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Bicycle® Seven Seas Playing Cards Printed by the USPCC. 36 illustrated tales of Ghost Ships, Pirates, and Sea Creatures.
Bicycle® Seven Seas Playing Cards Printed by the USPCC. 36 illustrated tales of Ghost Ships, Pirates, and Sea Creatures.
Bicycle® Seven Seas Playing Cards Printed by the USPCC. 36 illustrated tales of Ghost Ships, Pirates, and Sea Creatures.
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Brain Vessel Studios is proud to release their first Deck of Bicycle® playing cards. Illustrated by Jason Kreiger in collaboration with Douglas Koozer and written content by Matthew Fishgold.

The “Seven Seas” is nautical adventure like no other. Explore 36 illustrated tales of Ghost Ships, Pirates, Sea Creatures and Superstitions in this beautifully illustrated 54 card deck. 

Take a look at the work behind the illustration of just one image from the Seven Seas Playing Cards. Here is a time lapse video of the creation of Scylla, the Jack of Clubs.

The deck is about the dichotomy of a life at sea. The Red side of the deck; hearts and diamonds; explores famous sailors, explorers, pirates, and privateers of the age of sail. The court cards focus on the actual historical figures of the time and the cards ranked 2-10 of the hearts and diamonds feature different types of ships. The dark side of the deck explores the dangers sailors would face; be them real or fantasy. Court cards for the spades and clubs explore the monstrous creatures thought to lurk below the waves, while the ranked 2-10 cards focus more on superstitions and ghost ships.

Ace of Spades - Davy Jones' Locker - Click for High Resolution Image
Ace of Spades - Davy Jones' Locker - Click for High Resolution Image
Spades Court Spread - Click for High Resolution Images
Spades Court Spread - Click for High Resolution Images
   
2-6 Clubs Spread - Click for High Resolution Image
2-6 Clubs Spread - Click for High Resolution Image
    
7-10 Clubs Spread - Click for High Resolution Image
7-10 Clubs Spread - Click for High Resolution Image
Ace of Hearts - The North Star - Click for High Resolution Image
Ace of Hearts - The North Star - Click for High Resolution Image
Diamonds Hearts Court Spread - Click for High Resolution Images
Diamonds Hearts Court Spread - Click for High Resolution Images
2-6 Diamonds Spread - Click for High Resolution Images
2-6 Diamonds Spread - Click for High Resolution Images
 
7-10 Diamonds Spread - Click for High Resolution Images
7-10 Diamonds Spread - Click for High Resolution Images
Flying Dutchman Detail - Click for High Resolution Image
Flying Dutchman Detail - Click for High Resolution Image
Anne Dieu-le Veut Detail - Click for High Resolution Image
Anne Dieu-le Veut Detail - Click for High Resolution Image

 Now that the Captain's Deck has been unlocked, it is now available as an add-on to any backer over $7. Just add $10 US dollars ($13 for international) to your existing pledge. For anyone who has the Double Decker reward can make the Captain's deck the 2nd deck.

 
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The Captain's Deck features a new back and tuck box as well as variations on the face cards. This deck is more focused on playability. For this reason we simplified and streamlined many of the face cards and made the 2-10 card identifiably different from the court cards. They also feature a different color variation and a little more grit.

As a thank you for helping us reach the Captain's Deck stretch goal, we have added a few more goodies (hopefully pushing our stretch goals even further, so you get more). These are all add-ons that that can be added to your existing pledge. Simply add the appropriate dollar amount to your pledge and your set. At the end of the campaign we will send inquiries out to make sure we know exactly which add-ons you've selected.

 We have a new captain's coin with a Captain's helm on one side and a compass star on the other. These will feature more of an antique finish with several levels in the engraving creating a more three dimensional effect. These are now available as an add-on for $9 dollars ($11 international).

 We also have a new Captain's pouch with a custom embossed captain's helm. These fit two decks so this is a perfect add-on to any of the Double Decker backers. They are available as an add-on for $17 dollars ($20 international). Note that the final choice of leather may vary in color. If anyone would like to upgrade their pledge from the initial small pouch to a Captain's Pouch just add $3 dollars ($4 international).

 We are also proud to announce the addition of Seven Seas Dice. These custom 16mm 5/8" approx, marble finish die come in a pair. Squid on one die and the Sperm Whale on the other. These are now available as an add-on for $4 dollars for a pair($6 international). These are limited to 10 sets per backer.

Since we hit the 57,000 stretch goal, we have now unlocked the Captain's Dice! These are now available as an add-on for $4 dollars for a pair($6 international). These are limited to 10 sets per backer.

 With the addition of the new Captain's deck we have included a new reward tier for a Captain's Ship in a Bottle. These will be limited to 21 just like the Seven Sea's deck in a bottle. The backer limit is set to 13 so we have a few on hand in case anyone wants to add one on to their preexisting pledge. If you would like one of these as an add-on please send us a message so we can make note of it first since there is a limit on this item.

