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Designer Spotlight: Randy Butterfield

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Designer Spotlight: Randy Butterfield

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameIn the world of playing cards, there are many well-known brands and publishers. But there's also a number of well-known designers, many of whom have published their playing cards with multiple playing card manufacturers and under different labels. Arguably one of the most prolific is Randy Butterfield. So let's find out more about Randy and take a look at some of his work! Who is Randy Butterfield? Randy Butterfield might not be a name you've heard before. But if you enjoy playing cards, you have almost certainly come across his work. Randy has designed over 40 different...

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Interview with Card Manipulator & Magician Jeff McBride

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Interview with Card Manipulator & Magician Jeff McBride

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Jeff McBride? Chances are you are reading this article because you already have some interest in playing cards. So maybe you've already heard of the name Jeff McBride. If you have, you'll already be familiar with his credentials, so you'll be itching to get straight the good stuff and read what he's got to say, because you know it's going to be worth reading.But if you haven't heard of Jeff McBride before, let me tell you why this interview is a must-read:● Are you into card magic? Jeff has been doing card magic his whole life, and...

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Interview with PlayingCardDecks Shipping Manager Beverly

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Interview with PlayingCardDecks Shipping Manager Beverly

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Beverly? In April 2020, PlayingCardDecks celebrated its third anniversary. That's quite an achievement, and over the course of three full years of business, this online retailer that specializes in custom playing cards has grown enormously. They have an inventory of literally tens of thousands of decks of playing cards at any given moment. Each week up to one thousand orders are processed, which means that there are literally tons of decks arriving and departing on a regular basis.The business was started by Will Roya, a family man who lives in Las Vegas. After a...

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Brand Spotlight: Art of Play

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Brand Spotlight: Art of Play

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameThere are many recognizable big brands in the fashion industry, food industry, and automotive industry. A brand name will tell you what style of product you can expect, and will also indicate something about its quality.The same is true in the world of playing cards. Companies like Ellusionist and Theory 11 produce a range of custom decks, and when you see the name of these familiar brands on a box of playing cards, you'll have a fair idea of what to expect inside. Alongside these popular brands of decks is Art of Play. So let's tell you a...

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Novels About Playing Cards: Alice in Wonderland

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Novels About Playing Cards: Alice in Wonderland

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll In a previous article we shared some of our favourite playing cards that depict novels. But how about novels that depict playing cards? Already for centuries playing cards have embedded themselves into our lives and culture, and crawled their way into language, paintings, and music. But what about literature?It's not hard to think of examples of books where playing cards are part of the wider background of a novel. Perhaps we find them in the hands of characters who are having a social game of bridge, or in the hands of...

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