About this project
This campaign is a sequel to the Origins Playing Cards decks, which were voted United Cardists Best Overall Deck of 2014.
The Shadows campaign features two new decks and a special hand crafted Black Label edition, inspired by rare 16th century originals. The goal for this campaign is again to produce premium quality decks.
Origins Playing Cards Reviews
This project is in NZ currency, and will be shipped from the United States.
The Shadows deck is a modern deck inspired by historic originals. It will be printed by the United States Playing Card Company. Rare art sheets which form the inspiration for these decks were sourced over months from respected archives including the British Museum, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Archives Department of Seine-Maritime, and Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge.
Religion was a major theme in 16th century art and the Shadows deck is inspired by the story of Adam and Eve, and the choice between Innocentia (innocence) and Cognitio (the acquisition of knowledge). Which will you choose?
The Shadows of History deck will feature:
An ornate premium quality tuck case, embossed and hot stamped with metallic foil. The cards are entirely custom full colour face cards, printed with ornate metallic ink backs.
The Shadows deck will be produced using the highest quality paper sourced from sustainable forests, and printed with vegetable-based inks and starch-based laminates.
The reimagined Shadows deck next to the original Origins
The Black Label is set for production of 125 decks. All Black Labels are now reserved.
The Rouen 1567 deck is the Shadows companion, a carefully crafted recreation of the original historic deck, with full body one way court cards that inspired the playing cards we know and love today. It will be printed by the United States Playing Card Company.
The Rouen 1567 deck will feature:
A premium quality tuck case with embossing. The cards will feature recreations of extremely rare historic cards from 1567. These cards are drawn as closely as possible to the originals, with the addition of indices for playability. The subtle back design is a design based on historic references as the originals had plain backs.
To add the above items to your Origins pack:
1. Click the 'Manage your Pledge' or 'Back this project' button.
2. Enter your pledge total in the Pledge Amount box with the amount of your pledge tier and add-ons combined.
3. Once the campaign is closed you'll receive a survey where you can list the items you've pledged for.
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For this campaign I've teamed up with the good people at Gamblers Warehouse, who know the card shipping business inside out. I place the highest importance on the production quality and fulfilment of my decks, and I am confident the team will do an excellent job.
All images and finishing options are subject to refinement and improvement to produce the best product possible at production time.
I'm an experienced designer / illustrator based in the beautiful Waikato region of New Zealand. I've been working in digital design since before I left school. Since then I've loved exploring new mediums and technologies as they evolve, from newspaper cartoons to web design and virtual reality.
But my main love is playing cards (beside my family of course). It's special to know people around the world are enjoying each others company with cards I created for them. I put a lot of passion into my decks, so you can enjoy using and collecting them.
These campaigns allow me to upgrade my equipment, explore new concepts, and provide for my three beautiful boys. So from my family to yours, thank you for your support.
Risks and challenges
This is my 2nd Kickstarter, and I am confident in the planning and team I have in place for this campaign. Minor issues can arise, but I take pride in ensuring any issues are remedied quickly, and all backers are pleased with their pledges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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