The Conquerors is a series with “Victory” as the main theme. It’s designed by Giovanni Meroni for Thirdway Industries.
It uses very shiny, gold metallic inks both on the tuckbox and the cards.
Having a purpose is important for everyone – Conquerors are the ones who fight in order to achieve their personal Victory, whatever their goal is.
Spades represent Strategy – they play carefully to have an advantage point. They’re patient and smart: they know that, sometimes, waiting is wiser than acting.
Their favorite weapon is the Shield, usually combined with a polearm and a sword.
Hearts represent Bravery – they inspire their army with their heart full of courage. They’re reckless and willing to sacrifice themselves for Victory.
Their favorite weapon is the sword – the King wields the Sword of the Conqueror itself.
Clubs represent Brute Force – They don’t have a plan; they just trample everything, and everyone, standing between them and Victory.
Their favorite weapons are blunt weapons, like maces, hammers and clubs.
Diamonds represent Power – Money, Influence, Resources – some people don’t need to fight in order to win. Some can just buy their Victory.
Their favorite weapon is the Axe, but they do not fight directly very often.
The Jokers are the most important characters of Conquerors.
The male Joker is Mars Invictus, the invincible, brave God of War. He represents the battle itself, the strength to keep fighting to achieve the Victory. Mars is the Roman God of War, and often is portrayed as brutal, violent and stupid. I wanted to represent Mars at his best — a noble, fearless fighter who stands against any enemy.
The first female Joker is Victoria Alata, the Winged Victory herself. She’s the central character of Conquerors and the coveted prize for everyone. She’s completely merciless – for her, the only important thing is to win – how, is not really important. Victoria was an important Roman Goddess, and she was worshipped with a lot of statues in ancient times.
The second female joker is Fortuna Velata, the Goddess of Luck. She’s frivolous and unpredictable, but her favor is precious. She usually protects the brave ones, so she’s not really blind.