The Crossed Key Society playings cards collection

Created by Mr Cup

The Crossed Key Society is a collection of 6 playing cards decks inspired by Europe's Grandest and Greatest Historic Hotels.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

The cards are printed !
10 days ago – Sat, May 14, 2022 at 08:13:21 AM

Hope you are fine. What a relief to finally see the cards are printed !!! Noir Arts send me these pictures and it is so good to see these. Of course, I would love to tell you when I will have them but still hard to plan. What should take 1 week, take 1 month... etc...

Thank you so much for your patience and support. 


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Still on the move
about 2 months ago – Wed, Mar 30, 2022 at 05:54:49 AM

I am happy to say that I exchange emails with Roman from Noir arts over the past few days and things are moving. Here come his latest messages :

NPCC is working and your cards are waiting in queue for printing. Metallic inks are ready. Boxes are in process of gluing. I would say that everything is as smooth as it could be under current conditions.

I still do not know when decks will be ready, and after that how and when they will arrive at me but I just have to stay optimistic.  

Thanks for your patience and support. 


3 months ago – Tue, Mar 01, 2022 at 12:00:15 AM

For once I will send an update without photos. The events of the last few days have me in disbelief. And the consequences on my business have made my nights shorts. And I even feel terrible to think of my "business" while people are just fighting for their lives.

I am so devastating to watch what is happening and my heart goes out to all the people affected unjustly. It then becomes strange to be able to live my life as normal while unthinkable tragedy is occurring, but the reality for many of us is to live as normal. This moment is a really tough one and I am reminded how fortunate and luckily most of us are to live in peaceful countries and not awake each day to the fear of bombings, gunfire, or having our family's ripped apart.

The Crossed Keys Society playing cards are produced by Noir arts NPCC who are based in Lviv, in Ukraine. Of course, when I heard about the attack on the country I get in contact with them to know if they are safe. 

They told me they are ok but sadly, also announce to me "Because of the current situation - we cannot give you any info about project production/completion at the moment".

And today some hope came back from Roman, who send me this message :

As you may know, Putin declared war, so last week we have other things to do than to print cards. We are fine, defending from the Russian army. I don't know when this war will end but hope the end is near, with the help of other countries and pressure to Russia.

Anyway, Noir Arts is not dead and we will continue the production of cards in near future. I don't know how we will handle logistics under the war but I will let you know, just do not worry about your project, together we will handle this in some way.

I work with Noir Art for 4 years now, and they produce all my projects with great quality. I was contacted by Cartamundi for this project, and even though it will have been more simple to work with them as they have factories in France or Belgium, I decided to stay with NPCC as I know them and human relationships are more important than business decisions. It is even more important now. 

I keep you updated. Thanks for your support.


PS : Roman also adds "If you want, you can add that we are forwarding all our revenues from cards sales on our website to support the Ukrainian army "

While the Crossed Keys Society are in the making I will have the Ephemerid Private Reserve launched in sunday
3 months ago – Tue, Feb 22, 2022 at 08:14:48 AM

Hope you are fine and safe. While The Crossed Keys decks are still in production, I will launch this Sunday the Private Reserve of the Ephemerid playing cards decks. 

Epehemerid was my very first project and I have done several editions. It will be for the leftovers collectors edition of previous campaigns, as well as never available before Ruby edition (only ten) and rare prototypes. It won't delay the production of the CKS as these are already made and almost ready to ship. This was planned for a long time and I can not push it back waiting for CKS to arrive. 

It will be launched on Sunday 02.20.22

20 h 02 CET / 2 h 02 PM EST / 11 h 02 AM PST / For 12 days only

You can subscribe to be informed about the launch

And you can preview the project here. 

Thanks for your support. 

Fabien www.

Things are moving... slower than expected, but still...
3 months ago – Thu, Feb 17, 2022 at 09:51:07 PM

Hope you are fine and safe. Sorry to have been so quiet on the update front, largely because the production process is mostly a waiting game. But rest assured, things are moving!

Unfortunately, there are delays out of my control and I can not answer the big question of delivery, as I do not know the answer. But if you support my projects in the past, you know that the only thing I can not control is time... In terms of quality, it will be as good as you can expect it. Here comes some details photo I took of the prototypes.

The White edition

And let me introduce you... to the gold edition

I want to present you with a brand new edition. While printing the tuck cases with Studio Pression, we play the "what about this paper" game and we did a very limited set of gold editions. I wanted to keep that secret until they are available, but as I have this timing problem, I want to show them to you now. 

These are not for sale YET and won't be until they are in my hands. The reason is simple: I do not know how exactly how many copies of each deck I will have as it will depend on the production.

Thank you so much for your support and patience. 


By the way, I dedicated this Instagram account to my playing cards creations updates only: