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2 Bicycle Decks from "Lunar & Zodiac" series

"Year of the Dog" and "Year of the Pig"deck. Decks dedicated to Zodiac animals of Asian Lunar Calendar. First 2 decks from 12 series

2 Bicycle Decks from "Lunar & Zodiac" series

"Year of the Dog" and "Year of the Pig"deck. Decks dedicated to Zodiac animals of Asian Lunar Calendar. First 2 decks from 12 series

$6,180
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178
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 26 2018 7:02 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 26, 2018

About

Cave people started the lunar calendar in different corners of the world. Later, ancient Xiongnu nomads from Northern Asia shaped it into a 12 years’ cycle and giving each one certain Zodiac animal names forming the Asian Lunar (or Chinese) calendar we know today. Historical evidence shows that the Chinese Lunar calendar is the result of the Chinese culture’s encounter with the ancient Nomadic culture.

The deck is designed and created from original hand made paintings. The technique is called "nagtan" in thangka technique of Buddhistic painting. It uses exclusively dark background with fine brush strokes with light tone lines. Then all these original paintings were scanned to turn into well balanced deck design with dark background removed. Later on we want to come back and make a new deck with dark backgrounds.

The suits of the Dog Year deck were illustrated in costumes of Mongols, who are descendants of nomads' Xiongnu Empire, with colorful and exotic nomad clothing.

This unique series of decks are richly illustrated with Zodiac animals. Initially it was going to be just a deck dedicated for this year or for Year of the Dog (2018). But, we realized there is no need to wait for the other years so we decided to make multiple at the same time. The issue of the deck turned into continuous work for designing of all 12 zodiacs to pleasure all zodiacs. 

And in other hand, waiting the end of series, consisted from 12 zodiac decks is not easy task even for observer, if it continues for years. Imagine as if you are a collector, publisher or one of creators, it is really long run for everybody, who is a participant in the process. There was discussion between creators and was decided to start campaign with 3 decks but it was too complicated to organize . So then we reached consensus that 2 decks is the better solution. The pairing deck with Dog year deck is the next zodiac animal, it is the Pig. It’ll make easier life for ones, who interested in gathering all 12 decks or who was born in year of the Pig especially. By the way coming 2019 is a year of the Pig.

Gansukh D., creator of the deck said “Initially I was afraid that Pig year wouldn't look interesting with diverse shapes and characters. But after some study, pig drawing was turned into very interesting project or challenge. I was motivated then to deal with "Year of the Rat" deck illustration easily”.

Each zodiac has its features with ideal matches, enemies, good color or bad color and lucky numbers etc. All these features are depicted in suit cards. So it was decided to release decks if possible within a year to satisfy more people like card collectors or just interested person in their zodiacal features.

By the advice and suggestions of collectors, cardists and magicians, we could make nice design of backside. We tried to include all features of 12 zodiac animals in back design. 

But it was impossible to enclose on one back of the deck all 12 zodiac animals or just their features. And we remembered Mongolian fairy tale about how Rat (or Mouse) became the first zodiac animal in the cycle instead of camel and about camel owning of features of all 12 animals in its body. So we did illustrated PDF fairy tale book as reward for backers. And you can learn smartness of mouse and which features of camel are distributed to 12 zodiac animals or camel is solely owning features of 12 zodiac animals. It means backside design caused the creation of a free fairy tale book, attached to the deck. Enjoy!

 It is selected already colors of backs of all 12 decks.

Each deck was illustrated with certain zodiac animal as usual suit or face cards and jokers. Then it was extended to number cards as 2, 3 , 8, 9 and 10 because there are a lot of collectors of these cards besides jokers and aces. In the result, we found intriguing solution on illustration of number cards. It looks really intriguing with pigs.

According to advice and suggestions, we decided to include 4 jokers in each deck to make pleasure to joker collectors. The special 4th joker or Collector’s Card in each deck simultaneously, is a part of panel painting, consisted from 12 cards after gathering all 12 decks. Just remember it!  

Each Zodiac (animal) depicted on suit or face cards with their main features as compatibility degrees with other zodiac animals, suitable or unsuitable directions, colors and even flowers. So you can learn a lot from these decks.

 We are finishing 4th deck for Year of the Ox, after preparing finished design of Dog, Pig and Rat years (by right turns or positioning of zodiacs). You can see that each deck is differing from each other making series not boring. But same time the decks are visually unified by recognizable design.

  It is still open for discussion on improvements as these decks should be creation of every backer with their expertise, knowledge and interests for improvements. You can follow adds and changes in illustration on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Nomadspade and Instagram www.instagram.com/playingcardnomads

 PDF format fairy tale book free to all pledges. It is Mongolian fairy tale book about how Rat was included in zodiacs competing with Camel. The story of creation of the book written in backside design story above. 

  • Teeshirt  $25
  • Leather deck case  $30
  • Uncut sheet $35 and for 2 uncut sheets $50
  • Signed A4 face card high quality print $15

and hopefully you've evaluated that these add-ons are discounted if they included in different packs at special rate. It can be called as Retailer special or Real Collectors' Special Rate.   

To add on Item, please adjust manually your pledge by adding the value of the item you’ve choose. Please inform us to be sure you get the wanted item.

While funding the campaign, the next funding goals unlock extra additions as below..

  • $ 16,000 - Metallic ink on backside and tuckbox. 
  • $ 18.000 - Custom designed closure seal.
  • $ 30.000 - Embossed tuckbox.

We have to thank to everybody, who shared his or her experience, skills and observations while creating and improving the design of these decks. Especially Mike Guistolse from Collectable Playing Cards, Manuelito Pio Roda (https://www.facebook.com/Raven1109) from Paradigm Deceivers and Mr. Tong James (https://www.facebook.com/mr.tongj), Senior Magician. Also special thank to Mr. Batbayar J. for creating video for our mockup.

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges

The decks will be printed at the United States playing Card Company and fulfillment will be handled by gamblers warehouse.

Publishing and shipping fulfillment are planned properly and we actually have no risks in these fields.

We have properly calculated and compensated for any delays in the project and ensure that all our backers will get their merchandise.
We've worked in close relationship with our manufacturer in face of USPCC to build in the appropriate lead time, but there's always a chance for delay, especially as our volume goes up.
Art was developed, and we'll need feedback from bakers for improvements.

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