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06 May
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GROTESK MACABRE Playing Cards INVERTED INFERNO Edition. The happy ending of a macabre story

When the people of the future look for the word “tenacity” or “perfectionism” in the encyclopedia, they will undoubtedly find a photo of Lotrek (OATH Playing Cards) next to the definitions. Since this Greek artist decided to create a new standard of quality in the world of contemporary cards, he has had to face a multitude of catastrophic misfortunes that have forced him to perform dozens of tests and reprints of his decks until achieving an optimal result. Each new creation…

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02 July
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GROTESK MACABRE BLACK GOLD Edition. Foiled wherever you watch

Going on with his relentless production of luxury decks, Lotrek (Half Moon Playing Cards) has launched his latest campaign on Kickstarter to offer a new and spectacular creation: GROTESK MACABRE BLACK GOLD Edition. Actually, the deck is a new version of the Black Mass deck, launched in October 2015 within the Grotesk Macabre campaign, but with important technical improvements being first deck ever printed on black stock with hot stamped foil on both card backs and faces. Black Mass printing was delayed so…

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14 June
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ICONS SIGNATURE Playing Cards. The ICONS circle is finally closed

ICONS, one of the most impressive masterpieces of art by Lotrek (Half Moon Playing Cards), has suffered some misfortunes and obstacles. There have been a few issues in the first deck, ICONS Imperial, that the artist has had to face to make it real. Now, the decks are ready to be distributed, and icing on this cake, Lotrek has created a very limited and elegant deck: ICONS SIGNATURE.     ICONS SIGNATURE replaces the ICONS Secular deck announced as third and last of the series. In…

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20 April
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ICONS SACRED EDITION. The second deck in the ICONS series by Half Moon Playing Cards

Lotrek (Half Moon Playing Cards) is one of the most experienced and talented playing cards creator in the world. He has always been trying to find his limits creating new decks and experimenting with new materials, stocks, varnishes, … He has given the playing card community really cool decks but he has recently faced some printing issues fighting again the risk trying to find the very best quality and unique designs for his fans (and for himself). In order to find extra funding…

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25 October
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GROTESK MACABRE BLACK MASS Edition. Metallic inks on black stock. A true collector deck

A few days ago I showed you the new deck of Lotrek: GROTESK MACABRE. Playing cards with careful design and dark inspiration. When the campaign is already funded, Lotrek surprises us with a new and interesting edition of the deck: BLACK MASS. This is not just another a variation artificially created as a limited deck, but a true collecting item printed in Greece by Halfmoon Playing Cards. The most interesting and special feature of these cards is that they will be printed on…

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09 October
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Artist’s thoughts: Grotesk Macabre Playing Cards. The darkest deck by Lotrek

Grotesque Playing Cards, created by the already famous Greek designer Lotrek, was released as the United Cardists 2014 annual deck. Although Lotrek (Half Moon Playing Cards)  has been working since that moment in new and exciting decks including different Venexiana‘s aftermaths or Icons Playing Cards, Grotesque was the starting point for the artist to express his own vision of the dark, the macabre, the eerie. So, Lotrek just launched his new creation: GROTESK MACABRE. Grotesk Macabre was an idea I had…

21 January
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Icons Imperial Edition by Lotrek. The most luxurious modern deck in the world

  If there would be a Playing Cards dictionary, and we would look for elegance, refinement or beauty, it would certainly appear one word in those definitions: Lotrek. Lotrek (Half Moon Playing Cards) was the first creator of contemporary decks to make cards using hot foil stamping (no metallic inks) on the cards themselves in the Venexiana Gold deck. After several editions of this successful deck, Lotrek has decided to create something new inspired by the Byzantine iconic art, the pictorial style used…

09 October
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Venexiana Dark Playing Cards. The sordid and disturbing masked face of Venice

  Although I have to admit that El Greco’s work is fantastic, my favorite Greek artist is still Lotrek (Half Moon Playing Cards). His talent has been widely demonstrated in his previous playing card decks such as Grotesque or the different editions of his Venexiana. Now he presents what will be probably the last and the most mysterious edition: Venexiana Dark.     In this deck, Lotrek goes through the deepest and darkest life in Venice, any of those undesirables that ride…

03 July
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Venexiana Gold. Impossible is nothing

  This will be a fast article, as fast as the campaign itself. It was going to last five days and the decks has been almost gone in less than one. Lotrek (Half Moon Playing Cards), creator of Venexiana and Grothesque, decided to challenge all those who said it was impossible and proved that it was not, creating through an almost handmade process, the first deck with hot stamped gold foil on the back cards: Venexiana Gold.     The backs are…

03 March
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Grotesque Playing Cards. When the ugly becomes beauty. Exclusive Video

  United Cardists is one of the most stunning communities about playing cards. As the strongest groups in the world, it has passed through many difficulties in the past, including a recent (and needed) change of ownership where Mike Ratledge has assumed command the forum with good vibes. Now, thanks to that new direction, UC comes back to be even stronger. It has two very important things to succeed. The first one is a fantastic group of people in love…