I'd also like to note that the Captain's Deck will now be available as an uncut sheet just like the regular Seven Sea's Deck.

Dealer Coin

Protect your cards with a 1-1/2” Giants of the Sea Pewter Dealer Coin. Giant squid on one side, sperm whale on the other; eternally locked in an epic struggle for dominance of the sea.

Captain's Log

The Captain's Log will feature a story pertaining to each 36 illustrated cards in the Seven Seas Playing Card Deck. This is to give the history and myth behind each card. It is written as if from a Captain on his journeys through the seven seas. The following is an example of one entry.

"As is the custom of my father and his before him, I’ve sat up with the first watch of the journey’s birth. 

 It is by this right that I confess onto paper, this voyage is cursed. 

Fog seemed to rise from the briny depths, a dark curtain across the bitter night. I lit my lantern to pierce the veil of distant shadow, but the lamp alight prov’d to betray my comfort. 

In the lantern’s glow I spied a ship’s prow in silhouette. 

By mast and sail I knew her for the Dutchman, though her ghostly visage wavered like wisps of smoke from a pipe. 

As if in answer to my lamp, her countenance began to glow with an unearthly light and every sound ceased. It even swallowed the voice of the sea. 

I might have cried out--I must have cried out, but the only evidence of my scream was the ghostly chill hanging in the air before me. 

Quickly I extinguished the flame, for if my fears were real and not spawned from nerves or rum, then a flame could mean death. The living must not hail such a ship. 

I stood in the dark, cold creeping along my flesh as its light slowly vanished and the sea swallowed the ship back into the abyss." 

-The Flying Dutchman

Pouch

 Contain all the treasures in a genuine leather and branded pouch.

Limited Edition Custom Print

Own a Limited Edition signed and numbered print of ANY card of your choice. Each card/print will be a limited run of 50. These are High quality, 10.77" x 15.25" Images printed on Epson Premium Matte Paper and printed with High Density pigment using Epson UltraChrome Archival Ink. (Printed on 13×19” Sheet, rolled & tube shipped). Recommended frame size is 16" x 20" with a matte size of 12" x 17".

Uncut Sheet

An uncut sheet of  Bicycle® Seven Seas Playing Cards printed by the USPCC.

Be a Queen

I have two Queens that have yet to be illustrated. I am in need of two females to immortalize as a Queen. For the guys out there this would be a great gift for that girlfriend or wife. They can be either Anne Bonny the Queen of Diamonds; a fierce female pirate; or Lorelei the Queen of Clubs; a sultry mermaid who lures men to their doom.

You will receive a Limited Edition signed and numbered "Anything Is Possible" Bottle by Jamie D. Grant with a Deck of Seven Seas Bicycle® Playing Cards Inside. This is a unique opportunity to own something very unique and ultra rare. We will be producing no more than 21 Bottles. Jamie D. Grant's "Anything is Possible" Bottles have been inspiring people all over the world. If you would like to learn more about this world famous magician visit his website at www.sendwonder.com.

 If you would like to add additional items to your pledge, find the item on the list and simply add the amount shown to your base pledge. For international, please be sure to add the international price.

As another stretch goal we would like to produce a complete choose your own adventure novel where your choices are made by the hand of fate and the draw of a card, written by Matthew Fishgold to accompany the Seven Seas Playing Cards. This will feature a custom illustration for the cover and will be available as a PDF, or if we reach a high enough goal, a softback book which will be given to any backer who pledged $40 dollars or more. 

Here is a brief synopsis of what we have planned.

High adventure awaits you...

After a mutiny aboard a privateer, Alain Charmont must overcome tremendous obstacles as he seeks glory and adventure on the seven seas.  As captain of The Second Chance, he will bind together a crew of misfits and criminals into the most feared fighting force the world has ever seen.  Conquering everything in his path, from cannibal pirates to lustful sirens, from legendary beasts to ship-rending storms, Captain Charmont will triumph in the face of adversity!

Only the right choices stand between the crew and certain death.  Can you survive the voyage across the Seven Seas?

Risks and challenges

There is always many challenges in a project like this. We have had one successful kickstarter before, but this being our first playing cards campaign, we have done extensive research on every challenge we will face. We also have a great team to help fulfill all pledges.

Printing: We do not anticipate any issues, as a professional design agency, we're used to working within deadlines. USPCC states it takes up to 6 weeks after approval, so we're setting a deadline of 11 weeks after funding just to be safe.

Shipping: We don't anticipate any issues unless USPS goes bankrupt.

Artwork & Design: As soon as we hit our initial goal, we are ready to prepare for stretch goals, etc. We will also ask anyone who pledges for the reward of having a likeness as a QUEEN to submit pictures immediately in order to prevent any delay of artwork preparation in time for submission to USPCC.

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    FILTHY LANDLUBBER - We appreciate that you are willing to watch from the land, but not willing to explore the seas. Receive a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log and a 'virtual thank you postcard'!

