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Soft release of the Capital Decktet

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I had planned to release the Capital Decktet before the end of October. Some people had indicated interest in giving it as a holiday gift, and I wanted to give them ample time to order it, receive it, wrap it, and give it away. Some people have holiday parties early, you know?

Other demands on my time have precluded a big flashy release in that time frame. I don't have time to turn the crank on the big promotional machine. I have made it available, and I'm letting you guys in on it now.

E The Double Decktet at DriveThru Cards, a double-deck that includes both the classic and capital decks W

I've also made the Decktet suit cards public. They're an optional accessory, used in place of suit tokens or colored cubes.

If you are especially fond of the firmament card back, maybe pick up a regular copy of the Decktet too. I haven't decided what the card back will be for single decks going forward, but I plan to stop offering the firmament card back after the 1st of the year.

EDIT: As of Dec 2, it's actually really released.
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New rule sheets for the Decktet

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The proof copy of the Capital Decktet should arrive early this week.

While I'm waiting, I've been revising the rules documents that are offered as a PDF download along with purchases of the deck. It has an all-new 'about the Decktet' page along with rules for Adaman, Emu Ranchers, Jacynth, Nonesuch, and Thricewise.

Here's a link to the current draft of the new rules. It's still a work in progress, so comments are welcome.

LINK: Decktet Rules [pdf]

While I'm at it, here's another sneak peek at the new cards--

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EDIT to add another linky sneak peek:

LINK: Info cards that will come with the Capital Decktet [pdf]
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Only a bit left on the Capital Decktet

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It's been a while since I posted a progress update on the Capital Decktet, the long-running project to create a counterpart to the classic Decktet which will have the same ranks and suits but different art and card names.

Some of the delay has been because the semester started and life intruded. But part of it has been because the last details have been the hardest to resolve.

I put in an order today for a test print of the entire deck, including some information and reference cards. If it all checks out, then a release before Halloween is possible. My target for a while has been to release it in time for holiday gift-giving.

In any case, here is a sneak peek at two of the remaining cards. (If my tally is correct, this leaves four cards unpreviewed.)

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The Regent is power and glory in the gaps. There cannot be a monarch always and everywhere. When and where there is not, a Regent fosters and protects the kingdom.

Diligent to a fault, the Farrier's business is to make everyone else's business possible. The Farrier's rest is like anyone else's industry.
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Ruminating on test prints

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Although the art for the card back was selected a while ago, the colour for the line work was still up in the air.

I had a set of samples printed in 17 different colours. Two colours which are not associated with a specific Decktet suit are red and purple. The red card backs all looked either too bright or too brown-ish. So it's down to these two:

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At the same time, I ordered a test set of Decktet currency cards. These are mini cards to serve as suit tokens for games like Magnate.

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A jackpot preview of the Capital Decktet

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Work continues on the Capital Decktet, a project to create a counterpart to the classic Decktet which will have the same ranks and suits but different art and card names.

Here's a peek at the 7 rank cards.

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The Fortuitous Loss: You might sacrifice something to save part of yourself, or you might sacrifice part of yourself to save a treasured thing. You can argue after the fact that price was too high, but who is to say that everything wouldn't be much worse if you hadn't paid it?

The Eye: There is a stable point in the middle of things, and to miss it even slightly risks losing everything.

The Forge: It can beat swords into ploughshares. It can beat ploughshares into swords. The furnace is hot and there is work to be done.
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Warmth, the sea, and the Capital Decktet

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In a recent blog post, S John Ross tries to articulate the sense of warmth that he looks for in "a game's systems, worlds, adventures, cartography, typography, illustrations, page design, themes, philosophies, morals, politics, history and resources." Ross doesn't give a definition of 'warmth' so much as he gestures to it and points at it. It is, he writes, "one of the stars I steer my work by: a core design ideal."

And I think it is for me, too. The Decktet is more something that steeped than something that crystalized. It has an abstract structure that underlies the mathematics of many different games, but the structure is woven together with art and implied context that makes it more open-ended than just the formal structure itself. Warmth is closely related to what Nate Straight calls the ambiguity of the Decktet.

The best Decktet games are infused with the same warm glow, and the cards don't just feel like a modular component which could be traded out for something with isomorphic marks.

This is part of what makes designing the capital deck hard and why it's literally taken years. The capital cards need to be something new, but they need to capture the same ineffable warmth that the classic cards have. They have to both work as a deck on their and look at home next to the classic deck.

Without any grand design, the capital Courts rank has a bit of a nautical theme.

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You can't sail a ship in Drydock, but without it there can never be a ship at sea.

The Stranger is a puzzle with missing pieces. As the story goes, the Stranger on the beach might kill you for no reason at all.

Having settled on a design for the card back, I'm trying to settle on a colour.

robotrobot The Capital Decktet is an ongoing project to create a counterpart to the classic Decktet which will have the same ranks and suits, but different art and card names. The preview here are works in progress and may not appear in this form in the final thing.
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A sneak peek and doggerel

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Jeff Warrender is running a play-by-forum playtest of his Decktet poetry game. I know Jeff through Spielbany, and I've helped a bit with the development of the game.

He's using a tarot-sized Decktet which includes illustrations from both the classic and the capital deck. So the pictures may includes, just by chance, some as-yet-unrevealed cards.

bacon Links to threads about the poetry game:
Poetica: A Decktet poetry game
Seeking playtests/PBF for Decktet poetry game -- GG reward (No poetry skill required!)
Decktet poetry PBF Game #1
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Call-outs in the Capital Decktet

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Here's another preview of the Capital Decktet, an ongoing project to create a counterpart to the classic Decktet which will have the same ranks and suits, but different art and card names.

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These two cards work on their own, but they also thematically call out cards from the classic Decktet. The Miller works at the Mill, and the two cards have the same suits. The Merchant passes through the Gate, on his way to the Market; and the guard watching over the Gate has a brother who is stationed to defend the Borderland.

The Gate was one of the first cards I started drawing when I started on the Capital Decktet. It was originally zoomed out further, so much that the details all disappeared when it was printed at the size of a card.

cinnamon It's approaching the tenth anniversary of the Decktet. Any ideas for how to mark the occasion?
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Help me pick a card back

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Last Summer, I posted about card backs: Previous Decktet have had full-bleed, full-colour backs, mostly for technical reasons. Playing cards traditionally have symmetrical monochrome line art, and improvements in POD printing have made that practical for the Decktet.

I posted this as a possible card back for the Capital Decktet. Call it the questing design:

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Here's another possibility. Call it the cameo design:

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I've done test prints of both, and they look good. Help me decide!

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1. Which card back design do you prefer?
2. Assuming you wanted to buy a copy of the Decktet and only one of these card backs were available, which best describes your attitude?
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Allies and adversaries

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Here's another preview of the Capital Decktet (an ongoing project to create a counterpart to the classic Decktet which will have the same ranks and suits, but different art and card names).

In the classic Decktet, the Pawn face cards are a thematically related pair. Here, too.

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These two were among the first cards I sketched out for what's become the Capital Decktet, when I was still trying to figure out whether I'd be able to draw in a similar enough style to fit with the classic deck.
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