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15 October
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RIDERS OF THE APOCALYPSE vol.2 Playing Cards. The end of the world is a woman’s name

Illustrations full of passion, details and fantasy … this is the work by Justin Hussain (Ace Collectable Cards), a young designer and good friend of Max Playing Cards who has demonstrated his tenacity and his desire to make himself a place in this world of playing cards design. His success with Riders of the Apocalypse encouraged many of his followers to ask him for a second edition and he just did it: RIDERS OF THE APOCALYPSE VOL. 2.     The…

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04 September
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NOVA Playing Cards. Originally simple but true to tradition

Simple and elegant, this is the first deck created by Adam Whitfield : NOVA Playing Cards. Adam is a British graphic design student who loves card games and who took the inspiration from a notebook cover, building an original set of playing cards. The strokes of nova are thick, basically geometric, but with a stylish finish.     With an almost monochromatic color scheme, dark blue and red are the protagonists. The faces are faithful to the traditional pattern with light…

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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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28 February
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Relaunch of THE STAR KINGS Playing Cards. A space trip with gold foil

Last year, the the creative SVI group released a deck inspired by a futuristic comic. The campaign was not funded and after some adjustments they have relaunched 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. That comic style is present in the illustrations of the court cards with warriors from the outer space in a symmetrical structure. The numbered cards are…

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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….