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About

-- THE CONCEPT --
The basic concept of this deck is to take original artwork hand drawn and hand painted by U.K. Playing Card Artist Peter Wood and combine it with computer designed backgrounds to help give the deck of cards the "feel" of a comic book.  Bright, busy and fast, but filled with fun, color and imagination.  All done while being mingled with hidden pips (hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades) to add another dimension.

-- WHAT MAKES THIS DECK DIFFERENT  --
We know that semi-transformational artwork is not different or a new concept.  Teddy bears aren't really different.  Even comics aren't different.  BUT, If you roll all of these together in to one Kickstarter campaign for a deck of playing cards, now that is different!  With the fact that it also has original, hand painted and digital artwork it is pretty different or unique from many of the other cool decks here on KS.

The card back design.  There are 2 different decks planned so you can choose what you want.
The card back design. There are 2 different decks planned so you can choose what you want.

-- TWO DIFFERENT DECKS --
After listening to feedback we have decided to print 2 different smaller runs of these decks. One will be what we call the "Original" deck which is much more busy. The second deck will be called the "Woodsy" deck which is not only simpler but has a white border on both sides and shows off more of the artwork by Peter Wood.

-- THE STORY BEHIND THE DECK --
Newtropolis and The Fantastic Fur Is the latest deck of cards created by UK artist Peter Wood exclusively for Newt's Playing Cards!  Peter is a huge fan of comic book superheroes and remembers reading them as a young boy a 'few' years ago.  This deck features Peter's super bears, straight from his own imagination.  While he freely admits that some are parodies of famous comic book heroes and villains, most are inspired from every day life.

Just like "WILD!", "Cats - Pips-N-Paws" and "Busy Bears", Peter has created "The Fantastic Fur" in the same semi-transformational format. At Newt's Playing Cards we often call them "seek and find" playing cards to help folks understand better what the deck is.  The basic scoop is the deck has hidden Pips (hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades) on each card.  As an added dimension Peter has also hidden the symbol of Newtropolis, a hexagon, throughout the deck.

The Kind of Clubs features the Gladiator.  This image shows the 2 different styles we will be printing.
The Kind of Clubs features the Gladiator. This image shows the 2 different styles we will be printing.

-- ABOUT SEMI-TRANSFORMATIONAL ART --
This type of art isn't really new as it has been around since the late 1800s.  At NewtsGames.com we just happen to love this type of art so much that we continue to create more decks with it.  In the "old days" this type of art was called "semi-transformational" but we like to call it "hidden images" or "seek-n-find".  "Semi-transformation" just means that the suit signs or "pips" are hidden in the picture...which is exactly what these decks do.  They are 'transformed' in a subtle and fun way just like they did back in the late 1800s.

Here is a sample of how it works:

This is the 3 of Clubs, so there are 3 clubs hidden in the image. We have pointed to them here.
This is the 3 of Clubs, so there are 3 clubs hidden in the image. We have pointed to them here.

-- THE STORY OF NEWTROPOLIS --
Newtropolis is the main city of Hugobia (The Land Of Bears) but what makes this city so unique is not the buildings or it's location, but many of it's inhabitants. Newtropolis is the home of a host of powerful and very special teddy bears who have a vast range of special powers. Some are gained from unique circumstances, some from accidents and some from years of dedication to their craft. These 'Super' bears are joined by their desire to rid Hugobia of all evil and wrong and are divided into 3 main 'factions': The Diamonds, Hearts & Clubs.  They are all connected in their battle with evil via BRAIN (Ace of Clubs) who has the mental ability to contact anyone at any time and read their minds whilst planting his own thoughts within his subjects heads. But all is not well in Newtropolis! Although the 'good' bears in Hugobia derive much of their energy from the honey combs pure honey, there is a mutant strain of this food that was infected many years ago - some say deliberately. For those bears that eat from this source it eats away at their more positive traits and has created the villain 'Spades', which are the sworn enemies of Newtropolis and a range of bears with powers of their own.

And so the battle for Newtropolis begins. Heroes versus Villains.  Good versus evil.  One lovable hug at a time...but who will win?

The Eight of Diamons features Dragon.  The image above shows the 2 different decks you can get.
The Eight of Diamons features Dragon. The image above shows the 2 different decks you can get.

