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When Playing Cards Become Puzzles, Part 1: Fine Art Decks With Panoramic Polyptychs

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When Playing Cards Become Puzzles, Part 1: Fine Art Decks With Panoramic Polyptychs

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame What is A Polyptych? We've all seen ordinary playing cards. But what really floats my boat is the extraordinary. So when it comes to playing cards, I'm a big fan of novelty, originality, and creativity. A deck will get my attention when the designer has come up with something unusual, striking, or memorable.Come custom playing cards that feature flip-book animation are a fine example of this. These decks have a series of slowly changing images, so that when you flip through the deck quickly with your thumb, it creates a miniature animated film. It's a very visual effect that...

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Crafting with Playing Cards: Kirigami

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Crafting with Playing Cards: Kirigami

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameThe term playing cards is a dead give-away about their original intended purpose, because it tells us something very obvious: Playing cards are for playing card games. It may seem self-evident, but it needs stating that this is what playing cards were first created for in the first place, especially given some of their wider uses today. In fact, card games are the single reason behind the rapid spread of playing cards throughout Europe from the 15th century onwards. Adding money to the equation only made their popularity increase, courtesy of gambling. But it is a historical fact, and still...

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Playing Card Enthusiast, Collector, or Addict - Which Are You?

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Playing Card Enthusiast, Collector, or Addict - Which Are You?

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameDo you consider yourself a casual playing card enthusiast, who merely dabbles in playing cards and occasionally buys something? Or are you more of a serious hobbyist and collector, with a level of involvement that rates somewhere between passion and fanaticism? Or have you perhaps moved beyond this stage already, and would you consider yourself an addict?Here's your guide for how to move from a complete playing card novice to a full blown playing card addict, in eight easy steps. This isn't intended to be taken too seriously, of course. It's more of a light hearted look...

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A review of Will Roya's new book Card Night: Classic Games, Classic Decks, and The History Behind Them

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A review of Will Roya's new book Card Night: Classic Games, Classic Decks, and The History Behind Them

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame A brand new resource with rules for your favourite card games Overview I love playing cards. Put a custom deck of traditional playing cards in my hands, and I'm a happy man. I enjoy collecting them, and I enjoy using them for things like card magic and card flourishing.But my favourite use for a standard deck of cards is for playing card games. I love card games, and I've even curated a collection of the all-time best that there are in my article 40+ Great Card Games for All Occasions.So it won't surprise anyone that I also...

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Popular Adding and Pairing Solitaire Card Games

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Popular Adding and Pairing Solitaire Card Games

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameMost people identify "solitaire" with Klondike, which is easily the most popular and familiar solitaire card game. But the average person often doesn't realize that there's a rich diversity within the family of solitaire games. Some are very casual games that can be played in a very relaxed frame of mind, and can come down to blind luck of the draw and mechanical play. Others require real skill to play well, and can involve strategic placement and careful card counting.In previous articles I've covered the three most played solitaire card games in the world, namely Klondike, Spider, and...

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