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The Counterpart Decktet

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Almost two years ago, Jeff Warrender suggested the idea of making a whole other Decktet. I resisted the idea of having new cards and different combinations of symbols, but the idea of making a counterpart to the original Decktet stuck in my mind. I devised enough alternate possibilities that it went from being a crazy idea that could never happen to being a crazy idea that I could just barely imagine.

The idea is that the suit combinations and symbols will be exactly the same as in the original Decktet. So any Decktet game could be played with the original deck or this new thing. For double-deck games, you could shuffle together the two so that no cards would be exact duplicates.

Progress has been slow. I am using different software and techniques than I used to make the original Decktet cards, but I want the art to look like it fits. Many card ideas required tinkering and rethinking. And I may hold myself to different standards than I did when I was just making cards to wile away time.

I posted these new cards over on the original thread.

From gallery of pmagnus

There aren't 45 new cards yet, but there are lots that I haven't shared. So I decided to start blogging about it.

I will close this post with two questions and answers.

E What is it called?

In my own notes, I have been calling this the obverse deck. Sometimes the counterpart deck. I'm not super happy with those names, though, and I'm open to suggestions.

E When will it be available?

I don't know. I have versions of more than two-thirds of the cards, but the ones that I had quick-and-easy ideas for are already done. I would rather take my time and do work I am happy with than set a deadline and slap some rubbish together to meet it.

E How will it be released?

I don't know. The original Decktet was made available as a free print-and-play file. There are already some alternate illustrations which are only available in the commercially printed decks, though, and this whole project is really just new illustrations.

One possibility is to have a Kickstarter campaign for professionally printed decks. Another is to partner with a publisher.

Comments are welcome, and keep an eye on this space for some previews in the near future.
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