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Hand-drawn set of playing cards based on the Kalevala, the epic poem of Finland & Karelia
Hand-drawn set of playing cards based on the Kalevala, the epic poem of Finland & Karelia
378 backers pledged AU$ 27,704 to help bring this project to life.

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Kalevala Playing Cards

AU$ 27,704

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Update: Exclusive Kalevala booklet available now with each reward. Only available to Kickstarter backers. Check update #8 for more details. 

Addons available now - Check update #5 for more details.

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Preview of the prototype deck

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Welcome to the world of the Kalevala

My name is Sunish Chabba, and I, along with my friend & illustrator, Ishan Trivedi, welcome you to the world of the Kalevala.  

The Kalevala Playing Cards is a 100% hand-drawn, custom deck & is based on the 19th Century epic poem of Finland & Karelia, Kalevala, compiled by Elias Lönnrot. 

J.R.R.Tolkein used the Kalevala as a model when he created the Silmarillion mythology for The Lord of the Rings.

The Kalevala Playing Cards depict the heroes and villains of the Kalevala.

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Kalevala Playing Cards - Original Edition

The Kalevala Playing Cards tells the tale of a number of characters as depicted in the court cards of this deck.

Features: 

  • 100% custom and hand-drawn artwork
  • Premium Stock (Bee Casino Grade stock which is the highest quality card stock available @ USPCC)
  • Embossed linen air cushion finish 
  • Poker Size (3.5" X 2.5")
  • 52 Cards + 2 Jokers + 1 extra card (with names of characters on court cards)
  • Custom tuck case with hand-drawn artwork
  • Made in USA by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC)
  • Reaching the funding goal will ensure a print run of 1000 decks
  • Free shipping to US & lower shipping rate for International backers

(Note: prices are in Australian dollars  1 AU$= 0.74 US$)

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KoS as Väinämöinen, the central character of The Kalevala, is a shamanistic hero with a magical power of song and music similar to that of Orpheus. He is born of Ilmatar and contributes to the creation of Earth as it is today. Väinämöinen created and plays the kantele, a Finnish stringed instrument that resembles and is played like a zither.

QoS as Aino, the beautiful sister of Joukahainen, drowns herself as she didn't want to marry Väinämöinen.

JoS as Joukahainen, an unintelligent young man who arrogantly challenges Väinämöinen to a singing contest which he loses.

KoC as the King of Karelia is Marjatta’s wise son who is later condemned to death by Väinämöinen for being born out of wedlock. The boy, in turn, chastises Väinämöinen and is later crowned King of Karelia.

QoC as the Mother of King of Karelia, Marjatta is a holy woman and virgin who gives birth in a stable to a son who becomes the King of Karelia.

JoC as the god of fertility, Sampsa Pellervoinen, who sows all vegetation on earth, all the forests, swamps, meadows, and rock lands too.

KoD as Seppo Ilmarinen, the Eternal Hammerer, blacksmith and inventor in the Kalevala, who creates Sampo and various other magical devices in Kalevala.

QoD as the Maiden of Pohjola is the wife of Ilmarinen and daughter of Louhi, evil sorceress who is the Mistress of Pohjula.

JoD as Kullervo is a misguided, troubled and tragic youth filled with vengence. He is a slave to Ilmarinen, and sent to work for Ilmarinen's wife, the Maiden of Pohjola. 

KoH as Lemminkäinen, a handsome, arrogant and reckless ladies-man, is the son of Lempi.

QoH as Lemminkainen's Mother who sews together all of the pieces of Lemminkainen's body, and succeeds in remaking his body whole.

JoH as Tiera, who is the friend of Lemminkäinen and accompany him to the battle with the the mistress of Pohjola.

Jokers as Louhi, the sorceress steals the Sampo, provoking Ilmarinen and Väinämöinen to enter her stronghold in secret and retrieve it. Louhi, in reply, pursues them and combats Väinämöinen. In the struggle, Louhi is vanquished but the Sampo is destroyed.

Aces
Aces
Index cards with redesigned hand-drawn layouts
Index cards with redesigned hand-drawn layouts
Card back depicting the eagle and an extra 55th card (with character names)
Card back depicting the eagle and an extra 55th card (with character names)

Kalevala Playing Cards - Limited Edition 

Kalevala limited edition deck will have a special tuckbox with embossing & gold foil while having gold gilded edges. Note that the design on the cards will remain the same as that of the standard deck. This is a real collector's crave.

