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King's Keys Playing Cards

An unusual deck of cards with a 4x4x4 logic that plays over a dozen adventurous new card games.

King's Keys Playing Cards

An unusual deck of cards with a 4x4x4 logic that plays over a dozen adventurous new card games.

$899
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About

The King's Keys deck with rule sheet

In a nutshell, the King's Keys deck started as an experiment to see what card games would be like if you rebuilt playing cards from the ground up. Instead of using ranks and suits, each card has a number (from one to four), one of four items, and one of four colors. The result is what I call a 4x4x4 deck where 64 playing cards each have a unique combination of these three parts.

The game instructions included have rules for three very different games. There are even more game rules available to download for free on the website. I've written and tested over a dozen games so far including strategy games, a Rummy style game, kid's games and solitaire. Different players like to play different games, so I tried to make something fun for everybody. I'll be adding more game rules and How-to-Play videos to the website over time.

The new Joker art

For the art design I chose items inspired by adventure games (Keys, Axes, Shields and Coins) which help inspire back stories to each game. In one game each item is a relic to be collected from each of the four kingdoms. In another the Axes and Shields represent Soldiers and Guards to protect your kingdom while you use Keys to steal from your opponents and Coins to bribe their Guards.

The four colors represent four different kingdoms: The Kingdom of the Sun (Yellow), Kingdom of the Mountains (Red), Kingdom of the Forest (Green), and Kingdom of the Ocean (Blue). For people who don't see colors well (like me) each item has the symbol of their kingdom to help tell them apart.

The deck includes 8 additional cards: 4 Kingdom cards showing a color banner for each kingdom and 4 Item Jokers that highlight each of the four items. These cards can be used to determine which kingdom you are playing for or which items are Holy Relics. They can also be shuffled in with the rest of the deck to be used as wild cards.

The finished cards will be plastic coated with a satin finish on a quality playing card stock.

This is a deck for having fun with friends and family. You may decide to add your own house rules to your favorite games or even invent brand new games to play with it!

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Learn the basics plus three different games with the rule sheet (included)
More game rules are on the website. There's something for everyone!
The Joker Poster

This video teaches some basic terms and game mechanics for the King's Keys deck. 

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This video shows How to Play King's Square Solitaire

Risks and challenges

For now the biggest challenge is just spreading the word and raising money for the printing costs. The artwork is complete except for putting the final touches on the box design. I've set the delivery deadline for next April to adjust for any unexpected delays but I hope to ship well before then.

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    A Card Game Named After You

    You can be immortalized in a game title!
    This deck can play lots of different games and each one of them needs a name. Your name (or a loved one) will be in the title of the official game rules for all to see. I'll work with you to find a style of game you like to play and give you final approval of an appropriate title.

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