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The Origins return to the 16th century and the source of today's cards to inspire TWO high quality decks
The Origins returned to the 16th century and the source of today's cards to inspire two premium quality decks
The Origins returned to the 16th century and the source of today's cards to inspire two premium quality decks
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Origins launch date. Trailer. LUXX. And more...




The Origins Shadows of History deck is coming to Kickstarter

Time has flown since the first Origins decks were funded by very special people, like yourself - and I am thankful to everyone.  It's been a busy time for my family and my amazing boys are growing fast.  But now I'm looking forward to a productive card busting 2017.  If you have been awaiting news on the Shadows deck, thank you for your patience.  I hope the time has been good to you.

Before I cover the Shadows launch, a few quick updates:

While working on the Shadows deck, I also collaborated with JP Games on two decks in their excellent LUXX® series.  First, the LUXX® Palme decks, and more recently...

LUXX® Greille Playing Cards

LUXX® Greille is based on a strong grid pattern, featuring striking foil backs and custom angular face cards.  Had a great time working with JP on these limited edition decks, with an even more limited Collectors Edition numbered pair with matching dealer coin.  A small number left and they look great, well done JP.  So if you're interested be quick, the Palmes are already sold out!

Creating the LUXX® Greille
Creating the LUXX® Greille


United Cardists 2018

I'm also excited to say I'll be working with the devoted and well informed crew at United Cardists for the annual 2018 deck.  The forum was a valued part of the first Origins project and it's an honour to produce a deck for the group.  The recently funded Avant-Garde 2017 deck by Edgy Brothers looks fantastic.


Updated website coming soon

As we settle into 2017, I have a few projects lined up and a goal to provide a quality online experience.  So stay tuned for a new look site, with updates on projects in the works.


And so, the Shadows of History deck is set for a planned launch on Kickstarter on Saturday 4th March, US time.  The deck features updated art throughout in full colour, and a brand new premium quality tuck case design.

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The goal again is a deck of the highest quality - with an eye on the new and luxurious MetalLuxe™ backs.  Of course creating a deck of this level is ambitious and expensive, so I would love your support.

I'm also planning to include a second unique deck.  Carefully redrawn from the original historic sheets, this special deck is a recreation of the source of the playing card pattern we know today - the Rouen deck of 1567 by Pierre Marechal.


With close attention to detail, and valuable feedback from the most excellent card historian Paul Bostock, the Shadows project has been another labour of love.  And I'd like to invite you once again to take a step into the shadows of history, to help create a special deck to collect and enjoy.

Thank you again for your support.  I'll post an update closer to launch time, with a few posts on Facebook.  I hope to see you on the 4th March!


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    1. Rick Davidson 3-time creator on

      Hi Jason, currently planned for a 5.00pm EST / 2.00PM PST launch ;)

    2. Jason

      do you have an anticipated launch time yet or just he date? :)