Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

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Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:47 pm

Would you like to learn how to play Cripple Mr. Onion...?
Using hand-made Discworld-themed playing cards...?
... and collect unique character cards designed by other boardies? *

After testing the generic set at the 2012 Convention this thread is now open as a contact/ordering page for our 8 suit card deck of Discworld Playing Cards that can also be used for traditional Roundworld cards games.

The generic decks come in a choice of 2 back designs -

THE TURTLE & ELEPHANTS - for devoted fans with an adaption of a Stephen Player illustration (with his permission)

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AND THE TURTLES & DRAGONS - for the purist using original artwork for a more traditional-looking deck that might be used on the Disc itself

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with the same turtle-based design for the fronts as used at Birmingham
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and the 4 Jokers

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Further visuals of the traditional-style court cards can be found on the old thread from HERE

Cripple Mr. Onion - A Vague Guide to Gameplay is available to view/download HERE (PDF 2MB)

Full Guide to Rules and Gameplay is available to view.download HERE (PDF 653KB)

HOW TO GET YOUR DECK - simply PM JAN VAN QUIRM, specifying which back design you'd like and get your download and printing details

IMPORTANT
All the cards bear the following disclaimer THIS DECK IS REPRODUCED BY FANS FOR FANS FOR NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY

We do not have permission to make or sell these for profit and no licence has been or will be issued to us for their production - they are simply for our own personal use and should not be sold under any circumstances in any version shown above.

* details of the Character Card Project in the post below :D
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Re: The Cripple Mr. Onion Character Cards (DIY playing cards

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:48 pm

:orcs-birdies: THE REAL CAROC! :orcs-birdies:
Now with the new MAJOR ARCANA Suit!

OK - the original project was to get a game together that could be played by Roundworld rules - NOT how they would play it on the Disc... :doh:

This is because in strict canon the Caroc in fact only has 8 number cards and 4 court cards per suit in its minor arcana, which means they have 96 cards in a deck rather than the 104 in the deck we made above (less the 4 jokers that is). Also the suits are slightly differently symbolised with sceptres replacing wands/batons in the tarot-based deck and turtles and elephants joining crowns and octagrams for the Disc version of our more familiar cards.

So this is the challenge for the next phase for our artistic peeps - use this template

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to post all your character card designs on this thread WITHOUT any numbers or suits.


You post them in here on condition that you're allowing them to be downloaded from this thread and used on the Caroc templates that will be obtainable from me on PM in the same way as the Roundworld version of the decks above.
Sorry for the formality but as we don't have permission to produce these for commercial purposes we need to maintain issue of the sets on a non-profit basis and to avoid having to obtain expensive licences as it's on a 'fair use' sharing as fans this way.

The theming for this Real Caroc set is also different to the Roundworld usable decks and produced in 4 colourways as follows

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The character designs can in time be used on both versions of the combined decks and I'll be working on another generic/traditional treatment for the purist Caroc which should be ready in a few days time (I'll be adapting the court cards using the original version plus an additional one for the Lord/Knight card).

Both versions of the cards will be available as blanks (with the central space empty so you can insert whatever character(s) you want to download and apply to the template as you like. If you don't have the software to do this then let me know what ones you want to use and I'll do it for you if you ask nicely ;)

As before we do not have permission to make or sell these for profit and no licence has been or will be issued to us for their production - they are simply for our own personal use and should not be sold under any circumstances in any version shown above.
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Re: The Cripple Mr. Onion Project (DIY Disc Playing Cards)

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:04 pm

Bumps - now open for business for the original playing deck. The purist version (post above) will be ready to order from next week I hope ;)
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Re: Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

Postby michelanCello » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:14 am

Jan, those decks are soooo beautiful! I just keep looking at them and it's like they're moving or something... how did you manage the colours?
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Re: Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:43 pm

:lol: There's a little Weatherwax in my copy of photoshop... :P

It's just using a variety of filter effects to put some texture on the images and give them an 'enamelled' effect to lift them off the paper without having to emboss with foil or whatnot ;)

