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A reptile and amphibian inspired deck of playing cards.  55 Unique illustrations, 55 different reptiles and amphibians.
A reptile and amphibian inspired deck of playing cards. 55 Unique illustrations, 55 different reptiles and amphibians.
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The Tale of Scales Deck

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EDIT:  Both slots for the pets on cards have been taken!  

EDIT 11/15/19:  Add-ons and other purchases after the funding period will count towards stretch goals!  

EDIT 11/9/19:  Enamel pins will be available as add-ons for $5 USD.  They will be 0.75 inches, or roughly 2 cm in width.  Here is the mockup:

EDIT 10/30/19:  Art books (PDFs) will be included in any orders over $100 (unless you don't want one).  Physical art books are available as add-ons for $25 for pledges under $100, and $10 for pledges over $100.  Art prints of individual cards will likely be around 12x16 inches (30x40.5 cm), and will be available as add-ons for $20.  

EDIT 10/24/19:  A PDF (electronic copy) of the art book may be purchased as an add-on after the funding period for $5.  

EDIT 10/20/19:  due to some unexpected funding outside of Kickstarter, I've been able to move the stretch goals down a bit.  Stretch goal 1 will be available at $6k now, and stretch goal 2 (gold edges) will be available at $10k.

The Tale of Scales deck of cards features 55 unique illustrations of herpetofauna from all over the world

Snakes, frogs, lizards, turtles, crocodilians, and even a caecilian make their appearances, each individually illustrated.  

The final product will be a 54-card deck on poker size (2.5 inches x 3.5 inches) cards.  They will be printed on linen card stock with black core.  All paper used in making the deck is sourced responsibly.  The cards will be printed by MPC.

I hope to make reptiles and amphibians more well known.  When people think of wildlife, it tends to be more biased towards more charismatic megafauna, such as mammals and birds.  Often, people don't even know about the more obscure or exotic herpetofauna, which is problematic.  Many of the reptiles and amphibians today are threatened by habitat loss, human activity, or disease.  If people don't even know they exist, how will they help?

Enter the Tale of Scales deck.  

Now, with just a quick game of cards, you can expose your players to our reptilian friends.  Each card features an illustration, the common name, and the scientific name of a reptile or amphibian.  Never heard of a caecilian?  Well, now you have. 

Shipping within the continental US is free.  

Photoshop-Generated Mockup

Stretch Goals:

BASE GOAL: $3k USD

  • 54 cards
  • 55 illustrations
  •  Linen card stock (310 gsm) and black core 2.5 x 3.5 inch (poker) cards
  •  Full color print tuck box 
  • Standard playing card finish
  •  Soft-cover art book (if applicable)

STRETCH GOAL #1: $6k USD

  • 54 cards
  • 55 illustrations
  •  Linen card stock (310 gsm) and black core 2.5 x 3.5 inch (poker) cards
  •  Full color print tuck box 
  •  Extra-durable playing card finish
  •  Hard-cover art book (if applicable)

STRETCH GOAL #2: $10k USD

  • 54 cards
  • 55 illustrations
  •  Ultra-smooth card stock (330 gsm) and black core 2.5 x 3.5 inch (poker) cards
  •  Full color print tuck box 
  •  Gold gilt edges
  •  Extra-durable playing card finish
  •  Hard-cover art book (if applicable)
Normal card back vs Gilded card back (Stretch goal #2)

Who am I?

I'm Emma, a high school student.  This project started as an assignment for my graphic design class.  However, I decided to go further than the assigned 14 cards and illustrate the entire deck.  With these cards, I hope to bring reptiles and amphibians into more people's lives as they learn how wonderful our scaled or slimy neighbors can be.  

I plan on creating an art book documenting the process of illustration and creating these cards.  

