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Brand Spotlight: Guru Playing Card Company

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Brand Spotlight: Guru Playing Card Company

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameBig brands like Ellusionist and Theory11 are well known for their contribution to the world of custom playing cards. But what about some of the smaller players in the playing card industry? In this series of articles we're introducing you to some of the lesser known lights, which are nonetheless producing some shining stars in the world of custom decks.The man behind Guru Playing Card Company (GPCC) is Sunish Chabba, and also part of his team is his friend and top Indian illustrator Ishan Trivedi. Sunish has a career as an Agile & Digital transformation consultant with experience in...

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Designer Spotlight: Alex Chin

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Designer Spotlight: Alex Chin

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameIn previous articles we've taken a look at some well-known brands and well-known playing card manufacturers. But what about designers? One of the very best of the best is Alex Chin. In this article we'll get acquainted with some of the beautiful decks of playing cards that have been created by this award winning designer. Who is Alex Chin? Alex Chin's name is well known in playing card circles. Already back in 2011 he established Seasons Playing Cards, which is his global lifestyle brand dedicated to the art of card collecting. He has received a wide range of...

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Designer Spotlight: Randy Butterfield

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Designer Spotlight: Randy Butterfield

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameIn the world of playing cards, there are many well-known brands and publishers. But there's also a number of well-known designers, many of whom have published their playing cards with multiple playing card manufacturers and under different labels. Arguably one of the most prolific is Randy Butterfield. So let's find out more about Randy and take a look at some of his work! Who is Randy Butterfield? Randy Butterfield might not be a name you've heard before. But if you enjoy playing cards, you have almost certainly come across his work. Randy has designed over 40 different...

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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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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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