Features:

  • Hand-drawn illustrations
  • Poker Size (3.5" X 2.5") 
  • 52 Cards + 2 Jokers + 1 extra card (with names of characters on court cards)
  • Elegant tuckbox with embossing & gold foil 
  • Inner tuck printing with ink & gold foil 
  • Gold gilded edges with antique look (done by the same craftsmen who worked on Divine Art & Bharata Major deck)
  • Print run of ~480 decks only
  • Premium embossed black core European card stock with linen magic finish 
  • Printed by WJPC (same printing company did Bharata Series 2 receiving rave reviews on handling & card stock)
  • Includes free shipping worldwide (and this will be fulfilled through SFC who has fulfilled and shipped all my previous products)

(Note: prices are in Australian dollars 1 AU$= 0.74 US$)

Sample deck (Divine Art) showing gold gilded edges with an antique look
Sample deck (Divine Art) showing gold gilded edges with an antique look

Add-ons

> Väinämöinen's Sword - Wooden hand forged by bladesmith Roy Vernon Rudd III - made in USA.  

Inspired by historical Finnish sword design, this is a collector's item with every detail on it hand carved. Picture shown below is a work in progress picture and I will be updating it with the finished prototype during the campaign. Only two to be made.

Specs of the wooden sword: Blade- poplar, guard and pommel - Cherry, handle-  oak and cedar. Finished in 5 + coats of polyurethane. 19" blade, 25" overall length.

To add the wooden sword as an add-on, Add AU$ 930 (includes shipping) and message me.

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Note that a real functional sword made of 5160 Spring Steel (ultra limited and exclusive with an option to customize it with your name and another opportunity to name the sword too) is also available as part of Guru Exclusive reward tier.  Only 1 to be made.

Handforged with love in the USA. 

To add this sword as an add-on, Add AU$ 2490 (includes shipping) to your existing pledge and message me.

> Sword tie clips - STRETCH GOAL (LOCKED) - Unlocks at AUD $ 28,000

A limited edition and exclusive Väinämöinen's sword-shaped tie clip unlocks once stretch goal is reached. More soon. 

> Väinämöisen soitto - Linen Canvas Print (20" x 30") - STRETCH GOAL (UNLOCKED)

Just add AUD $79 your existing pledge and send me a message. Option to pick up available in Melbourne, Australia.

> Uncut sheets

Extremely Limited (only 8 available) and a great piece of Art. Authentic uncut sheets of playing cards pulled straight off the factory press. Ready to be framed on the wall.  Will be shipped by SFC in a sturdy round tube. 

Kalevala Playing Cards - uncut sheet :- Add AUD $40  to your existing pledge and message me. 

> Art Prints of Court cards - STRETCH GOAL (UNLOCKED)

Check Update #5 for more details.

> Exclusive Custom Kalevala booklet (ONLY AVAILABLE TO KICKSTARTER BACKERS) - STRETCH GOAL (UNLOCKED)  - Free with each reward

I still remember the messages from backers of my previous Divine Art & Bharata Major Arcana projects saying how much they appreciated the little booklets accompanying the decks. Last booklet also had the names of all the backers who pledged the support and I still receive messages from previous backers about the love and surprise that little booklet gets from their family & friends.

In the similar tradition to the previous decks, we are again happy to announce a booklet (size approx. 63 X 88 mm & page length 18-26 pages ) which will have the inspiration, early sketches & description about the characters along with the names of all backers who made this Kickstarter project possible. I could not have done this without you and your name needs to be part of the product somewhere. 

Every pledge will automatically receive a booklet as part of their reward package. Note that there is no additional amount you need to pay for this booklet and every backer (pledging for at least 1 deck) automatically becomes eligible to receive a physical copy of the booklet once the stretch goal unlocks. 

Booklets with previously released Divine Art & Bharata deck
Booklets with previously released Divine Art & Bharata deck

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> Custom Seal - STRETCH GOAL (LOCKED)

More soon. To be updated.

> Copper colored foil on tuckbox - Standard Edition - STRETCH GOAL (LOCKED)

More soon. To be updated.