Herps Featured in the Deck:  

Hearts: 

  • Mourning gecko [DONE]
  • Shingleback skink [DONE]
  • Leopard gecko [DONE]
  • Northern copperhead snake [DONE]
  • Axolotl [DONE]
  • American toad [DONE]
  • Blanding's turtle [DONE]
  • Horned lizard [DONE]
  • Shasta salamander [DONE]
  • Ball python [DONE]
  • Tiger salamander [DONE]
  • Indian gharial [DONE]
  • Corn snake [DONE]

Diamonds: 

  • Western diamondback rattlesnake [DONE]
  • Green Anole [DONE]
  • Side-blotched lizards [DONE]
  • American bullfrog [DONE]
  • Matamata turtle [DONE]
  • Slender caecilian [DONE]
  • Argentine tegu [DONE]
  • Coral snake and Milk snake [DONE]
  • Leatherback sea turtle [DONE]
  • Bearded dragon [DONE]
  • Basilisk lizard [DONE]
  • Green tree python [DONE]
  • Komodo dragon [DONE]

Clubs:  

  • Draco lizard [DONE]
  • Xenopus frog tadpole [DONE]
  • Wood turtle [DONE]
  • Gaboon viper [DONE]
  • Galapagos tortoise [DONE]
  • Rain frog [DONE]
  • Crested gecko
  • Red-eyed crocodile skink [DONE]
  • Snake-necked turtle [DONE]
  • Cane toad [DONE]
  • Mangrove Snake [DONE]
  • Florida softshell turtle [SKETCHED]
  • King cobra [SKETCHED]

Spades: 

  • Tuatara [SKETCHED]
  • African crocodile [SKETCHED]
  • Jackson's chameleon [SKETCHED]
  • Glass lizard
  • Tentacled snake
  • Vietnamese mossy frog
  • Alligator snapping turtle
  • Marine iguana
  • Red-eyed treefrog
  • Baron's green racer snake
  • Hognose snake [SKETCHED]
  • Bush viper
  • Japanese giant salamander

Jokers:

  • Archaeopteryx
  • Tiktaalik

Back:

  • Armadillo lizard [DONE]
Photoshop-Generated Mockup

The Art Book

The art book will be 44 pages long, and 6 inches x 9 inches.  It will be printed on 100% recycled paper, and I will be printing them through https://www.greenerprinter.com

If the hardcover stretch goal is hit, then they will be wire-bound.  

The art book will detail the sketch and illustration process, as well as inspirations behind the selection of the herpetofauna on the cards.  High-res images of the illustrations will be included in the book so that details are viewed more easily.

A PDF (electronic copy) of the art book may be purchased as an add-on after the funding period for $5.  

Can we buy decks/books after the funding period is over?

I plan on taking some to future reptile expos (notably the New England Reptile Expo and the Massachusetts Reptile Expo).  There will be a limited stock available for purchase after funding is over on a separate website yet to be set up.  Shipping will not be included in sales after the funding period.  Updates on that will be posted here.

Please make sure you use an up-to date debit or credit card!  Otherwise you'll be dropped as a backer when the campaign is over.  

The deck is still undergoing revisions and edits, so there may be changes between what's in the mock-ups here and what you receive.  I'll be sure to keep you all posted on any changes that occur.

There may be stickers, T-shirts, acrylic charms, and/or pins available for purchase on a separate website after the funding period.  

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for this project will be collecting the funds to go and make the cards. I'll be covering shipping and handling myself, so be sure to format your address correctly once the survey goes out afterwards! An address with mistakes in it may take longer to deliver, or will be returned to me.

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    Exclusive Kickstarter edition copy of the Tale of Scales deck!

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    Deck + Art Book

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    A discounted deck of cards for the quickest backers!

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    Your Pet on a Card

    Have your (or a friend's) pet crested gecko or bearded dragon featured in the illustration for the species in the Tale of Scales deck! I only have space for one crestie and one beardie. First come, first serve!
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    Bearded dragon: 10 of diamonds
    Crested gecko: 7 of clubs

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    King of Hearts

    The king of hearts is currently an empty card. However, you can choose the species, and which individual to illustrate!

    Please select a species of reptile or amphibian that has lived during the last 500 years (it can be recently extinct, but it cannot be, for example, a dinosaur). Maybe it's your pet, or maybe it's this super cool snake you found once.

    Please don't pick a species already represented in the deck!

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