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Hello, my name is Randy Butterfield and I'm proud to present my first solo Playing Cards project - the Draconians! I've designed numerous Decks of Playing Cards, including the Kickstarter-funded White ORNATES and Imperials, yet until now each past design has been commissioned and/or produced through a separate company.
I've been a fan of Fantasy novels for years. Some of my favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin and Raymond E. Feist (go Pug!). To celebrate this, I wanted to center a playable Deck theme around a mainstay in many Fantasy storylines - DRAGONS!
The Draconians will be printed, fittingly, by Legends Playing Card Co. Legends has recently printed the LUXX Decks I designed for a U.K. company, JP Playing Cards. As you can see by these photos they do an amazing job!
The Back Cards feature a Borderless optical illusion design formed from Dragon Scales. The Face Cards incorporate a clean design that keeps them very functional and provides the highest level of playability.
The Cards will feature a 5-Color printing setup - 4 PANTONE Inks (Black, Dark Red, Blue & Orange) and 1 METALLIC Ink (Gold). They will use Legends' Classic Finish.
THE TUCK BOXES:
The Draconian Tuck Boxes will be printed on a premium soft-touch smooth paper stock. The printing features on the Tucks include Blue and Orange FOIL, METALLIC Gold and PANTONE Black Inks. They will also incorporate Embossing in key selective areas. The finished product will look sweet!!
A 1-Color Interior Tuck design (PANTONE Orange / Blue) will also be included - with the Unlocking of the $25k Stretch Goal.
The Draconian Coin will be produced by Coins for Anything. CFA has created FIVE different Coins I've designed so far, and they do an amazing job! The 2-Sided Coin will measure 2" in diameter and will have a Shiny Gold Finish. Black Enamel will be used to accent and highlight the intricate details in the design. The Draconian Coin will also feature CFA's 3d Molding techniques to make the Dragon head really pop out!
The Draconian Coin is only available as an Add-On item ($14 U.S. / $16 INT.).
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.
Risks and challenges
FULFILLMENT: A large reason my previous Decks have been collaborations is because my day job as Senior Designer for Motive Marketing (http://www.motivemktg.com/) keeps me too busy to handle fulfillment duties. Kings Wild Fulfillment will be shipping out all of the Draconian Pledge Rewards. Kings Wild (http://kings-wild-project.myshopify.com/) is a well-established and tested company. I have no doubts that they will do an impeccable job!
PRINTING: I set the Estimated Delivery Date as January 2015, but I will try my hardest to get the Pledge Rewards into Backers' hands before Christmas. The designs are ALL finished and with the Legends' PrePress team. If funding starts out well, I will give the go-ahead for Legends to start with the prepress and proofing setup. We should easily have physical proofs in hand while funding is still active. I will have a good idea on the print quantities needed towards the end of funding and hope to approve the proofs, sign the contract and get the Decks into production by mid-October.
NO SUPER-DUPER LIMITED VERSIONS?!!: I've been designing custom Playing Cards for over two years now (https://www.facebook.com/midnightcards), and have watched the landscape change drastically every six months or so. The current trend is to create Super-Limited and Rare Editions to coincide with even more exclusive "Prototype" versions. Of course, this brings with it higher prices for Backers and reaches well over $20 or more per Deck! Hopefully this trend will soon turn for the better. I purposely built my first solo project with a very simple setup - the Draconian Spitfire and Lighting Decks plus a companion Draconian Coin. NO high-priced "Limited", "Rare", "Exclusive" or "Prototype" Editions. Just a strong design with the promise of a one-time printing and a print quantity to cover fulfillment, plus a few extras for lost or damaged Decks. The Draconian is a one-off design (NO recolors) that will have all the bells and whistles (Foils, Embossing, Metallic Inks, Interior Tuck Box Design) at a very cost effective price!
KICKING IT FORWARD: I've been a regular Kickstarter Backer for a long time. So when I came across the Kicking it Forward movement (http://kickingitforward.org/), it was an easy decision to do it for my first solo project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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