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Q & A with Playing Card Designer Lee McKenzie (Kings & Crooks)

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Q & A with Playing Card Designer Lee McKenzie (Kings & Crooks)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameWho is Lee McKenzie?British designer Lee McKenzie is a name that many people in the playing card industry might not immediately recognize, but that's only because most of the decks he has designed are more widely known for the brand they were published under: Ellusionist. Lee designed decks for Ellusionist for around five years, from 2008 to 2013, at a time when it was one of the biggest players in the industry, and just when custom decks were really starting to boom. You might recognize some of the decks he created, which include popular titles like Arcane, Artifice, Infinity, and...

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The 2018 Deck of the Year Interview with Artist Alain Benoit

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The 2018 Deck of the Year Interview with Artist Alain Benoit

BY LEE ASHER | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF CARD CULTURE First Published in Card Culture Magazine Issue #47 December 2018 CARD CULTURE SPEAKS WITH THIS YEAR’S DECK OF THE YEAR WINNER ABOUT HIS FRENCH CARTOMANCY INFLUENCES, DESIGNING & KICKSTARTING HIS CARTOMANCER PACK AND MUCH MORE. Cards from the Cartomancer deck. CARD CULTURE: How did you start your foray into creating cards? BENOIT: As a graphic designer, a deck of cards has always been a fundamental example of what pure design is: symbols, letters, numbers, illustrations and a vast history from around the world -- all in the palm of your hand. So...

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Restorations of Famous American Card Decks

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Restorations of Famous American Card Decks

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Most of the history that shaped playing cards as we know them today occurred in Europe between the end of the 14th century and the 15th century. The 52 card deck as we know it in four suits of 13 cards each was largely established by the end of the 16th century, with the French suits becoming the standard throughout Europe and England. England did exert its influence on playing cards by contributing the English terms used to refer to the four suits, and the specialized attention given to the Ace of Spades due to its...

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Q&A with Playing Card Designer Lorenzo Gaggiotti (Stockholm17 Playing Cards)

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Q&A with Playing Card Designer Lorenzo Gaggiotti (Stockholm17 Playing Cards)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Lorenzo Gaggiotti? Lorenzo Gaggiotti is considered one of the most popular and sought-after designers of collectible and creative playing cards, which he publishes under the banner of his own brand, Stockholm17 Playing Cards. The name Stockholm17 already gives an obvious clue about his present home, which is the city of Stockholm, Sweden. The Italian-born Lorenzo moved to Stockholm several years ago due to the challenging economic climate in Italy, and in order to start a new life in Sweden. Fortunately for us he took with him his abilities as an artist, which were already...

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It All Began With A Deck of Cards: A life-changing Kickstarter success story

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It All Began With A Deck of Cards: A life-changing Kickstarter success story

Special Content by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Kickstarter and BoardgamesIt is not difficult to find stories of Kickstarter disasters. We have probably all seen projects seeking funding that were posted by some guy who lives in his mother's basement and has not seen daylight for the last 12 months. He is passionately convinced that the world needs to support his genius concept for a hand-drawn remake of Snakes and Ladders, which will require $200,000 in funding, and for which the only remaining challenge is that he has not yet come up with any rules or artwork. We have also seen many a...

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