At long last I have managed to play a round or two of Malifaux! Believe it or not before this I had just read the rules and been painting figures. My fiancee and I sat down and did some very basic "learn the mechanics" skirmishes, and I was immediately struck by how important the "weak/moderate/severe" indicators on the deck can be! Rather than flipping in or trying to memorize, just having a little pip right there to show is fantastic. (She was using the snazzy rustic fate deck, while I was playing with my silver cards.)
I also decided on a back-of-card design, which I've done a quick mock up of as well. While the ripple pattern halftone was an interesting start, I wanted to go a different direction with it. What I've attempted should look clearer and creepier the further away you get, but I'll have to make sure it's just the right amount of distinct and subtle, probably with a few test prints.
Enough talk, here's the cards!
On to the important bit though! Rather than the ripple pattern of the last iteration, here I've used one of the free vector skulls already on the pattern to make a subtle skull in the midst of an otherwise relatively plain field. I may have to tone back the skull still further to make it more subtle; what I want is the pattern to be more apparent the further away you are. Up really close, an interference dot pattern. Further away, a very creepy skull gradually resolves. This way anyone walking past the table, or seeing the deck from a distance will be suitably creeped out by the sight of it.
Thoughts on this are especially welcome. I'm not entirely settled yet on some of these designs, so input is welcome always. Enjoy!
Also, I think I have, through editing, ended up with a deck that has no copywright-related images, objects, etc. in it, so I may even be able to print these for others! I was careful to only take vectors from free offer sites, and everything else is original work. I'll try to find a way to make these available once I get the first run done.
I am also hoping to do a unique card case for them. The website sends them out in plastic cases, but we all know they should be in paper sleeves. Once I work out a nice simple design for those, I'll post them as well.