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    HOLIDAY EXPLORER
    (AVAILABLE UNTIL MIDNIGHT 12/25/2013) - You will receive 1 Seven Seas themed Bicycle® Deck and a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log.
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    DEEP SEA DICE - Receive 1 Pair of Squid and Whale Dice & Receive a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log! (Add $4 for each additional Pair of Dice (Limited to 10) **Dice will be fulfilled earlier if ONLY dice are being added to this tier!

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    SECOND CHANCE HOLIDAY EXPLORER (AVAILABLE UNTIL MIDNIGHT 12/25/2013) - You will receive 1 Seven Seas themed Bicycle® Deck and a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log. Add $10 per additional deck(s) Domestic Shipping Included.

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    THE SEAFARER - You will receive 1 Seven Seas themed Bicycle® Deck and a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log.
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    DOUBLE DECKER You will receive your Choice of 2 Seven Seas Deck OR 1 Seven Seas +1 Captains Deck (Pending Stretch Goal for Captains Deck) and a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log.
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    FIRST MATE - You will receive 1 Seven Seas themed Bicycle® Deck, 1 Dealer Coin, 1 printed captains log, 1 branded leather pouch and a special unannounced treasure from the Brainvessel Crew and a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log.
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    POWDER MONKEY - (Half a Brick) Choice of 6 Seven Seas Decks OR 3 Seven Seas Decks & 3 Captains Decks (Pending Stretch Goal for Captains Deck) AND an Autographed ONE-OF-A-KIND 4x6 Postcard of ACE of SPADES down to the TWO of Clubs, then the last two Jokers, dependent on the order in which the pledges are received. (unique to this pledge and only 54 awarded in this size) You will also receive a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log
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    POWDER MONKEY JOKERS - (Half a Brick) Choice of 6 Seven Seas Decks OR 3 Seven Seas Decks & 3 Captains Decks (Pending Stretch Goal for Captains Deck) AND an Autographed ONE-OF-A-KIND 4x6 of these last two Jokers, dependent on the order in which the pledges are received. (unique to this pledge and only 54 awarded in this size) You will also receive a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log Domestic Shipping Included.

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    UNPOWDERED MONKEY - The half brick without the powder! (Half a Brick) Choice of 6 Seven Seas Decks OR 3 Seven Seas Decks & 3 Captains Decks (Pending Stretch Goal for Captains Deck) You will also receive a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log If you missed the POPULAR POWDERED MONKEY REWARD, you can always add $30 for a Large print of any card(your choice!!! Domestic Shipping Included.

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    MARITIME ART COLLECTOR - You will receive 1 Limited Edition Custom 13"x19" Print of your choice, 1 Seven Seas themed Bicycle® Deck, 1 Dealer Coin, 1 printed captains log, 1 branded leather pouch and a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log.
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    THE SIAMESE SAILOR - You will receive 2 Seven Seas themed Bicycle® Deck, 2 Dealer Coins, 2 captains logs, 2 branded leather pouches and two limited edition 13"x19" prints of any choice of card from the deck and a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log.
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    SHIPS IN A BOTTLE You will receive a Limited Edition signed and numbered "Anything Is Possible" Bottle by Jamie D. Grant with a Deck of Seven Seas themed Bicycle® Cards Inside +1 Seven Seas themed Bicycle® Deck, 1 Dealer Coin, 1 printed captains log, 1 branded leather pouch and a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log.
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    CAPTAIN'S SHIP IN A BOTTLE You will receive a Limited Edition signed and numbered "Anything Is Possible" Bottle by Jamie D. Grant with a Captain's Deck themed Bicycle® Cards Inside +1 Seven Seas themed Bicycle® Deck, 1 Captain's Deck, 1 Dealer Coin, 1 printed captains log, 1 branded leather pouch and a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log. Domestic Shipping Included.

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    THE QUEEN - Have yourself or someone you know (female required) to get their likeness drawn as a queen. Choose either Anne Bonny the Queen of Diamonds or Lorelei the Queen of Clubs. You will also receive A Half a Brick consisting of 6 Seven Seas themed Bicycle® Decks OR 3 Seven Seas Decks & 3 Captains Decks (Pending Stretch Goal for Captains Deck) , 1 Dealer Coin, 1 printed captains log, 1 branded leather pouch, a limited edition print of your Queen card and a PDF of the 36 Tales Captains log..
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    QUARTER MASTER - Own an original handwritten page out of our Captains Log. (ready to frame) A hand-constructed, hand-tattered version of the Captains Log (Only 20 are being made)
    Along with these unique ONE-OF-A-KIND reward comes the "First Mate Package" Signed by the Brain Vessel Crew and Deck Hands. A Half a Brick consisting of 6 Seven Seas themed Bicycle® Decks or OR 3 Seven Seas Decks & 3 Captains Decks (Pending Stretch Goal for Captains Deck)
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