"All-In" Playing Card Blog - News, Contests, Articles & More! — playing card designers

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

Posted by EndersGame Reviewer on

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...

Read more →


Why You are Probably a Fan of Andrew Dougherty Without Even Knowing It

Posted by EndersGame Reviewer on

Why You are Probably a Fan of Andrew Dougherty Without Even Knowing It

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameMany readers will never have heard the name Andrew Dougherty. Those of you who have can consider yourself somewhat more informed than the average playing card collector.Considering that Mr Dougherty was born in 1827, you might wonder whether he could possibly have made any contribution to your current collection of playing cards. After all, the man is long dead and buried, and he certainly hasn't crowdfunded any decks on Kickstarter recently. He doesn't have any social media channels where you can follow his work. And you can't have bought any decks from him personally either.Puzzled yet? Let...

Read more →


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

Posted by EndersGame Reviewer on

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...

Read more →


Small Details You May Have Missed in Some of Your Favorite Playing Cards

Posted by EndersGame Reviewer on

Small Details You May Have Missed in Some of Your Favorite Playing Cards

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Hunting for Easter Eggs I love Easter eggs. But I'm not talking about the chocolate eggs that the Easter Bunny might bring my way each year - although I do have a soft spot for chocolate (just don't tell my dentist). But the term "Easter eggs" also refers to hidden objects and secret features. It's most commonly a reference to messages or images cleverly hidden in video games and films.Fortunately for playing card enthusiasts like us, this concept has also been applied to the world of playing cards. In fact, some of your favourite playing cards...

Read more →


Award-winning Decks of the Year: A Collection of Greatest Playing Card Hits

Posted by EndersGame Reviewer on

Award-winning Decks of the Year: A Collection of Greatest Playing Card Hits

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameAwards are always controversial. Whenever they are handed out, they generate public debate about whether the right decision was made, and whether the winners really were the best.But if you want to get a snapshot view of some of the best output, looking at a list of award winners is an excellent way to get an overview of the cream of the crop. One of my other hobbies is board games, and annual awards like the Spiel des Jahres award and the Golden Geek award are genuinely helpful tools that point out some of the very best...

Read more →