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100% custom illustrated deck of playing cards inspired by Hindu Mythology. Premium quality with a features combo never seen before.
100% custom illustrated deck of playing cards inspired by Hindu Mythology. Premium quality with a features combo never seen before.
125 backers pledged AU$ 6,017 to help bring this project to life.

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100% custom illustrated deck of playing cards inspired by Hindu Mythology. Premium quality with a features combo never seen before.

Divine Art Playing Cards - Limited Edition

AU$ 6,017

125

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Update [28/11]:

Physical copy of the booklet included in every deck. Also, production go-ahead has been given and it starts tomorrow, i.e. on 29th November.

Check update#8.

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Update [26/11]:

Numbered stamp available with this deck from this point onward (and without any stretch goal). Check update#6.

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Update [22/11]:

Stretch goals (physical copy of the booklet and numbered stamp) announced. Check update#4.

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Update [16/11]:

Tuckbox material has been upgraded to black stock. Check update#2

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DECK FEATURES

  • Fully custom illustrated cards based on Hindu Mythology
  • 54 Poker sized cards
  • Gold foiled tuckbox on 300 gsm cardboard paper with Matte finish
  • 330 GSM German Black Core Card Stock with linen finish on one side*
  • Hot stamped gold foil on card back
  • Custom stamp/seal with metallic gold ink (numbered)
  • Gilded edges using superior gold foil
  • Extremely limited run of 500 decks in total
  • Digital copy of Divine Art booklet as a bonus gift for all backers (update 28/11 - Now the deck includes physical copy of the 6-page booklet in z-fold poker size on 128 gsm art paper)
  • First ever deck produced by Guru Playing Card Company
  • Worldwide free shipping on 2+ decks reward tiers
  • Australian Kickstarter project (all prices on page in AUD)
  • Kickstarter exclusive pricing with features not seen anywhere making it a better deal than what you'll get on  Black Friday. ( This deck will be priced at AUD 40 + shipping outside Kickstarter)

This campaign is just for 15 days! A limit of max 4 decks per backer has been kept.

THE PROJECT

Divine Art Playing Cards (DAPC) project takes the regular playing card deck and turns it on its head by combining it with Hindu Mythology. After Ganjifa, this project is one of the first that captures Hindu Mythology in a playing card deck.

The basis of the Indian world view is of Cosmic unity underlying the physical diversity of the world, through which man transcends himself. Since almost every Indian folk art form is based on Hindu mythology, for the Kings, Queens and Jacks of each suit, various Gods and Goddesses as well as their mounts (vahanas) are taken as inspiration. Millions worship these deities daily in India & abroad.

Note: As seen from similar decks like Ganjifa based on Hindu mythology, the players never used to gamble with money while playing with any such cards based on Hindu gods and goddesses.

Let the photos do the talking now.

* All images shown in this campaign are mockups & digital  renderings

 

 

 

 

 

 

BONUS GIFT

Each backer will receive a digital copy of Divine Art booklet (currently spanning 6 pages) that includes information on the theme of the deck.

MANUFACTURING

This is the first deck produced by Guru Playing Card Company (GPCC) owned by me in collaboration with a printing vendor from China. This has been a result of my search in finding the best printing presses in the world during the last few months. I talked to a no. of players in this field in US, China, India, Japan, Taiwan, Europe etc. , inspected a lot of samples from different printers , and can say now that this partnership & collaboration with this particular printer is going to produce the first ever deck with a combination of features not easily found. The quality of the samples have been top notch & their communication standards, willing to experiment & in listening to its customers are the key reasons that this partnership is starting with this deck & Guru Playing Card Company will be getting their decks printed through them continuing this partnership in the years to come.

Non-disclosure agreement makes me not to reveal the name of this printer ( and I think it is pretty normal in the playing card world where a no. of players do not reveal the name of the printing vendor they work with). That said, I do understand that it might be considered as a big risk in the eyes of the backers, so I'm investing my personal funds for both manufacturing & shipping apart from the funds raised through Kickstarter. 

SHIPPING

I am pleased to announce that all reward tiers for this campaign  include worldwide shipping except the single deck tier. The fulfillment will be done in China where the decks are being produced & so everyone will receive their rewards a lot sooner. 

REVIEWS (old prototype)

 

   

 

      

ABOUT GPCC

The idea was born of the Design thinking course I was pursuing in February this year. The aim of Guru Playing Card Company is to spread and create awareness about the beautiful but traditional art forms as well as use them in a contemporary manner. When I'm not pursuing these creative endeavors, I work as an IT Consultant in my other life.

I'm a member of the International Playing-Card Society (IPCS). 

KEEP IN TOUCH

Guru Playing Card Company Website

Guru Playing Card Company on Facebook

Guru Playing Card Company on Instagram

Guru Playing Card Company on Twitter

 

Risks and challenges

The design is done and ready to go. The finished product may vary slightly from the art shown here. Considering this is the first deck produced by Guru Playing Card Company, I am covering the manufacturing & shipping costs using my own personal capital which is a major amount & the rest will be the funds raised via Kickstarter (that explains the low funding goal).

I've done a thorough due diligence at my end to select the printing partner & I'm confident that this project will be able to meet and/or exceed the expectations from backers on both the printing & shipping front.

Risk mitigation while maintaining constant communication with the backers will be my strategy for Divine Art Playing Cards project.

You, as a backer, are responsible for import duties, VAT or any other duties that may be payable to the relevant tax authorities in your respective country as well as providing correct address information in the survey after the campaign has ended (if successful).

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    Pledge AU$ 23 or more About $16

    Early Bird: Single deck

    (~$ 17 USD)
    EB: One (1) DAPC deck

    -PLUS, a digital copy of the booklet

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    Standard: 1 DAPC deck

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    -PLUS, a digital copy of the booklet

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    Early Bird: 4 DAPC decks

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    Early Bird: 5 DAPC decks

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    Early Bird: 6 DAPC decks

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