I've been designing Decks in my free time for the last five years, under the name Midnight Cards (name derives from working on Card designs late at night, after my wife and kids have gone to sleep). ANCIENT ROME is a theme I've wanted to tackle since the beginning of it all. After 10 months of hard work, I'm proud to present them to you now!!
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I've always been drawn to the rich colors, lavish outfits, influential & dramatic history, and the complex characters that make-up the backdrop of Ancient Rome. The ROME: Antony and Caesar pair of Decks will be printed by Legends Playing Cards Co. and focuses on the time periods of the First and Second Triumvirates of Rome's history. The First Triumvirate ended when Julius Caesar defeated Pompey the Great and became Dictator, before his assassination by members of the Senate. The Second Triumvirate ended when Octavian defeated Mark Antony & Cleopatra, and eventually became the first Emperor of Rome (and given the name Augustus).
The ROME Tuck Boxes have Red and Blue textured background images, and are accented with GOLD FOIL designs. Caesar's Tuck features an imperial Eagle and a customary Roman border design. Antony's Tuck features a majestic Lion and a border design with hints of Egyptian styling (symbolizing Antony's final years in Egypt, with Cleopatra). Both Tucks include the Roman banner, Laurel Wreath and SPQR elements on the Back. The Top of Caesar's Tuck has the words "ALEA IACTA EST and VENI VIDI VICI" - Latin for "The die is cast" and "I came, I saw, I conquered". The Top of Antony's Tuck has the words "TARUM ET CLAMA DIMIT CANIBUS QUATIT" - Latin for "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war".
I wanted to have a fun limited item with this project, and I thought Toga Sleeves would be the perfect fit for these Decks! The Toga Sleeves are basically Tuck Boxes with a custom Diecut that cuts the top halves in half, and at an angle. Each Toga will be printed on the same Matte Premium Paper Stock as the main Tuck Boxes, fit perfectly over the main Tuck Box, and will be packaged underneath the Cellophane Wrapping. Both have a 1-Color texture background image + GOLD FOIL for the design elements and my signature. Only 600 Toga Pairs will be printed (600 Antony Togas, 600 Caesar Togas). They are ONLY available as Pairs, and ONLY available within the Limited Pledge Tiers (NOT as Add-Ons).
The Back Cards for the Antony and Caesar Decks are truly two of the most unique Back Cards in the world of Playing Cards! The imagery for the Back Cards depict the deaths of Julius Caesar (Red) and Mark Antony (Blue). They are inspired by two public domain paintings and recreated in my personal style ("The Death of Julius Caesar" and "Cleopatra Captured by Roman Soldiers after the Death of Mark Antony").
The Red and Blue center banners are at the inverse angle of the Face Cards' banners. This, and the feature of making all banner edges the same Black CMYK color value (30C, 30M, 30Y, 100K), allows for seamless designs on the edge of a full Deck. These features remove the chance of having any marked Cards from the edges.
The Cards for both Decks share the same Face Cards and will utilize Legends' awesome Classic Finish, which is a softer and slicker paper. It's more comparable to a vintage Bicycle Deck. This will be my third time printing with Legends Playing Cards. They do an amazing job!!
The Court Cards for the ROME Decks depict twelve of the most influential men and women from the end of the Roman Republic. The list of characters include Cicero, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Marcus Brutus, Servilia Caepionis, Julius Caesar, Cassius, Octavia Minor, Pompey the Great, Marcus Agrippa, Livia Drusilla and Augustus. I wanted to include rich and vibrant colors in each figure. Colors that are associated with Ancient Rome. The Black edges and detail lines add to the readability for such small sizes of printed artwork. Additional features for the Court Cards are listed in the "ANATOMY OF THE FACE CARDS" section seen above.
The Numbers Cards for the ROME Decks are designed to look similar to an Ancient Roman Shield in the center, and opposing soldiers positioned on each side (the large PIPS). Additional features for the Number Cards are listed in the "ANATOMY OF THE FACE CARDS" section seen above.
The Aces each contain a large Spade, Diamond, Heart or Club PIP in the center and are wrapped by a Laurel Wreath. They also feature a different "engraving" to go with each. LEG XIII refers to Julius Caesar's 13th Twin Legion. It was one of his key legions in the Gaul and Civil Wars, and it was the Legion with which he famously crossed the Rubicon in 49 BC. LEG III refers to Mark Antony's Cyrenean Third Legion. They fought for Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium.
The Jokers are inspired from two of my favorite statues from the Ancient Roman era. They depict Julius Caesar and his great-nephew Augustus (who was the first Emperor of Rome).
The Rome Coin is 2" in Diameter, and will have a shiny Gold Finish. The 2-sided Coin has Red Enamel accents on the Caesar side, and Blue Enamel accents on the Antony side. Each side lists the birth and death dates of the two historical characters of Ancient Rome.
ROME CARAT CARD CASE & SET:
The ROME Carat Card Case is the perfect companion for the ROME Decks! It will be manufactured with Red Acrylic and snaps shut from small magnets in the corners of the lid and base. The ROME Duo Logo will be printed as PANTONE 110, and the lid will also feature diecut holes to snuggly fit the ROME 2" Coin (seen above).
The ROME Carat Card Case SET Pledge Tier and Add-On Item contains ONE (1) ROME Standard Pair (NO Toga Sleeves), the ROME 2" Coin and the ROME Carat Card Case.
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) - prices listed in the Add-Ons Chart seen below. Please send me a PM if your have any questions or concerns.
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Minor revisions have been made to both Tuck boxes AND most Cards, after the Prototypes were created.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!! - from the Butterfields
Risks and challenges
FULFILLMENT - The ROME campaign will be fulfilled from Texas, by Gamblers Warehouse. They do an excellent job, and have worked with many Kickstarter Playing Card projects.
This is my second time working with Gamblers Warehouse for fulfillment, and my fourth time printing with Legends Playing Cards. So we should have a good system ready to go.
Legends has already completed a first round of Physical Proofs for the Toga Sleeves and Tuck Boxes. The Toga Sleeves turned out perfect! I have already completed minor changes on the Tuck Boxes - lightened the Blue Background image, did some design revisions on the Tuck Flap panels and switched from Sculpted Embossing to Standard Embossing (the Sculpted Embossing test had too much spreading and flaking going on with the GOLD FOIL elements, especially the Lion Head - the Sculpted Embossing is typically used for thinner copy areas). The new Tuck Box files, and finished Cards' files, are currently in prepress stages at Legends now!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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