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Ascension Playing cards epically designed and illustrated by Steve Minty
Ascension Playing cards epically designed and illustrated by Steve Minty
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Ascension Playing Cards

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Thank you to all you amazing backers for your incredible support!

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Here's a look at the rough prototypes of the Signature Editions! 

Keep in mind they are really rough and I mean REALLY rough. I was working on them to get a feel of how they'd look in real space, to see if my engineering needed tweaking and I decided the fastest way was to 3-d print them. Typically I wouldn't even bother showing you guys but I thought hey, you guys might appreciate the process. I normally do these with all of my special decks and projects to make sure there are fewer hiccups along the way before the final is complete.

Prototype of Signature Edition Fronts
Prototype of Signature Edition Fronts
Prototype of Signature Edition Backs
Prototype of Signature Edition Backs
How the Signature Edition tuck opens
How the Signature Edition tuck opens

The tucks themselves are an original engineering creation of mine and the front features magnetic clasp that will allow the tuck to stay shut. 

The 3d sculpting aspect of the metal pieces themselves still need some tweaking but everything will look amazing when completed!

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The 3-d lapel pins will now be available for purchase as add-ons for the campaign!

Each 3-d pin is approximately 1.5in x1.5

Add a 3-d Pin to any reward for only $10 or $17 for both! You will be able to specify your selection after the campaign ends.

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Our third stretch goal has been unlocked and that means our deck seals will now be printed on foil!

The Ascension Golden Lions and Silver Wolves Uncut Sheets are now available as add ons!

Quantities are extremely limited and you can add ONE Uncut Sheet to any reward for $40 or BOTH Uncut Sheets for $70 . You will be able specify which Uncut Sheet you prefer after the campaign ends.

($60 for international orders of 1 Uncut Sheet or $90 for 2 Uncut sheets)

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Our first stretch goal has been unlocked! That means ALL OF THE CARDS will be printed with color with metallic ink accents!

Example of metallic ink on one of my previous decks
Example of metallic ink on one of my previous decks

We've unlocked our second Stretch Goal! That means ALL OF THE TUCKS WILL BE FOILED AND EMBOSSED! As some of you may now from my previous decks, the foiling and embossing is superb and a very nice touch to the decks.

Example of tuck embossing on one of my previous decks
Example of tuck embossing on one of my previous decks

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The Golden Lions and Silver Wolves collector coins are now available as add ons! 

Golden Lion Coins
Golden Lion Coins
Silver Wolves Collector Coin
Silver Wolves Collector Coin

The 1¾” Engraved Commemorative Coin can be used as a dealer button, card guard, display piece, or decision maker. The Golden Lion coin features lustrious gold with red enamel and the Silver Wolves coin antique silver. The front side of each coin features the Family Sigil and the back features the secondary sigil.

You can add either collector coin for $12 or both for $22!

To add to your pledge, refer to the "How to manage Add-ons" below

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With a certain personally beloved series broadcasting its final season this year, I was inspired to create these decks as an homage while giving it a spin in my style and interpretation. To me, the aspect I wanted to focus on were the diverse "families" depicted in the series as opposed to individual heroes, villains and so forth. Each house has their own agendas and values that they live (or die, a lot) by and I couldn't help but find that intriguing. I thought to myself, how could I represent each family visually and voila, "Ascension Playing Cards" came into existence. 

Before I continue, I do want to point out that if you are expecting specific characters, that's not happening. While the characters are fantastic, I felt it was a disservice to the series and myself as it wouldn't be an inspiration, but rather a copycat. The face cards will follow a straightforward system of a patriarchal figure, matriarchal figure, children, advisors, and helpers.

Anyways, if you're still with me, here's the process on how I designed the decks:

When it came to designing the decks, I had to boil down the essence of the families into a couple of words to use as a launching point. The Wolves were dark, brooding and stalwart whereas the Lions were opulent, lush and ornate. In addition to that, I felt that it was obvious to incorporate the moon and sun motifs due to two factors:

1. It felt natural as wolves have been synonymous with howling at the moon and lions basked in the warmth of the sun.

2. It further visually contrasted with both families.

Once I had figured this out, my final goal was to tie these decks together so that it would be obvious to a passerby that they were designed to be in the "siblings". One solution is to color swap and call it a different edition, but I felt it wasn't enough. I decided that I didn't want that and so I walked a fine line to make it different enough so it embodies the essence of my distillation while making sure it was similar enough to each other that it wasn't jarring. I hope I was able to achieve that. 




Some of you who have been following my last couple of projects may be aware that I have a thing for 3 dimensional objects with the coins, metal cards, lapel pins and etc that I make. I felt this project gave me the perfect opportunity to try something new. I wanted the signature editions to be able to stand out from other decks by incorporating a large 3d sculpted figurehead on a subdued tuck. The tuck itself will be also be metallic foiled but done in a way where it does not lose focus from the figurehead. As usual, the decks will come with a numbered edition seal as well as hand crafted edge gilding. I will be posting on how the tuck it self at a later point in the campaign as I need to finalize some tweaks.



How the signature tuck operates
How the signature tuck operates
Hand crafted gold edge gilding
Hand crafted gold edge gilding
Hana Kimono Signature Gold Edition - Example
Hana Kimono Signature Gold Edition - Example


 How to Manage Add-Ons


UNLOCKED! ($30,000) - Cards will be printed with metallic inks! 

UNLOCKED! ($35,000) - Tucks will be embossed and foiled!

UNLOCKED! ($40,000) - Deck seals now printed on foil!

(More to come!)


credit to ig: deryn_magic for this mashup
credit to ig: deryn_magic for this mashup

Risks and challenges

This campaign will be my sixth after the highly successful Muertos, Olympia, Anubis, Hana and Thorns and Roses Campaigns. Although there were some technical difficulties with one of the printers and other issues, I've taken what I've learned from that experience and will apply a more efficient and effective process to allow for another successful campaign. As always, I have done immense research and followed up on a lot of companies to ensure that this project goes as smoothly as possible.
There may be the risks of the unforeseen, but I have prepared myself enough with knowledge and research to minimize it if necessary. the delivery date listed is conservatively posted in order to produce the best product. Please keep in mind that sometimes delays do occur but I will do my best to avoid them. As a designer and consumer, I know that it is necessary to have a high-end product and I am committed to delivering the best product possible.

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