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Playing Cards and Bowling COMBINED into the perfect match – like Peanut Butter & Jelly, Milk & Cookies, Salt & Pepper, and, of course, Kickstarter and Exploding Kittens!!
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After dabbling around with Playing Card designs for over three years now, I've worked on a lot of elegant, baroque and fancy designs. Last September I launched my first solo project, the Draconians. For my second solo project, I wanted to switch it up, go outside of the norm, and really have some FUN with the theme! Baroque swirls and little to no use of color are NOT allowed in this design!!
The Midnight Bowl-A-Rama designs have been in-progress throughout most of 2014, for about two hours each night. I'm proud to finally let them loose and see what happens. Let the Pins fall where they may!
Like the Draconians, the Bowl-A-Rama Decks will be printed by Legends Playing Card Co. and utilize their awesome Classic Finish. The Classic Finish is a softer and slicker paper, which is more comparable to a vintage Bicycle Deck.
The difference behind-the-scenes of this campaign will be the advantage of using Legends' fulfillment services. Using Legends for fulfillment eliminates the month-long boat ride the Decks would take on their journey to the U.S. It also allows for almost flat-rate shipping prices worldwide, since everything will ship from Hong Kong. This enables me to offer FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING FOR ALL PLEDGE REWARDS & ADD-ONS!
Who says innovation has to come with the "Collector" Decks and only involve Black, White, Gold, Silver or FOIL, FOIL and more FOIL?!! My favorite part of the Bowl-A-Rama Cards are the extremely unique Numbers Cards. The Aces through Tens on both Decks are designed to look like an overhead view of a Bowling Pins setup. 10 Pins = 10 possible PIPS, and plenty of different scoring leaves.
As a kid, I grew up Bowling on Leagues with my three brothers. It was a blast! Part of the fun of Bowling on a League is the creative and clever Team Names people come up with. The Numbers Cards for both Decks include easily readable, but subtly positioned, unique Team Names (80 different Team Names in total!). Most of the Team Names I chose are found in Bowling Alleys around the world. About a quarter of the Team Names are names I made up or chose to reference my personal life. The two Ace of Spades Cards are great examples:
BLACK DECK: "Four Butterfields of the Apocalypse" – I'm the oldest of four boys, and I love a good apocalypse Movie or Television Show.
RED DECK: "Bowling the Midnight Oil" – modified from the phrase Burning the Midnight Oil, this name describes my work as Midnight Cards perfectly! Because of my busy full-time career, I work on Playing Card designs solely at night - usually from 10pm to Midnight or 1am.
THE COURT CARDS:
The Courts for the Bowl-A-Rama Decks further enhance the FUN aspect of the design. Each Court character is dressed up in their favorite Bowling attire (crowns and all!) and is ready for a night of Spares & Strikes! Like the Numbers Cards, there will be a set of Courts for the Black Deck and a separate set for the Red Deck. A Bowling Shirt just isn't complete without an embroidered name. The 24 names on the Courts are inspired from various people in my personal life, names from characters in Bowling Pop Culture, and random names that just have a Bowling "Vibe". My wife (Susan), daughter (Violet) and son (Aaron) each have their own Card!
I had a blast drawing the Joker character, so I thought it would be cool to make the 4 Jokers (2 for each Deck) named after myself and my brothers – Randy, Tony, Duane and Kevin.
The Back Cards truly evoke the Bowling spirit! The Red Deck's Back has a head-to-head design structure, and the Black Deck's Back has a Tally-Ho 'esque center based design structure.
The Tuck Boxes are colorful and have a cool retro vibe going on! The Bowl-A-Rama Logo design is inspired by Bowling Alley Signs from the '50s and '60s. Adding the "Midnight" moniker to the Bowl-A-Rama name serves two purposes. 1 - It illustrates that this is my most personal design yet and 2 - it's a little nod to all of the big Playing Card companies that make Decks for their X-brand "Casinos".
