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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 21 2014
$10,551
pledged of $16,000pledged of $16,000 goal
443
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 21 2014

About

Inspiration:

'Deep' is a personal idea I've had for many months now, and I'm incredibly excited to be able to share it with you. The images and mystery associated with not only merfolk, but with the depths of the oceans that we know so little about, have been a deep interest of mine for quite a while now.

While 'Deep' is a solo project of mine, I have been sharing my ideas and getting feedback from friends, family, fellow KS project launchers, backers, and card collectors.

What I present to you with 'Deep' is a completely unique playing card deck, with original artwork you will not find printed anywhere else. The artwork is both beautiful and dark, combining the classic portrayal of the mermaid and merman with some new ideas about what lurks below - all printed by the US Playing Card Company to ensure a quality product.

DEEP Tuck Box Art
DEEP Tuck Box Art

The Card Back: The back shows a traditional mermaid displayed with her items of legend; the comb and the mirror. 

The mirrored card back design (with mirrors!).
The mirrored card back design (with mirrors!).
Fully illustrated pips, depicting various seashells arranged to the suit shapes.
Fully illustrated pips, depicting various seashells arranged to the suit shapes.

Each suit will portray its own water style, as well as its own sub-species of merfolk.

The court cards feature detailed depictions of merfolk. Spades = Eels, Hearts = Cephalopods, Clubs = Crustaceans, and Diamonds = Traditional Merfolk.

The Jack of Hearts
The Jack of Hearts
The Jack of Spades
The Jack of Spades
The Queen of Diamonds
The Queen of Diamonds
The Jack of Clubs
The Jack of Clubs
The King of Hearts
The King of Hearts

Aces will have close high-detail versions of those shells.

Ace of Spades and Ace of Diamonds
Ace of Spades and Ace of Diamonds
A sample of the numbered cards.
A sample of the numbered cards.

 The Gaff

One of the gaff cards.  The second gaff will be double backed.
One of the gaff cards. The second gaff will be double backed.

DICE: Chessex will be producing two beautiful versions of the dice to go along with 'Deep'. One is deep blue and green colored, resembling the depths of the ocean. The other is a blue and mother of pearl/pink color. Both tie in with the aquatic theme throughout this project.

Dice are 16mm cubes.

The dice will feature a custom trident design.
The dice will feature a custom trident design.

 THE COIN: WCC will be producing this beautiful mermaid coin. It features the traditional mermaid on the front, with the phrase "Fear not the depths, but the shallows". On the other side is a similar trident as shown on the dice and the same phrase translated into Mermish and written in Ancient Greek as a nod to Homer and his mermaids in 'The Odyssey'. This coin will ONLY be obtainable through this Kickstarter project.

Both sides of the Kickstarter exclusive coin!
Both sides of the Kickstarter exclusive coin!

Coin width is 1.5 inches and it is approx 3mm thick.

If you have pledged at the $5 level or higher, you may add these amounts to your pledge to get extra products, if you would like them. 

Bookmarks:  $6 for the pair (add on only)

Deck: $11  ($14 International)

Dice: $3/pair ($5 International)

Coin: $10  ($13 International)

Uncut Sheet: $40  ($55 International)

Brick: $120  ($145 International)

New bookmark add-on!

Front and back of both bookmarks. Bookmarks are 2" x 6"
Front and back of both bookmarks. Bookmarks are 2" x 6"

Add only $6 to your pledge for this pair of bookmarks (no extra shipping for international backers)!

Likeness Reward:

This pic shows a comparison between the original photo and the likeness card.
This pic shows a comparison between the original photo and the likeness card.

The following cards are available for the Likeness reward level: 

King and Queen of Clubs & the King and Queen of Spades

Thank you for taking the time to look at my project. Legal approval from USPCC has been obtained. All that remains to complete this project is to finish the last court cards/jokers/gaff cards that will be revealed during the campaign. The only remaining artwork after the campaign will be for the Likeness reward levels. Upon completing the Likeness reward art, I will submit all final files to USPCC and place the order with them. When funding is reached, it will give me the remaining four months of the year to order, produce, package and ship out all pledge levels.

A special thanks to the Crayondroids for providing the music for the video.  Look them up at soundcloud.com/crayondroids 

Risks and challenges

First and foremost, I realize that I am an unknown artist, and this is also my first KS project. I have spent the last few months interacting with other project leaders and getting tips from them on how to go about preparing my own project. I have also put up threads in some FB groups about the project to get feedback, as well as on the United Cardist forums and Discourse forums. I have been taking all of the input, critiques and suggestions into account during my development process. While I might be a new face, I'm definitely not unprepared.

There will always be risks like production and shipping delays with the manufacturers, however I am using companies that we've all grown to know and trust to make quality products to ensure that risks are minimized.

Personal injury or sickness could delay things on my part. I have the support of nearby friends and family who will be assisting me with packaging and shipping once the products are in hand. I will also be quick to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
With me being the project starter and the artist, there is no risk of the artwork not being created, as it's already mostly done, not including the Likeness rewards and a few others.

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    Every little bit helps!
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    •• Merfolk themed wallpaper! ••
    Will fulfill this level as soon as I have time to sit down after getting the notifications :)
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    COIN •• 1 Kickstarter exclusive coin. Shiny like the sun, greatly valued by Merfolk of all kinds.

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    1 deck of the 'Deep' playing cards.

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    1 deck, and 1 pair of dice (you choose color).

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    1 deck and 1 Kickstarter exclusive coin.

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    1 uncut sheet of 'Deep' playing cards (will ship in a tube).

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    1 brick (12 decks) of the 'Deep' playing card decks.

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    SECOND CHANCE LIKENESS REWARD •• Get a brick (12 decks) ••AND•• Get your face illustrated onto one of the court cards! Ever wanted to be not only immortalized, but as a mermaid/merman? Look to the left to see which cards are available for this level.

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    TREASURE OF THE DEEP!
    Congratulations! You have discovered the hidden treasures of the mermaids! You will receive 2 decks, 2 coins, and a pair of each of the dice! Free worldwide shipping!

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    EARLY BIRD DECK •• 1 deck, and 1 signed card. The signed card is separate and will not be from your sealed deck. Cards will be random, and shipped in a hard protective sleeve.

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    EARLY BIRD COMPLETE •• 1 deck, 1 coin, 2 pairs of dice (one pair of each color), and 1 signed card. Card will be random, not part of your sealed deck and will ship in a protective sleeve.

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    LIKENESS REWARD •• Get a brick (12 decks) ••AND•• Get your face illustrated onto one of the court cards! Ever wanted to be not only immortalized, but as a mermaid/merman? Look to the left to see which cards are available for this level.

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