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Interview with Playing Card Designer Elettra Deganello

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Interview with Playing Card Designer Elettra Deganello

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Elettra Deganello? Elettra Deganello is a respected freelance visual designer and illustrator who hails from Italy. She was only introduced to custom playing cards in 2017, but it didn't take her long to make an impression.Her first successful projects were for the Passione Playing Cards label: Pinocchio (2018) and Florentia (2020), and were both artistic designs. You may also have seen her work in the stunning Blue Jay Dentistry deck, which was the second installment of the popular Meadowlark Playing Cards series. Her first solo project was the Bold deck, which was intended to...

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Why Do Magicians Use Marked Decks?

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Why Do Magicians Use Marked Decks?

Marked Decks for Magicians, Part 1 by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Function Almost everybody who knows something about playing cards will be familiar with the term marked deck, because a growing number of custom decks on today's playing cards market are advertised as being "marked". What this means is that a deck has secret marks on the card backs, and by looking at these marks you'll be able to determine the value and suit of any given card.In marked decks with reader systems, the value and suit of the card is simply written on the card back somewhere in a well-disguised place. For...

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The Mystery of The Newest Million Dollar Playing Card Kickstarter

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The Mystery of The Newest Million Dollar Playing Card Kickstarter

MetaZoo's playing card Kickstarter just raised $1 million in funding in one day. But how? by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameLike most of you reading this, I love playing cards. And like many of you, I'm active in the playing card community, and try to keep up with the latest news and releases. Last week I was staggered to come across MetaZoo's current playing card Kickstarter, entitled MetaZoo: Cryptid Nation USPCC Playing Cards. Nothing too unusual so far. It's billed as a deck of MetaZoo playing cards. Printed by USPCC. Cartoony style art. Three different deck options: Cryptid Nation, Nightfall, and Wilderness. Not...

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A Personal Tour with Some Playing Card Creators and Collectors

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A Personal Tour with Some Playing Card Creators and Collectors

Your chance to view the main events from 52 Plus Joker's annual convention (Part 3) by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameThe biggest club in the world for playing card collectors is 52 Plus Joker. While it started off as American based, it has since broadened its reach and gone global, attracting playing card collectors from around the world.The club holds an annual convention for members, but the arrival of COVID put an end to that in 2020. But 52 Plus Joker was not about to let that entirely kill their plans for spreading the love for playing cards. So instead of completely cancelling the...

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Let's Visit an International Playing Card Convention! (Part 2)

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Let's Visit an International Playing Card Convention! (Part 2)

Your chance to view the main events from 52 Plus Joker's annual convention by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameIn my previous article, I shared information about a great opportunity: the chance to sit in on some great speeches about playing cards delivered by experts and leading figures in the industry. Via online videos, we could get front row seats inside an international playing card convention organized by 52 Plus Joker, the American Playing Card Collector's Club.This prestigious club has managed to find a silver lining in the cloud called COVID. They had to cancel their annual convention, but they didn't let this disappointment rain...

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