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Water Margin Playing Cards USPCC

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Water Margin Playing Cards USPCC

$11.99 USD

Water Margin Playing Cards

A December 2018 Pip Box Club Selection - For more information on joining Pip Box Club click here.

Good day! I am Paul, the artist behind the Water Margin playing cards. I've looked through quite a few Asian or Chinese-themed playing cards and don't feel like I've found any with themes that are top-notch. This inspired me to work on this project - I am a Chinese history buff and I admire the classic Japanese art genre of Ukiyo-e, so I thought it is perfect to work on a follow-up to my previous successful project "Battle of Muscles".

I chose one of the four great Chinese classical novels, "Water Margin", also known as "Outlaws of the Marsh", as the main theme. You may have seen it as "Suikoden" in Japanese. The novel is about a band of outlaws rebelling against the corrupted government during the Song Dynasty.

Out of the 108 heroes in the novel, I chose 14 that readers are most familiar with due to their amazing stories. I borrowed some influence from Ukiyo-e where the Water Margin theme was popular. Not to mention early Chinese playing cards actually used this theme. I also incorporated a little taste of my sense of humor into the project as well. I hope to embellish the deck of playing cards with a little more "Chinese-ness".

  • Created by Paul Guo
  • Printed by USPCC
  • Classic Stock
  • Linen Finish
  • Traditional Cut
  • Custom Numbered Tuck Seal
  • 52 Cards + 2 Jokers & 2 Info Cards
  • Limited Edition of 1,100
  • 2018 Release

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Steve Hansen
My opinion

Nice Asian themed playing card deck Created by Paul Guo. I really like the custom art on the cards especially the Court cards, Aces and Jokers. Wish the tuck box had some color to it, but this deck is still a nice addition to your collection with a Limited Edition of 1,100 and custom numbered seal.

Интересный сюжет колоды.

Очередной сюрприз для меня при покупке в тёмную . Очень странно что такие тематические колоды выпускаются крохотными тиражами .

Great style!

This is a really cool deck for anyone that likes the decks with themes and references to iconic and artistic figures from our world's history. I gravitate to the wild west, pirate, U.S. historical decks and this a pleasant surprise amd gives me the same satisfy satisfaction as the others I look for.

From a production and quality aspect, great look and feel from the tuck box to the pips and everything in between. The Aces are awesome and the court cards are great pieces of art.

Terry McGhee
Handles Flawlessly

Not exactly an art style I would choose for a deck I was going to add to my collection personally, but I received these as a gift and they handle flawlessly.
The actual artwork and ink layout on this deck is pretty impressive. A casual glance at the simplicity and underwhelming coloring of the tuck box might cause you to dismiss this deck before really giving it a chance. I made that mistake myself but am glad that I finally got around to actually looking at the deck because it is very nice.

Adam Forsberg
Beautiful Deck

Great looking deck, received mine in the pipbox and it didn't have the seal so your mileage may vary

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