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Modern Hanafuda Playing Cards Inspired by Ancient Japan

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Modern Hanafuda Playing Cards Inspired by Ancient Japan

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame The panoramic art of Hanafuda I know very little about Japanese culture, but I can recognize something beautiful when I see it. And when I first saw the Hanafuda deck created by IndianWolf Studios, I knew at once that I was looking at something beautiful. They've produced two so far, a Hanami Fusion deck and a Sensu Fusion deck, both of which are available from PlayingCardDecks, along with a more traditional styled Hanami deck. The former are more contemporary poker style decks, while the latter is a Hanafuda deck with a more traditional look.So why did these decks capture my...

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Using Playing Cards For Propaganda

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Using Playing Cards For Propaganda

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameAre customized playing cards a recent phenomenon? Given the massive boom in the playing card industry over the past decade, you might think so. The arrival of crowd-funding has certainly given the market a real shot in the arm, by opening up new opportunities for both creators and consumers, and it's arguably a golden era like never before. But people have always been producing and collecting custom playing cards right back to the 15th century, which is when the printing press helped playing cards spread rapidly through Europe. All along, besides their primary use for playing card...

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The Art of Shuffling: An Introduction to Styles & Techniques

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The Art of Shuffling: An Introduction to Styles & Techniques

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameIf you're going to spend any time with a deck of playing cards, some things are an absolute must. And one of them is this: knowing how to do a decent shuffle. After all, it's a little embarrassing if you have a massive collection of 100+ beautiful custom decks, and your shuffling skills are uglier than the back end of a city bus. Like me, you probably love playing cards, so the very least you can do is look somewhat professional in the way that you handle them. And that begins with shuffling.And how often doesn't it...

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Playing Card Manufacturer: Make Playing Cards (MPC)

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Playing Card Manufacturer: Make Playing Cards (MPC)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameThis article continues a series where we take a look at some lesser known playing card manufacturers. When it comes to producing playing cards, the vast majority of quality custom decks are produced by big name printing companies like the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) and Cartamundi. But there's a couple of reasons why it can be important to know something about the smaller players in the playing card industry.Firstly, perhaps you're a designer or creator, looking to produce your own custom playing cards for a crowd-funded project or otherwise. Or maybe you're a consumer, and...

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The National Playing Card Collection Day Decks

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The National Playing Card Collection Day Decks

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame October 17 - National Playing Card Collection Day This week Thursday is a special day for anyone who enjoys playing cards. That's because it's October 17th, which is officially recognized as National Playing Card Collection Day (NPCCD). You can visit the official NPCCD website, where you'll discover that this day was created to celebrate the growing hobby of collecting playing cards, and raise awareness about it. If ever you needed an excuse to share pictures of your personal collection of playing cards, to talk about your passion with fellow collectors, or even to buy a new deck...

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