Just heard from Brian Nisbet that Colin Smythe is after a copy of these as well - for his archives! :ugeek: :lol:
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Re: Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

Postby michelanCello » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:51 pm

Wow... you're WANTED, Jan! :lol:
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Re: Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:49 pm

Worth a book you don't have Jan. ;) :whistle:
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Re: Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:13 pm

Possibly... possibly... :whistle:

OK - have been beavering away with the Purist version of the caroc (no 9 or 10 cards and an extra court card for 12 in a suit) and now have the templates 'perfected' so here's a preview of the 2 suits I hadn't designed yet with the Lord (knight) card for the 'occult' side of the deck and their related 'steeds' :P

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The Elephant suit

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Turtles

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Swords

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Sceptres (Wands)

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Octagrams

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Cups (had to get Binky in there somewhere & Death is a Lord of the Underworld type :shifty: )
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Re: Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

Postby michelanCello » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:57 pm

LUUURVE the DEATH one! :D They look amazing, Jan! :clap:
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Re: Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

Postby SimStars13 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:57 pm

They are Stunning. Just, wow. O.O
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Re: Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:39 pm

Glad you like them! :D Here's the turtles & dragons back design for these in the 'authentic' deck colourway

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The adapted Stephen Player illustration back design can be used instead too ;)
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Re: Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:56 pm

And finally the box design ;)

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For the hard of reading the blurb says - Designed by fans for other discerning fans to enjoy, this is the definitive playing set as described in Witches Abroad and other books featuring the notoriously devious Discworld deck. For Cripple Mr Onion and other dastardly games of chance on the a world where Fate must sometimes move aside for The Lady.
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Re: Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

Postby michelanCello » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:54 pm

:clap: :clap: Love the colours, Jan!
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Re: Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

Postby meerkat » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:59 am

I can vouch for Jan's cards. They are amazing!
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Re: Discworld Character Card Project (DIY Playing Cards)

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:02 pm

And then I got Turtle Recall (The Discworld Companion ... so far) ... Image

There will never be a 'perfect' CMO deck as per the best outlined description of the game (in Witches Abroad) :lol: Turtle Recall has a whole appendix devoted to the game which is based on the San Diego Maths faculty put on the internet in the 1990s - BUT...

1. it assumes a deck as used in famous Roundworld casinos (i.e. it has 13 cards per suit with 8 suits or two normal 4 suit decks used)
2. it mentions the 73 cards of the caroc which is supposed to be the equivalent of the tarot
a) even if you're playing with Roundworld cards without the 9 and the 10 cards (DW decks supposedly only have 8 number cards) 8 full suits will come to either 104 for a full deck or 88 for a reduced Caroc deck? :?
b) the tarot has 14 card minor arcana/suits - the usual number cards plus Jack, Queen and King and an extra court card called the Knight or Page (depending on what constitutes a Jack in your opinion ;) )
3. Roundworld Tarot has an additional suit of 22 major arcana cards which were completely ignored in the San Diego trial game. Image

TR has now come up with an additional 13 card suit for the Caroc that equates to the Tarot's major arcana
Turtle Recall wrote:Ace = The Ruler
2 = Temperance
3 = The Pool of the Night
4 = The Desert
5 = The Dome of the Sky
6 = The Witch
7 = The Watch Man
8 = The Wizard
9 = The Star
10 = The Mountain
J = The Fool
Q = The World
K = Death

These are an amalgam of real tarot cards (Ace,2,9-Q) and 'Discified' ones (3,4-8 & 10) or 'crossover' ones like Death (who is either major card 8 or 13 in the tarot, depending on what deck you have)

So - I'm keeping to the San Diego CMO suit AND to the Real Caroc we've got already but I'll also (eventually) do designs for these new ones, even though they don't actually sit too well with 8 suits of the caroc that Terry describes in WA... :shifty:

I mean... you don't want to actually PLAY the game properly do you? :lol:
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