A week ago, talented artist Shane Tyree (@Shane_Tyree) launched his first solo playing cards project, Call of Cthulhu: The Writhing Dark on Kickstarter. In less than 13 hours, this campaign achieved its' funding goal of $18k. That's an amazing feat considering there are almost a dozen playing card campaigns currently live on Kickstarter.
Shane's previous projects with Albino Dragon broke Kickstarter records not once, but twice. This new campaign offers a follow-up to his original record breaker, the Call Of Cthulhu Bicycle Playing Card Deck, and seeks to not only delve deeper and harder into the Mythos and writings of Lovecraft, but also to offer a new Tarot deck for illuminated seekers to further explore the tales and themes.
There are currently three different decks available on the campaign page. The Unlimited and Limited editions of the playing cards and the Writhing Dark Tarot deck. The Unlimited edition features artwork from Tarot deck and custom Aces and Court Cards. The Limited edition combines the beautiful artwork from the Tarot deck, the custom Aces and Courts from the Unlimited edition deck with a unique illustrated tuck case. Meanwhile, the Tarot deck comes with 78 beautifully illustrated cards including the four suits (Swords, Wands, Cups, Pentacles) and the Major Arcana. The two decks will be printed by the USPCC on Bicycle stock.
Along with the decks, the project offers numerous add-ons and incentives, such as collectible Commemorative Coins and uncut card sheets. To get backers involved in the shaping of the project, an Alternate Reality game is being run in conjunction with the campaign. Players will be able to uncover secrets and special offers. Cool!
The first deck is due out to the backers by April 2014.