and entertain us in solitaire. One deck is a box of canvasses, each canvas tells a story - rich with characters and drama. So much from something that fits in your pocket.

Ajax Carries Slain Achilles ][ Ace of Spades
Ajax Carries Slain Achilles ][ Ace of Spades

Why the Trojan War?

The legendary Fall of Troy story has entertained audiences for thousands of years. For centuries the tale was passed down verbally until Homer committed part of it to the written word. The Iliad focuses on brilliant Achilles, and his supreme rage in the last year of the Trojan War. Homer's epic poem is the first of countless histories, dramatizations, songs, books, films, paintings, etc, to be inspired by the Acheans' ten year assault on Ilios. Works such as, Aeschylus' trilogy, the Oresteia and William Shakespeare's play Troilus and Cressida have recycled the themes and ideas of the Trojan War throughout antiquity. The homage continues even in this modern age with songs like "Achilles Last Stand" by Led Zeppelin and films like Troydirected by Wolfgang Petersen and starring Brad Pitt as Achilles and Eric Bana as Hector.

Packed with all of the action (and more) of today's Hollywood blockbusters and personified by characters with strengths and frailties that ring so true even now, it comes as no surprise that the story of the Trojan War persists and continues to excite readers, watchers and listeners of all kinds. Playing cards are a perfect platform to portray this ancient, yet timely drama and more importantly another way to introduce this vivid piece of human history to the people of today... and stuff.

Ares the God of War ][ Jack of Spades
Ares the God of War ][ Jack of Spades

The Design

Much of the fun and challenge in creating The Fall of Troy deck has been striking the balance between ancient styles and modern layout, as well as, finding methods common to both eras, such as the conventional use of symmetry in playing card design.

These cards have been designed to stand out comfortably among any decks of playing cards on the table. The Fall of Troy compliments our favorite standard decks, such as the classic Bicycle deck, while at the same time pairs well with the new high end custom art decks that continue to emerge, thanks to communities like Kickstarter. (Two stunning Kickstarter examples of this burgeoning form are the Leonardo and BRuT decks by Dent-de-Lion du Midi and Uusi respectively.

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Thank You!

Thanks again for taking the time to check out The Fall of Troy. Please send this link to anyone who may have an interest in Art, Mythology, History, Warfare, Poker, Custom Playing Cards or just playing card games with family and friends.

I look forward to sending you your reward!

see more at www.duxoop.com
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Risks and challenges

This is my first Kickstarter campaign. With appreciation for the complexity of any production, I'm keeping this one simple. As such, I am qualified to perform or oversee every step and will be aware of all aspects of production. Should any unforeseen obstacles or challenges arise, my backers will be the first to know.

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