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Hey, I'm fek!
I'm an artist/programmer from Indianapolis, and I've been building a deck of playing cards as a side project. This is my first time working with playing cards, but I've done my research and I'm confident this'll be fun for everyone.
In order to get a small print run going through MPC, I need enough preorders to secure payment for 100 decks. If this run is successful, I may look into a larger run.
I had a blast researching the history and meaning behind playing card designs, and I've created a deck that reflects many of my favorite elements, stays true to many modern rules and standards, and abandons a few things I thought we'd be better off without.
The face card illustrations feature anthropomorphic animals adorned and equipped with suit-based themes in mind. Each suit's theme is heavily influenced by its cartomancy and history throughout the years.
The royals each hold an item associated with their corresponding tarot suit: swords for spades, cups for hearts, coins for diamonds, and staves for clubs. Their species, dress, and mannerisms are largely inspired by their associated social caste. For instance, the suit of diamonds has historically been associated with merchants and artisans, and the royal family embodies that crafty, wealth-focused, bourgeois snob.
The pips of each suit are adorned with the symbols of their corresponding tarot suit and associated alchemical element. Spades, associated with air and nobility, are given winged swords. Hearts, associated with water and clergy, are given cups of holy water being poured into a triangular basin. Diamonds, associated with earth and merchants, are given wreaths of jade plants surrounding coins. Clubs, associated with fire and the working class, are adorned by three suns and a hammer.
The ace of each suit features its pip prominently, rather than only showcasing the ace of spades like a traditional deck. (Although the history behind that is fun - check it out some time!)
I've stayed true to most other traditions in modern playing card design, however! All three of the one-eyed royals have been drawn in profile, the royal spades and the jack of clubs are drawn facing right, and the king of hearts is depicted in traditional "suicide king" fashion. And while animals don't usually have mustaches, the king of hearts is a buck, making him the only king with a hairless upper lip!
Like any user-friendly deck, UNTAMED maintains high playability with symmetrical designs, high-contrast corner indices, and professional-quality materials. The cards are printed on 310 g/ms cardstock with a linen finish, complete with air pockets that allow for smooth handling. The deck includes two jokers, and is delivered in a custom, sealed tuck box.
Risks and challenges
Because this is my first time working with playing cards, I expect to run into a hiccup or two, and I've budgeted accordingly. I have ordered a single-deck test print from MPC to make sure the print quality is up to par, and I have thoroughly priced out shipping estimates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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