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07 May
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BICYCLE HOMETOWN Series. Playing cards to preserve the historical memory of the United States

Robert Tomlinson (Barclay Mountain Co.) is one of those men true to their roots. His work as a playing cards creator has brought us along last years many historical references from the United States, especially through their conflicts through the Unrest series. Over the past few years, Robert has been working very hard to preserve his memory and local history, infecting his love and patriotic pride to all those around him. For this, Robert has collected the interest from the…

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09 January
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BICYCLE DIVIDE OF A NATION Playing Cards. Political conspiracies and hidden treasures

The history of the United States is full of secrets, mysteries and conspiracies. If there is an expert in converting that part of the history into playing cards, it is precisely Robert Tomlinson (Barclay Mountain Co.). After his success with Rise of a Nation, which opened the Decoded History series and talked about the secrets behind the creation of the United States and the important role of Freemasonry in that process, Robert launches the second deck of the series: DIVIDE…

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30 October
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MIDDLE KINGDOM GOLD AND SILVER Playing Cards. New editions with much more relief

Middle Kingdom Bicycle White and Black were two successful campaigns created by Doug Frye in collaboration with Deveo Media. After completing the fulfillment of both decks, this team of mythology enthusiasts launch a sequel: MIDDLE KINGDOM GOLD AND SILVER. The new decks share the designs with their predecessors, inspired by the ancient China, its origins and its deities. The main change lies in the color combinations: black on silver background and gold on black background.     With a line engraved…

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16 August
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MONGOL EMPIRE Decks. Genghis Khan will become (augmented) reality in your playing cards

More than 100 million people in an area of over 33 million square kilometers made the Mongol Empire the largest contiguous land empire in the history. C79 Studios, a young group of graphic designers, has been working for a long time on a deck inspired by the strength of this great empire and they have just released their creation: MONGOL EMPIRE. But MONGOL EMPIRE is much more than a deck of cards. The artistic development behind this project is huge and…

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04 April
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RISE OF A NATION Playing Cards. Masonic secrets hidden in the corners of the deck

Robert Tomlinson is an experienced playing cards designer and producer that founded his own Playing Cards Company. He created fantastic and popular projects such as the Unrest Series, Titanic or Gettysburg decks. Unfortunately, some personal issues unfairly forced him to stop using his own name to go on working in this business but he is a strong and determined man that has risen from the ashes creating Barclay Mountain Co. and producing the first deck of the Decoded History Series: RISE OF A NATION.     Robert is a…

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05 December
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MIDDLE KINGDOM BLACK BICYCLE deck. Chinese culture and tradition now in black

Just a month ago I spoke about the new deck by Doug Fire, the Middle Kingdom Bicycle deck. During the campaign there was a stretch goal to produce a second deck: the black edition. Although the campaign was successfully funded, unfortunately it didn’t reach that goal but Doug has decided to launch a second campaign to fund the BICYCLE MIDDLE KINGDOM BLACK DECK.     The deck, inspired by ancient Chinese culture, is now in black, more elegant and bold….

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01 November
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MIDDLE KINGDOM BICYCLE deck. Chinese culture and tradition in beautiful monochrome designs

Doug Frye is an old friend devoted to playing cards and mythology. After his Aesir decks, he works again with Deveo Media in his latest creation: BICYCLE MIDDLE KINGDOM. This time, the cards are inspired by the ancient China, its origins and its deities. With a line engraved style in a monochromatic design, court cards and aces depict relevant characters in the Chinese history, tradition and mythology.     The stunning back shows a dragon coiled in the popular Yin-Yang symbol, where the opposites are represented…

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28 October
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ROYAL HOUSE Playing Cards. The symbol of a delicate and intriguing ROSE

After becoming a reference in the playing cards design scenario with their series dedicated to the Day of the Dead, the Edgy brothers strike back with a completely new and different deck: ROYAL HOUSE.     In the European history, especially in England, the rose is one of the symbols more present in the dynastic shields of nobility linked to the royal houses. Inspired by these stories of kings and nobles, mixing the elegance of wealth with the intrigue of betrayal, the…

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11 August
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MAGNA CARTA Playing Cards. The historic war for peace

After his famous Seasons series, Alex Chin releases a new campaign that keeps his usual elegant style but with a completely different inspiration and design: MAGNA CARTA. Magna Carta was a chart agreed in 1215 to establish the peace among an unpopular king and a group of rebel barons, in the search of a lost justice. It is  a precursor of modern political regimes where the omnipotence of a king is limited with the use of councils or assemblies.   Inspired by this…

21 February
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Memento Deck. The history and beauty of Playing Cards the cards and their design

  The design of playing cards world has changed and grown a lot along last months and card fans have become progressively more and more selective about the decks they support. This context makes sometimes that very interesting decks, that deserve to be printed by their quality and design, end without achieving their goal. Almost a year ago, Valerio Aversa launched Memento and unfortunately he could not print it as he didn’t get the funding goal. A few days ago, Legends Playing…