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Q & A with Video Reviewer Magic Orthodoxy

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Q & A with Video Reviewer Magic Orthodoxy

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameWhat is Magic Orthodoxy?There are many contributors to the playing card industry. It begins of course with the designers, in whose minds the genesis of a custom deck begins. Then there are publishers like Art of Play and crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, that team up with the creators to actually produce a deck. Next are the printers like USPCC, that make the physical deck by putting actual ink on paper. In many cases there are also retailers that act as a "middle man", whether it be an online website or a physical brick-and-mortar store. Finally there are...

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Historical Curiosities That Shaped Our Modern Deck (Part 2)

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Historical Curiosities That Shaped Our Modern Deck (Part 2)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameNumber of CardsWhy do decks of playing cards have 52 cards? It turns out that that this is the number of cards they have always had, at least dating back as far back as we can go based on evidence from their earliest days in Europe. Playing cards are first documented as appearing on the European continent in the 14th century. Although Spanish decks would later be reduced in size to a 40 card deck, and different sized decks have become standard in some parts of Europe due to regional variances and influences, the original Italian decks...

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Where to Play Card Games Online

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Where to Play Card Games Online

Playing card games before the age of the Internet was fun but potentially complicated. In order to put your beautiful deck of cards to good use, you had to find a friend who had the same interest as you. That meant that you could not play your favorite card game whenever you wanted, but when the conditions were right. However, all of that changed with the advancement of the Internet. Now, you don’t need to wait for friends and adjust your busy schedule in order to play favorite games. All you have to do is log in to one of...

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Historical Curiosities That Shaped Our Modern Deck (Part 1)

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Historical Curiosities That Shaped Our Modern Deck (Part 1)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameThose of us who love customized playing cards can at times succumb to the temptation to be dismissive and cool towards an uncustomized, namely a standard, deck of playing cards. You know what I mean: your typical Bicycle rider-back deck, a set of "plain" courts and face cards. The kind of deck we've all seen a gazillion times, so that we consider it entirely traditional and perhaps even bland.With that perspective, it came as somewhat of a surprise for me to discover that playing cards in the 1800s looked nothing like this. Let me place an imaginary...

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5 Unexpected Benefits of Playing Cards

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5 Unexpected Benefits of Playing Cards

Playing card games can be seen as just a fun pastime by most people. However, there are often hidden benefits involved in developing the skills required for many of the games out there. There are tons of table top card games you can play such as solitaire and cribbage. The benefits of these games can range from improved math skills to increased sense of self-esteem as a person improves in games that require skill and know-how instead of just games of chance. These benefits can increase even more if you look at elderly populations that often struggle with things like...

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