Kickstarter: Shadows of London, A Victorian London themed Playing Cards

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Kickstarter: Shadows of London, A Victorian London themed Playing Cards




Shadows of London is a Victorian London-themed deck of playing cards currently on Kickstarter. Produced by Mariane Larsen with incredible artwork by Patrick Leis, the decks feature characters inspired by Victorian archetypes, Sherlock Holmes, the night watchman, Dr. Jekyll, and the roughneck on the docks. 


The deck showcases London in 1843 when the construction of Big Ben begins. However, there are already many bells tolling long echoes through the dark streets of London. These narrow streets are inhabited by suspicious figures that cast long shadows. A thief, a beggar, a prostitute, a corrupt politician, and his cunning wife. All skeptical and scheming about the intentions of the shadowy figure right around the corner and at the end of the street.  

 



There are two editions available during the Kickstarter campaign, Pennyless and Moonshine. The Pennyless tuck has a gloomy scenery printed in a matte material with a striking silver foil and an embossed title that brings the poor people of the Victorian streets to the foreground. This tuck box is designed to set the tone and atmosphere of the theme. It has a fully custom stamp-like, numbered tuck seal. The face cards are designed in a one-way format for an art-focused layout on the character illustrations. 



The Moonshine Edition tuck is manufactured in a horizontal format with a black soft-touch stock for a truly exquisite victorian feel. The tuck exterior is adorned with intricate and detailed gold foil on all sides, inspired by luxury brand tobacco and matchbox packaging from the time period. It has a fully custom stamp-like, numbered tuck seal.


The Moonshine number and face cards are designed in a classic two-way layout with an index in all four corners for optimized playability. Both editions share the same card backs featuring details such as Victorian street lamps, gate spikes, floral damask, and the Big Ben clock tower. 



Printed by TWPCC with Classic Finish. Pledge starts on Kickstarter. Also, add-ons such as antique Silver/Gold coin, illustrated booklet, and deck pouch are available during the campaign.

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Kickstarter: Shadows of London, A Victorian London themed Playing Cards Reviewed by Ivan on 4/28/2021 Rating: 5

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