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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 EndersGame Part 2: Non-Bicycle Playing Cards Most 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...

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Playing with a Full Deck – The Appeal of Custom Playing Cards

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Playing with a Full Deck – The Appeal of Custom Playing Cards
To some people, one set of playing cards is just like another. But if you're the type who really likes to unwind on a Friday night by laughing about your pocket pairs at the hold 'em table, or even if you’re a beginner to the wild and wonderful world of cards, you might want custom playing cards that fit your style and the style of your poker clique.

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Factors That Affect the Handling of a Deck - Part 1

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Factors That Affect the Handling of a Deck - Part 1

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Part 1: Bicycle Playing Cards Entering the world of playing cards can be a confusing business. When you speak with anyone who is already immersed in this world, or even if you read the small print on a Kickstarter project, you will find mention of things like "Bee Casino Stock", "Magic Finish", or "Traditional Cut". What on earth are they talking about? Then there are the common phrases you'll find on typical decks from big name publisher USPCC, like "Air-Cushion finish" (Bicycle decks), "Linoid finish" (Tally Ho decks), or "Cambric finish" (Bee decks). The mystery deepens!...

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Interview with Playing Card Designer Paul Carpenter (Encarded Playing Card Co.)

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Interview with Playing Card Designer Paul Carpenter (Encarded Playing Card Co.)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameWho is Paul Carpenter?Graphic designer Paul Carpenter is the man behind Encarded Playing Card Company. He made a big splash in the custom playing card industry in 2012 with his original Tendril deck, which was produced with the help of crowdfunding, and broke the Kickstarter record for the highest funding for a playing card project at the time. These decks were originally priced at under $10 each, but since they are prized by collectors, they typically sell on the secondary market today for more than ten times that much! Why was the Tendril deck so successful? It had some...

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