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Requiem custom playing cards deck printed by USPCC- A dark deck with red-blood background with illustrated courts, jokers and aces.
Requiem custom playing cards deck printed by USPCC- A dark deck with red background with illustrated courts, jokers and aces.
Requiem custom playing cards deck printed by USPCC- A dark deck with red background with illustrated courts, jokers and aces.
769 backers pledged $38,412 to help bring this project to life.

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This is a finished project for a custom poker card deck, developed under the summer 2013. 56 faces: everything has been redesigned, but at the same time I kept a standard index for easy readability. 

>> UPDATE: GRAPHICS ARE APPROVED BY USPCC  LEGAL DPT.<<
>> UPDATE: BEE Paper // $25.000 Stretch Goal Reached <<

PROMOTIONS

UNCUT SHEETS // BUY 2. GET 3:
BUY 2 SIGNED UNCUT SHEETS, GET ONE MORE FOR FREE (all signed). Uncut sheets will be sent from Stockholm and the shipping is included in the pledge.

GIFTS FOR SEVERAL REWARDS:

Courts, joker and aces have a dark illustration. There is a Latin text representing the card and a date with roman numerals on the top/bottom (day and month).

The pips (nr. 2 to 10) are quite standard, but the 4 suites have been changed in the following way
- Hearts are broken
- Clubs have thorns
- Diamonds are cracked
- Spades are dry leaves. 
NOTICE: ALL the pips are different from each other and the yellow color you see on the prototype is supposed to be GOLDEN INK.

The 55th card shows what each card means. From the left to right: Roman numerals of the date, the Latin name, what card is it, the English translation and the date in normal numbers (day and month).

(UPDATE) AUTUMN AND WINTER DECK with different back sides.

winter tuck-box and autumn tuck-box, BOTH with custom seal (PROTOTYPES).
winter tuck-box and autumn tuck-box, BOTH with custom seal (PROTOTYPES).
embossing on the boxes
embossing on the boxes

>>> ONLY ONE RUN  - NO REPRINT IN THE FUTURE <<<
Requiem Card Deck will exist only here on KickStarter. There will not be a reprint. I cannot say the exact number of decks I will order, but many of you know that the minimum quantity at USPCC to print a custom decks is 2500 pieces, so that´s the starting point.
Anyway, if this campaign goes well, and I print 2500 or 3000 or 4000, it will be only for one time.
I will share this information with all the backers.

There will only be 3000 decks in total (1500+1500) unless KS users pledge for more during this 30-days campaign.

I want to give the chance to the backers to get as many as they want, but remember that is only for one time. It will not exist a Requiem2, or another version of Requiem with a different date made by me.
Requiem itself tells a story that my soul DOES NOT want to repeat.

Follow and like Requiem also on facebook.com/requiemcards

Article on KardifyArticle on Tuck CaseArticle on Max Playing CardsArticle on World of Playing CardsBIGGER IMAGES on Behance.

Requiem Prototype Deck Review by Phil DaCosta - Dec.2013

Requiem Prototype Deck Review by The Cardists - Jan.2014

Graphics approved by USPCC after this review. The 2 naked parts will be printed (Queen of diamonds and the female joker).

 SHIPPING COSTS
 Follow this table to calculate the price of decks, add-on, and shipping.

(if you have questions, please ask)
(if you have questions, please ask)

 THE CARDS

Spades: Ace (Solitudo), Jack (Anxietas), Queen (Commodi Causa), King (Spes Decepta)
Spades: Ace (Solitudo), Jack (Anxietas), Queen (Commodi Causa), King (Spes Decepta)
Diamonds: Ace (Maeror), Jack (Repudiatio), Queen (Exspectatio), King (Desperatio)
Diamonds: Ace (Maeror), Jack (Repudiatio), Queen (Exspectatio), King (Desperatio)
Clubs: Ace (Destitutio), Jack (Maestitia), Queen (Ignavia), King (Ira)
Clubs: Ace (Destitutio), Jack (Maestitia), Queen (Ignavia), King (Ira)
Hearts: Ace (Vexatio), Jack (Mendacium), Queen (Odium), King (Culpa)
Hearts: Ace (Vexatio), Jack (Mendacium), Queen (Odium), King (Culpa)
Joker (Victima Incauta) - Joker (Malum Ignavum) - 55th card and back side
Joker (Victima Incauta) - Joker (Malum Ignavum) - 55th card and back side

 UPDATE! WE HAVE THE GOLDEN BACKER

The 56th card  is  the Golden Backer. The portrait of this backer is the 3rd joker and it will be a celebration of the Requiem. Celebratio in Latin. (see update #30 for more details). 
The golden backer will get EVERYTHING, including prototype Requiem deck 2013 and Gran Riserva deck (30 pieces in total).

PIPS:  Hearts are broken - Clubs have thorns - Diamonds are cracked - Spades are dry leaves. NOTICE: all the pips are different from each other over the entire deck. (Check the cracks for example)
PIPS: Hearts are broken - Clubs have thorns - Diamonds are cracked - Spades are dry leaves. NOTICE: all the pips are different from each other over the entire deck. (Check the cracks for example)
uncut sheet simulation (faces). Notice the golden backer card as 3rd joker. It will be present in ALL decks.
uncut sheet simulation (faces). Notice the golden backer card as 3rd joker. It will be present in ALL decks.

