Are you a fan of steampunk artwork? Do you like playing card games with poker cards? Visions of Class Strife is a deck of poker cards with a steampunk theme. But you’re getting more than a deck of cards. This project has beautiful artwork and interesting characters, but above all it has a story.
Just like in real life, sometimes people are connected in subtle ways. Every character has their own life, and every character is linked with the others.
The Back Design:
The design on the back of all the cards shows a fuse glowing and smoking inside its glass tube. This is emblematic of a fail-safe fuse, a fuse that blazes brightly due to a current overload and burns out in order to save the rest of the circuit from damage.
The pressure is building in our walled city of Victoria and soon the fuse may blaze out.
Card Fronts (2-10)
Button Set of 4:
Button Set of 5:
Tea Explanation Chart:
Detailed descriptions coming soon!
Bombastic Cafe has agreed to let us privately label our tea pledge levels through their store front and suppliers. This enabled us to pick from a selection of 800 teas. We are busy creating custom labels, descriptions and packaging to bring this story to life. If you can't wait for our kickstarter to complete then head over to www.bombasticcafe.com and order from them directly. Their retail location should be opening in May and the cafe portion will open around the middle of summer. However the custom labels and packaging are a kickstarter promotion only!
Localization: We have done our best to buy from local sources, But I will let you be the judge of that. Remember that some things are not produced locally, so we will buy as close to the source/producer as possible. (How did we do?)
Design Team: Illinois, Chicago Cards: Kentucky (USPCC) Buttons: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan Flyers: Illinois, New York Tea Bags: Wisconsin Cafe Wholesaler: Illinois Tea Company: New York Wholesaler, Toronto Fulfillment warehouse, regions throughout South America, Africa, India, and Asia. Laser Etcher: Illinois Portrait Printing: Illinois Metal Supplier: Illinois, Indiana
Shipping: (Kickstarter only allows whole dollars to be charged)
I have included $3-6 for shipping on all decks of cards and anything over 100 grams. Once the weight is above 400 grams it's cheaper to use Flat Rate Shipping, which is $5.80 to $12.50 per box.
The flyers and buttons will cost around $1 to ship. ($0.50-$1.20)
A La Carte:
Face Cards have arrived, Check out the Updates.
$8,000: Expand the brand! Get the current DR&D Design Team working on some small upgrades to the current pledge levels. (Like 50g tea orders or more come with tins, 4x6 flyers get better quality paper)
$9,000: Upgrade the brand expansion! Laser etched tins for all tea levels! (The 60g tea level will come in a 50g tin) New add on: empty laser etched tins will be available in 10g, 30g, 50g and 100g sizes.
$10,000: More details! All face cards get custom backgrounds. New add on: framed portraits of face cards.
$12,500: Metal pendants! Pendants for each of the four  suit's silhouette design will be available. Pendants will be made out of 99.9% Copper.
$14,500: Upgrade metal pendants! Pendant will be available in a variety of metals: copper, brass, iron, steel, and aluminum.
$15,000: Upgrade metal pendants! We will create 16 new designs, one for each of the face cards.
$20,000: "Create the Brand!" DR&D will bring the stories to life through a small series of Kickstarter projects. Merging our worlds, we will bring devices and objects used in the stories to life. Steampunk coffee/tea service kits: Trays, cups, pots, and a coffee machine with functioning steam gauges, gears, valves, and pistons.
Risks and challenges
Creating custom decks of cards has been done before. Heck, even steampunk poker cards have been done before. But we’re offering something more. We’re offering a journey with each of these decks, an entire world that we want you to see and read about. This deck of cards is supposed to introduce each of these characters and how they’re related. We want this to be the first step towards something even larger.
The key to getting these cards physically made is good communication with the U.S. manufacturers we want to use. We’re going to work hard to make sure they follow through on their commitments so we can follow through on ours.
We’re currently done designing the backs of the cards as well as the aces and numbers for every suit. The face cards are where the meat of this project is. We’re still working on the artwork for each character, but funding this project will ensure every character is finished. But we want to not only give you sweet looking characters, want to tell you something interesting about them. The more stretch goals we reach, the more back story you'll be able to get.
We have chosen 16 teas that represents each one of our face cards. There are 8 different combinations available for your choosing.
Are you feeling majestic like a Queen? or Maybe you're feeling emblematic for a suit. Would you like to try another set of 4 teas? [240 grams Total] Just add 18$ to your pledge amount. What about another 2 sets of teas? [360 grams Total] Just add $34 to your pledge amount. Sample them ALL! [480 grams Total] Just add $48 to your pledge level.
Special Thanks to Bombastic Cafe, for Providing the Private Labeling services. US Shipping is included.