Walhalla is the German form of Old Norse Valhöll, which is commonly anglicized as Valhalla. In Norse mythology, Valhalla is an enormous and majestic hall in Asgard, presided over by Odin.
Described as a "warrior's paradise", it is here that the souls of those who are slain in battle go, chosen and guided by the Valkyries, a group of warrior maidens in service to Odin. Once they are there, these eïnherjar, as they are known, make revelry, as they feast on the beast known as Sæhrímnir, having their fill of mead made from the udders of the female goat Heiðrún. The feast is prepared by Andhrímnir (Old Norse: “the one exposed to soot”), the cook of the gods, in his cauldron, Eldhrímnir (Old Norse: “fire-sooty”).
Outside of Valhalla’s doors lies Glasir (Old Norse: “gleaming”), a massive tree that grows golden leaves, while its ceiling is adorned with golden shields. The tree Læraðr stands atop the great hall, where both Heiðrún and the stag Eikþyrnir (Old Norse: “oak-thorny”) graze its foliage. During Ragnarök, the eïnherjar will aid Odin in his battle against Surtr and his forces.
- Limited edition
- EXTERIOR + INTERIOR foils on tucks
- Embossed tuck boxes w. custom seals
- Deluxe tucks with special paper stocks
- 100% custom design of cards, pips and tucks
- Metallic ink with gold pigment on cards
- 54 poker sized cards (52+2 jokers)
- Savings on each deck with higher pledges
- All decks shipped to backers in protective boxes
Walhalla playing cards include 2 editions: Standard which is honoring Odin, and Limited - Deck of Freyja. Both tuck card stocks, chosen for this project are specialty stocks, produced in Italy.
Deck of Odin feature special Fire Orange pearlescent card stock, with TWO - Graphite Silver & Merlot Red foils applied:
Cards feature clean, rather simple theme, with matching scheme and metallic inks:
Deck of Freyja is made of black soft touch tuck box, embossed, with special Merlot Red foil and selective varnish applied, to outline design elements:
Freyja deck's cards are designed in silver and gold metallic inks, with black background:
- $5,000 Custom seal for each edition
- $6,000 2-Deck sleeve
- $7,500 Dealer Coin as Add On
- $9,000 Sticker as Add On (Free on Brick and Half Brick pledge levels)
- $15,000 Interior Foil
- $20,000 Third edition: Deck of Valkyries (details in updates)
1x deck of your choice - $14 for US backers and $15 for international backers
1x unfolded tuck of your choice - $5 for US/International backers
1x Dealer Coin - $15 for US/International backers
3x Dealer Coins - $40 for US/International backers
6x Dealer Coins - $75 for US/International backers
12x Dealer Coins (Set) - $140 for US/International backers
1x Sticker - $2 for US/International backers
3x Stickers (Set) - $5 for US/International backers
12x Stickers (4 Sets) - $10 for US/International backers
Designing playing cards had been for a long time on Riesen Design's to do list and here they finally are! The goal was to create a set of beautiful and practical cards that are fun to play with. The theme for this poker-sized pack came once again from European history and mythology: the usual kings, queens and jacks have been replaced with gods and goddesses from the Nordic pantheon. Do you recognize them? Their names are written in runes on their left shoulder...
The characters on the face cards are also not exact mirror image of each other: can you find the three differences in all of them?
Risks and challenges
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Please note, that final product colors and design may slightly vary from the renders shown in project description.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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