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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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Interview with Playing Card Wholesaler Murphy's Magic

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Interview with Playing Card Wholesaler Murphy's Magic

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame What is Murphy's Magic? Murphy's Magic was founded by Mark Murphy in 1998, and it is a wholesale magic company that he's been running for over 20 years. Being a wholesaler means you can't purchase directly from Murphy's Magic, because they only sell in bulk quantities to authorized retailers. But if you've bought something from a playing card retailer online, there's a very good chance that they got their stock from Murphy's Magic in the first place. Murphy's Magic produces and sells an enormous range of magic products and playing cards which they sell to dealers around...

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Brand Spotlight: Ellusionist

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Brand Spotlight: Ellusionist

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameBrand recognition. It's helpful for anyone who purchases playing cards to have some idea of some well-known brands and publishers. Because just like with clothes, certain brand names can be a guarantee of quality. That's also true for the world of playing cards. And when you see the name Ellusionist on the box, you know that you are getting a high quality deck of playing cards that will look sleek and perform well.Like Theory11, Ellusionist is a company that is all about playing cards and magic. But while Theory11 specializes in high class playing cards with a sophisticated and...

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