It pains me to share this information with you all. Needless to say, I'm the one most upset and disappointed about this.
Today, USPCC has informed us about their delay in producing the Mana deck. As it turns out, they were not satisfied with the quality of the print and said that it did not meet their standards and our approved proofing. So they are now starting from scratch hoping to fix this problem. That means USPCC will not deliver as promised for November 28. Instead, they are trying to meet a deadline of December 13 or sooner, which pushes our release date into early next year (Jan/Feb). *sigh*
I know many of you have been waiting for this deck to come out and I want to apologize for this delay, even though it's completely out of my hands right now. Even I'm getting a little anxious!
The only thing assuring me right now is that USPCC is working hard to make it right and to make sure that the product they deliver is nothing less than perfect and of the highest quality. And despite they're delay, I have to thank USPCC for their dedication to their quality of product.
I can't say this enough - I'm am truly sorry for the delay and I very much appreciate your patience! Thank you all for your support!
Once again we have baffled the community!
While 99% of the entries were correct in the history, it was not the information we were looking for. Everyone knows who the original Jack of Hearts was, but not everyone knew his significance to playing cards. In fact, only one person out of 63 entries gave us at least 2 correct answers. For each correct answer, we are awarding this person with a deck each.
Congratulations to Andre Vlok for gving us two correct answers in his entry. Andre wins 2 Mana decks!
As for the rest of the participants - you still have a chance at winning! Since almost all of you answered question #1 correctly, we are entering your names in another random draw through Random.org. We are giving away 3 decks to 3 random winners of this draw. We will post the results soon!
And now for all of you who really want to know who the original Jack of Hearts was....
Who is the original Jack of Hearts?
Étienne Vignoles a.k.a. La Hire (The Hire God)
What significance did this person have?
Étienne Vignoles invented the card game Piquet, which used four different suits that he himself designed. The Coeurs (Hearts) which represented the church, Carreaux (Arrowheads) which represented the archers, Trefles (Clovers) which represented the husbandmen and the Piques (Lance Points) which represented the knights.
Who was his partner and what significance did he have?
Étienne Chevalier was an artist and draftsman and was the secretary of the King of France, King Charles VII. He was also La Hire's friend and helped design La Hire's original four suits into the suits that we all know and love today. While the hearts and clovers remained the same, the arrowheads became diamonds and the lance points became spades.
So you think you know playing cards? This is for all the true card collectors out there!! Enjoy! :)
The Challenge: Answer all of the following questions in full and win!1. Who was the original Jack of Hearts? (both the real name and nickname required)2. What significance did this person have?3. Who was his partner and what significance did he have?Questions #2 & #3 require detailed information. We are looking for specific information so the more details and information on these questions will better your chances of winning!Start: NowEnd: Thursday, November 3, 2011 @ 11:59pm ESTNumber of Entries: Only 1 entry per person. You must answer all three questions in detail, in a single entry in order for you to qualify.Number of Decks: Up to 12 decksNumber of Winners: First four (4) entries with the correct answers will win 3 decks each.Rules:1. Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org .2. You must answer all questions correctly in order for you to qualify.3. In fairness to other participants, PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT OR SHARE information on facebook or here in the comment section that may offer answers to others. This is where secrecy is the best policy in order for you to win!4. Participants with the most detailed answers will be awarded the prize. 5. Good luck and have fun!! :)