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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby MagikFingerz » Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:43 pm  

I have to agree with you, Dan. Your backgrounds do "work" both ways without looking awkward. Thanks for taking the time to post them side-by-side for comparison.

Though the only thing my (self-diagnosed) OCD reacts to is the diamond background; surely that could (should?) be symmetrical? Like it is on the King of Diamonds in your second to last post.
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby RichK » Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:23 pm  

Any chance you can do red diamond/heart instead of black? I know it will be very hard to see on reddish background but having both red and black hearts/diamonds looks confusing to me.
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby DanFeldmeier » Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:43 pm  

Here are what I believe are going to be the final designs of the cards/layouts. I may still tweak the artwork itself; if I do though they will be minor and just done to improve the images.

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MagikFingerz wrote:I have to agree with you, Dan. Your backgrounds do "work" both ways without looking awkward. Thanks for taking the time to post them side-by-side for comparison.

Though the only thing my (self-diagnosed) OCD reacts to is the diamond background; surely that could (should?) be symmetrical? Like it is on the King of Diamonds in your second to last post.


I had the diamond off center since it was technically off center on the other backgrounds but I think you're right, it'd be better if it was centered.

RichK wrote:Any chance you can do red diamond/heart instead of black? I know it will be very hard to see on reddish background but having both red and black hearts/diamonds looks confusing to me.


I have made the hearts/diamonds more red and actually made the clubs/spades a hint more blue to really separate the pips.
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby flashcards » Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:42 am  

Dan, excellent job. This looks great. I stand corrected: the court cards don't have to completely mirrored. I really like the different background elements and will hold my tongue from now on if I'm not completely sure about something. Best of luck with the project.
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby DanFeldmeier » Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:16 pm  

flashcards wrote:Dan, excellent job. This looks great. I stand corrected: the court cards don't have to completely mirrored. I really like the different background elements and will hold my tongue from now on if I'm not completely sure about something. Best of luck with the project.


Thanks, glad you agree they look good not completely mirrored :) And for the record, there's no need to hold your tongue if you have a suggestion, even though the complete mirroring isn't necessary, it gave me a chance to try a different design I hadn't previously thought of.
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby RichK » Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:53 pm  

DanFeldmeier wrote:I have made the hearts/diamonds more red and actually made the clubs/spades a hint more blue to really separate the pips.


Pip change looks great. Well done! :)
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby DanFeldmeier » Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:39 pm  

RichK wrote:
DanFeldmeier wrote:I have made the hearts/diamonds more red and actually made the clubs/spades a hint more blue to really separate the pips.


Pip change looks great. Well done! :)


Thanks!
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby JuFiN » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:22 pm  

Not gunna lie, I didnt like this deck very much when you first posted, but ive been following along and its shaping into a really nice deck!

My contribution to the feedback would be to say that the front of the tuck doesnt have to be double sided, and infact really shouldnt be. Also not sure why the E is backwards.

As for the card back I really like the border running around the outside with the mouth and eye ball! Not as big a fan of the light background faces in the corner (whats up with his nose?) and I cant really decide about the big face in the middle with the giant mouth. I love the arms holding itself up. But its kinda... creepy? not sure, something about it is a bit off putting. But that might be a good thing! I cant decide how I feel about it, the more I look at it the more I like it but my gut instinct is negative. The little translucent faces in the corners gotta go though in my opinion.

Anyway just figured I would give my two cents seeing as not much has been said about the card backs or tuck box.
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby DanFeldmeier » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:53 pm  

First off I'd like to thank everyone for their feedback. While I may have not implemented all suggestions I feel confident in saying I've reached a decision with my cards and am satisfied with their designs and their artwork. Feel free to still give feedback if something seems off and I missed it.

Anyway, here's the court cards.

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Here are the number cards.

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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby flashcards » Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:51 am  

Dan,

You've done great job. I like these a lot! Have you decided on a printer yet? I would strongly urge you to go with one of the "big 3" (USPCC, EPCC, LPCC). Yes, they have fairly high minimum print runs but you should have the confidence that the cards will sell. I believe they will. Also, larger print runs will allow you to sell the decks at a lower price point; perhaps even one that I can afford ;) I would also suggest that you post a link to your campaign page before it launches so that your UC friends can proof it for any mistakes that might have been made. These guys have lots of experience with KS campaigns and can help make sure that yours goes smoothly. Again, great job and best of luck.
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby DanFeldmeier » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:55 pm  

I've decided to go with USPCC, I've gotten a quote and while they are a little higher, I know the kind of quality they produce. I'll probably be going with the typical $15 price point that seems pretty common amongst the playing cards on Kickstarter. I'll of course be having an early bird option at $11, limited to 50 backers.