-- ABOUT THE CARDS --
The decks are printed by one of our regular manufacturers in China.  The quality of the deck is very important to us.  Over the years we have worked with various suppliers in other countries and the couple that we use now provide the best service and excellent quality products.
Here are basic details of the decks:
- 300 gsm (10pt) stock
- Block out core to make sure cards can't be seen through
- 56 cards per deck (52 Normal, 3 Jokers and 1 Double Sided Back Design)
- Poker Size (2-1/2 x 3-1/2)
- Matte, Linen Finish
- 4 color front, 4 color back, 4 color tuck box - 300gsm (10 pt stock)
- Shrink wrap around tuck box
- Deck includes 3 jokers/wild cards with one of the extra cards showing the back design on both sides.
NOW INCLUDES A DECK SEAL or stamp on all of the decks!

The Ten of Spades is Cybearg.  Choose deck 1, deck 2 or both.
The Ten of Spades is Cybearg. Choose deck 1, deck 2 or both.

-- COMMENTS FROM OTHERS --
Jim Kleefield (backer) -
Magical Entertainer, Ohio
"Wow! I can't wait to get my hands on the Fantastic Fur Superhero Teddy Bear cards. As a professional magician I love finding transformation decks like these. The artwork adds some real novelty to my card tricks and makes for a nice change of pace in close up setting. I bring out a transformation deck after a couple of tricks using regular Bicycle cards, and spectators really pay attention. Because the pips are disguised or hidden in the design, people pay real close attention and nobody ever forgets their card. These look like they would be especially good for restaurant magic where you often get a family table. Kids are going to love my card routines if they see superhero teddy bears! And after a card routine, they love handling the deck and trying to find the hidden pips. It makes a perfect open-ended activity. The kids are occupied, and I'm at the table, but not in the middle of a routine. As soon as the server comes, I can gather up the cards and leave."

Nancy (backer) - Card Collector
"I have Peter Wood's Genesis cards and they are so well done, was happy to contribute to this Kickstarter project. So much more fun than boring playing cards!"

Zeke (backer) - Tarot Reader
"Love the cards. I'll be using them for Oracle Readings as every single card has a different image!"

Jim Kleefield (backer) - Magical Entertainer, Ohio
"Great idea for magicians! I'm getting several decks. Here is a tip for magicians: have a spectator pick a card and cover the indices. They think they are hiding the card's identity, but you will still know their card by counting the secret hidden pips."

The Queen of Hearts has Cleopatra. You can choose either one or both of these decks in the rewards.
The Queen of Hearts has Cleopatra. You can choose either one or both of these decks in the rewards.

-- WHAT ABOUT OTHER DECKS BY NEWT'S? --
Yep, Newt's has been publishing decks of cards for almost 15 years now.  Usually small "Indie" style runs.  While we have done quite a few decks with semi-transformational style art we have also published political cards, other forms of art and we publish historical decks of cards for museums too.  As collectors we ended up taking our passion for collecting playing cards to a much larger scale.  This is our first Kickstarter campaign.

Other decks of cards drawn by Peter Wood and published by Newt's Games & Puzzles.
Other decks of cards drawn by Peter Wood and published by Newt's Games & Puzzles.

Shown above you can see some of the other decks we have published with artwork done by Peter Wood.  There are actually a couple of "rewards" you can get to help fund this new deck and get some of the others too.  It's a great way to add to your collection.

-- ADD-ONS --
We've had some folks asking for some Peter Wood add-ons so here you go.

1)  8" x 10" 110 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle in a Matching Box - Your favorite "Fantastic Fur" character, transformed into a beautiful 110 piece, 8" x 10" jigsaw puzzle. Even better yet, the same image is printed beautifully on the lid of the box!  This puzzle is printed on a satin finish poster print and then we attach it to chip board. This is not the cheap heat transfer puzzles this is the real thing! 
- Add $25 to your pledge, but be sure to $10 for international shipping.

2)  20" x 30" Poster Print - This picture perfect poster print is actually a GIANT poster professionally printed on photo paper.  It will come rolled in a special tube to keep it safe.  Just choose the "Fantastic Fur" character you want to have put on the poster. 
- Add $25 to your pledge, but be sure to $12 for international shipping.

