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10 Top Decks Produced by PlayingCardDecks

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10 Top Decks Produced by PlayingCardDecks

 by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame I'm writing a number of Top 10 lists to help celebrate the 5th anniversary of PlayingCardDecks, so of course I also had to do a list about the custom decks that Will Roya has produced under his own label. PlayingCardDecks (PCD) has only been around for 5 years, but already within his first year of starting his business, Will was working on projects to produce his own custom decks. In the context of where PCD was at, this was quite an undertaking. It already requires a huge amount of effort to start up an online business...

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Recommended Marked Decks Besides Factory Printed Bicycle Decks

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Recommended Marked Decks Besides Factory Printed Bicycle Decks

Marked Decks for Magicians, Part 5 by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Introduction In previous articles I've been covering the best and most popular marked decks preferred by magicians for card magic. There's a lot of custom decks appearing on Kickstarter and the playing card market that are marked decks, but in most cases these are more about novelty than practicality, especially if they use coded systems. The ideal marked deck is a reader deck that is quick and easy to use, and looks like a normal Bicycle deck. These were the top candidates identified and recommended so far:Basic reader decks:● 2005...

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The Best Factory Printed Marked Bicycle Decks

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The Best Factory Printed Marked Bicycle Decks

Marked Decks for Magicians, Part 3 by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Introduction For working magicians who are serious about card magic, a marked deck is not a novelty. Instead, it's a valuable tool that can be used to good advantage in creating powerful effects otherwise not possible with a regular deck of cards. But a marked deck that is suitable for card magic does have very specific requirements. In my previous article, What is the Ideal Marked Deck for Card Magic?, I outlined several key things to look for:● It should use an-easy-to-use reader system, and ideally have decent sized markings on the...

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The Best Decks of 2021: A Gallery of Award Winners

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The Best Decks of 2021: A Gallery of Award Winners

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Almost every industry has some kind of awards.  Fortunately for us, the same applies to the world of custom playing cards.   Like all awards, there's always going to be a certain amount of subjectivity involved.  Who picked the nominees?  What were the criteria?  What kind of voting system was involved?  And the announcements of winners may even spark debate.  Were other candidates better?  What potential candidates were overlooked completely?But regardless of how you feel about awards, I'm convinced they're good to have.  They are one way of recognizing some of the best in the industry.  And...

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Playing Card Manufacturer: Shenzhen Wangjing Printing Company (WJPC)

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Playing Card Manufacturer: Shenzhen Wangjing Printing Company (WJPC)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame In the world of sports there are big name teams and big name athletes. Practically everyone has heard of superstars like Roger Federer, LeBron James, and Tiger Woods, or championship winning teams which have created a lasting legacy like football's New England Patriots and baseball's New York Yankees. But there are often hard-working athletes achieving great success under the shadow of these giants.Much the same is true in the world of playing cards. Most readers will be familiar with big name printers like the United States Playing Card Company, and their European counterpart and owner, Cartamundi....

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