Bicycle Mythos: Necronomicon Playing Cards (Regular), by 4PM Designs. USPCC 2013, limited edition of 5000, unnumbered, H.P. Lovecraft, Book of the Dead,

173.10 $


– Launched Sep 2012 on Kickstarter, a whooping 1,193 backers pledged $42,660, out of $15,000 goal, to help bring this project to life.
– Check out the YouTube review by Gavin Wong Magic

– Available editions:
1. Bicycle Mythos: Necronomicon Playing Cards (Regular), limited edition of 5000, unnumbered
2. Bicycle Limited Edition Mythos: Necronomicon Playing Cards (Metallic Rainbow tuck), limited edition of 1500, custom seal that says “Limited Edition Foil Tuck”, unnumbered

From the Creators of THE GRID Bicycle® deck comes NECRONOMICON. A 56 playing card deck. Printed by the USPCC on Premium BEE paper stock

The NECRONOMICON, roughly translated, The Book of the Dead. Forged from the mind of H.P. Lovecraft and just a piece in a series of literature known as the MYTHOS. 4PM DESIGNS has delved into the darkness for a unique deck design. While among the dead, this deck has resurrected the Great Old Ones and their knowledge has possessed these 56 cards to bring you MYTHOS: NECRONOMICON.

Printed by the USPCC
Get the best of both worlds in one deck! Bicycle® and Bee®, The Brand you Trust with the Stock you love! Bicycle® Brand with Bee® Casino Grade Paper Stock.

56 cards fully customized cards manufactured by The United States Playing Card Company. The company responsible for the world’s most popular and trusted cards such as Bicycle®, Bee®, Tally-Ho®, KEM® and more.

The Limited Edition Mythos: Necronomicon will be our most limited set of cards in production!!! These decks will feature a Metallic Rainbow tuck box which at first glance is silver, but when light hits it, turns various colors as you tilt the box. This isn’t USPCC’s common foil stamped deck. The complete tuck box is made of foil. In fact, the USPCC no longer works with the tuck provider which developed these boxes for their previous decks. By our request, they began working with them again and are now setting up a limited run of only 1,500 boxes.

We had to redesign the box in order to highlight the foil, which makes the box designs appear silver. Don’t worry, the cards are still the same great design as in the standard Mythos: Necronomicon deck. The deck will also contain an exclusive custom seal to help distinguish the deck from the rest.

PS. Limited Edition has a separate QR Code reveal than the standard decks.

Necronomicon Features:
– Premium Casino Grade BEE® Paper Stock
– Magick Finish for Superior Handling
– Custom Faces, Backs and Pips
– Four corner pips for left handed players
– Hand Drawn Court Cards and Jokers
– Joker Reveal
– QR Code Reveal
– Barcode Reveal

Each Court Card is first hand drawn without computer enhancements. Pure pencil to paper sketches. The image is then scanned and manipulated to blend into the card design. Finally the image is color graded to match the other images and pips. At the end, we have a imperfect yet visually attractive and symmetrical playing card.

Necronomicon seals and hidden symbols
Filled with the sacred hidden symbols from the Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft, every card is backed with this carefully designed image. Each suit has been beautifully implemented into the border to create a rememberable and unique card back. The spirits beyond the grave call out to you, can you decipher their plea?

Card Borders
Each card embellishes a unique border, presented in a very light grey color tone. Each set of 13 cards, per suit, contains the custom pips for that specific set. Spade cards have Spade borders, Heart cards have Heart borders. Even though each suit contains its own border, they all flow together wonderfully when being fanned and flourished. A very first for playing cards.

The Necronomicon is the title of a fictional book created by H. P. Lovecraft. Numerous other authors including Clark Ashton Smith, Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell and Keith Herber have added to its contents over the years.