3)  Tarot Sized Deck of 56 Cards - Traditional size tarot cards that can be used for gaming, divination or just to get a larger print of Peter Wood's artwork.
Dimensions         2.75 x 4.75 x 0.015 inches
Material         270gsm clay coated card stock
- Add $25 to your pledge, but be sure to $9 for international shipping.

4)  White T-Shirt 50/50 Cotton/Polyester Blend - A unique T-shirt the art from any one card face design you want.  Choose from the original design, Woodsy style or we can take out all the background. Heavyweight White 50/50 cotton/polyester blend offers the best image quality.  Available in small, medium, large and extra large.  Add $3 for XXL.
- Add $15 to your pledge, but be sure to $9 for international shipping.  If you want XXL add $3 too.

Just increase your pledge to include what you want.

Heavyweight White 50/50 cotton/polyester blend tshirt
Heavyweight White 50/50 cotton/polyester blend tshirt

Add-on Rewards List

As long as you have an initial reward of $5 or more you can increase your pledge to add additional rewards as follows.

$25/$35 International adds 8x10 - 110 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
$25/$37 International adds 20x30 Poster Print
$25/$34 International adds One 56 Pack of Tarot Sized Cards
$15/$24 International adds S, M, L, or XL T-Shirt - Add $3 more for XXL

--Don't forget normal decks you can add on--
$8/$15 International - adds another deck of playing cards
$16/$31 International - adds 1 deck of WILD, 1 deck of Busy Bears and 1 Deck of Pips-N-Paws Cats

When the project ends you will get a survey that will ask if you pledged extra for any of these add-ons. Just let us know at that point what it is you wanted.

~~  S T R E T C H    G O A L S ~~

1) If we reach $6,000 we will print on the inside of ALL the tuck boxes.  Design to be determined but we are thinking about putting a "secret" map to the City of Newtropolis.

2) If we reach $8,000 we will include One (1) EXTRA Foil designed Joker for the first 2,000 decks sponsored.  This will mean there are 5 jokers inside the deck or 57 cards total.  We will decide at a later point if it will be an all new design or if we will just use one of the cards already in the deck and make it with special ink.

 If you have read this far that is awesome.  So in advance we want to send one BIG HUG from the "Incredible Hug" himself.  Thank you for supporting our project.

We will need your help spreading the word about the project.  While we've bought decks off Kickstarter before this is our first campaign.  So if you can help spread the word that would be great.

PLEASE NOTE: Images shown are meant to be a mock up to help you better understand the basic design and/or layout. As we work to fine tune this project the art may look different on the final product.

Risks and challenges

The art is complete with the exception of the 2 jokers that you can order as a reward. There may be tweaks on the art as we go along. Delivery date is set for May just to play it safe. As soon as we complete this Kickstarter campaign Peter Wood will draw the 2 extra jokers and we'll be off to print.

We do the shipping ourselves as we are already used to shipping orders from Amazon, Ebay and our websites from our store in Circleville, Ohio. The cost of the design, printing, shipping, packaging and everything is included in the project goal.

At minimum we print a couple dozen different decks of cards every year and have become accustomed to the process of not only designing, but we have a close relationship with our manufacturers who consistently have been producing decks of cards for us for several years. The quality of the product is of utmost importance to us.

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    VINTAGE MEMORY: Thank you very much for your support and for helping us get closer to bringing another deck of "semi-transformational" playing cards to the market.

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    Get 1 of 54 signed and numbered card from a deck. A random card will be sent to you, signed and numbered by playing card artist, Peter Wood. Each card will come from ONE single deck of Fantastic Fur playing cards!! Again, you will get one (1) random, individual playing card that is signed and numbered by Peter himself. FREE shipping to anywhere in the world! Please allow extra time on this as Peter signs them, mails them back to Newt's and we send them out.

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    OLD-FASHIONED EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: One (1) Deck of The Fantastic Fur Semi-Transformational Playing Cards. Domestic shipping included. International Backers be sure to add $7 to your pledge for shipping.

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    WOODSY EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: One (1) Deck of WOODSY style of The Fantastic Fur Semi-Transformational Playing Cards. Domestic shipping included. International Backers be sure to add $7 to your pledge for shipping.

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    KICKING BACK: One (1) Deck of The Fantastic Fur Semi-Transformational Playing Cards. Domestic shipping included. International Backers be sure to add $7 to your pledge for shipping.

