High-end Lord of the Rings playing cards are closing in on $500,000 on Kickstarter
A crowdfunding campaign for a luxury-themed set The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring playing cards soared to nearly $500,000.
The Kickstarter campaign was launched by Jackson Robinson, a playing card illustrator and designer who says he’s always been on his “to do list” to create a series of card games based on the the Lord of the Rings (LOTR). “From my earliest memories, as an artist,” writes Robinson, “I have been drawn to and inspired by science fiction and fantasy stories. Of all these stories The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien was my absolute favorite story.”
Robinson eventually hopes to create three decks of cards, one for each novel in the LOTR trilogy, but this first deck will focus on characters and scenes from The Fellowship of the Ring. The officially licensed cards have a style that will be instantly recognizable to Tolkien fans, with a familiar use of flowing, curvy fonts and rich, earthy colors. However, the artist has added his own flair and style to the illustrations, especially the character designs. As Robinson explained, “Every aspect of this deck of cards is uniquely illustrated and designed with as much detail as possible to create a deck of cards that will be adored by Tolkien fans everywhere.”
The cards present the main characters of the novel as kings, queens and jacks. For example, Strider plays the king, Arwen the queen, and Samwise the valet in a suit of hearts. Meanwhile, the aces in each suit are reserved for powerful items in the book. The ace of diamonds, for example, is Gandalf’s staff, while the ace of hearts is Frodo’s bright blade Sting. Elessar, the magical gem also known as Elfstone, which Arwen wore as a necklace in the movies, features on the ace of clubs. Finally, the Ace of Spades – the most powerful card in a deck and also known as the Death Card – is, of course, the One Ring itself, shining with power.
Robinson’s Kickstarter campaign had an initial goal of just $20,000 and currently sits at around $426,000 with nine days left in the campaign. The lowest pledge of $12 will reserve a single standard edition game, while the highest tier of $575 or more purchases the “Gandalf Collector’s Set”, which includes 12 standard games, two Gilded Edition games, and two Legacy Edition games. The cards will be made in the United States by The United States Playing Card Company and are “printed on FSC-certified paper from sustainable forests, vegetable-based inks, and starch-based laminates.”
the Fellowship of the Ring playing cards have an estimated delivery date of November 2022. Robinson’s FAQ states that they “hope to launch our Two towers bridge in the fall of 2022 and our Return of the King deck in early 2023.” All decks will be available for purchase on the artist’s website, Kings Wild Project, after the Kickstarter campaign.
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