Highlords Firstborn Playing Cards

Ace Collectable Cards’ project tend to lean towards the fantasy genre and it goes the same for their current project, Highlords Firstborn Playing Cards. The premise of this project is to show four different classes of characters in each suit:

  • Diamonds – Dwarf
  • Clubs – Orc
  • Hearts – Elf
  • Spades – Goblin

The artwork for this project is similar to their earlier project like HorROAR playing cards. The cards will also be printed by Noir Arts Playing Cards Company (NPCC). According to the description on the project page, there are two editions to this project; the standard edition in black colour deck while the limited edition will be offered in white colour deck. This project is a limited release like most projects on Kickstarter. 1800 copies for the standard edition while there will be a tighter limit of 500 decks for the special edition.

Although the project mentioned that the cards will be printed in high quality by NPCC, I had a few decks printed by them and honestly the quality does feel slightly inferior to the ones printed by USPCC. Nonetheless, the cards still feel good to handle.

Diamonds – Dwarf

The diamond court belongs to the Dwarf race. The illustrations are typical of your fantasy dwarf race, short, stout with thick beards carrying an axe or hammer. The image of the Dwarf Queen is a refreshing one because it looks almost like a normal height woman since the legs are not depicted.

Clubs – Orc

The clubs belong to the orcs race.

Hearts – Elf

The familiar elven race with a keen eyesight and good bowsmanship will own the court of Hearts.

Spade – Goblin

The last court is held by the Goblins. Interestingly, humans are nowhere to be found in this project.


After being introduced to the four races, the next thing to reveal will be the Aces. Take a careful look at the design and you may notice that the design element are influenced by the races.


Playing cards that carry fantasy design elements are fairly common in Kickstarter and isn’t something that screams of originality. The artwork borders towards cartoonish and not something more mature and detailed.

Next, the printer is Noir Arts Playing Cards Company and their cards do not handle as well as a USPCC deck. The plastic cover wrapping around the deck feels dated and should only belong on a cheap playing card deck.

This project is only part one of what is a longer series that has yet to come. Hence, keep an eye for part 2!