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    WOODSY KICKING BACK: One (1) Deck of The WOODSY Style of The Fantastic Fur Semi-Transformational Playing Cards. Domestic shipping included. International Backers be sure to add $7 to your pledge for shipping.

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    LOOKING BACK: Two (2) Decks of The Fantastic Fur Semi-Transformational Playing Cards. Domestic shipping included. International Backers be sure to add $10 to your pledge for shipping.

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    WOODSY COMBO: Includes BOTH decks! One (1) of the ORIGINAL Decks of The Fantastic Fur Semi-Transformational Playing Cards AND one (1) of the WOODSY design. Domestic shipping included. International Backers be sure to add $10 to your pledge for shipping.

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    OLD-FANGLED TRIO: Three (3) Decks of The Fantastic Fur Semi-Transformational Playing Cards. Domestic shipping included. International Backers be sure to add $15 to your pledge for shipping.

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    WAY BACK WHEN: a.k.a. The Peter Wood Quad Pack. This 'Dreamer' pack includes all Four (4) of decks of Semi-Transformational playing cards that Peter has drawn for Newt's. One (1) Deck of EACH of the following. "The Fantastic Fur", "WILD!", "CATS - Pips-N-Paws" and "Busy Bears". ALL of them are Semi-Transformational Playing Cards that were drawn by Peter Wood and published by Newt's Games & Puzzles. Domestic Shipping Included. International Backers be sure to add $17 to your pledge for shipping.

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    IN THE BEGINNING: This 'Woodsy' pack includes all FIVE (5) decks of Semi-Transformational playing cards that Peter Wood has drawn for Newt's. One (1) Deck of EACH of the following. "The Fantastic Fur", "WILD!", "CATS - Pips-N-Paws" and "Busy Bears". PLUS, you also get One (1) deck of the "Genesis - The Chamber of 52 Cards" A Limited Edition deck! ALL Five (5) decks are Semi-Transformational Playing Cards that were drawn by Peter Wood and published by Newt's Games & Puzzles. Domestic Shipping Included. International Backers be sure to add $23 to your pledge for shipping.

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    SQUARED DAYS GONE BY: One (1) Uncut Sheet and One (1) Deck of The Fantastic Fur Semi-Transformational Playing Cards. An uncut sheet is not a poster. It is a genuine sheet of cards that is removed from the press before they are cut and packaged. Domestic shipping included.

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    HALF BRICK OLD SCHOOL: Six (6) Decks of The Fantastic Fur Semi-Transformational Playing Cards. Domestic shipping included. International Backers be sure to add $25 to your pledge for shipping.

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    SUPER WOODSY: This new 'Woodsy' pack includes all SIX (6) decks of Semi-Transformational playing cards that Peter Wood has drawn for Newt's. It includes both Deck Designs of "The Fantastic Fur", "WILD!" , "CATS - Pips-N-Paws" and "Busy Bears". PLUS, you also get One (1) deck of the "Genesis - The Chamber of 52 Cards" A Limited Edition deck! ALL Six (6) decks are Semi-Transformational Playing Cards that were drawn by Peter Wood and published by Newt's Games & Puzzles. Domestic Shipping Included. International Backers be sure to add $24 to your pledge for shipping.

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    CLASSIC SIX PACK BONUS: Six (6) Decks of The Fantastic Fur Semi-Transformational Playing Cards. Also includes one (1) Uncut Sheet of The Fantastic Fur Semi-Transformational Playing Cards. An uncut sheet is not a poster. It is a genuine sheet of cards that is removed from the press before they are cut and packaged. Domestic shipping included.

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    FULL BRICK BYGONE: Instead of 12 Decks of The Fantastic Fur Semi-Transformational Playing Cards you will get a BAKERS DOZEN or THIRTEEN (13) Decks. Domestic shipping included. Split it between the 2 different decks if you wish. When the campaign closes just let us know what you want! International Backers be sure to add $33 to your pledge for shipping.

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    RETRO MANIAC: You will be able to choose the Fantastic Fur comic book character that will be portrayed on a Joker card. This person must be non fictional and part of the public domain (we will work with you to make sure everything is legal). Must be family friendly. PLUS, You'll you get Two (2) Decks of The Fantastic Fur Semi-Transformational Playing Cards. BONUS: You will also get the original artwork that Peter Wood paints for the deck! Domestic shipping included. International Backers be sure to add $30 to your pledge for shipping.

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