Eva Playing Cards

Giovanni Meroni of Thirdway Industries is simply too productive. It feels like he is releasing new projects every 4-6 months and every time it gets funded within hours and that is just bizarre. It also goes to show how popular his works are and how he keeps getting better with his cards. He doesn’t just come up with new illustrations and put them on a card, he weaves myths into his cards, giving them a strong sense of identity and life. I’m sure his supporters agree with our statement.

Straight off the successful SINS project, Eva playing cards is his new “special edition” playing cards project. Unlike SINS, there will be only one deck, Eva, and it is a limited one time print. If you miss it, you have to find ways to get it.

We can use one word to describe the Eva series, feminist. It is a peculiar choice of word. Looking at his illustrations of women in his cards, one can make an easy statement that he is using sex to appeal to the majority of card collectors which are mostly male. Feminist might not be a suitable word to describe Eva. Read on and you might share our views at the end of this article.

Usually, a unique character will be represented on a royal court portrait but things are not the same with Eva. There are only four characters and one suit is dedicated to one character. They are as follows (pictures direct you to wikipedia page of the respective character):

EVA Pandora
Pandora (The Curious Betrayer) – Spade
EVA Pyrrha
Pyrrha (The Mother of the World) – Club
EVA Lilith
Lilith (The First Rebel) – Diamond
EVA Eva
Eve (The Lover) – Heart

They have one similar theme, they were associate with being the first woman to exist with the exception of Pyrrha. She is Pandora‘s daughter but she is considered the first women after a great flood (deluge) has wiped out humanity, Pyrrha began repopulating the world with her husband, Deucalion. You might find this story oddly similar to the great flood in the Bible with Noah as the chosen one because this flood myth is common among other religions and cultures as well. Don’t get all upset knowing that it’s not exclusive or unique to your beliefs, it is what it is.

Moving on with the playing cards, we mentioned earlier that one character is represented by a suit. We shall talk more about it now. Eva chose to focus more on the female characters that were featured in Thirdway Industries past projects. He decided to showcase their growth/evolution using Jack as their initial form, progressing to a more mature stage in Queen and in their final stage in King. Lastly, their legacy is immortalised in Ace. This is a pretty interesting concept that we applaud.

We will not delve too much into each character because that is not the main intention of this article. We have provided the wikipage for the four characters in the pictures above so that will take care of your thirst for knowledge.

We will talk more about the cards. The project will be manufactured by United States Playing Cards Company (USPCC). This is a surprise to us since Expert Playing Cards Company (EPCC) is the usual partner of Thirdway Industries for their previous projects. Each card back is what we guess to be a picture of Eve since she is the only character with a heart tattoo on her chest and heart is her court. If you have not noticed, there are two hearts on either side of her.

EVA Card Back

Below are pictures of the royal court portraits designs. You might find some cards missing because we only grab what is available on the project page and any pictures available on the project updates. We hope there will be more releases in the near future and we’ll update this article.

We would like to point out a little fact which we missed out when we first looked at the project. You will notice the diagonal black strips on some of the cards. They are there for modesty purposes since anybody can access Kickstarter projects which includes children. The actual product will not have the black strips which means this deck is NSFW and NSFC (if there’s such a term). You have a lot of explaining to do if your children gets their hands on these cards.

Lastly, we observed a design concept which adds a certain mystery to the cards. You might have noticed the vertical hieroglyph that appears below the pip on the corners. They are printed on all cards and not just on the royal court cards. It describes the theme of the character that is represented by the pip. Take a look at them and see whether you can derive some sort of narrative or meaning behind them. We will reveal the meaning right below the illustration so don’t scroll too fast if you don’t want spoilers!

EVA Hieroglyphs

  • The Spades represent the Pandora’s Box. Evils are escaping from the opened box.
  • The Hearts represent the Apple and the Snake. Winding snake coming down from a tree carrying an apple.
  • The Clubs represent the deluge sent from Olympus to Earth. The lighting is there because the deluge was sent by Zeus.
  • The Diamonds represent the fight between the first man and Lilith.

