Essentia Playing Cards (Canceled)
A completely original deck of playing cards, designed with both playability and collectability in mind: Essentia Playing Cards!
Hello, my name is Mankin Chan and this is my second custom playing cards project on Kickstarter. In 2015 I successfully launched my first deck, the art deck Cultura Playing Cards.
This time I wanted to create a deck that is also focused on playability, the essence of playing cards. The goal is to provide a replacement or alternative for the regular playing cards you use to play games, but in my own unique design style. Great for both players and collectors. So I'm proud to present to you: Essentia Playing Cards!
- Produced by Legends Playing Cards Company
- Poker sized cards
- 54 fully customized cards
- Custom tuckbox
- Casino grade quality
- Silver foil printing on tuckbox (stretch goal: €6500)
- Numbered stamp sticker seal (stretch goal: €7500)
- Inside tuckbox printing (stretch goal: €8500)
The Essentia Deck is a fully customized deck, with unique artwork on all 54 cards. The two extra cards are the red and black jokers.
For the design of the Essentia deck I used regular playing cards as an inspiration source and redesigned it with my own interpretation of flat design. The style is similar to my previous Cultura deck.
The pips of this deck all fit within a rectangular shape. The curves of the circles are also matched between the pips as much as possible. By using this framework the pips became a nice coherent set.
The court cards are based on the courts of regular decks, but completely redesigned in my own flat design style.
I chose to customize the pips a bit for all aces to make them stand out from the other cards. The ace of spades got some extra attention like usual, with a larger pip and some decorative texts.
I chose to design the jokers with a two way design to match it with the court cards. The four magician brothers each represent their own pip. The brothers are divided into the black magicians and the red magicians.
The back design of the card is a personal version of the well known argyle pattern, decorated with the pips. I chose this design because it gives the card a classic look that fits the deck well in my opinion.
The tuckbox is actually based on two elements of the other design choices. First of all it is a zoomed in part of the argyle pattern of the back design. And the three tones of blue/green colors are based on the colors of the 'black' court cards.
I have set up some stretch goals to add extra features on to the deck after the funding goal is reached. I chose to strip down these features from the basic deck. This way I can set the funding goal as low as possible to increase the possibility for the decks to be produced. The stretch goals are also low and follow each other up quickly, because after the deck is funded the most important thing is to deliver an even nicer product by enhancing it with cool details.
Stretch goal 1:
The first stretch goal is a silver foil decoration on the tuckbox. All the white parts of the tuckbox will be covered with silver foil. I chose this as the first stretch goal, because I think it will make the box look much nicer and more premium. The silver highlights combine very well with the matte tuckbox. So hopefully we can get this deck funded for more than 100% and reach this first goal.
I want to keep things simple for this project. My number one priority is to deliver the decks on time. That is why I kept the number of add-ons limited to uncut sheets and extra decks. Please check below for detailed information about these items. If you want any of these add-ons, just increase your pledge by the appropriate amount of money after selecting your reward level.
An uncut sheet is a deck of cards before it is cut into pieces. This way it serves great as a unique decorative poster. See an example of the colorful uncut sheet above, frame is not included. These uncut sheets will only be printed once, so they are a great collectors item.
The Essentia Deck will be manufactured by the Legends Playing Cards Company, which is a well known company under playing card enthousiasts. The quality of their decks are among the best of the world.
To ensure that your decks arrive safely and quickly, Gambler's Warehouse will handle the fulfillment of the decks.They are a well known and experienced fulfillment party for numerous campaigns, I think they will do a nice job for this project too.
The exchange rates of euro and other currencies change every day, so this is just on indication of the exchange rate at this moment.
- €1,00 = 1,198 USD
- €1,00 = 0,881 GBP
- €1,00 = 1,506 AUD
The picture below shows the phases of this project. I will do my best to deliver everything according to this timeline. In the meantime, I will post some project updates regularly to keep you all informed.
Risks and challenges
This is my second Kickstarter project so I have some experience from my first project. With experienced partners like LPCC that will handle the deck production and GW the distribution, I think I have minimized the risks as much as possible. They did a great job last time and I have no doubt about their professionalism. With my experience as a designer, I am pretty confident to bring this project to a good end.
All the artwork is finished and I am already in contact with LPCC.
Like in every project, unexpected delays can occur. I will do my utmost best to prevent this and deliver the decks on time. I am aiming to deliver the decks in april 2018. Of course I will keep you all informed about the process with regular updates.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this project. I will do my best to reply as soon as possible. During the project I will check the comments section regularly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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