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Almond TwistBy Almond Twist
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Almond TwistBy Almond Twist
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About

Kickstarter is the best! So many amazing projects to fund from cards to music to technology. Truly amazing! Well, we couldn't let our creative energies sit idly by, so we are throwing our hat into the ring with our first KS project - a deck of cards dedicated to Hurricanes! These cards will be printed at The United States Playing Card Company (One of the stretch goals will be a Bicycle Branded version.).

Steve's background is in print / websites. Eleven years ago I started a print magazine called "Sole Collector", the largest sneaker magazine in the world, and thought it was prime time to create something other than a magazine! With the skills of Brenda our resident hurricane expert and Fiancé, our super talented artist friend Max Crist and our amazing videographer, Jotham Porzio, we set off an adventure to create these two decks of cards.

The Name of our new card company is THOHT Cards. Not only was there a lot of thought put into these cards but we learned a very valuable lesson with this first deck of cards; mirroring! Now we'll never forget to "mirror" as our logo is sweetly mirrored.

For those who aren't familiar with playing card design particulars - which I wasn't when we were creating the initial artwork - not having a mirrored back / front makes issues for players and magicians. Mirrored court cards (face cards) are a must because if you have "one way" court cards people tend to flip the card right side up and that is a tell for the astute player. Mirrored backs makes things look more "appropriate" when you are working with the cards. Brenda and I are listening to the community and making sure we deliver a properly hot product for all! This page will be updated with the new mirrored courts and backs over the next few days. Other updates are in the works including a cleaner court card look.

The first deck, the Full Color deck (as well as the Limited Edition), has tons of discovery items throughout the face cards and aces. The face cards have information like the year, wind speed and pressure. There are two extra cards that have unique information about hurricanes, how they are named and the speed scale.

Now onto the card artwork! Each court (face) card and Ace is dedicated to a specific hurricane. Below you will see a close up look at the King of of Diamonds. The King of Diamonds is inspired by hurricane Gilbert which had winds reaching 185 mph. Gilbert unleashed 2.5 feet of rain with a huge 19 foot storm surge on Jamaica.

Here is a detailed look at the Ace of Spades. In 1935 storms were not given names as they are today. This devastating hurricane was known only as the 1935 Labor Day hurricane. The storm was a powerful category five that killed over 400 people. The artwork of this card pays homage to the WW I veterans who lost their lives during this hurricane. The veterans were in the Florida Keys to help build the Overseas Highway. The train was sent to evacuate the veterans but it arrived too late and was caught in the storm's path, all the cars except the engine were swept off the tracks. The hurricane was a direct hit on the Upper Florida Keys and destroyed the Overseas Railroad built by Henry Morrison Flagler that once connected 128 miles between Key West and the mainland.

Our hurricane court comes from a list of names that have been retired. These storms have become weather history. Details recorded about the storm itself have been incorporated into the design.  Below are a few items on each court card, discovery details worked into the artwork.

 Presented below are a few of the cards in the Full Color deck.

The second deck of cards is the Limited Edition deck. This deck is called "The Storm Has Arrived" because it depicts the intensity and darkness of a hurricane. There is no question when you are in the middle of a hurricane you question a lot of things including why did you stay and not evacuate and more importantly in a Category 5 hurricane - will you be alive the next day. From experience, bad things can and will happen.

There will be only one print run of the Limited Edition cards. They will be first sold on Kickstarter and two months later they will be available in person at Category Three Bar and Grill in Key Largo, FL (where some of the video was shot). Category Three will not ship the cards, you have to purchase them on KS or visit Category Three in person.

The Limited Edition has "Limited Edition" on the card backs. This will be marked as "Deck 1" and the Full Color deck will be the second in the series.

There will be some great Stretch Goals including a unique seal, embossed box, lasered deck holder, lasered puzzle and metallic ink version of the Limited Edition deck. We will revile the first three stretch goals at the $8,000 mark.

There is one very special card in each deck dedicated to Bill's wife, Lisa. Bill owns Category Three Bar and Grill in Key Largo, FL and we can be frequently seen playing some version of rummy. This card has hits of pink in a call out to breast cancer awareness. There are also a number of discovery items like "30 yrs" for how long Bill and Lisa were married. The photo chosen for the card was picked by Bill. "This is how Lisa looked at the very end. She refused to wear a wig and instead opted for a cowboy hat. She was strong with an attitude to match to the very end."

Bill started Category Three Bar and Grill from scratch after Lisa passed. It is located in Key Largo, FL. A real special place for locals and visitors alike.

There are four uncut sheets available as well. These are a one time offer for KS only. Below are graphics closely representing what you will get. Two of the pledge levels include a deck of cards as well as the corresponding un-cut sheet.

Un-cut sheets really are the ultimate in any card collectors collation. They are extremely limited and must be ordered when the cards are printed. Many times there are overruns of decks but overruns of un-cut sheets are rare. Also, for those who have never seen an un-cut sheet - they are super thick and look mad cool. Un-cut sheets are exactly what the name implies - they are the sheets of cards straight off the printer and taken off the assembly line before they are cut or boxed. I have many un-cut sheets from past print jobs and am very glad I opted to get them, otherwise it would be impossible to obtain after the print job is complete.

Risks and challenges

Steve has been working in the printing industry for 11 years and has a firm grasp on how to produce high quality print products. His magazine, Sole Collector, is the number one sneaker magazine in the world.

We will higher a long time friend who worked for us in the past to send orders out in a timely and professional manner. All deck artwork is complete and proofs are being printed at US Playing Cards so their will be no holding up the process once the project ends.

The only way this project could be delayed is if all shipping services shutdown or US Playing Cards shutdown. Neither do I see happening...!

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