The Kitab al Azif (original Arabic title of the Necronomicon) was written in the early 8th century by Abdul Alhazred. Alhazred was a poet in the court of a minor nobleman in the city of Sanaá. For reasons unknown he left the city and spent ten years wandering in the deserts. During this time he visited places such as: Irim, the City of the Pillars; the catacombs of Egypt; and the temple of Nug and Yeb in the Crimson Desert. In his old age Alhazred lived in the great city of Damascus, where he produced the Kitab al Azif. In the long years that followed many translations of this great work have been made.

It is banned in most countries and all organised ecclesiastics. (HPL: “History of the Necronomicon”)

According to Lovecraft’s fiction, Robert W. Chambers took inspiration for his King in Yellow concept from rumours he had heard regarding the Necronomicon

Lovecraft’s Work
The Voorish sign (“The Dunwich Horror”)
A formula for mind transference (“The Thing on the Doorstep”)
Instructions on how to make the Powder of Ibn Ghazi (“The Dunwich Horror”)
A passage about the Crawling Ones and the Green Flame (“The Festival”)
Page 751 of the “complete” version contains a long chant capable of summoning Yog-Sothoth if used at the right time (“The Dunwich Horror”)
A large amount of information on the Antarctic Elder Things (At the Mountains of Madness)
Stories about a ghoul, one having its conclusion torn off the Harvard volume of the Necronomicon (The Selected Letters of H.P. Lovecraft III)
A line of asterisks that even the Arabian original used to censor itself (The Selected Letters of H.P. Lovecraft III)
Page 984 contains a passage in the Naacal, no translation is given (Selected Letters of H.P. Lovecraft IV)
A chapter on ‘Umr At-Tawil and the ultimate gate (“Through the Gates of the Silver Key”, CIRCLE: “The Lord of Illusion”)
Circle Works
An incantation of Vach-Viraj, used against Nyogtha (“The Salem Horror”, Henry Kuttner)
The original Arabian text contains an exorcism not reproduced inside the Latin Wormius version. (“The Return of the Sorcerer”, Clark Ashton Smith)
Expanded Mythos Works
A section that mentions creatures beyond the threshold of space such as the Tomb Herd (“The Tomb Herd”, Ramsey Campbell)
Information on the Gulf of S’glhuo (“The Plain of Sound”, Ramsey Campbell)
A chapter on a complicated and lengthy process capable of resurrecting the dead.
A formula for temporarily banishing manifestations of Ahtu.
A ritual accelerating the transformation from human into Deep One (“The Tomb of Priscus”, Brian Mooney)
The Mao ceremony (“The Plain of Sound”, Ramsey Campbell)
Copy of arcane symbols (“Castle Dark” RPG Module, Keith Herbert)
The story of Kish and Sarnath (“Zoth-Ommog”, Lin Carter)
The Zoan Chant; a spell for reflected harmful powers sent against the caster (“Something in the Moonlight”, Lin Carter)
How to create a portal to Nyaralathotep (Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion, “Cairo : Ancient Land, Ancient Horror” RPG Module, Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis)
A footnote containing an untitled formula capable of opening a gateway to Cthugha.
Information on the Black Pharaoh Nephren-Ka.
Information on an ancient aquatic race Alhazred terms the Dwellers in the Depths. This page also features an astrological chart (“The Horror from the Bridge”, Ramsey Campbell)
Page 224 contains the Hoy-Dhin Chant. (“The Horror at Oakdeene”, Brian Lumley)
A spell to send back Bugg-Shash back to its own dimension (“The Kiss of Bugg-Shash”, Brian Lumley)
Information on Yomagn’tho (“The Feaster from the Stars”, E. P. Berglund)
Possibly the solution for telepathy (“I Know What You Need”, Stephen King).
A description of the powers the Other Name of Azathoth gives the wielder, but not the name itself.
Instructions on how to destroy an egg of Yig using a combination of musical notes.
An illustration of the Furnace of Nug.
A prophecy foretelling the rebirth of the high priest Nophru-Ka

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Weight 0.2 kg


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