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Brand Spotlight: Uusi

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Brand Spotlight: Uusi

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame The Uusi Design Studio A wonderful thing about the custom playing card industry is that anyone with creative gifts and talent can make an artistic contribution, impress collectors, and produce a successful deck of playing cards.  A recent example of this is Peter Robinson, better known under his artist moniker Ten Hundred, an artist whose Vivid Kingdoms Playing Cards came out of nowhere and raised over $2 million on Kickstarter, making it the most funded deck of playing cards ever.Uusi is the brand of artists Peter Dunham and Linnea Gits, and is a more well-known name in...

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What You Need to Know About USPCC's Crushed Stock

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What You Need to Know About USPCC's Crushed Stock

And the Elite Edition playing cards which are helping popularize it by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameThin-crushed stock is all the rage these days. A lot of modern cardistry decks are produced using this card stock since it is beloved especially for card flourishing and much loved by card handlers.The main difference you'll notice with crushed stock is that it gives playing cards a softer and more flexible feel. Right from the very first time you take them out of the box and use them, they feel worn in and comfortable. You can go right into performing, without a prior need to...

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Interview with Playing Card Designer Artur Rajch

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Interview with Playing Card Designer Artur Rajch

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Artur Rajch? Most of my readers have an interest in playing cards. Some of you even stay up-to-date with all the latest custom playing card decks hitting the market. So perhaps you even have a good idea what some of the biggest names in the business are. Popular brands like Virtuoso, Fontaine, and Organic Playing Cards. And popular designers like Alex Chin, Jackson Robinson, Stockholm17, and Giovanni Meroni.So it may be somewhat of a surprise to come across the name Artur Rajch, who is the subject of this interview. You might be thinking to...

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

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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...

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