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Stunning minimalist playing cards from the hit digital solitaire game come to life in three custom decks.

Thanks for coming to our Kickstarter page. We didn't make our goal, but we're not giving up yet!!


Keep an eye on the 4 Thrones relaunch page at SimpleMachine.co for more info about our upcoming relaunch in 2014.


In the meantime, play the digital version of 4 Thrones on iOS, Android, and Amazon.

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Lastly, thanks so much to our 199 backers. You brought us to 86% of our goal. In addition to your support, we've loved receiving your feedback and suggestions. So keep them coming. Because next time, we're definitely making it!

3 SUPER SLEEK DECKS! 1 AWESOME KICKSTARTER!! LEARN ABOUT THESE AWESOME REWARDS!!!

OK, NOW YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO PLAY THIS SLICK NEW SOLITAIRE GAME? CHECK THE VIDEO BELOW :D

CHECK OUT THE RENDERS OF ALL THREE DECKS!!!!

3 BOLD SIMPLE STATEMENTS CAPTURED IN A TIMELESS FORMAT.

The 4 Thrones Solitaire Game Deck. Click to enlarge.
The 4 Thrones Solitaire Game Deck. Click to enlarge.
The All Black Standard Playing Card Deck. Click to enlarge.
The All Black Standard Playing Card Deck. Click to enlarge.
The limited edition All White Standard Playing Card Deck. Click to enlarge.
The limited edition All White Standard Playing Card Deck. Click to enlarge.

Solitaire is a timeless classic.

It's more than just a game. People around the world play it to relax during stressful moments, or to wake up, or fall asleep. Some even play to predict what kind of day they're going to have.

For many people, it's grown into a sort of ritualistic mantra. A mental shower.

When I sit on the subway to my office, I see people playing this game on their phones, but it isn't right. Solitaire is a game for table tops and desktops, with room to spread out. Instead, I watch people furrowing their brows, squinting to see cramped, tiny little cards.

That's not enjoyable.

That's when I took a stab at making a new solitaire game. One that would embrace the touch screen, no matter how small (or large), while retaining all the aspects that make this understated genre so popular.

The final design is fresh, and to the point. The look and feel is modern (no green felt here), and the cards have been distilled down to their essential elements.

Simplicity. 

Nothing stands between you and the game.

It wasn't long after releasing it that I began to receive requests to bring this digital game back to its roots as a custom deck. I naturally came to Kickstarter to make that happen and to connect with new, and old, fans of this wonderful card game.

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Important Note: This is a 4 Thrones Game Deck rather than a standard deck of playing cards. This deck contains all the cards from the digital 4 Thrones game. 

The digital version of 4 Thrones features a number of stunningly themed decks, so when I thought about doing additional standard playing card decks for the Kickstarter, I knew I had to bring the All Black Everything deck to life. 

It's simple, it's refined, and its dripping with cool.

Now, you can get a full set of custom standard playing cards with the same theme. Play any card game with them, or just sit and hug them while you realize your life is now complete.

Backing for this reward starts at the $20 tier, which also includes the 4 Thrones physical game deck (above) and a digital copy of the game for iOS, Android, or Kindle. Quite a fancy deal.

I could talk all day long about these cards, but really, I should just shut up and let the images talk. And I will.

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Important Note: This is a standard deck of 52 playing cards.

And finally, a bold set of limited standard playing cards inspired by the All White Everything theme from the 4 Thrones digital game. 

It's a statement. 

It celebrates the core elements of classic playing card design, without distraction. Never has there been a deck of cards so simple, so stunning, so absolutely magnificent. And, the perfect compliment to the All Black Everything deck.

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Important Note: This is a standard deck of 52 playing cards.

There are loads of great rewards, and a bunch of tiers to choose from. Everything from a copy of the 4 Thrones solitaire game to working with me to design your own theme for the digital game. Take a look and pick the one for you!

Why not?

Where else can you present a project to an open and supportive community and communicate directly with the backers? Bringing a digital game into the real world is a unique project that, as a digital game designer, I could never have attempted. But Kickstarter is the perfect platform to bring this one of a kind project to and ask for support. 

The $8,900 goal for the campaign covers the cost of printing the decks and shipping all the rewards. We're printing 3 different decks in various quantities, so we've estimated that the printing, shipping, plus 10% for Kickstarter and Amazon, and a small budget for additional overhead and freelancer fees will cover the entire project.

You can play this addictive solitaire on almost all touch devices!

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Your contributions will be used to print and manufacture the rewards of the 4 Thrones decks.

I've been running my company, Simple Machine, for over 2 years. I have released 5 digital games across three platforms, iOS, Google Play, and Amazon's Kindle store, so I know how to execute a deliverable quality product.
In addition, the first game I ever sold was a card game I designed in 2008, so I have experience in printing mass quantities of cards, how to ensure the highest level of quality, and shipping (a small but often overlooked skill in getting theses goodies out the door).
That said, there's nothing more important for me than getting your rewards delivered in a timely manner, and for that reason, I will strive to ship these decks as soon as possible. Barring delays from the printer I estimate to deliver the decks by April 2014, at the latest.

All of these products will be 100% proudly made in the USA. I take great pride in printing in my home country.

Thanks so much for checking out my Kickstarter, if you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to provide answers!

FAQ

  • I can see why people can get confused by this, so I'll break it down.

    The blue deck is actually a specific game deck of the 4 Thrones digital game. The main difference is that the Jack, Queen, and King cards do not have a suit, but rather suits along the bottom to indicate the cards of lower values they will accept in the game. All the other cards have suits, and there are 52 total cards in the deck with 2 additional instruction cards on how to play.

    The black deck is a fully complete deck of standard playing cards. The design of the deck is pulled directly from the 4 Thrones "All Black Everything" theme in the digital game. It's a fan favorite and I wanted to add this into the Kickstarter to expand the reward base. Since the 4 Thrones Blue Game Deck is specifically designed to play this solitaire variant, I thought it would be cool to add in another deck, with a totally different look and feel, but have it so that people could play all their other card games with the same cool minimalist approach.

    The white deck is also a fully complete deck of standard playing cards. The design of the deck is also pulled from a theme in the 4 Thrones digital game, this time the "All White Everything" deck. This is a limited deck and the reason for that is I wanted to have a reward that would compliment the entire set of decks, the 4 Thrones game deck is at the core, and the All Black deck is added on, so making the All White deck would completely fill out the roster. And those backers who pick up all three decks have the unique ability to mix a black and white deck together for 2 deck card games like poker.

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  • Yes.

    Isn't it beautiful?

    No over designed elements to ruin the absolute statement of a single solitary color. It's the only design I felt appropriately described the cards within. A simple uniform and direct set of undeniably bold cards.

    These decks celebrate the classic card deck legacy but instead of adding elements, I've taken the unique approach of stripping away everything. All of it, except for the very essentials, in order to distill the beauty of this simple system.

    It's a signature look and there will never be another like it.

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    THE PROOFS - Be the first to select this reward and receive the only proof decks that will be circulated (see photos). You'll get 1 proof deck of each of the three decks, signed. These include two of the ultra rare "double backed" cards. In addition, you'll also receive 1 regular production deck of each of the three decks. That's 6 decks total. Again, only 1 reward at this level exists, after it's backed, it's gone!

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