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The Faro: A Card Shuffle and a Card Game

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The Faro: A Card Shuffle and a Card Game

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame When you start immersing yourself into the world of playing cards, you'll soon discover that it has its own language. Before you know it, you'll be using terms that don't even exist in the average person's vocabulary! You'll find yourself talking about various cards sleights and flourishes, and the finer details of crowdfunded decks, which are purchased in "bricks", and can include "interior printing" and "embossing" courtesy of "overfunding" and "stretch goals." Fans, spreads, and shuffles are relatively easy to understand, but do you know the difference between a riffle shuffle, hindu shuffle, overhand shuffle ......

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Q & A with Playing Card Collector and Reviewer Victor Jose (VJose32)

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Q & A with Playing Card Collector and Reviewer Victor Jose (VJose32)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Victor Jose? If you ever do any research on a deck that you are considering buying, you almost certainly have come across the name Victor Jose, or VJose32 as he is better known on his youtube channel.Victor is a Canadian who has been collecting playing cards since around 2010, and as of today his personal collection numbers well over 3,000 decks! But Victor is especially known for his contribution to the playing card industry as a video reviewer. He began posting reviews of playing cards on youtube around 2011. To say that he is prolific...

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Breaking in a New Deck: Why and How?

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Breaking in a New Deck: Why and How?

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Ah, the sweet smell of a brand new deck. There it is, a fresh arrival in the mail, now waiting on your kitchen table. It is taunting you in its shiny cellophane, begging to be opened. Inside, as you know, is the joy of discovery, the smell of newness, the feel of brand new playing cards, and the promise of future experiences. You can hardly wait!But do you need to break in your new deck first? If you want the handling to be smooth, are there any special steps you need to take to get your...

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Debunking Common Myths About Playing Cards - Tarot & China

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Debunking Common Myths About Playing Cards - Tarot & China

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Claim: Playing cards developed from Tarot cards You'll often come across the claim that our modern deck of playing cards was developed from the Tarot deck. Occultists and fortune tellers like to make the suggestion that Tarot decks are in fact the true and original form of playing cards, and that the symbolism of Tarot cards lies at the heart and background of our modern deck. Some even defend the view that the Tarot deck represents a deck that was used by secret societies like the Masons or Knights Templar to transmit secret information. According to this...

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Factors That Affect the Handling of a Deck - Part 2

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Factors That Affect the Handling of a Deck - Part 2

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGamePart 2: Non-Bicycle Playing CardsMost creators of custom playing cards today choose to print their decks with United States Playing Card Company (USPCC), makers of the famous Bicycle brand of playing card. USPCC is a well-known publisher with solid credentials, and has a long history and positive reputation for creating quality playing cards. In previous articles we have covered the process by which Bicycle playing cards are made, why it's worth the money to get a Bicycle deck, and what factors affect their handling.But USPCC doesn't produce perfect playing cards. Their decks are often printed in high volume on...

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