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16 August
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Golden Age Playing Cards. A fantasy world with amazing illustrations

Playing cards design has allowed talented artists to find new forms of expression. One of the best artists I have had the opportunity to meet is the Ukrainian Sviatoslav Pashchuk (Agitcom) who, although he has not yet had much luck in his foray into the playing cards world, still has much to say and to offer because his illustrations are extremely beautiful and full of quality and realism. Now, he has just released his latest proposal: GOLDEN AGE.     Taking inspiration from Neil…

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03 August
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RIDERS OF THE APOCALYPSE Playing Cards. The end of the world beautifully illustrated

For his quality, not only as a human-being but as an amazing illustrator, Justin Hussain (Ace Collectable Cards) has become one of our favorite artists. After Four Seasons and HorRoar!, Justin offers us his most recent creation: RIDERS OF THE APOCALYPSE.     Inspired by the famous biblical paragraph about the end of the world, the cards depict in each suit the allegories of conquest, war, famine and death. The horses and their horsemen are the protagonists of the court cards. The…

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19 June
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MANTRA Playing Cards. Three decks that will give you spiritual calm

Mantras are tools with spiritual power traditionally related to the deities of Hinduism. The Shanti Mantras (or Peace Mantras) are prayers present in religious rituals to convey a sense of peace around those who recite them. With an inspiration in these prayers you can find the new MANTRA decks. Created by Noir Arts (NPCC) , these three decks are named after each of the Shanti Mantras, used to calm and remove obstacles from the three realms described in the Hindu…

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27 January
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BRANLE TESORO Playing Cards. The refined double foiled luxury of the 16th century

Playing cards printers do not stop investigating in the search of alternatives to offer novel and surprising products. Embossing and foiled tuck cases and cards have already become powerful added values that large companies have made use of to sell more and more decks. New materials, finishes and extras go on surprising card fans. Noir Arts (NPCC) is a small printing company that has made great efforts to compete with “the big ones” though a constant investment in new techniques and…

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10 December
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CARNAVAL DE MUERTOS Decks. Lively playing cards to celebrate death

The traditional Day of the Dead celebrated in Mexico has already been the inspiration of several decks. One of the most interesting one was undoubtedly Fuego!, created by Nam Tibon (Cellar Window). Inspired by the designs of Nam and by Steve Simpson‘s illustrations, Noir Arts has released a deck about this popular celebration: CARNAVAL DE MUERTOS.     The designs on these cards are hilarious, with a humorous tone and fantastic coloring. The characters in the court cards live the…

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09 October
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THE STAR KINGS decks. A space trip from graphic novel to playing cards

What is the relation between the martial arts coaching and the space opera playing cards design? Well, the answer is Serhii Sheludchenko, a Muay Thai and Full Contact Kickboxing coach by day and a fantasy space opera writer by night. He partnered the creative SVI group to create a new deck of cards: THE STAR KINGS.     Inspired by the graphic novel “The Warriors of Shambala” from “The Chronicles of Star Frontiers” series, the cards depict a wide variety of characters from the comic book….

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09 October
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LA CATRINA DEAD EDITION Playing Cards. This beautiful girls are not alive anymore

After completing their first project about La Catrina, Joc Fora, a young Spanish company dedicated to design and audiovisual creation, launch their second deck: LA CATRINA DEAD EDITION. If the first deck was inspired by the illustrations of the famous Jose Guadalupe Posada, this new edition is much more mysterious and disturbing. The essential aesthetic elements are red roses and skeletal bodies, unmistakable symbols of traditional Mexican imagery. These new designs are less linear and symbolic with richly detailed illustrations….

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11 September
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HorROAR! Playing Cards. A terrifying deck with a terribly true story

I could start this article as I start most, talking about a new release and its inspiration, but you’re going to let me tell you a story. This is not just a story of a new deck. It is a story of struggle, courage and overcome and I feel fortunate to be able to share it with you. Over a year ago, Justin Hussain (Ace Collectable Cards), a young man full of talent, sent me his first sketches for a…

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16 August
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TANK MASTERS Playing Cards. World War II seen from a tank

Wars are the ultimate demonstration of human’s inability to solve a problem in a civilized manner but have also forged our history and unfortunately remain, for many citizens of the world, a frightening reality they live every day. We must not lose the opportunity to remember the horrors of war to prevent its recurrence. The latest of the “big” wars, World War II, has been the inspiration for the talented Ukrainian artist, Sviatoslav Pashchuk (Agitcom) to create his new deck TANK MASTERS:…

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25 May
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THE OTHER KINGDOM Collector Edition Playing Cards. A final push for the campaign

If Kickstarter is already the most popular crowdfunding platform among playing cards fans, the growing number of projects seems to begin to overcome the demand and campaigns that would have been widely funded in the past thanks to their artistic or creative quality, have many difficulties to do their goal. In this new scenario, creators look for alternative funding strategies to avoid wasting the hard work involved in creating a deck. I have spoken before about these funding strategies but one of…