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The Legend of the Dead Man's Hand

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The Legend of the Dead Man's Hand

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGamePlaying cards have been part of our culture for hundreds of years, so we can expect some great stories surrounding them. One of the most famous stories of all is the legendary tale of the Dead Man's Hand. Gamblers are a rather superstitious lot, and we've all heard people talk about lucky dice and lucky cards. Many hands of playing cards have even acquired their own names, and perhaps none as famous as the Dead Man's Hand: a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights.So what is the story behind this apparently unlucky hand,...

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The Famous J.G. Cotta Transformation Decks

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The Famous J.G. Cotta Transformation Decks

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Historical Importance There's an incredible variety of custom playing cards in today's market. But of all the playing cards that I've seen over the years, there is one type of deck that remains a personal favourite: the transformation deck. The concept of these playing cards is simple to understand: the pips on the cards are cleverly incorporated into a larger picture. So an imaginative artist might transform the Heart pips into faces, the Diamond pips into hats, or the Club pips into paw prints.Some wonderful transformation decks have been produced in recent years, but the concept is hardly new....

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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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Terms you should know about Playing Cards and Card Games

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Terms you should know about Playing Cards and Card Games

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameMost specialized hobbies and interests have their own terminology, and the world of playing cards and card games is no different. Most readers likely have some experience with playing cards and with card games, and so you are probably already familiar with quite a few common terms and words that are used. But are you sure that you're using the right words? It's easy to learn new words from other people, but that doesn't guarantee you're thinking of the right meaning.What is the difference, for example, between a court card, a picture card, and a face card?...

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Brand Spotlight: Theory11

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Brand Spotlight: Theory11

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameIn the world of playing cards, there are several different big players that help bring us our playing cards. There are playing card manufacturers that run the factories which produce the physical playing cards. But there are also companies that organize everything else, including the selection of material, organizing artists and graphic designers, and advertising and selling to the public.While some custom playing cards are produced by individual graphic designers and creators, there are also established publishers and brands that have been producing playing cards for an extended period of time. One of the big brands that...

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