Last month on June 1st, Half Moon Playing Cards launched their Bicycle Venexiana Playing Card project on and along with the new crowd funding site, Jumpstartcity.com. However, shortly after launch, Half Moon called it quits on Jumpstartcity.com claiming the site's system was stifling the project's success.
Because Half Moon is a Greece-based playing card company and is not based in the US or UK, it makes it very difficult for them to launch using the most prominent crowd funding platform, Kickstarter.com. After about a month of figuring out how they would do so, Half Moon announced today on their Facebook page that they would be launching on Kickstarter on July 16 at 10:00am EST.
In order to make this possible on Kickstarter, Half Moon has partnered with a US-based partner who happens to be a good friend of Half Moon's owner and designer and located in Atlanta, GA. Half Moon is still deciding whether the decks will ship from Greece or Atlanta if the project is funded. However, a lot of the extra rewards and add-ons will ship from Greece. This will mean that some backers will receive two packages if the decks are eventually shipped from The States.
Bicycle Venexiana is based on Venetian culture and features an illustrated plague doctor on the tuck case. Since Jumpstartcity.com, Half Moon has changed one design element going from an aged look on the cards to a cleaner soft yellowish background color tone. Half Moon mentioned to TuckCase.com that the aged look did not translate well to the printed version of the cards.