About this project
Due to popular request, an HD version of the video can be seen and shared here
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce Deck of Cards, a fan-made deck of playing cards which parodies the Underwoods and others as an Old English Court. This full 54-card deck is printed on high quality 310g linen playing card stock. Each deck comes in a tuckbox, made especially for the set. The deck features Frank, Claire, Linda, President Walker and you get to pick the rest!
How it works.
Love a character, hate a character? Want a character to be included in the deck? Backers of this project will decide who becomes the Jacks (both red and black suites) and Jokers. It's up to you! If the project is successful, all backers will receive a poll asking which character they want to take which spot, and the winners will be printed in the final deck. (If you have a strong opinion about who the Jokers and Jacks should be, there's a reward tier where you can pick whomever you want. After all . . . democracy is overrated.) Backers will also vote
The cards & rewards.
Details & Design.
We wanted to incorporate the classic old English style of playing cards with a modern twist and, of course, the House of Cards ensemble.
This is a small, independent print. These ain't no corporate cards. USPCC? What are we, Remy!? This is how we can keep the funding goal lower than most playing card projects and assure that -- even with a smaller audience -- you get your cards!
We have tried to keep the price reasonable and, at the same time, get the highest quality printing available to us. The cards will feature the following:
- Original artwork.
- Jacks and Jokers selected by you, the backers.
- Linen finish for that classic playing card feel.
- High quality and durable playing card stock.
- All in a special-made tuckbox.
This deck of playing cards was designed through the collaboration of several multimedia students in Portland, Oregon.
Risks and challenges
The largest obstacle is the high cost of printing high quality playing cards (and then shipping them). $1,000 is the minimum required to run a first print of the cards, with tuckboxes, and assure that we can ship them to a number of backers.
We have years of experience in design, publishing and printing, and this design -- which we hope you will help make a reality! -- is a big labor of love. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
As a small, fan-made project, we're simply interested in printing a cool design and getting it to people who will appreciate it. We have very little interest in a huge print of cards with a big card manufacturer, or any profit whatsoever. We're using an online service to print the cards, unless it becomes possible for us to print through a local shop here in Portland (which would be more expensive, but we'd love to support local business).
Of course, with all fan-art projects, copyright concerns can arise. When we launched this project, we were sharing some designs we loved on a small scale as an homage to the show. We never expected such sudden and massive attention (thanks!), and to make sure we don't encounter confusion around rights and official associations, we're keeping an ear to any and all concerns.
After research, especially into projects similar to ours on kickstarter etc., we have zero reason to think there will be any misunderstanding, and we're actively probing official sources to make sure you all get to share in these lovely designs. Kickstarter passed our project through their approval process without a hitch, and we're actively seeking further confirmation that our designs fall under fair use.
This isn't meant to compete or overlap with any official merchandise, and if our contact with official channels shows any concerns, then we'll gladly take down the project and no-one will ever be charged for their pledges, so you take on no risk as backers.
After popular demand, we have uploaded the HD video to Youtube. You can view at the top of the project brief.
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