We’ve expanded our Cast of Cards offerings! This have been a month or so in development and we’re really happy to launch our first three modern-themed decks: Mobster Archetypes, Hired Guns Archetypes and Wewelsburg Contingent! These decks represent a small milestone for Warning Label—the fantasy-themed decks have proven popular enough to support the expansion and we’ve had enough requests for them that we were fairly certain there was an audience that would buy them.
But in developing these, I kept coming back to the question of how exactly do you define a “modern” setting? Most of the time it’s fairly obvious: does your setting have cars, planes and other complex machines? It’s probably a modern-themed game. But what about a Wild West setting or a 1920s setting? It’s a little fuzzy on the other end as well: when does a modern setting become a futuristic or advanced sci-fi setting?
To help me out, I turned to expert sources: Civ V, Wikipedia and Hollywood movies. Those reliable sources told me that “modern” starts in the early 1800s (around the Industrial Revolution) and continues until there are reliable and widely used flying cars (since we don’t have flying cars in 2014 (goddamn it), one could extend “modern” into the 2050s without much argument).
So, 1820-ish through 2050-ish leaves a lot of material that would fit into modern-themed decks. Mobsters, 1970s detectives, Cthulhu, Wild West, World Wars 1 and 2, anything pulpy, just to name a few.
After defining modern to my satisfaction, I then had to put together a card design that would work well throughout that time range. To me, cement and white paper are great signifiers of the modern era. Walking down any city street, you’re more likely to see paper litter and cement sidewalks instead of parchment and cobblestones.
So that’s that—a quick run through of some of the thoughts I had when making the new modern decks. Nothing ingenious, but fun to talk about. Know what’s also fun to talk about? OUR REDBUBBLE STORE!
We’ve talked about printing T-shirts a few times, but we’re a very small company and the likely return on investment just isn’t there yet. Redbubble lets us at least get some designs out there, and we’ve posted two initial shirts. Please take a look and buy!
That’s all for now! Thanks! -Matt