As you can see I've edited this so we don't have a string of related threads on various aspects and can do an integral poll on how to theme the decks from the many excellent suggestions we've had coming in.
Due to space considerations in the poll, please read the following explanations of the options first BEFORE you use your 1 vote!
- A: Regional
Geographical/continental areas) ~ Circle Sea; Ramtops; Agatean Empire; XXXX
OR Political axes ~ A-M (economic); Klatch (Tribal); Lancre/Uberwald/Borogravia (Horror); Ephebe/Djelibeybi/Tsort/Omnia (philosophical)
B: Suit associated
Hearts ~ k = Carrot; q = Adorabelle Dearheart?; j = Casanunda; a = Rosie Palm
Spades ~ k = Patrician; q = Susan; j = Jonathan Teatime; a = Death
Diamonds ~ k = Moist; q = Lily Weatherwax; j = CMOT; a = Mr. Shine
Clubs ~ k = Cohen; q = The Low King ; j = Chrysoprase; a = Detritus
C: Series Groups
Death (Mort, Reaperman etc) = Spades; Witches (Wyrd Sisters, Wintersmith etc) = Hearts; The Watch (Guards! Guards! Nightwatch etc) = Clubs; Wizards (Colour of Magic, Unseen Academicals etc) = Diamonds
Kings ~ Patrician; Low King; Cenobiarch (Omnia - Brutha/Vorbis); Pteppic/Ptraci
Queens ~ of the Elves; Magrat/Witches; Lady Margolotta; The Duchess of Borogravia
Jacks/Knights ~ Moist; Carrot; Wm de Worde; CMOT
Aces ~ Death; Granny W; Ponder Stibbons; Patrician
All face cards ~ 54 characters!
Random would be a catalog of unassigned characters that for you to make your own personalised suits applied to a 'universal' template
F: Something else
PLEASE say what something else if you don't like any of the other suggestions.
BIG EDIT 12th March 2012 - have deleted the rest as we're further on now. Here's the template for front cards and the 'generic' back design which can also be used for you to make your own if you like!
Bog standard face card template - use this as the background for your design as it says and then either block out the grey line and text or delete that background layer when you've got the basic drawing down
This is my original work and I freely allow people to use it as the back design in conjunction with the layout templates