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16 January
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DEMONOLOGIE Playing Cards. It’s evil! … but it’s good

Inspired by ancient civilizations, old manuscripts and ancestral paintings, Emmanuel Valtierra has always offered us a very personal vision of millenary cultures. After five successful campaigns in which he has created a total of six decks, Emmanuel launches his new creation: DEMONOLOGIE.     Each of the court cards in the deck is dedicated to a character linked to evil. Demons, fallen angels or malignant creatures decorate the faces with an old book style and that well-known colorful touch of…

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15 January
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Artist Playing Cards. Let’s drink some tea or, better, let’s enjoy it in these amazing portraits

Carne Griffiths is a renowned artist based in UK who worked for years in the embroidery design. He decided, in 2010, to follow his dream and dedicate himself to his great passion: painting and drawing. That decision has led him to the success with exhibitions in galleries around the world. He uses an interesting technique with calligraphic inks, graphite and liquids (such as tea and alcohol). This technique and his talent produce captivating portraits that combine the abstract and the figurative…

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11 January
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ACE TREASURE PIRATES Playing Cards. A deck with wooden leg and eyepatch

His talent, generosity and ability to overcome difficulties has made  Justin Hussain (Ace Collectable Cards) a good friend and one of the favorite artists of Max Playing Cards. His creative thirst is tireless and constantly evolves. All his decks show fantastic illustrations that tell their own stories. Now he brings us his latest creation: ACE TREASURE PIRATES.     All the elements of an authentic pirate novel are mixed with the beautiful playing cards inspiration to achieve a perfect combination. Each…

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30 December
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Collectable Playing Cards celebrate their hundred. Congratulations!

I perfectly remember when, in 2013, I was chatting with the Spanish Ana Albares, one of their first artists, about Collectable Playing Cards. The man behind an already consolidated company dedicated to the magic products in Magic Trick Store, Mike Guistolise, decided to begin a business venture about playing cards in which he would also produce his own decks. More than 4 years later, Collectable Playing Cards has become one of the most prolific producers of cards, mainly Bicycle. Many designs and…

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26 December
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BICYCLE KNIGHTS Playing Cards. Outfit yourself properly for a bloody medieval battle

Will Roya (PlayingCardsDecks.com) goes on working for a place in the each time more complicated scenario of playing cards crowdfunding. After four successful projects, he has just launched his first Bicycle deck: KNIGHTS.     Bicycle Knights is a deck inspired by the Middle Ages and their fierce hand-to-hand fighting. For the designs Will has teamed the renowned European artist, Sam Hayles, who has traditionally worked with Big Blind Media in many decks of their Karnival series. Now, with a somewhat more figurative style,…

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12 December
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THE GUARD Playing Cards. A classic design with an exclusive secret

A few weeks ago I told you about the present and future releases by Will Roya (PlayingCardsDecks.com). Will has recently (and successfully) launched his new decks: THE GUARD. Designed by the Polish illustrator Artur Rajch, the faces have a traditional appearance in the numbered cards and in the decoration but show at the same time a more contemporary look on the facial expression of the court cards.     That classic inspiration is also present in the backs, full of ornaments…

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10 December
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INNSMOUTH, THE LOST GAMES. Playing Cards rescued from the imaginary world of Lovecraft

More than four years ago I talked about the Bicycle Cthulhu deck, a deck created by a Spanish group of fans of Lovecraft that decided to found the Cthulhu project to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of the writer creating products based on the author and his myths. Since then, the Cthulhu project has not stopped working on new ideas based on the fantastic stories by the mythical writer, especially in board and cards games. Although the very first deck could not be funded,…

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27 November
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ANCIENT EGYPT Playing Cards. Beautiful illustrations buried in the sands of the desert

There are recurring themes of inspiration in the playing cards design. Ancient Civilizations have always attracted designers and, among all, Egyptian Culture is perhaps one of the most popular. After their success with the “Heroes of a Nation” decks, April GS launch their new creation: ANCIENT EGYPT Playing Cards.     Designed by Konstantin Sheyco and illustrated by Alina Vagapoga, Ancient Egypt deck is almost a graphic encyclopedia of the mythical deities worshiped in the old Egypt culture and religion. Amazing illustrations…

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25 November
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ELEPHANT Playing Cards Relaunch. The new king in this jungle of decks

After trying it a few months ago, Ben Jones (Elephant Playing Cards) has made interesting changes and  relaunched the ELEPHANT Playing Cards In collaboration with Anomaly World Studios, these decks are a bet to create their own brand, their own image, with completely new (hand drawn) designs that combine traditional patterns and creative illustrations that blend elegance and functionality in equal parts. Thus, it is a clean and elegant deck of traditional structure, where aces, court cards and backs have been fully created from scratch.     For…

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24 November
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BICYCLE RUNIC ROYALTY DARK Playing Cards. The second Edition in black of a nice fantasy deck

Earlier this year, Canadian artist Keith Glover was able to fund his Runic Royalty Light deck working with PlayingCardsDecks.com. Now, teamed again with Will Roya, he has just released the new edition of the deck: BICYCLE RUNIC ROYALTY DARK. In the illustrations, the artist combines the magical inspiration of the runes and their strange symbols with his own interpretation of the traditional deck. Thus, cards keep a design that is familiar and, at the same time, completely customized , suitable…