And good call posting a link on here to the campaign, everyone on here has been awesome and helpful so it definitely makes sense to let y'all see it before it launches. I'll hopefully have a draft available in the next two weeks as I'd like to launch it before the month is over.
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby flashcards » Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:08 pm  

Dan, while $15 is indeed what most people are charging today, I would encourage you to consider a lower price point, say $13. Many people here have expressed disappointment in the constantly rising prices of decks. Many long time collectors feel they are being priced out of the hobby. With the high minimum that USPCC has, I think you can make up in sales volume what you might originally be "losing" at a higher price point. Speaking only for myself, if I should be lucky enough to catch the early bird (which will only be available to a few) I would certainly buy two decks. Likewise, at $13, I would be able to justify two decks as well. However, at $15 a deck I would only be able to buy one. It's only a single example I know, but many KS supporters may have similar limitations. Of course, there are a lot of collectors with deep pockets who will buy bricks and limited editions, but I believe they are in the minority. These are great cards and I believe, even with a lower price point, you will easily make your goal. Of course, you have to do what is best for you. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best of luck with your campaign.
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby RichK » Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:36 pm  

flashcards wrote:Dan, while $15 is indeed what most people are charging today, I would encourage you to consider a lower price point, say $13. Many people here have expressed disappointment in the constantly rising prices of decks. Many long time collectors feel they are being priced out of the hobby. With the high minimum that USPCC has, I think you can make up in sales volume what you might originally be "losing" at a higher price point. Speaking only for myself, if I should be lucky enough to catch the early bird (which will only be available to a few) I would certainly buy two decks. Likewise, at $13, I would be able to justify two decks as well. However, at $15 a deck I would only be able to buy one. It's only a single example I know, but many KS supporters may have similar limitations. Of course, there are a lot of collectors with deep pockets who will buy bricks and limited editions, but I believe they are in the minority. These are great cards and I believe, even with a lower price point, you will easily make your goal. Of course, you have to do what is best for you. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best of luck with your campaign.


I agree with this too Dan. Just because they're all do it doesn't mean you have to too. You want to sell decks to backers and "lure" them in with lower price.
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck (wap)

Unread postby DanFeldmeier » Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:52 pm  

I hadn't actually thought about that. Is $15 too high if that also includes shipping? If so, would an in between price point be good? Maybe one reward could be $14 for 1 deck while another is $26 for 2 decks of cards?
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby DanFeldmeier » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:17 pm  

I have a pretty good start on the Kickstarter campaign, I'm mostly missing some layout art and a video, but I figure while I'm working on that, if someone (or multiple someones) would like to look at a preview and provide feedback, I'll provide a link. Question on that though, should I just post a link in here or should I send direct messages to those interested?
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby flashcards » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:04 am  

Definitely post it here. You'll get a lot of knowledgeable folks providing input. Just put on your thick skin, just in case.
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby DanFeldmeier » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:09 am  

flashcards wrote:Definitely post it here. You'll get a lot of knowledgeable folks providing input. Just put on your thick skin, just in case.


Good call, I'll get that thick skin ready :)

Anyway, here's the preview link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/21 ... n=3ee8c4d8..
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby DanFeldmeier » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:04 pm  

Thanks to everyone who has given me feedback on my Kickstarter, I think it's helping to improve my campaign!

On a side note, I had a prototype deck printed up to see how the images would appear in card format and I'd say, for the most part, I'm pretty happy with the results. There's a few cards that printed darker than desired so I'll have to do some tweaking but overall I like 'em :)

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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby RichK » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:48 pm  

All the cards look darker but that could be because of low light when pics taken.
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Re: Feedback on custom alien themed deck

Unread postby DanFeldmeier » Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:50 pm  

RichK wrote:All the cards look darker but that could be because of low light when pics taken.


Unfortunately, even in person, a few of 'em are kinda dark. Not a big deal though as it's a pretty easy adjustment :)
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