We will end off mentioning the add-ons. As with previous project like SINS, Eva will also offer special coin, and a carat card case similar to SINS. Take a look below.

This project still has 2 days left for you to pledge for it. If you have pledged for it, maybe you can consider the beautiful add-ons.


Sources

Thirdway Industries

Eva Playing Cards (Kickstarter project page)

Wikipedia (various references)

SINS playing cards

Giovanni Meroni of Thirdway Industries has done it again. With his previous projects being related to Gods, heros, myths and legends, SINS is a good deviation from Epics and a closer look at something closer to the hearts of human. The new deck is named SINS because they are based on the seven deadly sins which are listed in the Bible.

Here is a background description of SINS which I quoted from the project in Kickstarter.com.

For the ones who want the true knowledge.
For the ones who don’t fear anything.
For the ones who are hungry.
For the ones who fight back.
For the ones who dream too high.
For the crazy ones. For the rebels. For the lovers.
For the humans.

Turn your back to Eden, eat the Apple of Knowledge.

As with the manner which he releases his Kickstarter projects, there will be three different decks to cover the theme. Namely the decks are Mentis, Corpus and Anima. Whoever has read the Bible will surly know that sin originated from two people, Adam and Eve. Being the original sinners, they will rightfully appear in the deck and they appear as Jokers in all the decks.

What you just saw above is the Mentis deck. Mentis is based on the SINS which influence thought. Greed (Diamonds), Envy (Clubs), Pride (Spades) and Lust (Hearts) represent thoughts.

Corpus will be the next deck I am introducing. Corpus will be the deck to represent SINS of the body namely, Wrath (Diamonds), Gluttony (Clubs), Sloth (Spades) and Lust (Hearts).

Lastly, and the most desirable and limited edition deck is Anima. After your mind and body has been corrupted with SINS, you might ask what is left? Your soul is the last barrier to complete the corruption. Anima represents the SINS of the soul. the colour of this deck is different from Mentis and Corpus. Like his previous projects, the limited edition uses a different colour to stand out. Since red represents human the most, red will be the colour of Anima.


Sources

SINS (Kickstarter project)

Thirdway Industries

Dedalo Omega

With a beginning, there needs to be an end and that end comes in the form of Omega. The unlocked deck in Dedalo Kickstarter project. As I mentioned in my prior Dedalo Alpha post, the extra card comes in the same print as the main deck. Somehow diminishing the collectible value of this series.

Enough about that. This deck alone is unique on its own and is a good collectible deck in my opinion. The extra card in this deck is the Queen of Spades. I have attached a side by side comparison picture below for your viewing pleasure. The Queen on the left is the extra card while the one on the right is part of the main deck. I can already think of using this as a magic card trick.

Dedalo Alpha

Hello everyone, I’m gonna talk about the project after the grand Omnia series and that is the Dedalo series. There are two main decks in this series, Alpha and Omega. This series is about telling the same story in the beginning and the end. Hence, the names.

This series is different from the Omnia. There isn’t a different finish for the extra card like what Giovanni did in Omnia, I was a little disappointed to be honest. However, take note that the design for the extra card is a different design. The one on the left is the extra design. You will notice the difference in design.

Sadly, I cannot find a youtube review of this Dedalo deck so I will end this here.

 

Omnia Magnifica

Omnia Magnifica is the limited edition that spurned out of the Omnia: Golden Age series as an unlockable goal. The creator kept this printed in limited qualities so as to make this more valuable. Can’t see why not since the whole black back makes this deck look irresistible.  As always, check out the extra Queen of Hearts.

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Here is a video done by Scrambled Decks


Sources

Thirdway Industries

Omnia: Golden Age (Kickstarter)

Omnia Perduta

This is the unlocked Perduta version of Omnia: Golden Age. If you had taken the time to read my other blog posts on Omnia decks, then you shouldn’t need any additional introduction on this deck. Personally, Perduta isn’t my favored deck in the entire Omnia series not because the design is poorer but simply because I don’t fancy green color. I must still give credit where credit is due, the green color gives the deck an eerie and mysterious feel. It is somewhat appealing but as I said, I don’t like the colour green. There is also an extra Queen of Hearts in Perduta much like the other Omnia decks.

