Kevin B. Smith
I don't know. I'm not sure how making more fiddly bits increases the theme.
Replacing flavorless cards with flavorful cards is "fiddly"? That's how I understand the proposal.
As someone who is better at programming than at graphical design, if I were taking on this project, I would just create a little "event deck" app to replace the physical deck of cards. But cards would be cool.
As for the copyright issues...I'm not a lawyer, but my understanding is that technically you can't use any of the assets without permission. Many (but not all) boardgame companies are enlightened enough to realize that a project like this would enhance sales rather then diminishing them.