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First general printing of Ganjifa playing cards in US since the 1950's.  Great for any playing card or Indian enthusiast.
First general printing of Ganjifa playing cards in US since the 1950's. Great for any playing card or Indian enthusiast.
415 backers pledged $10,023 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks so much to everyone who helped us get here!

We have a new STRETCH GOAL... when we reach $8,000 we will include not three, but rules for four different historical games using Ganjifa cards.

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The Idea

For our first KickStarter project, Tab Creations has decided to do something completely new and exciting! Something that will knock everyone’s proverbial socks off.

In our research of Indian past times and cultures for another game in the works we came across some references to Ganjifa cards. Thinking the concept sounded pretty cool, we started looking for a place to purchase some of these cards and rules to play them with.

Our Prototype Deck
Our Prototype Deck

Ganjifa cards have been around for centuries in India and Persia, but they are relatively new to the West. Ganjifa cards are round playing cards, numbered 1-10 with two face cards: the Raja (King) and the Vizier (Minister). There are 8 suits in the Mughal version which makes 96 cards in all. 

Ganjifa cards are traditionally hand painted and the rules for games are passed down from one generation to the next. The sad part about Ganjifa is that it seems to be a dying art. There are fewer and fewer artists in India producing the cards and few in the West are even aware of Ganjifa. This is where we stepped in.

The Plan

While we found bits and fragments of rules around the internet, we could only find individual hand painted cards for sale, and the cost was quite high. To breathe new life into this art form, and to make it available to everyone, we decided to print our own cards. We also compiled the rules we found to make the games complete. Instead of just making a few sets for ourselves, we thought it would be great to share Ganjifa with the rest of the world. Hence the kickstarter. 

All of our cards are round with a 2.9 inch diameter and printed on UV coated card stock  Our face cards will be lavishly illustrated with all designs based on historic decks from the 16th century. 

An example of the artwork that our artist has done for us in the past.
An example of the artwork that our artist has done for us in the past.

The Opportunity

This is a great opportunity to get an unusual and rare set of cards that is the first general printing in the US since the 1950s. Ganjifa cards are a must have for any serious playing card collector, Indian or Persian history enthusiast, those wanting a cultural tie to India, or those interested in Indian mysticism.

If you would like additional decks with your reward, just add $14 each ($15 if shipping internationally to a maximum of 6 decks total).

Note: The cards shown in the video and other images were made as a prototype using open source artwork.  We will be commissioning unique, historically based artwork for all of our cards.

We will be Kicking it Forward!  http://kickingitforward.org

Risks and challenges

Although there are always risks involved in a project of this kind, we believe that the risks are minimal in this case.

The artist we will be using is one we have used in the past and not only do they do great work but they are very reliable.

As to card printing, although we have not had large numbers of cards printed before, the company we are choosing is very reputable and is highly reviewed.

At Tab Creations, we will do our best to make sure all of our backers are satisfied and will make sure to keep everyone up to date on all aspects of the project as it moves along.

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    Artwork Print: You will receive one 8.5" x 11" glossy print of one of the deck's face cards.

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    Deck and Print: You will receive one deck of 96 cards, a rules sheet, and one 8.5" x 11" glossy print of one of the deck's face cards.

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    Deck and T-shirt: You will receive one deck of 96 cards, a rules sheet, and one t-shirt with one of the deck's face cards printed on it.

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