Shipping

As there are two printing companies involved based out of different countries, I will be using the services of Gamblers Warehouse as well as SFC this time around. All of my previous projects were fulfilled worldwide by SFC and most of you will remember the Kryptonian bubble wrap packaging on each deck :) and Gamblers Warehouse has fulfilled numerous playing card projects on Kickstarter. Given both's expertise in fulfillment & shipping, I expect the fulfillment experience to be smooth similar to my past projects.

Please note that it is possible that you will receive the mixed tier decks separately as my experience says the limited edition deck will be ready way earlier than the standard edition deck (which also explains the difference in anticipated delivery date for both standard and limited deck). If that happens, I will be sending it first to the backers. 

***Continuing the tradition of low or free shipping as seen in my previous Kickstarter projects, you'll still get to see it here too with the limited edition tiers. Shipping from US to International is not cheap but I have made sure that it is still low enough and backers are not being charged higher on shipping front.***

Please feel free to PM me for any question related to shipping or fulfillment. 

Inspiration

Lots of research and study went into this with most work as well as the understanding of the epic poem taken out of the hindi translation of the epic poem by Vishnu Khare, an Indian Hindi poet & translator as well as art history & found images. While getting started, I found that there are numerous translations of Kalevala epic in English and other languages but Khare was awarded "Order of the White Rose" of Finland for his Hindi translation of the national epic of Finland, Kalevala so this is one of the best ever translations done on the epic.

Apart from the book, regular inputs from Roope Lötjönen has helped in getting this project reach this stage where you are now seeing this on Kickstarter.

About GPCC

Guru Playing Cards aka GPCC has produced 4 successful kickstarter projects till date with a unique accomplishment of delivering products to backers across 25 countries with the shortest lead time while maintaining a great connect with backers at every phase of the Kickstarter campaign to production & fulfillment.  I stand behind the production & delivery of the products shown above and I am sure you will be delighted with the outcome. 

While working on digital projects, it still means so much to have a tangible and crafted item in your hands to marvel at. And, this is the reason of the why behind GPCC. 

HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE PROJECT? 

Back us. Tell all of your friends to get their own deck/s. Share!

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WHY KICKSTARTER 

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform that helps bring creative projects to life. Think of Kickstarter as a place where you can help support a project like this and in return you are offered a series of rewards depending on your pledge. Once you've chosen what type of reward you would like to receive, Kickstarter will ask you to register in order to record your pledge. They will safely set up your payment but you will ONLY be billed at the end of the campaign IF this project reaches its funding goal. Remember, if the project isn't fully funded during our Kickstarter campaign, you won't be charged a dime (and, unfortunately, the deck won't be published). You can always go back and change or cancel your reward level before the campaign ends. You can check more info about it here.

With the funding goal achieved, I will be able to take the idea to production and get these 2 beautifully crafted decks across to all of you out there. Let's make this concept a reality. Thank you!

Thanks

Heartfelt thanks to Roope Lötjönen, Garrett Long and Benjamin Achren who have provided valuable contribution & feedback in the whole design process leading up to the Kickstarter launch. I don't think I would have been able to launch this on Kickstarter without your key inputs. 

Keep in touch

Guru Playing Card Company Website

Guru Playing Card Company on Facebook

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Guru Playing Card Company on Twitter

Risks and challenges

I've successfully produced & fulfilled other projects on Kickstarter (Divine Art Playing Cards - Limited Edition, Bharata Playing Cards, Bharata Tarot Major Arcana, Bharata Playing Cards- Series 2). All of these were delivered to backers way earlier than the estimated date & I am proud to say that my projects on Kickstarter have got one of the shortest lead times in this as well as the whole Games category as such. This coupled with frequent communication through updates ensure that you as backers are on the journey towards making the project a reality. I'm confident that this project will be able to meet and/or exceed the expectations from backers similar to my past projects.

If there are any speed bumps during production, I will do my very best to communicate with you about what is going on and how I plan to resolve any issues. Risk mitigation while maintaining constant communication with the backers will be my strategy for this project as well.

Note: Presented artwork is subject to minor tweaks and updates. I've already received approval from both USPCC & WJPC on the artwork as I'd been working with their pre-press coordinator to make sure the design files & artwork is all okay with respect to the production.

The finished product may vary slightly from the art shown here. As it goes through the printing process, minor revisions may need to be made, and I will keep backers informed of such cases.

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.

Thanks for visiting the project page. Please feel free to reach out to me for any question.

-Sunish

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