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Interview with Video Reviewer Magic Orthodoxy

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Interview with Video Reviewer Magic Orthodoxy

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame What is Magic Orthodoxy? There are many contributors to the playing card industry. It begins of course with the designers, in whose minds the genesis of a custom deck begins. Then there are publishers like Art of Play and crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, that team up with the creators to actually produce a deck. Next are the printers like USPCC, that make the physical deck by putting actual ink on paper. In many cases there are also retailers that act as a "middle man", whether it be an online website or a physical brick-and-mortar store. Finally...

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When Playing Cards Become Puzzles, Part 2: More Creative Decks With Panoramic Polyptychs

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When Playing Cards Become Puzzles, Part 2: More Creative Decks With Panoramic Polyptychs

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Puzzle Decks With Polyptychs In the world of art, polyptychs have existed for centuries. These are typically paintings composed of multiple panels, which function together to produce a single larger image. They're found already in medieval manuscripts, and were used extensively in the religious art created by painters in the early Renaissance.Given that a deck of playing cards is also a miniature work of art, it's no surprise that creative designers have applied the same concept to playing cards. Most commonly this is found in the form of a simple diptych, which is a two part polyptych, where...

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When Playing Cards Become Puzzles, Part 1: Fine Art Decks With Panoramic Polyptychs

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When Playing Cards Become Puzzles, Part 1: Fine Art Decks With Panoramic Polyptychs

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame What is A Polyptych? We've all seen ordinary playing cards. But what really floats my boat is the extraordinary. So when it comes to playing cards, I'm a big fan of novelty, originality, and creativity. A deck will get my attention when the designer has come up with something unusual, striking, or memorable.Come custom playing cards that feature flip-book animation are a fine example of this. These decks have a series of slowly changing images, so that when you flip through the deck quickly with your thumb, it creates a miniature animated film. It's a very visual effect that...

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Playing Card Enthusiast, Collector, or Addict - Which Are You?

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Playing Card Enthusiast, Collector, or Addict - Which Are You?

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameDo you consider yourself a casual playing card enthusiast, who merely dabbles in playing cards and occasionally buys something? Or are you more of a serious hobbyist and collector, with a level of involvement that rates somewhere between passion and fanaticism? Or have you perhaps moved beyond this stage already, and would you consider yourself an addict?Here's your guide for how to move from a complete playing card novice to a full blown playing card addict, in eight easy steps. This isn't intended to be taken too seriously, of course. It's more of a light hearted look...

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Kickstarter Rockstars, Part 2: The Top 40 Most Funded Decks of Playing Cards of All Time

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Kickstarter Rockstars, Part 2: The Top 40 Most Funded Decks of Playing Cards of All Time

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameIn a previous article (Kickstarter Rockstars, Part 1) we toured through the top 20 most funded decks of playing cards on the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Measuring by the total number of funds raised, the project that was the most successful was The Name of the Wind Art Deck by Elodin Enterprises. In 2017 this raised a massive $630,300 with the help of 10,090 backers. Coincidentally, the deck in the number two spot was based on the same book, and also generated over half a million dollars. That was The Name of the Wind by Albino Dragon, which in 2013 raised $589,660...

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