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Read on for the feature of this deck:

  • Dark Grey Stardust Paper tuck box
  • Emerald foil on tuck box, inside and outside
  • 2 metallic inks on faces, light-emerald and gold
  • Unlimited version (2000+ decks printed)
  • 55 cards, including a light-emerald suicide queen
  • Embossing
  • Classic finish
  • Printed by Expert Playing Card Co.

Last but not least, a youtube review by Scrambled Decks is below. Did I ever mention that Giovanni, the mastermind behind Thirdway Industries that creates these Omnia decks actually do work closely with Scrambled Decks? If not, then now I do. If you like the video, go on and subscribe to his channel for reviews of playing cards. You can request for him to do review of a deck you like and who knows, he might just oblige.


Sources

Thirdway Industries

Omnia: Golden Age (Kickstarter)

Omnia Antica

Antica is the first deck under the Omnia: Golden Age series. In some ways, this is considered a prequel of the Omnia: The First project because this series showcases the ancestors of the characters in the prior series.

This deck do offer an extra card and that is the Queen of Hearts. As always with Giovanni Meroni, he offers something slightly different in the mirror image.

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I have attached some specifications for your better understanding:

  • Dark Red Stardust Paper tuck box
  • Copper foil on tuck box, inside and outside
  • 2 metallic inks on faces, copper and gold
  • Unlimited version (2000+ decks printed)
  • 55 cards, including a copper suicide queen
  • Embossing
  • Classic finish
  • Printed by Expert Playing Card Co.

I have included a youtube review by Scrambled Decks for you viewing pleasure to appreciate the quality of the cards in the deck. If you like his work, go on and subscribe to his channel. More followers is always appreciated by a youtuber.


Sources

Thirdway Industries

Omnia: Golden Age (Kickstarter)

Omnia Suprema

This is Suprema, the limited edition release of Omnia: The First series of cards. This deck also includes an extra card which is the Queen of Heart on red back. As always, the extra card has a different design from the existing card. Once again, take a careful look at the red Queen of Hearts.

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Here are some features about the deck:

  • 55 cards, including a red suicide queen
  • Red foil outside and inside the tuck box
  • Embossing
  • Master finish
  • Printed by Expert Playing Card Co.
  • Just 575 made

As with my earlier posts with Omnia: The First series, I will use Scrambled Decks‘s review for your viewing enjoyment. Even Giovanni himself says his videos give his decks the most detailed review. Go on and subscribe to his channel if you like his work. David deserves some loving for the work he puts in.


Sources

Thirdway Industries

Omnia: The First (Kickstarter)

Omnia Oscura

This is the Oscura version for Omnia: The First series. The theme of the series is the concept of cyclicality, represented by a serpent eating its own tail. If you’re deeply intrigued by the idea behind this series, I urge you to explore the Kickstarter page (link provided at bottom).

This deck has an extra Queen of heart on gold back. Even though it’s supposed to be mirror image, take a closer look at the queen on the bottom. Spot the difference?

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Let me include a youtube review done by Scrambled Decks. Although the zooming isn’t perfect for the entirety of the video, I like the details he explains. So much so that I subscribed to his channel. You should do so if you like such playing cards.


Sources:

Thirdway Industries

Omnia: The First (Kickstarter)

Omnia Illumina

This is the unlocked Illumina version of the Omnia: The First series of cards design by Thirdway Industries. This deck has an extra Queen of Heart printed on silver back. You can compare the two types of cards below. One reason why I love Thirdway Industries is that the design for both Queen of Hearts is different which makes this deck highly valued.

illumina-dual-queens

Here are more description of the deck itself:

  • 55 cards, including a gold suicide queen
  • Gold foil outside and inside the tuck box
  • Embossing
  • Master finish
  • Printed by Expert Playing Card Co.

I have found a great youtube review of Omnia Illumina deck by Scrambled Decks. Take a look at the video below and if you like what he is doing, do him a favor and subscribe to his channel. I know I did 🙂


Source:

Thirdway Industries

Omnia: The First (Kickstarter Project)