 PROTOTYPE DECK - NOVEMBER 2013

Requiem Deck Prototype (bad cut and plain paper)
Requiem Deck Prototype (bad cut and plain paper)
Requiem Deck Prototype - Back side on plain paper
Requiem Deck Prototype - Back side on plain paper

 REQUIEM T- SHIRT

Printed in Sweden on "Fruit Of The Loom - "Valueweight T."
Man or Woman model.

Sizes for man:  S   M   L   XL   XXL
Sizes for women:   XS   S   M   L   XL   XXL

- CHARCOAL T-SHIRT: black print on charcoal 

PRINTS 50X70cm // 19.6x27.5 inches  (SOLD OUT)

Signed prints are made in Sweden and sent from Stockholm. It´s a nice grained matte paper with a slightly different layout from the card. The index and the red background are gone to focus on the illustration.

3 framed prints at my place and printed Queen of Clubs details
3 framed prints at my place and printed Queen of Clubs details

 ESTIMATED TIME AND DELIVERY - APRIL 2014

This part is not really depending on me. The artworks are done and the tweaks are fast (a couple of days in total).
What will slow down the production is the entire process itself from the final approval at USPCC's Legal Dept. A pre-approval is ongoing already, but it´s a big company and they take their time.
They say 5-6 weeks for the production of the decks and the boxes, then the shipping to a US based distributor, then the job of the distributor to process the orders and finally the American Postal service will spread the decks all over the universe.

The t-shirts, the uncut sheets and the prints might arrive even before the estimated delivery date. It depends by the quantity and - again - from USPCC. But they will be made and signed here in Stockholm, so I have to go through them by myself, print them, prepare the packages and then send them with the efficient Swedish postal service.

 STRETCH GOALS ( work in progress )

$ 15.000 - GOAL // REACHED!
- Gran Riserva decks  (limited edition), sealed with a custom wax seal, signed by the designer, and a custom text with the name of the backer. Made in Stockholm and sent from Sweden. Check the update to read about this, work in progress. A "brother" signed deck will be included in the Gran Riserva reward.

$17.000 // REACHED! 
- new back for the winter deck (scroll up)

$20.000
// REACHED!  
- Graphic inside the tuck-boxes (see update #23 for details)

$25.000 // REACHED !
Upgrade to "Bee" paper! .
Stickers and Certifcates FOR FREE (scroll up or see update #22 for details).

$30,000 // REACHED !
- Augmented Reality APP (with free download for iOS and Android). This App will show hidden details and symbolic meanings of the illustrated cards. It will be done when the cards are printed and shipped.

MAYBE ONE LAST STRETCH GOAL ? Work in Progress :)

Risks and challenges

This is supposed to be a "standard procedure" since printing a custom poker card deck is not a new technology. The deck will be printed by USPCC, so it will have the best finishing and quality ever. I'm in touch with them to see if I need to do some tweak and change (Queen of Diamonds for example). I´m in touch with collectors and designers with a deep knowledge of custom cards. Plus I have 15 years expertise in graphic design, illustration and printing processes. Many things might go wrong, you never know, the devil is in the details. I´ll keep my eyes open and follow every single step of the project to make it real.

Special thanks to:
Mike Ratledge (owner and admin of UC unitedcardists.com forum), Lotrek (maker of Venexiana), Enrico D'Angelo (close friend helping me with this KS), Annamaria Calovini (for her translations in latin), Phil DaCosta (the first prototype review on youtube), The Cardists with Ashley Acton (second review on youtube), Marcello Affuso (who made an awesome description of each illustration in old-poetic-italian), Ivan Choe (Kardify.com), Scott Carey (Tuckcase.com), Max Saiz (Max Playing Cards maxplayingcards.com), G.S. for his sharp eye, all the family members and the friends supporting the project and this campaign.

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    T-SHIRT CHARCOAL: charcoal T-shirt with black screen print (see images). They will be made in Sweden and sent from Stockholm.
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    COLLECTORS' CRAVE - 1 prototype Requiem Card deck 2013. The very first version of the deck, printed on plain paper. Not USPCC, shipping worldwide included. Tuckbox is home-made, choose if autumn or winter, or a special color.
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    ADD-ON: REQUIEM GRAN RISERVA DECK. Limited edition (only 30 pieces in total). Sealed deck of your choice, signed with permanent ink resistant to scratches. Black cord with custom wax seal which keeps under the deck a certificate. The certificate has a custom sticker, the time-stamp of the end of the Kickstarter campaign, the signature of the designer, and the handwritten name of the backer (see update #12 and #16). Only one per backer. The Gran Riserva deck will be sent in a protective plastic box. An extra signed deck of your choice is included.

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    PRINT: 1 signed high quality print 50x70 cm (19.6x27.5 inches) of the illustration you prefer (See pictures). This will be made in Sweden, signed by the author and sent from Stockholm in a tube, no frame included.
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    GOLDEN BACKER: the portrait of this backer (or whoever the backer decides) will be drawn on the 56th card, as 3rd joker. The 3rd joker will represent the celebration of the Requiem (Celebratio will be the Latin name of the card).

    The Golden Backer will also get: 2 signed decks (one for each color), 1 combo brick (6winter decks + 6 autumn decks), 1 signed uncut sheet, 2 t-shirts (one charcoal and one red-brick), 1 signed print of the chosen illustration and 1 signed Requiem prototype deck 2013, the first version shown in the youtube review,

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