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Unread postby guru » Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:42 pm  

[Update]
Project is live now.





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Hi All,

Planning to launch Divine Art Playing Cards (DAPC) on Kickstarter next week. Still need a few things to sort out but looking forward to see it live.

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Here is the preview URL. Still a work in progress but I appreciate your feedback.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/su ... n=c925f142..........



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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby vasta41 » Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:38 pm  

I really like the style, back design, colors used, and the Aces but there's too much white space on the courts IMO. I would also prefer them to be two-way. But what I wish most is that you used one of the 3 "major" printing companies. The prices are *okay* but not justified with that printing company. I think it's a design and concept with a lot of potential but lack of USPCC or EPCC printing is what will keep me from pledging. But good luck!
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby Bruno » Fri Sep 09, 2016 2:17 pm  

(Well it's a fine line between intricacy and busy, between not enough and too much information, between that goalpost and t'other.)
They'll be right Sunish, you'll sell a million of these on the sub-continent.
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby Mike Ratledge » Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:39 am  

Sunish, I have been missing in action here for a few months, but I am back - with a vengeance soon!

These are just truly special in many ways, and I support your decision to go with the printer based in India (TMCards). It just wouldn't make sense to print elsewhere, after all - the aces & faces are worshipped by (hundreds and hundreds of) millions of people.
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby guru » Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:09 am  

vasta41 wrote:I really like the style, back design, colors used, and the Aces but there's too much white space on the courts IMO. I would also prefer them to be two-way. But what I wish most is that you used one of the 3 "major" printing companies. The prices are *okay* but not justified with that printing company. I think it's a design and concept with a lot of potential but lack of USPCC or EPCC printing is what will keep me from pledging. But good luck!



Yeah, it was a tough decision for me as I'd been working with EPCC for quite some time on this project. Given the Indian Mythology theme, I started having a strong feeling that this deck needs to get printed by a manufacturer from India itself, and took the decision after a lot of deliberation. In fact, when I went back to EPCC telling them about the decision of going with another printer, this is what they said. My association with EPCC goes back to my first project, and I can vouch for the fact that they are one of the best in custom printing, but more importantly, pretty good in terms of responsiveness & professionalism.

Good luck, Sunish!

It's hard to find the quality with which we produce our decks, especially the cut, but I do agree that this decision goes well with the overall theme.

Maybe if all goes well, you can consider printing a limited edition with us? Or maybe just for other projects then.

Definitely still send me the link to the kickstarter page, would love to see the project fund!

Have a good one.


I know it is going to be a big challenge but it is okay, I'll give it a shot. But, I don't agree with you on
" The prices are *okay* but not justified with that printing company."
One, I've chosen the best available stock with great finish, inspected their sample decks, and I'm going to receive the prototype deck created by them in the next few days. Initial impression of a friend after inspecting the sample is good. Second, the reward tiers have been set after a lot of effort put in calculating the minimum pricing based on a variety of factors like production costs, shipping the consignment to the fulfilment partner, shipping & fulfilment costs, KS fees, shipping cost increase trends that are seen during start of the year etc. Having said that, one of the major factors was to make it easy for non-US backers along with US backers to back this project. I've backed and supported various projects on Kickstarter, Indiegogo etc., and have felt the pain of huge International shipping fees a no. of times. I've even tried backing projects by sending the reward to my friends in US.
Given that DAPC is my baby, I didn't want that same pain to be felt by anyone coming from any part of the world on the campaign page looking to back the project. Other creators will agree with me that shipping is a different beast altogether, and costs usually spiral up when the rubber meets the road.
If I'd a successful project, I could have used that experience and learning, but now have to use the best judgement I can make to set the goal and reward tiers.

I do need good luck this time around. Thank you.
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby Räpylätassu » Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:06 am  

I like this! I will be backing for a one deck.

I try to own decks from as many different printers as I possibly can so I'll be looking foward to a deck printed in India!

