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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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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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Playing Cards About Novels

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Playing Cards About Novels

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameMany new collectors of playing cards ask: Where should I start? Old-timers will often give advice along these lines: "Don't just buy every deck you can. Think carefully about what you like. Consider collecting decks that have a common theme or focus." That's good advice!With literally thousands of different decks on the market, and more arriving all the time, the good news is that there's a huge range of subjects of interests to choose from. So you might decide to collect decks that are about animals. Or playing cards that depict countries and cultures. Or you might...

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Interview with Collector, Consultant, and Card Gaffer Don Boyer (The Deck Tailor)

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Interview with Collector, Consultant, and Card Gaffer Don Boyer (The Deck Tailor)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Don Boyer? I first came across Don Boyer a few years ago. It was in the early stages of my own hobby in collecting playing cards. I'd found a number of playing card communities and forums online, one of which was PlayingCardForum.com. When I asked what made this forum unique from others, I was told by several people: "Well, the advantage of PlayingCardForum is that it has Don Boyer".After joining there, it didn't take me long to figure out what they meant. Don Boyer is one of the most active members of the community there, and...

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Publisher Spotlight: U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

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Publisher Spotlight: U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameWhy should we care about brands and publishers in the world of playing cards? Because they play a huge role in the playing card industry. They are the drivers of the market by connecting creators with consumers, and they help turn projects into reality, and get playing cards into our hands. They decide what playing cards are worth making, organize the printing and distribution, and make decisions that will ultimately determine the quality, look, and feel of the product that eventually gets to us as a buyer. Without publishers, most playing cards wouldn't exist, even though in...

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