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A unique set of medieval playing and divination cards designed for the Empire LRP Universe, including a Tarot Arcana.
A unique set of medieval playing and divination cards designed for the Empire LRP Universe, including a Tarot Arcana.
A unique set of medieval playing and divination cards designed for the Empire LRP Universe, including a Tarot Arcana.
277 backers pledged £8,514 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE - Stretch Goals Unlocked - 24 Extra Cards and Multiple Deck Variations

Thanks to the fantastic support for this project each deck is now 80 cards, consisting of 55 suit cards, 22 trumps, and 3 jokers. We have also unlocked a number of Deck Variations

See the Stretch goals section below for details. 

Hand Painted Original Art
Hand Painted Original Art

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UPDATE - Stretch Goal Unlocked - Custom Dice and Other Add-Ons

 As promised, with the £6500 milestone hit, I've arranged for custom dice as an add-on to the deck!

The dice will be something like the mock-up pictured above, though the design is not final. Each face will match one of the card suits. In Addition:

  • Pilgrim Pledges Will Include Dice and a Deck - The pilgrim pledge, in addition to unique artwork, will include two dice and an additional deck. All other pledges levels (except for keepsake) will be able to purchase them as an add-on.
  • An Additional Game Design - I will design an additional card game which incorporates the dice in its play.
  • Other Add-Ons Available - See below.

 

Available Add-Ons

Add-ons are available for any pledge level other than Wanderer's Keepsake. There are NO Increased postage charges for purchasing add-ons, because nobody needs that headache.

+£20 - Additional Deck - For people on limited pledge level who want to purchase more decks.

+£2 - 10 Blank Journey Cards - For any art needs. 

+£4 - 1 Custom Dice

+£7 - 2 Custom Dice

How To Obtain an Add-On:

1) Press the 'Manage Your Pledge' Button above - If you have not yet pledged, it will say 'back this project' 

2) Incresase the pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box - By the total of the add-ons that you want. Do not change your pledge level.

3) After the end of the campaign, you will receive a survey that will ask you questions so you can explain how you would like the add-on money assigned.

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 ORIGINAL - The Journey Deck

The Journey Deck is a unique set of general purpose Gaming and Tarot cards.

It has been created from the ground up to fit the Empire fantasy universe created by Profound Decisions. Its art and symbolism is designed to match the history, values and spirituality of that world, and it is deliberately designed to feel familiar, yet alien. Historical, yet anachronistic. 

They are designed by Tony Porteous, with art and creative support by Steph Morris, Chris Rowland and Paul Duffield.

This is a community project, intended to contribute something beautiful to the world and add to the game.

 

   What Is Empire?

Empire is a UK based Live Roleplay universe designed by Profound Decisions. This project is primarily intended as an ambitious addition to the game world.

The Journey Deck is designed to be what the modern Tarot deck would look like, if it had evolved in that world. 

  What If I'm not an Empire Player?

Then this is still a unique deck of multi-purpose gaming cards. The Journey Deck is a work of art illustrated by three professional artists, and made to be re-purposed. Consider it for:

  • Gaming - Introduce your friends to 5 suit poker.
  • Tarot Divination - With an online guide for its unique set of Arcana.
  • Other RP Worlds - Do you need an in-character looking deck? This could fit your needs.

 

   The Basics

The Journey Deck is a 66 card non-standard playing/divination deck.

It will be printed on 330gsm Linen Weave Card, which has a wonderful rugged texture to it. The art is deliberately blemished to give it a rustic feel and finish.

The initial print run is set for 175 decks of cards. The goal being to print enough that the cards can become a common sight in the world of Empire.

 

   Deliberately Alien

Empire for me is all about stepping into another world. I want a deck that is as unfamiliar and exciting as the rest of the setting.

Everything about this deck is designed to feel alien. Beyond the unusual figures depicted, the shape of the cards is custom (68 x 109 mm). The suits, trumps and numbers are custom. Even the pips are in the wrong corner! 

 

  Immersed In the World

This is designed to be an old deck - one that has existed in the Empire for a long time. The imagery has been twisted and revised by centuries of church and state machinations, representing the changing values of the world.

 

 

  Spiritual Divination

The Journey Deck is designed, within the game world, to be a tool for Priests of the Way, focusing on the spiritual aspects of the world rather than the magical. The trump cards are designed to tell the story of spiritual enlightenment as it exists in the Empire Universe.

 

 

  Supporting Information

Games and lore will be made available to all backers online under the  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license. Depending on how well we do, rules sheets may be included as a stretch goal. 

Its me!
Its me!

 

   Who Am I?  

Hello I'm Tony! I'm a video games developer of 10 years, now working in interactive theatre. Game design, especially system design, is my profession and my passion.

I've been attending LRP events since I was capable of independent thought, and the Profound Decisions community has been a huge part of my life. I love LRP because it is an incredibly creative space where everyone contributes to the shared experience. 

I am not a member of the Empire design team, though I have their full support for this project.

I've provided the the core design work. But would have little more than a bunch of documents if not for the talented support of...  

 

   The Art Team

Steph Morris - Artist, Illustrator and Empire Player

Chris Rowland - Graphic Artist

Paul Duffield - Designer, Artist and Empire Player

  Empire Players - Volunteer A Reward!

I want this project to be by the community, for the community. 

As such, I'm interested in hearing from Empire players with ideas for backer rewards that use their crafting skills, that I can include in the Kickstarter. In particular, crafters who could offer card pouches or designers who could author games (though I'm open to crazy ideas!)

(Note: Any additional backer rewards will be defined and locked in place no later than day 14 of the launch)

 

  Potential Stretch Goals

A large chunk of any additional proceeds will go into making the deck better.