The Tucks will be printed in 4-Color Process on a Pre-Coated Premium Stock. The Pre-Coating treatment produces sharper and more vibrant colors. Stretch Goal Upgrades include a UV Spot Ink, Embossing and Interior Printing (for both Decks). The Draconians had all of these sweet extras, and they turned out beautifully!
Since Legends gives the designer complete control of the Uncut Sheet layout, I setup the Red and Black Uncuts with a center based focus. Each Uncut is priced at $22, which includes Shipping.
When the COSMIC LANES Deck is Unlocked ($20k Stretch Goal), the Cosmic Uncut will also be $22. The Cosmic Uncut will be setup closer to a standard layout. There is a VERY cool reason for that!
WOODEN NICKELS SET:
I love designing Coins for Decks, but a metal Coin just didn't feel right for this project. One day I was browsing around the internet, looking through some old-school Bowling Memorabilia. I came across some Wooden Nickels and was hit with a HUGE dose of nostalgia! I remember getting many of these things during my days at the Otter Lake Bowling Alley!
Each Bowl-A-Rama Wooden Nickel Set comes with FOUR (4) different two-sided Nickels. They are each 1.5" in Diameter and are comprised of 2 Red designs and 2 Black designs. They are available within a few Pledge Tiers AND also as a $6.00 Add-On.
DISCLAIMER: Midnight Bowl-A-Rama is a fictitious Bowling Alley. Please do not try to redeem the offers on the Wooden Nickels.**
**For Backers living in or near Indianapolis - my home Bar is always fully-stocked, and I'm sure we can work something out to redeem the White Russian Nickel!!
4"H BOWLING PIN:
Another old-school item I came across that was packed with a plethora of nostalgia is the 4"h High Score wooden Bowling Pin. I remember getting many of these puppies in the '80s! I had an idea, and after hand-sanding, painting and applying a custom DIECUT Midnight Bowl-A-Rama Sticker, a newly refurbished Bowling Pin is ready to go. I'll also hand-sign each Pin on the Back Side.
These things are pretty darn cute! And with their small 4" height, they're the perfect size to matchup nicely with a Deck of Cards. I'm only making 50 of them, so they are the ONLY item in the campaign that's NOT available as an Add-On. They are only available in 50 miscellaneous Pledge Tier slots.
MIDNIGHT COSMIC LANES DECK:
The Cosmic Lanes Deck is a Stretch Goal item that will scream '80s nostalgia (in the good way)! The Tuck Box AND Cards will be printed in 4-Color Process + a GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Ink overlay!! There is also a $28k Stretch Goal for Interior Printing on the Cosmic Lanes Deck (4-Color Process only). Because of the printing process of the GLOW Ink, the Cards will be printed on a Plastic Stock. They'll be nearly indestructible, like a Bowling Ball.
To add any extra items to your base Pledge Reward, just click on the Blue "Manage Your Pledge" Button and change the dollar amount to account for the added item(s). Please send me a PM if you have any questions or concerns.
Thanks for checking out my project and ROLL ON!
Special thanks to Anthony Ingrassia for the Photography work with the Prototype Decks!! Check out more of Anthony's work HERE!
Randy Butterfield (Midnight Cards)
LINKS TO OTHER MIDNIGHT CARD DESIGNS:
Risks and challenges
The designs are Print Ready and all set to go. I have every confidence that Legends will do an amazing job with the Printing and Fulfillment.
DUDE, YOU'RE SO LAME IN THE VIDEO! Yes, I concede that I am!! Public Speaking and talking to a Camera are EXTREMELY challenging for me. Always has been, always will be! I'm the type of guy who would rather be behind the scenes working, than in the forefront getting attention. Although I may not appear to be in the Video, I am very psyched about this project!
ARE THEY LIMITED?: It's become my observation that EVERY Kickstarter Deck is a Limited Edition. I will only print what is needed to cover Pledge Rewards, Wholesalers and a few hundred extras for lost or damaged packages and for my personal supply. I do not have an online store, and DO NOT plan on opening one in the foreseeable future.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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