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The depths have returned! Plunge into the beauty of underwater mythology with this vibrantly illustrated deck by Galen Ihlenfeldt.
The depths have returned! Plunge into the beauty of underwater mythology with this vibrantly illustrated deck by Galen Ihlenfeldt.
290 backers pledged $10,024 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome back to the depths!

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Photography by Stephen Candy
Photography by Stephen Candy

(The above photograph is of a prototype deck, the art has since been slightly altered.)

The dark beauty that lurks below is something that has always intrigued me. Deep is an expression of my own fascination with that world as well as a window to the hypnotic and enticing nature of mermaids. 

Since the original launch of Deep I have been working on (among many other projects) fine tuning the artwork and the feel of the deck. Mostly the changes have been to focus on what this deck is really about; art and merfolk.

Deep will be printed on 300gsm linen cards.

So, what's different about the deck now?

  • full bleed backgrounds and card backs
  • new Deep logo
  • all new background art
  • new pip layout
  • new font for indices 
  • brand new tuck art
  • introduction of the KS Exclusive Limited Edition
  • production through AdMagic
  • EVERY BACKER ABOVE $1 GETS A FREE SIGNED CARD!
New Court Cards!
King of Diamonds and Queen of Clubs
King of Diamonds and Queen of Clubs
 
A skeletal mermaid and a lionfish mermaid!
A skeletal mermaid and a lionfish mermaid!
 

The aces have been redone to show more detail in the shell pips.

Aces, showing detail in shell pips.
Aces, showing detail in shell pips.

 The images on all of the court cards have been enlarged to allow the details on each character to really stand out.

Court cards, showing each suit and their respective species.
Court cards, showing each suit and their respective species.

I'm very excited about the new pip layouts.  All are in a circular pattern, to emphasize a more flowing motion that goes along well with the rest of Deep's imagery and feeling.

Numbered cards with their shell pips and unique pip layout.
Numbered cards with their shell pips and unique pip layout.
Full bleed card back, and special gaff featuring the Dapper Platypus.
Full bleed card back, and special gaff featuring the Dapper Platypus.

And BRAND NEW tuck boxes!  (To be frank... I wasn't very happy with the tuck that I designed for the first campaign, so I decided to just do away with it completely.)

And, introducing the Kickstarter exclusive Limited Edition of Deep! This edition will only be available through this campaign. No more will be printed after this initial order.

Kickstarter Exclusive Limited Edition Tuck Box
Kickstarter Exclusive Limited Edition Tuck Box

 Add Ons and Unlockables

This time around I've also got some full color art prints available.  More will be available as the campaign progresses, and I'm completely open to suggestions if there is a print you would like to have that you don't see, so feel free to message or comment your suggestions!

More prints may be unlocked in the future.
More prints may be unlocked in the future.
  • $8000 unlocks multiple Deep bookmarks! 
  • $9500 unlocks the Deep dice, made by Chessex! (but I unlocked it because I love dice!)
  • $12500 unlocks the KS Exclusive coins! (I am super excited about these!) 
  • and at $15000, illustrator Shane Tyree (from the hugely popular Call of Cthulhu: Writhing Dark and Horror on the Orient Express decks, among other things) will take the plunge and become a part of Deep. He will be illustrating a brand new card back for the Limited Edition decks! (I will also be changing up the style of the cards, further setting it apart from the unlimited deck)
Add $1 to your pledge per bookmark desired.
Add $1 to your pledge per bookmark desired.

Here are images and prices of the dice and coin samples/mock-ups:

 IMPORTANT - Please note: the coins are not yet unlocked, and if you choose to pledge for them in advance of hitting those stretch goals, please be sure to keep an eye on this campaign during the last few days. (For instance, if you preemptively pledged for a coin but by that time we have not yet unlocked the coins, you will have time to adjust your pledge accordingly.)

Thank you so much to everyone who has continually shown support for Deep throughout the months, and to the patience you've all had while I get things in order to re-launch Deep.  I appreciate every single one of you and I really hope we can make Deep a reality this time around! From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

New art will be revealed regularly, so be sure to check in often!

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Risks and challenges

The risks of delays in production and shipping are always present in projects that deliver physical products. Those are largely out of my control, except that I have chosen companies that have a great reputation for producing quality products and timely delivery.
With shipping, I will be using the simplest and most cost effective methods to suit each backers' needs, while making sure that things are packaged in a way to minimize risk of damages.

I will keep very close communication with you during every stage of this campaign, from launch, through production, until that last package is shipped out.

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