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Kickstarter: Venexiana Dark Playing Cards by Half Moon Playing Cards

09 Oct

A whole year after the first Venexiana deck, the story continues with a travel to the dark heart of 18th century Venice. Venexiana Dark features a series of obscure and marginal characters who complete the picture of this haunting city. Thieves, assassins, courtesans, wicked noblemen and masters of deception are all on board in this imaginary gondola.

The decks are planned to be printed by the Expert Playing Card Company (EPCC).

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It makes sense to remind those who haven’t held Bicycle Venexiana deck in their hands that “Venexiana” is how the word “Veneziana” is written in the area of Veneto (northern Italy).

Lotrek is the owner of Half Moon Playing Cards and the designer of Timeless deck, Bicycle Butterfly deck, Grotesque decks, etc. He plans to produce two interesting variations (editions) of Venexiana Dark. The “Masked” edition will feature the courts wearing masks. All that representatives of vicious Venice will reveal you their cunning, artful and shameless faces in the “Reveal” edition. So, your curiosity will force you to get the “Reveal” edition in a couple of the “Masked” edition. At the same time, your aversion to that people done for the worthy Venexiana society will compel you to get the “Masked” edition in a couple of the “Reveal” edition.

“When I posted the Queen of Clubs, people (the boys) started saying: “hehe, we want to see more of her than just an unmasking”. I thought that this was a good idea for all the courts though. Not only an unmasking but some more details that could add to the story. So I decided to have subtle (or less subtle) changes from the masked to the urevealed edition. Some courts help to do that, some others not so much.” ~ Lotrek

Venexiana Dark Playing Cards: Masked Edition Tuck Case and Reveal Edition Tuck Case 

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Different editions of Venexiana Dark playing cards will also have slightly different backs. Metallic inks on the back design are possible as the stretch goal… And, yes, that is someone’s blood on playing cards form the “Reveal” edition. You choose the edition wanting some expose, you have it.

Venexiana Dark Playing Cards: Masked Edition Back

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards: Reveal Edition Back

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Unlike Bicycle Venexiana playing cards, these decks don’t name a lot of real historic personalities. We should remember about the forces of darkness but have unlikely to glorify them.

Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – Masked Edition: Tuck Case

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The Deck:

  • Custom court cards;
  • Custom Jokers;
  • Custom back designs;
  • Custom pips and backgrounds for number cards;
  • Custom tuck cases with foil and embossing on them;
  • Master finish and high precision “Diamond Cut”;
  • Poker size;
  • Planned to be printed by the Expert Playing Card Company (EPCC).

 

You could pledge here: http://kck.st/1vFe0gJ 

[Funded on November 5, 2014]

“Please note that the images you see may be slightly different when printed from what you see on the screen. Also, I’m usually making tweaks here and there and some (minor) details may change.” ~ Lotrek

Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – Masked Edition: The Ace of Spades

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The general style of drawing was preserved for the Venexiana Dark court cards to give Bicycle Venexiana deck its due. But there is a doubt that you will want to drink a tea or go for an evening walk with the individuals depicted on them.

Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – Masked Edition: The King of Spades

(A most unpleasant figure)

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – Masked Edition: The King of Hearts

(A desperate man)

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – The King of Hearts: Masked & Unmasked Editions 

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – The King of Clubs: Masked & Unmasked Editions

(A mysterious historic personality)

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – Masked Edition: The King of Diamonds

(An unfortunate encounter)

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – The King of Diamonds: Masked & Unmasked Editions 

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – Masked Edition: The Queen of Spades

(A courtesan)

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – The Queen of Spades: Masked & Unmasked Editions

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – Masked Edition: The Queen of Hearts

(A poisonous woman)

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – The Queen of Hearts: Masked & Unmasked Editions 

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – The Queen of Diamonds: Masked & Unmasked Editions

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – Masked Edition: The Jack of Spades

(A master of deception)

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – Masked Edition: The Jack of Clubs

(A charlatan)

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards – The Jack of Clubs: Masked & Unmasked Editions

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards: Jokers

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards: Number Cards

Old

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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards: Number Cards

NEW

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Custom Seal

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 #2000 means nothing, it’s just a placeholder

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Venexiana Dark Signature Edition

“One of the Jokers in Signature Edition Decks will be hand drawn by me on a real card which will be printed only on the back side and left blank on the front. The Platinum Signature edition will have the Masked deck inside, while the Gold Signature will have the Revealed deck. For the Platinum/masked I will draw the Joker with the eyes closed and for the Gold/revealed I’ll draw the Joker with the eyes open. The drawing will be with black permanent ink and it will have enough detail, not just a fast sketch.” ~ Lotrek

Signature Edition features:

  • Foil on high quality 320gsm black silky stock;
  • 2 versions: the Platinum (with silver foil) and the Gold (with gold foil);
  • Certificate of authenticity printed on the back side of the tuck;
  • Hand numbered and signed;
  • Limited edition of 120 decks (60 gold /60 platinum).

Venexiana Dark Gold Signature Edition Playing Cards: Tuck Case

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