I really hope this funds!
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby WillHart CthulhuWho1 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:23 pm  

I'll buy at least a pair of decks.

But I am curious as to why Ganesha has been left out...

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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby guru » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:54 am  

WillHart CthulhuWho1 wrote:I'll buy at least a pair of decks.

But I am curious as to why Ganesha has been left out...

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Yeah, it was a tough decision. Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva) was always there, and for the fourth one, Krishna took the lead because he is the most famous incarnations of Lord Vishnu and the central figure of the Hindu Bhagavad Gita (Holy Text).
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby PrincessTrouble » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:26 am  

A limited edition printed with EPCC would be awesome.
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby guru » Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:53 pm  

Hi All,

Plan is to go live today evening (AEST). I've updated quite a bit on the page, provided some clarity on direction towards stretch goals, all reward tiers updated with inclusion of digital copy of the booklet etc.

If you guys can verify the reward tiers or any other things that need attention, I'll really appreciate it.

I believe I'll need to remove the uncut sheet combo for now, as there has been some confusion going around on shipping rates provided by the fulfillment partner. I'll be following up with them after an hour or two, but in case I do not get a satisfactory reply on good rates, I'll be removing the reward tier for the time being. I feel it is better to go with clarity and confirmation on good rates rather than creating confusion and create different reward tier afterwards.

TMCards have shipped the prototype deck, and I hope to receive it within the next couple of days. Fingers crossed for the quality ....


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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby jerichoholic » Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:47 pm  

What time is that?
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby guru » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:29 am  

jerichoholic wrote:What time is that?


It is 10 PM AEST (12 PM UTC).
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby rousselle » Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:31 am  

What's the link to the project page so we can review it for you? :)
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby Bruno » Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:52 am  

Scroll up to the first photo you come to for the link
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby jerichoholic » Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:14 am  

Isn't this supposed to be live already?
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Coming soon on Kickstarter

Unread postby guru » Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:36 am  

jerichoholic wrote:Isn't this supposed to be live already?


Yeah...Video was giving tough time so had to launch without the video. Thanks for your support VJ, much appreciated.


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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Live on Kickstarter

Unread postby guru » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:16 am  

Hit a bit of a bummer guys...Had received the prototype done by TMCards on Saturday. The cards didn't look sturdy enough per my expectations for a 315 GSM black core stock. Cards were not gliding off each other and fans were not happening as they should be. Given that handling etc. is a subjective matter, I took these to folks @ Eclipse Games which is quite close to my home. They also raised concern about the quality of the stock. I did talk to TMC today but looks like this was the best sample they did for me. That said, they did get a few things right like color reproduction is very close to the artwork.

Divine Art was done for collectors who will feel proud of this deck in their collection for the years to come, so I can't compromise on quality. I do understand that quality is relative for some, but I think I've got things clear to me now. I took a leap of faith by trying to get this deck printed in India and it didn't work for me. I'm thinking to cancel the campaign, but pouring it out here in case someone has any advice for me. I did get prototypes done by MPC, a sample deck by TMCards before proceeding with asking them to produce a prototype as well. I'm not sure what else I could have done better. I've reached out to Parksons Cartamundi in India but their MoQ is 10,000 which is not feasible.

Last 2 days have been very tough for me. I've compared every single card of this prototype with other decks I've got multiple times. Something seems amiss.....
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Live on Kickstarter

Unread postby PrincessTrouble » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:10 am  

Please go back to Expert. I know you want to stay in India, but the quality from EPCC will be very good.
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards - Live on Kickstarter

Unread postby vasta41 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:20 am  

PrincessTrouble wrote:Please go back to Expert. I know you want to stay in India, but the quality from EPCC will be very good.


I agree. And if you're concerned about the price I would urge you not to be. More people will back this project if a better printer is used, hence "you've got to spend money to make money."
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards

Unread postby Räpylätassu » Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:16 pm  

Through Google I found a printer in India called Asha Industries.

But yeah... Even I have to say that using Expert/Legends is your best option.
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