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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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".
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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