Depending on success of the Kickstarter, here are some things I am considering:  

UNLOCKED - £4200 - 11 Additional Trumps  

An extra 11 trump cards, bringing the total to 22 ‘Major Arcana’ and the deck size to 77. All decks will be bolstered with these additional cards at no further cost. 

UNLOCKED - £4500 - Jokers and Low-Income Support

Add three Barbarians (Jokers) to the deck. All decks will be bolstered with these additional cards at no further cost.

This is the full 80 card deck I would love to create. If we hit this, then I'd like to give something back. 

As an inclusive community, we want this deck to be affordable for everyone in the field. We’ll print additional decks at cost for anyone who can demonstrate they are an Empire player on Income Support.

UNLOCKED - £5000 - First Pair of Secret Deck Variations - The underworld

This is the big one. If we reach this goal we’ll start introducing… differences, randomly distributed, among some of the decks. 

Some names may be different. Some cards may have major or minor differences in the art. Whole new cards may appear. Suit cards may have custom art.   

At this point, not every deck we distribute will be exactly the same. There will be a 'standard' deck which you can always opt to receive, or you can see what happens!

UNLOCKED - £6000 - Second Pair of Secret Deck Variations - The Imperial Mint 

See above notes about deck variations.

UNLOCKED - £6500 - Gaming Dice

Gaming dice themed to the deck will be made available for purchase, and one of the base games will include them. 

Dice will not be added by default to all backer rewards.

UNLOCKED - £7000 - Third Pair of Deck Variations - The High and the Low

See above notes about deck variations.

UNLOCKED - £8000 - Fourth Pair of Deck Variations - Historical Accuracy

See above notes about deck variations.

£9000 - Fifth Pair of Deck Variations - Arcane Mastery 

See above notes about deck variations.

£10000 - A Casino Themed Player Event

If we hit this, I will pledge to put on an Empire player event with a Casino theme. All backers will have first dibs on tickets, but beyond that it will be an entirely new project!

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Design Challenges - Outlines of all the cards have been completed, but the details of the imagery and lore for each card is still to be written. The tighter the brief, the better the art.

As a professional games designer this sort work is my bread and butter. I'm intimate with the subject matter and well practised at working with artists to get the best results.

Art Challenges - The main risk comes from un-budgeted redraws, and I have planned extensively for this.

We're using a relaxed launch time frame to assure the full design brief can be completed before we begin drawing. A trial card has been commissioned with each artist to estimate costs, and establish a pipeline I'm confident in.

In the worst case scenario, that one of the artists is kept from working, the others will be able to take over the commission.

Print Challenges - We are working to the second lowest printing quote assuming a minimum print run, and have allowed a buffer for unpleasant surprises.

Fulfilment Challenges - Physical backer rewards have been costed but not yet sourced, with goals set against an average market price.

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    Wanderer’s Keepsake

    For anyone wishing to show support for the project!

    You will receive 3 random cards as a thank you. At least one will be a picture card.

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    Pioneer's Deck

    An Earlybird pledge. One Deck of 66+ cards in a cloth drawstring bag.

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    • One Limited Edition Deck of Journey Cards
    • Cloth Carry Bag
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    Traveller’s Deck

    The basic pledge. One Deck of 66+ cards in a cloth drawstring bag.

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    Explorer’s Deck

    The standard Deck, plus a signed A3 glossy print of one card of your choice.

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    • One Limited Edition Deck of Journey Cards
    • Cloth Carry Bag
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    Seeker's Deck

    The standard deck with a fancy bag, plus an IC document containing some of the lore behind one of the cards, and a poster of that card. Only one copy of this will exist for each trump.

    Includes:
    • One Limited Edition Deck of Journey Cards
    • Velvet Carry Bag
    • Scroll of Lore
    • Signed A3 Poster
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    Tinker's Set

    A Pair of decks and a Trio of artworks, plus a fancy bag!

    Includes:
    • Two Limited Edition Decks of Journey Cards
    • Velvet Carry Bag
    • Two Signed A3 Posters
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    Tinker's Set

    A Pair of decks and a Pair of artworks, plus a fancy bag!
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    Pilgrim's Deck

    The standard deck with a fancy bag, but more importantly you will get one of the original artworks, signed by the artist.

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    • One Limited Edition Deck of Journey Cards
    • Velvet Carry Bag
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    Pilgrim's Deck (Updated)

    The standard deck with a fancy bag and some dice, but more importantly you will get one of the original artworks, signed by the artist.

    Includes:
    • One Limited Edition Deck of Journey Cards
    • Signed Original Artwork
    • Two Custom Journey Dice
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    Pilgrim's Deck (V3)

    Two decks, plus a fancy bag and dice, but more importantly you will get one of the original artworks, signed by the artist.

    Includes:
    • Two Limited Edition Decks of Journey Cards
    • Two Custom Journey Dice
    • Velvet Carry Bag
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    Innkeeper's Set

    Perfect for anyone running a tavern. You'll get multiple copies of the game, plus a wooden carry box, plus a unique game, designed by me to match the theme/history of your tavern.

    Includes:
    • Four Limited Edition Decks of Journey Cards
    • Wooden Card Box - Engraved With Your Sigil
    • Custom Game Design
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    Merchant Prince's Set

    The deluxe set for a proud house. In addition to the Innkeeper perks, we do a special print run with a unique back design commissioned by you!

    Includes:
    • Wooden Card Box - Engraved With Your Sigil
    • Custom Game Design
    • A4 Glossy Print of Custom Art Commission for Card Back
    • Four Custom Edition Decks of Journey Cards
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